When I first wanted to work-at-home, there wasn’t the number of opportunities for telecommuting as there are today. Like many before and after me, I hoped there was a company that would hire me to type or do some other menial job so I could stay home with my kids. And like those before me and after me, I discovered that typing and menial work-at-home job offers are usually scams. As I continued my search, I passed over many viable options in my quest for the job that was fast and easy, and as a result, it took me longer to become a work-at-home success. I want you to avoid the time and frustration I endured by giving a few tips to help you avoid missing telecommuting opportunities.
1. Stop looking for fast and easy. Searching for typing, data entry, etc will only slow you down because there is no fast and easy way to get a job. Further, it will increase your chances of getting scammed.
2. Be open to new options. Sometimes people are so focused on getting one type of job, that they miss others that could be as profitable and enjoyable. Instead, consider how you can use your skills, experience and interests in a variety of jobs.
3. Try. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought, “I’ll never get that,” or “I’m not qualified,” or “I’m not good at that,”, but I tried anyway and got the work. Failure is a part of the process, but so is success. Even if you don’t think you can compete for the job, if you have enough skills, submit the best resume you can.
4. Be proactive. I once got a work-at-home job by sending a resume to organizations asking if they needed someone in my area. One replied and I worked from home for that agency for ten years. Sending a professional resume and cover letter that highlighted the benefits of telecommuting to the company was all it took to get a reply.
5. Learn a new skill. If you don’t have a skill needed to get a job, get the skill. Take a graphic design class at the local community college. Teach yourself WordPress. Learn to copywrite. Many work-at-home jobs don’t require advanced degrees. All they require is knowledge and skill that can be easily had for a few dollars and practice.
6. Keep up with technology. Just a few years ago, the job of social media marketer didn’t exist. Today, anyone who’d spent time learning Facebook and Twitter can now command good money to help others use these resources. The same is true for WordPress. These jobs don’t require any special education; after all, there isn’t a degree in Tweeting. Instead, companies are hiring people who have learned to use these tools and can help them make use of them as well. Learn emerging technology to increase your job options.
The opportunities for work-at-home jobs are everywhere, but they can be missed if you’re not open to seeing them. Use the tips above to make sure you’re not missing out telecommuting opportunities.
For tips on getting a work-at-home job check out:
Jobs Online: How to Find or Get Hired to a Work-At-Home Job (print or ebook – Kindle, Nook etc)
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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