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Looking for work that doesn’t involve the use of a phone? Many people are — most often because of the “no background noise” requirement most phone jobs come with. Kind of hard to abide by that when you have kids and/or pets running around during the day! Fortunately, you do have lots of options!
Below is a list of almost every non-phone work at home job I’ve reviewed here, with two links for each listing. One link will take you to the review of that company, and the other will take you directly to the page you need to sign up.
I’ve kept each summary brief, but made an effort to include who can apply, pay rate, and how and when these companies pay where that info is available.
Non Phone Jobs
Work at home transferring data from one source to another. Most of these companies do not require past experience, although with few exceptions the pay may not be enough to consider it a stable income. Before you begin applying to any of the companies below (many of which sadly are almost never hiring), you might want to read this post about what data entry involves and what your expectations should be prior to pursuing a career in this industry.
If you are a fast and accurate typist who doesn’t mind repetition, you might excel at data entry.
- Amazon MTurk – Read Review – This is more short task work than an actual job, and may be good for only extra money. Once you are signed in, you can search for “data entry” to see the data entry short tasks that might be posted.
- Cass Information Systems – Data verification and data entry work. This position is location-based. If the position is open, you’ll see it under “Data Verification Clerk.” Training onsite is required before you can do the job from home.
- Clickworker – Read Review – Very similar to Mturk (above). Has data entry sort tasks available on occasion.
- Dion Data – Read Review – US only. Pay is per piece.
- Great American Opportunities – Read Review – US only. Pay is per form completed, between .10 and .15 per form. Get paid weekly via direct deposit.
- Red Vision – Keep tabs on their jobs page for a position called “order entry clerk.” It comes and goes, and it’s work at home data entry.
- The Smart Crowd – Read Review – Open worldwide. Pay is per piece. Payments are made via Dwolla.
- Smart Locating – Sometimes advertising data entry jobs at home on Craigslist. The listings typically say you need to be able to meet in-person first. This company operates from Texas, so you will likely need to be near one of their locations there so you can have a face-to-face interview.
- Xerox – Read Review – It’s not uncommon to find home-based data entry jobs posted on Xerox. Type in “work from home data entry” on their careers page to see these listings. As with so many other data entry jobs, it may be location-based work.
- I also recommend FlexJobs for finding more. You can regularly search legit data entry positions there as new ones come and go frequently. FlexJobs guarantees all their job leads to be scam-free, and it’s the only membership-based jobs site I currently use and trust. Their listings are updated 5-6 times per week, and there is no shortage of listings.
Transcription involves listening to audio files and typing out what you hear. While some types of transcription (such as medical) require training, it is possible to break into general transcription with little to no past experience. Before you start digging through the companies below, you may want to read this post about what general transcription involves and this post about the equipment transcribers use.
If you’re very focused, pay lots of attention to small details, don’t mind repetition, and have impeccable spelling/grammar skills, then you might excel as a work at home transcriber.
- 1-888-Type-It-Up – Read Review – US only, experience preferred, but new transcribers are welcome to apply. Pays $36 to $60 per audio hour. Get paid twice a month with Paypal.
- 3PlayMedia – Read Review – US only. Project-based work equivalent to $10 to $30 hourly. Get paid monthly with direct deposit or mailed check.
- AccuTran Global – Read Review – US and Canada only. Prefers experience. Pay is per word ranging from $0.005/word to $0.0066. Get paid once a month via check or wire transfer.
- Appenscribe – Open worldwide. Pays a few cents or more per line transcribed. Get paid every two weeks with Paypal.
- Babbletype – Read Review – Open worldwide, experience not needed but must pass test. Pays per audio minute, between .40 cents and $1.00 depending on difficulty. Get paid weekly with Paypal.
- Casting Words – Read Review – Open worldwide, experience not needed. Get paid once a week via Paypal.
- Crowdsurf – Read Review – No experience needed. Pay is per short audio file transcribed.
