The world of work is changing. Increasing numbers of people are working from home, which means that remote jobs are on the rise.
In fact, more than 4.7 million people work remotely at least some of the time in the US on a permanent basis. This number is only increasing.
Some people work for a particular company, who are happy for them to do their job outside of the office. Others work on a freelance basis.
Whether you’re looking for a new job that you can do completely from home or want to start a new side hustle, we’ve put together this list of five fully remote jobs that you can try from home.
Blogging has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the 1990s. Now, it’s a fully-fledged job and legitimate way to make a substantial amount of money.
One of the most important things to remember with blogging is that it won’t make you rich overnight. It takes a long time to build a trustworthy platform that gets enough traffic to advertise, sell products, or do affiliate marketing on.
However, if there is a topic that you’re passionate about (it could be travel, food, health, nightlife or anything really!) and you think that you could provide information or entertainment to your readers, then there’s nothing to stop you from starting to build your own blog!
You can make money by affiliate marketing, which is when you work with companies to recommend their products, and if your readers make a purchase, you get a small commission. You can also work with advertising companies to place relevant ads or advertise businesses directly. Some bloggers also make their own products and sell them on their website.
Copywriting entails writing different types of website content for other bloggers and website owners.
You could be creating blog posts or coming up with compelling landing page content for a company.
Obviously, to succeed in this remote job, you’ll need good writing skills. These include grammar, spelling and often, creative writing. You don’t usually need any particular qualifications, but you might need to submit some writing with your application.
SEO skills are also very beneficial. SEO is how a website or blog post shows up in Google search, which is how most websites get their traffic. You can self-teach yourself about SEO by researching online or taking courses.
If you’re just starting out, you can find writing jobs by joining Facebook groups or using freelance sites like Upwork or Fiverr. You should eventually build a network of clients.
If you have an artistic flair, a job in graphic design could be for you. Graphic design jobs involve creating illustrations for different companies. These illustrations could be a company’s logo or any kind of picture for their website.
You might also work with a company to create brand guidelines, advising them on what colour and text to use.
Graphic designers usually have some sort of qualification in the subject. This doesn’t have to be a degree, but you might want to at least take an online course and educate yourself on how to use graphic design software.
At first, you might want to offer some of your designs for free as you build your portfolio. Then, you can start accepting paid gigs.
The world of English teaching has changed recently, as China, the previous biggest market for online English lessons, has introduced new private tutoring regulations. These regulations effectively ban online English teachers for children, although people are still able to teach adults.
However, there are plenty of other markets that need English teachers.
For example, you could try applying to iTutor, which also teaches the Taiwanese and Japanese markets. Or, iTalki is a fantastic app where you can teach people from all over the world any language. Cambly also follows a similar format.
Website Design or Development
If you are interested in website design, you could take the gig full time. Website designers create the aesthetics of a website, and developers put it into action. Some people work as website designers and developers.
To be a website designer, you’ll need an artistic flair, being able to envisage websites from start to finish. If you’re more interested in the development side of things, you should have a good knowledge of HTML, CSS and other coding scripts like Java and Python.
You should build some websites independently first, so you can demonstrate what you can do for clients. Then, build a portfolio website (another example of your work!) and find clients through Facebook, Upwork or Fiverr. Try to essentially build a reputable business and find clients through word of mouth.
AVOID Online Gambling
When done safely and sensibly, gambling can be a fun pastime. However, it’s very important to not fall into the trap of using it as a way to make money.
For starters, gambling always incurs some form of cost, and you could easily end up spending more money than you earn. Also, gambling can be addictive. While you can make money in the short term, it’s rare that someone will make money every time they gamble.
Bonus hunting used to be very popular – this is when people use bonuses from different casinos to make money. However, this has been tightened up in recent years, and now isn’t a feasible way to make money.
The long and short of it is, gambling is not a sustainable way to make money, and if you gamble at all, it should only be as a hobby that you can afford.
AVOID multi-level Marketing
Another job to avoid when looking for remote work is multi-level marketing. This is when you recruit people to market products that you have bought. When they make a sale, you get some income. They in turn recruit other people to sell the same products and get income from their sales.
It’s very rare to actually earn money doing this – estimates are that between 78% and 99% of people don’t. It’s usually only the people who are very high up in the MLM who actually earn a decent living. Some people who have worked for MLMs have found themselves thousands of dollars in debt due to the fact that they need to buy the product before convincing people to sell it.
MLMs are a definite job to avoid. They’re marketed to be easy money – but this is a lie. It’s not worth even considering.
There are so many legitimate remote jobs out there that you can do at home or even while travelling the world. This list should have given you a list of some of the best of them – and a warning about what to avoid! Happy job hunting!