By Jill Hart
My first step into the work-at-home world was as a data extractor for a company in my local area. Believe it or not, I found that job in the Classified Ads section of the newspaper. That, however, was ten years ago. A lot has changed in the last ten years - the internet alone has grown by leaps and bounds. So, what are some of the best ways for people in today's market to find a telecommuting opportunity?
One good thing about the technology available to us today is that most Classified Ads are now not only listed in print newspapers, but online as well. Take a look through these to see if there are businesses in your area looking for local at-home workers.
Online Job Sites
Most online job websites now offer telecommuting listings. Use the search term "telecommute" to help give you the best results. There are even websites that cater to the work-at-home crowd such as HireMyMom.com. Remember: always be sure to read the fine print, and research each company/opportunity that interests you.
More and more at-home workers are freelancing on a contract basis. Writers, web designers, graphic artists, and more are finding this a viable option to allow them to work from home. There are websites, such as elance.com, that cater specifically to the freelance community and make it easy for freelancers to connect with companies and individuals looking to hire them.
Start A Business
Other trend among telecommuters is heading out on their own. Taking the data entry and executive assistant skills that they've gained over the years, these at-home workers are now launching their own Virtual Assistant (VA) services, Copy-writing services and other such businesses.
There are an amazing amount of resources for telecommuters today. These positions are in high demand, so be sure to polish your resume and tailor it to fit the type of work that you're searching for. Be persistent - it may take a while to locate the right opportunity, but it will be well worth the wait.
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