So it’s official: You’ve decided that you want to work from home. Awesome! Join the club. 🙂 You’re going to love it.
Now, you just have to find a job that will let you do that.
Landing a work-from-home job can be difficult, but the good news is that whatever type of job you’re looking for–full time or part time, freelance or as an employee, effortless or challenging–there’s something out there for everyone.
Not quite sure what you want to do or what type of options are available to you? You’re in the right place. In this blog post, I compiled a list of the best legit work-from-home jobs, organized by category. I say “legit” because I don’t want you wasting your time on anything that isn’t a sure thing!
Feel free to read through each job on here…or skip right to the category that interests you:
You’ll notice that some of the jobs on this list require more experience and credentials, but there are others that don’t require anything at all–except for a computer and Wifi connection.
So without further ado, let’s dive right in!
No Experience Required
If you’re looking for a work-from-home job that doesn’t require much (or any) experience, I’d recommend the following:
Are you a fast typer? Want a job where you don’t have to think?
You could become a transcriber, which is someone who listens to audio or video recordings and types out what they hear to turn the recording into written form. Transcribers might also review and edit transcriptions created by speech recognition software.
According to Payscale, the average hourly rate for a transcriber is $15.12, typically between $9.94 and $26.75 per hour.
Although the transcription company, TranscribeMe, claims that those with specialized medical and legal backgrounds make more (so focus on those industries if you can, until you can work your way up to a higher rate).
Also, bear in mind that many jobs pay by the word, so if you don’t type quickly, then you won’t make very much. To succeed as a transcriber, you should also be detail oriented, have solid listening skills and the ability to focus for long periods of time.
Where to Find Transcription Jobs
TranscribeMe claims to pay more than anyone else, so that would be a good place to start. To work for TranscribeMe, you don’t need to have any experience. You just have to create an account, check the languages that you’re able to transcribe in, read some lengthy documents (their style guide, which is 39 pages, and their exam instructions, which are 14 pages).
From there, you take an exam to see if you qualify. If approved, they’ll send you “short chunks of audio to transcribe.”
You could also check out Daily Transcription. They accept beginners, but do require a minimum typing speed of 50 wpm. They pay rates starting at $.75 to $.85 per audio minute.
GoTranscript is another option that pays up to $.60 per audio or video minute. Although judging from the average earnings (just $150 per month), it seems like this site might be best if you’re just after a side gig.
Nowadays, you can teach almost anything online, from photography to music to math.
The plus to this job is that you get to choose your own hours since you work for yourself. Of course, that also means you’ll be responsible for your own taxes, so you’ll want to take that into account when setting your rates.
As an English (ESL) teacher, you can expect to make anywhere between $10 to $40 per hour depending on your experience and qualifications.
I taught a few classes on Verbling several years ago and from what I remember, I made around $20 per hour for very simple conversational classes (just being paid to talk to people). Pretty easy money!
The downside to teaching English online is that there’s a lot of competition and it can be hard to get consistent clients. You have to really work to build up a steady client base before this can become a full-time job.
Also, note that it’s often recommended to give a free trial of your class in order to land your first clients.
Responsibilities of Online Teachers
Whatever you’re teaching, when you get a new student, you’ll want to first find out their goals.
For example, does your student want to become the next Jimi Hendrix? Or are they just learning guitar for fun?
Are they learning English so they can travel the world? Or for professional reasons?
Based on their answers, you’ll need to prepare an agenda and lesson plan for (each) class and maybe even assign your students homework.
As for the exact responsibilities, those will obviously depend on the job and what you’re teaching. For example, as an ESL teacher, you’ll need to have a solid understanding of English grammar if you want to teach beginner levels (for conversational classes, this shouldn’t be necessary). Some websites also require certain teaching certifications and qualifications.
Should You be an Online Teacher?
Are you passionate about what you (want to) teach and want to share it with others? If so, then you should definitely consider becoming an online teacher.
I’ll be honest: I didn’t love teaching English, but I did enjoy helping people who were excited to learn. I taught English to middle and high-schoolers in France for two years–and most of the students made a joke of the class and had no desire to learn, which made teaching very difficult and tiresome.
But then I also taught English to people who were excited to learn (including some of my adorable, young French students) and I will say, that made it much more rewarding.
It works both ways: If you aren’t passionate or excited about teaching, then that’s going to show through to your students…and chances are, it’ll be hard to secure a consistent client base.
A good teacher is also patient. Some students will learn much quicker than others, and you have to be patient with the ones that learn at a slower pace.
