Whether you’re looking for a way to escape your 8-to-5 cubicle job, or need extra work to pay for school, debt, medical expenses, and other financial responsibilities, working from home can be a solution you won’t ever regret.
Legit work-at-home jobs used to be so hard to find, since majority of the ads posted online involved scams of varying degrees. Today, scam jobs are easier to spot when compared to the number of real opportunities available.
If you’re new to the work-from-home world and want to discover what kind of career opportunities you can switch to, we’ve compiled this massive list of ways to legitimately work from home. Note that this list only includes jobs that we believe could easily let you earn a substantial income.
1) Data entry – Data entry involves scraping information from one source and transferring them into a new source. Pay for these jobs are either by project or per entry completed. Rates can be on the low side, but considering how many data entry jobs are available without any educational/skill requirement, it’s a great way to start a work-from-home career. Here are 12 companies offering real data entry jobs.
2) Virtual Assistant – A VA (virtual assistant) is the modern-day secretary. Tasks include answering phone calls, responding to e-mails, organizing tasks, and more. General VAs earn somewhere from $4 to $10/hour, while those with specialized skill (such as marketing or programming) earn higher. Want to learn how to be the Jack-of-all-trade VA? Read my guide to virtual assistance here.
3) Transcription – If turning audio (like interviews) into text is something you’d be great at, check out these 10 online transcription companies that pay. Note that bilingual jobs should be priced higher than English transcriptions.
4) Web research – Research is highly lucrative because most companies have no time to go through the nitty-gritty of compiling thousands of local business e-mail addresses or mining a list of cosmetologists within a specific state. You can find one-off projects like these on Upwork.com, or if you’re lucky
5) Translation – If you’re bilingual and would want to use your skill for a new career, provide translation services whenever possible. There’s plenty of work to be discovered online, whether you’re fluent in French, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, or any other language. Note that you may price your service higher when translating legal documents, medical transcripts and other technical texts beyond the scope of regular folk’s expertise.
6) Customer Service – Customer service jobs are one of the first legit opportunities available online. Today, even giant companies like Amazon and TeleTech offer entry-level positions with benefits. Pay ranges from $8 to $25 per hour, depending on experience levels. Many of the customer service jobs are phone-based, which means you’d need a working landline and phone service on top of a desktop/laptop and other devices.
In some cases, chat-based support may only require a computer, high-speed internet and acceptable typing speed. If you’re a part of the technical support team of a company’s products and services, your responsibilities may slightly vary. Other jobs that may fall under customer service include home-based travel agent, helpdesk, sales agents, and more.
7) Blogging – There are two ways to get started with blogging. Either get hired by someone and begin blogging away on the client’s website, or start your own blog and monetize it. Of course, the first option is better if you need money more quickly since blogging from scratch won’t make you rich overnight. If the blog owner pays you for the posts you publish, you’ll receive a nice paycheck at the end of each month.
8) Copywriting – If you’ve got flair for words, copywriting should be your go-to specialization. Copywriting is one of the most expensive types of writing, with the most in-demand writers bagging $.20cent to $1 per word projects easily. Marketing copy for websites, email campaigns, landing pages, etc. are often sought out by companies. Freelance is the way to go – so copywriters can juggle multiple clients at a time and earn the biggest chunk of commissions.
9) Web content writing – Writing for the web is similar to blogging, except copyright of all the content you craft such as ebooks, manuals, articles, magazine features, technical writing, blog posts, and other texts will be passed on to the client. Depending on the job agreement, a web content writing position may be paid on a per-word basis, weekly or monthly. It is rare to find writing jobs with hourly rates.
10) Editing/Proofreading – Those with exceptional grammar and writing skills will have a great chance at succeeding as a freelance editor. As a rule of thumb, rates of proofreaders/editors should be at least double the rate of web content writers. This job isn’t for the faint of heart though, since deadlines and other demands of the job can be brutal.
11) Academic Writing – Writing academic papers has been a booming business for years, even if the whole idea of writing essays or papers for lazy students who are willing to pay ghostwriters has been debated since the start of these websites. Essaywriters.net, for example, lets you pick a topic you wish from the database, let you work on the essay, and get paid upon approval.
