Many folks are wondering, “What can I do to work from home?” Working from home has its ups and downs, but the ups seem to make it all worth it. It usually means you can work when you want, in the way you want—but it also means that you have to be a self-starter who works well with distractions. Some careers offer more work from home options. Since many of you want to know how to find a legitimate work from home job, we put together a list of some of the best careers for you!
1 | Transcriptionist
In the age of videography, transcriptionists are desired more now than ever. A transcriptionist is a professional typist who listens to the audio and converts it to text. They type fast, have great grammar, and the superpower for listening. If you have ever watched a YouTube video on silent while reading the words, you have taken advantage of a transcriptionist’s work. Medical transcriptionists translate spoken messages from doctors and other personnel into written reports. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, go to linkedin.com/jobs/search, type in transcriptionist, and the location “work from home.”
2 | Web Developer
If you have taken the time to learn the internet’s language and are a wiz at solving problems with an engineering mind, web development may be right for you. Web developers are some of the most sought after professionals in the world, especially developers who are experts in user experience, design, and have stellar customer service. You can learn web development on Codecademy or your school of choice, and then apply for your dream job or start your own firm!
3 | Graphic Designer
Creativity is in demand, big time. Brands need help honing their visuals, creating brand identities, and even creating beautiful imagery for social media. If you are an Adobe wiz, have an uber-creative side, and can work at a fast-pace, graphic design is a wonderful way to work from home and quench your thirst for creativity. Join your local creative group like the AIGA, and ask around about WFH jobs. You may be surprised how networking can catapult you into your dream career.
4 | Remote Nurse
Telehealth connects us to our nurses and doctors, and we appreciate it now more than ever. A nursing degree can allow you to check in on patients from the comfort of your home. Nurses and doctors are our heroes, and we need fantastic healthcare workers now more than ever. Check out these telehealth jobs.
5 | Remote Teacher
Many of our local schools are learning online right now, and being an online teacher or professor is a great way to work online. Some teachers can pre-record their lessons and come back to check on work when it is turned in, which allows for a lot of flexibility. But, even if you do work the traditional school hours, working from home might be perfect for your schedule.
6 | Marketer
There is freedom in learning marketing and becoming a digital marketer. When people think of marketing, social media and sales typically come to mind. However, there are marketing opportunities for creative types (writing, graphics, photography, videography, social media) and analytical (analysts, paid ads, search optimization).
7 | Ask Your Boss To Work From Home
Many people dream of working from home but become fearful as it usually means uprooting your life. But, you may be able to keep your job while staying in your jammies. We have heard several stories of bosses either allowing our friends to work from home or giving them a few WFH days a week. And—hey—even if they say no, there is no harm in asking! So, here’s how you can ask your boss to work from home. First, gather your reasoning. Obviously, we all have personal reasons like more family time, etc. But, your boss will want proof that you can get the job done right from anywhere. So, if you were able to work in your home office in the past, gather evidence that you stayed on top of your tasks and even went above and beyond while out of the office. In the end, if you have proven, you can excel at your job from home, that is the best data to present. If you have not been able to work from home yet, maybe offer a trial and say, “I would like to try to work from home. Would you mind giving me a few weeks of WFH Thursdays and Fridays to see if it works for our team?” Then, sit back and let your boss explain why or why not.
If you are looking for a job that allows you to stay home, think outside of the box. In the age of information and AI, there are many ways to work from home. If you work from home and do something that we didn’t list, let us know in the comments below!