Here are some common gigs for people who want to work from home on a regular or permanent basis:
Customer Service Rep
Customer service representative remains one of the most common remote roles found on job sites. Whether you are answering emails, acting as an instant messaging connection for a large company, or providing customer support from a back-office position this is a common role that is easy to get into without further education or lots of previous experience. Large companies like Amazon often offer remote work from home jobs in these roles, especially if the role involves providing support via telephone or email.
Data Entry Clerk
While not the most glamorous position, inputting data for businesses is a reliable role for those looking for an entry-level work-from-home job. Most data entry clerk positions do not require job seekers to have a lot of previous experience as long as they have a high school education and come with a decent starting hourly rate.
Call Center Rep
One of the most popular and numerous remote or flexible working roles is the position of call center representative. While call handlers used to work in large call centers as standard, it is now becoming more common for them to work from home.
Social Media Manager
As digital marketing becomes more important to the average business the position of social media manager has become essential. Thanks to the nature of this role, it is very easy to undertake the work from home or even on the go, making it a flexible working option.
The literary and publishing industries have been frontrunners in the remote working revolution for a long time. Working as a proofreader or editor is relatively easy to do from home. In order to do this work, however, you will need appropriate education or experience, and be prepared to pass an editing test.
While you do not need to be a freelancer to work from home, freelance work remains one career path in which working from home is overwhelmingly common. The skills needed to work as a remote copywriter include a good grasp of grammar and language, but digital and technological literacy is becoming more important.
These days job sites are careful to ensure that remote positions and job listings are not scams, and as such, it is safer to seek remote work than it used to be. There are some things you should know as you undertake your job search, though.
Previous work-from-home experience will be your best friend
When people transition from traditional to remote working, one of the biggest challenges they commonly face is maintaining motivation and consistency. Even if you are applying for a position you are overqualified for, previous work-from-home experience will improve your chances of success. This is because hiring managers will feel comfortable that you are able to self-motivate and meet the requirements of the job title. So, if you have previous experience of remote work in any field you should highlight it.
Your ability to work independently is an important skill
Teamwork is important, but your ability to work independently and find solutions in an environment where you are isolated from your direct supervisors and managers is key. Be prepared to give examples of times when you have worked independently and solved problems while thinking on your feet.
Consider finding recommendations from people you know with work-from-home jobs
Who you know is often just as important as what you know, so if you know someone who works from home already, you should talk to them about the realities of their role and ask for recommendations. If they cannot highlight job opportunities for you, they may be able to help you identify flexjobs and work-from-home positions that would suit your skills.
Home opportunities are not readily available in every industry, so if working from home is important to you, it may be necessary to apply for positions you have little experience in. In these cases, you should emphasize your transferable skills.
Legitimate work-from-home positions will not promise exorbitant rates for minimal work or ask you to pay in order to start working. If you are approached with these kinds of offers, you should avoid them. Do not hand over personal information or money.
Generally, you will not need specialist equipment for most work-from-home positions, other than a computer and an Internet connection. If more is required, the hiring company should provide it to you or otherwise cover the cost of acquiring the work equipment.
If you have friends who work from home already, you should ask them if they know of any positions. If you do not know anyone working in a remote position, you should instead set up job alerts with sites and check job descriptions carefully to see if the role will meet your needs (and if you will meet its requirements).
Yes. Unless you are pitching for a freelance position or contract and the employer specifies that you don’t need one, you should count on being required to submit a resume. You can use ResumeHelp’s resume builder to make sure your resume is professional and effective.