When people think about working at home, they often conjure up images of sitting all day in front of a computer. The reality is that while a computer might be part of the job, many work-at-home jobs aren’t done completely online. Some might require answering or making phone calls. Others might require making deliveries or seeing clients outside the home.
With that said, there are many work-at-home jobs that can be done 100% from your computer using the Internet. There are even some jobs you can do from your smartphone or tablet. Here’s a list of online work from home job ideas:
If you like to watch television or videos, and you can type quickly and accurately, captioning work might be fore you. The verbatim words spoken by people on TV that are provided for the hearing impaired or as transcripts are created by captionists. Here are a few places that hire home-based captionists.
Chat agents provide customer service and support through online chat. If you can type quickly and accurately, online chat is a great way to do customer service without having to use a phone.
If you’re experienced at offering office support services, you might consider an online clerical job. Often called virtual assistant, clerical jobs can involve many different duties including transcription (see below) and data entry (see below), virtual receptionist, and more.
1-888 Type It Up
24/7 Virtual Assistants
People Per Hour
Team Double Click
Virtual Office Temps
Worldwide Office Support
Your Virtual Assistant
Many people seek data entry work because they don’t think it requires much skill and it’s easy. The thruth is that most data entry jobs want some experience and often you need knowledge of the industry. With that said, there are entry-level work at home data entry jobs. Here’s a few places you can check:
Axion Data Services
Birch Creek Communications
Cass Information Systems (Data Verification Clerk – hires locally)
Mechanical Turk (Crowdsourced micorwork. Check out other microwork sites for data entry work.)
Microwork is a great work-at-home option if you like to hand-pick the tasks you do and would like a lot of flexibility. Microwork jobs vary from research and writing, to social media posting, data entry, transcription and much, much more. Here are some companies you can find microwork tasking projects at:
Amazon Mechanical Turk
EasyShift (mobile phone)
If you’re interested in the legal process and want to get paid to help lawyers be their best in court, you can get paid to be a mock juror. A mock juror isn’t part of a real jury, but instead someone who offers a testing ground for an attorney preparing a court case. Some mock juror work takes place in actual courtrooms, but more and more, with the use of audio, video and text, mock jurors can review court information online and then answer questions for the attorney. Here’s a few places you can check out for online mock juror jobs.
If you enjoy participating in discussion groups and forums, an online moderator job might be right up your alley. Online moderators stimulate discussion and keep the piece in online groups. They might also offer customer support and other helpful content.
If you enjoy tweeting and sharing, and you understand how businesses can use social media to attract and engage with its target marketing, you can get paid to be a social media manager. Social media managers work with clients to develop social media strategies based on the client’s goals, set up accounts, post graphics and other content, encourage involvement by followers, provide customer support, analyze results, and stay on top of effective social media marketing trends.
You can search job databases for work as a social media manager such as:
Or you can start your own social media manager business, in which case you have more control over the work and what you get paid. Read Start A Social Media Management Business to learn more.
I don’t believe you can make a living doing surveys, but you can get mad money and free stuff. To earn the most, you should join multiple survey programs.
In the past, home-based tutors or teachers needed to visit with their students in-person, but now, with VoIP and video, most are able to provide instruction through Skype or other video conferencing platforms.
Aim For A Tutoring
Connections Academy ( Look for jobs that say “home based”)
ECOT (Substitute Teachers)
Kaplan (enter “virtual” in the search box)
Pearson Educational Assessment (at home scorers)
University of California, Berkeley Online Extension
Similar to data entry, many people seek typing jobs hoping to sign up and get paid to type. While there are jobs that pay for typing, in most cases you’ll need skill and/or experience to get hired. Many transcription jobs require that you take a typing test that shows the speed and accuracy of your typing. Here’s a list of transcription job resources:
3 Play Media
American High Tech Transcription
Web Tester/Search Evaluator
Similar to mystery shopping, web and app testers visit and use websites or apps and give feedback on the ease of use. Web and app testers can make $5 to $15 per test. Search engines also hire people to test and evaluate the quality of results they return. Here’s a list of places that hire web and search testers.
Appen (social media evaluators)
A Try Box – (apps)
Ferpection (websites and apps)
Google (search “Ad Quality Rater”)
LeapForce (search engine evaluator)
Lionbridge (Ads assessor)
Test Birds (websites and apps)
Test Fairy (mobile apps)
Testing Time (digital products)
Try My UI (websites and apps)
Usability Hub (short usability tests)
User Feel (websites and apps)
Userlytics (website, apps and more)
UserTesting.com (websites and apps)
User Zoom (websites)
What Users Do (websites)
Note that many of these companies hire world wide.
There are many ways to make money online writing including freelance article or content writing, copy writing, ghost writing, and more. Here are a few places that hire writers. Also check out MediaBistro, Problogger.net, and WritersWeekly.com for more writing jobs.
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Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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