Do you dream for a day where you can ditch the office and work from home? Roll out of bed in the morning and start working from your sofa, still in your pyjamas. Well for many workers this dream is their reality and this is because they’ve chosen a job that allows them the freedom to work from home.
Recent figures show that there are more than four million people in Britain who spend at least half of their working week working from home and this number is continuing to grow. Jobs that allow you the freedom to work completely from home are becoming more popular along with those jobs that are offering you rotating days to work from home.
The secret is that many workers are happier knowing that they have the flexibility to work from home if they need it and many employers are now catching on to this.
So if a work from home job is something that interests you we have all the ‘need to know’ below.
What will you need?
Most work from home jobs are computer based jobs therefore it is essential that you have a computer or laptop and an internet use. (Strong Wi-Fi and internet speed is recommended).
It is important to ensure that the company or business that you are working for are legitimate. There are A LOT of fraudulent companies out there that offer work from home jobs. It can be quite difficult to distinguish which jobs are legitimate or not, therefore we have attached this link to help you out.
You will also need to figure out your rate of pay. Whether it is minimum wage, a negotiable wage or a commission based scheme. Figure out which best suits you and then go from there.
Why are they good?
Work from home jobs have many positives, which is what makes them so attractive to job seekers. They have been proven to be more productive in comparison with office only based jobs.
They also save you from a morning commute. Meaning that you will probably save yourself a load of time, energy and happiness that you could otherwise put into your work.
Working from home saves you from all the distractions and hustle and bustle of a bust office environment so hopefully it will save you from a lot of stress and anxiety.
They offer comfort and the ability to work at your own pace in your own hours.
Why are they bad?
As previously mentioned there are a lot of scam work from home jobs out there so you need to be extremely careful when seeking for one.
It’s all on you!!! Time management is essential for these type of jobs. The amount of work you do in a said amount of time is your responsibility, so it’s important not to procrastinate too much.
List of possible work from home jobs:
Being a Freelance Writer working from home gives you complete freedom. You can write about whatever subject you choose. Therefore you will always be interested in what you are writing about.
But most importantly you can write whenever you have an idea or are feeling creative. Ideas for new stories, articles etc. don’t just pop into you head continuously. Writers do get a creative block and it can be stressful sitting in an office doing nothing for hours.
Working from home allows a writer to take breaks whenever needed which will help a creative flow.
Social Media Manager
This is one of the newbies! Social media for businesses has really taken off in the last five years. A Social Media Manager is a job you can do practically anywhere that has an internet signal. Therefore this job is not limited to an office. Now that you can manage social media sites on your smartphone you can work from anywhere you like.
By allowing Social Media Managers to work from home it might also save the rest of your colleagues getting distracted by the Social Media Manager being on Twitter and Facebook all day.
Freelance Graphic Designer
This is one of the most popular work from home jobs there are out there. Graphic Designers very rarely work for only one company. It is much more beneficial for Graphic Designers to remain freelance designer’s graphics for many different business thus expanding their own portfolio.
Bloggers, Vloggers and YouTubers are the ‘in’ thing at the moment. The younger generation are obsessed with capturing every moment of the day and uploading it on to the web.
Bloggers that write about a specific topic i.e. Beauty Products, Food etc. are just as popular as those bloggers who share their everyday life.
It can be quite difficult to make money out of this industry but if the right method and hard work are put into it big bucks can be made and you may even find a little bit of fame.
Working as an online Translator may require a degree. As an online translator you will translate transcripts and all other information online. Working from home as an online translator allows you to translate at your own pace with no pressure. This will allow you to take your time and translate perfectly.
Professional CV Writers can offer their services basically anywhere so why not from the comfort of their own home.
This one can be quite risky and there are a lot of scam Survey Taker jobs out there so extreme caution must be taken when applying for one of these roles. In a nutshell the role of a Survey Taker is to take online surveys about many different things. You can earn up to £5 per survey and there is no limit in the amount you can make.
If working from home is something that really interests you but you are already in an office based role it may be worthwhile speaking to your employer and asking them if they could offer you the flexibility to work from home either full time or on a selected few days a week.