The concept of work from home or remote work was nearly unimaginable even a decade back.
Now it is considered the new normal, especially since the lockdown due to the global pandemic. The internet has opened up new vistas and working online means no more long commutes followed by longer working hours.
You could start a profitable career from your kitchen table, work when you want, enjoy your free time, and make an impact.
What is the best work from home job?
I have been working from home as a copywriter and blogger for several years. I have written many guides about earning money online as you can see below:
And because I am German, I have compiled some research about the German online work market, so that you can see how easy it is to earn money online in Germany.
Let me guide you through your options to inspire you if you live or intend to live in Germany, a country full of many online job opportunities.
Best Work From Home Jobs in Germany
This is the perfect job if you are well versed in English and German. Translation has become a vital task as global trade has grown. Almost all business documents, deeds, affidavits, memorandum need translation into English for circulation among international clients.
It helps if you have a diploma or degree in the English language, but it is not mandatory. Of course, without certification, you would need to prove your grasp of English in the first few bottom dollar projects. If your work is good enough, then with experience, a great case study portfolio, and positive client reviews, the need for certification fades.
Of utmost importance is understanding that a translator translates not only words but also the spirit of the content or message a company or client wants to convey. Your web content, for example, must be more than the sum of the different content parts and reflect the sentiment of the original, but with a matching cultural angle.
Let me tell you that British and German humour is very different so if a client website were telling a joke or a funny slogan, your job would be to make it sound funny in both languages.
When I translated a Swiss-German educational website into English, it was challenging due to the differences in the national and regional public and political systems influencing education. So, translating from German means you don’t just speak for Germans, but also Austrians or Swiss in some cases, which is exciting and may open up many more online work opportunities.
Creating your own domain and blog is exceptionally satisfying and can pay hard workers like VAs (virtual assistants) handsomely. If you have a passion for something, share it with the world and get paid when others visit your blog.
Of course, it goes without saying that your blogs must be engaging, easy to read, relatable, and show that you have adequate domain knowledge. You’ll also need to have some professional SEO and Blogging skills to get it ranked high on search engines so that people find it. You can take SeekaHost University online courses to get on top of that.
If you learned how to cook spaghetti Bolognese recently, it is probably not enough experience to attract visitors to your new blog about pasta making.
Your blog can be monetized in several ways. Affiliate marketing, selling ad space, e-courses, and many more avenues make this a lucrative field, which I explain in more depth in the Make Money Online ClickDo guide.
3. Data Entry
The task itself is quite simple. You are required to input a large number of data into a prescribed format, usually from excel to a database website.
There are two caveats:
- You need enormous speed, at least 60 WPM (words per minute) though 90 is preferable.
- Accuracy has to be 97.5% at 22500 keystrokes per hour.
The best way to prepare is to learn to type using any of the dozens of free typing software available online. Also, learn to use an ergonomic keyboard for better quality work. Otherwise, you would burn out in a year.
This field also has a considerable number of fly-by-night operators who do not pay. Cater to a small and dependable clientele who regularly provide you with work. I provide more tips on highly rated online job sites in the Make Money Online Kindle Book, where I mainly cover international job sites many Germans also use.
4. Online Surveys
It is the most straightforward work from home jobs and also pays the least. Opinion polls and surveys help companies better understand the customer’s needs.
The questions might be about buyer psychology (e.g., your feelings when purchasing/unboxing), taste (color, material), or financial (what is too expensive/affordable) in nature.
The information is rarely personally identifiable but rather an insight into a typical person’s mind from a marketer’s perspective.
Several platforms offer surveys, and there is very little labor involved in filling up questionnaires. This is the best side gig to a full-time work from the home jobs such as a virtual assistant as it can be done in an hour while you earn either rewards or some extra cash.
5. Content writer/Copywriter
It is a writing job similar to a blogger. But apart from that, they share very little in common.
But here you are not going to write about your passion but what your client wants and needs.
It could be a sales letter, a website’s About Us page, a blog post with specific keywords inserted brilliantly into the text, and a myriad of the more similar tasks, which I describe in more detail in my portfolio section.
What is needed is a good grasp of language, extensive vocabulary, ability to research quickly, formulate thoughts, and pen them down in simple, lucid sentences that appeal to a reader.
Besides, you would need innate curiosity because the topics you may write about could be as varied as travel to Serengeti to the best ten DSLR cameras under Euro 1000.
Read some of my articles about working online as a copywriter here:
SEO means search engine optimization. It is how a website climbs up the search engine page ranking algorithm.
Several distinct tasks are performed by the SEO industry. Some of these include keywords analytics, traffic measurement, backlink monitoring, etc.
No formal training is required, but a short SEO certification or even a free MOOC course would help you understand the industry better.
You obviously cannot handle the whole SEO process at first, and it is best to start off as an assistant who works from home. The sky is literally the limit for earning as your skills improve.
SEO is a vital skill for many online jobs and if you want to be successful online in Germany, you will have to learn important keywords and how to implement them in your texts so that it attracts the right audience.
This is why at SeekaHost University I and my ClickDo colleagues share their SEO skills and wisdom, which can be applied in any language with the right SEO tools.
7. Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistants offer online administrative support to firms worldwide. With so many start-ups, there is a need for someone to maintain their books of accounts, prepare payroll, attend to the nitty-gritty of running an office.
A virtual assistant works full time for a company or part-time for several and assists with the management of all office tasks.
From writing emails to drafting circulars and proofreading press releases – it is all in a day’s work for a virtual assistant.
8. Social Media Analyst
If you cannot stay away from Instagram, this is the perfect job for you. A significant part of marketing has moved online and into social media.
There is a constant need to monitor the publishing calendar and find the perfect platform that offers high ROI for the investment.
It requires a degree of comfort with figures and statistics and the ability to objectively analyze and prepare a report based on which the company can tweak its marketing strategy.
The advantage of work from home jobs is that you could try out a few to find which suits your personality and needs most.
If you want to be a blogger (and perhaps run a YouTube channel parallelly) you need full-time commitment. Jobs such as data entry and online surveys require less upfront commitment of time, energy, and creativity, but also pay less in the long run.
One thing is for sure – that the trend is here to stay. By getting in early and establishing yourself in the field, you surely have an unbeatable advantage in the German online job market.
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