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Best Remote Jobs: 16 Types of Remote Jobs You Can Do in 2021

February 20, 2021
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Remote work entails a lot of what you’re already used to (most probably due to the pandemic). Getting online in your pajamas and doing your job while having your breakfast and drinking a cup of coffee. While we’re waiting for things to come back to normal, we’re also kind of getting used to working from the comfort of our homes. However, working from home might just be the future of employment.

It not only allows companies to hire anyone, anywhere in the world, but it also has numerous other benefits.

What is a remote job?

A remote job is a type of job that will enable you to work outside of a traditional office. That means that you can either work from home or choose a location that works best for you, such as a coffee-shop, coworking space, etc. Different companies have different remote work policies, defining how often a remote worker is allowed to work outside the company's premises.

Benefits of having a remote job

Advantages of remote employees and virtual teams are many for both you and the companies looking to hire remote workers:

  • You’ll be more productive - Studies show that contrary to common belief, people are more productive when working from home.
  • You’ll earn more - On average, remote workers both earn more and save more than their in-office counterparts.
  • You’ll have more free time - Since you won’t have to commute, you’ll be saving a lot of time each day. This is time you can use for whatever you desire, balancing work life and private life as you please.
  • It’s easier for the recruiters - Recruiters won’t have to schedule interviews only during working hours. With the Internet as your means of communication, the human resources department doesn’t have to worry about time zones when scheduling interviews. All that recruiters would have to do would be to check who applied to their job listings and schedule an interview any time of the day.

Equipment you need for remote work

Working from home is pretty easy and requires next to no preparation. The only things you’ll really need are a computer and access to the Internet. Of course, there are ways you can increase your productivity and reduce outside factors that might influence your work. Setting up the perfect home office is one of the ways you could ensure nothing bothers you while you’re working from home.

What are the best remote jobs?

The best remote jobs are the ones that allow you to work from your home (or anywhere!) while not taking too much of your time for the same amount of compensation.

Additionally, good remote work can be both part-time or full-time. Usually, part-time work won’t provide you with benefits and perks such as dental or healthcare. Accordingly, you’ll have more free time to job search or do whatever you like.

As for full-time remote jobs, chances are high you’ll get all the benefits of a full-time job, apart from paid transportation to and from the offices.

What are the most common types of remote jobs?

1. Social Media Manager

Are you into digital media? Do you like writing intriguing and exciting posts on Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn? If you do, then social media marketing is the perfect job for you!

Pros: Writing posts in itself is quite interesting and won’t take up much of your time. The job will basically require you to do what you probably already do - spend time on social media and engage online with others.

Cons: There are many freelancers currently working in this industry and you’ll need to constantly keep track of new trends if you want to stay on top.

Salary: Salary for Social Media marketing ranges from $40,000 a year to $80,000, and it will depend on your previous experience and what platforms you work on.

2. Web Designer

Designers imagine what a website should look like and ensure it is visually pleasing and user-friendly. While not the same as being a graphic designer, it’s still pretty similar to it, and if you have any experience with design, you could give it a shot.

Pros: Very easy to find work if you’re any good at web design. Also, there are a lot of free tools that can help you become a better web designer.

Cons: There are many similar types of jobs that require the same skill set. You might find it difficult to decide where to start and where to go from there.

Salary: Median web designer salary is 68,000 a year, and it will only grow with your experience.

3. Customer Support Specialist

With the growth of online shopping and delivery services, people have been shopping more than ever before. Unfortunately, since they can’t go to the shop they purchased their products to ask for directions or report something wrong, people have to call customer services. This has led to a huge increase in the demand for Customer Service Specialists jobs.
Pros: There is a high demand for these jobs. You can easily get work, especially with any of the delivery services such as Amazon. Additionally, if you have good communication skills, the job should be pretty easy and you’ll get a lot of chances for advancement.

Cons: It might be draining and demanding to speak with people all day, even when working from home.

Salary: Average salary is $27,000 a year.

4. Virtual Assistant

If you’re well-organized and know how to help others do the same, you could apply to be an assistant. Many people are swamped with their obligations and can’t, or don’t know how to, keep track of their day-to-day activities. You can help them. This occupation is relatively new, but more and more small businesses are opting to hire virtual assistants to help them run their daily business.

