Home-based work is hotter than ever. According to Forbes, freelancers make up 35% of the U.S. workforce. Within a decade, predicts online work platform UpWork, they could make up a majority of active workers.
Many freelancers work from home. So too do many traditional employees, thanks to technology-aided remote jobs or flexible employers (or both).
As more workers than ever transition to part- or full-time work-at-home arrangements, these six home-based jobs are heating up. Here’s what you need to know about them — and what you can do to get in on the action.
1. Graphic Design
The digital media industry has been on a growth tear for years. Thanks to increasingly powerful graphic design suites and a slew of freelance design marketplaces that pay top-dollar for innovative logos, graphics, and photo editing services, there’s never been a better time to do design work from the comfort of your own home.
2. Fundraising Distributor
Fundraising distributors can make their own hours and complete the bulk of their work without leaving the house. According to the experts at ABC Fundraising, distributors can earn as much as $5,000 per month, depending on the amount of time and effort they put in and their natural abilities as salespeople. Whether you’re looking for a full-time job or just a few extra hours of work per week, working as a fundraising distributor is a great choice for self-motivated, independent professionals.
3. Copywriting and Journalism
If you have a way with words, consider a work-at-home writing career. Plenty of legitimate publications, including many digital-only outlets, pay large fees for well-reported stories. Or, if you’re a born salesperson, you can opt for a marketing-oriented copywriting job that helps brands stand out from the crowd. Either way, all you need to get started is a computer, a word processing suite, an Internet connection, and a phone.
4. Customer Service
Don’t want to spend all day in a call center? Don’t. Countless customer service representatives work out of their home offices, relying on their headsets and customer care software to connect them with customers. Many work for immediately recognizable organizations, like Apple.
5. Medical Transcription
With a little training and an eye for detail, you can make a solid living working as a part- or full-time medical transcriptionist at home. Transcriptionists translate medical providers’ spoken notes into coherent documents that providers and healthcare systems use to update patient records, fill orders, and manage billing.
If you’re patient and knowledgeable, you’d likely make a great tutor. And you don’t even have to leave home to do it. Digital tutoring platforms connect eager students directly with patient tutors via Skype, FaceTime or Google Hangouts.
The Work-at-Home Workforce Is Growing
These aren’t the only home-based jobs taking off in 2018. As the pace of technological change accelerates, more jobs than ever are partially or wholly doable from the comfort of home. So, if you don’t see your ideal work-at-home position on this list, don’t worry — you can probably find a way to do it in the comfort of your living room.