- Daily Transcription – Read Review – Another company willing to accept novice transcribers. You work for them on an “as needed” basis.
- Focus Forward – Read Review – US only, experience needed. Pay is $10 per 15 minutes of sound transcribed, or higher if you are transcribing foreign languages. Get paid bi-monthly with check or direct deposit.
- GMR Transcription – Read Review – US only, no experience needed. Pay rate is not disclosed.
- Literably – Worldwide. No experience needed. You’re transcribing/scoring students reading aloud.
- Net Transcripts – Read Review – US only, experience preferred. Pay info not listed.
- Quicktate – Read Review – US and possibly other countries. Pays between 0.0025 per word and 0.0050 per word. Get paid weekly with Paypal.
- Scribie – Read Review – Open worldwide, no experience needed. Pay is $10 per audio hour. You can withdraw your earnings to Paypal at any time once your work has been reviewed.
- SpeakWrite – Read Review – Open to US and Canada. Experience required. Pay is 1/2 cent per word transcribed. Get paid twice monthly via check or direct deposit.
- Tigerfish – Read Review – Open to US. Experience may not be needed. Pay is per line transcribed. There are very few other details provided.
- Transcribe.com – Read Review – US only. Experience may not be needed. Pay varies. Get paid daily via Paypal.
- TranscribeMe – Read Review – Open worldwide. No experience needed. Pays $20 per audio hour although this may vary depending on the project. Get paid weekly with Paypal.
- Ubiqus – Read Review – May be open worldwide. Experience preferred, but not required. Pay rate not listed. Get paid every two weeks.
- Verbal Ink – Read Review – Pay is per audio hour, experience is preferred.
- Verilogue – Read Review – Open to US and possibly other countries. Pay is $2.80 or more per audio minute.
- Way With Words – Read Review – Open worldwide, rate of pay not provided.
- More transcription companies listed here.
- Afraid you’ll dive into transcription, not really knowing what you’re doing? You can get the Jump-Start Your General Transcription Career eBook on Amazon for just $2.99 for a basic walk through of what general transcription involves, or you can complete general transcription training through the Transcribe Anywhere eCourse (the initial part of this course is free, so you can evaluate it to determine if it’s worth it for you). And if medical transcription is what you’re leaning toward, I recommend CareerStep for training.
Freelance writing is one of the most flexible of the non-phone options, and it’s an easy field to break into without any experience at all! This is also an industry that can pay well, especially if you forgo content sites (such as the ones below) and work on finding private clients that will agree to the rates you set. The content sites don’t pay that well, but they can still help you get valuable writing experience and earn a weekly paycheck.
- About.com – Read Review – Pays around $80 or more per article.
- BlogMutt – Read Review – US only. Pay ranges from $8 to $72 per post. Get paid weekly with Paypal.
- Boost Media – Read Review – Open worldwide. Rate of pay varies. Pays via Paypal.
- Buy Keyword Articles – Read Review – US only. Rate of pay varies, but they state most of their writers earn between $10 and $18 hourly. Pay is every two weeks via Paypal.
- CopyPress – Read Review – Open to US, Canada, Australia, and England. Pay is twice monthly via either Paypal or direct deposit.
- Consumer Search – Read Review – Not a lot of info about the writing positions. I don’t know that they’ve had many open in a while.
- Content Divas – Read Review – US only. Rate of pay varies.
- Crawford Media (Metaforce) – This is metadata writing and tagging. They occasionally have projects open. Mostly entry-level, flexible schedule.
- Crowd Content – Read Review – Open to US, UK, Canada, and Australia. Pay ranges from 1.2 cents to 7.6 cents per word. Pay is every second Friday via Paypal provided you’ve reached the $10 cash out threshold.
- Demand Media – Read Review – Open to US and possibly some other countries. Pay is around $15 and up per article. Pays twice a week with Paypal.
- Hire Writers – Read Review – Open to US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, and Australia. Pay rate varies up to $20 per article. Get paid weekly via Paypal.
