If you've spent any time searching online for a home based job, you already know that 'net is filled with scams. When you do find a site that lists legitimate work-at-home jobs, you'll see that these jobs listings typically have several things in common:
= They're often hiring workers who already have skills necessary to do job.
= They're looking for experienced workers with proven track records.
= Most of them state that although position is a telecommuting position, worker must live in same area as company itself.
= Many require worker to periodically work in office, with telecommuting being an option.
'So what?', you ask... Thinking this over, you'll see that this makes sense. If company is offering a telecommuting position, then naturally they would want someone who already have skills -- training is much more difficult to do when you're at home!
Secondly... company wants experienced workers with proven track records. Again, this makes sense. With a telecommuting position it's not quite as easy to 'check up' on a worker than if he or she was physically on location. Plus employer may not even want to check up on worker; he's likely looking for someone reliable and able to work independently with minimal supervision.
And finally, many employers still prefer that worker lives in same area as company. This way if there's a reason why employer needs worker to come into office, it's no problem. Telecommuting is a benefit, not a right.
So what can you do to better your chances of getting a telecommuting position?
1. BE FLEXIBLE.
Many telecommuting positions are offered to current employees who have proven themselves to employer. Are you willing to start off in office, and negotiate telecommuting days later? Would you be willing to check in with office regularly? Can you handle possibility of fewer or no health care benefits in exchange for working at home?