Genuine work-from-home jobs: salaries and responsibilities

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated 21 November 2022

Published 7 December 2021

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Working from home gives employees the flexibility to work in an environment they can control so they can work in complete comfort. Remote work is an attractive prospect, as society becomes more and more reliant on the internet. If you're interested in working from home, knowing what is available can help you to decide which career path you'd like to pursue. In this article, we outline genuine work-from-home jobs, the responsibilities you might expect to have in these roles and a typical salary you might expect to earn.

What are genuine work from home jobs?

Genuine work from home jobs are those that allow you to complete all of your daily tasks in the comfort of your own house. These are typically completed using cloud workflow and collaboration software, such as emailing, video conferencing and file sharing, to help members of staff work together.

Genuine work from home jobs can also mean those that offer a consistent income and often work by contract rather than as a part of wider multi-level marketing schemes. Also known as 'pyramid schemes', considering these as genuine work-from-home jobs is difficult, as income is widely variable and almost entirely depends on performance levels. For the purposes of this list, genuine work-from-home jobs involve either contracted employment or self-employment that can offer a consistent and reliable wage.

Examples of genuine work-from-home jobs

There is a range of opportunities for people to work from home in a range of different industries, so you can almost certainly find something that suits your personal needs. Read on to learn about genuine work-from-home job opportunities that suit your career direction:

1. Content writer

National average salary: £25,005 per year

Primary duties: A content writer's job is to receive a brief from a client and turn it into an article, webpage content or document for their client. Content writers can either work on a freelance basis, for a content writing company or within a single company as an exclusive content writer for them. This is a job that they can easily do from home, as all they need is some form of word processing software and a computer that is connected to the internet.

To be a content writer, a high standard of English alongside the ability to adjust and modify the tone of writing in accordance with the needs of clients is key. Briefs can vary highly from client to client, so adaptability is central to a good content writer's work. A content writer's employment may be due to the strength of their portfolio alone, although interviewing processes and written assessments are not outside the norm.

Related: 9 essential content writer skills (with useful tips)

2. Video editor

National average salary: £24,707 per year

Primary duties: The majority of marketing for many companies in modern business is digital and is often hosted on video. Posting videos on social media and specialised platforms, such as YouTube, significantly increase the presence of businesses, but every video a company post needs editing together from the raw footage and stock effects used. This is where a high-quality video editor can make a difference.

Video editors may also start their employment on the back of an online portfolio, as the nature of YouTube means they can make the majority of their work public. A company looking for editors for their next advertising campaign may turn to a YouTube channel with excellent editing to get a competitive advantage over their competition. This is rarely a job that candidates interview for, as editing quality is very difficult to judge in an interview setting.

3. Marketing director

National average salary: £72,831 per year

Primary duties: There are some who believe the transition to working from home has been missed by senior roles in many companies, but this could not be further from the truth. Key executive roles in companies such as director of marketing can be remote. As marketing is a large and multifaceted aspect of a business encompassing publicity for all of a business's products, being away from an office allows a greater level of perspective and a wider examination of the company's position.

Being a marketing director is not an easy job to get into and often requires internal promotion up through the structures of a company. In the case that a vacancy does open for external applicants, often success is dependent on having previous experience as a manager or director. There is typically an adaptation period too, as large companies have many marketing projects on the go at one time. New hires rarely work on multiple projects at once.

4. Sales advisor

National average salary: £20,845 per year

Primary duties: Being a sales advisor is one of the easiest jobs to have when working from home and has fairly low barriers to entry. Based on selling an individual product through online chat features or over the phone, an understanding of the product in question and basic customer service and communication skills are the primary requirements for this role. An internet connection, a functional computer and a headset to use the VoIP technology to talk to customers is necessary.

This is a simple job to get as the base requirements are easy to achieve. Advisors often need five GCSEs with a passing grade (from Grades 9-4) to qualify for the job, although this can be flexible depending on the workplace and their need for employees.

5. Graphic designer

National average salary: £25,646 per year

Primary duties: In the same way that a video editor is important in modern business, graphic designers are increasingly becoming key to successful businesses. They're key to ensuring product packaging and designs are attractive and draw the attention of a customer, in addition to creating interesting posters. They can work as a graphic designer at home on a computer, although they may require a graphics tablet and advanced design software.

It's possible to get a role in graphic design by having a pre-existing online portfolio. These can demonstrate style and the way a candidate might be able to work closely in tandem with the brand. Before being hired as a graphic designer, candidates can expect an interview to further establish their suitability for working with the brand. Companies don't want to spend money on a designer that can't provide a look or feel well suited to them.

Related: 35 graphic design interview questions (with sample answers)

6. IT analyst

National average salary: £36,402 per year

Primary duties: As people have increasingly transitioned to working from home, it's likely that employees have issues when making the switch. From VPNs that won't connect to shared drives that fail to sync, a single aspect of technical infrastructure failing can cause damage to a company.

An IT analyst is responsible for finding technical issues and guiding customers and employees to a resolution. This job can be completely remote and all that is required is a fast internet connection and a capable PC. They often have some experience in the field. A degree in a related field such as computing is also beneficial, as this demonstrates an understanding of the systems they deal with on a daily basis. IT analyst is a role that's typically open to external applications and likely has potential for progression through IT support structures.

Related: How to become a systems analyst (with helpful tips)

7. Developer

National average salary: £41,752 per year

Primary duties: Similar to an IT analyst, the base for a developer is almost entirely online and thus can allow individuals to work from home. A developer is responsible for writing code and creating programs, whether to see implementation by the hiring company or as a contractor. This job requires a competent computer and a strong internet connection to write, send and receive strings of code.

As a developer, a degree in computing is important. This demonstrates the ability to write in the most common coding languages in creating programs and applications. Candidates may be successful through self-teaching, as hosting their code in locations such as Github offers them a digital portfolio to demonstrate to potential employees. Interview processes often include challenging coding tasks to ensure they have the skills necessary for the job.

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