Top 10 Jobs to Work Remotely
The Internet has created a vast array of positions that can be done from anywhere with a dependable Internet connection. From crowdsourcing manager to translator, here is a look at some of the best jobs to work remotely.
Email marketers are responsible for designing email advertising campaigns, managing subscriber lists, and increasing their company's, or their client's, 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 organizations.
Email marketers often have a background in marketing or public relations and must have solid communication skills in addition to a 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 today's 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 be a steep learning curve, there are a lot of resources online for those interested in this kind of 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 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.
Before you interview for a position, be sure to bone up on your interview technique 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 via sites like 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 and 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 big market for e-books, as people continue to shift from 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 trade of e-book publishing.
Successful e-book publishing requires strong marketing skills as well as a fluency in social media.
Your Current Job
Increasingly, it is possible for many different types of professionals to work from home. As technology becomes increasingly pervasive and more companies move their operations online, many tasks can be completed remotely. Even brick-and-mortar businesses want to save the cost of an employee needing an office.
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.