Twenty years ago, hearing the word “work” could conjure up thoughts of worry and anxiety about the long, tiring commute to and from the office. Stay at home jobs weren’t seen as a life-changing career choice.
But flash forward to today, and work is viewed as a privilege to many—now that a growing number of employees are able to do it from the comfort of their home.
A survey conducted by Upwork revealed that a staggering 53.7 million people are already working remotely in the U.S, and no doubt that number will have skyrocketed following COVID-19 now that many more people have given it a go and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Working from home allows you to schedule your day, work independently, spend time with friends and family, and overall promotes a healthier work-life balance.
But whether it’s part-time or full-time work you’re after, a remote career first starts with finding a job position. But which jobs are available?
To help you out, we’ve listed the 25 best stay at home jobs that you can take advantage of this 2020. Learn what each job entails, how much they pay, and whether or not it would be a good opportunity to take up.
Let’s get started!
Average Annual Salary: $20,347
If you’re knowledgeable on a specific subject, online tutoring may be an attractive option. This role involves instructing students with homework and assignments they receive from their field of study.
For that reason, you may need to create a lesson plan for your student to follow. Besides the pay, helping students learn and grow can be both rewarding and fulfilling. And to do it from your couch or home office makes it all the better!
A well-known and trusted resource to find jobs as a tutor is Tutor.com. Many tutors here report being able to pick up any jobs on a consistent basis, which is also supported by 95% of tutors reporting satisfaction on this site.
Average annual salary: $33,562
This job requires you to source and key data into a spreadsheet. Though this job can be done automatically, there are specific tasks which still need a human eye to analyse. Therefore, a sharp eye for detail is imperative, as many company decisions will rely on the accuracy of your data.
Additionally, confidence in your computer skills are of equal importance. If this job sounds like a good fit, Clickworker regularly hires remote workers to accomplish a number of tasks for their clients—Data Entry being one of them.
Average annual salary: $38,604
Customer support assistants are responsible for answering questions, resolving issues, and offering service to customers. Customer interactions can be either through email, phone, or live chat on websites.
Strong communication is necessary for this type of job, so those with a natural, bubbly vibe may enjoy conversing with others on a daily basis. Most importantly, empathy towards other people’s issues is what will help you succeed long-term with this job.
You can read more about the 7 key customer service skills and where to find remote customer service jobs here.
Average annual salary: $51,079
Even the role of an accountant can easily be adapted to a remote role. In fact, based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth of accounting jobs is set to increase by 6% between 2018 and 2028.
Accountants can take on various specialized roles online, from bookkeeper to auditor to accounting manager and financial analyst. Such a high-paying job demands a degree in Accounting (or a related subject or qualification).
Average annual salary: $44,806
If you have good grammar and writing skills, then proofreading may be a favourable option. This job tasks you to read a written piece of content, then make adjustments where necessary.
This could be to correct spelling or punctuation errors, or re-wording sentences to improve readability. Sounds simple, however does require a sharp eye for detail, and a strong understanding of good grammar.
Check out this video where Rowan shares the 9 best sites for freelance proofreading jobs from home.
This job involves completing basic digital tasks, including customer service, research, managing social media and more. A great option for those whose computer skills are up to par, and who are comfortable with doing a range of tasks.
To find a remote job as a virtual assistant, Flexjobs may be a site to consider. They regularly list and update millions of job openings in various career fields. Check out this page to browse their virtual admin jobs.
Average annual salary: $53,917
Research can help people and businesses make effective decisions. However, carrying out research on a given topic can be very time-consuming, which is why businesses hire researchers to complete this process.
If you’re skilled in research, from sourcing and analysing key information to presenting it to your clients, this may be a job position to consider.
Be sure to check out this Love Work at Home blog post for more on research as a work from home job.
Average annual salary: $23,602
This job involves turning audio and video into written text (e.g. subtitles, interviews etc). The nature of this work requires you to watch and listen to plenty of content — a bonus for those who already like to watch YouTube videos or podcasts in their spare time!
Fast typing is an essential skill to have, as most transcribers are paid per minute instead of the hour. To get started, you can find a number of paid work opportunities available at Rev, GoTranscript and Scribie.
Average annual salary: $42,940
Another online job opportunity is becoming a bookkeeper. Bookkeepers record important financial data about a business, enabling business owners to make better informed choices. Tasks can include recording financial transactions, creating monthly sales reports, and sending out invoices to clients and suppliers.
