20 Women Who Earn Over 6 Figures While Working From Home Share What They Do
There’s a lot of vitriol about how it’s difficult to have a career in this economy. Most people don’t want to become workaholics and dedicate their life to a job. In fact, there’s an increasing demand for more work-life balance etc. Indeed, most people nowadays take jobs that pay the bills and allow for a semblance of a life over slaving away at an office job and waiting until the golden retirement age to enjoy life.
But as it turns out, one doesn’t have to wait to retire to start enjoying life right now. Some people, in fact, seem to have figured out how to make the system work for them in such a way that they get to enjoy the benefits of a high-paying job while doing what they love the most and spending time with family or engaging in hobbies. One Redditor noted this trend and inquired from the r/AskWomen subreddit female community members, what job allows them to earn 6 figure incomes annually while working from home and how this may have affected their personal lives. Many big earners responded with encouraging stories and advice on how to build a career on your own terms, as shared in the gallery below.
#1 I’m a paralegal for the federal government making $119k a year. I have great work balance working 40 hours a week with no commute.
#2 I’m an author (nearly 30 years). I’m mainly a horror author, but I also do sci-fi, fantasy, nonfiction (science, health, human sexuality, food, gardening, techie stuff), and kids and family. I am under retainer with several video game companies around the world as well. I spend most of my time with my family and enjoying hobbies! It’s awesome.
#3 I’m a healthcare recruiter. Fully remote. Work/life balance is good because I control my schedule.
My normal calendar is open for interviews from 7A-7P Monday to Thursday and 7A-4P on Friday but I rarely have calls outside of traditional business hours. If I’ve got something going on and don’t want to be available I just block my schedule. I never work weekends outside of mindlessly scrolling through job boards and reviewing CVs if I’m bored on a Saturday morning.
Compensation is a base salary + quarterly bonuses based on placements. The bonus is really where I make my money- example, my Q2 bonus was decent, but not great, and it was $50K. As my pipeline sits today, I’ll probably take home around $300K this year.
It’s a great gig if you’ve got the personality for it.
#4 I work in cyber security and it’s great. Lots of extra time during work and always off on time. No late nights or weekend work
#5 Adult content creator, and I’d say I have a pretty decent work/life balance! Before this, I worked in accounting for 11 years, did not make 6 figures, and while I had great work:life balance, I was absolutely miserable.
#6 I work in the video game industry. I make low 6 figures and my work life balance is *chef’s kiss*. Obviously it’s not a lawyer or a doctor’s salary, but I work about 25-30 hours a week, and I have a 7 week vacation and health insurance and a couple of sick days as well. Colleagues are chill and understanding and the workplace is as progressive as a corporation can be.
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#7 I’m an engineer. I went hybrid back in 2016 and then mostly remote in 2020 after getting promoted. The trade off with this position being mostly remote is that I have to travel more when I used to hardly ever travel for work. I personally don’t mind that part too much. My work life balance is pretty good. I’m usually done with work by 6pm at the latest. My last kiddo is leaving for college this month so I don’t have any children I had to tend to. My husband’s schedule is the same every week but he works a combination of morning shifts, midday shifts, and night shifts.
#8 I’m a glass artist ? I was raised primarily by my grandmother, who was also a glass artist. I’ve made six figures consistently for the past eight years.
#9 I’m an orthopedic physician assistant in a HCOL city. I make 168k base salary and I do one OT shift a month of home only phone call (I field phone calls overnight but never have to leave my home) which bumps me up about 8-10k a year.
I’ve been doing this for 13 years so I did not begin at this salary.
I’ve been in my position for 10 years and I’m good at what I do and have made myself very valuable to my employer. This has allowed my quality of life benefits like early Fridays and leaving when my s**t is finished. I’m efficient and get everything done in a very timely manner.
I also work for someone who has kids so he gets it- I can’t be late and I can’t miss important things like first day of school.
My job also has killer benefits. I get 7 weeks of vacation, 8 paid holidays, 12 sick days, and no holidays or weekends.
#10 Fully remote visual designer with 3 YOE at a chill/older tech company. I make $115-125k/year depending on the bonus. I probably work around 20-30 hours a week on average so my work life balance is very good. On top of that my company’s HQ is 3 hours ahead of my time zone, so I have my afternoons completely free since a large % of my colleagues log off earlier. On top of remote work this makes my schedule super flexible which is nice.
#11 Software Engineer.
