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Laureen Miles Brunelli

Work From Home: Finding a Home-Based Job Is Not Simple....

By February 3, 2014

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Working From Home....but it's worth it!

Our first instinct when looking for a work-from-home job might be to hop in and start perusing this directory of companies hiring home-based workers, but the process really begins with a bit of soul searching.

Ask yourself a few questions to see if you have the right personality then delve into the practical aspects of getting started as a work-at-home mom. Then think about your experience. In which career fields with home-based jobs do you have have experience? Typically the more experience you have, the better you get paid

Finding a work-at-home job is different (and possibly harder) than finding a traditional job. Relatively few telecommuters begin in a remote location; most work on-site before turning their jobs into a telecommuting position. That said, more companies are hiring people to work from home without a stop in the traditional office.

In a traditional job hunt, the steps seem more familiar than for a work-at-home job: You learn about a job opening, often through networking, a classified ad or an online job posting. You apply. Then you are contacted, usually by telephone, and invited for anything from one to a series of face-to-face interviews before a position is offered. This gives you plenty of opportunity to show off your skills and personality and assess the pros and cons of the potential position and employer.

But looking for a work-at-home job can be completely different--or not different at all. I have worked for companies where I've never even spoken on the phone with anyone before or after I was hired and others that had a lengthy interview process. The lack of personal contact is one of the biggest downsides of interviewing for an online job. Without it, it can be hard to tell how well you will fit into the company's culture. However, a well-organized interview process and prompt returns of emails or phone calls are always a good sign.

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