40 Legitimate Work-at-Home Jobs & Side Gigs for 2018

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40 Best Work-at-Home Jobs & Side Gigs for 2018It is almost the start of the new year, and it reminds me of all the work-at-home opportunities and side gigs that are going be in huge demand next year.

According to Global Workplace Analytics, the telecommuting work grew by 115% this year. This shows that more and more people are choosing to work from home.

In fact, the average work-at-home population is ten times larger than the traditional office workers. Do you see the potential of working from home?

The possibilities are endless, and this is the time to get into remote work if you are looking for a flexible work option.

Why are these the most ‘popular’ jobs?

Because according to different studies, these are some of the most wanted and best-paid work-at-home jobs.

 

So, let’s see which jobs are on the rise next year.

 

Virtual Assistant

The demand for Virtual Assistants is growing super fast and this is the best time for you to cut into this uber profitable work-at-home career.

A beginner VA earn around $35-$50 an hour, and there is no end to the type of services you can offer as a Virtual Assistant.

This might sound very new to you, but believe me, it is the most profitable work-at-home job to be in and check out the services you can offer as a Virtual Assistant.

 

Bookkeeping

Bookkeeping is undoubtedly going to be in high demand as the need for bookkeepers/accountants keeps growing. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a bookkeeper is around $49,000 per annum.

You can try your hand at becoming a successful bookkeeper with this popular course. You surely do not need any expertise to become a bookkeeper.

Starting your own bookkeeping business can be a great way to potentially earn a six-figure income (a single client can give you an average monthly income of $300).

 

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Social Media Manager

A social media manager or social media consultant manages the social media channels of brands, businesses or digital marketers.

They do all the background work of creating the marketing materials, making strategic plans for promotions and other advertising material.

You can find projects for these roles on Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer.

 

SEO Consultant

With the boom of the digital media, every business wants an online presence. This means that every other website wants to rank high in search engines and this is where SEO consultants come in.

A beginner SEO consultant can earn around $75 per hour. Search Engine optimization is more towards the technical side, but that does mean you cannot do it. Here is a FREE course which can teach you to be an SEO consultant without any expertise.

 

Mystery Shopper

Who doesn’t love shopping? It surely is a best combo if you can shop and make money. Mystery shopping is not a job, but it can be a good paying side gig for you if you choose the right companies to go with.

Mystery shopping companies like BestMark, Market Force, Secret Shopper, etc. can be a good starting point for your Mystery shopping hustle.

 

Freelance Writer

This might not be for everyone, but if you have a right way with words and love writing, then freelance writing might be the thing for you. There are hundreds of jobs that get posted every day for freelance writers on jobs boards.

If writing is your thing, then give a head start to this amazing skill by joining this course. Holly is a freelance writer and earns over $200,000 writing online.

 

Customer Service/Sales Rep

In work-at-home jobs category, this might be the most popular one of all. There is no shortage of work-at-home customer service or sales rep jobs with many companies like Aetna, Convergys, Arise, LiveOps, DealDash, etc.

Keep in mind that most of the sales/customer service jobs do require some phone usage and a quiet background. If this is not something you are looking for, then check out these jobs that doesn’t require a phone.

 

Online Tutoring

Wouldn’t you love to teach kids and earn good income all from the comfort of your home? Virtual teaching has taken a big leap in the last five years, and now you can share your expertise teaching any subject online.

Just get started with online tutoring companies like TutorMe, TutorVista. Don’t have any expertise? No problem, you can teach simple conversational English to foreign kids with informal teaching experience and earn $14-$22 per hour with VIPKID.  Qkids and SayABC also recruit work-at-home tutors for teaching English online and the pay is great.

 

Transcriber

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the healthcare services industry is going to push growth in transcription services. Transcription can be of many types like legal, medical and general transcription.

If you want to break into this booming industry next year, try this FREE course to see if you can make this your work-at-home career.

 

Event Planner

This is one of the most creative ways to earn money. Event planning is something which connects businesses with the consumers. If you go on a personal level, event planning can be a booming business for planning parties, gatherings, wedding, etc.

Melanie Woodward’s Event Planning Blueprint is a very practical and a super popular course which will teach you how to kick off as an event planner.

You can charge anywhere between $12 to $75 plus vendor commissions. Whether it is your hobby or business, this can be a very profitable side hustle.

 

Translator

Being bilingual can have its perks. There are many companies that offer translator, interpreter and even call center jobs if you know more than one language.

Companies like Appen Butler Hill, Language Line, World Lingo, etc. offer such roles. You can also try for freelance translator projects at Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer.

 

Tech Support

Technical support jobs are more specialized roles which you can do flexibly online. Many small businesses need help with the technical side of their business.

Tech support professionals are who fix the geeky side of the online business. If you are a pro in technical side of the things, then try companies like Automattic, Toptal, and Zapier.

 

Pet Carer

Many of you might not believe that this is a real job. Yes, it is. Pet caring or grooming is super flexible side hustle, and if you love pets, this is something you are going to love to do and still get paid for it.

