Working remotely from your home, a coffee shop, or anywhere else with an internet connection is a legitimate career option these days. In fact, working from home has turned into more of a norm than not.
Long gone are the days where every employee needs to clock in at the company office every day. Remote employees have become part of business culture, expansion, and expectation. After all, we're living in a highly connected world—it makes sense that working arrangements have advanced alongside technology.
Whatever your legit reasons are for needing or wanting to work from home, there are a huge amount of careers that support this option.
Work from Home Statistics
There are a plethora of studies done on the American workforce—everything from occupations to job satisfaction to salaries to working remotely.
Their numbers don’t lie: People want and enjoy careers they can do from home.
Some of the figures from these surveys are so interesting that we’d be remiss not to share them with you.
- According to bls.gov, 24 percent of all employees do most of their work from home, which is up from 19 percent just a few years ago.
- Fifty percent of the workforce has a job that actually could be done mostly remote.
- Up to 90 percent of the workforce would prefer to have a work-from-home option, at least part of the time.
- Fortune 1000 companies across the world are starting to shift toward allowing a more remote workplace, and 50 to 60 percent of the time, their employees work from home.
- Almost half of all employed have considered leaving, or have actually left, their place of employment due to lack of flexibility.
- Twenty-five percent of office workers love their jobs, while 45 percent of telecommuters love theirs. Big difference.
- Sixty-three percent of workers feel that the 40-hour work week will start becoming inconsequential.
- According to a Gallup poll, 74 percent of older Americans would work longer if they had a flexible work environment, and 34 percent would prefer to work from home.
- A survey through AfterCollege found that 68 percent of millennial job seekers are more interested in positions with a remote option.
- The top career fields where remote work is growing stronger are financial/insurance/real estate, transportation, manufacturing or construction, retail, healthcare, computer/informational/math, and law/public policy sectors.
- Oh, and one last number for you: The average worker spends more than $3,000 per year on his or her work commute, with 45 minutes being the average time spent per day getting to and from the office.
Working from Home Good Points
To work from home, you need to have a large amount of discipline. Sure, the dishes in the sink are piled up, as is the laundry. And oops, you forgot to switch loads. Get that stuff done before you sit down to do your work, so it’s not haunting you all day.
Learn to multitask during your breaks. Pour another cup of coffee, take the dog out, and put wet clothes in the dryer, all in five minutes! There has to be something to it, because nearly ¼ of all U.S. employees work predominantly to completely from home and enjoy these benefits:
- A Growing Savings Account: Working from home saves money. You won’t have to shell out for all that gas you’d use on your commute, clothing for work, going out to lunch, and the many other expenses that go along with working from an office. Working from home can save you a couple of hundred dollars monthly. Not to mention, you can write off part of your home and utilities as a work expense!
- Less Stress: According to Psychology Today’s research, commuters have a higher level of stress. Many feel their lives don’t hold as much meaning because of how much time they spend doing work-related things. Because working remotely can give you the sense that you aren’t being overworked, you are able to put more energy into other things that matter to you, above and beyond your job.
- Better Balance: People who have the option to work remotely find that they have better work-life balance. They are able to better nurture their relationships, as well.
- Higher Job Satisfaction: Sometimes, working for home for extended periods of time can make you appreciate the office even more. Also, many people who work from home are so grateful for the opportunity that it makes them love their jobs even more. We spend eight hours or more at work, so if you don’t love it, then it can eat away at you.
- Longer Productivity Cycles: Someone said that on average, a person is only productive three hours at a time. In an office setting, it could be less because of meetings, chatting with coworkers, and other office distractions.
- Travel Is An Option: Working remotely means anywhere with internet access. So, you have more flexibility when it comes to traveling. Poolside with your laptop: Doesn’t that sound awesome?!
Work from Home Possible Negatives
There’s no such thing as perfect. At least, that’s what “they” say. For every ying, there’s a yang. The same holds true for working at home. While there are so many pleasures that can come from not working in an office environment, they still need to be weighed against things that make it less than ideal.
- It's Lonely: If you’re an introvert, then working remotely is the most perfect scenario. But if you’re more extroverted, then it can be the cause of a very lonely work day. The lack of interaction can have a negative impact on you.
- Work Never Ends: When you work at home, 9 to 5 is thrown out the window, unless you’re disciplined in sticking to your hours. But you know how you sometimes get an idea, or you realize you forgot to do something, and it’s 1 a.m.? That internet connection never sleeps, which means, neither might you.
