Working from home has become a popular goal nowadays. This is no surprise, as it's an attractive work model that (usually) gives you the freedom to be your own boss. Not to mention the career opportunities! You can work 3 different online gigs – all while typing away on your laptop, still in your pajamas.
If an online job sounds appealing, you're in the right place. Whether you're looking to make a few extra dollars part-time or develop a full-time career, these work from home jobs will help you tip the scale! Not only do we list all of the top work-from-home jobs, but also the resources necessary to get a jumping head-start.
Simple Work from Home Jobs
Sometimes simple is the best way to get started. These 3 simple work-from-home jobs are a great way to earn a little extra money on the side. And – if you stack a few of these opportunities on top of each other – you can make as much as $14,147.60-$16,247.60/year!
1. Online Survey Jobs
We've all done it at least once: fallen prey to attention-grabbing quizzes and surveys. Who doesn't want to waste a few minutes (or hours) figuring out what color our personality reflects? Or what Hogwarts House we're in? Online surveys are addicting. They're fun.
But they can be more than just fun. With online survey jobs, you can earn some extra cash helping companies with their marketing research. If you want to make $1,839.60/year, maximize your time by signing up for both of these gigs.
Easily the best platform for online survey jobs, Survey Junkie lets you sign up using Facebook, your Google account, or your email. It's as easy as that!
After sign-up is complete, you can fill out additional information to help the survey-pairing process. Afterwards, you should get plenty of opportunities flooding your inbox! Additionally, many companies and brands choose Survey Junkie for their marketing research, which helps to make some surveys more interesting and rewarding.
On average, you're should be able to make $3/hour. With just an hour of work a day, your potential earnings reach $1,095/year!
Swagbucks is another popular platform for taking online surveys. In addition to surveys, Swagbucks also lets users earn money via other simple tasks – like browsing the internet and watching videos. Throw in their $5 joining bonus and you've got a stellar opportunity.
On average, surveys on Swagbucks take 3-20 minutes each and pay the equivalent of $0.03-$0.68. At an hour a day, that's another $744.60/year. And that's just for the surveys! If you do any other Swagbucks tasks, you can easily boost those earnings even higher.
2. Test Apps and Websites
Apps and websites are regularly being developed. To put it into perspective, more than 5 million websites were launched in 2018. Did you read that right? More than 5 million. With so many apps and websites constantly being introduced, it's no surprise that updates are necessary to stay functional.
When updates are required, the developers/owners want to verify that their app/website's interface is user-friendly. After all, if users are struggling with the interface, they're probably going to move to a competitor's app/website instead. This is where you come in. By becoming a tester for all 5 of these resources, you can make as much as $4,998-$7,088/year.
It doesn't matter whether you're using a Mac or PC – or even your phone or tablet – as long as you have a mic, you can do user testing for Whatusersdo.
All you need to do is sign-up, download their screen recorder, submit a practice test, and start making money. You'll earn $8 for every test you do, which usually takes between 15 and 20 minutes each. On average, you'll only do about 3-5 tests a month, but the better you are, the more gigs you'll be sent. Even if you stick to just 5, that's still around $2,080/year.
Enroll has an app that allows you to test websites and other apps on the go. You'll also get to use your desktop – all you need is the app and a working mic!
Almost all of the websites and apps on Enroll are pre-launch. You're basically getting paid to take a peek behind the digital curtain. The pay is lower than other user testing platforms, but they usually only take a minute to complete. Depending on how many tests you get, you can make approximately $78/year extra.
Might not seem like much – but hey, it's basically free money!
Or…you can make $10/test instead with UserFeel. While UserFeel tests take 10-20 minutes each to complete, you can still do so on your PC/laptop or smartphone. The only requirement to get started is a (cheap) microphone.
Moving forward, you will need to complete the qualification test and occasionally answer some screener questions. The money you make also depends on your rating and the number of orders you complete – but even if you do 3 tests a week, that's still $1,560/year. Once your rating is higher, if you're able to do 1 a day, you'll be earning $3,650/year!
Regardless of where you're located, you can do user testing for Analysia. Most tests average approximately 15 minutes and pay $10 each.
You won't be making big bucks with Analysia unfortunately, as they're very upfront about the fact that they have fewer clients than testers. But with the right profile and track record, they expect most users to earn at least $240/year. You should still sign-up – especially as they send an email when tests become available. You don't have to do anything except wait (patiently). Analysia sends payment via PayPal.
