Working online is a growing phenomenon. With little cost for companies and clients to communicate, it is becoming ever easier for people to find work online or to start an online business. The trend is growing, and is across a diversity of industries, from management to teaching, customer service, and many more. As the famous management guru Peter Drucker wrote:“The new information technology, Internet and e-mail, have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications.”
Advantages of working online
There are many appealing aspects to the idea of working online. No boss, flexible working hours, flexible location, work on the projects you choose. One of the great things about working for yourself online is that you can do it from anywhere. Mike, who took the plunge six months after he retired, summarized some of the benefits:
“It’s great. I can work when I want to. I love that I have time for the things I want to do, but I’m still earning and using my brain.”
Of course, there are some disadvantages of having a home based business. There is no paid holiday or sick pay. There is also the worry of finding enough work to get by. And working online is not without its risks. The two worries that most freelancers have are: “Will I get paid?” and “What if this is a scam?” One of the best ways to avoid both of these issues is to use a reputable website to find clients. But how is this done?