So it’s official: You’ve decided that you want to work from home. Awesome! Join the club. You’re gonna love it.
Now, you just have to find a job that will let you do that.
Not quite sure what you want to do or what type of options are available to you? You’re in the right place. In this blog post, I compiled a list of the best LEGIT work-from-home jobs, organized by category (I say “legit” because, let’s be honest, there are a lot of sketchy jobs out there).
I even created this handy Table of Contents for ya in case you see your dream job and want to skip right to it:
Some of the jobs on this list require more experience and credentials, but others don’t require anything at all–except for a computer and Wifi connection.
Let’s start with…
No experience required
If you’re looking for a WFH job that doesn’t require much (or any) experience, I’d recommend:
Are you a fast typer? Want a job where you don’t have to think?
You could become a transcriber, which is someone who listens to audio or video recordings and types out what they hear to turn the recording into written form.
Transcribers might also review and edit transcriptions created by speech recognition software.
According to Payscale, the average hourly rate for a transcriber is $15.12, typically between $9.94 and $26.75 per hour.
Although the transcription company, TranscribeMe, claims that those with specialized medical and legal backgrounds make more, so focus on those industries if you can until you can work your way up to a higher rate.
Many jobs pay by the word, so if you don’t type quickly, then you won’t make very much. To succeed as a transcriber, you should be detail-oriented, have solid listening skills (well, duh) and the ability to focus for long periods of time.
Where to find transcription jobs
TranscribeMe claims to pay more than anyone else, so I reckon that would be a good place to start.
To work for TranscribeMe, all you have to do is create an account, check the languages that you’re able to transcribe in, and read a few lengthy documents (their style guide, which is 39 pages, and their exam instructions, 14 pages).
Then, you take an exam to see if you qualify. If approved, they’ll send you “short chunks of audio to transcribe.”
You could also check out Daily Transcription. They accept beginners, but require a minimum typing speed of 50 wpm. Their rates start at $.75 to $.85 per audio minute.
GoTranscript is another option that pays up to $.60 per audio or video minute. Although judging from the average earnings (just $150 per month), it seems like this site might be best if you’re just after a side gig.
Nowadays, you can teach almost anything online, from photography to music to math.
The plus to teaching is that you get to choose your own hours since you work for yourself. Of course, that also means you’ll be responsible for your own taxes, so you’ll want to take that into account when setting your rates.
As an English (ESL) teacher, you can expect to make anywhere between $10 to $40 per hour depending on your experience and qualifications.
I taught a few classes on Verbling several years ago and made around $20 per hour for very simple conversational classes (just being paid to talk to people). Pretty easy money!
The downside to teaching English online is that there’s a ton of competition and it can be hard to get consistent clients. You have to really work to build up a steady client base before this can become a full-time job.
You might also have to give a free trial of your class in order to land your first clients.
Responsibilities of online teachers
Based on your students’ goals, you’ll need to prepare an agenda and lesson plan for (each) class and maybe even assign them homework.
The responsibilities will depend on the job and what you’re teaching. So as an ESL teacher, you’ll obviously need to have a solid understanding of English grammar if you want to teach beginner levels (for conversational classes, this shouldn’t be necessary). Some websites also ask for teaching certifications and qualifications.
You also have to know how to adapt to different learning styles. Some students might be more visual, while others might be more auditory. Some might be both. It’s YOUR job to adjust to and accommodate to them.
Where to find teaching jobs
Again, this will depend on what you want to teach. Classgap, Preply and Takelessons give all types of private classes online.
If you want to teach English as a second language, you could also check out italki, Verbling and Vipkid.
Or if you prefer to go the more traditional route, you could become a full-time schoolteacher through an online learning provider like K12 or Connections Academy.
3. Virtual assistant (aka VA)
This was actually my very first work-from-home job (and then I transitioned into my role as a content marketer shortly after).
A virtual assistant (VA) is someone who helps their employer with a range of tasks, like responding to emails, bookkeeping and marketing assistance. What you do as a VA will depend on your employer and their needs.
