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As more and more of my friends left their boring office jobs to work from home, I found myself dreaming about creating my own in-home office too. I was jealous of their ability to set their own schedules and create their own dress codes.

But when it came to working from home, I wasn’t sure how to get started. Through trial and error, I was able to come up with the most tried and true methods of remote work. Strategies, I want to share now so no one else has to make the same mistakes I did. Here I’ll share all the tips and tricks that took me from an office drone to a successful stay-at-home professional.

Growing Work From Home Industries

There are many types of jobs that let you work from home. Here are eleven of the best work from home careers that I have found during my own journey.

Online Survey Jobs

How it works?

Companies all across the world are always looking for better ways to reach customers. By understanding consumers, they can hone their audience’s and improve their services. One of the easiest ways to get inside the head of the customer? A survey.

Since knowing the opinion of the public is valuable knowledge, companies will pay to have regular people take part in their surveys. The surveys vary widely in type and length.

Regardless of the type of survey, becoming a paid survey-taker requires absolutely no experience.

How Much Can I Make?

Depending on eligibility and the number of surveys taken per month, a survey-taker can expect to make about $50 to $500 per month.

Most payments will be delivered as Paypal payments or points. These points can be traded for gift cards.

Where Can I get Started?

There are many sites that connect potentials survey-takers to companies. I had the best experience with Swag Bucks and Survey Junkie.

Virtual Assistants

How it works?

Working as a virtual assistant (or VA) was one of the best work from home jobs for me. So much of today’s office work includes digital tasks, like data entry, calendar/schedule management, organizing emails, and proposal write-ups. Instead of hiring a person to come into the office to complete these responsibilities, employers will hire a VA to complete the work from home.

As a busy person, my availability can change at the drop of a hat. Being a VA allowed me the flexibility to get my work done.

How Much Can I Make?

VA’s are paid an hourly rate based on experience and the type of tasks completed. The going rate is between $35 and $50 an hour.

Where Can I get Started?

Being a VA is a qualified position, so in order to be competitive in job searching, I had to take some online training. Online training prices vary between one hundred and three hundred dollars. Many sites like Freelancer and Upwork offer work from home VA jobs.

Freelance Writing

How it Works?

Companies have lots of things they need written and do not always have the personnel to do it, so they’ll outsource to a freelance writer. I would be contracted for an article or for a certain number of words, assigned a topic, then wordsmith it out and complete the assignment.

How Much Can I Make?

Fees for freelance writing vary wildly. Some projects will pay a flat fee, which could range from $10 to $500. In other situations, I would be paid by the word (between .10 cents and $1 a word.)

Where Can I Get Started?

To begin freelance writing, I only needed one thing: a demonstration of my writing. Have a small portfolio of writing samples on hand to share with potential employers. Be sure the samples are relevant to the jobs that are being applied for.

Amazon Employee

How it Works?

Amazon: One of the most recognizable names in business today. A gigantic company, Amazon, hires thousands of people to work in all sorts of roles. Many of these new Amazon positions are remote work.

Getting hired by a recognizable company like Amazon is a strong resume booster and an easy way to get experience working remotely. There is also a potential for growth within the company.

Based on personal experience, finding a work from home job with Amazon could be anything from digital marketing, IT operations, project management to human resources. Jump start a new career at home by finding the right fit at Amazon.

How Much Can I Make?

Since the extent of Amazon remote work varies widely, so does the pay scale. When applying and working with a recruiter at Amazon they will inform applicants about payment expectations.

Where Can I Get Started?

Head to the Amazon Virtual Locations job board to find a position.

Become an Influencer

How it Works?

Apps like Instagram, Facebook and YouTube are constantly seeing growth with user-generated content all the time. Bloggers are always sharing and posting their pieces for the world to see.

Influencers—whether they make videos, post photos, or write blogs—are people who create content about a certain subject on a regular basis. They may focus on one niche area of skills, like crafting or cooking or maybe cast a broader net posting engaging personal experiences.

People who become popular on these platforms make money based on advertisement revenue. Once they’ve gained the following company will pay them to broadcast ads to their audience.

How Much Can I Make?

It depends on the number of posts, the quality of posts and the size of the audience. An influencer with a large following could make upwards of $2,000 per post, reliant on the platform and follower engagement.

Where Can I Get Started?

First decide when what, and how to post. Try to concentrate on an area of personal expertise, then focus on making engaging posts that will turn generate a following. This could be a long process, so don’t give up if it doesn’t automatically pan out.

Teach Online

How it Works?

More and more people are realizing that a traditional classroom setting is not for them and are turning to online education. Many companies will hire teachers to teach live sessions via Skype (or a similar video streaming technology).

There is a multitude of subjects that need teachers, one of the biggest markets being English as a Second language (ESL).

Don’t want to work for a company? Create recorded lesson packages to market to potential students in an area of specialization. Flexibility is great with teaching online as many companies allow for the selection of hours.

How Much Can I Make?

