If you’re worried about the future of your job or the future of work in general due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve got good news for you!
Upwork and Freelancers Union did a report on ‘Freelancing in America’ which shows that by 2027, a majority (86.5 million) of the US workforce will be freelancers.
Other takeaways from the report include:
Freelancing prepares you for the future.
A whopping 54% of the workforce is scared that their skills will be outdated in the next 20 years. More freelancers upscaled their skills in 2017 as compared to non-freelancers.
63% of those interviewed said they’re freelancers by choice.
Yes, it’s not that they got fired, or laid off due to economic reasons, they chose the freelancing life.
Millennials are redefining the meaning of work and financial stability.
And millennials are the majority of freelancers at 47% of the workforce.
Changes in technology are enabling this massive growth as 71% of the freelance work was obtained online.
Do freelancers have any significant contribution to the economy? A lot! They contributed an estimated $1.4 trillion annually in freelance earnings.
If this is exciting and you’d love to learn more of what that report has to say, access it here.
Working from home with no experience
You don’t need work experience to start working from home.
In fact, most freelancers determine the kind of work they do based on their skillset. You also get to determine your schedule for the most part.
And as we’ve learned from the report, freelancers are always upscaling their skills. So you start with the skills you’ve got now then upgrade as you learn and discover more of your interests.
Employers also provide virtual training for most jobs so you need not worry.
Most work from home jobs require basic technical skills such as:
- Microsoft Office
- Microsoft Excel
- Basic Math
- Basic Accounting
If you choose to work for yourself, you will need bookkeeping skills, here’s a link to a great free online bookkeeping course.
Where to find real work from home jobs
There are many scams online because scammers know that online job seekers are desperate to stay afloat especially during this pandemic.
Here is a great checklist you can use to avoid getting scammed or ripped off.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, there are hundreds of companies that offer legit online jobs that you can do from home, or from your favourite coffee shop.
If you are looking to get the ball rolling by starting the application process immediately, here are 5 great sites with work from home job listings. There’s a great pool of them to choose from!
They did us all a favour when they published the top 100 companies that offer remote jobs.
They ranked them from the best to 100th to second guess or do all the research work. This list is a great place to start as they’re certified companies and has legit links to the company websites.
If you need freelance service for your business, fiverr.com is one of the best places to hire a freelancer.
You get to know the price upfront with no hidden charges, and the payment system is protected. Services available include:
- Logo design
- Social media
- Web design
- Graphics & Design
- Digital marketing.
It’s a one-stop market place for all things digital and more!
You can also post your skills on the same platform.
This link has a bunch of customer service jobs including COVID-19 contact tracer! What?? Yes. You get to provide contacts with approved information about quarantine procedures and direct them to testing centres.
All from the comfort of your couch!
4. Work from home amazon jobs
Since Amazon is very popular, there are millions of scam adverts promising to offer competitive amazon jobs.
Amazon does offer great job opportunities. Apply through their official website to avoid getting scammed. Here is the direct link to work from home amazon jobs.
5. Glassdoor jobs
Glassdoor is also a highly trusted jobs site.
I came across this link with 16 companies hiring for work from home jobs. Under each company, there’s a list of all jobs open in the company.
You can apply to as many as possible, as it’s always advisable to cast your net far and wide.
Work from home outfits
In order to be productive and cross most of the items from your to-do list, wake up and dress up.
No, you don’t have to go all the way by putting on your best suit and heels (but if it works for you, why not!), but you need to communicate to your brain that sleep and chill time is over. That it’s time to transition to the ‘get work done’ mood.
Justine Leconte’s video is a great guide to chic work from home outfits.
Benefits of working from home
1. Saves money
Seriously, if you’re one of those people who started working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have you realised how much money you’ve been saving? No more paying for gas on a daily basis. Or hefty public transport fares.
2. Saves time
I don’t even want to get started on the amount of time I would spend commuting to and from work.
On average, I’d spend 2.5 hours per day. I’d be so exhausted by the time I got home that I’d end up not cooking and not doing any extra work that could earn me a passive income.
This work from home experience has taught me that I can achieve much more using the extra money and time.
This report shows that American commuters waste 54 hours a year stuck in traffic. 2.5 days of your life wasted every year seated in a congested place inhaling toxic fumes. The time to embrace remote working is now!
3. You benefit from 24-hour economies
You can get jobs from all over the world, not just your state or country.
If you’re a night owl, you can sleep through the morning and work all night. And vice versa.
If you have kids, you can take care of them like most stay at home moms and work when they sleep.
The internet has enabled this.
4. Office space is expensive
A lot of companies are realizing now that their business cash flow has been affected over the years by cost of office space. It’s a premium product that rises every year.
This means that many companies are embracing the working from home culture.
Twitter recently announced that they will not require their employees to return to the office after the COVID-19 pandemic. Who knew we would live to see such times?
If you’re looking to start your own business like a blog, they’re many collaborative platforms online that will enable you to still delegate work while avoiding the cost of office rent!
5. Flexible schedule
One of the most annoying things about working from the office is that we have a strict lunch break. 1 pm to 2 pm. That’s it.
This doesn’t take into account that some people get hungry at different hours due to different metabolism rates. This sucks.
Working from home means you can create for yourself a cozy office space and get to enjoy a flexible schedule. Eat whenever you want, stretch any time, work any time!
6. Wearing comfortable clothing
You get to work in your pj’s, cozy socks and bunny slippers.
7. No distractions
Chatty co-workers can be a great hindrance to your productivity and privacy. If you live alone, this is no longer a problem while working from home. If you live with family, you can set ground rules to follow during work hours.
8. More time with your loved ones
A lot of us have complained about not having enough time to spend with our loved ones.
Work-life balance tips is one of the most googled phrases as a lot of us feel that we’ve been sold to the rat race.
Working from home allows you to experience life with your loved ones. To see them grow, to be part of their memories. What can beat this experience?
Just in case you’re still in doubt, remember that rich and busy people outsource a lot of tasks such as manage their social media, manage their calendars, hire people to book their flights, schedule their meetings… These are activities that you comfortably do for yourself which means you’re qualified for thousands of jobs online.
Whether you’re looking to supplement your income, start a new career, transition to working from home fully or part-time, online jobs are here to stay. We’re becoming more and more interconnected.
Take the leap. Trust your learning capabilities. Grab a piece of the internet pie. Thrive!