Remote careers have been on the rise long before the Covid-19 pandemic forced businesses to vacate their offices. Nearly a year after the first coronavirus lockdowns, remote work, also called work from home, work from anywhere, flexible work, and distance work is here to stay for millions of people around the globe.
A fourth-quarter 2020 survey by Upwork, a job marketplace for remote workers and freelancers, estimates that nearly 57 percent of Americans are working from home at least some of the time, with 42 percent of that group working remotely full time.
Upwork estimates that by 2025, 36.2 million American workers will be fully remote, which is nearly double the pre-pandemic rates.
Most workers in developing countries, including African countries, aren’t part of the formal employment labor force. They work often on contract basis. Safe to say freelancing isn’t new in these parts of the world. Post-pandemic, these gigs have become more precarious. But precariousness also offers greater flexibility and mobility for the higher skilled with greater negotiation power.
Working from home has benefits for both workers and employers. Studies by Global Workplace Analytics, a San Diego research, and consulting firm, have shown that telecommuting saves employers and workers time and money, reduces stress, increases productivity, lowers exposure to office colds and flus, and helps the environment by reducing the number of commuters.
Among the fastest-growing career categories for remote jobs are computers and IT, medical and health, project management, sales, accounting and finance, customer service, and marketing, according to FlexJobs, a marketplace for remote work.
“The coronavirus pandemic has permanently reshaped the workplace and how, when, and where people work,” Sara Sutton, founder, and CEO of FlexJobs said in a statement. “Business models have been forever disrupted with the realization that remote work is smart, strategic and sustainable for companies to embrace, improving not only the bottom line but also providing benefits to the overall workforce.”
Top 10 Remote Careers You Can Start Today
In this post, I have put together the top 10 exciting remote careers you can start now, but before we get to it, we also have a full list of articles that would show you how you can make money remotely in different fields or careers. Now let’s dive in!
With so many businesses operating mostly, or even completely, online, it’s no wonder that many hire virtual assistants to help keep them organized and complete administrative tasks. According to the International Virtual Assistants Association, these workers are “independent contractors who (from a remote location, usually their home or office) support multiple clients in a variety of industries by providing administrative, creative, and technical services.”
Although virtual assistant jobs vary drastically, tasks can include composing and responding to emails, creating and distributing business-related documents, responding to media and business inquiries, writing and creating content, and more. Check out virtual assistant jobs at sites such as Upwork.com and Zirtual.com.
While pay varies, virtual assistants average around $26,350 a year, with the top percentage making $43,000. However, what you’ll earn depends on who you work for and the level of skill required for your daily tasks.
Although many medical transcriptionists work for hospitals or physician’s offices, most are able to work at home, and at a time or place of their choosing. Since their tasks involve transcribing recorded medical dictation, a computer, desk, and earpiece are generally the only requirements after completing a postsecondary medical transcriptionist program.
According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS), medical transcriptionists earned a national median wage of $34,770 in May of 2018, or $16.72 an hour. Although many medical transcriptionists are self-employed, many find jobs through their local hospital, physician, community college, or vocational school.
According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, most translators do their work at home, and often under tight deadlines. Although some need a bachelor’s degree, the most important requirement for translators is, of course, fluency in at least two languages.
As the BLS notes, around 22% of translators were self-employed in 2018. The majority were spread among these industries: professional, scientific, and technical services (33%); state, local, and private educational services (18%); hospitals (8%); and government (8%).
The national median wage for this career was $49,930 in 2018, although the top 10% of workers earned an average of $90,610. Look for job postings for translators on sites like Upwork.com.
It’s fairly easy to build your own website if you take advantage of the many free learning opportunities online. However, much of the population isn’t equipped to build their own site or doesn’t have the time, which is why so many people make living building websites and blogs for others. According to the BLS, around 16% of web developers were self-employed in 2018, with the vast majority able to work at home, or anywhere with a laptop and speedy Internet connection.
Even better, the national median wage for web developers was $69,430 in 2018, with the top 10% earning an average of $124,480. And you typically don’t need an advanced degree to begin working in this field. All you need is some postsecondary education, applicable experience, and a portfolio of successful sites you’ve built and managed. There are even intensive coding boot camps designed to teach programming skills in just a few short months.
