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.
1 – Medical Transcription, Coding, & Billing From Home – CareerStep
CareerStep 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.
Course Price: Starts at $2999 (payment plans + financial assistance for military spouses available).
2 – General Proofreading – Start a Proofreading Side Business
If you're great with spelling and grammar, then a home-based career in proofreading could be the ideal option for you. Proofreading is a very in-demand skill, and it's possible to make a living (or better than just a living) offering your services as a proofreader to clients who desperately need them.
In General Proofreading: Theory & Practice (created by Caitlin Pyle), you'll learn many things about how to get going with your own proofreading business, including:
- A general introduction to proofreading
- Types of markets to specialize in, industry terms that are used
- Proofreading basics
- Proofreading methods
- Building a website for your services, creating a resume, setting your rates
- How and where to find clients
- Working with your clients successfully
- Staying productive in your new business
You also get several great bonuses — handbook of misused words, freelancer tax guide, and some books on mastering your mindset to become successful. And more!
Course Price: $497 at the base level.
Go here to access the free 76-minute online workshop that will explain much more about this course and what you can expect to learn.
3 – Bookkeeping – Bookkeeper Launch
This is a course teaching you how to work from home, starting a virtual bookkeeping business. This course was created by Ben Robinson. He is an experienced CPA who has done this himself and is teaching you how to do it from his own experience.
One thing you may not know is that you do NOT need a degree or past experience to learn to do bookkeeping!
We actually interviewed Ben a few years back to learn more about this course and how you can become successful if you want to check that out.
If you opt in to the free training (intro course), you will learn:
- If bookkeeping is a fit for you.
- What tools are needed to run your business.
- How to generate repeat clients
Full Course Price: $2499 (one full payment) or $249 a month for 12 months. There is also a 30-day money-back guarantee.
4 – Become a Professional Blogger – Elite Blog Academy
I have taken Elite Blog Academy 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.
Elite Blog Academy is 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.
If you want more info, you can read my Elite Blog Academy review detailing my own experiences. There is a 100% money-back guarantee if you take the course and don't see results.
Course Price: $897 (payment plan available).
Note this blogging course is only open once per year, usually in the spring. However, you can get on the wait list to be notified at the time it opens back up.
Elite Blog Academy also offers lots of free downloads (no strings attached) for aspiring or brand new bloggers, and I've listed some of these for you below. Download one or all of them.
- 7 Sure Ways To Boost Your Blog Income Overnight
- 120 Awesome Blog Post Ideas
- Secret Blueprint For Blogging Success
- The Small Business Bootcamp
5 – Work at Home as a General Transcriber – General Transcription: Theory & Practice
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 has 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.
And if you would prefer to specialize in legal transcription, there is an entire course offered for that as well.
Course Price: $597 (pay-as-you-go options available).
6 – 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.
You will learn to:
- Choose the right niche
- Find clients
- Pitch yourself
- Set your own rates
- Source writing jobs
- and much more!
Course Price: $197
7 – 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 including:
- How to start
- Services to offer
- What to charge
- Tools to use
- Where to find clients
- and much more!
Course Price: $498 (Payment plan available).
8 – Voice Over Artist – Work From Home Doing Voice Overs
This is a very interesting and in-demand at-home career idea! Voice over artists are needed for more than you realize. You can get paid to do voice over work for web videos, radio ads, television ads, telephone surveys, audiobooks, and much more.
Julie Eickhoff has created some comprehensive training to help you get going. She's been doing voice over work successfully since 2011, so she knows the industry inside and out.
With her e-course, you'll learn:
- Choosing and preparing a place to start recording
- What equipment is needed to get you started recording
- Skills needed
- Where to find the work
- Running your business
- Doing the work
- Setting your rates
Julie will also give you a voice review after you've completed the course, plus you will get invited to join the Facebook group to connect with other people (and Julie) who are attempting to break into this industry.
Course price: $297 (Payment plan available).
Are these courses too expensive?
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.