People want to work from home for many reasons, but for most, it’s growing the household income while working a flexible schedule. The good news? More and more jobs are going remote, even roles that don’t require a degree.
The first step is to assess your skills. Write down a list of your marketable skills, even ones you haven’t used in a while, and take an assessment of which work from home jobs might be a good fit for you by comparing the skills to various job descriptions. Here are some examples of popular remote jobs you may want to explore.
Pretty much all of the “help desk” jobs out there – the people who pick up the phone when you call with an issue with an order, for example – are now remote. Not only can you help people while working from home, but these roles often require minimal training so that you can get started fast with little to no experience! In addition, many of these roles start $16+ an hour and may offer benefits.
You’ll need basic computer knowledge, adequate typing speeds, and general software knowledge for a role like this. This job usually involves entering and updating information within a company database.
Some examples include updating customer accounts, making changes to the company website, or entering client information into a database.
Smaller companies may only need someone to do this part-time, while a larger company may have a whole team. Data entry roles pay approximately $15 to $18 per hour. When searching for data entry jobs, be careful to avoid job scams. Capital Typing and Clickworker are two agencies that hire remote data entry workers.
Many businesses need transcriptions typed up from meetings, interviews, and more. If you’re confident about taking a speed typing test, many online companies are hiring for remote transcriptionist work. For general transcribing roles, programs will teach new hires the basics of transcription software, proper typing techniques, and grammar. General transcribing jobs pay around $15 an hour.
Medical billers convert doctors' notes into billing codes that facilitate insurance payments to healthcare providers, ensuring that patients' insurance providers send payments according to medical billing protocols. This job is part of the healthcare industry’s effort to digitize health records, so basic computer knowledge and typing skills are important. The work can also include updating patient data, developing payment plans, and preparing invoices. Medical billing and coding jobs pay around $18 per hour.
Functioning like a remote administrative assistant, a virtual assistant usually works from home, assisting their employer (or multiple employers) with administrative and secretarial tasks. The job can include scheduling appointments, following up on and managing emails, planning travel, and sending thank you notes to clients. You may not need training for this role if you’ve worked as a secretary or assistant in the past, but there are online training certification courses available! You can make about $20 an hour doing remote virtual assistant work.
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