There are many reasons that someone would want to work from home. However, there are not very many opportunities to do this for most people. For every legitimate job there are at least 50 scams which make it hard to know if an opening is a real opportunity or if it’s something you want to steer clear of entirely.
Here are some great jobs that really do exist, just to get you thinking.
1. Customer Service Representative
This is a great job because it allows you as an employee to be in your own home and only work as calls come in. All you usually need to complete this job is a computer with an internet connection and a phone. Sometimes training in an office is required.
If you can, look into getting Vonage or Skype as your main means of making and answering calls. Rates are low, and the call quality from my experience is excellent. I would recommend getting a nice headset with a built-in microphone if your budget allows.
Marketing companies are not the only ones who write material for companies. There is no reason that a writer needs to be in an office when all communications can take place through emails or phone calls. The reverse also works in that articles can be emailed to you to edit and read over for any sort of problems.
There are many freelance sites where you can pick up clients to write for. You could also get connected with local companies and clients who want to use your writing expertise but allow you to work from your home. Either scenario is a win for you.
3. Medical Transcriptionist
Generally, certification is required for this job, but there are plenty of at-home programs that can be done to earn it. Just make sure that if you go the at-home program route, that your credits earned will count and be recognized by institutions that are looking for medical transcriptionists.
While this job is not easy, it is a job that makes money. There is plenty of work available, but be sure to get on with a school and employer who recognizes the right accreditation. There are many scams in this area, so do your research first before you get training and start applying for jobs.
4. Tech Support
With the technology that is available, using certain programs allow you to view the desktop and files of a computer of someone who is not in the same location as you. This is helpful for tech support to be able to know what is going on while being able to fix it. The person working tech support can take full control of a person’s computer to solve the problem.
While the above is the best option if you’re looking to get into this type of work, you can also provide tech support over the phone as well. Or, if you prefer, you could provide this service to your local community where you actually go on site to help with computer troubleshooting and other issues.
5. Web Developer
Building websites and providing web developer services is a common route these days for those accustomed to this type of work. There are plenty of people who are in need of these types of services, and since website development and creation is done at a computer, this job can easily be done from home.
You can find clients all over the internet, but start with tech and web forums as these will be your best bet. Freelance sites are also full of people looking to hire those who are knowledgeable in this type of work.
Obviously this job has a pre-requisite of being fluent in another language. If you know how to not only speak another language, but also write and read it, this job could be a dream come true.
There are many jobs that require translators. Some may require that you provide your services on-site, like your local hospitals, but some jobs are available to do at home. One at-home option is to provide transcriptionist services for those who need an article written in one language re-written into another language.
Online schools are a popular form of education. Not only do students need to take their lessons online, but they also need tutors. Knowing the subject in which you wish to tutor is a great qualification for this job. A bachelors or associates degree will be required for the subject in which you want to teach. Less formal education may be allowed depending on the subject matter.
My fiance is currently acting as a tutor for online French students at a nearby high school. I can tell you that while it’s convenient to work at home tutoring students, it can be a bit challenging as it’s hard to teach without any face-to-face interaction. More than likely you will have to at some point meet with students in person to give them the direction they need to help them advance through the course.
With the internet you can do this job from anywhere. This job is perfect for those who have a lot of knowledge about local attractions, restaurants, etc. Other than a computer and internet connection, it would be helpful to have a telephone as well. Again, look into getting Vonage or Skype. Or if you prefer, a cellphone would suffice. There is no college education required, just a knowledge of how to make reservations and answer questions.
Concierge services can be provided in just about any field. Any of you a fan of the show Royal Pains that airs on the USA network? Hank was an extremely talented doctor with a lot of potential, until one day hospital politics decided he was no longer fit to serve there any longer. Hank found his new calling by offering concierge medicine to the wealthy.
Any Home Alone fans? I’m sure you remember the idiotic staff of the hotel concierge service in Home Alone 2.
You get the idea, right? Obviously not every field will allow you to work from home. But either way, you’ll get to be your own boss!
9. Virtual Assistant
This is a pretty ambiguous job just because so many different responsibilities can fall under “assistant.” Basically, you will do whatever your boss wants you to do, but in a realm that takes place over the internet. This requires a lot of know-how when it comes to using the internet to get jobs done, and using programs like Word and Excel, just to name a few.
There are many internet marketers and online business owners who employ virtual assistants to handle their affiliate programs and customer inquiries. Virtual Assistants I have dealt with in the past were responsible for website management, including adding files, databases, images, text, etc. They also moderated forums, answering questions from other members, providing helpful advice, and keeping the peace among members.
A lot of knowledge and experience will go a long way in this area.
Even though many believe that blogs are dying, they are still a very big virtual community. Finding the right thing to write about on your blog is the biggest obstacle. Once your blog gains popularity, sponsors are anxious to advertise on your blog and possibly send products to be tested and reviewed.
Granted, this is if everything goes right. The first point as mentioned above is to find a topic, or niche, that you want to blog about. This is crucial to your success as a blogger. The next step is providing high quality and valuable content that people are looking for. Obviously, it helps to be knowledgeable about the niche you’re going to be blogging about.
The next step is getting traffic. Targeted traffic. Marketing on the internet has changed within the past couple of years. A lot. It’s important to stay up to date with all the new trends, including social media.
I realize there a lot of options out there, and there are many different places you can go to find jobs, depending on what area you want to get into.
A lot of “jobs” and work you may find by being a freelancer. Freelancing isn’t hard… you just have to know where to get work. Check out a previous post on where to find freelance jobs. Don’t let the title fool you. You can find more than just writing jobs at those sites, but some are specifically for writing only.
Some other freelance sites to consider are sites like Fiverr and TenBux. If those don’t meet your needs, there are similar sites to those. In fact, there are A LOT of similar sites. Check out these posts:
For reliable and affordable phone service, check out Vonage and Skype.
For bloggers, or wanna-be bloggers, I recommend getting some sort of coaching or training that can teach you exactly what you need to know about choosing a niche, building traffic and authority, and monetizing your blog. Alan has a couple of posts on the topic I recommend you checking out:
- For information on coaching and training on building a successful blog, click here.
- For information on choosing a profitable niche, click here.
Forums can be a great places to find work, depending on what area of expertise you’re in. Whether you’re a writer, web designer, blogger or virtual assistant, there’s a forum for just about every topic you can think of.
Here are a few forums I recommend looking into if you’re looking to find freelance type jobs:
If forums aren’t your thing, here are some straight-up freelance sites to help you start getting work from home jobs:
About the Author
Kevin Schweizer is the Online Marketing Manager for Phone.com, an internet-based company specializing in home and business phone systems, virtual office, and virtual number services. When Kevin isn’t writing, he can be found researching medieval castles.