15 Best Work From Home Jobs in 2021

Last Updated on July 21, 2021 by Vasco Lourenço

The internet is here to stay, and with it, the old 9 to 5 paradigm may very well shift to a less strict hourly labor. People see this as an opportunity, as they are more and more inclined to work from home jobs as a way to earn a living and make money online.

As work from home jobs increases and the internet speed gets faster as time goes by, many people find it easier to live where they want, even if it’s in another continent, as long they have internet access.

Just by browsing Google, you can see that working from home nowadays is quickly becoming a prevalent trend for most job hunters. With so many companies now offering online work opportunities, working from home can sound tempting. 

However, if you’re looking for full-time employment in a typical office environment, it might take a lot of convincing.

To this day, I still know many people my age who distrust the possibility and legitimacy of earning a living online.

If you’re one of those people, I’m here to show you what’s possible.

Nonetheless, making money online is not as simple as opening your computer and browsing the internet. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done. And it also depends on the type of work from home job you’re looking for.

What I mean is, there are two kinds of income, whether online or not: active income and passive income.

Let me briefly explain the two terms:

  • Active Income. You get a one-time payment for a particular service you’ve done, like a wage, a salary, a tip, or a commission. To get paid once more, you need to perform the service again.
  • Passive Income. You receive regular income from a unique service you provided, like a musician who records a song and then receives royalty income for years to come, or you put your house to rent and collect the money each month.
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Now, having passive income doesn’t mean that you chill and do nothing. You can, if you want to, but for long-term success, you still have to work and also be prepared for tough times.

The list in this article is a mix of active and passive income online jobs.

But before I continue, let me warn you about those online jobs that offer low paying tactics and are not sustainable long-term for your well being.

I’m talking about online surveys, where you can earn as little as $0,25 for a 30-minute survey packed with advertising. You might feel tempted for the first time, but you’ll soon discover it’s not worth your time.

Unless, of course, you’re a robot and have no life.

Other low-paying-waste-of-time-work-from-home-online-jobs (ouch!) include completing tasks, offers, referring others to the same job, and low pay data entry jobs.

If you want to keep your mental health lively, steer clear from these types of online jobs.

Disclaimer: this post may contain some affiliate links. What this means is, if you end up purchasing any of the products through my link, I may get a small commission that will help keep this blog running. Don’t worry, there’s no extra cost for you.

Best Work From Home Jobs

I prepared this list with the best high paying work-at-home online jobs that I hope can help you see that you can be your own boss in the comfort of your home.

Here are the top legitimate 15 work from home jobs to start making money online at your own pace.

1. Best work from home job: Blogger (Start a Blog)

person sitting at a desk working from home as a blogger

The best work from home job that I genuinely recommend is starting a blog.

Why is that?

When you start a blog, you have total control of what you write about, the way the website looks, and the daily time you want to spend on it.

Starting a blog is a great way of building a side business for yourself that might earn you good amounts of money long-term. You just have to put in the work.

Check out my guide on how to start a blog to get started.

How to make money blogging?

There are several ways you can earn money with a blog, and those are:

  1. Advertising
  2. Affiliate Marketing
  3. Selling Your Own Products
  4. Memberships
  5. Consulting or Coaching

Let’s go over them briefly.

1. Advertising

Probably the easiest way to start generating some income with your blog is through advertising. You can start with Google Adsense after you have some content published because Adsense needs to scrawl your content first to find out the best ads to display.

But don’t get too excited about it! Too many ads are distracting and may hurt the user experience on your blog. Focus on writing good content and keep ads to a minimum. With time, your blog’s traffic will start to increase, as well as the ads’ revenue.

When your traffic starts to reach in the order of thousands of visitors per month, you can start thinking about joining high-end advertising networks, like Mediavine, AdThrive, or Gourmet Ads. They have higher commissions but also higher requirements.

2. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is the process through which you promote other people’s products and earn a commission. Simple, right?

This is by far the best source of income for the majority of bloggers.

There are several affiliate marketing networks with thousands of products ready to be promoted, like ShareASale, Awin, Amazon Associates, Clickbank, FlexOffers, Rakuten Marketing, among others.

One way to leverage affiliate marketing is by starting a review blog, where you offer honest product reviews. If your blog is in a particular niche, like health, wealth, relationships, or food, it’s best to stick with products related to that niche.

When you write on a particular niche, you gain some authority on the subject, and your readers will trust you more if you’re promoting a related product. Makes sense, right?

3. Selling Your Own Products

What if I don’t have any product? What if I don’t have anything to sell?

That’s ok. You’re just getting started. However, we all have our unique way of seeing things, of contributing to the whole of humanity, be it in a blog about the environment or about recipes.

