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Yes, good people, as with the traditional job market there is a certain mentality one has to have if he or she is going to be successful working from home. I know that many of you out here feel that if you aren't getting up and going to someone's office or call center or wherever that it really isn't work. Don't feel bad if this describes you. If this is your first foray into working from home I understand. That's why I'm here to tell you what's really needed to be successful.

1. Patience: We've all heard that this is a virtue, and when it comes to the industry no truer words were ever spoken. Just because you apply for a job today doesn't mean that you'll hear from the company immediately. Keep in mind that these are regular companies. Give them the same consideration that you would a traditional company. Now there are a few companies out here like West-At-Home and LiveOps that will hire you but have a lengthy waiting list. Companies like that will be covered at a different time.

2. Persistence: Overkill is a good thing when trying to find work from home. Apply to as many jobs as you can. The rationale is quite simple. I can tell you from experience that if you apply to 10 different companies 3-4 won't even call you, 1-2 may call but it'll be a while and the remaining companies will call in a reasonable amount of time. Now maybe my personal results are atypical but I've been doing this long enough to see some amazing things. My first job was with Alpine Access. There were about 25 people in the training class. Only 3 of us didn't have any work from home experience. Now my point in sharing that with you is that once you've landed your first job you're going to realize that there's a whole new world open to you. You'll find people that have been doing this for years. Don't get discouraged if you don't get hired right away. In my effort to help people find jobs I'll be posting my top picks on a weekly basis.

3. Desire: I've tried to help a lot of people. So far all I've done is waste my time. I've lost count of the people that I've met that asked me what I do for a living. When I tell them they're curious and say things like "Can you show me? I want to learn how to get into that," or "I'd love to work from home!" Just as sure as the suns sets in the west I'd sit down for a couple of hours with these people, and they wouldn't apply for one job! The sad part is that they're already unemployed and claim to want to work. If you don't have a job here's some info that can help: some money is better than no money. If your desire is to get a check coming to you the opportunities are there if you know where to look. I may refer to the sales and customer service type jobs since that is my background. I do keep my eyes open to all fields of work. No matter what your skillset is there is a work from home opportunity available.

4. Discipline: Once you get your job make sure you can keep it. There isn't a supervisor that's going to look over you shoulder. Take the job serious and don't take it for granted. You'll find that there are people who have been with their respective companies for years. Remember that these are legitimate companies that want good people. The only difference is that you're at home in your pajamas, jogging suit or work-from-home outfit of choice. If you exercise good judgment and discipline, then you'll find yourself better off financially. Another thing to note is that the software these companies use is pretty advanced. They know when you're really working and when you're faking it, so it's best to just do what you are paid to do.

5. Expectation of Success: If you can first envision the goal completed, the reality of it is nearly at hand. It doesn't matter if you've been out of a job for over a year and it doesn't matter if you've never worked at home. If you're open to learning and are determined, the jobs will come. Believe in yourself and your ability and the opportunities will come. Everyday more and more companies are slowly transitioning to hiring more and more telecommuters. So if you're disabled, unemployed, a stay-at-home parent, or just want a second income be encouraged because there's something out there for you. As long as you are making an effort it is almost guaranteed that someone will recognize your ability.

If I come across as preachy, forgive me. If you are serious and really want to work there are plenty of resources out there that will help you in your quest to work from home. Touch up your resume and start looking. Sites like Work at Home Careers and Work at Home Mafia are great sites to do your first searches to find a job. I can't say this enough - apply, apply, apply! You'll find all kinds of jobs. Some will have you as an actual employee. Some will have you as an independent contractor and some will have you as commission only. The goal is to get a steady paycheck and freedom. If you want it, then reach out and take it because it's there for you. Will you grab the reins?

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