Bookkeepers have good data entry skills, and always ensure their work is organised and accurate. If this sounds like a good fit, you can find a number of remote bookkeeper opportunities on People Per Hour.
Average annual salary: $38,820
Many people seek travel agents to help them plan their holidays. Travel agents are responsible for booking flight tickets, arranging transportation and even planning tours. Their main goal is to take the hassle out of holiday planning.
If you enjoy planning holidays for your personal trips, and have good communication and organisational skills, then this could be a favorable option. For potential job openings, Jooble may be a dependable site. They are a reliable job search site for almost any profession, including travel agents. When searching for remote roles, ensure the ‘show only remote job’ button is turned on.
Average annual salary: $50,152
Online recruiters are responsible for matching job candidates with open roles available in a company. While good communication skills are necessary for this job, being able to carefully identify potential talent and meticulously vetting them is where it really matters. So, expect most open roles to require a form of qualification in HR or experience in recruitment.
It’s worth taking a look at Remote.co when browsing openings for a recruiter role. As their focus is on listing jobs that can be done remotely, you won’t need to do all the filtering to get to the type of jobs which apply to you. Take a look at the openings on their recruiters page here.
Average annual salary: $73,901 (General)
Believe it or not, project managers can enjoy a high paying job even from home. Such a role requires someone with good leadership and problem solving skills as you’ll be communicating with your team on a regular basis.
A background in project management can greatly increase the number of job offers you get. However, this is no barrier for the layperson to find a remote job within this field. Paymo’s guide on how to become a project manager offers a detailed look at what this profession entails.
Average annual salary: $39,404
Freelance writers have the primary role of writing content for businesses. Whether it’s to write articles, eBooks, emails, or general content for a web page, you can find plenty of opportunities to turn your writing skills into cash.
The internet is (and always will be) in constant demand of content. So if you enjoy writing, you may enjoy taking on this at-home job on a freelance basis. Many freelance writers enjoy working from a home environment too. According to study conducted by Freelance Writing, 46% of freelance writers see working from home as one of the biggest perks to their work.
Most freelance writers market their services to potential clients, through third-party websites like Upwork or Fivver. While this is a viable method to find potential clients, it’s not exactly the best place to seek regular work with immediate pay.
WriterAccess may be a more reliable option. Anyone can register to join their pool of writers, where you can receive regular writing projects, at a fixed pay rate (per word).
Average annual salary: $65,000
Those with experience in nursing may find interest in becoming a telephone nurse. As the title implies, this involves offering healthcare advice to patients via phone or video chat.
Unlike a one-to-one consultation, telephone nurses take on an “advisor” role: they assess the patients symptoms, then decide which type of assistance they’ll require.
A telephone nurse is suited more to those who have a degree or experience in Nursing. Keep in mind that a telephone nurse can also be referred to as a telephone triage, a nurse consultant, or nurse triage. So, while browsing jobs, swapping out some of these names in the search bar might help you find more relevant results.
Average annual salary: $59,343
If you have experience in coding, graphic design, or computer science, consider web development a viable career option. Web developers are responsible for creating the structure and functions of a website, both front-end and back-end.
Being such an in-demand service, you can’t really go far with this remote profession without any prior training, or qualification, in web development.
Average annual salary: $45,060
Whether it’s web design or social media branding, businesses heavily rely on the creative skills of graphic designers to communicate with customers. In fact, 49% of business owners rank graphic design as a ‘very important’ aspect to their business success.
There are countless visual concepts a designer can create, from logos to illustrations to stock photography and even video. Regardless, knowledge in elements of design (e.g. shape, space, form, colours, contrast) and using graphic design software (e.g. Adobe) remain the cornerstone of your development.
Average annual salary: $48,660
Online sales representatives sell products or services to consumers on behalf of a company, and are usually paid on a commission basis. Therefore, good skill in persuasion and communication is ideal if you want to make great coin in the world of online sales.
Naturally, having a rich understanding about your product or service is important. A prospect always has their own questions and objections about your offering, which you’ll need to confidently address should they arise.
Glassdoor is a website dedicated to helping people find jobs and review companies. As of right now they have over 12 million job openings, plenty of which you can find as a sales representative.
