How to Work From Home: Job Ideas For Your Skillset
Working from home can give you the flexibility to work when and how you want
Feeling uninspired by your nine-to-five day job? Looking for extra income and fulfillment on the side? Working from home may be the solution that leads to a more rewarding career.
After all, work can be—and should be—exhilarating. For many people, this feeling comes from being able to work on their own terms. You deserve a career that gives you the flexibility to work how and when you want—and if you want it, you can have it. The only things you need are a little imagination and the right conversation with your current or future employer.
Working from home can come in many forms, including performing your existing job duties remotely, taking on a side gig or even building your own small business.
Ready to Work From Home? How to Find the Right Job
So you’ve decided you want to work from home. Now what?
Remember that you’re making this switch because you want to improve your life—whether that means having more time to spend with your family or working in a field you truly enjoy. So start by finding something you’re passionate about doing.
If you’re excited about your work, that positivity will help carry you through even the roughest of times. The key is to find something that motivates you, and passion is a good indicator that you’re looking in the right place.
The possibilities for remote work are endless—you just have to know what to look for! Here’s a list of common work-from-home roles for all interests and skill sets.
If you love your current job…
1. Ask if you can work remotely
Do you have a job that you enjoy—but you’d rather be doing it from your living room? If you’re happy in your current position, consider asking about remote work options. Advances in technology have made it easier for people to work remotely than ever before. Telecommuting is so common, in fact, that many government agencies now allow and even encourage it.
2. Become a consultant
If you love what you do but want to work for yourself, consider consulting in your area of expertise as an independent contractor.
If you’re skilled at search engine optimization, for example, offer SEO audits and advice. Maybe you’re good at business coaching and management consulting—in that case, develop your own training or corporate planning courses. If you have a degree in a specific field, like accounting or law, consulting can be a great way to share your expertise.
If you’re a creative type…
3. Become a blogger
Do you love writing? Is there a topic you’re passionate about or have expertise in? If so, a blog could bring fulfillment and extra income.
Build an online community by writing about your passion. Give value to your readers in the form of helpful information, entertainment or both. Then, find ways to monetize your blog through advertisements, donations or exclusive content. You could even sell exclusive e-books or online courses.
4. Write or edit online content
Writing is a valuable skill. Every company needs quality content—from website descriptions to blog posts. If you’ve got creative energy and a way with words, consider freelance writing. If you’re good with grammar, look into freelance editing jobs.
There are several popular websites that can connect you with companies listing freelance writing and editing jobs. On some of these sites, you can create a profile, apply for jobs and even take tests to demonstrate your aptitude.
After you’ve built a solid portfolio, consider launching your own small online writing business. Whether you’re writing blog articles and other content for companies or you’re proofreading and editing, you could have a rewarding career working from home as a writer or editor.
5. Try out graphic design
If you’ve got an eye for design and know how to use the right computer programs, try out graphic design work. Much like with writing, you can build your own graphic design business once you have a robust portfolio of logos, infographics or other designs.
If you aren’t a graphic designer, but you’re interested in learning, you can find plenty of graphic design courses online to gain the skills you need to get started.
6. Shoot photos or videos
Do you love photography or videography? You could run a photography business from a home-based studio or offer services as a photographer or videographer for special events.
Consider specializing in certain types of photography, like weddings, school portraits or family photos. If portrait photography isn’t your thing, try your hand at commercial photography—real estate agencies, small local businesses or independent publications may have a need for professional-quality photos.
7. Manage social media for businesses
If social media is something you enjoy, why not get paid to spend time on it? Many companies—especially small businesses or startups—outsource their social media management to freelancers. This role combines a passion for communication, design and brand storytelling.
Bonus points if you’ve got a strong social media audience of your own, which can demonstrate your expertise in the art of building a following.
8. Craft an online store, vintage shop or e-commerce site
If you’ve got a bracelet-making hobby or you create artwork for fun, try turning it into a business. Online marketplaces make entrepreneurship a possibility for selling crafts, home decor, artwork and more.
Different marketplaces cater to certain products or audiences, so do research to find the right place to set up your online storefront. Love thrifting for antiques on the weekends, for example? Start a vintage shop and sell your best finds on an online auction site.
If the idea of packaging and shipping physical products seems overwhelming, go digital instead. There are online marketplaces for stock photos, stock video, graphics and more. With digital products, sales are made via online files—no packaging tape necessary.
