Earning a full-time income from home is either considered too good to be true or too difficult to achieve. But that's no longer the case. With the world becoming more technologically connected, securing an online job that brings in a substantial amount of income is 100% achievable. Of course, depending on the job type and skills necessary, the pay will vary.
Nevertheless, many are enjoying the benefits of working from home. No more long commutes, lazy colleagues, or frustrating bosses; working online has the potential to benefit many hardworking and creative individuals out there. Still, knowing where to start is never easy. That's why this article has researched some of the best online jobs available.
Continue reading to find out more and where to look to find work online.
How The Best Online Online Jobs Were Evaluated
Below is a list of most jobs people can do from home. As deciding which job suits someone best is, in many ways, a personal decision, there's no particular order to this list. However, the following factors were taken into consideration during research.
Necessary Skills - Some online jobs require no background knowledge; others require a college degree or a serious amount of experience. Making sure you select an online job that suits your skillset is therefore essential to success.
Difficulty - Building on the previous point, regardless of skill, not every online job will be easy to manage. Even seemingly easy, low-skilled jobs may be difficult for some people.
Enjoyment - Again, how enjoyable a job will greatly depend on the person. Some people will be happy earning money no matter the work; others will need to like the work or at least get a sense of satisfaction or worth from completing it.
The Top 21 Jobs "Anyone" Can Do From Home
1. Online Survey Jobs
There are many companies out there always looking for people to take online surveys. These surveys are usually free to sign up and only take between 5 and 20 minutes to do at one time.
The rate of pay varies from survey to survey and company to company. The quality of the companies also range, and not everyone will qualify. Sign up at more than one to cover your bases.
2. Data Entry
If you do not want to do challenging work, data entry may be a good option. Many companies need data entry personnel, and they will pay you to help them out. The type of information you're recording involves inventory, shipment logs, business plans, attendance sheets, and other vital pieces of data.
There are many companies you can go through to find these employment opportunities, and one good one is Clickworker. The salary you get will depend on your ability, experience, and hard work. Some data entry personnel earn around $25,000 to $45,000 a year.
3. Stock Photographer
If you wondered where those royalty-free photo websites get their images, they come from people like you. Your photos (if they're good) may be worth something to various businesses, allowing you to make money by selling your best pictures.
There is always a demand for top-quality photos, and if your pictures make the grade, you can earn anywhere from 0.25 cents to $10 per shot.
Find jobs at: Shutterstock
The world is getting smaller, and the need for people who know more than one language well is growing. To work in this growing field, you need a bachelor's degree and, of course, be fluent in another language. Spoken fluency alone is not enough since a translator's job is to translate books, articles, e-mails, documents, and more.
Moreover, you won't be able to make do with an online translator. Most translators will eventually specialize and work in one genre alone. Still, if you're talented at translating and can get the work done quickly, you could possibly earn upwards of $35,000+ per year.
Find jobs at: Fiverr and Upwork
5. Freelance Writing
If you know how to type and write well, you can sign up with a host of online writing services and make a fair amount of income. The amount of money you make will depend on several factors.
First, what kind of writing you're doing. Academic writing pays more than content writing, but you need to know your referencing styles and know how to research well. Second, the company you sign up to work through has its own rates and so on.
The drawback to freelance writing is that clients may not always accept your work and not pay you.
Find jobs at: Fiverr, Problogger, FlexJobs, and BloggingPro
6. Virtual Assistant
In this position, you can work for one client or have multiple clients at the same time. All you're doing is helping them with administrative, creative, and technical duties that your client does not have time to do themselves.
This is a contract position and how much you make per hour has to be negotiated between you and your clients. Some are willing to pay more than others. Your duties will vary as well as you will be writing emails, dealing with customers, creating documents, distributing them, and so on.
Find jobs at: Onlinejobs.ph, FreeUp, Virtual Assistant Jobs.
If you have something to say, blogging is a great way to earn money while staying home. The good part is that you can do this part-time if you have a busy schedule.
One key to being a successful blogger is knowing the topics you're writing about, patience, and perseverance. It can take anywhere between 6 to 18 months for a search engine to notice your blog.
Another key to being successful is practicing good SEO strategies. These strategies help drive traffic to your website and bring potential customers to your products. Bluehost offers a free domain for a year and is a great place to start your blogging career.
Not as exciting as freelance writing and other online opportunities, but you do get to learn a lot from the material you check. You can read books, articles, papers, and other written material, catch the mistakes, and earn money doing it.
Just make sure to know your grammar and spelling. In addition, you do not need any certification to do this job. To learn more about this new profession, look online for helpful tips and advice.
Find jobs at: Monster, Freelancer, and Fiverr.
9. Social Media Manager
Many businesses have seen the benefits of having a social media presence and hire people to manage their social media accounts. These businesses look for people who know social media and how to use it well.
They do not have the time or the ability to do it themselves; thus, a new career is born. If you want to make approx. $15 to $55 per hour, then you should consider looking for online work managing social media accounts.
Find jobs at: Fiverr, Upwork, and Socialbutler.
10. Virtual Recruiter
The traditional term for this position is "Head hunter." What you're doing is finding the right employee for the companies you work for. The only difference is that you're doing this job online and not traveling all over the country.
