Lately, several people have stopped me in the community or reached out to me on facebook. Different people with different walks of life all asking me the same question.
Can you tell me what it is you really do?
Could I do it too?
My answer is always the same.
I work from home as a social media manager. Yes, you can do this or any number of other services from your home or from where you want to be.
This is my office today. Tomorrow, my office will be here…
The very beauty of working from home is that I don’t have to always be home to get my work done. And, that is a very good thing.
If you want to work from home, where will your office be?
Once you decide where your office will be, start researching online for virtual job postings. Focus on tasks and/or occupations that you are knowledgeable of or gifted in and make a list of possibilities. When your list is made, narrow it down by choosing the tasks that you enjoy.
For instance, there are multiple postings by companies for virtual bookkeepers. These individuals work from their own device and provide a much needed service for the company who hires them. For number-crunchers, this is a great thing. For me, this would be awful!! Numbers do not fall in my gifted area. I’m confident I would be fired before I could even draft a resignation letter. This is where it is imperative that you choose wisely.
Using your list as a guide, spend some time researching each individual virtual position. Become an expert on social media managing or virtual assisting. It is amazing to me how much free education is online, such as videos, blog posts from experts, webinars, and podcasts. As you educate yourself, you may find yourself crossing off occupations from your list. That’s okay. The most effective people are those who know their gifts and abilities and use those to specialize in one field.
Don’t forget to take time to learn what the average pay for each position is. This amount will change depending on where you live. Even if you don’t like to talk about money, you need to know this. You may inquire about a position where you will need to negotiate your wages. By knowing the median pay, you can confidently work out an agreement without looking like a newbie or looking like a gold-digger.
When you have a workable list of one or two tasks and/or occupations that you would feel comfortable doing from your new office, take the next step. Sell yourself by genuinely convincing Company A that you are the best candidate for Position Y.
For many, including myself, this is the hardest step. Part of my personal education right now is learning to recognize and improve my own unique gifts and abilities to make me a better social media manager. I’m learning be brave and to be confident in my individual strengths and I am working on overcoming particular weaknesses.
Be bold and reach out to inquire about the position you have researched. Most postings will list what that company’s prerequisites are and will also instruct you on how to apply for that position. Some require a resume, some do not. The beauty is that each position is as unique as you are.
You may have to inquire about several postings or you may find that the first posting you researched is the one for you. You may also find that the first position you take isn’t really what you want to spend a portion of your time doing. It’s okay. Just as in real life, virtual occupations change hands all the time.
That’s the joy of working from home. You can change it up any time you wish.
Here are a couple of sites to get you started:
You really can work from home. It takes some learning and some know-how but it can be done.
Let me know where your office is and maybe I’ll stop by with a cup of coffee to hear your story of how your work at home job came to be!