But you should be organized and know how to manage your time efficiently. You’ve also gotta have top-notch written and verbal communication skills (or at least be able to answer the phone and write emails without sounding like a buffoon).
How much do virtual assistants get paid?
Ah. That fun question.
Payscale claims that the average pay for a virtual assistant in the U.S. is $15.75 per hour, ranging from $10.17 to $28.24 per hour.
If you’re considering becoming a VA, be careful not to price your services too low. Remember that, unless you’re a full-time employee for a company, you’ll have to pay self-employment tax and cover your own medical insurance, sick days and holidays.
To give you an idea, virtual assistant guru, Gina Horkey, said that she charged $34 per hour when starting out. But like with any job, the more skills that you have to offer, the more you can charge.
Virtual assistant responsibilities
It will depend on the client, but here are a few responsibilities you might have as a virtual assistant:
- Data entry
- Checking and responding to emails
- Answering and returning phone calls
- Managing your client’s calendar
- Booking flights
- Blog management
- And much, much more
VAs tend to work for entrepreneurs or small businesses, but can also work for busy executives. A good VA helps the person they’re working for save time and focus on the things that only they can do.
Where to find virtual assistant jobs
Like what you’re hearing so far? Here are a few websites where you can find virtual assistant jobs:
You might also want to check out the Facebook groups for remote workers and digital nomads (like Digital Nomads Around the World, Digital Nomads Medellin, Chiang Mai Digital Nomads etc), which are filled with remote workers and entrepreneurs who might be on the lookout for a virtual assistant.
You could try doing a search in these groups for “virtual assistant” to see if anyone’s hiring…or post in the group and explain what you’re offering.
4. Customer service rep
A customer service representative helps customers over the phone, via chat or email. They answer questions; respond to complaints; manage calls; and assist with orders, billing, cancellations and the like.
The average hourly wage for a customer service representative in the U.S. is $14.07 according to Payscale, ranging from $10 to $19 per hour.
Should you be a customer service rep?
If you’re a people-person, patient and able to keep your cool when dealing with customers that are flying off the handle (props to you), then this job could be perfect for you.
You’ve gotta have empathy and be okay with being on the phone for hours on end.
Fun fact: An employee at Zappos, the online retailer known for their excellent customer service, once had a phone conversation with a customer that lasted 10 hours and 43 minutes. True story.
Where to find customer service jobs
Weworkremotely.com posts a ton of customer support jobs. You could also check out other remote job sites, like Flexjobs and remotive.io. Or fill out an application with staffing companies, like Liveops and Arise.
A proofreader reviews content and checks for grammatical, spelling, punctuation, and formatting errors. Unlike editors, proofreaders don’t focus on writing quality.
Proofreading requires a keen eye for detail, a high level of written English (or whatever language you’re working in), and the ability to stay focused for long periods of time.
6. User tester
User testing is the process of testing out the functionality and user experience of a website. All you have to do is spend some time on a website, record your experience, and maybe respond to a few questions.
The website, Usertesting, pays $10 for every 20-minute test you take. You can also partake in user interviews, which pay even better: $30 for 30-minute interviews and $60 for 60-minute interviews.
But don’t lay all your eggs in this basket: It can be hard to qualify for the tests. So treat this one more like a side gig, and don’t rely on it as your sole source of income.
7. Content or community moderator
Content moderators review user-generated content (content submitted by users), user profiles, videos and text-based content, based on the company’s rules or guidelines.
Community moderators monitor discussion on websites or forums to make sure internet trolls don’t have too much fun.
8. Data entry clerk
Data entry clerks spend their time entering and updating information in a company’s database and ensuring that everything is accurate.
Not asleep yet? Ok good! Then this job might be for you.
To succeed in data entry, you’ll need to be able to type at a decent speed, stay organized and be okay with doing the same task over…and over…and over again.
The pay is notoriously bad
One caveat here: Because data entry is the type of job that even a monkey could do, it’s often outsourced to those who are willing and able to work for next to nothing. So the pay is notoriously bad, especially for data entry work-for-home jobs.
There’s also high competition for these jobs, especially the ones that pay decently.
