As a woman who works from home, I’ve come across mixed reactions, ranging from “is that even possible?” to “do you even get paid?” (I’m sure they’re thinking it must be some kind of rip-off) and even “envy”, whenever I tell people I don’t have to go to a brick and mortar office every day (I admit I like the last one!).
Telecommuting is an option preferred by a whole gamut of busy women ranging from mothers to students and even retirees who want to make some money, with a wide array of careers to choose from. If you’re a busy woman but would like to earn a steady income, here are a few choices women on the go can pursue.
Is your head brimming with creativity and imagination? If you possess good writing skills, put them to use! Magazines and websites are always on the lookout for freelance writers who can pen articles and blogs that can inspire and engage their readers. Elance is a great place to come across potential employers who’re on the lookout for freelance writers. Or look up Problogger, where you can chronicle and share your stories and experiences with the world!
Compensation: $26.64 per hour
Data entry: A vocation where you need excellent typing skills. Data entry operators review, compile and sort data and remove discrepancies. Hospitals, marketing and advertising firms and insurance companies all need the services of data entry operators, so running an online search will yield plenty of job opportunities. Just be sure to verify your potential employer making sure the listed job is legit!
Compensation: - $14.05 per hour
Web Designer/Developer: Be it a large IT organization or a small roadside deli, every business needs a website to promote and survive in this fiercely competitive market. Web developers require ingenuity and originality to create and maintain websites that should be visually appealing and provide the right information to viewers, sans any technical glitches! You could work as an independent contractor or telecommute part-time/fulltime for a firm, depending upon the kind of job.
Compensation: $36.37 per hour
Online Teacher: Online teaching is a good way to earn decent amount of money. Teaching your favorite subject to kids half your age can be really interesting, and as a student yourself, you can probably connect with them even better! Math and science are usually in high demand, and foreign languages come a close third! Look up Tutor.com, they have one-on-one tutoring services available, providing you flexible working hours. Or you could start by tutoring your neighbors’ kids and if you’re good at it, it won’t be long before you’re surrounded by a bunch of kids clamoring for your attention!
Babysitting: It’s fun playing with kids, but cleaning up after they have eaten, changing a soiled diaper and putting a squirming little one to sleep is a different ballgame altogether! But if you really have a way with kids, you can be a favorite with busy parents hankering for your services!
Compensation: $9.28 per hour
Customer service rep: Got the gift of the gab and love chatting? Okay, we all know it’s not as rosy as it sounds. Customer service reps are on the receiving end of irate customers more often than not! But then every job comes with its own share of challenges. Have you checked out Alpine Access? They have plenty of opportunities for people who wish to remotely work as customer service reps. So make money from home working as a rep till you wait for your little one to arrive!
Compensation: $14.64 per hour
Seamstress: If you’re expecting, you’re probably already knitting overalls and booties. Why not turn your creativity into a profitable business? You might have to invest in a sewing machine and other related sewing and knitting equipment, but if you’re handy with a needle and a thread, you can very well telecommute as a seamstress!
Compensation: - $12.43 per hour
Medical transcription: For military spouses who have to relocate every now and then, medical transcription is a great career choice. You can work for medical centers or doctor’s offices remotely, transcribing doctor’s notes into letters and reports which all become part of the patient’s medical history. Completing a course in medical transcription will enhance your chances of finding employment. If you’re keen on taking up this allied healthcare profession, find out about the course offered by CareerStep. It’s online, so no matter where you’re residing, you can enroll for it and study at your own pace.
Compensation: $15.82 per hour
Travel counselor: For someone who’s always on the move, working as a travel counselor is ideal! Advising people about popular and unique destinations, making lodging arrangements and charting itineraries is exciting. You could even set up a home office and work remotely, corresponding with your clients through emails and over the phone.
Compensation: $15.32 per hour
Surprised? Or spoilt for choice? Telecommuting has slowly permeated the workforce; you just need to look in the right place! Steer clear of scams and don’t settle for anything you have the slightest doubt about! Working from home is here to stay (and thrive); helping busy women like you and me earn a steady paycheck on our own schedule!
(All the compensation mentioned are median hourly wages as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.)
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