“How did you begin working from home?” I am asked that question constantly and for me, the story began in 2007. I was working as a real estate assistant when I began having serious babysitting issues (situations that were extremely harmful to my children). I had to sit down and really pray on this dilemma. How could I balance the need for me to be with my boys and produce an income? Well, I approached by supervisor and explained my situation. I was prepared to offer my resignation when she kindly said, “Why don’t you work from home?” That threw me for a loop! That was in 2007 and I have not stepped in an office since. Although I do not work with the real estate agent any more, that simple conversion of an office position into a work-from-home job launched my virtual assistant business and I have worked with numerous clients over the years, all the while supporting my family. So, how can you successfully land a work-from-home job?
Place yourself where you need to be; meaning, if you are seeking work as a virtual assistant, find an online forum and actively participate by asking questions of other members. Connect with local support groups. Utilize social media sites to access freelance groups. Word of mouth works wonderfully! Get comfortable marketing yourself and let everyone know you are looking for a position. Reach out to businesses in your area. Real estate agents, insurance brokers and property management companies are excellent starting points.
Consider volunteering. Many non-profit agencies welcome volunteers to create newsletters, perform secretarial work, raise much-needed funds and write grant proposals, just to name a few. You will make professional connections as well as provide a valuable service to a good cause.
Apply to Freelance sites
There are a number of online freelance sites and they all have different criteria. Make sure to complete your profile as this is what employers will see first. Develop a portfolio of your work and upload to the freelance site. Showing samples of your work will set you apart. Many of these sites are free so definitely try them.
Make sure you have the skills.
Today’s job market is highly competitive and employers have their pick of applicants. When I brought on a virtual assistant, I received well over 100 resumes for one part-time position. Unfortunately, the majority of the applicants did not possess the skill set described in the vacancy posting. Virtual assistants, for example, should be well conversed in social media and know how to set up blogs in several blogging platforms. Read the job description carefully and only apply if you meet all of the requirements.
As I mentioned above, employers are inundated with applications for a single position and it is possible you may not get a response as quickly as you would like. Do not be discouraged by the lack of a response. Continue to market your skills by networking. Finding a work-from-position can be tedious but well worth the effort. Stay focused on your goal – you can do it!
Regina has been a home-based entrepreneur since 2007, after the birth of her youngest child. Her virtual assistant business has provided administrative services to clients worldwide, primarily real estate investors. Her top-notch organizational skills have helped real estate professionals close on numerous properties across the United States. As a freelance writer, she has written articles regarding home-based businesses and an E-book for aspiring virtual assistants. Blog: Diary of A Home-Schooler.