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Creating Connection When Your Team Works Remotely

Posted By Community Editor, Thursday, January 26, 2017

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Telecommuting continues to be on the rise as more and more companies realize its various benefits.  However, a potential drawback to managing a geographically dispersed team can be the perception of the team members that they are not connected with the company.  Below are a few suggestions for steps that managers can take to make sure that is not the case.

No matter where your team members work, one-on-one time with individual team members is important, and can occur over the phone, via videoconferencing or even through web based chat software. Knowing one another as individuals can provide some needed perspective to understand one another’s work habits and behaviors.  Regular connection and communication is especially key to creating a successful remote team and builds a sense of trust that will help to further your team’s mission.

As your team forms initially or if you are adding new members to the group, we suggest introducing a simple list of questions as a way to have your people get to know each other and feel that they are building a connection with one another. These questions can be a fun and interesting way to have your remote team interact, and sharing their answers together helps to develop insight into how to best work together.   

Regardless of where your team works, remember to demonstrate gratitude for your employees. A simple word of thanks for a job well done can go a long way towards keeping morale high.  They may not be able to participate in some events in person, but don’t make them feel that they aren’t part of the team because of that. You can include them in key conference calls, keep them updated with what is going on, and ask them for some instruction and advice.

For more information on managing remotely and working at home or to join the world’s largest online work at home community, visit www.wahspace.com.

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WAH Certified Company Features and Benefits

Posted By Community Editor, Thursday, January 19, 2017

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WAHspace is proud to enter 2017 by welcoming TDS Telecom and ViaSource Solutions as its newest WAH Certified Companies. Becoming a WAH Certified Company has many benefits and features.

As a WAH Certified Company, you will have access to the following:

Unlimited Job Postings –Through the WAHspace job board, you can post an unlimited number of work at home job listings to be accessed by members of our work at home community.  You will have the capability to search resumes by specific fields and skillsets, and, if you choose to, narrow the field of candidates to members who are WAH Certified. You may post your own jobs to be seen by our members, and select key positions to highlight as featured opportunities.  Job postings can remain active indefinitely or for a predetermined number of days.

Company Profile Your company profile will contain key facts and information about your organization so that our members can get to know you.  In addition, your company logo will be displayed on our website homepage and job board, which will recognize you as a WAH Certified Company to all our members and visitors. The company profile will be created and updated based on information that you provide directly to members of our team. 

Connect Socially – As a Certified Company, you will be able to connect with potential job seekers on the WAHspace site. In order for members to view your profile, you must send and accept connection requests, which are just like friend requests on other social platforms.  Our rich community of at home workers and job seekers is full of talented individuals who are interested in working at home.

For more information on how to become a WAH Certified Company for an annual administrative fee of $199, or to join the world’s largest online work at home community, visit WAHspace.com.

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Flexibility – A Benefit When Working from Home

Posted By Community Editor, Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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Flexibility is a great thing to have with a job, and what better way to have it than working from home?  Many people are drawn to the work at home trend specifically for the flexible lifestyle that it can provide.  When you join WAHspace, you will have the opportunity to search for companies that offer work at home positions and potentially make this transition for yourself.  

Having flexibility with your work schedule will allow you to have a balance between work and your personal life. However, the work at home lifestyle can also come along with its fair share of challenges.  For example, if you feel that your family members are distracting you from getting something done, don’t be afraid to let them know.  Alternatively, simply move your work station elsewhere for the day.  Either way, be sure to communicate clearly.

Luckily, while working from home, if you get tied up trying to finish things up for the day and having to work late, you are not stuck in the office away from the family. You have the luxury of being home by your family and not spending a late night alone in the office.  

Oftentimes, as a work at home employee, you’ll have the option to schedule to work when you want or need to.  You may even take breaks as you wish so that you don’t feel too overwhelmed or exhausted.  The unique experience of working from home gives you the convenience of doing things like this. 

If you are interested in exploring this flexible lifestyle for yourself, we encourage you to join WAHspace now as a way to connect with other at home workers and companies.  To become a member of the world’s largest online work at home community, visit www.WAHspace.com.

 

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Ring in the New Year with New Opportunities

Posted By Community Editor, Thursday, January 5, 2017

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A new year provides the opportunity to regroup and assess key areas of your life. For some, 2017 may be the time to transition to working at home. Positive trends support the notion that more and more of us are shifting our professional lives from a daily commute to an office to a work at home lifestyle. Below are some tips to explore if you are looking to make this move.

