Whether you want to earn extra money on the side or obtain a position that’s more flexible for your lifestyle, work from home jobs are a great option.
With today’s technology and entrepreneurship on the rise, more businesses are open to the idea of remote working. In fact, a Virgin Media Business survey predicted that by 2022, 60% of the workforce will have work-from-home jobs.
Work from home jobs include remote full-time and part-time positions as well as freelance or contract opportunities. And, these roles don’t have to be your typical J-O-B. They can be geographically independent and completed on your own time schedule.
Want to work from a tropical island that isn’t technically your “home” on a permanent basis?
Need to work for a few hours when the kiddos are asleep?
You can pretty much find what you’re looking for so that your job fits your life rather than the other way around.
Finding good workers is often a challenge, so companies are searching for talent beyond their office walls. Remote jobs are increasing and are yours for the taking!
But first, you need to find that legitimate, good-paying work from home job. That’s how this post will help!
5 of the Best Jobs You Can Do From Home – A Preview
Before we dive into the full list, let me highlight a few opportunities I think are the strongest options for people looking for work from home jobs.
It’s kind of crazy to think about, but I’ve been working from home full-time for over 10 years!
Here are some of my favorite ways I’ve made money from home and how I see others making money from home today.
1. Freelance Writing
I’ve been paid $75 per article, and earned performance bonuses of up to $500 per article, for freelance writing. Some friends of mine consistently earn $200 or more per article.
Check out Contena for a curated list of paid writing gigs.
For more writing jobs, click here.
2. Virtual Assistant
By definition, virtual assistant jobs are all remote. My friend Abbey started her virtual assistant business while at home on maternity leave — and found she earned enough she didn’t have to go back to her old job!
I’ll highlight some companies that hire VAs below, but you’ll have more earning power in this field by starting a virtual assistant business of your own. Check out Abbey’s free training on how to get started.
FlexJobs is the leading work from home jobs site. With over 50 career categories, FlexJobs has jobs ranging from entry-level to executive and freelance to full-time.
They charge a nominal monthly fee (save 30% w/ promo code FLEXLIFE) to access their listings, but you’ll easily earn that back and then some with one job.
4. Teaching English Online
Companies like VIPKid hire work from home teachers to help tutor Chinese students in English online — and pay up to $20 an hour.
A bachelor’s degree and a year of teaching experience (pretty loosely defined) is often required, as is a working webcam. Because of the time zones, this is probably better the closer to the East coast you are.
Remember to immediately schedule your video interview after completing your application. This is the single most important component of the application process. You will be asked to confirm a time for a live video interview with a VIPKID teaching team member. Live interviews must be scheduled and typically will happen within a couple days (sometimes up to a week) from the time a candidate applied.
For more online English teaching jobs, click here.
Blogging might not be a real “job,” but it’s been a big income generator for me for the last several years. I put together this free video series on how to start a blog of your own.
The Best Work From Home Jobs and How To Find Them
To tackle such a monster list, I’ve divided the jobs by category and listed them alphabetically. These are places you can go to find legitimate work from home jobs that offer decent pay.
Not all of these businesses hire all year long and some may not have open positions at the moment.
BONUS: Not sure what type of job you’re looking for? Below this list of work from home opportunities is another list of job search sites where you can find various remote positions.
If you’re an experienced and credentialed professional in the accounting or bookkeeping field, then you have an abundance of remote jobs available to you.
Most work from home accounting jobs require a college education, three or more years of experience, and some type of certification, such as a CPA or Enrolled Agent status.
Accounting and bookkeeping jobs are some of the most lucrative remote positions for professionals looking to work from home, with some companies offering benefits, like medical insurance or training.
Here are some of the companies or sites to find the best accounting and bookkeeping remote jobs:
AccountantList – This is a website of aggregated remote or partially remote accounting jobs listed by company. Details and specifications vary based on company and position.
AccountingDepartment.com – As a virtual company, all of the jobs listed are remote opportunities. The only location requirement is that you reside in the U.S. Other requirements and pay are based on job position. Most of the jobs have benefits and require experience, education, and training.
Belay Solutions – Belay’s bookkeeping positions vary based on availability. As a contractor, you’ll support their clients. The minimum hours you can work per week is 10 hours but you have the option to work over 40 hours a week. Work hours are Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Expect two interviews and a skills assessment.
Bookminders.com – These are flextime, part-time work from home accounting and bookkeeping jobs providing services to small businesses and nonprofits. You’re expected to work during normal business hours and 20 hours per week. You’ll need experience, education, and a separate office with a high-speed internet connection. Some local travel as needed to meet with clients. Compensation is commensurate with professional level position and is scalable with high earnings potential.
