Top 10 Jobs to Work Remotely
There is a vast array of positions that can be done from anywhere with a dependable internet connection. From crowdsourcing manager to translator, the following list includes some of the best jobs for working remotely.
Email marketers are responsible for designing email advertising campaigns, managing subscriber lists, and increasing their company's or clients', reach. People in this position may work on a full-time or part-time basis for one company or work on a freelance basis for many different companies.
Email marketers often have a background in marketing or public relations and must have solid communication skills in addition to familiarity with web and graphic design.
Promotional Video Maker
If you have a background in filmmaking and want to be location-independent, consider branding yourself as a promotional video maker.
Video is very pervasive in the media landscape, and many companies use video on YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and Instagram as a promotional tool.
In addition, many video campaigns require travel to different shooting locations, making the position ideal for someone looking to work remotely from a variety of different cities, or even countries.
From copywriting to content marketing to ghostwriting, there is an abundance of freelance writing opportunities for those who dedicate the time to look for work.
Although it can be difficult to find a legitimate writing gig, once you tap into the right resources and start to accumulate a professional portfolio, it can be a good way to earn a living while working from home or a remote location of your choice.
Web or Graphic Designer
Many people make a living as web or graphic designers, whether working with a specific company or on a freelance basis for a variety of clients.
Although learning how to design websites or graphics can sometimes involve a steep learning curve, there are a lot of online resources for those interested in this work.
Additionally, nearly every business needs a website, so there are endless opportunities if you market yourself to large or small businesses.
If you are bilingual or proficient in a multitude of languages, you can find a job working as a translator. Many of these jobs can be done remotely and on a freelance basis.
Translators who work online might be employed by a translating company, or translate news stories and articles, web pages, and books.
Before you interview for a position, be sure to prepare yourself by exploring common translator interview questions.
Customer Service Management
Many companies, including online retailers and other digital organizations, hire individuals to manage customer service requests.
If you've ever shopped online and seen a button to "Chat now for help" or, "Send an e-mail for instant assistance," the person on the other end 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.
Crowdsourcing or raising funds through sites such as IndieGoGo and Kickstarter is an extremely popular way of raising money for a variety of projects—from movies to music, to charity projects.
As more people as well as prominent companies turn to these platforms, there has been a need for those with sales, marketing, social media, and general people skills to help raise money.
Often called crowdsourcing producers or managers, these employees only need to be web savvy and have a good Internet connection.
Android or iPhone Developer
Those with a background in computer science or software engineering might consider becoming an Android or iPhone developer and be tasked with designing or troubleshooting mobile apps. With an internet connection and the appropriate design software, this type of job can be done from anywhere in the world.
There is a large market for e-books, as people continue to shift from patronizing traditional bookstores to purchasing books via e-readers. The burgeoning e-book market has created space for new authors to publish their work, and also for those familiar with the internet to learn the e-book publishing trade.
Successful e-book publishing requires strong marketing skills as well as a fluency in social media.
Teacher or Tutor
Advances technology and high-speed internet connections have created more opportunities for teachers to work with students across the globe. In addition, there is a growing demand for online teachers as more states permit children K-12 attend public school online. Your income may be based on the number of hours you work and the type of classes you teach.
Your Current Job
Continuing advances in technology now make it possible for many different types of professionals to work from home. As more companies move their operations online, many tasks can be completed remotely. And having employees work from home is an efficient, cost-saving alternative for many companies.
When negotiating with an employer to work from home, be as flexible as possible. The more flexible you are in meeting your employer's needs, the better your chance of snagging the gig.