Working from home means no commuting, no dress code, and no food getting stolen from the office fridge. What's not to like? Read on to see what work from home jobs might be right for you as an English major.
Jobs for English Majors
Going to college to get your English degree sounds like the perfect way to get that 4-year-degree to start your career and spend all your spare time reading. What could be better? But in the job market, English majors might have a little trouble finding a job. Who's hiring and where do you begin looking?
Here are 6 work from home jobs that are a great fit for English majors.
Ever since the early days of the internet, blogs have been a fundamental way that we share information and communicate specific points of view. There are multiple ways to earn your living as a professional blogger. For instance, you could become a blogger for a company that's looking to create a social media presence. Lots of companies create blogs as a way to communicate with their audience, and they need writers for those blogs.
Additionally, you could work as an independent blogger. There are many free resources to help you create your own website and set up your own blog where you can share you own ideas. Blogs about specific interests and passions from a specific point of view can be very popular online. For instance, if you're a mother of three who's also a very serious video game player, you might find that your unique point of view really draws an audience. Establishing a successful blog can mean that you can sell advertising space and earn money from your work.
Much like a blogger, a book reviewer could find work with a professional company or go into business for themselves. There are multiple online book review companies who may be looking for your services as a book reviewer, and this could be a great opportunity for an English major who loves to read.
Or, you might find that working as a self-employed book reviewer is a better fit. As a self-employed book reviewer, you might consider researching the most popular trends in literature, read those books thoroughly, craft carefully written reviews, and post them in a visible way for possible readers (using your own personal blog, website, and/or social media).
Every company needs 'copy', which is what we call the text of advertisements or other materials that are designed for the public to read. If you're an English major with strong writing skills, you can put them to work for a wide variety of companies to help them establish their brand, share details about their product, and communicate other values to consumers. Good copywriters usually need to find a balance between fun, creative language that engages the reader and direct, informative sentences that get all the details across to the customer in a clear and concise way.
Editor or Proofreader
Magazines and websites produce a lot of content for their users, and that means they'll need editors and proofreaders helping to catch mistakes, research information, and revise for clarity. You may find opportunities to apply for this kind of work through websites and other publications that produce a lot content on a regular basis. It may also help if you have a background in journalism, such as writing for or editing your college's newspaper.
If you like to read, becoming a narrator could be a great fit for you because reading is practically all a narrator does. Becoming a narrator might not be for everyone because there are some technical necessities to get started, but with a decent microphone and a quiet place to record, you could record samples of your narration in order to apply for this type of work. Companies that produce professional audio recordings for books or narration for videos could be a good place to look for this kind of opportunity.
Literature Expert Q&A for Study.com
English majors might also be interested in working as a literature expert contractor for Study.com. As a literature expert, you'll have the opportunity to answer thousands of literature questions asked by real students struggling with challenging topics. You'll be able to provide explanations to help students grasp tough concepts from difficult works of literature, which can help them understand and appreciate those works. For instance, some of our literature questions include:
- In 'Slaughterhouse Five', what is the difference between Tralfamadorean novels and human novels?
- Contrast Macbeth in Shakespeare's Macbeth, and Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: how are they different?
Literature experts are independent contractors who can work at any time from any place, as little or as much as they choose.
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