Four Tips to Help You Succeed in Work at Your Work at Home Job Search

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You may feel like the work at home career is alluding you and you don’t understand why.

 Here are some tips to help you to  achieve success in getting a work from home job.

1) Concentrate on your skills and abilities.  Your first step to success is to identify your skills, abilities, interests and passion. If you not good at selling dont look for a job in sales! You will be miserable.

2) Build your resume to reflect the job you seek and who you are. Think of your resume as you selling you!

3) If you lack some basic skills, take courses online. There are free courses for MS Office, Word Press, typing and many other subjects. The more you can add to your resume in these areas the better your resume will sell you.  Just google free E-courses. Read free e-books in the subjects you are interested in.

4) Network in places like linkedin, work at home forums, twitter, facebook and other social media. Make friends with those that work with the company or the field in which you want to work.  Join groups and ask questions!

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How to Find a Work at Home Job

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With the price of gas soaring close to $4.00 a gallon, many people are sure to be looking for better ways to  save money when going to work. There is the  public transportation option, shared commuting with co-workers, and working 10 or 12 hour days instead of 8 hour days if your company will allow it.  If you are really lucky and you live close to your work you can walk or ride a bicycle.  All of these are good options but wouldn’t it be nice if you could just roll out of bed in the morning and walk into the next room and be at work?

With twenty-first century technology,  you can find all kinds of work from home opportunities. Maybe you just need some extra money so you can afford to go to your regular job. Possibly you want a full-time job where you don’t have to commute at all. Maybe you don’t want to pay the soaring cost of child care. There are many companies hiring out there if you know where to look and how to search.
The possibilities are many but the competition can be intense. Many people are wanting to work from home for the very same reasons that you do.

Can the job you currently have, be converted to a work at home position? If you feel it is possible, make a well thought out written proposal and present it to your employer and then  be prepared to give them reasons why it would benefit them. Even if you can convince them to let you telecommute a couple of days a week you could be saving a fair amount of money.

Virtual call center jobs  allow you to answer in-bound and/or out-bound customer calls right at home. There are many of these companies, like Arise, LiveOps, Convergys Work at Home, and many others.
Freelance Writing jobs, while you won’t get rich overnight from this one, you can build up your pay over time on residuals. It is also an excellent way to get your feet wet and build up your resume for future more lucrative jobs.

Survey Takers are exactly what you think. You sign up with a survey company and are sent surveys, emails ect. I dont care for this one much because when I did this my email box immediately started filling with spam. Not cool!

Appointment Setter’s are people who call business or people and set up appointments for businesses. This can be many products or services, insurance, vinyl siding, you get the idea.

Virtual Assistant‘s are people who do pretty much anything a live Administrative Assistant can do, from data entry, answering phones,  answering emails, employment background checks,doing spreadsheets and setting client appointments and even event planning.

Answering Service Operators’ take phone calls usually after hours for clients such as doctors, dentists, and other businesses.

Federal government positions can sometimes be work from home. They officially call this telework and you can go to www.usajobs.opm.gov/ and search for jobs there. Be aware that government jobs require a bit different resume. Google federal resumes to figure out what you need to do.
There are many search terms for work at home jobs:

  • Home based
  • Work from home
  • Telework
  • Telecommuting
  • Work at home
  • Virtual work
  • Virtual

Here are a few blogs and forums that you can usually find up to date work at home jobs and information.

http://workfromhomebydemi.com/

http://www.obzokee.com/

http://cwahm.com/wordpress/

http://www.wahm.com/

http://www.ratracerebellion.com/job_postings.html

http://www.workathomecareers.com/

Here are a few search engines that are helpful too.

 

http://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=%22home-based+position%22&chnl=home-based+position

http://cb.com/eZqziR

http://www.linkup.com/

http://www.quintcareers.com/telecommute_jobs.html

http://www.monster.com/

www.flexjobs.com

One more thing you can do is go directly to a company web page and search available careers for work at home opportunities. Some companies will only post job openings on their own site.  Here is a list of some of those known to hire at home workers.

Good Luck in your career search. I hope that you find that perfect work at home job!

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