Sometimes my husband hates me in the morning. He can’t help it, and I don’t really blame him.
While he has to shower, dress, maybe eat something, make sure he’s got the day’s necessities like papers, keys and whatnot, and then navigate his way to his place of work in all kinds of ridiculous Canadian weather, I get to roll over, stumble downstairs and turn on my computer. OK, full disclosure: I don’t always stumble downstairs. Sometimes I just roll over and turn on the computer. I work from home as a web content producer and strategist.
In a lot of respects, I got it good – on others, not so much, but we’ll get to that in a bit. And you too can have it good, as many fields are relaxing the requirement to be in the office for 40 hours a week.
This week, Forbes magazine listed the top paying work-from-home jobs. The sectors include health, tech and creative. They are posted at the bottom of this article.
You’ll note that you might not become a millionaire. $31,000 (tax preparers) isn’t exactly a goldmine.
But for some people the tradeoff for not having to put on pants is worth it.
According to Forbes, the demand is growing for work-from-home jobs. Aging boomers want to get out of the stress of office life and Gen Xers are looking for flexibility.
“Canadians tell us again and again that what they are looking for most in their work lives is increased flexibility,” says Peter Harris, who is spearheading the movement to make national Work From Home Day a thing and just happens to work at Workopolis (He actually didn’t ask me to write this. I honestly thought you’d want to know about it).
“The opportunity to work from home, either full time or part of the time, empowers people to get their work done on their own schedule, to work around family obligations and to use the time otherwise lost commuting for other aspects of their lives. It’s a powerful incentive that employers can offer to attract top talent.”
There’s a tradeoff, though, to working from home full time. I get lonely and feel disconnected from the world – even though I spend about 18 hours a day online. It’s harder to network, and much more difficult to leave your work behind at the so-called “end of the day.” My day never ends. I usually work from the moment I get up (or roll over) until late in the evening. Forbes also points to little room for advancement. Just a few things to think about.
No doubt further opportunities will continue to pop as cities expand and commutes get longer. Environmentalists should also be attracted to the non-commute, while bosses might appreciate the need to rent less workspace.
Here are the top paying work-from-home jobs according to Forbes. Keep in mind that the jobs and salaries reflect the American market.
No. 1: Physicians and Radiologists – Median weekly earnings: $1,975
Median salary of primary care doctors: $186,000
No. 2: Computer Software Engineers – Median weekly earnings: $1,549
Median salary: $85,000
No. 3: Financial Managers – Median weekly earnings: $1,227
Median salary: $99,000
No. 4: Postsecondary Teachers – Median weekly earnings: $1,166
Median salary: $59,000
No. 5: Market and Survey Researchers – Median weekly earnings: $1,162
Median salary: $61,000
No. 6: Registered Nurses [such as telephone triage] – Median weekly earnings: $1,055
Median salary: $62,000
No. 7: Public Relations Specialists – Median weekly earnings: $1,126
Median salary: $51,000
No. 8: Writers and Authors – Median weekly earnings: $987
Median salary: $55,000
No. 9: Tax Preparers – Median weekly earnings: $1,061
Median salary: $31,000
No. 10: Graphic Designers – Median weekly earnings: $890
Median salary: $42,000