Update your resume – Start off the new year with an updated resume.  Make sure to use keywords that are incorporated from the job posting that you are applying for or interested in.  Double check that you have an appropriate email address that is neutral and appears to be professional.  You may want separate email addresses for personal and work related matters. Keep the format of your resume easy to read for the hiring manager. Thoroughly proofreading your resume is also very important.  If you are not certain that your resume is free of any typos or grammatical errors, pass it on to someone else to take a look at it.

Get WAH Certified – By earning your WAH Certification, you have the opportunity to differentiate yourself from the crowd.  Narrowing the field to candidates with a WAH Certification helps to simplify your possible employer’s hiring process. This may bring your application to the top of the stack and demonstrate on the front end that you have the skills to succeed as an asset to any company.

 Remote interview basics – A remote interview can be done by phone, video, or even a little bit of both.  If you are doing a web based video interview, make sure that you are in an area that has strong internet connection so that it doesn’t cut out in the middle of your interview. Dress up the same way you would if you were doing an in person interview.  You also want to make sure that you are set for the video interview in a place that is nice and neat, with limited distractions around you.  Test to be sure that the lighting is appropriate, so that there are no strange shadows that impact interviewer’s impression of you.

 When doing a phone interview, it is important that you can hear the interviewer loud and clearly, and they should be able to hear you as well. Find an area that is quiet and that avoids all noises that may cause distraction or disturbance to you or the interviewer. Of course, with a phone interview, the interviewer is unable to see you and how you are dressed.  Nevertheless, you still may want to consider dressing professionally to bolster a feeling of confidence.

 For more information on working at home, join the community, get WAH Certified, and more at WAHspace.com

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Getting Ready for the New Year with WAHspace

Posted By Community Editor, Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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As we approach the end of the calendar year, our lives have generally been busy with holiday plans, commitments with family, and the hustle and bustle of the season.  But this can also be the perfect time of year to regroup and think about whether or not now is the time to begin working from home.  With the New Year coming, WAH Certified Companies are looking to fill positions quickly.  To support our members, here are a few tips to consider when applying for positions.

Complete your profile

WAH Companies are searching our database by experience, education, and other keywords that are found in member profiles. Because we have thousands of members searching for similar positions, make sure you fill out your profile entirely so you show up in the search results.  Also, we’ve noticed that some members need to update their current email or phone number.  Please make sure you do so, since most of the time companies will contact you directly by phone or email with an opportunity. 

Utilize WAH University

With thousands of members on WAHspace, it can be difficult to differentiate yourself. That is why we offer assessments that come highly recommended by our WAH Companies. These assessments are another way to get searched by the WAH Companies.  Some of our WAH Companies now require candidates to have completed certain assessments and to be WAH Certified.  We recommend that you stand out from the crowd by earning your WAH Certified credential. 

Get Background Checked

Many companies require you to complete a background check prior to beginning your new role. At WAHspace, you can complete a background check simply and securely.  Simply visit the WAH Toolbox at WAHspace.com to purchase the background check for $19.99.  Once completed, the date that you have taken your background check will also appear on your profile for companies to see. 

WAH Companies could be searching for someone like you to fill their new opportunity for the new year.  For more information or to join the community, visit www.wahspace.com.

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Happy Holidays from WAHspace

Posted By Community Editor, Friday, December 23, 2016

As we approach the end of the calendar year, it’s a good time to reflect upon the work at home community that we have created together.  With thousands of members around the country and a strong group of WAH Certified partner companies, WAHspace is proud to be a leader in promoting the work at home movement.  Many of you have earned your WAH Certification with us, and others have purchased their background checks and connected with other members all over United States.  WAHspace looks forward to continuing to work together to create more opportunities for at home work success in 2017.  Happy Holidays!  

 

For more information about WAHspace or to join our online community, visit www.WAHspace.com

 

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Making the Case for Working at Home

Posted By Community Editor, Friday, December 16, 2016

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For many workers who communte daily to an office, the idea of working from home seems like nothing more than dream.  So how can you go about asking to switch you from an office environment to an at-home work situation and make this dream a reality?  Below you will find some suggestions that work at home employees have considered when successfully requesting to transition their everyday office schedules to an at home schedule.

Work Out the Logistics on the Front End

If you want your boss to take your proposal seriously, make sure you’ve got all your ducks in a row!  Think about the technical specifications that your job requires, and be sure that you have an answer ready related to potential questions about computer equipment or internet and phone connectivity.  Be ready on the front end to explain in detail how you will go about overcoming these potential hurdles that could come between you and your goal of working from home.

Focus on the Benefits to the Company

The reasons you might want to work from home may be to have more time to spend with family or spend less time communitng, but in making the case to your supervisor, focus on highlighting the benefits that will really resonate with him or her. With fewer office distractions, you are more able to reach your goals in a timely fashion and be more productive without even coming into the office. Check out our post on other positive attributes of working at home for employers.  

