This post is a general overview of several ways to work from home. However, these are not the only options. Be sure to check the right sidebar under the heading “Blog Post Categories” for several other ideas.
8 Legit Ways to Work From Home
#1 – Search Engine Evaluation
This is a non-phone job that you can do from home that pays pretty well. You’ll earn anywhere between $13.50 and $15 per hour for search engine evaluation depending on who you are doing it for. There are at least six companies that hire for work at home search engine evaluation.
You do not have to have a college education or any experience doing this type of work to get hired. You must simply take and pass a fairly long, complicated test. Don’t worry, they do give you guidelines to read over and plenty of time to study.
If you need a better understanding of what you do, this post explains search engine evaluation pretty thoroughly.
#2 – Phone Jobs
One of the most popular ways to work from home are phone jobs. Not everyone can take on the phone work from home, but the pay is often good if you can! Most of these jobs require a landline, high-speed internet, up to date PC, and a headset. You also must be able to provide a quiet background, so doing phone work may not be ideal if you have small children or loud pets at home with you most of the time.
The work generally involves customer service — helping people with their accounts, technical problems, and occasionally sales. The work will vary depending on the company.
One thing to keep in mind is that you might have to submit to a background and/or credit check before being hired. If a background check is done, you might have to pay for it and not all companies will reimburse you that expense. But the work at home world is full of these opportunities. There are also a few that do not mind background noise (InteliChek and Pierce Eislen).
#3 – Freelance Writing
You can absolutely make a decent amount of money writing from home and you do not even have to be a professional to get started. I have a long list of writing sites to consider, and many of them will hire you without prior writing experience.
Freelance writing is a field that you can really grow in. Smaller paying jobs can eventually lead to higher paying jobs as you gain experience and get better and better. You will undoubtedly earn the most money if you go into business for yourself as a writer and seek out high-paying clients. But “practicing” on content sites like I have linked above is common, and many writers do this for supplemental income.
#4 – Transcription
Transcription involves listening to an audio file and then typing what you hear. It’s not as easy you think — you have to have a good ear and be able to pay close attention to detail. The work typically falls into three categories — medical transcription, legal, and general transcription.
Most of the medical and legal transcription work require training before you can get a job since there is so much medical terminology and legal jargon involved that newbies may not know. However, it’s possible to get in on general transcription without any past experience in some cases.
TranscribeAnywhere does offer some great general transcription training if you’d like to know what you’re doing before you go out seeking work.
#5 – Virtual Assisting
Virtual assisting is one of the more attractive ways to work from home because the work is so versatile. You can really put your own individual talents and skills to to good use here and earn money for what you’re best at.
The work pretty much involves whatever your client needs. You could be doing data entry, writing, making calls, answering messages, or managing multiple social networks. The sky is really the limit. If this sounds interesting to you, read the post I did recently on popular virtual assistant jobs.
You can also consider going into business for yourself as a virtual assistant.
#6 – Tutoring & Scoring
If you have a college degree or a teaching degree, tutoring to help students with their studies virtually is an idea. Tutoring work pays anywhere from $8 to $12 an hour and it can be very rewarding. ‘
If you have a teaching degree, you might also be able to get a job doing some work at home test scoring for different companies like Pearson and ETS.
There are also some ESL tutoring jobs like Cambly that you can get with no teaching degree. The primary requirement is that English is your first language and you must be able to effectively teach it to non-native English speakers.
I made a list of many work at home educational opportunities, which includes companies that are hiring in the above-mentioned categories. I also have online tutoring jobs listed if you’re looking specifically for that.
#7 – Flexible Work Outside the Home
Although this is technically not home based work, it’s still an idea.
Many people who look for ways to work from home are doing so because they need the flexible hours — not because they actually have to do the work at home. Courthouse Research and Product Merchandising are two fields you can get into that basically allow you to work whatever hours you want.
Courthouse Research involves visiting courthouses and pulling public records. Then, you submit the records to the companies you are working for. Merchandising work involves visiting different places of business and setting up displays, stocking inventory, and ordering items that have run out.
Mystery shopping is another field you might want to consider getting into, although in most cases I believe it’s just good for extra cash.
#8 – Extra Cash Ideas
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