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5 Tips To Get Started On Your Work-From-Home Career

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As both a current college student at the University of Miami and a pop culture leader on Twitter, Emily works from home on online projects as well as freelance work.

So, you’ve read all the posts about it. You’re knowledgeable and you think you’re ready to begin your career working from home. Great! I’m here here to walk you through the first steps to getting started on your work-from-home career.

First things first, it’s important to remember that working from home is not for everyone. Perfect candidates come in all different shapes and sizes and for different reasons. That’s why the first step to working from home is deciding if it’s the right move for you. The current pool of candidates who work from home include all different types of people, from stay-at-home moms to ambitious college students. The key to this career path is making sure you can handle it. There are a lot of pros to working from home, but also important details to consider. Working from your home can either be a great way to get more work done, or a great way to put it all off until the end and watch some TV. In making a career choice like this, it’s important to know yourself and your strengths and weaknesses. Slacking off can put a real downer on your reputation, since these are real bosses and jobs with real expectations of you. It’s imperative to make sure you’ve got what it takes to stay on task and take advantage of all the great opportunities working from home can offer.

If you’re still reading this, congratulations! This means you’ve thought it through and really feel you’re ready to join the rest of us working from home. Your second step to success is deciding what kind of job you want to do. This for some people may be obvious, especially if you have experience in common office programs and protocols that most online employers look for. For others however, you may have served coffee your whole life as a barista and not know where to start. That’s okay! There are, luckily, many opportunities in entry-level positions with online jobs. Opportunities range from social media managing, to blogging, to web developing and even freelancing in any related field of interest. Who knows, you may be the perfect candidate to manage a Facebook page for your favorite coffee brand!

Once you’ve narrowed down what field you’d like to start working in, the next step is finding a job. Now, you may have done the online job search drill before, but searching for remote or telecommuting jobs can be a little more tedious. You must know what you’re looking for and how much work you can handle. Keep in mind that this is still a real job, and you’ll need to have a resume and cover letter handy that highlights your work ethic and dedication to the position. Another thing to keep in mind is that there are still those “make lots of money with no effort!” scams out there, so it’s important to keep your job search on secure, monitored websites. Sites like Home Office Careers that are dedicated to posting jobs just for remote workers are most likely your best bet. Another option is to look for remote jobs somewhere you’d look for in-office ones, because they’re more likely to be legitimate. Once you find and apply for that perfect job, be ready to nail a virtual interview. If you stay optimistic and persistent, you should be able to land a job in no time! The key to completing this step is to stay positive and never give up! Your perfect job is out there somewhere.

The fourth step in the process is creating a great home office. This is perhaps the most fun, and easy step in getting started with your work at home career. Many people don’t think about this aspect, but it is certainly an important one. Having the perfect office space may be exactly what you need to get into work mode every morning. Having a designated area to work in everyday is also a great way to put the icing on the cake. Having your own office at home makes the entire process seem that much more official. (Check out our guide to creating a home office space that works for you here.)

Finally, the fifth, and last step, in getting started with your work-from home career is getting and staying organized. Staying on track and on your “A-game” is the most imperative detail when working remotely. Before you begin your first day on the job, make a game plan. Set aside time to get all your assignments finished, and have a system to help you stay on top of projects and deadlines. Just like an in-office job, it’s important to never miss deadlines and always put your best foot forward. However, just like a normal job, you need time for breaks as well. Create a schedule that works for you and make the most out of your new and exciting career!

15 Responses to “5 Tips To Get Started On Your Work-From-Home Career”

  1. jacobs.connie2@gmail.com' Connie Jacobs says:

    Hi Emily Ann

    I have just registered and paid for an upgrade with you guys only to find that most of the jobs are all the way out in America and I am all the way in Australia.
    I would love to do remote work even from America but most of the jobs require you to be in America

    Can you give me some advice on this please
    Thank you

    • Hi Connie! Thank you for reaching out – we are so happy to have you as a Home Office Careers Premium member! Although many companies do require US residency, not all do! I would be happy to help you find positions of interest to you that do not require you to be living in the US. Please feel free to send me a message via email @ stephanie@homeofficecareers.com and include your experience, background, and the sorts of positions you’re interested in. Looking forward to helping you succeed in your home-office career search!

      • ginak58501@yahoo.com' Regina Kramer says:

        How do you find the jobs. I have all the steps. I just need to know how to find the jobs apply for them and get moving forward.

        • Hello Regina! Absolutely, I would be happy to help! Once you sign up for an account on our site – to search and view the positions we post simply log into your account and click on the green “Search for Jobs” button. I highly recommend using our search filters along the left-hand side of the screen as you’ll then be able to narrow down your search and find something that is inline with you experience and background. You can filter by industry, years of experience, level of education, etc. Once you find positions you’re interested in applying to you will need to upgrade to Premium Membership if you haven’t already done that. As a Premium member you have complete access to applying to unlimited positions we post on our site and through our newsletters! And the great thing is, we post new jobs every single day! I would be more than happy to help you in your job search – feel free to email me at stephanie@homeofficecareers.com to provide me with a little bit more insight on your work experience and what sorts of jobs you’re looking for. Take care!

