Online jobs and working from home is one of the primary topics of Grad Money Matters. Today, we will be talking about the positives and negatives of searching for jobs online. Searching for jobs online is similar to searching for jobs in the offline world, but it is also very different.
Searching for online jobs – The first step.
Working online is great, and I can honestly say that because I work online. As a freelancer, you can create the best schedule for you, and work with your talents directly. Working online is also a great way to save money, because in many instances you can entirely cut out transportation costs, and hopefully save money on food and clothing as well.
Where to find online jobs.
There are many places to find online jobs. You can search on the ProBlogger Job Boards, search on Elance oDesk, and so on. You can also network like crazy and have people asking you if they can use your services. This is the point that most freelancers want to get to.
Negatives on working and searching for jobs online.
Since there are so many positives of finding jobs online, there are of course some disadvantages, such as the very fierce competition. There are many people all over the world who want to work online, which means that some people across the world are willing to work for a very low amount of pay.
The average gross monthly wage in the U.S. is around $3,000, compared to around $300 in India and $275 in the Philippines. Many online job searchers are from the U.S., India and the Philippines.
Another negative of working online is that you might forget about all of the expenses of working for yourself. When you work for someone else, a lot of things are paid for. This includes social security tax, overhead and so on. As a freelancer, you need to pay for your own taxes, health insurance, retirement, and so on. You have to do everything yourself.
What positives and negatives have you found for looking for an online job?