Years ago, a “normal job” consisted of working in a cubicle 5 days a week from 9-to-5. Times have definitely changed. Many companies are embracing the power of a remote workforce with all the technology we have these days, making telecommuting more and more common.
But how exactly do you find these work-from-home jobs? It’s not that simple and the number of remote positions are still small compared to traditional jobs. And, as you can imagine, the added flexibility of being able to work from anywhere have made the competition for these limited positions pretty intense. While it may be difficult to find a company that will allow you to work from the comfort of your own home, don’t give up. They exist and you can create many of them yourself. Take a look at these 5 work from home jobs anyone can do, starting right now:
Virtual assistants are in high demand these days. Many small businesses don’t need a full time in-house assistant but could use extra help from time to time. That’s when they call upon a virtual assistant. Virtual assistants are jacks/jills of all trades – their job consists of everything from responding to emails to managing calendars. You can either start a business by offering your services to various companies or work solely for one client.
You many not consider yourself a writer. But trust me, anyone can write. It just takes a little bit of practice. Many blogs and content sites rely on freelance writers to keep their content fresh on a daily basis. Start by reaching out to blogs that interest you and ask if you can guest post. Once you build up a portfolio, you can move on to paying gigs.
Believe it or not, eBay is a full time job for many people. It’s not only a place where you sell things around your house you no longer need, but an ecosystem you can tap into for income. One way to start a business on eBay is through importing goods. If you have a product you can buy cheaply in bulk that’s not readily available in the U.S., you might be able to resell it on eBay and make a nice profit. The key though is finding the right product and understanding tax implications and expenses.
Call Center Representative
Being a call center representative isn’t the most fun job in the world. We all know customers can be tough to deal with. But it is a very stable job and it can be done from home. Many companies are choosing to have remote “call centers” to save space and expenses. If you’re great on the phone and don’t mind dealing with agitated customers from time to time, this might be the perfect work-from-home job for you.
Now that the school year is back in full swing, many parents are looking for tutors. This could be a great job for you if you have a degree or expertise in a certain field and like working with kids. It’s flexible and can pay well. Many tutors are also now offering virtual sessions, where you can work with your students through Skype.
As you can see, it’s completely possible to work from home these days. If you crave the flexibility and convenience of a remote position, do your research and figure out what positions are right for you. While certain industries and jobs may be difficult to break into at first, be patient and remember to network. There are plenty of work-from-home jobs out there and the right one is waiting for you.