Being able to work from home is a wonderful opportunity for many people; there is no nightmare commute, the new clothing budget is minimal, and the schedule is often enticingly flexible. With internet and computer technology making it possible for more people to be productive outside an office setting, work-from-home opportunities are even expanding to work-from-anywhere-in-the-world opportunities. That means that if you want to take a vacation, you don’t have to give up your paycheck as long as you are willing to do remote work for a few hours a day!
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There are many opportunities for people to work online, whether from home or on the road. These jobs typically require you to have a personal computer and reliable internet access, up-to-date virus protection software as well as software particular to the job you are performing, and good computer skills.
When working remotely, you are often considered a freelancer, or independent contractor, and thus do not receive benefits, but you can assume a greater amount of control over the workload you choose take on in these freelance positions. Here are some of the areas in which you can find remote work employment opportunities.
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You have probably heard about jobs writing content for websites, but employment openings go far beyond the need for content creators. Don’t overlook these possibilities when searching for remote work with with websites:
Website editors handle the reams of content all those writers are submitting to websites in the hopes of publication. For every service that is advertising for writers, remember that someone has to be the gatekeeper and make sure the content is high quality before it can be accepted. If you have good writing skills, you should also consider becoming an editor. Use search terms like “freelance writing jobs” to identify companies that are reaching out to content producers, then research their job openings for remote editors. There is often less competition and better pay. Individual companies also advertise openings for website editors, but these may or may not be remote positions.
- Website moderators
Website moderators are hired by clients to manage the Q & A sections of their websites as well as blog comments and chat room forums. Look for work by searching terms like “website moderator,” “online moderator,” and “community moderator.”
- Search engine evaluators
Search engine evaluators test and compare the results of search engines and provide feedback on their accuracy and usefulness so that computer programmers can continue to create better search algorithms to keep internet users like you and me happy. Leapforce At Home is one company that advertises work for search engine evaluators for which it pays about $12 an hour.
2. Transcription Services
Transcribers (or transcriptionists) turn recorded words into text. It may that a business meeting or medical notes recorded by a doctor, for example, need to be transcribed into a written records. Or a client needs recordings transcribed into subtitles for film or video presentations. Whatever the assignment, people who work for transcription services need to have excellent typing skills, office software products on their computers, and sometimes internet cameras or programs like Skype that will allow you to attend a meeting in real-time and transcribe the proceedings as they occur.
The transcription website Rev.com reports that they pay between .45 and.65 cents per audio minute which works out to an average of $241 a month for their transcribers. Their top transcribers make closer to $1,500 a month. It all depends on how fast (and accurately) you can type and many hours you want to work.
For medical transcription services, the average pay ranges between $10 and $19 per hour. Here are a few transcription services that hire remote employees that you can research:
Aberdeen hires transcribers, real-time captioners, editors, and translators for $1-$1.50 per audio minute.
- AccuTran Global
AccuTran hires part-time transcribers for anywhere from $.0005 to $.0066 per word with a minimum of 70 words per minute preferred.
- Alice Darling Audio Transcription Services
Alice Darling is a Boston-based company that hires experienced transcribers to work from home with clients in fields from science and technology to advertising and film. They also have a 70-wpm requirement.
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Those are just a few of the ‘a’ results you can find in an internet search for transcription services. Perform your own search to browse even more employment opportunities.
3. Virtual Assistants
Many business people are choosing to outsource their secretarial duties these days creating opportunities for resourceful, detail-oriented people to put their organizational skills to work from home. Virtual assistants work for entrepreneurs, professionals, and small business teams getting their to-do lists accomplished. A virtual assistant might schedule meetings, book flights, pay bills, or perform other online tasks for employers who can be anywhere in the country, or even traveling the world. Here are some companies to look into if a virtual assistant’s job sounds right for you:
eaHelp acts as a matchmaker between you and their clients based on your skills and their clients needs. Reviews from virtual assistants who use the service say that it does a good job of it.
- Hire My Mom
This is a membership site that charges $29.95 per month or $99 per year for access to an online bulletin board listing virtual assistant assignments you can apply for. Members are on their own to collect their fees from the clients, but the site does not take a cut. (Psst…you don’t actually have to be a mom, or even a woman, to work there.)
To work for this site you must be available to clients on your computer from within the United States from 8:30-5:30, Monday through Friday. According to reviews on Glassdoor, Zirtual assistants, or ZAs, get paid about $12.60 an hour for completing tasks for their clients. One reviewer comments: “I don’t have to pay for daycare and I don’t have to miss out on the important things in life.”
Whether you need to work full-time, or just earn some extra money on the side, opportunities for virtual employment are expanding the workforce in today’s digital economy.