Working from home doesn’t have to be a dream. It’s a dream you can turn into a reality.
I know it can be really hard to separate the real work from home opportunities from the scams, so I’ve done the work for you.
Whether you want to work for one company, become a freelancer, or start your own business, I’ve got you covered! Here are more than 50 legitimate work from home job opportunities.
For the sake of this article “employee positions” is simply referring to working for one employer rather working for several, as an independent contractor might. While some of the jobs listed below will offer employee benefits and W-2 type pay, most of them will not.
When you work from home the common theme is that you are responsible for paying your own taxes (an employer won’t withhold them for you) and providing your own health insurance and retirement plans.
Customer Service Rep (Call Centers)
Many US based companies such as American Express and Walgreens use virtual agents to answer their inbound customer service calls. These jobs typically pay anywhere from $8 – $15 per hour, depending upon experience.
You will need good customer service skills, a landline phone, and a computer with high speed internet. You’ll also need a quiet house. (Read: not ideal for the stay at home mom with young kids.)
Here are a few places you can look for work from home customer service representative jobs:
- American Express
- Alorica (Review)
- Sitel (Review)
- Convergys (Review)
- HSN (Florida, Tennessee, Ohio)
- Hilton (Review)
Tech Support Provider
Tech support providers cover a wide array of tech related customer service questions for customers. And because there are different skill sets needed for different types of tech support jobs, the pay can vary greatly.
If you think you’re a good candidate for a tech support job here are some companies you might want to check out:
Search Engine Evaluator
When you search for something in Google the search engine tries to bring you the most accurate results. But sometimes they get it wrong. That’s where search engine evaluators come in.
Search engine evaluators will rate the results that come up in search engines. These jobs usually pay anywhere from $10 – $15 dollars per hour.
Here’s where you can apply to be a search engine evaluator:
Data Entry Worker
A data entry worker simply inputs information for companies into certain computer programs or types out audio files. If you can type relatively fast, have a computer, and high internet speed you can get a data entry job. Depending on the type of data entry you do, more specific skills may be needed.
The pay structure can be per hour, per project, or per words typed. It’s also important to note that most online data entry jobs offer very low starting pay.
If you’re interested in finding data entry work here are some places you can check out:
Virtual assistants help business owners perform a wide variety of tasks online. These can include (but are not limited to) things like scheduling social media, writing, making phone calls, booking travel, managing email and more.
I’ve been a virtual assistant for several years, finding my own clients and making a very strong wage. (I highly recommend finding your own clients, which you can read more about in the next section.)
If you’re not ready to find your own clients, but want to try out virtual assistant work,here are some companies that hire. The pay usually ranges from $10-$18/hr. with these companies, although it can be more or less.
A transcriber or transcriptionist listens to audio recordings which could be anything from interviews, college lectures, or court hearings and types them into a document.
The pay for this service varies greatly so it’s hard to come up with a salary range. However in 2012 the median pay for medical transcriptionists was $16.36/hour.
**It’s really important to note that there have been several scams regarding transcription jobs (especially medical transcription jobs) so be sure to thoroughly research any company you’re considering working with.
Here’s where you can find transcriber/transcriptionist jobs:
If you are bilingual you have a skill that is in demand.
Document translators translate documents from one language to another. You’ll need a good understanding of the language you’re translating so that you can convey the meaning of the first document in the translated document.
Here are some places you can find translation jobs.
Tutors have been helping students learn for decades. Now online tutoring has started to take off.
Online tutoring enables parents to easily get help for their children in a more flexible way than traditional tutoring has allowed.
There are hundreds of subjects in which you can find a tutoring job. If you have specific knowledge of a subject or second language then tutoring might be a good fit for you.
You will need a computer and high speed internet, at a minimum, to get started. Here are some places you can find online tutoring jobs.
In the online money making world you’ll see the term “freelancer” a lot. As a freelancer you simply offer a service or set of services to clients. Instead of working for only one employer you may work for several.
As a freelancer there will be no taxes withheld out of your pay and you’ll receive no benefits. BUT you have the potential to earn a lot of money. Unlike working for a company you can raise your rates or look for new clients whenever you like.
