More and more people are becoming interested in working from home.
Who doesn’t want to skip the daily commute, traffic jams, or corporate politics – right?
I know I do.
Being able to work comfortably at the four corners of your own room sounds attractive to most people. Not to mention you’ll have flexible hours, handsome pay, and more quality time with family are only a handful of what an online business can promise.
Very ideal, isn’t it?
If these all sound tempting to you, Here are some tips on how you can get started and score a decent and legit remote job.
1.Know your skills
Before actually applying for one, you need to evaluate yourself first. What are you good at? What is your related experience? What is your interest?
Do you have great communication skills? Perhaps you can work as a customer support.
Do you love to teach? You would probably make a good online tutor.
Are you a passionate writer? Do you enjoy writing articles? Business blogs hire freelance writers and you just might be the perfect writer for them.
Are you a techie person? Good for you! There are unlimited opportunities for you in the IT and Digital Marketing industry.
Getting online work is not as easy as you think. Clients would require that you have the matching skill set they need. This means that you will need to level up or at least make use of your experience as an advantage.
2. Create your resume
Make sure that your resume is very well-crafted. This will be your “face” and your resume should do the talking. It’s important to make it short and concise but still complete. If it’s too long, chances are you’ll bore the hiring manager.
Emphasize your skills. Unlike traditional resumes, you don’t need to put much of your educational background unless the job you’re applying for specifically requires you to have those credentials.
What businesses are interested to see is, if you’re equipped with the necessary skill set.
Have you recently attended seminars or online courses? What software are you familiar with? What are your previous projects and their results? What’s in your portfolio?
If you are a newbie and don’t have enough experience, it will not hurt if you showcase your ethics and your willingness to learn. Did you initiate applying to a certain course or have you taken online skill exams or certifications? Many clients are willing to train new people if they see some potential. Of course, not to mention, newbies are more affordable too.
Ask yourself. Will this resume make me stand out? Will this make me saleable?
3. Use job boards or business directories
To name a few, here are some places where you can find clients online:
- Jobs at Problogger.com
The market is competitive and you will experience being rejected. That’s okay. That’s part of the journey and just keep on upgrading your skills and expanding your network. Which brings me to my next point.
4. Connect with your network
Never skip this step. You’ll never know, opportunities are just around the corner and definitely within your reach.
Many clients prefer referrals. Most likely, they would trust someone’s recommendation over a stack of resumes. If you’re qualified and the timing is right, you have a competitive advantage over the others.
Also, connect with your friends on Facebook or grow your LinkedIn network. Side note: LinkedIn is a great way to find clients because people go here to connect professionally.
5. Research the company/client
You’ll be surprised that there are many job scams out there online. Be vigilant and careful.
Common red flags are: the client is asking for money and if the offer is too good to be true. Be extra cautious when sending your personal information especially bank details. Identity theft is rampant so be alert.
It is not a bad idea to ask the company for references. Ask around. Check online reviews.
6. Follow up
Yes, you can make follow-ups.
Send a polite email follow-up. Clients are busy and sending them gentle nudge never hurts.
Looking for an online job is as hard as applying for a traditional job. But with the right mindset, skillset, and hard work, you’ll be working on that dream job soon enough.