Imagine that you’re a food enthusiast, and you start learning to shoot great pictures of your recipes. You learn about light, editing, and even upgrade your camera. You could write and sell an ebook about food photography, specifically targeted at food bloggers (which would be your niche, in this case), as Lindsay did.

Or if you have a blog about music or photography, you could sell your audio files or photos.

The important lesson here is that you need to show your audience that you’re an expert on what you’re selling, and that gets easy when you have a niche blog and the product you’re selling is niche related. I mean, it wouldn’t make sense to sell a recipe book in a finance blog, right?

4. Memberships

Although all the content you publish on your blog is free for everyone to access, you can have restricted content that’s only available when a user logs in after paying a membership fee, usually monthly. 

Once inside the member’s area, they’ll have access to exclusive content and privileges.

One advantage of a membership area is that you are able to leverage your content, making it into a reusable asset, just like if you were selling an ebook. You create it once and then you can sell it for years to come to thousands of people.

Another advantage of a membership site is that its content becomes more valuable. What do I mean by that?

Usually, people value more when they pay for content rather than when it’s given for free. Does it happen to you? It sure does for me. Because there’s an energy exchange (money exchange), people are more likely to take action and see results, which brings more positive reviews and, therefore, more sales. 

5. Consulting or Coaching

If you’re confident enough in what you’re offering people and want to have a more personal connection with them, whether by phone or skype, consulting or coaching clients can be a very profitable way of leveraging your blog.

Charging by the hour, you can make a lot of money even if you still don’t have much content on your blog.

The easiest way of doing this is to make your homepage the focus point of your blog, where you offer the consulting service clearly and understandably, showing your audience why you’re the right person for them.

Summarizing, starting a blog is an excellent way of building a side hustle that, in time, can give you the financial freedom that you always dreamt of. As a work from home job, it can take its time because you need to keep creating good quality content for people to come back and see you as an expert.

The more trust your readers have on you, the better the chances of increasing your income.

2. Best remote work: Freelancer

man sitting at a desk working from home as a freelancer

Second in this list of work from home jobs is to work remotely as a freelancer.

You can choose your clients and work straight from your home. More than that, you choose when and how much you will work. These are some of the advantages of being a premium freelancer.

This infographic by Upwork shows you that, in 2019, 57 million people freelance only in the US (4 million more than 2014). Freelancing work does not show any signs to stop, as younger generations are more likely to freelance.

work from home jobs freelancer

Although not all people freelance remotely, working from home jobs are increasing more and more. Some companies, like Formstack, are offering remote job opportunities to their employees. 

There are several websites that offer freelance remote jobs, like Flexjobs, Upwork, Freelancer, PeoplePerHour, and Fiverr.

However, the biggest and best site for curated remote work from home jobs is Flexjobs. As you can see in their success stories track record, Flexjobs is the way to go for high-quality freelance work.

On the other hand, the rising star for freelance jobs is Fiverr, although it’s more leaned towards creative jobs. If you’re a musician, a photographer, a videographer, a graphic or web designer, Fiverr is for you.

Despite the many offers, the competition is also fierce, as these websites get large numbers of applications, and many freelancers who are looking for work from home jobs might wait for months on end in vain.

But don’t get discouraged. Here are some ways that will help you get your first job without difficulty.

Create your portfolio

When people don’t know you, it doesn’t matter how long you talk with them about your experience and background. You need to have something to show them. That’s why a portfolio is the first thing you need to create when thinking about being a freelancer.

A good portfolio will show you have experience in the niche, will show your personality, and it will also be short and concise. Only your best work should be there. Remember that you need to stand out among millions of freelancers.

“But what if I’m just starting out and have little or no work to show?

Keep reading.

Write extensively

It doesn’t matter if you think you’re not a writer, or if you’re a photographer and have no writing skills.

The best thing you can do for yourself, in terms of getting people to know you, is to write. And I mean, to write a lot. It can be on blog posts, email newsletters, you name it. Everybody knows how to read, at least those who might have a job for you.

When you get the word out, you’ll start to attract the jobs that are suited to you because people will recognize your work.

I personally know some famous painters and the thing that gives more value to their art is not so much the paintings they create but the texts they write about them and their art in general.

Where do I find freelance work from home jobs?

Well, the best site that I recommend is Flexjobs, as they specialize in the best freelance, part-time and flexible jobs possible.

They filter the jobs for you so you only get high-quality remote and flexible jobs that are a good match for you.

They have a small subscription fee that can give you unlimited access to every job they find, a quick profile process that enables hiring employers to find you easily, and a personalized portfolio where you can showcase your best works.

For the more creative freelancers, the best site out there is surely Fiverr. There’s a small difference between Flexjobs and Fiverr though. In Flexjobs, the jobs are already posted and you have to apply to them; in Fiverr, you create the job (gig, as they call it) and then wait for someone to hire you. You can create as many gigs as you want for more conversions possible.

