Maybe you’d like to work from home or, perhaps, you’d like to travel the globe. Regardless of your reasoning, some folks simply need the ability to work remotely.
Luckily, there are jobs that can be done online and give you the kind of freedom you desire. Of course, finding legitimate opportunities can sometimes seem rather difficult. That doesn’t, however, mean they don’t exist.
You may see a lot of advertisements for jobs that sound a bit too good to be true. Unfortunately, a lot of them are. That’s why it’s important to beware of potential scams when it comes to seeking remote work. Don’t worry, there are real opportunities as well.
Here are a few options you may be able to find.
3. Work as a Transcriptionist
If you’re an incredibly fast typist and a good listener, there could be some great transcriptionist opportunities for you. While, yes, a lot of people do use speech to text these days, it isn’t always reliable. That’s where transcriptionists come in.
Lots of things require transcription, too, even things like movies and TV shows. So, if you can hear well and are good at paying attention to details, this may be a great option.
This type of job also often allows you to work around a schedule of your choosing and at your own pace. It really does require you to have high accuracy though.
Try checking out websites like TranscribeMe! and Daily Transcription to find some initial opportunities.
2. Be a Virtual Assistant
Every day it seems more businesses have started taking some of their operations online. And, of course, with more people working remotely, there’s a higher demand for virtual assistants.
Wondering how that can possibly work? Well, there’s even an International Virtual Assistants Association. They describe virtual assistants as “independent contractors who (from a remote location, usually their home or office) support multiple clients in a variety of industries by providing administrative, creative, and technical services.”
Are you highly organized? How about good at executing administrative tasks? If you answered yes to these questions, this is likely a job you can do regardless of where you’re located. Jobs and the required tasks involved may vary, but the pay often starts at $15 an hour. Some seasoned VAs can even make up to $75 an hour.
To look for opportunities, try sites like Upwork and Zirtual.
1. Start Freelancing
If you’re a talented artist, writer, designer, video editor, or have other creative skills, you could potentially be working online. Not super creative? If you’re a people person, there are still possible opportunities. Good with math? Yep, the same sentiment applies.
Whether you’re doing creative work, accounting, customer support, or telemarketing, plenty of jobs can be done remotely as a freelancer.
Quite often, you’ll even be able to demand a higher salary than you might in a traditional job. Of course, this is partially because you’ll be responsible for your own benefits and tax withholding.
Not finding any solid opportunities? Try sites like Odesk, Upwork, WriterAccess, and Flexjobs if you can’t find work elsewhere.