Telecommuting Positions: Getting Started
If you have considered working for one of the many telecommuting positions available but not sure where to start I’ve got you covered. I’m writing this post because I know how scary it can be to take on the challenges. One of the biggest challenges I faced was when I decided to find a way to work from home. I can remember the worry and all of those thoughts running through my head. I didn’t know where to start or what company I could trust. But still, I knew it was something I wanted to do. I was done being micromanaged and undervalued. Being a new father I wanted more flexibility. I had decided I was going to work on my terms moving forward. Yet I had no roadmap.
If you’re at this point but don’t know how to take the next steps perhaps this will help. Here are a few tips from me to you: how you can get started with telecommuting positions. Let’s call it a roadmap, sort of speak. This is what I’d advise based on my experience.
- figure out your expenses and what you need to earn
- determine the hours you would like to work, and how many
- ask for leads on good companies
- researched legitimate work from home companies and opportunities
- choose the company or opportunity that suites you best
- set up your home office work space
- began working
Your Needed Earnings
Figuring out what you’ll need to earn is important. Of course, this seems like a given but taking the necessary time to figure this out could save you from taking wonderful position for a horrible or less than desirable pay. Some telecommuting position may pay less. Once you factor you will no longer have the expense of gas and driving back and forth to work a possible decrease in pay may not amount to much. And depending on your insurance provider there could be a discount available, as your driving will probably be cut significantly. Still you’ll want out your expenses. I only raise the matter because you do not want to take a position that is paying too little to cover what you’ve come to expect. Telecommuting positions are attractive because of the flexibility but some companies may not offer the rate of pay that the position is worth. Do your homework. If you know what you need you’ll weed companies and positions out which can not afford you.
Determine Your Available Schedule Beforehand
Just because you will be working from home does not mean you will not have a schedule. But the beauty in many telecommuting opportunities is that you may have some flexibility in the days and hours you work. If you know in advance the days and hours which work for you best you’ll be better able to chose the right opportunity. If you know weekend aren’t good for you be upfront about it. You do not want take a job with a great company when you’ll be working a schedule you hate. Again, many companies are more flexible with their work from home agents. You’ll just need to have a good idea of the hours and days that works best for you. Unlike traditional jobs whereas your schedule is set for you, you may actually be creating your own schedule. If you only want to work 4 hours a day and no weekends find a company which allows you to create this type of schedule. Be patient. There are plenty!
Asking for Leads on Telecommuting Positions
Here’s a secret: you probably know someone who works from home. Really! And even if you don’t you’ll want to ask around for leads. Chances are if you don’t know someone working from home someone you know will. And asking for good leads can save you a lot of time and headaches.
Work from home and telecommuting positions get a bad wrap. The reason is because there are scams out there. Unfortunately some people prey on individuals looking for jobs. It’s sad. Getting leads from those who already work from home can be helpful because you’ll be able to avoid traps. In addition, you’ll also be able to avoid those companies which aren’t as reputable. Speaking with a few people who already telecommute can also help when it comes to getting advice on setting up your home office. Pick their brains and get as much information as you can. It will pay off big down the line.
Researching Companies and Telecommuting Positions
If you’re looking for telecommuting positions and the prospect of working from home research is key. You want to find out everything you can. Unfortunately, you can easily run into shady companies advertising work from home positions which are only looking to take advantage of you. In most instances they’re after your money. So do your research!
Legitimate companies will always have a website. If the website looks like something that was thrown together in a day, stay away! If the website has only a page or two, do not trust it. Some companies which offer telecommuting positions may have small charges for background checks and drug testing, but this is usually after an interview and a position is offered. If the first this any company ask you for is money, stay away.
Researching companies that offer telecommuting positions isn’t that hard. Good companies will have a Facebook page, Instagram, or other social media accounts explaining what they do and possible opening. You should also be able to use any search engine to research a bit more. In addition to researching online and social media presence you should also ask for a referral. Besides, they’re going to ask you for one so it should go both ways.
Choosing Your Best Fit
Pay can be the leading factor when considering any job. But keep in mind that like any opportunity, you don’t want to be at home doing something you hate doing just because the pay is good. For instance, I’m great at sales. Nevertheless, I hate sales. I do not like convincing folks into buying things, especially when I know in my heart it isn’t the right product. So taking on a sales job wouldn’t be ideal for me, regardless if I could work from home and the money I’d make. If you’re going to take advantage of a telecommuting position take the time to find the right fit.
You’ll want to be happy doing what you do on a daily bases. Just because you’re working from home, contrary to popular belief, will not keep you happy. You’ll be able to preform at your best and become a high achiever if you like what you are doing. This way you perform well for the customer, the company, and yourself.
Setting up your Virtual Office Space
Setting up your office space at home should be fun! Yet, if you have never worked from home you might be a little intimidated. Don’t be. Again, you should have fun with this because you get to create your own environment. Make it match your personality! If you want the space to look tropical add plants and pictures that remind you of an island. If you want it to look like a fun space you have total control.
Outside of looks and cosmetics you’ll want your home office to be in an area where you have control of the noise environment. Depending on what you’re doing in your position you may want to be able to lock your office if you often have company or kids. You’ll also want to make sure you have the equipment you’ll need to properly run your home office. We have a video of some of the basics you will need to get started. Most companies will walk you through any technical setups required.
Working in your Home Office
Now that you’ve found the right opportunity after searching many telecommuting positions you’re all ready to work. You’ll want to make sure you have all the needed contacts at the company: manager, IT, shift manager, etc,. Also try to have a back up plan if something knocks out your power of you have an emergency come up. Reaching out to management by phone may be impossible so you may have to use email. Get those contacts as well.
Make sure you have a comfortable chair and the right headset. You’ll want to be comfortable as possible. Being comfortable makes the time pass by faster in my opinion. And whenever possible make work fun as possible. One of the few disadvantages of working a telecommuting position is boredom. So if possible have fun and enjoy every moment that you can. Besides, it’s far better than setting in traffic for hours and hours of your life.
Sometimes agents are intimidated on learning what’s required for online positions. Do not let this deter you. Like any job the responsibilities are covered in detail, probably more so with online jobs. Keep this in mind. Once you’ve learned the things you’ll need to know for the position you can usually began working at your own pass depending on the position. Of course some jobs have goals you have to meet, but in this way they’re no different that typical jobs. The difference is usually with telecommuting positions agents usually have more control over their schedules in most cases.