"I need to find a legitimate telecommute (work at home) job right now! I'm going to lose my house! Help me please!" These bold statements look considerably familiar. With the economy the way it is now, I see these desperate words leaping off social media sites everywhere. And in truth, is it possible to find a telecommute job on the spot?
In most cases, unfortunately, no. In others, some are just lucky at being in the right place at the right time. It takes real patience from a severely motivated person to find a legitimate home job.
That's probably something you didn't need to hear, just being realistic. However, there are certain things you can do to greatly increase your chances at landing a work at home position. Also being Internet savvy will certainly be in your favor.
Some great places to actually start your search may be on home job search forums, Twitter, Blogs, and doing a search on Google.com (type in "work at home jobs" or "telecommute jobs")
One dozen tips to help make your search a little more productive
* Firstly, be fully aware that when seeking for a legitimate telecommute job, don't assume your work will be easy or there will be no effort on your part to earn money. Honest, hard work + job loyalty = profit.
* Know upfront that most online companies require some set skills and experience to get the job in question.
* Know upfront that most online employers will request a resume from you.
* There are a few companies that will train you on the job, but very few. Make for sure you know the full details before applying.
* Don't stop at submitting just a handful of resumes. Consistently applying without giving up will pay off. Keep submitting those resumes, and think positive
* Don't set out to apply for just one type of job, there are many options available to you (depending on your skill sets of course).
* Never be apprehensive about asking for assistance from time to time with your search. Message forums are excellent for job searching. The idea is to use proper forum etiquette network with others, and ask questions.
* Keep your eyes open for the work at home scams, and there are plenty of them out on the net. The number one sure sign of a scam is registration or start up fees, and they are usually the "data entry" ad hype you see everywhere. Don't take the famous saying lightly and never pay for work at home.
* Visit the various work at home websites, job boards, and blogs that regularly post job leads.
* Keep a careful track record of the jobs you've already applied for. This will aid with duplicate applications.
* Do consider your family's needs and their schedules. Especially your children. Do you have daycare covered if you have small children at home, (depending on what type of job you are applying for).
* Important: Don't quit your outside the home job until you've successfully found an online job and have a start date. It's also a good idea to do a few trial days to see if the telecommute job is truly your cup of tea, (if possible).
Be positive, committed, and always be thinking, "I CAN do it!" Never second guess yourself, especially if you have all the required skills.
Scott Lindsay is a lifelong entrepreneur and has created and run many successful web businesses. Make A Business Website in minutes with HighPowerSites.com. Access thousands of Work From Home Jobs in one convenient location.