The 10 Best Work-from-anywhere Jobs

October 24, 2012 |


Forbes has published a new article, “The Best-paying Jobs You Can Do From Anywhere,” pointing out that jobs in the future won’t look too much like jobs today — specifically, work will be less about going to an office 9 to 5, and more about doing your job from wherever you happen to be, even if it’s hundreds or thousands of miles away from corporate headquarters.

More companies are ramping up their hiring of anywhere workers who don’t need to come into or even be near the corporate office… businesses like American Express, Amazon, United Health and Aetna are some of many realizing that hiring more virtual workers gives them access to millions of potential candidates rather than the hundred or so within a 50-mile radius. It also saves businesses on commercial real estate costs and reduces turnover, as workers become ironically loyal when offered their freedom.

For veterans, this isn’t anything new — servicemembers are used to working in a wide range of conditions, in a multitude of locations — and if anything, military-trained folks have more experience leading and managing from a distance than civilian workers. Below is the list that Forbes has come up with for the highest-paying “virtual” jobs that are currently out there (and you might get a chuckle or two from some of the occupations — hey, a job’s a job, right?):

Teleradiologists: It’s a specialized field, but a lucrative one — teleradiologists view digitally transmitted patient images and confer with the doctors via videoconferencing, to the tune of $100,000 annual salary (and up to $400,000 year based on your experience and hours worked).

Telepharmacists: Estimated to earn a median salry of $105,000 working for a retailer and $118,000 working for a hospital.

Telenurses: Advise patients over the phone, and make close to the median salary of standard registered nurses ($65,000).

Medical transcriptionists: It may not sound like the most thrilling job (basically writing transcripts based on doctor’s voice recodings), but it can be done remotely and earns a median salary of $33,000 a year.

Online college and post-graduate teachers:  Online teachers are in high demand with the growth of distance learning programs — as long as you have teaching credentials and a webcam, you can earn around $60,000 a year from anywhere.

Translators: As our small world gets smaller, the need to translate between languages is greater than ever, from everything from foreign comics to business and marketing documents. Translators earn a median salary of $43,000.

Phone sex operators: You won’t necessarily find this on the Department of Labor employment guide, but according to Forbes’ research, PSOs can make between $240 and $1,200 a week, depending on the rates and agreement, but independent PSOs might charge $3 to $100 a minute, which can get you an annual six-figure salary.

Technical writers: Not surprising given our tech-oriented industry, technical writers are in high demand, and with technical writing certification classes everywhere, it’s not too hard to get up to speed. According to, an entry-level technical writer makes $46,000 a year.

Virtual tax preparers: Yeah, things get a little hairy around April 15, but helping folks with their tax preparation is actually a year-round gig. An entry-level tax accountant makes about $48,000 annually.

Customer service representatives: Yep, it’s the dreaded customer service operator gig that you see parodied in dozens of movies. But at least it’s the kind of job where you’re left alone most of the day, and salary starts at $30,000 annually.


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  1. Betner says:

    I am a retired AF officer and I don't think I'm done, yet. Your occupation sounds like a God-send to people everywhere, and helping people to lower their power bills is something of interest to us all!
    I'd be grateful for your information and suggestions. Please drop me a line, so I can learn more. Thank you!

  2. Tom Dewey says:

    Can you tell me more, I am interested in youir company

  3. David says:

    I would like to know more about this opportunity. I'm currently an Active Officer for the National Guard but would like to start building to my future retirement and have something built before I retire.

  4. Jennifer says:

    I am a retired Army MSG and am interested in working from home. Please provide more information. Always read about these types of jobs but where do you find them? Where do you get more information?


  5. jeff says:

    I am interested but have been lied to by everyone so far, so tel me why trust this?

  6. Abc says:

    Don't forget the lucrative job of writing up about lucrative online jobs! All these online writers make more than some of the jobs listed and it doesn't take much more than the skill/software to write digital articles.

  7. Pathfinder says:

    8 comments, 4 viewable? Am I missing something? Prior Infantry so I can't count very high…. but anything under 10 is in the bag.

  8. Jennifer says:

    Retired Army MSG here and interested in working from home. Please provide more information.

  9. Vic says:

    Retired Navy and Very interested in this type of work. More info please!!!

  10. Timothy says:

    I am a retired Air Force Crew Chief still working in the aviation field, would like to know how to get started working from home doing something on the computer

  11. Shaky Jake says:

    Excellent article for now and the future workers

  12. bhiet says:

    For BHI ?

  13. PSJ says:

    I am retired from the Airborne Infantry and I am very eager to learn more about these exciting jobs especially the phone sex operator. Would I have to change my voice or are there people out there that need to hear an old sarge tell 'em to slap it around a bit and suck on a high heeled shoe. And these are the TOP TEN best work from anywhere jobs. I must have missed something somewhere along the line.

    • JRS says:

      Airborne, Top! Now you make some extra money while bringing much happiness to legs everywhere asking if they'd like to see you "sit and spin!"

