Are you tired of going to your office every day? Looking for a new job? Wondering if it might be time to try out this remote work, freelancing, or telecommuting lifestyle that your friends love?
While working from home comes with its own set of challenges (which we outline here and here), it’s also an incredible way to reduce your commute costs and time, set your own schedule, be your own boss, and work on a variety of interesting projects from clients.
Even when you work remotely, you can leave the house and grow your network by attending local events, hosting meetups, and joining a nearby coworking space where you can be productive and meet other digital nomads.
Here are twelve career options to consider if you want to work from home this year:
Are you fluent in a second or third language? You could put your language skills to use by becoming a translator, whether for a company that lets you work remotely or for freelance clients who are looking for translation help.
Do you have a knack for design and a basic knowledge of programming? As a web designer you can express your creativity while also helping your clients create gorgeous websites that showcase their work and grow their businesses.
As a freelance writer, you can achieve your dream of being a writer while also working from home and working with an interesting variety of clients. Here are some ways to find freelance writing projects when you’re first starting out.
SEO Manager / Analyst / Coordinator
Many companies are looking to increase their visibility online through organic search engine results, and search engine optimization (SEO) is the ideal discipline to make this happen. As an SEO professional you can help clients improve their digital marketing efforts, select keywords, get great backlinks, and more.
Put your knowledge or teaching experience to good use by helping students succeed, ace tests, and meet their academic goals. You can create a tutoring niche and focus solely on the subjects where you have the most expertise, and you meet with tutoring clients either online or locally.
Graphic design is an exciting field where you can help add a visual design component to companies, brands, artists, and startups. Whether you design logos, magazine advertisements, book covers, illustrations, or something else entirely, you can find graphic design resources and freelance ideas here.
Many companies hire bloggers, content writers, or digital marketing specialists to help beef up their content game and reach their audiences in new and creative ways. You can put your writing skills to use for one of these companies, or learn how to create and monetize your own blog.
Social Media Manager
Are you fluent in Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat? Do you have an eye for content strategy, photography elements, captions, ads, and copy that hits right at the heart of a target audience? As a social media manager, you can work from home and help companies or freelance clients build their businesses through the power of social media.
Get paid to help people, truly listen to their challenges, and provide solutions to their problems. Life coaching, business coaching, relationship coaching, and health coaching are all popular coaching options. Consulting, which is slightly different from coaching, provides you with opportunities to help people execute specific strategies in their businesses.
Editor / Proofreader
Every writer needs at least one impeccable editor. If you have experience with developmental editing, copyediting, or proofreading, you can offer your services in a freelance capacity to companies and individuals looking to sharpen their words. Reedsy is a great place to connect with authors, designers, and companies who are looking for various types of editing.
Online Store Owner
You can sell handicrafts, designs, clothes, and pretty much anything on websites like Etsy, eBay, Creative Market, or Poshmark. You could also set up your own Shopify website, or you could start your own subscription box to send to buyers every month. Your opportunities for selling online are endless!
Web / App / Software Developer
Because most software, web, and app development can be accomplished remotely, these jobs are a popular career choice for people who have coding experience and prefer to work from home. Create apps, websites, and software from wherever you are on a given day.
If you desire to work from home, but you’re not sure if you can really stay focused at home every single day… consider working from MELD Coworking!
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