Here are some possible freelance jobs you might be interested in.
If you have good writing skills you can make some serious money writing for magazines.
Pay can range anywhere from $50 – $1,000 per magazine article depending on the particular magazine and the article you’re assigned to write.
If you want to become a magazine writer I highly suggest you purchase a copy of the Writer’s Market. You can currently purchase a paperback copy for $35.29 on Amazon or the Kindle version which is only $9.90. This book lists hundreds of magazines that hire freelance writers.
This guide provides information such as pay rates, editors names, who to submit your queries to, plus more. You’ll be able to easily narrow down magazines for possible publication with this guide.
Freelance blogging is another in-demand area of writing.
The pay usually ranges anywhere from $20 – $300 per blog post depending on who you’re writing for and how long/detailed the post is. Freelance blogging is how I earn my income and is a topic I’ve extensively covered.
I have a very detailed post that contains everything you need to know on getting paid to write for blogs: How to Become a Paid Freelance Blogger If You’re Starting From Scratch
Unlike freelance bloggers and magazine writers who mainly write to entertain or inform readers, copywriters focus on driving sales.
As a copywriter you’ll write sales pages, sales letters, newsletters, and other marketing materials.
You can look at the job boards listed here to find copy writing jobs.
A virtual assistant is an online personal assistant. As a virtual assistant there is a wide array of duties that your client may ask you to complete, depending on what business your client is in.
Some of the most common duties virtual assistants perform are social media management, email management, email outreach, scheduling of blog posts, finding pictures, and editing.
Experience with running a blog and operating WordPress will be a definitive advantage if you want to become a virtual assistant.
To find a virtual assistant job I would recommend you send direct emails to potential clients. You can also look on job boards but advertised jobs tend to pay much less than ones you find by tapping into your existing network.
Here are some job boards you can look at as well:
If you’re a creative type becoming a web designer may be up your alley. Some people learn web design by trial and error, while others learn web design in college or by taking courses.
Just as you would with other freelance jobs I suggest that you tap into your own personal network to find jobs. Creating a website that highlights your portfolio is another great way to draw people in.
Here are some other places you might be able to find web design jobs.
A web developer builds websites from the ground up. This job requires a great knowledge of html and CSS and the ability to write code from scratch. Web developers generally build and maintain high traffic websites or develop software.
If you have creativity plus the love for technicality this can be a good career for you. Depending on the type of jobs performed web developers can make anywhere between $55,000 – $175,000 per year.
Commission Based Online Reseller
If you love selling things online but have ran out of things of your own to sell, becoming a commission based online reseller could be a perfect fit!
Here’s how it works: you offer to sell items that other people want to get rid of for a commission. (I tried this and charged 15% commission) You then sell the items for your clients and take your cut when they’re sold. I would recommend that you draw up a contract for each client you take on.
You can sell used items online at Facebook Yard Sales, eBay, and Craigslist.
Here’s how you can find clients.
- Start with your friends and family
- Share your services on social media and ask your friends and family to do the same
- Put an ad out in the local newspaper
Since many people don’t like the hassle of selling stuff themselves you could make a good income by being a commission based reseller.
For the sake of this article “small business” means working more for yourself rather than a company like an employee would or for several clients/companies like a freelancer would.
Here are work from home ideas that with a little elbow grease, can turn into a small business.
My very first “real” job was a bookkeeper. I loved it and kept the job for seven years. I just recently discovered that it’s possible to start a from-home bookkeeping business.
In fact, work from home bookkeepers earn an average of $40,000/year!
If you’re good with numbers and have organizational skills this could be an amazing opportunity. If you’re not sure how to get started I highly recommend taking Ben Robinson’s free email course on getting started as a work from home bookkeeper.
A little word of warning though: there’s much more to successfully selling a book than writing it and uploading it. You will have to market your book and also learn what criteria will boost you to the top of the lists in your genre.
If you’re interested in publishing a book of your own, you can sell eBooks on:
It can be hard to believe but with blogging anything truly is possible but success only comes after a lot of hard work and a lot of time. (It took me around 3 years to consistently earn more than $4,000 per month blogging.)
