Finding Clerical Work From Home
Oh yes….hire ME!
I want that $40,000 a year clerical work from home job! I am sure it's part-time. I am so sure it offers benefits. And I'm positive it will be something very easy to do!
You can wake up now!! Those jobs….ummm….well, when you find one, let me know!
Lets Start Out Being Realistic
It would be nice if that type of job was easy to obtain. Of course, for that to happen we would all need to have the right skills, clerical training and equipment. There would need to be plenty of those jobs to go around too. It's just not the case.
Finding clerical work from home jobs is going to take A LOT of effort on your part. It's gonna be a job getting the job! In the years I have worked at home and interviewed people of all kinds, doing all kinds of telecommuting work – about 60% of these people created the job they do.
Creating Clerical Work From Home
What does this mean?
What kind of skills do you have? Just owning a computer and typing in chat rooms or emails to your sister do not constitute as “real” skills. Tweeting and scrolling through Facebook aren't “really” skills either, unless you're thinking a social media career is more your cup of tea.
How are your actual clerical skills shaping up? How fast can you accurately type? What desktop publishing skills do you have? Are you trained in transcription? Because on the bright side, there is a lot of work out there for skilled transcriptionists.
What about copywriter, editor, proofreader? Do you have training or education in those skills? In other words – are you even qualified to do clerical work from home? I do get a lot of emails from readers that love the ideas of proofreading. And I get it — it does sound like a nice job to have. I encourage you to read my interview with Caitlin Pyle. She actually is a proofreader and earns her income all from working at home and at times, traveling around the world.
The advice I received from many working at home in the clerical field, most said they contacted small businesses in their area and offered low-cost outsourcing for odds and ends. Here are a few ideas of what I came across interviewing people.
Clerical Work From Home Ideas
-One mother of three kids (all under the age of 6!), makes confirmation calls for a vets office each day. Each morning they fax over the following day's appointments and she calls and confirms and faxes the list back to the vet's office before 5:00.
-One mother of twins does paralegal work from her home for a small law firm in her town. She does it all from her small home office around her children's naps.
Both of these women contacted the business or company they now work for and initiated employment. They didn't just randomly mail out their resume or call people. They honed their skills and decisively went after what they felt they were qualified for, would enjoy and was flexible enough for them.
Many telecommuting clerical jobs pay minimum wage. They are not usually high-power, high-demand positions, therefore they don't pay top dollar. Most are part-time. So–if you're looking for around $100 extra a week — you can typically find something geared toward that range. But don't balk! There have been many times in my life where $400 a month would have made a whole lot of difference for me and my family!
Adjusting family expenses and lifestyle when a two income family becomes one is not always easy. It does seem once you cut out daycare costs, lunches, gas, clothes etc that you'll actually save money. But analyze this first. Go over your expenses with a fine tooth comb. Can you cut some frills like a daily newspaper, cable, cellphones ( and gasp, fancy coffees! ) anything else that might not be an ABSOLUTE necessity.
Put out feelers before you up and quit your job. Make sure you've researched what type of work and where you think you can get that type of work beforehand. Make sure your resume is fabulous and nothing less! Have a skeleton cover letter ready too. You want to personalize each cover letter to the specific company or business that you are approaching for work. It's tacky to have a vanilla cover letter that looks like a form letter.
If possible try to take classes to update your skills BEFORE you leave your current employer. This will make your resume fresher and more current. And speaking of your current employer — have you approached him/her about telecommuting? Could it be an option if you can prove the logistics of it will not impede your performance? Submit a well thought telecommuting proposal to your boss and see if they are even open to it.
Working at home is becoming cost savvy for many businesses. Make sure you've exhausted that option with your current company before you jump ship. It might just open the door where you thought it wasn't possible.
Top notch clerical skills are certainly a great asset to any business or company. Real estate agents are always looking for assistance, especially one that is professional and timely with the help they need.
Patience is Key When Searching for the Perfect Clerial Work from Home Position
Keep your cool, keep your options open and keep your resume ready! Clerical work from home jobs sometimes just happen and other times – well, you have to be patient.
No matter what you decide to do – whether it's approaching your current boss about telecommuting, starting your own business, starting with a direct sales company or finding a different job altogether – don't lose sight of why you're doing it. Knowing what you want is great – but knowing why you're doing it will take you the distance. Spending more time with your family might be worth a financial decrease in the income you currently make. Be able to care for an elderly parent by having a more flexible schedule might be the reason that gives you the gumption to go in and ask for that telecommuting option. Motivation is key and being realistic is essential.
Companies That are Known to Hire Qualified Clerical Workers:
My advice is to apply for all and try and have their requirements met so that you stand the best just of getting hired by one of these companies. All companies basically offer some type of clerical work at home jobs.
Task Rabbit – Various jobs – not just clerical.
Upwork – People are hired everyday through oDesk (Now Upwork) – many different types of jobs and pay rates.
VITAC Captioner – Need to be able to translate video quickly. Great grammer and typing speed needed.
I've got an even bigger list of clerical and data entry type jobs for even more companies and jobs that might appeal to you.