How to Ensure Job Security when Working from Home
Whether you are employed by a company and work remotely or you operate in a freelance capacity for several clients, you may worry frequently about the security of your position. This is a perfectly normal response to the nature of your work. For freelancers, there is simply no guarantee of continued contracts (although you can certainly find ways to hedge your bets). Even if you are tenured but work remotely, you may suffer from a certain amount of stigma by which employees who go to the office constantly question exactly what it is that you do (and why you can’t do it on-site). However, there are ways to gain some measure of job security when you’re working from home. Here are just a few tips to make your position a bit more stable.
- Hustle for work. This is a way of life for freelancers, but it is the best way to ensure that work keeps rolling in. You can start by checking in with previous clients to see if they might have anything for you in the pipeline. From there you can “cold call” companies that might be able to use your services. But you might also want to consider signing up for websites that specialize in connecting freelancers to compatible corporate partners. Or you can join forums to network with colleagues and hopefully nab some recommendations. And if you are already employed, just make sure your plate is always full.
- Deliver on time. If you’re not willing to put in the hours to deliver a project in a timely manner, there’s someone else out there who will. So make sure that you have the time to take on a contract before you say yes. Otherwise you could lose future business.
- QA. The quality of your work will define your success in business, so you need to give 110% every time and get it right the first time (if possible – sometimes your clients will require work in stages or drafts for approval). Go over everything with a fine-toothed comb before you submit so that you can be sure you’re delivering the best possible quality.
- Say yes. Unfortunately, your tenuous position may require you to say yes to jobs that you don’t really want to take on. If you’re starting out and trying to build up a regular clientele, or you’re in a lean period, this is what it will take to stay afloat. Never be too proud to take on a paying gig.
- Advertise. You should be doing something to drum up new business and let people know you have something valuable to offer. Luckily, a lot of advertising can be done online for free. If you have a website, ad-sharing is a great way to get your banner popping up on a wide variety of other pages (although you’ll also have to host their ads). Plus you can comment or post on related blogs for links, sign up for forums (where colleagues may offer you their overflow), and get into social networking as a way to increase your brand recognition (your brand being you, virtually). You can even ask satisfied clients to recommend you to others so that they become brand ambassadors. All of this is 100% free and it will introduce you to prospective clients. For those that are employed, don’t be afraid to toot your own horn and let others know how you can help them.
Jennifer Kardish writes for Asset Tagging where you can find custom security labels and stickers.
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