Writing Prompt: “Write what you should have said.”
Recently a forum administrator recruited me to weigh in on a discussion working mothers were having about how difficult it was to be a good parent while having a “great’ career.
I knew better. I was a working mother with one of those all consuming “great” jobs at one time and knew suggesting to these mothers they work from home instead of having the career they loved would go over like a ton of bricks.
But, silly me, wanting to be accommodating to my new friend (and I suppose flattered anyone would ask my opinion) I blundered in with a suggestion.
“Have you thought about working from home?”
Replies were swift and to the point:
“Work from home jobs are all scams!”
“No thanks! I’ve seen what work from home jobs pay, lol!”
“My job pays $99,000 a year and has great benefits. Can you show me a work from home job that does that?”
I don’t remember my exact words but I said something to the effect that working from home had become a viable solution for those who either prefer or, due to circumstances, are forced to work from home.. . .as I backed out of that forum and never looked back.
I wish I’d said it’s totally unfair to compare the wages of an entry-level job with one that obviously required a college degree whether it be a work from home job or a traditional job. But, I didn’t say that.
However, here’s what I should have said, “Yes I can! Here is a list of well paid jobs you can work from home!”
1. Information Technology
The pioneers in embracing the work from life were those involved in computer technology. Many of the first startups like My SQL (now Oracle) were virtual companies who hired virtual workers and saved the overhead of providing office space, a practice still being practiced today by both start-ups and even traditional brick and mortar companies.
According to the survey National Study of Employers, in 2012, 63 percent of companies allowed employees to work “some’ hours from home compared with 34 percent in 2005.
Even though this number includes those in salaried positions who routinely take work home, it does show an encouraging trend.
Jobs in information technology, some of the best recruited jobs on the work from home front, are part of that trend.
Here’s what salaries in that field look like:
See a list of jobs in Information Technology at Work from Jobs Information Technology
2. Web/Graphic Designer
With the explosion of the internet came a growing number of websites needing to be built and maintained by computer programmers and designed by graphic designers.
However, as web design programs like Front Page and content management systems like Word Press developed templates and frameworks that contained much of the programming language, much of the designing of blogs and smaller sites was taken over by tech savvy designers—all working from the comfort of their home.
In an article on Bankrate.com, oDesk spokeswoman Elizabeth Gordon said that of the more than 15,000 new monthly work-from-home job posted on Odesk.com, Web developers are in the greatest demand.
Possibly the original freelancers, writers and authors working from home have grown in numbers since the explosion of the internet.
While the print/magazine/publishing industry suffered, new markets for writers were opened as companies all came to realize the need for a web presence and concluded that the key to their marketing plan was having a blog.
The proliferation of newly minted authors occurred with the invention of the eBook sold on Amazon.com and similar sites and increased the ranks of authors and writers working from home.
Writers and authors were not the only ones to profit from all of these new publishing ventures as the need also arose for more Editors and proofreaders.
While not everyone writing from home is making the type of salaries quoted, there are enough making considerably more than the median salary bringing the average pay to a little higher than you might think:
A common need created by expanding global markets and the growing international quality of the internet is the translation of websites, business literature and software into many different languages. Something Google translate just can’t do all that well.
That’s why employment of interpreters and translators is expected to grow 42 percent from 2010 to 2020 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — much faster than the average for all occupations.
According to the agency, the median annual wage of interpreters and translators was $43,300 in May 2010.
A survey by the American Translators Association (ATA) reported US-based independent contractors were averaging $60,423 in 2006.
But according to Bankrate.com, translation services in management, scientific and technical consulting areas pays significantly higher with the annual pay averaging $117,530.
See a list of Translation Jobs at Work from Home Jobs Translation
5. Advertising Sales/Marketing Manager
As traffic to the internet grew, so did the market for internet marketing and advertising. New job titles like Affiliate Manager, Online Marketing Manager and Internet Ad Sales were created that dealt primarily with internet advertising. As a result of their online nature, many of these new jobs became work from home jobs. Not long after, many of the traditional advertising and marketing jobs followed suit.