Look out for data entry scams
Sadly, data entry job scams abound. To make sure you don’t fall victim to one, check the website of the hiring company before sending over any personal information and, whatever you do, do NOT pay for anything upfront (like a paid training program). Some scams will guarantee you training that you’ll never receive.
And remember: if a job looks too good to be true, it probably is. Trust your gut.
Hey now, whatcha lookin’ so disheartened for? There ARE some legit companies out there that hire data entry clerks. Focus your energies on them.
Oh and look for companies based in California, Illinois, Texas, New York and Florida since according to the BLS, these are the states with the most data entry opportunities and the ones that pay the best.
Pro Tip: If you can find a transcription job, even better. Transcription jobs are somewhat similar to data entry jobs, but require more skill (such as excellent English comprehension and writing skills), so they’ll pay more.
Need a job like…now?
If you’ve gotta start raking in the moolah, try searching for easy gigs on the lower-paying job sites like Upwork, Fiverr and Peopleperhour.
You might have to price your services lower than competition to start out–but then you can raise them as you get more experience and build a portfolio.
If you literally can’t wait another second, then user testing, teaching English and transcribing are probably your safest bets. All you have to do is create an account (and get approved).
But PLEASE, for the love of God, don’t sell yourself short. These jobs are a great place to start and are probably going to be easier to get without experience, but if you put the time into applying, you can definitely land other types of work-from-home jobs WITHOUT any experience (like entry-level marketing jobs).
Got a knack for writing? Consider one of these jobs.
Ahhh my personal favorite.
Copywriting is the act of writing to sell. Not to be confused with content writing, which is designed to nurture.
Copywriting is what you see when you land on a company’s website, and content writing is what goes on behind the scenes, like on the blog.
You don’t need a degree to become a copywriter, but you will need to UNlearn everything you learned in school (and learn to write like you speak).
Succeeding in copywriting
Good copywriters are able to communicate a message clearly and concisely. They find a way to emotionally connect with the audience. Pull on their heartstrings. Change their perspective. Make them laugh.
Copywriting is all about getting inside your customer’s head and understanding their pain points, objections and desires. Copywriters need to do a helluva lotta research before writing to gain an understanding of their target audience, the brand, core message, objectives and competitors.
And then comes the fun part: coming up with attention-grabbing copy for ads, websites and other marketing material.
Average copywriter salary
Payscale claims that the average copywriter salary in the U.S. is $51,345, typically between $36,000 and $74,000.
But if you’re good at what you do, you can make MUCH more than that. Top copywriters charge upwards of $5,000 per day, some even double.
Interested in becoming a (freelance) copywriter? I’ve got a few resources that might help.
As a ghostwriter, you’ll be writing for someone else without getting credited for the work (but you shouldbe able to keep the writing on your portfolio).
11. Freelance journalist
If you like to write, but prefer news and story writing, you could become a freelance journalist and write for news organizations.
Are you always reading things and thinking things like, “this sentence would read a million times better if it were written this way.”
If so, you might want to consider working as an editor. Unlike proofreaders, editors work to improve the style, clarity and readability of writing. They try to cut down on wordiness and clarify ambiguity.
Once you gain steady traffic to your blog, the options are limitless. You can monetize with affiliate marketing, ads, digital products or courses…
If you decide to get into blogging, be sure to choose a niche that you’re passionate about. Otherwise, you’ll burn out pretty quick.
Here are a few jobs that (might) require a certification.
Fluent in more than one language? You could look into becoming a translator, someone who translates written text from one language to another (not to be confused with an interpreter, who translates oral messages).
You’ll have to be okay with sitting with and working through large texts at a time. So if you’re someone that needs more stimulation, then this job probably isn’t for you.
Translator pay can vary
One of the biggest determining factors for how much you get paid as a translator are the languages that you translate to/from.
A 2008 survey from the American Translator’s Association found that the highest paying language combinations for rate per word were English to Arabic and English to Danish ($0.19 per word). The lowest paying language combos for rate per word were English to Italian and English to Portuguese (just $0.12 per word).
The highest paying hourly rates were English to Chinese ($74.92) and Chinese to English ($65.49).
