If you have experience invoicing clients, running payroll, and managing accounts, you can easily find a virtual bookkeeping position by contracting directly with a local company or signing up with an agency such as Bookminders; many require a bachelor’s degree in accounting and knowledge of QuickBooks. Most virtual bookkeeping positions pay about $16 to $21 an hour.
The 20 best (and real) work-from-home jobs
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Long before the Covid-19 pandemic forced businesses to vacate their offices, working from home was on the rise. Nearly a year since the first coronavirus lockdowns, telecommuting is here to stay for millions of workers.
A fourth-quarter 2020 survey by Upwork, a job marketplace for remote workers and freelancers, estimates that nearly 57 percent of Americans are working from home at least some of the time, with 42 percent of that group working remotely full time.
Working from home has benefits for both workers and employers. Studies by Global Workplace Analytics, a San Diego research and consulting firm, have shown that telecommuting saves employers and workers time and money, reduces stress, increases productivity, lowers exposure to office colds and flus, and helps the environment by reducing the number of commuters.
Among the fastest-growing career categories for remote jobs are: computers and IT, medical and health, project management, sales, accounting and finance, customer service and marketing, according to FlexJobs, a marketplace for remote work.
20 best work-from-home jobs
1. Web developer
2. Computer support specialist
3. Virtual assistant
Virtual assistants provide administrative, technical and/or creative services for a wide range of industries such as health care, legal, government and finance. You can own a virtual assistant business or work for a company that makes you available to clients.
If you have a native-level proficiency in English and at least one other language, you can find work-from-home gigs with schools, hospitals, courts, corporations and other public and private sector entities. Interpreters work in a spoken language or sign language; translators work with written or audio documents.
5. Marriage and family therapist
Marriage and family therapists usually work full time and many have private practices. Online video conferencing apps such as Zoom and Skype make it possible for patients to “visit” their therapists without leaving home.
6. Paralegal/legal assistant
Paralegals and legal assistants do a variety of tasks to support lawyers, such as legal research and preparing documents. Though most work for law firms, these jobs can be found at government agencies and corporate legal departments
Advanced technology and high-speed internet connections have created opportunities for teachers and students to work together from afar. The Covid-19 pandemic prompted many schools and universities to switch temporarily to virtual classrooms.
The BLS projects the demand for kindergarten, middle school and high school teachers to grow about 4 percent through 2029, on par with the average growth rate for all occupations. Demand for teachers at the college and university level is expected to grow 9 percent through 2029.
8. Loan officer
9. Social media specialist
It’s becoming increasingly important for businesses to have a presence on social media. If you have a knack for using social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you could work from home by helping businesses promote their brand and their products through social-media marketing.
10. Insurance sales agents
Insurance companies are increasingly outsourcing their incoming phone calls to contact centers, which then hire or contract with licensed insurance reps. If you see an ad on TV for a life insurance company and call the number on your screen, there’s a good chance you’re talking to someone who is working from home.
Bloggers, journalists, technical writers and editors who know how to plan and present content and meet deadlines face a competitive market. Demand for writers and editors is expected to drop slightly through 2029, but these jobs are very compatible with working from home.
12. Medical transcriptionist
A medical transcriptionist listens to voice recordings from doctors and other healthcare workers and transcribes them into written reports. A transcriptionist can work for a hospital, doctor’s office, a third-party service or be self-employed.
13. Data entry specialist
14. Graphic designer
Websites like Fiverr.com and 99designs.com can help you meet potential clients who need your services. How much you earn will depend on the scope of the project and your experience. Demand for this job is expected to decline slightly through 2029, but it is very suited to remote work.
15. Customer service representative
When you call to order something from a catalog or infomercial, the person on the other end of the line might be sitting in a home office. Hiring independent contractors to handle complaints, process orders and answer questions is a big industry.
16. Software developer
Software developers create the applications or systems that run on a computer or another device. They apply the principles of engineering, analytics and computer science to develop and test all kinds of software and applications. Many software developers are employed by firms that deal in computer systems design and related services, manufacturing, or for software publishers.
17. Website tester
18. Registered nurse
More insurance companies have added patient support lines, telephone triage and other telephone and computer options to meet patients’ needs without having to visit a doctor’s office, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
19. Meeting, convention and event planner
The job may require you to visit potential meeting sites. Candidates with experience in the hospitality business and a college degree in hospitality or related field such as tourism management will have the best opportunities. The BLS projects 8 percent growth in this field through 2029.
20. Bookkeeping, accounting, auditing clerk
Bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks produce financial records and ensure their accuracy. These jobs are suited to working from home, with occasional visits to clients and some overtime hours to be expected.