Do you dream of a commute to the office that is steps away from your bedroom? With technological advances allowing remote workers to be just as “connected” as their in-office counterparts, now is an excellent time to find a career that you can do in your own abode and even on your own schedule. So how do you find a job that lets you work remotely? Here are a few ways to find that dream work-from-home opportunity.
Join Freelancing Websites
You can establish yourself as a virtual freelancer or assistant with a few clicks of a mouse. Sign yourself up on Freelancer, Upwork and Fiverr. Freelancer and Upwork allow you to create a profile and bid on job postings. Most of the jobs posted on these websites are short-term or part-time. They include positions for copywriters, customer service agents, website designers and administrative assistants. It's a competitive marketplace to land a job because multiple candidates bid on a single job posting. Perfect your profile and pitch. It may be difficult for a newbie to land their first gig, as clients often look for someone with a work history and reviews, but once you get positive reviews on your performance, it'll be easier to get jobs. For example, look at Brian W. from South Pasadena, CA, who's earned over $20,000 from blog writing jobs he found on Upwork. It’s free to join these websites, but some of the sites take a percentage of your earnings.
FlexJobs is an award-winning job search company that can help you find pre-screened, legitimate telecommuting opportunities. The site is for "anyone who wants a job with some kind of flexibility – a telecommuting, part-time, freelance, or flextime job." FlexJobs offers a large range of career categories, salaries, and positions. To get complete access to job postings, you have to pay $14.95* a month.
Money Making Mommy (or Daddy, or Anybody!)
MoneyMakingMommy.com was designed by a mother of two who lost her job and wanted to find a career she loved with a work/life balance. Through the site, she now helps not only moms but anyone looking for quality work-from-home jobs through her Job Leads Board. Almost all the jobs posted on the website are virtual positions and range from part-time to full-time. If you also want to make a little extra cash for a coffee run, visit her Guide to Making Extra Cash Right Now. This site is free to use.
Connect to Fortune 500 Companies
According to the Arise website, the company "connects small call center businesses, run by people like you, to Fortune 500 clients through a virtual platform. Arise provides the clients, your company provides the service. Registrations are only accepted from the U.S., U.K. and Canada." Through Arise, you could land a customer service job with Disney, Carnival and other known companies. You may have to pay for training, with estimates reported from $29-$149*. You may be able to select your hours, and many times you can get bonuses.
Become a Super Searcher
Search major job sites such as Monster and Indeed using keywords that include "work at home," "remote," "telework," "telecommute" and "freelance." On Monster under "work from home/full-time jobs,” there are more than 1,000 listings to look through.
Sell Stuff Online
Sell your unwanted and used stuff on eBay, Letgo, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. On Amazon, see what's listed under best sellers. If you can get your hands on similar goods at a low cost, you could sell them through Fulfillment by Amazon. At first, this sounds like a one-off idea to earn extra cash. But becoming an online seller could lead to a long-term consistent revenue stream. Typically, for an online marketplace like eBay or Amazon, once you start selling items on a regular basis and gain customer reviews, more sales may follow. There are many sellers who started to dabble with eBay and it led to thousands of sales. Check out this list of the world's top eBay sellers to get ideas on what you should be selling and how to list and price items.
You’re a whiz at algebra, you have an English degree or you aced your SATs, so you may be a great candidate to become an online tutor. Chegg.com, Tutor.com and TutorMe.com are three suitable places to apply to become a tutor who teaches classes online.
Multi-level Marketing (MLM)
When you go to work for a multi-level marketing business, you become a non-salaried "consultant" or "distributor" selling a company's products or services. You also sell the business opportunity to other people while you earn commissions on your sales and on those participants’ sale. While you do hear of success stories from people who have made a decent living and enjoy the ability to work-from-home on a flexible schedule, do your homework before joining an MLM company. Some of these companies require upfront enrollment fees and monthly costs. Mary Kay, Rodan + Fields, Isagenix International, and AdvoCare, are a few popular MLM companies.
Best of luck on finding your dream work-from-home job. Once you land that perfect remote gig, skip over to this article on how to work from home effectively. Another piece of advice: Please change out of your pajamas even when no one will be seeing what you’re wearing!
Randi Zucker is the Director of Expert Services at genconnectU.com. Randi has been working with brands on delivering key messages to customers and prospects regularly. She helps businesses grow their brand through quality and creative online content marketing. Randi has worked with hundreds of thought-leaders, experts, celebrities and companies on creating websites, landing pages, newsletters, videos, blogs and social media updates to grow their audience and reach their ROI. She also has been on "The Today Show," "Fox & Friends," "NY1," LA Times, AARP and multiple media outlets as an expert in online marketing.
*All content provided in this blog is supplied by Randi Zucker and is for informational purposes only. Barclaycard makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information contained in the blog or found by following any link within this blog.
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