One of the reasons it is difficult to find work from home is because there are so many ways to get the work. In this post, I’m going to outline the easiest way I’ve found work from home over the last 12 years.
20 years ago people who were looking for work would print out dozens of copies of their resume and send it to companies they hoped might hire them. This was pretty costly to get the professional paper, have the resumes printed, find addresses, and mail them all in hopes of being hired.
Today it is much easier. The internet is filled with companies, their information, and more helpfully PDF versions of your resume, which means freely sending your resume.
Since outreach is basically free, it’s a great way to start.
Phase 1- Building Your Resume and Outreach Email
At any point while following my guides you are free to pop into the Facebook group to ask questions, see what others are doing, get help from me, and see what else is new in working from home.
This phase isn’t nearly as scary as it might sound. A resume isn’t even necessarily needed, but you want to have one in case they ask for it. You don’t want to freak out and get all nervous and scared because you think your resume isn’t enough.
It’s actually pretty easy to write up a resume. I’ve taken the time to some templates you can use online to make it even easier. Before you run off to use them, here are a few tips:
* Try to include experiences that will have helped you prepare for the type of work you are getting. ie: talking to customers
* Leave out positions that don’t pertain to the type of work you are seeking. ie: you worked at a factory but you want social media work – not relevant
* Post your resume to the Facebook group to get my feedback
Use Google Templates for Resumes
You’ll need a free Gmail account to use these templates, but since you’ll need a professional sounding email account for sending outreach emails, this is the best way to get started.
Choose something that is your name, you can use a period it in for email@example.com or like I do firstname.lastname@example.org because I’m from central NY state.
Here are the templates, just click on ‘Use This Template’ for the one you want. https://drive.google.com/templates?q=resume&ddrp=1#
Writing Your Outreach Email
Next you want to write up the email you’ll use to contact companies (who will be covered later). The email should be really simple. This is something I’ve written to show you what I would use.
*Hello (name or company name team),*
*I’m Mary Green, I was looking at your Facebook page and enjoyed your updates. Any chance you could use help updating this more often?*
*I was looking at your website and saw that you have social media accounts, might you need help keeping them updated?*
We really just need a template to work with for when we start contacting companies, it will depend on the skills you possess and want to use to work from home.
Phase 2- Finding People To Contact
There are millions of companies that need people like you to help them, it’s just finding them that is difficult. But I’ll help you get started.
What you want to do is decide what kind of companies you want to work for. We are going to do that by choosing industries.
You are going to pick 3 industries that you would work in. If you are having a hard time deciding choose industries where you have a hobby.
* Tech products
* Baby products
* Office supplies
* Software companies
* Favorite blogs
You can come to the group to discuss if you’d like, it might be hard to choose but it’s important to get specific because it’s just too hard to jump into emailing any company out there. Where would you start?
Find a Directory
Now that you have an idea of an industry you need a directory, or a list of names of companies you can contact. Say for instance you choose tech products, you can go to any of the favorite stores and see a list of names of products, this will serve as a directory.
Or, if you choose software, you can look at a site like GetApp where thousands of apps are listed. Now you have a list of companies.
Last but not least a Google search can help.
Go to Google.com (http://google.com/) and search for “best software for” or “construction association” or “baby stores” as you can contact the baby stores to do social media for them.
In the past I wanted to write updates and blog posts for cloth diapers (ha ha, I know). I went to the company website that was the most common- BumGenius and looked at their distributors and stores. I contacted all of them offering my service and landed a few companies I could write blogs for.
I also wanted to work for inbound marketing agencies, so I went to HubSpot’s (inbound marketing software) website and found their partners listed out. I contacted 10 at a time and ended up working with dozens of them over 4 years.
Stay Organized With Spreadsheets
One thing you don’t want to do is send the same outreach email to the same person twice. It looks really bad, and sends the message that you are sending a canned message, not a personalized message.
You’ll need to keep track of the companies you contact. This way you can follow up with them, not send a repeat message, and keep track of responses.
The easiest way to do this is with a Google spreadsheet. Go to this link and click the big + sign to start a new spreadsheet in your google account- https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/0/
Across the top make these columns, I’ve explained what they mean after the – :
* Company- name of the company
* Contact Link or Email- a link to their contact page or the email address you used to contact them
* 1st Send- the date you first contacted them
* 2nd Send- the second date you sent a message (for following up)
* Response- Y or N- did you get a response
* Notes- anything you get for a response
Finding Contact Information
No matter how you find a website, you’ll be able to find their contact information in one of these ways:
* Contact page- look for a contact page, many times these will have emails, or a form to fill out.
* About Us page- if there is no contact page, there is usually an about us page.
* Navigation Menu- something in the navigation menu may suggest a way to contact them, companies like to get cute in their menus (along the top or the site of sidebar of the site).
* Footer of the site- if no information is available anywhere else, try the very bottom of the site.
* Facebook page About section- if all else fails look at their Facebook page and the about section.
I prefer sending through a form on their site if there is one, this way you are sending fewer emails from your Gmail account and are less likely to be considered spammy.
If you get to choose between people for email addresses choose the founder, CEO or owner.
Phase 3- Start Reaching Out & What’s Next
Once you have about 50 names or companies on your spreadsheet, it’s time to start reaching out.
Yes, it is scary, but it’s a lot easier to do than watch your family go hungry, or have to worry about paying rent again.
Since I would get nervous about sending the emails I would often send a lot of them at once, it was simple copy, paste, send, copy, paste, send.
By the way to copy you highlight what you want to copy, and hit ctrl c on the keyboard. To paste select where you want to put the text and type ctrl v
**Getting A Response**
Most of the time you aren’t going to get a response. But, as with all types of marketing, this is a numbers game. The more you send, the more likely you are to get a response. I would guarantee if you choose a good industry and list of companies to contact, if you send 300 emails you will get work. But, I can’t make a guarantee, I can just tell you what has worked in my experience.
So most of the time you won’t hear anything back. But you might get any of these responses:
* No thank you- Yes people will tell you they aren’t interested, that’s OK, you didn’t irritate them, they are just letting you know they can’t hire you right now.
* We already have someone- No problem, record it as a response and move on.
* We are interested- Yay!! Make an appointment to talk about how you can help them.
* Contact us in x months- Put it in your calendar and on your spreadsheet as a response.
* Will keep you on file- People do this and have contacted me up to 2 years later. Mark as a response.
You are all set, with this guide you have all you need to start finding work from home. I really hope you’ll take me up on the offer to help.