Of all the questions I receive about finding work-at-home jobs, this one tops the list: “Can you help me find a job?” It’s just not that simple. When you decide to look for a job, work-at-home job or otherwise, you have to have some idea of what you’re searching for. In most cases, there are specific factors that lead to the decision to work at home. Here are some ideas to put you on the right career path.
Reasons for Choosing a Work-at Home Job
For a long time, at home jobs were considered unreliable, scams. While there are still scams artists out there who would like nothing better than to separate honest folks from their money, this is a legitimate and trending type of employment. As a result of the recent recession, those who have been downsized by their companies or lost their businesses, searched for a new way to make ends meet.
Online opportunities made that possible. Just about everything can be done virtually these days. It offers lower overhead for employers and another avenue for attracting customers. For those who want to get back to work, supplement retirement income or who don’t have a lot of money to invest in a new career, online work meets those needs.
What types of jobs offer opportunities for at-home employees? Some positions to consider: customer service support, medical transcription, medical billing, translations, writing of all types, bookkeeping, healthcare triage, consulting, product testing and more. The opportunities are endless depending on your skill set, your interests, your time and your flexibility.
How to Choose a Work-at-Home Opportunity
We mentioned a few criteria for choosing the right at home job. The first is skillset. Each of us brings a unique set of skills to the table. Throughout your life of work, every opportunity adds a new experience that can be helpful. Your career training is a good place to begin with finding a job that can be performed from your residence.
What interests you as far as work? As a retiree, this might be the time to pursue a line of work that coincides with some interest you’ve always wanted to pursue. Your passions can drive which job offerings you decide to follow up on and which you will pass over.
Flexibility is a major draw for people interested in at home work. When you set your own hours, there is more time for family and personal pursuits. The income may be less than you were previously used to but the trade-off is worth it for many. A variety of at home jobs allow you to choose which hours of the day are best for work and which for family.
Time commitments are important to consider for at home jobs. Some require you to report to a supervisor via a time management program or a spreadsheet to account for each hour you are on the clock. Others may require a certain number of hours per week at your discretion. Still more are driven by client needs. Choose a job that meets your time constraints.
Skill set, time, flexibility and interests play a roll in the type of work-at-home job you choose.