Working from home is a growing trend, and a lot of people want to jump on the bandwagon. You get to eliminate a daily commute, work in comfort, and hopefully have a little more freedom over your work life.
It’s an enticing prospect, but finding good work-from-home jobs is not always easy.
The five tips below can help you in your search.
Pay for Help
There are professional resources that vet jobs for you, and some of them specifically cater to working from home.
At the top of the list is FlexJobs. Everybody in the work-from-home industry swears by them because they’re that good. The job listings are vetted so that you know they are real jobs, and they’re organized on the site to help you find them.
You do have to pay a subscription fee while you use the site, but it’s well worth the investment.
Outside of FlexJobs, there are other resources like Indeed. Feel free to use them too, but FlexJobs really is the best place to start (and no, they aren’t sponsoring this content).
If you aren’t getting your job listings from a professionally vetted source, then you’re going to need to stay on your toes. There are a lot of scams out there. There are even more dead job postings. Perhaps the jobs are filled and no one bothers to take down the post. Who knows the real reason, but the point is that you’ll run into tons of dead ends in your search.
Stay sharp and apply scrutiny. If something seems too good to be true, then you already know that it is. You won’t get rich overnight working from home. But, you might find a real job that pays an industry-standard wage.
Check Government Listings
You can also check job listings with very large companies (like Fortune 500 companies). They will have a constant stream of openings, but with government positions, there’s a consolidated master list. Not all jobs are remote, but you can use the filters built into the job search to save time. There’s even a section dedicated to working from home.
Start Your Own Business
This is a scary prospect, and anyone who says it’s easy or comes without risk is lying. No matter the venture, starting a business is risky and a lot of hard work.
But, if you pull it off, then this option gives you the most freedom and control over your work life, and it usually comes with the highest earnings potential.
Whatever your skill, you can run the business out of your home, be it web design, piano lessons, or anything else.
If you’re risk averse, then start with a side hustle. Try to take on a few local clients and work from home part-time. You can transition into full-time business ownership when you’re ready.
Use Social Media
Job hunting is all about networking, and that’s still true when you want to work from home. Use Facebook, Twitter, and anything else in your repertoire. Make a post asking your contacts if they know of any job openings. Your friends and family will report back to you with anything they find.
Additionally, many local businesses have social media pages. You can inquire about work opportunities directly. Get on their Facebook pages and Twitter accounts and ask about job openings and working from home.
You can apply these same ideas if you are starting your own business. You can ask friends and family for referrals. You can also solicit businesses via their social media pages and try to land them as clients.