You’ll also get paid more if you choose an area of specialization and industry that’s in high demand. Some of the higher paying industries include information technology, legal, medical and engineering.
Think about where there’s high demand and low competition. Here’s a graph that Translation Rules put together:
But, like with anything, if you’re good at what you do, you have the potential to earn much more than that (yes, even with a competitive language pair). One Spanish-English and English-Spanish translator from Expert Vagabond makes in the six figures.
Finding a translator job
Interested in taking the next step here? The good news is that, according to expert translator, Alexandra, many translator jobs don’t require any sort of degree or certification unless the job is more specialized, like in the medical or legal industry.
To find jobs, check out Proz, Gengo and Translator’s Cafe. If you’re just starting out, you might have more luck landing gigs on the lower-paying platforms (like Upwork and PeoplePerHour), at least until you build that portfolio.
You a numbers person? Preferably with a background in finance or accounting? You organized? Like working with spreadsheets and data?
If so, you could become a bookkeeper (aka that person in charge of recording a company’s everyday financial transactions, like payroll, sales and expenses).
Other responsibilities include: completing tax forms, entering data, creating financial reports, checking records and processing accounts receivable/payable. Bookkeepers often work with software programs like Freshbooks and Quickbooks.
So do you need an accounting degree?
Nah. It helps, but you can do without it. Many bookkeeping jobs don’t even require a college diploma.
Unlike accountants (who tend to work for larger organizations), bookkeepers work for small businesses and deal with a lot of routine transactions.
How much does a bookkeeper make?
According to good ol’ Payscale, the average hourly wage for a bookkeeper is $17.35 per hour, typically ranging from $12.17 to $25.48 per hour.
Like with any job, your rate will depend on how much experience you have, your education, certifications, and the company you work for.
Butttt fun fact: If you go freelance, you have the potential to earn three times the typical salary.
Finding a bookkeeping job
You can find freelance bookkeeping gigs on sites like Upwork, PeoplePerHour, Remote.co and Flexjobs.
Prefer to start your own bookkeeping business? Check out this website.
16. Online notary
As an online notary, you’ll be responsible for legalizing documents. You’ll need to become a traditional notary first and will have to pay a fee to get started. Ugh.
BUT it could pay off: Once you become an online notary, you can charge up to $25 for each notary.
Find out more about the process and requirements here.
You always helping people find their path in life? (How Oprah of me).
If so, you might wanna consider becoming a life coach, dating coach or career coach, and mentor people through one-on-one video sessions.
To become a coach, you’ll wanna get certified by a program that’s ICF accredited. Getting certified costs $5,000-$10,000 or more, so make sure that this is something you’re committed to before coughing up the dough.
18. Personal trainer
Know a lot about fitness? You could become an online personal trainer.
Okay, I know what you might be thinking: But doesn’t a personal trainer have to work in a gym?
Not in 2020, my friend. Get on an app like TrueCoach and Trainerize and you can train from anywhere.
But if you want a lil’ credibility, get certified first.
Marketing is all about understanding the needs and desires of your target audience and coming up with ways to connect with and sell to them.
To succeed in marketing, you have to continually experiment. Over and over again.
You’ve also gotta be okay with failure, because, welp, shit happens. Hate to break it to ya, but not every campaign is going to be a massive success.
Think you can handle it? Here’s a look at some of the different types of marketing jobs you could pursue:
19. SEO specialist
Search engine optimization (aka SEO) is the process of improving a website’s visibility in search engines. But your goal as an SEO specialist won’t just be to get more traffic to the website.
You need to think about getting high-quality traffic and providing your visitors with an amazing user experience from the second they land on your site.
If SEO is something you’re interested in, I highly recommend checking out Brian Dean’s blog posts. He’s the MASTER of SEO. If you can afford it, I’d also enroll in his SEO That Works course. I’ve taken it and it’s been extremely valuable for me from an SEO content standpoint.
20. Email marketer
This one probably doesn’t need much explanation: Email marketers create, set up and launch email campaigns.
Then, they test, track and optimize to improve things like open rate and click-through-rate.
