The Top 10 Work from Home Jobs
Are you thinking of making the switch and trying to work at home? Well, not too many years ago opportunities for such are far too few and unprofitable, largely consisting of tasks like mystery shopping, solving captchas and plenty of phony jobs where you have to buy expensive software or cough cash upfront. Too many jobs are simply scams and not worth the effort.
Nowadays, an increasing number of companies are offering tasks for their employees to do at home. Work at home is no longer a risky choice.
If you will look at it, many people nowadays consider office work as drudgery because they have to deal with long commutes, horrible bosses, workplace gossip, and choosing what to wear for the day. Those things are absent when you work in the comfort of your home.
If you want to make a switch and make your home your office, this article is just right for you. Here are some jobs that give you a fulfilling career and pays you money.
Work as a Translator
If you know a second or even a third language, consider applying to translator jobs. Many translators do their work at home because they can. The only requirement is fluency to first and second languages, and only a few require a bachelor’s degree depending on the industry. Do note that many translators are self-employed and so working from home is advantageous to them.
Many industries need interpreters, including professional, scientific, and technical services. A translator can make around $46,120 as of 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Try Being a Web Developer
Developing websites is a fulfilling and rewarding career. If you know how to build a website from scratch, try working as a web developer and work in the comforts of your home. Many businesses require web developers to build or maintain their websites, and you can work for them online. According to Upwork.com, the average hourly pay for web developers is around $46/hour.
Being a web developer is an overlooked career choice because there is a good demand for websites yet many don’t have the time to build or maintain it. Also, there are plenty of free online courses or boot camps where you can learn the trade. Learning can take a while, but there is a good chance you will find employment and work at home soon.
Create a Dropshipping Business
Want to build your very own online store? There are several reasons why you should choose dropshipping. Dropshipping is when you channel the customer’s order directly to the manufacturer or wholesaler, who will then ship the product to the customer and fulfill the order. You just have to build a store (in our opinion, Shopify is the best), process orders, manage ‘inventory’, run promos and ads when needed.
The good thing about dropshipping is you never have to maintain stock, so the starting costs are low compared to traditional ones. You will sell at a markup for profit, promoting and marketing costs, but the bulk of the cost is shouldered by the retailer. It is a particularly profitable model especially if you are good at marketing. Some entrepreneurs are so good at this that they scale up the stores and hire virtual assistants to manage the stores.
If you have a background in medicine, then you can try to be a medical transcriptionist. These pros transcribe medical stuff swiftly and accurately, and they process health terms not grasped by other transcriptionists. Medical transcriptionists usually worked with doctors needing to transcribe recorded medical dictation.
The home setup is easy, consisting nothing more than a desk, computer, and an earpiece. Many are self-employed and find employment through a local hospital, physician, or community school. The pay is handsome, as they are making at least $35,000 a year.
Blogging with Affiliate Marketing
Blogging used to be big in the late 2000s, but nowadays monetizing has been challenging due to people being drawn to social media instead of on websites. That’s why we included affiliate marketing when blogging. Affiliate marketing is a way of promoting a product or service of a company. In most cases, a reader will need to click the ad or a link in the blog so you will get paid.
The question is how you entice readers to read your blog? Keep in mind that good and enticing content will always attract and keep readers. Then, promote your blog through social media (for free). If you have good writing skills and have a blog, then affiliate marketing can be for you.
This particular work title is often the embodiment of a work-at-home job. In freelancing, you are not particularly bound or committed to an employer or company. Freelancers are independent and accept work (or leave) as they please. The internet is a very good place for freelance work as you can easily find and accept work locally or internationally.
Many industries accept freelance workers, including writers, music composers, web developers, graphic designers, translators, and illustrators. These folks can do work at home without the need for face-to-face interaction. Even those who are employed in a company can do freelancing work on the side for added income. Try it!
Social Media Manager
Are you adept in making reaction-studded posts on Facebook or Instagram? Try working as a social media manager. Many businesses are keen on jumping the bandwagon and connect to their customers using social media. Marketing there reaches the same audience as television, radio, or print, without the costs. Of course, most don’t have the time or the people to fiddle with logins and emojis. Apply to do it for them.
There are lots of listings on Upwork and other related job-sites looking for social media managers. Having an active page with lots of likes or subscribers is a plus. Experienced social media managers are paid handsomely, ranging around $15 to as much as $75 an hour.
Try Kindle Publishing
Selling books on Amazon is a good way to make money gradually. Kindle Publishing lets you sell books on the largest marketplace in the world, which is Amazon.com. The good thing about publishing on Kindle is that it is free and you will keep a larger share of the money.
Do note there are over 90 million Amazon Prime subscribers in the United States alone, so there is a potential for a big audience. There are lots of tutorials and resources on Kindle Publishing that is free. If you are passionate or highly knowledgeable on something (and willing to share that to the world), try publishing on Kindle.
Call Center Representative
Mind having a call center in your home? Yes, you can. Many businesses need someone to answer phone calls or queries during work hours, and often most of them don’t have the people to do that. The need is increasing nowadays as more and more businesses are becoming online.
What you can do is set up a computer and software to do customer service, data entry, or retail sales. Some can handle two or more businesses for additional income. You can find listings in your locality or online.
These guys help a business or a person directly, doing jobs such as data entry, assistant work, or other administrative or technical services. Tasks often differ from job to job. Most virtual assistants are independent contractors that work from their home.
You can easily apply as a virtual assistant on Upwork or other online job platforms. Experience, as well as familiarity on software such as excel, Slack, or Amazon Seller Central, is a good plus. You might also need to have good writing and communication skills. Many virtual assistants earn from $15 to $75 per hour.
Find Real Work at Home Jobs and Avoid Scams
There are plenty of online jobs at Upwork, Indeed, Guru.com and Freelancer.com, among other sites. Looking for a job is like an ordinary job-hunting task. Make sure to update and polish your resume, and then familiarize yourself with the job description. Make applications as many as you can.
Avoid scams by doing your research, or try to check reviews or call the people working for that company you’re applying to. A lot of scam jobs require you to make a purchase, often a software, so be very wary of openings that require you to do that.
Working from home is more possible than ever. Make a lot of applications and do make an effort to match your skills, and you will be soon working right from your bedroom.