If you aren’t already working from home full-time and you want this to be your year, it’s smart to have a plan in place to make that happen for yourself. I can’t create a plan for you — everyone’s plan will be different because what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. BUT there are some things you can do to increase the likelihood that you will land something this year!
Before I give you some pointers, you need to understand that the most important thing is not to give up. Competition for work from home jobs is fierce, and you’ll likely get far more rejection emails than anything. But the people who are the most driven and determined are the ones who usually succeed in the long run, so just keep trying!
Probably the most important tip I can give you is to stay informed, if you aren’t already. Follow the two big work from home forums — Work Place Like Home and WAHM. Check them every day or at least every other day to see what’s new and what people are saying. This is how I found good leads when I was looking for things to do from home in the beginning.
These forums also helped me to understand what works or doesn’t work for other people who were applying for the jobs that I wanted. You don’t have to post and be active. Reading is enough. You can truly learn so much about the work from home world, and knowledge is power! If you’re leery of the scams people post on forums, here are some tips to help you avoid them.
Another way to stay informed is to follow this blog (you can subscribe here so you never miss any updates) and the other blogs/sites on this list. I hand-picked everything on that list myself, so you can be certain that those are trustworthy resources. If you’re on Facebook, you should also follow these pages.
Check Job Leads Daily
I post leads several times per week on my job leads board, but there are a ton of other places to check too. You should also learn how to use smart search terms to narrow things down when you’re browsing leads on job search sites like Indeed. And don’t rule out Craigslist. Yes, I know there are scams galore on Craigslist, but I find little gems there all the time. In fact, some of the best leads I find come from Craigslist. And I wrote an entire post last year on how to search Craigslist effectively for work from home and avoid all those scams. Give that a read and put my tips to use, and you’ll be a Craigslist job searching pro in no time.
Tweak Your Resume
When you apply for a work from home job, your resume is usually going to be the one thing that makes or breaks you getting an interview or an instant rejection email. Make it great if you can! I get a lot of questions from people who want to know how to write a resume or make theirs better and unfortunately, I’m no pro on resumes. If I’m being honest, my own resume could use a nice upgrade!
I can direct you to a few resources for resume help. You can always use a resume template if you’re starting from scratch and just fill in the blanks. That for sure makes things easier. It goes without saying, but check and double check your resume for spelling errors or grammar mistakes. Run it through a spell checker and get another set of eyes on it, too.
You can also pay a professional to do your resume for you. The price is not cheap for resume services, but it will pay for itself if it lands you some interviews and, hopefully, a job.
Learn Some New Things
When you’re browsing job leads, you may find yourself dismissing various openings because you don’t have certain skills. Well, who says you can’t learn those skills? You don’t always have to go back to school to learn new things, although that’s never a bad idea, either. Luckily the internet is full of various resources for learning.
With this in mind, I put together a post with a list of free or very cheap online learning resources. Being able to add highly sought after skills to your resume will only help you, and all of those learning resources provide the tools you need to get those skills.
If you’re looking for an online course in something specific pertaining to work at home, you can check my “Courses to Take” page. This is a list of extremely highly-rated eCourses that will help you work from home in different industries.
Learn About Scams
Work from home scams give telecommuting a bad name! I’ve run across so many people who swear they will never, ever apply for work from home again because they were taken in by scams and just have no trust left for anything. This is completely understandable!
But there are lots of obvious red flags that should help you avoid all the scams if you just familiarize yourself with them. Watch out for payment requests, unsolicited emails, extremely vague information, little to no contact information, outrageous income claims, and so-called work from home companies with names that include the words “pay day,” “profit,” “wealth,” “freedom,” “fortune,” and so forth.
Also, never agree to cash a check and then Western Union part of the money off to who-knows-where for any company. That’s the oldest scam in the book, and of all the “is this is a scam” emails I get, this is most often what people are asking me about — so it’s everywhere!
Read through all the write-ups I have on work from home scams here to educate yourself on what to avoid.
So, those are my tips! I would love it if you would share what you plan to do to find a work from home job this year!
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