- How Stuff Works – Read Review – High-pay writing. Very exclusive.
- Love to Know – Read Review – Open to US and possibly other countries. They used to pay around $20 per article, but not sure that is still the case.
- Need An Article – Read Review – Pays $5 to $12 per article. Get paid weekly with Paypal.
- Online Writing Jobs – Read Review – US only. Pays around $15 per article. Payments made weekly via check or Paypal.
- Pure Content – Read Review – Open worldwide. Pay varies depending on the project you’re doing. Get paid monthly with Paypal or direct deposit.
- Scripted – Read Review – May be open worldwide. Pay varies depending on the assignment, but could range between $10 to $25 or more. Get paid weekly via Paypal.
- Skyword – Read Review – May be open worldwide. Some of their assignments pay very well, between $50 and $100. However it can take a long time for editors to review your work in order for you to get paid.
- SmartBrief – Read Review – Open to US. This involves summarizing news stories to go out in industry newsletters. Pay is hourly, around $14.
- Textbroker – Read Review – Open to US and some other countries. Pay depends on your star rating when you apply. Pay ranges between a seventh of a cent per word and five cents per word at the highest level. Pay is weekly via Paypal provided you have at least $10 in your account.
- The Content Authority – Read Review – Open worldwide. Pay is between $.007 per word and .03 cents per word. Get paid weekly via Paypal provided you have at least $25 in your account.
- Words of Worth – Read Review – Open to US, Canada, and possibly other countries. Pay rates are not listed on the website, but it will vary depending on the assignment. Get paid once a month via bank transfer.
- Writer Access – Read Review – US only. Pay rates range between 1.4 cents to 7 cents a word. Get paid weekly if you opt for direct deposit payments, or bi-monthly if you opt for Paypal payments.
- Writer’s Domain – Read Review – Open to US and possibly other countries. Earn between $15 and $17.50 per article. Get paid monthly via Paypal or anytime once you have $100 in your account.
- Zen Content – Read Review – This is project-based work. The company is legit and they do pay, but having work available all the time is not a sure thing.
- More writing sites listed here.
- If you’re serious about starting a freelance writing business and would prefer to avoid the lower-paying content sites I listed above, I recommend 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success. This is an inexpensive eCourse created by someone who began earning $4K per month as a freelance writer in just six months. It’s worth a look if you’d prefer to work for yourself, find private clients, set your own rates.
Editing and proofreading are flexible, non-phone jobs that are often home-based. You might make a great editor if you have excellent grammar/spelling skills, can read/scan documents quickly, and you can spot mistakes in text that others miss.
- Book in a Box – Project-based editing work. Typically pays $3,000 per project.
- Cactus – They offer highly specialized freelance editing work regularly.
- Domainite – Has an editing/proofreading position available most of the time.
- Gramlee – Has occasional openings for remote proofreaders/editors.
- Kibin – They do not always have openings for work at home proofreaders, but you can fill out their form to get notified when they do.
- Scribendi – Read Review – Open to US and other countries. Rate of pay not listed, but will depend on word count and turnaround time. Pay is via Paypal.
- Go here for more companies that hire work at home editors.
- Many of my readers have started proofreading from their iPads, scanning legal documents for court reporters as a result of the Proofread Anywhere eCourse I recommend. You can read some of their testimonials in the comments on this post. They offer a 7-day intro course free so you can decide if that line of work is right for you before you pursue the training.
You’ve probably noticed that most companies nowadays offer ways to for their customers to contact them instantly via live chat support. Many of these chat support agents do work from home. Below is a list of the companies I’ve reviewed on this site that have occasion openings for work at home chat agents.
You might make a great chat agent if you’re a multi-tasking pro, very computer literate, have great customer service skills and/or past customer service experience, and you can type quickly.
- Apple – Read Review – Open to US. Pay rate not listed, but it’s rumored to be in the teens.