You're responsible for posting the open jobs, the screening, the interviews, as well as reading a lot of resumes, but in the end, the pay makes up for the hard work involved. You could make about $20 to $30 an hour.
Find jobs at: Freelancer, LinkedIn, Fiverr, and Upwork.
11. Event Planner
People like to throw parties or hold special events, like wedding showers, baby showers, birthday parties, etc. Being an event planner lets you help people design and carry out the perfect party, etc.
Plus, you can help people be organized and save money. This online job helps you solve people's problems involved with planning their special event.
Find jobs at: Solidgigs.
12. Web Developer
With more and more people becoming bloggers, affiliate marketers, and creating their own online businesses, the demand for a good web designer is rising. This may be your calling if you know technology and how to build attractive and very easy to navigate websites.
The good news with this online job is that you do not need a college degree to work in this field. You can still earn between $60,000 and $100,000 per year without a degree if you're good.
Find jobs at: Upwork, Fiverr, and LinkedIn.
13. Call Center Rep
This is a job for those people who like talking on the phone. All the equipment you need will be a computer and a headset with a microphone. Also, some software for call center duties is required.
On top of that, you may need a thick skin to endure all the hostility that comes when you interrupt people at their mealtime or some other important activity. The pay ranges depending on the company you work with.
Find jobs at: Flexjobs.
14. Amazon Seller
You and everyone else has heard of Amazon. Instead of buying, you can be one of the millions of people who use the Amazon affiliate marketing option to make money. Amazon Arbitrage is just one option you can use.
This is where you find a discounted product at a local store, and if it's cheaper than the same one sold on Amazon, you can list it on your Amazon site and make the $20 difference for yourself.
There are some drawbacks to this online option as Amazon keeps a percentage of your profit, and you may have to pay for shipping as well. Plus, Amazon has many rules that are strictly applied.
15. Product tester
Not every product a company makes is perfect or fit for commercial sale. That is why this online opportunity exists. You get paid to test and review the different products companies want more data on.
After signing up and being sent the products, make sure to follow the instructions. How you're paid varies as you can get money sent to you electronically or be paid through gift cards.
16. Affiliate Marketing
This seems to be the biggest fad right now as many people are signing up to do this work. The reason it's so popular is that there are more and more people becoming connected to the internet. That means your affiliate marketing audience is growing each day.
Plus, there are lots of affiliate marketing platforms you can work with. One of the better ones to sign up at is Flexoffers. Their strategy is a bit different from their competitors, and you may find the environment and atmosphere better to work in.
How much you earn will depend on your hard work and the time you put into making your affiliate marketing business a success. Also, you do need to know about SEO strategies to drive traffic to your website.
17. Buy and Sell Domains
This is a lot like buying and selling homes. You find old domains no one wants anymore and make your offer; if accepted, you turn around and resell it to someone else at a profit.
Also, like flipping houses, this employment opportunity takes time to master and get the most out of your efforts. While the usual price for domains is very low, some go for up to 6 to 8 figures in price.
Make sure you budget your time well, as this opportunity demands a lot of your time and has a steep learning curve. But if you're patient and learn your lessons, you can be one of the success stories.
To get yourself involved in this potentially lucrative online job, check out Hostgator and see what is available.
This is a job where you're mostly a middle man. You carry no stock and don't need a warehouse to store those products you're helping to sell. Also, you do not need to buy anything.
All you do is set up a web page and list the products you want to sell. When someone buys the product or products, you tell the supplier where to ship the items. There is no fuss, no mess, no complicated logistics to worry over.
The revenue range can be between $25 to $500 per product you represent. How much you make will depend on your product choices and marketing.
To get started, check out Shopify, as they are experts in this employment field.
19. Micro Online Jobs
When your ability to work is limited, there are still online positions you can check out called "micro online jobs." They are done quickly, do not take up a lot of time, and can fit in with your home or health situation quite easily.
While the pay is on the micro-level, between $1 and $3, you can still find enough work to earn some extra money for those bills you need to pay.
Spare5 is one source you can go to to find your leads.
20. URL Shortening
If you're familiar with the internet and how it works, you can take this job and help shorten long URLs. The need is there as many URLs get too long, and most websites want to use a shortened version that brings their website visitors to the right web page. You get paid every time someone clicks on your shortened URL.
Check out Linkzfly if this opportunity interests you.
21. Captcha Solving
Believe it or not, businesses pay people to solve the different Captcha codes on the websites they visit. All you have to do is solve the captcha code correctly and make about $3 for every 1000 you solve. This work can be done no matter where you live in the world, and it brings in some extra money.
Use Clixsense to find these types of easy to do jobs.
The Bottom Line: Best Online Jobs
Not everyone is suited to rigid hours, long commutes, and frustrating bosses. Before you're pigeonholed into one employment position that doesn't excite you, check out the online employment opportunities above. But make sure the position suits your skills and goals, as not every online job is for everyone.
Anyone interested in working from home still has to work hard, organize themselves, and know what they're doing. The difference is you get to work from the comfort of your own home (or anywhere with a good internet connection). And for some of these jobs, you can create your own work hours.
Have a look at all the possible jobs on this list, and be prepared to invest a good few months into the work before any real money starts coming in.
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