There are SO many online jobs out there nowadays. With a bit of effort, you will almost certainly find something that suits your skills and combines flexibility with earning potential.
Widespread fast internet has made it possible for many jobs to become work from home roles. According to CNBC, over 70% of people now work from home at least one day each week.
While there will always be some roles that require a physical presence, there are also MANY more that you can do perfectly well from anywhere – with just a computer and an internet connection.
When people email me and say that they can’t find any suitable work from home jobs, I feel rather incredulous. Millions of people have remote or freelance careers, in vastly different sectors. However, the high-calibre people still rise to the top – so let’s briefly discuss that before we get started with our epic list of options.
The Golden Rule of Online Jobs
The crucial thing to remember is that these jobs are fundamentally no different to traditional jobs. That means:
- You will need the right training, attitude and qualifications to get your dream role.
- Effort is required to seek out perfect opportunities. Your ideal position won’t necessarily be on offer on the day you start your search.
- It’s best to work out what it is you want to do, and then work out a way to get there. Aimlessly looking at “what’s out there” will often mean wasting a bunch of time and encountering lots of scams.
With that in mind, I’d suggest using this list as a place to find some initial inspiration. We’ve included LOADS of advice, links to additional information, and suggestions of some specific companies to check out.
Hopefully you will find at least a couple of options that appeal to you.
Getting a Job or Starting a Business?
Broadly, the career ideas on this list split into two categories:
- Those where you’d usually secure a role with a single company.
- Those typically done on a freelance basis, which essentially means starting your own small business or being a “solopreneur.” If freelancing is completely new to you, and all seems a bit intimidating, take a look at this course, which will help everything become clear!
There’s often some crossover between the two, and we cover all of the options here. In many cases, you might have the option of doing a job as an employee, or undertaking the same activity independently.
We’ve addressed this when talking about the individual ideas.
With all those basics out the way, let’s get started:
Online Jobs in Writing and Editing
1. Proof-Reader / Editor
Simple editing jobs on platforms such as Upwork can pay anything from around $25 each depending on their length and complexity. Payscale estimates professional proofreaders typically end up making from around $12 – $30 per hour.
Is it for you?
If you have an eye for spelling and grammar errors, and the ability to write in a clear and engaging way, a career in writing and editing could be for you.
Typical work involves editing, correcting and improving other people’s written work. This could mean making alterations and adding comments to documents created in Microsoft Word, making changes to blog articles before they’re published, or even providing feedback to other people on documents and essays before they submit them.
There are lots of proof-reading courses out there, with varying levels of legitimacy. Perfect grammar and strong organisational skills are very important. As with anything related to writing, the main things clients will want to see is proof of past experience.
This is a type of work where you may need to “pay your dues” with some low-paid work in order to build up some experience.
Editing jobs for single firms exist, but aren’t that easy to find. As a starting point, freelance job boards are a rich source of leads for editing work of all kinds.
Alternatively, you could approach businesses and contacts directly or via LinkedIn.
Interested in becoming an editor?
Blogging can earn you anything from $10 to WAY over $1,000 a month. It all depends on your choice of niche and how much work you put in. With a year or two of solid effort, it’s not unrealistic to expect to replace an average western full-time income.
The internet is packed with articles and courses on becoming a blogger. It’s a lot of fun and can be extremely lucrative, but it’s much harder to make a success of than many people realise.
What does blogging involve?
- Writing a LOT of articles.
- Forming partnerships with advertisers and other bloggers.
- Researching keywords and learning about SEO.
- Constantly looking for the next product or angle that will help you make money from your blog
- Learning the technical skills required to succeed as a blogger – it’s undeniable that the more technical you are, the easier you will find the process.
If you decide that starting a blog is the job for you, you can get started straight away. It’s wise to accept that you will need to spend a little money to get started. (Find out HOW much here).
You should also allow a decent amount of time before you expect to make a profit.
Want to get started now?
A good starting point is our own article on starting a blog for beginners.
3. Article Writer
If you’d rather not start a blog of your own, another option is to write articles for other sites and blogs. There are people being paid $20 per article and people easily earning $200 for a similar amount of work.
Once you get established, it is perfectly possible to make a good living in freelance writing. Payscale states that US writers typically make $30,700 – $83,500 per year.
What is Article Writing?
Some firms also take on their own internal writers, if you prefer the idea (and relative security) of working for just one firm.
A flair for writing is a must, as is perfect spelling, grammar and punctuation. However, being a subject matter expert in a particular topic is often equally important.
If you have particular knowledge in a specific topic – anything from medicine to vegan food to cybersecurity – starting to search for gigs in those particular areas is always wise.
Why not read my story?
There are many down-to-earth and honest articles about becoming a writer here on HomeWorkingClub. Here’s how I personally got started in writing.
4. Content Strategist
A potential job for experienced web content writers, content strategists typically take control of all the content production for a business or website, earning a day rate of at least $200 per day. Employed content strategists can earn up to $96,000 annually, according to PayScale.
What does a content strategist do?
- Control a content calendar.
- Come up with ideas for new features and articles.
- Manage writers.
- Write and edit articles of their own.
This is the kind of job you can sometimes do “in-house” as an employee, as well as from home – so you can search on both freelance sites and traditional job sites. (Why not take a look at our own remote job board?).
Content strategists are usually people who have been writing professionally for some time, and learned everything that’s involved in running a website or company blog. This kind of job is a good fit for someone who’d like to combine creative work with managing a small team and getting more involved in the business side of things.
Looking for examples?
You can learn more on the details of roles like this here.