I definitely work longer hours, but I appreciate the freedom to live wherever I want. I’m a divorced empty nester, so I do as I please when not working. I’m much more sedentary and worry about my health. Got a dog; walks and playtime help. I do miss being in the office at times, but when I go into the office (a couple of times a year), I feel like I’m not getting anything done. I’ve had to make a lot of adjustments to ensure I do something other than work and sleep. My office is in a room I don’t spend time in except to work. I take time in the mornings to ready myself, eat, putz around. I rarely work past 6pm. The aforementioned dog is a pleasant distraction. I socialize away from home as much as possible. I have a constant bedtime and rarely have trouble sleeping. I’m not on call anymore, so that helps. Overall, I’m glad for the opportunity.
#12 I work as a designer fully remote making 200K. It was supposed to be hybrid 2 days a week in the office but then I just didn’t go in and no one has really said anything about it. That job is really only 1-2 days of actual work a week but I run contract work around it so my work-life balance is tipped. I do get to walk my puppy a lot tho
#13 Lawyer. Not a corporate lawyer. Work-life balance is awesome. I work ~40hr weeks, have very few real deadlines or stress, work is interesting and contributes to the public good. Love it.
#14 Paralegal, my work/life balance is pretty great.
We are only required to work 7.5 hours a day. Some days I have to work longer, legal work can be unpredictable at times, but it’s not that often. Since I’m home and don’t have to commute, I don’t really care. I can go for walks in the morning or an early exercise class or lounge in bed with my coffee before I start work. Or I can exercise at lunch. I save a ton of money on gas and meals. I get a lot done when I get up for short breaks and on my lunch hour, leaving way less chores for the weekend. I can do things after work without the commute, so more of my time is my own. My parents have needed some assistance lately and since we live five minutes from each other, I was able to help out and not affect my work.
#15 I am a Sr program manager for a non profit and I make 112k. Fully remote with amazing work/life balance. 37.5 hour work week but I probably actively work 20-30 hours a week most weeks. We also have unlimited paid time off so I take 5-6 weeks off every year. I had to switch jobs A LOT to get here.
#16 I’m just a hair under 6 figures ($99,850) but I work in payroll management. I run the company payrolls in the US, UK and Australia. No degree, but you can get a certification called the CPP (certified payroll professional).
My company is based in the UK where work life balance is definitely more prevalent than in the US (where I’m from). We have unlimited PTO which is something I never thought I’d have. There’s no guilt about taking time off, it’s encouraged and not questioned.
My work life balance is better than it ever has been, it used to be awful at my previous role in the same field at a US based company. Most of my coworkers are in the UK so my mornings are more busy while they’re still in the office (7 hour time difference). I’m honestly the most happy I’ve been at a job ever.
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#17 I work for a software company in training and content design and make over 200k. I’ve been working remotely for about 11 years now, way before it became necessary in the pandemic.
My work life balance is good. It’s always helped me to stick to a strict “work schedule”. I work the typical 8-4, sometimes more sometimes less, but it’s pretty flexible to drop my son off at school, go to apts etc as long as my work is done and projects are completed on time.
The biggest WFH rule I always stuck to was having a home office, when I’m in my office, I’m working, when I’m done working, my office is unoccupied and closed.
It got a bit hairy when my son realized I was downstairs (he has a nanny when he isn’t in school) when he was about 2 he would try to come find me but he now understands that’s where I work.
#18 Data engineer, and it varies so much day to day. Some weeks I work like 20 hours and life is good. Other weeks, like recently, I work like 70-80 hours a week.
#19 I’m a counselor and I barely work and I basically have the easiest life imaginable ?
#20 I’m a counselor with my own private practice.
I had no life outside of studying and work initially when I was in school, doing field placements, and setting up. I’ve had a waitlist since the 2nd month of opening. I do mostly telehealth, have freedom over my schedule, and work between 10-6, sometimes a bit earlier or later. I’ll schedule 5-6 people per day and spend additional time doing admin work, consulting on cases, and the occasional side project from a couple of fulfilling volunteer roles. Outside of weekends I try to give myself the afternoon off of one day midweek, and whenever there is a gap between clients I can read through my clinical library or go to any appointments of my own. I don’t take any federal holidays because it feels like a hassle, but I give myself a month off of vacation. I don’t take more than 2 weeks off at a time for continuity’s sake. There are pros and cons to working in any setting in behavioral health. Personally, I don’t mind the extra work that comes with running a small business. I’d always wanted to do this and am thankful for the challenges I have. Some days are low stress while others are high.