Online work has become popular nowadays.
When you think about the term, “online worker” what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
Most of you would probably think that to be an online worker, you need to be a technical genius, like a software developer or a graphic designer. You have to know how to code, do animation, or build websites from scratch.
And you’d be right. Some online workers can do that and more.
But a lot of the jobs people have in real life can also be done online.
You can find online writers, accountants, personal assistants, paralegals, transcriptionists, etc.
Anyone with the right set of work skills can work online. But to be a successful online worker, you do need to have the following traits:
1. The Right Stuff.
Like with any job, you need the right tools and equipment to get things done. This means investing in a good laptop or PC, subscribing to a reliable ISP and having a backup ISP for emergencies. Some successful online workers even take it a step further by having their own (home) office, having a back-up computer, and setting up a cloud account or having spare hard drives to protect their work.
2. Dedication to their craft.
Most of us have this misconception that everything you need to get a good job you learn in college. But that’s not the case, especially in the real world. To be competitive, your knowledge and skills have to be regularly updated. To be a successful online worker, this means you can’t afford to stop learning.
How do you keep learning?
- By reading industry news every day,
- taking up courses to brush up on your skills and
- sometimes even going back to school.
3. Being technically proficient.
You don’t have to be a tech genius to be an online worker but you have to be computer literate. To stay competitive, you need to learn the latest online tools and software available.
4. Discipline and initiative.
Successful online workers can do their jobs with minimal or no supervision. Day in and day out, they know what they need to do. They don’t need a boss to remind them. In most cases, it’s the online workers themselves who remind their employers what projects need to be done and give suggestions on what else they can do.
Working at home isn’t an excuse for being late, not showing up for meetings, or not submitting reports. For successful online workers, this isn’t just a part-time job or a hobby. This is a lifelong career. Because they strive to excel, they get promotions AND better pay. They don’t take their work for granted.
So, are you ready to start your online career? You can take that first step by signing up for an Onlinejobs.ph jobseeker account. Once you have an account, you can start browsing through our online database to find the best job that suits your skills. If you’re looking for tips to get hired faster, we have some insider tips to help you with that as well.
Julia has been working for OnlineJobs.ph since 2012, first as a writer and now as its social media manager and content development specialist. She also founded the Davao Virtual Assistants Association, the biggest VA association in Davao City.
She’s a full-time wife and mom and volunteers her time as an internet rights advocate.