It’s been just three months since the year 2020 started, yet the online jobs market has changed quite a bit. In part due to the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing necessity, and in part because of a shifting landscape of businesses around the world.
Despite widespread ‘unemployment’ panic, hundreds of job listings are found on Indeed, Glassdoor, FlexJobs, and other reputable job search websites. While full-time positions are not many, new openings for part-time consultants, assistants, coordinators, educators, etc. instill hope into hundreds of thousands of candidates struggling to find the best fitted remote job while coronavirus quarantine and anticipated the next ‘2008 financial crisis’ post-quarantine time according to experts.
No commute, flexible work hours, and a high salary is what we all wish after all.
Here, in this blog post (the one out of our part-time work from home series) we’ll focus on the online jobs that are best as they meet all the ‘best job’ expectations. To maximize your chances of getting a dream work-from-home job, we’ll also list online jobs that may seem worthy of applying, while they actually don’t (for several reasons).
To make the review objective and reliable, statistical data from PayScale, recent FlexJobs report, 1500 employee reviews, and recent job listings on Glassdoor, Indeed, FlexJobs,etc. were analyzed. 1257 open positions in marketing (including digital marketing), eLearning, IT, customer service, communications, business and management (posted in February-March) were scanned for remote job availability, employee satisfaction, hourly pay/salary, necessary skills, and qualifications.
6 Best Part-Time Work From Home Jobs To Apply Now [Skills Required]
If you ever wanted to work remotely, no matter part-time or full-time, the time has come to realize your dream and put professional and time management skills to test. Regardless of the career field, you are in now, if you are not happy with it, there is a chance to ditch your current position and explore another one from the comfort of your home.
The question is, would you?
[265 part-time copywriter jobs posted on Indeed; 101 job postings for the same search found on Glassdoor within 15 days]
Typically, a freelance writer (also known as a content writer, or copywriter) is a professional writer working on a self-employed basis. And, yes, while hundreds of thousands of freelance writers and copywriters prefer to work on a project-by-project basis as content contributors, ad copy creators, or bloggers, many more are employed within advertising and marketing departments. Naturally, anyone with a knack for persuasive writing, strong language skills (bilingual and multilingual copy creators are most in-demand), and an impressive work ethic can become a copywriter. And, going forward, any potential employee(or entrepreneur) needs to be skilled in copywriting to know how to sell not only the product, speech, or a book, but to sell his/herself for HR specialists.
Note: Even though there are differences between freelance writers, content writers, technical writers, and copywriters for the sake of this post’s focus on remote writing jobs, we will refer to them as a whole.
Industry/Industries: Marketing and Sales, Advertising, Business, Retail, Entertainment, Media, IT, Tourism, Hospitality and Management, etc.
Job Promotion largely depends on the industry a writer/copywriter is in. Possible career paths and prospects include marketing manager, art/creative director, content manager/strategist, and editor-in-chief positions.
Top-rated Recruiters Based on Glassdoor and Indeed Employee Ratings: Qualified Creatives, Firewood Marketing, Yummly, WebFX, Coalition Technologies, copywriting agencies worldwide.
Median salary largely depends on the industry a copywriter is in, copywriting experience and a set of skills. Individual contractors (freelance copywriters earn through a number of writing gigs rather than a normal monthly salary making it difficult to calculate their median salaries)
Yearly: $50-51K USD Hourly pay: $17-20 USD
Required Qualifications and Skills vary. Yet depending on the industry and recruiter, a set of both technical skills like HTML coding, WordPress, Microsoft Office Suite proficiency, basic Adobe Creative Suite and SEO (search engine optimization) knowledge, and soft skills, namely exceptional time and project management skills, strong work ethic and multitasking ability. “Copywriters, no matter remote or in-house, are deadline-driven deep thinkers, researchers, excellent communicators, speakers, and sellers”, says the recent job listings from WebFX – the truth that’s hard to beat.
Happen to be the one? Welcome to the creative copy wordsmith’s family!
Copywriters come from different educational backgrounds, with Communication, Marketing, Business, Public Relations, Journalism, English, and English Literature being the most prevalent.