Suggest a Trial Period

If your boss is still on the fence about having you work from home, suggest a trial period. This can give you a chance to prove that you are capable of being productive when at home and also provide peace of mind to your supervisor in knowing that if this trial period doesn’t go well, you can return to your normal office schedule. Another option is to suggest beginning to work from home just a few days a week.

Don’t Give Up

If you’re coming from a traditional 9-5 in the office schedule, convincing your boss to leave the office environment might be an uphill battle. Just remember that big changes take time, but persistence and consistency is key!  For more information or to join the work at home community, visit WAHspace.com. 

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Benefits of the WAHspace Premier Membership

Posted By Community Editor, Thursday, December 8, 2016

WAHspace is the world’s largest online work at home community, connecting and credentialing companies with job seekers.   At WAHspace, our members can build a profile, get WAH Certified, purchase a background check, connect with other members, and much more.  All of this is available to you, regardless of your membership level.  However, WAHspace Premier Members have additional benefits.

WAHspace Premier Members have unlimited access to the WAHspace Job Board. This means that they can view all jobs, in both the basic and certified categories. Certified job opportunities are posted by WAH Certified Companies and have undergone a thorough review process to make sure they are credible postings.   WAHspace is known for providing verified career opportunities for our members.

 

Along with unlimited access to the JobBoard, Premier Members also have the opportunity to become a featured WAHspace member. A featured member is a Premier Member who has also earned a WAH Certification. Getting chosen as a featured member helps you to potentially get noticed by recruiters! Once a month, WAHspace chooses to highlight new members who have successfully passed the WAH Certification. The featured members are profiled right on our WAHspace homepage where thousands of visitors can view them each month.  Additionally, featured members are promoted across the WAHspace social media platform. Premier members are also allowed to post their resume so that it can be viewed by the companies they are applying to.

At WAHspace we want to support our members in helping them achieve work at home success. If you are interested in becoming a featured WAHspace member, earn your WAH Certification at WAHspace.com and we may be in touch with you soon!   

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Strategies for Remote Interview Success

Posted By Community Editor, Thursday, December 1, 2016

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A growing number of companies are now conducting more and more candidate interviews remotely.  A remote interview can be by phone, video or even a little bit of both. Below are some important considerations to help strengthen your chance of success and win the coveted work at home job offer that you have been hunting for.

Preparation is Key

If you want it, you must prepare for it!  Do your research to learn all that you can about the company that you are looking to work with.  Use internet search tools and visit the company website to gain an understanding of their business model and any current business challenges or recent victories.  Look up the person who has contacted you or who will be interviewing you and be sure to understand the role that he or she plays.  Familiarize yourself with the names of company officers, and review the organization’s mission and vision.   Make some brief notes to have available during the interview.  Taking a few minutes to do your research on the front end will definitely show when it comes time to speak with a recruiter or other interviewer.

Getting Ready for a Video Call

Many remote interviews are conducted using a webcam or other video call technology.  There are a few basics to keep in mind in advance of the event. 

Good Internet Connection – Above all else, make sure that your internet connection is strong and reliable.  If you are not going to be at home or in another location with a reliable internet connect, then devise an alternate plan, such as going to a neighbor’s home or a private space at your local library.

Dress Up - In order to make a great visual impression, dress up in business casual or business professional clothing.  Remember that the person who will be interviewing you will be evaluating your overall presentation along with your skills set.  You will want to convey a professional look and feel to your interviewer, so hair should be neatly trimmed and well groomed. 

Beware of the Background – Keep in mind that your interviewer will see not only you, but also whatever is in the background of the camera that you are using for the interview.  Take a few minutes to be sure that the area within view is neat and tidy.  You could be dressed professionally but if your background is a mountain of dirty laundry, it will impact the interviewer’s overall impression.  Turn off any televisions or other electronic devices to minimize background distractions.  If there will be other people at home during the interview, make sure that they are not in the same room as you.

Tips for Phone Interviews

Good Connection – Land lines are often most reliable, but if you will be calling from your cell phone, make sure that you have good service in the area you will be calling from.  You don’t want your interviewer o have to wait while you go outside to get a better signal.  Try to minimize any background noises from people, pets, or anything else that might affect the way the person on the other end might hear you.

Dress Up – It may seem unusual for us to recommend dressing up for a phone call.  However, research shows that everyone sounds better when they feel better. Subconsciously, dressing up makes you feel more confident and will help enhance your overall performance.

Whether your interview will be conducted via video or phone, we suggest practicing with a friend before the big day, to test your connections and troubleshoot any potential distractions.  If you have more tips on how you survived your remote interview, share them on the WAH Blog at www.wahspace.com. 

