If you’ve perused work at home job boards chances are you’ve seen a lot of entry level jobs like customer service or data entry paying $10 per hour or less.
If you don’t have a college degree you might feel like these are your only options, but they’re not!
I have no degree and have earned at least $60,000 per year for the last three years working 30 hours per week or less. I know many more who have done the same.
If you’re looking for a decent work at home job but don’t have a degree, don’t lose hope. Here are 11 high paying work from home jobs without a degree.
Content Manager – $66,000
Content managers oversee all of a website’s content. Common duties include creating an editorial calendar for blog posts and email newsletters, managing freelancers, planning social media posts, working with other team members, updating old content and other related activities.
Content managers earn an average of $66,000 per year.
This job is best suited for someone who has prior experience running a blog or website.
How to get started: To get started you’ll first need experience running a website or blog and all of the moving parts that go with it (email marketing, social media, research, and analytics.) You can get experience by creating and running your own blog. (Here’s a how-to guide.)
You can often find content manager jobs listed on major job boards such as Indeed and CareerBuilder. (Be sure to look for “remote” jobs if you’re looking to work from home.) You can also find clients through building up your own network and through outreach.
Email Marketing Specialist – $50,000
Email marketing specialists are responsible for creating email sequences and strategies to encourage sales or customer engagement. Other responsibilities include monitoring analytics and creating reports, gaining new leads, and ensuring that emails are properly delivered.
This job is best suited for someone who has hands on experience with popular email marketing software and also marketing and copywriting experience.
Email marketing specialists earn an average of $50,000 per year.
How to get started: To get started you’ll need to gain experience. (Most job openings do require at least 1-2 years of email marketing experience.) If you already have a blog or website you can experiment with your own email newsletter. You can also take a course to familiarize yourself with best practices and different software.
You can often find email marketing specialist jobs listed on major job boards such as Indeed and CareerBuilder. (Be sure to look for “remote” jobs if you’re looking to work from home.) You can also find clients through building up your own network and through outreach.
Social Media Manager – $48,000
Social media managers can manage all of one company’s social media networks or specialize in just one network and work with many clients.
You can take courses like Become a Pinterest VA or Flourish with Facebook Ads to get a better idea of how to use these particular social networks to benefit a business. However, if you’re already skilled in a certain social network you can start looking for clients now!
Social media managers earn an average of $48,000 per year.
How to get started: The best way to find social media manger jobs is through your own personal network and also, cold pitching. Here’s a list of different ways to find these type of jobs.
You can also find email marketing specialist jobs listed on major job boards such as Indeed and CareerBuilder. (Be sure to look for “remote” jobs if you’re looking to work from home.)
Blogger (For a Company) – $45,000
Blogging for a company consists or writing for a business/magazine’s blog and being able to match their tone and be the voice of the company.
Blogging for a company can earn you an average of $45,000 per year.
This salary reflects bloggers who are hired full-time by one company. Another good option is to find your own freelance blogging clients and work with several companies as opposed to just one.
How to get started: The ideal candidate for this job is someone who loves writing, has good grammatical skills, great research skills, and who can write for an internet based audience. Blogging experience is also a major plus.
Here is a step-by-step tutorial on finding blogging clients. You can also check major job boards such as ProBlogger, Indeed and Career Builder.
Interpreter/Translator – $42,000
Online translators are usually responsible for translating written documents although sometimes audio or phone calls are also needed.
This job is a good fit for anyone who is well-versed in more than one language.
Translators earn an average of $42,000 per year.
How to get started: You can find translator jobs one all the major job search sites such as Indeed or Career Builder. (Just be sure to put “remote” or “work from home” in the location section.)
Virtual Bookkeeper – $40,000
A virtual bookkeeper does the same type of work a location dependent bookkeeper would do. Tasks include using accounting software to post financial transactions, create reports, and more.