Overland Solutions – Located in Overland Park, KS, this company was recognized by FlexJobs as a Top 100 Remote Work Companies to Watch in 2018. Although their website doesn’t provide much information, they appear to hire experienced auditors for territories across the U.S. Submit your resume via an online app.
TurboTax (Intuit) – Assist customers with filing their taxes via online video from the comfort of your own workspace. Pay is hourly and is determined by region, assessment, and years of experience. Performance-based bonuses are possible too. Requirements include being an Enrolled Agent, a Certified Public Accountant, or a practicing attorney with at least three years of experience with filing federal and state income taxes for clients.
You can earn money scoring or rating student essays, tests, or exams. The pay varies and depends on your scoring speed. Although the hours may be flexible, there are usually deadlines for completing the scores.
It’s not unusual that these businesses require their training, which is often free. Sometimes the training is paid, sometimes it is not.
Requirements vary per provider, such as a high-speed internet connection, computer, email, and sometimes a college degree.
If you’re searching for online scoring remote jobs, here are the sites to visit:
Educational Testing Service (ETS) – ETS hires online, work from home “Raters” to score test-taker responses using proprietary software. There’s an application process as well as training. Although there is no compensation information on the website, other sites claim that collectively the scoring comes out to about $10 – $20 an hour.
Measurement Incorporated (MI) – Although remote work is available only on a limited basis, MI does hire and train temporary, highly-skilled, and well-educated employees to score tests on a project-by-project basis (usually available March to June). Training is paid. The requirements include a four-year college degree in any field, a satisfactory writing sample, references, and proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. The role is five days a week, Monday through Friday.
Pearson Education – Pearson hires work from home professional scorer positions on a temporary basis.
Write Score – If you pass their extensive (unpaid) training program and test, you’ll score students’ writing as your freelance gig. In addition to passing the training and test, you must have a two-year college degree. Positions are available throughout the school year. Pay is not listed, but other sites claim that payment is per essay. So, you’re earning potential is determined by your speed.
Trying to take your attorney career to remote status? There are companies that hire attorneys in remote capacities, especially when it comes to document review.
Other than job search sites that list work from home attorney jobs, you can give these businesses a try:
Juristaff – JuriStaff places attorneys in temporary and temporary to permanent positions (full-time, part-time and work from home) with many of the nation’s top legal employers. Search their job openings to discover work from home positions.
VLP Law Group – Ready to think outside of the box when it comes to a career in law? VLP attorney jobs offer flexibility for a better work-life balance. Check out their open positions on their website.
UpCounsel – A growing legal marketplace that matches lawyers with clients in your area of expertise.
Captioning is converting the audio content of a broadcast, video, live event, or other productions into text. That text is then displaying onto a screen or monitor.
Captioning is divided into two categories: offline closed captioning and real-time captioning.
Offline closed captioning is transcribing pre-recorded programming or movies. Real-time captioning is transcribing captions during live programming, such as the news or sporting events.
Both require English proficiency in addition to speed and accuracy when it comes to typing and stenographic skills. However, live captioning usually commands more money and requires training.
Here are some places to check out if you’re interested in remote captioning jobs:
Aberdeen Abercap – Closed captioning from home, but check their listings to see what openings they have.
Caption Max – Real-time captioner remote jobs. Check job listings to see if they are hiring.
Rev.com – Freelance closed captioner jobs with flexible hours. Choose by the project. Earn $0.40-$0.75 per video minute. Paid weekly via PayPal. Average monthly earnings: $240. Top monthly earnings: $1570.
Speechpad – Remote captioner positions. Captioning jobs pay between $.30/min and $1.00/min via PayPal every Tuesday and Friday.
Vitac.com – Remote jobs include voice captioner and real-time captioner. Requires consistent writing with 98% accuracy and other specific skills as outlined on their site.
There are several avenues to becoming a coach, and there are many different types of coaches.
Some people become coaches based off of life and professional experience. Others go through training and educational programs to get certified as a coach. And, some people join affiliate networks and MLMs (multi-level marketing businesses) and sell products as a coach.
If you’re not interested in starting your own coaching business alone, there are a few online opportunities to explore:
Ask Mars Venus – Dating and relationship coaching via telephone. Requires training. Coaches receive $0.30/minute ($18/hr) for time spent on the phone with callers.
RiseSmart – Career coaching. Check the job openings for position details and remote opportunities.
Sibme – Sibme is a video coaching and collaboration platform designed to improve teaching and learning in schools, institutions, and education-related organizations. They have remote coach positions open from time to time, so review their job listings.
TNTP – Virtual coaching in the academic/teaching industry. Search the job listings to find open positions. In the “Location” filter, select “Flexible location” for work from home opportunities.
Tony Robbins – Business coaching via the telephone, such as a Results Coach. Check the jobs listings for open coaching positions.
