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10 Perfect Jobs For You if You Want to Work from Home

10 Perfect Jobs For You if You Want to Work from Home

The idea of working from home (productively) and acting as your own boss sounds incredibly appealing to many stuck in the daily grind. But what careers are conducive to freelancing—and actually making a living? Assuming you’ve got the talent, passion and drive to work from home, what does it take? The following list details the jobs that you can most likely do fully from home or at least supplement your income through freelancing.

1. Graphic Artist

Sure, you can go to college for graphic arts and hone those skills, but the best tools to have in your arsenal include experience and software. A graphic designer who can not only prove he or she is worth $35 an hour, but also has the portfolio to back it up, will likely earn a new client. Toting a MacBook Pro equipped with your own legally-obtained software (Adobe Creative Suite or at least Photoshop) will sell you as a worthy professional and not some high school dropout doodler.

The strongest advice available for anyone interested in taking his or her talents on the road or online is to study up on marketing and self-promotion. These are the business skills one must have in order to successfully work from home because finding your client comes down to selling yourself and your skills.

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2. Music Teacher

Though you don’t have to be a guitar teacher to work as a freelance music instructor, teaching guitar allows flexibility and easier access to online lessons. Drum and piano teachers certainly can teach online as well as in-home, but guitar teachers have an easier time of it. Music teachers on all instruments have the ability to not only teach from their own homes or offices but also to teach as an independent contractor from a local music school. Getting a job as a music teacher in a well-known chain store often means having experience playing and teaching, as well as a degree.

3. Illustrator/Artist

Working as an illustrator means having the skills to take the imaginations of others and transform them into images. Illustrators often work with authors for anything from children’s books to graphic novels, and illustrators are a different class of creative talent than artists or painters. Fine arts and illustration are two separate fields. Some of the best ways to find clients as an illustrator include networking at conventions where independent authors gather, as well as through word of mouth (as with most professions, whether freelancing or not).

4. Social Media Manager

Social media and its multitude of platforms are not going away. If anything, more and more outlets exist for social media, from Facebook to Snapchat. Understanding how to use these platforms to boost a business’s SEO and drive traffic to a company’s website is a critical need. Most small businesses as well as larger corporations still don’t have someone dedicated and knowledgeable enough to manage social media according to an integrated strategic marketing plan. If tweeting according to dedicated hashtags and sharing infographics that encourage click-through action from Pinterest is something you excel at, you can most certainly market yourself as a social media manager. Work from anywhere with an Internet connection!

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5. Writer

You may not make a million dollars writing the next great American novel, but if you have the skills it takes to pore over brochures and edit technically then you can make a freelance career as a writer. Working from home as a writer means you can do anything from copy editing to content creation because you have the mastery of grammar as well as the background to communicate effectively, which is one of the most highly sought-after traits for potential employees. Many journalists start out as copy editors and move up to managing editors, but you don’t have to work at the local or city paper–you can just as easily market yourself and work from home.

6. Web Developer

Most people interested in web development have gone to college to earn a bachelor’s degree, but again experience and knowledge are the leaders in this industry. Anyone with a sharp portfolio and a decent client list can start selling web development services online and from home. Many web developers work at a job and freelance in their free time. Staying up-to-date with coding makes web developers better.

7. Photographer

Though you may wish to make a living photographing red carpet events and your favorite concerts, you are more likely to make a decent living as a freelance photographer providing clients with a service; photographing anything from jewelry in an independent store for the website or brochure, to helping insurance adjusters. Even contractors and small businesses selling repair services could use professional photographs to make their products and finished results pop. So, if you’ve got a talent and a passion for photography, invest in the right lighting and lenses and market yourself as a freelance photographer.

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8. Coach or Tutor

More and more parents choose to homeschool their children, so if you have an advanced degree and a knack for explaining difficult concepts, then you could make a living consulting as a tutor or even a coach for sports. Students who learn from home will usually need a tutor for at least one subject. Try looking into groups and networks for home-schooled children in your area. Look into what sports programs are available after class from local high schools and even middle schools because if sports, art or music have been cut you can develop an after-school program that could supplement your income from teaching in-home.

9. Software Engineer

If you have a professional engineer’s license and want the flexibility of freelancing as a software engineer, then you certainly have the capability to make a good bit of money. Though the requirement of holding a license varies by state, you will certainly want to show professional accreditation or certification before offering freelance software engineering services. The main reason an individual would choose to trade a salary starting at $85,000 is the freedom that freelancing offers. Money is almost a given in this industry if you know what you’re doing.

10. App Developer

Apps truly are the future as mobile media increases. More than 60 percent of people check mobile devices while watching TV and sleep with their smartphones next to their beds, according to a June 2013 report on staticbrain.com. The ability to create apps means that you can sell services to individuals as well as small businesses. With a truly innovative creation, your app alone could make you rich. The keyboard player of Dream Theater started working with developers to bring his musical innovations to life (search for Jordan Rudess and his MorphWiz app).

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Working from home and freelancing to supplement a regular salary afford individuals the flexibility to pursue their passions their own way. Marketing yourself as an independent contractor is the key to success, but once mastered, working from home can mean the freedom to take a month off to travel, as well as work 20 hours a day to afford the trip.

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5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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