In today’s digital and globally connected world, more and more jobs can be done from home. If you enjoy living in the Middle Kingdom but aren’t a fan of the 996 lifestyle, here are several jobs you can do from home in China.
These days, content is the name of the game, with companies from all industries needing everything from snappy product descriptions to SEO-friendly blogs. There’s therefore a ton of opportunities for writers, editors and proofreaders – jobs which can all be done from home — in China. If you’re an aspiring writer, this is also a great way to build a portfolio that you can share with future employers.
The money for remote writing gigs is usually fairly stable as most companies will want a set number of contributions each month. Editing and proofreading tend to be a bit more sporadic, however, as it will likely depend on how much copy the company receives from their writers on a monthly basis. However, in China, non-native speakers need English documents polished all the time, so it’s a great place to start with some casual editing work.
Jobs for social media specialists have been on the rise for several years. As China has its own social media landscape, domestic companies with global ambitions are always looking for experts in foreign social media.
Although it can be beneficial to do this job in an office, making posts on Facebook, Twitter and the like can be done remotely. You might need to be ‘on-call’ in case your boss needs something posted urgently, but this is absolutely a job you can do from home in China.
If you’re looking to succeed in this position you’ll need to be comfortable with at least one social media management tool, like Hootsuite, Buffer or Sprout. While this job might sound easy, it requires a lot of attention to detail, good organizational skills and a very strong grasp of whatever language you’re posting in. Having a sense of humor doesn’t hurt either!
Along with written content, visual content is also in high demand in China. Posters, banners, logos, fliers, book covers, magazine infographics, the list goes on. If you have any skills relating to illustration, drawing, graphic design, painting or photography, you’ll know that your best friend is your computer and that working alone is usually preferable. As such, any one of these jobs can be done from the comfort of your couch.
Just like with writing, working on ad-hoc art-related projects will help you build a portfolio that can be used to attract new clients. If you’re not working under a set contract, your monthly income will entirely depend on your rate and the number of projects you can manage.
Marketing usually involves gathering information, sorting it into an intelligible format and making decisions based on your findings. While you probably couldn’t run an entire marketing company from home, working to create PPTs, sending out surveys, calling clients and making spreadsheets, graphs and reports is something that needs little or no office face time.
Chinese companies in all industries are looking for expats with a good understanding of foreign markets. As you first need to know exactly what your client wants to achieve, however, I suggest starting off in the office and proving yourself as a reliable and conscientious person — two crucial attributes for those looking to work unsupervised — before asking if you can be based remotely.
With e-commerce having taken off like a rocket in China over the past decade, it’s a wonder anyone goes to bricks-and-mortar shops anymore. Whether you’re working for someone else or selling your own products, this is a job that can be done from anywhere. China’s seamless selling platforms and logistics services makes it all the more easy, however.
Many Chinese startups begin selling their products only online, making it convenient for customers from around the country to get in on the action. China has a number of online buying/selling platforms that cater to different markets, and if you’re selling to Chinese customers, it’s also a great way to practice your Mandarin.
Whether you’re selling art, food, cosmetics, imported products or handmade picture frames, running an online store in China is an obvious and easy way to make money without ever leaving your apartment.
There are literally hundreds of jobs you can do from home in China. Here are a few miscellaneous options you might consider: video editing / voice over work / consulting / therapy via Skype / fitness trainer (creating online diets & programs or hosting one-on-one yoga classes in your apartment) / customer service / programming / building websites / teaching English online. The opportunities are endless!
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