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A Practical Solution for Recruiters and Job Seekers

Posted By Community Editor, Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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We started WAHspace as a way for people who currently or would like to work at home to connect with companies.  Last week, WAHspace was the solution we had always intended when one of our WAH Certified Companies had a time sensitive seasonal hiring need.  Looking to fill two open positions on an abbreviated time frame, the company recruiters turned to the WAHspace community to source qualified candidates.  

 

The company recruiters were looking for potential workers with strong typing skills and certain home computer system requirements.  Knowing that they wanted individuals that would be well-suited for working at home, they looked for those members who had earned their WAH Certification and had built out their WAHspace profiles.  After narrowing the field, a few rounds of phone interviews were conducted before the final selection was made.  The candidates completed their background checks securely through the WAHspace site, and have started working in their new roles.  

 

If you are a job seeker, be sure to join our community to be considered among this pool of pre-screened applicants.  Tell us about yourself in your member profile.  Earn your WAH Certification, and take our typing and systems assessments to further build out your profile and stand out to recruiters.  For more information or to join today, visit WAHspace.com.  

 

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Several Wise Steps on the Way to Your next WAH Job

Posted By Madeline Dickson, Sunday, November 13, 2016
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More and more WAH networkers meet and share employment and career whir on numerous online media including discussion boards, email, social platforms, chats, and blogs.

The online community of WAH job hunt exuberates with valuable advice and great people. It is also full of half-truths, unexpected social predators or scammers who are seeking to cash in on people.

Stick to these guidelines to get the most from your networking and stay on the safe side:

Participate Only in Reputable Communities

Search for an online group concentrated around a particular affinity, be it your occupation, industry, alma mater, city or former workplace. Sign up to any potential membership community you might have even slightest relations with.

Be the Center of a Group

A number of your best contacts can be former colleagues at a mini startup that failed for some reason. Form a team together with them. Perhaps your college, school or academy used to have alumni groups, some may be not active. Do make them running yourself with the help of a relevant online platform, e-zine, newsletter or chat. Though commit prior to kicking off. It requires much effort, time and energy to make things successful.

Take Part in Webinars and Seminars Regularly

Seminars are perfect opportunity to communicate and connect with like-minded people all over the world who are excited about your subject matter.

Weave a Large Web

To find useful but lost connections who do not show up anymore employ your best detective skills searching Google, Superpages, Facebook and other available osint tools.

Connect Wisely

If you cast unsolicited message to a potential contact, you may often end up like a typical spammer whose emails go straight to the recycle bin. To avoid it, specify the name of a mutual friend or acquaintance in the subject line. Try mentioning a very specific topic of interest to make it catchy.

Help

Once you request your community to help you, take a step and do something for them too. Whenever possible, provide assistance, advice or any other help to any person in your groups. Something good is sure to come back to you.

 

Safety Tips

 

Do Not Overshare

Always keep your private information and most importantly personally identifying data to your own self before you have a proper reason to trust your acquaintance. Even a single piece of information be it a phone number or first name may completely ruin your privacy and sometimes security. Take precautions sending out your CV that usually has your PII inside.

Observe What You Post About

The things you say and publish online are going to stay there for years. Search engines may retrieve them even from the deepest corner of the Internet. It is possible to put at risk your fair name by careless boss trashing.

Offline Safety

Be cautious about in-person meetings with folks you have just met online. In case you need to meet face-to-face, do it in crowded public places.

Create a Secure Email Account

Set up an additional email address for networking purposes only. Consider selecting an online nick which is absolutely unconnected to your real persona.

Spread Creative Ideas, Not Malware

The single thing more harmful to your credibility than spamming the globe is helping a computer virus to infect every person in your address book. Watch for different types of malware in email attachments and links, click mindfully. Always patch your computer system and update antivirus and other software.

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We Want to Get to Know You!

Posted By Community Editor, Friday, November 11, 2016

This week on the WAHBlog we are proud to revisit a profile of one of our own WAHspace members.  WAHspace is the world’s largest online work at home community – and we couldn’t say that without all of you.  If you are interested in being featured on a future WAHspace blog post, send us an email at admin@wahspace.com.  Keep reading to get to know WAHspace member Danielle D.  

Danielle currently works out of her home in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA.  At first, she started working from home on the weekends as a part time job to earn some extra cash.  She has now worked from home full time for over nine years.  Here’s more in her own words.

 

Name – Danielle D.

 

Age: 31.

 

Location: suburbs of Atlanta, GA.

 

Education level: high school diploma, some college, certificate in medical billing and coding.

 

Family: married with 3 kids, ranging from ages 7-12.

 

Describe the type of work you do: primarily customer service work, both inbound and outbound roles.