Pet carers earn around $18 per sitting. Become a pet sitter and start side hustling with Rover and Care.com.

 

Blogger

Did I mention that I am a stay-at-home mom turned work-at-home mom who started blogging little over a year ago? I now earn a full-time income from my blog (which I started as a side hustle).

Blogging is undoubtedly going up, and this is the time to put together your ideas and start your brand new blog. For a little inspiration, here is how I earned over $36,000 in the first year of blogging.

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Flipping

I am sure flipping is quite a new thing for many, but it is a hustle you definitely want to try. You can flip anything like thrift store items, websites, houses, cars etc. The list is endless.

You just need to learn the tips and tricks of the art of flipping. Here is how Melissa makes a great living with flipping. She and her husband are a great example of this successful side hustle.

 

E-commerce Store

Having an online e-commerce store and making passive income can be the best option for you if you want to have flexible work-at-home gig. Making money from e-commerce store can be perfect if you are a stay-at-home mom.

You can learn how to be a successful online store owner from Jenn; she earns over $15,000 from her e-commerce business just working part-time.

 

Medical Coding

Though medical coding jobs are specific, they surely pay good and are work from home roles. You might need proper certification and expertise to apply for these positions.

If you are someone with the right skills, then this is the job you should try. Companies like Aviacode, The Coding Network, Precyse, etc. have work-at-home coding jobs.

 

Proofreading/Editing

Having a keen eye for detail can get you an excellent work-at-home opportunity. If you love finding errors in documents and make them perfect, then you can try proofreading or editing jobs. You can surely find these jobs with companies like Scribendi, Proofreading Services, Kibin, etc.

Proofreading/Editing jobs are increasingly becoming very popular, and you have all the flexibility to work from anywhere you want. Ready to do this? Then take this FREE Proofreading course first and test it out.

 

Brand Ambassador

Do you know that a simple social media channel can earn you thousands? It’s true. Today, brand ambassadors are using every social media channel to promote the brands they love and make money.

You can earn money as a brand ambassador with or without a blog. Just sign up for websites like Izea and connect your social channels. My friend Emma teaches others how to earn money from Instagram, and she is a pro at it.

 

Childcare

I would say this is the most enjoyable hustle. I mean, who wouldn’t love spending time with kids? It’s a pure bliss. But what makes this a very lucrative hustle is the money and the abundance of opportunities.

You can start your own childcare business at home or sign up with companies like Sittercity.

 

Renting Your Space

This is a no-brainer. In a traditional set up we buy investment properties and rent them out. But this arrangement has become more convenient now where you can even rent out your vacant space, a spare room or even a driveway.

This could be a super passive gig for anyone who has some free space at home or someone who stays out of the house a lot. Go ahead and sign up with Airbnb and start this side hustle.

 

Driving

Do you know that more than half of the households in the US have two cars? Having two cars means a lot of money spent on fuel, insurances and registration bills.

There is an easy fix for reducing this cost. You can become an Uber or Lyft driver and earn a high income even in your spare time. The process to apply is super simple, and the flexibility is excellent. For a limited time, you’ll also get a $250 bonus after your first 100 rides through Lyft. Don’t miss it!

 

Tour Guide

Traveling is the thing now. And if you love exploring the hidden places in your city, then surely you can hustle as a Tour guide.

My friend Alexandra Kenin’s love for traveling turned her side hustle into a full-blown business, and she has other tour guides working for her now.

 

Travel Planner

Maybe this was not a thing a decade ago, but now you can plan vacations for others and earn a good income from that.

It is hard work planning a trip for many, and this is where travel planner comes in. They plan your trip according to your choice of places to visit and other requirements. This hustle has a high potential as there is a big wave of traveling families.

 

Survey Taker

This is not a job, but it surely does supplement your income if done the right way. It is very much possible to earn good extra income by doing surveys, the only thing you need to keep in mind is, sign up for the legitimate ones.

I have a different theory when it comes to surveys. I always do them while I am doing some other tasks, that way it’s worth my time. Sign up for websites like Pinecone Research, InboxDollars, Prize Rebel, Survey Junkie for good returns.

 

Website Testing

First, let me get this out of the way. Website testing does not require any technical expertise. You definitely need to know your way around websites like checking the working of the pages, tabs, speed, etc.

For this side gig, you might need to use a webcam and speak out your views about the functioning of the website. There are many legitimate companies which have this role like TrymyUI, WhatUsersDo, Userfeel, Usertesting, etc.

 

WordPress Expert

Do you know how many blogs/websites are getting launched each day? Millions! And most of the people use WordPress as it is the most efficient way to have control of your site and monetize it.

But not everyone understands WordPress, and this is where WordPress experts come in. This online hustle is rapidly gaining popularity, and the money is fantastic. In fact, my tech person is my go-to solution for any hiccups I get from my blog, and he fixes everything.

