Working from home can be a blessing to those of us that are disabled, but finding that work from home (WFH) job can be a daunting task, to say the least.
Although with the advancement of technology, the possibility of working from home is more attainable now than just a few years ago, it is important to be prepared and knowledgeable in regard to the process.
For instance, when I began my search for a WAH employment in 2008 the opportunities for legitimate jobs were limited. At that time the majority of people that were working from home had years invested with an employer that was allowing them now to continue working for them but from a "satellite office" at home.
As more businesses/employers realized the savings alone for allowing employees to work from home could be advantageous for all involved, the number of WAH jobs began to increase.
More and more businesses began to hire employees to WAH, especially customer service jobs that were in the past done mainly in large call centers. These employers found that the savings from overhead such as rent for a building, furniture, telephone, and computer costs alone was well worth the initial investment of work and costs for software etc. for them to hire people to work from home.
Even though there are many more WFH jobs available now than when I began my quest for "online" employment, there is still much to learn in the job seeking process and the internet still can be fraught with dangers such as scams and imposters. It took me several years of research, successes and failures to finally obtain that WFH job that suits me and I would like to share some of what I have learned with you. If you are interested in working from home, hopefully the following information will help you in your quest and avoid a few of the pitfalls that can sometimes be encountered.
Please remember one of the most important things to keep in mind is that you should NEVER have to pay someone to work for them! If an employer asks for money, it's a red flag. They're supposed to pay you. Watch out for scams.
A list of a few companies/employers that I have found to be legitimate;
Alpine Access, Arise, U-Haul, NCO ,United Healthcare, VIP Desk, Service Master, Teleflora and Liveops
And a list of a few job websites/companies that offer employment opportunities for the disabled. J. Lodge http://www.jlodge.com/company-profile/ National Telecommuting Institute (NTI) http://nticentral.org/about-nti.shtm Lift Inc. http://lift-inc.org/ Disaboomjobs http://www.disaboomjobs.com/
The employment opportunities and other information that I have listed here are really just the "tip of the iceberg" as far as working from home listings and things that are necessary to WFM are concerned. The WFH/telecommute community has been growing by leaps and bounds for over a decade now and I see more great companies and employers joining the list. If you are interested in working from home, it can only help to be as knowledgeable and prepared as you can be!