It shouldn’t surprise you that today, most jobs can be done from home. If you are tired of the 9-5 grind and the grueling commutes that most office jobs demand, it may be time for you to make the switch to a work-at-home job. The best part about them is that they give you the freedom to work on your schedule, enjoying your life on your terms.
That said, which work-at-home jobs pay the best? Even if you are working from home, you still need to pull in that good paycheck to make it worth it, right? In this article, Will Cotter, owner of DeluxeMaid, a professional cleaning company in Indianapolis shares insight about some of the best jobs you can do from home and how much each one pays.
5 Highest Paying Work at Home Jobs
1. Virtual Assistant
- Entry-level pay: $15/hour
- Average pay at pro level: $50+/hour
A few years ago, virtual assistants were low-paid overseas workers who often mess up even the easiest administrative tasks. Today, there has been a shift in the role of a VA. Companies and individuals are no longer going for the cheapest options but the highest quality option that will add value to the business.
For this reason, most businesses would be willing to pay you a premium wage for your services if you are the right person with the right skills. This would turn you into a remote executive assistant for a business owner, not just a random employee doing repetitive tasks.
Here are six beginner-friendly Virtual Assistant niches to consider:
Customer support: If you have good people skills and are great at communication, you can work as customer support for companies and business owners. You will get paid to handle email, chat, and phone support for customers.
Email management: You can turn email management into a full-time work-from-home job. Email communication experts help clients manage their inboxes, follow up on customer leads, and manage client calendar schedules. Technology offers various applications that can guide them to error-free writing, for example, Grammarly. But if the budget is tight, here are the 5 best Grammarly alternatives.
Social media management: A lot of business owners either do not understand social media, don’t enjoy using it, or don’t have the time to use it. Your job as a social media manager would be to make social media posts, analyze the content that has the most engagement, communicate with customers on social media, and schedule future content.
Editing: Many small businesses require editing services for their content. Sometimes, it can be difficult for business owners to distill their ideas into content their readers can comprehend. Your job as an editor would be to ensure the content makes sense and is easy for the general public to understand. This applies to website content, emails, social media posts, and print advertisements.
Experience in this area matter, but so does soft skills. Every successful project needs to be properly planned, managed and implemented. As a project manager, your job is to oversee project tasks, enhance productivity, and ensure that each project is completed smoothly. If you have good organizational skills or knowledge of scheduling, invoicing, and client management systems, this could be just the job for you.
If you are good at distilling large volumes of data into workable information, you may make a good research virtual assistant. Your job as a research assistant would be to dig into competitor data, discover new ideas, and spot new trends. You may be placed in charge of researching influencers, databases, travel deals, or general lead generation.
- Entry-level pay: $18/hour
- Average pay at pro level: $30+/hour
Do you often find yourself spotting typos and grammar mistakes in the articles you read? You might have it in you to be a proofreader. Proofreading is a great work-from-home job that requires no certification but pays very well.
Plus, proofreaders are more in demand today than ever before. With millions of articles and web content published every day, there is no shortage of work for proofreaders. If you want to become a proofreader, you can even land your first client within a day.
Proofreaders read text looking for mistakes (grammar, spelling, and typography). They do not make changes that change the readability or accuracy of the text; that’s a copy editor’s job. Instead, they simply make sure that the page has no errors at all before it is published. Sometimes, though, you may encounter a client who does not want to hire both a copyeditor and proofreader.
They may rely on you to be their copyeditor as well. In such cases, it is up to you to understand the needs of your client and wear more than one hat (and charge extra) as needed.
Here are some examples of proofreading niches that you may want to get into:
Books and eBooks: Anyone can write an publish a book these days. This is all thanks to self-publishing, which has made it possible to do so without a publishing house. However, it also means having limited access to proofreading services, which is where you come in.
Blog posts: There are millions of blogs on the web today. Most of these blogs publish fresh content regularly, some even daily. A lot of them are also owned and operated by a single person. This can be quite overwhelming to the blogger. To help ease their job, they may outsource their proofreading needs to you.
Marketing content:Every thriving business produces marketing content. In most cases, these businesses do not have enough work to hire a full-time proofreader. This makes them a great fit for freelance proofreaders.
Technical content: If you have specialized in a specific technical niche, this may be a good fit for you. Proofreading technical content requires a degree of expertise on the subject and is more tasking than general proofreading. However, it pays better if you are very good at it because technical content proofreaders are hard to come by.
Academic papers: This niche is mainly about proofreading the content of college students. A lot of graduate students will hire proofreaders to ensure that their dissertations are error-free.
3. Blogging and Vlogging
- Entry-level pay: Varies
- Average pay at pro level: $100+/hour
About a decade or so ago, blogging was a popular hobby for people on the internet. However, it went through a metamorphosis that transformed it into a great source of income for a lot of people. Some people have even left their 9-5 jobs to focus on growing their blogs! On average, a well-run blog will make about $500 to $1000 a month after about a year of consistently working on it for about 20 hours a week.
After the first year, you stand to make about $5000 a month. It is harder to grow a blog from $0 to $500 a month than it is to take it from $1000 to $5000 a month. Once you hit the $5000 a month mark, the sky is the limit! Most of your blog revenue will be tied to your traffic. Therefore, your content should focus on attracting as many people as possible to visit your blog and read. Vlogging is almost the same as blogging.
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4. Reselling Items Online
Do you enjoy shopping? Do you go nuts for a great deal? If so, you might make good money as an online reseller. The gist of this business model is this; you find great deals from one store (online or offline) and resell it online (typically on Amazon or eBay) at a slightly higher profit. Then you keep the profits.
If you are thinking about reselling items online, Amazon’s FBA program might be a great place to start. The program is great for beginners because Amazon will take care of customer service and ship your products to your customers for you. This means you can focus all your efforts on sourcing the best products and deals and marketing them.
The amount of money you stand to make reselling items will depend on how much work you are willing to put into it. The best full-time Amazon resellers make upwards of $100,000 a year.
- Entry-level pay: $16/hour
- Average pay at pro level: $50+/hour
The role of a bookkeeper is to record financial transactions on behalf of small business owners. They categorize transactions, check statements for accuracy, and prepare monthly financial statements. The best part about this work-from-home job is that you can get started with it having no prior experience.
Bookkeepers make anywhere from $15 to $50 an hour. Freelancers can charge $60+ an hour. You can get started for free on the most popular freelancing sites like Flexjobs and Upwork. You will need to first learn the basics of bookkeeping like how to pay bills, credits, and debits, how to create invoices, and how to prepare monthly financial statements. Next, market your business to attract your first client. Finally, register and set up your business to allow you to work professionally.
If you are organized, detail-oriented, and have great problem-solving skills, bookkeeping might be a good fit for you. There are many bookkeeping and accounting software that will make your life a lot easier when you familiarize yourself with them.
The best bookkeepers work roughly 4 hours a month per client and make an average of $300 per month per client. This is a role that allows you to diversify your client portfolio and take on multiple clients depending on how much workload you can handle without burning out.
There you have it, our list of the top 5 highest paying work-at-home jobs you can pursue right now. Here is a summary of how much you stand to make from each of them:
Virtual Assistant: $22/hour freelance, $18/hour full time
Proofreading: $22/hour freelance, $18/hour full time
Blogging: Varies, up to $1000/month after the first year
Reselling items online: Varies depending on how much time you put into it
Bookkeeping: $20/hour freelance, $16/hour full time.