Working from home is the dream of many people that are tired of being stuck at the office from 9 to 5, tired of heavy traffic commute back and forth to work and tired of spending too much time away from loved ones.
Thanks to new technologies and changing work structures, the dream of working from home is coming true for many. It did for me, and I cannot be more pleased with my life and career right now.
Just a few decades ago, the vast majority of work from home opportunities were far from profitable. You may recognize these past job offers: Check-cashing schemes, mystery shopping, medical billing (which required that you purchased expensive computer software).
Worst of them all… the envelope-stuffing scam that was nothing more than a pyramid scheme designed to steal money from as many people as possible.
It is hard to find legitimate work from home opportunities that are not too-good-to-be-true-scams but the “real deal” opportunities are increasing.
As time goes, the remote work industry develops and legitimate job opportunities do arise. You just have to know how to find them.
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Let Me Present A List Of 11 Top
Work From Home Jobs
But First Some Interesting Statistics
Of Work From Home Jobs
The opportunity to work from home seems to be increasing. 29 percent of wage and salary workers could work at home in their primary job in 2017–18, and 25 percent did work at home at least occasionally, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Among those in management, business, financial operations, and professional jobs, the percentage was 35-38 percent (in the year 2015). 68 percent of U.S. workers are expected to work remotely in the near future.
The computer and information technology industries are the most likely to offer remote work. Also, the medical and health field, government, and the finance industry.
Jobs that are expected to increase their number of remote positions are sales, telecommuting/customer service, education, and training.
#1. Affiliate Marketing –
Become An Entrepreneur
What Is Affiliate Marketing?
In the 90’s the World Wide Web had its breakthrough. With any new technology or media, many companies quickly realized they had a new opportunity to market their products and services to consumers through the millions of websites people were visiting every day.
Affiliate Marketing Is Basically About Selling Or Promoting Other People’s Products And Services And Get Paid A Commission For Doing So
Step 1. You recommend a product or service to people on your website.
Step 2. People are purchasing the product or service based on your recommendation.
Step 3. You get paid a commission for the purchases made from your website or affiliate link.
You may also use affiliate advertising on your website/blog with Google Adsense and get paid when people click on ads in your blog feed.
A Google Adsense Ad Can Look Like This:
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#2. Web Developer/Web Designer
It is fairly easy nowadays to build a website with all “easy to learn” and accessible web platforms on the market.
WordPress demands a bit of knowledge about coding and how to use Plugins to customize your website but Shopify is a very easy platform to use, where you can implement text, images and links to pre-made website themes.
Although, it is somewhat easy to master building a website, many business owners do not have the time and need someone to do it for them. Hence, why there is a lucrative business in today’s market for a web developer/web designer.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 25 percent of web developers were self-employed in 2012, with the vast majority then able to work from home. The best aspect of this work opportunity is you only need a computer/laptop and an internet connection to execute the job and start earning money.
The national median annual wage for web developers was $75,580 in 2018, with the top 10 percent earning an average of $124,480, according to the Bureau of Labour Statistics.
If you want to become an affiliate marketer or blogger (as in prior job opportunity) but do not wish to take the time to create a website, feel free to contact
Face It Design & Marketing and they (I, it is my second business) will do it for you.
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This company provides all types of flexible job opportunities including part-time, telecommuting and freelance. The other day FlexJobs released the top 100 companies offering telecommuting opportunities in 2017.
The annual list is comprised of the companies that offered the highest number of remote job listings in the FlexJobs database in 2016 (a total of 47,000 companies). Both full-time and part-time jobs were included.
However, they do charge a fee to access the listed job opportunities.
#4. Freelance Writer
In today’s market, everything you are doing online has to be optimized for the search engines (Search Engine Optimization).
To be able to become an authority online and get your website to rank on the 1st and 2nd pages on search engines, you have to produce content, content, and more quality content.
Many companies are hiring writers to formulate and compose news articles and good, quality content for their websites.
Although, many bigger companies have in-house writers for their website content, a growing number of companies are outsourcing their content creation and are hiring freelance writers to help them out.
To be hired as a freelance writer, you have to have prior writing experience and be good at grammar. You need to naturally have a way of creating interesting angles on everyday news topics and a portfolio of prior work or writing samples.
⇒ However, I have to give you a warning about Upwork.com. This site can dismiss your profile and resume, if they have too many freelancers offering the same type of work and skill set. My advice is to not put too much effort into creating your profile before they have reviewed and approved it.
#5. Social Media Manager
If you are not visible in digital media where your customers are, you do not exist!
Social media has gained force during the last couple of years and does not seem to leave any day close.
Almost every big business has gotten on the social media bandwagon to not risk losing out on potential customers or not be up-to-date with current market trends.
Companies also save money from no longer having to advertise in expensive magazines, TV commercials, radio, etc.
Not all companies have someone to manage their social media accounts which is why there is a good job opportunity to offer help with publishing articles/posts on social media and grow their online following. In other words, to increase their online visibility.
