Today's post will cover another really common question I get — work from home jobs that don't require past experience to get started. I've broken the jobs down by category and listed the companies that, as far as I know, don't require prior experience in order to consider your application.
Keep in mind that “no past experience” doesn't mean these jobs will necessarily be easy to get. Also, the fact you don't need prior experience doesn't mean you don't need specific skills. So keep that in mind while you're browsing the list.
To determine whether or not you have the skills they're looking for, some companies listed below might test you. And even though you can apply without past experience doing the work, past experience will always give you a leg up on the competition.
I'll do my best to keep this updated! Please comment below if you know if other companies that don't require past experience.
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Live Sales Staff – Read Review – This company hires work from home chat agents. It doesn't look like you need experience to be considered, but be warned that no one starts off here making much money, either.
SiteStaff – Read Review – This company occasionally hires remote chat hosts. Their website says nothing about needing prior experience. I don't think they always have openings, and it's an independent contractor position. When you're on their site, a chat box will appear asking if you have questions. Don't use this box to ask about employment because you will get a canned response explaining they don't answer questions about jobs on their live chat.
Needle – Read Review – You don't need any past chat experience to get a chat job at Needle. However, they have many different brands you can chat for and they do prefer if you've had some experience with the brand you're handling chats for.
Great American Opportunities – Seasonal work from home data entry. No past data entry experience is needed. Skills test is required prior to being accepted. There is a long waiting list for this job.
The Smart Crowd – Read Review – You can get an account for doing data entry here if you can pass their skills test. This is absolutely just something to do for extra money here and there. They don't pay much at all.
See more work at home data entry jobs requiring little to no experience.
Editing & Proofreading
It's very hard to get editing work without past experience. I was only able to turn up a few companies below based on what's on my website.
Pure Content – Read Review – They will consider entry-level editors, but they don't always have openings. Also, you might need to have some grasp of UK English to get in here. They do require a skills test.
Textbroker – Read Review – They do give some of their writers the opportunity to take their proofreading test to begin proofreading articles. This is a very hard test to pass and I believe you have to be at least a level 4 writer there to even qualify to take it.
Domainite – Read Review – If you do well enough on their editing test, Domainite may let you start working for them as an editor. The pay is .25 for every 100 words edited and they pay weekly with Paypal.
English Hunt – Read Review – You don't need prior ESL tutoring experience to teach for English Hunt. However, if you are applying to tutor via video, you must have either a teaching or substitute teaching certificate. You don't need a teaching certificate of any kind for their phone tutoring programs.
Language Development System – Read Review – You can get started as an ESL tutor for Language Development System without prior experience in the industry (although prior experience is a plus), but you will need a college degree or at least be working on a college degree to be considered.
See more ways to get paid to teach English online.
EduWizards – No tutoring experience needed, but you must have a bachelor's degree or higher to qualify.
See more online tutoring jobs.
Most of the customer service positions are going to want you to have prior customer service and/or call center experience. Remember that even if you've done something outside the home involving customer service (cashiering, etc.) this can still count as past experience.
Also, many of these companies offer more than one work from home position, so the required experience might vary depending on what they have available.
1-800-Flowers – Read Review – This company hires home-based customer service reps for help handling inquiries and flower orders during the busiest flower-ordering seasons. No prior call center experience is required, but it's strongly preferred if you have it.
Neiman-Marcus – Read Review – Currently only available for people in the Dallas – Ft. Worth area of Texas. The position does appear to be entry-level because there are no requirements listed on their site. Training is provided and paid.
NexRep – Read Review – This company is often hiring for a variety of different customer service and sales positions. There are no prior experience requirements listed on their website or on their application for employment.
Sitel – Read Review – This virtual call center states on their careers page that prior customer service experience is preferred, but it doesn't say required. So it may be a long shot, but you could give this one a try.
Telemarketing – Lead Generation
AdviseTech – Does not list any required experience for their part-time telemarketing jobs.
NexusOp – They have openings for work from home telemarketing. You are able to set your own schedule with this company.
Misc. Phone Work
Ipsos At-Home Interviewers – OH and KY only. No past interviewing experience is listed on the application form.