You also have to know how to adapt to different learning styles. Some students might be more visual, while others might be more auditory. Some might be both. It’s your job to adjust to and accommodate those styles.
Where to Find Teaching jobs
If you want to teach English as a second language, you could check out the above sites, plus italki, Verbling and Vipkid, to name a few. Goats on the Road goes into greater detail on the best websites to find an English teaching job.
3. Virtual Assistant
This was actually my very first work-from-home job (and then I transitioned into my current role as a content marketer shortly after).
A virtual assistant (VA) is someone who helps their employer with a range of tasks, from responding to emails to bookkeeping to marketing assistance. Exactly what you do as a VA will depend on your employer and their needs.
But you should be organized and know how to manage your time efficiently. You should also have excellent written and verbal communication skills (you’ll probably be writing a lot of emails).
How Much Do Virtual Assistants Get Paid?
Ah. That fun question.
Payscale claims that the average pay for a virtual assistant in the U.S. is $15.75 per hour, generally ranging from $10.17 to $28.24 per hour.
If you’re considering becoming a VA, just don’t price your services too low. Remember that, unless you’re a full-time employee for a company, you’ll have to pay self-employment tax and factor in things like medical insurance, sick days and holidays.
To give you an idea, virtual assistant guru, Gina Horkey, said that she charged $34 per hour when starting out. Like with any job, the more skills that you have to offer, the more you can charge.
Virtual Assistant Responsibilities
It will depend on the client, but here are a few responsibilities you might have as a virtual assistant:
- Data entry
- Checking and responding to emails
- Answering and returning phone calls
- Managing your client’s calendar
- Booking flights
- Blog management
- And much, much more
VAs tend to work for entrepreneurs or small businesses, but can also work for busy executives. A good VA helps the person they’re working for save time and focus on the things that only they can do.
Where to Find Virtual Assistant Jobs
Like what you’re hearing? Here are a few websites where you can find virtual assistant jobs:
In addition to the job sites, you might also want to check out the Facebook groups for remote workers and digital nomads. There are a ton of digital nomad facebook groups out there (ie: Digital Nomads Around the World, Digital Nomads Medellin, Chiang Mai Digital Nomads, to name a few), which are filled with remote workers and entrepreneurs who might be on the lookout for a virtual assistant.
You could try doing a search in these groups for “virtual assistant” to see if anyone’s hiring…or post in the group and explain what you’re offering.
4. Customer Service Representative
A customer service representative helps customers over the phone, via chat or email. They need to answer questions; respond promptly to complaints; manage calls; and assist with orders, billing, cancellations and the like.
As you can probably imagine, customer service reps need to have a solid understanding of the company they’re representing and their products and/or services.
As far as compensation goes, the average hourly wage for a customer service representative in the U.S. is $14.07 according to Payscale, ranging from $10 to $19 per hour.
Should You Be a Customer Service Rep?
If you’re a people-person, patient and able to keep your cool when dealing with angry, frustrated customers, then this job could be a good fit for you.
Empathy is also an important skill to have (and yes…it is a skill!). To be a good customer service rep, you have be able to put yourself in the shoes of the person on the other end.
You know when you’re on the phone with customer service and the person you’re speaking with sounds like a robot, reading off of some script they’ve been given? I don’t know about you, but that just ends up making me more frustrated and irritated. On the other hand, the ones who are empathetic and speak to me like a human make all the difference.
This should go without saying, but you also need to be okay with being on the phone for hours on end.
Fun fact: An employee at Zappos, the online retailer known for their excellent customer service, once had a phone conversation with a customer that lasted 10 hours and 43 minutes.
Where to Find Customer Service Jobs
Weworkremotely.com posts a ton of customer support jobs. You could also check out other remote job sites, like Flexjobs and remotive.io. Or fill out an application with staffing companies, like Liveops and Arise.
A proofreader reviews content and checks for grammatical, spelling, punctuation, and formatting errors. Unlike editors, proofreaders don’t focus on writing quality at all.
Proofreading requires an especially keen eye for detail, a high level of written English (or whatever language you’re working in), and the ability to stay focused for long periods of time.
6. User tester
User testing is the process of testing out the functionality and user experience of a website. All you have to do is spend some time on a website, record your experience, and maybe respond to a few questions.
The website, Usertesting, pays $10 for every 20-minute test you take. You can also partake in user interviews, which pay even better: $30 for 30-minute interviews and $60 for 60-minute interviews.
