11 Set Your Own Schedule Jobs To Do From Home

When you work at home, the idea of “set your own schedule jobs” is attractive! For many of us, it's hard to do the work around a pre-determined schedule depending on what else is going on in our lives, and not every remote job offers convenient Monday to Friday hours.

In fact, 73 percent of people recently surveyed by FlexJobs indicated that work/life balance is one of the most important factors they consider when searching for jobs.

Some of the options available for working on your time are low paying, but there are many others that can pay fairly well.

I decided to make a list today of many different types of jobs you can usually do from home that are flexible. This is especially for those of you who are not able to commit to a set schedule.

Set Your Own Schedule Work at Home Jobs

1 – Editing and Proofreading Jobs

Working as an editor or proofreader is often very flexible, similar to freelance writing as far as working on your own schedule.

Keep in mind that most of companies hiring editors and proofreaders do ask for prior experience and/or a degree in a related field. That said, this is a field that can pay pretty well!

If you are interested in applying for jobs in editing or proofreading today, check out Wordvice or Scribbr.

Another, more lucrative option is to start your own proofreading side gig. You can do this with no past experience or degree. You just need to have a knack for spotting errors in text!

If you're interested in learning more about how to start a proofreading side gig, you can check out this 76-minute free workshop, offered by Caitlin Pyle. She's someone we've interviewed here before that managed to quit her day job and make MORE money than she was in her corporate job by starting a proofreading business.

2 – Side Gigs

Side gigs are not usually “work from home,” but I wanted to list them here as options because they are very flexible, work when you want types of opportunities.

Most of these companies require you to have a smartphone and reliable transportation. You can get paid to run errands for people — delivering food, delivering groceries, or even giving rides.

Some companies to look at for this are Instacart and DoorDash.

3 – Academic Tutoring

Academic tutoring involves tutoring K-12 or college students with academic studies, or offering homework help. This can be flexible as well.

Most of these companies pay over $14 hourly, too.

Keep in mind that in most (but not all) cases, you'll need a degree or past teaching or tutoring experience to qualify.

If you're interested in doing this as a work at home job, look at companies like Studypool or Yup. Both of these pay well and are almost always accepting new tutors.

4 – Transcription

As a transcriptionist, you are listening to audio and then typing out (transcribing) what you hear. It's not quite as easy as it sounds, and there is a learning curve.

The flexibility varies from company to company with transcription work, but many let you work at any time as long as you send transcribed files back before specific deadlines.

If you want to work with a company that accepts beginners, you could look into Rev or TranscribeMe.

Your odds of getting hired by any company — even as a beginner — are better if you have some training, even though training isn't always required.

If you are interested in training, Transcribe Anywhere has a good program, and the intro course is completely free just to see if you'd be a fit for transcription.

5 – Freelance Writing

Even though you'll likely have deadlines to meet, freelance writing from home is one of the best ways to earn a substantial amount of money while also working when you want to work.

If you're completely new to freelance writing, you could try to get started with content sites like BKA, Writer Access, or Crowd Content.

Another option is to strike out on your own and start your own freelance writing business. This involves finding paying clients and setting your own rates. It can be tricky to get going, but it will pay the most in the long run.

6 – Data Entry

Keep in mind that data entry companies that are legit rarely need to hire. It's a job that it seems everyone wants to do, and people tend to keep the good gigs when they find them.

Also, there are lots of data entry scams out there, so be careful when searching for opportunities, and don't pay any money to start.

If you're interested in doing data entry, try checking for openings with TELUS, Sigtrack, or Cass Information Systems.

Keep in mind these are low-paying opportunities, and it would be best to just view this as extra money rather than something that replaces your day job.

7 – Freelancer Sites

Sites geared toward freelancers tend to offer a variety of work in countless categories. You can usually find things for any skillset — data entry, transcription, voice over work, graphic design, freelance writing, and a lot more.

Most of the time, these are flexible tasks that you can work at when you want provided you meet the deadline set by the requester.

If you want to do some more digging into sites like this, I'd recommend checking out Upwork first. They are the most known option in this category.

8 – Search Engine Evaluation

As a search engine evaluator, you work for companies that contract with the big search engines to help evaluate results. This helps to ensure that search results and also relevant ads display to search engine users.

One of the best things about these types of jobs is that they are almost always set your own schedule jobs. You can work whenever you feel like it, although some companies will ask that you devote a minimum number of hours per week to the gig.

If you're interested in doing this type of work, be sure to check into TELUS and Appen — two of the most known companies people work with in this industry.

