How to Find a Telecommuting Job Online

Telecommuting jobs are becoming increasingly popular for workers across the globe who prefer to work at home rather than commute to an office or other workplace every day. Telecommuting jobs can include freelance typing, writing, database entry, and design, as well as call center work, secretarial work, and customer surveys. Finding a telecommuting job online requires perseverance and time, as well as the ability to communicate effectively with your employer, and if applicable, customers, by email or phone. The following steps will show you how to find a telecommuting job online.


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    Do an Internet search for telecommuting jobs. In a search engine like Google or Bing, enter the words "telecommuting jobs" and see what the results are. You'll most likely see a list of links for websites with freelance telecommuting jobs.
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    Visit the website associated with each link. Pay attention to how the website appears and how it functions. A polished, easy-to-navigate website is more likely to have dependable telecommuting jobs than a poorly designed one. Locate the job listings on the website to see if there's anything appropriate for you.
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    Go to online job portals to look for a telecommuting job. Craigslist, Elance, Guru, IHA and Worldwide Work at Home are some of the most well-known job portals that allow job seekers to connect with potential employers.
    • Elance and Guru even have online systems that allow you to bid on jobs, negotiate fees, have your compensation based in escrow until the job is done, and mediate disputes through their organizations. You'll be asked to create a profile that includes your expertise and portfolio so employers can review them. You can also ask employers to rate your work after you've completed an assignment.
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    Use social networking sites to connect with other freelancers who telecommute, as well as potential employers.
    • Social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook can be invaluable when it comes to expanding your network for freelance telecommute opportunities. The more people you know, the more likely you will hear about telecommuting jobs opening up.
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    Apply for telecommuting jobs.
    • Depending on your skills, you should apply for one or more jobs at the same time. Many freelancers such as writers, graphic designers, and photographers work on a number of different projects for multiple companies at once, but other telecommuters, such as tech support specialists and virtual secretaries, work full time at home for individual companies.
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    Follow the application instructions to the letter. Usually, you'll need to email an employer a good cover letter and samples of your work, and/or references from previous employers or clients.


  • Beware of scams and untrustworthy companies. There are fraudulent employers who refuse to pay for work. If you're interested in working for a particular employer, research the company's reputation before agreeing to anything.

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