Yes, you can earn a $60,000 yearly salary working from home.

5 years ago, when I first start looking for my work from home job I was beyond frustrated with blog post and articles on how to make money from home.  I am sorry, but I am not trying to be a dog walker or sell things on eBay.   The truly crazy thing is many posts STILL give the same advice today.  So I have decided to share two REALISTIC ways that you can earn a $60,000 annual salary working from home.

Anyone can do this and I’m not trying to fill you up with marshmallow fluff.

There isn’t a crazy system that you need to learn or mystery that you need to solve. It takes 2 things.  Hustle & Sweat..

First Things First

Before I dive into the two ways you can earn $60,000 I want to talk to you about an important aspect of finding a work at home job that pays the bills no matter what route you decide to take: standing out in the crowd.

If you can stand out online, grab the recruiter or hiring manager attention then you have a much easier road to landing your dream job.

The problem is that many people just don’t know how to stand out or don’t put any focus on standing out.  Instead, they concern themselves with simply updating their resume, applying to as many jobs as possible, and other small things that don’t move the needle.

This is a big reason why one of the very first things you encounter in the Career Freedom Project revolves around creating your Unique Selling Point (USP).  You need to learn how grab (and keep) the recruiters or hiring manager attention and that means standing out in a very competitive market.

The Math

I am an accountant so I always like to break down the numbers.  What exactly does it take to make $60,000 a year.

  • $60,000 a year is ….
  • $5000 a month is ……
  • $1250 a week is ……
  • $250 a day is ….
  • $31.25 an hour

You may be thinking there is no way I am going to make $31.25 an hour.  That is not true.  According to the 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce Report (I know long name),  the average telecommuter earns a higher median salary than an in-office worker.  So now that we know exactly what we need.  Let’s get started

The Great Debate

Experience vs Education.  Almost all of your in-office experience will transfer to a remote environment.  So if you have 13 years of experience as in office accountant those years are very relevant as a remote accountant.

But there is one great thing about job requirements online vs traditional office.  Skills tend matter more than formal education.  Don’t get me wrong some jobs still require MBA, B.S. etc.  But many companies want to know what software you are rockstar with,  what programs you are  an expert of, and so on.

The even better news is that acquiring these skills online are super easy, quick, convenient, and affordable (often free).  So it makes changing careers or qualifying for a higher paying position much easier.

Here are some basic tools of the trade that you should be familiar with.

Video Calling 

  • Google Hangouts
  • Skype 
  • Zoom

Team Chat

  • Slack
  • HipChat

Time Tracking

  • Harvest
  • Toggle

File Sharing & Storage

  • Google Apps (docs, sheets etc.)
  • Drop Box

Project Management Software

  • Basecamp
  • Trello
  • Asana

Get skills with Skillshare

Whether you want to brush up on your admin skills, need to learn code, want to get the most out of Trello, or need help organizing your home office how…..Skillshare has got you covered.

Classes on Skillshare are short on purpose so you can learn a lot as quickly as possible.  For career freedom seekers, like you, Skillshare is a valuable source of courses to help you land your $60,000 a year salary.

The best part? You can try Skillshare for free. When you first sign up, you receive 30 days of unlimited access to more than 17,000 courses, many of which will prepare you for the transition of office worker to home office worker.  You can acquire a lot of much needed skills in 30 days.  I strongly suggest you try Skillshare and and start learning the skills needed to become a successful remote worker.

Path One: Make it Easy With A Good Industry 

Tech is the best option for working remote.  Here’s something you’re probably going to notice as soon as you start searching for a remote job.—there are a LOT of remote tech jobs available. Yes, there are jobs out there that you can do from home that don’t require any kind of tech skills beyond the basics, like using email. BUT, there are way more options out there for remote employees who want to work in the tech industry.

That doesn’t have to just mean programmers or developers.  Designers, data analysts, and customer support specialist can all work in the tech industry without highly technical roles. But understanding the basics of code—like HTML and CSS—are a big asset even in those roles.

Benefits of the make it easy path

  • Easiest field to find work at home jobs
  • Technology is always important
  • Does not require you to go back to school to change careers
  • Salary ranges from $62,000 to high six figures
  • Can easily make 6 figures with a couple of years experience

Cons of the make it easy path

  • If you do not have the skills you will need to learn them and that could take anywhere from 1 -3 months.

