In a COVID-19 world, going to work can look like many things. For most members of the modern workforce, your commute is as long as it takes to walk from your bedroom to your home office and attending meetings is as simple as following a link to the video conferencing platform of your choosing. Others may be returning to newly socially distanced shared workspaces in order to find a quiet space outside of the home.
In March of 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced millions of employees around the world to transition to remote work, some thought this would be a temporary transition while others were delighted to try out remote work for the first time. Now, many months after COVID-19 shut down on-site offices, some organizations are beginning to return to in-person business in limited capacities, allowing people to work flexible hours and choose where they are most productive.
If your employer hasn’t rolled out a flexible remote work policy, how many of you have Googled your role...but “from home” or “from anywhere”? While some companies have extended their remote work policies indefinitely, others are allowing or requiring employees to return to the office soon. If your employer isn’t allowing for flexibility, it may be in your best interest to begin a new “work from anywhere” job search. Here are the top 10 jobs you can work from anywhere in 2020.
One job that requires little face-to-face interaction is programming, since much of the work involves solo tasks. However, most coders and developers are part of a project team, and collaboration and the ability to video conference with colleagues are necessary. Remote developers benefit from tools such as Slack, Trello, and other collaboration and project management applications.
Similarly, IT jobs thrive in a remote setting. Employers and clients look for experts in troubleshooting networks, providing security, and other services, all of which can be effectively done from home. Remote IT positions can securely connect through Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and complete almost any task.
With advances in medicine and changes in how healthcare is administered, more patients can receive care at home from visiting nurses. Healthcare providers and nurses benefit from virtual office solutions, like mobile phone integration with phone systems, that keep remote workers connected to their employer.
Medical coding is also a popular remote job in healthcare. Remote access to email, office messaging and other unified communications applications help keep a remote nurse in the loop at the hospital or doctor's office.
Due to the proliferation of remote-friendly shared work platforms, countless jobs are handled today by freelancers. In addition to coding and programming, there are many opportunities for writers, video editors, web producers, web developers, tutors, marketers, virtual assistants, and other skilled professionals to earn money without having to leave their homes or favorite coffee shops.
Freelance work can also involve nontechnical tasks, such as dog walking, house sitting, and wedding and event photography. Whether your freelance work keeps you tethered to a laptop or has you out in the park with a pack of dogs, you'll need technology to manage your workload and turn gigs into a career.
Another remote-friendly job, either a freelance or full-time remote employment situation, deals with numbers. Businesses have long reached out to accounting and bookkeeping services rather than take on the expense of a full-time bookkeeper or controller.
Retail and restaurants can effortlessly export point of sale (POS) data to a file that can be reconciled with accounting and invoicing software remotely.
Sales is a time-honored field for those who enjoy working away from the office. Road warriors log miles visiting clients and prospects, becoming comfortable with setting up remote offices in hotels and at their home base. While many popular CRM solutions are cloud-based, eliminating the need for checking in to a home office, sales teams can still benefit from video conferencing tools.
With services such as GoToMeeting, Cisco WebEx, Zoom, Skype for Business, and many others, not only can sales meetings occur with participants strewn all over the globe, but sales employees can also more effectively present to potential customers from a distance.
Smart video conference cameras, such as the Meeting Owl, help to create a more natural meeting presence. With a 360° camera and high-quality audio, an intelligent video conference camera can bring virtual meetings to life, increasing sales department efficiency and success.
If you're fluent in multiple languages, consider translation jobs. Companies hire translators to translate documents and create subtitles for videos. In some cases, translators might even use their translation skills for interpretation over-the-phone and via video conferencing.
Is there a specific industry, topic, or business function you have a lot of experience in? Consulting can be a great fit for those who want to work remotely. You'll work with businesses and entrepreneurs and help them with your specific area of expertise. Common consulting careers include law, human resources, IT, financial, social media, and marketing consulting.
It is no secret that customer-facing positions are some of the most important roles at organizations and these same organizations often offer support 24/7, with this winning combination of dominant and in-demand it is no surprise that remote customer service positions are so coveted at the moment. Additionally, modern customer service roles often entail interacting with customers through multiple channels such as email, live chatting, phone calls, and through social media.
With the future of education and training looking remote for the foreseeable future, there is in-turn a rise in need for tech savvy educators and trainers. Due to COVID-19 leading more students than ever to online classes, it’s no surprise that the need for remote educators has grown as well. Virtual educators of all kinds are being hired daily, including K-12 teachers and tutors, college adjunct instructors and professors, and specialized trainers.
Whether you caught the remote work bug when COVID-19 led you to working from home or you have long been an advocate for the work from anywhere lifestyle, the right flexible-schedule job is out there for you.
Editor's note: This post was originally published on May 21, 2020. It has been updated and republished for thoroughness and accuracy.