If you’re more technically minded…
9. Code, code, code
In today’s digital world, programmers are in high demand. And because you need intense focus to write code, many employers are happy to let you work remotely.
10. Identify and recruit top talent
If you’re great at spotting talent online and are well-acquainted with the ins and outs of the job market, there may be an opportunity for you as a virtual recruiter. In this role, you’d seek out potential hires for positions within specific companies and receive payment if the recruit you discovered is hired.
11. Work with data
According to a 2019 job market study, data science and business analytics are two of the most in-demand hard skills in today’s job market. If you have experience in data, this can be a huge asset. Consider consulting or analyst roles that you can do from your computer.
If you’re detail-oriented, but you’re looking for something that’s less of a commitment, explore data-entry jobs designed for remote workers. These roles often provide flexibility and might be less cognitively demanding than an analyst role—which may be ideal after a long workday.
If you have a specific skill…
12. Try out voice acting
Got a voice that’s made for radio? Use it to your advantage. Turn a smaller room (or maybe a closet) into a home recording studio, and find jobs online through websites for freelancers. You may need to invest in some equipment to start—like a microphone and other recording equipment.
13. Plan itineraries as a travel agent
If you’re passionate about travel and always know the best things to do in interesting destinations, consider starting a side gig as a travel agent. Virtual travel agents organize travel itineraries and flights and pull together fun activities for their clients. Help others discover your favorite beachside tavernas in Greece or map a 2-day itinerary for a family trip to Paris.
To get started, you can learn from other travel agents who have started their own virtual travel agencies.
14. Translate websites and content online
Do you speak a foreign language? You can practice your language skills while making money at the same time as an online translator. There are countless websites for online translation work, and some gigs are flexible enough to work around your current schedule.
If you’re interested is something more local, consider ways that you could use your translation skills in your community. Would your favorite shop downtown benefit from a Spanish version of their website? Think outside the box to find local clients you care about.
If you love teaching…
15. Teach music or singing
If you play the piano, guitar or another instrument, or if you know proper singing techniques, consider teaching music lessons. Even if you aren’t a concert pianist, you could still specialize in teaching beginners.
It’s not too difficult to give lessons from your home, and you can build up a student pool to bring in a healthy stream of income. You could also build an online following through video tutorials, courses and other resources.
16. Help people lead better lives
What’s more rewarding than helping others achieve their dreams? If you love helping people reach their goals, you might excel as a life coach. You could hold coaching sessions from your home or even provide advice over email, phone or video chat.
If you’re interested in becoming a life coach, consider developing your own niche based on your area of expertise. For example, you might specialize in health and fitness, career development or organizational skills.
17. Tutor online or in person
Ready to turn your lifelong love of math into a side hustle? If you’re skilled at a specific subject, browse online tutoring websites to see what options are open to you.
More excited about an in-person teaching approach? Ask around at local schools, or put up flyers advertising your tutoring skills. If you live near a high school, consider becoming a tutor for college admissions tests.
If you spend your weekends on home renovation projects…
18. Lease a house or rental property
Love taking care of properties? Are home improvement shows your reality TV of choice? You could channel that passion and become a landlord. If you understand the market, housing might be a smart investment. By renting out a property long term, you can generate mostly passive income.
It might be helpful to find a mentor in this field so you can learn more about what it takes to be successful. And always make sure to research local tenant/landlord laws before renting out a property.
19. Rent out a room in your home
Have a spare room or two? You can list single bedrooms, guest houses and even entire properties on home-sharing websites. Do some research to determine what the going rate is in your neighborhood, and you could turn that empty bedroom into a source of income.
For many hosts, renting rooms isn’t just a way to make money, but also a way to meet travelers and share your passion for your city. Consider personal touches, like hand-drawn neighborhood maps, homemade breakfast or locally sourced coffee for your guests.
Making Work From Home Jobs Work for You
Remember, while persuading your employer to let you work remotely is one way to get the freedom you want, there are countless ways to work from home on your own terms. Whatever field you’re currently in (or are interested in), there are plenty of side ventures, remote jobs and other work from home opportunities. And over time, a side gig could turn into a fulfilling full-time job.
Today’s world offers more work from home opportunities than ever before. With a little creativity and hard work, your passions and skills could bring both fulfillment and income as you enjoy a flexible schedule and more time with your loved ones.
We hope you found this helpful. Our content is not intended to provide legal, investment or financial advice or to indicate that a particular Capital One product or service is available or right for you. For specific advice about your unique circumstances, consider talking with a qualified professional.