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The best jobs for working from home

Remote working

Working from home is becoming an increasingly popular career choice for thousands of South Africans, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s a great way to fit professional commitments around their crammed family schedule. It can also be of great help when it comes to maximising productivity when you consider the amount of time saved if you don’t commute on a daily basis.

Thanks to widespread internet access, many of us are in a fortunate position where we can swap the office desk for one in our home study to reach equal or even higher levels of productivity. But this isn’t the kind of option that’s a one-size-fits-all and demands heaps of discipline.

If you’re keen on learning more about home-based opportunities, check out our list of remote jobs that you can do from the comfort of your own home if you’ve got the skills to ace the job.

Best opportunities for working from home

1. Freelance Content Writer

Average salary: R120,000 per year

If you’re organised, got great writing and editing skills, have networking skills and a basic understanding of what SEO is, this could be the right fit for you. It’s the norm to have a bachelor’s degree in English, journalism or some related field, backed up by previous experience in order to land your first job. The field is very competitive, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is a field that projects job growth of 8% by 2026.


2. VA

Average salary: R66,000 per year

A VA (virtual assistant) is highly organized, has great telephone etiquette and equally strong computer skills.  These professionals do admin tasks like responding to emails, managing diaries, and data capturing. If you’re a multi-tasker of note, you might just be the ideal candidate for this gig. As a VA, you’ll be doing the same tasks as an office secretary, but you’d just be performing your duties from home with the use of your own computer, phone, and reliable internet connection.


3. Transcriptionist

Average salary: R156,000 per year

This is a great remote job and a good start to the work-from-home career. You’ll need attentive listening skills, a solid knowledge of grammar and punctuation, and great attention to detail to be considered for this role. Transcriptionists type out audio content into word documents. And unlike most other work-from-home jobs, this one doesn’t require too much prior experience in order to land the job.


4. Social Media Marketer

Average salary: R221,860 per year

In order to become a successful social media marketer, you’ll need to prove that you’ve got advanced communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and that you’re super savvy when it comes to social media, of course. A lot of millennials feel like these roles naturally appeal to and fit their personalities, especially the ones that just can’t get enough of networking sites like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. You’ll need to have a knack for posting gun and engaging content that generates as much as possible engagement if you’re going to be the best in this business. Jobs in the field are proliferating as more and more companies move their marketing vehicles to social media platforms, which places the responsibility of brand awareness and online reputation firmly in the social media marketer’s hands.