We're living in the "freelance economy," where people can work for anyone, anywhere, anytime. Most people still go to the office, but more Americans are opting to work from home or remotely (like at a table inside Starbucks). Recently my son had an emergency appendectomy--he's fine—but the surgeon didn't have an office, just a phone number. It sure saves money and can improve quality of life.
However, you've probably received emails promising you thousands of dollars in earnings weekly working from home. If that actually happens to you and you become fabulously rich, let me know. More likely, the best way to work successfully from home is to already have a successful career that you can transfer out of the office.
Flexjobs is a website that posts telecommuting jobs from companies like Amazon, CVS Caremark or Dell. Forbes reports Flexjobs has seen a 26 percent jump in telecommuting postings. Amazon, for example, is currently hiring a "virtual" account manager who can work from home. It's also looking for an HR specialist who can remotely provide "coaching and mentoring," all while wearing jammies. Well, maybe your pajama bottoms. You may have to put on a shirt and tie for "coaching" via Skype.
Here are some of the top-paying telecommuting careers on Flexjobs.