What Are the Most Common Jobs People Do From Home in 2014?

The most common jobs people do from home in 2014 may surprise you. There is practically no end to the kinds of jobs that can be done from your house, your car or even your corner Starbucks. As long as you have your laptop and a Wi-Fi connection, you can work from anywhere.

To find out which jobs are most commonly performed away from the office environment, we looked to Forbes magazine and job-posting sites that specialize in telecommuter positions.

Here’s the list we came up with.


While some journalists still work in the office, many work from home. Most of today’s online news sites have very small offices with only a few full-time employees, even though their staff of journalist writers is huge. The journalists who write for these news organizations live all over the world. They often write about local news and events or human interest stories.

Technical writers and website content writers are among the other job titles that fall into this category. The number of writing jobs available at any given time often exceeds the total number of all other remote job types.


There are many different kinds of consultants in today’s world and most of them work from their homes. You might be a fashion consultant, an IT consultant or a financial consultant. Those are just a few of the job titles you see postings for in this category.

A consultant’s clients could be hundreds of miles away. With VPNs and other internet-based technologies, it is possible to evaluate a computer system or a person’s financial portfolio without ever leaving the comfort of your home.

Software Developer

Talk to any software developer or designer and they will tell you that contractors make the most money. Having a job with a single company might offer other perks or benefits but hour for hour, self-employed software developers make more money. If you have coding or developing skills, you can bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. Mobile app development is particularly hot right now. All you need to develop mobile apps is a computer, the right software and some imagination.

Data Entry

Data entry jobs are among the easiest positions, as far as qualifications go. If you can pass typing and 10-key tests, you can get hired. Most companies require a minimum of 60 words per minute and the pay is often piece work. Your earnings are based on the amount you produce. But the work is easy, there’s no commute and you can do it in your pajamas if you want.

Those are the four most common jobs people do from home in 2014 according to our research.

There are still plenty of people who run home childcare facilities and adult daycare facilities are becoming increasingly common. Lots of professionals have offices in their homes, as well. We think of these four as things you can do without meeting people face-to-face. As long as you have the skills and a good internet connection, you may never have to leave your home again.

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