In the end, all that matters is that you put yourself out there and start to earn some money from your skills. That’s the main reason why people want to freelance.

3. Best online job: Professional Audio and Video Editor

computer screen of a video editing software

When people think about audio and video, they probably think about big television stages and cinemas.

While that is true for the broadcasting and theatrical worlds, only some parts of the production stages require those big rooms. For the most part, editing audio and video can be done in a much smaller room, like your home.

This increases the chances of having more remote work available. Unlike movie directors, an audio and video editor can work from any location. And since video software abounds these days, it gets more enticing.

Just like with the upsurge in the freelancing world, video marketing is growing strong.

According to Alexa Rank, Youtube is the second most popular website after Google, and 85% of businesses use video as a marketing tool.

We are a visual species, and people find videos more engaging than any other type of content. Video is becoming a necessity, as the demand for it shows it well.

Where can I find work from home jobs as a video and audio editor?

The easiest way to generate some passive income is by selling your music, photos, footage, and sound effects in stock libraries.

Some of these libraries cover both audio and image, while others focus only on one type of content. These marketplaces have their own licensing norms, so be sure to read them before you upload your work.

Here’s a list of the best stock libraries out there:

The more content you have, the more money you can earn. And since there are millions of people purchasing stock content every month, there’s a big chance of having regular sales.

I wrote an article about how I make a full-time income selling sock music online (passively). You can check it out here.

4. Best work from home online job: Web Designer, Programmer

laptop screen with coding from a web designer or programmer working from home

People who are hiring coders always usually want someone experienced. But what if you’re a newbie?

When you’re not actively applying for work, you should be learning.

Working alone as a freelancer is long gone. This is the ideal opportunity to network and meet others in your field and learn through each other. You gain experience, and therefore have a better chance to land a gig.

Who hires freelance coders?

Usually, freelance coders are hired by entrepreneurs and small businesses to build a proof of concept to show that their ideas are feasible, and this is a crucial task since the whole project depends on it.

Individuals can also hire coders for specific problems they might encounter in their personal projects. As an example, a search by “coder” on Fiverr gives you a list of developers offering their services in the comfort of their homes.

Finding freelance coding and programming jobs is not too difficult, as their services are constantly in demand, considering we’re living in the digital age. Depending on your location and the technology and skill type you work on, the freelance programmer pay varies significantly, as this study by Codementor shows.

It’s also essential to keep evolving and adapting your skills since coding languages are always changing. Diversifying your skills and learning more programming languages will help you apply to more jobs.

Where do I find freelance programming jobs?

A great way of increasing the chances of getting good programming or coding jobs working from home is to sign up for many freelancer websites as you can and set up job alerts.

Those freelance websites where you can find work from home coding jobs include:

There are also other ways you can attract prospective clients. You can build your profile on GitHub, a development platform where you can host and review code, manage projects, and build software alongside a community of millions of developers.

Having your work on GitHub allows you to show your portfolio to any potential employer while also giving you a fair exposure.

Craigslist is also a good place to promote your services, and connecting to clients directly in your area, which diminishes the competition.

Be sure to constantly evolve your skillset by keeping up-to-date about new trends and learning new languages.

5. Online Course Instructor

a person learning through an online course

Creating online courses as a work from home job can be very fulfilling, considering you’re teaching about something you love. Besides, when you add the potential for passive income (you set it and “forget it”), you have a great combination.

According to Research and Markets, the online education market will reach US$ 350 Billion by 2025. Pretty amazing, huh?

How do you create an online course?

First of all, when you choose a topic for an online course, you are showing everyone that you know what you’re talking about, you’re good at it, and are an expert in the field. It’s a way of confirming your expertise.

Besides starting a blog, another way of demonstrating your knowledge to the world, of making an impact in the marketplace, is by transferring your stagnated knowledge from your brain to a money-making online course.

But how do you do that?

Here are 5 brief steps to start creating your online course:

1. Choose your topic

You’ve got to love, be good at, and be an expert about what you’re teaching. If not, people will notice and distrust you. Besides, you wouldn’t even finish the course if you didn’t love the topic anyway, right?

2. Make sure it has demand

You also need to know if there’s a demand for it. Otherwise, you end up creating a course that no one will be interested in. Ask yourself, are people searching for it? Do they ask questions about it? Is there a gap in the competition?

By creating a course that’s different and has demand, you’re on your way to a hot seller course.

3. Give your students compelling learning outcomes

Just because you know what your students will learn from your course, it doesn’t mean they will understand. Put yourself in their shoes and ask these questions: What will I learn from this course? What skills will I be able to demonstrate? Give them these answers as a sign of motivation before they enroll in the class.

4. Structure your content

To deliver a great course, you have to know precisely step by step how you’re going to present it. Order your topics by similar themes and start organizing them in modules.

