Working from home is the new American dream. You can work in your PJ’s, make your own hours, and often do it all while kids are running circles around you making messes that you can clean up later. It’s a win, win, win!
The great thing is, many businesses offer remote positions, and there are several online jobs available. In fact, according to a 2017 report published in the New York Times, 43 percent of employed Americans said they spent at least some time working remotely.
Yet, here you are spending hours a week driving to and from work, spending money on gas and daycare, when it seems everyone else can work from home. “How do they do it?” you ask yourself. “How can I get an online job that I can do from home?”
Well, good news! We’ve brought you a step-by-step guide on the easiest way to get an online job.
1. Set goals
When embarking on any new adventure, especially one that includes your financial future, it is imperative that you set goals. These goals should include how many hours per week you are willing to spend, and how much money you need to earn. As you move along in your online working endeavor, reevaluate those goals, and even add some more if you want to.
It has been written several times over that “A goal not written is only a wish,” so write your goals so you can begin checking them off.
2. Ask your current employer
If you’ve been with your current employer for a long enough time, there may be options for you. Many companies are now allowing employees to part or all of their work remotely. Forbes offers some great tips on how to get your boss to let you work from home, including, suggesting a trial run, creating a dedicated home work space, and several others.
3. Identify your niche
Whether you are starting from scratch or branching out on your own in your related field, it’s important to determine what that related field is, i.e., your niche.
Maybe you are a writer and want to start your own freelance writing business. This is all great, but it will be even more great if you can pinpoint your strengths, whether it is storytelling, column writing, focusing on a specific topic area, or performing research. When you’re first starting out, finding a specific niche will help you stand out above others, and as you build your portfolio, you can branch out into other areas of interest.
4. Build a portfolio
Speaking of building a portfolio, this is also a key component to growing your online business. When you’re first starting out, you may have to take on work that pays very little and even nothing. But, if you have concrete evidence that you have experience in your related field, you can begin to generate work that brings in the dollars you need from your very own home and internet server.
5. Be willing to do small jobs
Maybe you’re not the entrepreneurial type, and you would rather be an online employee. Perhaps you are a stay-at-home parent who just wants to help out with the bills or to add to the family vacation account. If so, there are several odd jobs that can be completed online with no background experience needed.
6. Don’t give up
Just like any job, gaining employment online requires hustle. It means putting yourself out there even in vulnerable and uncomfortable positions. You will likely be challenged in ways you never thought possible. But when you overcome those challenges and finally find yourself on the other end, you will you will be glad that you didn’t give up.
Because there’s no place like home … and there’s really no place like a home office.