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There are many reasons a person might want to work from home; a little extra money, a disability makes it difficult or impossible to work outside the home, you’re a stay-at-home parent to small children, you’re agoraphobic, or perhaps you don’t drive and live in an area with no public transit.
If you’re considering a work at home job, you’re far from alone.
The steady rise of Americans working from home continues. According to recently released data from the US Census, 5.2% of workers in the US worked at home in 2017—or 8 million people. That share is up from 5% in 2016, and 3.3% in 2000.
Of those 8 million, some have remote jobs meaning their company allows them to work from home rather than work in an office. More and more employers are embracing the idea of remote work because it’s been shown to greatly increase an employee’s productivity and decrease attrition.
And some of those 8 million people who work from home have sought out the flexible work opportunities the internet has made possible through things like freelancing sites like Upwork and Guru.
There are a lot of significant advantages to work at home jobs, and there are tons of home opportunities out there. But not all work from home jobs you see during your job search are above board. If you want to work from your couch, these are 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.
VIPKID is a site for English speakers to teach ESL to children aged 4-12 in China. Each session lasts 30 minutes, and VIPKID supplies teaching materials for you. Teachers must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree, but it doesn’t have to be in education and have some experience teaching grades K-12 in an American or Canadian school. You must have wired, high-speed internet and accept a 6-month renewable contract although you are not an employee but an independent contractor.
The pay is one of the highest for the work at home job opportunities we researched. Teachers earn $7-9 for each 30-minute class meaning you can make $14-18 per hour. There are also opportunities to earn bonuses. Teachers receive payment via direct deposit once per month.
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.
Online 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 flexible work hours for teachers. The pay is 0.17 per minute which works out to $10.20 per hour and is paid via Paypal twice a month.
Brainfuse is an online 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 earn $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 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 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.
You won’t make a full-time living doing online surveys, but they can be an excellent way to earn a little extra money or gift cards (which you can sell for extra money). And if you choose to do some of the online jobs on this list, you can double dip, do the surveys while you’re waiting for the next customer to call!
Survey Junkie pays consumers for their opinions. Create a free account, answer some demographic questions, and you’re matched with surveys. For each survey you complete, you’ll earn points that toward cash via PayPal or gift cards.
Most surveys are worth between 100 and 200 points and take 5 to 20 minutes to complete. One point is equivalent to one cent, and you can see how many points a survey is worth and how long it takes to complete before you start. Of all the survey sites out there, Survey Junkie has the most surveys available as new ones appear daily.
Prize Rebel is a survey site, similar to Survey Junkie. Members earn points for answering surveys, watching videos, and referring new users. Each task you complete earns you points, most are worth between 50 and 200 and surveys earn the most points.
Each point is worth one cent and can be redeemed for cash via PayPal or gift cards.
If you shop online, why not get money back for it? When you join Swagbucks, you earn cash back when you shop at more than 1,500 retailers including Amazon, Target, and Starbucks.
You can also make money on Swagbucks by doing things like using the search engine on the site and watching videos. The points can be redeemed for things like Amazon gift cards or cash through PayPal.
Ibotta is a coupon app that pays you for saving money on the household items and groceries you buy regularly.
After buying eligible products, you can redeem your rebates by uploading a photo of your receipt. Ibotta will match the items you bought to the rebates and give you cash.
InBoxDollars is a “get paid to site.” Users make money from home through completing tasks like taking online surveys, playing games, and watching videos. There are several similar sites floating around, but InboxDollars is continuously updated with new tasks giving users lots of opportunities to earn money.
InboxDollars also offers several payment options including a paper check, ePayments, and pre-paid credit cards.
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.
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.
Gramlee offers several editing services including copy editing, proofreading, and grammar checks. A background in writing or journalism is preferred. Customer can submit works of up to 3,000 words and editors are expected to complete each project within 24 hours.
It’s challenging to find information about pay, but customers pay 3 cents per word which is $90 for a 3,000-word project, so editors will get a cut of that.
Would you love the sense of power you get from wielding the ban hammer against misbehaving internet commenters? This is your dream job.
ICUC work involves being a social media manager and duties include promoting and protecting client brands on various social media platforms. 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 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.
Customer Service Representative
Are you one of those people who doesn’t hate talking on the phone? Get paid for your weirdness with a call center gig.
Concentrix is a staffing company that serves clients in a variety of industries including banking, healthcare, and insurance. You will provide virtual customer service to the clients of those companies.
At least one year of experience as a customer service agent 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.
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.
Customer service representatives working for U-Haul take customer calls to answer questions and make reservations for rental trucks and storage facilities. The base pay is $7.50 to $8.50 an hour, and you can earn bonuses when you book truck rentals.
Those who become full-time employees are eligible for benefits including medical and dental insurance and a 401k plan.
Alorica agents can work both over the phone and via online chat to help customers with problems and questions. You can choose your own hours making this one of the best flex jobs when it comes to online jobs.
Workers are required to have a DSL, cable, or fiber optic internet connection. On average, Alorica agents make $10 an hour but if your earnings at the end of a work week equal less than the minimum wage, the company will pay you the difference to meet the minimum wage in your area.
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.
With 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.
Working with WorldWide 101 involves the typical VA tasks. The company 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.
There used to be a few companies hiring search engine evaluators, but most of them seemed to have been gobbled up by 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.
Transcribers 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.
If you’re looking to start your own business, transcription work is something to consider. Before I started writing I worked in the medical field and the doctors I worked with all used “mom and pop,” local transcribing businesses for their needs — something to consider.
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, the company may overlook a lack of experience.
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 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.
Real Work for Real Money
Working from home can be ideal, and there are real work 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.
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With the bonus of no commute and no annoying co-workers! Please though, get out of your jammies once in a while. The mail carrier is starting to talk.