Stay home, Get Paid. Legitimate Work From Home Jobs
- Written by Candice Elliott
If you’re looking to dip your toes into the work from home world, there are seemingly dozens of choices. But not all are above board. These are legitimate work from home jobs so you can start making money from your couch.
There are many reasons a person might want to work from home; a little extra money, disability, you’re staying home to raise your small children, you’re agoraphobic. And if you start poking around the internet, you’ll find no shortage of opportunities. Lots of them are scams to be avoided. If you want to work from home, this is a roundup of legitimate work from home jobs.
Whether you’re a teacher, a writer, or a college student, there are lots of opportunities to make money from home helping people looking to learn a new language or helping college students who slept late and missed class.
Cambly: Cambly is a video language tutoring service. It was started by two former Google employees who believe the best way to become fluent in a language is to practice speaking it with a native speaker in a relaxed, informal setting. All tutors are pre-vetted and it’s not necessary to be a professional teacher. You will need a webcam, but most newer computers have them. Cambly is available 24/7 so provides great flexibility to both student and teacher. The pay is 0.17 per minute which works out to $10.20 per hour and is paid via Paypal twice a month.
Brainfuse: Brainfuse is an on-line tutoring program for students from elementary school age to college students. A four-year college degree is required, but a teaching certification is not. The service is available 24/7. Tutors are paid $10 per session, and each session lasts about an hour. Payment is made via direct deposit or mailed as a check every two weeks.
ETS: ETS pays people to score tests for various academic institutions. The pay is pretty good, between $10-20 per hour depending on the type of test. They do require teaching experience or some college. You choose the shifts you want to work; shifts are in four-hour blocks. Payment is made by check twice a month.
Shmoop: Shmoop hires writers to create study and test prep guides. Most jobs require a degree, and some require teaching experience. The gigs pay well, some as much as $1000 per completed project so you can be sure that most of the jobs are not something you can knock out in a couple of hours.
Luvo: Luvo will pay college students for their notes. You digitize them, upload them to the site, and set your price. If the notes are purchased, you receive 70% of the purchase price. You will be paid via direct deposit or Paypal every Friday (a nice bonus for college students).
Are you that person who corrects their and there or your and you’re on your friends’ Facebook posts? Put your pedantry to paid work.
Demand Media Studios: In Demand pays for fact checking and copy editing articles. They require two years experience. The rate is about $3.50 per article paid via Paypal twice a week. So if you need money fast, this is a good option.
Domainite: Domainite pays for copy editing. They require no previous experience, but you do have to pass an editing test. This site doesn’t pay well, 0.25 per 100 words edited but if you’re fast, it can bring in some extra money. They pay via Paypal weekly.
Resume Edge: Resume Edge writes and edits resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles. They require either experience in one of the industries they write for or experience writing and editing resumes. Sometimes you will need to speak to the client on the phone, and the company provides a calling card to charge those calls too. The pay depends on the industry the resume is for with some paying as much as $35 per assignment.
Would you love the sense of power you get from wielding the ban hammer against misbehaving internet commenters? This is your dream job.
ICUC: ICUC moderators promote and protect client brands on social media sites by monitoring forums. Some experience with modding or at least with social media is preferred. You will work in eight-hour shifts. Pay is dependent on experience and ranges from $10-18 an hour and is paid every two weeks.
LiveWorld: LiveWorld moderators monitor social media sites for their clients. You will work on specified shifts. The pay is between $8-10 an hour and sent via direct deposit or paper check every two weeks.
Are you one of those people who doesn’t hate talking on the phone? Get paid for your weirdness.
Concentrix: Concentrix is a staffing company that serves clients in a variety of industries including banking, health care, and insurance. You will provide virtual customer service to the clients of those companies. At least one year of customer service is required as is a land line. Unlike many works at home jobs, you will be an employee of Concentrix. The pay is between $9.25 and $10 an hour, and there are some employee benefits like paid holidays and health insurance.
Convergys: Convergys is a call center. Jobs range from tech support to sales. A high school diploma or GED has required as well as a land line. Work hours can be 16-40 hours per week. Choose your own schedule but are required to stick to it. You will be an employee of the company. The pay ranges from $7-12 per hour paid by direct deposit every two weeks. You may be eligible for employee benefits.
Hilton Worldwide: These jobs entail reservations and customer service. A high school diploma or GED and one year of customer service experience are required. You will also need a landline. There are shifts available for both full and part time workers. You will be an employee and eligible for benefits. This is one of the better-paying jobs, $12-15 per hour.
Not everyone who needs an assistant works in an office. If they’re working from home (like you), a virtual assistant is perfect for them.
Red Butler: You will do things like administrative support, customer service, and scheduling. Red Butler requires a college degree and at least three years of executive assistant experience. You can work full time or part time and weekend hours are available but not required. The pay is $12-15 an hour and is paid via Paypal once a month.
Time Etc: This job involves the usual VA tasks, writing blog posts, filling out forms, making travel arrangements. Time Etc is looking for those with good English and organization skills. You can work as little as five hours a week and must be available Monday through Friday. The pay is $11-16 an hour and is paid via Paypal once a month.
WorldWide101: The typical VA tasks. WorldWide101 requires 3-5 years of executive assistant experience, and you will need to provide a photo of your home office. They offer full and part time hours. The pay is from $15-20 an hour and is paid via Paypal once a month.
Search Engine Evaluation
Don’t you love it when you get just the answer you were looking for when you google something? You got that correct answer because there are people working to evaluate the relevance of results to the word or phrase you typed in.
Appen: Appen hires people to evaluate both search engines and social media sites. They require at least two years of college. You can work 15-20 hours a week. The pay is around $15 per hour but varies by project. You’ll be paid via direct deposit or paper check once a month.
Leapforce: Leapforce focuses specifically on search engines. A college degree is “ideal” but not required. There is a two part evaluation to pass before being hired. The schedule is flexible, but if you fail to complete at least 200 tasks per month, your account is suspended. The pay is $13 an hour paid via check or direct deposit paid once a month.
You will listen to a recorded conversation and turn that audio into written words. Like when you turn on your Closed Captioning otherwise you miss some of the dialogue while watching Doctor Who.
AccuTran Global: AccuTran deals with the finance industry so that you will be transcribing conference calls and interviews within that field. Experience is preferred, but if you pass their audio and questionnaire tests, you may be hired without it. The number of hours you work is flexible, but you must be available between certain hours. The pay is $0.005 per word and rises to $0.0066 per word for foreign language transcription. You will be paid via check or wire transfer once a month.
Daily Transcription: Daily Transcription works with the legal, corporate, academic and entertainment industries. There is no experience required, but you will be tested. The company offers full and part time hours. The pay rate depends on the file type submitted by the client, and you’re paid via Paypal every two weeks.
Working from home can be ideal, and there are real opportunities out there. Depending on where you live, you may earn well over minimum wage, and more than a few of these jobs offer benefits that a lot of people going to a job every day (looking at you Walmart) are not afforded. With the bonus of no commute and no annoying co-workers! Please though, get out of your jammies once in awhile. The mail carrier is starting to talk.