Working from home is regarded as a luxury nowadays. What more can one ask for? Well it depends on the kind of job you are doing. Nevertheless some of them are what I would call ideal. And most likely, the phrase “work from home” calls to mind the picture of a pajama-clad person staring at a laptop while lounging on the couch. This is just a preconception and nothing more. There are millions of full-time or part-time jobs out there suited for young moms or for students looking for earning their rent money that are legitimate and well paid.
But still more than 40 million Americans do it, according to the advocacy group Telework Coalition. All they need is a decent computer and a fast internet connection.
So here are the best work from home jobs in the world. Moreover in spite of the fact that they are all online jobs, the salaries they are paying are equally motivating, just like for any other regular job.
1. Corporate English Trainer
Students in countries including Japan, Korea, France and Germany are looking for English speakers to practice with. Sessions focus on things like making professional small talk or running a meeting (trainers are provided with specifics on how to teach each topic, and are also trained themselves for two days before starting the job). Lessons take place either over the phone or on a live Internet video service like Skype, sometimes at night, because you’re working with students in different time zones. You need to commit to a minimum of 20 hours a week at consistent times, and can work as many as 35 hours.
2. Telephone Nurse
This job is perfect for someone with a nursing degree. It appears that health insurers or other health management companies, including Humana, Aetna and UnitedHealth Group, hire nurses remotely to perform duties like case management, treatment authorization and patient education.
3. Medical transcriptionist
The work involves listening to and typing up dictation from doctors — some of whom have difficult accents, slur words together, and even “eat, drink, chew gum (and) talk to other people in the room” while dictating, she says. But hearing about medical matters can be interesting, and good transcriptionists are in very high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2010 data, the median hourly rate for transcriptionists is $15.82.
4. Web developer/designer
A virtual assistant and web developer might just be the thing for you: (s)he offers services such as custom website design, template modification and redesigns, code updates, hosting and usability reviews. And they can all be provided in and from the comfort of your living room.
5. Travel agent
Operating a home-based travel agency can be an excellent business. It will be difficult to achieve your monetary goals at the beginning, but a solid business plan will take you right there where you want to. Bonus: there’s also the joy of helping others enjoy their leisure time.
6. Community Gardens Director
One of the ways nonprofits, large and small, stay flexible is by hiring telecommuters. This dramatically lowers the costs of office space and overhead. Nonprofit directors who enjoy working from home will find their days spent working with the board of directors, managing budgets, creating strategic plans, and maintaining records, all from their home offices. And if you’re the Community Gardens Director, you can spend more time in your own home garden while you manage the community’s as well.
7. Grant Writer & Manager
Whether working as a freelancer for multiple clients, or as the grant writer for one organization, these professionals are able to work with clients to prepare proposals and grant applications from their home offices. As with any virtual job, solid communication is the key to any at-home grant writing position.
8. Writer & Author
Writing from home is another job that can be potentially lucrative. The beauty of having a background in writing is that the possibilities are virtually endless. Freelance writing ranges from writing novels to web-based articles to medical, technical, or résumé writing. In fact, as the internet continues to expand, writing for websites provides both established and aspiring writers a chance to write with purpose while still designing their own schedule and maintaining the ability to write from almost anywhere in the world.
9. Search Engine Evaluator
Companies like Google and Yahoo! give you information to search for, and you tell them how closely their results matched what you were looking for. Does a search for Lady Antebellum turn up sites about the music group or links to pre–Civil War period information? Jobs are usually between 10 to 25 hours a week.
10. Physicians and Radiologists
Many physicians can work from home performing file reviews; this type of work is varied and often includes completing peer reviews, underwriting reports, and writing disability opinions and pre-authorizations. Many physicians will supplement their clinical income by doing this sort of work from home, helping them stay current on the latest medical developments. Imaging on Call and Permedion rely on home-based medical workers to evaluate patient cases. “Telemedicine” is most common among retired doctors or doctors who work part time.