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So, you’re here reading this because you want to know: Can social media be useful in your quest to find an online, work from home job in 2019? My answer to that is: Absolutely, and in a somewhat surprising variety of ways. Obviously, we’re all online these days (probably goes without saying, given that you’re reading a blog!), and the vast majority of you reading this will already have a social media presence. But, if you’re someone who’s just not into the social media ‘thing’, you may want to rethink your stance, as there is an absolute wealth of information and job leads out there on social media, and I can assure you that while you’re missing out of them, there’s a massive, growing, connected community of remote workers who are more than ready to snap up the opportunities you’re missing out on.
In my experience, there are three main ways that social media can help you in your search for work from home opportunities. Number one is providing/connecting you to general information about the work from home landscape and the various different categories of work you could consider/look into (which you really can’t get enough of, especially when you’re first starting out). Number two is connecting you to specific work opportunities (and of course, that’s the reason we’re all here!). Number three is the networking opportunities social media provides for home-based workers and digital nomads, which can lead to more job opportunities and can also provide some form of colleagueship and support, something you definitely need when your only physical colleagues are your kitchen table and the refrigerator!
1) General Information
This may surprise some readers, but we’re going to start with Pinterest. While it may not be the first place you’d think to head when you’re looking for work from home opportunities, there’s actually useful general information about the work from home world to be found there, if you’re willing to do a little sifting. When I first started to entertain the idea of working from home, I spent many hours on Pinterest (and on Google too, of course) searching some variation of: work from home / work from home Australia / work from home 2016 / etc., etc.
Now, to be straight up with you, a decent chunk of what I found via my Pinterest searching I would personally describe as clickbait. Highly stylised ‘eye-candy’ pins, with quality stock imagery overlaid with eye-catching graphics, generally stating some variation of: Make $2500 a month working from home!/Use these side hustles to make $500 a week in your spare time!/Make $70,000 a year working from home! Then when I’d click through to read the article, there’d be a list of suggestions like: do surveys, join an online transcription company, etc., etc. Not things that anyone’s going to make $70,000 a year doing, by any stretch of the imagination (though I actually did join an online transcription company, and it was a terrific and very useful step towards running my own successful home-based transcription business – you can read about that here and here). Or, the article would suggest things like, ‘Become a VA!’, but provide no leads or information as to how actually to go about that.
Now, how was all of this useful? It was useful because there were little gems of valuable info scattered amongst the not-so-useful stuff. Pinterest was where I first found a link to the FlexJobs list of 100 Top Companies with Remote Jobs (2019 list here). Seeing VIPKID on that list got me super excited (then super disappointed, because they don’t hire Australians). But, that led to me looking into other online ESL companies, and that led to me kicking off my work from home journey working for DaDa (more about that here). Pinterest was also where I first learnt about TranscribeMe!, another online company I worked for that was, as I mentioned above, a key step in developing my transcription skills and successfully setting up my home-based transcription business.
Now, like everyone else out there, I’m not particularly a fan of the sifting needed to get to the good stuff. That’s actually the whole point of this blog, to provide a comprehensive resource about work from home opportunities in Australia that will get right to the point and just give you the key info up front, no sifting required. That said though, I can’t cover every opportunity out there. If you have a really unique skill set, or are looking for a very particular work from home option, a little time spent searching on Pinterest might yield some surprising and useful information for you.
As I mentioned in my previous post about social media resources for online ESL teachers, there is a huge, active community of online ESL teachers on social media supporting and assisting each other. And this level of social media activity is by no means restricted to online ESL teachers. Digital nomads/work from home mums/virtual assistants/remote workers/freelancers – there’s pretty much a Facebook group for everything and everyone (and often state, national and international versions of each group).
There’s often a lot of general discussion and advice/assistance/support to be found in these groups, and, there’s a surprising amount of job ads/recruitment. It seemed a little wild to me when I first realised that people were advertising/recruiting for legit work opportunities on Facebook, but that’s just how we’re doing it these days, kids. When I first received a job offer via Facebook earlier on in my work from home career, I was beyond thrilled (And also, beyond suspicious. Copious amounts of research and verification ensued, but – guess what? It was a 100 percent legit opportunity, and I took it).
Now, while I really want you to start searching immediately and find some useful and relevant Facebook groups for your particular/desired work scenario, please, please, PLEASE be aware that sifting WILL be required. Some groups are certainly more ‘spammy’ than others, and even if you find a terrific group, it by no means guarantees that every/many/any jobs you see advertised or mentioned are legitimate. Be aware you’ve got access to a fantastic resource for exploring work from home opportunities via social media, but proceed with caution. Research/verify/vet any opportunities that come your way.
This section will be pretty short, as I’ve really already covered it throughout the rest of the post (and also, I banged on too much about Pinterest at the beginning, and made this post another longggg one!). Basically, humans are pretty awesome, and usually friendly. The remote working community has built a vast variety of social media support structures on a local, national, and international level. Jump on in and get involved. A quick Facebook groups search will provide a heap of options for you (Look for local, national, and international groups. Useful keywords: work from home / remote / digital nomad/s / business mums / virtual assistants / work anywhere / freelancer, along with any industry/role specific terms that are relevant to your work goals). I can pretty much guarantee you that you’ll find a community of people willing to help you, and when you get your work arrangements sorted to your liking and have built yourself a pretty awesome work from home career, you’ll probably be in a position to share your knowledge and experience, and help the next batch of newbies coming through.
Happy job hunting,