Since 2017, there has been a steady increase in work from the office to homes. Forbes reported that in 2017 at least 5.2% or 8 million people worked from their homes.
Now more than ever, home-based jobs are becoming more sought after. Last March 12, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the novel coronavirus as a pandemic. Everyone was asked to stay at home to keep themselves and others safe.
Suddenly, business operations stopped. Workers are asked to either work from home or not work at all. In some cases, employers had to cut employees’ pay. Others needed to retrench employees to keep the company afloat.
Many are now turning into home-based jobs to be able to supplement their financial needs during the crisis.
How Can I Get A Home-based Job?
A home-based job is a work that you can perform remotely—mostly from your home. With the rise of the internet and technological advancements, tasks can be done anywhere.
Here are some of the things you can do to start your home-based career:
1. Look for the different home-based jobs available
A quick Google search for home-based jobs can give you a list of different options. You can become an online tutor, customer service agent, website designer, SEO consultant, or tax preparer.
Take a look at each of the job descriptions. Learn more about the jobs that interest you. What’s great is that there is a lot of information about them on blogs, news websites, and YouTube.
These jobs may be part-time or project-based at first, but there are opportunities to make a career out of them. You can find success stories from freelancers everywhere.
2. Find out which of your skills fit the list
Jobs in the internet range from data entry to IT specialists. It’s better if you can identify what skills you currently have and match it to the home-based jobs you are interested in.
During this time, it’s also good to review your CV and start listing any special skills, certification, and mastery level of tools. Of course, you need to be able to navigate through the internet and use basic programs such as Google, Outlook, and Skype.
3. Learn more about it
Interested in a position but don’t have the skills for it? There is a lot of tutorials on the internet on how to become a transcriptionist. You can study online courses on how to code or become a programmer. You can even learn how to become a tax preparer.
Search through Udemy, Coursera, Masterclass, and YouTube for tutorials. Read all about the home-based position through blogs. Identify credible and knowledgeable key persons and learn from their LinkedIn and Medium posts.
4. Start applying for the job
Sometimes, there’s no other way to learn but to do it. Take all the tips and tricks that you learned and apply it to your job search.
Sign up for websites such as Fiverr, Upwork, and Simply Hired. Set up your CV and profile, and start applying for jobs that you can work on. There are employers who are willing to provide training to give chances for new freelancers.
Just like in any other type of job search, it’s important to do your research and prepare yourself. These home-based jobs are not difficult to get. Believe in yourself and learn all you can to be the best!