Working from home is one of those goals with a seemingly universal appeal. Who wouldn’t want to be completely in charge of their own time and destiny? Who wouldn’t relish the opportunity to roll out of bed whenever they felt like it and already be at work. That morning coffee, the fuel which so many of us depend on to allow us to function first thing, tastes all the sweeter when we can enjoy it from the comfort of a workspace in our own home.
Despite the way that many of us imagine these jobs being, they are not mythical opportunities that are hidden away from most ordinary people. On the contrary, there are a large number of these jobs available and usually, there are very few entry requirements. That’s because most of the work from home jobs are self-employed or freelance jobs. Those who work for home generally work for themselves rather than for another individual or business.
A virtual assistant is someone to whom larger organizations and businesses outsource a lot of their technical support work. The job of a virtual assistant is to perform many of the basic administrative and tech support roles, such as answering phones and e-mails, live chatting with customers, managing calendars, and appointments, and entering data. Websites such as Upwork often list freelance opportunities in this area. A virtual assistant job is perfect for those who are very well organized, good at multitasking and enjoy playing a supporting role within a business.
Transcription work is often some of the best-paid work for freelancers who are working from home. Quite simply, a transcriptionist listens to audio files and types out what they hear. These transcripts are then sent back to the originating business or organization who uses them as a backup record of any meetings that have taken place, or something to reference in the case of litigation. Transcriptionists don’t require any previous experience. In fact, many businesses seem to prefer those without much experience. However, the faster you can work, the more money you can make.
Transcription jobs can involve transcribing just about anything, from a doctor’s medical dictation to a recording of a company board meeting. The only thing you will need is a keyboard and a computer. Sites like transcribeanywhere.com are a great start point if you would like to perform this kind of work.
Making money from a website that you have designed and built yourself is definitely not easy. In fact, this is probably the hardest route to a sustainable income. However, when it pays off, the potential returns can be enormous. The trick here is in identifying a gap in the market and working out exactly what it is that you can offer people through a website that they can’t get elsewhere. Money making opportunities range from e-commerce websites, which sell products or services to consumers, to news websites (such as Todays Global News), which generate money through on-site advertising.
Working from home is a dream for many of us, but it is something that is much more realistic and attainable than many people realize. For those who are willing to look, there are endless opportunities out there, just waiting to be snapped up.