 

Voiceover Artist

This might be a little new to you, but believe me, this is the job where your earnings can skyrocket just by using your voice. You can work from anywhere, choose your hours and the best part is the pay.

If you think you can lend your voice to those commercials or try out this gig, then head over to Voices.com and Voice123.com.

 

Search Engine Evaluation

I have done this and can say for sure this is quite a flexible work-at-home job for anyone. Lately, I have seen a big demand for these kind of roles as there is no technical experience required and you get to work from home.

There are about five major companies that hire for these positions, and they employ regularly. Check out those companies here.

 

Short Tasks

Doing short gigs or micro tasks can put back some extra cash in your pocket. Most of these tasks are quite flexible and can be done online at MTurk, Clickworker, TaskRabbit, etc. This could be a perfect fit for you if you have some free time on your hand apart from your day job.

 

Cashback

This is quite a smart gig and can put a lot of cash back in your pocket. Legitimate cashback sites have come up a lot in the last couple of years, and some of them have a broad reach and they pay back well.

Sign up for Ebates, Ibotta, Topcashback for all your shopping needs and earn extra income.

 

Amazon Seller

Selling on Amazon is not necessarily a side gig, it could be a thriving business. It can be very profitable business as you are selling on a huge market place.

Jessica of the Selling family shows you how to start your own Amazon FBA business in this FREE course. She is a pro at it (she and her husband earned $100,000 in the first year).

 

Search The Web

This is something we all do, but getting paid for it is the exciting part. It’s true, you can earn extra cash, and it is very prevalent now by searching the web.

There are two ways you can do this; you can sign up to be a Wonder Researcher or sign up for Swagbucks or InboxDollars and use their search feature. You will surely earn extra dollars to pay your bills.

 

Resume Writer

Resume writing is quickly becoming a big demand job, and the best part is, you can do this from anywhere. You can work for a resume writing company or work for yourself and get projects at places like Upwork, Guru, and Indeed. This career has massive potential to grow in the coming years.

 

Deliver Food

Have you ever thought how easy it is to earn extra just by delivering food? There are very legitimate and paying companies like UberEats and Postmates that pay you to deliver food. Like any other side gig, this can be juggled with your day job making it more profitable.

 

Kids Entertainer

I never knew entertaining kids is a such a profitable hustle. Apart from getting paid around $50 an hour, you get to make kids laugh and have fun with them.

That does not sound like work at all. This hustle can be done by working with a company or setting up your own entertainment business.

 

Caterer/Baking

Having a catering or baking business is suitable for stay-at-home moms as it is flexible and works well with that lifestyle. I personally know a lot of bakers who work from home and have a thriving business.

Though you might need to take some food licenses, this is something to look into if you are good with your cooking skills.

 

Photographer

Apart from blogging, photography is my passion, and it has an enormous income potential. There are many ways you can monetize your photography skills like selling prints, putting up a website and promoting your work, creating courses to teach others or even becoming corporate photographers. This hustle has no limits.

 

Chat Agent

With more and more company websites coming up, there is going to be a great need for chat agents. Chat agents are the ones who talk to you virtually when you visit a website through pop up chats.

There are different types of chat agent roles like general or technical. Try applying to companies like Chatshop, SiteStaff, Apple.com, etc.

 

Ghostwriter

If you have a skill for writing, then you can try becoming a ghostwriter. No, you will not be writing ghost stories, but writing for someone without being given any credit to you.

Ghostwriting can be a very fetching work-at-home job if you have good projects lined up. You can try for projects at websites like Contena, Problogger or even gigs at Upwork, Indeed or Fiverr.

 

There you have it.

These are the most popular and in-demand work-at-home jobs/side gigs that can give you anything from extra cash to a six-figure income.

This is a diverse list so choose the ones which suit your lifestyle and your income choices.

Build your successful work-at-home career in the new year!

 

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About Sireesha Narumanchi

Hi, I am Sireesha and thank you for stopping by to know me. I am a work at home mom of two beautiful princesses and working from home was always my choice to be around my family and make a good income.Read more...

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4 thoughts on “40 Legitimate Work-at-Home Jobs & Side Gigs for 2018”

  1. Hi Sireesha,

    Thanks for sharing this extensive list. These are very helpful side jobs apart from blogging considering I have elderly people and children to look after to. I’ve come across some of them but Flipping and Web Testing are new to me, some others are worth trying as well. Glad you have provided the links and this list. Thanks again!

    1. Hi Ashley,

      I am really glad you liked the post. Flipping is definitely something to look into and it’s growing really fast. I hope you find your ideal hustle:-)

  2. Hello Sireesha! Wow – what an exhaustive list. I just wanted to reach out and thank you for the time you put into this article. I am currently researching an article for my blog for seniors about good side jobs for retired seniors and I will for sure be linking back to this article as a resource. Thanks again! – Scott

    1. Hello Scott,

      Thank you! I am so glad you liked the post. Thank you so much for the mention.

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