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My name is Angela Zade. I am originally from Chicago, Illinois and have over 20 years of traditional marketing and advertising experience. I’ve spent the past few years focused exclusively on internet marketing only. Today, I work full-time from my home office in Henderson, NV for an Australian-based SEO agency called seoWorks. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from Illinois State University.
1) How did you get started working from home?
I set out to work from home in 2011 when I began to dabble in online marketing for my then-position of marketing director for a large medical practice in Las Vegas. It took me five full years to finally be in a position where I could work remotely full-time. Since my position as a marketing director included a slew of offline initiatives, I eventually left that position for another that was immersed in SEO, SEM and Social media. I spent a few years performing ONLY digital marketing for small business clients online. Eventually, my resume was picked up by seoWorks and I came on board in April 2016.
2) How did you choose the work-at-home career you do?
I chose my career field in online marketing because it’s what I already knew and loved. Plus I knew it could be performed entirely online from anywhere so long as I had an internet connection. Around 2011, I also was diagnosed with a chronic pain condition and by 2012 the need to work from home to take better care of my body was as urgent as ever.
3) How did you get your first client or customer or job?
Since I am happily employed, I do not market myself per say, though I use a series of on-page and off-page internet marketing strategies to market my mid-to-large size clients on the web.
4) What does your usual day look like?
My day looks similar to any other office job minus the long commute, fluorescent lighting, noisy distractions or interruptions. My colleagues and I use a variety of web-platforms to stay in close communication with one another and work together just like any other team of people.
5) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
I wish I knew about the isolation of working entirely from home. It was strange at first, since I live alone. However I learned to adjust my sleep schedule to my shift, and make it a priority to leave the house once a day to take a fitness class at the gym, or run errands before or after my workday. This keeps me engaged with others in my community so I feel less isolated working from home.
6) What advice would you give someone who wants to work from
My advice for anyone looking to work from home is simple: Make it your goal to work from home and follow steps that support that goal. For me, it was turning my back on a lucrative marketing director position in favor of a lower-paying internet marketing specialist position so that I could immerse myself entirely into the work I planned to do from home. I learned everything I could and once I felt confident in my skill set, began scouting for telecommuting positions.
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