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Know what you're willing to do, or 'give up', in order to work from home. Remember that not all employers will permit their telecommuters to work their own hours; some of them will want you to work same hours as regular employees -- you just get to do it from comfort of your home.
2. GET EDUCATED.
Employers know that there are plenty of willing home workers; they can afford to be choosy. If you have a degree, diploma, or other certification, it may very well work in your favor. For example, many telecommuting positions require candidates to have excellent computer skills and familiarity with several types of software.
3. BE PROFESSIONAL.
Applying for a job over Internet is just like applying for a job in 'real world'. Follow application instructions. Take time to create a professional cover letter and resume, and send your application to right address. Attention to detail counts; there's no reason why employers would want to hire someone who can't be bothered to put in an effort.
Telecommuting is a wonderful option, but visions of easy days spent chatting on phone with friends or watching TV are just myths. Just like in 'real world', you are responsible for getting a job done, and accountable to your employer.
Working at home is a goal. If it's something you really want, then come up with a plan to achieve your goal and then work hard to meet it.
Angela is the editor of the At Home Workers Express, an email newsletter packed with practical, hype-free tips for people who want to start a work-at-home career. Subscribe free by visiting http://homebasedwork.com/ .