I am sure you will agree with me when I say, finding practical ways to work from home is hard.
Why you ask?
Because most of the time, they turn out to be scams or they are not something you can make money from. It is indeed hard to find a legitimate work-at-home option and make money from it.
That is exactly why I am sharing a massive list of legit ways to work from home today. There are many things you can choose according to your income or work expectations.
Please remember that some of these work from home options are just meant to be extra income opportunities, so do not expect to make much from them. But the best way is to side-hustle them with the main income earner to increase your earning. That really works for me.
Ready to dig into this massive list of work-at-home options?
Customer Service – These are the most available online work-at-home jobs. There are many types of customer service jobs like sales, reservations, etc. The job description might be slightly different for roles, but the core work is related to customer service. Companies like Service800, American Express, Github, DealDash have positions available frequently. You can find a complete list of customer service companies here.
You can work as online chat agent, and it’s pretty much similar to customer service role, except for that you will be interacting with your clients online. There is a high demand for chat agents, and you can find these roles with companies like Needle, Arise, Apple at Home, etc.
Search Engine Evaluator
As a search engine evaluator, you will be analyzing the search results of Google or Bing following some guidelines. Search engine evaluation is a relatively easy role, and in my personal opinion, anyone can do it. The companies which offer these positions are Lionbridge, iSoftStone, Leapforce and Appen Butler Hill. There is an assessment test after your resume gets accepted.
If you enjoy teaching, then there is a significant scope for you to teach online and make money from home. There are many legitimate teaching websites around like Tutor.com, Tutorvista, Brainfuse and Cambly. For some companies, you might need a prior teaching background to apply.
Transcription is another flexible and a profitable way to work from home. Transcription has different categories like general, medical and legal. You can put in your application for these type of roles through companies like Scribie, TranscribeMe, AccuTran Global and Rev. Apart from other qualifications, you will need to have good typing speed to be a transcriptionist.
Proofreading & Editing
These roles require some expertise, and if you have a good eye for detail, then you should apply for proofreading or editing positions. Most of the companies ask for some prior experience and qualifications at the time of application, but these roles can be great work-at-home options. You can apply for these positions at ProofreadingPal, Proofreading Services, CactusGlobal, etc.
Technical Customer Service
Though you need to have technical knowledge for the above role, they usually pay well. There are some good companies which hire for such roles regularly, like Automattic, Toptal, Zapier, etc. If you are a techie, then this position might be perfect for you.
These days almost everyone knows another language other than their mother tongue. If you are bilingual, then you stand a good chance of getting a translator job from home. You can try for translating jobs with these companies like LanguageLine Solutions, Gengo, Verilogue.
Telephone Mystery Shopping
Telephone Mystery Shopping is a fun way to earn income and still do something most of us like, SHOP. There are many mystery shopping companies, but you need to keep an eye out for the good ones, as mystery shopping also involves a lot of scams. Try for telephone mystery shopping gigs with companies like Yardi Matrix, Callcenter QA, Perception Strategies, etc.
If you love writing, then you don’t need to look further. Freelance writing is in super demand now, and you can surely pitch to many companies, websites, magazines to get started. Check out sites like Babble, Upworthy, Narratively, Scarymommy to get some freelance writing gigs.
Though data entry jobs have a high number of scams, there are some legitimate typing jobs which might not give you that much income but you make some extra bucks. You can find good data entry or typing jobs at DionData, Quicktate, SpeakWrite, etc. Another thing to remember with data entry jobs is that it is always good to have these jobs as income supplements rather than depending on them.
If you are into the medical field, medical coding is a work-at-home job that might suit you. Everyone cannot do medical coding; you need to have the right qualification and most of the companies ask for a minimum experience. The organizations that offer remote coding jobs are nThrive, The Coding Network, etc.
Captioning is typing out the words that you see on the screen and is quite a fun job to have, and I have a very detailed interview about captioning here. There are many companies which offer captioning jobs like Rev, Vitac, Aberdeen Broadcast Services and Caption Max. Keep in mind that some of the companies have an assessment test which you have to pass to get hired.
Blogging is one of my favorite home based businesses, and I have been earning more than a full-time income since a year. It does not require any expertise, and you can blog from anywhere. If you are thinking of starting your money-making blog, then check out my easy to follow step-by-step tutorial which will give simple steps to start your blog today. You can also join my FREE Start Your blog course which is a 5-day email course.
Virtual Assisting is on the rise right now, and there is no limit to the services you can offer as a VA. Virtual Assisting is one of the work-at-home businesses which can be very flexible, and the income potential is remarkable. In my series of side hustles, I interviewed Gina Horkey, who has successfully trained over 300 students as VA’s, if this is something that interests you, surely check out this post.
