Is working from home your cup of tea? It isn’t for everyone, but as the past year has taught us, it’s a good skill set to have in your toolbelt, and some jobs are well suited to remote work. With a phone, internet connection, and computer, you can perform many jobs from the comfort of your home. Here are some of the most popular, flexible, and interesting work-from-home jobs available today.
Many small businesses and entrepreneurs need a little help some of the time. While they may not be able to hire a full-time assistant or even a part-time secretary, they could still benefit from access to the services of a virtual assistant. A virtual assistant could help schedule appointments, manage email inquiries, enter data, proofread and format documents, and perform other tasks that can be done remotely. With the technology available today, you can be a virtual assistant anywhere, and your work will be different every day.
As they grow, small business owners often find themselves unable to balance work demands with their busy home lives. Outsourcing the bookkeeping details may be one way to lighten the load, and bookkeeping can rely on technology to accomplish everything from tracking payments, making bank deposits, writing checks, and other bookkeeping tasks. Accountants are always in demand, and bookkeeping is a good start to a career in accounting or finance — all of which can be done working from home.
Companies involved in marketing, software, and many other industries often need someone to write materials to promote and educate people about their products and services. Copywriters focus on writing creative materials, such as brochures, websites, social media posts, and blog posts. Technical writers are skilled at writing step-by-step instructions on how to use software and other technical products. Writing jobs have been working from home jobs for a long time, and little more than a computer, internet connection, and phone are needed to accommodate this flexible job. Usually, companies require that writers have a college degree and experience that matches their industry and writing needs.
Graphic design is another great work-from-home job. Graphic designers make logos, websites, social media graphics and more look great. Their training shows them how to use colors and proportions to create strong visuals using computer software that produces the design in the necessary format. A two- or four-year degree produces graphic designers who can assist in creating online, print, or multimedia designs for a variety of industries.
Software or Website Developer
Coding software and websites take some college training and certification courses, but it can be a very lucrative way to work from home. Any meetings required to discuss the code can take place online, and then, the coder can have peace and quiet while working on the software or website needing development. Attention to detail is important for web and software developers.
Customer Service Representative
Nearly every industry has a need for customer service support, and it’s a job that can easily be performed from home. Again, a computer and phone are required so calls from customers can be routed your way. You may also answer email inquiries or chats. Employers provide training to their customer service representatives so that communication is consistent from customer to customer. Customer service could include taking insurance claim calls, technical support and other incoming communications to a corporation.
Some companies specialize in recruiting experienced candidates for niche markets, such as nursing. These positions involve a lot of communication, from email to phone to LinkedIn. If you’re a good communicator and have an interest in human resources, a recruiting role may be right for you.
With the majority of marketing and promotions being in the form of online advertising and social media, many of the tasks associated with marketing today can be performed from home. The tasks might include updating blog posts and social media, adding pictures to the website, ordering water bottles for the employees, coordinating webinars and planning ad campaigns. It can be fun as well as demanding of your time, but again, as far as work-from-home jobs go, it’s a pretty good opportunity.
If you have the skills for sales and account management, account representatives can do a lot of work from home. They may still have to travel to the client’s site on occasion, but online meeting tools have made this job much easier to do from home. If you’re a go-getter and a people person, this role might be right for you.
Did you know that hospitals must offer a translator to patients who do not speak English? If you are fluent in more than one language—whether it’s Spanish or Swahili—you could leverage your language skills by becoming a translator for the medical community or other businesses. To ensure confidentiality, some of these services need to take place in person. However, many translation services can be provided via web conferences, phone, and email, so you may be able to translate text or conversations from your home office.
Premier Staffing would be happy to discuss your skills and interests to find a role that’s right for you, and it might even offer you the opportunity for working from home.