Pros: This position is completely location independent. As long as you keep track of all the important information, stay available on your phone and keep organized, you can literally do it from the beach.

Cons: Clients can be very specific and demanding. Unless you have proper communication skills, you might have a hard time in the beginning.

Salary: Virtual assistants make around $26,000 a year, without the bonuses. This number can drastically increase depending on what the workload is and what scope of business your employer is in.

5. Content writer

Whether you’re into writing research, papers, short stories, or novels, you can do it from the comfort of your home. In fact, this occupation is more and more popular with remote workers all over the world.

Pros: It’s very easy to find remote employment in this niche. In addition to this, there’s a lot of ways you can both earn money and express yourself whether academically or creatively.

Cons: It’s a competitive market, despite the availability of employment, so you’ll have to either have a very good skill set or ask for a competitive fee for your services.

Salary: Median salary for remote writers is around $51,000. It can vary depending on what you’re writing and how prolific you are.

6. Copywriter

If you’re into writing and you’re able to produce content that will be appealing to consumers, then SEO is the perfect remote job for you.

Pros: You can be an SEO specialist both part-time and remote full-time, and the schedule you’ll have to work will be completely open. In addition to this, copywriting is a great job to hone your skillset as it has a lot of writing, but some marketing, as well. Thus, it is a great remote job if you’re looking to transition into marketing at some point.

Cons: This is a fairly new occupation and the market is very competitive. You’ll have to start small and work your way up. Also, many different industries hire copywriters and it is difficult to transition from one industry to another when creating content.

Salary: Copywriters make $58,000 and up as per Glassdoor.

7. Accountant

As a remote accountant, you’ll help a company or an organization manage its finances. You’ll be responsible for managing budgets, accounts and ensuring your client is paying the right amount of taxes in time.

Pros: Being a work-at-home accountant is much easier than doing the same job from the office. All of the documentation you’ll have to keep will be easily accessible to you.

Cons: It could be a bit difficult to separate your work life from your home life as the entire documentation from your office will be in your home.

Salary: The average annual salary for accountants is around $50,000 and it will come with a lot of perks and bonuses, depending on the client you’re working for, and how long you’re working for them.

8.Sales representative

Sales representatives work closely with potential customers to promote and sell a product or service. The job may also include negotiating sales contracts, providing demonstrations on a certain product's features, and meeting certain sales goals.

Pros: This is a great remote job for anyone that enjoys engaging with others. It will give you a chance to showcase your communication skills and make a great impact for the company you're working for.

Cons: Sales is a very personal process and you might be required to go and meet with potential clients, so it’s not strictly a work-at-home job.

A big portion of your salary will depend on how effective you are at your job.

Salary: Sales representative base salary ranges from $30,000 to $70,000.

9. Data Entry

A lot of job-seekers can find employment regardless of where they’re working from by doing entry-level computer jobs, such as data entry. A lot of remote companies hire people to put in data from numerous mediums into their systems.

Pros: As long as you’re organized and diligent, the work is easy and you can do it literally anywhere.

Cons: Data entry jobs are usually part-time gigs. Some sources of data aren’t in optimal condition.

Salary: Salaries average at $34,000.

10. User Experience Designer

UX designer’s job is to support user behavior in a certain product by ensuring it’s usable, useful, and desirable. Working in this

Pros: The job is pretty interesting and you’ll be learning valuable skills you’ll be able to implement into many other jobs.

Cons: A slightly steep learning curve. It may take a while to master this job unless you already have a skillset to match.

Salary: Median annual salary is $74,000.

11. Software Developer

Whether you’re developing software for Android, iOS, or literally anything else, this is one of the most well-paid jobs you can do from home. In addition to this, you only need a PC or laptop to do it.

Pros: Software engineering is very lucrative and you’ll have no trouble finding employment.

Cons: You might need to work more than eight hours a day to meet your goals. This means your work hours could vary from 4h a day to 12h a day depending on the goals you’ll need to meet.

Salary: A software engineer makes around $84,000 a year with various bonuses and stimulations if the goals are met on time.

12. Web developer

If designing the way a website looks is not your forte, but you’re still interested in working with them, then being a web developer is the job for you. A web developer’s job is to make the core functionality of a website, in code.

