If you were asked to sit down and create a list of your top priorities for your dream job, what would top your list? Would it be a generous salary? A padded benefit package? Flexible hours? Surprisingly, it would seem a significant portion of the workforce shares one particular wish-list item: telecommuting.
When it comes to career goals, a vast majority of the workforce today has a similar mindset. In fact, according to one study reported on Forbes.com, 85% of the workforce in the U.S. specifically seeks employment that allows them to work from home or on the go.
In addition to that statistic, the study also found that another large portion of the population would actually leave a current employer if a similar opportunity arose that allowed them more telecommuting freedom.
“74% of employees said they would quit their jobs to work for an organization that would allow them to work remotely more often, even if their salary stayed the same.” – Forbes.com.
With so many individuals going after the same career goals, it’s not surprising that actually finding those epitomical positions can be a little tricky. If you’ve ever done a search for “work-from-home” jobs, you’ve likely come across an endless stream of too good to be true scams. So how do you find the real deal?
Rest assured, telecommuting and work-from-home jobs really do exist – even those with sustainably high salaries – it’s just a matter of knowing where to look (or what to look for). Taking some of the guess-work out of it for you, we have compiled a list of five of the top telecommuting opportunities, complete with excellent compensation:
1 – Virtual Assistant
Since nearly all businesses operate (at least partially) through an online networking presence today, it makes sense that a large portion of them would need online assistance. These jobs generally help executives and management stay organized with schedules, correspondence and other tasks, but with the flexibility of handling them all from home. Depending on the specific tasks and workload, some virtual assistants can make upwards of $50/hour or more.
2 – Translator
Can you fluently speak a second language (or more)? You might be a great candidate for translator work! Translators work on an as-needed basis usually, but there are specific companies searching for a full-time translator or interpreter to keep on staff.
“The national median wage for this career was $46,120 in 2016, although the top 10% of workers earned an average of $83,010.” – TheSimpleDollar.com.
3 – Social Media Management
With the social media world booming, there is big money to be made for those who can maneuver their way around the backside of online media accounts. With companies competing fiercely for a viral presence, it makes sense that they would be willing to lay out some highly competitive wages for someone who can deliver impressive social media followings.
4 – Freelance Writing
If you want complete freedom of schedule and you’re good with the written word, freelance writing might be for you.
“More than ever, writers are needed to formulate news articles, create content, and come up with the creative ideas that fill the pages of nearly every site on the internet.” – TheSimpleDollar.com.
It’s difficult to pinpoint a salary average for freelance writers since there are so many variables involved (research, length, experience, etc.). According to GlassDoor.com, however, freelance writers who utilize sites such as Upwork have an average base pay of $22-50 per hour of work.
5 – Web Development
Web development is in high demand today, and also lends a flexible work-from-home opportunity for those with qualifications. Since most people don’t possess the skills to create a truly seamless and eye-catching online presence on their own, many will choose to hire someone to help them.
Basically, all you need (in addition to the obvious training and know-how) is a computer and some dependable internet connections and you’re equipped for this position.
“Even better, the national median wage for web developers was $66,130 in 2016, with the top 10% earning an average of $119,550.” – TheSimpleDollar.com.
All-in-all, careers which offer the flexibility of working on the go or from home, are at the top of the list for those seeking employment today. Those positions are definitely out there, you just need to know where to look!