5. PR Writer
Writing for PR (Public Relations) purposes is a distinct skill. $30 – $100 per press release is quite common on the freelance boards. Much more is possible if you network with the right clients.
Can anyone be a PR writer?
You will generally be writing content with the aim of creating hooks to attract attention and coverage from journalists. You will have to be able to write press releases and articles, work directly with clients to learn their business objectives, and perhaps pitch stories to journalists too.
PR writing is an attractive proposition for people with previous PR agency experience who want to “go it alone” in the freelance world. As well as good writing skills, you’ll need the ability to create soundbites and interesting data, and to understand how journalists work.
For freelancers, there’s lots of demand for individual press releases on platforms like Upwork and PeoplePerHour. PR agencies also often hire full-time writers.
Can you do it?
This guide to writing press releases will give you a good idea of whether it’s something that appeals to you.
6. Sales Writer
If you can write persuasive sales copy, you could find yourself in a writing niche that pays particularly well. Rates are hugely variable, but good quality clients are prepared to pay big bucks for copy that converts and makes them money.
The best-rated sales writers on Upwork have rates ranging from $25 – $250 per hour.
What will your typical day include?
- Writing sales letters (often for internet marketing sites).
- Writing email marketing copy.
- Creating other content intended to engage readers.
- Developing strong calls to action to convince people to buy or sign up to things.
People doing this kind of writing tend to work freelance, and there are lots of related gigs on the normal sites. As well as strong writing skills, you’ll need a knack for sales writing and an understand of buyer psychology.
Sales writing is a distinct skill. Examples of past work that’s been proven to convert is key to landing the best-paid jobs.
How can you start building these skills?
There’s a well-reviewed course on writing sales letters here.
Being an author no longer means writing a manuscript and sending it out to lots of publishers with your fingers firmly crossed (although you can – of course – still do that).
A small non-fiction Kindle book might just dribble a few Dollars in every month. Meanwhile E.L James, who initially self-published the Fifty Shades of Grey series, is now worth $150 Million!
Could you be an Author?
Nowadays, people can and do make a living from books they publish themselves, using platforms like Amazon KDP and CreateSpace.
It’s important to note that if you’re self-publishing, you’ll also need to learn about typesetting, pricing, cover design and marketing. But most importantly you should have a story to tell in a way that people want to read it.
All you need is your inspiration. Whether you want to write a non-fiction book about a subject you know about, or have a crack at the next Harry Potter, all you need to do is find the inspiration and get started.
How do I know?
I have self-published a book myself, and wrote this article about my experiences of publishing it.
Foreign Language Jobs
If you’re multi-lingual, translators are in huge demand. Whether you’d like to translate website articles or business documents, the work is out there.
Rates vary wildly, 22 cents per word is considered the average “going rate” but this will typically be what an agency charges a corporate client. The closer you are to working directly with a client, the less you will lose in agency / platform fees. Many translators self-report that they earn $30 – $50 per hour.
The reason businesses and agencies hire professional translators is that they need quality translations that beat the output from systems like Google Translate.
Big firms sometimes put translators on the payroll, if job security is your priority. Otherwise you will find plenty of jobs on the freelance boards, or you can sign up with an agency for something somewhere in the middle.
Your written and verbal communication skills will need to be perfect in both / all the languages you plan to work in. Reliability and professionalism is essential, and good computer skills will help you to keep on top of processing the work.
Want to know more?
We have a dedicated feature on working as a translator here.
9. Localisation Specialist
A step beyond simple translation, localisation specialists typically work with brands to help them operate in multiple territories. The Payscale website states that full-time localisation specialists can earn around $60,000 per year.
Is it more than just translating?
As well as translating apps and websites, you will probably be involved in the technical aspects of setting things up to work in different countries and using different languages. This kind of work can be a logical step up from working as a translator.
Localisation specialists also usually work on ensuring everything is culturally suitable and relevant for different markets.
Large organisations often hire localisation specialists and it’s not unusual for these to be work from home jobs. You’ll find freelance opportunities in this field too.
What’s the difference between localisation and simple translation?
Learn the difference here on Wikipedia.
10. Language Tutor
There’s tons of global demand for language tutors, and many online jobs in the field. Rates vary, but $15 – $25 per hour is a fair estimate.
Teaching English as a foreign language is particularly popular, but whatever your native language, the chances are you’ll find people who want to learn it. This can mean teaching classes of children or individual adults, and there are lots of platforms to link you up with potential students.
How do I get in to teaching?
There plenty of online platforms where people find online jobs teaching languages. Well-known options include VIPKid, Preply and QKids.
Some tutoring positions require you to have a degree, but not all of them. A certification in teaching a foreign language is helpful, as is existing teaching experience.
Most crucial is perfect mastery of the language you are planning to teach.
What are the practical steps?
11. Online Interpreter
Video technology has created lots of options for interpreters, typically paying up to around $40 per hour. You could be doing anything from helping doctors communicate with patients, to being a middle-man in telephone conversations between people speaking different languages.
As interpreting happens in real-time you need to be efficient and accurate, and able to work under pressure. Flawless language skills are also, of course, a must – and sign language is in demand too.
This is a job where you’ll find work direct with companies and the option of independent assignments. Check both freelance sites and traditional job websites.
Want to get an idea of how modern interpretation can work?
Take a look at what LanguageLine is doing in the medical industry .
Sales and Customer Service Roles
12. Sales Representative
If you have a knack for sales, plenty of organisations offer work at home jobs to salespeople.
Rates vary enormously, usually you are looking at a fairly low basic wage (often “minimum wage” in your country) with the rest of your earnings being commission-based.
