Now that I’ve rejoined the blogosphere after taking a mini blogging break I’m back to my regular routine which means I’m researching work-from-home jobs again. While I was pulling the listings for this week’s work-from-home job lead round up post, I realized work-from-home jobs have really changed over the years. Shewt, there are some jobs I wouldn’t mind applying for myself.
You see, I didn’t start my blogging journey until 2011. Before that, I was just like you. I was looking for a work-from-home job to help make ends meet and be home for my family. I realized I enjoyed the search and helping people more than anything and that’s how I started the blog.
Anyway, I started working from home back in 2007 when I quit my job after having enough of the long hours and a crappy upper manager. You can read about my story on Enstine Muki’s blog when he asked me to share how I make money from home. Let me tell you, things have certainly changed.
And the more I thought about it, I came up with four ways work-from-home jobs have evolved and if you’ve decided to find a work-from-home job you couldn’t have picked a better time for this year to be “your year.”
Check this out.
#1 More Well-Known Companies Offer Work-from-Home Positions
When I was looking for a work-from-home job, there weren’t many big named companies who offered this option. And if memory serves me correctly, I never came across a listing from a big named company the whole time I was searching.
Only smaller companies allowed their employees to work from home. Companies like WESTAT, TeleNetwork and Cloud 10 (now Transcom) – who I worked for in 2009 as a customer service agent.
Fast forward to today and wow, the opportunities sure have grown. There are more well-known companies who now offer work from home positions to their employees. Here is just an example of some of the work-from-home job listings I found.
#2 More Job Types Available
There are more job types available today than there was nine years ago. The most common job listings you’d find on job search sites back then were customer service reps, tech support, sales and telemarketing.
Now when you search work-from-home jobs you’ll come across jobs listings to fill other positions like nursing, web developers, travel agents, and medical coders.
#3 The Pay Is Better
When I left my job, I also left good pay. I won’t lie, when I saw that jobs like customer service reps only made $9 an hour it freaked me out at first. But when you want something to work out really bad, you’ll make ends meet. We adjusted our budget, changed shopping habits and made it work.
The good thing about the work-from-home jobs is that the pay has gotten better. Most jobs now start at $12 an hour or more depending on the type of job. I know, it’s still not much but remember, you’re working from the comfort of your own home, you don’t have to drive in traffic, you save gas, you’re not adding miles to your car and you don’t have to buy work clothes – I’d say that’s a pretty good trade off, right?
#4 Finally, Some Benefits
This one is my favorite. Finally, some work-from-home jobs come with a benefits package. Along with the good pay, I also left good benefits. Thankfully, I didn’t get sick often so I hardly used my medical benefits but my son who suffers from a seizure disorder had to be moved over to the hubs insurance and since we’re not legally married, I was unable to get coverage.
As someone who can’t afford to get sick because of the high insurance deductible, it’s good to see there are companies who offer benefits packages to their work-from-home employees.
And there you have it. The four things that are different now than they were nine years ago. To search for the latest work-from-home jobs, check out the job search page.
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Over To You
So tell me, are you planning on working from home this year? Do you already work from home? Tell us about it in the comments section below.