The idea of working remotely has been on the rise for years, and after 2020, it has become a standard for most businesses. The flexibility of a telecommuting role allows professionals to craft the careers (and lives) of their dreams.
Even though COVID-19 changed our perspective on the possibilities of working remotely, some jobs are still more suited for home-based working than others. The best remote opportunities have clear deliverables and measurable results that easily allow managers to keep an eye on an employee’s progress, even if they can’t physically see them every day.
Not sure which opportunities to pursue? Here’s a look at the playing field!
Top 5 opportunities for working remotely in South Africa
#1 – Marketing
Anything that drives revenue growth through brand awareness and lead generation falls under the marketing career umbrella. With more businesses prioritising online strategy, more and more marketing roles are being created, most of which can be done remotely.
Remote marketing positions can include social media management, brand development, content marketing, SEO, and public relations. These roles are ideal for individuals that like using their creative and analytical brains at the same time.
💡 Remote workers are happier, more productive, and earn higher average incomes than their non-remote peers.
#2 – Software Engineer
Software engineers solve problems by building web applications and software that help make everyone’s lives easier. Along with software engineering, developers and designers are two other data-related jobs perfect for remote work. Although software engineers work with other data professionals, there’s a lot of autonomy in this role, making it ideal for telecommuting. To minimize distractions typically found in the office setup, working from home might be the best solution for software engineers.
Seeing that the demand for skilled software engineers is high in South Africa, more companies are now willing to hire remotely to expand their reach for candidates. Many employers would instead hire someone from outside their geographic region than limit themselves to candidates that can work in an office environment.
💡Software developers and IT professionals are more productive when they work from home.
#3 – Design
Designers work in a myriad of industries, from tech and media to finances. These professionals design marketing material, logos, and websites for businesses across all niches. Since the bulk of a designer’s work is usually conducted solo, this digital-first role is perfect for a home office.
Designers are creative minds that like working independently, but they’re still great when it comes to communicating with their teams. If you’re a great visual storyteller, well-versed in digital communication mediums, and a social media guru, this might just be your ideal role.
💡Remote working opens up new career opportunities that aren’t limited to specific geographic locations.
#4 – Customer Support
Virtual call centres took the customer support industry by storm in 2020. And judging by that approach’s success, it looks like the trend is here to stay. Customer support roles are ideal for working remotely because support is mostly provided through virtual channels like email and chat.
Virtual customer support representatives can work on their own time, as long as they log a certain amount of hours per day and are available to communicate with their managers during that time. If you love communicating with others but don’t want the pressure of sales goals on your shoulders, a career in customer support could be the best move you ever make in your career.
💡 Since remote working eliminates commuting time to the office, virtual roles allow for a better work-life balance.
#5 – Translation
If you’re bilingual or multilingual, you can land a lucrative remote translation job. Often, these jobs can be done on a freelance basis. So how much you earn is entirely dependent on just how much you’re willing to put in.
Translators that work online might work for translation companies. They can also be in charge of translating news, articles, web-pages, and books to an array of clients on a freelance basis.
💡 Employees aren’t the only ones that benefit from working remotely. Businesses can also save money by using their workspace more efficiently!
Keen to start working remotely?
The opportunities we’ve highlighted here aren’t the only ones that are ideal for working remotely. From teletherapy to online nursing, the sky is the limit. All you need is the right mindset and an employer that’s willing to adapt to the changing times.
If you currently work in a role requiring just the basics you already have (computer and a smartphone), consider negotiating with your employer to work from home. If not, you can find your first remote job via networking, social media, and of course, Adzuna’s listings!