Online Jobs You Can Do from Home Today

Sunday, 7 April, 2013

in Online Jobs

There are dozens of online jobs you can do from home today. You never need to pay out money to anyone, all are true self-employment ideas that you can turn into a job that pays you a living wage.

Honest to Goodness Online Jobs You Can Do from Home

Sometimes people are overly negative about earning money online. There are honest jobs that you can do online much more easily than you can do off-line. Stay away from all the MLM and Internet marketing hype and you can earn a good living from a real job that provides a real service. The only requirements are a computer and an Internet connection. If you are serious about success then you also need a dedicated room to use as a home office.

WriterOnline jobs you can do from home - writing

There are many ways to earn a living as a writer. This is one of the classic online jobs you can do from home today.

There are freelancing opportunities such as oDesk.com or Freelancer.com as well as opportunities to write for your own portfolio at revenue-sharing sites like InfoBarrel.com. This is the most common way that people earn money online from home.

Read more about how to make money writing online content.

Blogger

Most bloggers do not make money, and this is not an easy path. Most writers set up a blog as a long-term plan that runs alongside their day to day earnings plan. Setting up a blog can be done for free, but it is better to pay for hosting and to get a proper domain name, this will cost you about $80 a year, so it won’t break the bank.

Editor

Anyone who writes quickly makes mistakes, writing jobs pay poorly, so people type quickly and their work always needs editing. The companies who commission articles also outsource the editing. You need perfect written English and you need to be a native UK or US English speaker. It is just a matter of making contacts.

Read more about how to set up a proofreading and editing service.

Online jobs you can do from home - graphic designerGraphic Designer

Websites are visual and site-owners need graphics. If you can provide what is needed at a reasonable cost then you do not need paper qualifications.

If you can use industry standard software like Photoshop then this is something that you can start now and have work in a few hours’ time.

Website Designer

This is one of the obvious online jobs you can do from home, but there is massive competition from designers in developing countries who can work for a fraction of the US or UK wage because their living costs are so low. If you have web design skills then offer them, but this is best done as a sideline to your main business.

Photographer

There are ways to make money with photographs, but to sell pics to the big photo websites they need to be professional quality. These sites have so many people sending them photos that they can afford to be very choosy.

Micro-Working

There are sites where you can be paid 5o cents to complete a very simple task. It is hard to make a living with these sites, but it is an option that will make you money if you are struggling with some of the more profitable ideas here.

The sort of jobs include writing 25 word product descriptions, reading blog posts and leaving a comment, photo tagging and data cleanup tasks. Amazon’s Mechanical Turk program is one of the largest micro-working sites.

Virtual Assistant (VA)

Most people cannot afford a real-life assistant, but can afford a virtual one. A virtual assistant is one of those online jobs you can do from home today, as long as you have broadband Internet, excellent English and Microsoft Office on your computer you will find work on oDesk and similar sites.

Your work will often involve writing, editing and posting blog posts, so it helps if you are familiar with the WordPress interface. You are only paid for the hours you work and you do need to be available when your employer is online, so working across multiple time zones is difficult.

Tutor

One to one tuition used to mean going to your students’ homes, a time consuming and expensive process. Now Google Hangouts allow you to work from home. There are other video-conferencing options available, too. Payment can be arranged through PayPal, which allows you to accept credit card payments, too.

Marketing is the biggie here. You can use your traditional off-line marketing methods, alongside your own website to attract clients. Teaching groups of students is harder work, but earns you more per hour.

Translating

The Internet is international and web users speak every language there is. Automatic translation software is a joke. If someone has top quality content that they want to present to someone in another  language then they have to pay a translator to do it. The job pays well, but you are limited to what one person can earn per hour because sub-contracting does not work well in this field.

Social Media GuruOnline jobs you can do from home - social media guru

If you know your way around Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon and all the rest then you can make a job out of it. Many bloggers and businesses do not want to do their own tweeting and are happy to pay someone to do it.

There is a knack to engaging with people through social media and not everyone has it.

Search Engine Evaluator

You can work for Google, Bing or Yahoo from home, testing search engine results for relevancy and quality. All the big search engines use computers to rank sites in their results, but they need to check how humans see sites as well. The pay is around $15 an hour, so you are not going to get rich, but your only expenses are your electricity and your broadband bill.

