Find the Right Remote Job for You - Uloop News

Find the Right Remote Job for You - Uloop News


Find the Right Remote Job for You - Uloop News

Posted: 30 Jun 2020 04:46 AM PDT

Our world and especially our workforce have changed dramatically since the global outbreak of Covid-19. Whether you have recently lost a job, been furloughed, or are just setting out in a new job market, there is a strong likelihood that you might be looking for remote work. Because of the risks involved with office spaces, more and more companies are opting to hire people to work remotely rather than require them to come into an office. If working remotely is something that you're interested in, this is good news as many companies are now more open to remote workers than they probably were before. However, just like any job, just because it is remote doesn't mean that it is going to be the right fit for you. Make sure to dive into the following criteria to help you find a remote job that fits your needs.

1. Not all remote jobs are created equal

Don't be fooled into thinking that every remote job will be exactly the same. Like any job, things can vary wildly between different roles and companies. Before you accept a position, make sure that you know what you are getting into by asking the right questions and doing your research.

Remote jobs are often appealing because they offer more flexibility than a regular job, but some remote jobs are more flexible than others. Some remote jobs still require you to be working from 9-5 or other regular office hours. You can expect to be emailing with your coworkers and being required to attend meetings (virtual ones) during these times alongside your other work. These are likely to be fulltime roles rather than freelance work. On the other hand, taking on various freelance gigs does offer almost complete freedom beyond meeting expectations and deadlines. You will have to do extra work of seeking out different projects and keeping yourself motivated and meeting your deadlines on your own.

Make sure that you think about what you value. If you are looking for stability and a sense of community within your role, you should be looking for a full-time, probably regular-houred positions rather than freelance gigs. If you value complete freedom to work on projects that you care about and you don't mind not having coworkers and meetings to deal with, then you should steer more on the freelance side of things.

2. Don't forget to network

Remote jobs offer the benefits of not actually having to go out and network and socialize, which can be a huge plus for some people, but that doesn't mean that you can just stop networking altogether. Many freelance and remote job opportunities are posted digitally via job searching websites or other freelancing platforms, but that doesn't mean that all of them will be there. Because turnaround can be so quick on some remote jobs, some companies don't bother to post them at all and will instead have a handful of remote workers they will contact when a job becomes available. This is where networking comes in. You need to make sure that you become one of the people that the company contacts first. This may be difficult to do at first, but after some successful projects and skillful networking, you'll be well on your way.

Networking digitally is made much easier by job-based social media like LinkedIn. Don't be afraid to add people within companies that you know take on remote workers. Taking an interest in them and what they do is a great way to build connections and form the relationships you need to score those jobs.

3. Capitalize off of previous experience

So far we've covered what to look for and how to network, but what do you need to do to actually land the remote job that you want? Something to keep in mind is making sure to capitalize off of any previous experience you may have that is relevant to the job. Are you great at keeping your own schedule and meeting deadlines? Are you detail-oriented and will make sure the work you submit is high quality? Do you excel in communicating through email? All of these qualities are perfect for any type of remote work.

Additionally, feel free to mention any software that you are familiar with. This shows that you are technology literate and is a big plus if there is any crossover with what that company already uses. Don't forget to add social media as well. Many companies are looking for someone to take over their social media accounts through remote work.

Conclusion

Finding the perfect remote job may seem daunting as you scroll through an endless list of ads. How do you know what is right for you? Checking in with yourself about what environment you work best in will help you find the right remote opportunity.

Do your research before hiring a freelancer, BBB warns - WPRI.com

Posted: 29 Jun 2020 03:30 PM PDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — If you're a small business owner looking to hire a graphic designer or software developer to do some freelance work, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning you to first do some research due to a scam going around.

Paula Fleming, the BBB's local chief marketing and sales officer, said it works like this: you go to a website and find a freelancer who, according to their resume and experience, is perfect for the job.

"You hire them and pay a deposit up front and that is where the scam begins," Fleming said.

Fleming said to be wary if their asking price is much lower than what other freelancers are charging.

"If the rate is significantly lower than the other estimates that you're getting, that's a huge red flag," she cautioned.

In these cases, weeks will go by and the work won't get done, according to Fleming.

"There's no project completed and you're out the funds that you gave them as the deposit up front," she said.

Fleming suggested conducting an interview via teleconference to make sure a candidate is legitimate, and you can also connect with people they've worked with in the past.

"Get references from other people, other businesses that they've helped," she said.

You can also check out the individual's portfolio website or LinkedIn profile, but the BBB warns to be on the lookout for impostors.

"Unfortunately, this qualified freelancer is stealing the photos and resumes of real independent contractors and posting them on these sites," Fleming explained. "That makes it very tricky to tell who is real and legitimate from who's not. They may contact the contractor for more information and it may still seem real."

She also advised getting three estimates or requests for proposals from a freelancer.

"That'll help to make sure you as a small business are protected," she said.

Fleming said according to the BBB's Scam Tracker, there haven't been any reports of these schemes in Southern New England yet, but it's showing up in other parts of the country.

Scammers now posing as freelance workers - The Item - Worcester Telegram

Posted: 29 Jun 2020 10:24 PM PDT

Small businesses looking to hire a freelancer online, beware. Scammers are creating fake accounts on platforms like Upwork. They use photos and resumes of real professionals and entice businesses with low rates.

How the scam works

You are looking to hire a freelancer, such as software developer or graphic designer, to help with a project for your business. You decide to post the gig on a website, such as Upwork or Freelancer.com, where you can connect directly with independent contractors.

On that site, you find a freelancer who looks perfect for the job. According to their resume, they have the knowledge you need and years of experience. And this freelancer's rate is far below what other similarly qualified people charge. You decide to hire them and pay a deposit upfront. Your new contractor seems to get to work. But weeks pass, and the project still isn't finished. In fact, your freelancer stops responding to messages.

Unfortunately, this "qualified freelancer" is likely an imposter. Scammers are stealing the photos and resumes of real independent contractors and posting them on freelancer sites. They may even contact freelancers directly and ask to use their profile in exchange for payment or promise of future work.

Tips to Spot a Freelancer Impersonation Scam:

Watch out for "too good to be true" rates. Before hiring a freelancer, do some research and know the standard hourly rate for the position you want to hire. If an experienced candidate is advertising a price well below that – for example, a professional web developer who charges $25 an hour – it's very likely a scam.

Do a video interview before hiring. Always speak with top applicants over video chat first. Make sure they match their photo and have the knowledge and experience they claim in their profile. Put that requirement in your job post to help weed out scammers.

Find your freelancer on other platforms. Look for your freelancer's LinkedIn profile, portfolio website, or social media presence. This will help you confirm their identity and experience.

Report phony accounts: To report a suspicious account on Upwork, click the "Flag as inappropriate" button. Learn more about reporting scams on Upwork.

Freelancers, make sure you aren't being impersonated. Scammers can steal your photo, portfolio and resume from sites like LinkedIn. Be sure that someone isn't impersonating you online and hurting your reputation.

For more information, visit BBB.org.

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