By: Jason Eisenberg Community Program Manager for Office Depot
So, you want to work from home and make a lot of money doing it. The good news is that there are more opportunities now than ever. According to Global Workplace Analytics, 4.3 million U.S. employees worked from home at least half the time in 2016 and the number of telecommuters jumped up 11.7 percent (largest growth since 2008) the following year. With more companies offering flexible workplace options, it’s a good time to potentially create your dream work-from-home position.
The suitable advice I received after I realized I wanted to work from home was finding out if it was at all plausible to work remotely in my current position at the time. Try to be transparent with your employer or manager and explain your situation to see if you two can come to an agreement. Maybe you’ll only get to enjoy working in PJs twice a week to begin with, but a good manager will pay attention if productivity goes up or down.
This is good practice to see if you can be held accountable when you’re not physically in the office. Try to pay attention to your habits as well because it’s easier to be complacent when you’re in the comfort of your own home – that’s why I suggest being a nomad of sorts – work from home, co-working spaces and your office space. However, if you are moving around a lot, you should be easily accessible to those who are important to your projects and your business.
I’m a firm believer that if you make your case and back it up with results, you can get what you want. You might not find the industry where your career path lies in the list below, but if it makes sense for your position, make a case describing why it would be beneficial to you and the company. If you and your employer can’t come to an agreement regarding remote work and it’s truly important to you, maybe it’s time to find a new job in an industry that embraces remote work life.
Or better yet, try to get your business idea in motion because since 2005, “almost all of the growth in self-employment is among the home-based incorporated businesses.” [Source]
Per Student Loan Hero, the greatest number of work-from-home jobs were found in the medical industry. Case managers, administrators, patient advocates or information specialists are some of the common positions in the field. With a lot of paper work, it will be important to designate a workspace in your home. Try to make it feel like a place of work, but also make it your own because after all, you are home.
Computer and IT Support
Anything from development and programming to computer repairs, cyber security and tech support will be sorely needed in the business world today. Being able to remotely handle tech and computer issues means you should have exceptional skills and even better hardware.
Education and Training
Going to school online has never been easier as there are more opportunities to connect with students around the world with online classrooms or webinars. This goes beyond the teacher-student classroom as more experts and coaches utilize video from an educational perspective by hosting free lessons through live streaming platforms and private webinars. It certainly beats travelling city to city doing one seminar after another.
This industry is loaded with work-from-home employees as most customer service representatives do much of their work on the phone or by email. To put a technological twist in this industry – customer service has evolved to include social media as a form of customer care – and businesses are catching on quickly. That means more work to be had at home.
There is almost always a case to use signage when doing promotions but it’s a far more effective strategy if you’re using both physical signs and digital marketing campaigns. A lot of companies know this now, which means they may be willing to invest more in digital marketing. Luckily for digital marketers, almost all their work is done through digital technologies – the biggest one being the Internet, which you may have heard of.
More industries suited for remote work:
Travel and Hospitality
State & Local Government
The number of business offering remote options grows every year. According to the study, “40 percent more of US employers offered flexible workplace options than they did five years ago.” Whatever your job is, if it makes sense to work from home occasionally, make a good case for it. You might be surprised.
About the Author Jason Eisenberg is the Community Program Manager for Office Depot, specializing in small business and entrepreneurship. Based in one of the most exciting cities for startups — Austin, Texas — Jason is plugged into the business community, often connecting with thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and strategists to help identify and find solutions to common pain points all business owners share.
All content provided herein is for educational purposes only. It is provided “as is,” and neither the author nor Office Depot warrants the accuracy of the information provided, nor do they assume any responsibility for errors, omissions, or contrary interpretation of the subject matter herein.
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