How to Find the Perfect Work from Home Job

by WorkFromHome on May 25, 2011

With the increase in fuel costs, rising cost of childcare, soaring food prices, and continued price spikes on clothing and textiles, more and more people are looking to cut their costs by working from home. Most individuals that work from home enjoy the freedom that comes with owning their own business or working for a reputable company as a contractor. Typically, they can make their own schedule, earn competitive wages, and avoid the traditional costs associated with working outside of the home. Saving money on fuel, daycare, meals on-the-go, and related expenses can save you thousands of dollars per year. The cost savings of working from home adds to your overall earnings and you get to enjoy working from the comforts of your own home, as an added bonus. If you are looking to transition to the home-based workforce, there are many things to consider which will help you land the perfect job.

  1. Assess your skills and qualifications. Almost every traditional brick-and-mortar company outsources some parts of their business operation to home-based employees. Home-based employees or contractors allow a company to cut costs associated with maintaining employees, taxes, insurance, equipment, and supplies while ensuring that the job gets done. Companies are always looking for professionals with experience in customer service, call centre management, training, IT or technical support, accounting, education or tutoring, freelance writing, transcription or coding, and web design, just to name a few. It is important to have a strong knowledge of your marketable skills. The work from home job market can be competitive, but if you have a strong background, with references and verifiable experience, you will be a great asset to any organisation because you know what you can offer and how it will benefit the partnership.
  2. Get your name out there. You can start by offering your services to local businesses and organisations. Networking is one of the greatest ways to get your name out there and secure projects. Even if a company is not currently interested in your offer that does not mean that they will not be in the future. They may even be able to refer you to someone who is in immediate demand for your kind of expertise. Keep your interactions professional, smile, and put your best face forward, and you will open up many doors of opportunity within your own community.
  3. Visit online forums that cater to work from home professionals for advice. These forums are visited by thousands of work from home mums and dads. Veteran members offer sage advice and answer questions. Users post questions and offer advice on everything from business start-up related questions to the best companies to work for from home. They are very keen on weeding out scams and looking out for the well-being of everyone on the forum. Online forums are the best place to get your feet, ask questions, and begin your job search. Join as many forums as you wish, and begin to reach out to members. These communities are very friendly and cater to newbie’s and veterans, alike, in the work from home sector.
  4. Apply to as many companies as possible. It can take several weeks longer to hear from a prospective work from home company than a traditional brick-and-mortar company. Companies that offer work from home jobs or projects often receive an abundance of applicants. They have to take the time to review each candidate’s information and experience before offering the job to anyone. Applying to several companies ensures you have many options to choose from, if you are offered more than one position. If you have not heard from a company after several weeks, it is best to send a quick e-mail letting them know that you are still interested in the position, and ask if the position is still available.
  5. If you choose to start your own business, local legislation, financial advisors, lending institutions, and tax accountants can provide invaluable advice on how to get started. They can help you formulate a timeline and blueprint for success, and discuss operational and start-up costs with you in great detail. If you require a loan or start-up capital, you may want to enlist the help of an “angel lender.” An angel lender is a professional business owner, similar to a mentor, who lends money to small businesses, or start-up companies, with generally low interest rates. These very successful business professionals also offer advice on marketing strategies, networking, financial strategies, and other ways to increase profits.

Whether you are looking to start your own home business and sell your products or services or you are looking to work for an established company from your home, success is virtually guaranteed when you take the time to research the perfect opportunity.

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