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Tips For Finding Online Work

Updated on August 25, 2014

Work Online Tips

What to Expect When Working on the Web

Most people dream of being able to work from home and here are some helpful tips on things to look for when searching for online jobs.

The key to having a successful career on the internet starts with first accessing your skills. It is important to figure out what you are good at doing. Once you know your skill set then you can look for jobs that will help you with getting the type of work that will fit your experience.

Since not all online jobs are created equal it will take some planning to get the perfect fit. I will share my personal experience with getting hired on the web. I started trying to find work online several years ago once my kids started school.

First I checked out some of the major job boards such as Monster.com and Indeed.com. Later I ended up on Craigslist.com and that is where I was hired as a freelancer. What I did not know is that I would need to keep a resume of my prior work to show my experience.

Online Resume Tips

Showcase Your Best Attributes

Creating a Online Resume

If you want to be considered for top paying jobs online you will want to have a resume. I would keep the cover letter short and to the point. Just focus on your best attributes first, then show the hiring manager how you will help the company with productivity.

You will want to focus on the areas that will help you be a best fit for the type of tasks you will be doing.

Skills You Will Need To Have

Some of the best attributes you will want to have is self-motivation, time management, organizational skills, knowledge of how to use the computer, proper updated computer software and basic understanding how the internet works.

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Best Accessories For Home Office

Some of the things that I use at home for online work:

1. Headphones

2. Ink Printer

3. Laptop Stand

4. External Hard Drive

Importance of Having Social Profiles

Another thing that you will notice when you start applying for online jobs is that many employers will ask for your Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin accounts.

The reason is because it will be easier to communicate with you and for you to keep up to date on the latest news or developments happening in the company.

To set up a social media profile you will want to have a nice profile picture along with a easy to remember username.

You will want to use your social media account to connect with like minded individuals in your industry.

This can be a way for you to get recommendations for new online work that may be available in your current field of knowledge.

Using social media is the best way to stay relevant and keep your eyes and ears open for new opportunities.

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Types of Online Jobs

You will be happy to hear that there are a multitude of jobs available that will allow you to work from the comfort of your home office or work desk.

This is great for moms who are homeschooling their kids as well as for recent retirees who are looking for a flexible schedule now that they are living their golden years traveling.

Setting your own schedule, making your own work load to fit your lifestyle is one of the benefits of being able to choose the type of job you want to do from home.

The job titles you will want to search for would include such areas as: Freelancing, Telework, Independent Contractor, Flex work and Virtual Assistant.

These positions fit all types of fields from business to creative work. Here is some examples of the types on online jobs for creative individuals who are good with art. You can become a graphic designer or web logo designer.

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Make a List of Your Skills

If you are good with typing, and customer service you can offer your skills and become a VA for small business owners.

Also if you are good at writing you can create blog content for webmasters. The internet is full of freelance sites that need micro-workers to help with completing small and big tasks.

You get paid on a contract by contract basis and depending on the type of company that is offering the job opening you can get paid hourly as well.

The future is bright for those looking to expand their work force on the internet.

Working Non-Traditional Hours From Home

Some companies hire teleworkers because it can save on paying for health benefits. Other businesses choose to outsource a workforce to avoid downsizing and liquidating. As a person who works a flex-schedule you may find yourself working more hours than you would if you went to an office everyday.

Managing your time at home is going to be one of the most important skills you will develop to avoid burn-out.

Managing Your Time as a Homebased Worker

To make the most of your time, I have found that you will want to create a "to do list". This way you can set priorities on what is most important when it comes to completing tasks and meeting deadlines.

Unfortunately for most employees who choose to telecommute it can be hard to concentrate and stay focused. Mostly because your home can have multiple distractions, such as tv or radio noise, barking dogs or neighborhood landscaping outdoor noise. To help with these uncontrollable situations is to prepare by picking your quietest time slots during the day.

If mornings are too busy then try evenings when everyone is sleeping, just realize it will depend on the type of occupation you are filling. If it is necessary for you to communicate with your co-workers during the day then you can pick the lunch hour as a time to submit completed projects.

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      bettyshares 3 years ago from Lighthearted Musings

      I have been seeing lots of companies choosing to hire freelance workers who can work from home for little micro task type jobs.

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      I prefer doing IT work at home but I would imagine that for most folks customer service opportunities would be more numerous.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      I would want an employer to communicate via email and not a social site, unless they had their own business account that they wanted you to keep in touch with.

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      bettyshares 3 years ago from Lighthearted Musings

      Donna Cook - I like Etsy it is such a cute little place for finding homemade items, I think that is a good idea to use for making extra money.

      American Choices - I am glad you found the information useful, I agree with finding a niche to work with while creating content online.

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      American_Choices 3 years ago from USA

      Betty Shares,

      This is so helpful - pointing people in the right direction and avoiding scams is critical. Staying focused and finding a niche is also paramount. Very comprehensive article and great video.

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      Donna Cook 3 years ago

      Excellent overview! As a retiree, I'm using my Etsy store and hopefully HP to supplement Social Security.

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      bettyshares 3 years ago from Lighthearted Musings

      Milonow - thanks for stopping by.

      Brian - thanks I appreciate the encouragement

      Glenn - yes that is true, thanks for the warm welcome. Appreciate it.

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      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Searching for jobs to work from home is not an easy task, basically due to all the scammers out there. So one needs to be diligent with their search methods. But for landing those jobs with legitimate agencies it is important to make it clear what you can offer. Your hub has gone into great detail on this subject and I can see it is very helpful for anyone who wants to succeed at finding a good home based job.

      Welcome to HubPages from Squidoo. Based on this hub, I can see that you will be very successful as you continue your writing on HubPages.

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      Brian Stephens 3 years ago from France

      Not often I see an article about working from home that I think is actually useful. But I have today, well done for taking a tricky subject and making it work.

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      Milo Andre Swearengin 3 years ago from Maryland

      Great job, my friend! Thank you!

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      bettyshares 3 years ago from Lighthearted Musings

      @DrBill - I am glad that you were able to have a few moments. Because I love to learn new things too.

      @incomeguru - thanks very much I appreciate your vote up.

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      Oyewole Folarin 3 years ago from Lagos

      Very informative hub. The article has provided all one needs to know about finding job online. Voted up!

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Excellent summary of this important aspect of writing online. As a Life-Long Learner, I like to learn something new each day. I had a few ah-ha moments here, so it is a good day already. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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