But don’t lay all your eggs in this basket: The reality is that it can be hard to qualify for the tests (at least from my own experience using Usertesting). So treat it more like a side gig, and don’t rely on it as your sole source of income.
7. Content or community moderator
Content moderators must review user-generated content (content submitted by users), user profiles, videos and text-based content, based on the company’s rules or guidelines.
Similarly, community moderators monitor discussion on websites or forums.
8. Data Entry Clerk
Data entry clerks spend their time entering and updating information in a company’s database and ensuring that everything is accurate. Not the most exciting work…but it pays (something at least)!
To succeed in data entry, you’ll need to be able to type at a decent speed, stay organized and be okay with doing the same task over and over again.
The Pay is Notoriously Bad
One caveat here: Because data entry is the type of job that anyone can do (even those who barely speak English), it’s often outsourced to those who are willing and able to work for next to nothing. So…the pay is notoriously bad, especially for data entry work-for-home jobs.
Needless to say, there’s also high competition for these jobs, especially the ones that pay decently.
Look Out for Data Entry Scams
Unfortunately, data entry job scams abound. To make sure you don’t fall victim to one, check the website of the hiring company before sending over any personal information and, whatever you do, do not pay for anything upfront (like a paid training program). Some scams will guarantee you training that you’ll never receive.
And remember: if a job looks too good to be true, it probably is. Trust your gut.
With all that said, don’t give up hope: There are some legit companies out there that hire data entry clerks. Focus your energies on them. And look for companies based in California, Illinois, Texas, New York and Florida. According to the BLS, these are the states with the most data entry opportunities and the ones that pay the best.
Pro Tip: If you can find a transcription job, even better. Transcription jobs are somewhat similar to data entry jobs, but require more skill (such as excellent English comprehension and writing skills), so they will pay more.
Need a job right away?
You might have to price your services lower than competition to start out–but then don’t be afraid to raise them as you gain more experience and generate a portfolio.
If you need to bring home the bacon ASAP, user testing, teaching English and transcribing are probably your safest bets. All you have to do is create an account (and get approved). Easy peasy!
One last thing: Don’t sell yourself too short. These jobs listed above are a great place to start and are probably going to be easier to get without experience, but the truth is that if you put the time into applying, you could almost certainly land other types of work-from-home jobs without any experience (like entry-level marketing jobs). Don’t underestimate your abilities!
Have a knack for writing? Consider one of these writing-related jobs.
Copywriting is the act of writing to sell. Many people confuse it with content writing or blogging…but they aren’t quite the same. The goal of copywriting is to sell a brand, ideology or idea, while the goal of content writing (like blogging) is to deliver value (ideally while also selling your brand…more subtly).
To put it more simply, copywriting is what you see when you land on a company’s website…and content writing is what goes on more behind the scenes, like on the blog.
You don’t need a degree to become a copywriter, but to land work, you’ll need to build up a portfolio to showcase your work. If this is something you’re interested in, start by taking some online courses and check out other high quality websites (like Apple or Nike) to get a feel for how to write.
Succeeding in Copywriting
Copywriting is all about getting inside your customer’s head and understanding their pain points, objections and desires. That said, copywriters first need to do a good amount of research to gain an understanding of their target audience, the brand, core message, objectives and competitors.
And then comes the fun part: coming up with attention-grabbing copy for ads, websites and other marketing material.
Good copywriters are able to communicate a message clearly and concisely. They find a way to emotionally connect with the audience. Pull on their heartstrings. Change their perspective. Make them laugh.
Average Copywriter Salary
Payscale states that the average copywriter salary in the U.S. is $51,345, typically between $36,000 and $74,000.
That said, I’ve heard of many copywriters making far more than that (in the six figures). I even read of one copywriter who charges a DAY rate of $5,000. Yup, you read that right.
So…take that average salary mentioned above with a grain of salt. If you build up a good portfolio and are good at what you do, you can make a very good living as a copywriter, especially if you go freelance and charge your own rates.
As a ghostwriter, you’ll be writing for someone else without getting credited for the work (but good news: you should be able to keep the writing on your portfolio).
11. Freelance journalist
If you like to write, but prefer news and story writing, you could become a freelance journalist and write for various news organizations.
Are you always reading things and thinking things like, “this sentence would read a million times better if it were written this way.”
If so, you might want to consider working as an editor. Unlike proofreaders, editors work to improve the style, clarity and readability of writing. They try to cut down on wordiness and clarify any ambiguity.
