The secret is out: job seekers are now looking for remote and freelance gigs more than ever before. In fact, right now about 3,000 jobs on Workopolis are labelled as remote or freelance.
Employers are also starting to realize that in order to keep a happy workforce, being flexible with work hours and location goes a long way. After all, there’s no shortage of benefits when it comes to working from home. Remote workers have claimed to be more productive, less stressed, and more engaged. Not only that, it’s a great way to save money on commuting or buying lunch.
The key component to finding a career that you can do from home is being able to perform your daily tasks from anywhere with the right equipment. This of course rules out jobs like retail sales, servers, or other jobs where your physical presence is important.
What career paths are starting to reap the benefits of working from home? Here are six office jobs you can now do remotely:
Graphic design is an integral part of any marketing department. Using software, graphic designers work with images, video, and typography to create visuals for electronic or print media. Job related tasks for a Graphic Designer are primarily done on a computer, which makes it a great career choice if working remotely is what you’re looking for.
Salary range: $30,269 – $59,621
Writing is probably one of the most versatile jobs in a business, and one that can truly be done anywhere. Sometimes creative inspiration doesn’t conveniently come between the hours of nine to five, after all, so being able to pick your own hours is ideal. Make sure to build up your presence and personal brand online to land bigger and better writing gigs.
Salary range: $29,795 – $84,237
While you will have to have additional credentials to become an accountant, the average salary, job satisfaction, and flexible work options prove it’s worth it. Reports from Payscale find Accountants have one of the highest reported rates of job satisfaction. If you’re good with numbers and love math, this career path is likely one that makes the most sense for you.
Average salary: $41,267 – $109,602
Personal assistants are starting to become a thing of the past. In their place? Virtual assistants! The slight name change comes from the obvious shift in one’s ability to do the job anywhere. The nature of the job changes based on the needs of the employer but at a basic level it usually entails: answering emails or phone calls, data entry, or other simple tasks that can easily be taken off someone’s plate.
Average salary: $24,385 – $55,662
While teaching isn’t a typical ‘office job,’ it’s also not one that’s previously been associated with remote or freelance work. The majority of these types of jobs are for teaching languages, especially for students overseas. The best part is that many employers will give you the training you need before you start. This way you won’t have to worry about paying to go back to school.
Average salary: $35,112 – $92,187
Website design and development
When it comes to building websites, there are many different associated roles, all of which can be done from home. Jobs involved in building a website include working on the back-end, optimizing the user experience, or helping with overall maintenance. While you need a certain level of expertise and skills to do this job, many working in the field claim to be self-taught. Brush up your skills, clean up your resume, and get applying!
Average salary: $31,940 – $69,722
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