- Needle – Read Review – Open to US and possibly other countries. Note this company used to pay you in cash, but now they are points only, although you can redeem your points for Visa gift cards. Extra money only.
- Operator – Read Review – Help people shop via chat. Pays a “competitive weekly commission” according to Operator.
- You can find more companies occasionally hiring work at home chat agents here.
Email Support Jobs
As you know, many people opt to contact companies via email rather than by chat or phone. Because of this, some companies do hire for work at home email support. These jobs are a little hard to find, I come across very few when I’m researching work at home job leads. You can read this blog post for everything I’ve been able to find about these jobs. The eBook, Earn $1,000 Per Month Answering Emails For Others, also has some interesting information from someone who created her own job doing this.
Online Academic Tutoring
Another popular (mostly) non-phone job is online academic tutoring. This is often done via chat over the computer rather than by phone, but different companies will handle the communication in different ways, so you may want to double-check how you’re communicating with the students prior to applying.
You might make a great tutor if you’re patient, good at explaining academic concepts, friendly, and you have past experience tutoring/teaching.
- Brainfuse – Read Review – Open to US, not sure about other countries. Pay is around $10 per tutoring session. Get paid every month via direct deposit.
- PrepNow – Read Review – Open to US. Pays $15 or more per hour.
- Reasoning Mind – Read Review – Work from anywhere, but must be authorized to work in the US. Pay is dependent on time of year, but ranges from $11 to $15 hourly. This job is not always posted.
- Smarthinking – Read Review – Open to US and other countries, but you must have a US bank account regardless of where you live. Pays $10 and up per hour. Get paid twice a month via check or direct deposit.
- Tutor.com – Read Review – Open to US and Canada. Pay is between $9 and $13 hourly during tutoring sessions.
- There are more companies that hire online tutors listed here.
Academic Test Scoring
Another flexible non-phone option in the educational field is test scoring. There are a few reputable companies that do hire home-based workers to score everything from standardized tests to essays. Before you apply, you should know that ETS and Pearson (listed below) do require that you have certain qualifications and/or past teaching experience before they’ll let you become a scorer. WriteScore on the other hand requires just a two-year college degree.
- ETS – Read Review – Open to US and occasionally other countries. Pay may be between $10 and $20 hourly depending on the project. Payments are made twice monthly.
- Measurement, Inc. – Read Review – Open to US. Pay may be around $11 hourly.
- Pearson – Read Review – Open to US and people authorized to work in the US. Pay is $10 and more per hour. Get paid via direct deposit.
- WriteScore – Read Review – Open to US only. It’s possible to earn between $8 and $15 hourly depending on your speed.
- There are a few more companies that hire remote test scorers here.
Social Media Moderators & Managers
Social media managers and moderators are in charge of managing forums and social media platforms for businesses and/or people who need the help. You’ll be expected to do things like respond to comments, delete inappropriate comments, lock threads on forums when appropriate, etc.
You might be great at this if you know your way around social media networks and forums, have ever been in an admin position for either your own business pages/accounts or moderated for a forum, and you know how to be helpful and polite, but also firm when a situation calls for it.
- Crisp Thinking – Read Review – Open to US and some other countries. May pay between $10 and $15 hourly for social media moderation work.
- eModeration – Read Review – Open to US and worldwide. Pay rates are not listed, but are said to be competitive. Rumored to be around $15 an hour.
- ICUC – Read Review – Open worldwide. Pay starts out at $10 hourly, but opportunities for advancement and higher pay are available. This company prefers candidates that speak more than one language.
- LiveWorld – Read Review – Open worldwide. Most people start out making between $8 and $10 hourly. The exact amount is dependent on your location. Get paid every two weeks with either a mailed check or direct deposit. Note the job is not always posted on their website.
- Metaverse Mod Squad – Read Review – May possibly be open worldwide. Pay may start at around $8 hourly for moderators. Get paid monthly on the 15th.