12) Resume/Cover Letter Writing – Writing resumes and cover letters require very specific rules and styles. If you’re skilled at making resumes look impressive to the eyes of an HR personnel, then you can try your luck at this writing subsector. You can join a company like Resume Writers so you skip marketing and go straight to writing, or market your own writing service on a platform like Fiverr.
13) News Writing – If you know the who’s, what’s, where’s, when’s, why’s and how’s of stories you read day in, day out, your journalistic talent may be trying to get out. You can either write news for a single blog, or a news network site. Either way, payment will mostly be done on a weekly or monthly basis. You can also try to apply to SmartBrief and summarize news stories in exchange for $14/hour pay.
14) Email Marketing Specialist – If you have experience with internet marketing and a proven track record with successful copywriting, this career path would be perfect for you. Not only does it offer up to $50/hour pay, it also introduces you to an entire group of internet marketing clients, who will more than likely keep you busy for years once you’ve proven your copy to work wonders.
15) eBook Writing – The cool thing about writing an eBook in this day and age is that there are endless tools to make it a breeze. As a writer, offering an eBook package to your clients allows you to focus on one topic at a time and serve as a break from demanding deadlines. If you know someone who could help with eBook cover design as well, then best to pair up for the service package. In the long run, you can even write your own eBook, market it yourself, and keep 100% profit of your passive-income generating eBook.
16) Online Dating Ghostwriting – Yes, you read that right. If you’re a natural flirt with a strong romance game going on, why not help other people get their love lives started? This type of ghostwriting is kind of underground and in the gray area when it comes to ethical writing, but has existed for years on popular online dating sites like Match.com and Bumble. You’ll even find some help-wanted job ads for ghostwriter on Tinder.
17) Legal Writer – Those who have a law education or experience in a legal profession would find home in any of these 10 websites that provide legal writing jobs. Some projects include estate planning, consulting, writing legal content for sites, white papers, and more.
18) Fiction writing – Love making up stories of gore, horror, romance, sci-fi, or adventure? You’ll have to work on your math to build up an actual income, but since there are over 20 sites that accept submissions of fiction and short stories, you’re bound to make the cut as long as you got the goods.
19) Online Teaching – Teaching has been a part of the online employment space for years. Professional licensed teachers, or even just passionate people who love to share what they know to others has plenty of opportunities available online. You can either make money by blogging about what you know, or find an online teaching company that often serves as the middleman for students and fellow teachers like you. These companies charge by the hour… sometimes as little as $5/hour, or as high as $25/hour.
20) Homework Tutoring – You don’t have to visit houses for tutoring gigs anymore. Today, you simply need to apply and log-in to sites like Homeworktutoring.com and get paid for helping students with math, English, physics, economics, chemistry, biology and other subjects. Generally, tutors don’t need teaching qualifications to land a job, but rates could go higher for licensed educators.
21) ESL teaching – Millions of people around the world are interested in learning how to speak English properly to advance their careers or just to learn a second language. Anyone can become an ESL teacher with these ESL companies and earn by the hour.
22) Writing lesson plans – Dozens of teachers have successfully turned this into a lucrative business. It may sound sketchy, but teachers only sell lessons plans to fellow teachers, who in turn, spend less time preparing class lessons during their down time.
23) Test Scorer – If you’re interested in a seasonal, part-time job, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) opens up slots for online test scorers for tests like TOEFL, GRE, and more.
24) Online Fitness Coach – There’s a growing community of online fitness coaches who are making videos of exercises and fitness programs. You can do this by creating an exercise and diet plan in exchange for a one-off fee.
Graphics & Design
25) Draw Cartoons and Caricatures – Many artists are selling customized work online. Whether you’re good at caricatures or crafting unique cartoon characters, there’s a special niche you can choose for your drawing business. A great place to showcase your work is on DeviantArt or Fiverr.
26) Supply Companies Digital Flyers and Posters – Companies now understand that artists can be hired on a telecommute basis and still retain the requirements of the job. If you’re a pro at Photoshop and graphic design, you’ll have a lucrative career creating flyers and posters for companies.