Pros: Easy to get employment, the salaries are pretty good. You will develop a skillset that will help you get future employment in almost any company.

Cons: These types of jobs are usually part-time or connected to a specific project. It might be difficult to find a steady and guaranteed flow of income.

Salary: Web developers make a median salary of $60,000.

13. Tutor / Teacher

Whether you’re teaching English to students of other languages or literally anything else, tutoring is both a great side job and a full-time job you can do online. Teaching online provides you with countless options to utilize your education and talents.

Pros: There’s a plethora of opportunities in almost any field, as long as you’re good at what you’re teaching. Additionally, if you’re a native speaker of the English language or have a degree in this field, it’s extremely easy to find work online. Working hours are also highly flexible. You say when you’re available and you get classes at that time.

Cons: The paycheck is competitive and it has a wide range depending on what you’re teaching and to whom you’re teaching it.

Salary: Online tutors have an hourly rate from $10 up to $41. Because of the high difference between the highest and the lowest possible hourly rate it is difficult to calculate the median annual salary. It will depend on what you’re teaching and how qualified you are.

14. Business Analyst

The business analyst’s job is to research the market to learn more about how to improve the growth of a certain business. This is a perfect job for those who like to do research and are into data analysis.

Pros: You’ll have a completely flexible schedule as long as you can meet the tasks set by the clients. With some companies, you’ll even be able to get some perks such as dental or healthcare when working from your home.

Cons: The job can get a bit tedious if you’re not built or trained for it. Finding the motivation to do it might be more difficult when you’re working from home.

Salary: Average salary of 68,000 a year.

15. Proofreader / Copy editor

Your duties will include reading content supplied by writers and ensuring it is grammatically correct and that there are no spelling mistakes. Copy editors will need to get familiar with SEO, in addition to knowing the English language well.

Pros: It is easier to check someone else’s work than to create your own. Also, communication with your remote team will mostly be conducted via email, so you won’t need to wear a headset all day.

Cons: This remote position comes with a lot of responsibility. Any mistakes found in the content after you’ve checked it will be solely on you.

Salary: 17$/h medial 26k - 65k yearly

Copy editor 45-50k

16. Transcription

Transcribing is a great way to start for any freelancer. Transcribing usually provides a steady income flow and it will help you practice fast typing which is a crucial skill for anyone who’s working from home.

Pros: It is an entry-level job, you can do it as long as you have decent spelling and can hear and understand English.

Cons: You will need a quiet place to work. Some of the audio you’ll receive will require you to listen to it more than once.

Salary: Averages at $11 per hour. However, it can range from $3 to $33, depending on the industry and type of work.

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How to find work-from-home jobs?

Anyone can find the right remote job for themselves. As long as you stay realistic with your expectations and skills, you will find a remote work opportunity suited for you. Here are some of the questions to ask yourself before jumping into the remote work job search:

  1. When can I work? What kind of schedule works best for me?
  2. Where would I like to work from?
  3. How often am I prepared to go to the office?
  4. What would I like to do?
  5. What skills and tools do I have?

Get a side job

With the internet becoming the main source of conducting business, remote job opportunities have been on the rise! This means it’s much easier for everyone to get a suitable job that they can do from home.

If you have time, and your primary occupation allows it, a good way to start is to get a remote side job. This way you can experience working from home without having to commit to it. If you see it’s not what you’d hoped, you can always go back. And if you find that remote work is the way to go, you can completely transition to it.

The transition from your current job to a remote job

Another way to start working from home is to ask your supervisor to allow you a few days of remote work. This can start with one or two days a week, and when you prove you can be productive no matter where you work from, you can ask to become a full-time remote employee. When talking to your boss, tell them that the company will also gain some benefits from telecommuting employees. So, this is not just a way for you to avoid going to the office.

Find remote work on online job boards & social media

Most remote workers and freelancers look for employment on job boards or websites that help connect employers and employees. Websites like Flexjobs, Toptal, and Upwork have grown in popularity over the last years and they’re being used even more every day. Anyone can make a profile and apply for jobs

Finally, one of the easiest ways to find clients for a remote job or your own business is to use social media.