Work at home or telecommute jobs are now a respectable part of the American work experience. Once reserved for envelope stuffers and telemarketers, professionals of every stripe can now work at home with the blessing of their bosses. Certain professional telecommute positions offer big bucks, whether you chose to work as an independent contractor or as an employee, here are the 10 most prestigious, high-paying work at home positions.
1. Home Based Business
Whether you offer a service like motivational or job counseling or a product like homemade jam, operating your own business from your house or apartment can yield up to a $100,000 and possibly more if you work hard and find the right niche. After all, businesses like eBay and Kinkos started on shoestring budgets and look at them now. If you don’t have start-up money, consider applying for a small business loan or grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Entrepreneur.com offers guidebooks and other information for fledging home-based business owners.
Account executives with good track records can write their own ticket via virtual recruiting companies like Arise or browse for sales positions with major companies on Monster.com or HotJobs. Since most sales work is conducted by phone and email, with the occasional lunch or dinner with a client, most sales representatives may never need to work onsite.
3. Marketing/Public Relations
A recent Monster.com search shows work at home positions for a technology marketing writer, a marketing manager for a golf products company and a marketing/sales manager for Boeing. Telecommute options are common in the entertainment and publishing fields, but other industries have embraced this cost-cutting, morale-boosting alternative in recent years. More healthcare, real estate and manufacturing marketing managers earning $50,000 or more have the option of working from a home office.
4. Graphic Design
With software programs like Photoshop and InDesign available to commercial artists and an enviable supply of potential employers, graphic design jobs can be one of the most lucrative telecommute positions depending on the designer’s experience and the company that hires them.
A good attorney with a well-equipped home office can forego pricey downtown real estate and consult with clients over the phone or in a communal rent by the day office like Blankspaces. There are several virtual law firms hiring work at home attorneys and this trend will continue as office rents and other traditional expenses continue to rise.
6. IT Professional
A computer expert with experience in security, networking, software design or engineering can work for just about any company in the world with a high speed Internet connection, a headset, and the proper software. Web development and programming specialists are always in demand as well as computer security experts.
7. Financial Consulting
Whether you specialize in taxes, securities, personal financial or retirement plans, and a financial planner can earn up to six figures, depending on their area of expertise and the types of clients.
8. Medical Billing and Transcription
The medical field offers plenty of work at home oppurtinies, such as medical biller, transcriptionist, and even medical writer. Secure these jobs through a legitimate outlet, such as HealthCareJobs.org, and not through random “Do Medical Billing At Home” ads. Experienced billers can make between $30-$40 an hour.
9. Real Estate Broker
If you have a license to sell real estate, set up an office in your home and work for a large chain like Century 21 or GMAC. In some areas, it may be more profitable to go into business for yourself. The real estate market always fluctuates wildly, but when it’s on the upswing, a broker can make upwards of $100K.
Like financial planners, accountants are always in demand, especially at tax time. The accounting giant Ernst and Young, for example, offers telecommuting options for most of its employees. Seasoned number crunchers can pull in $50,000 or more working part-time during tax season.