27) Work-from-home Web designer – There’s a special skill in designing a website with proper layout that caters to efficient user experience. The outlook of web designing continues to be high with 27% growth rate until 2024. You can earn up to $65,000/year with this career and there are tons of work-from-home opportunities available.
28) Infographic and Banner Ad Designer – The need for engaging content on websites and social media has increased the need for infographics and banner ads. A graphics design artist with years of web design experience can easily cater to clients with these projects on top of his/her career or business. The great thing is you can do this freelance, or employ with a web design firm.
29) Become a T-shirt Designer – Love designing quirky and interesting t-shirts? You can turn this passion into profit by joining print-on-demand websites. You won’t have a fixed income, but if your designs become popular, you can definitely earn huge in this business and even turn all past designs into a passive income-generating machine.
30) Logo designer – Logos remain an important part of branding in any company; logos are now needed on websites, blogs, apps, printed materials, and so on. So if you have vector skills, this career route should be one of your priorities. Logo designers on Fiverr earn somewhere from as little as $10 to a whopping $1,000 per job, so the income you make depends largely on your skills and how well you market yourself.
31) Illustrations – From sketches to children’s book drawings, anime or black and white portraits, you can sell your artwork online no matter what drawing style you’re good at. Some even make a living creating maps of imaginary worlds, or a customized adult coloring book. You’ll need to master the popular tools like Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and more, but once you do, your earning potential is endless since there’s a market for every kind of artwork online.
32) Freelance Photographer – You don’t need to work a desk job as a photographer to earn a great income. As a freelance photographer, you can take your camera and laptop anywhere and still be able to produce stunning work. What’s great about this career is that almost any industry requires professionally-taken photos. For instance, Obeo hires photographers to take pictures of homes on the real estate market.
33) eBook Designer – eBooks are here to stay, which makes ebook designing a suitable career for those with internet marketing, publishing and graphics design experience. This job doesn’t just involve creating a head-turning cover, it also requires designers to format the book with proper layout (Table of contents, call-to-action buttons, and more). Adobe InDesign or other specialized software should be used. A single eBook can churn out as little as $100 or high as $1,000.
34) Sell Calligraphy – If you’ve mastered the art of calligraphy and is obsesses with Pinstagram-worthy artwork, you can turn this hobby into a full-pledged income-generating career. There are several ways to do this, but selling calligraphy on Etsy proves to be the most effective.
35) Create Greeting cards – Love inspirational quotes and heart-warming greeting card designs? The paper card version may not be as popular today, but the virtual kind continues to be a favorite all over the world. There are over 30 companies that would love to hire a card designer with a fresh take on happy birthday or Valentine’s Day cards, so make sure to check them out.
Audio and Video
36) Create Whiteboard videos – Explainer videos have become a popular way for companies to “explain” products, services, finances, and other topics that may have been hard to communicate otherwise. It showcases information in easy-on-the-eyes animation. There’s a huge income potential for this niche and there’s very little competition right now.
37) Become a Voice-over talent – Do you have what it makes to become the next James Earl Jones or Morgan Freeman? Were you born with an amazing voice that fits ads and other videos perfectly? You can provide voice-over work as a freelancer on Fiverr, or join a group of voice-over talent on companies like Voices.com or InternetJock.com and earn as much as 35% commissions on every job.
38) Work-from-Home as a Closed Captioner – Closed-captioning originated in the broadcasting industry, wherein texts are placed at the bottom of the screen and shows viewers the exact words people are saying on screen. Today, it’s available in YouTube and most video content, so the closed-captioning industry has become a thing of its own. You can apply with several companies offering full-time closed-captioning work with pay ranging from $10 to up to $75/hour.
39) Join a Video Production Company – If you have experience in video production, you can find telecommute or work-from-home jobs that cater to the production of videos from start to finish. From freelance motion graphics artist to post-production editing, there are tons of available opportunities to choose from. Hourly rates vary, depending on your experience, skill and job description.
40) Create Animated Videos – Creating short animated logos, banners and videos could earn you from $50 to $500 a pop. If you’re good at 3D animation, this can add up pretty quick and give you a substantial monthly income. Fiverr and Upwork have tons of gigs available for animated video work, so make sure to check out what’s available. Better yet, build a website for your portfolio, so you could market your animated video work more effectively.
