According to the US Census, approximately 8 million Americans work from home. And with technology progressing every day, it’s getting more normal for people to telecommute and adopt a work from home lifestyle.
With many Americans in pursuit of work-from-home careers, it’s not surprising that there are a ton of companies looking to scam job hunters. In addition to finding a reputable company to work for, it may come as a shock that working from home isn’t as easy as you might think.
If you’re dreaming of daily commute consisting of a walk from your bedroom to your in-home workspace, here are some tips for finding a job and working from home successfully.
How to find a job with a reputable company
To some, finding a job working for a reputable company may sound like a no brainer, but it’s actually easier to walk into a scam than you think.
Look for red flags
- Pay attention to the recruiter’s email address. If it’s Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, etc., it’s a scam. Real companies will provide their employees with email addresses that mirror their website or domain.
- If they offer to interview via chat to “save time” to “fill the position quickly,” it’s a scam.
Whenever someone reaches out to you for an interview, look them up on Linkedin to make sure they’re who they claim to be.
Research the company
Before moving forward with the interview process, make sure to research the company. In addition to scouring the internet and deep-diving their website, take advantage of websites like Glassdoor to help paint a full picture.
Once you’ve determined the company is real, check their reputation using Google Reviews and the Better Business Bureau’s website.
Read the job description carefully
The wording in a job description can be a dead giveaway to whether or not the job is legitimate. For legitimate work-from-home jobs, job descriptions almost always include a detailed list of responsibilities and required experience to help you determine whether or not you’re qualified (and interested!) in applying.
If the description only includes a few bullet points or makes it sound like getting the job will be quick and easy, it’s probably a scam.
NEVER pay anyone
If you’re told that you’ll have to pay for your own training, it’s probably a scam. Any company that has a fee for you to get the position should be an immediate red flag.
How to succeed in a work from home career
Now that you’ve hopefully weeded out the scams and found a job at home with a reputable company, it’s time to set you up for success. Working from home is more difficult than you might think.
Here are some tips to help you succeed.
Organization is the key to productivity. Without a planned and organized day, it’s easy to get distracted with laundry, dishes, and even TV.
Have a set workspace
Have a dedicated workspace. Working from bed (although comfortable) isn’t going to be the best environment to stay on task and get work done. You might even fall asleep if you’re not careful.
Stay in contact with your team
When working from home, you can feel disconnected from your teammates, and it can get lonely. Set meetings and stay involved. Sometimes, especially when working on a challenging project, it’s nice to feel like you’re not alone.
When working from home, without the distraction of your colleagues, it’s easy to get lost in your work and forget to eat or move around. Set aside time in your calendar to go for a walk, make sure you eat lunch, and don’t burn yourself out.
Create a work-life balance
While working from home, it can be difficult to stop work for the day. You might tell yourself “one last task” while watching tv or trying to wind down for the night. Set limits for yourself and leave your computer in the other room.
Now that you know how to find a great work from home job with a reputable company, and how to succeed – it’s time to start the job search. The first step when searching for a new job is to update your resume and make sure your Linkedin profile looks professional.