40 Legitimate Work-at-Home Jobs & Side Gigs for 2018 (Updated for 2020)


legitimate side gigsIt 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 to be in huge demand next year.

According to Global Workplace Analytics, 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 population of 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 side jobs?

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

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Let’s see which side jobs are on the rise now:


Food Delivery 

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

No wonder this is one of the popular ways to make money on the side with its flexible schedules and weekly pay.

You can learn about Postmates in this detailed review.


Survey Taker

This is not a job, but it does supplement your income if done the right way. It is very possible to earn good extra income by doing surveys. The only thing you need to keep in mind is you need to 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 MyPoints, Swagbucks, Pinecone Research, InboxDollarsSurvey Junkie, and LifePoints for good returns.

If you want completely passive income, then download Nielsen App and earn around $50 a year just to do your usual browsing. It’s completely safe and backed by a legit company.

Read our Swagbucks and InboxDollars reviews to learn more about these surveys.


Online Tutor

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 and TutorVista.

Education First is a great choice if you want a flexible side gig. Apart from having teaching experience, you need to have TEFL certification and a bachelor’s degree to teach with Education First. With pay of up to $20 per hour, this tutoring company offers extra pay during peak hours and bonuses when you teach more classes. Sign up here to get started. 

Don’t have any expertise? No problem, you can teach simple conversational English to foreign kids, even if you only have informal teaching experience, and earn $15–$22 per hour with VIPKid. 

Qkids pays between $16 and $20 per hour to teach English (you should have a bachelor’s degree or be working toward one). SayABC also recruits work-at-home tutors for ESL teaching.

You need to schedule a video interview after you complete the application for these companies. 


Rent Your Car

Earning passive income legitimately is totally possible these days. If you have a car and want to earn money from it, head over to Turo. Listing your car on Turo is literally at your fingertips; just sign up and enter all the details. Turo will set your daily price according to the market price, or you can set your own rate and mileage.

All the customers are screened before getting accepted, and you have $1M liability insurance with 24/7 support. You earn around 65% to 85% of the trip price and get paid within five days via direct deposit.

You don’t have to do a face-to-face handover of the car; with the Turo Go app, you can unlock your car for your guests and even track mileage.

Time to earn some easy money with your car!


Use Your Backyard

Got a big backyard? That’s your ticket to making passive income hosting with Sniffspot. You will be renting your backyard for dogs to play, stretch their legs, and simply have fun.

Signing up with Sniffspot is easy; just sign up and list your place with all the details. Once you find a potential user, you can rent your backyard to these furry friends. Users take care of the cleaning and maintenance, and there is $1M host protection insurance for liability and damage protection.

It’s a great way to use your backyard to earn money. Some hosts are earning over $1,000 a month while making new friends.



I am sure flipping is quite a new thing for many people, 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. Take this FREE workshop to learn more about how to make money flipping.


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 through pop-up chat boxes when you visit a website.

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



Bookkeeping is undoubtedly going to be in high demand as the need for bookkeepers/accountants keeps growing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a bookkeeper is around $43,000 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 creating other advertising material.

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


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 earns 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. Check out the services you can offer as a virtual assistant.


SEO Consultant

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

A beginner SEO consultant can earn around $75 per hour. Search engine optimization leans more toward the technical side, but that doesn’t mean you cannot do it. There is a reliable course that can teach you to be an SEO consultant without needing any expertise. This is one of the best side jobs that make good money.


Mystery Shopper

Who doesn’t love shopping? It surely is the 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 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 job boards.

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


Customer Service/Sales Rep

In the 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, Concentrix (formerly 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 don’t require a phone.



Transcription is one of the most popular work-from-home jobs. 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 that connects businesses with consumers. If you go on a personal level, event planning can be a booming business if you plan parties, gatherings, weddings, etc.

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

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



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, LanguageLine, World Lingo, etc. offer such roles. You can also try for freelance translator projects on Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer.