ESL online teachers are usually paid per hour. That can range from $12 to $25 an hour. An online teacher in a more “traditional” sense make about $35,000 a year.

Where Can I Get Started?

ESL Teachers should look at VIPKids and Itutor. It should be noted that VIPKids ONLY offers work to teachers who have ‘neutral’ North American accents.

Interested in teaching a different subject? K12 offers benefits and a salary, though the hiring process can be rigorous.

Translator

How it Works?

As the world becomes more and more globalized, the need for accurate and fast translations is constantly being increased. With the rise of the internet, much of this translating work is translating written content online.

Most of the time companies are not looking for a direct text to text translation, as many times this can make for broken or confusing sentences. Interpretative translation ensures that the main points are communicated in both languages in ways that all audiences can understand.

To translate content online a freelance translator will be given an article or a webpage that the company wishes to sound fluent in. A deadline will be given and the freelance translator will get to work.

How Much Can I Make?

Pay scale for online freelance translators depends upon the languages they’re working in and experience. It can range from $40,000 a year to $78,000 a year.

Where Can I Get Started?

Freelance sites like Upwork and Freelancer are constantly updated with well-paying translation jobs that allow a translator to work from home.

CAD Designing/3D Modeling

How it Works?

Computer-aided design (CAD) uses software to make engineering designs. Designers will make 3D models of machinery or equipment for a client. Many times, CAD designers will innovate upon already created machines.

While CAD designers might work on parts for the hottest new car, they may also model construction sites or map outbuildings for draftsman. This work from home career has many real-life applications.

A high degree of technical knowledge is needed to be a successful CAD designer. Great designers have great attention to detail, ensuring they only produce the best products for their clients.

How Much Can I Make?

3D Modelers make between $50,000 and 470,000 annually.

Where Can I Get Started?

Most CAD jobs require an undergraduate degree in some sort of engineering and familiarity with 3D modeling software. A strong and fast computer to run the large designer software is also a huge plus.

Indeed.com offers a big selection of work from home CAD jobs.

Beta Testing

How it Works?

New websites and apps almost always get launched with bugs in the system. Annoying to users and frustrating to coders, companies are constantly looking for ways to fix bugs before launch.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to hire people to complete “beta testing.” Or purposefully look for bugs and problems on a new website. Beta testers look at the interface of a website or app, not just make sure everything links properly but to also make sure that it’s an intuitive piece of technology.

How Much Can I Make?

A beta tester can expect to make around $8 to $10 per completed test. Tests can take anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes.

Where Can I Get Started?

Many sites offer a range of tests for both published and unpublished websites. I had the best experience with Whatusersdo, UserFeel, Analysia, and TryMyUI. Almost all of these websites have certain technical specifications a computer must meet, and some require a webcam and microphone.

Graphic Designer

How it Works?

In today’s world, we are constantly surrounded by digitally produced images. A graphic designer work with digital image production software to create these pictures. These images are then incorporated into ads or logos.

A graphic designer will get a feel for a client’s brand then create a commissioned piece to fulfill the order. Graphic designers are creative and get to create flexible hours.

How Much Can I Make?

Graphic designers working remotely make from $17.50 to $28 an hour. They may also get a flat fee per project which can range from $10 to $500 depending on the scope.

Where Can I Get Started?

Be familiar with image design software like Adobe suite (specifically Photoshop and Illustrator) and curate a creative portfolio of designs to show potential employers. Develop and play with different styles of drawing, it makes for a more compelling portfolio. Confident and happy with the designs? Head to UpWork or Freelancer for a myriad of graphic design jobs.

Odd Jobs

How it Works?

A little different from the other jobs listed here, taking odd jobs online combines the best of working from home and traditional jobs. Many sites promote ads for odd jobs that need to be completed in real-life.

Similar to temping, but without the agency, a person looking for odd jobs online will be able to find anything and everything. From manual labor/construction to household chores like buying groceries.

This option is perfect for people who want a work from home job but also don’t want to give up the experience of waking up and ‘going’ to work each day.

How Much Can I Make?

It all depends on what the advertised rate is for any one job.

Where Can I Get Started?

Sites like TaskRabbit and Sidekicker allow for people to find any range of odd jobs. Though most of these jobs will only be available to people in selected metropolitan areas.

Start to Work From Home Today

The move from a traditional office job to working remotely can be scary. But making the choice to move to a work from home job can offer many benefits as far as convivence and flexibility go. Beyond that, there are so many careers and industries that are looking to hire at-home workers.

With the endless possibilities of making a legitimate career working from home is easier than ever. Find a job that piques your interest and gives it a try. You may be up and running working at home from your laptop faster than you realize.

Philip Horton

Philip Horton

Hey! My name is Philip and I am passive or low maintenance income enthusiast. I learned a lot and made many mistakes during my journey to financial freedom and while there is so much false information about methods on how to make money online, I decided to start this website. The main goal of this website is to provide readers the best working methods and brutally honest reviews of different ways to make money online and how to invest your money thereafter.

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