Stay at home jobs can be helpful if you are managing social anxiety. I don’t advocate using it as an excuse not to socialize, but rather, it gives you the chance to approach social situations in a controlled way. They are many opportunities to be social outside of work. You don’t have to spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week in the company of coworkers to accomplish that.
I’m also a big proponent of stay at home jobs for other reasons. Less commuting means less effects on the environment. Stay at home jobs give you the chance to be flexible if you have a family. In addition, if you choose to be an entrepreneur, the earning potential is often unlimited, which can’t be said for most 9 to 5 jobs.
I am sure there are many more stay at home jobs than the ones I outline in this post; however, these are the ones I am most familiar with. I’d love to hear in the comments if you know of other positions.
If you are interested in becoming a freelance writer, I encourage you to check out the website MakeaLivingWriting.com with Carol Tice. Carol does a good job of helping newcomers to the profession earn more money in less time. You can join her writer’s den (when registrations open) for $25 a month, and you will have access to the forums, all of her training videos, and much more.
I have been a member on and off, but ultimately found that I just didn’t have time to fully devote myself to developing that part of my career. If you are focused on freelance writing, especially for magazines or business publications, the courses will be helpful.
Court Transcripts Proofreader
Court transcripts proofreaders do just that—proofread the transcripts that court reporters prepare. Typically these stay at home jobs some sort of legal background, although you can take a course through the website ProofreadAnywhere.com that may help you to get a foot in the door.
Although the certificate course is a bit pricey at over $1000, it is broken down into modules so you can try it out first to see whether it’s a good fit. Like most work-from-home jobs, this one is location independent, meaning that you can live in one country while working for someone in another. It is also a somewhat portable job in that it can be done with just an iPad and an app.
Though this is a bit specialized, I’ve included it because it is one of the ways that I earn income from home. I work through an agency, but you could also set yourself up as a freelancer and obtain clients directly. In the work that I do, I edit manuscripts written by ESL academics (primarily from Japan, Korea, and China) who are planning to submit to academic journals.
These stay at home jobs typically requires a degree in a social science or science-related field. If you work through an agency, you will typically be paid at a rate per 1000 words, and as you become more proficient at your job, your hourly rate will in effect increase. I can now easily earn $1000 a month working part-time, and have earned as much as $4000 when completing steady work.
House Flipper/Real Estate Investor
This might seem like a strange one to include as well, but it’s also an income-producing activity for me, so it is what I am familiar with. If you are interested in this topic, I suggest visiting AffordAnything.com hosted by Paula Pant. Listen to her podcast and you will be miles ahead of everyone else when it comes to real estate.
The best part about being a blog writer is that the earning potential is unlimited. The worst part is of course that in the beginning, you won’t be earning anything. That’s why a blog is best started as an “on-the-side” gig as far as stay at home jobs go.
If you can eventually turn it into a money-maker, then you may be able to quit your 9-5. If anxiety has held you back even from a 9-5, this could be a great way to express yourself as well. I truly believe there aren’t enough success stories on the Internet from people with social anxiety, and would love for you to be part of that group.