In our own listing of firms hiring home-based employees, there are plenty of sales roles, including those for car hire and travel firms.
Can you sell?
Generally speaking you can either sell or you can’t, but proven past sales experience is usually what people hiring are looking for. You also need to be persistent and resilient, especially if you’re doing outbound sales.
Usually you will be doing a phone-based role, either inbound or outbound, helping customers choose products and persuading them to buy more of them.
You can find plenty of roles with a search traditional sites for sales jobs and use search filters such as “home” and “remote.” You do also see sales roles on freelance boards.
These are not for the faint-hearted and are sometimes largely (or entirely) commission based.
Need to brush up your sales patter?
13. Account Manager
There’s considerable cross-over between sales rep and account manager roles, but generally an account manager role is more senior, and usually in a business-to-business environment. LinkedIn put the average salary of a “key” account manager at an impressive $82,500.
What you do as an account manager?
Act as the link between your company and the businesses you sell products to. This means selling, providing quotes, and cultivating long-term relationships.
You’ll need strong sales experience in a professional firm, and the usual blend of determination and resilience. Specific industry knowledge is often a prerequisite, especially in sectors like tech and healthcare.
When we put together our list of companies who recruit home-workers, we noticed several account manager jobs with big-name businesses. It makes sense for firms to allow people to carry out these roles remotely, as it reduces their overheads and office expenses.
Want to earn more?
14. Customer Service / Call Center Representative
If you’re happy to do phone-based / call center work, but you’d rather not be selling, perhaps something in Customer Service would be more appropriate. These roles usually pay around $10 – $12 per hour (or local equivalent).
Higher rates are possible for more senior, supervisory positions.
You’ll answer calls and emails, and help with customer queries in all kinds of different industries.
An increasing number of firms have allowed their some of their formerly call-center-based roles to morph into working at home jobs. Firms like Sitel, with its established Work@Home program are worth a look.
You can also find plenty of smaller firms looking for customer service experience on the normal websites like Upwork, perhaps giving you the potential to set up a small business servicing multiple clients.
Some customer service roles are “entry level,” giving you an opportunity to get started with limited experience, so long as you have the right attributes. These include professionalism, reliability and a good telephone manner.
How can we help?
Have a browse on FlexJobs for call center opportunities.
15. Affiliate Marketer
A close relative of blogging, affiliate marketing is all about reviewing and recommending products and services. If people read your content and go on to buy the product(s), you receive a commission.
Many people earn a LOT of money in this industry, but the learning curve is steep.
What do you do?
- Set up websites
- Learn SEO to help them rank in Google
- Review and write about the products you’d like to try to sell.
Affiliate marketing is something you do for yourself – just pick a niche, start learning and get started.
You need a passion for the product / service niche you plan to write about. Affiliate marketing is a HUGE topic, so the more you learn about SEO and technology, the better your chance of success.
Want to learn the basics?
16. Live Chat Operative
A lot of people now interact with companies via live online chat. (I certainly prefer it to picking up the phone). As such, there are plenty of roles out there for live chat operatives.
Salaries are typically at the low-end of the scale, with $11 per hour a good average.
What will you be doing?
Interacting with people on behalf of companies. This can mean anything from doing customer services for a utility supplier, to running the chatrooms on a bingo site.
Perfect written English and the ability to navigate technology very quickly are important. These roles can get you off the phone – something that really doesn’t appeal to some people – but can still be fast-paced.
Companies often advertise for live chat workers. SYKES is one such company we’ve come across, and there’s a profile of them here.
Why not chat to the chatters?
This Reddit thread contains some interesting insights from people who have done chat work.
17. Community Moderator
Moderating a community is similar to working on live chat, but you could also be overseeing forums and discussions on Twitter. ZIPRecruiter says that a full-time community moderator typically earns just under $44,000 per year, however, at least half the people doing this job earn less.
With companies often communicating on these channels 24/7, this is one of those work from home jobs that can suit people who need (or would prefer) to work unusual hours, including nights and weekends.
You will manage interactions with users and customers on online channels, such as chatrooms, forums and social sites. Ensure people are sticking to the rules and that trolls are kept at bay!
Good writing skills and the ability to work at a fast pace. Previous experience of managing groups and forums will certainly help.
Think this could be for you?
There’s an interesting article on moderating online communities here.
Online Jobs in Education
18. Online Teacher / Tutor
We’ve already covered language tutoring above, but if you’re a specialist in any subject, the chances are you can teach people about it online and earn $20 per hour or more.
What do you do?
Offer one-to-one teaching in subjects you specialise in. You can teach anything from maths to science, and there’s particular demand for preparing people for exams or for entrance to colleges.
Existing teaching experience is a big plus, but most important is expert knowledge in the subject(s) you want to teach, and the ability to pass this knowledge on to others.
How do you become an online teacher?
This article contains some useful advice for online teachers.
19. Course Creator
Many people make serious money by creating courses to sell.
It’s an interesting business model, because once you’ve put in the up-front effort, you can earn mostly passive income. What’s more, you can create courses on literally anything – from self defence to playing the piano.
How do you get started?
Create a course, usually involving a mixture of videos, screencasts and presentations. (Take a look at Camtasia, a very popular platform for putting these things together).
Once your course is created you will also need to create promotional material and drive an audience towards your course, so there’s a fair bit of marketing involved too. Usually people promote courses using their own websites, or with paid advertising on Facebook or elsewhere.
You need to be an “expert” in whatever your course is about, and have a knack for sharing that knowledge. Strong technical skills help with putting courses together, and marketing experience will help you to build an audience who could go on to buy what you’re offering.
Do you have a course idea?
