Over the last 5 years, I’ve worked from home, both part-time and full-time. I’m a Facebook Advertising Specialist for Litchfield Media, a business I created almost a year ago. I have clients of my own AND I get to set my own schedule and rates + choose clients I want to work with. What I’ve learned is that working from home is not for everyone and it’s going to be a process if you are new to working from home:
You need complete discipline.
You need zero distractions.
You need great wifi (everyone should have this, who am I kidding? lol).
Enter the Cornovirus and you have a recipe for an interesting disaster lol. Now families are juggling working remotely with schooling their kiddos “at home”. Or even worse, many Americans and folks around the world are losing their jobs with no potential of getting them back. So what should we do in the meantime?
Well, I’m going to leave that up to you. In the United States, taxpayers are getting $1,200 for the next 2 months + an extra $500 for every child (don’t quote me on that, I’m not a CPA haha). But what about after that? I realize that many will be looking for ways to make money online or get some type of job (working remotely or possibly with a company that is hiring right now).
As a military spouse who moves every 4 years, working remotely is IDEAL. If you’re a military spouse then you know how much you end up sacrificing your job/career when you have to move so frequently. I will say that I’ve done the whole MLM/direct selling thing and it turned out that it just wasn’t for me. I totally get that when you ladies say that you want to work from home, but you don’t want to sell anything or join an MLM. And trust me you are selling something at the end of the day when you become apart of a network marketing company. Yes you “share” your experience, blah blah blah but at the end of the day, you need to sell prospects into joining you or buying from you. I get it, that’s not for everyone either – been there, done that.
Ok if you are still with me and have still decided that the remote job thing is ideal for you let’s dive in shall we??
Here is a list of websites for those on the remote job hunt:
https://weworkremotely.com/ – Find your industry or look for jobs in relation to your experience.
https://remote.co/ – Find your industry or look for jobs in relation to your experience.
www.indeed.com – In the where section enter in “remote”.
https://www.flexjobs.com/ – Find your industry or look for jobs in relation to your experience.
https://www.simplyhired.com/ – In the location section enter in “remote”.
https://jobspresso.co/ – Find your industry or look for jobs in relation to your experience.
http://www.upwork.com & http://www.fiverr.com – I’m honestly not a huge fan of these two websites, only because people are looking for someone to do jobs for CHEAP and they tend to go with people outside of the US. Lots of graphic designers, web builders, etc. are on these two websites looking for freelance projects.
https://www.hireheroesusa.org/ – Free resume help for military spouses!
Not interested in working remotely or want other options? I’ve compiled a list of US-based companies that are hiring RIGHT NOW.
Walmart, Kroger, Safeway, Costco, Wholefoods
Instacart, DoorDash, Shipt
CVS Health, Walgreens
Asana, Zoom Video, Slack
FedEx and UPS
THREE BONUS Tips:
Go to http://www.canva.com and create an account! You are going to use this powerful tool to design your resume and make it stand out! I honestly believe this increases your resume of getting seen by 50%. Yes, I know that some companies are looking for keywords but there are also some companies still filtering through resumes manually. When your resume comes up, yours will stand out because you’ve put some time into the design. If you need help designing yours you can definitely reach out to me. I can help you revamp your resume and reword your job descriptions.
No luck finding a job on any of the sites I listed above? I would consider becoming a Virtual Assistant. Many entrepreneurs and online businesses are in NEED of a Virtual Assistant. In fact, I have one! Lots of VA’s tend to help with social media management, ad management, accounting, payroll, data entry, and so much more! Don’t have experience in VA duties but you want to do it? You should consider buying training online to learn more about this in demand job.
I’m not affiliated AT ALL with these courses but they were shared in an online Facebook group for people asking about becoming a VA/building a VA business:
I have personally bought online trainings from http://www.udemy.com. If there is a topic I’m not familiar with that can only enhance my skills for my business, I look at Udemy for resources and training. This is a great website and the courses are fairly inexpensive, just make sure to read the reviews for each course you’re considering buying.
Now, if you’ve recently lost some business due to the coronavirus pandemic, I have some ideas for you to fully transition to a digital business (for the time being). Let’s say you are an eyelash extension technician and you’re out of work currently because of social distancing. You physically need to see clients in order to do your work – I get this. Could you educate your current clients on how to maintain (or grow out) their eyelash extensions right now while they are waiting for you to reopen? This would keep your pipeline full for when you are ready to open.
Are you a master at eyelash extensions? Meaning is this something you’re known for and you get constant questions from other peers in your industry on “how you’ve been so successful at growing your business”? There are two options here in the online educational industry that you can pursue:
You can teach this skill to other wannabe eyelash extension artists
You can teach other business owners how you’ve been able to grow your business into a successful one
What I’ve learned is that people want to learn from the best in the industry, if that’s you, I guarantee you people will be willing to pay in order to learn from you.
Happy job hunting for those who are looking for a remote position (or a JOB for that matter)! And good luck to any business owner that wants to go digital to keep up with the weird challenging times that we are facing in our world right now. I really do hope this helps you! Any questions about transitioning to a digital business, please reach out!
Melissa from Litchfield Media writes about all the tips and tricks to run successful and profitable ads for your online business.