The idea of working remotely is no longer as unique as it used to be. In the wake of Covid, more and more employers are seeking to let their staff work remotely as it helps to: minimise the spread of bugs (boosting productivity/reducing sick pay); lowers the cost of gas and electricity, and allows them to rent a space that is solely used for meetings, not the housing of their employees.
Yet, not every job is designed for a remote setting, so if you’re interested in exploring this type of employment, you first need to consider – is it possible? Is it a job that can be done remotely?
Below are a range of jobs that can easily be done from the comfort of your own home:
1. Graphic designer
the fantastic thing about graphic design is that as long as you have the right software and skillset, you can complete this job from anywhere in the world. Web design companies are renowned for outsourcing work to graphic designers and developers when their internal team cannot get it done on time. That being said, graphic design is not a skill that can be mastered overnight but requires years of training and degree-level qualifications. So even if you have got a natural affinity for it, to succeed in the freelance/remote working world, you will need the right qualifications and experience first.
Likewise, you will need a strong portfolio of work, to prove that you are worth the fee you’re asking for.
Fortunately, delving into this world can be done remotely from the start. For instance, there are several online courses and distance learning qualifications available that will enable you to become a graphic designer without necessarily having to attend college or go to university.
2. Web developer
similar to graphic design, web companies regularly outsource work to remote developers to assist their teams with the construction of websites, apps, and games. All you need to do first is acquire the right training and qualifications, and then support this with a credible portfolio.
from a young age we are all taught how to write and eventually construct essays; however, not everyone has the natural ability to switch their writing style to suit the internet. As such, copywriters are widely sought after by businesses to help support their online content – something that needs to be updated and added to all the time if they want to rank on Google.
Now, it is possible to find work as a copywriter without having a degree or college qualification e.g. online writing courses; however, it will be harder for you to win a job as you’ll have to do more to prove yourself. Likewise, without qualifications in writing, clients will have to rely solely on your portfolio to see that you’re capable of completing their briefs. For this reason, if you’re interested in working as a copywriter, it is worth getting qualifications in writing, blogging, marketing, and copywriting, as these will help to support your fees when putting proposals together. To help you get into the groove of writing engaging copy for your clients, and bulk up your copywriting CV, we offer a Creative Writing Level 3 course.
similar to the three jobs above, there is a high demand for individuals who can help businesses to bolster their presence on the web. Online marketers play an integral role in managing a business’s online content and social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc., and as such need to be appropriately trained. However, once you’ve got an online/degree-level marketing qualification in your arsenal, you will have the option to work in-house or remotely. Some courses that will help you stand out against other applicants in the marketing field are: Introduction to Business Marketing Level 3, and Business Management and Introduction to Business Marketing Level 3.
this was probably one of the first jobs to be offered remotely due to the nature of the job itself i.e. the handling, analysing, and management of data. Within this role, you need to possess a strong knowledge of Excel and know how to use SPSS. Have those – plus a strong internet connection – and you can complete this role from anywhere in the world.
6. Online English Tutor
interestingly, you don’t need to be a teacher to teach English in another country. As long as English is your native language, you can offer your services to students abroad.
That being said, you will still need great English skills and will need to be able to teach students how to grammatically structure sentences and interpret texts (comprehension). For this reason, we strongly suggest boosting your English skills, so not only can you teach English correctly, but you’ll also benefit from increased employability. For example, a lot of businesses that promote online English Tutors want you to have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 7 hours of teaching a week. Acquire those, and you can become an online tutor. You may find our English courses helpful when getting started on this journey, whether you want to brush up on your English skills or get the ball rolling to get your bachelor’s degree, our A Level English Language and Literature, Introduction to English Level 2, or A level English Literature are a good place to start.
working as an editor can prove to be incredibly lucrative as your job will be to edit and proofread the work of others. Documents, books, articles, whitepapers, corporate documents… whether they have been written for online purposes or not, you will be asked to edit and improve them all. And luckily for you, you don’t have to be working in the same office as them to do it. Instead, you can complete all of this remotely. Should you want to upskill in editing and proofreading, there are online courses that will help you hone these lucrative skills. For example; The Editing and Proofreading Level 3 Diploma.
