Best Ways to Work at Home like a True Professional

Before even deciding to be a homebased freelancer, there are several things you need to seriously consider. Most homebased service providers and entrepreneurs fail because they’ve either overshot their expectations, or they’ve neglected the important factors that makes working at home to be successful. Below are guidelines for you to follow if you’re considering an online or homebased career.

Figure out your “center”

Whether you’re starting a career on- or offline, it helps to know yourself beforehand. You might be good in a lot of things, but you’re probably best in one particular skill. There are promising online careers for express and efficient authors who can churn up informative articles in a matter of hours.

Because we’re talking about online jobs per se, it goes without saying that you need to be well experienced in different computer programs if you want to be successful in this study. Teachers with excellent telecommunicating skills can also look into the possibilities of teaching online.

When you’re applying for a prospective position or job, aside from investigating about the basic skills needed, you should also ask about the softwares that you need to acquaint yourself with. For example, an article marketing job would probably only require you to know basic Word and email skills. An online tutorial position, on the other hand, might require the applicant to be well-versed with Skype or other similar messenger programs.

There’s also a huge demand for online medical transcriptionists. Excellent typists who are well experienced in the medical genre might find a promising part time career in this field.

Collect good networking skills

Having good networking skills not only lets you to meet a lot of potential clients and employers. It also lets you determine the people you talk online. Remember that the most secure clients are those you’ve actually worked with in real life. Although this might be too idealistic a set up for most online entrepreneurs and freelancers, it doesn’t hurt to take “sure jobs” from former employers and business contacts.

If you can’t help but take job offers from strangers, you should do your homework thoroughly. When dealing with a company, make sure that you research on the company’s history and background first. If they have an actual office address posted online, it won’t hurt to pay the office a visit.

Take note that it never hurts to ask for referrals. As a matter of fact, online firms and clients already expect this request. If they’re professional people who can be trusted with payments, they will give you a number of people t contact. You should also think about giving out referrals when you apply for positions online. Good referrals give you better bargaining chips.  

Familiarize yourself with transactions

It’s always best for you to face the money-matter first. Never be too timid to ask about how you’re going to get paid before you work for any client or firm. If you can’t be paid before you hand in a project or an item, at least ask for guarantees (referrals are also good enough here) that they will pay you once the project is done.

If the payment scheme sounds hazy or if they can’t give you proof that they actually pay their freelancers, drop the project and move on to more credible clients. Now is the time for you to consider that taxes you have to pay, as well, as an independent contractor with no fixed income.