If you need money fast blogging isn’t the career for you. You shouldn’t expect to make any money blogging until you’re about a year in. However, blogging is something you can easily incorporate in your life with just a few hours per week and could make a nice side job for you.
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If you have a good eye for a bargain you can make money by reselling items. Keep in mind these don’t have to be just your items. Instead you can look for deals at yard sales, sales at retail outlets, or even consider getting your own private label products made.
(Pat Flynn has a very helpful podcast: Buying Stuff and Selling it On Amazon for 6 Figures a Year)
From my research Amazon seems to be the most popular place to sell items with eBay coming in second place.
If you’re a good sales person, like hosting parties, and can find a product you love then direct sales could be a good fit for you. Some direct sales companies will allow you to market their products online and through catalogs. Other companies prefer you have one on one sessions with potential customers and also throw house parties.
There are tons of options when it comes to direct sales. It’s important that you take the time to weed through opportunities and find the one that’s most likely to be successful.
Some of the more popular direct sales companies are:
(To be successful with direct sales you’re going to need to interact with a lot of people. Keep that in mind as you’re looking for work from home job opportunities.)
Additional Work From Home Income Sources
The rest of these additional work from home sources will not provide you a full time income. They are merely meant to be ways you can supplement your income from the comfort of your home. These things are relatively easy to do and therefore don’t pay much.
I personally use a couple of these sources to help fund my Christmas shopping.
Swagbucks is a program that allows you to earn points (points are called “swagbucks”) by using their search engine, taking surveys, participating in daily polls, redeeming coupons, and completing special offers.
You can redeem your Swagbucks for gift cards or prizes. Some of the most popular gift cards are the $25 Amazon gift card (which only requires 2200 swagbucks) and the Paypal gift card.
By only using the search engine as you normally would you can rack up quite a few gift card throughout the year. If you want to ramp up your earnings you can participate in the other offers as often as you’d like. You can also earn even more points by referring friends and family.
What I like most about Inbox Dollars is the email reading feature. It only takes a couple seconds “to read an email” (which is simply just viewing an advertisement) and click the confirm button.
Keep in mind though that you have to make it to $30 before requesting a check. In my experience checks arrive in the mail about two weeks after you make the request.
(This screenshot shows my InboxDollars earnings over about the course of a year. I always cash out in late October and use them for my Christmas shopping!)
Share Your Purchases with NCP
If you like taking surveys you might like National Consumer Panel. With NCP you’re sent an at home scanner or a link to download a mobile app. You can then scan your groceries and take surveys about your shopping habits to earn rewards.
You can get started with NCP here.
In my early days I spent a lot of time taking surveys online. Taking surveys is definitely not a way to earn a full time income but is an easy way to earn some supplementary income.
A lot of the the survey sites will only send you a few surveys per month. You can maximize your earnings by signing up with several different sites.
Mystery shopping is basically quality control for customer service. Simply visit a business or buy a product and then rate the businesses service. There are tons of businesses who use mystery shoppers to make sure that employees and branches are operating as they should be.
I’ve signed up for mystery shopping before but since I live in a small town all the jobs were so far away that the gas money I’d spend cancelled out the pay. However, if you live in a larger city mystery shopping could be a fun form of side income.
Here are some mystery shopping companies you can sign up with:
Also, if you’re interested Forbes has an article about a mystery shopper who made $14k a year doing this.
Companies pay everyday internet users to give their opinion on functionality of websites. While you won’t get a ton of these job the pay is pretty good from the time commitment (usually around $10 for a 15 minute test.)
Here are some places you can sign up with:
Get to Work
I’m hoping there’s something on this list that suits your personality, skill set, and ultimately – your life.
Also please note, I’ve tried my very hardest to confirm the accuracy of all the sources mentioned in the list. To my knowledge every single one of the jobs I’ve listed is legitimate. However, I’m only human and sometimes I make mistakes. If you feel that one of these companies should be removed, let me know. Likewise, if you’ve had an awesome experience with a company that hasn’t made it on the list let me know in the comments and I’ll add it.
Happy Job Hunting!!
What is the work from home job that interests you the most?
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