Starting a blog is definitely not a fast-track to high income; it takes time and a lot of hard work to get there. But if you have another job (or some hefty savings) to hold you over for the time being, you could start your own blog and eventually turn it into a work-from-home job.
Once you gain steady traffic to your blog, you can look into ways to monetize it via affiliate marketing, ads, selling digital products or courses…if you do go this route, just choose a niche that you’re passionate about. Otherwise, you’ll probably burn out pretty quick.
Below are a few jobs that (might) require a certification.
Fluent in more than one language? You could look into becoming a translator, someone who translates written text from one language to another (not to be confused with an interpreter, who translates oral messages).
You’ll have to be okay with sitting with and working through large texts at a time. So if you’re someone that needs more stimulation, then this job probably isn’t for you.
Translator Pay Can Vary
One of the biggest determining factors for how much you get paid as a translator are the languages that you translate to/from.
According to the American Translator’s Association, a survey from 2008 found that the highest paying language combinations for rate per word were English to Arabic and English to Danish ($0.19 per word). The lowest paying language combos for rate per word were English to Italian and English to Portuguese (just $0.12 per word).
The highest paying hourly rates were found to be English to Chinese ($74.92) and Chinese to English ($65.49).
You’ll also probably get paid more if you choose an area of specialization and industry that’s in high demand. Some of the higher paying industries include information technology, legal, medical and engineering.
Think about where there is high demand and ideally, low competition. Here’s a graph that Translation Rules put together:
Keep in mind that these are only some factors to be considered, and, if you’re good at what you do, like anything really, you have the potential to earn much more than the average (even with a competitive language pair). One Spanish-English and English-Spanish translator from Expert Vagabond states that she makes in the six figures.
Finding a Translator Job
Interested in taking the next step here? The good news is that, according to expert translator, Alexandra, many translator jobs don’t require any sort of degree or certification unless the job is more specialized, like in the medical or legal industry. But like anything, it definitely helps to have.
As for where to look, check out Proz, Gengo and Translator’s Cafe. Although if you’re just starting out, you might have more luck landing gigs on the lower-paying platforms (like Upwork and PeoplePerHour), at least until you develop a portfolio.
Are you a numbers person, preferably with a background in finance or accounting? Are you organized, and do you like working with spreadsheets and data?
If so, you could look into becoming a bookkeeper, which is someone who is in charge of recording a company’s everyday financial transactions, like payroll, sales and expenses.
Other responsibilities include: completing tax forms, entering data, creating financial reports, checking records and processing accounts receivable/payable, amongst other tasks. Bookkeepers often work with software programs like Freshbooks and Quickbooks.
An accounting degree certainly helps to become a bookkeeper, but it’s not required–many bookkeeping jobs don’t require any college diploma at all.
Unlike accountants (who tend to work for larger organizations), bookkeepers tend to work for small businesses and deal with a high number of routine transactions.
How Much Does a Bookkeeper Make?
According to good ol’ Payscale, the average hourly wage for a bookkeeper is $17.35 per hour, typically ranging from $12.17 to $25.48 per hour.
Like with any job, your rate will depend on how much experience you have, your education, any certifications you have, and the company itself.
But if you go freelance, you have the potential to earn three times the typical salary.
Finding a Bookkeeping job
Prefer to start your own bookkeeping business? Check out this website.
16. Online Notary
As an online notary, you’ll be responsible for legalizing documents. You’ll need to become a traditional notary first and will have to pay a fee to get started.
Once you become an online notary, you can charge up to $25 for each notary. Find out more about the process and requirements here.
Do you find yourself always helping people find their path in life? If so, you might want to consider becoming a life coach, dating coach or career coach, and mentor people through one-on-one video sessions.
To become a coach, you’ll want to get certified by a program that’s ICF accredited. Getting certified isn’t cheap; it costs $5,000-$10,000 or more, so make sure that this is something you’re really serious about before coughing up the money.
18. Personal Trainer
If you really enjoy (and know a lot about) fitness, you could consider becoming an online personal trainer. I know what you might be thinking: But doesn’t a personal trainer have to work in a gym?
But, you’ll want to get certified first, if you aren’t already, since this can help you build credibility and land clients.
Marketing is all about understanding the needs and desires of your target audience and coming up with ways to connect with and sell to them.
To succeed in marketing, you’ll need to stay on top of the latest trends and always be thinking ahead, willing and able to adapt easily and change gears when something doesn’t work out.
