1. Accountant/Financial Manager
Duties include preparing financial reports, processing payroll checks, invoicing and tracking down delinquent accounts. Some firms will ask you to monitor checking and savings accounts and track credit card bills, too. If you have the qualifications, you may be in charge of helping to prepare annual tax returns. Many of these positions are virtual, but some are on-site as well. Employers run the gamut, from start-ups and small businesses to churches and local nonprofits.
Median pay: The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that as of May 2015, the median hourly wage for accountants and auditors is $32.30.
Qualifications: A degree in accounting or business is helpful, but not required. The most common certification is certified public accountant (CPA). The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants administers the exam. CPAs are licensed to offer a range of accounting services, including tax preparation. Other skills to have in your kit: knowledge of financial and accounting computer software such as QuickBooks. Familiarity with Word and Excel is expected. The American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers lists jobs and offers a national certification for bookkeepers, which may help you land a job if you don't have practical experience. Networking with local business groups, industry associations or Rotary clubs for leads is probably your best approach.
2. Medical Records Transcriber/Medical Coder/Billing
The nitty-gritty: Computer proficiency, word processing skills and a fast internet connection are tools of the trade. You don't need a formal background in medicine; instead, a familiarity with diagnostic procedure lingo and medical abbreviations, as well as an ease working with electronic health records systems, is required. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical records and health information technician jobs employ about 189,930 people.
It can be tedious to transcribe dictation to electronic written reports. There can be background noise, phones ringing and mumbled speech by doctors as they orally review physical exams, emergency room visits and chart rundowns. Increasingly, voice recognition software is used to transcribe these recordings, but computer-generated documents are often riddled with errors and require careful editing. Fast turnarounds, usually within 24 hours, are part of the game. Employers range from doctors' offices to hospitals, but given the nature of the job, you're not limited by geography. You might live in Virginia but work for a medical practice in Miami. Medical coders and billers receive emailed patient data from a hospital or doctor's office, determine the correct medical code used by health insurance companies to process patient claims, then return the information for processing.
Median pay: BLS reports that as of May 2015, medical records and health information technician jobs pay a median hourly wage of $17.84.