BUT there are some things you can do to increase the likelihood of you hitting something this year!
Before giving you some advice, you should understand that the most important thing is Do not abandon.
The competition for working from home is fierce and you will likely receive a lot more rejection emails than anything else.
The most motivated and determined people are those who are usually successful in the long term, so keep trying!
1 – stay informed
Probably the most important piece of advice I can give you is to stay informed, if you aren’t already.
There are Facebook groups, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts that you should follow, and more, depending on where you spend the most time online. I’ve linked a few useful ones below.
If you’re wary of the scams people post online, here are some tips to help you avoid work from home scams.
Another way to stay informed is to follow this blog (you can subscribe here so you don’t miss any updates) and the other blogs / sites on this list. I selected everything on this list myself, so you can be sure these are reputable resources.
2 – Use social media and online forums to your advantage
If you are on Facebook you should follow these pages. I also recommend joining the following groups to get legitimate information about working from home:
I also have a list of work from home Twitter accounts that you can trust.
And if you prefer Pinterest, you’ll want to check out The Work at Home Woman’s list of work at home Pinterest boards to follow.
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 understand what worked and didn’t work for other people applying for the jobs I wanted. You don’t have to post and be active. Reading is enough.
You can really learn a lot about the job from the home world, and knowledge is power!
3 – Check daily for home work opportunities
I post leads every week on my job from the Home Job Leads Board, but there are a ton of other places to check out as well.
You should also learn how to use smart search terms to narrow things down when browsing for 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 nuggets there all the time.
In fact, some of the best leads I find come from Craigslist. And I wrote an entire article last year on how to effectively search Craigslist for work from home and avoid all these scams. Read it and apply my advice, and you’ll be a Craigslist job search pro in no time.
I also have a huge list of 111 work at home businesses. There are also tons of jobs without a phone if that’s what you have in mind.
4 – Consider a FlexJobs subscription
I have been a paid member of FlexJobs for a few years now, and I personally love it because they post a large number of flexible and telecommute job leads 5 days a week, they guarantee their leads scam free and their options for sorting for finding exactly what you need is great. It’s very organized!
While not all FlexJobs posts are exclusive to their site, I still think it’s a time saver because it’s so well organized overall.
You can sign up here for a subscription of around $ 14.95 per month, but you can use the promo code AFFILPROMO to get up to 30% off this price. It’s easy to cancel if you don’t want to be billed for an extra month, or you can read these articles with more details on FlexJobs:
5 – Adjust your CV
When you apply for a work from home job, your resume is usually the only thing that gets you an instant interview or rejection email. Do it well if you can!
I get a lot of questions from people who want to know how to write a CV or improve theirs and unfortunately I am not a CV pro. If I’m honest my own resume could use a nice upgrade!
Luckily, one of our writers (Anna Jones) who knows a thing or two about resumes, has put together a helpful list of work at home resume tips for you to check out.
And when all else fails, you can use a resume template if you start from zero and just fill in the blanks. Of course, that makes things easier.
It goes without saying, but check and double-check your resume for spelling or grammar mistakes. Run it in a spell checker and get another set of eyes as well.
Another idea is to pay a professional to make your resume for you. The price is not cheap for CV services, but it will pay off if it lands you interviews and hopefully a job.
6 – learn new things
When browsing job postings, you may find yourself rejecting various offers because you lack certain skills.
Well, who said you can’t learn these skills? You don’t always have to go back to school to learn new things, although that’s never a bad idea either. Fortunately, the Internet is full of various resources for learning.
With that in mind, I wrote an article 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 these learning resources provide the tools you need to learn those skills.
If you’re looking for an online course on something specific about working from home, you can check out my « Courses to Take » page. This is a list of highly rated online courses that will help you work from home in different industries.
7 – Learn more about work from home scams
Work from home scams give telecommuting a bad name. I have met so many people who refuse to apply for a work from home job because they got ripped off. These people don’t trust anything anymore, and that’s understandable!
Red flags to watch out for include payment requests, unsolicited emails, extremely vague information, little to no contact information, outrageous tax returns, and so-called working from home businesses with names that include the words « payday », « profit », « wealth », « liberty », « fortune », and so on.
Also, never agree to let a company send you a check for « office supplies » before you start working, and then deposit it into your own account in return, transferring some of the money to them.
This is the oldest scam in the book, and of all the « is this a scam » emails I get, this is the most common people asking me. It’s everywhere.
Read my « is this a scam? » Checklist so you know what to look for the next time you’re unsure.
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So, these are my tips! I would love for you to share what you are planning to do to find a work from home job this year!
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