There are all sorts of reasons why certain people just don't enjoy typing. Some folks aren't particularly dexterous, and despise getting their fingers tied in knots while wrestling with unforgiving keys, constantly having to back up to fix typos. Others have laptops with small cramped keyboards that aren't really suited for typing jobs. Some suffer from chronic debilitating conditions like arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome, which can make typing excruciatingly painful.
Unfortunately, it can sometimes appear that most work from home jobs require you to be a master typist. At the very least, there are an awful lot of jobs where typing skills are tremendously helpful, including things like copywriting and transcribing where you have to spend your whole day tapping away at the keys whether you like it or not.
But there are also a decent number of good paying jobs out there that require little or no typing. Below we'll list a few of these and discuss them.
Search Engine Evaluation
These jobs typically involve checking web search results for relevancy, and looking for spam or miscategorized pages. Mostly you're clicking around with your mouse, using checkboxes to add relevancy scores and things of that nature.
There is occasionally some typing – sending messages requesting assistance from the staff, or adding notes on your site assessment form – but your typing speed is certainly not an issue, and you probably won't be typing enough to aggravate any physical ailments.
Interestingly, it appears that Appen recently purchased Leapforce. For now it seems that you can still apply for evaluation jobs at both sites, and that may continue to be the case, but I wouldn't be surprised if there are changes on the way for one site or the other in the near future.
Selling Products Online
A lot of people make very good money working from home, selling their wares on sites like Ebay and Etsy, or selling on Amazon via Amazon FBA. For these jobs most of the typing will involve creating short product descriptions, which isn't generally very demanding.
Some people who work on a large enough scale in this sort of field might even outsource small typing jobs like that to inexpensive copywriters through sites like Fiverr.
Usability Testing Jobs
These jobs typically require you to visit a website for few minutes, and spend some time trying out links and exploring. Afterward you will provide feedback about your experience, usually via a voice recording or webcam. Some sites require you to leave your webcam on while someone guides you through a series of tasks and asks for your feedback along the way.
In either case, since the evaluations aren't usually written, these are good jobs for people who don't enjoy typing. Some great companies where you can find this kind of work include Userlytics, and Analysia.
This category includes everything from customer service jobs, to sales jobs. Many of these involve working for big companies, and some offer very good wages, with plenty of work available and a decent amount of reliability. Phone jobs are also often quite flexible when it comes to scheduling. Some companies have very structured shifts, but many others let you work as little or as much as you want. And even companies that require a minimum number of hours it is often possible to log your time whenever it's most convenient for you.
Since these jobs involve spending the whole day talking to people, you typically don't have to type very much at all. Some good places to look for this kind of work include American Airlines, Expert Planet, and VIPDesk.
Flexible Outside The Home Opportunities
For some people it's not just the typing, but the computer and the office and everything related to desk work that drives them up the wall. Even if you have a good office job that you find gratifying most of the time, there might be days when you'd like a break from the typical claustrophobic grind of staring at a blinding monitor for hours in some dark and stuffy room.
If you fit into this category, you could look into one of the many flexible opportunities available that take you outside the house into the fresh air. Some good examples of things to do in this category include driving for Lyft; walking dogs around your neighborhood for Wag, pet sitting for Rover, or signing up as a shopper for Instacart, buying groceries for people around your area.
In addition to the ones mentioned above, there are dozens of other non-typing opportunities available, many offering very different kinds of work experiences. Also, this is a category that seems to be growing rapidly in recent years, so even if none of the jobs in this article appeal to you, keep an eye out for hot new opportunities coming around the bend that might be a better fit.
If you know of any other great online jobs that don't require much typing, please mention them below in the comments, and if you actually have any experience with any of the companies mentioned above, we'd love to hear your thoughts.