If numbers are something that interests you, then you can start a successful bookkeeping business from home. It does not require any previous experience to start this business, and you can find all the details on how to get started in this post.
Amazon is the most famous online marketplace. What if you could sell on this popular platform? You can reach million of customers on this platform, and this is made super easy with Amazon FBA. I know many who are work-at-home mums, and they earn an excellent income by selling on Amazon. Jesicca Larrew made almost $100,000 in her first year selling on Amazon, and she teaches how to do it. If you want to know more about this profitable business, then check out this FREE 3 part video series.
Proofreading again is a super profitable work-at-home option if you are good with sifting through data. Proofreading does require some prior training, but the money you can make is incredible. Caitlin Pyle of Proofreadanywhere has a super helpful course to get you started. Is this something you are looking for? Then you can see if you want to try out this work-at-home business with this free course.
Now, this is one of the most popular home based businesses that many have tried and they have successfully made money from it. Transcription is not merely typing, but if you have good typing skills, then you can surely learn more and start your own transcription business at home. Janet began as a medical transcriptionist in 2007, and since then she has been teaching others how to start this incredible business from home.
Did you know that flipping can be a very profitable home business? Flipping is buying cheap items and selling them for profit. If you love finding cheap things to buy, then this home business could work well for you. It was a new concept to me till I came to know about Melissa. She and her husband have made over $130,000 last year from flipping. Isn’t that great?!!
Social Media Consultant
If you are someone who likes to be on the social media, then you are looking at a very lucrative home business. Today, the biggest demand in the market is for social media consultants/managers. Right from the smallest business to the multi-million dollar firms need to be on the social media to promote their brand and here the need for a social media consultant comes. You might have to be very up-to-date with all the happenings in the industry for this business, and if you want to start on the right foot, this is the perfect training for you.
Talking about social media, Pinterest is taking over Twitter and Facebook now, and many businesses are turning to Pinterest to promote their products and brands. That creates a high demand for Virtual Assistants who manage Pinterest exclusively. I know many bloggers who have VA’s mainly to manage their Pinterest profile. So, I can say for sure; this is quite a profitable business. If you want to know about how to become a Pinterest VA, head over to Kristin Larsen’s course. This course comes with all the in-depth details on becoming a Pinterest VA.
If you are good with face to face marketing, then there are numerous legitimate direct sales companies to start with. In my opinion, direct sales is an excellent way to make money if you possess the right skills. You can join the companies like Avon, Isabel & Chloe and more, according to your interests and start selling.
eBay is the next biggest thing to Amazon when it comes to selling or buying online. eBay caters to worldwide customers, and this is the most biggest plus to sell on eBay. I am sure many of you already know the power of selling on eBay, so just go ahead and try this profitable side hustle.
Another growing home business is event planning. In this fast age of outsourcing, this business is hugely on demand. In fact, I had many family events done by planners, and they did a fantastic job, and the most interesting part of it is that they worked from home having their own business. If you are interested in starting your own event planning business, then Learn Event Planning From Scratch is a great course to start with.
Well, this one was a big surprise for me. I never knew Organizing a professional business. I interviewed Lisa Woodruff who runs a Professional Organizing business, and she is good at it. Though there are certifications required for being a professional organizer, Lisa mentions you don’t need any to start off on your own.
Creating courses and passively making money is the rage right now and this is the most profitable business which can give you the flexibility to work from anywhere. If you are an expert at something, then you need to look into this. There are many platforms you can create courses on like Udemy, Lynda. You can also use programs like Teachable to build awesome courses and make money online.
If you possess excellent writing skills and a thorough knowledge of the job markets, then this home business is for you. According to this article, resume writers make anywhere from $400 to $1,100. Cool, right?! Though this home business does not require any specialized training, it can help a lot if you have previous working experience in human resources or recruitment. If this is what you might want to do, then start off by promoting your services through a website, blog or social media and start getting clients.
Are you more of techie geek with a creative side to it? Then try Graphic design. I believe this is one home based business which does not require much expertise, though it sounds a lot technical. In fact, one of my friends who graduated in accounting did a course in graphic design (her hobby) and started working as a Graphic designer. As you can see, it might not need any formal education in this home business, but you surely need a basic foundation course to know about this hustle.
Are you someone who has a way with words? Then I have a perfect work-at-home business for you…Freelance writer. If you love writing, then you need to check out Holly’s post where she shows how she is earning $200,000 a year writing online and traveling incredible places. Freelance writing is a very lucrative market, and if you follow the right path, then you can make money from it.
Have you ever thought how you could make money passively? By having an online store. Having an online store is great for many reasons like earning passively, having no inventory and the biggest of all, it’s very flexible. Though you will need to build a website, do promotions, the work is less when compared to a physical store. Jenn makes over $10,000 per month working just part-time through her online store.