Tech Support

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

Tech support professionals are the ones who fix the geeky side of the online business. If you are a pro in the technical side of 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 a 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.



Did I mention that I am a stay-at-home mom turned work-at-home mom who started blogging a 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 becoming more popular, 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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E-commerce Store Owner

Having an online e-commerce store and making passive income can be the best option for you if you want to have a flexible work-at-home gig. Making money from an 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 $19,000 per month from her e-commerce business just working part-time.


Medical Coder

Though medical coding jobs are specific, they pay well 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, nThrive (formerly Precyse), etc. have work-at-home coding jobs.



Having a keen eye for detail can lead you to an excellent work-at-home opportunity. If you love finding errors in documents and making them perfect, then you can try  to find proofreading or editing jobs. You can find these jobs with companies like Scribendi, ProofreadingServices.com, 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 workshop first and test it out.


Brand Ambassador

Did 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 Provider

Have you ever wondered how to make extra money on the side? Become a babysitter! I would say this is the most enjoyable hustle. I mean, who wouldn’t love spending time with kids? It’s 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.


Listing Your Space

This is a no-brainer. In a traditional set up, we buy investment properties and list them out. But this arrangement has become even more convenient now where you can list 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.


Ride-share driver

Did 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, insurance, and registration bills.

There is a fix for reducing this cost. You can become an Uber or Lyft driver-partner and earn money even in your spare time. The flexibility is excellent, and for a limited time, earn an extra $1,000 when you finish your first 125 rides as a Lyft driver. Don’t miss it!


Tour Guide

Traveling is the thing now. And if you love exploring the hidden places in your city, then 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 online a decade ago, but now you can plan vacations for others and earn a good income from that.

For many people, it is hard work planning a trip, and this is where a 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.


Website Tester

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 pages, tabs, speed, etc. are working.

For this side gig, you might need to use a webcam and speak out your views about the website functionality. There are many legitimate companies that 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.


Voice Over 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 commercials or try out this gig, then head over to Voices.com and Voice123.


Search Engine Evaluator

I have done this and can say for sure it is quite a flexible work-at-home job for anyone. Lately, I have seen a big demand for these kinds 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 Task Worker

Doing short gigs or micro tasks can put 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 hands outside your day job. You can also take videos of products and get rewarded in Amazon gift cards with ProductTube.


Cash Back

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. Some of them have a broad reach, and they pay well.

Sign up for Rakuten, Ibotta, and 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 a very profitable business as you are selling on a huge online marketplace.

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 their first year!)


Web Searcher

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

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 features. You will earn extra dollars to pay your bills.


Résumé Writer

Résumé writing is quickly becoming an in-demand job, and the best part is you can do this from anywhere. You can work for a résumé 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.


Kids Entertainer

I never knew entertaining kids could be 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 by setting up your own entertainment business.



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 get some food licenses, this is something to look into if you have good cooking skills.



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 a corporate photographer. This hustle has no limits.



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 any credit being given to you.

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


There you have it. Just remember one thing before you jump into finding the right job:

Finding legit side gigs is easy; choosing the right one is what matters most.

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 that suit your lifestyle and your income needs.

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 a firm believer in making 'working from home' a success for everyone (working in a virtual job for over 9 years now). I have been featured on many popular websites like Forbes, Business Insider, American Express, QuickBooks, The Muse, Moneyish, Virtual Vocations, Spark Hire, Bustle, Fairygodboss, Side Hustle School, Payoneer, Jobbatical, Skillcrush.Read more...

5 thoughts on “40 Legitimate Work-at-Home Jobs & Side Gigs for 2018 (Updated for 2020)”

  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

  3. I have tried flipping in the past, but it wasnt a good fit for me. Your list is amazing and highly creative. My best friend and i started running errands for some of our elderly neighbors. Many times we can sit and enjoy a free meal or cash in exchange of running errands and cleaning. mostly, many of them enjoy our company.

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