It wasn’t too long ago that asking your boss about working from home was considered unthinkable. In fact, your boss probably would have answered that question with a blank stare, laughter, or both. Unfortunately, such inflexible workplaces made it tough for mothers, those with mobility issues, and people taking care of disabled family members to find sufficient employment.
But thanks to technology, it’s much easier to find a job that allows you to work from home. And with the cost of public and private transportation increasing faster than Chinese military spending, working from home is both cost-effective and convenient.
Nowadays, there are plenty of jobs that allow you to work from home. Here are 3 that you can apply for in Singapore:
Writer/Online Content Editor/Blogger
Writing is a critical skill that 99% of people are capable of doing, but only about 20% of people actually enjoy doing it (or do it well for that matter). If you’ve got a passion for writing and have the flexibility to cover a broad range of topics, you can definitely land a writing job that doesn’t require you sit at a desk all day.
On the upside, you have the freedom to write from the comfort of your own home without dealing with the horrible morning commute or prison-like offices. On the downside, you really need to stay on top of tight deadlines. Otherwise, you might not be a work-at-home writer for long.
Requirements: Varies, as some jobs might not care about education level, while others will require a degree and several years of working experience. But one requirement most writing jobs have in common is that you should write proficiently in English.
Skills: Varies, as some jobs require content management system (CMS) experience, search engine optimization (SEO) experience, knowledge of a foreign language, etc.
Salary: Varies, as some jobs might pay you on an hourly basis ($5-$15) or a monthly salary ($1,000-$3,000+).
Talent recruitment is a huge industry in Singapore, especially since executives shuffle in and out of jobs like a bunch of kids playing a game of musical chairs. Thankfully, it’s this constant rotation of “talent” that keeps recruitment agencies in Singapore in such high demand.
The great thing about being a recruitment consultant is that you don’t need to be sit in an office to recruit talent for companies, because you can do the job from anywhere. Well, as long as you have a computer, Smart phone, and good communication skills.
Requirements: Varies, as some employers might require at least a ‘O’ Levels, while others require a degree. However, most jobs require at least 1-2 years of experience and knowledge of HR recruitment processes.
Skills: Varies, but most jobs require knowledge of employment guidelines (compliance), relationship management skills, communication skills (networking), and knowledge of the talent acquisition process.
Salary: Varies, as some companies might pay you a monthly salary with commissions, while others will pay you a commission-based salary. Either way, expect the monthly salary to range from $1,000-$5,000+ per month.
Today, more businesses are outsourcing jobs that were once considered “in-house.” Some of the jobs being outsourced are also the least noticeable in the workplace, such as the ever lonely IT guy. But it’s the most visible job in the office that’s being increasingly outsourced by employers – the office admin.
Virtual assistants basically do the work of the company admin remotely from home. Depending on the employer, virtual assistants might also handle some sales and client management duties as well. It’s more work, but these “all-in-one” virtual assistants typically get paid more for handling a bigger job scope.
Requirements: Varies, but employers typically look for at least 1-2 years of valid administrative experience.
Skills: Varies, but employers typically require administrative experience, business development experience, lead generation experience, email management, and client management.
Salary: Varies, but virtual assistants can make a monthly salary ranging from $1,000-$5,000+.
Working From Home Is Great, But BEWARE of Scams!
While working from home can be a huge convenience, you’ve got to be very careful about telling the difference between legitimate jobs and “work-at-home” scams. So before you take the job, make sure you Google the company and intensely scrutinize/avoid any jobs that require the following:
- Stuffing envelopes
- Assembling crafts, jewelry, or other products (especially job that make you buy the materials!)
- Data entry
- Translating documents
- Currency Trading
- Pyramid Schemes (selling some ridiculous product nobody will buy)
- Mystery Shopping
That’s not to say that there’s a legitimate work at home job somewhere in all of that BS-sounding job ads, but as the old saying goes, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.”
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