In a world of remote work, freelance, and contract work, the idea of working from home for a company is becoming more and more commonplace. In-home working can be a great option for many people. It offers the opportunity to save time by working from home, get schoolwork done or work on projects after school without leaving your house, and may also lead to a better quality of life with less commuting and more time at home with friends and family. Working from home can give you access to fewer coworkers but many more degrees of separation: You can telecommute with individuals who are geographically disparate and therefore much harder to meet outside of virtual meeting rooms. In-home workers may also usually get some kind of discount — either in the form of money saved on gas or car lease payments — as an incentive to stay home rather than going into an office every day. There are many companies that offer this type of position, but how do you choose which one is best for you?
Assess Your Needs
Remote work is a pretty broad term that can encompass a huge range of jobs and companies, working conditions, and employee types. If you have any health issues, family situations, or other unique circumstances that might make it difficult to work from home, you should make sure you take them into account when assessing your needs. If you are a parent with young children, for example, you might want to avoid working from home, since you do not want to miss out on being a full-time parent. You might instead want to look for a company that allows you to work from another place, like a coworking space, so you can be around other people and have a little more flexibility in your schedule. You may also want to consider your skill set and what you are qualified to do. Remote workers usually are given a range of tasks to do — so you may want to look for companies that offer a variety of the types of work you are interested in doing. You may also want to consider the level of education you have. Many companies will want employees with at least a bachelor’s degree, and may even have a higher education requirement — especially for people in more academic or research-focused fields.
Company Culture and Reputation
You can assess company culture by looking at the website, social media, and reviews of the company. Some companies are very transparent about the culture of the company, while others may not be as open and honest. If the company is not very transparent about the culture and work environment, you may want to look elsewhere. You may also want to see how long the company has been around. New companies may not be able to offer the same benefits and perks that long-standing companies may offer. You may also want to check out the reputation of the company among remote workers, or search for in-home workers on websites like Reddit.
Company Environment and Equipment
You may want to assess the equipment that the company provides for you to work with and what the office or home environment is like. If you are working at home, you may want to make sure that your home environment is conducive to working. You may also want to check whether the company has any requirements for your equipment and home setup. Some companies may have certain software requirements, like using a specific virtual meeting room or computer. You may also want to assess the company’s virtual meeting room, if applicable, and whether it is conducive to working.
Payment, Advance, and Cancellation Policies
Companies may offer different payment policies for remote workers, and you should look for one that fits your needs. Some companies may offer a payment guarantee, which is a promise to pay you a certain amount, regardless of how long your work takes or how much you earn, while other companies may pay per task. You should also look at the policies relating to an advance. Some companies may require you to pay an advance before they start working with you — so you may want to check whether there is a refund policy in place if you don’t end up getting the work done. You should also look at the cancellation policies of the company, especially if you are working on a contract with an end date. If you need to end your contract early, you may want to check what the cancellation policy is and whether you will have any fees to pay.
Requirements for Success
You can assess the requirements for success by looking at the job description, reading reviews from both remote workers and people who have hired remote workers from the company. You may want to check whether the company has any special requirements for the job, such as a degree or certification, or a special type of computer or equipment. You may also want to check what the company’s goals are and how remote workers fit into those goals.
Remote work is an ever-growing industry, and there are many great companies that hire remote workers. You should assess your needs, culture, environment, equipment, and requirements for success to find the best company for you. Choosing the best company for you may also mean you have to wait until the right opportunity comes along, but it may also mean taking initiative and reaching out to companies that you would like to work for.