Teachable is the platform many people use to create and sell courses, and you’ll find lots of information and advice on their site.
Clerical / Secretarial Jobs
20. Virtual Assistant
Being a virtual assistant is a good option for anyone with strong clerical and administrative skills. Typically, a VA sells their time on an hourly basis, but you can also offer service “packages” for businesses.
$20 per hour or more is a realistic market rate if you are good at what you do. However, be aware that there are plenty of VAs in low-cost-of-living countries offering very inexpensive services.
You can offer a set of services that fits precisely around your expertise, and work to build up the size of client base you need to earn your desired income.
What does it involve?
Helping individuals and companies with all kinds of admin tasks, from booking travel to answering emails to keeping their social accounts up to date. It’s worth remembering that doing your own marketing and actually finding those clients is also a key part of doing this job.
While there is a lot of competition in the VA space, there’s also tons of work. You will find clients on the freelance boards, on LinkedIn, or even in the “real” world.
How do you find clients?
This guide to how to find new clients will definitely help.
You’ll likely come across lots of transcription jobs online when you’re looking for extra money. There’s a lot of demand for people who can accurately turn audio into text, and a wide variety of work out there. Transcription work is usually paid by “audio hour.”
This means that how much you can earn will entirely depend on how efficiently you do the work. Good transcriptionists can expect to earn around $20 per hour. However, if you have less experience and are less fast, this rate can drop steeply.
Is it for you?
You will need to be a fast and accurate typist. Previous experience of transcription / audio typing will definitely help. The faster you can find your way around a computer, the easier you will find the work.
Generally, you’ll be listening to audio files and typing out the content. There are also plenty of specialist areas of transcription where you may be required to transcribe medical (see below) or technical detail.
Transcribers often work on a freelance basis, rather than by finding a full time job. As well as finding jobs on bidding websites, it’s worth looking on platforms like Rev and Scribie, that specialise in transcription and can provide you with work.
Why not hear from an expert?
Read our ultimate guide to transcription, written by somebody with lots of experience in the field.
As discussed in our guide to online typing jobs, a lot of the typing work out there is really transcription (as discussed above). However, if you are a skilled typist, you will find some work out there from people who need information typed out.
It’s hard to put a figure on typing work, but you should expect “entry level” earnings. You won’t make a huge amount of money online from simple typing.
What will I do?
Type! Work can include simple data entry jobs, closed captioning, and other tasks that often cross over with virtual assistance work. You’ll need fast, accurate typing skills, and good knowledge of word processors and other related software.
Mostly you’ll find jobs on the bidding sites. It’s not especially likely that you’ll find many companies hiring full-time work from home typists these days.
Micro working sites are worth a look too, so check out our review of Clickworker.
What are the risks?
I’d suggest reading this article on data entry work. The reality is that while this kind of work does exist, technology is reducing how much of it is out there.
Be wary of handing over any money (or even your email address) to sketchy companies promising unrealistically lucrative work.
Positions in HR and Recruitment
23. Recruitment Consultant
Recruitment work is easy to do from home, as much of it involves examining resumés, contacting candidates and matching people to jobs. Where exactly you’re located makes little difference. Payscale lists salaries ranging from $33,000 – $83,000 per annum.
You will typically charge a commission for placing people in jobs. This could be 20% of each successful candidate’s first annual salary. This can mean big numbers, but remember that you don’t earn anything unless you successfully place people in a job!
Do I need experience?
Many people who set up shop as self-employed recruitment consultants have previously worked in the industry and decide to go it alone once they have experience and – crucially – the right contacts.
In terms of skills, you need to be highly professional, assertive and good with people. Also, be aware that there is a substantial “sales” element to recruitment, both in terms of getting your candidates seen and in picking up new roles to recruit for.
Some recruitment agencies hire recruiters for permanent positions. Alternatively, this is something you can do on a self-employed basis. Typically you will find clients via “traditional” networking, rather than on the likes of Upwork and Freelancer.
Could you be a recruiter?
We have a case study from an experienced recruiter here.
24. HR Representative
You might think that staff need to be “on the ground”, however, there are a surprising number of work at home jobs in the Human Resources category.
Dependent on your level of seniority you could earn from $30,000 – $90,000 in a permanent HR role. Solo HR people often charge a day rate, which will typically be $300 plus.
Can anyone do it?
HR experience and (often) specific qualifications are needed. HR representatives need a host of different attributes including empathy, discretion and professionalism.
You’ll be creating policies and procedures, dealing with staff admin and employment issues, and getting involved with recruitment and interviews.
You may well find that if you work for a large company and are home-based, the HR opportunities open to you are largely “back office” roles.
As with recruitment work, you will find both permanent opportunities and freelancing options in the world of HR – so look on the normal job sites for “working from home jobs” and “remote,” or on the freelancing sites.
Feel like getting qualified?
Have a look at the CIPD website to find out about globally-recognised HR qualifications.
25. Accountant / Bookkeeper
Accountancy work is easy to do from home, with modern technology negating the need for an office in many cases.
What do you do?
Help companies with day-to-day bookkeeping, tax returns, financial projections and various other money-related issues. You can earn anything from “entry level” rates for basic book-keeping, up to very high salaries and daily rates for advanced accountancy work.
Where do you find the work?
If you want to work for yourself, a quick search for “bookkeeper” on Upwork will deliver lots of results to pursue, or you can find clients via word-of-mouth and other real-world networking techniques.
There are also companies that hire finance staff directly for online jobs. If you’re in the US, take a look at AccountingDepartment.
You’ll need previous experience in accountancy and – ideally – related professional qualifications. Keep in mind that accountancy practices vary from country to country, as do the qualifications and accreditations you may need.
