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Highest Paying, No Degree, White Collar Work-At-Home Jobs

June 13th, 2007 by rosie · 9 Comments

Just as there are endless legitimate reasons to want to work from home, there are many different kinds of jobs you can do from home. But some pay more than others depending on what you do. For example, a computer programmer who works from home is bound to make some good money. But what about those who have no 4-year degree? Here’s a list of the highest paying WHITE COLLAR work-at-home jobs in which NO DEGREE is required.

In no particular order:

1. Virtual Assistant. Virtual assistants provide office support and pay ranges from $20-$50 per hour. Duties may include: word processing, desktop publishing, business writing, office managing and organization consulting, preparing spreadsheets or databases, maintaining contact-management programs, bookkeeping, billing, providing notary services, graphic designing, doing multimedia presentations, offering answering services, preparing mail, writing resumes, designing websites, and doing research.

2. Medical Billing/Transcription. There’s big demand by hospitals, doctors, dentists, chiropractors and veterinarians who need outside help transcribing patient medical records. This field is open for individuals who can type fast and lean terminology and formatting, in classes and programs that usually last two terms. Pay arrangements differ widely, with some being paid per hour plus bonuses for increased production and some being paid per line of code. But in general, hourly pay ranges from $15-$25.

3. Legal Transcription. Legal transcription is one of the freshest entrants into the world of out-sourced transcription services. Legal transcription work is demanded by attorneys, large corporations, governmental departments, banks, insurance companies etc. Even the United States government employs legal transcriptionists. The career of a legal transcriptionist is one of the very few ones with the least competition but unbelievable scope. Legal transcriptionists are hard to come by. Another advantage of this area is that one does not need any prior work experience. Pay typically ranges from $19k- $30k.

4. Translation. For those that took a language in high school or college, or who are fluent in another language, translation careers are one of the best paying careers offered to home workers. Median pay for translation services is $45,549.

5. Editor/Proofreader. These careers are perfect for people who are great with details and have a good understanding of the English language and/or specific terminology. Proofreads, reviews, and edits materials for accurate use of grammar and content. Pay ranges from $31k- $45k.

6. Freelance writer. Freelance writing and copywriting is a great way to earn income while working from home and spending very little to get started. There are many different avenues in which freelance work is available: magazines, e-zines, web content, blogs, business writing, even E-books. Motivated freelance writers today can earn a respectable living of between $27,000 and $49,000 a year but, to succeed in this career, you need to be a “fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants” expert.

7. Call Center. You hear a lot about companies routing their customer-service calls to workers overseas, but a less-noticed trend is the growth in home-based call-center workers. The number of such workers in North America has tripled since 2000, according to an estimate by research firm Yankee Group, with more than 670,000 phone agents in the United States and Canada now working at home. Thanks to the Internet and better call-routing technology, more companies are finding they can outsource their order-taking, sales and problem-solving calls to home-based workers. Median pay is $27,664.

8. Graphic design. Uses knowledge of current graphic design software to produce graphic art and visual materials for promotions, advertisements, films, pakcaging, and informative and instructional material though a variety of media outlets such as web-sites, and CD-Roms. Generates and manipulates graphic images, animations, sound, text and video into consolidated and seamless multi-media programs. Must remain abreast of technological advances in the field and be able to identify areas of use in the organization. The national average for pay ranges from $39k to $49k.

9. Computer Technician. Maybe your’re the person everyone calls when they have computer troubles and even though you do not have a 4-year degree, you know enough about computers to make a career of it. This generic category encompasses computer repair, upgrades, networking, internet, installation, security, etc. This job requires travel to clients’ homes or offices. The median national average is $40,763.

10. Web Design. Designs websites for individuals, businesses, and non-profits. Maintains and provides ongoing design of the website, promos and banners, seasonal content specials, custom chat launcher design, etc. Pay ranges from $52,000 to $70,000.

11. Home/Office Organization. A recent trend and quickly growing field, services include: organizing living space in the home and clearing clutter; organizing offices, and filing systems and records; one-time jobs in preparation for estate sales, help with moving, clearing away years of clutter; on-going jobs to keep homes/offices organized and clutter-free. Pay ranges from $20-$50 per hour.

12. Life Coach. The practice of assisting clients to determine and achieve personal goals. A coach will use a variety of methods, tailored to the client, to move through the process of setting and reaching goals. Coaching is not targeted at psychological illness, and a life coach is not a therapist. A successful full time life coach, coaching 20 individual clients a month at $350 per client, would gross $7000 per month. If you work with 25 executive or entrepreneur clients at say $500 per month, you would gross $12,500 per month. Overhead and expenses for a coaching practice are usually quite small, rarely over 20% of sales. (Currently only 5% of coaches earn over $100K per year.)

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    Comment by Goddess Carlie
    2007-06-18 12:00:49

    And that is why I’m hoping to get into translation one day. I would really love to work from home full time. And there are a lot of jobs going where I live for Japanese Translators… However, I’m sure when I’m fluent in the language the demand will have gone!!

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    Comment by shawn
    2007-06-18 12:30:48

    Translation has been in demand since the days of the Tower of Babel so don’t sweat it – if you become proficient, there will be a demand. Lots of possibilities with that – everything from being a tour guide to doing translations of software or books or subtitles…I’m sure you will have work!

    Comment by Rosalie Smith
    2007-11-14 20:41:52

    I have 17 years of experience as a legal and medical transcriptionist but, due to a familial tremor of my right hand now, I want to edit and proofread.

    Can anyone help me find such a job?

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    Comment by Diomedes Broqueza
    2008-03-19 16:00:34

    I have been working as an English editor in one of the largest transcription companies in the Philippines for more than three years now. And I am interested to work as a part-time work-at-home English editor. My work experience can prove my competence for this post. If you want my service, you can reach me through my e-mail.

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    2008-04-19 20:36:52

    Agreed. I created a tax preparation & bookkeeping company that is internet based. I also do QuickBooks consultations locally. It’s been about 4 months and there is a lot of competition out there. It’s not as easy as it sounds.

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    Comment by Pinky
    2009-04-26 20:51:44

    You have covered it beautifully. I am a virtual assistant and I do have a degree too :)

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