7 Skills You Need to Get a Work from Home Job

Written by Grace & Silas

Working from home can be an incredible opportunity, but for many, there are a lot of questions. And some of these might include, “Do I have what it takes?” Or, “What are these companies looking for?”

And in this article, we’re gonna cover some of the skills you’ll need to get a job online so you can work from home. Check them out!


When you work from home, you won’t have a manager or supervisor telling you what needs to be done and when. It can be very tempting to just relax because you’re in your own environment. To work from home, you must set yourself schedules and deadlines, as in any other role, and stick to it.

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Communication Skills

At some point, while working from home you’ll need to be able to communicate. This may be with website providers, employers, or even clients themselves. To do this, you need to ensure that both your written communication in emails and your spoken communication on the telephone are up to par.

Critical Thinking

Without colleagues around to help you with ideas, being able to critically think on your own is vital to working from home. You need to be able to come up with new plans, sales targets or quotas, as well as use new ideas that can boost your business.

Computing Skills

It will be essential that you know your way around a computer to work from home. For this, the main key skills would be emailing, internet usage, and Microsoft Office type programs. You may also have extra software that is specific to your role.

Marketing and Sales Skills

While communication with employers or the set-up of your home business is important, you will also need other skills. If your job involves selling a product or service, it may sometimes be necessary to implement strategies to help sell.

This may involve cold calling prospective clients or companies, which will use the aforementioned communication skills and also require you to understand persuasive language, and your product, to convince them to buy.

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When you work a typical 9-5, you can generally be reassured that once you leave the office, you won’t have to think about your role until your next workday. When you work from home, you may need more flexibility, particularly if it’s your own business.

While this flexibility can be brilliant, allowing you to spend your time on other ventures or tasks, it can also be frustrating and get in the way of life.

For example, you may have told yourself that you will only work 8-4 each day, yet you receive an urgent call from a client at 6:30 pm. To ensure success in working from home it would be vital to help that client immediately, if appropriate to do so.

Embrace Social Media

Social media. Some love it, some hate it. Social media can assist your work in a variety of ways. It can be used for marketing by sending advertisements out to people, showcasing your work in regular posts that can contain images or video, and also allows you to communicate with others.

There you have it, with these 7 tips you can start working from home, as well as build upon them with your pre-existing knowledge to ensure your success.


Meet Silas & Grace

Silas and Grace always had a passion for travel. So in 2016, they started Chasing Foxes as an independent income source. 4 months after launch, they were making enough money from their blog to travel full-time, and in the past 5 years, they’ve been able to encourage others in their blogging journeys too. Learn more about Silas & Grace.

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