8. Software Engineer
similar to a web developer, software engineers can assist with the design and creation of apps and websites e.g. in-house tools, data analysis, and constructing mobile apps. That being said, before you can explore remote work, you need to acquire the right qualifications and experience first, otherwise, you’ll get passed over for projects.
9. UX/UI Designer
these specialise in boosting user experiences and interfaces within a company’s software/website, and as such are widely sought after by businesses both in-house and remotely (for one-off jobs).
10. Product Designers
product designers take ideas and concept sketches through to prototyping, product production, and selling.
if you have got a law degree, then it is possible to turn this qualification into a remote career. From providing consultations to supplying counsel to a company, you can work as a freelancer and move between companies that require legal assistance. If you don’t have a degree, there are distance learning courses in Law that you can complete online that could open doors into the legal field. You will choose the category of the law that interests you, perhaps English Law speaks to you, or Business and Employment Law, for those who want to know the legalities of employment and different business practices. There’s also Criminal Law, where you’ll learn about the criminal justice system.
TIP: Most pharmaceuticals, banking, and finance companies prefer to have their lawyers onsite and in the office, so should you choose to pursue a remote position, you may want to target internet companies/companies who operate primarily online as they’ll offer you a balance of working remotely, with the occasional in-house meeting.
remote work is especially accessible to accountants who specialise in tax, as there are many companies and freelance businesses who need support with managing their bookkeeping, tax returns, accounts, and tax contributions.
If you’re interested in breaking into the finance sector, we offer several courses that will help you get involved in this high-demand field. A Level Accounting would be very helpful as a base to begin your Accountancy career, as you learn the fundamentals of accounting, and you will receive UCAS points on completion, which will help you secure a spot at university should you wish to further your education. There’s also ICB Bookkeeping courses. ICB are the world’s largest bookkeeping institute, and work alongside our dedicated tutors to deliver courses that will allow you to break into accountancy, either as a freelancer or for all types of organisations.
one of the oldest forms of remote work is sales, as you’ll be responsible for phoning and selling products/services over the phone. The thing to bear in mind with this position though is that it is commission based with a low salary. This means, if you want to make decent money, you will need to make as many sales as possible.
TIP: The best sales roles are those that do B2B (business-to-business) sales jobs where there are recurring billing or high-priced products to boost your commissions.
these days, most recruiters operate online and no longer ask to meet every candidate in person. This makes it a great remote job as you can reach out to prospective candidates by phone or email, and not have to leave your front room! This also gives you the flexibility to work with candidates all over the country and not just in your local area. Likewise, it gives you the freedom to support businesses all over the UK with locating applicants for their advertised jobs.
15. Customer service and support
there are more businesses than you think who operate solely online and have no physical office for clients to visit i.e. Amazon, Uber, etc. As such, these businesses need to employ remote workers to handle their customer service and support, so should a customer have a query, they’ll get a response within an adequate timeframe. As a remote customer service advisor, you will need to have detailed knowledge of the business you’re supporting as you will be dealing with phone calls, emails, and live chat requests.
Are there any remote jobs that require no experience?
Sometimes we don’t have the time or the finances to acquire the qualifications we need to apply for high-paying remote work. Fortunately, there are remote jobs you can do which require no prior experience or training.
Take the following:
- Data entry
- Customer services
- Transcription (transcribing audio and videos into subtitles/scripts)
Admittedly, these won’t pay as well as other remote working positions that require qualification/experience; however, they are a good stepping stone for exploring the field and seeing if remote work is something you want to do long-term. Similarly, they can lead to other opportunities within the company i.e. a promotion or transfer to a new department, as they will already be fully aware of your working style, productivity, and skills.
Can you do remote work with specialised skills?
If you have got a specialist skill or qualification i.e. in computer science, then it is often quite possible to find remote work in your field. You will search harder for these positions, especially if it is not typically done remotely.
That being said, with more and more companies utilising remote workers in the wake of Covid, the chance of finding these opportunities is now.
Venturing into the world of remote work doesn’t have to be daunting or intimidating. You just need to make sure you have got the relevant qualifications, training, and experience they want to help improve your odds of securing work. Likewise, as your portfolio and experience levels expand, you will be able to start charging more as you’ll be able to prove your capacity to work remotely.
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