- Go here for some more companies that hire work at home moderators, and here for an in-depth blog post about doing social media work from home.
- You can also sign up for Social Media Management School, a very thorough eCourse that will teach you how to do this type of work and also provide training on setting up your own social media management business.
Search Engine Evaluation
Most companies that hire for search engine evaluation have multiple projects available to work on, so the exact work you do might vary. However, search engine evaluation in the traditional sense involves analyzing queries that regular people like you and me might type into Google or Bing search and then determining the best possible results to match up to that query so that users have the best experience possible using a search engine.
You might excel at search engine evaluation if you’re great at internet research, up on pop culture, media, current trends, and you know your way around the computer. You do not necessarily need any past experience to do these jobs, but all of these companies will require you to complete a rather lengthy test prior to accepting you.
- Appen Butler Hill – Read Review – Open worldwide. Pay will vary depending on the job you’re doing for Appen. Search engine evaluators may make around $13 – $15 hourly. They pay monthly via check or direct deposit.
- iSoftStone – Read Review – May be open worldwide. Pay may be around $12 hourly. Get paid once a month with Paypal or direct deposit.
- Leapforce – Read Review – Open worldwide. Pay is about $13.50 hourly. Get paid once a month with check or direct deposit.
- Lionbridge – Read Review – Open worldwide. Pay is around $13 hourly or more. Get paid once a month with direct deposit.
- ZeroChaos – Read Review – Open to US. Pay is about $15 hourly. Get paid weekly via direct deposit.
- You can go here for more listings and search engine evaluation resources.
- To understand more about search engine evaluation and how it works, the eBook Make Money From Home a a Google Rater, is just .99 cents on Amazon with a four and a half star rating out of almost 70 customer reviews.
To avoid any confusion, I want to make it clear first that virtual assistant work is not always non-phone, but it can be. Virtual assistants tend to do a little bit of everything, just depending on their skills/expertise. So if you are good at various non-phone tasks (social media marketing/moderation, writing, graphic design, research etc.), then you may be able to do work for some of the companies below putting those non-phone skills to work. I also want to make clear that even when you do phone work as a virtual assistant, lots of times it can be arranged so you’re making the calls during times of day when it’s convenient for you.
Almost everyone has a skill or three they could put to work to earn money as a virtual assistant. The list of things potential clients might need done for them is endless — writing, graphic design, social media management, internet research, answering emails, etc.
- Contemporary VA – Read Review – May be open worldwide. Pay is $10 hourly. Get paid every other week via mailed check.
- eaHelp – Read Review – US only. Pay rate is not advertised.
- Fancy Hands – Read Review – US only. Pay is per task and I’ve seen where some people claim they make anywhere from $2 to $10 an hour just depending on what tasks they choose. Pay is every other week on Tuesdays via Dwolla.
- Time, Etc. – Read Review – US and UK only. Earn between $11 and $16 hourly. Get paid monthly with Paypal.
- Worldwide 101 – Read Review – US and UK. Pays between $15 and $20 hourly. Get paid once a month by (I think) direct deposit.
- Zirtual – Read Review – US only. May pay their VA’s between $12 and $13 hourly.
- You can see more companies hiring remote virtual assistants here.
- Resources I recommend for learning more about this industry include 21 Days to a VA Biz and The Bootstrap VA. Note that both of these books focus on starting your own virtual assisting business rather than working for a company (such as the ones above). For more in-depth training, you can enroll in the 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success eCourse. It will teach you exactly how to start your own VA business, what you need, what to charge, and also where to find clients.
As a translator, you would be converting one language into another language via either spoken word, written word, or audio. This is a job many people are able to do from that can additionally be very, very flexible and of course non-phone.
Translation work may be an option for you if you bilingual or multi-lingual with great grammar and spelling skills.
- Gengo – Read Review – Open worldwide. Pay is between 3 and 8 cents per world translated. They pay twice monthly with Paypal.