Vida – Health coaching. Qualifications depend on the job. Review the job listings for more details.
Not all customer service requires using a phone. Technology has made it possible to help customers through other avenues, namely online chat.
Online chat requires fast and accurate typing with excellent writing and customer service skills. Usually, you need proficiency in English and sometimes you may need to be bilingual.
Hours vary on the company and job. The going rate varies from $8 – $15 an hour.
Ready to use your customer service skills in a remote capacity? Here are the places to check:
Arise Virtual Solutions – Arise contracts with thousands of small businesses run by someone like you! These small businesses provide sales, customer service, and technical support from home, for Fortune 500 companies such as Intuit TurboTax and Carnival.
For a small investment you can be up and running your home-based customer support business in no time. Register now to use the Arise Platform today and start your journey to a more balanced life with endless possibilities.
LiveWorld – Virtual, part-time, work from home positions as Customer Service/Care Agents. Perform tasks including social customer service and one-to-one engagement. Check their job listings for openings.
Talk2Rep – Work as an online chat agent. Search their job listings selecting the “Work at Home Positions” filter. There are also remote customer service jobs, but these include phone tasks.
The Chat Shop – Work as an online chat agent. You’ll be working with customers on issue resolution as well as assisting with sales. Training is provided. 35 – 40 hours a week.
HelpSquad – HelpSquad provides live chat customer support for clients 24/7. Email a link to your LinkedIn profile to email@example.com see if there are any openings.
With an average hourly rate in the U.S. around $12, a data entry job sounds like an easy and possibly attractive work from home opportunity.
The reality is that transferring data from one source to another source is usually boring and tedious.
Even if you don’t mind this type of work, the main problem with decent paying remote data entry jobs is that they are highly competitive and seemingly tough to acquire.
There are reputable companies that hire for these positions, but you may need to get on their waitlist and look for other jobs in the meantime. The better alternative is to look for other jobs similar to data entry, like transcription, captioning, and translation (all covered in this article).
Here are a few work from home data entry jobs to consider:
Axion Data Entry Services – Requires several years of experience, 50 words per minute, high-speed internet connection, and a background check (at your expense). Compensation is a flat rate per document or entry and varies per project. To be considered, register in their database (fees start at $5).
DionData Solutions – Home Contracted Vendors positions are rare. Submit your applications via email and wait for a reply.
Lionbridge’s The Smart Crowd – Various data entry and research jobs, no long-term commitment required. Rates set on time to complete a task, and payment is once a month. Sign up for free on their website. They match you with jobs based on your skills.
SigTrack – As an independent contractor, you search petition signatures against voter databases to see if they match. Then you “tag” the signature with the results using the SigTrack app. Job availability is seasonal. You need a PayPal account and U.S. residency. Pay is based on accuracy. Dual monitors are recommended.
Xerox – Remote data entry and related jobs are sometimes available from Xerox. Keep checking!
As an experienced editor or proofreader, you can earn money online through editorial service providers. This is a popular industry for freelancing.
In fact, I earned several thousand dollars as a freelance book editor a few years ago. I found clients through Fiverr, Facebook groups for authors, a self-publishing training program, and word of mouth.
In most cases, you’ll need a computer, an internet connection, software such as Microsoft Word, proficiency in English, familiarity with styles (APA, AMA, MLA, etc.), and a degree or previous editorial experience. But each company has its own qualifications and usually requires a test or two before consideration.
If you have a lot of work experience in certain industries, seek out more niche proofreading and editing jobs.
For example, there are editorial jobs in the academic, medical, and science fields that require a specific skill set, which give you an advantage as a candidate.
You can start with these sites for remote editing and proofreading jobs.
Kibin – Kibin offers freelance editor jobs. Requires a pre-test and final test.
Cactus Communications – Freelance and full-time work from home editing jobs in the medical and academic fields.
Edit 911 – Have a PhD in English? If so and you’re interested in editing dissertations, theses, and books, then check out Edit 911. This one requires extensive experience, education, and accomplishments.
EditFast – Project based editorial jobs. EditFast is a free service for freelance editors. You submit your information, and the service matches you up with clients. Pay varies per project, but EditFast takes 40% of the total project price. Requires an invoice to get paid via PayPal. Plus, you’ll wait a month or more to receive payment.
Enago – Freelance editor positions in editing academic papers from a wide range of subject areas and meant for publication in highly acclaimed international journals.
ProofreadingPal.com – Proofreading and editing of all types of documents, ranging from academic and business to books and resumes. Their editors typically earn $500 to $3000 a month. For this role, they have many qualifications, including a graduate degree with a minimum of five years of related experience plus Microsoft Word and other software requirements.
