If your dream hustle involves donning your sweatpants while filling up your favorite couch, you are in luck. Two decades ago, working from home was, for many people, a pie in the sky. Today, technological advancements such as cloud computing, email, text, and video conferencing technologies have made this a reality.
Working from home has a few advantages. The most obvious is that the long, onerous commute to work is replaced by a telecommute that takes seconds. A recent study has also indicated that telecommuting workers are more productive than their office counterparts.
If office politics and suits and ties aren’t your thing, consider the following ideas.
1. Get into Freelance Accounting
Accounting jobs generally involve going through financial records and documents, analyzing them, flagging any anomalies in the records, filing taxes, and other finance-related duties.
These roles can be grouped into budgeting, auditing, certified public accounting, forensic accounting, financial accounting, and government accounting.
Since most of the records are available in digital formats, all these duties can be done remotely. To be qualified for an accounting job, however, you need to have CPA certification, an accounting degree, diploma, or other related qualification.
If you don’t have any of these prerequisite qualifications, there are numerous accounting courses, online or otherwise, that you can take to quickly bring yourself up to scratch.
2. Take up Animation Projects
If you’re creative and dabble in digital art, becoming a freelance animator might work out well for you. Animating involves using drawings, puppets, or 3D models to create visual effects and animations for movies, television, video games, ads, and websites. You’ll make use of specialist computer software such as Maya, Blender, and After effects to create these designs.
3. Freelance Writing
As the number of websites grow, so does the demand for new, fresh, and engaging content. While the bigger, more established sites often have in-house writers, most other websites don’t, preferring to outsource their content. There’s no specific skill you need to get started as a writer, just a good mastery of at least one language (usually English) and the ability to write engaging pieces.
4. Web Development
Because of the advent of technologies such as WordPress, it’s nowadays fairly easy to build a website. Nevertheless, building a good website still requires a good measure of skill, and most of the population either doesn’t have this skill, doesn’t have the necessary tools, or doesn’t have the time. As a web developer, you will make a living building websites for other people.
All you need is a good knowledge of web technologies, enough experience, a solid portfolio, a good computer, and a reliable internet connection to clinch jobs. You could also create your own web development agency, and hire other developers to help you out.
5. Virtual Assistant
In addition to the freedom that comes with self-employment, running a business also comes with a lot of work, some of which is crucial to the success of the enterprise. Many small and medium enterprise owners hire virtual assistants to help them out with repetitive, time-consuming daily tasks.
The roles of a virtual assistant vary wildly, ranging from composing and responding to emails, to helping clients wade through job applications. You’re never quite sure what your role in any day will be, which contributes to the excitement of this job.
Beware of Scams
Even though many work from home opportunities are legitimate, there are still people out there looking to con unwary job seekers. It may not be easy to identify a scam, but a good rule of thumb is to only look for opportunities in reputable websites or official company sites. If you’re unsure about a particular company, ask for references first, or check out their reviews online.