A lot of us who make our money working from home or telecommuting have our fingers in a number of different pots, so to speak. In fact, very few of the remotely employed depend on a single stream of income or project. The trouble is finding enough components to make up a financially and personally rewarding whole.
When I think about projects, I always separate them into two categories: revenue generating and non-revenue generating. A non-revenue generating project is almost always going to be a professional development activity, although revenue generating activities can be classified as professional development as well.
VirtualVocations: Paid Work
Finding revenue generating projects is probably the most difficult. My number one source is, unsurprisingly, the internet. Sites like Problogger.net provide great job boards where all of the work is done remotely, but it can feel a bit crowded there. I recently came across VirtualVocations, which features different kinds of job listings, and has a smaller user pool, meaning more chance to land any given job.
VirtualVocations features a lot of the more common teleworking positions, including marketing specialists, transcriptionists, writers, and programmers. As with many sites of this type, listings are a little hit-0r-miss, and sifting through them is mostly left to the job hunter’s discretion,
The nice thing about VirtualVocations is its community support. Possible scams are quickly flagged in the user forums, and members share job information and their experiences readily. There are also some handy resources available from the forums, like this rate sheet detailing how much you should charge for transcription services.
[places for writers]: Professional Growth
I’m not always out to get paid. Sometimes I want to hone my craft, which in my case means improving my writing. Places for writers offers me the opportunity to do so, and to contribute to the online literary community in the process.
Obviously, this one is a little skewed towards those of you working as writers, but there is no field of web work in which good writing skills will not pay off. The written word is still the primary means of internet communication, and in all cases, the better you are at communicating, the better you will be at your job.
Places for writers offers opportunities for those interested in all types of writing, from poetry to non-fiction. It features open calls for submissions from small press and literary publications, a few job listings (though these are not often updates), information on how to pursue writer’s grants, and resources for writers.
A lot of the content is Canada-focused, but in most cases, the information and resources are available and applicable to all those interested in improving their writing and adding to their clips.
I love having multiple things on the go, and sites like those I’ve listed here today help me achieve that. The only problem is avoiding a situation where I’ve taken on much more than I can handle, but that’s an entirely different article.