5 Most Lucrative Work from Home Jobs

In a 2017 report, it was revealed that 5.2% of Americans now work from home. The United States census confirms that eight million people now work this way in comparison to the 5% who worked from home in 2016 and the 3.3% who worked from home in 2000.

Internet connectivity, technology and a growing call for better work hours and setups are helping this number to rise. As more employees work from home as a way to make themselves more productive and spend more time with their families, analysts expect the figures to rise more.

If you’re looking to take on a work from home job, then it’s important to know that some jobs are more lucrative than others. However, you can get started with no skills and just a few pieces of technology.

What Do You Need to Work from Home?

Unless you have somehow managed to find a work from home job where your boss communicates with you via carrier pigeon, you will need a fast Internet connection. You’ll also need a laptop that can multitask and supports work software such as Slack, Skype, and Dropbox as these are all used by many companies to send files and to talk to the team.

If your laptop is years old and you need a new one, you can find a replacement for a good price, so that you don’t spend more money than you’re going to make. There are some great deals on refurbished laptops with Apple MacBooks becoming much more affordable when you buy one second hand. From the refurbished MacBook range, the MacBook Air 11 inch would be a good budget choice as it is powerful enough to handle business software and is lightweight so you can use it to work where you want. Read this for more information about refurbished laptop prices and which retailers have the best deals.

What Skills Do You Need?

If you have been trained (or have knowledge) of things like programming, software design, graphic design, finance, and science, then you could get a work from home salary of above $100,000. However, you can still make more than $50,000 a year without any of these skills.

For most work from home jobs, what you need are people skills. If you can communicate well, work quickly, and you’re willing to learn then you will be able to take on a work from home position. Many employers offer training once you have got the position so not having much experience in the industry doesn’t mean you can’t do well at the job.

Marketing

Marketing is a popular work from home job because it allows you to be creative. If you can come up with slogans, have ideas for posters or have posted a few popular tweets or Facebook posts, then you will probably do well in the marketing industry.

Most industries have a need for some sort of marketing and it’s best to choose an industry that you know or purchase many products from. By choosing an industry you know, you will probably have seen many ads and marketing of that industry and can use that to be successful in your job.

Selling Products

Salespeople don’t have the most positive reputation. When people think of salespeople, they think of door to door sales people who try to sell them products that they don’t want. While that still happens today, your work from home job probably won’t be anything like that.

Now, there are jobs that allow you to sell products from your home. There are different jobs for this, one may be selling your own product on an online store, or listing someone else’s products on online stores, finding people to sell someone else’s products to, or collecting information about how a business can increase their sales.

Assistant

Some people are just very good at organizing their schedules and have spreadsheets, reminders, and calendars all telling them what’s on their to-do list and when their next meeting is. Other people are so busy that they don’t have the time to set this organization system up and these are the people who will want to employ you.

If you have great organizational skills then you can make some money as a work from home assistant. You can be the person who takes the calls, plans the meetings, and gives them reminders about where they have to be. It’s not a glamorous job and you may become as busy as your boss, but it can pay well and it allows you to work from home.

Customer Support

Data in this infographic published by NewVoiceMedia revealed that US companies lose an estimated $41 billion each year because of bad customer service. Customers who aren’t happy with the way that they have been treated will go to a competitor and many may tell their friends not to do business with that brand.

If you have good people skills and want to do your best to help solve people’s problems, then you could join a customer support team. Customer support is one of the most important roles in a company and businesses are always looking for talented and driven people to join the team. Many customer support jobs are work from home jobs too.

Transcription

When an interview, podcast or video has been recorded, it’s someone’s job to transcribe it. They have to turn that audio into written content that can be turned into blog posts, subtitles, press releases and more so that it can be published online. Transcription can be a difficult task which is why companies are happy to pay other people to do it.

Scribie’s big list of tips explains that you will need to have the right equipment (such as some high quality headphones) and because of how long it can take to transcribe something, you will want to be comfortable too. Job boards have many transcription jobs available though you can also contact companies with podcasts and that publish interviews on their blog to see if they have anything available.

To work from home, you don’t need to get a job and then try to talk your boss into letting you work away from the office some days in the week. There are positions made for people who want to work from home and you can find these by looking online.