With using public transport to travel to work being discouraged in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic, and social distancing becoming the norm for offices that are reopening, remote working has never seemed more appealing.
In spite of the economic instability provoked by the coronavirus, there are still many in-demand jobs out there that let you work from home, or wherever you want to make your office for the day. Here’s our pick of ten of the best career options for remote working.
If you’re already fluent in a foreign language, teaching it to others is an easy way to connect with people from across the world, while also being able to work flexibly and remotely. Lessons can easily take place over Zoom, and you can send learning materials using email.
Italki is a good platform to share your skills with others, letting you offer foreign language classes to students from the comfort of your own home, whether you want to provide formal lessons or just casual conversation.
If you’re interested in teaching English to foreign students, you can also take FutureLearn’s courses for teaching TEFL.
With the jobs market contracting, but higher education numbers remaining steady, many young workers are currently overqualified for their current role. If you feel like you’d like to put your academic knowledge to good use – and avoid the rush hour for good measure – online tutoring could be a great way to work.
Websites like Tutorful offer £20-30 an hour to tutors, while sites like Gumtree are also perfect for advertising your services, whether you want to teach school kids or university students.
If you’d like to learn more about best practise for teaching adults online, The Open University has a brand-new microcredential exploring the topic.
Copywriting is a truly remote job – all you need, after all, is a laptop and a love of language. Even in offices, copywriters are often ‘hot desking’ – moving from place to place to write depending on who they’re working with – so working completely remotely is the next logical step.
Services like Copify are always looking for writers to contribute blogs, SEO, and product descriptions. Once you have some basic experience, you can think about applying to be an in-house writer for a company with an internal marketing team – depending on the company, these roles allow you to work from home.
You can also browse our range of writing courses, designed to help you perfect your penmanship.
Online video content was experiencing an exponential boom even before lockdown turned us all into Normal People aficionados. Screenwriters need never leave their home office, and there’s now huge demand for good writers to match the global clamour for video content.
Even better – you can start to remotely build up a portfolio of writing work without ever having to set foot on set. Channel Four have a screenwriting competition you can submit to once you’ve got a script you’re happy with, while the BBC has a good directory of opportunities for new writers.
To start to hone your craft, enrol on UEA’s free ‘Introduction to Screenwriting’ short course.
Photography and videography
Knowing your way around a camera is an in-demand skill, especially as more and more content moves online. Employers are increasingly looking for photographers and videographers to document their business and keep customers up to date via social media. Meanwhile, stock images providers like Shutterstock are always looking for high-quality images.
Once you have a camera, and some basic video or photo editing software, you’re halfway there. To take it to the next level, The Open University’s popular ‘Digital Photography’ microcredential is an expert guide to creating a professional portfolio, and is due to open for its second run later this year.
Social media manager
If you’re known as the resident meme-maker or social-sharer in your group of friends, have you thought about bossing social media for a living?
One of the advantages of working with social media is that as long as you have access to a phone and a laptop, you’re ready for work. Social media managers and executives all start with a passion for creating online content, and their roles let them work remotely from anywhere in the world.
To get started, the University of Leeds and the Institute of Coding have a course to help you learn how to create a killer social media campaign. Or you can discover how to use social media for business, with Accenture’s free ‘Digital Skills’ short course.
When you work with computers, your office is wherever your home laptop is. Development is one of the best jobs for remote working, with web and software engineering roles featuring highly on LinkedIn’s recent list of ‘Most Promising Jobs’.
The University of Leeds and the Institute of Coding have a perfect series of courses designed to give you introductory development and coding skills. You can learn the basics of computer programming or learn to code for the web – training that could set you on the path to a successful remote programming career.
For anyone with the gift of the gab – or an obscure passion you want to share – it could be an easier way to start a media career from home than the more competitive and image-focused world of YouTube and vlogging.
The University of Wollongong Australia has a starter course designed to give you the basic skills you need to begin your own podcast – from recording to publication.
Your current job
The best job for remote working might be the one you currently have. Although home working has been broadly embraced by many employers, some are still reluctant to fully adopt digital technologies and the full potential of remote working.
Knowing the latest digital trends – and understanding the future of work – could help you persuade you (or your boss) of how remote working could benefit your business, and give staff the skills that will help them thrive in the future.
The Institute of Coding and the University of Leeds have designed a course on Current Workplace Digital Trends that will let you learn why digital, remote working is the way to go.
Work your passion
With the rise of digital marketplaces – and the peer-to-peer economy – there’s no reason why your home passion couldn’t be turned into a remote job.
For example, if you’re a foodie, starting a home baking business could be a great way to work remotely – especially as demand for home delivery has skyrocketed. All you need is the right equipment, great ingredients, and a love of colourful cakes. Mum Bakes Cakes has a good guide for budding bakers.
And if you’re handy, selling your homemade products on Etsy could be a viable remote career. From gift cards, to clothes, and accessories, Etsy is the go-to for anything cute and crafty. Check out their beginners’ guide for more information.
For more on how to make money while in lockdown, explore our blog on the best ways you can earn money from home, or discover the full range of the digital Skills Toolkit, designed by FutureLearn in partnership with the Department for Education to upskill you for the jobs of tomorrow.