Want to work from home but don’t want the hassle of getting a degree?
There are many ways to work from home while making decent (or even great!) money.
You’re not just limited to working from home either. If you dream about working remotely and traveling the world, these jobs are a great option for you.
I’ve been working and traveling full-time now as a digital nomad, and I’ve been loving every minute of it!
For some of these jobs, you will need to develop skills and hustle, but a full-blown degree won’t be required.
8 million Americans work full-time from home
1. Full Stack Web Developer – $50,000 – $117,000
Education needed: 10-week bootcamp
If you’re interested in tech and have fun building things and solving hard problems, being a web developer could be the way for you to go. After attending a 10-12 week intensive coding bootcamp, you can land a very high-paying job immediately.
Some bootcamps such as AppAcademy boast as high of an average salary of $101,000 immediately out of graduation. Of course, they are located in San Francisco, so their cost of living is much higher.
I had taken a 10-week coding bootcamp called Lighthouse Labs. The average starting salary I would say is closer to $40,000. It was a very intense 10-week program, but everybody got a job after it was completed.
2. Social Media Manager – $37,000 – $81,000
Education needed: Marketing yourself well
If you’re a natural with social media, you could turn it into a career. The popularity of social media exploding in recent years. There is a high demand for social media managers to curate a brand’s social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
Social media managers respond to audience comments, create and share post images and videos, and manage partnerships with other brands.
If you have a robust online presence and take a few online courses such as Become a Pinterest VA, that could be enough to land you a job or some clients, here’s a great free resource to learn more about social media marketing.
3. SEO Specialist/Digital Marketer: $44,000 – $126,000
Education needed: Online training course or real-life experience
A website could have the best content in the world, but without a good SEO specialist or digital marketer, nobody will read it.
SEO is a result-based job. If you can deliver on your task of driving more traffic to a website, you will always have a job where you can work anywhere. It’s also a career where you have to stay regularly updated.
The best way to get experience, in the beginning, is to set up a website and try different strategies. You can also take a free course to learn more about SEO to get you started.
4. UI Designer: $48,000 – $102,000
Education needed: Online design courses and portfolio
For the artists out there who are savvy with technology, becoming a UI designer can be a chance to combine technology with your art skills.
Get started by taking an online design course. Then start building an online portfolio. If you can’t find paying clients right away, you can volunteer your services to friends and families or charity businesses. You can get the satisfaction of creating something beautiful and helping a good cause.
After you build up your portfolio, you can market yourself and find clients.
5. Inside Sales: $32,000 – $64,000
Education needed: None, but must be good at sales
If you can sell ice to an Eskimo, this is the job for you if you want to work from home. Your duties would be to outreach to potential clients to try to land sales meetings or to manage existing clients. Usually, it is done by email or phone, so working from home is a possibility.
The earning potential is unlimited if you’re right. The job usually works on a commission structure, but you can get base plus commission also.
It could be a stressful job, though, with stringent sales targets to hit and pressure from upper management.
6. Online Translator: $33,000 – $87,000
Education needed: Know another language
Know how to speak and write multiple languages? You’re in luck because you can probably land a job translating websites from one language to another.
7. Content Writer: $35,000 – $75,000
Education needed: None, but having specialized knowledge helps.
The more you write, and the better you get, the more clients you will land. The more knowledge about something you gain and the deeper you can go into one topic, the more likely you can create long-lasting clients.
As someone who has started freelance writing, I can tell you it’s a great path to take if you want to work from home. You also get the satisfaction of creating content that thousands of people can enjoy and benefit from.
I started with no professional writing experience, and today I have multiple clients I write for. I have a lot of experience in the finance industry, but that isn’t necessary as long as you’re a good writer.
8. Virtual Assistant: $18,000 – $45,000
Education needed: None, but online courses can help land you a client.
VA jobs are wide-ranging in scope and can be anything from simple data entry and calendar management, to taking on more advanced tasks such as simple digital marketing, preparing reports, and excel spreadsheet management.
Virtual assistants almost always work remotely, so if you want to work-from-home, this is an excellent job for you.
9. Online Coach: $27,000 – $73,000
Education needed: None, but know how to market yourself.
You would help clients either one-on-one or in a group to achieve their goals. There are many different types of coaches, such as fitness, investing, life, speech, leadership. The best way to get started is by starting a blog or training videos online and marketing yourself to potential clients.
10. Travel Agent: $27,000 – $48,000
Education needed: None
Travel Agents help plan out vacations for their clients. If you can brand yourself as an expert and specialize in providing specific niche type of trip such as African safaris, you can earn upwards of $100,000 a year.
11. Photographer: $24,000 – $53,000
Education needed: None, but a portfolio helps
12. Your Existing Job
Why not tap into your existing skillset? An excellent way to start working from home immediately is to find a remote job that you already qualify for. Employers are beginning to see the benefits of remote work, and it is becoming much more acceptable now.
There are so many ways to make money while working from anywhere. The key is to get good at something in high demand, and then the sky is the limit!
It wasn’t an easy journey for me to start working from home, but I’m glad I toughed it out.
I’ve worked online for the last couple of years and I don’t think I can go back to a regular office job. I’ve been able to travel the world and work whenever I want and I’ve been loving every minute of it.