TryMyUI is another platform that pays its testers $10 per every 15-20 minute task. Users are also guaranteed several tasks a week – paid out via PayPal every Friday.
All in all, TryMyUI is like any other user testing platform. You'll submit a qualification test, let them record your screen while you give verbal feedback, and complete a short survey at the end of every test. You can expect to make an average of (at least) $1,040/year.
3. Perform Small Tasks
Another great way to make money is to perform small tasks.
Your income range will vary, but if you can stack both of these sites and manage your time well, you should make an extra $7,320/year part-time. And – if you're looking to make performing small tasks a full-time endeavor – using either (or both) resources could bring in a potential earning of $84,000/year (if not more)!
Fiverr is a very popular resource for finding/offering online jobs. There's a wide range of “gigs” that you can sell on Fiverr – from gigs specializing in graphics and design to gigs specializing in business and digital marketing.
Depending on your niche and how many gigs you can sell, you'll be making approximately $6,000/year working part-time on Fiverr. Of course, if you decide to go full-time, you can add a few more zeros to that 6k figure.
TaskRabbit approaches the game a little differently than its competitors. While Fiverr lets you sell online gigs, TaskRabbit lets you look and respond to local jobs in your area.
One you've connected with a client, you'll go to their location and complete the job. Most of the tasks involve activities like helping them move or assembling furniture. You might even be doing something as simple as changing a light bulb.
While most “Taskers” only earn about $110/month, with enough time on your hands and skills in your utility belt, you could eventually make $7,000/month full-time.
Grammar Gods Work from Home Jobs
Some of us – especially voracious readers – just have a knack for things like grammar, syntax, and spelling. But unless you want to spend the rest of your life as a journalist or PR representative, which are both thankless jobs, there aren't many traditional career paths that will let you monetize those skills.
Thankfully, there are plenty of work from home jobs for you grammar gods. Play your cards right by stacking a few of these ideas, and you could make $76,200-$118,500/year doing what you do best.
4. Freelance Writing
If you have a gift for words, Freelance writing can be an incredibly lucrative work-from-home job. For the most part, you can even set your own schedule and rates. And if you play your cards right when settling on a niche, you'll be writing about your own passions while earning money in the process.
The best part is, you don't need to have any formal training. As long as you have a few great resources and keep up with market trends by doing the occasional workshop or online course, you can make $60,000/year or more as a freelance writer.
Earn More Writing
No matter your level of proficiency right now, Earn More Writing is a great resource to have. The site has plenty of articles with helpful tips, and they even have a free webinar that runs twice a day.
This webinar is only about an hour long and will give you great, actionable tips on how to get started and learn your worth as a writer. You'll also get an exclusive discount on their paid course if you attend, which promises to help any dedicated freelance writer develop a six-figure career.
ProBlogger is easily one of the best websites for freelance writers to bookmark and subscribe to. Their blog and newsletters offer extensive posts and tutorials, for beginners and seasoned experts alike. They also have a fantastic podcast, where they showcase real-life success stories from other writers who have used the site.
You'll even be able to use their jobs posting board to apply for jobs that pay well. Plus – if you're looking for more helpful courses on succeeding as a freelance writer – ProBlogger has a variety to choose from.
The only downside to ProBlogger: for the small amount of opportunities offered, you'll still be competing with many other writers. Fortunately, that's not the end-all of your freelance writing career – after all, Upwork is the world's biggest freelancing website, and they have plenty of clients waiting for you to write for them.
As you gain experience, expand your portfolio, and build a great success rate with positive reviews by clients, you'll get to set your own rates. You could easily make $60,000/year using UpWork.
If you have a knack for finding and writing about interesting and unusual facts, you should consider Listverse as an excellent side hustle.
All you need to do is submit a well-researched post that has at least 10 points (with 2 paragraphs and reliable references per point). As long as it's 100% unique and fits with their overall themes, Listverse will review it for publication. If they decide to publish your submission, they'll send $100 straight to your PayPal account!
5. Academic Writing
Academic writing is a specialization among freelance writers that really deserves its own section – which is why we've given it one.
In brief, academic writing is a style used most commonly by researchers in various fields. You may be using it to define or redefine the intellectual boundaries of a specific topic. It can also involve helping researchers to properly present their findings for publication.
Academic writing requires a sharp mind and highly professional approach to writing. This makes sense, as academic writing can potentially earn you $8,000-$30,000/year.