ProofreadingServices.com – Full-time and part-time proofreading remote jobs to those who demonstrate excellent skills. Applicants from all countries welcome. They offer competitive pay (which exceeds the U.S. average hourly wage for proofreaders) and flexible hours.
Proof-Reading-Service.com – If you enjoy proofreading academic and scientific papers written by non-native English-speaking academic staff and want to supplement your income, then this is the gig for you. The role requires a native English speaker with a master’s or PhD level education who knows reference styles, such as APA and MLA. Pay starts at $7.50 per 1,000 words. Training is provided.
Scribendi – Enjoy more of a community feel since this freelance editing job includes working with other staff members. Payment varies per project. Incentives included. Prompt payment in U.S. dollars via PayPal. Requirements are lengthy and include a college degree in a relevant field (advanced degree preferred), three or more years of related experience, native-level English, deadline driven, and computer proficiency on a PC (not a Mac).
SmartBrief – Editorial jobs vary based on their needs. These positions are more team-oriented like a typical 9-5 job, but SmartBrief has remote options. Click on “Search Current Openings” to find the open work from home jobs.
WordsRU – Independent contractor editing positions in the academic niche. Requires a Master’s degree, PhD, or equivalent professional experience in any academic discipline. And, you’ll need proficiency in more advanced software apps. Payment rates are discussed with successful applicants only.
Wordvice – Academic and business freelance, part-time editor positions. The workload fluctuates seasonally. Graduate degree required.
Graphic Design Jobs
SolidGigs — a hand-curated list of freelance jobs updated daily.
The team at SolidGigs combs through dozens of freelance job boards every weekday and posts the top 1% of jobs to their freelance job stream.
Their design category is definitely one of the best and most active on the site.
They also have a growing library of great resources—courses, templates, interviews, scripts—for helping you actually land the remote graphic design jobs you find on their platform (or anywhere else).
Side Hustle Nation readers can try SolidGigs for just $2 by clicking here.
If you’re interested in more diverse job tasks and wearing different hats to earn your living, then microtasking is an option to explore.
Microtasking is getting paid to perform brief tasks. Some examples are data entry, creating product descriptions, research, surveys, and copy editing.
You sign up with a microtasking site and you decide which tasks you want to tackle and when. The faster you are, the more money you can make.
In fact, one reader reported earning over $20,000 on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.
Here are sites to search for microtasking jobs:
ClixSense – ClixSense pays you to do simple online small tasks. In addition to making money for task completion, ClixSense offers bonuses and weekly contests.
Clickworker – All you need is a computer or mobile device with internet access. Sign up on their website for no fee. You work independently as a freelancer with a flexible schedule. Earnings vary based on task.
Figure Eight – Figure Eight helps companies train, test and tune their machine learning and artificial intelligence programs. Contributors complete small tasks like categorizing social media or moderating content to help with machine learning. Computer and a high-speed internet connection are all you need!
Fiverr – Have a skill that you’d consider your superpower? It’s easy to set up shop as a Fiverr seller to create your own microtasking business. With Fiverr, you create your own “gig” and price your services. Selling on Fiverr takes skill, so be sure to see my related articles on using the platform to make money working from home.
- How to Build a 6-Figure Side Hustle on Fiverr
- 19 Fiverr Gigs to Help Start Your Side Hustle
- How One Fiverr Seller Earned Enough Cash to Buy a House [Podcast]
- $10k from a Single Sale … on Fiverr [Podcast]
TaskRabbit – Although this isn’t technically a work from “home” job, TaskRabbit jobs are outside of the typical office setting. In a nutshell, you help other people with their to-do lists. These tasks range from personal assistant to handyman services in your local area.
EasyShift – Use your smartphone to shop at local stores and complete small tasks, such as taking product photos, price checking, and reviewing promotions. Payment through PayPal.
This work from home job goes by several names, including ads quality rater, rater, or web search evaluator. The duties entail doing extensive web search analysis and providing feedback on search results, advertisements, and web page content.
You need a computer with high-speed internet access, excellent communication skills, and sometimes fluency in another language besides English.
Additionally, certain tech equipment may be required, such as a smartphone and access to devices with voice-assisted technology (such as Google Home, Amazon Echo, etc.).
Ready to explore remote web search evaluator jobs?
Appen – Appen hires Web Search Evaluators to work from home on a part-time basis with flexible hours. Fluency in multiple languages is helpful. Search their job openings to see if they have any open positions. Lengthy application process.
Lionbridge – Part-time hourly work as a Rater requires analyzing and discussing internet content and specific search query results using an online tool. You need a high school diploma and must have lived in the U.S. for the past five years. Search the jobs database to find current openings.
Social media marketing and management are popular work from home jobs.
How companies and individuals define social media tasks varies per project and requirements.
