It’s hard not to see the benefits of working from home. No wasted commute time, being comfortable at home, and not spending money on business attire are all perks of remote jobs. Currently, only 27% of Americans work from home. If you’re looking to join them, here are 18 remote jobs that offer amazing flexibility.
Social Media Manager
You already spend a big chunk of your day on the internet and social media, so why not make money doing it? A social media manager works for one or more companies, managing their social media presence by interacting with their followers and implementing a social media strategy. The average social media manager makes around $64,845 a year.
Moving a little more in-depth into the field of social media and other internet marketing are digital marketers. Digital marketers typically require a degree in marketing. They are tasked with analyzing data from social media insights, website analytics, and email campaign metrics to plan and optimize campaigns for their clients. The average salary is $115,131.
If you’re visually minded, graphic design may be the field for you. Graphic designers communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers with visual concepts. Thinking beyond your basic Canva designs can bring in $48,327–$56,861 a year from home.
You may think of accountants as sitting in a cubicle with their calculators and pocket protectors, but for those who are good with numbers—especially ones with dollar signs ahead of them—accounting could be the perfect work-from-home job. According to research from Flexjobs via FinancialCents, “accounting/finance is now the sixth most popular industry for remote work, with hybrid or fully virtual work options for CPAs, tax preparers, bookkeepers, and auditors.” Working with one firm or as a contractor for multiple clients, you can bring in around $65,800, though with higher degrees and certifications, this number can rise substantially.
Freelance writing comes in a few different forms. Content writers manage written content for businesses, which can include a variety of mediums. Copywriters are responsible for writing the text or copy for marketing and promotional materials. Both careers can average around $60k a year. With freelance writing, you have the option to work for one company, multiple clients, or even sell blogs and articles.
Customer Service Representative
When you get past the chatbots and automated dialing systems, there has to be a real person at the end; this person could be you! Many companies allow for flexibility in your work schedule as they need to maintain a live human option 24 hours a day. Remote customer service agents make around $42,000 a year. Next time you say “representative” 10 times, remember that the person on the other end of the line might be sitting at home in their underwear.
Business Development Manager
Companies are always looking for growth opportunities; this is where business development managers come in. They’re responsible for driving business to a company through their network of contacts, marketing strategies, and other growth projects. They also analyze sales projections and forecast revenue. The salary range can be $40k–$285k; schooling and success ratings will bring you closer to the top of that scale, but $40,000 from home isn’t a bad place to start.
This is another one for the highly left-brained. Data analysts can make an average of $82,640 evaluating a company’s data. They take the information they find and transform it into something easily used by the company to understand how the company is doing in a variety of realms (marketing, income, spending, etc.).
Love administrative work? Hate offices? A virtual assistant may be the job for you. As a virtual assistant, you work as an independent contractor, providing administrative services. The client will usually give you remote access to tools you’ll need, such as calendars and other planning documents. These positions can easily be found on gig-work sites like TaskRabbit and Upwork for around $25 an hour.
For those who love talking on the phone, a remote sales representative is the job for you! As a remote sales representative, you do the same work as a regular sales representative—sell products and services to customers—just from the comfort of wherever you are. Sales representatives often work for a base salary plus commission.
Sending someone to HR may be a little difficult when their office is at home, but many companies hire human resource consultants to come in for project-based work. This can include conducting research to identify issues and then creating a plan to resolve them. It can also consist of creating strategies for recruitment and training and implementing HR technologies or handbooks. This role generally requires some certification but can pay $100–250 an hour.
Still remember all the HTML coding from MySpace and your personal Angelfire website? Well, if you’ve kept up to date with the new way of doing things, have a creative mind, and love designing engaging, efficient websites, web development could be for you. An entry-level web developer in the United States makes about $94,149 annually.
A great way to earn some extra cash is through online tutoring. Kathy Kristof, founder and editor of SideHusl.com, says “There’s no shortage of subject matters you can teach: algebra, contemporary literature, early American history… There’s also a range of non-academic subjects you can teach, like tambourine and Dungeons & Dragons.” You’ll likely be tested for your knowledge and aptitude on the subjects you wish to tutor in.
UX design involves managing the user journey as they interact with a product or service, while UI design focuses on the actual construction of that product or service’s interface. UI design is usually considered part of the UX design process. This is a highly skilled position, bringing in over $100k remotely.
IT Support Specialist
Much like customer service representatives, a live IT support specialist will eventually tell you to unplug and re-plug your computer to see if it will work. In all seriousness, an IT specialist helps employees and customers troubleshoot technical problems via the Internet or a phone call, charging around $32 an hour on average.
A search engine optimization or SEO specialist tests, analyzes, and changes a website so it’s optimized for search engines, and the website subsequently ranks higher in the search results on major search engines such as Google and Bing. $67,388 a year is the average for these web algorithm crackers.
With some training and a love of medical jargon, you can become a medical transcriptionist at home. A medical transcriptionist takes recordings of medical reports via secure electronic communications and puts them in written format. It can be a difficult job, requiring attention to detail, great ears, and quick typing skills to make around $20 an hour.
Video editing is typically done on a freelance or contract basis, but some companies will have video editors as part of their in-house creative department. For anywhere between $11 an hour and around $60 an hour, they create final movies, television, and other visual media products from raw footage.
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