When preparing the content, having a well-thought structure beforehand is tremendously helpful.

5. Record and edit the course

Depending on the course topic and whether you are comfortable appearing on camera or not, you can present the course in two ways: with “talking head” shots or with voiceover. It’s your call.

You can also learn how to edit your videos yourself, as there are several accessible and straightforward video software out there that’ll let you add logos, sounds, text, and pop-ups effortlessly. I recommend a software called Screenflow (Mac only), but there’s a similar software both for Mac and Windows called Camtasia. Both are amazing and will help you edit your course quickly. They will also let you record your screen, which is a must if your course is about software and computer-related topics.

Where should you upload your course?

There are two major ways of selling your online course:

  • Online Course Marketplaces
  • Learning Management Systems (LMS)

The biggest difference between the two is that in the LMS you can link the course to your website and brand it totally as your own platform. This is a more professional way of selling online courses because your students don’t need to leave your site to access the course.

The learning management system I recommend is Thinkific, as they have a great platform where you can build your course, market, and sell it, all with your own brand. Besides, they have the best support in the industry, no wonder why they’re rated #1.

Regarding these branding features, the same cannot be said for online course marketplaces. There are several online learning platforms such as Udemy, Skillshare, Lynda, Coursera, and Udacity, all of them having millions of students.

These platforms offer different types of courses: while Coursera is more academic, Skillshare focuses mainly on creative courses, like photography, design, illustration, lifestyle, and animation.

It’s time to put your skills to the test.

They say that the best way to learn something is to teach it, so why not create your online course as your work from home job?

6. Digital Marketing Freelancer

digital marketing

Freelance digital marketing is essentially assisting companies to market and sell their products and services online. You just have to reach out to your client’s target audience, send them to your client’s website, and convert them to customers.

A lot of people wonder why they need a digital marketing freelancer when they already have a great website and an email list. But this is not enough, it doesn’t get them anywhere. That’s why a work from home digital marketing freelancer is a very sought after job. 

The sheer amount of digital information in existence today means that the ability to create, curate, and manage content is one of the most important and desirable skills in digital marketing.

Content that engages viewers and attracts them to your website is key to a successful content marketing strategy.

What type of work does a digital marketing freelancer do?

There are different types of digital marketing, and not all require the same skills. Let’s go over them briefly.

Social Media Marketing (SMM)

As you can see from the infographic above, 74% of adults are on social media, making social media one of the biggest ways companies promote their products.

In social media marketing, you basically manage your client’s social media content on all platforms. Bear in mind that, while this may sound simple, you need to be skilled at optimizing your posts for more engagement and maximum reach.

Content Marketing

As a digital marketing freelancer, you will probably have to write a lot, be it blog posts, ebooks, website copy, or landing pages. To be effective, some planning is required. You have to evaluate what appeals the most to your client’s target audience, whether following your client’s social media or signing up for a newsletter.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM)

SEO is all about optimizing the content so it ranks better on search engines, preferably on Google.

There’s a lot to cover about SEO. In order to rank your client’s website, you’ll have to deal with on-page and off-page optimization, keyword research, structuring your client’s content, and more.

SEM deals with increasing your client’s visibility on search engines through paid methods like PPC (pay-per-click) ads. 

The beauty of digital freelance marketing as a work from home job is that you only need a laptop and internet connection. Although it’s not a bed of roses, since there’s no fixed income and the competition is stiff, it also gives you the freedom to work anywhere.

Where do I find freelance digital marketing jobs?

Although the majority of freelancers rely on platforms like Flexjobs, Upwork, People Per Hour, RemoteOK, and others, you can also look for traditional job sites, as many of the companies offering full-time jobs are also looking for freelancers as well. When they outsource work to freelancers, they get to save office space, onboarding costs, and taxes.

However, if you don’t want to rely on one single company or individual, finding work from home digital marketing jobs on websites like Flexjobs it’s the best option for you.

7. Dropshipping

dropshipping as a way of working from home online

Dropshipping is a type of business model where you have an online store but don’t have to deal with the intricacies of inventory management, shipping, and order fulfillment.

You (the retailer) partner with a dropship supplier that holds the inventory in their warehouse, packages it, and sends it to the retailer’s customer, on the retailer’s behalf.

This is how it works:

  1. The customer places an order in your online store.
  2. You forward automatically (or manually) the order to the dropship supplier.
  3. The dropship supplier packages and ships the order to the customer on your behalf.

Simple, right?

Maybe not. 