Although the demand is expected to decrease over the next decade, the opportunities are still there for travel agents who can harness the Internet to earn clients and help them plan their adventures. According to the BLS, job prospects may be best for travel agents who offer expertise in certain regions of the world, have experience planning tours or adventures, or who focus on group travel.
Around 11% of travel agents were self-employed in 2018, but the vast majority of the rest of them worked in the travel arrangement and reservation services industry. Travel agents earned a national median wage of $38,700 in 2018.
More than ever, writers are needed to formulate news articles, create content, and come up with creative ideas that fill the pages of nearly every site on the Internet. And although many bigger sites have in-house writers, a growing number of sites outsource their content and hire freelance writers and content creators. Writing experience is very helpful, but what you really need to get started are drive, ambition, and the ability to find a unique angle on events that happen every day.
Sites like Upwork.com list online freelancing positions, as does Freelancer.com and Media Bistro. To get hired, you’ll likely need to have a portfolio of solid work, or at least some writing samples you can include with your resume.
While writing fees vary depending on the job and the freelancer, many writers earn at least $150 per article and some earn up to $1,500 per finished piece. The BLS notes that writers earned a median wage of $62,170 nationally in 2018, although the top 10% of workers earned around $121,670.
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Social Media Manager
Almost every big business has gotten on the social media bandwagon as a means to reach their customers directly, and without paying heavily for television, print, or radio ads. But not every big business has someone to manage their social media accounts, which is why more individuals have begun marketing themselves as social media managers and helping businesses grow their online following and expand their reach.
Although very little data is available for this remote job since it is relatively new, thousands of listings for social media managers can be found on sites like CareerBuilder.com, SimplyHired.com, and Upwork.com. If you have a demonstrated command of social media and a sizable following, you might even be able to get started by reaching out to companies directly and asking if they need help. According to Glassdoor, social media managers average $50,473 a year.
A wide range of businesses needs workers to enter various data into their systems, whether that data is used to track inventory or shipments, create business plans, or measure performance or output. And since computer and typing skills are the most important requirements for this job, many data entry workers are able to work at home, and on a schedule that fits their lives.
According to the BLS, data entry workers earned a national median wage of $33,740 in 2018, although the top 10% earned more like $48,010. Since many data entry jobs are at-home jobs, you can always find dozens of data entry job postings on sites like Upwork.com, Freelancer.com, and SimplyHired.com, as well as dozens of others.
Many businesses need workers who can answer the phone at all hours, assist customers, and process orders or deal with returns. But since more businesses are operating online, a growing number of these jobs are going to customer service workers who work at home.
Being an at-home call-center rep requires a computer and may require specific software or equipment. A great phone voice helps as well, as does any experience in customer service, data entry, retail sales, or management. Dozens of sites list job openings for call-center representatives, including Upwork.com, Freelancer.com, and SimplyHired.com. However, you may also find listings offered by local businesses in your local newspaper.
While it’s hard to find exact pay for call center representatives who work at home, the BLS says these workers typically earn a base pay of around $33,750 per year.
Becoming a blogger is unlike other remote careers, in that you have to show up and build it yourself. Even worse, the vast majority of blogs make zero dollars for years as they grow and become established. In that sense, blogging isn’t much of a job at all.
However, there is a lot of potential for writers who are able to build an audience, grow their site, find a way to monetize it, and start earning an income. Some of the ways bloggers make money include affiliate advertising, sponsored posts, Google AdSense, and product sales. According to Glassdoor, established bloggers make $32,934 a year.
Even better, owning a blog can be an inexpensive way to start your own business, with domains costing an average of $12 per year and Web hosting costing as little as $7.99 per month.
Finding a Real Remote Job You Can Start Now
Besides those listed above, other websites that offer job postings include LinkedIn, Monster.com, indeed.com, Guru.com, iFreelance.com, and Freelanced.com. When searching a traditional job site such as Upwork, LinkedIn or Indeed, use keywords like “writer” or “work-from-home” and enter “anywhere” or “remote” in the location field.
When you start looking for work-at-home jobs, it’s crucial that you create a complete resume. And if you’ve done any online work, it might help to provide links to that work. References help, too, especially if you can list anyone who has overseen work you have done in any of these fields.
Lastly, a remote job is a dream for many, thanks to technology or apps that can help you to make money, that dream is coming true for more people than ever. But if you want to work at home, you’ll need to research the possibilities and develop the skills required for many of these jobs. So, what are you waiting for? With the information shared in this post, you can start immediately.