Work from home jobs have become extremely popular.
115% more popular to be exact, according to a recent study by Flex Jobs and Global Workplace Analytics.
As such, it's no surprise that the 1.8 million Americans that left their jobs between 2005 and 2017 cited greater flexibility, increased happiness, and better pay, as primary factors in their decision to ditch the traditional 9 to 5 grind.
For some — think stay at home moms — work from home jobs offer a way to bring in additional income when things are tight.
For others, legitimate work from home jobs provide an avenue to travel and work from places that were previously unimaginable.
A high demand for remote workers, especially in the tech industry, has led to the largest voluntary exodus from the in-person workforce in almost twenty years.
From virtual assistants and social media managers, to support specialists and data entry jobs, the rise of the internet has created opportunities that didn't even exist just a few years ago.
If you're not thrilled about hustling to the workplace each morning, or you're looking for part-time work outside of your normal job, there has never been a better time than now to search for legitimate work from home jobs.
Here are 11 of the best work from home jobs to start earning money from home in 2018, on your own schedule.
1. Virtual Assistant Jobs
What is a virtual assistant?
Virtual assistants, commonly referred to as VAs, come in all shapes and sizes. Many companies will hire VAs if they are looking for help with online administrative tasks (email, calendar management, data entry, etc), but don't necessarily want to hire a full time employee just yet. They're the perfect work from home job for busy people that may need to drop their work at a moments notice, or have very sporadic availability.
Virtual assistant job tasks include helping with:
- Social media management
- Transcribing conference calls
- Responding to emails or setting up email lists
- Calendar management
- Presentation preparation
- A variety of other customer service oriented tasks
How much do virtual assistants make?
Between $35.00 and $50.00 per hour, according to Gina Horkey, a professional virtual assistant and work from home jobs coach at HorkeyHandbook.
How to become a virtual assistant:
Start by taking a training class that'll teach you the common skills needed to become a virtual assistant.
Classes are typically work at your own pace, cost between one and three hundred dollars, and be completed in just a few short days — a pretty fair trade off for a job that can earn upwards of $70,000 per year.
After your initial training the real work begins. The best virtual assistants will scour popular sites such as Upwork and Freelancer, looking for work from home job opportunities and new job leads. Also, be sure to completely fill out your profile and list all pertinent skills. Potential clients can search for qualified remote workers and proactively contact them about potential job opportunities.
2. Online Survey Jobs
How paid online surveys work:
Most successful companies want to get inside the heads of consumers. They want to better understand potential customers so they can improve products and target their audience better To do that, they actually pay people to take surveys. It's one the easiest work from home jobs out there, and it requires zero experience.
There are many different types of surveys you can take. From opinion polls, to answering questions about shopping habits, companies will typically ask users fairly in-depth questions so they can improve their marketing tactics. Survey takers are usually paid in cash via PayPal, or with points that can be redeemed for gift cards.
While unlike more traditional work from home jobs, getting paid to take online surveys is still a legitimate means for bringing in a few hundred extra dollars each month.
How much do they pay?
Between $50.00 and $500.00 per month, depending on eligibility and how many surveys you participate in.
How to get paid to take online surveys:
3. Start Blogging for Money
What is a blogger?
Bloggers are typically people who enjoy a particular topic and enjoy writing about it on a semi-regular to regular basis. If you have something you are passionate about, or are an expert in a particular area, you can consider starting a blog. Blogs are a great way to: teach people about a particular skill, entertain, or share about life experiences.
Bloggers can make money through a variety of different methods including, but not limited to: affiliate marketing, accepting paid advertisements, and by selling digital (or physical) products.
Here are some popular (and profitable) blog topics:
- Fitness and health
- Self improvement
- Crafts and DIY Projects
You really can blog about anything under the sun. What do you love reading about? What do you enjoy talking to your friends about? What do you like browsing through the most on Pinterest? These are all possible blog ideas.
How much do bloggers make?
Highly variable. Anywhere between $0 and $150,000 per month depending on experience level and direct competition.
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4. Work from Home Freelance Writing Jobs
What is a freelance writer?
Freelance writers can more easily be thought of as a “writer for hire” or someone who is contracted out to write about a particular topic. If you have some writing chops, but don't want to deal with all the extra work that goes into running a blog, you can hire yourself out and write for newspapers, large online publications and even other bloggers.