There are some inconveniences on running a dropshipping online store, like:

  • Unlike selling your own products, you have lower profit margins. Although overhead costs are low because you have no inventory or a big warehouse, depending on your niche and the type of products you have, the dropship supplier will charge higher values, making your profit margins low.
  • If something goes wrong, you have complete liability. Because the customer placed the order on your online store, if the supplier messes with the order, you still have to deal with it since your brand is the image of the retail process.
  • Managing the supplier’s inventory can be intricate. You still need to keep track of the stock of the supplier, which can be a headache. Miscommunication can happen and can cause a lot of cancellations and orders to be placed as backorders. Although this can easily be managed with specific software nowadays, it will increase your overhead costs.
  • There’s a lot of competition. This business model is very attractive which means there are large numbers of retailers for the same niche and segments, especially if you’re selling commodity products.

On the more positive side, there’s a lot of potential for making money online if you do it right.

Here are some pros of dropshipping:

  • The cost of setting up your online store is very small. Unlike traditional business models, where you have to purchase inventory and manage the retail operations, with dropshipping you don’t need to worry about any of that. You only have the costs needed to operate your online store (web hosting, theme, apps, etc.)   
  • Lower risks than a traditional business model. If by any chance the products don’t sell, you have nothing to lose. 
  • You’re free to run your business from wherever you want. Since you have no office, no warehouse, no inventory, no employees, and no boss, all you need is a laptop and internet connection. You have the freedom to live where you want. 
  • You can sell a variety of different products. You’ll never get bored because the products are almost infinite. There’s even a supplier for every product you might wish to sell.

Dropshipping as a work from home job can be very profitable. Just look at the story of Irwin Dominguez, an accountant turned eCommerce entrepreneur, who made $1 Million sales in just 8 months of launching his online business. Not all dropshippers can reach these high values, but the potential is surely there.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started with dropshipping:

  1. Choose your niche and research what products are best suited for your target audience.
  2. Find out how your competitors are selling the same products (pricing, marketing strategies).
  3. Find a supplier like Oberlo (you need to have a Shopify store to work with Oberlo).
  4. List your products and start marketing them on various platforms.

While Oberlo is Shopify’s own dropshipping tool that you can use for free if you have a Shopify account, there are also alternatives.

Salehoo is a dropshipping research tool and supplier directory. Although much cheaper than Shopify, you still need an external host for your dropshipping store. You can start with Wix as your eCommerce platform, which is very easy to use.

Besides all these technical aspects, to really succeed as a dropshipper you have to build a brand for your store. Good branding will set you apart from your competitors and keep customers returning to your store.

A brand is an impression a store has on its customers, and if you can build a brand that’s familiar to your customers, then you’re on your way to success. 

8. Affiliate Marketer

woman working from home on a laptop at her desk

While with dropshipping you have to create a store to sell products you do not own nor manage, with affiliate marketing you’re also selling other people’s products, but instead of having to create an online store under your brand, you redirect the customer right into the owner’s online store.

If the customer buys the product, you get a commission. Simple as that.

This is only possible through affiliate links that have your affiliate ID, which will in turn tell the website owner that the customer came through you, qualifying you, the affiliate marketer, to earn a commission.

If you’re regularly browsing the web, I bet you already came across several affiliate links on the websites you’ve been.

Take a look at these statistics:

Affiliate marketing is growing and shows no signs to stop. It’s expected to exceed the $8 Billion mark by 2022. 

As consumers’ preference for online shopping is growing, product owners are increasing their marketing strategies, including affiliate marketing. 

If you go to the footer section of almost every website that has a product to sell, be it physical or digital, you can probably see a link to join as an affiliate. Many people don’t know, but Amazon has an affiliate program:

footer section of Amazon - become an affiliate

To get started on affiliate marketing, check out my Affiliate Marketing Step-by-Step Guide.

What type of products should I promote as an affiliate marketer?

Just like any other business model, you must have a target audience, and your job is to serve them, adding value. It’s not a good practice to just throw affiliate links all over the web waiting for someone to click on them. 

Remember that money is a form of energy exchange, in this case from humans to humans. Your audience needs to trust you in order to consider buying the product if they’re really interested.

For you to be seen as an expert in what you’re promoting, you have to narrow your niche. You wouldn’t promote a recipe book in a business blog, would you?

The more targeted the audience, the better.

Once you find the niche you want to be working on, all you have to do is find related products to recommend. It’s of greater value if you recommend products you tried and trust.

With affiliate marketing, you’re not only promoting other people’s products, but you’re also adding value

Adding value is key to succeed in this type of business model.

The easiest way to get started is to start a blog targeting your audience. When people want to buy a product, they usually look for reviews before they buy it. It’s particularly common to see blogs with product reviews and comparisons. 

If you like to be on camera, you can also start a Youtube channel on your niche. Many people are not comfortable enough to be on camera, that’s why I recommend starting a blog as your first strategy.

Where do I find products to promote?

Besides websites like amazon and many others that have affiliate programs, there are several affiliate networks you can join, like ShareASale, MaxBounty, Rakuten Marketing, Awin, and Clickbank.

