Don’t feel like spending your whole life at the office? Want to spend more time in bed? Worry no more, because in this post I want to introduce to you 10 professions that will allow you to work from home!
1. Software/web developer
Being a software developer myself, I know what it feels like when you get to spend your working days at home. It’s awesome.
Depending on the project and the company that you work at, you should be given the possibility to work from home. Other than your boss not trusting you, there really aren’t many reasons against it.
Developing websites and software requires a lot of independent work and little communication with people, which is why being able to be in a quiet and a comfortable place can be very beneficial to the employee. Not all working environments can guarantee this atmosphere.
However, even though you may be working in a long-lasting project that doesn’t require you to be at the office, you might be sometimes required to be present in meetings, which is when you will need to come to work. But honestly, being able to stay home at least half of the week, makes the idea of “having to go to work” not sounds so bad after all, especially if you love what you do.
In this case, I don’t mean only having a textual blog on the internet, but it might as well be a video blog hosted on YouTube (vlogging).
Some people might say that there too many bloggers out there today, but why should you care? If you think about it, 99% of the content on the internet repeats itself, yet so many people become famous and rich doing it. Why? Because they are unique!
You can be different by being you. Even though two people may be sharing the same things, such as a travel blog, they may be doing it very differently because of who they are. One might be more social and interested in showing the party life, while the other may be teaching some useful facts about the history of the place. Both of them will attract their own audience, which is why you should never care about what others do.
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Earning income from YoutTube is not only about views and likes, but also about the sponsors that you will attract as your channel grows. So if you do consider seriously getting into blogging, it really does have the potential to replace your day job. Just do the research, and you will be amazed by how many people have made a fortune blogging.
And if you do need help to get started, then just ask for it from someone that’s done it before you.
3. Virtual assistant
These websites offer thousands of services that are created by virtual assistants and freelancers. On Fiverr you can find 5$ dollar gigs in which a virtual assistant will do all kind of neat things for you, such as create professional posters or help you market your website through social media.
Upwork or Freelancer, on the other hand, are a little more serious. You can hire a virtual assistant to work for you for a longer period of time. You agree on the length of the project and the salary beforehand.
While both of these places are amazing to find help for cheap (I personally use them all the time), they are also incredibly useful for people that are trying to earn money while doing work from home.
So, do you have a talent that is valuable but you don’t really feel like sitting in a cubicle from nine to five? Then you will definitely want to have a look at these websites. If you want to spend more time with your children and to work from home, maybe this is your solution!
4. Testing websites
There are many services out there that allow you to test other people’s websites.
It’s pretty easy and straightforward, and you get paid for it. All you have to do is test other people’s websites and record your answers.
Check out UserTesting for more information.
Now, freelancing is not a job in itself, but rather how you do your job. Freelancing basically means that you take your skill or talent and offer it to someone for a certain period of time or for the duration of a project.
You can easily be a web developer or an online marketer that is a freelancer, for example.
On the positive side, you can work from home, on your sofa with your feet high up on the table, but on the other hand, you will need to make sure you don’t run out of work.
6. Language teacher
If you have a strong passion towards foreign languages and cultures, you have the chance of becoming a certified teacher teaching through Skype. Not only this will be an interesting job that you can do from home, but it pays well too!
You will need to, however, have a (bachelor’s) degree for this.
A transcriptionist converts audio recordings into written documents. Very many fields require a transcriptionist at all times. This type of job easily allows one to work from home.
TranscribeMe is an online service that allows you to find work as a transcriptionist. As they say on their homepage, all you need is “a computer, a reliable internet connection, and the ability to transcribe audio and video in any of the languages that we support”.
8. Call-center representative
The world, as you have probably already noticed, is going online big time! For people trying to work from the comfort of their home, this is an incredible opportunity to hop on the bandwagon and find a job that not only is convenient, but also pays well.
Because so many companies hire people to work for them from places all over the world, you have the opportunity to be hired to act as their representative. All you have to do is answer calls and help people solve their problems. You will, however, need a computer and an internet connection for this.
9. Tutor for kids
Remember how you can teach a language to someone via Skype? Well, you can actually do the same with many different subjects, such as math. But unlike with languages, not all types of tutoring require you to have a bachelor’s degree. A high-school diploma in many cases will be enough.
10. Professional writer
No, this is not the same as blogging. As a blogger, you write for yourself and rely on the marketing of your content, sponsors and, in the case of YouTube, advertisements played together with your videos.
As a professional writer, you can work for a newspaper, a magazine, journal or a website. You get paid for the content you create or for the amount of hours you put in, just like with any other job. In other words, you work for someone, and you can get paid for it while doing the work from home.
I hope these were useful to you. In any case, there are many more options that are emerging every day. I highly advise you to go and search for them using company websites. If you need more help finding companies, be sure to check out Glassdoor. It’s a great resource!
Another thing to remember is to ask. Not all companies put out all of their vacancies public. Sometimes, when you ask, you may get a reply that you have been waiting for.
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