- TextMaster – Read Review – Open worldwide. Earn between $1.30 to $9.75 per 100 words translated. Pay is via Paypal.
- Translator’s Town – Read Review – Open worldwide. Pay rate varies — this is more of a project bidding site similar to oDesk or Elance. Pay is handled between you and the person you’re doing translations for.
- Verbal Ink – Read Review – US only and competitive pay. Not much other info available.
- Verilogue – Read Review – May pay around $5.10 per audio minute. Get paid twice monthly with check or direct deposit.
- You can check here for more work at home translation companies or check FlexJobs for translation openings.
You can work from home giving your expert advice on various topics to people who need it. If you can prove your expertise in a certain field, then you may qualify to do this work, although for some it’s just extra money here and there. This is often non-phone because you may be able to give your advice via email or chat.
- Ask Wonder – Read Review – Open worldwide. Get paid to create write-ups using your expertise and research skills.
- Maven – Read Review – Open worldwide. You get to choose your rate. You must have at least $25 in your account to get paid, and you can choose from mailed check, bank transfer, or Paypal.
- Just Answer – Read Review – Pay rate varies depending on how much a person is willing to pay for an answer. You can cash out your earnings to Paypal once you have $20 in your account.
- Go here for more question/answer paid expert sites.
Short tasks are often just extra money and it’s work that will come and go, but it’s something a lot of people who want to work from home do as “back up” work. It can certainly help to fill in the gaps between any other higher-paying work you might have to do if that dries up. The work available will vary, but it could range from data entry to image tagging and everything in between.
Pretty much anyone can try their hand at short task work. Just start claiming tasks and see which type you prefer. Generally the faster you go, the more money you can make.
- Amazon mTurk – Read Review – Open worldwide, but you can’t get paid in cash unless you’re in the US — you have to opt for money in your Amazon account. Pay varies depending on the tasks you choose. Payments are made via bank transfer or you can get money to spend on Amazon instead.
- Appen Butler Hill – Open worldwide. I have this site listed above under “search engine evaluation,” but I’m listing them here, too, because they also hire people as “crowd workers” to do short tasks.
- ClickWorker – Read Review – Open worldwide. Pay may amount to around $9 hourly. Pay is once a month via Paypal, or you can get paid with bank transfer if you are outside the US.
- CrowdSource – Read Review – Open worldwide. Pay varies depending on the types of tasks you’re completing. It is also possible to get paid via Paypal very quickly once your tasks are approved.
- Go here to see a list of more short task sites.
Misc. Non-Phone Jobs
These are non-phone jobs that I don’t really have a category for.
- Callsource – Read Review – This job involves listening to recorded phone conversations to ensure no missed opportunities for deals. The job is rarely ever listed on their site, but when it is, it’s under “Dealsaver Specialist.” May be open worldwide, although you must be fluent in English. Pay is per call, and you may average around $11 hourly.
- Connect and Sell – Read Review – This job involves connecting calls, so you’re not actually having to talk to anyone. Pay is around $9 hourly. They may pay weekly via Paypal. Job is also very rarely open, but when it is, it’s listed under “Phone Administrative Support.”
- Humanatic – Read Review – Similar to Callsource, this is another company that has you analyzing recorded phone conversations. Pays very little — so little in fact that most people just do this as a side egg. You can get paid once a week via Paypal.
- Reynolds & Reynolds – Read Review – This is another company with occasional call analyst positions open. US only. Low pay — starting at around $7 or $8 hourly. You can get paid bi-weekly via direct deposit to your bank account.
- Shutterstock – Read Review – May be open worldwide. This popular stock photo company has occasional openings for remote image reviewers, where you determine which submitted photos should make it onto the Shutterstock website. Pay and other details are under wraps — workers are required to sign an NDA, so it’s hard to find many details online.
- Stitch Fix – Read Review – Open to US only, specific states. You can work for Stitch Fix as a work at home stylist, putting together clothing subscription boxes for their clients. Should be non-phone, paying around $15 hourly.