Working from Home

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We have all been staying home to help squash the epidemic that has gripped the world.  It is important to remember that we are not alone during a time of isolation.  Video conferencing has become a new norm for contact with coworkers, family, and friends.  People are getting creative with their social distancing gatherings, such as having drinks in the driveway while sitting 6 feet apart in a large circle or using inflatable costumes to get together for a walk.  It’s great.

Some are feeling the crush of the economic impact of layoffs and closing businesses.  That is not so great.  It can feel like the end of the world.  In a sense, it is the end of how things have been.  We are moving into new norms and new opportunities.  It is a rise of virtual work and virtual businesses; all being conducted from home.

Take advantage of the opportunities of this virtual time to find something that you can do from home.  Here are a few places to look for work:

  • Flexjobs – Created in 2007, this online center researches companies that want to post online jobs. They also have tools for you to test your skills and promote your resume. You can find freelance work or companies looking for full-time and part-time employees.
  • VIPKID – This company focuses on providing English language tutoring to children in China. This requires instructors that are interactive and excited to help children.
  • Call Centers/Customer Service – There are several call centers and customer service companies in the US that are looking for employees to work remotely, such as Liveops and Amazon.
  • Working Solutions – Created in 1996, this company focuses on customer service and sales in several industries.  They have full-time, part-time employment or freelance work.
  • Tech – If you’re more into IT work, TTEC has been around since 1982.
  • indeed – Doing a search for remote jobs in the where box will lead to thousands of postings. This job board proves that more and more companies are looking for remote workers to join their force.
  • HigherEdJobs – This site is for people looking to teach at higher education institutions. There are many opportunities for online schooling and the institutions need online instructors to teach them.

Whatever you are looking for, you may very well be able to find a virtual, work from home option.  Make sure you research the company you are thinking about applying with to stay away from scams.

Do not be discouraged at the current events.  There are options, it just requires looking for them.

And if you are feeling the loneliness of isolation, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  I would be more than happy to set up a virtual meeting to have some coffee together.

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