There’s a big advantage in promoting digital products rather than physical products, which is the commission rate. Since there’s no manufacturing, packaging, and shipping involved in digital products, you can get much higher commissions. That’s why this business model is so popular.

And there’s even more to it:

If the customer buys a membership product, you receive monthly recurring commissions while the customer stays with the membership. How cool is that?

Here’s a bonus tip for you:

Look for products that have a value ladder structure

What’s a value ladder?

A value ladder is a set of products that increase in price, from the lowest product that might be free or not (as a way of attracting the customer) to the highest-priced premium offer. If the customer buys the first tier product through your affiliate link, after some time he may climb the ladder buying the highest tier offers, and you may still receive a commission from these products even though you didn’t promote them directly. And remember, the higher the price, the higher the commission.

One great example of a value ladder is found at Legendary Marketer, whose products vary in price according to the value provided.

legendary marketer

Legendary Marketer is a great program for beginners. They teach you everything you need to know to start your online business in their 15 Day Online Business Builder Challenge (only $7).

They provide one of the best marketing education services out there.

To leverage what they teach, I suggest you read my FREE ebook High-Ticket Affiliate Blueprint, where I talk about an affiliate marketer’s mindset and how you can clone the 6-figure framework that many super affiliates use every day.

9. Social Media Manager

smartphone with social media icons

Another work from home job that requires only a laptop and an internet connection is social media manager.

There’s a lot of work when it comes to managing several social media accounts, as this infographic reveals:

What is a social media manager and what does it do?

As the name implies, a social media manager manages and represents a company across all social media platforms.

While their goals range from increasing traffic to the company’s website to spreading brand awareness, they respond to comments and also create content. Basically, a social media manager enhances the company’s online presence through their expertise.

Because online marketing is essential in almost all companies nowadays to get new customers, there’s an increase in the need for social management.

Also, social media managers go hand in hand with digital marketing freelancers.

How to get a work from home job as a social media manager?

One of the best ways to get started is with your personal social media accounts.

Really?

Yes. With social media, everything can be seen by everyone. And if you demonstrate a strong voice in your personal accounts, even if it’s a Twitter post discussing the latest movies, and post consistently, it can really be a door opener.

Your social media posts can add value to your resume and to your professional portfolio, as they show clearly that you can run and manage a successful social media campaign.

You can also follow companies and brands that you admire. Remember that your social media accounts may very well be your client’s first impression of you. And you will surely want to leave a good impression.

It’s also always a good idea to have a personal blog to portray your enthusiasm and interest with websites.

Drew Henry, a content creator, landed his past social media role due to his side hustle lifestyle blog and not to his experience as a social media manager for several restaurants. 

Again, there are several ways of finding work as a freelance social media manager:

  • Upwork
  • Flexjobs
  • Indeed
  • Fiverr
  • People Per Hour

One of the key skills to being a great social media manager is to be flexible, as the social media panorama moves so quickly nowadays.

Ultimately, if your enthusiasm is genuine, people will notice it, and you might land that gig sooner than you expect.

10. Work from Home Medical Jobs

a physician working from home looking at an anatomy drawing online

Work from home medical jobs, incredible as it may seem, are increasing, and this tendency shows no sign of receding.

And because younger generations are leaning more to work remotely than to sit at a desk in some office, online medical jobs will surely grow over time

While you can’t assist a surgeon online, there are some digital medical jobs that are possible today thanks to the internet:

  • Work from Home Medical Writing Jobs. Medical writers, editors, and illustrators require not only good writing skills but also specialized medical knowledge. Some nurses and physicians, after specializing in a particular field of medicine, transition from onsite and clinical work to medical writing. (I have a nurse in my family and in her recent years at the hospital, the main work she’s been doing is researching and writing at her desk.) Medical illustrators might come from an art background, having studied anatomy or medicine, or were ex-medical professionals with artistic skills.   
  • Work from Home Medical Transcription Jobs. Medical transcriptionists need to be fast and accurate while transcribing, and having knowledge of medical terminology is a must. If you have some form of certification or experience in the medical field, as well as some transcription background, doors might open up to you.
  • Work from Home Medical Billing and Coding Jobs. Medical coders and billers can be hired by insurers to handle the paperwork from doctors’ offices and hospitals. It’s always best to have onsite experience before attempting to work from home as a medical biller or coder. Just like other positions, you may also need formal training or a certification program to do this, as well as being familiar with the medical terminology, diagnoses, anatomy, and healthcare procedures.
  • Work from Home Nursing Jobs. Although the majority of nursing jobs are onsite, there are an increasing number of positions in telehealth (the process of giving health-related services through phone), such as nurse manager, nurse consultant, case manager, and telephone triage nurse.

Where do I find work from home medical jobs?

