I remember the first day after I quit my job. I was so excited. I got up early, made the kids breakfast and dropped off them at school. I drove by McDonald’s to get my large coke and headed home to start my new work from home life. I sat in front of my computer and just stared at the monitor and thought “okay, now what?”
Does that scene sound familiar to you? If you’ve been going back and forth with the idea about quitting your job but you’re not sure where to start looking for telecommuting jobs, well look no further my friend. If you’re ready to work from home, here are 10 careers to consider.
Customer service reps are the most popular work from home positions. Major companies like HP and Apple have telecommuting jobs available throughout the United States as well as internationally.
To qualify for this type of job you’ll need to have at least a high school diploma or GED and 6 months to 2 years customer service experience. You should have basic computer skills and be familiar with programs like Microsoft Word and Excel.
If you love working with kids keep reading. As an online tutor you would be working with children in different age groups assisting them with homework, tutoring, or other school related projects. If you have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a particular subject matter and at least two years of work experience you may meet the requirements of some companies.
The first thing I would associate a transcriptionist career with was the medical field. Boy was I wrong about that. There is also a general transcriptionist who will transcribe things like meetings and a legal transcriptionist may transcribe legal depositions or other legal documents.
If you’re an excellent typist with speed and accuracy, have great listening skills, perhaps you should consider a career in this field.
If you’re bilingual or multilingual you may want to consider a work from home career as a translator. Translators can be used in a variety of instances such as translating in a court of law or on a conference call.
So if you’re fluent in Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Chinese, Italian, or German you might want to consider this field.
Thanks to ever-evolving technology nurses can now enjoy the perks of working from home and say goodbye to long shifts.
There are three types of responsibilities a nurse can do from home. A triage nurse handles non-emergency situations through a series of questions and assessments. A home-care nurse provides medical attention to home-bound patients and a case manager is responsible for keeping track of a patient’s medical history.
Closed Caption Reporter
A closed caption reporter provides text for a televised broadcast. It can either be in real time as the program is aired or closed caption editing a pre-recorded show.
You have to have some serious typing skills as most companies require a typing speed from 200 to 280 words per minute and be familiar with several transcription methods.
Ah yes, administrative assistants are no longer confined to a desk working 9 to 5. I love that song by the way. If you have clerical skills and a home office with equipment like a computer, printer, and fax machine you can say goodbye to the commute and work from home.
Medical Billing and Coding
Doctors depend on medical billing and coders to correctly bill insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid. After all this is how a doctor gets paid.
A coder provides the proper code for a procedure performed in a doctor’s office or hospital and the billing clerk will submit a claim to an insurance company or file a claim with Medicare or Medicaid.
If you don’t have experience but would like a career in this field there are vocational schools you can attend to get you certified in anywhere between 18 to 24 months.
Answering Service Clerk
Anytime you call a company or doctor’s office after hours you’ll likely get an answering service. A clerk will take a message and pass it along. Back in the day message were given over the phone and now they can be retrieved via email or text.
If you’re the type of person who loves working with computers consider a career in technical support. A tech support rep helps end users with troubleshooting issues, installing/updating software and other applications. Web hosting companies are always hiring.
Even Better News
More companies are now offering benefits such as medical and dental insurance to their employees who work from home. Another great sign that a telecommuting job isn’t just a job, it’s a career.
Over To You
If you had the chance to work from home what career would you choose? What industry would you like to see embrace working from home? Let’s chat about it. Fill out the comments below.
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Corina is a work-from-home mom rolling with the punches while trying to balance a family and an online business. She is dealing with teens, grey hair, and wrinkles all at the same time! She recently launched a new blog known as Not Now Mom's Busy which talks about teen issues, juggling family life with work life, living on a budget, and so much more.