Today, more and more individuals are making the decision to work from home as full- or- part-time employees, freelancers and independent contractors.
Popular work from home jobs often include writers, designers and editors, virtual assistants, web developers, call center representatives and tutors. Remote positions such as these can sometimes be difficult to find, unless you know what you’re looking for.
Thanks to the internet and advancements in modern-day technology, finding a work from home job is easier today than ever before.
However, not all online job postings are legitimate, and it pays to be cautious as you search for work from home opportunities that meet your professional goals and salary expectations.
To minimize your chances of falling victim to an employment scam while searching for remote jobs, it’s important to use reputable job search websites such as Indeed, Glassdoor and FlexJobs.
You can sometimes find legitimate work from home jobs on Craigslist as well, but you’ll need to be especially careful about the types of details you submit with your application.
To explore some of the best job search engines around for finding legitimate work from home positions, read on!
If you’ve ever applied for a job online, chances are you’ve come across Indeed.com at some point in your career. However, did you know you can use Indeed to search for work from home positions as well? Here’s how:
- Type a job title or keyword into the search bar (such as writer, communications or graphic designer).
- Type “remote” as your location.
- Click “find jobs”
Once you come across a position that you’d like to apply for, you may be able to submit your application materials directly through Indeed.
In some cases, however, you’ll need to apply through the company’s website.
While Glassdoor is another website that allows you to search for remote positions regardless of where you live, it also connects you to company reviews, interview questions and salaries.
In some cases, you may be able to find information about the company’s hiring process as well.
To use Glassdoor to find remote positions in your desired industry, simply type a job title or keyword into the search bar and enter “remote (work from home)” as your location.
General job search engines like Indeed and Glassdoor are excellent options when you’re looking for work from home positions, but other websites such as FlexJobs are even better.
With a FlexJobs membership, you receive access to pre-screened positions in more than 50 different career categories such as writing, editing, communications and marketing.
Plus, FlexJobs only lists positions that are remote, home-based or offer a flexible schedule.
While you do need to pay a monthly membership fee of $14.95 to receive full access to these remote listings, you can cancel your membership or re-subscribe at any time.
If you plan to use FlexJobs for a longer period of time, however, you’ll obtain a better deal by paying $29.95 for a three-month membership or $49.95 for one year.
To cancel your membership at any time, simply login to FlexJobs and click the tab labeled “subscription”. Then, click “cancel”.
If you’re looking to work for a tech startup, AngelList is the job search engine for you. Through AngelList, you can create a profile, upload your resume and search for remote jobs at more than 35,000 startups such as Instacart, Hinge, Twitch and Coinbase.
Plus, you can create an account in seconds by entering your name and email address or you may sign in via Facebook or Twitter.
What makes Jobspresso so great is that this search engine only lists remote positions, eliminating the need to sift through onsite jobs during your search for remote work. Plus, Jobspresso allows you to browse all available remote listings at once, or you can search by career category if you prefer.
Various career categories include marketing, writing, web development, sales and project management. As another benefit, you can usually apply for jobs directly through the Jobspresso website.
While you don’t need a Jobspresso account to view open positions or apply for jobs, you may sign up to receive daily updates via email, Facebook or Twitter. Alternatively, you can check back as often as you’d like if you don’t want to be bothered by daily updates.
When searching for remote work on Jobspresso, note that some positions will require you to reside in a specific state or time zone—even if the position itself is remote.
Therefore, it’s important to read the entire job posting closely before submitting your application.
How to Search for Work from Home Jobs
In addition to finding available work from home positions through search engines such as Indeed and Glassdoor, a simple Google search could lead you right to your dream job. Here’s how:
- Look for fully remote companies. Conduct a Google search for “100 percent distributed companies” or “completely distributed companies”. Your search will provide you with a list of organizations that operate remotely, increasing your chances of finding work from home jobs at these companies.
- Use keywords. Incorporate keywords such as “work from home”, “work at home”, “telecommute”, “virtual”, “remote”, “freelance” or “home-based” directly into your Google search. If you were looking for writing positions, for instance, you could search for “freelance writing jobs” or “work from home writing jobs”.
Learn What You’ll Need to Apply
Once you find a work from home position that interests you, you’ll likely need to apply through the job search engine, the company/client’s website or by email.
When submitting your application, make sure to provide the following items to strengthen your chances of landing the job:
- An updated resume and personalized cover letter
- A link to your online portfolio (if available)
- Examples of your work, such as writing samples, art and design work, reports, audio and visual files and/or digital images
When submitting your application for a work from home job, remember to remain wary of scams. Never give out your banking information and don’t send money to anyone.
These are common signs of online employment scams and could put your identity and financial information at risk.