 

Hobbies: an avid couponer who also enjoys going to the gym.

 

Pets: has a dog named Rocco.

 

Favorite food – loves seafood, especially shrimp pasta.

 

Describe your WAHspace: works from her designated home office space in her bedroom, a specific corner of the room that she’s outfitted with a desk, laptop, headset and computer chair.

 

Describe the benefits of working at home WAH: Oh so many!  Saving on child care costs.  Saving on gas. Convenient.  Avoiding fighting traffic.  My family and I relocated from Florida to Georgia and I was able to maintain my employment.

 

WAH highlights: Being able to travel and not miss time from work.  Has been able to work her designated schedule while visiting her mom with her family, also worked some scheduled hours during a family vacation.  (For the record, Danielle has also had plenty of non-working family vacations, too!).

 

Drawbacks: Does miss the face to face communication sometimes.  Uses a chat function through work and has developed work friendships and relationships through the online communication channels.

 

To find out more about working from home or get connected to other work at home employees, visit WAHspace.com.  If you would like to be featured on a future blog post, send us an email at admin@wahspace.com.

 

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How to Be a Strong Work at Home Candidate

Posted By Community Editor, Thursday, November 3, 2016

There are a handful of common characteristics that employers generally search for when they are recruiting new candidates to bring on board, both for at home and in-office positions.  No matter what business or department you may find yourself working in, there are a few key attributes that a strong candidate for hiring must possess. Below are a few qualities that the recruiters we talk with are generally looking for. 

Timeliness and Attention to Detail

Whether you are applying online or in person, the little things matter.  When you are completing an online application, double check your work for proper spelling and punctuation before submitting.  Be sure that your resume is free from typographical errors and is formatted well.  And if you are fortunate enough to be selected for an interview, make sure that you are on time.  Some interviews for remote positions are conducted online, so test the connection to ensure that you will be prompt and well prepared to connect with a recruiter.

Commitment and Ambition

Especially in the customer service industry, it is vital having staff fully committed to a company. Employers can usually tell whether you’re on board or not with their vision and mission simply by your attitude.  Recruiters look for people who will be 100 percent dedicated to their position when within the company. Be someone who is tough and willing to stand through it all, and go beyond your job description.  Many times during an interview you will be asked questions regarding where you see yourself in the future. The point of this is to see just how ambitious you really are.  An ambitious company wants to hire someone who understands them and is just as hungry to help make the company successful.

Personality

Many candidates applying for a position emphasize their skills – which is very natural.  Since there are generally an abundance of candidates with exquisite resumes and experience, recruiters also want to see something different, something that can’t always be communicated on paper – personality. Standing out from a large number of people applying for the same position has become increasingly difficult. Having an unforgettable personality will highly increase your chances of getting selected by any company. Exercise caution, though – there can be a fine line between sharing your genuine personality and appearing to go too far over the top. 

Self Reflection

Before you interview, ask yourself where your strengths as a candidate may be.  Think about where and how you may be able to make up for some of the places that you are lacking.  There have been many stories of people who are great on paper but lack character. Having these qualities above will certainly establish you as a strong candidate and make you more attractive in the eye of the potential employer or company partner. 

For more information or to join the world’s largest work at home community, visit www.WAHspace.com.   

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Work at Home No Longer a Trend

Posted By Community Editor, Friday, October 28, 2016

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Work at home (WAH) refers to the practice of performing work at home that traditionally used to need to be completed in an office environment.  Other commonly used terms to describe this practice include work from home, telecommute, remote work, and flexible work.  Advances in technology and abundant access to the internet in the United States have opened up the potential to work from home for tens of millions of workers throughout the United States.  Globally, similar trends are present.

 

According to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, on the days they worked in 2015, 24 percent of employed people did some or all of their work at home.  Global Workplace Analytics reports that regular work-at-home, among the non-self-employed population, has grown by 103% since 2005.  Additionally, many more people are working in freelance capacities not captured by this data.  

 

Data examining the growth in this trend is very strong.  Approximately 50% of the US workforce holds a job that is compatible with at least partial work from home, and approximately 20-25% of the workforce telecommutes at some frequency.  When surveyed, 80% to 90% of the US workforce says they would like to work from home at least part time.   Many Fortune 1000 companies around the globe are entirely revamping their office spaces around the fact that employees are already mobile. Studies repeatedly show that workers are not at their desk 50-60% of the time, and some of this time they are working from home.