Writers.EssayShark.com is one of the best platforms for finding work as an academic writer. You'll get to choose which orders you accept, and there are usually hundreds of orders being added each minute.
To use Writers.EssayShark.com, you must have strong writing skills with native-level English and a college/university degree. It doesn't matter what field your degree is in – they just want to know if you have experience in academic writing. Writers.EssayShark.com gives you potential earnings of $1,000/month.
Probably the highest paying platform for academic writers, Bluecorpservice will allow you to earn as much as $2,500/month.
They are rather strict though, and have a list of guidelines that you'll need to adhere to. Things like plagiarism or late delivery of essays will result in not getting paid for a completed order, as well as a strike against your account. Just like baseball, 3 strikes and you're out permanently. You'll also need a Bachelor's degree or higher.
Still, Bluecorpservice lets you pick your hours, up to 5 specialization fields, and pays higher for urgent orders.
That's right – you can also do freelance academic writing on Upwork!
It can be difficult to find the right clients on Upwork, but these are the clients who won't leave you wondering if you've just done some college student's homework for them. After all, if you've got a degree and are charging $30-$75/hour, you're guaranteed to be writing for actual researchers and companies.
Working part-time as an academic writer on Upwork, you could make approximately $8,000/year.
Some grammar gods aren't so keen on having to write themselves. Or maybe you want to supplement your freelance writing income while still getting to work with words.
If either of those scenarios describes your situation, you should consider proofreading and/or editing gigs. There's only a slight difference between the two: proofreaders simply mark errors in writing (and label them so the client knows what's wrong), while editors correct errors (usually using the track changes function in Word).
With the following resources, you can earn $8,200-$27,300/year as a proofreader or editor.
Proofread Anywhere is a proofreader's best friend, especially if you're just starting out. The website is filled to the brim with how-to articles and similar resources, as well as a section on productivity and mindset.
Proofread Anywhere's team also offers several guidebooks, which you can buy for relatively cheap through the website.
You can also sign-up for their credited courses to boost your credibility as a freelance proofreader. $597 may seem like a hefty investment, but the course is very in-depth and will more than pay for itself.
Demand Media Studios
As a subsidiary of Leaf Group, Demand Media Studios is one of the biggest names in content creation. More than 10,000 freelancers produce over 4,000 posts every day for the platform.
All that content needs to be up to standard, of course. That's why Demand Media Studios is almost always looking to hire new freelance copy editors to join their team. You'll have to keep an eye out for their posts on FlexJobs, but you could earn up to $24,000/year doing simple editing jobs.
Another fierce competitor in the industry, Domainite allows you to set your own schedule and pays per word. All you need to do is edit a sample to apply and wait for them to respond.
At $0.25/100 words, most of their part-time editors earn an average of $8,200/year. Editors who work faster, or go full-time, can make as much as $27,300/year by doing 30,000 words/a day – or more (if you can handle it).
Make Your Own Work from Home Job
If none of the above ideas have tickled your fancy or you're looking to push the envelope a little further, this could be the section you've been waiting for.
To make your own work-from-home job, you'll need an entrepreneurial spirit and some start-up capital. The good news is: these aren't scams – they're legitimate work-from-home job models.
With earning potentials as high as $468,665-$714,000/year, your investment will absolutely be worth it – provided you put in the appropriate effort.
7. Start Blogging
Remember how we said more than 5 million websites were launched in 2018? A lot of those were blogs.
Like all work from home jobs that are self-made opportunities, starting a blog takes time, hard work, and perseverance. But there are plenty of ways to monetize a blog. Even if you only start out making $1,280/year, once you hit the 3-year mark, that 1.2k/year could become $104,665-$170,000/year (or more).
(PS: some of the ways you can monetize your blog are in this section, but there are also a few more that will come up further down!)
In order to make money as a blogger, there's a very important tool you need: a blog (duh).
BlueHost is a great web hosting service that a lot of professional bloggers use and are proud to recommend. With their special $2.95/month hosting package, not only will BlueHost manage your server, but you'll also get a free domain name and LetsEncrypt SSL certificate. It's also really easy to install and set-up your blog using WordPress via their cPanel.
Plus, if you need more server space, you can easily upgrade your package whenever you want!
Affiliate marketing is a great and relatively easy way to monetize your blog. GiddyUp is a US-based marketing company that will help you find affiliate partners who pay you every time someone follows a link from your site to theirs.
