If you’ve spent the last several years building a work-from-home career only to suffer a job loss during the pandemic, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans are trying to bounce back after a career setback. But you have an advantage many others don’t: You’re used to working from home. Now, you just have to get out there, find more work, and ensure that you’re set up for long-term success. Here are some practical tips to get you started:

 

Hit the Web

These days, it’s easier than ever to find jobs online.

 

  • Start with general interest job sites like Indeed, Monster, and Career Builder.
  • If you want sites more tailored to freelance and contract work, try Upwork, Fiverr, and Toptal Business.
  • Use Virtual Vocations, FlexJobs, and Remote.co for finding remote-only work.
  • To find tech-related remote jobs, try GitHub Jobs, AngelList, and PowerToFly.

 

Make a Workspace

No matter what kind of work you do at home, you will need a proper workstation.

 

  • Make sure your workspace allows you to separate your work and home life.
  • Choose a location in your home that provides plenty of access to natural light.
  • Choose attractive and efficient lighting to use during the darker hours.
  • Don’t hesitate to put out a few house plants.
  • Paint the walls a color that motivates you and helps you stay productive.

 

Equip Yourself

Continuing to learn and investing in the right tools will go a long way in helping you succeed.

 

  • Find marketing and social networking opportunities when you join the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • Consider pursuing an online degree to grow your business knowledge and skills.
  • Invest in a quality desk and ergonomic chair for your workspace.
  • Look into all of the communication and collaboration tools that can help you succeed as a remote worker.
  • And don’t forget about the wealth of productivity apps out there that can help you stay accountable and efficient on a daily basis.

 

Even though no one really knows how long the pandemic will last, it doesn’t have to stop you from having a great career now and in the future. Look on the right job sites for new work, make sure you have a sufficient workspace, and equip yourself for short-term and long-term success.

 

Article courtesy of Katie Conroy , [email protected]