Virtual Juror

There are sites that pay you to evaluate written submissions in real life cases that have yet to come to court. The verdicts are used to negotiate out of court settlements. In some cases the virtual verdict helps attorneys to decide whether to proceed with the case.

Pay is roughly $10 an hour and this is never going to be a full-time job because in most areas you will only average one case each week.

Website Testing

You can earn around $30 an hour test-driving websites. This is open to people in the USA, UK and Canada. Website developers pay a company to recruit real people to test out their website. Your activity on their site is recorded and you speak into a microphone as you browse to record your verbal impressions. Each site pays around $10 and takes 15-20 minutes.

Marketing

Whatever job you plan to do you will need a website if you are ever to get away from working for cheap freelancing sites. There are three parts to getting a website; buying a domain name, buying hosting and setting it all up. If you buy your domain name and hosting through my referral link I will set it up for you for free. Click this link to find out more about free website setup.

That’s It

Most of these are potential full time online jobs you can do from home. All are real jobs and pay real money.

References
Mechanical Turk

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 catherine September 8, 2013 at 16:01

As I work from home as a freelance writer I can honestly say I agree with this article. Making money from blogging or working as a virtual assistant is likely to not lead to a luxury lifestyle, but it is possible to pay the bills and does give a lot more freedom than an ordinary 9-5 might offer. There are plenty of ‘work from home’ scams out there though, so be careful.

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2 Phil September 8, 2013 at 17:38

Thank you Catherine. I’m glad to see it is working for you as well. The flexibility of working from home is a great PLUS for many people, though it does become hard to separate work and leisure. If you are not careful you end up as a slave to the computer instead of ‘just’ 9-5.
The best way to avoid scams is *NEVER* pay any money to anyone. There are plenty of real opportunities that will really allow you to make money on the Internet, and they are all free.

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3 Don Sturgill September 17, 2013 at 18:55

Nice work, Phil. You cover the legitimate old stand-bys and throw in a few surprises. I went full-time as a freelance marketing/website/article writer in May of this year. I’m working twice as many hours, but enjoying it a thousand times more.

I’ll echo Catherine on the “watch out for scams” warning. This post is a virtual public service for those who are tired of being lied to. There is work, but it takes skill, tenacity, and time.

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4 Phil September 17, 2013 at 20:03

Thanks Don – The old stalwarts are the traditional ways to earn a living online working from home because they work. I was forced into working online when I lost my day job. I work harder too, but there is no comparison with the old job. I can start work at 4am if I want to (I have to sometimes).
I think the best way to avoid online scams is to never pay for any “opportunity” and to stick to the old adage that if it sounds too good to be true then it is too good to be true.

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5 Helen Hoefele September 17, 2013 at 19:45

There’s definitely a few here that I never heard of. Will definitely check some of these out. Who couldn’t use a little bit more of a side-income or some extra back-up money even if it is dollars-for-hours type of work? Thanks for sharing this list (nice to have everything in one place.)

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6 Phil September 17, 2013 at 20:07

Thanks Helen. There were some I had never heard of too. I think even people in a traditional job would be well-advised to set up a part-time online job, “just in case”. There is zero job security any more. If someone has a part-time earning system then it is easier to expand it to a full-time one than it is to start from scratch when redundancy happens.

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7 Jason T. Wiser September 21, 2013 at 03:54

Great list of opportunities here. You rightly point out how many of these positions are being filled from outsourcing.

As a business owner, I am always on the lookout for people that are filling these positions at a fair rate, that are qualified, and are easy to work alongside. I find it is a tedious process to find VA, graphic designers, and copywriters. Once you find one you really like, they leave the freelance world and take a full or part time position, and rightly so.

I wish there were a reliable referral network of tightly knit and trusted partners that would share freelancers. Talk about scams, poor reviews, and plain ole exhaustion.

This is a great wrap. Glad to have bumped into it.

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8 Phil September 21, 2013 at 06:17

Thanks Jason.
I have worked both sides of the outsourcing fence myself. It is a tough world, especially if you are trying to compete on price with people working in low-cost economies.
I don’t think many people actually choose to go freelance. All the people I have spoken to have been made redundant, myself included, and that provided the spur top try it out.
You are right about the difficulties with finding people. All of mine have come through oDesk, though many more from there were not up to scratch.

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