5 ways to find real work at home jobs!

One of the main questions I get on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, is how can I find real work at home jobs?

This is a loaded question. Not because you can’t find legit work at home opportunities but because every person is good at something different. So a job I find may not work for you. Let me give you an example. My husband wanted me to find him a work at home job because he was done working in the Florida heat. So, I worked my magic and found him a job working as a Remote Computer Technician. What he did was when someone would call into the company, he would have to answer their questions while going into their computer with a program from this company and try to fix the issue with them on the phone. Well, this sounds great, right? WRONG! Don’t get me wrong it is a great job for the right person, but for my animal loving, people person husband this was pure hell! He hated it and actually ended up having an anxiety attack before I begged him to quit! He could not handle it.

Now, he is back in his element as a monster truck driver and loving every minute of it. The reason I tell you this story is not to discourage you, but rather to make you think about what you like to do. If you are an outdoor person then being stuck in the house all day is going to drive you crazy. We spend the majority of our time at work, if you don’t enjoy what you do, then you are going to turn into a grumpy, miserable person. Johnny has a blog if you’d like to follow his adventures (Gator Johnny).

So, let’s think about things you enjoy doing. Take me for example, I love talking to people on the phone, and I have been in sales pretty much my entire life. I love social media and writing is a passion of mine. After knowing all that about myself it’s no wonder I find joy in writing blogs, and that I found a perfect remote job for me. I am the marketing and sales specialist at a low voltage firm. Sorry folks they are not hiring, but the real jobs are out there you just have to narrow your search and know what it is you want to do.

Now, let’s say you don’t really want to work for anyone. Maybe you prefer to work for yourself. This is the perfect time to start your own business. However, this is no easy task. You have to have money to make money when you go into owning your own business. This is where opportunities like the MLM sales is a good place to start, just to see if you can actually make money selling stuff. In my case, I think I have done every sales MLM there is. Avon, MaryKay, Juice Plus, I am still currently selling Scentsy. (Shameless plug). Direct sales have actually helped me in my day job and have really given me great customer service skills. So, this might be an idea even if it’s just to test out your marketing and selling skills. I will put my link here if you’d like to join me so I can help you with this process. https://sheenadiane.scentsy.us/join

 

Here are 5 ways that I have found real work at home jobs.

  • Monster and Indeed – These sites are full of real jobs. No one with false info can even post on these job sites or it gets flagged. That means, going to one of these sites is a sure way for you to know the job that’s posted is legit. This is actually how I found the computer tech job for my husband. If you want a work at home job then you would type Remote jobs or work from home. However, you do need to know what you are looking for. So, don’t just type in remote jobs. Instead type in remote sales jobs, or remote computer jobs, remote marketing jobs, transcription, and you could try remote call center jobs. Whatever it is that you are good at then type that in. You will find the occasional Avon and those sort of things but if you have a clear idea what you want, then it’s easy to weed through them.

Here is an example:

 

 

 

  • Google keywords – Another way I have been able to find real work from home is going into a Google or other search engine and typing in keywords. Again, you have to have a clear idea what you want because just putting in work at home is going to give you a bunch of scams to weed through. I used this method when I wanted to book more Freelance writing gigs. My keywords were (write for pay) (paid to write) (paid writing gigs). Now to make it a little easier to narrow it down, instead of just write for pay, I would type in (write for pay dogs). I am a former Vet Tech and my first weekly writing gig was with a pet sitting website that I wrote a blog post for weekly. I loved it because I didn’t have to do a ton of research on the subject. Here is an example of (writing for pay dogs):

 

  • Craigslist – This one is hit or miss and one that I would be really leery of. Yes, I have gotten paid jobs with Craigslist, but I have also heard from so many people who were scammed using this very site. Having a clear idea of what you want gives you a better mindset going into it. If you know you want to work for a company and book cruises, for instance, you are less likely to fall for a person with no website, and asking you to pay them for training. Be professional and that way you can sniff out the fake people right away! Don’t ever give out any personal information until you have done your research and know the company is real, and you have proof. In Florida, we have Sunbiz.org that gives all the legal documentation for businesses. Your state will have one as well, so go on there and make sure it’s a real company before giving out your info. Be smart.

  • Word of mouth – This one is not as quick as going into a search engine, but I got my last job this way. Before I got into Marketing and Sales I was a full-time transcriptionist doing insurance claims. I was at a mom’s group and one of the moms was telling me about her job and that she worked from home. I was all ears at this point, and she gave me the information for her job. I was not cut out for transcription work. Yes, I can type about 80 words a minute, so that part was not bad, but the part I did not enjoy was listening to the people talk about the accidents they were in. It was depressing and I was isolated in my room. I am a people person so, in the end, I could not hack this job. That’s why I say make sure you know what you enjoy because after a few months I started to dread clocking in and that’s not what you want when you work from home. Ask around your group of friends, church, or mom’s group. Chances are someone knows or is working from home. A lot of companies are hiring remotely now because it cost them less!