 

The benefits of working at home are many, for both the individuals and corporations alike.  WAHspace was created as a resource for both of these groups to connect and learn more about opportunities to work from home.  To join the community as an individual or as a WAH Certified Company, visit www.wahspace.com

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Work at Home Job Seekers – Avoiding the Scams

Posted By Community Editor, Thursday, October 20, 2016

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 WAHspace understands the challenges associated with looking for credible companies that provide legitimate work at home opportunities for career advancement. The internet is full of stories of well-intentioned individuals who have mistakenly become caught up with companies that appeared to be genuine but turned out to be predatory.  That is why here at WAHspace we take pride in conducting research on our companies to make sure they are credible and provide legitimate opportunities for our members. 

Not every organization that wants to become a WAH Certified Company actually gains the credential after our vetting process is concluded.  While the specifics of the process are internal to WAHspace, the basic criteria that companies need to meet is available to all.  Before becoming WAH Certified, companies must, at a minimum, be in business for at least two years, pay a reasonable living wage, and maintain a good reputation in various online forums.

Because we’ve been in the shoes of the job seekers themselves, we understand the skepticism that you may feel when trying to discern legitimate opportunities from scams. This is why we ask our members to trust us, as we’ve already done the research for you!  For more information about working at home or to explore new career opportunities, visit www.WAHspace.com today. 

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Is Your Company WAH Certified?

Posted By Community Editor, Thursday, October 13, 2016

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Without a doubt, opportunities to work at home are becoming more prevalent as companies are discovering the many benefits of a remote workforce.  In what can often be a crowded job applicant field, we strongly suggest that individuals who are looking to work at home earn their individual WAH Certification.  This credential can help your resume and application stand out and demonstrate to recruiters that you have the right aptitude and fit to succeed.

But what about the companies that provide the work from home opportunities?  How can a job seeker easily distinguish the well establish companies from the bad apples looking to take advantage of an eager applicant?  The WAH Certified Company credential is awarded to a company after it has completed the WAHspace vetting process.  Basic criteria for becoming certified include being in business for a minimum of two years, paying a reasonable wage to full and part time employees or contractors, and a review of online reputation in various forums. 

If you are currently working from home, ask if the company that you work for is WAH Certified.  If you are looking for a work at home role, ask if the company that you are applying to has earned their WAH Certified Company Credential.  For more information on how to become a WAH Certified Company or to join the community, visit www.WAHspace.com.

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What is WAHspace?

Posted By Community Editor, Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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Wondering what WAHspace is all about? This week on the #WAHblog we are excited to feature a brief video to introduce you to our online community. Visit WAHspace.com to become a member.

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Work at Home Myths

Posted By Community Editor, Friday, September 23, 2016

 

We at WAHspace are strong supporters of the growth that has occurred nationwide in the work at home movement.  Without a doubt, this is a trend that is here to stay.  That said, it’s important for anyone considering the work at home lifestyle to thoughtfully think through the reality of what working from home is really all about.  If you imagine that working from home involves working whenever you want and watching TV all day in your favorite pajamas, then you’re not the only one – and, you are quite mistaken.  We’ve heard people who work from home report that some of their friends and family don’t take them seriously and think that they’re getting paid for a job that isn’t really a job. 

Despite the many benefits of working from home, the reality isn’t always quite as idyllic as you may think it is.  Work is still work, wherever you do it from, and working from home has its own unique challenges that traditional office employees aren’t aware of.  Below are some of the myths we have found regarding working from home and what the reality actually is. 

It’s Easier than an Office Job

Certain aspects of working from home can be easier. You aren’t faced with your cubicle neighbor’s annoying pen-clicking habit, or coworkers wandering into your office at all times during the day looking to chit-chat. Working from home requires more self-discipline and motivation. Sure, you don’t have to wake up and dress up in your best business professional look every morning, but if you don’t keep yourself on task, you’ll might pay for it later when your clients are wondering why their projects aren’t done. 

It Gives a Better Work-Life Balance

As much as some people hate their 9-5 schedule, at least you know that once the clock hits 5 PM, you can turn your work brain off and head out the door. However, some people who work from home find themselves working more hours than when they were in the traditional 9-5 office.  In reality, it’s not as easy as people think it would be to balance work and life when there’s no physical distinction between the two. People that work at home don’t leave the house to commute to an office, instead they step from their bedroom to their den or their home-office desk.  That’s why it’s important to set a schedule and stick to it, and be sure to be present in whatever task you are doing.   

Anyone Can Do It

The ability to self-motivate and hold yourself accountable in the absence of someone physically looking over your shoulder will help set you up for work at home success.  Not everyone is able to do this, and that’s okay.  If you’re the type that needs constant interaction with other people or you are just used to being the traditional office employee, working from home may not be a good fit. But, if you see the above challenges as something you want to overcome, then the many upsides to working from home might be a great next step for you.

For more information or to continue the conversation, join the community at WAHspace.com.

