Harleigh is the mother of two and a creative writer and freelancer.
Don't Quit Your Day Job Yet!
Freelancing and/or finding remote work that you can do while throwing a pajama party or sitting in the tub isn't for the faint of heart. Working for yourself or a company that will allow you to work from home isn't an easy accomplishment by any means. In fact, most people who attempt to find jobs or gigs like these give up after one search. But...there are so many opportunities out there! So why can't everyone do it, you ask? Well, let's take a look at the hindrances that can keep you from holding down a work-from-your-couch job.
1. Your Internet Speed
Internet speed can be imperative when it comes to landing a remote job. If you're interested in becoming a remote customer service representative, you'll need to make sure you have high speed internet, as companies like Alorica, Concentrix, Arise, and more do require a minimum upload/download speed and will ask you to perform a monitored speed test during their hiring process. This can absolutely make or break your chances of working in your PJ's so you may want to check your speeds before applying.
2. No Landline
Another issue specifically with customer service representative jobs, sales jobs, and virtual assisting jobs is that you may or may not need a landline and if you don't have one and can't get one, you may be automatically disqualified. Several companies hiring for these positions require that you use a landline rather than a cellphone. Personally, getting a landline where I live isn't an easy mission!
3. Not Enough Experience/No Degree
While there are countless remote positions and freelance options that you don't need prior experience for, there are even more that you must have some kind of prior knowledge or experience to qualify as a candidate for. You may need a few years of experience in that field or you might even need an associate's or bachelor's degree. Once you start your search, you'll be able to make yourself a list of potential matches and find yourself a high-paying gig.
4. No Typing Skills
Typing skills are especially important if you're looking at a job in transcription, virtual assisting, chat customer service support, etc. You can find numerous typing tests online that will help you practice and get your typing skills up to speed. It's best to have a typing speed of at least 35 - 45 WPM for positions like these, but the higher the better.
Patience is key to everything, especially job hunting, whether you're aiming for a traditional role or a more modern, online role. Don't jump the gun and accept a job you know you're not quite qualified for, especially if there's no training provided, but don't give up if you haven't found your niche just yet either. Finding a remote or freelance gig isn't always a one-day venture. Sometimes the journey can take awhile, especially if there are preparations to be made, like creating a website or writing a few articles.
6. Lack of Motivation
Lack of motivation is definitely the biggest game killer. If you don't have the motivation to learn, to search, to try...you'll never make it as a remote or freelance worker. It takes dedication, just like any other job. Unfortunately, unless you're extremely lucky, there is no press-a-button-and-make-money-instantly job. You have to find the motivation and do your absolute best to keep it.
7. Environmental Disruptions and Distractions
Another issue with working from home in any capacity is distractions/disruptions. Even if you're employee of the month at your office job, finding time to work without interruptions can be a challenge. Kids are the number one distraction, but roommates, spouses, and pets can put a damper on things as well. If possible, try to set aside a space solely for work and establish distractions for your distractions to keep everyone entertained while you get things done.
If you're in the freelancing market, whether it be as a writer or a virtual assistant or whatever else you can think up, marketing is going to be a big part of your day. If you're advertising services on Fiverr, Upwork (this one takes a little more effort, as you have to bid on gigs), or Craigslist, you'll have to come up with a solid pitch and try to share your gigs wherever you can to bring in customers. If you're making educational videos or writing music, etc., you'll need to share those, too, to gain traffic. In careers like these, it's best to have a following to give yourself a little kickstart!
If you aspire to become a YouTube sensation or professional blogger, SEO is a vital aspect of marketing your content to viewers. There are several sites and articles that can teach you about SEO, keywords, and how to implement them into your blog or YouTube channel. Just type it in to Google and start reading!
The Bottom Line
Working from home isn't just sitting on the couch binging Netflix shows or having a spa day every day. While many are under the impression that remote and freelance workers just kick their feet up and relax all day, it actually is very hard work. You absolutely have to put the work in to get results, whether you're applying for remote positions with a company or trying to build your own brand. There are thousands of opportunities and ideas out there. You just have to pick what's best for you and get to work!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.