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Online courses are a big deal right now. You can find a course to help you learn how to do just about anything — completely online, at your own pace, and in your pajamas!
I’m coming across great courses very regularly, so I created this page to share the ones I’m familiar with that will help you land jobs or make more money in different work from home industries.
Some are expensive and some are cheap. Some I’ve taken, and some I haven’t. Regardless, I’ve gone to the trouble to do the research and ensure that every course listed here is highly rated and recommended. These are listed in order by price (lowest to highest). Note that many of the pricier courses do offer payment plans.
#1 – 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success. This is a freelance writing course created by Gina Horkey who currently earns well over $4,000 a month as a freelance writer. The course is done entirely through your email and contains actionable information based off her own business plan to teach you how you can be successful and achieve similar results. Gina was able to build a successful freelance writing business within six months of starting from scratch, and people who have taken her course have seen real results in doing the same (check the testimonials section). Gina has been featured on such reputable sites as The Huffington Post, Business Insider, and more.
I was given access to the course for free, and I was very impressed with how much amazing info it contains at such a low price. There is a money-back guarantee if you do not see results. Price starts at $59.
#2 – Freelance Writing 101 – A Goof-Proof Writing Refresher Course. Want to be a freelance writer and work for yourself, but feel your writing skills are a bit rusty? Then this course might be what you need. Freelance Writing 101 should take you about 15 days to complete, and it will guide you through every aspect of honing your writing skills, from deciding what type of writing you should do, drafts, outlines, proofreading, and giving/getting feedback. Price starts at $19.
#3 – 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success. This is a virtual assistant course created by Gina Horkey. Virtual assisting is probably one of the most popular work at home career ideas out there, and there’s a lot of demand for good VAs right now. Also, it’s possible to earn $30 or more an hour as a virtual assistant running your own business! This course details everything you need to know about getting started, what to charge, and where to find clients. There is a money-back guarantee if you do not get the expected results.
Price starts at $79.
#4 – Write Your Way to Your First $1K. This is a freelance writing course created by Elna Cain. She is a stay at home mom who started her business from scratch and is now a well-paid, successful freelance writer. The course was created based on her own journey and the strategies and steps she took to become successful. There are 41 lessons and 7 modules in the course, and it’s designed to take up to 7 weeks to finish.
The course has 3 pricing tiers, with the first one starting at $67 and the most expensive at $177. Your purchase means lifetime access to the course material, and there is a 100 percent 30-day money-back guarantee if you take the course and find it doesn’t work for you.
#5 – TranscribeAnywhere. For many people, general transcription is the ultimate non-phone job. It’s flexible work that you can do anywhere, anytime, without having to actually interact with other people. This makes it ideal for people in situations where phone jobs just aren’t possible. TranscribeAnywhere is a self-paced eCourse providing video tutorials, worksheets, and printable PDF cheatsheets to turn you into a transcription pro, enabling you to land jobs and clients with ease and start making money! And best of all, their mini-course is FREE with no obligation to purchase the full course after you’ve gone through it.
Price starts at $97 for the first-tier course and goes up from there in both content and value (intro course is FREE!).
#6 – Proofread Anywhere. Caitlin Pyle makes $43,000 a year proofreading court transcripts anywhere she likes from her iPad, and she’s created an online course to teach you how to do what she does, which include four hours of marketing training from Melonie Dodaro. You do not have to have an English degree or even any past legal or professional proofreading experience to get started. Caitlin also offers a FREE 7-day mini-course you can sign up for just to get a taste of what the real course will be like, and to help you make up your mind if it’s something you can do. For more info on the course and Caitlin, you can check out this interview I did with her here and be sure to read the comments. I have a lot of readers who enrolled back when I first shared this in March 2015 that already have paying clients. See testimonials from Facebook here.
Price starts at $197 for the beginner course and goes up from there in both content and value (7-day intro course is FREE!).
#7 – Amazon Boot Camp. Fulfillment by Amazon is a way to sell items on Amazon without having to keep a lot of inventory or do any shipping to customers yourself. With FBA, Amazon will ship the items to the customers who buy them for you. All you have to do is send your items to Amazon in bulk once you have enough for a shipment. Many people do very well with this and prefer it to selling on eBay where there are so many fees and hassles dealing with customers. I recently talked to Jessica Larrew of The Selling Family about how FBA works. Jessica and her husband made six figures their first year of doing FBA, working only 20 hours per week. Their Boot Camp eCourse will teach you step-by-step how to get started with Amazon FBA and become successful.
Price starts at $297. Go here to get 3 free videos (no strings attached) that will walk you through the process of selling on Amazon, so you can decide if this is something that would be right for you to pursue.
#8 – The Elite Blog Academy. I have taken this course and cannot say enough good things about what it’s done for my blog traffic and income. It was created by Ruth Soukup of Living Well, Spending Less — someone who currently receives over 1.5 million page views per month on her blog. It’s a guided course with twelve different units covering everything from creating awesome content to effective marketing for your blog on Pinterest and Facebook. It’s designed to take about 12 weeks to complete (one unit per week), but you’re free to work at your own pace. I realize it’s expensive, but for me it was worth every single penny. If you want more info, you can read my review of the course here. There is a 100% money-back guarantee if you take the course and don’t see results.
There is a payment plan available where you can pay $49 per month for 12 months (total price $499).
#9 – Social Media Management School. This is a 6 week eCourse created by two people who have been getting paid (and paid very well) to tweet, pin, share on Facebook, and more for over six years. With the rise of social media, there are honestly tons of companies looking to outsource their social media management. Because of this, starting your own social media management home business could be a lucrative idea. The course will teach you everything you need to know about managing social media, including the very basics if you’re someone who doesn’t have a clue how to use and navigate the most popular social media platforms. The course is only open a few times per year.
Price starts at $597. Payment plans available.
#10 – Career Step. This company teaches medical transcription (which requires certification). You can get the training you need online in order to get certified through CareerStep. They also offer training in medical billing & coding among other industries. They are a very reputable online school that will teach you typing skills, medical terminology, grammar and punctuation, anatomy and pharmacology, medical record types and formats, and productivity tips. You will also be allowed to practice on authentic doctor dictations and patient records after you’ve completed the basics.
While this is a pricey course, Career Step’s training programs are approved by many industry specific organizations. Career Step offers payment plans as well to help you afford your tuition, and military spouses also receive certain financial benefits.
Price starts at $2995. Payment plans available + financial assistance for military spouses.
Are these courses outside your budget?
I do realize many are pricey. If you want to learn something new but can’t afford the courses on this page, check out this list of 15 work at home e-courses under $100.