How much do freelance writing jobs pay?
Between $30.00 and $500.00 per assignment, depending on difficulty, the writers experience level, and the length of the material. Veteran freelancers and other remote workers can charge on a per-word basis with lengthy articles earning them well over $1,000.00.
How do you become a freelancer?
First, start by taking a course that teaches you basic skill required to pursue freelance writing jobs. Holly Johnson, a professional freelance writer at the Earn More Writing School offers one such course. She makes over $225,000 per year freelance writing and shares everything you need to know to get started for less than a few hundred dollars.
After you've mastered the basics, you'll want to create a portfolio of writing samples that you can show to prospective clients. If you want to get a freelance copywriting gig, for instance, start by collecting samples of amazing copy that sells a product. Offer free work to clients to build up your portfolio, if needed.
Finally, once your portfolio is complete, you can start to find work on Upwork, Freelancer, or any number of similar websites.
5. Become an Amazon Remote Employee
Does Amazon hire remote workers?
Amazon is an enormous company, which means hiring thousands of workers to make their business function. If you've been looking for legitimate part-time work from home jobs, now is a good time to be on the market.
Amazon recently announced plans to add 5,000 remote customer service jobs over the next year. They're hiring for a variety of positions ranging from customer service agents, to data entry, all the way to supply chain managers.
With job responsibilities and requirements varying so widely, you'll have to look through their listings to get accurate job description and reimbursement information.
How much does Amazon pay?
$10.00 per hour to $50,000 per year, depending on your position and experience level.
How to apply:
For salary information check out Amazon's Virtual Locations jobs page.
6. Online Teaching Jobs
What is online teaching?
Every industry is adapting to changes brought on by the internet, and teaching is no different. If you are a (licensed) teacher, you can now start teaching classes from home. Classes are usually taught via Skype or pre-recorded sessions.
Demand is really beginning to grow for online education solutions as either a supplement to in-class schooling, or sometimes even as a total replacement. Subjects in the highest demand are English, science, and math (the core subjects of any education).
How much do online tutoring jobs and online teaching jobs pay?
Average salary for first year teachers is $30k. Some subjects pay higher than others.
Work from home jobs for online tutors:
Work from home jobs for online teachers:
K12 is one of the biggest players in the online teaching space. One of the great things about them is the fact that your job will likely include health insurance, retirement savings accounts and paid time off.
Since you'll be working with kids (even though it's online), you still need to go through the typical hiring process for a teacher: background check, reference check, interviews, etc.
7. Become a Freelance Proofreader
In 2014, Caitlin Pyle made over $43,000 by working as a freelance proofreader…part time. When she wasn’t working, she even had time to go on several fun vacations. After she had a ton of success doing that, she decided she wanted to teach others how to do the same thing, so she started up Proofread Anywhere. Sign up for her free workshop on making money as a proofreader.
8. Direct Sales Consulting
This is stuff like Plexus, Avon, Beachbody, Pampered Chef, etc. If you want to get a taste of working from home and want to sell products you already use and love, this may be an option. Note: nearly all of these programs require an upfront investment for purchasing your initial inventory.
9. Test Apps and Websites
Similar to taking surveys for money, companies will also pay regular people to give feedback on their website. How it looks, how easy it is to navigate, how things “flow”…
Here are some places you can apply for this type of work:
Companies want to know how easy their websites are to use and the information you give them about the process is extremely valuable.
- Whatusersdo – Pay is $8 (or more) per test. Tests take around 15-20 minutes (you need a Mac or PC + mic).
- Enroll – Get paid to test websites before they are published. Earn cash rewards.
- UserFeel – This company pays around $10 per test.
- Analysia – Tests take around 15 minutes to complete. Pay is $10 per test.
- TryMyUI – Tests takes around 15-20 minutes to complete. Pay is $10 per test.
10. Web Design Services
Business owners want professional looking websites for their space on the internet. If you know some basics behind web design, you can start offering those services to small business.
Again, Upwork is a great spot to start finding gigs. Another option is to do things the old fashioned way: cold call or email every small business in your town and drum up some business that way.
11. Join TaskRabbit
This is the ultimate site for local “odd-jobs”. From running errands for others, buying groceries, doing yardwork, there are all sorts of jobs on this site. As of now, it only serves select metro areas, but is quickly growing to other locations.
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