Now that remote work and working remotely is on everyone’s radar, a big question is what kinds of jobs empower remote work from home? Yes, we hear about companies going remote due to COVID-19, but there’s a longer term question about what types of jobs are best suited to remote work or working from home.
Luckily, there are more jobs than you might think. We’ve rounded up a few of the most interesting jobs where you can do remote work from home. And when you’re ready to make the leap, here’s where you can find thousands of remote work from home jobs.
Content Creator / Editor
If you’re looking for remote or work from home jobs, content creation is a great start.
What does a content creator/editor do?
A content creator or editor is the person behind anything you see coming out of a brand: blog posts, research, videos, advertising copy, and more. Your job will be to come up with the idea for the work (in collaboration with your team or client, of course), and then go and make the magic happen.
As a content creator or editor, you have a lot of options:
- Join a content agency.
- Work in-house at a startup or big company.
- Sell guides and online courses about the content creation process.
Yes – it’s true, you can be a realtor while working remotely. You may not be able to live a digital nomad lifestyle and travel all over the place, but you also don’t have to go into an office to do your job. In some cases, you may not even need to meet clients in person.
What does a realtor do?
Your job as a realtor is to help people find their next property. Whether that’s a family looking to get a starter home, an elderly person downsizing, or an investor looking for the right next investment, you help them navigate the world of real estate listings and even help them find properties that aren’t on the market yet.
As a remote realtor, your work becomes a little bit different than a traditional realtor:
- You’ll host virtual tours and virtual open houses, using video calls to show people around instead of having them come to the property in-person.
- All your work with clients will be done via phone, email, and video call.
- You’ll use electronic signatures instead of in-person signings (which is what many realtors do today, anyway).
- You’ll manage the key hand-off, which you might choose to do in person but can also do through secured mail and cooperating with your client’s lawyer.
In most places, being a realtor is a regulated profession, and working remotely is no different. If you want to become a realtor, you’ll have to get certified by your local certifying body.
Running a business remotely has never been easier. Whether you want to start a freelance business, stay as a solopreneur, or build the next “unicorn” startup, you can do it remotely.
What kinds of businesses can an entrepreneur start remotely?
When you start a business remotely, you can do almost anything you want. While you couldn’t start a business requiring in-person services (like an auto body shop, for instance), you can still sell products, services, and more.
- Ecommerce – sell products online and ship them to customers.
- Consulting – deliver consulting services remotely with email and video calls.
- Digital products – sell courses, downloads, and more online.
- Import / export – you can use your home base as your ‘warehouse’ and import goods from other countries without needing to have in-person employees.
If you want to become an entrepreneur, remember you still have to register your business and start it all legally. Working remotely is not an excuse to not follow the rules.
Public Relations Manager
Imagine this: you just secured a New York Times feature for your company or client… from the beach. That’s the kind of life you can have as a remote public relations (PR) manager.
What does a remote PR manager do?
Since so much of PR is done with technology – calls, email, etc. – it’s fairly easy to do remotely. Your job will consist of:
- Coordinating a messaging strategy with your company or clients.
- Sending pitches via email or phone call to journalists.
- Networking and building community with journalists so they call you for expert commentary.
- Celebrating and promoting your clients online through social media.
The work can be done from anywhere with an internet connection, so it’s fairly easy to be a digital nomad with this remote / work from home job.
Customer Success Manager
Customer success is the process of keeping a subscription customer happy. It’s a fairly easy process to start – anyone can get into it if you’re keen on building relationships (here’s a guide on how to start with customer success if you’re an entrepreneur).
What does a customer success manager do?
Your primary job will be customer retention. And you do that by:
- Helping clients understand your product.
- Helping clients solve other business challenges so your product is more valuable.
- Listening to client issues and suggesting other products or services you sell (called “upselling”).
People used to think of customer success as something that just kind of happened, but the reality is it’s a job that requires a lot of thought and creativity. However, since you manage most of your clients online and only travel occasionally (if at all) to meet clients in person, this job is perfect for someone who wants to work remote or work from home.
Want to build the next billion-dollar app? Well, you don’t have to do it from an office in Silicon Valley anymore. Huge companies like Basecamp, Buffer, and InVision have already proven that you can build great technology completely remotely.
What does a software developer do?
The primary outcome for a software developer is a great piece of software to sell to clients. This could be an app, a website, or something more complicated like artificial intelligence technology. It all depends on what kind of software developer you are, but the key is that you’re the builder behind the great technology.
This kind of work is easy to do remotely, as long as your company has:
- A good collaborative repository for code.
- A work methodology that allows remote (i.e. not demanding you sit beside a coworker to pair develop).
- Good security protocols to make sure your work is safe and secure.
Because of the nature of coding, you’ll still be working in a highly collaborative environment. So you may not be able to travel all over the world, meaning this job is more suited to people who want to work from home. But you definitely don’t need to be in an office to be successful.
A new way of working
These jobs are just the beginning. All over the world there are remote companies hiring other jobs like:
- Virtual assistant
- Marketing manager
- Project manager
- Social media director
- C-suite executives like Chief Financial Officer
- … and more.
The remote work and work from home movement is really gaining speed, and you can take part in it if you want to. If you’re ready to take the leap, here’s a great remote work from home jobs resource to kickstart your search.