 

  • Newspaper and classified ads – Yes, the good old-fashioned newspaper always has jobs listed in the classifieds. Every big newspaper has a website. Mine happens to be the Orlando Sentinel. If you don’t want to wait for the paper to come the next day, just head over to your local newspaper website. Go to the classified section and type in remote jobs. In this case being too specific will give you a blank search so don’t get to narrow on these searches. You can even try work from home. These are great because you know a person trying to scam you is not going to pay to put an ad in the paper. These ads are not cheap! Here is an example:

 

These are 5 real ways I have found work at home opportunities. I have had some sort of work at home hustle for the past 10 years. I love being able to have the freedom to work remotely, and I want you to have that as well. I hope this helps you get started on your work at home journey. I would love to hear from you so please feel free to find me on my social media or email SheenaDiane@gmail.com. I also do a daily podcast on iTunes. 

See you soon!

Bonus: I have seen some new remote jobs posted on Apple.com as well as Amazon… Keep me posted and good luck!

10 Tips for staying fit at a computer job

Whether you are working from home, or have a desk job, here are my 10 tips to help you stay fit, and keep your body feeling good.

  1. Move your chair away from your desk and stand – Instead of sitting for hours a day, move your chair away from your desk once in a while. You can also buy a standing computer desk to help your posture.
  2. Put computer monitor up higher – I have a laptop so I am hunched over in a C shape for long periods. However, if you have a monitor put it higher up on a shelf, or on the wall. This helps your neck to not be tilted down all day.
  3. Eat healthy snacks – There is something about being on the computer all day that makes me want to snack. The first thing I want is chocolate. It gives me the caffeine I crave for that mid-day crash and the sugar high, but instead, I am now eating nuts and trail mix. Try fruit, and veggies as well. Good food helps your brain focus!
  4. Drink Water – This is a given for any health post, but a lot of times I forget to drink. I get so caught up in my daily task that all of a sudden, I will get dizzy, and realize all I drank was coffee in the morning, and it’s way past noon. Water is what your body needs, so drink up!
  5. Get up and move – I cannot tell you how many times I will look at the clock, and it will be 4 PM, and I have not moved from my computer. It’s really easy to do when you get busy with business calls, research and emails, so now I set a timer for every 30 minutes. This reminds me to get up and move around. Go to the bathroom, grab a healthy snack. Walk over to check on the baby. Go for a quick jog or pace walk around your yard or neighborhood.
  6. Disengage – This is continuing the getup and move one, but to disengage means giving your brain a break from work.  You actually need stop focusing on work for a few minutes. This is not meaning take 30-minute breaks every few hours, but this means go check your phone messages, call a friend, read the newspaper. Just give your brain a break from the computer screen for a little while. Five minutes or less is perfect for this. One thing I like to do is put on some of my favorite music or podcast. I sing and it helps put me in a better mood. Music is a wonderful mood changer! Need to distress? Put on soft instrumental tunes. Falling asleep? Put on some upbeat music like pop, heavy metal or rock, and get pumped up. Music is the key to how I make it through every day! Need some inspiration? Find an uplifting podcast!
  7. Squat to pick up something – A great way to incorporate some exercises into your everyday routine is when you drop something, squat to pick it up instead of bending over. Another great exercise is putting your back straight on the wall, then once there is no gap between your but and the wall, put your arms up over your head and stretch them on the wall. This is a great way to get the blood flowing to those tired arms, legs, butt, and back, while also stretching your spine!
  8. Stretch & dynamic resistance – This is something I learned from my husband Johnny (AKA Gator Johnny), he is getting his certification to teach DDP Yoga. When you get up from the computer incorporate some stretches, and move your arms with dynamic resistance as if your hands are moving through clay, you tense up your muscles and fight against your own strength. This is a great way to build some muscle while working and it really does not take any extra time to do.
  9. Fresh air & Sunshine – I get to take small breaks all throughout my day, but if you have a good 20 or 30-minute break, go outside and get some fresh air, listen to nature, and get the vitamin D from the sun. Now if it’s cold where you live, go look out your window and enjoy the colors of the trees. Even if you live in the city where nature is not at your doorstep, still take a walk. Get outside if you can. Fresh air and going outside does wonders for your moral and mental state. You will feel refreshed and ready to get back to your sales calls or emails. One thing I love to do when I’m having a difficult client, I will go outside with my adult coloring book and color while drinking some lemon water. It helps clear my mind, and coloring is great for your creativity. Studies have shown that adults who color are less likely to get Alzheimer’s as they get older. So, I say color away!!!!
  10. Eye drops – This one might seem odd, but from experience, I notice that after long periods of staring at the computer screen, my eyes start to burn, and feel dry. So, I have started to use eye drops to moisten them, and it does help. There have been studies done on people who are looking at a computer screen for 5 or more hours a day, and they have found their eyes are dryer than those who do not have computer jobs. So keep your eye drops handy when you start to feel that itchy, dry eye. Dry eyes can cause your vision to get worse. I am having this issue now. I never needed glasses until last year when I started working at home. You can also do eye exercises. No, I’m not making this up! Take your finger in front of your nose and look at it, then slowly move your finger back and forth in front of your face while your eyes follow. Do it down and up as well. Thank you, Jack Lalanne, for that tip, he was ahead of his time, that’s for sure!

So there you go, those were my 10 tips for staying active while working at home or having a computer/desk job. I hope these tips help you feel better and get you moving! Being active while working at home is key to staying healthy. When I first started working from home, I gained a lot of weight. I went from running around with toddlers at my daycare job, to sitting at a desk for hours and hours. These are some tricks that I learned through my struggles of working from home, and I hope they help you as they have helped me!