The thing with affiliate marketing is that it can be very difficult to estimate how much you'll earn. Some days, weeks, or even months you might make peanuts. Others, you'll make thousands. As a general rule, you can usually expect to make $80,665-$119,720/year.
One of the best ways professional bloggers make money is by doing guest posts for other blogs. It can be a difficult market to break into at first, but with the right tool, you can earn as much as $4,000/month!
Luckily, SmartBlogger has that tool – the Guest Blogging Certification Program. There's a once-off fee of $499, but you get lifetime access, a certificate that the best blogs recognize (and makes them more likely to accept your guest post), and a Big Black Book where you can find those blogs.
8. Start Your Own Ecommerce Site
If you have a truly entrepreneurial spirit and a great mind for business, you can start your own ecommerce site. With the average American already spending 24 hours online every week, most of us have taken to doing our shopping through ecommerce sites already.
You can monetize on that statistic quite easily; selling your own products or someone else's (via dropshipping). Working with either module, you can make approximately $64,000/year.
If you're up for a dual-defeat, you can add an ecommerce section to your blog to roll in the dough even more.
Just like blogging, you're going to need a site if you want to make money with an ecommerce store. If you're focusing purely on ecommerce, you'll want to use a platform like Shopify.
Shopify's Basic package has everything you need to get started. For just $29/month, you can set up your ecommerce store in literally minutes. All you need to do is add the products and start earning! The average ecommerce site makes $28,000/year when starting out, so even if you need to upgrade to the $79/month package, you'll have it covered.
On the other hand, if you already have a WordPress blog with BlueHost and see a way to add an ecommerce section (perhaps you write about pets and can sell pet products), you're going to need a plugin. While using a plugin can get complicated, it doesn't have to be.
WooCommerce is one of the best free-to-use options out there, and it's designed specifically to work with WordPress. You won't have to pay any more than what you already are for your WordPress site – which means no extra expenses.
So, what about selling someone else's product via dropshipping?
This model can absolutely work regardless of whether you're adding an ecommerce section to your blog or setting up a stand-alone site. Best of all, it can be easier to make a profit by going the dropshipping route. On average, your potential earnings reach $64,000/year.
However, just because it's easier doesn't mean anyone can jump in and do it. If you want to make a success of your dropshipping venture, you should consider doing this free dropshipping course to help you get started.
If dropshipping sounds like the option for you, you'll need to know where to find reliable retailers. After all, you're just the middleman in the model: you'll be selling via direct delivery. The wrong retailer will slip an invoice into the package and your customers will see that they could have gotten the item for cheaper.
AliExpress comes to the rescue here. Based in China, almost all of the retailers on their marketplace are already familiar with dropshipping. All you need to do is order the products and they'll ship them off from their own warehouses for you.
9. Amazon Seller
If running your own ecommerce store sounds like too much effort, you can become an Amazon FBA (“Fulfillment by Amazon”) Seller. You'll enjoy their high traffic attraction (over 150 million buyers in the US alone) and a ready-made, trusted selling platform.
It's a lot like dropshipping. All you need to do is send them your products, which they'll store in one of their many warehouses for you, and let them handle the shipping. Amazon charges $39.99/month, plus fulfillment fee and 15% commission, but your earning potential is $1,784-$9,000/month.
10. Start Your Own Web Design Service
What if you're not a grammar god, or you don't fancy selling products? Thankfully, there are work-from-home jobs that are better suited to those with a more visual leaning.
You could, for example, start your own web design service. After all, with those 5 million websites launched in 2018, there's a huge market for web designers. The best part is: after you've gained enough experience, you can average $10,000/month – even if you're a complete newbie in the beginning.
Web design trends change fairly often, so even if you're a veteran, you can still benefit from the range of web design courses offered by SkillShare. Some of them only take 15 minutes to complete, while others can last over an hour.
While a lot of these courses are available for free, the best ones are only accessible if you have a SkillShare Premium account. You can get 2 free months if you're a new user, otherwise it's a very reasonable $99/year investment that will pay for itself over and over again.
Finding new clients can be tricky, especially if you're just breaking into the web design market. Hubstaff Talent is kinda like Upwork for web designers, except that instead of having to respond to job postings, clients will come to you if they like your profile. You'll want to be upfront about your skill level, experience, availability, and location.
It's absolutely free to join Hubstaff Talent, and if you do prefer applying to job postings, then the Hubstaff Talent Remote Job Board has you covered.
