The Year 2020 will probably be remembered as the year when working from home became the norm. Before this year, this reality was mostly restricted to stay-home mums and online business owners. But with the impact COVID-19 is having on our world, working from home is no longer restricted to a few; it has become a new normal for individuals and organizations in nearly all countries around the world.
This reality has made people who were never interested in this new phenomenon to become so attracted that the work home jobs landscape continue to evolve. It’s not just employees who are being assigned tasks to perform from home. More and more companies are turning to the internet to recruit workers, freelancers, and students; and even the unemployed are finding something to do from the comfort of their homes.
The work home landscape has moved from just a few professional activities to nearly anything imaginable. Jobs which were mostly done on site in the past can also be done remotely nowadays, as you will discover from our list of common work home jobs below:
1. Virtual Assistant (VA)
A VA provide is a person who provides administrative, technical, or other relevant support to (usually-busy) business owners or other executives by means of the internet.
VA was largely a self-employed position. But with the current work from home explosion, many companies are employing VAs as part of their staff.
2. Data Entry Clerk
A data entry clerk is a person hired to enter (or update) data from paper documents into a computer system. Due to the omnipresence of the computers in human activities today, the position of data entry clerk is increasingly sought after.
Skills required of a good data entry clerk are speed and accuracy.
3. Social Media Manager
Because of its popularity in recent years, social media has become an inevitable market place for the modern business. Facebook alone, for example, has 1.7 billion users. Social media doesn’t just consist of the numbers. It demands a lot of contemporary skills which a business owner may not have the time or the ability to master.
He / she therefore needs an ‘assistant’ to manage all things social media regarding his / her brand, hence the need of a social media manager.
4. Customer Service Agent
Customer service is the provision of all kinds of service to customers before, during, and after a purchase. From providing relevant information to customers, to answering any and all questions they may have, to taking their offers, as well as addressing their frustration and complaints.
The person charged with this responsibility doesn’t necessarily have to be present at the workplace. These duties are also doable remotely by a customer service agent.
5. Marketing Rep
A marketing representative’s main responsibility is to do all in his / her power to market (or sell) to sell their company’s offer. Offer could mean goods, services, or (most recently) information.
Like all other roles described above, and because of the inevitability of the internet in contemporary business, a traditional marketing rep is gradually assuming remote responsibilities, hence the recent nomenclature “online marketing rep.”
6. Website Administrator
More and more companies are using websites as a means to reach a global audience. This new reality has created many new roles including that of a website administrator whose role is to ensure the smooth running as well as the constant updating of a website.
Depending on the extent of his/her responsibilities, a website administrator could be required to have diverse skills relating to site update, appearance, maintenance and performance. A website administrator must have easy access to the internet, and consequently relevant website(s) just in case the site needs urgent attention.
7. Internet Researcher
The role of an internet researcher is to search the Internet for information on various topics. Since our entry into the information age, research has moved largely away from books. As a matter of fact, many books have been ‘softened’ and made available online.
The internet researcher researches and identifies relevant information based on the needs and requests of companies and other organizations. In some cases, the internet researcher must have the ability to interpret the information they come across.
8. Content Writer
Do you love writing? If yes, then the internet has many opportunities where you can put your writing skills to use. You could work as a freelancer – perhaps offering your services from your personal online establishment – or with hiring sites, or even as an employee of a regular content-publishing entity, writing content as diverse as blog posts, resumes, e-books – anything possible.
9. Content Editor
Are you good at identifying and correcting flaws in written work? Then there’s need for your skills in the online world. In the same way that publication are edited before being made public offline, there’s written work that needs editing to be published.
You could serve in this role part-time, full time or as a freelancer, depending on your desire.
Teachers don’t easily get laid off, but it’s not an impossibility. Perhaps you are a teacher currently out of job, or you are like me – you have a passion for instructing. Or there’s something you’re good at and which you are prepared to ‘share’. You could find opportunities for tutoring in various fields online. From English as a Second Language to elementary, junior or senior high school materials.
Have you been training people offline, and you’re interested in taking your skills online? That’s quite possible. In fact, many personal trainers are now working from the comfort of their homes via the internet. Though you will not be present with your trainee, your instructions – based on your experience – are something so many people are in need of.
In addition to internet connectivity, as a trainer, you will need more equipment than the ordinary home worker, in order to properly capture and ‘transmit’ your activities to your clients.
No matter what background offline, as long as you master your stuff, you’ll find out that someone somewhere needs you experience and direction. Perhaps the challenge would be to establish your personal brand online. But there’s always freelance websites where you can be hired to perform in your area of expertise.
Where to find work home jobs
There have been so many well-known sites that encourage freelancing in all aspects. Such websites mainly serve as an intermediary between ‘buyers’ and ‘sellers’. They’ve come to be known as ‘market places’. If you’ve ‘been around’ for some time, you probably know a number of them:
Fiverr: a ‘marketplace’ where you can sell (or buy) digital services, referred to as gigs.
Upwork: a platform targeted at more specialized professionals.
Freelancer: one of the largest communities of freelancers online.
SolidGigs: receive daily-available job alerts, and save yourself hours of searching.
Jobspresso: browse jobs by categories and find the one best for you.
AngelList: Interested in working with a startup? Then search on Angel List.
But with the steep rise in the demand for online jobs we’ve experienced this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’re not just the market places. Job ad placement sites, which were not so much sought after, and which were more devoted to offline jobs, have virtually taken over the online job search landscape.
On the list, we have:
On indeed.com, you can search for jobs or post your resume free of charge. You can also opt to regularly receive emails relating to the kind of job you are seeking.
ZipRecruiter allows employers to post available jobs to hundreds of job boards including itself. Like Indeed, it is free of charge for job seekers.
LinkedIn is more than just a job board. You can use LinkedIn to search for the right job using specifics such as location, etc.
CareerBuiilder provides a relatively large number of job listing. Like most other job boards, CareerBuilder has a cool ‘job filtering’ tool, as well as email alert for users who sign up.
In addition to allowing former and current employees anonymously review their companies, Glassdoor allows its users to search and apply for jobs on its platform.
Before now, jobs were predominantly done on site. Today, more and more employers and employees are turning to the internet to solve their job-related problems.
With this new normal, there is hardly lack of opportunities, considering that individuals and businesses now have unlimited access to relevant solutions.
How amazing is that! The internet has made it possible.
With such a revolution on the job-search landscape and the multiplicity of job-offering platforms available online, one only has to embrace the work from home reality to get started, be ‘internet-connected’ to find relevant work home jobs; and qualified enough to keep them.
Such is the new adventure our world has just embarked upon.