Social media marketing and management jobs go by all different names, including Social Media Strategist, Social Media Coordinator, Social Media Specialist, Content Specialist, and Digital Strategist. Some marketing positions may also be social media jobs.
Examples of social media duties are:
- Creating social media content/posts (text, images, videos)
- Increasing followers/growing a community
- Managing social media engagement and conversations
- Moderating online communities
- Commenting on social posts
- Curating (aka finding) relevant content
- Scheduling content in online tools like Buffer or Hootsuite
- Running ads and campaigns
- Increasing brand awareness
- Generating leads
At times, social media tasks are bundled with virtual assistant duties, so there may be overlap. But the jobs listed below are more social media focused although some administrative skills are required.
If you’re ready to try a remote social media job, here are some starting places:
$99 Social – Must be available to work full-time. The number of hours you work will vary based on the number of accounts you take on and your capacity. You’ll manage 100-120 accounts and be paid a flat rate per account (not an hourly wage) that changes based on the total number of accounts you are writing for. The pay gets better as your capacity grows.
Appen Social Media Evaluator – Up to 20 hours a week working with social platforms like Facebook and Instagram. Usually requires 1-4 hours of work a day, 5 – 7 days a week.
ICUC – Remote social media content and community moderator jobs available periodically. Check their job listings for open positions.
The Social Element – Often looking for remote engagement specialists and moderators. They don’t always have openings in the U.S., so review their job listings.
Classroom walls are no longer necessary when it comes to teaching kids and adults. Online teaching is very popular since it’s convenient for both the student and teacher.
Obviously, the more time you dedicate to teaching, the more income you’ll earn.
Although it’s to your advantage to be a certified teaching professional with a college education, a lack of teaching experience and certifications don’t disqualify you across the board.
Take a look at these opportunities to see if teaching online is an option for you.
FluentCity.com – Get paid “top dollar” to teach online language lessons in Spanish, French, Italian, and German.
HigherEdJobs.com – Create a free account, upload your resume, and track your applications. This is an online resource like Indeed.com but specifically for higher education.
Independence University – Independence University is the online college that is part of the nonprofit Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE) family of colleges. Search their “Current Job Openings” and select “Online – Remote” under Locations and select “Faculty/Instruction” under Job Category to find virtual teaching jobs.
Schmoop – Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company. Opportunities vary depending on openings. Examples of the types of remote jobs are writing educational content and curriculum, teaching, and test prep. Higher education and experience usually required.
SNHU – Southern New Hampshire University hires remote faculty for their online degree programs. They don’t always have openings, but it’s worth a check. There’s an application process, pre-hire assessment and training (unpaid) that are required. Payment is bi-weekly and ranges from $2,200 – $2,500 per course.
Study.com – Not sure you want to teach? Study.com has contract positions for writing lessons. Jobs vary based on availability and openings.
Teachaway – Online teaching jobs (adult education, K12, ESL) in a wide range of topics, such as math, chemistry, English, biology, even drama. Register to apply.
One of the most sought-after skills is teaching English to students in other countries in a live, online setting. The hours are usually part-time and flexible, although your schedule will need to follow the other country’s time zone.
In many cases, you don’t need to know any language other than English to be eligible to teach. However, some facilities require higher education and teaching certifications. Eligibility to work in the U.S. or Canada is usually required as well as certain tech specifications.
If you’d like to interact with children or adults to help them learn the English language without having to travel, this one’s for you!
These sites are good options for finding jobs where you teach English online:
Qkids – Part-time contract work teaching Chinese students between 5 – 12 years of age to speak English through Qkids’ interactive online teaching platform. Minimum of six hours a week, $16 – $20 an hour.
HAWO – Great for teachers. Work 30 hours a month teaching English to students in China via video chat. Pays $15-22 an hour; prior teaching experience required.
Say ABC – Work from home teaching English to up to four children between ages 5 and 12 via SayABC’s online platform. Earn up to $21 per 40 minute class.
VipKid– Part-time online ESL teachers for Chinese students. Earn up to $22/hour. Minimum of 7.5 hours a week with a six-month contract term.
EF Education First – Teaching conversation-based group and private lessons to adult learners. They desire native English speakers with Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish proficiency, teaching experience and certification, and a graduate degree.
italki – Get paid to help students learn a language. You set your own prices, but italki handles the payment process.
TutorABC/iTutorGroup – Teach English online. Lengthy interview process. Pay varies. Paid monthly through bank wire transfers.
Voxy – ESL instruction for groups and individual learners. Teaching is task-based, and learners are students and professionals from five continents.
Tutoring is a terrific way to take your knowledge and share it with others, which helps them learn and grow.
Generally speaking, tutors are professional teachers or subject matter experts who have a college degree and related instructor certifications.
Not all companies require advanced degrees. However, preference is likely given to candidates with more experience and higher education.
