10 Surprising Work-From-Home Jobs

When people think of work from home jobs, several “typical” job types come to mind: customer service, information technology, and blogging just to name a few. But over the last decade, telecommuting jobs have grown 41%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and the variety of jobs that can be done from home is quite surprising.

Here are ten real work from home jobs that you may not have thought about before. And if you don’t see a job that sparks your interest on this list, keep in mind that if your work is mainly done using computers, phones, or other means of remote communication, it can probably be done from home too.

Registered Nurse Clinical Case Manager - Nursing jobs are a growing telecommuting option and in this role, the job seeker would be responsible for assessing the health of insurance program members and providing care planning activities and services.

High School Teacher - Virtual high schools, both public and alternative, have grown leaps and bounds over the last few years. Certified teachers in subjects like English, Spanish, Science, Sociology, Special Education, and even Physical Education are needed to fill a large number of rolls.

Principal Scientist - No longer are scientists confined to laboratories. With advancements in technology, scientists can now find work from home jobs where they’ll analyze clinical data, design components, train staff, review documentation and attend client meetings.

Independent Filmmaker - Content websites are increasingly turning to short videos to capture readers’ attention. Experienced independent filmmakers can find flexible schedule positions working remotely producing short films on a variety of topics.

Legal Advocacy Counsel - Depending on one’s specialized legal area of expertise, lawyers can find telecommuting jobs where they’ll provide legal research, writing, and consultations for organizations and companies, all from the comfort of a home office.

Medical Director - For those with medical or veterinary doctorate degrees, organizations are hiring telecommuting medical directors. These roles entail managing direct reports in the field, producing reports, and providing training.

Government Manager – Federal government departments and agencies have been increasing their telecommuting opportunities over the last two years. Professionals interested in working for the U.S. government can find jobs in the Federal Highway Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and others. Job titles include Senior Counsel, Program Manager, Analyst, Transportation Specialist, and Director.

Translation and Subtitler – If you have the ability to speak and write in multiple languages, plenty of telecommuting jobs exist for you. Film and video companies need people to translate foreign language films into English and to write subtitles, as do publishers and websites. Fluency is required for this work from home job.

Personal Historian – The popularity of family history research has grown into its own industry. For people who love speaking with people, doing historical research, and recording personal stories, telecommuting personal historian jobs are an excellent choice.

Therapist - Licensed clinical social workers and psychologists can find work-from-home jobs counseling clients. Rather than a traditional office setting, telecommuting therapists use video chat and phone to communicate with and assist clients.

If you’ve been interested in working from home but aren’t sure if your career field translates into a telecommuting role, you’re in luck. As technology advances and employers continue to discover the perks of hiring telecommuting employees, more and more career fields will become telecommute-eligible.

Brie Weiler Reynolds wrote this guest post. She’s the Content and Social Media Director at FlexJobs, the award-winning site for telecommuting and flexible job listings, and a former career advisor. At FlexJobs, Brie offers job seekers career and work-life balance advice through the FlexJobs Blog and social media.

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Now Moms Can Find Pro Jobs

FlexJobs: The leading site for legitimate telecommuting job listingsFlexJobs is the online job board, in our book, for people looking for jobs with flexible work options including work-at-home, telecommuting, part-time, and alternative schedules.

Put them together and what do you get? The perfect way for moms with careers to find advice, support, information, and jobs that will enhance work-family fit.

Many women want to maintain a career after they’ve had a baby, but they want to spend more time with their family. FlexJobs and Simply Hired can make that happen.



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New ViaSat Service Lets You Work Anywhere

My brother-in-law lives in New Jersey, so far from civilization the UPS driver asked if he was in a witness protection program. In fact, he’s so far out in the sticks he’s lucky to have electricity, nevermind broadband service.

If you live out in the boondocks you’ve probably looked into satellite Internet service, as he did. But what you (and he) found was expensive and slow, right?

Not anymore. ViaSat’s new Excede satellite broadband services will do just that—exceed your expectations. Now you can work online from almost anywhere.

You can get fast 12Mbs download service for as low as $50 a month. That gets you 7.5 Gb of download volume a month, or about 40,000 emails without attachments, 6000 emails with attachments, 16000 web pages, or 800 minutes of streaming video. More or less. And you can also have all-you-can-eat downloads from midnight to 5am that won’t count as part of your data usage.

Forty thousand emails not enough? You can have twice that (15Gb) for $80/mo or 25Gb for $130/mo—and you still get the free data usage from midnight to 5am.