Sound like you? Here’s a look at some of the different types of marketing jobs you could pursue:
19. SEO Specialist
Search engine optimization (aka SEO) is the process of improving a website’s visibility in search engines. But your goal as an SEO specialist shouldn’t just be to get more traffic to the website. More importantly, you’ll want to think about getting more high quality traffic and providing your visitors with a positive user experience once they land on your site.
If SEO is something you’re interested in, I highly recommend checking out Brian Dean’s blog posts. He’s the Master of SEO. If you can afford it, I would also enroll in his SEO That Works course. I’ve taken it and it’s been extremely valuable for me from a SEO content standpoint.
20. Email Marketer
Email is the most effective marketing channel out there. So it makes sense that there’s a job position focused solely on email marketing.
Email marketers create, set up and launch email campaigns. From there, they perpetually test, track and optimize to improve things like open rate and click-through-rate.
21. Growth Marketer
Compared to traditional marketing, growth marketing focuses on the entire sales funnel, as opposed to just top-of-the-funnel (bringing in leads).
Growth marketers are concerned with improving the customer experience and driving more engaged customers. They use a more data-driven approach that relies on testing to boost bottom line.
22. Content Marketer
Like to write? You might enjoy content marketing.
Content marketers focus on creating, promoting and distributing content in order to increase website traffic, attract prospects and increase sales.
I’ve been a content marketer for 3.5 years now and I can tell you that no day is ever the same (which is one thing I love about my job)!
If there’s one thing that I’ve learned in my role as a content marketer, it’s the importance of being intentional. Don’t just do something because everyone else is doing it. Think about what your audience wants first and foremost. Put yourself in their shoes.
And then continually test and analyze to see what’s working and what’s not, so you can tweak or restrategize moving forward.
Pro Tip: I highly recommend Brian Dean’s SEO That Works course for anyone who wants to become a content marketer, as well. It’ll teach you how to create high-quality content that will boost website traffic and rank well in search engines. If nothing else, check out his blog posts. (I swear…I’m not being paid to promote his stuff!).
23. Social Media Marketer
Do you find yourself always on social media? You might love being a social media marketer.
These marketers craft social media strategies and campaigns that boost engagement, turn followers into customers, and turn customers into brand advocates (the cheapest form of marketing!).
24. Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) Specialist
Conversion rate optimization is the process of increasing the percentage of website visitors who convert or take action on a site, whether that be filling out a form, signing up for a newsletter or making a purchase.
CRO specialists look for ways to enhance the website and content to maximize conversions. They are constantly analyzing and interpreting data and testing out different things to determine optimal conversion paths.
25. Paid Ads Specialist
You know when you go to Google to search for something and you see those ads at the top of the search results page:
That’s the work of a paid ads specialist (or PPC specialist). They manage advertising campaigns on platforms like Google and Facebook, with the goal of increasing impressions, clicks and conversions–at the lowest cost possible.
26. Data Analyst
A data analyst helps a company determine what their audience wants. They collect and interpret data, and then turn it into actionable insights for decision-makers.
To be a data analyst, you need to be an expert in quantitative and qualitative market analysis. You should have a background in statistics and strong math and analytical skills.
27. Product Marketing Specialist
Interested in more of the product side of marketing? Product marketers focus on introducing a product to the market and driving demand for that product. They must find a way to differentiate and promote the product and sell it to the customer.
Best Entry-Level Marketing Positions
If you don’t have any marketing experience, don’t worry! There are a ton of entry-level marketing jobs out there. In particular, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for the following positions:
- Paid Ads Specialist (or PPC Specialist)
- Content Marketing Specialist
- Social Media Specialist
- Marketing Assistant
- SEO Specialist
- Email Marketer
My advice? Go niche. With few exceptions, it’s much better to be a specialist in one area than a jack of all trades.
Before applying to jobs, take some courses online in the area that you’re interested in. Hubspot, for example, offers a ton of free courses, and you can add the certifications to your portfolio once complete.
As soon as you’re feeling fairly confident in your marketing skills (and you have a portfolio or blog that shows them off), you can apply to jobs. Here are a few websites with remote marketing positions:
This article has a more comprehensive list of some websites you could check out.
More of a visual or auditory person? See if any of these jobs strike your fancy:
28. Video Editor
If you have a background in film or video creation, you could become a video editor, which is someone who cuts down on raw video footage and turns it into something fabulous. They also might add things to the video like subtitles, music and animation.
