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Last updated: April 19, 2022 • Education Advice

Jobs That Can be Done Remotely

When the pandemic began, remote work was a commodity. Little more than an urban legend, the only people lucky enough to enjoy this luxurious means of sustaining themselves were programmers, translators and a select few other jobs. The idea of working from home was one that was little more than a dream for many, a twinkle in the eye of an optimistic but perhaps unrealistic professional. 

Fast forward six months from then, and all of a sudden working from home was the new norm. With offices closed and quarantines rigorously enforced, employers were forced to allow employees to work from home when possible. As the situation developed, it became very clear just how many jobs require no in-person presence to perform, requiring only a home office.

With the viability of remote work more clearly apparent than ever, an entirely new set of professional fields have opened up to the working public: remote jobs! In many cases, employers have found that workers doing their jobs remotely are actually as effective or more effective than onsite workers, so resistance to the concept is dwindling rapidly. 

If you’re looking for a change of scenery, you might be wondering what jobs have been moving towards remote work as a result of this shift. If this is indeed the case, then boy have we got just the article for you! In today’s piece, we’re going to be breaking down jobs that fit these parameters, and telling you what you’ll need to do to get one. Let’s begin! 

Remote jobs in 2021 

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Of course, not every job can be done remotely. A plumber can’t fix your pipes over the phone, nor can a mechanic repair your car via video call. If you want to find work in a field that allows you to do your daily tasks remotely, you may need to change fields. Some of the jobs we’ve listed below will require additional training, but others don’t; we hope one of them suits you! 

Content writing and copywriting 

While the profession of writer has always implied a certain degree of mobility, content writers and copywriters have traditionally been office based. When working for large companies, these writers were typically expected to show up to the office and work from nine to five like any other rank-and-file office drone. 

In the days of media conglomerates and marketing supercorporations, this made some sense. Today, however, it makes virtually none! The advantages of working in one location have largely become redundant, as technology such as instant messaging and video conferencing have made it easier than ever to connect with colleagues and employers. 

This type of writing generally isn’t a bad gig either; with above average pay and a reasonably engaging day-to-day task load, it’s hardly a boring profession. If you choose to go into this field, you’ll need to have a firm grip on the vocabulary and grammar you plan to write in, as well as the ability to research and write creatively about a variety of topics. So why not look into it? It might turn out to be your dream job! 

Online tutoring 

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As education has for the most part moved online to keep students safe, many parents have resorted to seeking online tutors to help their kids with their studies and prevent them from falling behind. If you’ve never taught before, this is a great way to give teaching a try while also getting paid handsomely for it, without leaving your home office!  

There are a wide variety of online tutoring services available online, many of which require very little formal certification from applicants seeking to become tutors. Some platforms offer multiple subjects, but the general idea is consistent from company to company: instruct students in the discipline of their choice while making an hourly rate chosen by you. 

Online tutoring services aren’t limited exclusively to K-12 students, however. There are language tutoring services available, for example, that enable tutors to instruct students of all ages using the same business model. If you’re particularly proficient in a certain language or two, try applying to one of these services! 

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Software development 

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Are you willing to commit some time and effort to net your dream remote job? If you are, then software development might just be the thing for you. While some of the other entries on this list require very little if any professional experience or formal training, software development requires both. If you’re willing to go the distance, however, you’ll be rewarded with an engaging and highly-paid job! 

We won’t mince words; software development isn’t easy. If it were, everyone would do it! In order to be successful in this field, you’ll need a rare blend of technical skills, critical thinking and creativity, in addition to a healthy helping of common sense and business savvy. These can be learned, but it will take some time and formal training. 

Before you take out a student loan and apply to a technical college, you should probably do some research and try learning a relatively beginner-friendly programming language such as Python or C. This will help you dip your toes into the world of software development, and see whether or not it’s a job you can see yourself doing well into the future. If you try it out and enjoy it, this might be the job you were born to do! 

Online content creation 

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This one is a bit of a long shot, but if you’ve got a passion you want to share with the world, you’ve got a good shot at making that dream a reality. Online content creation has become big business in recent years, and many content creators rely solely on the revenue generated by their streaming or video media channels. 

Content creation is a bit of an elusive profession when it comes to hard cash income. If you want to become a content creator, you’re going to need to dedicate a substantial amount of time and effort to achieving that goal. It won’t come easy, but the user base of sites like YouTube and Twitch.tv are big enough to make a dream like this very feasible. 

Are you into guitar? Create a channel dedicated to live performances of your favorite tunes, or breakdowns of technical minutiae. Perhaps your hobby is film photography. Create a channel centered around your camera collection, or overviews of obscure or rare cameras. Maybe you’re just really into video games, video editing or history. Whatever your passion happens to be, chances you can monetize it with a streaming or video channel!  

Graphic design

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For the visually gifted, graphic design is a godsend. This trade used to be dominated by artists who worked primarily with paints, canvases and meticulous perfectionism; today, however, it’s almost completely digital. With industry standard file formats and universal software, graphic design has become a central part of the remote work environment. 

Graphic design lies somewhere in the middle on the spectrum from “anyone can do it” to “requires years of training”. Those with a knack for it can pick it up quickly, learning the software interfaces and functionality and then simply going from there. If you aren’t the most visually oriented type of person, you can still do this job, albeit with a little bit more trial and error. 

Once you’ve got a solid understanding of the software and theoretical concepts behind graphic design, you have a great jumping off point for future work. Graphic design work is everywhere once you learn how to look for it, and jobs often pay very well. It can sometimes be tough to get people to cough up payment for the job you’ve already completed, but persuading these types is just part of the job! 

The freedom of working remotely

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There are a lot of benefits that go hand in hand with remote work. Choosing your hours is one that many people fall in love with, while some say that the best part is the control remote work gives you over how and for whom you work. These are great arguments, but we think that the best part is the freedom it grants you! 
When you work remotely, you can go anywhere. You can find a real estate agent in Montana and make the open plains your home, as long as there’s an internet connection. You can take a vacation to a sleepy beach village in the Caribbean if you want to, or explore the underground rave scene in Berlin. You can go virtually anywhere! This, in our opinion, is the single greatest thing about working remotely!

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