Perhaps there is no better time to look for the best work from home jobs than now. With the ongoing pandemic, it is not surprising if work from home jobs become very in-demand in the coming months (and who knows, even years). But, how do you find the best among a wide variety of options?
In a report published online by Pew Research Center, based on the 2019 National Compensation Survey, there are only “7% of civilian workers in the United States, or roughly 9.8 million of the nation’s approximately 140 million civilian workers, have access to a ‘flexible workplace’ benefit, or telework,” or also known as work from home setup.
In addition, still, on the same report, it says that work from home setup was found to be more common among private companies as compared to state and local governments.
With the current situation in the country and in the world where social distancing as well as gathering of a large number of people in one place is strictly discouraged, experts believe that the work from home industry will surely grow even more.
Working from home is actually not a new thing. It has, in fact, been there for years, but, only a few had access to it. Needless to say, some workers still prefer the traditional work setup – working in the office.
But, as we have said, with what is going on right now – with millions of people getting sick because of the pandemic, it would not be a surprise if people become more so into working from home to – as much as possible – avoid the virus, and ensure safety among themselves and their loved ones.
For those who are new to the work from home setup, just so you know, there is a lot of existing work from home jobs out there. It’s probably safe to say that there is surely available telework for almost all industries.
But, the question is, what are the best work from home jobs out there?
According to FlexJobs, one of the most popular job listing websites out there, the fastest-growing remote job categories in 2019 were sales, healthcare, education, computer and IT, as well as customer service. This means that any job within these job categories surely rocks.
So, with that said, we have come up with a list of some of the best work from home jobs to date. This includes the following:
- Web Developer
- Virtual Assistant
- Social Media Specialist
- Medical Transcriptionist
- Computer Support Specialist
- Software Developer
- Graphic Designer
- Insurance Sales Agent
- Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerk
Before we proceed, here’s a video by Gillian Perkins wherein she shares about some of the highest paying work from home jobs. We thought you might also want to check this out. Just click the play button below to watch:
Now, let’s get to it one by one to learn and understand what all these are all about –
If you have a background or knows how to create and design websites, then this job is perfect for you.
A web developer’s job is to basically design and build a website from scratch. Whether it be for personal or commercial use, the process is just the same.
Furthermore, if you have skills in advertising, publishing, management consulting, as well as computer systems design, and other related fields, then most likely, you are going to succeed as a web developer.
As compared to other work from home jobs, the employment growth for web developers in the course of 10 years is projected at 13%, which is definitely much faster than usual.
At the moment, work from home web developers earn a median annual wage of $73,760.
A virtual assistant job is one of the most popular work from home jobs out there. In fact, if you visit work from home job listing sites, you’ll find a lot of it in there.
As a virtual assistant, you basically are expected to provide administrative, creative, and/or technical services for different industries like finance, government, legal, as well as health care.
Depending on your capability, you can either own a virtual assistant business or work for a company, or you can start off working for a company, and once you have mastered the craft, and studies well how it works, you can eventually build up your own virtual assistant businesses, which definitely allows you to earn more.
Virtual assistants are in-demand, and the thing we like about being one is that you can work in various fields, which comes with different pay ranges as well.
Pay-wise, the highest-paid virtual assistants are those working full time and offer executive support or service.
Depending on the industry you’re in, and of course, your expertise, as a virtual assistant, you can earn as low as $14,500 to as high as $124,500 per year.
Although there are sites that require an education background to be an online teacher or tutor, others do welcome anyone with any background as long as they get the job done — well.
Thanks to advanced technology and the internet, it created more opportunities for both teachers and students to work together even when they’re miles away from each other.
You know, with the pandemic around, for sure, the more educational institutions will allow children to attend school online, which means, more teachers are required. In fact, even before the current situation in the country, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that the demand for teachers will grow especially at the college and university levels.
Teachers/Tutors earn depending on how many hours you do the work, and of course, your expertise.
To give you an idea though, the median average wage for kindergarten teachers is $56,850; elementary school is $59,670; high school is $61,660; and college/university is $79,540.
SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST
We are in a social media era wherein personalities, as well as companies and businesses need to ensure they have a social media presence to be able to connect with their audience.
If you are social media savvy, then, working as a social media specialist may be the perfect work from home job for you.
Obviously, as a social media specialist, you have to be skilled in using social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Your main job as a social media specialist is to help your clients promote their brand, as well as their products and services through the aforementioned social media platforms.
Furthermore, you also are expected to provide your clients with strategies to ensure they stay connected with their clients or followers.
The salary of a social media specialist varies depending on the task, your expertise, and more. However, according to ZipRecruiter, the current median annual wage of a social media specialist is $50,088.
Writing and/or editorial jobs are also very popular when it comes to work from homes.
We say it’s one of the best because of the number of opportunities available online. Needless to say, the pay is quite competitive, too.
To be able to land a job as a writer and/or editor, you have to have, of course, writing skills, proofreading, editing, as well as fact-checking abilities.
In addition, you must also be knowledgeable on how to plan and present content, and of course, you must meet deadlines as discussed.
There are a lot of writing and/or editing job opportunities and it’s all about finding the right client, the right job really.
As with salary, the current median annual wage for a writer is $63,200 (but you can actually earn as much as 6-digits if you work on your own blog and make it really profitable), while editors can earn around $61,370.
There are different transcription jobs out there, and one of them is medical transcription, which happens to be the most profitable of all.
Basically, your job as a medical transcriptionist is to listen to voice recordings from doctors and other healthcare workers, and then, transcribe them into written reports.
Unlike other forms of transcription jobs, as a medical transcriptionist, you need to undergo certain training. Also, you have to be familiarized with medical terms.
