Nine Great Low-Stress Jobs for Homebodies and Freelancers
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Introverts aren’t the only ones who like to work alone and preferably at home. There are many people who look for jobs away from offices for a variety of reasons.
Someone has a sick family member or a young child at home while others are trying to save money and so don’t want to splurge on daily commuting and lunches.
Plus, when you work from home, there’s less stress and you don’t have to worry about what to wear tomorrow. Here are some of the best jobs for homebodies that you might love.
If you're looking for even more great ideas, this article focuses on several jobs for shy people.
While blogging was a bit risky and unknown a decade ago, it’s increasingly popular and lucrative these days. It allows you to work anywhere and anytime.
Besides freedom, blogging gives you money and the opportunity to enjoy doing or talking about what you like. This is where you can turn your hobby into a prosperous business. Don’t expect fast results, though.
The average blogger can earn up to $10,000 per year. But it can take 1 to 2 years before you see the first results and money. If you’re ready for this challenge, start with a good blogging platform and let your creativity flow.
When you’re not financially ready for starting your own blog, you can write for other blogs to make a living. Many people stay away from freelancing because they think they can’t do it. In reality, it’s easier than you think.
When compared with creative writing, simple writing is something you don’t need to learn.
All you should have is excellent grammar, internet, and of course, clients. If you’re going to work from home as a writer for your company, you don’t need to look for anyone.
If you’re going to work as a freelancer, consider websites like Fiverr or Upwork that offer endless opportunities for freelancers.
3. Video Editor
Adding special effects to videos, syncing audio, and editing raw video footage are some of the most popular requests these days. So if you have the software for professional video editing and you know how to use it, why not become a video editor?
You can earn more than writers and still work from the comfort of your own home. Be sure you know how to use Avid Media Composer or Lightworks and invest in specific editing software. Consider creating a portfolio to attract new clients.
Having a profile on LinkedIn, for instance, can increase your chance of getting a job.
4. Home-Based Seller
Extroverts who need or want to work from home tend to use traditional sales, as they still crave communication.
Multi-Level marketing isn’t the best opportunity for introverts because they don’t like the interaction of a sales call. Extroverts will be happy to do this work, though. The only problem is the salary.
If you’re going to sell products as an independent contractor, you might not make a living at times.
It’s best and safer to find a company seeking an inside sales representative or a home-based corporate account manager. These formal positions offer to work on commission or a salary, or a combo of both.
You can also work for international companies abroad, just ensure that they’re trustworthy.
5. Virtual assistant
One of the most popular jobs that has left a lot of former secretaries jobless is that of the virtual assistant. As a virtual assistant, you will be asked to do the same tasks secretaries do in the office.
You’ll need to set schedules, answer phones, take notes, make calls, and complete a variety of other office work. And you can do it all without leaving your home.
In order to become a virtual assistant, you should have a tablet PC, laptop, or desktop and in some cases a VPN.
Depending on the company that’s going to hire you, you might be asked to install certain software or have a dedicated land-based phone line for making calls. Virtual assistants earn up to $50,000 per year.
If you know something well enough to teach others, why not make a living out of it? Depending on the level of knowledge and teaching skills, homebody tutors often earn more money than full-time teachers.
That’s because you get paid per hour and you set the price for your service. You can either invite your students to your house or teach them over FaceTime, Skype, Instagram, or Facebook Messenger, and get paid via PayPal or other digital payment methods.
7. Errand Runner
Living in a busy world leaves us little to no time for doing errands and oftentimes we end up hiring an errand runner to ease the burden.
Be it house cleaning, grocery shopping, doing laundry, or cooking, you can get paid well for doing this work. The bigger part of errands, such as cooking or doing and ironing laundry, you can even accomplish at home.
Errand runners also help people to arrange important events, including birthday parties and weddings.
Isn’t it great to get paid for making a playlist for a party or choosing wedding decorations online? It’s important to be flexible if you want to earn money as an errand runner.
8. Pet Sitter
If you love pets and don’t mind having a few in your house each day, you can work as a pet sitter. You can even create a pet daycare center in your house. This may require a special business license, though.
You’ll also need to have contacts of the nearest vet in case of an emergency. Pet sitters can earn more than $50,000 per year. If you create a pet daycare center, you can make twice as much.
If you’re a certified nutritionist or registered dietitian, you can help people create the right meal plans, lose weight, and improve their health, all without leaving your house. You can do it over Skype or Messenger just like tutors do.
You can also create a small home office and invite your clients to it.
Thanks to the internet, there are tons of opportunities to work from home and make enough money to live an abundant life.