Most companies in need of social media managers only have one or two positions to fill. These positions are generally posted on the company website.
Companies Hiring Social Media
Here are a few companies you can check out for social media manager and social media assistant positions:
• $99 Social – Social Media Content Specialist
• Appen – Social Media Evaluator
• DVMelite – Marketing Account Manager
• eaHELP – Virtual Social Media Assistant
• ModSquad – Mod (Digital Engagement Pro)
#6. Virtual Assistant
With so many companies operating online nowadays, the request for virtual assistants to help keep their businesses organized has increased.
Work tasks as a virtual assistant can include composing and responding to emails, responding to various business inquiries, creating and distributing business-related documents, content creation, and more technical service tasks.
This type of work is often sought for by independent contractors that work remotely from home or at a remote office.
#7. Data Entry Person
There are many businesses in need of workers to enter various data into their systems. It can be data to track inventory, analyze and track the company’s performance, create business plans and so forth.
Since you only need a computer and good typing skills, many data entry workers are able to work remotely and on a flexible schedule.
Some translator jobs require a bachelor’s degree but most only need you to be fluent in a minimum of two languages.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most translators work from home but often under tight deadlines, so you have to be able to handle stress and type relatively fast.
The national median annual wage for translators was $55,230 in 2018. The top 10 percent of translators earned an average income of $90,610.
You can find job listings for translators on for example: Upwork.com.
#9. Travel Agent
Although, the demand is expected to decrease over the next decade, the opportunities are still there for travel agents who can harness the World Wide Web to earn clients and help them plan their adventures.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that job prospects may be best for travel agents who offer expertise in certain regions of the world, have experience in planning tours and adventures or those who focus on group travel.
About 12 percent of travel agents were self-employed in 2012 but the vast majority worked in the travel arrangement and reservation services industry.
Travel agents earned a national annual median wage of $42,720 in 2018. The top 10 percent earned a median wage of $66,080.
#10. Medical Transcriptionist
Many medical transcriptionists work for hospitals or physician’s offices.
Some medical transcriptionists are able to work remotely from home. Their job tasks involve transcribing recorded medical dictation so what you will need is a computer, a desk, and an earpiece. Equipment that is easy to set up in your home office.
Although, you may have to complete a postsecondary medical transcriptionist program before being hired for this position.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics, indicates that medical transcriptionists earned a national median annual wage of $34,770 in 2018. The highest 10 percent earned more than $51,780.
#11. Call Center Representative
As of today, many businesses operate completely online and need workers who can answer the phone at all hours, assist customers, process orders, deal with returns, etc.
They often do not have a physical office and have people working for them from home. To work as a call center representative can require some specific software or equipment to be installed on your computer.
A great phone voice helps as well and experience in customer service, data entry, retail sales or management.
How To Find Legit Work From Home Jobs
A great advice when searching a traditional job site such as Monster.com or Indeed.com is to use keywords like “telecommute” or “work from home”. You can also type in“remote” or “remote work” into the search field.
How To Know If The Job Is A Scam Or Not?
The sad reality is that even though there are many legitimate work from home opportunities on the job market, the scams always exist.
What To Look For To Know If
The Job Posting Is Legit Or Not
According to the National Consumers League and Fraud, there are some signs to watch out for when searching for a remote job:
Do your research! This can not be stressed enough.
Before committing to anything, you have to research the company. Check them out with the Better Business Bureau and perform some online searches to see if you can find reviews and other information about the company.
Most companies have websites and social media accounts. If they are legit, they are most likely also registered at different online directories.
Never pay for a job. If you have to pay to register or pay a fee to join a list, you should be alarmed. You should never have to pay for a job. The employer should pay you for the work rendered.
However, some work from home jobs may require you to purchase materials or equipment to get started. If this is the case, make sure to ask about the return policy for your equipment and the money-back guarantee, if the job does not work out.
Ask for references from other people working for the company. A company hiring workers to work remotely probably has other people working for them as well. Ask how many remote workers they have and find out if you are able to connect and contact any of them.
Be alarmed if the company is unwilling to provide references or contact information. That is not a good sign.
Many online job platforms have a system for recognizing and removing job scams. You can never be too careful though.
I wish you all the best of success in your job search!
About The Author
Stina Pettersson is an aspiring entrepreneur who is working on achieving her goals as an affiliate marketer/blogger and a web & graphic designer.
Stina Pettersson is originally from Sweden but has resided in the U.S. for the past 6 years. She started her American journey in Miami, Florida, and recently moved to Austin, Texas.
Stina was active as a professional dancer for 21 years, but after ACL surgery in both knees, she was forced to slow down and now enjoys dancing as a hobby.
She recently went back to her roots with her beloved horses and also loves long nature walks with her two adorable dogs, Max and Abigail.
Stina has the gift of receiving communication from the spirit and extraterrestrial world which she also loves sharing with her readers.
“My main goal is to maintain a flexible lifestyle, where I set my own schedule. Even that I work hard, I love what I do every day, and I also have the opportunity to help other people which is a huge gift.”