I've realized that working from home/remotely is one of my ultimate career goals

Snarelure
Snarelure

I've realized that working from home/remotely is one of my ultimate career goals. Every time I look online to find more info the top results are some generic website giving "The 10 best (and real) work-at-home jobs" and then rattle off hardly livable careers like Translator and Teacher.

What are some companies and careers that make working from home a pleasure and enjoy the flexibility?

Are any of you currently holding a work from home occupation and making a decent living wage?

I am in Southern California for reference.

Booteefool
Booteefool

@Snarelure
Working at home is a meme. The truest shit is owning your business and cutting your hours so you can be home.

I wouldn't want to work at home, I'd get too distracted.

The real dream is a business that I can manage for 5-10 hours a week and pay others to do the rest.

This can be sold for a lot of money because anyone could use your business model and your duties are easily replaceable by new management.

Most people start businesses and their business relies on them so much, it's an unsellable job even though they might make good money.

Playboyize
Playboyize

@Snarelure
Online instructor at 3 universities. It's literally brainless work for a few hours per day at most.

"Learning designers" and "content specialists" compile EVERYTHING, the online instructor is literally a glorified forum administrator. Once a month I have to grade papers but since I'm the moderator, I spend the time leading up to then making sure students keep it simple, short and sweet.

On a daily basis I click the "view all unread replies", answer easy questions, deflect hard questions back at the students and move on to the next class. Some days I work less than 10 minutes because students are the ones busy working on papers... They don't have the time to engage in discussions.

One university pays $51 ph, one pays $44 ph, one pays $121 ph.

No timesheets, just set hours per week and marking is typically paid separately.

Hourly rate is misleading. For example I'm paid 6hrs per week for the $121 university, yet that'd take up 15 minutes each day for 4 days. Work 1hr, paid for 6. Same story for other two.

I'm riding this motherfucker until it crashes

happy_sad
happy_sad

I've been an online translator for a couple years and then transitioned to Copywriting.

Now I make ~$2.5k/month working for less than 10hrs/week.

Working from home is not really accurate. Working online is a more truthful description, because I can work wherever I want (plane, coffee shop, beach, library, etc.) and I travel with my laptop as a personal ATM that spits out money when I need it.

Another benefit of working online is that you constantly grow your portfolio and authority in the niche you're working in.
I've been doing Copywriting for almost 4 years now and my rates are only going up as I cut off the lower-paying clients and find new ones who are willing to pay more.

I now have a skill that will get me paid even if I'm dropped into an unfamiliar city with nothing but my laptop and an internet connection.

I believe that's what it's all about.

My advice for someone who is just beginning their journey and thinking of whether it's better to work for some company or to try and do something for themselves is this:

read
"The Richest Man in Babylon" by George Samuel Clason;
"The Millionaire Fastlane" by M. J. DeMarco

There are audiobooks of both of these so you can listen while driving, cooking, etc.

While my journey is far from over, I'm currently working on my own business and product, because after working online I experienced a lot and I would have killed for knowledge like that when I started.

I'll be lurking around so if anyone has any questions - go ahead.

Spazyfool
Spazyfool

@Playboyize

Are they online-only Universities you work for? That lifestyle sounds ideal.

How do you position yourself to get those kinds of jobs?

Illusionz
Illusionz

@Booteefool
the real dream is making money forever from your yutube videos which never stop getting views

lol at commuting

Sir_Gallonhead
Sir_Gallonhead

@happy_sad
what ;languages do you speak?

farquit
farquit

@Sir_Gallonhead
English-Lithuanian

5mileys
5mileys

@farquit
interesting. What work is there in translation. You mentioned you do copywriting. What are some examples of other niche fields?

askme
askme

@5mileys
Well as I said I transitioned away from translation as the work became really mind-numbing and the pay wasn't worth the time even if I charged $0.15 per source word.

Now I write advertisements, sales letters, VSL's and a whole lot of other stuff that's making people click "Buy Now". It's really interesting once you get into it.

Other niches where you can do the same thing I did are:

Web Developers;
Programming;
Design;
Mobile Developers;
Customer Service;
Accountants;
etc.