11. Start Your Own Graphic Design Service
Maybe web design isn't quite the visually creative avenue you want to pursue, yet you still want to make money creating something for clients.
If that's the case, you should consider starting your own graphic design service instead.
You'll be hired to develop visual concepts for companies to use in their advertising campaigns, or even to illustrate their website posts. Sometimes, you'll even get asked to do the layout and product design for their ads too – which can boost your potential earnings.
As a freelance graphic designer, you can expect to make about $25.85/hour. That's $26,000-$41,000/year working part-time, or $41,500-$64,500 full-time. Some graphic designers make as much as $92,000/year!
But that takes skill. Luckily, once again, SkillShare has exactly the resource you'll want. Premium Membership is necessary to access Graphic Design for Beginners Part 1 – Learn and Apply Graphic Design Principles in Projects, but if you aren't already signed up as a SkillShare member, you can take advantage of the 2 month free Premium Membership.
If you're looking for ways to find clients, 99designs is one of the best platforms to use. On average, they estimate that a new design is sold every 2 seconds!
You'll get to work on a direct basis with clients, with 99designs helping to connect you according to your skills and their brief. Designers can also enter client-created design contests by submitting ideas. Earnings will vary, but most clients pay $170 or more per design – and some of the Platinum competitions pay upwards of $2,000.
It's never a great idea to put all your eggs in one basket (as the saying goes). Even if you have signed up for 99designs, you should also consider joining DesignCrowd.
DesignCrowd is very simple to join: all you need is your email address to open a profile, which you can then use to showcase your skill level and portfolio. You'll need to submit designs to client-formed competition projects, which does mean you won't get paid for every design. But you could still earn as much as $10,000/month working through the platform!
Crowdspring is another great platform for freelance graphic designers to join. Clients select a package and provide a brief – and instead of taking commission off of your earnings, Crowdspring charges the client upfront.
As a designer, you'll need to keep an eye on the postings boards to enter and apply for the jobs. Similar to DesignCrowd, you'll be competing against other designers. But with a wide range of project categories, from art and illustration to logo and identity (plus loads more), you can expect to make $100-$1,000 or more per assignment.
12. Create and Sell How-To Courses
Creating and selling how-to courses is a great way to make money working from home. All you need is some knowledge and passion, a little bit of savvy, and the right tools.
Of course, that bit of knowledge you're going to need isn't only going to be on the course material. You also need to know how to create a how-to course and sell it effectively.
We've found two platforms where you can not only sell your courses, but also integrate them on your blog (if you have one)!
How to Create Your How-To Course
There's always going to be some trial and error, and the next two resources on our list are going to help streamline the process for you. But if you learn the nitty-gritty of creating courses before you begin, you'll find it that much easier to start earning $300,000-$480,000/year selling your course (or courses).
Ready to get started?
One of the best resources you'll use when setting-up, packaging, and promoting your how-to courses is Teachable. With their Basic Package, you'll only pay $39/month (plus 5% in transaction fees) to use their platform. Better yet, the platform allows you to set up a fully functional course with just a few clicks.
If you want to skip the transaction fees, you can also opt for the Professional Package at $99/month, or the Business Plan for $499/month.
When getting started, the Basic will do just fine – you can always upgrade later if you need to.
Chances are you already know of Udemy. Maybe you've even done a few courses on the platform.
But did you know you can also sell courses on Udemy?
While it's free to create and host a course on Udemy (and they have a great section on course building, including a detailed article on getting started), they also have an instructor revenue share module. This is just a complicated way of saying they take a commission of your total sales. The revenue share system is also a little confusing, so you may want to read up on it here.
Work from Home Jobs for Teachers
A lot of teachers end up getting demanding second jobs to make ends meet, especially during the summer months. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be that way. With the right combination of work-from-home jobs, teachers can make $16,260-$68,410/year from the comfort of their living room (or classroom).
13. Online Tutoring and Teaching
There are dozens of opportunities that revolve around online tutoring and teaching. Two of the most popular avenues to pursue: English tutoring (usually to foreign students) and K-12 tutoring/teaching. Some of these students will be supplementing their regular schooling, while others might be doing online learning as their home schooling system.
If either of these sound like the option for you, we've found 4 sites to help you make $15,660-$67,210/year doing either (or both).
With VIPKID, you'll be earning $14-$22/hour tutoring English for Chinese students. You'll connect with your students on a 1-on-1 level and using US Common Core State Standard lesson plans, which VIPKID will provide for you.