Work Experience is somewhat important. Not more than your copywriting skills and impressive portfolio.
Predicted Job Growth for Writers and Authors (hence, copywriters as well) is…0% (!) according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018-2028). Well, not a big one for sure:). Honestly, we’d been expecting a much bigger demand for creative copywriters, speechwriters, screenwriters, marketing copywriters, editors, etc. as the IT industry booms, and feel the figures miscalculated. The possible reason behind the estimates that feel explicitly wrong might be an ever-growing number of freelance writers/copywriters working on a self-employed basis. Full time or part-time from home; just as you wish.
Competition is going to be rough. Get ready.
Employee Satisfaction is above average, earning 3.6 out of 5.0. Monetary reward is not the only condition that most copywriters feel satisfied with. Flexible work schedule, no or minimum home/work commute, and generous health benefits and perks are part of what copy professionals thank their lucky stars for.
The Pros of Becoming a Copywriter
Based on the 502 copywriter reviews on the PayScale the biggest pros are:
- Remote/Flexible work (improved work/life balance)
- “Satisfaction when my work is published elsewhere”
- No dress-code whatsoever (say yes to your PJs)
- “Creative freedom(well, at least in some cases)”
- “Something new all the time – various industries, topics, approaches, etc.”
The Cons of Becoming a Copywriter
Among the frequent cons of becoming a copywriter are:
- Disjointed, and disorganized in many ways, copy task assignment
- Lots of mundane edits and research (especially in the beginning)
- “Procrastination and distractions when no right words come but the project needs to be done”
Social Media Manager
[825 part-time social media manager jobs posted on Indeed; 338 job postings for the same search found on Glassdoor within 15 days]
Another part job from the creative field that apparently is not taken seriously by many employees. As the businesses grow, a great many Marketing and Advertising field professionals would be needed. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018-2028), there is a predicted job growth of 8%(higher than average) for marketing managers, including social media marketing experts. The digital nature of work and recent advancements in telecommunications, many companies seek remote employees for their social media channels. In fact, social media marketing specialists, social media managers/coordinators, digital marketing managers, Public Affairs specialists March-April 2020 openings accounted for 1000+ positions on Indeed and Glassdoor, with at least half of them being part-time and remote.
What are you waiting for?
Industry/Industries As social networking platforms are mostly employed by 7 industries that benefit most from social media according to SocialMediaToday, it is likely that entertainment, real estate, marketing, retail, education, restaurant, and fashion industries are among the most frequent recruiters. But it is equally important to note that as everyone’s digital presence expands, you could expect more and more job offers from all across the industries. It is also possible for people hiring social media managers for personal social accounts, and not for business.
Job Promotion prospects range from digital marketing managers and promotions managers to content managers, brand strategists, creative directors, etc. However, many choose to become social media influencers and be self-employed once they have enough experience and a reputation of their own.
Top-rated Recruiters Based on Glassdoor and Indeed Employee Ratings: Modern Hire, Miro, Amazon, Dropbox, Adler Social. Most employees would recommend their employers to a friend and seem to enjoy work/life balance.
The median salary for social media managers, although dependent on the industry and geographic locations, is usually not only paying the bills but allows them to enjoy flexible schedules and comfortable work-from-home conditions.
Yearly: $49-51K USD Hourly pay: $15-16 USD
Required Qualifications and Skills revolve around experience with social media marketing and digital media planning. Adobe Creative Suite, Google Suite, social media marketing tools like Hootsuite, are among the technical skills employers tend to favor in candidates. Formal Marketing/Marketing Communications while considered is given little emphasis.
Work Experience At least 1-year experience (or equivalent) is expected. The experience is not necessarily in the social media manager position. Digital marketing, Sales and Advertising, Copywriting and Customer Service are all acceptable work experience. Important to know though – strong knowledge of social media trends and 24/7 social presence is a must for a social media manager position.
Job Growth for social media managers and other Public Relations professionals according to the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics is expected to grow as fast as average, at 6% (2018-2028).
