The number of work from home jobs was increasing well before the pandemic forced employers to have their employees work from home. Now, the demand for remote work is greater than ever.
When considering a work from home job be sure to try and avoid scams. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
That being said there are plenty of legitimate jobs out there. If you want to work from home in the future with real skills that pay, check out these work at home jobs for 2020 and beyond:
1. Web Developer
Despite the widespread availability of many DIY tools for your average joe to build a website, web developers are still in strong demand.
As a web developer, your job is to design and build a website according to your clients needs and specifications.
Average salary: Around £50,000 per year.
2. Graphic Designer
If you’ve ever designed a logo, brochure, advertisement, illustration or anything remotely creative you’re off to a good start to making money from home as a graphic designer.
There are many great online learning sites like Udemy and Skillshare where you can develop your knowledge of the discipline and build up a portfolio of projects.
You’ll need some software to help you create your designs such as Adobe Illustrator. Adobe products tend to be quite expensive but there are other great alternatives such as Affinity Designer.
Average salary: Around £30,000 per year.
3. Freelance Writer
If you have a computer, internet access and consider yourself a bit of a wordsmith, why not dip your toes in freelance writing?
You’ll likely have to write for a range of different mediums both for print and online media. And work to hard deadlines.
Freelance writing is a pretty competitive space but you’ve got to start out somewhere, right? You may find some gigs on freelancing sites such as Upwork, or by approaching publications and companies.
Average salary: Around £20,000 per year. This can vary depending on your experience and field of work.
4. Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant is almost identical to a personal assistant but you’re working from home rather than in the office.
You’ll usually have a few different clients that you can provide administrative and technical services such as managing email, planning events and bookkeeping.
If you’ve got experience working as a personal assistant or have great organisational skills, a job as virtual assistant is a good choice if you’re looking to work from home.
Average salary: £25,000 to £30,000 per year.
5. Social Media Manager
If you’re dialed into the social media scene you can help businesses increase their presence on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
You’ll need a good understanding of using the platforms so you can help businesses promote their brand and their products on social media.
Building your own social media presence across different platforms would be the best place to start.
Average salary: Around £25,000 to £30,000 per year.
6. Online Teacher/Tutor
High-speed internet connections and advanced video-conferencing software have made it possible for teachers to connect with students from all around the world.
Online teaching for subjects such as English for students across Asian countries are in high demand and you don’t necessarily need to be a qualified teacher.
How much you earn will largely depend on your experience and how many hours you plan to teach. Teaching online is a great way to work from home and create a work schedule that suits you.
Average salary: Around £15 per hour.
7. Data Entry Specialist
As a data entry specialist you’ll be helping businesses input information from records into their systems. These records can be bills, reports or other data.
Computer and typing skills are the most important requirements for this job. And for this reason it’s a job you can easily do from home, and on a schedule that suits you.
You can find a ton of data entry jobs on sites like Upwork, Freelancer and many others.
Average salary: Around £13 per hour.
8. Call-Center Representative
When someone calls a business to order something or simply to ask a question, you can be there to take that call and assist them from your home.
While many in this field of work in call-centres, increasingly these roles are being filled by remote workers. To be successful in this position will require computer skills and excellent communications skills. And a bit of patience too.
Dozens of jobs can be found online for this role. Just make sure you can commit to a block of time and work from a quiet, distraction free space.
Average salary: Around £19,000 per year.
9. Survey Taker
Survey sites can be an easy way of making a bit of extra cash in your own time and from the comfort of your own home, with no experience or qualifications needed.
Survey-taking is unlikely to support you on its own, though it can be a useful way to boost your income from home.
Sign up to sites like OnePoll and i-Say and you will be sent surveys to complete.
Average salary: Varies.
If you are fluent in more than one language you might find yourself in demand as a translator for a variety of businesses.
You won’t necessarily need any qualifications but you’re likely to get paid much better if you have some expertise in a particular field, such as law.
Translation jobs are listed online but registering with one or more translation agencies will increase your chance of being hired.
Average salary: Around £25,000 per year.
Working at home is a dream of many, and thanks to technology, that dream is coming true for more people than ever. But if you want to work at home, you’ll need to research the possibilities and develop the skills required for many of these jobs.
So what are you waiting for? With the right skills, you could be working at home in 2020 and beyond.