ORC – Telephone research interviewing. Does not require past experience.
VoiceLog – Read VoiceLog Review – Work at home as a live operator for VoiceLog. Independent contractor position with no selling. The requirements state you do need experience, but then their FAQ says you don't.
Search Engine Evaluation
These jobs can pay well and generally don't require past experience doing the work. You will have to take a test to prove your skills. Some of the companies will say on their requirements that you need a college degree, but many people do end up getting hired without that.
Lionbridge – Read Review – They have lots of little jobs you can do here apart from just search engine evaluation. As with most of these companies, this is flexible work you can do on your own schedule.
ZeroChaos -Must commit to working at least 10 hours per week, but no more than 30.
There are many general transcription companies that will give you a shot at a job without prior transcription experience, but you will most likely have to take a transcription and/or typing test to prove your skills.
I have already broken down the transcription companies that require no past experience on this page (the first section).
Gengo – Read Review – This is a big pool of freelance translators. You will need to take a test to get listed here to be eligible to take work, but it doesn't look like you have to have past experience.
Language Line – Read Review – They are frequently hiring work from home interpreters for various languages. You have to have some pretty specific skills, but it doesn't look like you have to be an experienced interpreter to qualify.
Translators Town – Read Review – Another work platform for freelance translators. You may be able to land some translation jobs as long as you are fluent in your language, though experience would probably help you get higher-paying work.
VerbalizIt – Read Review – They hire people to do translations/transcriptions and they are open worldwide. You don't need experience, but you will have to pass a difficult skills test prior to accepting any work.
Most companies that hire many virtual assistants are more interested in your skill set rather than whether or not you've worked as a VA before. This is because virtual assistants almost always have varied skills and responsibilities just depending on who their clients are and what they specialize in.
Here is a list of companies that hire many VA's to get you started. You'll have to choose which ones to apply with just depending on what you're good at and what skills the company is looking for.
Are you more entrepreneur-minded? If you would prefer to start your own virtual assisting business (ultimately the most lucrative route) rather than work for a company, this post has some great insight on how much you can charge and how to get going down that road.
BabyCenter – This company occasionally hire work at home community moderators for their parenting forum. The job description never says anything about past moderation experience, although there are other skills listed.
Writing is one of the easiest work from home industries to break into because fortunately most of the places you can write for tend to be more interested in how well you can write rather than how many other writing jobs you've had.
You can try your luck at any of the sites listed here, but below I've made a short list of some of the companies that aren't that stringent in their requirements if you are very much an entry-level freelance writer. They are mostly content sites/mills and while they don't pay a lot, they are good for paid practice.
Ezdia – Like most of the other freelance writing content sites, they require a writing sample.
Textbroker – Read Review – I have lots of experience with this site and I've always thought they were great, although there are some who would probably disagree. You can get in here with very little writing experience. You have to write a short sample and your writing level (and the amount of money you can earn per article) will be based on that initial sample. It is possible to get moved up once you've proven your skills even if you start off at a low level.
Wordgigs – Read Review – This company has writing assignments available regularly. You do have to take a quiz on spelling and grammar at about high school level in order to be accepted to write for them.
Most of the writing sites listed above are content sites that will always pay a set rate per word. If you're interested in going into business for yourself as a freelance writer, finding your own clients, and setting your own rates, I recommend checking out this post that will offer information and a great resource to help you do that.
Wonder – Read Review – This is a company that hires home-based researchers. I do not believe you have to have any specific past work experience to be considered, you just have to be really good at researching things online. Writing skills will help, too.
For More Entry-Level Work at Home Jobs . . .
Although it's a fee-based membership site, I've found very high-quality work at home job leads through FlexJobs. Also, they have fantastic sorting options so you can easily find the positions that are entry-level. If you're looking more positions similar to what's above, you can register at FlexJobs (it's $15 a month for site access) to see what's available. They post hundreds of job leads at least five days per week. You can see a preview of the current entry-level positions that don't require past experience here.
Want to Learn Money-Making Skills?
If you don't want a lack of experience or training to hinder you, you may want to consider taking an eCourse. I have a page here with a list of the best eCourses for various work at home industries. Many of them offer free intro courses so you can try before you buy.