Employee Satisfaction scores 3.7 out of 5.0, placing the social media manager’ into the highly satisfied employee group.
The Pros of Becoming a Social Media Manager
From 722 social media managers’ reviews found on PayScale, the biggest advantages of the job as social media marketers/consultants/managers were:
- Work flexibility (remote positions)
- “Content creation process; the absolute freedom of self-expression”
- Sufficient (!) communication with members of online communities, Facebook friends, Instagram followers, etc.
- New tasks and challenges every day (yes, apparently some like being creative problem-solvers)
- Learning how to use countless social media tools in the changing communications landscape
- “Leadership opportunities and creative planning”
The Cons of Becoming a Social Media Manager
- “The necessity to manage multiple clients simultaneously”
- 24/7 online presence(not limited by social media platforms)
- Confusing tasks and little explanation and training from employers
- Miscommunication within the marketing teams and departments
- “Late-night content preps”
[526 part-time online teacher jobs posted on Indeed; 643 job postings for the same search found on Glassdoor within 15 days]
Named one of the best part-time, work from home jobs by the USNews (2020), online tutors/teachers are rightfully claiming the spot among the most in-demand positions for bilingual and multilingual employees in the first place since language courses (ESL in particular) are in the top 3 of popular online courses, alongside various programming and marketing training.
But for most people, online education is not limited to just foreign language lessons. Complete tutorials on ML (Machine Learning), Data Science, Financial Analysis, Applied Psychology, etc. are created daily not only by real University faculty but also industry experts from around the world.
Perhaps, you have just learned what Python programming does and build your first project. Perhaps, you have been in the digital marketing field for years and rubbed shoulders with SEO professionals, content marketers and brand strategists for quite a while.
It’s time to share your skills, train interns, and create online courses on websites like Udemy, SkillShare, or any other you find a fit.
Industry/Industries It’s no secret that tutors come in ‘all shapes and sizes’, from Math tutors to Life coaches to Personal fitness instructors. Literally, any skill (and industry) you possess can be taught online today. With a growing number of platforms for course creators, and online school openings, becoming an online tutor of any subject or skill is a prospective for many professionals in their mid-to-late careers.
Job Promotion is rare. Because online tutors rarely work for big-name employers, but more for themselves preferring to be self-employed, promotions within the online tutoring industry rarely take place.
Top-rated Online Learning Platforms for Online Tutoring are Tutors.com, Udemy, SkillShare. There are also tutoring firms and online schools around the world for language teachers and K12 educators. VIPKid, Preply, and TutorMe are among the best employees rated on Glassdoor.
Median salary usually is hard to calculate as most prefer to be independent tutors who receive hourly pay ranging from $15 up to $100/hour(or they wish to charge for self-created courses on learning platforms). Still, below is a median salary for tutors according to recent statistics from PayScale.
Yearly: $35-38K USD Hourly pay: $16-17 USD
Required Qualifications and Skills include Microsoft Office Suite skills, Skype, Zoom or any other video conferencing tool application proficiency. Agile mentality, easy-going personality, strong leadership and management skills, resilience and proven work ethic along with professional certificates (TESOL f. eg.) are prerequisites for a successful application for an online tutor position unless you become a self-employed tutor. Degrees in Education or relevant fields are typically required by potential employers.
Work Experience in educational institutions or equivalent teaching experience is highly credited and puts a candidate into the leading positions. Independently run courses are also taken into accounts as an alternative to formal teaching experience. Managerial experience while considered rarely compensates for lack of classroom experience.
Job Growth for Education, Training and Library Occupations (where the online tutors belong) is predicted to be as fast as the average, at 5% (2018-2028) based on the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics.
Employee Satisfaction with all sorts of teaching positions, including but not limited to online classes, webinars, and training, is high, with an average score of 4.2 out of 5.0 from the multiple reviews on Glassdoor, FlexJobs, Indeed, and PayScale.
