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In recent years, as broadband speeds have increased and cultural attitudes have started to change, there has been an increase in the number of jobs that employers are happy to see completed at home. Administration jobs are a prime example of this as the vast majority of admin jobs from data entry and typing, through to basic accounting, can be completed anywhere as long as you have access to a computer.
Employers are increasingly growing used to the idea that work does not have to be completed in the hours between nine and five, allowing people with the necessary skills to complete administration jobs from home around their other commitments. The rise in popularity of work from home jobs has, however, unfortunately resulted in an increase in scams associated with the industry so it is a good idea to be wary of any job offering an unusually high wage, or that requires payment in advance.
There are a number of ways to find administration jobs that can be completed from home, such as advertising, personal contacts, and freelance websites. Generally home based administration jobs tend to be part-time or contract works, so people often work for several employers if they are looking to earn a steady amount. Online freelance sites offer potential home workers the opportunity to access a large number of jobs, although you will be competing against a significant number of other people for the work. Typically these sites work by allowing people who have registered on the site to bid for jobs.
When you are bidding for administration jobs online then there are a number of things you can do to improve your chances of being the successful bidder. Firstly, always spell check your profile. Any mistakes will put potential employers off straight away. Ensure that you have outlined your skills and experience concisely as people do not have time to read full CVs. To be successful, you must make sure that any bid you put in is priced realistically; this doesn't mean you necessarily have the lowest bid, but it will help if you have a clear idea of the going rate for similar types of jobs.
Home based administration jobs will usually pay a set rate for completing the agreed amount of work, although some data entry types of job may pay by the number of entries, or completed records. Some virtual assistant type jobs offer hourly payment rates. The amount you get paid will vary depending on the complexity of the job, how long you take to do it and the employer. Employers will either pay through cheque, PayPal or BACS, and the method should be agreed prior to agreeing to take the job. It is important to remember that any income you earn working from home is taxable and will have to be declared to HMRC. Typical tax will account for around a third of any earnings that you generate working from home. If this is your only income you will not have to pay tax until you exceed your tax allowance.