Finding a Stay-At-Home Job
Leave office life behind and launch your work-from-home career with these tips.
There are plenty of reasons why people choose to leave conventional employment and look for a stay-at-home job. I chose to pursue a work from home career because I was a military spouse who was always moving every two to three years. I didn’t want to look for a new job every time we PCS’d (permanent change of station) to a new duty location. I wanted a portable career that I could take anywhere as long as I had my laptop and a good internet connection.
Maybe you’re a military spouse like me and you’re tired of finding a new job every few years. If you are, you should definitely give this blog a read. Maybe you’re tired of long commutes and spending lots of money on gas. Maybe you’re a stay at home parent and you want to save on childcare expenses or have more time with your family. Maybe you’re hearing all of the news about the coronavirus, and you want to reduce your chances of catching the disease. Maybe you simply like the idea of working in your pajamas everyday from the comfort of your own home.
Whatever your reason, you’ll be glad to know that there are plenty of opportunities available in this day and age to work from home. Thanks to increased internet connectivity around the globe, more and more people are ditching offices and working from home.
Remote work is a growing trend that has seen a 91% increase over the last ten years according to a study conducted by FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics. By 2025, remote work is expected to compete with office work. Today, nearly five million U.S. workers work from home, and that number is only going to grow in the future.
If you want to leave the office grind behind and find a stay-at-home job, you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to give you a few tips on how to find a stay-at-home job that you can use to your advantage. With a little research and effort, you can land a stay-at-home job in no time.
Look to online freelance platforms.
There are quite a few online marketplaces where freelancers and VBOs, and really anyone with an in-demand skill set who wants to work from home can offer their work to a global audience. Sites like FIverr, Upwork and Freelancer.com make it easy. All you need to do is set up your profile, usually for free, and start bidding for jobs.
I have an exciting announcement for you too. VBO Nation will be debuting its own online marketplace to connect employers and enterprises with talented VBOs. It’s called VBO Hub and it will be going live in the near future. I’ll definitely let you know once it’s up so you can set up your profile and start finding work from home opportunities using our platform.
Go on Craigslist.
Craigslist isn’t just for finding cheap stuff online or reconnecting with your long lost soulmate through Missed Connections. It’s also a great place to find all varieties of jobs, especially remote opportunities. I’ve found several stay-at-home jobs through Craigslist including my current one.
Finding these opportunities is easy, you just have to know how to search. Go on the jobs section of your local Craigslist and select the career field that aligns with your skills and interests. On the left side of the page, you’ll see a box with the word ‘telecommute’ next to it. Check that box and the page will filter for remote opportunities.
Note that a lot of the job listings on CL are spammy, and a lot of them don’t pay well. But finding a viable, lucrative stay-at-home job on the platform isn’t nearly as hard as finding a needle in a haystack. You just have to be willing to search often and respond to inquiries that seem legit to you — if they ask for a resume, portfolio samples and provide a non-Craigslist email address, those are good signs.
And don’t limit yourself to your local CL page. Search nearby pages and those of major metropolitan areas that are close to you. A lot of employers looking for remote workers post CL ads in several cities across the U.S. They may not post to your particular page, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they wouldn’t want to work with someone in your area. For most, it’s not about where you are. It’s about the quality of work you do.
Seek out opportunities in corporate America.
The nature of hiring in corporate America is changing. Rather than incurring the cost of bringing on employees, more and more companies across corporate America are bringing on skill-specific, on-demand talent. Over the last year in particular, we’ve noticed a growing trend. There are more opportunities for freelancers, VBOs and independent contractors in corporate America.
If there’s a brand you’ve just been dying to work with, there’s no time like the present to make it happen. Getting your foot in the door will require some work, but it’s more than possible to find a remote position within corporate America. I won’t recount everything here because we’ve already done a blog about it. But if you want to learn how to land a stay-at-home job as a VBO in corporate America, you can do so here.
Launch your own virtual business.
You don’t have to wait around for someone else to give you a stay-at-home job. You can become a VBO, land clients and launch your own work-from-home career with very little investment. Our VBO Skill Center is full of viable career options. Give it a look through and see if anything resonates with you. We add new skills frequently. We link you to blogs, courses and other resources you can use to get started. Then, be sure to give this blog a read, so that you know how to start attracting and landing clients.
Dumping office life and launching a stay-at-home career is very possible with a little diligence and effort. Be sure to polish up your resume and skills so that you’re an attractive candidate to clients. Studies have shown that people who work from home are more productive than their in-office counterparts. That’s definitely a selling point you can use to persuade clients and employers. So, don’t delay. Take these tips, start your search and land your stay-at-home dream job!