If you can do something valuable on the computer - you can do it wherever you want and get paid.

SomethingNew
SomethingNew

@Snarelure
avoid the internet marketing scams.

this is a good place to start.

taylorpearson.me/archive

Is a whole skillset but is worthwhile.

whereismyname
whereismyname

Alot of traditional employers or white collar office faggots are moving to more remote workers. I am thinking about taking that ride myself. More and more people I know in financial services and insurance are doing this. I'm still working on the pros/cons

Pros
No more commute ( not A huge deal since my commute is 15 minutes)
No more fucking around getting ready for work
Work in comfortable home office
Be able to shitpost all day and Internet my balls off

cons
Isolation
Not being visible in the office could effect advancement.

It would save me about an hour and a half a day. Money savings are a wash. Would save about as much in gas as I would pay for a dedicated phone line.

Idk fuck office life.

cum2soon
cum2soon

@whereismyname
tfw speak rare languages in western country
parental issues make me not want to utilize my fluency because I hate those languages
know that any work I get for my language skills will be shitty, dangerous, of top secret

I always thought I could go to the CIA but that won't make me an alpha.

Methnerd
Methnerd

@Spazyfool
No, online-only are more often than not for-profit memes

I graduated from 1 of the 3 I currently work for and had a good rapport with the staff/lecturers which lead to an offer of employment during a visit to say "hello". It was literally one of those "I fell into a job" moments.

I started off online, then did online and face-to-face instruction because I knew it would help establish me in the staff clique, then decided to go travelling so went back to just online.

Networking lead to the other 2 jobs (colleagues who got new jobs recommending me at their new place) and I've never met colleagues from those 2 in person as they're in entirely different states.

BlogWobbles
BlogWobbles

You can start your own ebay business. You work as much as you want, and from your house.

I did this, and made some decent money, but I live on probably the most fucked up taxing hellhole of a country, and fucking goverment stole like the 95% of my income.

Spazyfool
Spazyfool

@SomethingNew
I was prepared to pour derision on you for spreading some guru-shit or crap info, but that site was really top notch with some next-level stuff. Thanks.

lostmypassword
lostmypassword

@Spazyfool
site was really top notch
next-level stuff

TurtleCat
TurtleCat

@lostmypassword
It's real horrorshow, man.

TechHater
TechHater

@Snarelure

I am in Southern California for reference.

When writing about remote working your place of resicende has little to now relevance. However you mentioned nothing about your age, experience or degees. You put the focus in the wrong spot.

BinaryMan
BinaryMan

@happy_sad
which websites are better to work with as a translator?

GoogleCat
GoogleCat

@BlogWobbles
germoney? fuck , i hate this country

StrangeWizard
StrangeWizard

@TurtleCat
vidi well mah droog

Fuzzy_Logic
Fuzzy_Logic

I work from home developing medical software. Life is 11/10

Learn to program. A good deal of us telecommute.

Nojokur
Nojokur

@Fuzzy_Logic
How did you get started working from home? Don't have my CS degree yet but I work in an office, wouldn't mind working from home for all the time I spend slacking off when work is slow.

Nude_Bikergirl
Nude_Bikergirl

I'm in college for Mechanical engineering.
Could working from home be in my future?

PackManBrainlure
PackManBrainlure

@Nojokur
Truth is I have no degree. Programing is one of the last frontiers in the sense that it's about what you can do, not about what a degree says you can do.

I met a guy in the industry, became close with him, he told me if I learned this archaic language in 2 months he would get me a job in the ac.

I had never dealt with computers in my life, starred grinding, figured it out, and now I make 110k/year developing this software for a certain chain of hospitals. He made 480k last year.

Firespawn
Firespawn

@PackManBrainlure
That's cool. People keep saying you can make big bucks if you learn COBOL and shit but I thought it was just a meme.
How often do you meet face to face with your employer/team leader or whatever?

RavySnake
RavySnake

@Fuzzy_Logic
how do you find clients? Im a software dev trying to get freelance/remote work going but I keep running into clients/recruiters looking for an office worker

Fuzzy_Logic
Fuzzy_Logic

@RavySnake
A lot of those jobs start off as small gigs like making websites for businesses. You can then turn basic maintenance on those gigs into billable hours.