If you're able to tutor for just 6 hours a day, 261 days a year, you can make $21,924-$34,452/year with VIPKID. All you need is a Bachelor's degree – and it doesn't matter what field it's in either, as VIPKID just wants to make sure you have a higher level of education.
A lot of parents these days want to supplement their child's regular schooling. Doing so, they usually turn to a site like K12, which offers public and private online tutoring and individual courses, to help flesh out home schooling curricula.
Depending on the subject you teach and your experience level, you'll be earning $32,000-$43,000/year with K12. You'll have to check their job board for available positions, as they hire educators for specific subjects or courses.
Another great opportunity for teaching English online is Chegg. When starting out, you'll be working with students in the K-12 range. If you consistently deliver good results, Chegg may also ask you to tutor college students and working professionals in addition to K-12 students.
You do get to choose your own hours at $20/hour, plus Chegg also offers the occasional bonus. Working 8 hours a day, they say their tutors make an average of $42,670-$67,210/year.
If you don't mind travelling a little to work 1-on-1 with students, Wyzant could be the platform for you. Although you can find online tutoring jobs posted on their US-wide network, most of them are face-to-face sessions at the student's home.
Depending on your hours and the number of tutoring jobs you accept, you'll be making $23,000-$37,000/year at $20-$30/hour. Just bear in mind that Wyzant charges 25% commission. This is at least better than their previous commissions policy, where you'd have to pay them 40% for your first 20 hours.
14. Online Gigs for Teachers
“Gigs” is a freelance term borrowed from musicians, who refer to single performances as a gig. Online gigs for teachers are very similar, as they're usually one-time jobs that don't take a lot of time to complete.
Most online gigs for teachers are for filling a temporary gap, supplementing regular courses and material, doing presentations, or – most popular of all – helping education companies to complete projects.
Online gigs for teachers are only going to supplement your regular income. They can pay very well per-project, but sometimes only appear once every couple of months.
GigEd is the best platform for finding online gigs for teachers. Simply build a portfolio and list your skills – anything from subject knowledge to coding, blogging, or even photography. GigEd's matchmaking software will analyze gig postings and let you know if there are any you'd be suitable for.
It's worth repeating that these gigs can be scarce. The pay can be rather substantial, but with an average of 6 gigs a year, you'll only be making an extra $600-$1,200/year. Still, it's an easy way to supplement your regular income!
TeacherEd allows educators to increase their pay range using clock hours, as well as renewing certificates. It's a peer-to-peer system, meaning that TeacherEd offers cheap online courses for teachers, by teachers.
At the moment, they're still relaunching all their courses, which includes Continuing Professional Development Units, Continuing Education Units, and Teacher Clock Hours. These are all designed to help you meet state-based requirements and renew your certifications without having to go back to college. Right now, at $8/course hour, they have their Self-Designed Continuing Education Course available.
Work From Home Desk Jobs
While many of the work-from-home jobs we've suggested require spending time at your desk, none of them are really considered “office” type jobs.
Thankfully, there are a range of work-from-home desk jobs. While all of these can be done part-time, you can also maximize your earnings by focusing on several of the following ideas. Your earning potential here ranges from $1,566-$117,000/year, but if you take on more than one job, that potential increases even more.
15. Virtual Assistant
Whether or not you have previous experience working as an in-office assistant, you can make a career out of becoming a freelance virtual assistant. It's a very similar job, except that virtual assistants don't need to work in an office. All of your interaction with clients will be online, typically via email, with the occasional phone call.
Depending on how many clients you can take on, and whether you work full-time or part-time, you can make $18,720-$54,600/year with just 30 hours a week on a platform like Upwork.
Horkey Handbook Course
First things first though: even if you've worked as an assistant in an office before, and especially if you haven't, there are some necessary skills you'll want to learn before jumping the gun completely.
For that, we recommend the 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success course by the Horkey Handbook. You'll have a whole month to complete the course at your own pace, but you can easily finish it in a couple of weeks. The course will teach you everything you need to know, and only costs $397 once-off.
Red Butler is a platform that specializes entirely in freelance virtual assistants, helping clients to find you. You'll need to buy a membership package (the cheapest is $39/month plus 20% commission), but you can set up your own pricing. Red Butler will create a monthly subscription based on hours per month for technical support. They also offer a certification program to help you earn even more.
Working just 10 to 30 hours/week, you can earn between $6,240-$23,400/year. Full-time, you're looking at about $39,600/year.