      Slipping away now before I get entangled…

    • ISP says:

      Get your head into your fourth point of contact???

  14. Anthony ,Doris says:

    I would like more information about telenurse. I am a registered medical assistant . Prior 91b medical specialist

    • Neither a medical assistant nor a 91b is going to be qualified in a TeleNurse position. The liabilities for these companies is quite high, since it's not simply a matter of following a triage card, SOLELY. There are judgement calls when any patient is calling a nurse advice line. In fact, LPN's would doubtfully not get hired either. Having managed a number of these contracts, most of them for the military, the TeleNurse positions required an R.N. licensure, and at least 3 years of experience.

  15. Lori says:

    The information given is of interest to many, I am sure. However, as with all such articles, it would be helpful if you could provide additional information about where to begin to find the necessary education and the jobs themselves. For instance, Technical Writer, do I go to ASK.COM and enter how to become a Technical Writer? I don't mean to sound glib, but there are jobs that sound interesting, yet finding out how to become qualified turns out to be allusive. Additional information would be greatly appreciated.

  16. lisa says:

    this article is useless to anyone who needs it if it doesn’t list sites or have links to the companies that have these types of jobs…just sayin’

  17. BWilliams says:

    I am a 12 year Air Force vet and would like for you to send me info on companies that are hiring teleworkers. Thank you in advance!

  18. duffersdrift says:

    They forgot about webcam models. I'm pretty sure it pays more than phone sex operator. Perhaps phone sex operator is more of a ground floor job, and webcam model is more of an executive-level job for those who are management material.

    • Mike says:

      No. Like radio, a PSO could be ugly as a mud fence and still make a great living based on voice alone. A webcam model would probably need to be good looking (by the universal standard – i.e. thin, tan, blonde, busty, etc.) to make a good living.

  19. RRob says:

    You left out where VETs can obtain these type of jobs and receive the training (if required). I want Inn

  20. Michael Stokes says:

    Served in the Army, been out for 15 years. DAV and it’s getting harder to do my job. This sounds like I could stay productive.I am in sales now just too much walking and standing. Please provide more information. Thanks

  21. Gladys Booth says:

    I believe that listing the "phone sex operator" job was inappropriate. I have no doubt that these jobs do exist, but Military.Com is a respectable internet site and its readers are all connected to the military therefore, we expect you to be more selective with the material you publish.

    • JRS says:

      My Dear Gladys,

      While many of the visitors to this site are quite respectable and honorable, isn't, and there are many disreputable posers of all types to be found around here as well.

    • LadyAM1 says:

      I agree with you on that one…totally inappropriate for the venue. Now perhaps if prostitution was a legal profession in most of the country, it might be a different story. However, it's not, and the only difference that I can see is that you can't get an STD over the phone. They might just as well have suggested a position in marijuana brokering.

  22. Jose M. Gutierrez says:

    More info on where one can apply for and get these type of jobs. I like the freedom of being able to work from home and not having to wake up earlier than needed to fight traffic.

  23. Stan Ford says:

    Where do we apply?

  24. Terry says:

    As a multilingualist (Speak and read CONVERSANT Russian, Japanese, [Mandarin] Chinese, and a "SPLATTERING" of/SURVIVABLE Tagalog, French, German an Spanish) I have found that qualifications for a translator requires ABSOLUTE fluency because non-speakers of the languages always-ALWAYS express insecurities for exact translation, NOT-REALIZING interpretation and the ability to correspond across language and cultural barriers is a gift and the fact that it can be done at all is a miracle to be appreciated. I wish people could understand that; I rarely receive any recognition for my ability, …"NOT UNTIL CRAP HITS THE FAN" and an emergency breaks-out and me and my SKILLS are "required" (like the '83 KAL 007 incident, and other seemingly miner events around that time.)

  25. Jennifer says:

    Phone sex op??? Let me tell you from experience. You will not make 3.00 a min and who ever thought they could pass off that bs about 100 a min is full of crap. You really think people are going to pay for phone sex, when cyber sex is free, Back in the day you had to really bust your butt to get business in that arena. If you were lucky to do so, you would make about $65-95 an hour. However, some of that wet to the site, phone bill and advertising. The phone does not ring off the hook. Sometimes it would be one call a night. On a good night perhaps 3. This is not a fun job, its not something you can bank on. It also makes you feel bad about yourself, and almost always late hours of the night.

  26. Work-from-home jobs are becoming more and more prevalent. Working as an employment specialist, I think there are more "legit" w-f-h jobs available at brick and mortar employers. You get hired to habitate a cubicle but eventually are permitted to use a remote desktop or VPN from home. The simplest, albeit, not easiest way to find these w-f-h jobs is to Google them. Or, Bing, etc. Do not rely on someone who has no stock in your future to spoon-feed you the answers.

  27. LadyAM1 says:

    Thank you for taking the time to make your case in a thoughtful manner, Mary. I agree with you on many points, and while I wasn't offended, I did not feel that posting it on this particular site was in keeping with the way the military WANTS to come across.