Fancy becoming an accountant?
Take a look at this course on the fundamentals of accounting.
26. Currency / Cryptocurrency Trader
If you’re bold and enjoy “playing the markets,” trading currency or cryptocurrency is a job with huge earning potential. On the other hand, it’s also a quick way to lose all the money in your bank if you don’t know what you’re doing.
You can earn a fortune, but you can also lose the lot.
How do I make a fortune?
Buy and sell currency assets with the aim of making a profit. Study the markets and charts and make the right calls!
There’s nothing to stop you starting up in trading by yourself, you just need online accounts with relevant platforms. (If you want to begin to dabble in cryptocurrency, you can get $10 of free Bitcoin when you first buy some at Coinbase using this link).
Many traders teach themselves with books and articles, but keep in mind this is a risky business. Obviously if you come from a professional trading background and have a history of making the right decisions, you have more reason to be confident that this could be a suitable career.
Why haven’t I done this and retired?
You can read about some of my own early adventures in trading cryptocurrency here.
27. Remote Pharmacist / GP
Not long ago, it would have felt like science fiction to speak to a doctor via a mobile app, but it’s actually quite common-place now. There are a surprising number of home jobs in the medical field.
While researching this piece we found a remote pharmacist job in the UK paying £45,000 ($55,000) per year. Jobs for fully-qualified doctors will pay more.
Can anyone do it?
Absolutely not. You need proper qualifications on your resume for this kind of work. It’s a good fit for already-qualified and experienced doctors and pharmacists who’ve taken the decision to work from home.
The work involves conducting consultations with patients using video-call functionality, providing advice and prescribing medications.
Curious to see how it works?
Our list of home working companies includes plenty of medical firms that are worth a look. Searching traditional sites (like Indeed) can reveal jobs for “remote pharmacist” or similar.
Typically these are permanent jobs where you’re employed by a single company. Private insurance firms also hire “remote” doctors.
Why not read this interesting article about remote doctors?
28. Medical Transcriptionist
We’ve discussed transcription work already in this article, but medical transcription warrants a section of its own. It’s a job that requires specific skills and experience, and can be well-paid, typically around $15-20 per hour.
How is this different to normal transcription?
Medical transcription usually requires you to have a clinical background and a couple of years of experience in a related role (perhaps as a medical audio secretary). Fast and accurate typing skills are paramount, as you will type up notes that can include complex medical terminology.
Do you have the skills and qualifications?
Learn more about the intricacies of medical transcription here.
29. Online Counsellor
If you’re an experienced counsellor or therapist, there are now opportunities to help people with their mental health via the internet. Counselling using Skype or other video-chat software is both practical and popular.
If you’re working for yourself, it’s usual to charge anything from $50 – $100 for a one-hour session. Employee roles with fixed salaries are also out there.
Who can do it?
Depending on where you live, you will usually need specific qualifications and accreditations to provide counselling services. Typically, several years of training and practical experience is required. Beware of providers who unleash counsellors on the public without extensive formal training.
Skills-wise, you need to be understanding and empathetic, with knowledge of therapy techniques. You’ll conduct counselling sessions via video-chat, voice-chat or even instant messaging, and keep notes and records of your sessions.
If you’re already a qualified therapist, you can expand your business to include online offerings. Usually you’d use your own website to promote this. Or, there are platforms like this that allow you to set up shop, with them providing the technical infrastructure.
Alternatively, if you’d rather work for another company, a search for “online counselling” on a job board like Indeed will usually yield some options.
Ready to become certified?
Find out how to become a certified counsellor here.
Online Jobs in Tech
30. Technical Support Agent
If you’re an IT guru, you’ll find plenty of remote jobs in the technical support space. Even Apple hire home workers to provide tech support to their users. Indeed say that $14.79 is the average hourly rate for technical support in the US.
However, higher-level roles can pay substantially more.
Is it for me?
Many tech firms and software companies hire remote support engineers, so it’s worth looking directly on company websites and places like Upwork. Smaller firms also often hire freelancers, and a search for “technical support” on a bid site should find you plenty of options.
You will help computer users with hardware and software issues, and assist with their problems using remote control software.
Low level tech support jobs may only require some basic experience and knowledge; More senior roles can require formal industry qualification such as those accredited by CompTIA and Microsoft.
Patience, persistence and a natural aptitude for technology are all very important.
Like the idea of technical support?
Have a look at this CompTIA training available on LinkedIn Learning.
31. IT Consultant
IT consultants are increasingly able to do most of their work online, thanks to video meetings and remote support software. As a freelancer you’ll typically earn a “day rate”, with $500 or more being far from uncommon.
How is it different to tech support?
IT consultants use their technical skills to help and advise companies on technology. What exactly you do will depend on your technical specialities.
You could be doing anything from helping to implement systems like Office365, to advising on cybersecurity and data protection.
For high-level work and lucrative contracts, real-world networking is usually best. You can also find work via recruitment agencies. There are plenty of small, individual tasks for IT consultants on all of the freelance boards.
You’ll need strong technical knowledge and good “client-facing” experience. The technical knowledge you need will depend entirely on what technology you wish to work with.
A popular career path is to move from an internal IT role to providing consultancy, once you’ve built up lots of experience.
How do I know all this?
You can read my personal experiences of working as an IT consultant here.
32. Programmer / Developer
Every year, when Upwork list their most in-demand skills, there are always plenty relevant to programmers and developers. You could earn $40,000 – $97,000 per year, according to Payscale, depending on experience. Plenty of programmers comfortably bring in a six-figure income.
