There was a time when working from home was a pipe dream, but lately there has been a surge in jobs that you can do from the comfort of your own home. Whether it’s working remotely for a company or starting your own business, there’s no shortage of opportunities to work from home. Here are 10 options, many of which can generate annual earnings that exceed the average U.S. salary.
1. Virtual Assistant
Provide administrative support from the comfort of your own home and schedule. Virtual assistants can perform a range of services, from scheduling and email management to social media strategizing and event planning. And you can seek to do it full time via an agency or independently on a gig-by-gig basis. Boldly is a staffing agency hiring full-time assistants to work from home in 23 states. Or you can post your services on freelance job boards such as FreeUp and Upwork to connect with potential clients directly.
2. Telehealth Nurse
Telehealth had been growing in popularity before the coronavirus hit the U.S. and has received an extra boost in demand as the health care system has been inundated with people who have been reluctant to visit their doctor’s office during the pandemic. Some employers are looking to hire full-time telehealth nurses to answer questions specifically about COVID-19 but there also are other opportunities available for part-timers. Just be sure to check on licensing requirements to be sure you are approved to work in that state. That means applicants licensed to practice in more than one state could be particularly attractive to recruiters.
If you can listen and type, you can be a transcriptionist. Some positions, such as in the medical field, may prefer applicants with technical knowledge of the subject matter. But plenty of opportunities — including those at Literably (a reading assessment service for students from kindergarten through eighth grade) — require no prior experience and provide on-the-job training. And it can be interesting work. At Literably, for example, you might be transcribing audio files of children reading, complete with their mistakes.
Keep your accounting expertise at home and provide your services virtually. AccountingDepartment.com is hiring accounting professionals for a variety of full-time and fully remote positions that come complete with health insurance, a 401(k) plan and paid vacation time. Beech Valley Solutions is seeking hourly contract accounting pros for ongoing work. Bonus: Bookkeeper tops our list of the 25 best part-time jobs for retirees.
These workers translate the written or the spoken word, depending on the position. At CyraCom, you’d staff the phones and assist people communicating with doctors, insurance agents and even 9-1-1 operators. Translate.com offers work on a gig-by-gig basis, which can give you more flexibility. Just note that all gigs are first come, first served and can pay less than a penny per word.
6. Software Engineer
Technology workers should be able to find a plethora of work-from-home opportunities. In addition to full-time listings with the above employers, you can find freelance gigs for software engineers and developers via online marketplaces, such as FreeUp, Remote and Upwork.
7. Mock Juror
Finally, you can get paid for your love of true-crime stories. Mock jurors assist lawyers (and their clients) by reviewing legal cases and offering their feedback on how they’d rule. Like participating in focus groups, you can’t exactly make a career of this. Some mock jurors report getting just one case every six months, if that, according to SideHusl. Still, it’s an interesting opportunity to earn extra cash from home with zero prior experience. (And it pays more than you’d get watching another Law and Order marathon.)
Got a penchant for wordplay? The ability to string a sentence together can land you a work-from-home job in a wide range of industries, whether you’re a rookie writer or a seasoned pro. Of course, the more experience you have, the greater your pay potential. Expertise in a certain field — be it sports, parenting, personal finance, technology or science — can also help boost your prospects, as well as narrow your job search. In addition to the full-time opportunities currently available at Contently and NerdWallet, you can search the many job sites focused on freelance writers, including ProBlogger.com, nDash and Scripted. You can also try pitching ideas directly to newspapers, magazines and other publications.
9. Customer Service Representative
Make your home a one-person call center. You can assist customers by phone for a variety of businesses in a wide range of industries, from retail to health care to technology and everything in between. You may even be able to give your voice a rest and provide your services online, helping clients via email or online chat. Although these jobs are work-from-home, you may have to live in a certain state to do them. And while certain jobs are currently remote due to the pandemic, they may require workers to return to the office eventually. So be sure to check the fine print before applying.
Step back from the full-time grind and try offering your knowledge and skills as an independent consultant. This can be a particularly attractive move for pre-retirees in a variety of industries hoping to ease into retirement, as it lets you trim back your hours as you see fit but maintain your senior-level pay rate if you stick with your area of expertise. You might even be able to talk to your current employer about transitioning a full-time position into a contract role.
Otherwise, a number of online job boards — such as Upwork and FlexJobs — and staffing agencies — such as Wahve (which specializes in working with pre-retirees) and Robert Half — can help connect you with clients. Pay can vary greatly, depending on your level of experience and area of expertise. For example, management consultants, who help organizations identify strategies to increase efficiency, can make anywhere from $17 to $170 an hour, on average, according to PayScale.
Work-From-Home Jobs of Your Dreams Is Waiting
Being a pro at online work starts with determination. Once you promise yourself to work for your own benefit and growth, you should organize your life in a way that fosters productivity and efficiency. There are also numerous apps and resources for freelancers that will help you to achieve more by working less.