8 Best Work From Home Jobs in 2020 and Beyond
Deciding on a job requires thinking about a lot of factors – the job security it offers, the financial benefits, the difficulty of the job, and, of course, how interesting you find it. These are the criteria you should consider when going job hunting.
Luckily, the advancement of technology opens up a lot of possibilities for remote work, and you will find something that suits you. Many jobs don’t require official training or education, which will allow you to become a self-taught expert if you are willing to put the work in. Here are 8 of the best work from home jobs in 2020 and beyond, that you might find interesting.
Writing is a job that lets your creativity flow – when you are forced to spend a lot of time practicing social distancing, a creative outlet may be just the thing you need to safeguard your mental health. Writing can also pay well, depending on the type you do. When people think of writing as a job, most likely they imagine famous fiction writers; while that may be the pinnacle of creative writing, there are still many other jobs that you can do.
Journalism and blogging, even if you do it as a side job, still falls under this category. Copy and content writing are common jobs that you can easily get good at, if you are dedicated and have a bit of talent. Search around and find a part-time job – the recent expansion of remote work makes it easy to get started. Even if you are unsure of whether you want to write for a living, you can make a few anonymous attempts and gauge the reaction.
Make an account on Reddit or a similar platform and let your mind wander. There are many places for amateur writers to post their short stories anonymously. Pick the genre, write a story, and see if this is something you would like to dabble in – if it is, good luck on the job hunt!
2. Graphic Designer
Using software to design logos, advertisements, brochures or T-shirts is a job that can net you a good income. As with any job, the more experience you have and the better you are at designing, the more money you can demand. Graphic design also lets you be creative, allowing you to have fun while working. Regardless of whether you wish to work full-time for a company, or freelance on many of the available job platforms, designing is rewarding both in a monetary and creative sense.
Most graphic designers have had official training, but a lot of them are self-taught. Not having someone to give you instructions means that it will take extra effort on your part, and a lot of trial and error until you get better. If you have the dedication, you will be able to learn it on your own.
3. Videogame Tester
Would you like to have fun, while also getting paid? Testing games could be the choice for you. During the different stages of game development, testers are necessary to find all of the bugs and balance gameplay. Making games is a team effort and not even the best companies in the world can do it without game testers. Games require years to make, and AAA game developers have dedicated teams of game testers to help them out. Your job is to play the game in its initial stages and report any malfunctions and bugs you find. You can also offer advice on what you believe the game is lacking in terms of fluid and balanced gameplay.
Luckily, being a videogame tester does not require you to have any special education. Love of games and experience playing them are the basis for the job, with good communication and attention to detail being your most important skills. You don’t actually have to be good at games, but it does help. As with any job, video game testers become more valuable the more experience they have.
Look for an indie game company if you wish to start your new job – they are smaller, allowing you to develop closer relations with your co-workers and get valuable insight into how the industry works. You will likely get less money than you would if you worked for a AAA company, but you need to start somewhere! Who knows, maybe you will love the family atmosphere of indie companies and decide to stay long term.
One of the most rewarding aspects of teaching is the personal relationships and bond you develop with your student. Working from home makes developing these relationships harder – the lack of face-to-face contact and not getting to spend time with your students outside of the classroom is challenging for any teacher; yet, it is a challenge that needs to be overcome.
The instability of the current situation makes the near future unknowable. Whether schools will open at all, if they do at what capacity, or will online courses be the only option in the foreseeable future is anyone’s guess. What is certain is that online teachers are in high demand right now and will likely be needed for some time. Even before the pandemic, online courses were gaining in popularity, and right now they are essential.
You don’t have to be a certified teacher to teach online courses. Many companies hire native speakers to teach their language courses. The teacher receives training in the software used and the basic methodologies of teaching and can start the job. The income you can make varies depending on your area of expertise and teaching experience, but as you develop you can easily make it a full-time job. Think about what you are good at, search for companies that offer courses in your desired field, and apply for a job. You may find teaching to be more rewarding than you imagined.
5. Social Media Specialist
Most businesses find it important to have a social media presence; even governmental agencies have started hiring people to manage their accounts. If you wish to do such a job, it should not be too hard to find a place that will hire you, as social media manager and specialist positions are constantly in the top job postings in recent years.
You are required to have knowledge of the major platforms, like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – any additional platform is a bonus. Social media specialists are assigned all kinds of duties – you can manage your company’s account, post announcements, interact with customers, and a whole lot more. If you have a knack for social media the job could be easy for you to do, and after you have proven yourself, you could get a nice paycheck.
Most people who become therapists do so out of a desire to help people struggling with mental issues. The stress caused by the global pandemic and the lack of social interactions make therapists invaluable. If you have already worked as a therapist, you are aware of how important your job is. Whether it’s preventive care, or dealing with serious mental health issues, most people need you at some point in their lives.
The current situation makes the logistics of office counseling difficult, if at all possible. Luckily, technology has developed to the point where you can have long video call sessions without any problems. It may not be the ideal solution, but it allows you to reach more people and may be the only option currently available. Expand your sphere of influence and start giving online counseling.
Many companies are expanding their business globally, often into regions that speak different languages. One of the necessities of doing business in foreign countries is having a translator or interpreter. You do not need to be formally trained in translating to do the job. Some of the best translators have other qualifications, but have developed their skills through hard work and effort. You need to be fluent in the languages you will be using, pay attention to detail, and be willing to do research on all kinds of topics.
A translator’s job can be very interesting – before you specialize in a field, you will learn about a lot of different topics. You may be surprised at how interesting seemingly boring things can be, once you get into the minutia of the very specific areas. The software translators use for assistance is developing rapidly, and it will make your job much easier if you decide on this career path. Your income will vary wildly at the beginning, but once you become good, you are set for life.
8. Virtual Assistant
The job of a virtual assistant is as diverse as there are industries. It ranges from administrative work to tech support, all the way to creative work. As many companies are focusing on online services, you will have many options to choose from. The main attribute required of a virtual assistant is a good organizational skill.
You can start working as a virtual assistant in a field you are unfamiliar with and learn as you go, or you could pick a field you are already good at. Your paycheck will depend on the difficulty of the job and how specialized it is, and it can vary wildly. Give it a shot – you will find a position that interests you.
Regardless of the job you choose, it will come with certain challenges. If you are willing to put in the effort to become an expert at your position, you will be handsomely rewarded. There are many different jobs to choose from – some will align with your interests and skillset. Even if you are unsure whether you fulfill all of the requirements, don’t let the fear of failure hold you back and apply for a job that will satisfy you.
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