What remote jobs are available in the tech industry?

There are quite a few:

  • Programmers
  • Software Engineer
  • Developer
  • Tech Support
  • Systems Engineer
  • Architect
  • Information Security

Where to find tech remote jobs?

  • Weworkremotely – this site is sure to host remote opportunities at some of the hottest tech companies.
  • Remotive – has a pretty robust listing of remote jobs.
  • Power To Fly – is focused on matching women in tech with work-from anywhere jobs.
  • FlexJobs – They screen the jobs before posting, so you don’t have to dig through shady opportunities. The site currently hosts more than 20K job listings

Skills tech remote employees need

HTML & CSS.  HTML & CSS are the building blocks for everything on the web.  Every website out there uses HTML, and virtually every modern website uses CSS, too. Knowing HTML & CSS skills alone can be the basis for a lot of tech careers, from web development to tech support.   These skills also make it easier to learn other coding languages in the future.

Basic Design.  There are a lot of tech jobs that are not “designer” jobs.  But you can still benefit from knowing the basic of design.  Some commonly used design software are Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Sketch

PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE.  As I stated, HTML & CSS are great foundations, but if you really want to dive into the tech industry you’ll want to expand on those skills.  The best way to decide what programming language to learn is to decide what kind of projects you want to work on.  Below is a list of projects and the language you should learn.

  • Websites – JavaScript.
  • Web apps – Ruby or Python
  • WordPress websites – PHP
  • Mac or iphone apps – Swift
  • Android apps – Java
  • Complex, data-driven sites and apps – SQL
  • Games or audio/video apps – C++
  • Window apps- C#
  • Online education platforms – Python.

The best part about learning a programming language is you don’t have to learn them all at once. You can start with one now and learn others later.

Path 2: Main Job + Super Flex Job

This is not a new way of thinking (basically having a main job and a part time job).  However, it is a new way of executing it.

Think about it. If you were going into the office you might spend 1.5 hours getting ready in the morning and 2 hours commuting round trip than that is 3.5 hours a day that you ARE NOT getting paid.  When you work from home you can use that “extra” time to work your part-time at home gig.   Add an extra 30 minutes and that 4 extra hours you can be earning money.

How it works

You find one main job that pays at least $30,000 a year again this is not terrible hard online.  If we do the math that is $14 an hour.  Many customer service jobs pay $14-$17 an hour.  This job will usually require core hours for you to work.  You than supplement your main job with a flexible job that allows you to 100% set your own schedule.  There are quite a few out there as well. If you can find two set schedule jobs that don’t interfere with each other that can work as well.

Benefits of Main job + Super Flex Path

  • Little to no additional skills required
  • Can start immediately

Cons of Main job + Super Flex Path

  • It is typically lower pay
  • You have to work two jobs

What types of main jobs are available?

I suggest customer service or office manager.  They generally pay the most and are readily available.  As a matter of fact many well-known companies like Apple and American Express regularly hire full-time customer service reps.

  • Customer Service – $30,000
  • Remote Office Manager – $48,500

 

   

Where to find main jobs

  • Weworkremotely – this site is sure to host remote opportunities at some of the hottest tech companies.
  • Remotive – has a pretty robust listing of remote jobs.
  • FlexJobs – They screen the jobs before posting, so you don’t have to dig through shady opportunities. The site currently hosts more than 20K job listings
  • Or company’s website

The Math (By know you know I love numbers…lol)

  • Customer Service – $30,000 – $23 hour working 25 hours a week
  • Office Manager – $11,500 – $11 dollars an hour working 20 hours a week

What type of Side jobs are available?

I suggest virtual assistant, transcriptionist or online tutoring/ teaching.  These jobs are regularly hiring, offer a high hourly rate, and usually allow you to set your own schedule.

Where to find Super Flex jobs

General

  • Weworkremotely – this site is sure to host remote opportunities at some of the hottest tech companies.
  • FlexJobs – They screen the jobs before posting, so you don’t have to dig through shady opportunities. The site currently hosts more than 20K job listings
  • Virtual Vocations – This job board features only telecommuting jobs from technical writers to paralegals.

Virtual Assistant -$11 – $16 an hour

Online Tutoring – $15 – $22 an hour

Transcriptionist – $14-$20 an hour

The Lists Goes On

In fact, I have 55+ Job sites that you can find legitimate work from home jobs that you should checkout.

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