Wouldn’t it be nice if you could wear your fluffy bathrobe all day and still pull in the big bucks by working from home? Well, good news: You totally can. With the Internet, anything is possible, because you can now work remotely from anywhere in the world (who are we kidding? We just want to stay in our pajamas and work from bed!. So in that spirit, here are a couple of jobs that are great for working from home:
One of the most popular choices for work-from-home jobs in Singapore are jobs in technology. Since most part of the work is online, operating out of the house is not only convenient but also adds to choice and brings costs down. Tech jobs include design, coding, web development, web search evaluation, typography, logo and icon design, posters, fliers, banners and even interior and industrial design. Web designers, for example, can make up to $31,000 a year.
Tutorials are big on the work-from-home scene and can be held both online and physically from the house. Tutorials may be for a foreign language, test prep, special needs, study courses, or even instructions for an enrichment course. Handicrafts like crochet and other DIY crafts are very popular online. A tutor can make up to $42,000 a year.
If you have a way with words, the online world of content writing is your oyster; and if not then data entry beckons. Writing jobs range from rustling up content for websites to churning out academic papers, press releases, book writing and editing, blogs, and even screenwriting. Wages of $50 to $100 per article are the norm.
Data entry involves working with figures on Excel and data processing. You could be handling raw data and dressing it up on a Powerpoint presentation to make it readable. There is also the choice of handling emails and writing ‘thank you cards’ to bookkeeping and website maintenance as a virtual assistant. Wages depend on the client, but are typically between $10 and $20 per hour.
Another way to keep the cash register clinking while staying at home is by taking surveys – we are talking about the door to door stuff except you can do it online. You can also explore doing online research for companies. Paid per hour, it is good pay for secondary (online) and maybe sometimes primary research (interview-based). Depending on the length of the survey, you can make up to $50 for each one you take.
Virtual call centre
Being a virtual call centre involves a fixed schedule and a steady time commitment, but you can decide upon those to suit your needs. If troubleshooting is your forte and you like talking on the phone, then devoting a few hours a day to your job as a virtual call centre worker seems just the right thing to do. Call Centre and Customer Care Executive draws an average salary of $33,000 a year.
Transcription and translation
Transcription typically involves listening to a given audio and writing down exactly what you hear. There are different kinds of transcription. While legal transcription usually only requires excellent English skills, medical transcription needs a specialized certification. Translation involves receiving a file in one language to be translated into another. You need to be fluent in both languages in question – written and orally. Virtual translators make a median hourly rate of $20 per hour translating audio files or documents.
Looking for a human touch in today’s digital world? Put your profile up on a babysitting or nanny site and you can choose to look after babies and children. How is this working from home? Well, most sites offer different rates and options for babysitting at your own home and babysitting at the client’s home. You can choose to babysit in your own home as long as you are good with the little ones, the environment in your home is safe and conducive, and you have the necessary skill set to take care of, entertain, and feed a child. A typical babysitting at a babysitter’s job 5 days a week for 10 to 12 hours pays between $750 to $850 a month.
(This story first appeared on BankBazaar Singapore / Additional reporting: Natalya Molok)