20 Surprising Jobs You Can Do From Anywhere
If the thought of being cooped up in a cubicle for eight hours a day has you feeling anxious, you might be interested to know that there are other options out there. Working from home and remote career paths have come a long way, with a wide range of jobs now out there for the flexibility-seeking professional. We’ve done some digging to bring you some of the best and most profitable work-from-home jobs available today.
Freelance WriterAnd we don’t just mean novelist. From freelance work to report writing and everything in between, the full spectrum of writing jobs available today just keeps getting broader and broader.
How much you can make from this work-from-home job: this can vary in a big way, and its almost impossible to nail down any kind of average for this job bracket, but suffice it to say, with this kind of career, you can really control how much — or how little — you make, based on how much work you’re willing to take on.
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Virtual AssistantForget fetching coffee or taking the boss’s dog to the vet, assistant roles are not what they used to be — and as the corporate world grows more complex and demanding, so too do the tasks encompassed in the role of assistant. A virtual assistant essentially manages the same kind of administrative tasks as an executive assistant might do, but from a remote setting. This typically requires a degree of fluency in e-communications and would be ideal for someone who is a self-starter, able to identify the needs of their clients and problem-solve remotely whenever needed.
How much you can make:The median hourly salary for a virtual assistant is $22.50 per hour.
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Customer Service RepresentativeActing as the liaison between companies and their clients, or potential clients, a customer service representative who works remotely will generally conduct business by way of phone or online. Communicating company information, managing questions, troubleshooting for customers and processing returns are all essential parts of this job.
How much can you make:The average is $14.33 per hour
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Virtual TutorFor anyone with an interest in the field of education, but looking for the flexibility to work from different subject studies and at varying levels of education, online tutoring is the best option to allow you to flex — and profit from — those scholastic muscles.
How much can you make:The average salary for a tutor is $19.30 per hour, but virtual fees vary.
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Graphic DesignerBased in visual communications and ideal for creative, tech-savvy types, a graphic designer, often with the flexibility to work remotely, creates concepts, images, and advertisements — whatever the client requires — to capture the target audience.
How much can you make:Starting at $41,744 per year.
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Search Engine TesterWorking in the realm of search engine optimization, a search engine tester ensures the working operations and optimal functionality of search engines.
How much can you make:Typically, positions in the field make an average of $49,665 — for remote work, these salaries may vary.
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Android or iPhone Software DeveloperExactly what is sounds like, and best-suited for the tech-savvy, a smartphone software developer's primary purpose is the development of software and programming for android or iPhone-based platforms.
How much can you make:The average annual salary is $60,959.
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Online TranslatorFairly straightforward, your skills in translating will typically be commissioned for specific projects or as an ongoing support to the online platform for a specific company or host website.
How much can you make:An average of $49,134 per year .
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Senior Project ManagerMost frequently offered in a partially-remote capacity, the project manager would need to come equipped with strong communication and organizational skills, so as to effectively coordinate, plan and manage teams and project tasks, even when doing so remotely.
How much can you make:The average per year is $104,359.
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Events ProducerWith the ability to work remotely a definite option in this field, the events producer would handle all aspects of events planning and marketing; overseeing and coordinating things like sponsorship, promotion and structure of the event.
How much can you make:Average of $39,000 per year.
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Accounting LeadManaging financial tasks such as payroll, bookkeeping, accounts payable/receivable, etc, this position allows for a skilled multi-tasker to take on multiple accounts, rather than working for a single organization in an office environment.
How much can you make:An average of $46,000 per year.
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Research ScientistFrom a tech-perspective, research science in today’s world is heavily reliant on data analysis, data mining and online documentation — all of which can be done, at least in part, remotely.
How much can you make:Average of $82, 235.
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Food Safety AuditorA position in telecommuting, this job can be done remotely and involves the planning and orchestrating of food service industry audits. Typically people in this field will have multiple certifications and some form of degree in the food sciences. Don't have a degree? Check out these 19 Canadian jobs that pay well but don't require a degree.
How much can you make:Average of $55,376.
E-Interior DesignerWorking via phone and e-communication, an e-interior designer is able to offer creative and design services online, working remotely and with the flexibility of offering their services to a much broader audience.
How much can you make:Interior design job salaries typically range between $30,000 - $40,000 per year.
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Pattern MakerA job that absolutely works as freelance and at-home for someone seeking the flexibility of remote-employment, a pattern maker would create patterns from original designs.
How much can you make:Average salaries generally sit in the $40,000+ range.
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Legal DirectorA job that allows you to consider working and travelling to wherever the opportunities may be, the primary responsibilities relate to providing counseling, resolving issues and mitigating risk. You may not have the ability to perform this role from home, but there is definitely room to take on several of these tasks via e-communication strategies.
How much can you make:The average for working remotely in this role varies, but in general, a legal director can easily earn an annual salary sitting in the 6-figure range.
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Court InterpretorFor those gifted in the language arts, or even just someone with a specific alternative fluency, this position allows for telecommunication and remote employment in a freelance capacity. You have the flexibility to look for work wherever you’d like, offering your services in the judicial field.
How much can you make:The starting salary for this role sits at around $30,000.
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Head of Retail Customer SupportA retail-support role, this is a position which involves telecommuting to primarily provide customer support and ensure the effective adoption and implementation of retail solutions.
How much can you make:Retail management and support roles average at a salary of $45,953 per year.
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Medical DoctorAs if the salaries weren’t incentive enough, the medical field more than makes up for the years of study required by opening up to qualified professionals a world of options when it comes to flexible — yet gainful — employment. A medical doctor, particularly one who specializes, is able to work remotely and from various locations, generally made easier by focusing on consultant roles, which are always in demand.
How much can you make:Let’s just say this career path sees the lower-end annual salaries at around $100,000 and it just spikes from there, based on qualifications and experience.
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Vocational Rehabilitation CounselorAssisting those coping with disabilities, injuries, addiction and mental illness, vocational rehabilitation counselors assist them in finding employment and thus enhancing their quality of life and ability to enjoy more independent and stable living.
How much can you make:Average of $55,475 per year.
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