It used to be taken as an article of faith: Working from home doesn’t pay all that well and isn’t for those who want to get rich quick. But maybe it’s time to rethink that conventional wisdom.
Check out these work-from-home jobs with great pay
FlexJobs.com recently found that working at home can be more lucrative than you thought. Here are 10 jobs to consider:
10. Major gifts officer
Salary: Up to $90,000
Job description: Cultivates and solicits current and prospective donors for large-sum donations by using sales skills, organizational skills and working independently; extensive travel may be required.
9. Environmental engineer
Salary: Up to $110,000
Job description: Performs as expert to reduce environmental waste and damage, including managing ways to protect the Earth and human populations from harmful chemicals and pollution, ensuring compliance with regulations and, in some cases, assisting in development of regulations.
8. Audit manager
Salary: $90,000 – $110,000
Job description: Leads, plans and executes financial and operational audits for companies or clients. Works with stakeholders to understand the outcomes and impacts of the audit. Ensures future compliance and evaluates internal systems, policies and procedures.
7. Senior medical writer
Salary: $110,000 – $115,000
Job description: Reviews medical information, writes documents, edits other medical writers’ submissions and works with senior management to keep projects on track at a variety of health care-related companies including medical publishers and pharmaceutical companies; usually needs a degree in a science or medical discipline.
6. Director of business development
Salary: $100,000 – $151,000
Job description: Helps drive sales and revenue, responsible for established clients and new business, oversees sales teams for larger companies.
5. Clinical regulatory affairs director
Salary: $150,000 – $151,000
Job description: Plans, prepares and submits products for market nationally and internationally, writes regulatory documents for clinical trial applications and assists with marketing documents.
4. Research biologist
Salary: $93,000 – $157,000
Job description: Explores and studies biology in a lab or out in the field while researching interaction of organisms and environments; specialized fields include zoology, taxonomy, physiology, population biology and ecology.
3. Director of quality improvement
Salary: $100,000 – $175,000
As part of a company’s operations and technical teams, this position is responsible for working to design and develop best practices related to systems administration and data architecture.
2. Supervisory attorney
Salary: $117,000 – $152,000
Job description: Oversees less-experienced attorneys, provides legal guidance and support, supervises other attorneys and their assigned cases and staff.
1. Senior software engineer
Salary: $100,000 – $200,000
Job description: Responsible for developing and running software programs, overseeing related projects, managing a team of software engineers, troubleshooting technical issues and debugging software.
5 tips to help you get more out of your work-at-home experience
1. Know the culture of the company for whom you’re going to work
If you get a work-at-home job, sure, you know you’ll be working remotely. But what else do you know about the company? One great place to suss out the kind of info you won’t get from company press releases is GlassDoor.com. Real employees go on this site to anonymously let others know what the company culture and compensation look like at a wide range of workplaces.
2. Get dressed every day
We’ve all heard it before: Dress for success. That bit of wisdom that came from the office holds true for the home office too. Putting on business casual attire — even though you’re sitting at home by yourself — can put you in the right frame of mind to be successful at your job.
3. Make sure you have a dedicated work space
If you’re going to take the tax deduction for a home office, you’ve got to play by the IRS rules. You need a dedicated area that’s not used for another purpose in your house. If it’s a room with a door you can shut, so much the better.
4. Avoid the isolation trap
It’s easy to become isolated working from home and not seeing co-workers around the office. That’s why scheduling one or more days at the office is a great idea if possible. If it’s not, consider something like WorkatJelly.com, where you can meet with fellow tele-commuters to get a fresh take on the work day. This free website orchestrates work meetups ‘in over a hundred cities where people come together (in a person’s home, a coffee shop, or an office) to work for the day,’ according to the official website. ‘We provide chairs and sofas, wireless Internet and interesting people to talk to, collaborate with and bounce ideas off.’
5. Consider a standing desk
Working at home probably means you have a sedentary lifestyle for at least eight hours a day. To remedy that, try a standing desk. This one starts at just $25!