I had originally published this article on Carol Amato’s blog last year but back in November Carol took her blog down and since this post shares the type of jobs you can do from home, I thought I would post it here and share it with you.
I started researching how to make money from home back in 2003 when I quit my job as a Call Center Manager to be home and spend more time with our kids. And throughout the years I’ve come across a lot of work-from-home jobs and opportunities. Let me tell ya, work-from-home jobs have come a long way from telemarketing and data entry positions as you are about to see.
Once upon a time the following jobs you’re about to read could only be done from an office. But now that technology has brought the world to our fingertips so to speak, employees can now perform these jobs from the comfort of their own home. This set up is a win-win because while employers receive better productivity from their employees and perks like saving money on utility bills, employees can balance their work and home life.
Here are ten work-from-home jobs that are no longer exclusive to a cubicle:
Customer Service Reps
CSRs are the most common positions posted on job search sites. All you need is a quiet place to work in, a computer with high speed internet, a landline phone and a noise- cancelling headset, of course call center and customer service experience and you’re good to go.
Companies like Apple, UnitedHealth Group and U-Haul are among the well-known companies who have work-from-home programs and the list keeps growing.
If you can speak Spanish, French, Chinese or Vietnamese your services are in demand. As a matter of fact, this field is expected to grow by 46% between now and 2022. (Resource: Occupational Outlook Handbook)
Translators are needed in courtrooms, hospitals and even schools to translate conversations between two parties or documents. You can work for a company or as an independent contractor. Or you can use your bilingual skills to make money teaching a second language.
I’m just an individual who doesn’t feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I’m working for me.” David Bowie
Technical Support Rep
If you’ve ever called for technical support after normal business hours, chances are that support rep is working from home. Companies realize to provide excellent service is to accommodate the needs of their customers which is why more companies are offering 24/7 support for their product or service.
Thanks to technology, support reps are able to perform troubleshooting techniques to resolve customer issues from their home office.
Closed Caption Reporter
For this type of job you have to have some serious typing skills. The role of a closed caption reporter is to type text for a live televised broadcast or prerecorded show so speed and accuracy is a must.
Every company has its requirements but for the most part they require a typing speed of 180 to 280 words per minute. Mind blowing, right?
Teachers and retired educators look to online tutoring sites to earn extra money teaching children in subjects like math, English and science.
They help kids with their homework and help them understand the subjects they’re struggling in and work toward improving their grades.
Most courthouse researchers work as independent contractors. They are hired by companies who need courthouse researchers to search through public records for basic information such as a person’s last known address or criminal history.
The information is collected for clients, for example, who are conducting background checks for employment verification.
Nurses can now trade in their scrubs and long shifts for t-shirt and jeans and their home office. They are needed to fill the roles of case managers for health insurance companies as a triage nurse to assess a patient over the phone and determine if emergency care is needed or to provide health care to patients who prefer to receive medical care at home.
Nurses need the same skills and experience as if they were working in a hospital or clinic. They must also be a registered RN and familiar with medical terminology.
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There are several types of transcription jobs; medical for transcribing consultations or clinical reports, general to transcribe things like minutes of meeting, and legal for transcribing depositions. Companies are looking for freelancers, part-time or full-time workers and are paid by line, by page or by project.
As far as skills go, most companies ask for a minium of 2 years expereince and you have to have awesome typing and listening skills.
This is a job that is no longer required to be done from a doctor’s office.
A medical coder provides the proper codes for office visits and procedures performed by a doctor and then billed to insurance companies.
You don’t have to be familiar with medical terminology. You do, however; have to recognize the diagnosis to input the appropriate code and know the ICD-10 code book.
Companies are looking for individuals to fill inside and outside sales rep jobs. This type of work is definitely for the go-getters who don’t take no for an answer.
It requires assertiveness, charm, persistence and you have to have a tough skin to endure the hang-ups, people yelling at you because you called at the wrong time, or the interruptions during a sale pitch.
But there is also a plus side to being a sales rep besides being able to work from home, the earnings. Most sales reps are paid by commission which explains why the sales rep you talk to won’t take no for an answer. Having been a sales rep myself I can surely understand.These are creme de la creme of #workfromhome jobs.Click To Tweet
The Best Places to Find Work-from-Home Jobs and What to Avoid
There are plenty of job boards to search for telecommuting jobs. I recommend sites like Job2Career, Monster and Career Builder. They are reputable job search sites and free to join.
I would stay away from sites that ask for membership fees. All they do is provide you a list of jobs (like I do) and charge you for them. So technically you’re paying for their research.
I would also stay away from jobs posted on Craigslist. Yes there are good jobs there. But I guess it’s a matter of the benefits outweighing the dangers of responding to those ads.
That’s All She Wrote
So there you have it, the crème de la crème of work-from-home jobs. The good news is many work-from-home jobs now includes a benefits package. That’s something that didn’t exist a couple of years ago. And that makes it even more beneficial for women and men to telecommute from home.
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