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Can I Work At Home With No Experience?

21 July 2009 7 Comments

I see this question asked pretty frequently, and today I’d like to offer some tips about how to get started working at home when you have no experience.

- Consider the experience you do have, whether it’s work or life related. Chances are you know how to do SOMETHING, even if you haven’t done it in a job capacity. See if you can find jobs that would use the knowledge you have, or at least touch on them in some way.

- Aim for “easier” jobs to begin with, like outbound telemarketing. Most of the ads I see for those jobs don’t require experience, they will teach you everything you need to know. Granted, these are usually commission-based jobs, but sometimes they do offer a small salary too. If anything, you could work this job for a few months to get experience, and then apply for other jobs later.

- Start your own business. Some people do incredibly well by finding a home business that matches their interests and life experience. While you may be tempted to search for a regular “job,” know that that is not your only option! Give some thought to your strongest interests and passions in life. Then start looking for a home business that reflects them. There are hundreds (even thousands) of direct sales companies with great products out there. You just have to find the one that works for you.

- Educate yourself. Sign up for some adult education classes to expand your education. Take courses on Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint. Learn about accounting software. Do a search online for “free tutorials,” and see what comes up. You can also include the type of tutorial in your search, like “free Paint Shop Pro tutorials,” if you need to learn a certain program. Whatever field you want to be in, seek out affordable classes to learn about it. Then, even if you don’t have experience, an employer might be willing to train you because you have the basic knowledge needed for the job.

Just don’t give up, and don’t let your lack of experience stop you! Everyone has to start somewhere.

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  • Usman Shahzada said:

    for a person like me who is not a native english speaker, i choose to start blogging online and make money through my blogs. At times i dont find the right word to express what i really want to write. I just cant express my thoughts to words, what will you suggest me to do? I want to be a Pro Blogger too. Do you think that expertise in English language is important for it?
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  • Karen said:

    there are lots of Work At Home programs out there. some programs are scam. I only stick to making blogs and monetizing it with Google Adsense.

  • Algin said:

    i also Work At Home by blog monetizing and website monetizing. i mainly get my online income by means of Google Adsense.

  • Yasuo Long said:

    Usman Shahzada,

    I was recently talking to my girlfriend about starting her own blog and she was having the same issue about english not being her native language.

    She’s been speaking english for a few years now but still sometimes has trouble spelling and finding the ‘right words’ to express herself.

    Nowadays with Youtube and podcasting, you don’t really need to be able to write well to start a blog.

    Instead, I would suggest you start a podcast or videocast and place the audio or video on a website where people can either stream it or download it.

    In some ways this can be even better than a written blog because people actually hear a human voice and feel more connected to your site.

    The best part is, you only need to be able to speak english fairly ok, you don’t need to be a great speller necessarily.

    Here is a resource and an example of a site that uses a podcast to drive traffic to the site http://podcastingunderground.com/

    Hope this helps and good luck
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  • Abel said:

    i am in kenya and i want to start working from home.is there any site u can suggest for me to start from to look for jobs?

  • admin (author) said:

    Hi Abel! You can browse and look for work@home jobs here: http://www.genuinejobs.com/search_jobs.php. The page is regularly updated so you’ll see more new vacant jobs if you visit often. Thanks and good luck with your job hunt :)

  • Priyanka sharma said:

    I want doing an easy job
    plz help me

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