This new way of working symbolizes a shift on how we choose to work, as the report shows 60 percent of the freelancers made the choice to leave the traditional workforce willingly.
Deciding to work from home is a big decision. Whether you make the leap to spend more time with your kids, take control of your career or go into business for yourself, whatever the reason, there are dozens of benefits to working from home. Take a look to find out what it’s like to work from home in these professions.
Writers & Editors
A 2015 report by Edelman, a research firm, and Upwork and Freelancers Union shows that 54 million Americans are doing freelance work. This new way of working symbolizes a shift on how we choose to work, as the report shows 60 percent of the freelancers made the choice to leave the traditional workforce willingly. And why not? Another 2015 study from Contently found that only 18 percent of freelancers work 40 or more hours per week with 46 percent of the respondents working fewer than 30 hours of week. The same study found that 38 percent of the survey respondents cite being able to create their own schedules as the best part of freelancing. And the payout isn’t too bad, either. The average freelance income from the study averaged $30,000 and five percent of the respondents make $100,000 or more.
When searching for freelance jobs online, it’s best to promote yourself with a portfolio. Contently provides a wonderful, easy-to-use platform that helps freelancers find work and display their work as well. Other platforms like Skyword and Upwork help to connect freelancers with projects. It’s best to avoid sites like Craigslist. Although it is possible to find paying work on the site, there are a variety of other credible platforms designed for freelance writers and editors.
In 2015, Flex Jobs named World Travel Holdings a Top 100 company for remote jobs. The award-winning travel and leisure company is the world’s largest cruise agency and they are always looking to add talented people to their workforce. But there’s not going into an office or working in a call center with World Travel Holdings. At-home agents are able to sell travel experiences for more than 40 well-known brands, and there’s never any cold calling. Training is paid for and there are even some sweet perks, like travel discounts and paid time off.
According to data from Glassdoor, 60 percent of current or former employees would recommend the company to a friend. And, 71 percent of current and former employees approve of the World Travel Holdings CEO, Brad Tolkin. Glassdoor data also shows that customer representatives make upward of $25,000 annually.
Searching for Jobs
Deciding how you want to spend your days working is not easy. Be sure to use all the tools available to you during your job search. From company culture to benefits, it’s important to have an understanding of both the company’s values and perks before beginning your new work at home journey. One example of a top-notch careers site is LifeLock’s Career Center. The easy-to-navigate website allows jobseekers to search for jobs based on criteria such as location (zip code, state, remote) category, such as finance or accounting, for example or even by keyword to narrow the search down even further. And, candidates can create an application online.
Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life — Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.TM Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the above article. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.
1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? What are you still working on accepting?
That we have to all appreciate the little things and to not take anything for granted.
2. What have you learn to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? What are you still working on to appreciate?
I’m blessed to have loving family and friends in my life.
3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What makes YOU most proud? What goals and dreams do you still have?
Graduating from Arizona State University in 2013. Travel more and always learn from new experiences. Maybe one day I’ll even write a book about it.
4. We all have imperfections, so we think. The truth–we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways? What imperfections and quirks create who you are–your Identity?
Nobody’s perfect and it’s been hard to accept it. I’ve learned to embrace my curly hair, my curves and my quirky personality.
5. “I Love My…” is an outlet for you to express and appreciate all the positive traits that make you…well… YOU! Sharing what you love about yourself will make yousmile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (we assure you!) Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?”
I love my unwavering intensity. Everything I do is 100 percent. I also love my dog! My five-year-old Jack Russell Terrier is my everything.