41) Write Lyrics for Ads and other types of Videos – Poets and those with a flair for lyrics can have a career in video production. Marketing companies regularly hire people to write music lyrics for ads, and other types of content. You can even write lyrics for a client’s romantic engagement plans, or have it in Spanish, Hebrew, or any other language. Rates for lyrics range from $20 to $500.
42) Create a Jingle – Creating jingles have been a popular side gig for musicians for decades, but the advent of YouTube and online marketing has refreshed its popularity and it seems to be a growing sub-niche in video production. Whether you’re using a ukulele or any other instrument with your jingle, or just your voice in English, Spanish, or another language, you’d find that each custom, 30-second jingle can earn you anywhere from $30 to $200. Not bad for a day of hard work, right?
43) Sing or Rap for Videos – If you’re not fond of jingles, but has the voice chops for a brandable song, you can always sing or rap for cash. As long as you have a home studio set-up and an amazing voice to boot, you can advertise your skills and earn up to $500 per song. To give you a perspective on the income potential as an online singer, there’s a popular opera singer on Fiverr who earns $1,000 for every 1-minute song produced.
44) Produce Sound Effects for Videos – Audio engineers can make a killing online earning from sound effect work. Whether you love making zombie sounds, or adding sound effects for animation, mobile games, apps, podcast, short ads, commercials, corporate videos, there’s always a need for professionally created, royalty-free sound effects. Earn about $10 for every 10-second sound effects and if you’re pretty good, this could add up quickly to a sufficient monthly income.
45) Compose Original Music – Musicians looking to cash in on their guitar or piano skills can compose original music for clients in exchange for cash. The soundtrack can be used for a wide range of industries, and included in YouTube promos, TV ads, presentations, trailers, branding, and more. Depending on the genre of music you could provide, rates can be as basic as $100 a pop, or up to $1000 for corporate jobs.
Tech: Web, Mobile & Software Development
46) Search Engine Evaluator – Help Google, Bing, and other companies ensure that their search engines are working effectively. You can earn up to $15/hour by testing web search inquiries of its relevancy, sending reports to the company, and cashing in monthly. Google is the biggest employer of these kinds of jobs, but there are several legit companies that hire search engine evaluators regularly as well.
47) Game Developer – Game development has had its peak at the height of the Android and iOs boom, but it continues to be a lucrative career option if you have experience in the field. Whether you’re expertise is in the development of online games or games for consoles like PS4 or Xbox, the need for skilled game developers are at an all-time high. As a home-based game developer, you can earn up to $65,000/year (or more), depending on the company you apply to.
48) Mobile App Developer – There are tons of success stories of mobile app developers who have hit it big and sold their apps for millions of dollars. But if you’re just starting out and want a more stable income, you can check out Android Jobs or Core Intuition (for iOs/Mac) for mobile app development jobs with an hourly rate or project-based fee. There’s always space for more apps in the world of smartphones and mobile gadgets, so the outlook for this career path remains positive even after 2017.
49) Software Programmer – The number of software programmers working from home full-time has been growing 11.5% each year in the last 10 years and this number won’t be going down any day. If you’re one of the thousands of skilled programmers thinking of transitioning into a home-based position, there are always opportunities available for experienced software programmers. An average of $70,000 can be earned, but this income can go lower or higher depending on experience and expertise.
50) Quality Assurance Tester – Those with comprehensive experience in software development can transition into QA testing. The pay is much lower, about $10 to $15/hour, but you get to work totally from the comfort of your own home 40 hours a week. Crossover, for example, has a continuous need for QA testers from around the world.
51) Helpdesk Support – If you have technical knowledge in mobile phones, networking, software, apps, and other common tech issues, you’d be amazed by the number of helpdesk opportunities available for you. Chat-based support often receives less per-hour rates compared to phone-based support, so if you have a landline and fast internet and aren’t bothered by phone jobs, then choose from any of these 7 legit companies offering home-based helpdesk support jobs.
52) Technical Writer – For those who are lucky to have a knack of writing technical material, such as programming tutorials, there’s a very special place for you in the online world. It’s rare to find people with both exceptional writing skills and tech knowhow, which is why technical writers earn anywhere from $30 to $75/hour rate, plus more if you decide to do consulting as well.
