Popular Telecommuting Careers
We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite fields that allow for remote/telecommuting opportunities. Enjoy!
Account managers are typically responsible for the management of sales, and relationships with particular customers (current and potential). They are not generally responsible for managing the daily running of the account, rather, they focus on the relationship with the client of the account(s) for which they are assigned. This is similar to a public relations role. Because a good portion of the time is spent on the phone, account managers are easily able to work remotely from home. Some popular companies that hire them include Dell, UnitedHealth Group, and Ingersoll Rand. In most environments the business developers (or sales team) seek out new clients, and once they come on board, the account manager is who they communicate with. Because they often manages the sales team, they are typically compensated with a base salary plus commission.
Administrative and Clerical
Administrative work needs to be performed at nearly every type of business, so it’s no surprise that these jobs are always in demand. There are currently over 4 million administrative jobs across the U.S., and that number is projected to increase by more than a half-million in the coming decade. This type of work is a natural fit for the telecommuting world, and positions for virtual assistants, data entry and transcription professionals, clerks, as well as executive assistants are easy to come by.
Business Development (aka “Biz Dev”), in its simplest form, is growing an organization through a variety of tasks and processes. The job responsibilities tends to be a mix-mash of sales, management, and marketing. Being able to think creatively and have effective communication skills are essential. The lines between them and account management can be blurry at times, but the thing to remember is that the objective of the business developer is to grow the business. Fortunately many companies allow their business developers to work from home, as the need for them to be on the premises is not always needed. Typically, they will seek out new clients and customers. Once they come on board, it is the account manager with whom they will communicate with. Biz Devs need to possess good interpersonal skills if they are to acquire new clients.
Customer service representatives are responsible for providing product and/or service information to customers, troubleshooting problems, and escalating issues to higher level support if necessary. It is crucial that the representatives have exceptional communication skills in order to convey appropriate information to the customers. Many of these roles have various tiers of support, and with each tier comes more knowledge and responsibility. Though to some this may seem as a stepping-stone type of position, there will always be a demand for technical support, no matter how good technology gets. Some would even argue that the more technology increases, the more support we need!
If you enjoy helping others learn information and acquire new skills, then you’ll likely find a career in education to be very fulfilling. Jobs in education exist in many different environments, ranging from public schools and universities to corporate boardrooms and private courses. As Baby Boomers continue to retire, there are constantly new openings. The bright news for those seeking this type of career is that the industry is beginning to adopt a friendlier attitude to telecommuters. Whether you’re an instructor, tutor, coach, curriculum developer or more, there are plenty of these opportunities awaiting.
With an aging Baby Boomer population and improvements in longevity care, the healthcare industry is growing at a significantly faster pace than much of the economy. You don’t need to be a doctor, nurse, or even knowledgeable in the sciences to make it in the health industry—there are endless possibilities for case managers, data entry specialists, customer service representatives, consultants, and more. This industry has embraced the telecommuting culture wholeheartedly, and working remotely for the largest health care corporations in the country is perfectly feasible. Some popular companies that hire include UnitedHealth Group, Aetna, and WellPoint.
Information Technology (“IT”) is a field that we telecommuters are grateful for, as it is the main reason we’re able to work from home! Information technology refers to anything related to computing and networking, such as the internet, network security, software, telecommunications equipment, etc., that allows for processing and distribution of data. Some popular IT fields that can be done remotely include internet security, remote support specialists, business architects and more. Database Administrators (DBAs) are also high in demand, as DBAs are responsible for data storage and data retrieval. Some popular companies that hire in this capacity include Microsoft, Dell, and Xerox. These are some of the ‘heavy hitters’ in the job market, but there are also many smaller companies that are in need of IT support.
With the increase in the number of legal tasks that can be performed offsite, many options are opening up for paralegals, legal assistants, and other legal jobs that involve large amounts of research and writing. The legal sector traditionally pays well above the national median, so working within this sector is a great way to earn a large paycheck. While certain jobs require a bachelor’s degree and a J.D., there are still many opportunities for those who lack a formal legal education to pursue a career in this sector. Phone consultations are one of the many ways in which income can be earned, and if you’ve ever been in need of legal assistance, you know this can be quite costly! A flexible legal career was at one time impossible, but today’s jobseekers are in luck.
All companies require managers to take responsibility over the functioning and efficiency of their business operations. Managerial positions are typically high paying, which corresponds to the years of education and experience required to secure many of these jobs. While once just a pipedream for managers, there are now many telecommuting positions available at all levels. Some of the largest corporations in the country now allow their managers to work remotely at least part-time, while other jobs are set up to be full time positions. Though many organizations promote management from within, a lot are seeking talent outside of their organization. Flexible positions aren’t just for entry level managerial jobs—plenty of options exist for Regional Directors, Vice Presidents, Administrative Managers, and more.
Though the job description for project managers may differ from company to company, generally this work involves the process of activity and planning in order to produce a specific product, service, or result. They may work with upper level managers to coordinate efforts so that deadlines are met and costs are within the allocated budget. The skills that project managers possess are leadership, time management, communication, and analytical skills. Many information technology project managers work remotely, as IT is one industry that tends to hire a lot of offsite workers.
The most important skill required for a career in sales is the ability to communicate effectively with customers. A successful salesperson knows the best time to talk and when it’s ideal to listen to the customer’s needs to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction. These people tend to work closely with business developers in order to acquire new customers. While the stereotypical sales job is associated with an office setting, an increasing number of telecommuting sales jobs with flexible hours are springing up.
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