November 05, 2014

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Working Online: Gateway to Opportunity

Working online is a privilege some of us are fortunate enough to enjoy.  It’s an opportunity that is sought by many but actually embraced by few.  Online employment is a tight fit community, believe it or not.  Knowing the ins and outs, what to do and what not to do can make or break your entire career.

First of all, it is important to find your niche online.  What is it that you do well that you can offer your services for?  Are you a great writer?  Do you excel in editing?  Or, maybe you are a gifted animator or even a fantastic entrepreneur.  The wonderful world of online business is in need of all of the above and then some.  There are tons of skills that are needed to make the bustling cyber world thrive.

Once you have determined what it is you would like to do, it’s time to figure out where to look in order to get to work.  You can, of course, open your own endeavor.  You can start a website or even a store on Ebay or Amazon in which to retail your wares.

Or, you may be more comfortable working for someone else.  Odesk, Elance, Fivver and countless other platforms are available to connect employers and employees.  For a fee the companies will assist in hooking the work and workers together and to some extent, will help to make sure you are paid.

You may find that it takes a little while to break in to the community.  You will need to prove your worth.  To do so, you might consider working for less than you normally would and offering specials as well.

One thing you must guard against is taking on more work that you can handle.  The one thing that will get you ousted from online work of any kind is getting negative reviews.  Being late on the delivery of your work, doing a slouchy job and not communicating with your employer will put you out of work fast.  Bad news travels fast and bad reviews do too so stay on top of the game.  Most agencies have an option to switch on to lessen your availability when you have reached your limit on work.  You can usually turn on vacation mode as well.

The advantages of working online are immense.  You can set your own schedule, work in the setting of your choice and many other great perks.  It comes with immense responsibilities as well.  You must be a self-disciplined person by nature.  You will have to say “no” to people, places and things at times.  When a friend invites you to go have lunch but a paper is due, better to opt out of the lunch than to be ousted from your employer.  It takes devotion and dedication and a passion for what you are doing.

Online work is as good as it gets for those of us who like to march to the beat of a different drummer.  We like to get up at three in the morning to start on a new project or may stay up all night to close out a deal.  The most successful online employees are those who do what they love and love what they do.  They are the ones that when work gets tough, they get tougher.  They are the ones who are devoted and determined.  You will know them because they are the ones who are…still employed.