Got some skills or knowledge that you want to share with the world? If you aren’t camera shy, you could create your own Youtube channel.
Like blogging, this probably isn’t going to make you money fast, but if you have time to spare, it could be an option. You’ll want to first focus on growing your subscriber list. Once you do that, you can make money from ads and sponsorships.
The podcast and audiobook market is booming, so if you’ve got something valuable to share with the rest of the world, jump on the bandwagon and start your own podcast! Once you have a decent amount of listeners, you can make money via sponsorships, courses, services…etc.
31. Online course creator
If you’ve got a skill or some knowledge up your sleeve that other people will pay for, you could create an online video course and sell it on Udemy or your own site (there are pros and cons to both, but if you don’t have any traffic to your site yet, you might want to start with Udemy).
But first, check Udemy to see if your topic is popular (look at how many reviews there are for the courses on that topic). That’ll give you an idea of whether or not it’s worth it to proceed.
If it seems like the topic is popular enough, see what else is already out there, and think of how you could do it better. In order for your course to be successful, you have to create something that’s really worth paying for.
32. Voice Actor
If you have a clear, intelligible voice, then you could be a good candidate for voice acting. As a voice actor, you might record audiobooks, advertisements, dub foreign language films or narrate explainer videos. Take into account that you’ll probably need to invest in a good microphone and recording software.
If you don’t mind a little risk-taking, you could try your hand at selling online or starting an online business.
33. Homemade Crafter
Do you enjoy making crafts at home? Why not turn that hobby into a business and sell your crafts on Etsy (or create your own online shop)?
Do keep in mind though: Just like starting a blog, this definitely requires an investment of time (and money to buy the supplies). Also, there are a lot of Etsy sellers out there, so you’ll have to find a way to stand out. A great product, along with high-quality, professional looking product photos and beautiful packaging, are some ways that you can do that.
34. Print-on-Demand Seller
If you like designing things, you could try selling customized products online via a print-on-demand website like Printful. To be successful at this, think about the latest trends and what people are currently interested in and buying.
For example, lately everyone’s been buying face masks and coverups. So why not sell your own custom-designed face coverings?
35. Amazon FBA Seller
Selling on Amazon is fairly simple. You just have to:
- Decide what to sell (ideally a high-demand, low-competition product, priced around $40)
- Source the products from Alibaba
- Create a killer listing on Amazon
- Ship the products to the Amazon warehouse
- Promote your product
That’s it! Once you set up your business and start to generate reviews, you’ll be able to (one day) run your business more or less on autopilot.
It’s all easier said than done of course, but if you do it right, you can potentially make some serious money on Amazon FBA.
With dropshipping, you don’t hold inventory; instead, when someone makes a purchase from you, you notify the supplier and they ship the item directly to the customer.
It’s a great way to get started in eCommerce, especially if you don’t have much money to invest in a business. You can set up a store easily on Shopify (now offering a 90-day free trial due to coronavirus) and import the products using Oberlo.
Take into consideration that, while you don’t have to purchase any inventory upfront, you will have to invest some money upfront in ads (or Instagram sponsorships) to drive traffic to your store.
Succeeding in Dropshipping
While dropshipping definitely requires a lower investment to get started compared to other eCommerce business models, it does have its downsides.
For starters, the margins are low since you aren’t buying items in bulk. Secondly, the shipping times tend to be long, sometimes as much as 30-60 days. And let’s be honest: most customers don’t want to wait around for that. Thirdly, there’s a ton of competition, since dropshippers sell generic products that typically can be found on Amazon or other websites. And lastly, many dropshippers run into issues with unreliable suppliers.
Granted, it’s not easy to succeed in dropshipping, but it is possible. To maximize your chances of success, choose a niche if you can (but make sure there’s sufficient demand for your product, remembering that certain industries, such as apparel and jewellery, are suffering immensely as a result of the COVID-19 crisis).
Vet your suppliers beforehand, and check with them to make sure that the supply-chain isn’t disrupted due to coronavirus. The last thing you want is to have a bunch of orders with no way to ship them!
Finally, think of a reason as to why people should shop with you as opposed to Amazon or another website. Do you offer bundled products at a discount? A year-long refund policy?
Whatever it is, think of a way to stand out. Since you’re selling generic products, you’ve got to really brand yourself and provide a unique value to your customers.
More Experience Required
Got some experience up your belt? Or the time to get it? See if one of these jobs listed below would be a good fit for you.
