To be able to succeed in the work from home industry, the key is to simply take the first step — that is to start here. In this blog, we are going to talk about some of the basic things you need to know in order to start off a career in the virtual world.
So, you have been working in the corporate world since you graduated from college. Working has been a huge part of your life, and you love it, until one day, you became a mom. A little darling was brought to life, and you could not afford to leave her behind elsewhere or to anyone else. Thus, you made one of the hardest yet equally fulfilling decision ever — resign from the job that you love, and be a stay at home mom.
This is a very common case among young American families nowadays. In fact, according to research conducted by Pew Research Center of the United States Census Bureau, more than 11 million American parents of 18% were not working outside the home in 2016.
Meanwhile, in data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it says that “at least one parent was employed in 90.8 percent of families with children, an increase of 0.6 percentage point from the previous year. Among married-couple families with children, 97.4 percent had at least one employed parent, and 63.0 percent had both parents employed.” This data is for the year 2018.
You see, the numbers are pretty obvious. A lot of modern families have at least just one working. But it is quite interesting also knowing that there are more than half had both parents working – and by working it may mean either working from home or working in a traditional office setup.
Anyway, working from home is on the rise. Over recent years, more and more people are getting into this industry rather than staying in their regular day/office jobs. In fact, in an article by CNBC, it says that working remotely or virtually is more popular now than ever before.
In the same article, it mentioned that according to One Gallup survey, it was found that 43% of Americans work from home occasionally. That’s an increase from 39% of those who did in 2012. In addition to that, according to Quartz, U.S. Census data indicates that 5.2% of U.S. workers completely worked at home in 2017, and that equals to about 8 million people.
A really huge number, right?
So, here you are, wanting to be part of the “working from home” community as well. But the question in your mind goes – how to even start with it?
The answer is simple. Read on as we share the different ways for you to start moving towards working from home. As we have said earlier – it’s going to start here.
But before that, let us first define what working from home is all about —
WHAT DOES WORKING FROM HOME MEAN?
The term is actually very self-explanatory. Nonetheless, we are going to make you fully understand the concept of working from home.
Also known as telecommuting, telework, teleworking, or working virtually or working remotely, working from home basically refers to the work arrangement in which employees (or in some cases, consultants) do not commute or travel to a particular place of work like an office, rather he or she can just stay at home and do his or her job from there.
Work from home has been believed to deliver work-life balance to employees. It is also believed to help the company get the work done as expected.
Compared to the old times, today, more and more companies are offering work from home options having found out through different studies that people working from home are more efficient than those working in the office. Needless to say, companies get to save a lot from overhead costs when employees are working from home.
Know more about some of the highest paying jobs that you can actually learn from home in this video by LinguaMarina. Hit the play button to watch the whole thing:
WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF WORKING FROM HOME?
Now that you already know the concept of working from home or what working from home means, it is also important that you look into the pros and cons of telecommuting. This helps you gauge if this career path is perfect for you.
You get to work on flexible hours. – Most companies who hire people working from home or those who offer remote work to their employees give their workers flexibility when it comes to a working schedule. You can do work at any time of the day as long as you meet the deadline for the job.
You get to work independently. – More than the convenience of working at home, remote working also allows you to learn to rely on your own. It teaches you to focus, concentration, self-motivation, and most of all, self-discipline.
You get to finish more work. – As long as you are disciplined, you can actually become more productive when you are working from home. Unlike in an office, you are not pressured by anyone or anything.
You learn to communicate well. – Unlike working in the office, working from home lets you learn more about different communication platforms like emailing, Skyping, web meetings, and texting.
There is a tendency you might forget to clock out. – This is a common thing among diligent employees or workers. Sometimes, instead of working less, the opposite happens. While there is nothing wrong with it, you have to watch out for it as it could lead to burnout if you are not able to handle it well.
Some may feel out of the loop. – Unlike in an office setup, you can easily brainstorm among team members and share best practices. When working from home, it may be hard to replicate such practices because of distance and lack of person-to-person approach.
There is a chance you may not have full access to different technology platforms. – For the most part, cloud technology makes working from home easier. However, there are situations wherein data security does not enable the worker to have full access to documents or files.
There is a chance you might feel bored. – Unlike when in the office, you have officemates to talk to. When working from home, most of the time, you are alone. Unless you are an introvert, working remotely should not be a problem.
HOW TO WORK FROM HOME?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions among beginners in the remote work industry. How does one start working from home?
The answer is – start here. Yes! Here!
We are going to share with you some of the most popular work from home job industries where you can eventually choose to look for a remote job. Apart from that, we’ll share also some resources that will help you become even more knowledgeable in your chosen field.
With that said, let’s begin —
Transcription job is ideal for people who are excellent in both listening and typing. A transcriptionist job basically involves listening to an audio or audio-visual file, and then turn it into a written form.
Transcription is one of the most common online jobs especially those new in remote working. Apart from excellent listening, typing, and communication skills, companies do not require anything else (like college degree or certifications – unless you want to be a medical transcriptionist).
Most transcription companies open their doors to newbies, which is why it is an ideal remote job for newbies.
Know more about how to become excellent in transcribing, and how to jumpstart a career in this field. Check below transcription courses by Janet Shaughnessy of Transcribe Anywhere, one of the leading companies that offer transcription jobs:
Here’s what you will learn from this course:
Lesson 1: What is legal transcription?
Lesson 2: What’s the demand for legal transcription, and who actually uses legal transcriptionists?
Lesson 3: What does it take to become an LT?
Lesson 4: How much can you earn as a legal transcriptionist?
