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Brandon Cortes is a Digital Analyst on behalf of Gillware Data Recovery, an industry leader and world class data recovery company.
1) How did you get started working from home?
I found my remote job from a website called We Work Remotely. They frequently list new remote positions in a variety of industries all over the world.
2) How did you choose the work-at-home career you do?
I majored in Marketing when I was in college. I love advertising, and I knew I wanted to pursue a career in that field. Before I began working from home, I worked in an office for about two years. I didn’t like the commute, and the hours weren’t the best for me. I’m not much of a morning person, and I prefer to work my own set of hours. Working at home was the perfect opportunity!
3) How did you get started (basic initial steps)?
I began by updating my resume. I made it stand out from the pack by using a unique, bright design that showcased some of my digital skills. Then I began reaching out to recruiters on LinkedIn, searching for jobs on career websites, and ultimately applying for my job on We Work Remotely.
4) How did you get your first client or customer or job?
The interview was conducted via Skype and it was about an hour long. We went over my educational background, my work experience, and some personality tests to see if I was a good fit for the job.
5) How do you market your business?
Our business is centered on all of the major social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Our data recovery blog is an industry leader. We also have a variety of partner programs where we offer discounts to students, educators, government, military, and more.
6) What does your usual day look like?
I conduct community outreach in an effort to get the word out about our services. There is a lot of prospecting and research involved, as well as communication and time management.
7) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
It can get a little lonely sometimes, but with the use of tools like Skype and Slack, I can easily communicate with anyone from my team. Also, it’s very important to have your own working space. While I do work at home, I put all of my office equipment in my spare bedroom, so when the work day is over, I can close the door and walk away from it.
8) What advice would you give someone who wants to work from home?
Go for it! I think everyone should try it at least once in their lifetime. It’s a really great way to work, as long as you have self discipline and motivation.
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