At one point our society placed high value on how many hours you logged in the office. Increasingly though now, more and more people are opting to spend more time at home and with family. Working from home presents many benefits - from reducing/ eliminating commuting costs, more time with the kids, more personal freedom. Majority of people aren't adverse to work, however the dredges of the workplace are what results in high turnover rates. Digital globalization has broke open the doors to all sorts of new income streams for people, allowing folks to be able to work from home or wherever else they'd might like. Here is a list of 4 creative jobs you can work from home.
Photography is one of those fields that requires the combination of skill at the craft and also skill at making the correct connections to further your craft. With more and more companies opting to use freelancers for their work, you are faced with more freedom but less security. However with such heavy, constant, never ending demand for someone with "the eye", opportunity is abundant. Depending on the work you do you can earn somewhere between $40K - 70K per year.
Unlike artists who focus purely on aesthetic, craft artists create functional handmade objects such as carpentry, pottery, glassware, and textiles. There is a constant need for such work and depending on your craft average annual salary ranges from around $36K to as high as $53K.
Painters, sculptures, illustrators - those who create art for aesthetic rather than function can also enjoy the benefits of working from home. There is technically no earnings ceiling on this profession, but annual wages average out to about $49K.
If you can write well there are a plethora of work from home opportunities for you. Digital globalization and the constant need for content creation has companies and individuals all over the world hiring people for their prowess with a pen. While a degree in English, journalism and/or communication can be a huge boon, the demand for this field is so heavy that as long as you can show you can deliver the goods, then you'll be able to find work. And with a median annual salary of around $61K, it might be time to get your pencil sharpeners out.
Fire up your photoshops! There is a huge and continuing demand for people with graphic design skills. While you don't need any formal schooling to begin, and additional training or certifications that you receive are an added bonus and a bargaining chip for higher pay. Almost every industry has need for graphic design work at some point or another. And it provides for a great opportunity work at home, whether you're employed by a big firm or working freelance. Depending on what kind of work you do and who you do it for, you're looking at an annual salary ranging anywhere between $46K - 55K.
Whether you are looking for a new job or trying to grow in your current one, getting a certification can be a great way to improve your skills.
Anyone can put that they are proficient in a computer program on their resume but having a certificate can help you stand out amongst the competition and give credence to the strength of your skills.
But what's the best way to invest in yourself without breaking the bank? Some certification programs can cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars. We are going to walk through six of the best certifications you can get for $100 or less.
Who is it best for: Those who work with analyzing and presenting data.
Cost: $100 for Tableau Desktop Specialist; additional certifications are available for a larger fee.
More companies than ever see themselves as data companies. Being able to understand data and use it to guide decisions at your company is often critical to taking on a leadership role. Not to mention, being able to present the data in a clean, attractive, and compelling way can help get buy-in from others in your organization or clients. That's why Tableau is a great tool to have in your toolbox.
Tableau allows you to create interactive visual analytics dashboards. In layman's terms, you can take data; create graphs, maps, or charts; and then allow end-users to interact with these graphics to better understand the information. It's a fantastic tool allowing non-technical users to gain insights for data-driven decision-making.
Tableau Desktop Specialist certification starts at $100 and has no expiration date. There are many videos on Tableau's site to prepare for your exam as well as Tableau Starter Kits allowing you to play around and learn the different capabilities of the program. Tableau offers a 14-day free trial as well as free license for one year for students.
Additional certifications after Desktop Specialist are Desktop Associate and Desktop Professional. Those working with a Tableau server may also be interested in a separate certification as a Server Associate or Server Professional.
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When you take out a loan for a car, charge something to your credit card, or get a personal line of credit, there is going to be an interest rate that applies to your loan.
A lot of different factors go into what you will be charged, including your own personal credit score. But even those with flawless credit still see a minimum charge that they can't get around. That all goes back to the Federal Funds Rate.
One thing consumers rarely realize is that all of our banks are lending money to each other every night. Banks are legally required to maintain a certain percentage of their deposits in non-interest-bearing accounts at the Federal Reserve to ensure they have enough money to cover any withdrawals that may unexpectedly come up. However, deposits can fluctuate and it's very common for some banks to exceed the requirement on certain days while some fall short. In cases like this, banks actually lend each other money to ensure they meet the minimum balance. It's a bit hard to imagine these multibillion-dollar financial institutions needing to borrow money to tide them over for a bit, but it happens every single night at the Federal Reserve. It's also a nice deal for those with balances above the reserve balance requirement to earn a bit of money with cash that would normally just be sitting there.
The Federal Reserve
The exact interest rate the banks will charge each other is a matter of negotiation between them, but the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) (the arm of the Federal Reserve that sets monetary policy) meets eight times a year to set a target rate. They evaluate a multitude of economic indicators including unemployment, inflation, and consumer confidence to decide the best rate to keep the country in business. The weighted average of all interest rates across these interbank loans is the effective federal funds rate.
This rate has a huge impact on the economy overall as well as your personal finances. The federal funds rate is essentially the cheapest money available to a bank and that feeds into all of the other loans they make. Banks will add a slight upcharge to the rate set by the Fed to determine what is the lowest interest that they will announce for their most creditworthy customers, also known as the prime rate. If you have a variable interest rate loan (very common with credit cards and some student loans), it's likely that the interest rate you pay is a set percentage on top of that prime rate that your lender is paying. That's why in times of low interest rates (it was set at 0% during the Great Recession), a lot of borrowers should go for fixed interest rate loans that won't increase. However, if the federal funds rate was relatively high (it went up to 20% in the early 1980's), a variable interest rate loan may be a better decision as you would be charged less interest should the rate drop without the need to refinance.
The federal funds rate also has a major impact on your investment portfolio. The stock market reacts very strongly to any changes in interest rates from the Federal Reserve, as a lower rate makes it cheaper for companies to borrow and reinvest while a higher rate may restrict capital and slow short-term growth. If you have a significant portion of your investments in equities, a small change in the federal funds rate can have a large impact on your net worth.
Whether you're leaving a job involuntarily, departing for something new, or just want to prepare for the unknown, it is smart to understand all your options regarding your 401k.