Here are online tutoring jobs worth looking into if you’re a qualified professional who is ready to try working remotely:
Cambly – Get paid to talk with people from all over the world. Categorized as tutoring, online chatting helps students improve their English language skills. Pay is $10.20/hour with a payment every Monday via PayPal.
Independence University – Independence University is the online college that is part of the nonprofit Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE) family of colleges. Search their “Current Job Openings” and select “Online – Remote” under Locations and select “Career/Student” under Job Category to find virtual tutoring jobs.
Pearson Smarthinking – Part-time online tutoring positions in specific topics ranging from beginner to advanced levels. Check their job openings to see what’s available. They require a graduate degree and teaching or tutoring experience.
Skooli.com – Online tutoring jobs for professional teachers and subject-area experts. The credentials preferred are a Bachelor’s degree, teaching certification, Master’s degree, and other qualifications like ESL certification. Pay is $25 an hour.
Wyzant – Wyzant is a marketplace where you can run your offline and online tutoring business. There is no fee for listing your services. Wyzant deducts a service fee from when it collects payment from your student and issues your money by direct deposit or check. Tutors are not required to be certified teachers.
If you’re bilingual, consider a work from home job as a translator.
Be prepared to do more than simple translation. You’ll need proficiency and experience in both the source and target languages.
This means good grammar skills, cultural knowledge, conversational competence, and the ability to articulate complex concepts.
Fast, accurate typing skills and a quiet environment will make your job go faster, which increases your earning potential.
And, expect to know the subject areas of what you’re translating.
Check out these remote translation jobs:
Gengo – Must take a two-part test, get approved, and familiarize yourself with their style guide and workbench. No invoicing. Rates differ based on language.
Multilingual Connections – Freelance, remote translation projects. (Not accepting applications from California.) They are looking for freelancers that possess the relevant education, training and experience and who are organized, motivated self-starters.
Translation Services – This company offers translation services in more than 100 languages. At press time, part-time and full-time remote positions were available with competitive pay and flexible hours.
Speechpad – Remote translation jobs. You’ll need to be fluent in English as well as one or more of these languages: Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, or Welsh. The pay ranges from $2 – $5 per audio minute. Payments made via PayPal every Tuesday and Friday.
Stepes – An online database of on-demand translation jobs for freelance translators. You can work from your smartphone with their mobile messaging based translation model. There’s a 30-day satisfaction guarantee that has to pass before you can request a withdrawal (payment) through PayPal or Stripe.
Unbabel – Apply for evaluation, get training, work on the go with a mobile app, get paid weekly via PayPal and Payoneer.
Transcription is converting people’s spoken/audio words into text.
Most companies pay by audio hour and not the time it takes you to transcribe. So, you need fast but accurate typing skills and excellent language skills to make this job worth doing. Otherwise, the jobs will take too long, so the pay won’t be worth your time.
In general, the companies have similar requirements, such as:
- Type 80 WPM
- Excellent grammar and proofreading skills
- MS Word and a PC
- 98% accuracy
- Computer literacy
- Transcription software and equipment
You may also need competency with accents and knowledge of certain terminology, depending on the project.
If you meet the requirements and are a fast typist, then these remote transcription jobs are worth researching:
Transcription Services – This site advertises competitive pay and flexible hours for both part-time and full-time positions.
AccuTran Global – Entry-level transcription rates are by the word or by the audio minute, depending on the turnaround time required on each individual project. Rates vary from $0.004 per word to $0.0055 per word and $0.40 per audio minute for projects with longer turnaround times. Opportunity for advancement and bonuses.
Birch Creek Communications – Transcriptions for audio files from corporate clients. Pay is .40 – 1.75 per audio minute, which depends on the job, turnaround time, and the quality of work. Jobs usually have short turnaround time frame.
Escribers – Legal transcription services. Payment is weekly but requires you submit an invoice. Requires that you’re eligible to work in the U.S. and you have a current U.S. bank account for payment.
NetTranscripts – General and industry-specific transcription remote job openings vary. Check their job openings.
Quicktate or iDictate – With Quicktate, you’ll transcribe audio files that are shorter than five minutes. iDictate is for transcriptions over five minutes. Apply for either or both through their jobs database.
Rev.com – You pick the projects you want to work on and transcribe the audio file through their online transcription editor. The audio content, job subject, pay, and deadline are listed upfront, so you decide if it’s a good fit for you and your schedule. You get paid every Monday based on all the audio files you completed in the prior week.
Scribie – $5 – $25 per audio hour. They do offer an “automated transcript” option in their Editor, which appears to make the transcription process faster. Also, once you become a Self-Reviewer, your pay rate will effectively double since you’ll be paid twice for the same file.
