Research shows that remote workers are happier, more productive, and have a higher average income than their non-remote peers.12 Is it any wonder that a survey from Buffer and AngelList showed that 98% of remote workers hope to continue telecommuting for the rest of their career? 3
If you’re thinking about working from home, the good news is that there are remote jobs for workers in all kinds of industries, from healthcare to education to marketing. It’s not all customer service jobs, in other words—although there are plenty of those too, if that’s where your skills and interests lie.
Whether you’re an entry-level worker with basic computer skills or an experienced professional with advanced technical certifications, there are remote jobs that fit your background and goals. Many of these positions offer more flexibility than on-site roles and pay that matches traditional jobs.
Customer Service Jobs
Online retailers and other digital organizations hire individuals to manage customer service requests. Many of these jobs can be done from home via phone or internet.
Do you have great phone skills? You might be a perfect fit for a virtual call center job, fielding customer queries over the phone from your own home office. Do you prefer to communicate via email or online chat? A customer service chat job may be more your speed.
Regardless of which type of customer service job you take, you’ll need patience, communication skills, and a background in or aptitude for retail, customer service, or marketing.
Typical Salary: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median pay for a customer service representative is $16.69 per hour.4
Entry-Level Computer Jobs
While many online computer jobs require advanced technical skills, not every position will necessitate additional training and education. There are plenty of easy work-from-home computer jobs available for entry-level remote workers. Depending on your interests and skillset, you might try working as a virtual assistant, remote data entry clerk, or online “odd job” worker.
Typical Salary: According to PayScale, the average pay for a virtual assistant is $15.76 per hour, while the average pay for a data entry clerk is $13.42 per hour.56
Computer Programming Jobs
Computer programmers turn the software designed by developers into a reality. They write and test programs using coding languages like Java, C++, and SQL. Many accomplished programmers teach themselves with free tools online and acquire a decent-paying job without a college degree. And because the work is computer-based, many programmers can work from home.
Typical Salary: The median annual salary for a computer programmer is $86,550, according to the BLS.7