Working from home is an avenue for employment for anyone with a computer and a decent internet connection.
With our interconnected world, working from home is a viable and often lucrative option for many workers. It is especially useful for those who are stuck at home due to accident or injury, parenting duties, and for those who wish to see the world. So long as you can access the work, you can do it from wherever you are in the world!
So, what jobs are there for people who want to work from home?
Our Top 10 Best Work At Home Jobs.
Virtual Travel Agent
A Virtual Travel agent can earn $12.50 to $50 an hour, according to Indeed listings. It is great for someone who wants to travel as much as the clients they are taking bookings for. They manage itineraries, flights, hotels and activities for clients, then take advantage of the discounts they receive to go wherever and whenever they like. Jobs can be found on typical job listing platforms like Indeed, Zip Recruiter, and Glassdoor.
Social Media Manager
An online Social Media Manager can earn $48,964 on average per year for a full-time position, according to Indeed. Contract and part-time jobs make about $13 to $14 an hour. The job is perfect for social media savvy individuals, influencers with a creative eye for content curation to increase brand awareness and social growth. The Social Media Manager creates, manages and grows brands through content creation and advertising campaigns on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and more. Skills like photograph editing, writing, research, marketing, and data collection will be well regarded. Again, sites like Indeed, Glassdoor, and ZipRecruiter will be where you will find the jobs. Search “remote social media manager jobs.”
Writer, Blogger, Editor, or Proofreader
According to Pay Scale, the average freelance writer can earn about $24/hr. The job is perfect for creative people with a passion for words and content. It involves writing, copy editing, fact-checking, updating and organising content in a compelling way. The job can also involve rewriting existing content. If you have a background in media, reaching out to your contacts might result in work. Otherwise, try platforms like Upwork.com to connect with listings.
Virtual Graphic Designers can earn an average of $18.44 an hour, according to Indeed. The job is perfect for those in the graphics arts industry whose most productive place is their own home. You could be assembling images, typographical and motion graphics for virtual display, published, printed or digital media. Top candidates will have skills in creativity, typography, software, web design, Adobe Photoshop, technology, and more. Do a search on Indeed, Glassdoor, and ZipRecruiter for “remote graphic design jobs,” and you’ll find listings that you can filter for part- or full-time, contract, temporary, etc. LinkedIn also has a bunch of listings.
For something a bit different from a 9-to-5 type of job, if you are happy to share your space, love meeting new people and can tell them about the hot spots in your town, being an Airbnb host could earn you $2,305 per month on average. Short-term rentals are huge right now, so if you keep a clean house and love to host, put your guest room up on Airbnb, VRBO, or HomeAway to get started.
There is potential for $1,000 per month for dog lovers with plenty of time and snuggles to give. Easier than babysitting, you would be watching other people’s pets while they are out of town. You can set your own rates and decide whether the pets will come to your house, or if you will go to theirs. You can sign up to become a sitter at DogVacay and Rover or a dog-walker at Wag.
A Virtual Assistant can earn around $15.50 an hour, according to Pay Scale. Virtual assistants perform typical office duties from their own home, such as email management, calendar management, data entry and assisting with social media. Often an employer will require skills specific to their industry. Start with websites like Upwork.com, FlexJobs.com, and PeoplePerHour.com to find freelance opportunities related to virtual assisting.
As a beginner, you can find entry-level transcription jobs on TranscribeAnywhere.com, TranscribeMe.com, and Quicktate.com. Transcription starts can earn an average of $15.20 per hour according to PayScale, and the work is flexible and usually requires little to no previous experience. Transcription is listening to audio files and typing what you hear. Most employers give out a short writing test to measure your typing accuracy and attention to detail before you receive any official tasks.
Customer Service Representative
You could earn $9 to $19 an hour, according to Pay Scale, if you are a people person who loves to talk on the phone while on the computer. The job may take a bit of patience though. Customer Service is a massive work-at-home field, with companies including Spiegel, Hilton, Best Western, HSN, 1-800-FLOWERS and many others using at-home reps. Fill out an application with staffing companies such as Arise, Alpine Access, VIPdesk, LiveOps, and Convergys, all of which vet the companies who are hiring through them. Some companies may ask you to pay a small fee for a background check, this is not necessarily a scam, but see below for what you should look out for.
The national median wage for web developers was $66,130 in 2016, with the top 10% earning an average of $119,550. This job is perfect for people who work at home, or anywhere with a laptop and speedy Internet connection. You will be building websites and blogs for others. You typically don’t need an advanced degree to begin working in this field. All you need is some postsecondary education, applicable experience, and a portfolio of successful sites you’ve built and managed.
Do keep an eye out for these red flags when you are seeking out work-from-home opportunities:
- The website has no contact information. If there is no way to make contact with an actual human, be wary.
- It sounds too good to be true. It probably is.
- There are complaints online. Search the website’s name and ‘scam’ – if anything comes up, give the company a wide berth.
- There’s a fee. Some sites charge a fee to access premium job boards. But any company that asks for a fee to hire you should be treated with suspicion.