I’ve been working as a freelance social media manager for about three years now and so far it has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I previously worked as a teacher for five years but motherhood has forced me to stay at home. And as the type of person who hates not being able to help with the finances, I was looking for ways to earn. I couldn’t just sit down and wait for my husband’s paycheck. I was torn because I wanted to make money but at the same time, I don’t want to have to leave Nishka for work.
So I started looking for work online. I signed up to a lot of freelancing platforms but I got my first client from OnlineJobs.ph. I started as a general virtual assistant but eventually, I focus on social media-related jobs and the rest is history.
Today I am going to be talking about how you can start a career at the comfort of your home. I’m sharing the exact same steps I made when I was just starting. Below is the list of steps you need to accomplish to start.
Make sure you are ready.
Before starting any work online, make sure you are prepared. You need to have at least a working laptop and a stable internet connection. You will also need earphones or a headset for interviews and meetings. Without these, I truly believe it’s impossible for you to work online. If you see posts on Facebook about online jobs that only require a smartphone, I suggest you steer away from it. Some of these may not be a scam, but I don’t think it’s profitable or sustainable.
Register for an account in Onlinejobs.ph.
I personally believe that OnlineJobs is the perfect platform for newbies. Before signing up for accounts in other platforms such as UpWork, I highly recommend for you to start with this site.
Make sure to take the time in registering for an account. Don’t be in a rush to finish it. When you sign up, you will have to input a lot of information about you, your experience and your skills. You get higher chances of getting seen if you fill up everything and not skip anything.
You will also be taking three tests: DISC, IQ and English Proficiency.
Here’s the LINK for more info about the tests so you can prepare for it in advance.
Next, under skill summary, I recommend for you to list down all your skills and tools that you are proficient at. This will help in getting your profile seen once clients will start looking for freelancers to work with. For example, if you write down ‘Adobe Photoshop’ on your skill summary and when a client would also use this as a keyword in looking for someone to hire that is proficient with Photoshop, your account will most likely show up on the search result.
Here’s a sample of what mine looks like:
Basically, the trick is the more information you add on your profile, the higher you will rank on the website.
Start looking for jobs
As a newbie, looking through the job listing will be overwhelming. If you are new to the online world, words such as SEO, WordPress, Shopify and the like will be jargon. But don’t be intimidated. I also had zero experience when I applied. PE teacher ako before, walang ka relate-relate with any of the jobs at all. But be diligent. Just go through the job listings every day. If you find a certain listing you think you can do, thoroughly read the job description. Also, look for job listings that don’t look for experts and are open to working with newbies. Some would even provide trainings at the beginning.
Don’t send a generic proposal
Clients aren’t dumb not to know that you sent them a generic proposal. Be very specific with your proposal. Keep it short and concise. Here’s a screenshot of what my proposal looked like when I was just starting. Take note that I didn’t mention that I didn’t have any experience. Instead, I have enumerated my skills from previous work experiences.
You can copy this exact same proposal but be sure to highlight relevant skills from your previous work experience that can be useful to the job you are applying for. Another thing I did was since you can’t attach a resume when sending a proposal, I uploaded it on Dropbox instead and just shared the link so they can view it. It’s another way for them to see that you are resourceful and can find ways to get things done.
Look out for scams
OnlineJobs is notorious for having a lot of clients that are scammers. Be vigilant when reading the job description. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Also, be in the lookout for jobs that would tell you to receive a big amount of money on PayPal and then send it to somebody. This is money laundering and is a scam and can result in termination of your PayPal account.
Lastly, be patient. Your first online job is usually the hardest to achieve. But as you get your first client, it will get easier to score more in the future.
I am going to write on a separate blog post what to do during interviews. Stay tuned.
If you need help in getting started, I am always very willing and happy to help. It’s my passion to pay it forward and assist anyone who’d to transition to homebased work. You may reach out to me on Instagram by clicking the link HERE.