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When you hear the word “work-from-home”, you probably think of telemarketers and other call center employees who work from home. But what if you didn’t have a commute, an office cubicle, or even an official title? It turns out that being able to work from home can be extremely advantageous. Working from home can be easier on your personal life as well as save you money on gas, parking, and formal attire for work. In fact, working from home is becoming increasingly common—whether it’s because companies want to help their employees balance their personal life and professional responsibilities or because they see cost savings by not having to pay for office space. Whether you’re just starting to look for opportunities or have already begun applying but haven’t found success yet, read on for some great advice on how to make your way into the work-from-home world.
Research and preparation is key
The first thing you’ll want to do is do your research. This means researching companies that hire remote employees as well as remote positions that you think you would enjoy. This will help you get a better idea of where to start and what you’ll need for each position. Since many work-from-home positions don’t require a lot of previous experience, you may be able to find a position that is a good fit for your skill set. However, it’s important to remember that just because the position doesn’t require a lot of previous experience doesn’t mean that you don’t still need to prepare. The last thing you want to do is not be prepared for an interview and miss out on a great position just because you weren’t ready for it.
Try working from home as a remote employee first
Before you dive in and start applying for work-from-home positions, it may be a good idea to try working as a remote employee first. Many companies hire remote employees as customer service representatives, IT/computer technicians, data entry specialists, and other positions that don’t require a ton of experience. Working as a remote employee first will give you a better idea of whether or not you like working from home, what kind of positions you’re good at, and what positions you may want to look for when you start applying for work-from-home jobs. You’ll also have some experience under your belt to include in your application and use to help sell yourself to potential employers.
Network and apply to jobs you’re excited about
Once you’ve researched work-from-home positions and decided on a few you’d like to apply for, you’ll want to start networking. This means communicating with people (either online or offline) who are in the same field as you or who work for the company you’re trying to work for. This can be beneficial for a few reasons. First, it allows you to connect with individuals who may be able to give you advice or send you leads on jobs. Second, it shows them that you’re a go-getter, that you’re interested in making connections, and that you’re serious about finding a position. While you’re networking, you’ll also want to apply to jobs that you’re excited about and qualified for.
The work-from-home world is a wide open field of opportunity. There are tons of positions that don’t require experience, and many even offer benefits such as health insurance and paid time off. Working from home can be easier on your personal life as well as save you money on gas, parking, and formal attire for work. If you’re just starting to look for opportunities or have already begun applying but haven’t found success yet, remember to research and prepare before you apply, try working as a remote employee first, and network and apply to jobs you’re excited about.