In my last article, I discussed some of the reasons why it might be desirable to take an internet job or work at home position as a disabled person. Many people believe it can be convoluted and confusing trying to find a job working from home, but it’s not as hard as you think. You simply need to know where to go in order to find valid work at home jobs. There are a variety of online jobs for people with a computer and good customer service, typing, transcription and writing skills. There are also a number of teaching a tutoring jobs available online if you possess a college degree. Even if you don’t have these skills, it’s possible to get the training you need to develop them.
The first and most important thing to understand is that you should never have to pay for leads or invest money for a valid online position, with the exception of specialized equipment you might need, such as a headset if you’ll be working in phone support or customer service. There are a lot of scams out there. If a website is asking you to pay money for a list of work from home opportunities, pass them by. You don’t need them. Also, if a site is offering you a job for a crazy amount of money in exchange for paid training, this too is more than likely a scam. Stick to jobs that offer you a per hour or per piece/item completion rate of pay and make sure that it will come to a decent hourly rate of pay before signing on.
Things you need to know before applying to work at home positions:
- If the job requires specific equipment, be sure you have the equipment before you apply! Each company will have a page that tells you what you need and almost always states that you need this equipment prior to applying. This is because they often run tests to ensure that your equipment meets the required standards for their systems. Most of these jobs do require you to have an up-to-date computer, often a landline and sometimes a headset and webcam.
- Read everything carefully before applying. You have to fit the needs of the company, the company will not fit your needs. Make sure you are very clear about what is important to them and what they are looking for and that it fits what you can and want to do.
- Your application is extremely important! Because these employers do not get to meet you in person, they tend to ask lots of questions in the application process. Do your best to answer thoroughly and completely. Put your best foot forward, this is your chance to shine! When submitting a resume, be sure to tailor to match what they are looking for as well as possible so they see how your past experience directly relates to the job for which you’re applying.
Utilizing Job Boards to Find Work at Home Positions
It’s also possible to find current work at home positions advertised on popular job boards, such as Career Builder, Monster, Indeed, Simply Hired, Just Jobs and Jobs.com. The key is to using certain key phrases and setting your location to blank or work at home. Good phrases to use include the following:
- remote positions
- off-site position
- work from home,
- virtual office
- virtual position
- freelance position
- independent contractor
Sites Dedicated to Work at Home Positions
Rat Race Rebellion: This adorably named site lets you sign up for daily digests of the latest work at home positions delivered right to your inbox. Best of all, it’s free and all opportunities are pre-screened, so you know they’re valid.
Work at Home Moms: This is another site that attempts to pre-screen job leads. They have a good database and maintain the site frequently and while it’s geared toward mom’s it works for anyone interested in working from home.
www.Allstayathome.com: This site links to other work at home sites, a sort of one stop shop, if you will.
www.Workathomejobleads.com: An easy to navigate site for work at home jobs as well as points and rewards programs, offering a wide variety of options and easy to search.
Here’s a list of actual employers who hire individuals to work from home. These are reputable companies who need data entry, customer service, translation, transcription and tutors.
Training to Work at Home
Interested in working for home, but you don’t really have the skills to manage it? Well, there are a few places that can help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.
www.work-from-home-training.com: They do charge a nominal fee, but it may be worth it if you need to learn how to type, do transcription or learn basic customer service skills to land your first work at home job.
Brooke Training: Pretty much the same as above.
If you do need training, be sure to check with your local disability employment services provider to see if you qualify for tuition assistance! Oftentimes if you’re out of work and disabled, monies are available.
As you can tell, there’s no longer a dearth of work from home opportunities or ways to find them. However, many people desire work at home positions and disabled people make up a huge swath of this population. Competition can be fierce, so it’s best to present yourself professionally and courteously, following all the rules put forth in job descriptions, FAQ’s and guides provided by these employers. It’s also imperative that you be ready to go when they contact you, having all required equipment, skills and a work space set aside so you’re ready to go.