This is a loaded question. Not because you can't find legit work at home opportunities but because every person is good at something different. So a job I find may not work for you. Let me give you an example. My husband wanted me to find him a work at home job because he was done working in the Florida heat. So, I worked my magic and found him a job working as a Remote Computer Technician. What he did was when someone would call into the company, he would have to answer their questions while going into their computer with a program from this company and try to fix the issue with them on the phone. Well, this sounds great, right? WRONG! Don't get me wrong it is a great job for the right person, but for my animal loving, people person husband this was pure hell! He hated it and actually ended up having an anxiety attack before I begged him to quit! He could not handle it.
Now, he is back in his element as a monster truck driver and loving every minute of it. The reason I tell you this story is not to discourage you, but rather to make you think about what you like to do. If you are an outdoor person then being stuck in the house all day is going to drive you crazy. We spend the majority of our time at work, if you don't enjoy what you do, then you are going to turn into a grumpy, miserable person. Johnny has a blog if you'd like to follow his adventures (Gator Johnny).
So, let's think about things you enjoy doing. Take me for example, I love talking to people on the phone, and I have been in sales pretty much my entire life. I love social media and writing is a passion of mine. After knowing all that about myself it's no wonder I find joy in writing blogs, and that I found a perfect remote job for me. I am the marketing and sales specialist at a low voltage firm. Sorry folks they are not hiring, but the real jobs are out there you just have to narrow your search and know what it is you want to do.
Now, let's say you don't really want to work for anyone. Maybe you prefer to work for yourself. This is the perfect time to start your own business. However, this is no easy task. You have to have money to make money when you go into owning your own business. This is where opportunities like the MLM sales is a good place to start, just to see if you can actually make money selling stuff. In my case, I think I have done every sales MLM there is. Avon, MaryKay, Juice Plus, I am still currently selling Scentsy. (Shameless plug). Direct sales have actually helped me in my day job and have really given me great customer service skills. So, this might be an idea even if it's just to test out your marketing and selling skills. I will put my link here if you'd like to join me so I can help you with this process. https://sheenadiane.scentsy.us/join
Here are 5 ways that I have found real work at home jobs.
- Monster and Indeed - These sites are full of real jobs. No one with false info can even post on these job sites or it gets flagged. That means, going to one of these sites is a sure way for you to know the job that's posted is legit. This is actually how I found the computer tech job for my husband. If you want a work at home job then you would type Remote jobs or work from home. However, you do need to know what you are looking for. So, don't just type in remote jobs. Instead type in remote sales jobs, or remote computer jobs, remote marketing jobs, transcription, and you could try remote call center jobs. Whatever it is that you are good at then type that in. You will find the occasional Avon and those sort of things but if you have a clear idea what you want, then it's easy to weed through them.
Here is an example:
- Google keywords - Another way I have been able to find real work from home is going into a Google or other search engine and typing in keywords. Again, you have to have a clear idea what you want because just putting in work at home is going to give you a bunch of scams to weed through. I used this method when I wanted to book more Freelance writing gigs. My keywords were (write for pay) (paid to write) (paid writing gigs). Now to make it a little easier to narrow it down, instead of just write for pay, I would type in (write for pay dogs). I am a former Vet Tech and my first weekly writing gig was with a pet sitting website that I wrote a blog post for weekly. I loved it because I didn't have to do a ton of research on the subject. Here is an example of (writing for pay dogs):
- Craigslist - This one is hit or miss and one that I would be really leery of. Yes, I have gotten paid jobs with Craigslist, but I have also heard from so many people who were scammed using this very site. Having a clear idea of what you want gives you a better mindset going into it. If you know you want to work for a company and book cruises, for instance, you are less likely to fall for a person with no website, and asking you to pay them for training. Be professional and that way you can sniff out the fake people right away! Don't ever give out any personal information until you have done your research and know the company is real, and you have proof. In Florida, we have Sunbiz.org that gives all the legal documentation for businesses. Your state will have one as well, so go on there and make sure it's a real company before giving out your info. Be smart.
- Word of mouth - This one is not as quick as going into a search engine, but I got my last job this way. Before I got into Marketing and Sales I was a full-time transcriptionist doing insurance claims. I was at a mom's group and one of the moms was telling me about her job and that she worked from home. I was all ears at this point, and she gave me the information for her job. I was not cut out for transcription work. Yes, I can type about 80 words a minute, so that part was not bad, but the part I did not enjoy was listening to the people talk about the accidents they were in. It was depressing and I was isolated in my room. I am a people person so, in the end, I could not hack this job. That's why I say make sure you know what you enjoy because after a few months I started to dread clocking in and that's not what you want when you work from home. Ask around your group of friends, church, or mom's group. Chances are someone knows or is working from home. A lot of companies are hiring remotely now because it cost them less!
- Newspaper and classified ads - Yes, the good old-fashioned newspaper always has jobs listed in the classifieds. Every big newspaper has a website. Mine happens to be the Orlando Sentinel. If you don't want to wait for the paper to come the next day, just head over to your local newspaper website. Go to the classified section and type in remote jobs. In this case being too specific will give you a blank search so don't get to narrow on these searches. You can even try work from home. These are great because you know a person trying to scam you is not going to pay to put an ad in the paper. These ads are not cheap! Here is an example:
These are 5 real ways I have found work at home opportunities. I have had some sort of work at home hustle for the past 10 years. I love being able to have the freedom to work remotely, and I want you to have that as well. I hope this helps you get started on your work at home journey. I would love to hear from you so please feel free to find me on my social media or email SheenaDiane@gmail.com. I also do a daily podcast on iTunes.
See you soon!
Bonus: I have seen some new remote jobs posted on Apple.com as well as Amazon... Keep me posted and good luck!