If you have a skill that people will pay for, you could look into becoming a consultant, which is someone who provides advice and solutions for companies to help them improve their operations, management, profitability…or whatever it may be.
Generally speaking, consultants need to first study the situation and problem at hand, and then gather as much information as they can about the company in order to come up with a detailed strategy, plan of action and suggestions for improvement.
The term “consultant” is very vague, since you could be a consultant in pretty much any area you’re experienced in that businesses will pay money for. For example, you could become an IT consultant, a SEO consultant, a financial consultant…and the list goes on.
As a remote consultant, you can work full-time, part-time or as a contractor. As for the pay, Payscale shows the average salary for a business consultant to be $73,722, typically between $49,000 on the lower end to $112,000 on the higher end.
But this will obviously depend on a wide range of factors, such as industry and specialty.
Finding Consultant Work
In order to become a consultant, you should have some authority in the industry you want to work in. Don’t have that yet? Get started by taking courses and getting certificated in your industry.
Create a website with your services, thinking carefully about your target audience and the type of business that could use your guidance. What are their pain points and how can you jump in and help?
Start networking however you can, both online and in person (and make sure you have your elevator pitch ready!). Once you’re ready, here’s a list of 15 companies that hire remote consulting jobs.
If you’ve got an eye for aesthetics, you might want to consider becoming a designer.
The thing is, you can’t just become a designer overnight. But if you have the time now to invest in learning how to design, then do it!
As a designer, you’ll be expected to know your way around Adobe Photoshop, In Design, Illustrator and other tools, like Sketch and InVision. You’ll need to be able to conceptualize (translate ideas into design) and collaborate regularly with others, like the Art Director, marketers and developers.
As for what types of jobs to pursue, you could be a graphic designer, web designer, logo designer…and you could work freelance, for an agency or in-house.
What’s the pay like?
Your salary will depend on what type of designer you are. For example, the average pay for a graphic designer in the U.S. is $45,060, ranging from $33,000 to $63,000, according to Payscale. But the more specialized you are, the better.
For example, the average salary of a UX designer, who focuses on the design of a website from a user experience standpoint, is significantly more than that: $73,868, ranging from $50,000 to $107,000.
This Job is for You If
You’re creative and able to conceptualize. As a web designer, your client might tell you how they want their website to look and feel and give examples of websites that they like, and then you’ll be expected to turn those ideas into a kick-ass design.
You should also have thick skin and be open to criticism and feedback. You should be willing to experiment and be confident enough to move forward with your ideas.
If you enjoy technology and get excited by code, then software development could be a good career option for you.
To put it simply, developers are in charge of building a website, application or other type of software. In addition to writing code, they are responsible for fixing bugs, maintaining software and troubleshooting quickly.
They often have to work long hours and are sometimes even expected to jump in to fix something during the weekend or in the middle of the night.
The road to get there is not easy, but the payoff can make it worth it: These jobs tend to be in high demand and very well compensated. Which brings me to my next point…
Per Payscale, the average salary for a developer in the U.S. is $71,218, typically between $50,000 and $104,000.
So for some, those long hours just might be worth it…
Becoming a Work-from-Home Developer
That said, software development isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s the kind of job that you really have to love doing–or you’ll be miserable. But if you enjoy problem-solving and are innately curious about coding, then it could be a good fit for you.
As they say, learning to code is like learning a new language. And developers tend to take a pride in their code, with the best ones able to write code in as few characters as possible.
Don’t have a programming background? You’ll need to either spend the time teaching yourself how to code or enroll in a coding bootcamp.
Either way, don’t expect to learn how to code overnight. To give you an idea, the average bootcamp lasts around 3.5 months. If you’re learning on your own and working full time on top of that, it will probably take much longer.
You see? It really is like learning a new language.
But if you’re passionate about software development and stick with it, you’ll have infinite opportunities ahead of you.
40. Product Manager
Product managers develop products–they decide what products to build and help their team deliver them.
The truth is that product management roles depend largely on the company. But in general, product managers must analyze the market and competitors; define a product vision; and determine how to best use the resources provided.
For example, they might need to consider whether adding a certain feature to the product will prove beneficial long-term for the company.
Good product managers ask questions. They talk to customers and internal stakeholders before making any decisions. And they listen.
Product managers tend to be compensated very well (even better than developers on average!). According to Indeed, the average salary for a Product Manager in the U.S is a base of $85,548, with a bonus of $13,500.
This Job is for You if
You’re constantly thinking about your customers’ problems and how you can fix them.