54) IT Project Manager – With many virtual offices being put up, even managerial positions can be done from home. Such as the case of IT project managers, whose main job is to oversee tasks of a work-from-home team from start to finish. Much like its office-based counterpart, IT project managers communicate with the team, end users and customers throughout the duration of a project. Earning potential is lower than $100,000 a year.
55) System Administrator – Remote technologies have given sysadmins an opportunity to perform their jobs from home. Today, system administrators can develop systems, install, maintain and upgrade computer systems even without being on-site. While the office-based sysadmin can earn about $70,000/year, note that the home-based version usually has lower rates.
Internet Marketing and Social Media
56) Social Media Marketer – Do you know the ins and outs of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media networks? Do you have your own following? Is it easy for you to communicate on social media? If so, there are tons of companies who would be lining up to hire you to manage their social media accounts. You can earn as little as $15 an hour, or as high as $30/hour, depending on the company and your level of experience.
57) SEO Specialist – A search engine optimization specialist or expert wears many hats, but the job’s ultimate goal is to optimizing content and webpages for Google Search. It’s a type of career that can only be performed through extensive experience, since no amount of certifications or degrees could compare to A/B testing and proven track records. If you have what it takes to increase rankings of web pages, you can earn from $35/hour to up to $200/hour.
58) Internet Marketer – Internet marketing professionals has a flair for advertising products, services, or events online. Their job encompasses SEO, SEM (search engine marketing), target market research, e-mail marketing, content strategy, keyword research, webpage banner ads, and more. Depending on your experience, you can earn up to $1,000 a month per client.
59) PPC Consultant – Online businesses rely on ads to attract more customers and spread word about their products or services. But placing ads isn’t as simple. A PPC consultant helps manage paid ad campaigns and decide which network (Google/Bing/etc.) is best to post an ad, at what time, and directed at which type of audience. Setting up an ad campaign can earn a PPC consultant $1k up to $5k, then a monthly fee of $300 (or more) for continuous management.
60) Lead Generation Specialist – Lead generation specialists help companies discover and collection information of potential customers who have higher chances of buying the products. Because customers are the number 1 driving force of businesses, leads to buying customers are priceless. As such, lead generation specialists can earn $3,500/month per client. And if you go the freelance route and take in more clients, the earning potential is limitless.
61) E-mail Campaign Copywriter – Newsletters and email campaigns require a special kind of writing skill because it involves keyword and market research, strategically-placed call-to-action buttons, and a bit of psychology that would encourage readers to join, buy, or perform any other goal. Depending on what works best for you, you can set an hourly rate of $35 to $50/hour, or a one-off fee ranging from $200 to $1000 for the entire campaign.
62) E-mail Marketing Expert – This internet marketing professional is the go-to guy in everything involved in creating effective marketing strategies and proper distribution techniques of email newsletters. The e-mail marketing expert uses statistical analyses and social media cues to increase sales. The average pay range of this career is about $50,000.
63) Affiliate Marketing Executive – If you’ve been in the make-money-online space for years, you know exactly what affiliate marketing is and how it works. Those with proven track results of growing revenue via affiliate marketing will have the opportunity to earn up to $80,000/year, plus commissions depending on the deal you made with your clients.
64) Social Media Influencer – Marketing agencies are always on the lookout for big names in social media. If you have a huge following and can “influence” this audience by promoting products and services, you can turn your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media accounts into a money-making portfolio. Generally, social media influencers are either paid per post or per campaign and the rates are dictated by the amount of followers you have.
65) Google Webmaster – Those who know their way around Google Analytics and can analyze the website data and use this to improve traffic, convert leads, enhance page loads, and ensure that search engines crawl through the web site regularly. A Google webmaster is a very specific job, which means competition is low but qualifications can be grueling. If you’re confident of your skills, you can earn from $10 to $20 an hour working as a Google Webmaster for each client.
66) Social Media Evaluator – Social media evaluators are hired by social media networks (or third-party companies hired by the big social media) to assess certain parts of the platform and improve relevancy of the newsfeed for better user experience. In some cases, ad placements, navigational menu, or newest updates on each social media platform are evaluated. There’s no specific requirement to become a social media evaluator, which is both a good thing (no certifications or advanced skills needed) and a bad thing (competition can be tough). Social media evaluators are usually paid $10 to $15 an hour.
