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Future of Work: Legit Work-From-Home Jobs You Can Start Today

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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 COVID-19 pandemic triggered a massive shift in the way people work, giving rise to a significant increase in remote work and work-from-home arrangements. As businesses worldwide scrambled to adapt to the new reality, employees discovered the advantages of working from the comfort of their own homes, such as increased flexibility and improved work-life balance.

    Employers, too, recognized the potential cost savings, productivity,  reduced overhead, and access to a broader talent pool that remote work provided. Even as the pandemic subsides, the ‌remote worker continues to gain momentum, with many companies choosing to adopt a hybrid model that combines remote and in-office work to accommodate the evolving needs of their workforce.

    Ok, lets find you a new job and dig into some work from home opportunities.

    Online Surveys

    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!

  1. Survey Junkie
  2. 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 toward cash via PayPal or gift cards. Most surveys are worth between 100 and 200 points and take 5 to 20 minutes to complete.

    Survey Junkie

    Want to get paid for your opinion? Survey Junkie lets you share yours to help brands deliver better products and services. After creating your profile, they'll start matching you to online surveys you can take anywhere.

    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.

  3. Prize Rebel
  4. 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.

  5. Swagbucks
  6. If you shop online, why not get your 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.


    Get cash back when you buy online from more than 1,500 retailers including Amazon, Target, and Starbucks. You earn points for each dollar you spend and also get special coupons and deals exclusive to their shoppers.

  7. Ibotta
  8. 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.

  9. InBoxDollars
  10. InBoxDollars is a “get paid to site.” Users make money from home through completing tasks like taking online surveys, playing games, and watching videos.

    Several similar sites are 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.

    Inbox Dollars

    Inbox Dollars pays you for the things you already do like watching TV, playing videos games, and shopping. Perform your online activities and earn cash. Simple.


    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.

  11. VIPKID
  12. 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.

  13. Cambly
  14. 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 being a professional teacher is unnecessary. You will need a webcam, but most newer computers have them. Cambly is available 24/7 so it 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.

  15. Brainfuse
  16. 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.

  17. ETS
  18. 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.

  19. Shmoop
  20. 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.

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    Are you that person who corrects their and there or you and you’re on your friends’ Facebook posts? Put your pedantry to paid work.

  21. Domainite
  22. Domainite pays for copy editing. It’s an entry-level job, 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 it can bring in some extra money if you’re fast. They pay via Paypal weekly.

  23. Gramlee
  24. 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.

  25. ICUC
  26. 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.

  27. LiveWorld
  28. LiveWorld moderators monitor social media sites for their clients. You will work on specified shifts. The pay is between $8-10 an hour and is 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.

  29. Concentrix
  30. 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 rep 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.

  31. Hilton Worldwide
  32. 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.

  33. U-Haul
  34. 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.

  35. Alorica
  36. 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.

    Virtual Assistants

    Not everyone who needs an administrative assistant works in an office. A virtual assistant is perfect for them if they’re working from home (like you).

  37. Red Butler
  38. With Red Butler, you will do things like administrative support, customer support, 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; weekend hours are available but not required. The pay is $12-15 an hour and is paid via Paypal once a month.

  39. WorldWide 101
  40. 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.

  41. Appen
  42. 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.

  43. AccuTran Global
  44. AccuTran deals with the finance industry so 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.

  45. Daily Transcription
  46. 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

    Remote jobs be ideal, and real work opportunities exist. 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.

    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.

    The best thing about working from home is the beer they can't see me drinking.

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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.

    There are a lot of significant advantages to work-at-home jobs, and there are tons of home opportunities and job types 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.

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Candice Elliott - Senior Editor Candice Elliott is a substantial contributor to Listen Money Matters. She has been a personal finance writer since 2013 and has written extensively on student loan debt, investing, and credit. She has successfully navigated these areas in her own life and knows how to help others do the same. Candice has answered thousands of questions from the LMM community and spent countless hours doing research for hundreds of personal finance articles. She happily calls New Orleans, Louisiana home-the most fun city in the world.
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