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Getting Started Working at Home
Many people who work from home started out working in an office, but, were able to arrange with their employer to work some or all of time at home. I have an acquaintance who relocated to Washington, DC. Her employer decided to enable her to work from home, rather than losing a valuable employee.
I have another acquaintance who works part-time from the office and part-time from home in order to accommodate her child’s school schedule. My sister-in-law schedules home nursing care visits from home. In those cases, employees, who had already proven themselves to be valuable to their employer, were able to negotiate flexible work schedules.
How to Find “Real” Work at Home Jobs
Despite all the online advertising you see, there aren’t that many work-at-home jobs. Those that are available may require that you live in a certain area or spend at least some time in the office. Others may be part-time or freelance, so, you will need to be continually seeking potential positions.
Keep in mind that the skills needed for home employment are similar to those needed for working in an office. You need both the experience and the skills necessary to do the job. You’ll also need a home office with high-speed internet, phone, fax, computer, printer, software, and other basic office equipment.
Work From Home Job Searching
To get started, consider, for now, your job search for your job. Dedicate as many hours per week to your search for employment as you would spend working. If you’re looking for full-time work, you should be spending full-time hours seeking employment.
Networking remains the top way to find a job and it does work. Develop contacts – friends, family, college alumni, even the other job seekers – anyone who might help generate information and job leads. You can take a direct approach and ask for job leads or try a less formal approach and ask for information and advice. Contact everyone you know and tell them you want to work from home. You may be surprised by the people they know and the leads you can generate.
Apply for Work at Home Jobs
Be prepared to apply online. Have a resume and cover letter ready to send. Depending on the type of employment you’re looking for you may also need work samples to send to prospective employers. Track where you’ve applied. Many of the same positions are listed on multiple sites, so you’ll want to be sure not to duplicate your efforts.
More Tips for Finding Legitimate Work at Home Jobs
Below are some more tips for finding legitimate work at home positions.
- Ask your boss. Telecommuting is becoming more and more common. If you have a job you already like, talk to your boss about the possibility of working from home. When talking to your boss, focus on the benefits to your company – for example, emphasize that you will be more productive.
- Focus on specific companies. To help avoid job scams, focus on legitimate companies that you might want to work for. Read this list of work at home companies for suggestions of companies that support telecommuting.
- Search online. There are a number of job search boards and engines that specialize in work from home positions. Start with these sites as you begin your online search. Remember to look out for scams.