Unfortunately, not all fields are work-from-home friendly. It wouldn’t really work, for example, for a police officer or a surgeon to stay at home.
Following are eight careers that offer enough flexibility where -hypothetically – you could work in your pajamas and/or at midnight.
Medical Transcriptionist (MT) or Medical Language Specialist (MLS) – An MT or MLS uses special equipment called a medical transcriber to convert voice-recorded reports as dictated by physicians or other healthcare professionals into text format.
Education and training can be obtained through certificate or diploma programs, distance learning, and/or on-the-job training offered in some hospitals. Training can typically be completed in 18 months to 2 years.
Writer – If you enjoy writing and have a good grasp of the English language, you may want to consider bringing in some extra income with this highly sought-after skill. There are many different ways to pursue a career in writing. You could start a blog, apply for a freelance position with a blog, write for a newspaper or magazine, write grants for businesses or non-profits, or even write technical documents and guides in the science/medical fields. The sky’s the limit.
Although no formal education is generally required, a Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Communication, or Creative Writing is always a plus.
Web or Graphic Designer – Name something that almost everyone needs, but not everyone knows how to create. If you said a website, you’re right! Whether a person owns a restaurant, sells handmade clothing, or is a parent who wants to share funny stories from everyday life, he or she probably really wants a website. As a web or graphic designer, you can be the solution they’re looking for.
Web and graphic designers may have a college degree or they may be self-taught. If this career interests you, ask a few designers out to lunch (be sure to pay!) and ask questions about how to break in to the field.
Real Estate Agent – Help people buy, sell, and rent homes as a REALTOR. Though not 100% from home, this career certainly offers a lot of flexibility and earning potential.
To get started, you’ll need to attend a real estate school and then take a licensing exam. Check with the association of realtors in your area for more information.
In-home Daycare Provider – If you love small children and have an adequate space for play, offering daycare services in your home might be your ticket to an income from home. You’ll sing songs, serve up snacks, play games, and rock babies.
Virtual Assistant – Many business professionals, bloggers, and entrepreneurs hire virtual assistants to help them check + respond to emails, book meetings, answer phones, do research, and manage their calendars. Check out Heather Barnett’s post for great tips on how to become a virtual assistant.
Engineer – Many Engineers are introverts so it’s no surprise that quite a few people in this field choose to work from the comfort (and quiet) of their own homes. The best way to find a work-from-home job in this field is to excel in your current workplace. Perhaps your employer will be open to a flexible schedule or point you to a company that offers contractual work?
Accountant – If you are a numbers wiz and are certified as a CPA or accountant, there’s a good chance you may be able to acquire a contract with a local tax firm or start up a business of your own. Especially watch for job ads during tax season as that may be the best time to get your foot in the door.