01Start With These 5 Basic Steps to Find a Work-at-Home Job
How do I find a work-at-home job? This is a question I'm asked frequently. If there were one simple answer to this question, this site would have a lot fewer resources. But the fact is, the way to find a work-at-home job is to spend a lot of time and hard work on it. It is a process, and there is no one simple, guaranteed path. (In fact, any work at home opportunity that makes it sound like there is is likely a work at home scam.)
However, there are some basic steps to starting that process of finding a work-at-home job
02Assess your life.
Before you hop right in and attempt to find a work at home job, spend some time thinking about this goal.
Why do you want to work at home? Do you want to spend more time with your family? If so, be sure your new career will, in fact, allow you to enjoy your family time. Not every work at home job offers better work-life balance.
What type of job do you want to do from home? Are you trying to break away from your current career? If so, keep in mind that starting in a new career, particular one working at home, may pay less and be more difficult to break into.
If you are a stay-at-home mom who wants to make some extra money, it's your time and child care needs that you need to consider. You may need to hire a sitter, which will cut into your income. You must balance the two.
In the end it comes down to the question: Should I work at home? Be sure the answer is yes.
03Narrow your focus.
There are so many possible ways to work from home. You can start you own home business, you can pick up extra cash doing little micro jobs, you can become a freelancer or consultant in the field you are in, you can turn your current job into a telecommuting position, or you can find a full-time telecommuting job.
Depending on your skills, experience, education and lifestyle, some of those options are going to be easier to break into than other.
Use these resources to figure out where to put your focus:
- 7 Ways to Pick Up Extra Cash From Home
- Turn Your Current Job into a Telecommuting One
- What Is a Micro Job (and Can You Make Money at One)?
- Home Business vs. Telecommuting Job
If you have figured out the general direction you want to go, then get started either job searching or finding the right home business opportunity.
- 37 Home Business Ideas
- Top Telecommute Friendly Companies
- Index of Work-at-Home Jobs Lists
- Directory of More than 200 Companies Hiring Telecommuters
05Set goals (not a deadline).
If you'd like to work from home once your child starts school or by summer or any other date, make that your goal.
Keep in mind, however, that there are many things out of your control. And while you need to keep working to meet that goal, you may not. And be sure your goal is reasonable.
Break the goal down to a weekly or daily to-do list. Set a certain amount of time per week to devote to your job-searching. And stick to it. Working at home means being disciplined with your time. Don't get sidetracked with interesting articles or social media when you are researching online.
If you are not having any success, take a look at the steps you've been taking and look for a weak point. Are you applying to jobs you are qualified for? Is your resume error-free and paints a attractive picture of all your skills? Are you writing effective emails to potential employers? If you are having trouble making your goal a reality, read this article for a little more insight on what might be holding you back.