Online jobs have become viable alternatives to standard day jobs for many people around the world. There are many professions highly compatible with the online job concept, including web developer, programmer, web designer, photographer, illustrator, artist, writer, blogger, marketer, and more. For many companies, it is actually more cost-effective to outsource the work they need than to create additional jobs and dedicate to them extra office space and resources. Here are some tips that can help you find an online job that’s right for you.
- Decide early on whether you want a part time or a full time online job. Knowing what you want can help you focus your search and find a job faster. For example, if you are a web designer, you can find part-time as well as full time work on a freelancer network, but if you decide to look for opportunities with a local design agency, they may offer only full-time jobs.
- Create a freelancer profile on Upwork or Freelancer, build a 100% complete profile with portfolio items and a genuine image of yourself, and bid on projects you feel comfortable with. On these two huge freelancer networks you will find thousands of projects every day, everything from web development & web design to writing and content marketing.
- Set up a portfolio website. Employers are more likely to hire you if you have an engaging online portfolio that showcases your work. Building one is simple with wordpress.com.
- Join the Envato Studio, a community of high-quality web designers and developers that offers you access to freelance work that is financially as well as professionally rewarding.
- Look for multiple opportunities at the same time. Online you can work with multiple employers part time, doing similar or different kind of work. For example, if you’re a web developer as well as a content marketer, you can try to do both, for different employers.
- Join Demand Media, a platform for creative professionals such as photographers, graphic artists, filmmakers, writers, and more, to create content for a variety of websites.
- Blog about your profession. Alongside a portfolio, a blog can also help you land an online job. Having a blog that discusses the latest news and best practices relevant to your profession, or even better, that offers tips and advice, will leave the impression that you have a solid experience in your field.
- Write and publish an e-book related to your profession. Similarly to a blog, it can help improve your online reputation. You can publish it through your blog or portfolio.
- Apply to the Toptal freelance network, a high-end web development platform through which you can work on projects for exciting companies such as Airbnb.
- Try job hunting websites such as Craiglist, Indeed, or Monster. Some of the jobs posted here are online jobs.
- Write a great cover letter. The important thing is to tailor your cover letter to the particular online job you are applying to, matching the vision, tone, and language of the employer or company.
- Ask your social or professional network whether they know of any online job for you. You are 5 times more likely to get hired if you have been referred by an employee.
- Be very active on LinkedIn, as it has become the most powerful professional network.
- Find freelance, full-time, part-time, and temporary online jobs related to WordPress on wphired.com. Includes jobs for web developers, digital producers, programmers, graphic designers, and more.
- Apply quickly and respond to any emails or messages you receive promptly. This will convey enthusiasm for your job, and also assure potential employers that communication with you will be excellent.
- Create social media profiles appropriate for work on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. These, together with your portfolio and blog, help you establish a strong online presence.
- Team up with a friend who is also looking for an online job. Finding a job together can be easier and less frustrating, with each of you providing support to the other.
- Understand that finding an online job can be an ongoing, long-term process. An online job search can take much longer than you first planned, but you should not let that discourage you.
Do you work online? If yes, maybe you can share a few tips drawn from your own experience that can help others find a job online.