Speechpad – Remote transcriber positions. The pay ranges from $0.25/min for entry-level work to as high as $1.00/min for jobs requiring more experience. Payments made via PayPal every Tuesday and Friday.
Tigerfish Transcribing – Applications accepted by email. Requires transcription sample/test, quick typing, a good ear for language, strong written English skills, Windows computer, telephone number, high-speed internet, and U.S. citizenship (or legal resident).
If you’re organized and enjoy sitting at your computer performing more traditional office work, then virtual assisting may be a good alternative to the 9-5 commute.
A virtual assistant (VA) is a location-independent job where you provide administrative support to clients. You can either start your own virtual assistant business or you can work through an established company.
Tasks run the gamut. Some jobs are more simple, such as scheduling and researching. Other roles are more complex, such as copywriting, social media, website work, marketing, and project management. Each job varies based on the job requirements.
Take a look at these virtual assistant opportunities:
BELAY Solutions – As a U.S. based virtual assistant, you’ll be a “modern-day administrative MacGyver” according to the BELAY website. Job requirements vary with position, so check out their openings for more information.
Fancy Hands – As an assistant, you’ll support Fancy Hands’ clients. You need good phone and internet research skills. Job tasks fall under the categories of scheduling, purchasing, and research.
Profit Factory – Profit Factory matches entrepreneurs with virtual assistants. Requirements vary by position.
Time Etc. – As an independent contractor, you’ll assist clients with business and personal tasks, including basic administrative work and marketing responsibilities (if you have the experience). Flexible hours and an agreed-upon hourly rate that starts at $11/hr.
Boldly – Virtual assistant jobs that include more than administrative tasks. Job requirements and pay dependent upon the company and specific position. However, the current rate of most open positions is $20 an hour plus paid leave.
Bonus: My friend Abbey was able to quit her job to be a stay at home virtual assistant. She put together this free training for Side Hustle Nation readers.
Have a lovely voice? Doing voice overs is another to earn money working from home in a freelance capacity.
You do need a home studio with a good microphone, computer, and a high-speed internet connection.
Filmless – Filmless makes videos for companies. So, they need voice over artists from time-to-time. Check their job openings for more information.
Voice.com and Voice123 – Both of these websites match serious, professional voice over actors with job opportunities. They offer free and paid membership plans for access to the job listings and other perks.
VoiceBunny – After you pass their application process, VoiceBunny presents your work to clients. You set your own rates, and they make money by adding onto your rates. No subscription or membership fees.
As a website tester, you record your computer screen and your voice as you use a certain site or app. You may also need to write survey responses as part of the job or use a webcam.
Essentially, you’re giving your opinion about the usability of a website or app with the goal of improving the user experience. You discuss your likes and dislikes, suggest improvements, and discuss any difficulties you have with the site or app.
Learn more about remote website testing jobs at these sites:
TestingTime – Try digital products over Skype. Up to $65 per every 30-90 minute study. You receive payment within 10 days.
TryMYUI – For testing, use a website exactly as you would in a real-life situation, and voice your thoughts and frustrations out loud. This allows developers insight into the user experience. You earn $10 for each test you take; a typical test lasts approximately 20 minutes.
User Test – $10 per review. Download their screen recorder and follow their instructions. You get paid within two days via PayPal.
User Testing – For every test or 20-minute video you complete, you earn $10 via PayPal. UserTesting pays you to visit websites or apps, complete a set of tasks, and speak your thoughts aloud.
Are you a good writer with excellent grammar skills, attention to detail, and deadline-oriented?
There are plenty of work from home jobs for freelance writers—and many sites where you can find these jobs.
Freelance writing includes many different types of writing in many different industries, such as tech, medicine, education, legal, regulatory, WordPress, health/wellness, beauty, financial…and more!
If you’re good at writing, you probably can find a freelance job in your preferred niche. These sites will help:
Contena – Save time hunting for writing gigs with Contena, a service that curates some of the best paid writing gigs online. Use coupon code Sidehustle15 for 15% off any membership!
All Freelance Writing – A freelance writing job board that highlights the rates off the get-go so that you don’t have waste time reviewing jobs that are below your desired rate.
BloggingPro – A free job board that is updated daily with paid blogging jobs, blog writing jobs, and freelance writing jobs.
eNotes – Educational writing of Q&A style website content related to literature, history, and the social sciences. (Good for teachers!) The average pay rate for a 120-word answer is $7.40 with the potential to earn up to $37 per answer.
Freelance Writing Jobs – A list of paid freelance writing and writing-related jobs that are hand-picked from various job sites, classified ads, and company websites. The jobs covered are more than remote writing jobs. Updated every day, Monday to Friday.
Measured Progress – Freelance writer positions for teachers. You’ll develop educational assessment tasks and test items. Payment is per item. Requires higher education and teaching experience.