Again, like many other type of work from home jobs, the best places to search for online medical jobs are:

11. Virtual Assistant

person at a desk working from home with a laptop

Do you have great administrative skills and are you looking for remote jobs?

Then, a virtual assistant job might be the solution for you.

If you have good experience as an office manager or an administrative assistant, then it might be easy for you to get a virtual assistant job. Jobs for virtual assistants are growing widely, as working from home is getting more and more accepted for both employers and worker

work from home jobs virtual assistant stats
Source: statista.com

What is a virtual assistant?

A virtual assistant is a self-employed, non-staff worker who delivers administrative services remotely to a client. 

Besides administrative work such as scheduling appointments, managing email accounts, and making phone calls, virtual assistance services can also include content writing, graphic design, social media, and marketing services. 

As with many other work from home jobs, the employer doesn’t need to cover the basic costs of having an employee at the office, since the virtual assistant works offsite. No desk, no taxes, no software – a dream for the employer.

Virtual administration was one of the top five fast-growing remote career categories in a Flexjobs study of over 100,000 job listings.

There’s a lot of opportunities here.

A great advantage of working as a virtual assistant is that you can work part-time, and spend the rest of your time working for another employer or on your own personal work.

Where do I find jobs for virtual assistant?

Again, my top choice for virtual assistant jobs goes to Flexjobs, as they’re the leading job search site bringing you the best remote, part-time, and flexible jobs available.

Other websites include:

  • Upwork
  • Indeed
  • Remote.co
  • Freelancer 

12. Freelance Writer

hands typing on a typewriter

With the constant rising of work from home jobs, there’s one in particular that permeates every industry, and that is content creation. In other words, writing.

Most writing jobs are appealing (and again, you only need a laptop and internet), but if you’re a beginner, be prepared to have some upfront work. What do I mean by that?

Well, a beginner needs time to gain experience and build his brand. You need to identify your areas of expertise and have your best writing samples available before you start searching for work.

And if you can write in other languages, even better!

Here are some useful ways to land a writing job:

  • Cold pitching. Cold email is all about sending emails or messages through social media platforms to companies, startups, and employers to let them know about your services. Don’t be so “cold”, but add a personal touch, describing how you know their company and how your services would benefit them. As a rule of thumb, make your email length less than 200 words, as they have a better response rate.
  • Pitch to prospects on Job Boards. One way of finding good quality consistent work from home as a writer is via Writing Job Boards. Not only are they great to practice your skills, but you can build some credibility and accumulate a body of work to show your future prospective clients.

Here’s a list of the most lucrative writing boards:

  • Follow some Job Boards Twitter handles. One of the fastest ways of getting good quality work from home jobs is through social media. Most of these handles post regular freelance writing/editing work. Here’s one of them:
twitter write jobs handle to search for writing jobs

You can start following these Twitter handles:

Where can I find online writing jobs?

Besides those Twitter handles and the most common websites for work from home jobs, like Upwork, Flexjobs, and Indeed, there are other great job boards where you can find your dream writing job.

The following list gives you many different options for you to practice, accumulate a body of work and grow your social media presence, allowing you, in the long run, to stand out as a great content writer:

  • Clickworker
  • Hubpages
  • Listverse
  • OneSpace
  • Scripted
  • TextBroker
  • Verblio
  • Skyword

13. Translator

translator books on a desk with a globe and a laptop

How many languages do you speak? Even better, are you bilingual?

If you’re fluent in more than one language, you can find great work from home translation jobs.

In our ever-expanding global market, multi-language skills are in high demand. And if you can translate, proofread and interpret, so much the better.

Translators work in a variety of industries, ranging from customer service to the medical industry, making it a very sought after job.

Where can I find work from home translation jobs?

There are many ways to find work from home translation jobs, but, in my opinion, it’s always better to work through an agency, as they can find you consistent work, without you having all the hassle of searching numerous job boards.

Here’s a list for you to get started:

  • Argos Multilingual
  • Rev
  • Transperfect
  • Capita
  • Gengo
  • Flexjobs

14. Transcriber/Transcriptionist

transcription word on a screen

Another great opportunity as a work from home job is to get a transcriber job. Not only it allows you to benefit from a flexible schedule, but it’s also a good way of making money online from home.

Although you have control of how much you work, some companies have minimums or specific requirements you must meet.

While the average salary for a work from home transcriptionist, according to ZipRecruiter, is $58,218 in the US (not bad!), it might be quite challenging for a beginner.

But don’t get discouraged! 

One way of having more job opportunities (and better-paying jobs) opening up for you is to have a certification. To increase your earning potential, Transcribe Anywhere offers certifications to the aspiring transcriptionist. So be sure to check that out if you’re searching for transcriptionist jobs.

What is a transcriptionist?

When we talk about transcription, we’re talking about typing up spoken audio that could be either live or recorded in a printed format.

