The Best Jobs for Working from Home

Have you ever wished you could work from home? Skip the commute? Have a flexible schedule? With so many jobs allowing the flexibility of working from home, now you can have all of these things. Read on to discover the best jobs for working from home.

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Why work from home?

There are a multitude of reasons to work from home. Topping the list – as expected – is a healthier work/life balance. This is due to several reasons. For one, you can be in control of your schedule and have greater flexibility to prioritise tasks, including work, leisure, and familial responsibilities. The fact that you’re no longer commuting to and from work will also save you a significant amount of time and money.

Working from home gives you tax benefits – money you can put towards your business or your personal pursuits. Working from home is also usually less stressful as your home tends to be a quieter, less distracting environment to work in. The result – greater productivity and more time for family, friends, and pets!

Companies are starting to take notice of these benefits and are beginning to offer more remote work opportunities. In fact, studies show that working from home makes employees happier, resulting in fewer resignations and greater profit for the company.

Best jobs for working from home

There are a number of jobs you can easily do from home – and the list is continually growing! With technological advancements, the ability to work remotely has increased dramatically. Here are some of the more popular jobs people do from home:

  • Virtual assistant
  • Web developer
  • Travel agent
  • Writer
  • Online teacher
  • Graphic designer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Child Caregiver
  • Baker/Caterer/Chef
  • Consultant
  • Event Planner
  • Photographer
  • Realtor
  • Fashion stylist
  • Virtual Public Relations Specialist
  • Social Media Manager
  • Therapist
  • Artist
  • Pet groomer
  • Hairstylist.

Essential skills for working from home

To work from home efficiently, a number of skills are needed. Firstly, you must be able to organise yourself well and prioritise tasks. You’ll have to be your own supervisor, and this means you have to be self-motivated and self-disciplined. Other important skills, depending on your job, include:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent critical thinking skills
  • Ability to be flexible
  • Ability to work in isolation
  • Technical skills
  • Independence
  • Reliability
  • Ability to remain focused
  • Cross-cultural literacy
  • Time management skills.

Salary

Depending on the job or business, the salary you earn working from home will vary. According to recent United Kingdom data, salaries in this domain range anywhere from £25,000 to £47,500, with an average of £32,500. The industry with the highest salary is sales, followed closely by electronics. Banking, insurance, and finance average in at around £37,500, while education-related remote work sits at around £35,000.

In some cases, salaries can reach over £75,000 if the positions are senior enough – such as project managers or data engineers.

Voices from the field: Why I love working from home

“I value the freedom I have, even if it requires more discipline. I like making my own schedule and being evaluated for the work I produce instead of the hours I spend. Freedom and flexibility are two of the main reasons people want to work from home.” – J.V.

“I am fulfilling every dream I’ve ever had in terms of work success and being my own boss.” – A.G.

“My time is my own. I don’t have office hours restricting me. I have the freedom and flexibility to determine my own day. I am in charge of my own life.” – A.W.

“It has taking a while to figure it out and much of it has been trial and error, but for the first time in a long time I seem to have a balanced lifestyle. My priorities have changed. I’m healthier and exercise daily, I see more of friends, I’m starting to become part of the local community where I live and when I travel now I have time to focus on the country I’m in. Most importantly, I am enjoying work more than ever.” – C.H.

“No dress code! I can work in my pajamas, sweats, wedding dress, whatever I want. I work for clients I love. My work is meaningful. I choose my work, it does not choose me.” – L.T.R.

How to get qualifications that allow you to work at home

Depending on your job or skill set, you may wish to get some professional training before beginning your venture at home. This can range from weekend workshops to certificates, diplomas or even university degrees in your area of expertise.

Start your home career today!

For most of the jobs mentioned in this article, the International Career Institute has affordable, flexible training packages readily available for you. Browse our range of courses today and enrol in a course that will help you kick-start your career working from home today.

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Gladys serves as the General Manager and Head of Student Services at the International Career Institute.

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