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I’ve been working from home full time since 2009. And during that time I’ve gotten various responses and reactions to my new lifestyle. They range from “oh really” to “you can do that” responses to the wrinkling of the nose and yes, even the eye roll.
But then things get interesting when I tell them about the different ways to make money from home. Suddenly I get the raised eyebrow and the next thing you know we’re in deep conversation and that’s my favorite part!
You see, I’m very passionate when I talk about working from home. I’m willing to answer any questions there are about work-from-home jobs, home-based businesses or how to make extra money.
The reason why I go on with so much enthusiasm is to debunk the misconceptions there are about working from home like the jobs not being the real deal.
I thought I would make a list of the most frequently asked questions I get about working from home. These are questions I’ve gotten from emails, coaching clients and conversations with friends and fam.
Most Frequently Asked Questions About Working From Home
Can Anyone Work From Home?
I wish I can say that working from home is for everyone but that wouldn’t be true. There are some things that might be a deal breaker. For example, some companies require you work during the holidays. When I worked for Transcom, I had to work on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
If you’re not used to working alone or if you can be easily distracted then working from home might not be for you.
Still, I will always encourage anyone to at least take the time to go over the pros and cons before diving right in.
Are Work from Home Jobs Real?
Yes, they are. A work-from-home job is just like a “regular” job. There is a regular interview process. And if you land a job you have a schedule to adhere to. You report to a supervisor and are accountable for your job performance.
One thing that has changed about work-from-home jobs is that some come with a benefits package.
Do I Need A Degree Or Special Training To Work From Home?
That depends on the position you’re applying for. If you’re applying for a customer service rep position, most companies require at least a high school diploma.
You will need the proper education and training if you’re applying for jobs like software developer or nurse.
Do I Need Special Equipment Or Software To Work From Home?
Unless the type of job you’re doing requires you to have special equipment you only need a computer with the latest operating system and software.
Some employers may provide you with a computer, software or other equipment you need to do the job.
The only thing I had to purchase was a headset but there are times when the employer might provide that too.
But if you have to buy equipment and told you’ll get a check in the mail to cash for it and send a certain amount back, the job might be a scam. Speaking of scams…
How Can I Tell If A Job Is A Scam?
There are certain things to watch out when looking out for scams. First, look out for exaggerated earning potential. If the job description claims you can make $1,000 a day answering emails that should raise all kinds of red flags.
Or if you get a check in the mail and asked to cash it but keep part of the money as your pay and return the rest in the form of a wire transfer.
And finally, if there is no contact information or location, there’s a good chance the job is a scam.
Can You Really Make Money Working From Home?
Yes you can. The amount depends on what you do and how hard you work.
Here’s what I mean.
A work-from-home job pays about $10-$17 an hour to start. If you run a home-based business, the amount of money you make depends on how much work you put in to it.
Where Can I Find Work-From-Home Job Listings?
You can find remote jobs on sites like ZipRecruiter, Indeed, and FlexJobs.
What’s the best way to search for a job?
It’s all about the keywords when searching for a work-from-home job.
Use keywords like work-from-home, work from home, work-at-home, work at home, telecommute, remote, online jobs, home-based or home based to get the best results.
Why Are There Locations By The Listing If It’s A Work-From-Home Job?
Most training and jobs are done remotely but there are some companies who require their employees who work-from-home to live where their headquarters are. The reason for this is so that the employee can be available to attend team meetings, ongoing training or other events that need the employee to be onsite for.
On the other hand, the location next to a job listing doesn’t mean you have to live there. A lot of the times the location is where a company’s headquarters is. But the job description might say you can live anywhere. Or that you at least live in the state of their HQs.
Over To You
I hope these frequently asked questions were helpful and may have answered some of your own. If you have any questions that weren’t on this list feel free to contact me and I’d be happy to answer them for you.
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