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Work From Home Resources

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic forced Americans to work from home and now many don’t want to go back to the office. Research shows that working from home can boost employee productivity, improve work/life balance and foster better mental health.

But how do you get a job that allows you to have the flexibility to live where you want, work when you need to and earn a living? Start with the basics: what jobs are out there, and what skills do you need to get them?

Entry Level
Strong basic computer skills and good work habits can get you started!

Finance
Are you analytical? Does organizing other people’s money and paying attention to detail make your heart sing? You might find a job working from home in finance.

Writing
Do words make you come alive? You love social media and know how to grab viewers attention! There may be a remote job for you in writing.

Computer Programming / Development

You live and breathe JavaScript, HTML & CSS. Webpack is your bread and Babel is the butter. A more advanced remote job may be waiting for you!

There are lots of online databases and resources that can help in the work from home job search. While this is great, it can also be daunting to navigate and hard to tell which ones are a scam!

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NEARLY EVERY WORK FROM HOME JOB REQUIRES, AT MINIMUM, THE FOLLOWING: 

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Self-motivated work ethic.
  • Excellent organizational and follow up skills.
  • Computer skills.
  • Able to use and teach others to use various online tools: Email, Google Drive, Dropbox, Slack, etc
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, and manage time effectively.
  • Excellent customer service skills.

 IF THIS IS YOU LOOK FOR ENTRY LEVEL POSITIONS LIKE:

  • Customer Service Specialist
  • Account Support
  • Customer Support Advocate
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Data Analyst
  • Processing Clerk
  • Technical Support Rep
  • Quality Assurance
  • Customer Champion

 
HOW TO ACQUIRE THESE SKILLS:

The Alpine Public Library is a great place to start.

GED Course. Earning a high school equivalency credential can open the door to better income, a more fulfilling job, and a college education. If you are preparing for the GED® test, HiSET® or TASC™ exams, our practice tests, interactive tutorials, and eBooks will help you reach your goal. https://www.learningexpresshub.com/ProductEngine/LELIndex.html#/center/hsequivalencycenter/home?AuthToken=5EB1FD7F-86FF-4D66-B805-754E8FA7D857

Computer Skills. Video courses are the fastest and easiest way to learn how to use a computer. Use the materials in this center to learn the basics of computers, from searching the Internet to using popular programs for word processing, creating spreadsheets and databases, implementing design, and more. https://www.learningexpresshub.com/ProductEngine/LELIndex.html#/center/computer-skills-center/home?AuthToken=5EB1FD7F-86FF-4D66-B805-754E8FA7D8

Customer service. There are lots of online customer service training programs and a lot are free! https://www.thetrainingbank.com/customer-focus/online-training/the-basics/

Finance
Are you analytical? Does organizing other people’s money and paying attention to detail make your heart sing? You might find a job working from home in finance.

IF YOU HAVE THESE SKILLS:

  • Experienced in financial transactions and understanding of the general ledger posting process.
  • Knowledge in preparing financial statements.
  • Budget preparation and analyzes against performance plan.
  • Forecasting large company cash needs.
  • Reconciliation of balance sheet accounts on a monthly basis
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or finance preferred sometimes required.
  • Well organized with strong attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and clients with minimal supervision.
  • Extensive knowledge of QuickBooks.
  • Solid understanding of basic bookkeeping and accounting payable/receivable principles
  • Experience with remote tools and platforms (Slack, Zoom, Google Drive) preferred

IF THIS IS YOU LOOK FOR WORK FROM HOME OPPORTUNITIES IN:

  • Accounting Specialist
  • Senior Accountant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Underwriter

HOW TO ACQUIRE THESE SKILLS

Sul Ross State University offers undergraduate courses in business, accounting and finance.
https://www.sulross.edu/page/1915/undergraduate-courses-business

Another resource for a variety of job skill trainings is the Small Business Development Center. You don’t have to be opening your own business to take advantage of the training services offered here and many of the sessions are FREE! Go to their website to see the current online and in person trainings being offered. https://sbdc.sulross.edu/alpine/business-training/

Writing
Do words make you come alive? You love social media and know how to grab viewers attention! There may be a remote job for you in writing.

 IF YOU HAVE THESE SKILLS:

  • Professional writing experience and/or training. 1-5 years journalism experience.
  • Bachelor's degree usually preferred but not required.
  • Have a keen eye for great social media images and are familiar with cropping images.
  • Advanced WordPress Experience: You’re comfortable with writing and formatting posts and pages.
  • Can set up new WordPress sites, installing and configuring themes and plugins, troubleshooting errors, etc.
  • Write a well-structured article with impeccable grammar and spelling in a conversational tone.
  • Edit and proofread your own work to eliminate careless errors instead of relying on an editor to fix them for you.
  • Understand what SEO is and why it’s important.
  • Know how to research keyword volume and search intent and how to effectively use keywords in your content without keyword stuffing.
  • Experience with marketing tools such as Mailchimp and Hubspot.
  • Proficiency with HTML coding (for formatting articles).

IF THIS IS YOU LOOK FOR WORK FROM HOME OPPORTUNITIES IN:

  • Writer
  • Content Writer
  • Head of Content Creation
  • Blog Writer
  • Word Press Content Writer
  • Content Specialist
  • Social Media Manager
  • Web Content Writer

HOW TO ACQUIRE THESE SKILLS
Sul Ross State University has a Communication degree program which includes courses that will help with developing the skills necessary for a remote job in copyediting. https://www.sulross.edu/page/389/journalism-courses

3302 Layout and Design is one of the journalism courses offered. Various programs such as PhotoShop, Illustrator, and InDesign will be explored and applied for use in web pages, newspaper and magazine publication, and e-publishing.

Alpine Public Library offers online career development through Learning Express. You can take courses focused on improving your writing, grammar, and public speaking skills. https://www.learningexpresshub.com/ProductEngine/LELIndex.html#/center/learningexpresslibrary/adult-learning-center/home/improve-your-writing-speaking-and-grammar

Computer Programming / Development
You live and breathe JavaScript, HTML & CSS. Webpack is your bread and Babel is the butter. A more advanced remote job may be waiting for you!

IF YOU HAVE THESE SKILLS:

  • Proficiency in Python framework.
  • Proficiency in relational databases (PostgreSQL is preferred).
  • Experience with Celery, REST APIs, e2e
  • Experience with AWS, CI/CD, web security and DevOps .
  • Experience with using Docker in a production environment.
  • Professional experience with Pyramid and Flask web frameworks
  • Proficiency in: AngularJS, React/Redux
  • Experience with SqlAlchemy, Elasticsearch, RabbitMQ, Redis
  • Strong understanding of the Web; including familiarity with PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, REST APIs, HTTP, DNS, and SVN or Git.

IF THIS IS YOU LOOK FOR WORK FROM HOME OPPORTUNITIES IN:

  • Programming
  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Gaming Engineer
  • Web Developer

HOW TO ACQUIRE THESE SKILLS
Sul Ross State University has a Computer Science degree program. https://www.sulross.edu/page/1099/computer-science

Programming languages include: C#, C++, HTML 5, PHP, and Python.

If you have a degree but haven’t used your skills or have learned the skills but need to sharpen them check out:

https://medium.com/skilluped/a-beginners-guide-on-how-to-improve-your-programming-skills-769b92fef2f2

There are also several online computer programming courses. Be sure to choose an accredited school before paying for classes that may not be transferrable or lead to a degree.

https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/online-courses/computer-programming-classes/