Working from home is not an easy task.
Working from home is actually a bigger challenge than working from home. When you decide to work from home you’re only halfway there, the challenging road to starting your first work-from-home job can be long.
Many workplace job seekers give up on their dream of working an online job as soon as they encounter some hurdles in their search.
I was in a similar situation many years ago, but I knew it was possible to find a good work from home job if I persisted. And I did.
Although the number of remote jobs has increased now, so has the number of job seekers applying for them.
Today I’m going to share some tips and information that you should know to be successful at your first work-at-home.
I hope these tips help you land your dream job without any experience.
1. Competition is fierce
From 2005 to 2015, the amount of telecommuting or working from home increased by 115%. No matter what type of job you are eyeing, there will be stiff competition for it. If you’ve worked a 9-5 job and this is your first foray into the work from home market, don’t expect quick results with your application process.
The intense competition for this market is primarily due to the flexibility telecommuting jobs offer. To set yourself apart from the crowd, honing your skills, highlighting any experience and emphasizing your strong points can help.
2. Understand the job requirements
Remote work has specific requirements and it is essential that you understand what the employer wants from you.
The first and most important requirement for any remote role is that you need to work independently to a large extent. This requires a lot of self-discipline. You should do some research to get a good idea of exactly what the job entails and if there are any special requirements.
For example, for some remote positions, you may need to be able to work in a time zone other than your own. Some phone-based roles may require you to work in a no-noise environment with a dedicated home office. For some roles, such as call center agent, you may be required to attend an initial on-site training before you can work remotely.
Understanding the exact requirements and responsibilities of the role puts you in a better position to land the job. And sometimes it can help you know ahead of time if the job is going to be a good fit for your situation.
3. Have a stellar resume
Remote jobs also require a comprehensive and up-to-date resume. Typically, in a typical 9-5 job, the application process begins with a resume submission followed by an interview. Because many remote jobs don’t involve interviews (some jobs require telephone or webcam interviews), your resume is your best chance to impress your employer.
Focus on your strong points, education and past work experience. You’ll also earn bonus points if you can demonstrate any remote work experience.
Include any soft skills you have such as excellent communication, project related teamwork, etc. Home jobs focus a little more on soft skills, as you will be working in a secluded environment and strong interpersonal skills are essential for this setup. To highlight your ability to work in a remote team environment and stay connected even if you work from home.
Your resume is the starting point of your work from home journey, so give it your 100%.
4. Learn new skills
If your goal is to get a job at home, I strongly suggest you work to acquire specialized skills. There are many in-demand industries to work from home and it can be very lucrative if you learn these skills.
For example, virtual assistance is an industry that is going strong right now and is expected to grow a lot in the coming years. Learning the necessary skills can take you a long way especially when it comes to working from home. Online learning platforms like LinkedIn Learning, Udemy, and Skillshare can be beneficial if you want to learn new skills.
There is no shortage of work-at-home courses like transcription, proofreading, SEO consulting, scoping, bookkeeping, social media management, etc. Focus on learning the appropriate skills before starting the work from home job market
5. Be tech savvy
If you plan to work from home, being tech savvy is something you cannot afford to ignore. Knowing the minimum ins and outs of technical things is an essential part of working from home. You’ll be solving your own problems, so be prepared to handle some geeky stuff. This does not mean that you should be a professional in technical matters, just knowing the simple things of daily work process can help a lot.
For example, if you’re in a teaching career, you’ll be able to download and run video software like Skype. You may need to do some scanning or printing, where you need to connect and use your printer with your laptop. If you’re doing specialized work from home, like transcription, you’ll need to install and use transcription-specific software.
Additionally, you need to know how to run your laptop or desktop efficiently with regular antivirus scans and have a good internet connection. Working in a completely online job means that you are prone to regular virus attacks, having an up-to-date anti-virus software, can protect you from this.
Basic knowledge of remote work-related software is one of the most cited requirements of most remote organizations. Since most of your work and communication is done online, learning these skills helps any remote work flow.
6. Beware of work-at-home scams
I can’t stress enough the fact that when you first start looking for work from home jobs, be very critical of the opportunities you see. Not all remote work is authentic.
Among all scams, the two main types are data entry and mystery shopping gigs. Both these scams are very common and most of the online job seekers fall prey to them. Although there While online data entry jobs are available, they don’t pay much, so any role promising a huge salary is likely to be a scam.
If you’re looking for work at home jobs, I’m sure you’ve run into a variety of mystery shopping opportunities. First, mystery shopping is only a side job, it cannot provide you with a full-time income. Second, you shouldn’t be paid to be a mystery shopper. Most mystery shopping scams ask you to sign up to get access to a list of mystery shopping companies.
Always pay attention to the source where jobs are available, companies are advertising them and check credentials. Websites like BBB and Glassdoor have reliable information on hundreds of websites.
There are no shortcuts to earning a good income, so if a remote job ad promises an insane amount of income, that’s a big red flag.
Most of the work-at-home job seekers fall victim to this scam because they are desperate to get a job and it forces them to fall for the pushy work-at-home scam.
7. Give it some time
As I said earlier, work from home industries are getting competitive. So, if you are a beginner No experience in online jobsBe prepared to put in the time as many others will be more qualified and experienced than you.
Personally, it took me quite a while to find a good opportunity to work at home, the only thing I strongly believe in is not giving up.
Expecting quick results will frustrate you and eventually you will give up on your job search. Like any other job search, remote jobs take time and many factors make landing an online job. Being optimistic and learning the necessary skills can greatly catapult your work process.
8. Focus on the right assets
Before you even start applying for work from home jobs, do thorough research on the right types of remote work resources. There are many legitimate work-at-home job boards, blogs, and directories that advertise remote jobs from many industries.
Many jobs are advertised worldwide on job boards like FlexJobs. Like this blog and others Work of house wife, The real way to make money online And Work at home mom revolution Some of the most legitimate resources to find flexible online work.
You can sign up for Google Alerts with terms like ‘work-at-home jobs’ or ‘remote jobs’. By doing this you will receive regular weekly emails about your chosen keywords.
Always do your research and bookmark some trusted websites before you start implementing the process.
9. Develop the right characteristics
This is something you need to focus on long before entering the job application process. Remote work isn’t for everyone. You must have or develop certain traits to work remotely.
Being a great communicator, having excellent planning and time management skills, being self-driven, and being able to work independently are some of the things you need to do in a remote job.
These are critical to your work at home success. Being proactive and learning these skills can pave the way for success in any job, from a home-related role.
If you dream of working from home, you need to start focusing on the above before starting the actual process. Getting a remote job is not difficult if you work on some key points and are open to learning and improving your skills.
Sirisha is a career blogger and an avid side hustler who helps people find remote work and unique side hustles through her blog, Crowdworknews.com. He also has a free course on starting a profitable side hustle