Many people in this industry work remotely, with a home environment being conducive to quiet concentration
Where can I find these jobs?
Big tech firms hire developers directly, and there’s all sorts out there for the self-employed, from small one-off jobs to lucrative long-term contracts.
There are jobs for programmers at all levels, from novices to gurus. Training and experience in specific programming languages is key. For high-level positions, clients and employers will undoubtedly want to see the work you’ve done before.
If you’ve worked with big-names, you’ll be able to attract big money.
Time to brush up your programming languages?
Why not take a look at some of these courses in popular programming languages.
33. App Creator
App creation is undoubtedly an offshoot of programming and development, but it’s worthy of a listing of its own. With over 178 Billion app downloads each year (and rising), there’s huge demand for people who can create them, Glassdoor refers to salaries of up to $148,000 per year.
What do you do?
There are lots of people looking for app builders on freelance platforms. Try a search for “app developer” on Upwork. If you have an extensive real-world network, opportunities could create themselves there too.
You’ll need to design, program and support mobile apps, and liaise with companies to pitch ideas and create their apps. You’ll need specific skills and experience in the programming languages normally used for apps (such as Swift, C++, C#, Java, Objective C and HTML5).
A previous portfolio of well-regarded apps is obviously highly desirable.
Want to start immediately?
You can start to learn app programming right now with this very inexpensive and well-reviewed course.
34. Web Designer
Thanks to content management systems like WordPress, it’s now very easy for people to set up websites of their own.
However, there’s still huge demand for website design – or simply for help with the technical side of launching new sites. Many people find this kind of thing intimidating.
It’s fair to say you will probably earn the best money from corporate web design clients you meet offline. Rightly or wrongly, many people looking for website help online find (and choose) very low-cost contractors from countries with a low cost of living.
What do I need to do?
Anything from setting up simple theme-based websites for clients to designing and coding custom, bespoke sites. The work can span a wide range of tasks from graphic design to technical support.
If you’re hunting down your own clients, there can be a fair bit of sales and marketing involved too.
It’s not hard to find people looking for help launching new websites. There are hundreds of related jobs on the usual freelancing bid sites, and you’ll quickly find people needing this work doing in the “real world” too.
You need strong technical skills, an eye for design and – to excel with your customers – great attention to detail. Knowledge of platforms such as WordPress and Google Analytics is very important.
Do you want to build a website?
35. Social Media Manager
If you can’t get enough of Facebook and Instagram, why not turn your fondness for social media into a career?
Indeed say that internal social media managers earn an average of $48,000 per year. On a freelance basis it’s not uncommon to charge around $100 or more per month for each social network you look after on behalf of a client – and this can all add up.
What are the basics of the role?
- Posting content to social networks on behalf of companies.
- Managing advertising campaigns.
- Studying and reporting on related analytics.
Big companies may have full-time social media roles, so if that’s what you’re looking for it’s worth searching the normal job boards. Alternatively, plenty of people set up shop as self-employed social media managers, typically looking after social profiles for multiple clients.
You will have to demonstrate strong experience of social networks and know the latest techniques for making the most of them. To really excel in this area you can take specific related courses (such as this one for Pinterest).
Social media advertising knowledge is particularly sought after.
Do you like the idea of this?
36. Search Engine Evaluator
One of the opportunities many people ask about is work in search engine evaluation. It’s widely promoted online.
The job involves rating search engine results to help the big search firms improve the listings they provide to internet users. The usual hourly rate is around $14.
What does an evaluator do?
Search engine evaluator work is surprisingly complex, with a lot to remember. As such, attention to detail is particularly important, as is the ability to quickly navigate around your computer, and the online world.
You will look at the websites search engines are ranking for certain queries, and assess the quality of the results based on detailed criteria.
Could search engine evaluation be the online job for you?
Creative Online Jobs
If you have an eye for design, there’s a huge variety of career paths open to you. Full-time designers in the US earn from $32,000 – $62,000, according to Payscale.
If you can build up a thriving design business of your own, you could feasibly earn a similar amount – or much more if you pick up blue-chip clients.
What does a designer do?
Design – literally anything. The first page of Upwork job listings for designers (at the time of writing) includes requirements for Facebook cover pictures, health and beauty product packaging, and the look and feel for a real estate website.
Typically, modern design jobs involve mastery of software like Photoshop and Illustrator.
The most important thing is to be artistic and skilled in design – and this doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Second to that is strong technical skill in the relevant software applications.
Where’s the work?
There are many options. Big companies may have internal roles available to home workers (search sites like Indeed for “designer home work”).
There are also oodles of freelance requirements on the normal sites. In addition, you will find some interesting platforms for design work, such as the competitive 99Designs, where you can pitch a design to a specific brief in the hope of being the winning designer.
Ready to turn your doodles into cash?
Have a read of this case study, involving a designer who makes money designing T-shirts, bags and other garments, selling them via an online platform. I’ve seen people set up small businesses doing this whilst at school or college.
Photography is something you may not immediately view as an “online job.” Obviously, in most cases, you will be getting out and about to actually take the photographs.
However, a lot of the work involved in being a photographer happens on the internet nowadays, whether you specialise in photography for travel websites, or take pictures to sell on stock photo sites. If you’re selling stock photos via an online platform, it’s quite normal to receive 50% of the paid royalty.
Job boards like Upwork are a good starting point to learn about the kinds of photography that are in demand. You can also work entirely for yourself by taking photographs and selling them online – either as individual works, or by placing them for sale on stock photo sites.