 

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Benefits of a WAHspace Background Check

Posted By Community Editor, Thursday, September 15, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 16, 2016
                         

If you put yourself in the shoes of a recruiter, would you be more likely to choose pursuing a job candidate that you knew was already prescreened by having completed a background check?  For most people, the answer is a resounding yes.  In an often crowded field of applicants, it’s important to be sure that you are taking advantage of all available opportunities to set yourself apart.  The background check available through WAHspace is a simple step that you can take to stand out from the crowd.

Most companies have a system in place as part of the hiring process to ensure that the backgrounds of potential new hires are pre-screened.  In fact, according to industry surveys, 80% of companies perform some type of background check on all of their applicants.  The level of scrutiny may vary depending upon the role that you are being hired for and the type of information that you might come in contact with. 

For some companies, the WAHspace background check may replace the procedure that is currently in place.   For other companies it may be a tool to help ensure that by the time that point in the process has been reached, there will be no red flags.  Either way, a recruiter who may be viewing your WAHspace profile while sourcing candidates for a role will be sure to take notice of those who are prescreened.  This will lead to a higher level of confidence that the hiring process will proceed smoothly.

The background check available through WAHspace is performed safely and securely by a third party vendor at $19.99.  After signing in to your WAHspace account, visit the WAH Toolbox and click on “Add Background Check. You can download a copy of the completed report for your own files.

To get your own background check or to join the world’s largest online work at home community, visit WAHspace.com today.

 

 

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Back to School with WAHspace

Posted By Community Editor, Thursday, September 8, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 9, 2016

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All around the country, children have concluded their summer vacations and have headed back to school.  Are you one of the many parents who, in addition to breathing a sigh of relief, is wondering what’s next? This may be a good time to consider whether working at home might be right for you.

Work at home roles can vary significantly, from full time to part time, with set schedules or hours that you choose for yourself.  There is no one-size-fits-all situation.  Some people are able to work from home with their children or loved ones in the house, while others need complete solitude and privacy.  Learning more about work at home possibilities and scenarios is a great next step. 

We created WAHspace as a resource for people who already work from home and those who are interested in doing so.  Basic membership in the community is free, and allows you to build your profile so that potential employers can get to know you, and connect with other members who may already be working from home.  Visit the WAHblog and review our posts for tips regarding how to maximize your WAHspace membership and set yourself up for work from home success. 

Through WAH University, while your children are learning at school you can enhance your own professional credentials by earning your WAH Certification.  This designation helps potential employers identify candidates who may be the best fit for the positions they are trying to fill, and can help you stand out from a potentially crowded field of other work at home applicants. 

Keep in mind that while the work at home lifestyle may seem appealing, it is not necessarily a fit for everyone.  For more information or to join the world’s largest online work at home community, visit us at WAHspace.com.

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Benefits of Working at Home

Posted By Community Editor, Thursday, September 1, 2016

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This week on the WAHspace Blog we highlight some of the many benefits that come with working at home in a short animated video. For more information about working at home or to join the world’s largest online work at home community, visit www.WAHspace.com.



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Building Out Your WAHspace Profile

Posted By Community Editor, Thursday, August 25, 2016
Updated: Thursday, August 25, 2016

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At WAHspace, we have created a virtual community for people who currently or want to work from home and the companies that offer work at home opportunities.  Your WAHspace profile is your tool to present yourself to the community and highlight what makes you unique.  Here are some suggestions for how to build out your WAHspace profile and stand out from the crowd.

  

Add a Profile Picture – You are part of the WAH community now, let us see who you are!  More importantly, uploading a profile picture also allows recruiters who may be hiring remotely get to know you a bit better. We recommend choosing a picture that shows your face and allows the viewer to identify you, so the group shot from the family picnic is probably not the best choice.  Keep in mind that your picture may be viewed by a potential job prospect, so keep things professional.  Also be mindful of the resolution and quality of the photo that you choose.  The picture should appear clear, not blurred, to whomever is viewing it. 

  

Upload Your Resume – Premium members on the WAHspace site can choose to upload their resumes as part of their member profile.  We highly suggest taking advantage of this opportunity to share your professional credentials with the recruiters who might be searching our community for potential new hire talent.  Check out some of our resume tips here.

  

Include Your Interests and Hobbies – Recruiters and human resource professionals need to know that you have all the right skills to do the job.  Further than that, though, they also want some insight into the type of person that you are.  We suggest populating your WAHspace profile with information about what you like to do outside your working hours.  You can also include any special skills or interests that you may have that would be of interest to an employer.

  

Utilize WAH University – Did you know that when you complete modules in WAH University, that completion becomes part of your WAHspace profile?  If you have yet to earn your WAH Certification, we highly suggest that you visit WAH University and do so.  Some companies actually prescreen for this credential in any potential applicant.

