If you’re in college, you’re in a confusing time right now. Odds are, you’re taking courses online, or you may be out for the rest of the semester. For many people in higher education, this has made them stop and think about their career choices. Many careers are being sent to the home, and your career of choice might have a work from home option.
Working from home isn’t anything new, and has seen a surge in popularity before the COVID-19 outbreak. With better access to the Internet, clearer video chat, and cloud computing, many jobs that would have been anchored to an office a decade ago are now seeing work from home options.
Here are a few jobs that you may be able to do from home.
Most Jobs That Involve Writing
First, let’s look at some careers that involve writing. Writing is something that doesn’t require a fancy computer. You just need a computer or other device, a word processor, a keyboard, be it physical or on-screen, and you’re good to go. There are many careers that will involve writing that you can do from home. These include:
· Translating or transcribing. With translation, the client sends you whatever they need translated, you translate it, and you’re good to go. It’s a career you can easily do from home.
· Journalism. Opinion pieces, stories where you can do video interviews, and other forms of soft journalism can be done from home.
· Legal or professional writing. Again, this is another job you can do from the confines of your home.
· Any other form of freelance writing should be able to be done from home.
Once you take some web design courses, you’re on your way to being a web developer. This is another job where the client sends you the details or necessary documents, you do the work, and you send it back.
Social Media Manager
Social media used to be a novelty. Now, it’s vital in any company’s marketing team. A manager needs to respond to comments and messages, or think of content to keep viewers engaged and attract new customers as well. As long as you have the Internet and a device, you can manage social media.
Here’s another career that you may consider. Thanks to the digital art market, the artist does not have to be starving. If you’re good enough, you can attract a big audience who will pay you plenty of money to do commissions. Digital art doesn’t require any physical contact, and with traditional art, you may be able to ship it to your clients.
A doctor is a career choice where you may not think that you’re eligible to do it from home. You have to examine a person physically, after all. However, there are certain tasks a doctor can do at home. If a patient has symptoms visible to the naked eye, you can speak to them through video chat and diagnose them. Filling out prescriptions is another task that can be done through video.
Therapy or Counseling
Another increasingly popular service that can be done through home is therapy. Traditional, face-to-face therapy could be done through home if your private firm is there. However, more and more people are offering online therapy in the wake of COVID-19. Online therapy allows people to speak to a licensed therapist or counselor through their phone, tablet, or similar device. Because you’re able to see the client’s body language, it can help you make a better diagnosis. BetterHelp services have seen a spike in popularity due to online therapy.
Obviously, if you have a computer, you can be a computer programmer. Computer programming has always been a popular choice, but because of cloud computing, you no longer have to be in an office to do it.
Right now, more people than ever are using their computers or other devices, which tend to break down. Someone who is skilled at repair can do their job from home. Clients can drop off or mail their devices, and a worker repairs them. A repair person can sanitize each device before or after use, too.
In addition, computer repair people can help those who may need technical support by using video chat and screen sharing. Sometimes, it can be a software issue and not one of hardware.
If you’re good at cooking, you could sell your foods for delivery or takeout and not have your own building for it. Right now, people need foods more than ever, and by having a business that promises fast delivery, you can make plenty of money.
While Tax Day was pushed back, many people still need their taxes done and other forms of accounting as well. You can easily do this from home if your clients can send all the required documentation through email or a cloud-based service.
Working from home is going to increase in popularity, and as it does so, we expect the list of jobs to grow and grow. While there are going to be jobs that require physical contact, the amount that needs to is decreasing year by year. You don’t need a pandemic to make working from home appealing, either.
Working from home allows you to work from a place that makes you feel comfortable, and if you get used to it, you’ll be able to have a long, fruitful career in the comfort of your own home.
Author Bio: Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.