10 Most Lucrative Work-From-Home Jobs

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10 Most Lucrative Work-From-Home Jobs
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If you’ve grown weary of the traffic and the confines of your cubicle, a change of scenery may be in order. But leaving the office doesn’t mean dropping out of the workforce. At-home jobs provide income and flexibility without the traditional workplace environment. Whether you’re seeking a full-time career or a part-time gig, several industries offer work-from-home options. Listed are average annual salaries for full-time positions reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as of March 2011, the latest available, and Simply Hired, a jobs database based in Sunnyvale, California.

Case Manager/Nurse Case Manager: $55,000
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Case Manager/Nurse Case Manager: $55,000

More health insurance companies and hospitals are hiring at-home case managers to advise their insured clients on topics like treatment, outcomes, expenses, referrals and workers compensation, said Brie Weiler Reynolds, director of content and social media at FlexJobs in Boulder, Colorado. “Especially for nurses who are used to long shifts and erratic schedules, these types of jobs are attractive because they provide steady hours and a comfortable at-home environment while still helping patients.”

Business Analyst: $78,160
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Business Analyst: $78,160

If you’ve had enough of the corporate grind but wish to remain in the workforce, consider a position telecommuting as a business analyst to give yourself more flexibility than the traditional office structure allows. “Responsibilities include analyzing business needs, forecasting, adjusting processes and related tasks,” Reynolds said.

Online Faculty: $48,000
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Online Faculty: $48,000

For anyone who possesses an advanced degree, experience and a desire to teach students in a particular area of study, online faculty positions are a great option, Reynolds suggested. Major universities and community colleges offer online courses and seek instructors to lead them. “This is a growing telecommuting field as more colleges expand their classroom experiences to the web,” Reynolds said.

Nutrition/Health Coach: $53,250
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Nutrition/Health Coach: $53,250

If you have health care experience, consider taking this job with an insurance company. “They are looking to at-home workers with education and experience in the health care arena to assist clients with nutritional counseling, health and wellness advice and healthy habit formation, all from a home office,” Reynolds said.

Sales Consultant: $19,000-to-$75,000
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Sales Consultant: $19,000-to-$75,000

Whether you have 20 years of sales experience or are relatively new to the industry, this is a career option that provides flexibility to you and growth opportunities to companies hoping to expand into other regions or countries around the world, Reynolds advised. Also, consider job titles like account executive, business development, field territory manager and sales manager.

Curriculum/Instructional Designer: $58,830
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Curriculum/Instructional Designer: $58,830

Put that master’s degree and years of experience in the education field to work while working from your home office. As state and national requirements change, educational institutions constantly seek qualified full-time professionals to help them keep up. “Education is one of the top five industries for flexible jobs, and curriculum developers are in high-demand,” Reynolds said.

Writer: $69,060
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Writer: $69,060

All you need are a laptop, good Internet connection and comfortable spot to sit, and you’re set. Diverse writing opportunities allow you to work full-time, part-time or a little of both when you feel like it for any company, anywhere. In addition to newspaper or magazine writer, consider job titles like blogger, copywriter, grant writer, content writer and technical writer. “Companies, how-to websites, news and media outlets, online directories and others seek writers for a variety of topics and levels of commitment,” Reynolds said.

Customer Service Representative: $33,120
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Customer Service Representative: $33,120

Gone are the days when massive call centers were the only places customer service representatives were able to field telephone inquiries. It’s becoming increasingly common to hire employees to do this from the comfort of their living room, bedroom or backyard. “Modern technology makes it much easier for companies to keep their customer service departments from moving overseas, and many more companies are now hiring U.S.-based workers to provide customer service from their homes,” Reynolds said.

Internet Assessor/Search Consultant: $75,660
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Internet Assessor/Search Consultant: $75,660

If you are an Internet whiz or spend most of your free time in cyberspace, turn a hobby into a job by helping companies develop and improve their Web presence. Researchers assess specific aspects of Internet browsing and searching to make consumers’ experiences better, Reynolds explained. “It’s no wonder this is a popular work-at-home job. You’ll spend your days surfing the Web from the comfort of your couch.”

Field Property Loss Specialist: $58,460
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Field Property Loss Specialist: $58,460

With insurance companies competing for business, servicing their insured clients after disaster strikes is crucial. To streamline and quicken this process, companies hire at-home workers in specific areas to fill this need, Reynolds said. Field property loss specialists are responsible for inspecting property damage and creating repair estimates.

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