When most people think of freelancers, they think of creative jobs: writing, editing, perhaps advertising and marketing gigs. While those areas are full of opportunities for entrepreneurial types who want to work at home, either on a full-time or part-time basis, they're far from the only occupations that lend themselves to the freelance life. Here's a roundup of several freelance jobs -- some you'd never expect.
Marketing and PR: If you have a phone and an internet connection reliable enough to sustain a Skype meeting, you can do your marketing or PR job from the comfort of your own home. Just be prepared to take the occasional on-site meeting. In many cases, the client will want to look their marketing or PR pro in the eye once in a while -- and not just over a webcam. Social media coordinator and manager jobs also fall under this umbrella, and as easy to do from home as from an office.
Virtual Assistant Work: If you have experience as a personal assistant, administrative assistant, or office manager, you can do a similar job for a variety of clients, from the comfort of your own home. Virtual assistants provide administrative support over the phone and internet, often working through an agency that connects them with clients.
Call Center Jobs: Virtual call center jobs are basically the same gig as the in-person job, minus the trip to the call center. One caveat: make sure you know if the company will provide paid training, or if you're supposed to pony up for your own start-up costs. The latter scenario could cost you a pretty penny, or turn out to be a scam.
Online Tutoring Jobs: Coach elementary, middle school, high school, or college students on a variety of subjects, via the internet. Most companies will want teaching experience in the subject you're tutoring, plus a college degree.
Your Full-Time Job, as a Freelance Job: Don't assume that your current occupation is incompatible with freelance life. Many jobs that seem firmly rooted in the brick-and-mortar world of physical offices and facilities are actually perfect for freelancing. For instance, Registered Nurses can find a variety of freelance gigs that require their licensure, skills, and experience, including case management for insurance companies, telephone triage, and medical call center work.
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