  

The more information that you include on your WAHspace profile, the more likely you are to stand out from a crowded field.  For  more information or to join the community, visit www.WAHspace.com today. 

 

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The Value of Earning Your WAH Certification

Posted By Community Editor, Thursday, August 18, 2016

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At WAHspace, we spend a lot of time connecting with human resource professionals who are looking to source and hire the best work at home talent.  With an abundance of interest for each work at home role, it is important that applicants do all that they can to stand out from the rest of the talent pool.

We developed the WAH Certification in conjunction with these work at home professionals as a way to help applicants do just that – stand out from the crowd and get noticed by the decision makers.  After you’ve created your WAHspace profile, make sure you are logged into the site, then visit WAH University.  The WAH Certification is a two-part assessment that will evaluate some of your basic skills and your personality fit for working at home. Upon successful completion of the assessment, you can download a certificate that shows you are WAH Certified.  Your WAHspace profile is also automatically updated to reflect the new credential.

Looking for candidates with a WAH Certification simplifies your possible employer’s hiring process, which can bring your candidacy to the top of the stack and demonstrate on the front end that you have the skills to succeed as a valuable asset to any company.  We recommend that you add this new credential to the section of your resume where you list your skills so that employers take note.  

As a WAHspace member, you can earn additional credentials to help you stand out from the competition, including a background check, systems test and typing speed assessment.  You also get access to job postings from our WAH Certified Companies and more to help you along the path to a promising work at home career. Visit www.wahspace.com for more details and to join now.

 

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What It Means To Be a WAH Certified Company

Posted By Community Editor, Friday, August 12, 2016

 

Last week, WAHspace was excited to welcome our newest WAH Certified Company, VIPdesk Connect.  But what does it really mean to be a WAH Certified Company? 

 

WAHspace understands the challenge associated with looking for and finding work at home jobs that are legitimate.  There are countless stories about well-intentioned job seekers that ended up in a situation that was not what had been expected due to misrepresentation by a potential employer.  The WAH Certified Company credential helps to differentiate reputable companies from those that are looking to take advantage of an eager applicant.

 

Interested companies with work at home opportunities let us know that would like to become WAH Certified, and WAHspace undertakes a vetting process to screen out potential bad apples. Basic criteria for becoming certified include being in business for a minimum of two years, paying a reasonable wage to full and part time employees or contractors, and a review of online reputation in various forums.  From these and other criteria, we then establish whether this company is credible or not. 

 

Once a company has become WAH Certified, it can then share the credential with clients and other interested stakeholders.  WAH Certified Companies are able to post an unlimited number of job postings to our online work at home community.  Best of all, through the WAHspace platform, they are able to connect directly with our pre-screened pool of work at home talent from all around the country.

 

For more information on how to become a WAH Certified Company or to join the community, visit WAHspace.com.

 

 

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Making Your Home Office A Reflection of You

Posted By Community Editor, Friday, August 5, 2016

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The importance of a  dedicated home office space has been emphasized repeatedly as an integral part of your work at home success.  However, a home office isn’t just a space to work but can also serve as a source of inspiration, motivation and fun.  Here are a few budget conscious ideas for how to set up and decorate your home office to add some liveliness to your daily routine.

Desk

A functional desk area is an integral part of your home office set up and a nice desk doesn’t have to break the bank. A sturdy secondhand table is really all you need.  Search your local thrift stores to find a desk or tabletop that you can update into one that you will love. A coat of paint can completely transform the look of a thrift shop find.  Alternatively, a simple brightly colored tablecloth is an easy solution to add some temporary style.  

Chair

Above all, the chair that you sit in for work should be comfortable and provide ergonomic support to keep you at your physical best.  Beyond the basics, we think that you spend too much time in your home office to sit on a bland chair. Try spicing it up with color and a new stand out style material and give that hideous chair that’s been you’ve been sitting on a new look.  Many cushioned seats are easy to recover with a small amount of fabric and a hot glue or staple gun.  A pop of color from your office chair can make your whole home office space feel more stylish.

Storage

A variety of storage options is important to ensure that your workspace stays tidy.  But storage space doesn’t have to be boring.  You can select colorful file boxes, funky baskets, easy to hang shelving or even mason jars to make your work day more productive and effective.  Many storage options can be repurposed from other areas of your home.  These storage solutions help keep you organize and aware of where everything is while still looking fancy and unique.

These are just a few of the many available ideas for how to transform and modernize your home office space.  Above all, you want your workspace to be comfortable and be a reflection of who you are.  For more information or to share your decorating ideas, join the community at wahspace.com.

 

 

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