Even Craigslist has tech gigs, and freelance programming sites are all about producing content for cheaper than Pajeet can.

Spazyfool
Spazyfool

@RavySnake
Also, don't forget that you can look for gigs outside your residence -- try major metropolitan areas all over your country and see who bites. You can shotgun them, you don't have to reply to every answer you get.

Supergrass
Supergrass

@Firespawn
If COBOL were a Ferrari, this language would be a broken down 1991 ford tempo.

I never have and never will meet them face to face. We have online meetings regularly but it's only audio. Sometimes we screen share.

It couldn't be better. Seriously. Learn to program and find a niche market where most telecommute.

Nude_Bikergirl
Nude_Bikergirl

@RavySnake
I don't know who the other 2 guys are.

Medical software. Look into it.

Anything that has to be regularly maintained.

Crazy_Nice
Crazy_Nice

@PackManBrainlure
What language?

cum2soon
cum2soon

@Crazy_Nice
Don't wanna divulge that. It's niche and keeps rates high. You can figure it out if you're diligent enough.

Bidwell
Bidwell

@Supergrass
I never have and never will meet them face to face.
Ah that really surprises me, I always thought it was more like "1 day at the office, 4 days at home" or something.

lostmypassword
lostmypassword

@Snarelure
Day trading

kizzmybutt
kizzmybutt

@Bidwell
Nope. We get contracts that span about a year. The team is spread out all over the country and we work together.

The company we get contracts from is clear across the country.

Hence the value in a niche market. There aren't many of us and they can't expect us to live near them.

Techpill
Techpill

@cum2soon
Aka javascript kek

TreeEater
TreeEater

@Fuzzy_Logic
@Spazyfool
yeah I see a lot of wordpress/ecommerce type stuff, Im not a webdesigner though and I definitely dont intend to go that route

@Supergrass
@Nude_Bikergirl
alright niche software.. ill give this some thought and have a look around, thanks

Emberfire
Emberfire

@Techpill
Way off. It it was javascript id just say so.

Everyone already knows what that is.

TalkBomber
TalkBomber

@TreeEater
Niche "language".

Good luck and hopefully you join the easy Street work from home master race.

SniperWish
SniperWish

@BinaryMan
I started in the old Elance/Odesk days and now we have Upwork that takes a big chunk of your earnings.

There's a website called ProZ.com where a lot of experts and expert clients do business. It's a bit too strict for my taste and you'll have to post your CV every time just to get into the "selection process".

If you're into that and have a decent portfolio - go for it, the effort could land you a high-paying gig.

Otherwise I would try Upwork because it's more responsive and if you stand out of the competition (instead of writing proposals, make a video proposal of yourself talking about the job), you'll move up from all the mediocre translators.

ZeroReborn
ZeroReborn

Create an llc get an ffl sell gunsome from home, no overhead, yearly costs for everything is about $150. if you sell nfa items, silencers etc add 500 a year for the license.

StonedTime
StonedTime

@Snarelure
Have a friend that lives in Seattle working at home for Apple making $17 a hour full time.

FastChef
FastChef

@Snarelure
Work from home two days a week
civil servant
You're never going to be rich if you're just in that profession though. I make a comfortable amount but that's all. Just putting a grand into index funds every month. Hopefully they'll provide me with a basic income soon and I'll have no worries.

New_Cliche
New_Cliche

@Illusionz
youtube videos are a real business

No that's a job. Google is taking all your spoils.

Dreamworx
Dreamworx

itt: soft skills trump technical skills
I tucked up my grades
I tucked up my experience
I tucked up by not moving states
I tucked up my health
I tucked up my skills
I tucked up my education
i'm 27
I'm about ready to die.
I don't think I'll come to Veeky Forums anymore.
Maybe I should just sink myself in to debt and be a perpetual student studying graphic design.
Because duck it, at this stage I'm such a ducking failure I might as well find something I enjoy and let it kill me.

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