16. Data Entry
Do yourself a favor: if you know you can type fast and accurately, but wonder if you're fast enough to do data entry, take this typing speed test.
If your keystrokes-per-hour ranking is around 60 words/minute or faster, then you've got what it takes! Most companies hiring freelancers who do data entry require 60 words/minute as a minimum, but they'll generally train you as a beginner too.
Data entry can be a great way to supplement your other work-from-home desk jobs, as you can make $15,600/year working just 10-20 hours a week.
Clickworker is a great entry-level opportunity for freelancers who want to make some extra cash doing data entry. All you need to do is sign-up, create a small profile, and start accepting micro-jobs. These are posted throughout the day, so Clickworker recommends keeping the dashboard open so you don't miss any opportunities.
While it's difficult to say how much you'll make, as pay is calculated per task, most Clickworkers make $9/hour on average. With just 10-20 hours a day, that's $4,680-$9,360/year to supplement your other income.
Doing data entry for DionData Solutions usually involves transcribing online sources, typed copies, and scanned images. Sometimes you'll be send handwritten originals and other hard copies too. And yes, you'll need a minimum keystrokes-per-hour speed of 60 words/minute to meet DionData Solutions's requirements.
If you can work fast, then DionData Solutions promises a maximum pay rate of $15/hour. At 10-20 hours a week, you can earn $7,800-$15,600/year on the side. For a side hustle remote desk job, that's a decent income!
The Smart Crowd
You may have heard of Lionbridge before. They're a private US-based company that hires freelancers globally. Using their Smart Crowd initiative, you'll be able to choose the tasks you want to complete in the hours that you're available.
At $0.20-$0.60/1,000 keystrokes, even if you only have a typing speed of 50 words/minute, you'll be making $1,566-$9,396/year working 10-20 hours a week. Especially if you want to get some practice and increase your typing speed before moving to DionData Solutions, the Smart Crowd is a great opportunity.
Another great way to make money using a fast keystrokes-per-hour speed is by doing audio transcriptions. All you really need is a set of headphones and a working computer.
To be fair, you could get a lot of jobs where you'll need to hit repeat on some sections of audio to figure out what Speaker 2 is trying to say with a mouthful of tuna sandwich. But you'll usually get to listen to some interesting webinars and interviews – and instead of paying to do so, you'll be getting paid $13,000-$26,400/year for it.
Scribie is one of the best platforms to get started on with your career as a freelance transcriber. All you need to do is submit an application, wait for them to approve, and start earning.
The platform pays $5-$25/audio hour. That means the faster you can transcribe (industry standard is 4 hours per audio hour), the more money you'll earn. If you transcribe audio and video files for Scribie at a good speed, you can make a minimum of $13,000/year.
There are a few freelance transcription platforms that are better than Scribie – and TranscribeMe is one of them. Granted, some of their transcribers complain about only getting paid $250/month, but that's largely due to their own mistakes. If you work hard, you'll earn $15-$22/audio hour and earn a bonus of $2/audio hour if your work doesn't need to be edited afterwards.
All told, you can make as much as $2,200/month working with TranscribeMe – that's $26,400/year.
18. Budgeter / Bookkeeper
If you're good with numbers, and especially if you have a background in the industry, you can earn a decent income working as a remote budgeter and/or bookkeeper.
You are going to need to have proper credentials, and this is a full-time job (which you can still supplement with some of the part-time ideas we've listed). Still, with the right tools and attitude, you can make between $35,235-$117,000/year while chilling in your pajamas.
Easily the biggest and most reliable place for US-based business to outsource budgeting and bookkeeping, AccountingDepartment specializes exclusively in hiring virtual accounting freelancers.
You'll be working from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, but you'll get an hour lunch break as well as two 15-minute shorter breaks during the day. AccountDepartment pay doesn't increase much with experience, but you'll still be making $35,235-$44,631/year.
Upwork once again offers a great alternative, especially if you're looking to work part-time instead of full-time (or just want a more flexible schedule).
For the most part, you'll get to set your own rates and stick to them. On average, junior bookkeepers make $10-$35/hour, senior bookkeepers $40-$75/hour, and for those of you who can offer both bookkeeping and accounting services, you can expect to pull $20-$150/hour.
If you're a senior bookkeeper working 30 hours a week with clients on Upwork, you can make $62,400-$117,000/year.
Become an Online Star at Home
Everyone has dreams and aspirations of making it big, right? Well, we might not all get to be Hollywood famous – but that doesn't mean you can't still be a star.