As a work from home transcriptionist, you can work for different institutions like a hospital or a doctor’s clinic. You can also work for a third-party service provider, or opt to be self-employed.
While medical transcription is one of the best work from home jobs out there, unfortunately, there is a slight decline seen by experts in the coming years because of outsourcing as well as technological advances.
Medical transcriptionist can earn a median wage of $33,380 per year.
COMPUTER SUPPORT SPECIALIST
Whether it be a corporation, call center, a not-for-profit organization, or a business, all these industries hire computer support specialists. Most of them hire people to work remotely.
As a computer support specialist, your job involves providing technical support to organizations and/or businesses. They use computer software and equipment to be able to assist their clients. They provide advice, at the same time, help both employers and employees of these organizations and/or businesses.
There are two specific types of computer support specialists. These are computer network support specialists and computer user support specialists.
While computer network support specialists earn a median annual wage of $63,460, computer user support specialists, meanwhile, could earn an average of $52,270 per year.
We all live now in the digital age. We can do almost anything by using our mobile phones. Of course, in offices, systems are available to make processes easier.
Applications and/or systems are done by software developers. It is probably safe to say that they are the ones behind making life easier for people at home or in their offices or businesses.
Software developers apply different principles including analytics, engineering, as well as computer science to be able to build and test all kinds of applications and software.
While there are many software developers who are employed by big industries, there are also some who opt to work on a freelance basis.
How much software developers earn depends on several factors including, of course, their expertise. But to give you an idea, the median wage of software developers is $86,523 per year.
This job is for all creative and artistic minds. Well, we all know graphic designers can earn a lot, and the same goes for those working from home.
If you are into designing logos, shirts, and other merchandise, as well as advertising materials, then, working from home as a graphic designer may just be the perfect job for you.
While you can opt to apply and get hired by a company, you may also consider working as a freelancer.
How much you earn as a graphic designer will depend on how skilled you are, and of course, the kind of project you’re going to do.
Currently, the average annual wage of work from home graphic designers is $52,110.
INSURANCE SALES AGENT
While people can shop insurance online so easily, usually, they need to talk to a licensed insurance representative to help them choose the right policy based on their needs and preferences.
Good thing is, insurance companies these days are outsourcing incoming phone calls to contact centers, which are the ones hiring or offering contract jobs to licensed insurance representatives who usually work from home.
Insurance sales agents, as mentioned, need a license to be able to do the job. Once you have the license, though, working as one will be easy-breezy.
At the moment, the average wage for insurance sales agents is $50,940 per year. But then again, similar to previous work from home jobs we mentioned, there are a couple of factors that could affect one’s salary. Definitely, the more experienced you are, the more likely you are to receive higher pay.
BOOKKEEPING, ACCOUNTING, AND AUDITING CLERK
Finance related jobs like bookkeeping, accounting, as well as auditing are also considered as one of the best work from home jobs to date.
Basically, these people are expected to come up with financial records, and make sure they’re all accurate.
Just like any finance-related jobs, while this can be done at home, expect to exert more time working for these documents than usual.
Unfortunately, though, because of technological changes, as well as automation, experts project that employment in this field to decline by 2028.
Meanwhile, the average wage for bookkeeping, accounting auditing clerk is $41,230 a year.
FINDING THE BEST WORK FROM HOME JOBS
Surely, by now you already some of the best work from home jobs out there, but where do you find them?
There is a lot of job listing sites out there that you can check out. These sites offer job postings, usually, by job category, which makes things easier for anyone looking for a work from home job.
Some of the sites that provide work from home job listings are iFreelance.com, Freelanced.com, FlexJobs, Indeed, Monster.com, Guru, and Upwork.
When using job traditional job sites like Indeed and Monster, make sure to use the search button when looking for a work from home job. You may use keywords like “remote jobs,” “work from home jobs,” as well as “telecommute.”
If it’s your first time looking for a work from home job, similar to traditional job searching, you will also need to create a complete resume. If, however, you have already done online work before, we recommend providing links to your work for reference.
By the way, apart from finding the best work from home jobs through online job listing sites, you may also consider joining Facebook groups as well as LinkedIn. You may also ask around if you have a network for possible work from home jobs.
GETTING RID OF A WORK FROM HOME JOB SCAM
While there is much legit work from home job opportunities out there, unfortunately, scammers do still exist. That is why it is important that you, as a jobseeker, knows how to determined and avoid scams. Otherwise, you’ll end up wasting time, effort, and sometimes money, too.
According to the National Consumers League and Fraud.org, there are a couple of steps to take, and signs to watch out for to be able to avoid getting scammed. This includes:
- Research about the company. Before you even apply for a job you are interested in, consider checking the company first with the Better Business Bureau, and do an online search to find out any complaints or not-so-good reviews about the company.
- Ask for references. Good thing if you know someone working from the company. Otherwise, try to find out how many people are working from home and if you can contact them. If the company is not willing to provide references or information, then that could be a red flag.
- Discern before spending. There is work from home jobs that may require you to buy material or equipment to begin. While this does not necessarily mean they’re not legit, it should, however, be a red flag. Make sure that when you are asked to buy software or equipment, you understand why you need to purchase them.
As a jobseeker, always keep in mind that you, too, have the right to find out whether or not the company you are eyeing for is legit or not. You do not want to waste time and effort for nothing, right? So, better make sure you are dealing only with legitimate companies or clients before signing a job document.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON BEST WORK FROM HOME JOBS
Work from home jobs has been there for a long time now. In fact, there are many Americans who are already into it. Apart from the fact that working from home is convenient, it also provides flexibility for the worker.
With the current global situation because of the pandemic, experts believe, and we, too, that work from home jobs will be in-demand in the next few months, and who knows, maybe even years.
Are you considering working from home? What job are you looking at?