Photography is one of those activities where it is as much about talent and flair as anything else. However, as photo editing is closely related, strong skill in software like Photoshop is invaluable. (There’s an extensive and very-well-reviewed course on that here).
39. Photo Editor / Retoucher
If you’re a Photoshop guru with an eye for design and colour, you’ll find plenty of work in photo editing and retouching. Although software to do this stuff is widespread and accessible, actually knowing how to use it properly is a distinct skill.
Online estimates say that this work can pay between $10 and $30 per hour on average.
Are there any full time jobs?
You MAY find a few permanent home-based roles in this line of work, but they’re likely to be thin on the ground. This is work that lends itself well to freelancing, perhaps as a complement to your own photography business.
Just type “photo edit” into any of the job boards (such as PeoplePerHour) and you’ll find people looking for help – with everything from editing their wedding photographs to removing objects from the background of pictures they’ve taken.
Can we put you in the picture?
40. Video Creator / Editor
Upwork’s “fastest growing skills” report for Q1 2019 listed “explainer videos” in fourth place. Video content of all kinds is increasingly popular, and there’s lots of demand for those who can create it. Indeed quotes the average salary for a video editor as $17.32 per hour.
However, in-demand freelancers working with prestigious firms can earn much higher rates.
What skills do I need?
A creative eye, and expert knowledge of related software, such as Adobe Premiere and Camtasia.
There are some full-time remote video editing roles out there (search the normal job boards). This is also a great career path for freelancers, with many firms now creating video content.
A search on Upwork alone (at the time of writing) revealed over 3000 open requirements for “video editing.”
Want to get editing?
Take a look at some of these video editing courses.
It was hard to decide which section to place “influencer” under on our list of online jobs. However, as taking the perfect Instagram photo is often a big part of it, the “creative” section seemed most appropriate!
If you have 100,000 Instagram followers, you can apparently charge $1000 for a post, and work upwards or downwards as appropriate from there. The rewards can be considerable, but building up that many followers is a considerable task.
You could also save money on trips and treats thanks to freebies!
What does an influencer actually DO?
Generally speaking, you visit hotels, resorts, restaurants and beaches, take “aspirational” photos and share your experiences with your online audience. Influencers often work directly with brands and are compensated for the online promotion generated.
You’ll need a strong creative vision, an eye for marketing, and serious determination to build up your initial following. Experience in PR, fashion and related industries helps.
Generally speaking, you need to build up a considerable online following FIRST – usually on Instagram. After that, you can either wait for brands to contact you about partnerships, or proactively seek out such partnerships.
Read this article for a review of a product that can build your Instagram following – and some of my own opinionated views on influencer “culture!”
42. Craft Creator
If you’re itching to flex your creative muscles, the internet offers lots of popular platforms for selling your wares. The “richest” craft seller on Etsy made $960,000 in 2017.
At the other end of the scale you have creators making pocket money from their work, and lots of people in the middle making a healthy living. From T-shirts to tea-towels and from mugs to mouse-mats – if you can imagine it and produce it, the online world allows you to sell it – globally.
How do I get into crafting?
A vision for what you want to create and sell is the most important thing. However, strong technical skill will definitely help you when it comes to listing your products online.
Marketing skill is also essential if you want to build up a good audience and make lots of sales. Thanks to platforms like RedBubble, you can even create crafts from your designs, instantly resulting in a merchandise line all of your own.
This is one of those online jobs you can start all by yourself – you just need to have the ideas and go where the creativity takes you.
Want to turn beads into bucks?
Read this HomeWorkingClub case study from someone making money selling jewellery and other items on Etsy.
Personal Development Jobs
With many people now very careful about what they eat, and trends in everything from gluten-free diets to veganism, there’s lots of potential to set up an online business advising people on nutrition. One to one consultations can easily sell for $75 or more.
Create a best-selling course on this and you could earn thousands in passive income.
How do I earn money from this?
As a nutritionist working via the internet, there are lots of different ways to earn money, several of which tie in with the other online jobs on this list. You could create courses, offer one-to-one consultations, or run a niche blog specialising in a particular area of food and nutrition.
In an industry where exactly what constitutes an “expert” is something of a grey area, strong related qualifications will help you to stand out. If you’re creating your own brand, marketing knowledge, patience and determination will all be a great help.
This is the kind of career where it’s best to establish your own presence and audience. That said, a search on the usual boards revealed plenty of related gigs, from paleo nutrition advisors to dieticians to consult on dieting apps.
Hungry for more?
Learn more about what nutritionists actually do here.
44. Life / Career Coach
Online coaching can be hugely lucrative, especially if you’re an established expert in a particular field. Online coaches typically charge from around $75 for a session, with many charging a LOT more than that.
There are many sub-niches within life and career coaching, making this an interesting option for specialists in all kinds of areas.
What does a coach do?
Help people reach their goals, usually by conducting coaching sessions via video call. You’ll also need to promote yourself in order to build up clients, and provide ongoing support to them in between sessions.
A strong desire to genuinely help other people is a must, and you’ll need the marketing skill to build up an audience if you’re setting up shop on your own. Qualifications in this area exist, but note that they can range from genuinely useful to utterly meaningless!
The most important thing is being a genuine expert in what you’re teaching, with an ability to impart the knowledge and encourage others.
Usually people set up independently as coaches, either building up their own sites, or by using an infrastructure like CoachingCloud.
Need some coaching?
I personally offer coaching to bloggers and writers. As an example of the kind of thing people offer, take a look at this page.
Online Side Gigs
Not everyone looking for online jobs wants something full-time. With that in mind, here are some online side gigs – perfect for those just after a little extra cash, or as a complement to another job – as part of a portfolio career.