The Pros of Becoming an Online Tutor
Clearly well-paid, online tutoring jobs account for not only financial stability but emotional comfort it brings teachers around the world. Among the most frequently cited benefits of a teaching profession are:
- Setting the most convenient hours for teaching
- “Student success for sure”
- Human interaction with students, trainees, parents
- Generous pay for flexible work hours
The Cons of Becoming an Online Tutor
Like any job, online tutoring may have a negative effect on an individual’s mood, and subsequently budget once mishandled. Often noted cons involve:
- Challenging children(and adult learners)
- “Technical issues”
- “Changing and moving nature of the job(the materials, clients, applications, etc.)”
- Instability of pay on client’s satisfaction(even when given full attention some learners are not proving time spent on them)
Data Analyst (not to be confused with Data Scientist)
[362 part-time data analyst jobs posted on Indeed; 94 job postings for the same search found on Glassdoor within 15 days]
While most companies hire data analysts for diverse positions like market research analysts, BI (Business Intelligence) analysts, operations research analysts, management analysts, etc. and it is difficult to list the exact expectations that recruiters have towards a candidate applying as a data analyst, one thing is certain – data analysis is booming.
Because of industry-related dissection, data analysts are domain experts and not just statisticians. They are health professionals, marketers and salespeople, managers and human resources specialists who possess strong analytical/problem solving and programming skills, and are proficient in applicable statistical software (SQL, Spreadsheets, Tableau, STATA, SPSS).
This is to say that not all of them are statisticians, or computer science graduates. And if by any chance you are familiar with market research, healthcare, or business analysis, and Spreadsheets, R, or Python are not some vague things, there is a good chance of landing an entry-level data analyst job.
Out of approximately 1000 job listings for part-time data analyst related positions, nearly one third is remote, allowing you to work from the comfort of your home.
In light of potentially dramatic changes in the global economy as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, the demand for quantitative data analysis is predicted to grow exponentially within just a couple of years. Faster than all other occupations.
Industry/Industries While data analysts are data professionals employed across all industries and fields, Business, Marketing, Finances are the biggest data analyst recruiters according to Investopedia. A quick look at popular job boards gives a hint of multiple job openings for data experts in the healthcare sector, which is expected to loom larger in the post-COVID-19 pandemic period.
Job Promotion is based on data experience, software and research skills, and leadership ability. An experienced data analyst may be promoted to senior and supervisory positions both within a department and organization, and accept data scientist positions, when they not only acquire, clean, visualize and analyze structured (an unstructured) datasets, but also run advanced algorithms to improve data acquisition and company’s decision-making. More on data scientist path here.
Top-rated Recruiters Based on Glassdoor and Indeed Employee Ratings: Amazon, Sheetz, Autodesk, Integrate, ManTech, alongside smaller research firms and data science consultancies.
The median salary of a data analyst is quite satisfactory, or better than just satisfactory – it’s considered a well-paid job, and as the importance of clearly structured data continues to grow in all industries, the demand for skilled data specialists would push the earnings further up.
Yearly: $58-61K USD Hourly pay: $19-20 USD
Required Qualifications and Skills while diverse and extensive, focus on the statistical aspect of the job requiring a solid understanding and practical experience in SQL, Spreadsheets, basic Python programming, APIs and multiple web applications to allow easy data extraction and manipulation. These skills play an even bigger role in small organizations hiring a single data professional for (usually) market research and customer acquisition purposes. Stress-resilience, strong research, and interpersonal skills are among the soft skills valued by any corporate employer. Degrees are also given consideration, as most data professionals have Bachelor degrees and higher.
Work Experience is important but… At least now, as the job market for an aspiring data analyst is more or less competitive, candidates without relevant work experience within the data field often get overlooked. Does this mean no entry-level position for a field professional (say healthcare worker for example) with a good understanding of data but no previous job experience? No.
Individual project portfolios and/or professional data analyst certifications usually compensate for lack of experience. Also, since the data industry is proposed to boom within the next decade, professional skills and domain expertise would play an even greater role in opening the doors for people of various degrees.
Job Growth is likely to hit its peak over the next decade, surpassing the average occupation growth threefold, with 26% (2018-2028) as for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. More research, BI, management, computer and information research analysts and scientists will be hired in just a couple of years.
