I’ll be honest. The work from home job search is not for the faint of heart. Not only do you have to track down openings and beat out the competition, you’ve got to wade through often scam-filled waters to find legitimate leads.
It’s no wonder, then, so many people want to work from home but few actually do.
On top of the difficult search itself, many remote job seekers are (unknowingly) sabotaging their chances of landing the work from home job they desire.
Believe me, I know. I’ve been there myself — applied to hundreds of job leads but never got hired (was even scammed once!).
Then, I realized, it wasn’t just the job search itself that was difficult and keeping me from my work-from-home dreams. It was the way I was going about it.
Instead of making the most of my search, I was sabotaging my efforts. You may be too. But don’t worry. You can fix it.
Sabotage 1: You Haven’t Narrowed Down Your Work from Home Job Search
What kind of work from home job are you looking for?
If you can’t answer that question, you’re going to easily get lost in your work from home job search.
Many people decide they want to work from home. Few actually consider which kind of work from home job is right for them.
This is the most common sabotage I see. And exactly the sabotage I too committed in the beginning. I spent countless hours applying to every single work from home ad I came across regardless of the type of position. Big mistake. And a complete waste of time.
Think of it like this, if you’re looking for a traditional office job, you wouldn’t apply to every single classified ad just because the opening was in your city, right? Right. Instead, you’d narrow your search to the jobs you’re qualified for. You’d also consider things like benefits, working hours, and pay rate.
You need to treat your work from home job search the same way — don’t just apply for anything and everything because the job lets you work remotely.
Try this Instead
Before you look at another work from home job ad, make sure you know what kind of work you’re looking for. Do you need a job with health insurance? Is flexibility key? Are you looking to supplement your income?
These are all important considerations of any work from home job search. To start, let’s look at the the types of jobs out there.
As a reminder, most work from home jobs fall into one of three categories:
- Independent Contractor
Which is right for you? Here’s a rundown of the pros and cons of each:
Now that you have an idea of the type of job you’re looking for, you can stop wasting time looking at the wrong job leads.
Sabotage 2: You’re Looking in All the Wrong Places
Where you’re looking for work from home jobs can make all the difference in how smoothly your job search goes. For example, if your main source of work from home job leads comes from Facebook, you’ll run into a lot of get-rich-quick schemes, MLM opportunities, and other network marketing businesses. Not exactly the right fit for someone looking for full-time work or freelance opportunities.
This is a sabotage you might not even realize you’re committing. And that’s okay. But it’s important to know not all work from home job leads are created equal.
Try This Instead
Don’t rely on just one source of work from home job leads. Sure, it’s great (and convenient) to find job leads in your Facebook feed, but they’re not always the greatest (or most legitimate). And it’s also nice to follow work from home bloggers who routinely share job leads, but these are super high competition positions!
When 12 bloggers share one lead across their social channels, that one job opening receives thousands of applicants. If you apply to only these ultra-competitive openings, the chances of getting hired are slim to none. And guess what? You’ll feel defeated before you even really had a chance of getting hired!
Instead, make it a habit to check reputable job boards and scout websites known for having remote-friendly positions listed. When you take initiative, you can uncover your own job leads that aren’t being shared with the masses. This means the competition goes down and your likelihood of getting hired goes up.
Some places to look include:
Remotive.io is one of my favorite communities for remote workers. It also happens to be a great place to find work from home jobs.
Remotive partners with a number of distributed workforces to share the latest positions that range from Happiness Hero to Full Stack Developer. Make it a habit to check their job page at least once a week. And don’t forget to sign up for their newsletter and Slack Community where you can connect with fellow out-of-the-cubicle thinkers.
Rat Race Rebellion
Rat Race Rebellion, RRR for short, has been posting work from home job leads since 1999 — yes, 1999! The site was started by Christine Durst and Michael Haaren (Chris & Mike), two huge supporters of virtual work. And they want to help others around the world find work stability and improved financial prospects as remote workers.
On their updated daily job listings, you’ll find everything from full-time jobs with benefits to extra income generators (and everything in between). And the best part? They personally verify each and every listing before they publish it. That means you never have to worry about scams when you turn to RRR during your work from home job search.
Okay, so AngelList isn’t specifically a work from home job board. It is, however, the place to find a startup job. And since many startups also happen to be remote-friendly, you can find quite a few legitimate job leads here!
A quick search today yields 259 startups hiring remote workers:
What I like about AngelList is the ability to sign up for a free account and create a profile. When you create a profile, you can more easily apply to open positions. It’s also a great way to see which companies may be a good match for you based on your skills. This will save you tons of time and streamline the application process — win, win!
Indeed is the world’s largest job search engine. In other words, Indeed scours the far reaches of the Internet to find job postings and puts them all conveniently in one place.
With Indeed, you can literally find hundreds of real remote jobs in a matter of a few clicks. Seriously. Try it for yourself. Simply type “remote” in the “where” box below and hit search.