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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Finding a Legit Home based Job and How to Prepare for it

Some of you may have a job and have been working with a great company for the longest time but still consider working at home as a great change of career. Whether you're searching for another approach to saving money, looking for a new adventure, getting bored with your current job, hate your boss or simply love the freedom of working at your comfort zone. Undoubtedly, a huge number of individuals have found the advantages of working at home and many of them are mothers.

Working in an office is good, but saving money is way harder than when you are working at home. When you work in an office, you have to divide your fortnightly earnings into different allocations like transportation, food, hygiene, bags, clothes and etc. Aside from that, you also have to rush every day, allot at least 2 hours allowance to avoid traffic, maintain your freshness despite the pollution that you've been through on your way to the office.

Things are very different when you do a home based job. You don't have to rush, don't need extra clothes, perfumes, beautiful bags and shoes, no long hour preparations, no traffic and pollution, no need to cut your earnings for transportation. All these can go to your savings. all you need to do is sleep well, wake up 10-30 minutes before your time in, take a bath and work.

How to find a legit online job?
Now, the question is, Where do you find an online job that is legit, no hidden fees and pays well. Fortunately, there are many of them and they can easily be found online. However, if you are new to freelancing, you might encounter suspicious sites that allegedly offer legit jobs and ask for fees. Stay away from these job sites as 90 % of them are scams. You can actually find legitimate work from home jobs that will pay you a good salary that you can enjpoy. This is really possible but it does take deep research, hard work, patience and perseverance.

All known legit job sites do not ask you to pay especially upon registration. You are taking a chance with them because you simply want to earn money and why they would ask you to pay them beforehand? The signs if a job site is a scam if: they ask for a registration fee, they don't have a decent platform, the site has too many advertisements and if they offer too good to be true benefits.

How to Get Started
To get started ask yourself first. "What are my skills and where do I excel?" If you have a college degree, definitely you have specialties, you should focus on those skills and bring it on! Remember, do not take risk to jobs that you are not familiar with, it will just ruin your freelancing career.

You should be honest to yourself that there are a lot of things that you don't know but you should not end there as long as you know how to google or how to use social media, you can definitely gain knowledge. Just like what you did when you landed in my page, maybe you used google, Facebook or twitter and from there you came into my site and now reading my blog about how to find a home-based job. You can search for online course provider, they are too many that offer affordable or even free courses see this post and learn how working at home saved this mom from debt.

Jobs that can be done remotely

  • Research and Lead generation
  • Freelance Writing
  • Data Entry 
  • Virtual Assistance 
  • Graphic Designing
  • Email and social media marketing
  • Transcription 
  • Customer support 
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • and many other related tasks
Important skills and experience needed for home-based jobs

  • English proficiency (speaking, writing and listening) - this is the most important one.
  • Typing speed at least 45 wpm for data entry
  • Knowledge in MS Office
  • Knowledge in Google Drive particularly Google documents and Google spreadsheet
  • Social media management for marketing tasks
  • Photoshop and Graphic design experience and skills

Tools needed for Home based jobs

  • Home office table
  • Comfortable office chair for long hours sitting
  • Laptop or PC
  • Reliable internet connection
  • Headset
  • External keyboard (optional)
List of Legit Job sites that won't scam you.

1. Upwork -  formerly Odesk is the leading and the largest online workplace in the world. I've been with them since 2011. I got my first regular job from Upwork and I've been with this three years now.
2. Guru - the hiring process on Guru is easy, I had 5 successful jobs with them but since I prioritise building my upwork profile, I lost my ratings here after a year of inactivity. Ratings and employer's feedback are very important and it's like I'm starting from scratch again so I decided to focus on Upwork.
3. 51Talk - specializes in providing quality online English training to Chinese students, and also provides home-based careers, a part-time job and full-time job for Filipinos.
4. MOD - MyOutDesk.com is a home of Real Estate trained Virtual Assistants.It specializes in service for real estate agents that uses a group of trained virtual assistants in the Philippines to fulfill demand from their US client-base.
5. Rarejob - RareJob is the leading English online school that caters Japanese students who are eager to learn English language. Rarejob has over 10,000,000 lessons and has helped more than 10,000 Filipino English tutors.
6. GoLance - goLance is the place to find skilled freelance expertise, professional employers and entrepreneurs in the global market.I haven't tried it but based from the reviews I've read, GoLance is a confirmed legit job site.
7. Onlinejobs - OnlineJobs.ph is a jobsite for Filipino freelancers. It caters exclusively to remote online work opportunities. It was established in 2009 by Utah-based entrepreneur John Jonas.
8. Freelancer - Freelancer.com is one of the world's largest freelancing marketplace by number of users and projects. It connects over 22,766,015 employers and freelancers globally from over 247 countries, regions and territories.
9. Fiverr -  is a global online marketplace that offers tasks and services. The service starts at $5 per job performed, from which this company has become popular. The site is primarily used by freelancers who use Fiverr to offer services to customers worldwide.
10 Staff -  a remote staffing marketplace based in Las Vegas. Founded in early 2012. Membership is free for companies and job applicants to join Staff.com.

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