7 Unusual Work From Home Jobs


By Carol Tice

Time was, you had to be a graphic designer, a consultant or a freelance copywriter if you wanted to ditch your cubicle and make money in your pajamas. But advances in technology have brought work-from-home jobs to nearly every business sector. If you're ready to trade your morning car-commute for a quick stroll over to your home computer, consider these unusual work-from-home possibilities.

1. Concierge

Ask for restaurant recommendations or directions at the Santa Clara Hyatt in California (or a growing number of other fine hotels), and you'll be directed to a flat screen mounted on the wall. Virtual concierges use videoconferencing technology to ask hotel guests about their interests and provide them with sightseeing tips, says Kate Lister, co-author of Undress For Success: The Naked Truth About Making Money At Home.

2. Catering manager

You might think it'd be impossible to work in food service remotely, but FlexJobs recently had a job listing from a national bagel chain for a telecommuting junior catering manager, reports FlexJobs CEO Sara Sutton Fell. The work involves coordinating banquet orders via phone and computer software, then traveling to job sites to oversee the actual events, with no office or commercial-kitchen time needed.

3. Online instructor

The rise of online classes and universities has meant a boom in teaching jobs you can do from home, says Fell. Recent FlexJobs listings have included an adjunct professor of opticianry and an instructor for a world religions course. If you've been teaching but want to skip the classroom-management problems and faculty-lunchroom drama, stay home and email your students about their online lessons.

4. Nonprofit executive director

To attract the best talent, a growing number of nonprofits are hiring executive directors and letting them work wherever they are, says Fell. If you have a management background and a passion for a cause, you may be able to combine them into a job that lets you do good – while also doing the laundry.

"Some are virtual organizations anyway," she says. "Nonprofits like the lower overhead costs."

5. Patient champion/patient advocate

Home-Based Business For Dummies authors Paul and Sarah Edwards noticed the emergence of this home-based job. Patient champions help ill people navigate the complexities of the healthcare system – calling doctors, obtaining copies of medical records, and accompanying patients on doctor visits. Often relatives don't live close, Paul Edwards notes, so they'll pay someone to make sure grandma is receiving appropriate care and understanding doctors' instructions.

"It's a great service," he says, "and there's a great need."

6. Virtual juror

If you're a person with strong opinions, you might make some quick cash serving as an independent juror. Virtual jurors help lawyers evaluate the strengths of their case before they take it to court. Some companies promise up to $60 a case – not bad for an hour's work at your computer. Major players in this space include Virtual Juror (www.virtualjuror.com) and Online Verdict (www.onlineverdict.com).

7. Golf instructor

Are you an experienced golf instructor who's tired of slogging around the course? Virtual instructors review video from golfers and then email or phone in tips on improving their swing. Fell's seen this one pop up on FlexJobs.

8. Virtual nurse

Registered nurses tired of working 12-hour shifts standing on their feet are taking advantage of booming opportunities in virtual nursing, says Undress for Success's Lister. In teletriage, nurses staff phone lines and take calls from people with health emergencies, helping them evaluate whether they need an immediate trip to the ER. Lister knows one insurer that offered a nurse-staffed chat line for pregnant mothers, helping them resolve minor issues without resorting to more-costly doctor visits.

"It saves the medical system a lot of money," she notes, "to contract with organizations that offer nursing support by phone."

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Great article. I have another one....how about a ticket buyer? Ticket Puller hires people to buy concert tickets!

I have been working from home for 12 years and love it! Contrary to popular believe, there really are thousands of free, no scam, no mlm work from home, telecommuting jobs out there. The key is knowing where to find them and following two important rules.

First, never pay for a job, they should pay you plain and simple. Second, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. Now, where do you find the jobs? There is a wonderful no scam, no fee online job database called the "Legitimate Online JobDirectory" at http://www.LegitimateOnlineJobDirectory.com. I do freelance work for many of the companies listed there.

Another place to find good work from home jobs is flexjobs.com as mentioned above. You can also search the major job sites like Careerbuilder, Simply Hired and Indeed. Just be sure to follow the rules above.

I hope this helps!

August 21 2012 at 10:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Brinda, I'm from Kokomo and now live in FL. If you do in home health giver I think I know of a need there. It would be my sisters' widowed father-in-law.

Let me know!

May 18 2010 at 7:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Most of these jobs seem to turn out to be scams. Never pay to get a job. Others like the patient advocate thing, would be easy to do on your own. Just let doctors in your area know you are available. Many of us older people need help, and our numbers are growning as 'boomers' are getting older. But we also want someone with knowledge of what they are offering services for! Bettter have some varifiable referances.

February 24 2010 at 7:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Robert G Allen

November 19 2009 at 2:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sadie please contact me and I can tell you what I'm doing from home

October 08 2009 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For all the artsy folks, try artbistro.com for help and lots of info and networking. Also for the photographers try easyphotobiz.com where there is a $37 fee for the info but an 8 week money back guarantee. And to you idiots commenting on things you know nothing about without doing any homework or work whatsoever, I don't make a penny for sending people there, it's just info I have used to move forward in these tough times. Some of us just try to share and help others. Good luck in your search.

October 02 2009 at 2:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Georgina Albarran

Regina, very interested to hear more about this position. Can you please contact me? I'm not licensed but I am bilingual. My email address is gec74@yahoo.com.

September 18 2009 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Georgina Albarran's comment

the site is liveops.com, good company, you can email me one you have applied and i can put in a referra for you, i have been there since march 09

October 10 2009 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

regina, i too am looking for something legitimate to do at home i have a lot of time on my hands and need serond income any advise u can offer will be greatly appreciated

September 18 2009 at 11:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to mille's comment

I need your email address to tell you what I'm doing from home and it is blessing us abudantly please do me a favor and send me your email so I can get some info to you


October 08 2009 at 1:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey Miles, you can email me at reginamdill@hotmail.com, the website is liveops.com,, good company I have been with them since march 08, good money, once you have applied, contact me and i can put in a referral for you

October 10 2009 at 3:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i too am looking for something to do at home as I am disabled to a point and need a second income disability doesnt pay much monthly I need something without gimmicks and costly as money is rationed. anyone knowing of anything please email me i can do clerical data entry anything in the office field. thank you

September 18 2009 at 10:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to mille's comment

Hi this is Gina

Send me your email and I can get some info to you

October 08 2009 at 1:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It requires schooling but closed-captioning is a great way to make good money working at home. And you'll have great job security.

September 17 2009 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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