How to Get Legit Work-From-Home Jobs

You can get legit work-from-home jobs. Those types of jobs do exist if you have the right skills and know where to look. Before proceeding with any virtual employer, make sure you are dealing with a legitimate opportunity.

What Skills Do You Need?

As a work-from-home (also called virtual or remote) employee you need all the skills you would in the office, plus some. You’ll also need to be:

  • Great communicator. Much of our communication is non-verbal. As a remote employee you lose the ability to judge someone’s body language because you often communicate via email, or at best in a video conference. You need to be direct, articulate and able to ask clarifying questions when you don’t understand something.
  • Tech savvy. Remote employees need a familiarity with web-based tools and products like Dropbox, Google Docs, Skype, video chat and various instant messaging clients, plus web-based email.
  • Focused. Working from home is not coed language for “getting paid to do nothing.” Your employer expects you to deliver results. As a work-from-home mom myself, I’ll tell you that your house is f-u-l-l of potential distractions. Dirty dishes, laundry, sunny weather, they all tug at you, asking you to leave work behind and attend to them. You need the self-control to stay focused on work.

Where to Find Legit Work-From-Home Jobs

1099Mom

Every Friday, 1099Mom.com posts a round-up of legit work-from-home jobs. I’ve followed this list for years and seen everything from customer service to project manager to medical transcription.

Elance and Odesk

Elance.com and Odesk.com are job board for virtual employees. Yes, some portion of the positions are freelance (meaning you work as a contractor, not as a regular employee), but you’ll find some part-time and full-time employment opportunities there too. You may also consider doing some contract work to start building your work-from-home   resume. Contract work can help you build a reputation as a reliable, quality remote employee, it’s easier to secure future positions.

Is This a Legit Work-From-Home Job?

Work-from-home jobs are very similar to traditional office jobs. The same kinds of things you’d look for in a traditional employer, you should look for in a virtual employer including:

  • Free. You should never have to pay to apply or work in a legitimate work-from-home position. (You’d never pay to apply for a traditional office job. This should be no different)
  • Reputable company. Spend some time investigating the company you are considering working for. Look for a solid, robust website. Check the Better Business Bureau for reviews. Google “{company name} reviews” and see what comes up. Also, if your primary contact is using a free public email account like xyz@gmail.com or xyz@yahoo.com, consider that a red flag
  • Follow your gut. If your instincts tell you that something is amiss, then listen. You can  and should trust your own intuition.

Do you work from home? How did you find your position? What tips would you share with others looking to do the same?