Working from home seems like a distant dream for some, but with more remote positions on the rise, it has become a reality for many workers. In fact, according to a 2017 study by FlexJobs, remote jobs in the US rose by 115% since 2005. And thanks to the new digital age, it’s never been easier to connect to your work server and do all your normal office tasks from the comfort of your own home.
So, whether you want to make a full-time career out of working from home, avoid the hustle and bustle of a busy office, eliminate the daily commute or earn some extra money on the side, these high-paying home-based jobs are right up your alley!
All you need is a good WiFi connection, a laptop and a great work ethic to get yourself up and running!
1. Airbnb Host
Average salary: $924 (£670) per month
If you’ve got enough room to host regular guests or even a summer house or a separate apartment that you don’t use all the time, why not make the most of it and rent it out to strangers on Airbnb? Not only will it help you make a living (with minimal effort on your part), it’s also a great way to meet people from all over the world and learn about their cultures. And once you build your ratings up, you’ll start selling out in no time!
2. Dog Sitter
Average salary: $29,840 (£21,640) per year
If you’re an dog lover and want to make a living by looking after people’s pets, becoming a dog sitter might just be perfect for you! You can either visit clients’ homes a couple of times a day and feed, walk and give their dogs some extra special TLC, or look after them in your home (which is the more popular option). You can find dog sitting gigs through word of mouth or even by joining an online marketplace like DogVacay.
3. Beauty Seller
Average salary: 20–35% of sales in commission
If you have a passion for make-up, you can become a seller by signing up for a number of schemes. You’ll need to have high spirits, a big social network and excellent sales skills (though if you believe in the products you’re selling and are inspired by the brand, this should come as second nature to you). Brands like Avon and Mary Kay all offer beauty representative partnerships so you can sell your favourite brands.
4. Virtual Assistant
Average salary: $35,621 (£25,830)
Are you someone who’s super organised and like to take charge of schedules and enjoy managing simple office tasks? If so, you could become a virtual assistant where you’ll perform general office duties from home. Your daily tasks will typically include responding to emails, making travel arrangements and organising calendars and meetings.
Average salary: $29,186 (£21,170)
If you’re looking for a flexible job that requires minimal experience, transcribing just may be perfect for you. It essentially involves listening to audio recordings (from college lectures to medical notes and press clippings) and typing them out word for word – easy-peasy! To get started, look for roles on sites like Transcribe Anywhere.
6. Survey Taker
Average salary: $1–$50 (£0.72–£36) per survey
Survey taking isn’t a great replacement for full-time employment but if you’re looking for quick and easy ways to make some extra cash, this can be a great idea. There are literally hundreds of sites out there that pay you to take opinion polls and other types of surveys, so it’s best to do some research and find the ones that interest you. You’ll earn cash for every survey you take (typically paid via PayPal) or vouchers to use at well-known stores.
7. Website Tester
Average salary: $10–$15 (£7–£11) per test
If you have great attention to detail and are an expert web surfer (and who isn’t in today’s digital world?), then you can get paid to test websites for a living, making sure everything works properly and keeping user-friendliness in mind. Don’t worry – you’ll typically be sent a manual with complete instructions on what to test.
Average salary: $1–$2 (£0.72–£1.45) per 1,000 hits
Are you a creative genius who has lots of tips and tricks to share about a specific topic? For example, maybe you’re a beauty expert who wants to show people how to create the perfect natural day look that will last all day? Then head over to YouTube to create your own free account, grab your smartphone and start filming – and who knows? Maybe you’ll become an overnight sensation! You’ll just need to make sure you stay active, create new and exciting videos on a regular basis and engage with your followers to rack up the views.
9. English Trainer
Average salary: $15 (£11) per hour
If you’re a native English speaker with time to spare, you can connect with students or young professionals in other countries that want to practice speaking English. They may have a specific area they’d like to train in, so you will most likely need to spend a bit of time creating a lesson plan for your telephone or Skype call. goFLUENT is a great site that will help you establish yourself as a professional trainer.
10. Online Nurse
Average salary: $62,000 (£44,960)
If you’re a registered nurse but don’t like the busy feel of a hospital, you could consider working from home in the telehealth industry. You could work for a 24-hour healthcare emergency line advising clients over the phone based on their symptoms or even via web chat by giving clients an online consultation to narrow down their symptoms and treatment plan.
11. Online Therapist
Average salary: $42,000 (£30,360)
If you’re a qualified therapist, you could start an online business offering Skype sessions. There are many life coaches that have joined this trend and offer their services over the internet, cutting out the travel fare and, therefore, making the service cheaper for everyone involved. If you want to look into this trend, you could sign up as a therapist on Talkspace or a similar site.
12. Customer Service Representative
Average salary: $36,376 (£26,380)
If you enjoy talking to people and providing them with assistance, you could become an online customer service representative and work from home. You’ll usually even get the same benefits package that an office employee would get, such as paid annual leave and insurance cover. It will give you the stability of a full-time job, minus the horrific commute – a perfect scenario for new mums!
13. Online Tutor
Average salary: $34,704 (£25,170)
If you’re a skilled teacher and prefer working one-on-one rather than in a typical school setting, you could consider online tutoring. You’ll carry out the same syllabus via a video conference site and you’ll get to manage your own hours so that you live a more flexible lifestyle. You can join sites like K12 where you can teach a variety of students, from home-schooled and military kids to even adults.
14. Web Developer
Average salary: $58,166 (£42,180)
All you need is the right programming skills, an internet connection, a text editor, a computer and you’re good to go on your way to making money by developing websites for a variety of clients. And once you build a good network, you’ll often get repeat business from the same clients.
15. Freelance Writer
Average salary: $25 (£18) per hour
One of the best, if not the most, in-demand home-based job is that of a skilled writer. You’ll need excellent writing skills and a passion for the particular field you’ll be working in, like fashion or sports, for example, and you’ll soon be on your way to building a portfolio and a name for yourself in the industry. Other similar freelancing options include writing and proofreading.
Average salary: $45,063 (£32,680) per year
If you’re fluent in more than one language, you could earn a high income by translating documents at home. The good news is that you can choose what type of work you’d like to translate, and online services like Gengo help make it happen.
17. Social Media Manager
Average salary: $48,614 (£35,250) per year
As social media has grown as an important business tool, so too has the need for experienced managers to handle a company’s online presence. This is where you come in, keeping track of an organisation’s public profiles and ensuring they’re following a logical social media marketing strategy.
18. Graphic Designer
Average salary: $42,339 (£30,700) per year
Many businesses always need a skilled designer to create an image, logo or visual ad for their website but usually can’t afford to keep one employed on a full-time basis. This paths the way for freelance graphic designers like yourself, and more often leads you to referrals.
19. Travel Agent
Average salary: $36,674 (£26,600) per year
If you’ve been in the travel business for a while, you would have built all the connections you need to establish yourself as an independent travel agent. As a travel agent, you’ll get paid to help clients make all the necessary arrangements for their holidays and advise them on the best places to see and do in their destination.
20. Data Entry Operator
Average salary: $39,808 (£28,870) per year
This isn’t the most exciting job in the world but if you don’t mind monotony all that much, you can make a decent living by inputting data for businesses from the comfort of your home. And if you’re good at what you do, you’ll most likely be asked to keep their data updated, meaning you’ll have a regular income.
Work-from-home jobs are the Holy Grail of making a bit of extra money on the side – and they’re great for new parents, too, who want to make a living but don’t have the time for a typical 9-to-5 job.
Are you considering any of these options or do you work from home? Join in on the conversation below and let us know!