10 portable careers you can do from anywhere in the world
Thanks to the internet, video conferencing software and other modern technologies, more and more companies are becoming open to the idea of hiring remote workers.
Remote jobs not only benefit moms and dad’s who need to stay home with the kids but also people who want to live abroad or travel but need to keep working to support themselves.
Even if you’ve never considered it, you may already partially or wholly possess the skills necessary for certain remote jobs which you can do from anywhere in the world. Here are 10 remote jobs to get you started. Do you have any of these skills?
1) Do you speak English? -Teach English Online
If your an English teacher or if English is your native language than you already have the skill-set necessary to teach English.
People around the world are clamouring to learn English. Fortunately for you and for those wanting to learn English, video conferencing software like Skype make it extremely easy for teachers and students to connect at a distance – to see, hear and interact with each other.
Getting clients on your own can be a bit tricky. You can set up your own website to attract potential student or search classifieds for people looking for English teachers.
If setting up your own website it not your thing, you could teach at an online language school where teachers and students from all over the world come together to teach and learn through virtual classrooms using Skype.- like in a traditional language school, just online. Here are two online language schools where you can apply to become a language teacher.
Lingoda = 8.50 € / hour or about 8 USD depending on the exchange rate.
italki.com = Charge your own rate. Most teachers charge about $16 to $20 USD / hour
You probably need to get certified to teach English
If you don’t have a teaching or education degree, you will most likely need to get TEFL certified which stands for “Teaching English as a foreign language”. It’s recognized around the world and can open the door to thousands of English speaking jobs worldwide.
A TEFL certificate is not that dificult to get. You can get certified online and need about 120 to 140 hours of online training.
I highly recommend LoveTEFL also known as i-to-i. They have been around for over 20 years and are very reputable. Their TEFL certification will cost you around 200 to 400 dollars. They have job boards listing English speaking jobs all around the world and even have paid internships you can apply for. All of their courses can be taken at your own pace. You can get your TEFL certificate in as little as four weeks or you can take all the time you need.
2) Do you play a music instrument? – Teach Music Online
If you know an instrument well enough to teach it than you can join the ranks of other musicians who are teaching music online. Learning and teaching music online has really taken off in the past few years and is still in it’s early years. My friends daughter learned to play the fiddle through online lessons. I am learning guitar through Marty Scwartz Guitar lessons.
Getting clients is again going to require you to use the internet. Many musicians put videos on YouTube by offering free lessons with the goal of attracting students to sign up for either private lessons or an online music course.
Another option is to join or apply to an online music school. For instance, Guitar Tricks is somewhere you could apply to teach music online.
Creating a sustainable career teaching music remotely is going to take time. It’s something that you will need to start building now so you can reap the rewards later.
3) Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant (VA) usually provides professional administrative, technical, creative or social assistance to clients remotely.
For example you can become a real estate virtual assistant and do various things for a real estate broker such as update their listings, respond to their email inquires, manage their calendar and whatever else they need help with.
4) Can you write? -Copywriter freelance writer
Like teaching English, freelancing as a writer or copywriter is not the best paying job but if you enjoy writing, you can earn around $15 to $20 / hour depending on how fast you can write. A growing number of businesses are hiring freelance writers and content creators to create news articles, blog posts and other web related articles rather than having in-house writers on site. Look at traditional job boards and on the freelancing sites for work.
5) Can you write and do you know a specific industry? Technical writer
Similar to a copywriter, you can become a technical writer. You have to be somewhat technical in a specific field, whether it be software or science or some other domain. And you need to be able to write clearly about it.
6) Can you type fast? Transcriber
A transcriber listens to dictated recordings and transcribes them into written reports, correspondence and other materials. Many professional transcribers use a foot pedal to pause the recordings but many do not. You’ll need a computer and word processor to transcribe and be able to type fast since you are usually paid either by word or by the length of the recording in terms of minutes.
You can look for online transcription services and apply online like at this site https://www.rev.com/freelancers
If you are familiar with medical terminology, you can specialize in a certain type of transcription such as a Medical transcriptionists. You’ll need to comprehend and accurately transcribe medical recordings and may need to know about anatomy, physiology or legal issues related to healthcare.
Although Medical transcriptionists are not required to have a university degree, many employers prefer to hire those who do. There are vocational schools and community colleges that offer degrees or certification. There are also online schools that offer medical transcription training.
Here are two certifications which you might want to look into- (RMT) Registered medical transcriptionist and (CMT) Certified Medical Transcriptionist which can take you anywhere from 6 months to 2 years to complete. Career-step is a good place to start your search for online medical transcriber certification and will cost about $3,000 USD.
7) Do you have good phone skills? Call-Center Representative
A growing number of businesses are going the route of hiring customer service workers who work remotely from home. This eliminates the need for office space and the need to purchase equipment for workers.
You will be responsible for answering phones- possibly at all hours, assist customers, process orders or deal with returns.
You’ll also need your own computer and may need specific software or equipment in addition to a pleasant phone voice.
There are dozens of sites that list job openings for call-center representatives, including Upwork.com and Freelancer.com however you should also look at traditional job sites including monster.com and even linkedin.com job listings.
8) Do you know your way around a 10 key pad? Data Entry
If you’re fast a data entry than you could try your hand at turning that skill into a job. There are a wide range of businesses that need workers to enter data into their systems.
According to the Bureau of labour statistics, the median salary for a data entry clerk is about 30k / year topping out at 44k per year. You can find many data entry jobs on Upwork.com, Freelancer.com, and SimplyHired.com, as well as dozens of other traditional job boards.
9) Can you speak another language? Translator
If you are bilingual or proficient in English and some other language, you could work as a translator. Many translating jobs are done remotely and also on a freelance basis. Look for translating companies, book publishers that publish books in multiple languages and websites that publish news stories and articles in multiple languages.
According the bureau of labour statistics, the median income for a translator is about $44K per year. If you work for the government, it could be even higher.
10) Do you have a nursing degree? Telephone Nurse
Health insurers and other health management companies such as Aetna, United Health Group and Humana hire registered nurses remotely to perform duties such as case management, patient education and treatment authorization. Check out Indeed.com for telephone nurse jobs.
Tips on finding and choosing tellecomuting and remote jobs more easily
There are so many other jobs which you can do remotely just however there are also some pretty scammy “work from home jobs” that just don’t pay a livable wage – remember envelope stuffers? They would get paid pennies for stuffing hundreds of nvelopes?
Always use reputable job sites for your searches or go directly to a companies website and search for the jobs they offer remotely if any. Check Glassdoor to get feedback about a companies work environment from other current and past employees.
Lastly, if you don’t have time to sift through all the job posting sites and just want to see jobs you can do remotely aggregated in one place than you should try FlexJobs. It does cost $50 per year but it’s worth it if you value your time. All the jobs are added in manually so you won’t see any scammy jobs on their site. Just the quality jobs.