Online Writing Jobs – Freelance writing jobs for website content in various industries. Join for free. Required to submit an application and a writing sample. Pay varies per project but ranges from $15 – $50.
ProBlogger – A free jobs search site specifically for freelance writers. Most of the jobs are remote but not all. Many of the posts are for blogging jobs.
You don’t need to spend all day browsing the internet for additional work from home jobs. There are comprehensive websites that list many different categories of remote jobs all in one place.
While that’s a huge time saver, it occasionally comes at a cost since some sites charge a monthly or quarterly fee for membership privileges.
These are job search sites that specialize in work from home opportunities. The jobs listed above can sometimes be found on these sites as well as many other jobs, so take a look!
Cost to join: Pricing starts at $14.95 a month.
Registration required to search jobs: No, but job descriptions are limited without a paid membership.
FlexJobs is a well-known job listing site for anyone who wants a flexible job, including work from home, remote positions. With over 50 career categories, FlexJobs has jobs ranging from entry-level to executive and freelance to full-time.
FlexJobs has trained researchers who curate flexible jobs so that you don’t have to waste your time searching online. So, the job listings are a combination of opportunities found on the Internet in addition to jobs directly posted by companies.
When applying for jobs, you may sometimes do so through the FlexJobs interface. However, there are times when you may apply to the employer directly.
Cost to join: Free with limited access to jobs database or Premium all-access membership starting at $15.99/mo.
Registration required to search jobs: No (but it is required to apply for jobs).
Virtual Vocations is a job service that hand-screens telecommuting jobs that offer “real pay for real work.” They devote their time to searching the internet for legitimate telecommuting jobs and sharing those openings on their site.
Virtual Vocations offers a lot of job categories as well as filter options, including travel requirements, weekly hours, and telecommute level. This functionality assists you to find good job matches faster.
Cost to join: $29.95 per quarter or $99 per year.
Registration required to search jobs: No, but job descriptions are very limited without a paid membership.
HireMyMom is a work from home job service that helps women professionals find flexible, legitimate, home-based work, while helping small businesses hire talented, virtual team members and freelancers.
The HireMyMom staff screens each employer before approving and placing a job posting on the site. They don’t accept all businesses that apply.
So, unlike many of the other job sites listed here, HireMyMom doesn’t aggregate job listings from other sites. All jobs on HireMyMom are posted by the employer, and in most cases, these jobs cannot be found anywhere else on the internet.
Cost to join: Free.
Registration required to search jobs: No.
Remotive is a community for remote workers. You can connect with other remote workers so that you never work alone. Or, you can find a remote job.
As with other sites, you can search listings via limited categories, although the category function doesn’t appear to sort job openings with much accuracy.
Cost to join: Free.
Registration required to search jobs: No.
SkipTheDrive uses filters to display highly relevant job results for people searching for remote, telecommuting, online or work from home opportunities.
In short, it appears that SkipTheDrive filters job listing results from other sites (namely Jobs2Careers.com) so that you can more easily discover remote positions in your very specific niche.
Cost to join: Free.
Registration required to search jobs: No.
The We Work Remotely (WWR) website asserts that it’s the largest community online to find and list jobs that aren’t restricted by commutes or a specific location.
The job site boasts roles in many different categories, ranging from finance and legal to programming and marketing. You search jobs based on these categories.
Companies (mostly tech) pay for listings on the site, and there is no cost to browse or to apply for jobs. You apply directly with the company rather than through the WWR website.
Cost to join: Free.
Registration required to search jobs: No.
For professional career seekers who dream about working remotely and traveling the world, Working Nomads may be right up your alley.
The site connects innovative companies offering independent positions to professionals who don’t want tied down to an office or the 9 to 5 lifestyle.
Hired.com – This tech-focused platform mainly offers “traditional” job postings, but occasionally you’ll see well-paying remote and part-time opportunities as well.
FreeeUp – A fast-growing freelance marketplace specializing in e-commerce, digital marketing, web development and virtual assistance. You’re free to set your own schedule and rates, sometimes north of $50 an hour depending on your skills. Mention me, Nick Loper, to expedite your application.
Dynamite Jobs – A growing marketplace of remote work opportunities.
Upwork – The web’s largest freelance marketplace. I’ve hired several assistants on this platform and it’s been recommended by dozens of guests on The Side Hustle Show.
This post has given you a ton of options when it comes to legitimate, remote, work from home jobs that let you escape the 9-5 rat race.
When it comes down to it, though, working from home means different things to different people.
For some professionals, it’s about flexibility and freedom. For others, it’s a change of pace and lifestyle.
Why do you want to work from home? What’s your dream remote job?
Let me know in the comments!
Big thanks to Meghan Monaghan of Smart Bird Social for researching and drafting this beast of an article!
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