8 Options to Work from Home

Working from home is an excellent option for Wise Ones who are looking for more flexibility. Ditching the traditional office-based role gives you more time for things like travelling the world, visiting family or friends, or time to pursue hobbies and interests. Not to mention all the commuting you’ll miss out on! What a shame...

 

Yes, working from home has a pretty nice ring to it - sometimes, too nice! Before we start getting into your options for working remotely, let’s be sure to put up the scam-detection radar. When searching online for new job prospects, keep your eyes peeled for these positive indicators of “real” employment:

 

  • The hirer is an established company with a good reputation

  • HR personnel are available for questions (and answer all your questions)

  • There is information available which is commonly associated with “real” employment - such as benefits and policies

  • There is an application and interview process, not simply an emailed offer

  • The employer can detail the job duties and expectations

  • References/work samples are requested

With the nitty-gritty out of the way, let’s see what we have on the table, shall we?

 

  1. Web Developer

This is one of the most popular location independent occupations for a reason - there’s demand, and it pays well. Very well. Tech is the future, after all! If your education or career has been in IT, then you’re already well on your way to having a thriving business on your hands! And if you don’t have experience with web development, don’t worry. There are loads of resources out there to help you get started.

 

  1. Virtual Assistant

This is a job with much potential, in part because it encompasses many things. Depending on what you’re good at, you might manage appointment calendars, notate conference calls, keep inventory and shipment databases clean and functional, or even answer client emails. If you’re an especially organized person who knows their way around a computer, this job might be for you!

 

  1. Customer Service Agent

If you've ever shopped online or needed tech support for one of the applications on your digital device, the person on the other end of the “Chat With A Customer Representative!” button is probably working remotely for the company. Individuals with a background in retail, customer service, marketing or communications would be a good fit for this kind of job. But all you need is impeccable English skills and a willingness to help people (also, of course, good internet connectivity!)

 

  1. Tutor/Educator

English, chemistry, music, maths, foreign languages…. if you had a favourite subject in school - and especially if that favourite subject blossomed into a lively career in your later years - chances are you’ll be able to tutor it online or from home. You could work with kids who attend the local school just down the road or even tertiary students from entirely different countries. The world is your oyster!

 

  1. Writer

From copywriting to content marketing to technical writing, there are a plethora of freelance opportunities for those with a knack for the written word. Although it can be difficult at first to find a stable writing gig, once you tap into the right resources and start to wrack up a portfolio, the jobs will get easier and easier to find.

 

  1. Translator

If you are bilingual or proficient in multiple languages, you can find a job working as a translator. Many of these jobs can be done remotely, and also on a freelance basis. Translators who work online might work for a translating company, or translate news stories and articles, web pages, and books.

 

  1. Travel agent

Operating a home-based travel agency can be an excellent business, particularly if you have lived a life full of nomadic excursions. If you are good at organising people, know your way around the world and, of course, have a knack for planning the perfect trip, then you’ve found your calling. There’s also the joy of helping others enjoy their leisure time; who knows - your clients might just decide that you’re too good to travel without!

 

  1. Consultant/Advisor

If a long and illustrious career is all you have to your name, then it’s all you need to be a work-from-home consultant. The very title ‘Consultant’ implies someone who is authoritative on a particular subject, and that know-how is gold - gold that organisations big and small are willing to pay generous sums of money for. Identify the niche in which you have the knowledge and experience required to advise someone, select your target market, set up your home office and start getting your name out there. Those people may not even know how much they need you yet; you’d better get out there and tell them!

 

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