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Now more than ever, it’s possible for you to work from the comfort of your own home. Remote jobs are popular. Countless people across the world prefer this career path to a regular 9-5 job. Most beginners will be on the hunt for entry-level jobs.

You may be considering a remote entry-level job because of its many benefits. With a remote career, you:

  • Don’t have to commute to a workplace every weekday and spend hours in traffic.
  • Can work when and for how long you want.
  • Can work wherever you want, allowing you to travel and work at the same time.
  • Gain an extra source of income.
  • Are likely to feel more productive and happier working from the comfort of your own home.
  • Have more time for your family and relationships.

According to Flexjobs and Global Workplace Analytics, these jobs are growing fast. The number of remote jobs in the U.S. alone has grown by 91% since 2009 and 159% since 2005. And these jobs will increase as we move into a new decade.

“Remote work is not a trend — it’s here to stay.” — Buffer

Below are six of the best remote entry-level jobs you can look into as a viable career path.

1. Remote Tutoring

The physical presence of a tutor is not as important as it once was. Nowadays, many people prefer to be tutored online.

To become an online tutor, you’ll need the necessary qualifications in most cases. These include training, a degree in the relevant subject, or certification. The qualifications may depend on your country’s requirements. It’s still important for clients to trust in your ability to teach.

This is a great way for teachers to make an extra income on the side or for aspiring teachers to gain experience.

Online tutoring includes a variety of options, such as:

  • Teaching a language.
  • Helping students prepare for their Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
  • Tutoring one or more students on online tutoring platforms like Chegg Tutors.

You can find remote tutoring jobs on different job sites like Indeed or FlexJobs. If you live in the U.S., consider learning more about Tutor.com as a viable option.

2. Translation

Are you fluent in more than one language? Are you able to translate them? If the answer is yes, then translation could be a good fit for you.

In a globalized world, more and more businesses want to reach a greater number of people. This means there are more opportunities to find work as a translator for a wide range of languages.

You might think, “But why not use free translation apps?” Well, because the intended message and feel of the original text are important.

Companies like Google hire ‘ads quality raters’ to confirm the accuracy of ad translations.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a growth in translation and interpretation. The number of jobs in this field should grow by 19% between 2018 and 2028. This shows a thriving industry with more and more of these jobs performed from home.

You can work as a remote translator on a freelance basis or for translation companies. Here’s a list by FlexJobs of companies that offer remote work in translation.

3. Proofreading

Proofreading involves reviewing final document drafts and all other forms of written content.

A proofreader carefully goes over the text, looking for any errors.

This ensures only quality content is communicated to customers by the client. Quality content means correct use of language, formatting, and consistency throughout the writing.

A proofreader is not responsible for rephrasing or rewriting the content though. That’s an editor’s job, which is already completed by the time the proofreader starts their task.

To learn more about remote proofreading jobs, check out this Small Revolution article.

You can find proofreading jobs on many job websites, some mentioned in this helpful article. Remote jobs are also available on the Working Nomads website.

4. Customer Support

Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’ve watched movies and shows where customer support specialists are treated like verbal punching bags. You’ve also thought of lashing out at one on a call or through a company’s social media channels.

But the truth is, that only happens on rare occasions. Most times, people call or write to seek help with an issue they’re having with a product or service. So you would be helping customers as their first point of contact.

It’s also a very popular field that many remote workers get into as there aren’t that many requirements. All you need is excellent communication skills and in some cases, relevant experience.

Plus, you would be doing it from the comfort of your own happy place. It should be a quiet space as you’ll be taking calls and will have to focus on the customer’s needs.

According to FlexJobs, it’s “the fifth most common remote job category” on their site.

You can find companies offering these jobs here.

5. Graphic Design

Graphic design is all about visual content. This could mean creating eye-catching text, informative graphics, appealing images, or captivating illustrations. Graphic designers also develop designs for magazines, books, websites, marketing content and more.

As a graphic designer, you:

  • Work with clients to determine the details of each project. 
  • Come up with designs that meet your clients’ expectations. 
  • Create visual content and project layouts.
  • Apply any changes requested by clients and prepare for production.

To become a graphic designer, you may need technical training in graphic design in some cases. You’ll also need knowledge of design software in all cases.

This software includes Canva, Illustrator, Photoshop, and more. Here’s an article by Finances Online detailing the top graphic design software in 2019.

Graphic design requires creativity, good listening, communication skills, and time management skills. You can find remote graphic design jobs on Remote.co.

You could be the next Carolyn Davidson, who designed the famous Nike Swoosh logo.

6. Remote Recruiting

Imagine you’ve applied for many jobs, hoping recruiters give you a chance. Then you end up becoming a recruiter yourself. You could work to hire others going through the same experience.

There’s some irony there, but it’s a viable career option you can practice from home.

More and more businesses outsource their recruitment processes to remote headhunters. They see the benefits, including:

  • Cost-saving on inhouse recruiters without the need to provide office space.
  • Remote headhunters working with a wider range of candidates.
  • Working with remote recruiters who are as skilled as inhouse ones.

A degree in Human Resources is an asset, but not always compulsory.

A remote recruiter’s job involves:

  • Meeting with a company’s HR manager to determine what types of employees they’re looking for.
  • Reviewing resumes of job applicants.
  • Contacting suitable candidates to learn more and provide details about the job.
  • Sharing notes on candidates with the company’s HR manager.
  • Setting up an in-person interview between the HR manager and the selected candidate(s).
  • Looking for solutions to finding qualified applicants if there aren’t any.

You can find remote recruiter jobs on job sites like Indeed.

Equip Yourself for Your Next Remote Job

Remote jobs are the future. Many are working from home now and those numbers will keep increasing.

If you are lacking the skills to get started, enroll in one of Small Revolution’s online courses to boost your expertise and your resume.

Speaking of resumes, to shoot beyond an entry-level position, you’ll need to learn how to write a great resume. Resumes show off your experience and tell your clients or employers why you deserve a better job.

Prepare yourself today. Learn everything you need to know about resumes for online work here.

Now get out there (or stay home!) and start earning money remotely.

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Katrina
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I'm Katrina McKinnon, founder of McKinnon Group and Small Revolution. I'm using my 20 years' experience in building and operating online businesses to create engaging educational materials that helps others become successful online workers. Find me on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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