21. Growth marketer
Compared to traditional marketing, growth marketing focuses on the entire sales funnel, as opposed to just top-of-the-funnel (bringing in leads).
Growth marketers try to improve the customer experience and bring in more engaged customers using a data-driven approach.
22. Content marketer
Love to write and people hack? You might enjoy content marketing.
Content marketers focus on creating, promoting and distributing content to increase web traffic, attract prospects and nurture leads.
I worked in content marketing for several years and can tell you that no day is ever the same.
To be a good content marketer, you’ve gotta be intentional. Don’t just do something because everyone else is doing it. Think about what your audience wants first and foremost.
23. Social media marketer
Addicted to social media? You might love being a social media marketer.
These marketers craft social media strategies and campaigns that boost engagement, turn followers into loyal customers, and turn customers into brand advocates (the cheapest form of marketing!).
24. Conversion rate optimization (CRO) specialist
Conversion rate optimization is the process of getting more website visitors to convert or take action on a site, be that filling out a form, signing up for a newsletter or making a purchase.
CRO specialists look for ways to improve the website and content to maximize conversions. They’re always analyzing and interpreting data and testing out new things to find the best conversion paths.
25. Paid ads specialist
You know when you go to Google to search for something and you see those ads at the top of the search results page:
That’s the work of a paid ads specialist (or PPC specialist). They manage advertising campaigns, with the goal being to increase impressions, clicks and conversions–at the lowest cost possible.
26. Data analyst
A data analyst helps a company determine what their audience wants. They collect and interpret data, and then turn it into actionable insights for decision-makers.
To be a data analyst, you’ve gotta be an expert in quantitative and qualitative market analysis. You should have a background in statistics and solid math and analytical skills.
27. Product marketing specialist
Interested in more of the product side of marketing? Product marketers introduce a product to the market and drive demand for that product. They look for ways to differentiate and promote the product and sell it to the customer.
Best entry-level marketing positions
Don’t have any marketing experience? Don’t sweat it. There are a ton of entry-level marketing jobs out there. Keep your eyes peeled for titles like…
- Paid Ads Specialist (or PPC Specialist)
- Content Marketing Specialist
- Social Media Specialist
- Marketing Assistant
- SEO Specialist
- Email Marketer
My advice? Go niche. With few exceptions, it’s much better to be a specialist in one area than a jack of all trades.
Before applying to jobs, take some courses online in the area that you’re interested in. Hubspot offers a ton of free courses, and you can add the certifications to your portfolio once you finish.
Then when you’re feeling fairly confident in your marketing skills (and you’ve got a portfolio or blog that shows them off), you can apply to jobs. Here are a few websites with remote marketing positions:
- AngelList (be sure to filter for Remote)
This article has a more comprehensive list of some websites you could check out.
More of a visual or auditory person? See if any of these jobs strike your fancy:
28. Video Editor
If you have a background in film or video creation, you could become a video editor, which is someone who cuts down on raw video footage and turns it into something fabulous. They also might add things to the video like subtitles, music and animation.
Got some skills or knowledge that you wanna share with the world? If you aren’t camera shy, you could become a Vlogger!
Like blogging, this probably isn’t going to make you money fast, but if you’ve got time (and moolah) to spare, it could be an option.
You’ll wanna first focus on growing your subscriber list. Once you do that, you can make money from ads and sponsorships.
The podcast and audiobook market is booming, so if you’ve got something valuable to share with the rest of the world, jump on the bandwagon and start your own podcast!
Once you have a decent amount of listeners, you can make money via sponsorships, courses, services…etc.
31. Online course creator
If you’ve got a skill or some knowledge that other people will pay for, you could create an online video course and sell it on Udemy or your own site (there are pros and cons to both, but if you don’t have any traffic to your site yet, you might wanna start with Udemy).
But first, check Udemy to see if your topic is popular (look at how many reviews there are for the courses on that topic). That’ll give you an idea of whether or not it’s worth it to proceed.
If it seems like the topic is popular enough, see what else is already out there, and think of how you could do it better. For your course to be successful, you’ve gotta create something that’s worth paying for.
