10 Best Work-from-Home Careers :
If the thought of daily travel from your home to your workplace and back makes you cringe, or you are tired of the corporate environment, you still have a great chance of making a successful, financially rewarding career. Here is a list of 10 freelance jobs that allow you to work from the comfort of your home, and with the right amount of requisite training, to succeed financially at it.
1. Management analyst
Subject matter experts are very highly respected in their area of work, and are generally well paid too. This means that if you are an expert in a certain business area, you can make yourself a healthy living by advising other companies or businesses – as a professional management analyst. These professionals generally work on a consultancy basis, and can carry out most of their operations from home.
Most management analysts are required to have at least a bachelor’s degree to go along with extensive experience in their area of work.
Average salary in 2009: $84,650
2. Web developer
The job of a web developer is to develop websites, website components or internet applications for their clients. This work is mainly technical, and can be carried out from any computer with the necessary software installed on it.
Successful web developers generally have a bachelor’s degree in computer science (or related fields), along with a creative eye.
Average salary in 2009: $70,930
3. Technical writer
As new technologies crop up left, right and center, there is a dire need for people who can write about it in a language that the common man can understand. This is the job of technical writers. Many instruction manuals, FAQs, brochures and how-to guides are written by these professionals.
Technical writers need to excellent at English language, and people holding a degree in it are always preferred.
Average salary in 2009: $65,610
4. Public relations specialist
Almost all businesses have a need build goodwill and positive brand image in front of the public. This is where the public relation specialists step in. Common jobs of PR specialists would include writing press releases, training business owners about media positioning, addressing the media and communicating with the user base.
For an entry level PR job, one requires to hold a bachelor’s degree in public relations, or any other related field such as journalism, communication and so on.
Average salary in 2009: $59,370
5. Interior designer
Interior designers are tasked with the making the interiors of buildings pleasing to the eye while being practically usable. They combine the principles of art and architecture to come up with these designs. Most interior designers work freelance, and on a project basis.
Interior designers generally complete an associate degree in interior design, although a bachelor’s degree along with a complete design internship is preferred.
Average salary in 2009: $51,990
6. Graphic designer
A graphic designers’ job includes using computer software to generating graphics for websites, designing logos, brochures, advertisements, presentations and other such material.
The most common approach is to earn a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. You do need to have decent creative ability to succeed at this type of work.
Average salary in 2009: $47,820
Turned off by the extremely busy and hectic restaurant lives, many chefs turn to a freelancing catering business. Here, they prepare food for special occasions for their clients. Although this is a much more hands-on job, the panning and clientele development part of the business can be done from home.
Most successful caterers have decent experience of working with various restaurants, along with an associate degree in the field of culinary arts.
Average salary in 2009: $44,240
8. Mental health counselor
Mental health counselors treat patients suffering from a variety of mental health ailments such as anxiety, stress, depression, addiction and so on. Many freelance professionals in this field conduct their counseling sessions (which form a majority of their work) at their homes.
A master’s degree in mental health is a requisite to become an expert in this field.
Average salary in 2009: $41,710
9. Massage therapist
Assuming that you are comfortable with rubbing a stranger’s back, massage therapy is a fairly rewarding career. These professionals help reduce their clients’ stress by soothing their overworked muscles and using other similar techniques to relax and heal the body.
Massage therapists gain their license to practice by completing an affiliated massage therapy program.
Average salary in 2009: $39,780
10. Customer service representative
Customer service representatives handle client calls and carry out other telecommunication duties. A large number of companies are outsourcing these jobs to people working from home.
The educational requirement for this field is minimal, but some blue chip companies prefer people with a degree in communications, or related work experience.
Average salary in 2009: $32,410
Career training for a home-based career
You can train yourself and gain a degree in almost any of these home-based professions, regardless of your current level of education or nature of work. There are lots of convenient online training and degree programs, which means you can do them simultaneously with your current full-time profession.
What do you think – which freelancers have the best salaries in 2010. ?