Imagine never having to iron a shirt, commute, or worry about what you’re going to take for lunch. This is your reality if you’re one of the millions of Americans who work from home, and over the last 20 years, the growth of the Internet has greatly expanded the range of tasks one can do while wearing a bathrobe. But not all work-from-home opportunities are created equal. Fortunately, Cameron Huddleston and Caitlin Dewey from Kiplinger have compiled a list of the “10 Best Stay-at-Home Jobs.” In making their picks, Huddleston and Dewey looked at average salary and potential job growth, so if you’re tired of making nice with coworkers and choking down lousy K-cup coffee, read on and see if any of the following vocations suit you.
Web-Search Evaluator — If you’re a strong analytical thinker with a speedy Internet connection and love of Googling, you can make $14 an hour doing this job. The gig entails testing the accuracy of online search results and looking at what terms pull up what results.
Medical Transcriptionist — Essentially, you’re typing up doctors’ dictated notes and helping to prep reports and memos. While that might seem like straight-up typing, the job is beginning to change, Huddleston and Dewey report, and companies are asking candidates to possess some understanding of medical terminology, as well as vocational certificates or even an associates degree. Average pay: $17 per hour.
Customer Service Rep — Every major company needs people to man the phones and help folks place orders and troubleshoot problems. In the old days, many employed giants rooms full of people. Nowadays, many opt for at-home reps, and once you get past the training and secure the requisite phone and computer services, you can make $10 an hour.
Computer Support Specialist — Here’s where it pays to be a “computer geek,” as Huddleston and Dewey write. This job offers an average salary of $24, and its duties include providing assistance to customers and testing/evaluating computer network problems. As with many of these jobs, the hours are flexible, and the demand is high.
Virtual Assistant — Just like regular assistants, you’ll manage schedules, make travel plans, and assist with presentations, but you’ll do it from the comfort of home. And you’ll make $15 an hour. Not sure how to jump in? Use local business groups and social media to find clients. There’s also an International Virtual Assistants Association.
Freelance Writer — Everyone needs content, and whether you want to write for media firms or nonprofits, you can earn $18 an hour, Kiplinger reports. And it’s not all long-form news articles. Assignments may include fun stuff like quizzes and infographics. Check freelancewriting.com for a list of opportunities.
Online Tutor — If you’re super knowledgeable about one thing, and you’ve got the patience to pass along your smarts via computer, this might be the job for you. It offers $15 an hour — and the feeling of satisfaction you get from helping someone else. Try InstaEDU.com and Tutor.com to get started.
Proofreader/Editor — Are you a grammar nerd who knows all about proper comma placement and dangling modifiers? If so, and you’ve got a degree in journalism or English, you stand to make $18 an hour as a freelance editor. Try FirstEditing.com, as well as Mediabistro.com and Journalismjobs.com.
Home-Based Translator — Folks who speak multiple languages can make $24 an hour translating everything from websites and business documents to academic papers. The in-demand languages at the moment are Chinese and Japanese, and it also helps to have a background that’s prepared you for working with technical material.
Web Developer — The Internet is filled with websites, and they all need people to design and maintain them. You stand to make an average of $33 an hour, and because everyone from big companies to individuals need help building their sites, the work will tend to vary.