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Learn from my experience working at home as freelance writer. Tips and useful information for those who want to work from home.

How to be hired to work at home

tips to get hired and work at home
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The main problem of all kind of workers is to find a job. Freelancers are not exception.

This post is about a situation in which your client doesn’t know you. If you have done a previous work, being hired again should be much easier. I will discuss about extend a relationship with a client in other future post.

Let’s take a look to some tips to increase your possibilities to be hired for the first time.

 

1. Be visible.

Of course this is the omnipresent need. You want to sell oranges, you need to be in the best commercial street and in the first position in Google, you want to sell clothes, you need to be in a commercial street and in the first position in Google; you want to sell your services you need….well at least you can work at home, but you need to be in the first position in Google.

Sadly be in the first position in Google requires lot of money, so try to be visible in freelance platforms related with your job.

2. Think as your clients do.

Ok, you have done it!

There is someone looking at your site and now this person has lot of doubts about if you are the accurate person to hire.

Try to put yourself in your future client shoes. What would you look for? Experience? Testimonials? Kind person?

It is a great idea hiring someone to check this. If, for example, you need a website, look for someone to do your website in a similar way that your client will look for you. What things do you look at?

I hired someone to do a task with this website and while I was looking for the right person, I learn a lot about the process to hire.

If you are going to use a freelance platform, then try to hire someone through it.

3. Give all the information you can, including price of course.

Give all the information your client could need. As your client can’t see you, you need to be more transparent than if you were physically there.

Sometimes you will get propositions as “hey I need my website text, how much does it cost”.

Then ask for more information. Keep in mind that is better loose a client because you are asking too much, than loose it after almost all is done and a unexpected issue appears.

4. Answer as quick as possible.

Again, as your client is not able to go to your office to ask for things, you need to show that you will be there at any time (in your work hours).

If you don’t answer messages promptly, your clients will think that you won’t answer them when they need something related to the job, so they will prefer anybody else, that is ready to keep communication fluent.

Work at home, can it be real?

Are you in a computer? Look at the bottom right of your screen, what does it say?

Yeah, we are in 2014 !!

Don’t you think that in 2014 is possible to work at home?

It absolutely is. There is only one kind of person that still doesn’t believe in working from home: managers, chiefs, bosses or as you know them the person that thinks you are a robot that hates holidays.

work at home as writer in Spanish
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Rest of the people understands that today, with internet, phone and will power you can work at home as good or bad as in an office.

In some works people is more used to work at home. For instances, translators, virtual assistants, graphic designers, programmers and writers, yes even in Spain where it is extremely rare working from home… All of them have the two versions, people working in offices and people working at home.

So if this is your dream

What do you need to work at home?

  1. Work hard. If you are at home your customers or managers, can’t see how hard you are working. Best way to show them is to give a great result.
  2. Computer and internet. It depends on your country internet services, but you will need to choose a good internet connection.
  3. Choose a job that you can do from home. This includes a job that people believes you can do from home, because if it is possible but the culture says you need to be in an office…it will be hard get customers.
  4. A website.
  5. Research for freelance platforms.
  6. Research your country laws. Taxes are a brainteaser for all freelance. When your customers are from all over the world, it could be even more difficult.
  7. Use the free time. First steps are always hard. If you don’t have clients, your work is to find them. If you are working at home, there is not free time during your work hours. Don’t have a task to do for your clients? Improve your website, look for new clients, udpdate your ledger books. Don’t waste time. If you are wasting time, maybe you aren’t ready for working at home.

Some common ideas to work at home.

  • Have a blog and earn money with the adverts.
  • Have a youtube channel.
  • Work as freelancer.
  • Sell your hand-made products.

Obviously each of these options are broad enough to write a book. I will develop some of them on the following posts.