I have been working online for the past 6 years. What started as a part-time gig back in college to supplement my allowance by earning a dollar or two per article written has now become my main source of income (and I do it at home).
There are a lot of real online jobs that you can earn from– and I’m not talking about recruiting or networking (turn your 200 to 1.5k etc sort of thing) which have been prevalent on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter lately. I’m talking about honest to goodness work opportunities much like those found in the real world: administrative work, transcription, data entry, sales and customer representative works, web and graphic designing and what not. So in this post, I will teach you how to start working online.
1. Have the basic equipment
In order to start working online, you have to make sure that you have your own computer. You may use a desktop or a laptop but the latter is preferred for convenience (you can take it anywhere with you!). All online jobs will involve and require one. It doesn’t need to be fancy but investing in a good one will go a long way.
Here are some specifications to keep in mind when choosing your computer:
- Processor:If you can afford one with an i3 or higher processor, the better. But any quad core processor will do.
- Memory: 2gb or higher
- CD Rom Drive
- Hard disk: at least 160gb or more
Aside from a computer, you should also have a webcam and a reliable headset with a noise cancellation mic. Both are required by most employers/clients for interview.
2. Get connected
Avail of a stable and reliable internet connection. This will be your lifeline. Without it, you won’t be able to work.
Subscribe to at least a 2mbps internet speed plan to ensure that all basic internet activities can be done without much lag or waiting time. Below I have compiled some of the plans offered by the leading ISPs (internet service providers) in the country:
If you’re wondering why there are only three plans above it’s because I only placed the basic plans that you should at least subscribe to. Do note that aside from your main connection, you should also have a back up in case your primary ISP is down. A plug-it, pocket wifi or even your smartphone with mobile data will do (use it as a hotspot).
3. Prepare your resume
As mentioned above, working online is pretty much the same as working in the real world. The jobs are the same. The application and hiring process is there. The only difference is that they are all done “virtually” or online. So just like applying for a “real world” job, you should prepare your resume.
Your resume is a reflection of you– make sure that it is brief, informative and that it highlights your skills and qualifications. Avoid placing unnecessary information on your resume. Remember, prospective clients or employers will be scrutinizing it. If they don’t find your resume interesting or worth it, they won’t call or email you back.
As a start, the following information should always be on your resume:
- Email address
- Mobile number
- Skype ID
- Relevant skills and experiences
4. Sign up and join
With your PC, internet connection and resume ready, it’s now time for you to sign up and join the different online job sites. An online job site is a site where people can find online or virtual jobs. It is a “market place” where employers or prospective clients and workers meet.
There are a lot of sites that offer online jobs. Some are focused on telemarketing (yes, you can work as a call center agent at the convenience of your own home!). Some sites are purely for English tutorials for foreigners (usually Koreans, Chinese and Japanese). And there are those that offer all possible online jobs– you just take your pick on which vacancies or jobs to apply.
After picking out your preferred online jobs sites, make sure that you complete your profile 100%. Rate your skills, upload a professional primary photo, submit a scanned copy of your government issued ID (for verification purposes) and upload your resume on the site.
5. Finally, start job hunting!
Now that you have signed up and completed your profile, it’s time to go job hunting! You didn’t just go through steps 1 to 4 for nothing.
Take a look at the open jobs– if you believe you are qualified and you can get the job done, send the employer a message or email to express your interest. You can send them your resume immediately as well.
This is one of the hardest and slowest part in trying to find work online especially for those who don’t have online work experience. But this is also the most crucial part so don’t lose hope. I, myself, started just like you. To make things a little easier, I suggest you go for “entry level” jobs. These are jobs which require little to no experience and there are plenty of these online.
Just follow all the steps above and you are on your way to landing your first online job! If you still have questions about how to start working online or would want to clarify or know more, drop a comment below. 🙂