Incidentally, if you need high speed Internet access in your business jet or if you own an airliner Excede In-flight can help you out too. They have the first service that guarantees 12Mbs to every seat. JetBlue is already offering it.

And get this, the ViaSat-1 satellite has more capacity than all other communications satellites combined. So if you need high speed data on a ship or yacht, a TV news van, or a fire truck they’ve got you covered. Literally.

I’ve got a new tag line for them: Think Of The Possibilities

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Top Industries and Careers for Work At Home Jobs

Substantial growth in telecommuting jobs over the last five years means that work from home jobs almost definitely exist in your career field.

Most people, when they hear about working from home, like the idea but aren’t sure how it could actually work for them. There are so many questions – are work from home jobs available in my career field? How do I find out what telecommuting jobs are available?

To figure out what jobs exist and how you can transition your career into telecommuting, let’s take a look at the top five industries for telecommuting jobs. The Flexible Jobs Index (FJI) is a monthly report that details the state of the flexible job market, including telecommuting and work at home jobs.

According to the September 2012 FJI just released, the following five fields have the most openings for flexible jobs. To give you an idea of what’s available , we’ve taken a look at some of the most common telecommuting jobs listed within each category. You can learn more about each job by just clicking its link—but there are lots more  at FlexJobs if these aren’t what you’re looking for.

Medical & Health

  • Medicare Sales Representative: Duties include making presentations, building book of business, working at health fairs and developing broker relationships.
  • Utilization Management Nurse: Licensed RN with managed care experience will review proposed medical services and plans of care and determine if medically necessary and appropriate.
  • Health Education Specialist, Senior: Provide consultation services for wellness programs and oversee program development and planning.

Customer Service

  • Customer Service Associate: The Customer Service Associate will work for healthcare organization conducting customer service activities on a full time schedule.
  • Travel Counselor: Coordinate business travel arrangements for corporate clients. Provide counseling to clients on efficient and cost effective routes, fares/exchange rates and visa/passport requirements.
  • Tech Support Technician I: Duties include troubleshooting/resolving customer issues and providing product/service information.


  • Administrative Assistant: Manage bookkeeping, make deposits, reconcile charges, take meeting minutes, manage emails & voicemails, track contributions, and other duties.
  • Scheduler: The PRN Scheduler will perform scheduling activities for patient tests, admissions, and authorizations while providing excellent customer services
  • Executive Assistant: Educational nonprofit seeking an individual to perform administrative duties/support & provide personal assistant support to the Executive Director.

Education & Training

  • Curriculum Developers: Part-time Curriculum Developers are needed to analyze discipline needs, gather data, develop curriculum outlines, and propose design tools for the discipline.
  • Science Teacher: Teach basic science related courses to students in grades 9-12.
  • Early Childhood Development Instructor: Part time virtual instructor position open to candidates with an advanced degree in Education and prior professional and teaching experience.


  • Sales Executive: Will be responsible for supporting new and existing insurance members while working full time and telecommuting from home.
  • Manager, Business Development: B2B sales hunter will use cold calling, prospecting, networking and relationship building to generate new business opportunities.
  • Inbound Sales and Care Representative: Duties include taking inbound calls & selling products/services.

While this overview provides a good idea of what’s available in the top five flexible job industries, there are over 50 job categories to browse at FlexJobs, so to find the type of telecommuting job you’re looking for, take a look at the new jobs posted every day in these 50 job categories.

Brie Weiler Reynolds wrote this guest post. She’s the Content and Social Media Manager at FlexJobs, the award-winning site for telecommuting and flexible job listings, and a former career advisor. At FlexJobs, Brie offers job seekers career and work-life balance advice through the FlexJobs Blog and social media.

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Transcription Jobs Scam

GMR Transcription posted a comment here that they’re looking for transcriptionists who can work from home.

Maybe, maybe not.

There’s a whole thread of comments on a forum about GMR being a scam.

Watch out for GMR Transcription. They say they hire transcriptionists. You transcribe a sample audio and then they immediately send it back and say you made several errors, yet they will not let you see the corrections! Then right below that message, there is a place you can click on to “become a certified transcriptionist.” That leads you to a site where you can PAY for a course in transcription. I have been transcribing for major companies for 30 plus years. I have a bachelor’s degree in business. Yet my sample was immediately turned down by them. I hate to see these scams out there when people need jobs so badly. It’s just not fair. I wish we could stop them.

Read the rest for yourself at scam.com


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