How to Find a Good Work From Home Job

Best Work From Home Jobs and Companies

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Finding a work from home isn't always easy. It's going to take some work and research to find a legitimate job because there are many out there that offer big money but are nothing more than a scam. 

Your first step in finding a stable work from home job is to review the types of work that are available and find job listings. Then, check out the lists of companies that are known to be "telecommuting friendly" and hire employees or freelancers to work from home.

Most of these employers list work from home jobs online.

Work From Home Jobs

Many jobs are a perfect fit for telecommuting and these often include tasks that are done online or over the phone from anywhere in the world. It saves the employer money and allows you to work independently, often on your own schedule. Flexibility is one of the biggest reasons why people seek positions like these.

Where to Search for Work at Home Job Listings

Jobs are posted all over the internet and it can make your job search difficult and overwhelming. While you do not want to rely on a single website for job listings, you also don't want to waste your time with a pointless search.

Explore some of these sources in your search and be sure to use well-defined keywords to narrow the results and cut the time you spend searching.

  • LinkUp.com - Job search engine LinkUp.com searches only for jobs on company websites, so it's a good way to avoid scams. Search using "telecommute" or "telecommuting" as a keyword to find legitimate work at home job listings.
  • SimplyHired.com - Use Simply Hired's "telecommute" search options to find work at home job listings from job boards, company websites, and other sources.
  • Popular Job Search Engines -   Job search engine sites allow users to search by keyword and location. If you have specific skills (i.e. insurance claims, customer service, web design), search by those skills and add terms like "work at home," "freelance," "telecommute," etc.
  • Craigslist - Search for work at home freelance positions by entering "freelance" or "work at home" as a keyword in the search box on the front page of the site. Otherwise, click on the city that interests you and review the list of job openings. Be careful because this is also a good place to find scams. Check the Gigs section, as well as the Jobs section.
  • Freelance Job Listing Sites - Here are some good sites to use to find freelance job listings, with tips on how to find jobs that meet your criteria.
  • Job Boards - Monster, CareerBuilder, Dice, and the other top job boards all contain work at home job listings. It takes some work just to weed through the postings, but they are there. Search using keywords like "freelance," "telecommute," "work from home," and "work at home" as well as by the type of work you are interested in. 

A Word of Warning on Work From Home Jobs

Jobs that promise you oodles of money with little investment of time and no experience aren't legitimate.

Legitimate work at home jobs are going to require that you have skills relevant to the position. They will also require that you put in actual working hours because real companies require real employees, even if they are working in a virtual space.

Many jobs require skills like writing, graphic design, programming or web design, for example. If you don't have any experience in the field(s) you are interested in, it's going to be difficult to find an employer willing to hire you. Most employers who are willing to hire someone to work from home want workers who can work independently and get the job done with little guidance.

Finally, please take the time to research every job lead you find and every site you visit carefully. Even sites that purport to be impartial sometimes aren't. I just visited a site that supposedly had general information on telecommuting.

They recommended their top sites, all of which happened to be affiliated indirectly with the first site and all of which charged a fee.

A fee? Yes, many telecommuting job sites ask people to pay money to search their listings or even to work for them. This is one of the first signs of a job scam. You should not have to pay for either of these, so back out of any website that asks for money. Think about it... you wouldn't pay the company down the street to hire you, now would you?

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