Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Here are 5 careers that involve remote working

While everybody wants a steady source of income for their daily bread, not everybody wants to work in an office every day. Many people thrive in a social and supportive environment an office provides while others need a space to properly focus on their work. When I was still a magazine editor, I went to the office to manage the operations, consult with staff, and meet with publishers and advertisers. But I went home to write and edit because I needed absolute quiet for those tasks.


If you also prefer isolation and silence to be able to work or you just can't find the energy to dress up just to work (like that lady up there haha), then you might be looking for a career route that offers the potential for remote working. Maybe it doesn’t even need to be entirely remote; perhaps you’d simply like the possibility of being able to work from home or your local coffee shop on the occasional Monday. If that’s the case, then you're in luck! There are soooo many things you can do from home, from a studio, from a co-working space, from anywhere you like! Here are some careers—from geeky to creative!—that often involve remote working.


Online seller
Sell anything! You bake? Sell baked goods! You love scrapbooking? Sell stationery, stickers and washi tape! You love shopping? Sell what you have and buy more to sell again! You like painting? Make greeting cards and sell them! You have a lot of junk? Sell them all! You can sell on Carousell, Lazada, Shopee, eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and Instagram. You can also build your very own beautiful online shop (this is still a dream of mine!).

Translation
If you speak more than one language, then this is a skill that you should definitely be using in your career. Whenever I check out Jobstreet or Linkedin, they're always looking for Mandarin-speaking, Japanese-speaking, and Korean-speaking anything! Because they need everyone they can find for all sorts of jobs—from masseuses and hotel receptionists to casino managers!

There are also so many remote working opportunities for translators. You could work for a translating company or simply translate web pages, books, and articles online. The point is that you have a highly valuable skill, and you don’t need to go into an office to put it to good use. In fact, you could even become a freelance translator. There are many opportunities in this industry.

Arts and Crafts
If you think this is just a hobby, then think again! I know that there are hundreds of fonts readily available online and in programs these days, but if you love calligraphy, you can make money doing wedding invitations and café menus. If you like macrame and knitting, make pot holders, sweaters, tablecloths and sell those on Instagram. You can give workshops, too! Everyone wants to learn a new skill or explore their creative side, so take advantage of this interest and make money from it!


Software development
Given that software development involves interaction with computers more than interaction with people, there are plenty of companies that offer developers the option of working from home. If you can submit your work via the internet then you don’t need to be in the office 24/7. It’s also a very stable career in itself. Businesses always need software developers or web developers to help them with the technical aspects of their operations. Technology is vital to the modern-day business. And the great thing about software development is that it applies to so many different industries. All businesses use computers or the internet in some sense (even if they just use it for the upkeep of their websites).

It all depends on the type of work that interests you. If you’re interested in the financial industry then you might even want to look into careers in that sector. You could look into Forex software development opportunities. Do some research if you’re wondering “what is Forex trading?” because it could be a very rewarding career option. The point is that it helps to know a bit about an industry, even if you’re simply going to be creating the software. You’ll be able to do a better job if you know what customers want. That’s something to bear in mind if you pursue a career in software development.

Writing
Another stable career that often involves remote working is writing. I'm a writer—I can confidently say that, yes, you can make a good living off words. There are plenty of different routes you can take with this kind of career. You could consider pursuing freelance writing. You can write articles for magazines and online news and magazines. If you like working with brands, you can write the content of company websites. If you have a marketing mindset, write press releases and ad copy. You can also write the speeches of CEOs and politicians. You can write e-books, real books, movie scripts, theater plays, comics. You can blog! The list (and agony!) is endless for us writers!

These are just 5 options and I made sure they cover different skills. Of course, all of these careers requires an entrepreneurial mindset. You’ll be creating your own business so be ready to deal with the government and pay your taxes on schedule (Taxumo helps me a lot!). The hassle of taking care of these government stuff is worth it, however. You own your time, you do what you love, and you make money, too!  

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8 comments:

  1. Such a timely post. I am seriously thinking of switching to a work from home career. Thank you so much!

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  2. Good read. I'm 32 y/o and I'm a government employee. It's a fulfilling yet really exhausting job. Not just because of the work but because of the people around you.. Online selling is the one that I want try dati pa but I cannot do so. So I hope one day, I can be able to multitask being a civil servant as well as a successful online seller. I do have friends (full time mom/online sellers) which have a good pay out of it. So here, crossing my fingers and hoping that it may come true!

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  3. Been earning through blogging kaso medyo mahina na sya ngayon. Na try ko na din maging VA at ghost writer. Ang gusto ko sana matutunan is magcook and bake para may other income din. I also sell online. Lahat na yata ginawa ko na to earn. Ganito siguro talaga tayo pag Nanay tayo. This post is very timely, ang dami daming mga misis o kahit hindi misis ang nghahanap ng ways mka earn online. Makakatulong ito for sure.

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  4. Hi, I really want to do something I love. My dream is to be a stay at home mom and have a small business. Your blog post is worth reading. Thank you for sharing:)

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  5. Im that kind of person na madaling panghinaan ng loob. Lalo na nung time na nagttrabaho ako, sa una okay naman pero kapag may mga nangyare na problema like feud sa officemate o kaya Problema sa boss o binigay na task pinanghihinaan agad ako ng loob ung tipong ayoko na pumasok at magpakita hehe. Kaya ako i chose to stay at home and work online. Online business :) Since i love ukay ukay naging business ko sya. Wala akong boss dahil ako ang nagmamanage lahat. At naalagaan ko pa ang mga babies ko. Dko na kailangan umalis araw araw and find time to spend with them :)

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  6. Im that kind of person na madaling panghinaan ng loob. Lalo na nung time na nagttrabaho ako, sa una okay naman pero kapag may mga nangyare na problema like feud sa officemate o kaya Problema sa boss o binigay na task pinanghihinaan agad ako ng loob ung tipong ayoko na pumasok at magpakita hehe. Kaya ako i chose to stay at home and work online. Online business :) Since i love ukay ukay naging business ko sya. Wala akong boss dahil ako ang nagmamanage lahat. At naalagaan ko pa ang mga babies ko. Dko na kailangan umalis araw araw and find time to spend with them :)

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  7. Being a working mom really a tiring yet a wonderful job for me. I'm inspired to go to at work because of my kids and it my dream for their good future.

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  8. Such a good read thanks for sharing..Actually ive been looking such job tlga palalakihin ko lamg ng unti si baby. Need narin to work and support the husband too wothout leeaving the shades of our home and be wd the kids. Am not into cooking or bakibg lols ( i know how pero ung kami lang kakain not for selling huhu) and not a tech savvy too, freelance writing catches my attention. Salamat salamt super appreciate. ❤

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