Author: Karen Beaman, Director, Agent Acquisition
Broadband is expanding into more and more rural communities and bringing opportunities for remote work with it.
If you live in rural America, gaining affordable access to broadband internet can change your work options overnight. With high-speed internet access you are no longer limited by your willingness to commute. Your search for work can now expand to telecommuting, and remote work-from-home opportunities that were previously unavailable to you.
The opportunities may seem almost endless, so how do you begin your search for legitimate work from home?
Computer and internet skills: You will want to be comfortable communicating online and doing basic tasks on your computer, such as opening your browser, navigating to websites, and installing anti-virus software.
Searching for a work-from-home opportunity: You can visit job boards such as Monster, Indeed, Simply Hired, or Glassdoor and search using your skills or desired job title combined with words like remote, work-from-home and telecommute. You can also search on sites like FlexJobs, Rat Race Rebellion and WAHM.com that specialize in flexible work and legitimate work-from-home opportunities.
Finding the right fit: There are many different work-from-home opportunities available. Review the skills and technology needed for each opportunity that interests you and look for opportunities that match your skills and experience. Think about what hours you want to work. If a flexible schedule is important to you, contract opportunities, like those at LiveOps, tend to offer the most freedom.
Beware of scams: For every legitimate work-from-home opportunity, there are many scams. Get some tips on avoiding common scams.
Stay positive! Finding a legitimate work-from-home opportunity can take time. Many people try more than one option before finding the perfect fit and it’s normal to have some doubts when you start something new.