Average annual salary: $48,916
If you can speak more than one language, becoming a translator can be an easy way to start earning online. Businesses who want to reach a global audience are constantly searching for translators to convert written content into a variety of languages.
Besides speaking another language, good writing skills are needed as you’ll need to craft messages in ways that are immediately understood by a different culture in a different language.
To kickstart your remote translator career, check out Gengo. Upon registration, it’s mandatory that you undergo a translation test. Once accepted, you can immediately start getting paid as an official translator for Gengo. Learn more about the translation process inside their Getting Started guide.
Average annual salary: $50,661
In this growing internet age, many businesses are in need of social media managers to help them build their online presence. Social media managers are responsible for creating content, responding to comments, and interacting with their community across a number of social media networks.
As the voice of a brand, the ability to effectively engage with consumers is imperative. Many of us spend time on social media already, so this can be an awesome way to socialise while getting paid for it!
Average annual salary: $41,960
A medical coder converts key medical data into code that can later be used to help doctors make a call on what prescription to give, or a diagnosis, for example. While this may sound complex, a formal degree is actually not required to become a medical coder.
Using an online course, you can quickly and effectively learn how to turn medical coding into a profession. But, for those ready to seek jobs, perhaps Careerbuilder may be a useful place to start searching. You can find plenty of remote roles in their medical coder section on this page.
Average annual salary: $42,579
Where a tutor helps students to better understand what they learn, a teacher creates the formal learning structure that a student will follow. This includes creating content for each lesson, setting homework, and instructing students on set tasks.
Online teaching is the perfect option for teachers who want to transition from class to home, while still maintaining a healthy teacher-student environment.
Skooli makes it easy to start earning money as a teacher, even if you’re just starting out. Teachers here are paid up to $20 per hour, to hold small sessions with students, teaching almost any academic subject you can think of.
A degree or qualification isn’t necessarily required to teach here, though having one does help in the verification process.
Average annual salary: $74,041
Usually within the I.T department, a systems engineer develops, monitors and manages computer networks. They play a crucial role in just about every kind of business on Earth, especially in this technological age.
Many businesses depend on computers to store data, process information, communicate with others, and carry out important functions. Therefore, based on the nature of work, this profession requires experience in computer programming.
Indeed (Systems Engineer – Remote) is a well-known and trusted site to seek out jobs, review companies, and compare salaries. With over 10 jobs listed per second, you won’t fall short of finding openings here as a system engineer. Just be sure to search for, or set the filter to ‘remote’ when searching for jobs.
Average annual salary: $52,086
As a creative designer, you are tasked to create marketing and advertising materials for businesses. This could be in the form of ad banners, product labels, brochures, videos and more.
Much of your work is customer-driven, whether it’s to trigger an emotion (excitement), or a specific response (purchase), from the person viewing the material.
For that reason, this job demands someone who is highly creative, detail-oriented, and punctual with client deadlines. Experience with software like Adobe Photoshop can also be highly beneficial. It’s likely this will be your ‘playpen’ when working on projects.
On top of this, you’ll also need to make sure you have all the right tools before you take on your first project. Here are twenty tools 99Designs recommend graphic designers stock up on.
Average annual salary: $85,189
Software engineers, otherwise known as computer engineers, enjoy a super flexible career working from home. When we search for jobs to put on the Love Work at Home jobs board, there really is no shortage of this high paying job.
They create and develop software that solves specific problems. For example, computer software that detects movement or the security level of a website.
Depending on your employer, you can expect to work in a team of software engineers, or independently. Either way, it’s important that you have a bachelor’s degree in either computer engineering or computer science to find sufficient work online.
Check out the jobs board linked above to start having a look at a few of the software engineer jobs available right now (jobs board is updated weekly!).
Average annual salary: $80,000
Believe it or not, even lawyers can enjoy a career 100% remote. Whether you’re an experienced attorney, or early in your career as a lawyer, there are a growing number of virtual firms seeking out remote employees.
Flexjobs (Legal) have listed on their site a large number of openings for virtual lawyer positions, and attorneys too.
There you have it, a comprehensive list of remote jobs that are available for hire today. All of these jobs can be done from home, whether part-time, full-time or even self employed.
While reviewing these jobs, it’s important to keep in mind which job best suits your personal strengths. Working a job you’re already skilled in can help you find job offers quickly. On the other hand, it’s never too late (or difficult) to learn about a job you’re interested in.
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