Miscellaneous: Odd (but Legit) Jobs
67) Online headhunter or Virtual Recruiter – The cool thing about globalization is that even jobs that have been exclusively performed in the office can now be done from home. As an online headhunter or virtual recruiter, your job is to find skilled talent for a company or client’s specific requirement. While majority of online headhunting positions are commission-based, look further and you’d be able to see opportunities with a base salary of around $47,000/year with commissions. Even Amazon is hiring HR people to work from home.
68) Mortgage-Loan Officer – Banks and other financial institutions have welcomed the potential of generating leads online and have begun hiring virtual mortgage loan officers that work from home. As a loan officer, your main role is to help people get approved for a home loan. And like most opportunities in the financial industry, the income potential is impressive. On top of an average of $60,000 annual income, loan officers may also take home up to 2% commission for every loan closed.
69) Assistant General Counsel – Even attorneys can work from home and earn a substantial income. As an assistant general counsel, your job is to help companies comply with relevant laws and regulations by developing policies and business practices in line with state, federal and international laws. On average, assistant general counsels can make up to $190,000 annually.
70) Problem-Solver or General Researcher – Do you love Googling various information every day? Are you a natural at researching? If so, there’s a sub-niche of online workers whose main goal is to solve problems of clients. On Fiverr alone, online private lessons in this category go from solving a mechanical engineering problem, to answering police questions.
71) Online Counselor – Online counseling is just like the traditional counseling, except your patient won’t have to visit your office. You could just “meet” online instead. Those with counseling experience and educational background can earn from $15 to $25 per hour, while senior-level counselors with over 10 years of experience can even make up to $50/hour. If you don’t have qualifications and still want to become an online counselor, give relationship or life advice, post an ad on Fiverr instead.
72) Nutritionist – Nutritionists with a knack of writing can consult or write features for fitness websites for up to $500 per piece. If you want a more stable income stream, you can provide a service to create customized meal plans with exercise programs and earn about $100/month per client. Those who wish to employ with a company can take home up to $44,000 annually from a work-from-home nutritionist position.
73) Genealogy Researcher – Genealogists (those who study family history or family trees) can work online with flexible hours and enjoy the freedom to take on multiple clients. Those with certifications can earn up to $100/hour, while hobbyist genealogy researchers are paid from $15 to $25/hour or on a per-project basis.
74) Gaming Coach – Are you exceptionally amazing at a particular game? Are you willing to share your well-kept secret on how to move past a popularly-difficult level on Dark Souls 3? Can you create a custom Minecraft world? If you have a specific skill on any game and want to coach someone in exchange for cash, there’s a community of gamers open to welcoming you as a gaming coach any day. You earning, of course, depends on the job you complete.
75) Local Travel Guide – Even travel guides don’t have to be in the field anymore. With the popularity of travel blogging and forums, locals have gone online and provided tourism services to visitors. As a local travel guide, you can be paid by creating a custom itinerary for tourists based on their requirements (kid-friendly, nature trips, beach stop, etc.). Some even go further by creating a budget spreadsheet, or including basic local phrases for the trip.
The Bottom Line
Many people who plan to transition into a work-from-home career do not pursue this route because of the lack of benefits. If this sounds like you, you might want to check the 10 companies offering work-at-home jobs with health insurance. Note that if you go the freelance route with any of these career options listed above, you can always negotiate for benefits (or their equivalent amount) before signing on the dotted line.
Be aware that rates will generally be much lower if you’re not from the United States, UK, or any other first-world countries. This is because employers usually conduct research on local salary rates before offering home-based jobs to potential hires.
This list of legitimate work-from-home jobs can be the start of your journey to financial freedom and obtain work-life balance you can’t achieve in an 8-to-5 job.
Please Give Us a Share
If you found this article useful and you know of someone who is looking for a work at home job, please do us a favor and help us spread the word!
There's only ONE program I really recommend. It helped me turn my 'hobby' into a $10,000+ per month money making machine. Click here for the exact formula I followed.