6 jobs you can do working from home
Updated: 5 days ago
This year has forced many people to rethink their priorities, before... well, before we thought work mattered to us much more than just the paycheck at the end of the month. We took our health, to the most part, for granted, and we assumed our god-given right to book a half-term break with our families to sunnier climes.
But with the changes for the bad, there have been changes for the good - recognizing the joy in spending time with family, seeing the value and wonder of nature in our every day walks during lockdown. The wonderful world of pets has seen dog ownership sky rocket, and don't get us started on the baking which has brought mass flour shortages to many a supermarket (and a couple of extra pounds to the waistlines!). Many of us have embraced and enjoyed a slower pace in our days. Regardless of whether we were juggling home schooling with zoom meetings, having the daily commute vanish from our day to day life has removed the stress of rushing from A to B to do something, that for the most part, can be perfectly well done, from home with a good internet connection, and a family that respects a closed door! So, with the hope that at some point soon we will be re-entering a new 'old' normal, it might be worth considering some of the many jobs that have traditionally been done from the comfort of your own home.
1 Proof reader
The all important process that occurs to every piece of written content prior to publication. Proof reading is the last hurdle after editing. Checking for any errors is a crucial job and requires someone who really does enjoy the devil in the detail. Publishers online and offline for fiction, factual books and other forms of professional documents need proof readers. You could be this person if you have a university degree, especially in English; or you have a professional qualification in the area or have worked extensively in journalism, publishing or digital media. You can take courses in English which cover basic grammar or look for apprenticeships in a publishing house. You can also access a proofreading course for free if you do it in your 14 day free trial at Skillshare.
2 Freelance writer
Looking to have your say, in a newspaper or even on our Maggie & Rose Life?! Well, there are a number of routes to this exciting job (we would call it that wouldn't we!). There are plenty of writing courses that teach you how to write an article, Udemy gets some good feedback on quality and has a range of different kinds of creative writing courses available. or even a novel or screen play that you can do online cheaply (or for eye watering sums). You can also find more reasonably priced courses in adult education centres and there are often finanical schemes and grants you can apply for too. If you haven't previously held a position where you have written for a living such as a TV Producer, marketing assistant or overseeing a company's social media channels, you can also start a blog for free on a site like Wordpress which will force you to write regularly and think about what your audience actually wants to read (Google Analytics which is also free, will show you what people read, and what they don't).
3 Virtual assistant
This job seems a natural progression for anyone who is a super-organised parent because it's essentially about organising someone else's life (or company). From setting up meetings to booking travel and buying gifts, a virtual assistant or virtual personal assistant is a job made up of everything you do for your family every day (apart from spoon feeding cold porridge, or wiping bottoms of course!). Look for jobs at Reed or Linked in or join an agency like Viratalent.
4 Audio Transcribing
If you don't feel up to using your own words at the keyboard, then how about audio transcribing as a new career? As long as you can type accurately you can type up a piece of audio which you listen to. Sometimes this will be word for word, sometimes just the key parts. The kind of content might range from law, to medical or general research. You might need a minimum typing speed (70 words per minute is fairly standard) but some companies won't stipulate a speed so that you can at least get a start. You will need a good command of the English language, as in the previous three jobs on the list. Jobs can be found with companies like Mcgowan Transcribe + Translate or Way With Words.
5 Graphic designer
Graphic designers create visual branding for a large number of everyday products and displays from adverts, book covers (and interiors), brochures, website designs, magazines and even product packaging. You will need proper training to get into this industry but like the other careers, courses are available online. Look for a foundation course in art and design, graphic design or graphic design and or illustration. If you want to commit fully, then The Open University has a full time, one year course available in IT and Design which you may be able to get a student loan to fund. Don't forget to check your local authorities adult education options too as they will come in much cheaper.
6 Survey Taker
Being a survey taker is never going to make you big bucks, but it will bring a few extra pounds in, and you might even find you quite enjoy it. The best thing about doing this 'job' is that there is no training necessarry and you just need to give your opinion. Do this, and you could earn hundreds of pounds a year. Many online survey sites pay you in credit but you can build this up to a point when you can 'cash out'. Some companies also pay in vouchers. The key thing to remember is that you should never pay to join a survey site. The top survey site to join is i-say for more top tips and a list of more survey sites you can go to money saving expert.
And... re-think your work life with the new freedom of a WFH career
One of the positives of the past year's health crisis has been that many of us are no longer commuting into offices in order to do our day's work. Working from home is no longer seen as a curious status which secretly we all hankered after, thinking it must be a pretty cushy gig. Remote work (with a good internet signal and a whizzy computer) has opened up a raft of other types of jobs. In fact every role that requires computer work predominantly, is now fair game. This covers most departments in most companies like marketing, accounts, transport, IT, human resources, publishing, banking, digital and phone companies... the list goes on and on.
So this is actually a really good time to take a moment to review your CV and ask yourself whether you could do any of your previous roles again, but this time from home. For example who would have ever thought that a yoga teacher would work from home but just ask Louise Rogers who was forced to move from teaching in the local yoga studios to becoming a whizz at filming on zoom, continuing to provide a much needed lifeline to her loyal followers. Maybe you want to me more creative in your new work role, you might find inspiration on the Get Creative UK website that was launched last year with the help of the Arts Council and contains masterclasses from people such as Simon Callow on acting, and Paul Smith on fashion.
Next week we have some amazing advice from Career Coach Rachel Schofield, on rethinking your work options when you're returning from a career break. She specialises in coaching women after motherhood, focussing on helping you regain your identity, confidence and self-fulfilment.