Reclaim Your Time: 8 Different Work at Home Jobs You Should Apply For

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Sep 27, 2018

Sep 27, 2018 • by Rebecca Smith

43% of employed Americans spend at least part of their professional time working remotely.

Rumor has it that the workforce is steadily becoming more remote. Given the allure of working from home and the millennial drive for self-employment, remote work may just be the way of the future.

Working from home can also be good for the environment and your budget, reducing commutes and carbon emissions. Other remote workers appreciate performing tasks on their own schedules, outside of the standard nine-to-five agenda.

Still, it can be tough finding work at home jobs that suit your skill set and needs. In this post, we'll discuss the top eight work at home jobs that you should consider today!

1. Sales Consultant

Sales consultants sell name-brand products locally and generally receive commissions on items sold. Cosmetic companies like MaryKay or clothing brands like Ruby Ribbon, for example, sell their products via satellite consultants.

This work at home job is perfect for the individual who is both sales-savvy and well-connected in a specific community. Many sales consultants sell products directly out of their homes or at weekly or daily gatherings.

Some companies may even offer incentives for selling a certain amount of products over a given period of time. Most sales consultants have access to discounts of select products, too.

The beauty of this job lies in your capacity to sell what you love, be it jewelry, clothing, cookware, or auto parts. Some sales consultants can bring in hundreds if not thousands of dollars in commissions a month, depending on their capacity to sell products locally.

2. Freelance Writer

Freelance writers generate a variety of content for clients. Some writers work as contractors for certain companies, while others acquire multiple clients through sites like UpWork or Fiverr.

As a freelance writer, you can choose to write about practically anything, depending on the needs of your clients. If you choose to create your own portfolio and let clients find you through writing platforms, you have even more control over the type of content you want to produce (and how much).

A lot of freelance writers start out as bloggers, but others may find luck writing for niche industries, such as the medical community or automotive industry. Others work as contracted copyeditors, proofreaders, or content developers.

3. English Teaching

There's a great demand for English language learning all around the world, particularly in Asian countries. Luckily, the advent of the internet makes it possible for native English speakers to pass along their skills to non-native speakers.

English teaching platforms like VipKid enable native speakers to teach English language skills to internationally-located students via video conferencing. Some sites provide lesson plans and a structured curriculum while others are less rigid.

Some platforms don't require any ESL experience. The only thing to keep in mind is the possibility of teaching at odd hours, as most students are located in different time zones.

4. Customer Service Representative

Many companies are now hiring remote customer service representatives. Reps can field customer questions, complaints, and needs from the comfort of their own homes.

Some customer service positions are associated with call centers, which often hire subcontractors to navigate customer inquiries. In most cases, only basic customer service experience is required for this position.

5. E-Commerce

Nearly anyone can become a virtual business owner given the recent growth of the e-commerce industry. More and more businesses are moving online due to spiking commercial rents and tighter budgets.

As an e-commerce business owner, you may be selling boutique clothing or luxury suitcases out of your garage--all without having to step foot in an actual storefront. Or you could simply sell items on E-Bay or consignment sites.

Most e-commerce business owners require some serious inventory management and utilize drop shipping services to cut down on shipping hassles and costs. Some even successfully launch a dropshipping business itself. Check it out!

6. Web Developer

If you have the savvy to put together digital content for the right clients, web development may be in your future. Web developers can handle many aspects of website creation, including web design, writing of copy, and technical set-up.

Most web developers can work easily from a home office. Freelance web developers can advertise current portfolios on freelance design platforms. If you have a background in coding or software engineering, you'll likely be even more competitive as a remote web developer.

Some developers work remotely for graphic design or marketing agencies themselves.

7. Vacation Home Rental Host

If you've got a beautiful apartment, home, or mansion just waiting for visitors, a future of rental hosting may await. Vacation home rental hosts can make between $500 and $3,000 a month renting out guest spaces.

Check out platforms like VRBO or AirBnB to get started. Most of these platforms will take a small cut of your profits, but these cuts are often minimal. It is important to have access to clear, attractive images of your rental and time to clean living areas in between guest arrivals.

A lot of vacation rental hosts are also social individuals who love welcoming visitors and giving them information about their vacations.

8. Virtual Assistant

A virtual assistant is technically a remote-based personal assistant for a certain individual. Virtual assistants can do anything from booking travel to managing spreadsheets, depending on the person they are working for.

As a virtual assistant, you may not be able to set your own hours, but you will be able to work entirely from home. A computer is an asset, as well as basic organizational skills, strong communication, and a positive demeanor.

Work at Home Jobs You Should Apply For

Work at home jobs are indeed the way of the future, and you can launch your remote career today. Consider becoming a call center representative for a known company or a sales consultant for your favorite brand. Rent out your home to vacationers or work as a virtual assistant for a local entrepreneur.

If words are your thing, check out freelance writing or online English teaching.

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