It’s no secret that professionals today desire more control of their time and work schedules, preferring flexibility and work-life balance. And many are looking for remote jobs that offer that flexibility. In fact, a recent Gallup poll found that 53% of employees say a role that offers better work-life balance is “very important” to them when considering whether to take a new job. Fifty-one percent also indicated they would give up their job for one that offered them flextime, and 37% would do the same for a job in which they could work where they want if only during part of the full workday.
Brie Weiler Reynolds, senior career specialist at FlexJobs says remote jobs are appealing in a number of ways. “It can reduce stress levels, improve satisfaction with work, free up time to spend with family, open up new job possibilities that don’t exist in the immediate geographic area, and so much more. Remote work can turn a career change into a life change,” says Weiler Reynolds.
For those who want to make a total career switch and say goodbye to the office or cubicle life, getting your feet wet first at the entry level and gaining a reputation with a company while you’re already employed might be a good idea as well.
Nine of the Best Remote Jobs in 2018, Courtesy of Remote.co:
Companies often need translators fluent in a variety of languages to provide expertise in academics, including teaching and administrative. Many opportunities exist for English translation and teaching in Asian and Indian countries, where clients will pay by the hour.
This job requires applicants to provide consultations in support of management systems for professional and trade associations. It’s ideal to have experience with SQL scripting and SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS).
Junior Financial Planner
If you have certifications or just a mojo with assisting people with financial management and resources, this job is for you. Ideally, you could work remote for universities to help prospective students with the completion of financial aid applications, advise clients on their next money move, or assist organizations with their budgeting. Some roles, like the one for universities, require just a high school diploma.
Virtual Office Assistant
In this role, you’d assist executives and managers with administrative tasks from the comfort of your own home office, and you may be required to fulfill other duties including managing calendars and special events, answering phone calls.
Fitness, health, and wellness buffs are perfect for this since you can squeeze in some writing between your training or workout sessions. Knowledge of personal fitness trends, experience in physical therapy or healthcare or nutrition is a plus.
PR and Community Relations Associate
If you’ve already got some communications experience and are great at pitching, answering journalist questions, and working on campaigns, this gig is a winner. Companies often look for great communications and storytelling skills and experience with media correspondence is a bonus.
Customer Engagement Operations Support Representative
You’d be working in tech in a remote job that centers on assisting customers with troubleshooting problems. Typically, a high school diploma or equivalent and customer service experience is valued.
If you have experience in human resources or talent management, this is an awesome opportunity to branch out on your own. You’d spot and attract talent to fill positions for various organizations and businesses.
Quality Assurance Associate
If you love being online and know what it takes for a great user experience, this job might be for you. You’d assist in improving websites by making them easier to use and amending specs and documenting processes.