Finding work-at-home jobs is very easy IF you look for the right types of jobs in the right places. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, you won’t just sign up for a job, and you’re not likely to find typing, processing or data entry work. However at any given time there are hundreds if not thousands of jobs available. To find these jobs:
1) Know what your skills and experiences are and how they fit with job types. If you type fast, virtual assistance or transcription would be a good choice. If you’re friendly, customer service is a good option. Other job types are bookkeeping, accounting, tax preparation, mortgage originator, writer, marketing, copywriting, tutoring, online teaching, researching, grant writing, web design, photography and more.
2) Have a general resume prepared that you can tweak to fit the specific job you apply to. Have a resume ready and then tweak it to fit the job so you can apply as soon as new jobs are posted.
3) Search for jobs on job search websites (you can see a list of the ones I use here). Scammers post their scams on free job search sites, so be sure you know how to spot a scam. Further, many biz ops post on job sites as well.
4) Post your resume online ONLY to make it easy for you to submit it to jobs you find online. Always be wary of emails you receive in response to posting your resume online. Employers don’t need to be searching the Internet to find employees because they already have applicants. Emails you get in response to posting your resume online will be scams or business ops.
5) When searching on free job sites, use keywords such as “telecommute”, “work at home”, and “freelance”.
6. Consider using a paid telecommuting database. These sites screen jobs so that you’re viewing only legitimate work-at-home jobs. Avoid directories or paid job sites that indicate you can do envelope stuffing or assembly work or any other known scam. The databases I like are here.
7. Search everyday and get your resume or application in ASAP. Work-at-home jobs are competitive and highly sought after. Put yourself at the top of the pile by having a professional application submitted as soon as the job is posted.
8. Don’t give up. I just talked to a woman who spent three years searching before finding and getting a work-at-home job. Its a testament to her desire and commitment that she didn’t give up. Thank goodness she didn’t otherwise she wouldn’t be at home now.
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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