Once you understand the basics of working from home, if you decide that telecommuting is for you, the next challenge is finding a legitimate job. I have worked from home since February 2016 for several companies. Finding a legitimate job is hard, but not impossible. Here’s how to avoid the scams and find a job that suits your equestrian lifestyle.
If you want to work from home but don’t know what you want to do, start browsing on FlexJobs.com. This is where I found my first two remote jobs. FlexJobs.com has over 30,000 legitimate, screened job postings. These range from entry level, minimum wage jobs to six-figure executive positions. Some require travel, some let you work 100% remote, some require you to work in office but have flexible schedules. Companies range from small startups to Fortune 100 companies.
You do have to pay to access FlexJob.com’s job postings, but it is well worth the investment if you are really searching for a remote position. FlexJobs.com uses its own employees to screen every job posting, so you don’t have to worry about running into scams. That makes it well worth the small annual fee.
The jobs posted on FlexJobs.com are very competitive, so your resume has to be in top condition. You really need to understand how to use keywords to get past the gatekeeper, and you need to create a separate resume for every job you apply for. If you use a generic resume, you will not get far in the hiring process. It took me six months to land my first position. Once my resume was stellar, then jobs came easily. If you are not a resume master, hire someone. Think of it as an investment in your future.
Learn more about FlexJobs.com here.
I found my current work-from-home job on Indeed. I work for a local Tucson company, and they allow me to telecommute. I work as an Independent Contractor, so as long as I meet deadlines, I can work on my own schedule. This has been the perfect position to balance with running my Tucson horse boarding facility. If you want to work remote for a local company, Indeed is the place to look.
Indeed does not screen their job postings like FlexJobs.com does, so use caution when searching. You will run into scams. Be sure to Google any companies you are considering working for, check the Better Business Bureau website, and look for reviews on GlassDoor.com. Some of these scams sound like legitimate jobs until you start digging.
How can you tell if a job is a scam? The most obvious way is if the job posting is written in poor English. Legitimate employers will take the time to write a quality job description. If the job posting says that the company will buy you a computer and/or a smartphone, it is a scam. Every legitimate company requires you to provide your own computer and phone. Finally, if the company asks you to pay to apply, it is a scam.
Find jobs on Indeed here.
If working from home AND working for yourself is right for you, I recommend marketing your skills on Fiverr.
Making money on Fiverr is an art. You’ll be competing with people who may offer to do more for less, so you have to prove to potential clients that you will deliver a superior product.
Find a product that you can produce well and stick with it. Once you establish a group of loyal clients, you can add upsells to your product, and this is where you really start making money.
See what you could offer on Fiverr here.
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Upwork and Freelancer
I started dabbling in working from home way back in 2006 when telecommuting was in its infancy. Back then, I could find good paying writing jobs on Elance (now Upwork) and made a good amount of money with my freelance writing side hustle. The rate per word was fair, and if I had dedicated myself to it full time, I could have earned a living wage.
However, over the last 12 years, Upwork and Freelancer have become flooded with contractors in third-world countries who can do the same work for a fraction of the price due to the low cost of living. While you can find consistent contracts on these sites, you will also run into a lot of scams. It’s unlikely that you’ll make what you are worth.
These sites do have some positives. If you want to start freelancing and need to build a portfolio, this is a place to start. You won’t want to stay with these sites long because as your skills develop you should charge more, and most people on those sites are looking for the cheapest work, not the best.
Learn more about Upwork here and Freelancer here.
Show Off Your Best
Over your professional career, you’ve probably developed some valuable skills. Show this off on your resume and in your cover letters. Don’t downplay your skills. One of the hardest things about finding your first work-from-home job is that you are no longer competing with your local community for a position – you are competing with people from all over the world. You have to learn to stand out. Brag about your skills. List any awards you’ve earned or licenses you hold. Employers want to know why you are good for their company. Once you create a sparkling, custom resume, your first work-from-home job will find you.
Do you work from home? Where did you find your first job? Let me know in the comments below!
Welcome! I've been a freelance writer since 2002 and have numerous horse-related articles published in print and online publications. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Rocky Mountain College with a major in Equestrian Studies and a minor in Business Management. My current business ventures include High Plains Arena and real estate investing.