Finding a work-from-home job can be easier than you think. With a strong resume, a dose of perseverance, and a bit of creativity, you’ll be on your way to a freer, fuller, and more flexible life.
Here are five tips to send you on your way.
If you are currently working in a traditional brick-and-mortar job, it is important to give your best and to go the extra mile. Stand out in your company by exceeding expectations, by being a positive and important part of the team, by dressing to match the upper level executives, and by working hard to create strong interpersonal relationships with colleagues and supervisors.
If you are good at what you do and you are a valuable part of your company’s success (see #1), the company won’t want to lose you. So, if you would like to work from home AND you like the company you currently work for…ask. Create a proposal and make a request. Outline how you will stay in touch, how often (or if…) you will come into the office, etc. Get your thoughts out on the table and see what happens.
Granted, this doesn’t work in every field. If you’re a police officer or a nurse or a park ranger, you can’t exactly do that from home. But many administrative and project-based jobs are well-suited for a virtual and/or telecommuting arrangement.
If you’re not currently working, this tip still applies. For example, perhaps you are a website designer and you notice that a local business has a shabby website…why not approach them with a portfolio and see if they would like to hire you? Or perhaps you are a whiz with numbers and have accounting experience…stop in at a few local businesses and ask if your services might be needed. The only risk is being told “no.”
3. SUBSCRIBE to a flexible job search database.
Companies like FlexJobs and 10til2 locate credible work-from-home, part-time, and flexible job opportunities FOR YOU. From there, you can select those that are in your area of expertise and apply.
4. FOLLOW job boards of companies with a reputation for offering flexible scheduling.
Do you have a friend or acquaintance who has a great work-from-home arrangement? Research the company and bookmark the “jobs” page on the company’s website. If a business offers other employees flexible hours, perhaps they would be willing to do the same for you?
5. GET EDUCATED.
If you’re searching job listings and find yourself getting discouraged by the education/experience requirements, now might be a good time to enroll in a trade school, community college, or university. Be sure to select a field with a reputation for flexibility!
6. START your own business.
If you’d rather be your own boss and create your own success, you can always start your own business. Be an entrepreneuer. Identify your passion and move ahead. It might be a bumpy road, but you’ll learn a lot and there’s endless potential for monetary gain.