There are several types of transcription, each requiring different skill levels and even different equipment.

Basically, there are five broad categories in the field of transcription: general, medical, legal, media, and business transcription.

A transcriber should have a set of skills, such as:

  • Sharp listening skills.
  • Ability to simultaneous listen, understand, and type.
  • Fast typing skills.
  • Research skills.
  • Good grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary.

Where do I find transcriptionist jobs?

If you’re someone looking for work from home transcriptionists jobs, there are several websites offering jobs for transcribers, like Upwork, Flexjobs, Indeed, Freelancer, Rev, and others.

Below is a list of websites made specifically to find transcriptionist jobs:

15. Data Entry

working from home hands typing very fast on a laptop keyboard

One of the easiest ways to start working from home and making money online is with data entry jobs.

Unfortunately, there are many data entry jobs that pay very low – the so-called microtasks.

The best-paid data entry jobs are usually found at reputable companies, but these have a lot of competition.

That’s why it seems there are a lot of data entry jobs scams, where they scam you into buying some sort of software or offering high pay for this kind of low pay job.

On the other side, there are several legitimate companies and websites offering legitimate entry data jobs. Here’s a list of the best websites with legitimate data entry jobs I found:

While a data entry job might not make you quit your 9-5 job, you can gain a lot of experience, and with time, you’ll be able to apply to more complex work, which in turn brings in more money.

Work From Home Jobs FAQs

Here are the most common questions and answers regarding work from home jobs.

What kind of work from home is available right now?

Working from home requires only a computer, or laptop, and internet connection. Basically, you’re all set. Here’s a list of work from home jobs you can start right away:

  1. Learn how to start a blog. While you may not earn money in the beginning stages, with time you can leverage your content with affiliate links, ads, and digital product sales, having multiple streams of passive income.
  2. Work as a freelancer. Freelance work is on the rise everywhere. Doesn’t matter what skill you have, there’s probably some work from home freelance job opportunity for you.
  3. If you are bilingual or speak more than one language, you might consider working as a translator, as there is a variety of material needed to be translated, such as books, web content, documents, and more.
  4. If you’re a skilled programmer, you can work as a web developer or coder.
  5. Transcriptionists and data entry jobs are very trendy right now, as web content continues to grow.
  6. Work as a digital marketer. Digital marketing jobs are also on the rise, as more and more companies rely on the internet to reach their customers.
  7. Sign up for websites like Fiverr, Upwork, Guru, DesignCrowd, or Voices, and showcase your creative skills. Audio and video outlets are increasing, so there’s a higher demand for audio and video creators. And if you have a golden voice, you should apply for voice-overs on websites like Voices.

Is it legit to accept online work?

As with many online work opportunities, we must be able to distinguish legitimate jobs from scammy ones. If you search for online jobs on legit websites like Flexjobs, Upwork, Indeed, and many others mentioned in this article, you won’t find any problem.

How much money can I make working from home?

When you work online, there really is no upper limit on the amount of money you can make. You could either be in the low-end $10 per hour working on low pay data entry jobs, or you could earn millions like Pat Flynn

It all depends on the kind of work you’re willing to do.

The best way to earn big cash long-term is through passive income, like starting a blog, growing your audience, selling digital products, and using affiliate marketing.

Here’s an excerpt from an interview with Pat Flynn:

“The hard thing about building a business online and passive income is that you have to put the work in upfront, and while you’re putting in that work, you’re not getting paid for it. It’s not like traditional work where you put in X hours and you get paid for X hours. You might put in days, months, even years of work before you start to get paid.”

Can I work from home for Amazon?

Many people don’t know, but Amazon offers work from home jobs. If you go to Amazon Virtual Locations, you’ll find many different jobs, including customer service associates, Alexa support associates, software development engineers, financial, risk, and technical managers, and even medical, health, and safety jobs.

Conclusion

Whether you’re tired of the old daily routine of your 9-5 job, or you just want to be financially free and have the freedom to work anywhere you want, working from home is the best solution.

There are many opportunities online, but if you want to make the best decision for your life (and your time), avoid the low pay work from home jobs, and keep away from those sometimes alluring online surveys and small tasks. You’ll end up wasting your time for nothing.

Instead, focus on what you love to do and on bringing value to others. This you’ll give you the motivation that other things won’t.

And the best way to work from home while staying fulfilled is finding a way to monetize your passions.

I hope this article provided you with some insights and practical tips for you to find your next work from home job. If you are confused about what work route you should take, stop for a moment, meditate, and your instinct will bring you the answer.

Is there any job you think should be listed in this article? Let me know in the comment section down below.

Vasco Lourenço is a digital entrepreneur and created his blog vaslou.com to inspire those who are willing to put in the effort to start their online side hustle and create a life of financial freedom. Besides writing on his blog, Vasco delights playing the piano and composing music.

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