Employee Satisfaction for data analyst positions is among the highest. They reportedly enjoy work/life balance and financial freedom. As the reviews all around the web point, data analysts score 3.8 out of 5.0.
The Pros of Becoming a Data Analyst
The 521 reviews on Glassdoor and PayScale combined allows spotting the biggest pros of becoming a data analyst.
- “Hands-on opportunity to learn and grow” (who doesn’t want to grow personally and professionally after all?)
- Work flexibility and productive environment (perhaps because of the home comfort?)
- “Great job prospects and appealing portfolio because of data experience”
- Tech-savvy and analytical mindset, ability to meet the deadlines whatsoever (it really like a military that teaches you how to stay resourceful and productive every minute of your day)
The Cons of Becoming a Data Analyst
- “Challenging and autonomous work in many ways”
- Little team communication
- “Routine activity all over”
- “A high-pressure job with tight deadlines”
[1002 part-time IT consultant jobs posted on Indeed; 659 job postings for the same search found on Glassdoor within 15 days]
The typical IT consultant’s routine involves long hours of advising, planning, designing and installing information technology systems for various clients. Clearly not the path for just anybody, but a strong-willed analytical mind with the exceptional work ethic and profound IT knowledge.
Not necessarily certified software engineers or mathematicians, IT consultants come from a variety of educational backgrounds including, non-technical spheres like Design or Marketing.
Among those working as IT consultants are people with no degrees, which did not prevent them from being hired by Fortune 500 companies, or lesser-known professional services firms.
Relevant work experience and solid portfolio are always given priority over formal education.
With rich resources online, multilingual computer courses and free webinars and tutorials, if determined to become an IT consulting professional, you have no right to miss on your goal, whatever your current position or budget is.
Industry/Industries: despite being highly tech-oriented, IT consultants work in a wide variety of fields, with Business, Healthcare, and IT leading the “Hiring Now” headlines.
Job Promotion: IT consultants are not among those craving to be promoted. Many become self-employed and establish their own companies early in their career. Those who stay may get promoted to managerial positions within the technical departments and divisions. Although not to be called a promotion as such, IT professionals with a marketing bent (certifications for example) may run marketing, information and data departments, and/or be responsible for brand’s digital interactions and web presence.
Top-rated Recruiters Based on Glassdoor and Indeed Employee Ratings: DHG, Infosys, ManTech, Kearney & Company, Access Systems, and hundreds of small IT consulting firms.
The median salary of an IT consultant is rewarding and as one IT consultant puts it “hopefully accounts for a 10% increase each year”.
Yearly: $78-80K USD Hourly pay: $33-35 USD
Required Qualifications and Skills required to get a job at an IT department, or IT consulting firm include a complex understanding of Windows, Mac, and Linux server and desktop operating systems, networking (subnetting, routing, TCP/IP), Cloud Computing concepts. They may vary from company to company though.
Work Experience as a computer specialist is highly desirable. A recent computer science graduate with no experience may be considered for entry-level positions, equally as a no-degree computer specialist with a substantial project portfolio.
Job Growth for computer support specialists is prognosed to grow faster than average, at 10% (2018-2028) as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.
Employee Satisfaction IT consultants and computer support specialists are among the few professionals who feel lucky and proud of their technical skills at service for business. The employee satisfaction averages 3.9 out of 5.0 for IT consultants across multiple industries they are in.
The Pros of Becoming an IT consultant according to 346 job reviews on PayScale and Glassdoor jointly are as follows:
- “Continuous professional growth (you cannot treat that profession just like your 9 to 5 routine)“.
- “Ability to work on complex technical issues for anyone, employer or a family member“.
- “Somewhat superiority over other professions because of advanced software usage“.
- Generous hourly pay, benefits, and perks
- Work flexibility (plenty of part-time, and remote positions, and little office work)
The Cons of Becoming an IT consultant
- “Employers often have high expectations but little explanation of what they really want“.
