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5 Non-Phone Work From Home Jobs

Remote work is becoming increasingly common: recent studies have found that the number of employees who telecommute at least half of the time increased from 1.8 million to 3.9 million between 2005 and 2017.


But in spite of the growing popularity of remote work, many still don't realize that telecommuting doesn't have to mean being on the phone all day.

Work-from-home jobs are not restricted to call center associates, telemarketers, or customer service representatives.

If you're eager for a non-phone work-from-home job, consider these 5 options.

Graphic Designer

Whether you're a full-time designer or just like to tinker around in Photoshop late into the night, finding a job as a work-from-home graphic designer can be a great way to evolve your career or build a side hustle.

Websites like Fiverr and 99designs can help you meet potential clients who need your services, regardless of how experienced you are. There are plenty of listings on these types of sites for looking for everything from t-shirt designs to top-of-the-line PowerPoint presentations! The scope of the project combined with your level of experience may impact how much you can earn, but it's estimated that a remote graphic designer can make anywhere from $34,000 to $69,000 per year.

Interested in full-time remote design jobs? Check out these options.

Business Development Representative

Business development representatives are often assumed to be constantly on the phone making cold calls, but that's no longer the norm. Many business development representatives today are responsible for evaluating leads for sales, using tools like customer relationship management systems and creating thoughtful emails to connect with sales leads.

Becoming a remote business development representative offers an excellent opportunity for those looking to work from home. This remote sales development representative shared his experience with the position at GitLab, and even said that "the freedom to work wherever I want allows me to minimize distractions and control noise levels, something that many SDRs are unable to do in a traditional office setting."

Interested in working from home full-time as a BDR? Check out these open roles.

Writer/Content Designer

Perhaps the quintessential work-from-home job, writers can find opportunities writing on a wide variety of topics and for a wide variety of companies. Whether you opt to freelance or are looking for a full-time position with one company, plenty of organizations are seeking writing professionals for tasks including content creation, editing, and proofreading.

If you've previously worked in media, publishing, or graduated with a degree in English or journalism, working from home as a writer may be a great option for you. However, even those without formal writing experience can "join the blogosphere." Not only can blogging be fun, but you can also earn money writing for someone else's site or get paid to post on your own blog. Many writing roles are paid per post or hourly, so PayScale estimates the average salary for a freelance writer to be about $24/hr.

Interested in full-time remote writing or content roles? Check out these options.

Registered Nurse/PA

The growth in telehealth — the idea of accessing health care services remotely through computers and mobile devices — has given registered nurses opportunities to work from home too. Although these positions require more formal training, if you have a nursing degree (or other medical background) you may be able to find a remote position with a health insurance company or other health management organization.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 15% growth in this field over the next 10 years. Work-from-home nurses may perform responsibilities such as case management, treatment authorization, and patient education. While this role requires some phone/virtual face-time connecting with patients, it's by no means comparable to cold calling — if you're looking to continue doing dynamic, important work in the healthcare space, but you're in need of more manageable hours, this might be the perfect option for you.

Check out these jobs for RNs/PAs/NPs.

Software Engineer

Working as a software engineer can be one of the most flexible careers — especially because all you need is a computer and access to the internet! Not to mention, Remote.co recently named "Senior Software Engineers" as one of the highest-paying work-from-home opportunities available today; it typically pays $130,000-$160,000!

This senior job position certainly doesn't come without a healthy list of job qualifications and necessary skills. Senior software engineers, in particular, should be knowledgeable of Node JS, PostreSQL, and REST API design and will be responsible for developing new API and UI features and writing unit tests.

But don't count yourself out just because you lack these skills! It's never too late to learn how to code, and we've got several free resources to get you started.

Ready to apply to work-from-home software engineering roles? Check out these open positions.

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Why Female Presidential Candidates Are Still Told to Be Chill, Not Shrill

The Dated, Everyday Tech Stifling Women's Voices Shows the Importance of Diversity in Tech

"You're not like other girls. You're so...chill."

I've gotten that "compliment" from multiple guys in multiple contexts — and I'm ashamed to admit that until a few years ago, I took it as one.

Occasionally I'd wonder why. After all, anyone who knows me well knows I am the Anti-Chill: a tightly wound stress ball, ready to explode into tears at any given moment.

So what was giving these guys the wrong impression? As it turns out, it was my voice. My cool, unnaturally-deep-for-a-woman, never-shrill voice.

And if I'm honest, I always prided myself on not sounding 'like other girls.' No uptalk or high-pitched squeals of glee from me. I thought I sounded smarter and more serious. Talk about internalized misogyny.

This isn't just me though. There is a societal double bind that forces women to spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about the right pitch and tone for each situation.

Just consider the advice that Democratic-debate coach Christine Jahnke gave female candidates to avoid being labeled as shrill: "… go slow and low. Very purposefully slow your pace and lower the tone a bit, because that will add meaning or gravitas to whatever it is you're talking about."

In a nutshell: try and sound chill, not shrill.

What I didn't know, until recently, is how this bias against women's natural voices is being reinforced and amplified by century-old technology. (Just one of many examples of how technology designed by and for men ends up hurting women in the long-run.)

Author Tina Tallon explains this little-known fact in her recent New Yorker article, summarized below:

How 20th Century Tech Is Holding 21st Century Women Back

With the rise of commercial broadcast radio in the 1920s, women's voices began getting critiqued. As Tallon explains, station directors asserted that "women sounded 'shrill,' 'nasal,' and 'distorted.'" So when industry standards were set, directors didn't take women's voices into account.

When Congress limited the bandwidth available to each radio station in 1927, station directors set a bandwidth that would provide the minimum amount of information necessary to understand "human" speech.

They used lower voices as their benchmark, so the higher frequency components of women's speech necessary to understand certain consonants were cut, making women's voices less intelligible.

  • Researcher J.C. Steinberg asserted that, "nature has so designed woman's speech that it is always most effective when it is of soft and well-modulated tone." He explained that if a woman raised her voice on air, it would exceed the limitations of the equipment. As Tallon says, "He viewed this as a personal and biological failing on women's part, not a technical one on his."

Why You Should Care

Women have always been told to lower their voices, but this 20th century approach to sound frequencies is still accepted as the standard, literally forcing women to lower their voices if they want to be heard.

  • To this day, many algorithms and speakers distort women's speech by limiting higher frequencies, causing women's voices to lose definition and clarity.

Tallon sums it up well:

"Consequently, women are still receiving the same advice that they were given in the nineteen-twenties: lower the pitch of your voice, and don't show too much emotion. By following that advice, women expose themselves to another set of criticisms, which also have a long history: they lack personality, or they sound 'forced' and 'unnatural.'"


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So as we continue to grapple with implicit biases against women, from what it means to be "presidential" to who's considered an "innovative leader," let's remember the importance of diversity in tech.

Had a woman been involved in researching/setting the standards for radio frequencies, she might've been able to steer the industry towards a voiceband that would allow men and women to be heard equally well. And perhaps had a more impartial voiceband been established, I'd have heard a more diverse range of female speakers growing up, and internalized fewer biases myself.

That's why we care so much at PowerToFly about making sure cutting-edge companies have diverse teams.

Times were different then, sure, but the fact that Depression Era standards are still impacting how we hear (or don't hear) women's voices is a vital reminder that what we do today impacts our world for centuries to come.

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