Thanks to the following ideas, you can make it big from the comfort of your own home. The best part is: you don't have to choose between them. With a little hard work and dedication, you can easily fit all three resources into your day and earn as much as $135,670-$165,670/year!
19. YouTube Channel Creator
You – yes, you – can become a star and make some decent money by being a YouTube channel creator. All you need is some content that people will love, and the know-how.
YouTube's one of the biggest search platforms, second only to Google. You can take advantage of that by redirecting traffic to your monetized blog or ecommerce site, as well as affiliate links. The best way to make money: sign up for an AdSense account. You could make $80,670/year through advertising revenue alone.
Okay, so about that know-how…
It may seem easy to start a YouTube channel (and it is), but creating a channel that will make money is a totally different ball-game. You need to think about content, format, marketing, branding, and copyright issues – to name just a few.
Thankfully, you don't need to stumble in the dark here. YouTube wants creators who are successful, because the more views you get, the more income they generate. That's why they've developed a way to teach new channel creators everything they need to know, free of charge: the Creators Academy.
20. Social Media Influencer
Most of us spend a lot of time on social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – they've become a major part of our lives.
Well, you can monetize the time you spend on social media by becoming an influencer. All you need is to have established yourself as a credible voice in an industry or niche market by regularly interacting on and about the topic.
This can take some time, but one you've built up that credibility, you can use these resources to make $30,000-$60,000/year.
There are two Facebook groups that you should consider joining:
Totally Profesh is the first group you'll want to join. Here you'll get to interact with big name brands from around the world.
Social Media Masterminds is another. This group is sure to help you keep on track with social media trends, both while you develop your influence and once you start monetizing it.
Thanks to Facebook's algorithms, which favor friends over groups and pages, you'll be able to use these two groups to make $30,000-$60,000/year on Facebook alone.
Upfluence is one of the biggest platforms for marketing teams to find influencers to help with their campaigns. All you need to do is send a proposal via their contact form to apply and join the Upfluence team. They'll take a look at your social media reach and niche, and within 24 hours you'll know whether you make the cut.
As part of the team, you'll get to promote Fortune 500 companies like AirFrance, Nestle, and PayPal – for $30,000-$60,000/year.
21. Become an Author
If you're a grammar god and still want more, this is the section you've been waiting for. We all have stories to tell, right? Even if you don't, you've at least got some wisdom to impart.
Well, you could become an author and sell that story or some exclusive information that isn't included in your blog. (That's right – it's another way to monetize your blog!) Becoming an author is a lot of hard work, but it's going to be more than worth it. As in $1,000/year through Amazon… and potentially $2,000/month off your site.
Amazon Book Publisher
The good news is, if you've gotten sick of receiving rejection letters from publishing houses, you don't need to put up with them anymore. A lot of authors – new and established – are going the self-publishing route.
It can be difficult, but as we said – it can also be rewarding. Becoming an Amazon book publisher takes minutes and lets you make 70% in royalties on ebooks priced $2.99-$9.99. If you also publish print copies, you can make up to 80% in royalties.
If you want to potentially earn $2,000/month selling your how-to ebooks via your blog, you're going to need to put a little more effort in.
First, you'll want to sign-up on Selz (or via their WordPress plugin). It's free to do so, unless you want extra features from the Pro account. What's really great about Selz is that they handle all the transactions – so you won't need to set that up yourself.
Next, you can upload your ebook and fill in the details, like description and price. All that remains is to embed the widget Selz creates for you on your blog!
The Dragon Writers
Of course we're going to give you a resource where you can interact with other authors and get actionable advice.
That resource is The Dragon Writers, a Facbook group by writers, for writers. There are over 1,800 authors in the group, and a lot of them are established names, such as William L. Hahn, Melissa Delport, and Christine Bernard. They've gone through the nerve-wracking process of getting first books published and self-published, and if you ask nicely, they and other members of The Dragon Writers are always happy to help you figure it out.
Work From Home Jobs: Conclusion
With just a little bit of hard work and the occasional start-up investment, it's entirely possible for anyone to make a living with work-from-home jobs.
Sometimes it's best to start out part-time and work your way up to full-time. Other times, you'll find you need to combine or juggle a few of the ideas we've given you in order to make a liveable income.
And that's okay – that's why we've made this list. To help you make the most out of the opportunities that exist (without having to wonder if it's a scam). The rest is up to you.