45. User Tester
Companies are constantly rolling out new apps and websites, and need people to test them and give their opinion on functionality. Each test earns around $10 and takes 10-15 minutes. Be aware, however, that there’s not a constant stream of this work, so you cannot extrapolate this into a full-time income.
Do I need specific skills?
None at all! Just the ability to clearly speak out your thoughts. It also helps not to be microphone or camera shy. You’ll test new websites and apps, often speaking your thoughts out loud while you are recorded (either audio or video).
There are lots of platforms offering this work, including UserTesting, TestingTime and TryMyUI.
46. Survey Taker
Love them or hate them, online surveys are very popular with people seeking entry-level online jobs. They don’t pay very well and can be very monotonous – but if you choose the right platforms, you can make a respectable side income.
What does it involve?
Answer questions online – on anything from politics to washing powder! You can find them on any one of the hundreds of online survey platforms. Be sure to do your research, as some are MUCH better than others, and some are total scams.
The work can get very dull, so tenacity and perseverance is a great help.
Do you like answering questions?
Check out this article for some really handy tips on making the most out of surveys.
47. Ebay / Amazon / Facebook Seller
It may not be particularly glamorous, but plenty of people make good money selling things on these popular online platforms.
Whether you’re merely saving up for treats by selling unwanted items, or operating more of a buying and selling business, these sites make people money every single day.
Is Ebaying a job?
This depends entirely on what you have to sell. If you’re operating a buying and selling business with physical products, making a couple of thousand Dollars per month is relatively easy in theory, but hard work in reality.
Drop-shipping products made overseas is another option – potentially more lucrative, but with far more learning and experimentation involved.
Getting started with this online job is as simple as finding a few items around the house that you no longer need and getting them listed. The speed at which you can navigate your computer really does make a difference to how efficient you can be.
Ready to start selling?
Check out these guides:
Microworking is one of those online jobs that’s open to everybody. It involves doing small (usually repetitive) tasks for small payments, with each one typically only taking seconds to complete.
Earnings for this kind of work are not especially high. However, experienced microworkers who get up to speed with specific tasks often say they can make $10-12 per hour.
What is Microworking?
Microworking tasks can vary hugely. You could be “liking” things on social media, categorising photos, or even determining whether particular web pages should be classed as “adult” or not.
Usually you do these tasks within an online environment on your computer, although increasingly there are tasks available that you can complete on a smartphone app instead.
Want to practice clicking?
Start off by reading our review of Clickworker here.
It was borderline whether to include this in a list of online jobs, as the likelihood is that you’ll have to head out of the house to complete your tasks.
However, the internet has made it really simple to connect to people who need all kinds of odd-jobs completed. We’ve seen £50 ($61) for cleaning a small apartment and $50 for installing some simple shelves.
What can I charge for?
Anything from walking a dog to putting up an IKEA wardrobe to mowing somebody’s lawn. You need just enough skill and experience to complete the jobs you take on to your customers’ satisfaction. You’ll want to ensure you get a good review.
Fancy an odd job?
Read this case study of someone who set up an entire business around doing odd jobs.
50. Freebie Hunter
If you have some time to kill online, you’ll be surprised how much free stuff you can find. You can sign up to offers on sites like Swagbucks and Prizerebel, hunt around for product tests, or look into the many ways you can get yourself some free Amazon gift cards.
You won’t earn money, as such, but determined freebie hunters often come across vouchers worth a considerable amount of money.
How do you get started?
Train yourself up on all the various different ways to grab online freebies – there’s a surprising amount out there if you sign up to the right sites.
It’s not really work – more of a treasure hunt – but being a member of the right panels, survey and cashback sites is the best start.
It’s good to have in-depth knowledge of the internet and the ability to know a genuine offer from a scam. Strong organisational skills are helpful too, as sometimes you’ll need to make sure you follow things up or cancel trials – to ensure your freebies don’t end up costing you money.
Like free stuff?
51. Panel Participant
Something we love here at HomeWorkingClub is getting involved in panels and focus groups.
Distinct from surveys, these usually involve one-on-one participation, often by video call, or sometimes even face-to-face. They also pay MUCH more than surveys, with $100 or more for an hour of your time far from unusual.
Where do I sign?
The issue with market research panels is that you have to wait to find studies that fit your experience and demographic. As such, you might pick up two or three in a month and then not manage to grab any more for several months.
As such, this is only something you can treat as a side gig, albeit a very worthwhile one!
How to get started?
To increase your chances of grabbing as many projects as possible, it’s wise to sign up to several different panels. You can start off with UserInterviews and Respondent, both reputable platforms. There’s more information on market research work here.
52. Rent Out your Car, Home or Parking Space
There are some great apps nowadays that help you to make money from things you already own.
You can rent spare rooms on Airbnb, unused cars on Hiyacar, and parking spaces on the likes of Justpark. Depending on exactly what you are doing, there’s some admin work involved (and perhaps some cleaning!). However, these are all ways to establish significant income from assets you already have.
Do Online Jobs Really Pay?
Plenty of online jobs pay regularly and reliably, and thousands of people make a full-time living using the internet. That said, there are plenty of scams and false promises out there, so it’s wise to do proper research and to check out any company that interests you.
Which Online Jobs are Legit?
To find out which online jobs are legit, you need to do your own research. This article will help you with identifying scams. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
What are the Best Online Jobs?
The best online jobs are the jobs that pay well and involve work you enjoy doing. With 52 options on this list, you ought to be able to find some that suit you.
While You’re Here:
If you’re specifically looking for a company that will hire you to work from home, also check out our guide to 50 companies that do just that.