  2. One of the best guidelines I’ve read about this topic. I can’t agree more on the first part, not everyone can work from home, so it demands a a lot of introspection beforehand.

  3. lt-tambagan2015@yahoo.com.ph' LT says:

    Is there a fee for every job you are interested in applying to?

    • Hello LT! That is a great question! No, there is not a fee for every job you wish to apply to. Premium Membership, which comes with a small monthly fee, gives you complete access to applying to unlimited positions we post on our site! You can apply to as many as you want and as often as you want. Also, keep in mind that we add new jobs to our site every single day, giving you even more of an opportunity to find something that truly fits your needs.

  4. johnlindahl1@juno.com' John Lindahl says:

    I have been applying to as many job offers as possible, is there any way to increase the possibility of success with them? I do have a rather short resume written using the resume builder.If I have not worked from home before, how can I improve my odds?

    • Hi John! Great to hear from you, thanks for reaching out! It sounds like you are definitely on the right track – the key is to keep applying to jobs! I would be more than happy to look over your resume for you and perhaps give some pointers on what you could do to increase your chances. Not working from home in the past should not deter an employer from hiring you. I think the best plan here is to send me over your resume and provide me with some information on your work experience/background and what sorts of jobs you’re looking for. I am here to help! You can reach me at stephanie@homeofficecareers.com. Take care!

  5. michellevanier@live.com' Michelle Vanier says:

    Hi. As a single mom to three kids, working from home would be ideal. I’ve done part-time work from home in the past and really enjoyed the flexibility. But I’ve struggled to find anything legitimate since then. I currently work sales and customer service in a call center. It’s an hour commute each way, adding 10 hours to my time away from home each week. Not to mention the $200+ for gas monthly. But I’m hard pressed to spend money on a service that may not produce the results I need. Sadly, from my experience, there is good reaon to be skeptical. How would you address my concerns?

    • Hi Michelle! I appreciate you taking the time to reach out and providing information on your current situation and work experience! I can completely understand your desire for finding a home-based position so you can spend more time with your family – and I will do my best to help you reach that goal! I can also appreciate your weariness in finding legitimate work-from-home positions. It is unfortunate that there are so many online scams these days which deter individuals, like yourself, from looking for true opportunities. Home Office Careers is completely different! We post 100% legitimate work-at-home positions to our site every single day – making it super easy and convenient for our members to access these positions rather than spending hours scouring the web or other resources and trying to decipher if the positions are legitimate with legitimate companies. We take all of the work upon ourselves and truly dedicate our time and efforts to bringing only the best positions to our members. Our goal is to help our members be successful in finding home-based work that meets their needs – and we take our role very seriously. We have a very stringent screening process that all new jobs and companies go through before making it to our site. We do currently have several customer support and sales positions posted. I would be happy to share some positions with you to help you along your job search. I will put together an email shortly for you and send it your way! Take care!

  6. ismailhassan12@yahoo.co.uk' Ismail says:

    Hi Ms Stephanie: Actually i ask abut people ho live outside Us or not an us citizen how can we get the job ? do we welcome ? inform that i am resident in Saudi Arabia , other things i do have an experience work as a Arabic English translator and also as sales clerk and data clerk also .

    • Hello Ismail! Thank you for your interest in Home Office Careers! Yes, it it definitely possible to obtain work while you reside outside of the US! It all depends on the job, and many employers we work with are open to people working anywhere in the world. But please be aware that some employers may have specific residency requirements, and only make offers to U.S. residents, so it’s best to check the job offers for details. What I would suggest to you is first join as a Basic member, which is completely free! You’ll be able to search our Web site for new postings every day, and you will receive our daily members newsletter with new postings as well. Once you find jobs that interest you and that do not require U.S. residence, then it will be a good time to upgrade to Premium membership so you may be able to apply to as many jobs as you want. If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out. Take care!

  7. chibuzor200010@gmail.com' joan says:

    I am interested in working from work but not resident in the USA but Africa. How can you help me?. Thanks

    • Alan Klein says:

      Hi Joan – We understand that you are not a U.S. resident and are living in Africa. Home Office Careers is an American company and most of the job offers we post are for residents of the U.S. However, there are some offers posted every day that have no residency requirements and can be performed from anywhere! These offers can be found on the Search Jobs page by clicking on “Job Location” to open the option of “Allows Residency Outside U.S.” (It’s on the left side of the page, under “Advanced Search.”

      If you are not yet a member, we recommend that you join today as a Basic member by going to http://www.homeofficecareers.com and signing up for free. As a Basic member you may search for jobs and use Resume Assistant to create a professional quality resume.

      If you wish to apply to any of the jobs you find on our site or in our daily newsletter, then you will need to become a Premium member, with the ability to apply to as many jobs as you want, as often as you would like.

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