32. Voice actor
Got a super sexy voice? Become a voice actor!
Voice actors record audiobooks, advertisements, dub foreign language films or narrate explainer videos.
If you wanna go this route, make sure to invest in a good microphone and recording software.
If you don’t mind a little risk-taking, you could try your hand at selling online or starting an online business.
33. Homemade crafter
Like making crafts at home? Why not sell on Etsy (or create your own online shop)!
Just get some high-quality, professional-looking product photos and beautiful packaging to show off those goods of yours.
34. Print-on-demand seller
If you like designing things, you could try selling customized products online via a print-on-demand website like Printful.
So…what the f*** should you print? Think about the latest trends and what people are currently buying.
Hmmm…face masks, anyone?
35. Amazon FBA seller
Selling on Amazon is easy peasy. You just have to:
- Decide what to sell (ideally a high-demand, low-competition product, priced around $40)
- Source the products from Alibaba
- Create a killer listing on Amazon
- Ship the products to the Amazon warehouse
- Promote your product
See? Told ya it was easy.
Once you set up your business and start to rake in those reviews, you should be able to (one day) run your business more or less on autopilot. Like while sipping ice-cold coconut water on a beach in Bali…
Sure, it’s easier said than done, but if you do it right, you can make some serious money on Amazon FBA.
Wanna get started in eCommerce but don’t have money to invest in a business? Enter…Dropshipping.
With dropshipping, you don’t hold inventory. It works like this: Someone makes a purchase from you. You notify the supplier. They ship the item directly to the customer.
You can set up a store on Shopify in an hour and import the products you want to sell using Oberlo.
But if you actually wanna sell products, you WILL have to invest money upfront in ads (or Instagram sponsorships) to drive traffic to your store.
Succeeding in dropshipping
Succeeding in dropshipping ain’t easy.
To start with, the margins are low since you aren’t buying items in bulk. The shipping times tend to be long, sometimes up to 60 days. And let’s be honest: most customers don’t wanna wait around for that.
There’s also a TON of competition, since dropshippers sell generic products that can be found pretty much anywhere (like Amazon and Walmart). And suppliers can be unreliable. So pick wisely!
Ok, I didn’t mean to burst your bubble there. It may not be easy to succeed in dropshipping, but itIS possible.
To maximize your chances of success, choose a niche if you can (but make sure there’s enough demand for your product). Vet your suppliers beforehand. And make sure you’ve got a damn good reason as to why people should shop with you and not Amazon or another website. Do you offer bundled products at a discount? A year-long refund policy?
Since you’re selling generic products, you’ve GOT to find a way to sell your product like it’s one of a kind (even though obviously…it’s not).
More experience required
Got some experience up your belt? Or the time to get it? See if one of these babies would be a good fit for ya:
If you’ve got a skill that people will pay good money for, you could become a consultant.
As a remote consultant, you can work full-time, part-time or as a contractor. The average salary for a business consultant is $73,722, typically between $49,000 and $112,000.
But this will obviously depend on things like your industry and specialty.
Finding consultant work
In order to become a consultant, you’ve gotta have some authority in the industry you want to work in. Don’t have that yet? Get started by taking courses and getting certified.
Create a website with your services. Then start networking however you can, online and in person (and make sure you’ve got your elevator pitch ready).
Once you’re ready, here’s a list of 15 companies that hire remote consulting jobs.
As a designer, you’ve gotta know your way around Adobe Photoshop, In Design, Illustrator, Sketch, InVision etc. You’ll need to be able to conceptualize (translate ideas into design) and collaborate regularly with other people, like art directors, marketers and developers.
As for what types of jobs to pursue, you could be a graphic designer, web designer, logo designer…and you could work freelance, for an agency or in-house.
What’s the pay like?
The average pay for a graphic designer in the U.S. is $45,060, ranging from $33,000 to $63,000, according to Payscale.
But the more specialized you are, the better. The average salary of a UX designer, who focuses on the design of a website from a user experience standpoint, is $73,868 (between $50,000 to $107,000).
