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How to Start Working From Home

Posted On: September 14th, 2018

Working from home sounds amazing doesn’t it? You don’t have to worry about being late or what to wear. You have more flexibility than in a traditional office setting and it is a great way to supplement your income. It seems most people would love to work from home, but don’t know how to start. Well, I am here to help! I have been on the hunt for a part-time, work-from-home job so I know how overwhelming it can be to begin the search. Glassdoor has a wonderful article featuring the top-10 companies to work from home for.

                There are a wide variety of jobs that can be done remotely, which surprised me. I always associated working from home with a customer service representative who helps solve problems via phone or in a chat for customers. The reality is there are many other options! You could be a medical coder, writer, consultant, or teacher just to name a few. Forbes has an article listing the 20 most common work-from-home jobs; you may be surprised at what you see.

                You can use the normal job search engines like Indeed, Monster and Career Builder to find work-from-home jobs, but I haven’t found many decent results from these sites. Flexjobs is a great resource for anyone looking for flexibility. Not all of the jobs on Flexjobs are remote; they do offer postings for part-time, freelance, temporary/seasonal, and flexible schedule jobs. Each job is vetted by a team member to ensure they are legitimate. There is a fee associated with using the site; users can choose to pay a monthly fee of $14.95 or $49.95 per year. You can visit their frequently asked questions page for more information. Another good resource is Dream Home Based Work. The blog provides readers with valuable information such as who is currently hiring, unusual ways to make money, and how to get into specific jobs such as transcription. There are also different categories with companies based on what you want to do.

                Another way to earn money is to start a blog. Yes you read that right! Start a blog. Many people make money from their blogs. Just remember it won’t be an easy task, but it will be a lot of fun especially if you write on something you are passionate about. Trust me on this! There are tons of resources on the Internet about how to get started with a blog; this specific post really stuck out to me. It walks you through step by step how to set up your blog. If you are crafty you could start an Etsy store in conjunction with your blog.

                As with anything out there you need to be wary of scams. You should never have to pay for a job or supply your credit card or bank account information. Check out this article from the Federal Trade Commission on job scams. Flexjobs also has a great article on common job scams and how to protect yourself. If you are thinking a job is too good to be true, chances are it probably is.           

                Do you have a work-from-home job? I would love to hear all about it! Send me an email at Val@rivervalleycu.org. Make sure to visit my blog here for more fun!