Here’s what Janet promises you will learn from taking this course:
Lesson 1: Learn about Janet (your instructor), plus exactly what transcription is and why it’s an invaluable skill in today’s digital world.
Lesson 2: Learn who uses transcriptionists, what it takes to become one, and the two keys to success as a transcriptionist.
Lesson 3: We’re busting the biggest myth out there about transcription.
Lesson 4: Learn 10 signs you’re not a good fit for transcription
Lesson 5: How much can you earn as a transcriptionist? It’s not going to make you rich, but you can earn great money if you take the time to learn and develop your skills. This lesson details what affects your earnings as a transcriptionist.
Lesson 6: Where does transcription work come from?
Lesson 7: What do you need to get started? We include a recommended list of equipment and an invitation to hop on board with TA as a student.
Note that these courses are given for free. All you have to do is sign-up on their website to avail of these lessons.
Like transcription, proofreading is another very in-demand skill. It’s also one of the remote jobs that are common among beginners in remote working.
Proofreading is ideal for individuals with eagle eyes especially in finding spelling, punctuations, and syntax errors, and can read everything.
If you want to learn more about proofreading before you start looking for jobs in this field, you can definitely start here. Below are two proofreading workshops by Caitlin Pyle, the teacher behind Proofread Anywhere. Caitlin has built two successful proofreading businesses, and through these workshops, she’s going to share what she learned from this industry.
- Learn How to Transform Your Passion for Words & Reading into a Thriving Proofreading Business in as Little as 30 Days
This 76-minutes online course will teach you the following:
5 signs proofreading could be a perfect fit for you!
How proofreading can be your ticket to lifestyle freedom and financial security.
The surprisingly easy way to attract your ideal proofreading clients.
… and many more.
Again, just like the previous ones, these courses/workshops are also given for free.
Here’s another set of free courses from Phon, editor and writer, and the woman behind Art of Proofreading:
This course teaches you the following:
Why you need to avoid some massive mistakes that hold people back
Specific editorial skills you need to master in order to start
How to market yourself and find clients even if you don’t have money to spend on ads
The critical steps to take to ensure long-term success
… and many more.
By taking this course, you will learn:
The proven framework for editorial success
The 3 massive mistakes to avoid when starting out
How proofreading and copyediting has changed
The newest industry knowledge including rates
The REAL skills you need to be successful
According to Art of Proofreading, this course teaches you a 5–part framework that provides foundational knowledge for working in editorial. By taking this course, you will learn:
Industry Insight – Learn about the proofreading industry and how it’s changing.
Mindset – Discover the technique that’ll prepare you for learning a new skill and leveling up your life.
Skills – Learn to what mistakes to avoid, and what you need to really focus on.
Marketing – Discover some techniques proofreaders use to market their skills and find clients.
Business – Details about other issues related to working as a professional freelance proofreader.
3. Medical Billing and Coding
To be honest, medical billing and coding is not your typical job. Well, it plays an important part in ensuring a patient has all the right information in his or her medical history. Nonetheless, it’s quite a very interesting and fulfilling job.
If you are interested to know more about this field, you may check out below online course by CareerStep. Medical billing and coding are apparently one of the many remote-friendly skills being taught by CareerStep.
Unlike the other online courses we mentioned earlier in other fields, this one is not given for free. It actually costs $3,699. However, if you choose to sign-up today, you can avail of a $300 discount.
For your information, here’s what you will get from CareerStep’s medical coding and billing program:
- 4 months of online access + 2 complimentary 4-month extensions
- Complete set of industry codebooks
- AHA ICD-10-CM Handbook
- One-on-one trainer, technical, and career support by phone, email, or chat
- A voucher to take the CPC national certification exam upon completion
Contrary to what others believe, you can be a bookkeeper even if you are not an accountant. In fact, anyone can work as a bookkeeper! As long as you are willing to learn, and are good in numbers, then this job is perfect for you.
A bookkeeper’s job depends on what the client asks you to do. But basically, it involves creating financial transactions and generating reports from that information.
If you want to learn about bookkeeping, we highly recommend this online course by Ben Robinson of Bookkeeper Business Launch:
The course is absolutely given for free. All you need to do is signup on their website. Unlike the other free online courses wherein you can immediately check what the course has to offer, in this one, you have to sign-up and go through everything for you to have an idea of what’s in it.
But basically, this online course by Bookkeeper Business Launch contains around 58-hours of valuable content, which means, if for instance, you devote five hours a week for this, you will finish the whole course of lessons in about three months.
5. Pinterest Virtual Assistant
This we find is one of the most interesting and enjoyable jobs there is. Basically, your job involves doing pins — writing, designing, pinning, etc. This one’s another in-demand remote job today, given the fact that social media is in full bloom. Thus, a lot of businesses, bloggers, and brands are working their way in the social media world — which include Pinterest.
If you want to learn more about how to become a Pinterest virtual assistant, you may want to check the following online courses:
This one’s given for free. All you have to do is sign-up and input all the required information, and you are ready to start learning!
Here’s an example of what you can expect from this course:
Understanding the PVA Role
Services You Can Offer, How Much to Charge and Goal Setting for Your New Biz
How to Find and Land Pinterest Clients
Client Onboarding/Growing the Client Relationship
Expanding Your Pinterest VA Business
Again, this one’s a free course that you can take advantage of — especially if you want to land a career as a Pinterest VA.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON START HERE
You see, the work from home industry is very huge, and that in order to succeed in this industry, you got to learn your way, and of course, find out the best work to start off your remote working career.
So, have you decided what particular remote work to pursue yet?