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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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The Best High-Paying Remote Jobs

5 full-time work-from-home roles that pay seriously well

We—we being the internet in general, as well as PowerToFly specifically—often talk about remote work as this glorious thing: you can find professional fulfillment, friendly co-workers, and career growth potential from the comfort of your own home. All while collecting a check!

But where should you look if you want that check to be as big as possible?

Start with this guide to the best high-paying remote jobs. These career choices (and the example companies hiring for them) don't skimp out on paying remote workers well, and you'll still get all the work-from-home flexibility you're looking for. I've linked to specific job posts for each category below, but also look through the 300+ remote jobs on PowerToFly's always-updated remote job board for more.

As you apply and interview, keep these work-from-home interview questions in mind. If you find yourself with a salary offer that's good, but not quite as good as it could be, reference these salary negotiation tips for remote workers to advocate for what you deserve. And when you get the job with a great salary, make sure your home office is set up for success. And then send me a note to tell me how you're doing!

1. Senior Software Engineer

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Who It's Good For: Anyone who's a pro in programming languages (Java, Javascript, C++, Python, and SQL, to start, among others) and knows how to drive the development of products. If you like complex engineering challenges, have experience working with different systems and products, and have the discipline to program without a PM physically hovering over you (Slack hovering's allowed, though), this is for you.

Sound Like You? Check Out: Sr. Principal Software Engineer at Dell, Senior Front End Software Engineer at Plectica, Senior Software Engineer at CloudBees

Why You Can Do It Remotely: Like most heads-down-and-create work, developing software and programming are best done with minimal distractions. You'll collaborate with your team for check-ins and bug fixes, but you'll be able to focus on your project work from a home office.

Average Annual Salary: $131,875

2. User Experience Researcher Manager

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Who It's Good For: Proven researchers who know how to understand the behaviors and motivations of customers through feedback and observation, who have experience synthesizing insights into a brand story, and who have managed teams.

Sound Like You? Check Out: Senior Research Operations Program Manager at Zapier.

Why You Can Do It Remotely: As UX researcher Lindsey Redinger explains in her helpful Medium post, remote research allows companies to reach users all over the world, not just within driving distance to their headquarters, and can be cheaper for companies and easier for participants.

Average Annual Salary: $105,810

3. Senior Product Designer

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Who It's Good For: Creatives with technical chops who like the challenges of evolving and improving the production of current products, leading designers, and collaborating with other parts of the business.

Sound Like You? Check Out: Senior Product Designer at SeatGeek.

Why You Can Do It Remotely: While design teams definitely need to share lots of feedback, there's technology out there to make that easy. The Help Scout design team has shared their favorite tools and tricks to collaborate remotely, which includes recording daily videos of new designs to explain features and ideas in a way a photo file just can't express. (They're also hiring! Check out open Help Scout jobs here).

Average Annual Salary: $107,555

4. Senior Security Analyst

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Who It's Good For: Thoughtful, vigilant thinkers who enjoy identifying and fixing gaps in a company's security posture, including through ethnical hacking (hacking a company's system before outsiders can, and addressing the weak points found) and incident response (containing the negative effects of a system breach or attack).

Sound Like You? Check Out: Data Protection Security Analyst at Deloitte.

Why You Can Do It Remotely: Not all security analyst positions are remote-friendly; sometimes they require working with very sensitive data that can be compromised if taken off-site or accessed from a VPN. But with the right data processing policies—like using a privacy filter over your laptop, only using secured wifi, and encrypting your data, all suggested by WebARX security's all-remote team—remote work as a security analyst is definitely possible.

Average Annual Salary: $108,463

5. Technical Project Manager

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Who It's Good For: Tech-friendly jack-of-all-trades with a sweet spot for spreadsheets and other organization tools.

Sound Like You? Check Out: Technical Project Manager at Avaaz.

Why You Can Do It Remotely: Project management can sometimes be like herding cats, but you don't need to be in the same room as your feline team members in order to direct them around. With collaborative software (and a highly organized home office, like PM pro Patrice Embry recommends), you can PM the most complicated of projects from wherever you're located.

Average Annual Salary: $95,129

Other Industries

Other high-paying remote-friendly jobs include certain roles in healthcare (like nurse practitioners and psychologists, who can check in with patients via video conferencing and phone calls), app developers for both iOS and Android products, actuaries and tax accountants, and data scientists.

And remember that even jobs that don't seem remote-friendly at first, could possibly be done from home or on the road. If you find a well-paying, exciting job that doesn't offer remote work immediately, it might be worth negotiating a more flexible schedule with a 1-2 day work-from-home option. Both you and the company can see what remote work actually looks like in action, and if it goes well, you can make a pitch to transition to remote work full time.

Other resources you may want to check out in your quest for meaningful, well-paid remote work:

6 Programs You Should Download Right Now if You Work Remotely

Productivity Tips for Remote Workers

Home Office Design Tips for Remote Workers

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