Posted: 7 May 2018
“I make $5,000 per week from the comfort of my own home!”
Stay at home careers suffer from an undeserved reputation, thanks to scam ads with very similar phrasing to the line above.
However, working from home is an achievable dream. 115% more people now telecommute, compared to just a decade ago. New technologies are making co-working from remote locations much more straightforward.
Let’s be clear. The weekly earnings touted by scammers are totally unrealistic for most people who work from home. Avoid those ads like the plague.
While you might not rake in $20,000 a month, stay at home careers can be rewarding in terms of money and satisfaction in your work-life balance. Plus, you can take a vacation whenever you want to, not when your employer wants you to.
Here are 12 legit stay at home careers to consider if you want to work from home.
1. Become a Translator
If you’re already bilingual, turn your second language into a second income stream!
People will pay big bucks to have an expert translate their articles, reports, and other copy into another language. You’re particularly valuable if you speak certain languages in high demand, which includes Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic or Russian.
When you get into the rhythm, you should be able to clear assignments quickly and accurately, building up a reputation for yourself.
You can also work remotely as a freelance translator in ‘real-time’ – sitting in on conference calls to relay a message from one side to the other. If you can get gigs in real-time translation for things like corporate deals, you can look forward to a very nice payday.
2. Freelance Writer
Writers can land a lot of work through various online portals, as well as contacts built up during their careers.
If you’ve got the knack, you can land jobs writing copy for websites, leaflets, emails, and anything else your client throws at you.
Proofreading and editing work provide you with a couple of other income streams. The three often go hand-in-hand anyway in terms of your skills.
This makes you a naturally versatile freelancer – which is always a bonus!
3. Virtual Tutor
You don’t need to travel miles to teach people.
Take on one-to-one sessions with students from around the world. Bring them up to speed on your specialist subject. Give them the skills they need to succeed.
All without leaving the house.
Tutoring is a very rewarding experience, and doing it via the web allows you to distribute tasks to a huge audience.
4. Graphic Designer
Freelance graphic designers are in high demand, and it’s a well-paid profession.
Truth be told, you may sometimes have to go and work at your clients’ offices. But you’ll still have plenty of time to work from home during this stay at home career.
If you’re ready to pitch, you can grab a huge number of jobs from online portals like Upwork – everything from small tasks like creating a logo to revamping an entire brand.
Or use your contacts from previous jobs to score ongoing client work.
5. Data Entry
Data entry is not a hard job, and you can – with a little care – get away with listening to music or podcasts while you work.
Be a little careful with this one though. There are a fair few legitimate companies willing to offer fair pay for careful work. But there are also those who will pay absolute peanuts for your time.
Choose wisely, and keep an eye on that hourly rate. If it’s not stacking up – time to get out and pursue other opportunities.
6. Developers of all Kinds
There is a massive demand for talented developers right now.
It’s come to the point where, so long as the work is done on time, many bosses couldn’t care less if you sit at home in your underwear to do it. Result.
While you’re working from home, it’s easier to find time to teach yourself unfamiliar languages and how to work with new technology too. This is a positive feedback loop of self-improvement, which allows you to take on more work as you go.
If you’ve got what it takes to motivate yourself through big jobs, working as a developer from home can ensure that you remain very well paid.
7. Online Shop Owner
If you’ve got something to sell, whether it’s produced by you or not, online shops are a fairly basic model of business to run. You buy in stock, list it, sell it, post it. Repeat.
Many small online shops operate through multiple platforms, including eBay, Amazon Marketplace, and so on. Make sure you take every opportunity you can.
If you work out partnerships with logistics companies, you don’t even need to hold the stock yourself. Your platform is then purely transactional, and you pay other people to store and supply stock.
You can then focus on getting hold of the best items for your customers.
8. Transcript Writer
Another form of writing that even people who aren’t writers by trade can get stuck into. It’s a useful way to get yourself another income stream during quieter months.
To be fair, writing transcripts can be a little dull, though it pays reasonably well if you find a fair company to work with. It’s perhaps best mixed with other types of writing, or different types of work entirely, to keep you motivated.
9. Call Center Operator
Call centers are farming out more of their work to ‘work-from-home’ types these days.
If you fancy helping out customers from home without sitting in a warehouse-style call center with a boss tracking your productivity every second… here’s your chance.
10. Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistants are like a personal assistant – except they work at a distance.
Expect to answer calls, send emails, and organize schedules for firms. But without the hassle of going into the office every day to do something you can easily do from your desk at home.
Suits well-organized people with good administrative skills who are looking to escape the office!
11. Video Creator
Video content is king of the Internet these days. If you can direct and produce videos, you are well positioned to take advantage of the drive for extra video content, as demanded by the current market.
You may have to leave the house for this one. If you focus on the editing and producing side of the process though, lounging in the home studio is a perfectly viable option.
If you can do animation too, so much the better – many firms will pay very good money for animations that suit their brand, as it offers them the chance to personalize the experience.
Plus, you’re much more likely to be able to get on with an animation from your bedroom than you are
This one requires a bit of investment, but if you can turn a spare room in your home into a studio, portrait shooting can be lucrative.
With the right equipment and knowledge, you could make between $50-$150 an hour even as a semi-pro photographer.
The only downside with this (or upside, depending on how you look at it) is that as you become more popular, you’re likely to be asked to be on location for shoots, rather than doing it all in your n home.
For example, you might be asked to shoot modeling shots in the countryside, or even attend weddings to cover the whole event.
Still, it’s probably not a bad trade-off.
Support for Your Stay at Home Career
Going it alone is nerve-wracking. You’ve no longer got a regular salary.
Thankfully, the rewards can massively outweigh the risk, and there’s lots of support out there for freelancers.
For those struggling with tax returns, for example, outsource the work to somewhere like www.ultimatetax.com. Or if you need advice on running your small business, there are loads of online resources to help you with that.
So don’t be put off just because you’re by yourself. Hundreds before you have succeeded!
Ready to Work From Home?
Stay at home careers can be life-changing.
If you’re ready to spend days in your PJs and have the best commute ever, join the rapidly-growing world of working from home. Make sure you’ve got a great working environment before you get cracking – perhaps try introducing some plants to the home.
If you want to expand your skills on the side before taking the plunge, web-based courses are an excellent way to do that without disrupting your day.
But when you’re ready, we’re sure you’ll become a self-reliant small business owner in no time at all. Good luck!