You may have noticed that more and more people are deciding to work online. The prospects are just as good, if not better than traditional jobs and there is much more flexibility. If you’re thinking about changing careers and you want to work online, perhaps from home, you’ve come to the right place. Starting a career online may not be easy, but it’s certainly worth it. Here are some tips for finding your perfect online job.
Narrow Down the Search
There’s no point in opening your laptop and looking for any old job. You need to have some idea of what you’re looking for. Where do your skills lie? Are you a good writer? Are you a visual person? There are thousands of jobs online, and you’re sure to find one that will match your skills. For example, if you’re an organised person, you may be ideal as someone’s virtual assistant. It’s basically the same thing as a PA, but you’ll do it online, answering emails and scheduling meetings etc.
Know Where to Look
You can’t get started until you know where to look. There are many websites where you can find jobs. They may be permanent jobs, temporary jobs or one-offs. Have a browse through sites like PeoplePerHour and Workopolis or you could contact a procurement agency for help. When you’re looking through these sites, you may come across jobs you hadn’t thought of. It could spark some inspiration in you. However, nine times out of ten, it’s best to go for a job you know you’ll love and be good at.
If you’re applying for a job online but you’re not confident in using technology, it’s likely you’ll fall at the first hurdle. You should have up to date knowledge on how people in your desired industry are using technology. There are usually systems that have been developed specifically to make workers lives much easier. If you’re still using old forms of working, you may be at a disadvantage when it comes to whether or not you’re hired. You need to be able to demonstrate how effectively you can do your work. Time is money, so the more convenient the better.
Just because you’re talking to someone via your computer rather than face to face, it doesn’t give you permission to lower your professionalism. When you’re talking to a potential employer you still need to convince them that you’re suitable for the job. Take time to write out emails properly and then read through them for any grammatical mistakes. If you’re asked to chat about work specifics via skype, make sure you’re dressed suitably. No-one is going to hire you if they see that you’re still in your dressing gown at 10am.
You may apply for many jobs when you’re starting your career online. It’s a good idea to keep track of the jobs you apply for and make a record of contact details for employers. If you don’t hear anything about the jobs you applied for, it’s okay to contact employers and ask for feedback. If you do get hired to do a one-off job, it’s worth keeping details for the future. There may be times where you have a lull in work and contacting old employers could lead to new ventures or new work.
Keep Your Phone Close
Just because you’re looking for an online career, it doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to talk on the phone. In fact, employers often find it much quicker and more efficient to talk by phone. Sending emails back and forth can be time consuming. Keep your phone close by and always be available to chat. Freelancers often find that work comes when they least expect it.
If you’re being hired to do a job for the first time and you haven’t had time to build up your portfolio, you may be asked to do a test job. You may not want to do any unpaid work, but for many online workers it’s way of proving that they’re capable of doing a job well. Whatever you decide to do, do it often. The more practice you get, the better you’ll be. If you’re practiced at your work, you’re more likely to stand out from the crowd.
Working online is hard work. Whether you own an ecommerce store or you’re a freelancer moving from job to job. However, there’s nothing more rewarding than building your own career and, let’s face it, working online is the future.