- Separation From Teams: One big check in the “con” column is that working remotely may disconnect you from your team members. You may miss out on important details that happen throughout the workweek—and out of sight sometimes means out of mind, so you may never get filled in. You might be more productive and focused, but you do miss out on the necessary and oftentimes meaningful connections with coworkers.
- Distractions Of A Different Kind: Sure, working in an office has its own set of distractions: chatty coworkers, Nerf gun wars, and meetings, to name just a few. But when you work from home, distractions get personal. Your phone blowing up with texts, because for some reason, your friends and family don’t take you altogether seriously when you tell them you actually do work when you’re home. Kids needing your attention. Dog needing a walk. Squirrels. Oh wait, that’s a poor attention span. And we already mentioned the dirty dishes and laundry.
- That Burn Out: For many, there comes a time during the day where you’re ready to crash face first on your desk. The great benefit of working in an office is there are others around you to keep you awake. At home, if your eyes fall shut, it doesn’t seem to be a big deal. Except, it kind of is a big deal, because while your hours are yours, working from home means all hours can belong to work. Your colleagues can get burned out, chat their way through it, finish out their day, and go home.
Flexible Work from Home Careers with Top Pay
There are many really excellent paying jobs that can be done outside of a traditional work environment, at least a few days per week, if not every day.
- Clinical Regulatory Affairs Director: This career is in pharmaceuticals, and people in this position earn more than $151K annually. They plan, prepare, and submit products into the national and international marketplace. Most of the work can be done via a home computer.
- Supervisory Attorney: Make in the low to mid $100K. This role means you are a telecommuting attorney who provides counsel and representation through various platforms such as Skype. Aside from going to court or having in-person meetings, the work can be done from a home office.
- Medical Writer/Technical Writer: Earn upwards of $115K annually. Senior medical writing is in high demand for many companies in the healthcare industry, while technical writers are finding work with a variety of industries, from financial to engineering and beyond. It’s a great fit for a remote worker; you must review medical information and create documents, as well as edit other medical writers’ work.
- Senior Software Engineer: Earn $100K+, depending on many variables. Your work of designing, developing, and running software programs, along with other related duties, can very easily be done out of the office.
- Director of Business Development: Those with this title have a salary range between $100K to over $150K. Your duties include managing different sales territories and all the employees within your area.
- Major Gifts Officer: Up to $90K can be earned by this fundraising type of position. Many nonprofit organizations have a major gifts officer pitching potential large donations from donors. There may be travel involved, but your office is tucked away inside your laptop.
- Telemedicine Physician: Earn more than $150K annually. Through insurance companies, there are more and more online doctor services available. It’s perfect if you're a physician who wants to break up your hours in the office and work from home.
- Web Designer and Web Developer: On average, web designers/developers earn $67K per year. You'll use your creativity and technical prowess to build and beautify websites. This career is in high demand: People and companies are always needing or updating websites.
- Accountant: Make a median salary of $68K to prepare and examine financial information for taxes, as well as help companies and organizations run fiscally responsibly. Many accountants choose to work freelance, from home.
- Freelance Writers/Editors: Take home a salary between $76K-$80K annually. You can charge your clients by the hour or by project.
- Graphic Designer: Median annual pay is more than $47K. Using a computer and programs, you will develop and portray a brand’s voice with visuals. About ¼ are self-employed.
- Animator: A little over half of all animators are self-employed, making a median annual salary of $65K. You create animation and special effects for media such as video games, movies, and television.
- Medical Claims Processor: Those in this position make more than $38K per year. You'll go through the paperwork of a medical office and thoroughly inspect and manage the insurance claims.
- Travel Agent: The median annual salary is more than $36K. You help travelers book all aspects of their trips, from renting a car to flight to hotel to activities. Since airlines, hotels, and other facilities all are connected through the internet, many travel agents work from home.
- Medical Transcriptionist: These healthcare documentation specialists earn over $36K annually. You take physicians' voice recordings and turn them into written documents. Many work for healthcare facilities, but a strong majority are self-employed working from their homes.
Realistically, most careers that are predominantly done online or with a computer can be done at home. Even still, for every business that offers flexible options, there is a company that just hasn’t considered shifting in that direction. But sometimes, all it takes to turn an office position into a work-from-home role is you simply asking!