It’s a dream so many of us have had; earning real money without having to leave the comfort of your sofa (or let’s be honest, your memory foam mattress). No more rush-hour traffic jams. No more suit and tie or skirt and shirt. No more boss to try and avoid in the corridors. No more office politics or clock watching or having to wait until six o’clock to go home even when you have nothing to do.
It is so easy to understand why working remotely has become more and more desirable, and more and more common. The thing is, what tech jobs can you do from home? Jobs that are actually engaging and interesting, and not just data-entries. Keep reading and decide which is the one for you.
You may be epic at all the technical stuff, but your real talent is in your eye for detail and in your ability to communicate with ease, style and grace. Well, if that is the case then maybe a quality assurance tester in the job for you. What’s more, it’s an incredibly important job. No one wants their products or services to go out to their clients or customers without knowing that it is a 100% quality product. As such, you will be required to design, perform and report on all sorts of systems and software during the design and development phase.
If you are a creative, someone that gets a buzz from turning a visual idea or concept into digital (and of course gorgeous) reality, then why not try your hand at web design. It has to be one of the best work from home jobs out there, because it requires you to be somewhere that can get your creative juices flowing, and that is usually your home. So why not put your skills to the test and start dabbling with graphics, typography, Photoshop, user-experience. It’s a great freelance gig too.
This is the ultimate dream come true for an ideas person. You don’t need to be a technical guru with 42 years of business acumen under your belt to know how significant and important apps have become in this field over recent years. Businesses have apps. Restaurants have apps. Health and fitness professionals have apps. Chefs have apps. Social media relies on apps. Email, GPS, weather, taxis, dictionary’s, sports channels, retailers, and even your home appliances all use apps. They rely on them. It is now part and parcel of everylife. So why not get into this sector. You don’t even have to have the technical ability to know how to build an app, whether web-based or native. You just need to be an ideas person, see gaps in the market and then hire someone to build it for you, someone like BrainyApps. You could be sitting on the latest gem when it comes to disruptive technologies - think Airbnb and Uber - but you’ve been too scared to move forward because you aren’t competent in that area. Well, you are now. You’re welcome.
The world wide web is now the most sought after route when it comes to advertising, marketing and promotions. So maybe it is time you took home a piece of this big, fat, yummy pie. You really don’t need to be sat in an office with no heating and long meetings that don’t require you. You just need your home. From there you can do your thing; plan and execute marketing strategies through email and social media campaigns, improve client SEO and dabble with CRMs. Just make sure you keep up with the latest trends so that you can show off to possible clients and bag more jobs. You usually get to do some of the most interesting work there is to do and from the most interesting parts of your home. Amazing.
A good technical writer is worth their weight in gold, so if that i you, well congratulations on being worth a mint (at least to the right person). What a technical writer does is effectively translate complex concepts and puts them in Lehman’s terms. It is also one of those jobs where you get to explain a load of different topics, thus destroying the concept of tedium and boredom. You could be working on a help page, or creating a user manual or you could be going down a different path, a more creative one that requires illustrating and editing, or even researching and proofreading. The options are nearly endless. What’s more, the rise in online tools that allow people to collaborate effectively from different places has meant this task can be done from bed. Oh, yes!
It has been an incredible spin-off (a bit like Marvel’s Agents of Shield) that has blossomed into its own industry recently. Social media managers are now very sought after. What is it? Well, it is literally as it says. It is managing social media, whether that be blogs or communities, or tools and trends, or coordinating your strand of marketing with other efforts, such as email for example. It is one of those jobs that was made for working from home; a job that would suit your little upstairs office, with your hanging plants, beautiful art, French coffee maker and warm slippers. So why not think about doing this full time, whether as an employee or freelance. It could be the best decision you ever make.
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