- “Troubleshooting may get overly complicated when a single employee is dealing with a complex multifaceted piece of software.”
- “Sometimes I feel like the pay is little compensation for very unsocial hours and hours of testing, debugging, and developing security guidelines”
Take a look at Amy’s (freelance contributor) addition this week. The very insights of the blog post. A big thank you from the editors team. 😊
3 Worst Work From Home Jobs [To Avoid in 2020]
While paid somewhat well and requiring minimum qualifications, these work-from-home/remote jobs have more cons than pros, taking a toll on employees’ mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Customer Service Representative
[4,704 part-time customer service representative jobs posted on Indeed; 5338 job postings for the same search found on Glassdoor within 15 days]
Listed as the best part-time work-from-home job in the USNews (March 2020), work from home that brings in cash in the Woman’s Day magazine, customer service representative seems to have quite a good reputation among job seekers.
Even Forbes publishing recent Coronavirus Career Advice in March 2020, features customer service representative among the best work-from-home jobs. What are the reasons we’ve placed the exact same job title among the worst online jobs one could be hired for?
As was mentioned above, this blog post is not biased towards high-street name media outlets but based on real 462 employee reviews on multiple job boards like FlexJobs and Glassdoor.
There are two things to keep in mind before taking the customer support agent position: material and non-material, which involves psychological and emotional comfort, work atmosphere, stress level, etc.
Depending on the industry a company-recruiter is in, the hourly pay of a support agent may be substantial – the primary reason people accept a job offer today. Taken today’s affairs, the demand for responsive customer support representatives is high, and so does a salary.
Nevertheless, employee reviews reveal hours of meditation, and other procedures to cope with an ever-present level of stress in their lives. Sleep deprivation is yet another common result of customer support jobs.
[2 324 part-time call center representative jobs posted on Indeed; 1014 job postings for the same search found on Glassdoor within 15 days]
If taken seriously, a call-center representative is just another title of a customer support representative, and thus, is placed into the worst part-time jobs category, you would say. Not necessarily because of its relevance to a customer-side of job, but because of the distorted picture of work/life balance, considering COVID-19 outbreak, and hurricane call-center requests.
Treated more as a necessary ‘voice’ staff so to speak, rather than mindful individuals, call-center representatives receive little or no respect for a string of serious in-bound and out-bound calls. The typical payment is at its lowest in the day shifts and offers no compensation for an emotionally demanding calling routine. In comparison to customer support representatives, who are communicating with clients through various means and not just phone calls, the call-center representatives are usually paid less.
Insignificant job promotion while possible, usually does not occur unless the mid-career (10+ years).
[645 part-time virtual assistant jobs posted on Indeed; 5338 job postings for the same search found on Glassdoor within 15 days]
The third on this ‘worst jobs’ list is a virtual assistant. For good reason.
Inherently important to an organization’s day-to-day function, virtual assistants are usually well-treated by their employers and even promoted to junior manager positions, VP assistants, and other corporate management roles. A great number of virtual assistants while working remotely, manage to run corporate structures efficiently thanks to their alertness, quick reaction, and outstanding communication skills.
Naturally, they are good negotiators, managers, planners, controllers, and meanwhile people who are chronically tired and are prone to work fatigue, clinical depression, and heart issues. In part because of their never-ending ‘virtual importance’, which pays, however.
Another threat to human virtual assistants is AI assistants also called virtual assistants.
A quick Google search for virtual assistant brings out Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Cortana, and rest, implying less and less human involvement in the work routine of tomorrow.
Considering long-lasting career and stable employment, you should not choose a virtual assistant job over an initially somewhat more demanding tutoring, or consulting job.
It may seem at glance, we have grouped the online jobs into best as only those requiring degrees(and it’s true to some extent), and worst requiring no such thing.
While degrees are welcomed and preferred, it is a certain skill set and, of course, character traits seals the deal between an employer and a candidate.
Also, as most part-time work from home jobs are independent rather than team-centric, and involve flexible hours rather than a full-time commitment, no science, legal, or healthcare jobs are included in this part-time work from home jobs review.