Virtual bookkeeper positons seem to be on the rise. Over the past several months I’ve seen a number of job postings looking for virtual bookkeepers as well as bookkeepers launching their own businesses.
How to get started: To get started you’ll need at least a high school diploma and also some type of bookkeeping experience or equivalent such as a QuickBooks certification. My friend, Ben Robinson, who is a CPA offers bookkeeping training courses that teach everything you’d need to know to get started. (He offers a free three part video course as well. Find that here.)
You can often find bookkeeping jobs listed on major job boards such as Indeed and CareerBuilder. (Be sure to look for “remote” jobs if you’re looking to work from home.) You can also find clients through building up your own network and through outreach.
Freelance Writer – $39,000
“Freelance writer” is a catch-all term for a number of different writing assignments freelancers can do. These assignments can include writing for magazines, blogs, creating sales page copy, writing for news outlets and more.
Freelance writers earn an average of $39,000 per year. (I know many in the online space who easily earn double to triple that amount.)
This position is good for those who love to write and have excellent research and grammatical skills.
How to get started: To get started you’ll need to find clients. Here’s a step-by-step method for doing so. You can also look at job boards like Pro Blogger to find writing opportunities.
If you want to write for magazines consider purchasing a copy of The Writer’s Market. This book is a gigantic resource of pay info and contact information for hundreds of publications.
If you’re interested in taking a course on finding writing clients I highly recommend Holly Johnson’s Earn More Writing course.
SEO Specialist – $38,000
When you do a Google search you’re most likely to click on one of the top few results on the first page, right? SEO specialists help businesses try and secure one of those spots.
This job is perfect for those who are analytical, competitive, and pay close attention to detail.
How to get started: To get started you’ll first need some experience. You can take a course to learn the basics but you’ll also need hands on experience. I recommend creating your own website to put your skills to the test. After you’ve seen some success you can start finding your own clients.
You can often find SEO specialist jobs listed on major job boards such as Indeed and CareerBuilder. (Be sure to look for “remote” jobs if you’re looking to work from home.) You can also find clients through building up your own network and through outreach.
Online Fitness Coach – $37,000
An online fitness coach helps her clients reach health and wellness goals. As a fitness coach there are a plethora of options for specializing and carving out your own niche.
Online fitness coaches make an average of $37,000 per year.
The ideal candidate for this job is someone who is well versed in fitness and nutrition. Having a certification in personal training and/or nutrition is also recommended.
How to get started: The best way to get started is to build your own brand and platform to obtain clients. You can do this through videos, a blog, a podcast or a combination of these things.
If you’re not into the idea of securing your own clients you can find online fitness coaching jobs on all the major job boards.
Virtual Assistant – $36,000
Being a virtual assistant has been one of my favorite online jobs mostly because of its diversity. As a virtual assistant there are a number of different tasks you can perform and lots of room to specialize and carve out your own niche.
Some common tasks performed by virtual assistants include booking appointments, handling email, handling customer service, scheduling blog posts, creating graphics, helping with social media, making phone calls and more.
Virtual assistants earn an average of $36,000 per year.
This job is a good fit for those who pay close attention to detail and are able to switch from task to task easily.
How to get started: The best way to get started is to build your own platform and reach out to potential clients. You can read about how I got started here.
I also have a list of companies who hire virtual assistants here.
Proofreader – $36,000
Proofreaders check documents for grammatical and spelling errors. Many online publications and bloggers hire proofreaders and so do magazines, authors, and local publications.
The average salary for proofreaders is $36,000 per year.
This job is a good fit for those who have excellent grammatical skills and pay close attention to detail.
How to get started: The best way to get started is through networking and outreach. My friend, Caitlyn Pile, has a free webinar on general proofreading if you think you might be interested.
Build Your Skillset
None of the jobs above require a college degree. If you already have the skills needed for one of these opportunities you can start building your career today!
If you do feel like you’d benefit from taking a course to build on your skillset you can find the ones I recommend here.
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