Not many have heard of Scoping. But this very less known work -at-home business is thriving and keeps growing. Scoping is editing courthouse transcripts. This home business surely needs prior training, and Internet Scope School is the place to go if you are interested in this business. I was lucky to interview one of the students of this school and find out everything scoping.
Who does not love crafts? Everyone does. If this is you and you want to take your skills to the money-making level, then you should go for Etsy. Etsy is the biggest online marketplace for crafts, and if you are good at crafting, then it sure can become a big income earner for you. Need some guidance on starting? Etsy Empire: Proven Tactics for Etsy business has some great tips to get going.
You must be thinking that you need technical expertise to become a website tester. No, you don’t. You need to have a sound knowledge of how to get to a website and check the functioning. Site testing is one of the fun side gigs you can do, and there are sites like TryMyUI, Usertesting, Whatusersdo, etc. where you can give it a shot. Keep in mind that the testing gigs might not be regular, you get emails whenever there are jobs available.
Did you know you can make some cool extra cash just by running errands for others? Just sign up for websites like WeGoLook, TaskRabbit, Uber Eats, Instacart, etc. All these websites have different tasks to be done. If you have some extra time on hand and want to make a quick buck, then try these.
Microtasks are small jobs or tasks that you complete to make money online. The tasks can vary from just checking emails to transcription projects. If you are interested in these things, then register with websites like Amazon Mechanical Turk, Clickworker, Crowdflower, etc. Please note that the work might not be very continuous and the pay might be less.
Sell Your Stuff
Making money by selling your stuff might be the easiest thing to do. You can sell anything from old clothes to your photos. Check out websites like Poshmark, BookScouter, Decluttr, Tradesy, Foap, Clashot, etc.
I love pets, and if you do too, then you can quickly earn some extra cash. There are many companies these days who hire pet sitters like Rover, Care.com, Pawshake, DogVacay, etc. If you are interested in advancing your hustle, you can even get certified by Pet Sitters International.
Well, becoming a tour guide can be a dream hustle for many. You get to travel to your favorite places and make money from it. It could be the best hustle! If you want to get started with this fun side gig, I have a great interview with Alexandra Kenin who started tour guiding as a side hustle and now has a successful business.
Driving for Uber
You might agree with me when I say driving for Uber is the most flexible side hustle. The biggest advantage with driving for Uber is the flexibility. You can choose when to work like evenings or weekends. I have an interesting interview with one of my friends who drives for Uber and works on weekends. You would love this if you got some time on hand and love driving.
Surveys and GPT Sites
Surveys and GPT sites are an excellent way to make extra money especially while you doing other tasks. I usually do surveys when I am working. That way this makes worth your time. If you sign up for most of the legitimate ones, then you can make good side income from these.
Airbnb is another interesting way to earn side income if you have an extra room or space in your house. Airbnb is getting popular now and very easy to register as a host and make money from it. Just head over to Airbnb and follow the instructions to become a host.
Did you know that you can become a freelance researcher and earn some cool extra cash? Yes, you can! Ask Wonder is one such website which recruits for a freelance researcher position. You will have to fill out a form and answer some sample research questions to apply.
If you love reading books, then you can become a book reviewer. This can be a great side gig for book worms; I would love to do that. You can register with companies like Kirkus, Online Book Club, Contena, etc. I am not sure if all the companies will pay, some might just offer free books.
Shutterstock is a very famous company which offers Image reviewer position. This position does require some prior experience in photo editing. You will be reviewing the photos for quality among other responsibilities. If you are photography junkie like me, then do try out this side gig.
If you spend most of your time on social media, then this can become a good side gig for you. Sign up for companies like Izea, and if you have a good engaged following, then companies contact you for promoting brands.
Have you heard of a position called call reviewer? Humanatic is the company which recruits ‘Call Reviewers’ to listen to call and tag them into categories. This can be one of those extra income earners rather than a primary income thing.
MORE WAYS TO EARN INCOME
Swagbucks TV – Watch videos and earn ‘Swagbucks’ which can you can redeem for gift cards.
Slice the pie – Fun way to listen to music and get paid
Ebates – Get cashback when you do your usual shopping online
Nielsen Digital Voice – Install this legitimate app and get paid passively
Mindswarms – Get paid to take part in this focus group with around $50 per study.
ShopTracker – Install this app and sync your Amazon account to get paid every month.
Apperwall – Review apps and get paid
Pact – Work out to be healthy and get paid to reach your goals with this app.
There you have it; this is a HUGE LIST list of work-at-home opportunities literally for everyone. Whether you are looking for jobs or side hustles or just some extra income options, this post will help you to decide which ones to choose.
Go ahead and start your favorite work-at-home options!