Do you know how to work well with people? Do you have a high level of emotional intelligence? Are you able to put yourself in the minds of others before making decisions? Are you innovative and forward-thinking?
If the answer to all of those questions is “yes”, then you could be a good fit for product management.
Becoming a Remote Product Manager
If you want to get into product management, the best way to start is by working your way up at a (remote) company (maybe starting out in customer service or marketing).
Try applying to companies that at least have a product manager position available (which you could later move into). Although if you can eventually prove to your employer that you’re able to fulfill a need as a product manager, then they might just create the position for you.
You could also try taking a stab at building a product yourself. From there…start networking!
41. Project Manager
Just like it sounds, Project Managers take control of a project, from planning to execution to closing.
As a project manager, you’ll need to come up with a plan to deliver the project you’re leading, making sure that things get done on time and on budget. You’ll have to coordinate regularly with stakeholders and other members of the team or those involved in the project. When issues arise along the way, you’ll need to care of them.
In order to make sure that things get done on the allocated budget, you might need to monitor everyone’s time and shift resources as needed.
You’ll also have to manage the team to ensure that everyone stays productive and happy. Think: team-building exercises and weekly happy hours (yup, it’s still possible to do remotely!).
Project managers don’t need to carry out all of the project work themselves (they have a team for that)–but they do have to coordinate everyone and make sure everything gets done. If something goes wrong, it falls on their shoulders.
But with all that responsibility and management comes reward. The average salary for a project manager in the U.S. is $73,901, ranging from $48,000 to $112,000, according to our friend PayScale:
This Job is for You if
You’re a people person, able to stay organized and are the queen or king of multitasking. You should also have strong analytical skills, good problem-solving skills, and be able to make decisions under pressure.
Prefer working on your own? Then project management probably isn’t the best career option for you.
Landing a Project Management Work-from-Home Job
Like product management, it’ll probably be difficult to land a job at a company as a project manager without any experience at all. You’ll most likely have to prove yourself and work your way up.
So…If you’re currently working at a company, see if there’s the opportunity to take on any projects. You can then use those projects to show on your resume when applying to remote jobs.
Or consider applying to entry-level positions at remote companies first, and then take on whatever projects you can to prove yourself.
Familiarize yourself with the various project management tools, like Asana, Basecamp, Trello and Slack.
You could also get certified in project management to prove to employers that this is something you’re taking seriously. Definitely can’t hurt!
So there you have it. A complete list of the top legit work-from-home jobs.
You may have noticed that I didn’t include anything about paid surveys on here. That’s because I haven’t tried it out myself and don’t fully trust that it’s a legitimate way to make money online. My boyfriend tried it out for a few days and didn’t have any success with it, so, while I’ve heard it can be a way to make a quick buck online, I hesitate to promote it.
In addition to checking out all of the remote-friendly job sites, try to think outside of the box when looking for a remote job.
If you want to find some freelance writing gigs, check out Contently’s freelance database, where freelancers post projects they worked on, along with the rates for those projects.
This can give you an idea of how much to charge; which news outlets or organizations might be on the hunt for writers; and which ones to avoid. The database does tend to be more journalistic focused, but there are other types of writing opportunities on there, as well.
Also, give some thought to the types of companies and industries that are more likely to be thriving (and hiring) right now. For example, food and alcoholic delivery are doing incredibly well right now, given that the majority of the U.S. (and world) is under lockdown. The same goes for remote learning and education. Travel and apparel on the other hand…not so much.
You might also want to check out this spreadsheet of over 100 companies that were hiring remotely as of February 2020 (if nothing else, it can give you a list of some companies that hire remote workers). And take a look at this roundup of the best remote companies to work for.
Sending Cold Emails
Also don’t be afraid to reach out to companies directly with a cold email–just make sure that you make it clear in the email how you can provide value.
For example, if you’re offering your web design services, you could (tactfully) mention one design element on their website that isn’t working and how you could help. Or pay them a compliment! Tell them how much you admire what they’re doing and why.
On to You
Now, my dear readers, we’re reaching the end of this blog post. I know it was long, but hopefully it’s been worth your while and you at least have an idea of the type of work-from-home job that you want to pursue…and how to go after it.
One last word of advice: Never let anyone try to pay you less than you deserve just because you’re working remotely! If anything, companies should pay you more than your in-office counterparts–after all, they have no overhead expenses to worry about.
Go for it! You got this.
Got any work-from-home jobs to add to this list? Would love to hear them! Share in the comments below.