Imagine this. You wake up for work around 8 am, get washed up and have your breakfast. Your favorite beverages goes along with you to your office. Notice I didn’t say anything about commuting to work. Think of how great it would be if you could stay in your comfortable clothes and still get paid. That is what more than 40 million Americans have discovered according to the Telework Coalition. Research is also starting to show that this is not just an American trend this is something that is taking off all over the world.
The first thing that comes to the mind of those that are used to the traditional brick and mortar jobs is that the only at home work is in customer service. That may have been true years ago, but now the possibilities are open to a wide range of opportunities.
Here is a list of jobs that are available to those who want to transition to a stay at home position.
1. Airbnb Host
If you are someone with a spare bedroom and you love to host people, this may be a great fit for you. You can list your property as a short-term rental on website such as Home Away, Airbnb or VRBO. The average pay is $924 per month.
2. Virtual Assistant
This job is perfect for a well-organized person. This is the type of positon you can do for a company or freelance. Just like any other assistance you will be setting appointments and completing general office duties. Depending on who you work for you may even add to traveling to your list of duties. Look for positions on sites like upworks.com or flexjobs.com. Their pay for this position is around $10 to $15 per hour.
For this position you could be transcribing minutes from a meeting or medical charts/notes for a doctor or hospital. The only experience you need is the ability to type and have a good ear for listening to details.
Are you a creative genius? Do you have years of technical expertise that you can explain in laymen’s terms? Then why not post a video on the internet? YouTube tutorials are still riding high and if you have the knowledge to help people get a better understanding of whatever they need to know then you can get paid. Most post get between $1-2 per 1,000 hits with an average video obtaining 20,000 to 300,000 hits or higher.
5. Corporate English Trainer
The title makes this job seem like a teaching position, but it’s more along the lines of a pin pal with benefits. People in other countries where English is not their native language want someone they can practice with. In the corporate world networking and general small talk is a part of the culture, therefore it helps to master it. Lessons can take place on live chats or over the telephone depending on the preference of the client. If this seems like a good fit for you try gofluent.com.
6. Telephone Nurse
Yes you can work as a nurse over the telephone. With the rise in healthcare cost health insurance companies and healthcare facilities look at ways of keeping cost down. Healthcare providers use nurses in call centers to help triage patient problems. Health insurance companies use nurses for educational purposes. With the salary being competitive this is a viable option for those with a nursing degree.
7. Online Teacher
The internet continues to amaze us with how it is changing how we are doing things. Education is another thing that is being shaped by the internet. No longer do you have to stand in a classroom for hours. Now you can teach from the comfort of your home. Schools like K12 and Connections Academy are recruiting teachers in various subjects to help shape the minds of tomorrow.
8. Virtual Tutor
Every now and then there may be a subject matter that a student just can’t grab. The teacher can’t hold the entire class back, so where the teacher stops, you pick up. This is good for those that have small pockets of time and big knowledge on a particular subject. Be it a foreign language or math you can take your skills and help someone else. The job pays an average of $12-35 per hour depending on the subject matter. Go to tutor.com or tutorzilla.com if you feel this would be a good fit for you.
This article would be incomplete if I didn’t tell you what to look out for when looking for stay at home employment. Most companies that offer these types of positions are reputable, but look out for these four things before you apply for a position.
1. It sounds too good to be true.
This needs no explanation. If it sounds too good then it is, keep moving.
2. There’s an application fee involved.
You shouldn’t have to pay in order to be considered for a position. If there is a fee it should be spelled out in details what you are paying for and if the money is refundable.
3. Their website has no or limited contact information.
This is a big red flag. If they make it hard to contact someone at their company then it maybe a scam.
4. There are multiple complaints online.
It doesn’t matter if the other three points check out if other employs have had problems with the company. Dig deep, some of the complaints will be from disgruntled former employees, but if you keep seeing bad reviews then nine times out of ten it’s the company and not the staff.