9 – Short Task Sites

You can find all kinds of work to do on these sites — data entry, transcription, and even search engine evaluation, and you can always just log in and grab tasks to do when you want.

The problem with these sites is the pay is VERY low. You can usually only ever consider it some extra cash here and there.

Still, if you'd like to do some work for short task companies, I'd suggest checking out Amazon Mechanical Turk and Clickworker.

10 – Virtual Assisting

As a work at home virtual assistant, you help your clients with any online tasks they need done that they do not have time for themselves. It can be lucrative work that also tends to be pretty flexible, depending on who you are doing the work for.

If you're interested in working from home doing virtual assisting, you could check out companies like Fancy Hands or Time, etc.

You can also choose to go into business for yourself as a virtual assistant, giving you a lot more control over your own schedule and earnings.

For 50 more companies that hire work at home virtual assistants plus information on starting your own VA business, check out my e-book, Your Quick Guide to Working From Home as a Virtual Assistant.

11 – Phone Work

Phone work from home usually involves doing customer support, tech support, or telemarketing. In most cases, these jobs are not very lenient when it comes to scheduling. They will often hire you as a W-2 employee with a set schedule to abide by.

But, there are a few that are more flexible. If you're looking for flexible phone work from home, check out Live Ops and Alorica.

So, there are some ideas if set your own schedule jobs are what you need. Good luck if you pursue anything listed here!

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16 thoughts on “11 Set Your Own Schedule Jobs To Do From Home”

  1. I have concerns about starting some of these. My biggest concern is that the few I’ve checked out for writing jobs ask about a portfolio or professional pages. If I’m just starting out, will it hurt me to not have a portfolio or blog? More specifically, I visited studioD/Demand Studios and they wanted a blog link, a website link, or a FB account. The most that I can say or offer is that I graduated with a BA in English for professional writing. (And I have a strong love for grammar.) I was so lost when I graduated and had no idea where I wanted to go with my life and what exactly I wanted to do. I’ve spent the last three years substituting, working in retail, and working in the finance business (read, *loan shark*). None of my work has been fulfilling and conjured up any passion. I really want to start some sort of freelance writing and many of these places seem like a decent place to start. But again, my biggest concern is that I’m not a professional with a portfolio, a blog, or a small clientele following. I don’t have any of those. I desperately need some help during my quarter-life crisis. I’m not interesting enough to have a blog!

    • Hi Patience, Everyone has to start somewhere! There are several content sites you can write for (such as Textbroker for one) that don’t require you have a portfolio. It’s not fantastic pay, but it’s a good way to get some experience. I also have a list here of some sites that pay you to write and will also give you a byline at the bottom. This is a great way to build up your portfolio — https://realwaystoearnmoneyonline.com/2013/03/list-of-writing-sites-that-give-you-a-byline.html

  2. Anna, I am a retired Nurse on disability and desperately need to work from home. I am not a writer and am wondering if you have any knowledge of work from home regarding health care related jobs. If you have any suggestions please advise. Thanks so much for your jobs/companies posted.

    • I don’t know a lot about these types of jobs, but they are out there. I do occasionally see telephone triage jobs posted that you can do from home. You might want to browse this page for some companies that occasionally hire for healthcare related work from home – https://realwaystoearnmoneyonline.com/money-earning-directory/medical

      • This link lists some medical related work at home positions. https://www.theworkathomewoman.com/jobs-employee-benefits/

  3. Thanks for the great list Anna. I see a few I had forgotten about and one or two I never heard of. As always you do a wonderful job.

  4. I love reading your posts and I have to admit to stalking your site every day…! Thanks for such useful information.

  5. I know what you mean about ChaCha. Back in the day they were outstanding and one of the best jobs I ever had from home. To bad it came to an end. Thanks for posting these, I see a few I’m going to check out.

  6. Right now, I’m primarily working for Workforce Logic (search engine evaluation, can set my own hours – I just have to work a minimum of 10 hours a week and a max of 30) and I write for HowtoHint, which gives writers about 2 weeks to complete an assignment before the topic goes back into the pool. I’m a member of several other writing sites similar to HowtoHint, but haven’t yet found anything as good as HtH. I love the flexibility and being able to stay home.

  7. Thanks for the sharing different ideas. There are simply so many options for working at home. Some pay better than others, but ultimately there is no reason not to make a good living working from the comfort of home.

    • Ken, since your post was from 2012, can you add any info you have learned since using sites on this Blog? Thank you.

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