This job is for you if
You’ve got an eye for pretty things. As a web designer, your client might tell you how they want their website to look and feel and give examples of websites that they like, and then you’ll be expected to turn those ideas into an amazeballs design.
If you legitimately get excited by code, then software development could be just the career for you.
Developers are in charge of building a website, application or another type of software. They’re also responsible for fixing bugs, maintaining software and troubleshooting quickly.
They’ve gotta work long hours and sometimes even jump in to fix something in the middle of the night or weekend.
The road to get there is NOT easy, but the payoff can make it worth it. These jobs tend to be in high demand and well compensated. Which brings me to my next point…
Per Payscale, the average salary for a developer in the U.S. is $71,218, typically between $50,000 and $104,000.
So for some, those long hours just might be worth it.
Becoming a work-from-home developer
That said, software development isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s the kind of job that you’ve gotta LOVE doing–or you’ll be miserable. But if you enjoy problem-solving and are innately curious about coding, then it could be a good fit for you.
As they say, learning to code is like learning a new language. And developers tend to take a pride in their code, with the best ones able to write code in as few characters as possible.
Don’t have a programming background? You’ll need to either spend the time teaching yourself how to code or enroll in a coding bootcamp.
Either way, don’t expect to learn how to code overnight. The average bootcamp lasts around 3.5 months. If you’re learning on your own and working full time on top of that, it’ll probably take much longer.
But if you’re passionate about software development and stick with it, you’ll have a world of opportunities ahead of you (for realz).
40. Product manager
Product managers decide what products to build and help their team deliver them.
They might need to consider whether adding a certain feature to the product will be beneficial long-term for the company.
Good product managers ask questions. They talk to customers and internal stakeholders before making decisions. And they listen.
Product managers tend to be compensated very well (even better than developers on average!). According to Indeed, the average salary for a Product Manager in the U.S is a base of $85,548, with a bonus of $13,500.
This job is for you if
You’re constantly thinking about your customers’ problems and how you can fix them.
Do you know how to work well with people? Do you have a high level of emotional intelligence? Are you able to put yourself in the minds of others before making decisions? Are you innovative and forward-thinking?
If the answer to all of those questions is a resounding YES, then roll up your sleeves my friend.
Becoming a remote product manager
If you wanna get into product management, the best way to start is by working your way up at a (remote) company (maybe starting out in customer service or marketing).
Try applying to companies that at least have a product manager position available (which you could later move into). Orrrrr if you can prove to your employer that you’d be able to fulfill a need as a product manager, then, who knows, they might just create the position for you.
You could also try taking a stab at building a product yourself. From there…start networking!
41. Project manager
Just like it sounds, Project Managers take control of a project, from planning to execution to closing.
As a project manager, you’ll need to come up with a plan to deliver the project you’re leading, making sure that things get done on time and on budget. You’ll have to coordinate regularly with stakeholders and other members of the team or those involved in the project. When issues arise along the way, YOU will need to care of them.
In order to make sure that things get done on budget, you might need to micromanage everyone’s time a bit and shift resources around.
You’ll also have to manage the team to make sure that everyone stays productive and happy. Think: team-building exercises and weekly happy hours (yup, it IS possible to do remotely!).
But with all that responsibility and management comes reward. The average salary for a project manager in the U.S. is $73,901, ranging from $48,000 to $112,000, according to our friend PayScale:
This job is for you if
You’re a people person, able to stay organized and are the queen or king of multitasking. You should also be analytical, have good problem-solving skills, and be able to make decisions under pressure.
Prefer working on your own? Then, hate it to break it to ya, but project management probs isn’t the best career option for you.
Landing a project management WFH job
Like product management, it’ll be difficult to land a job at a company as a project manager without any experience. You’ll most likely have to prove yourself and work your way up the ladder.
So…If you’re currently working at a company, see if there’s opportunity to take on any projects. You can then use those projects to show on your resume when applying to remote jobs.
Or consider applying to entry-level positions at remote companies first, and then take on whatever projects you can to prove yourself.
Alright, that’s enough talking for now.
So…do you know what your dream remote job is yet? Go get ’em tiger.