Looking for a home job? Businesses adjusting to a post-COVID world are pushing demand for certain remote jobs in the stratosphere.
If you can attract potential buyers to Shopify stores, manage paid advertising on Amazon or Google, or design restaurant menus, for example, you don’t have to go to an office to find work. The demand for these hot home jobs is increasing at double and triple digit rates. That’s according to a new study from Fiverr, an international freelance platform, on millions of client searches made in the past six months.
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1:29 p.m. October 19, 2021An earlier version of this article misspelled Natasha Shine-Zirkel’s last name as Shine-Zirket.
“At the onset of COVID, a lot of companies had to reinvent themselves from offline to online,” says Natasha Shine-Zirkel, group manager of verticals for Fiverr. “Now we see all of these businesses trying to grow their online presence, while preparing their offline operations for the holidays. “
Hot home work
As a result, jobs in advertising, sales and marketing are scorching hot, says Shine-Zirkel. There has been a 247% increase in the number of businesses looking for Shopify promotion experts, for example. Searches for people who can run Facebook promotions jumped 174%.
There is also an ongoing demand for freelancers who can help businesses get online and promote themselves. Searches for front-end web developers, YouTube publishers, social media experts, and smartphone app developers have also exploded.
The fastest growing remote work categories for US freelancers are in brands, customer service, and real estate video making.
There is almost always an increase in demand for customer service representatives before the holidays, says Kim Garstein, senior vice president of international recruiting firm Robert Half.
However, COVID plays an important role. Many homebuyers are still uncomfortable visiting homes in person, for example. Thus, real estate brokers are offering more and more “virtual” home visits.
And, as restaurants are again widely open for in-person dining, many have switched to digital menus. Of course, it’s hard to visualize a poster-sized menu on a 6-inch smartphone screen. So many restaurants are rethinking their prices to improve the digital experience.
Meanwhile, the demand for remote accountants, administrators, technical experts, copywriters, human resources managers and experts in healthcare, project management and education is also strong, according to FlexJobs, a job site organized for remote work. Demographic trends partly explain this. After all, the massive baby boom generation is well into retirement age, resulting in a shortage of experienced workers across the workforce.
But the pandemic, which has closed schools and left parents scrambling for child care, has exacerbated the labor shortage. And many schools still regularly test children for COVID and close at the first sign of infection. As a result, some families with young children have chosen to forgo at least two full-time incomes temporarily. A parent returns to part-time or contract work to deal with the still unstable nature of public education.
Where to find jobs
As always, the best places to find work depend on what you want to do.
If you are looking for remote project work, Fiverr is a good choice. The site supports 500 job categories, such as social media management, website development, and digital marketing. The self-employed set their own prices here. But the prices are usually calculated by the project, not the hour. Therefore, it is imperative to be specific about what is and is not included in the package listed.
If you are developing a website, for example, you can offer a three page site for $ 150; a five page site for $ 250 and a 10 page site for $ 500. You can – and should – specify whether animations and interactive elements are included or additional.
If you prefer to deliver services by the hour, good sites for tech workers include Braintrust, Catalant, FreeUp, and TopTal.
Advertising and marketing experts can also find work from home positions through WorkingNotWorking, Creatively and FlexJobs.
The best sites to find accounting work include Robert Half and AccountingDept.com.
Work-from-home administrative jobs can be found through Belay, Boldly, and Time Etc.
Sites specializing in connecting remote human resources experts include WAHVE, FairyGodBoss, and FlexProfessionals.
Kristof is the publisher of SideHusl.com, a freelance website that reviews money making opportunities in the gig economy.