Here are the type of salaries these telecommuting positions bring:
For Advertising Sales and Marketing Jobs go to Work from Home Jobs Advertising and Marketing
6. Medical Field
Forty-seven percent of Aetna employees work at home according to an article in the Chicago Tribune. This has led to the insurance company saving $78 million a year in office space costs.
The Aetna work from home force includes nurses, physicians, customer service representatives, claims processors, network managers, communications and human resources professionals, lawyers, underwriters, actuaries and others.
2,000 employees around the country handle medical claims they receive online, process and then push back out to Aetna.
Other insurance companies following the work from home trend are United Health, Cigna and Humana.
Here are a list of health related work from home jobs as rounded up by Forbes.
Earn anywhere between $100,000 and $400,000 reading emailed x-rays while sitting on your couch.
Health and wellness coaching for insurance companies and medical providers allow registered nurses to work at home providing answers to healthcare questions or answering after hours calls about whether or not to seek medical attention
Working mainly for insurance companies, actuaries analyze statistical data to determine risk and liability. Because they work primarily with data, actuaries can sometimes arrange to work from home.
To see a list of links to jobs in the Medical Field at Work from Home Jobs Medical Field
Jobs in finance and accounting are ones that translate well into a work from home position and are among the increasing number of jobs being sourced out to independent contractors.
According to Forbes companies like JPMorgan Chase recruit home based executives for positions as financial managers as part of their outsourcing strategy. The insurance company Aetna hires actuaries and underwriters; American Express hires business development managers. Clicknwork hires Hires Analysts – sector specialists. MBAs, CPAs, CFAs etc, ; Wells Fargo hires E business consultants, Consumer loan underwriters, Finance/Analytics Coordinators, Operational Risk Managers, and the list goes on.
Finding one of these positions require filtering job searches using the terms work from home, telecommute, remote or virtual (terms used vary from job search to job search). Another approach is sending your resume to companies who have hired remote workers in your field in the past to keep on file.
Here, according to Monster.com are the on-line jobs in finance, that are the best paying work at home jobs.
Advanced technology has made it possible for teachers to teach and tutor virtually –all from the comforts of home! Although pay will vary based on the number of hours taught and the subject matter of the classes, according to the book Make Money Teaching Online by Danielle Babb and Jim Mirabella, adjunct professors can earn six-figure salaries if they work hard enough.
Licensed and certified teachers are being contracted to run virtual classrooms, collaborate with learning coaches and teachers, and tutor students by companies that have contracted with local schools, charter schools and other educational organizations.
Online Postsecondary Teachers $62,000
See the Academic Work/Tutoring Section on Work from Home Jobs
9. Human Resource & Recruiting Coordinator
According to Fortune Magazine, Executive Search is in the top 10 most “lucrative” professions in the U.S.
Traditional headhunters as well as recruiters of telecommuting jobs are also working from home. Thanks to new technology, human resource coordinators are able to screen applicants by phone or web cam, process employment paperwork and manage job postings just as easily from home as from a traditional office.
Human Resources Recruiter $66,000
See a list of Human Resources Recruiter at Human Resources Recruiter
10. Public Relations Manager/Social Media Manager
Public Relations Managers spend most of their time on the phone creating and managing the public image of their clients which can all be done from a work from home office!
Social media managers spend most of their time on social media boards and blogs creating and managing the public image of their clients—which can also be done from a work from home office!.
See a list of Public Relations Jobs at Work from Home Jobs Public Relations
In addition to these well paid jobs to work from home, there are a great number of positions that become virtual only after working for a company and the employee is given their manager’s permission to do so. I will be covering these companies at a later time.
I have not covered every work from home possibility for a well paid job but given you a taste of the possibilities available and proven my point that there are work from home jobs that pay well.
Just like any well paid job, most of these work from home jobs do require a college degree or, at a minimum, some advanced training. However, some fields do have entry-level positions where, with the right type of training, advancement is possible.
The point is, if you are looking for a work from home job in your present field, don’t let any prejudice about work from home jobs get in your way.
With the wide variety of fields available with more and more being outsourced every day, there are positions available for a well paid work from home job.Well Paid Jobs to Work from Home by Patti Hale