I’ve done so many things over the years to make money from home and some stand out in my mind more than others. Today I figured I would share some of the best work at home jobs I’ve ever had and invite you to do the same (if you’ve ever had a work at home job).
Unfortunately most of the things I’m about to list are not really options anymore. If they were, I’d probably still be spending time on some of them. Here’s my list (this is in chronological order too by the way):
ChaCha used to be both lucrative and fun and it was the first thing I ever did that made me any “real” money from home. I remember a time when I could easily clear $9 or more dollars an hour working as a guide, answering the mostly silly although occasionally serious questions people would text in. And getting my pay was as easy as hitting the “Pay Me” button anytime I wanted to. While ChaCha is still there to do, it’s barely possible to make $1 an hour working. Such a shame, and I do hope that that turns around one day. It was fun work.
I’ve done freelance writing for many different content sites over the last few years, and wiseGEEK was by far my favorite. There were always plenty of interesting titles to choose from in their title pool and you got the same editor every time so it wasn’t difficult to learn to write according to their preferences, which meant almost no rewrite requests. I know many people would scoff at the pay, but I got fast enough that I could easily crank out three articles an hour. This usually meant that I was making more than $30 an hour. Also, you could get paid multiple times in a week via Paypal.
While wiseGEEK does still exist, they are not hiring freelance writers at this time and I’m not sure when they will again. They felt the effects of the infamous Panda update and things haven’t been the same there since.
Titling for Demand
Doing titling for Demand Media is probably the closest I’ve ever come to pushing a button and getting paid for it. As a part of the title quality assurance team, all that was expected of me was to determine if the titles that came through should be accepted as is, edited, or rejected. I got fast and it became very easy for me to simply glance at a title, make my selection, and go on to the next title in just a few seconds. Sometimes I was making over $20 an hour doing this and I got paid twice a week with Paypal.
The way Demand handled things when this good thing came to an end still leaves me with a sick feeling. There were so many of us who were terminated from this position with no warning at all But there’s no denying that it was one of the easiest and best paying work at home jobs I’ve done so far.
I love my job as a virtual assistant for Fancy Hands because it’s flexible work and I never know what I might be doing. Calling to check on someone’s dry cleaning, researching hotel rates, or even something as simple as adding events to a person’s online calendar. I have almost no complaints with this job and I believe they are still hiring if this sounds like something you would want in on. It’s task-based work that you can do any hour of the day or night provided the work is there. Lately they have had a lot of work available but I’ve also seen the work dry up, so be sure to have something else you can do on the backburner.
Data Entry for GAO
This is something I am currently doing and my non-disclosure agreement that I signed prevents me from saying much about it. I will say that I had to wait an entire year to get this job. Some people have had to wait even longer than that. The work is seasonal and the pay is fair for what you do. There are a few times a year when you can test to get on the waiting list. If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll know when that happens because I try to alert everyone there when they can test.
What was once just a hobby for me has, over the last few years, turned into a hobby that I actually earn some money from. Blogging is very much like running my own business because I own the blogs I run. However, blog earnings (or at least my blog earnings) are rather unpredictable. I always want to have another work at home job (or two) to bring in additional income just in case.
So that is my list I would love if you’d share, too. What is the best work at home job (or jobs) you’ve ever had?