Many Americans are tired of the traditional 9 to 5. Now more than ever, people are turning to the internet in search of work from home jobs to either supplement their current income, or completely replace it.
Are you looking for a change of pace from the daily office grind?
Want a little more freedom in setting your own hours?
If you are not thrilled about hustling to the workplace each morning or you're looking for some extra work outside of your normal job, there has never been a better time than now to work from home. The internet has created a lot of opportunity out for people to earn money without leaving the house.
I will say this, though: working from home still requires work. It is not free money.
The money you earn has to come from somewhere. It ultimately comes from whoever is willing to pay you for whatever service you're offering.
So yes, you get the freedom of working from home and avoiding some not-so-great parts of office life, but it's still WORK. That's an important thing to remember. /rant
In this post, I'm going to cover 11 of the best work from home jobs out there for earning money from home on your own schedule. Some of these jobs are easier than others, and the pay ranges vary. Bottom line- there should be something for everyone on this list!
11 of the Best Work from Home Jobs
Work from Home Job: Virtual Assistant
What you can expect to make: $10-40 per hour, depending on your specific job roles.
What It Is: Virtual assistants, commonly referred to as VAs, come in all shapes and sizes. Many companies will hire VAs if they are looking for help with administrative tasks (email, calendar management, data entry, etc), but don't necessarily want to hire a full time employee just yet.
There are many areas that a company may want to hire a virtual assistant to help with:
- Social media management
- Transcribing conference calls
- Responding to emails or setting up email lists
- Calendar management
- Prepare presentations
- Other customer service oriented tasks
How to Get Started: One of the most popular sites for finding work as a virtual assistant is Upwork. Freelancer.com is another option. Create a profile and list your skills, then start applying to jobs that fit what you want to do!
Work from Home Job: Survey Taker
What you can expect to make: $50-500 per month, depending on how many surveys you do.
What It Is: Most successful companies want to get inside the heads of consumers, so they can better understand their customers and improve their products. To do that, they actually pay people to take surveys.
There are many different types of surveys you may take, from opinion polls, to answering questions about shopping habits or reviewing a product. Survey takers are usually paid in cash via Paypal, or with points that can be redeemed for gift cards. What I like most about this work from home job is that it's 100% on your schedule- you can take as many or as few surveys as you'd like.Make Money with Online Surveys and Invest in Yourself
Work from Home Job: Blog Owner
What you can expect to make: Highly variable. Anywhere between $0-150k per month
What it is: If you have a topic area you are passionate about or that you know a lot about, consider starting a blog (like this one). Blogs are a great way to help people all over the world by teaching them what you know, entertaining them, or just letting them inside your own world.
Bloggers can make money through many different ways, including advertisements, selling digital products and courses, and working 1 on 1 with readers.
Here are some possible blog topics:
- Fitness and health
- Daily journal
- Crafts and DIY Projects
You really can blog about anything under the sun. What do you love reading about? What do you enjoy talking to your friends about? What do you like browsing through the most on Pinterest? These are all possible blog ideas.
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Work from Home Job: Freelance Writer
What you can expect to make: $30-500 per assignment, depending on difficulty.
What It Is: Have some writing chops, but don't want to deal with all the extra work that goes into running a blog? Becoming a freelance writer is a great work from home job. You can write for newspapers, blogs, marketers, etc.
How to Get Started: Create a portfolio of writing samples that you can show to prospective clients. If you want to get a freelance copywriting gig, for instance, start by creating some samples of amazing copy that sells a product. Offer free work to clients to build up your portfolio if needed.
Work from Home Job: Amazon Remote Employee
What you can expect to make: $10/hr to $50k+/year, depending on position.
What It Is: Amazon is obviously a huge company, which means they have a ton of spots to fill to make the business function. At the time of this writing, there are over 200 work from home positions listed on their website, ranging from customer service agent to supply chain manager.
Since there is such a wide range of jobs available, obviously the pay is going to vary widely. Working for a big name like Amazon is definitely possible, even from home!
How to get started: Start by checking out Amazon's Virtual Locations jobs page.
Work from Home Job: Online Teacher
What can you expect to make: Average salary for first year teachers is $30k. Some subjects pay higher than others.
What it is: Every industry is adapting to changes brought on by the internet, and teaching is no different. If you are a (licensed) teacher, you can now start teaching classes from home. Classes are usually taught via Skype or pre-recorded sessions.
Demand is really beginning to grow for online education solutions as either a supplement to in-class schooling, or sometimes even as a total replacement. Subjects in the highest demand are English, science, and math (the core subjects of any education).
How to get started: K12 is one of the biggest players in the online teaching space. One of the great things about them is the fact that your job will likely include health insurance, retirement savings accounts and paid time off. Since you'll be working with kids (even though it's online), you still need to go through the typical hiring process for a teacher: background check, reference check, interviews, etc.
Other Work from Home Jobs Worth Looking Into
Become a Freelance Proofreader: In 2014, Caitlin Pyle made over $43,000 by working as a freelance proofreader… PART TIME. When she wasn’t working, she even had time to go on several fun vacations. After she had a ton of success doing that, she decided she wanted to teach others how to do the same thing, so she started up Proofread Anywhere. Sign up for her Free 7 Day Email Course on making money as a proofreader.
Direct Sales Consulting: This is stuff like Plexus, Avon, Beachbody, Pampered Chef, etc. If you want to get a taste of working from home and want to sell products you already use and love, this may be an option. Note: nearly all of these programs require an upfront investment for purchasing your initial inventory.
Test Apps and Websites: Similar to taking surveys for money, companies will also pay regular people to give feedback on their website. How it looks, how easy it is to navigate, how things “flow”…
Here are some places you can apply for this type of work:
Companies want to know how easy their websites are to use and the information you give them about the process is extremely valuable.
- Whatusersdo – Pay is $8 (or more) per test. Tests take around 15-20 minutes (you need a Mac or PC + mic).
- Enroll – Get paid to test websites before they are published. Earn cash rewards.
- UserFeel – This company pays around $10 per test.
- Analysia – Tests take around 15 minutes to complete. Pay is $10 per test.
- TryMyUI – Tests takes around 15-20 minutes to complete. Pay is $10 per test.
- Loop 11 – Test takes around 10 minutes to complete. Pay is $5 per test.
Web Design Services: Business owners want professional looking websites for their space on the internet. If you know some basics behind web design, you can start offering those services to small business. Again, Upwork is a great spot to start finding gigs. Another option is to do things the old fashioned way: cold call or email every small business in your town and drum up some business that way.
Join TaskRabbit: This is the ultimate site for local “odd-jobs”.From running errands for others, buying groceries, doing yardwork, there are all sorts of jobs on this site. As of now, it only serves select metro areas, but is quickly growing to other locations.
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