Best Work-From-Home Jobs to Apply to in 2019
10 Full-Time Roles You Didn't Know You Could Do Remotely!
The last time I was job hunting, several friends suggested I look for freelance writing gigs. I gave them all insane amounts of side-eye. Not because there's anything wrong with freelancing - it's just not for me. I love working on my own projects, but I also cherish working with and being challenged by a team.
If you're like me, and freelance, task-oriented remote jobs like article writing, data entry, transcription, or professional survey taking (yep, that exists), aren't your thing - don't worry. There are more full-time remote opportunities than ever before that offer you the freedom to manage your own time, the security of consistent monthly income, the support of a team, and the promise of growth. In fact, we've got over 300 on PowerToFly.
So, if you're looking for a remote opportunity in 2019 that will push you to develop professionally, look no further than our list of the 10 best work-from-home jobs. And by best, we mean fun, challenging roles that will help you grow, while making a respectable income.
10 Best Work-From-Home (Remote) Jobs for 2019
1. Account Executive
Who It's Good For: A self-starter with previous experience or an interest in Sales.
Sound Like You? Check Out: Account Executive at Quip (and learn more about the growing field of technical sales before applying!)
Why You Can Do It Remotely: You don't need to be in a particular location to make sales calls, deliver pitches, or send follow-up emails. And if you have to fly from an office to meet a client, you can just as easily fly from your hometown.
Average Annual Salary: $56,390
2. Physician, Nurse, or Nurse Practitioner
Who It's Good For: An experienced medical practitioner ready to swap 12 hour shifts for a more flexible schedule.
Why You Can Do It Remotely: New technology is changing the way healthcare is delivered. You can provide wellness and medical education, patient-centered care, and treatment virtually, all while collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, physicians, and medical assistants.
Average Annual Salary: $68,943
Who It's Good For: A people-person skilled in market research, project/time management, and negotiation.
Why You Can Do It Remotely: As remote work takes off and fully remote teams become more common, it only makes sense that recruiters at these companies would be remote as well. You can use tools like LinkedIn to tap a global talent pool, from wherever you work best.
Average Annual Salary: $55,869
4. Software Developer/Engineer
Who It's Good For: Self-directed (and disciplined) coding enthusiasts who love problem solving and having the freedom to work whenever they feel most focused.
Sound Like You? Check Out: Software Engineer at Braintree, Software Engineer at Viasat, and Senior Front End Software Engineer at Plectica and be sure to check out this Q&A with software engineer, Kasey Champion to learn about her experience working at a fully remote company and get her tips for acing technical interviews!)
Why It Can Be Done Remotely: Arguably, not only can programming be done remotely - it should be! Why? Writing code requires undisturbed blocks of time rarely found in traditional workplaces.
As computer scientist and entrepreneur Paul Graham observed in his essay on makers' vs. managers' schedules:
Most powerful people are on the manager's schedule...But there's another way of using time that's common among people who make things, like programmers and writers. They generally prefer to use time in units of half a day at least. You can't write or program well in units of an hour. That's barely enough time to get started.
Office culture was designed with managers' schedules in mind, and thus makes adhering to a maker's schedule extremely difficult. Remote work, alternatively, is much more conducive to this. After all, it's a lot easier to snooze your Slack notifications than it is to ignore your boss literally hovering over your shoulder.
Average Annual Salary: $95,678
5. Content Strategist
Who It's Good For: Creative thinkers and top-notch communicators (writers) who also know their way around a spreadsheet.
Sound Like You? Check Out: Senior Manager, Content Marketing at Zapier
Why It Can Be Done Remotely: Like programmers, content strategists are makers - they need large, undisturbed blocks of time to both create content and strategize about long-term goals. Technology and the nature of remote work can help ensure content strategists are able to communicate efficiently with their teams and organize meetings when they'll be constructive, not distracting.
Average Annual Salary: $89,698 (not specific to remote)
6. Community/Social Media Manager
Who It's Good For: Social Media gurus with a can-do attitude and ability to self direct.
Why You Can Do It Remotely: You don't need to sit in an office to write catchy tweets, upload Insta worthy posts, or respond to customers' posts/questions. Solid internet connection + social media savvy = success.
Average Annual Salary: $54,238 (not specific to remote)
7. Web or Graphic Designer
Who It's Good For: Designers who do their best work independently or from the comfort of their own home.
Why You Can Do It Remotely: No doubt there's value in brainstorming with your team, but once you know the needs of a project, most design work can be done independently and then shared. With tools like Zoom, Jira, and Slack, it's easier than ever before to share your work, get feedback, and hit deadlines. (And, like programmers and content strategists, designers are also more likely to benefit from a maker's schedule - noticing a pattern, yet?)
Average Annual Salary: $86,143
8. Customer Success Manager
Who It's Good For: Good communicators who love helping others and problem solving.
Why It Can Be Done Remotely: Most customer service needs can be met over the phone and online. With a computer and good internet connection (and enough patience), you can handle all your customers' needs from wherever you are.
Average Annual Salary: $63,589
9. Operations Manager/Supervisor
Who It's Good For: Data-driven problem solvers with a passion for process improvement.
Sound Like You? Check Out: Assistant to the IT Operations Manager at RebelMouse
Why You Can Do It Remotely: For operations that don't require physical oversight, most operations management - tracking KPIs, handling POs, and optimizing processes - can be done from anywhere.
Average Annual Salary: $69,470
10. Data Analyst/Scientist
Who It's Good For: Detail oriented stats masters skilled at identifying and understanding trends.
Why You Can Do It Remotely: With more data than ever before at our fingertips, companies know the value of hiring folks who know "big data" as more than just a buzzword. True stats buffs are hard to come by, so expertise often outweighs location.
Average Annual Salary: $82,605
Interested in one of the roles above? Check out these resources for landing your dream remote job and get ready to reap the full benefits of remote work in 2019 - doing what you like, where you like. Good luck!
- Network with top executives even if you aren't looking for a new role
- First look at flexible, work-from-home, in-office roles
- Join live chats led by expert women in your field and beyond
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