| Hi Taylor:
I'm looking for a career shift to have more flexible hours and
spend more time at home. Friends keep telling me about all these new
remote jobs that are popping up, but I'm not sure where to look. Any
leads? - Ben
Hi Ben: I don't have a specific job in mind for you, but I
agree with your friends that a lot of new fields are opening up, especially
for the clever remote worker. Here are a few I've seen that might
be of interest.
Coordinator. Pretty much everyone with a job was forced to
take their work home last year, and a lot of people are looking
to stay remote at least part-time. As convenient as it is to work
from home, it's also a little tricky getting away from family
life and focusing on your job. That's where the home-office planner
comes in. If you've got an eye for spatial design or know anything
about good work-from-home software and equipment, there are a
lot of people who could use your help. You can do this work entirely
remotely or you can offer in-home visits to make a little more
and get more in-depth in what you offer. It's a very niche career
but it seems to be working out for a lot of people.
2. Finance. Speaking from personal experience, money management
didn't slow down during the pandemic and won't go away no matter
how much remote work we're forced to do. You can't become a financial
advisor or accountant overnight, but if you have the time and
desire, it's a very rewarding field and you can definitely set
yourself up to just work remotely if that's your angle. If you're
looking for a quicker switch, you can seek out an apprenticeship
as an insurance agent and still manage to work from home.
3. Specialty services. Chances are, whatever you've been
doing can be turned into a useful freelance career. I have a lawyer
friend who decided he wanted to get out of the office setting
to spend more time with his daughter. Now he offers professional
legal services on a freelance basis, bringing in as much money
as he thinks he needs without being tied to a firm. If your training
doesn't translate directly to remote employment, you look for
work writing or teaching about what you do. You don't even have
to think outside the box, just look at the box from a new perspective.
It might take a while to build up the clientele needed to be super
profitable, but that's sometimes what it takes to find the career
that suits you.
| As long as
you don't take on too much risk, there's never a bad time to chase
a dream and find the life you really want to live. Hope this helps!
© Taylor Kovar
September 13, 2021
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