In today’s job industry, working online is far more popular than ever largely because of the digital era. It’s also popular because of a few undeniable benefits online jobs provide that your typical 9-to-5 can’t touch.
In fact, I could probably go over 18 different online job benefits but that’s not my main purpose today so I’ll just share three of my favorite benefits of working online.
- Online jobs are flexible
- They don’t typically require extensive training or education
- They usually pay more per hour than your average 9-to-5 office job
What more could you want than to make more money while working fewer hours? Perhaps that’s not always the case, but in my 3 1/2+ years of experience with online jobs, I see this trend again and again.
Now that we’ve confirmed why you would want to work online, we can talk about how you can land your first online job. You can even use many of these ideas to develop your own online business plan!
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25 Legitimate Online Jobs With No Fees
I’ve been working from home for more than three and a half years and I could not be happier with the flexibility of it. That said, I want you to know that I have spent so much time over the years researching different work-from-home opportunities and filtering legit online jobs that could pay enough to replace your full-time job.
So let’s jump in and go over all of the viable online work opportunities so that you too can find a position that works for you.
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Online Jobs [for Anyone]
Most of the jobs in this entire list are suitable for anyone, but I’ve divided them into categories for students, moms, kids and teachers for easy sorting. This first list is best for anyone simply because there is such a wide variety of successful people working these online jobs and it wouldn’t be fair to categorize them this way.
Pay: $1 – $10,000+ per month
The site you are on right now started off as a simple blog made by two college buddies, Jeff and Ben. They both had an interest in personal finance, and Jeff wanted to eventually leave his day job and work online full time. Almost 4 years later, they both run DollarSprout full time, along with a small team.
Blogging is a real online job that moms, dads, students, and regular people like you and me have used to make money on a part-time schedule working online. As long as you are not desperate for money now, you enjoy writing and helping others, and you know how to stick to a task for a while before making money, then blogging might be a good fit for you. It usually takes at least 6-18 months to start making money from a blog.
For reference, here is how long it took DollarSprout to finally take off:
It was anything but an overnight success
The fun thing about blogging as an online job is that you can choose a topic that you’re truly passionate about. As long as you enjoy what you are doing, the opportunities from blogging are virtually limitless. Technically it’s more of a business than a “job” per se, but we included it on this list because of the underlying potential.
4 Main Ways to Make Money Blogging:
1. Advertising – You can get paid for putting ads on your blog.
2. Affiliate Marketing – This is where you get paid a commission for any products that you sell via your blog.
3. Digital Products – You can sell your own e-books, courses, etc.
4. Services – If you like to work 1 on 1 with people, a blog can be a great way to generate leads for coaching, consulting, etc.
How to Get Started:
Step 1: Choose a blog niche
Step 2: Get Started with Initial Setup
Step 3: Write your first blog posts
Step 4: Pick ONE social media network and start promoting your content
Step 5: Begin monetizing your blog
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2. Niche Website Creator
Pay: $100 – $10,000+ per site
If you are well versed in SEO and understand what it takes to rank a site on page 1 of Google, then you could make a great income creating niche websites. From hiking and mountain climbing to babywearing, the sky is the limit when choosing a niche topic.
A niche website is not your typical blog with fresh content being added weekly. Instead, you set up anywhere from 4 to 100 landing pages that sell affiliate products in a single niche. With great SEO implemented, once your site ranks on page 1 of Google for a few search terms, many other pages tend to follow suit.
There is no guarantee that a certain niche would be profitable, but start brainstorming topics that you are interested in covering. You can also sell these niche websites on marketplaces like Flippa once they are complete and earning money (or keep them and build an amazing passive income).
Recommendation: Same as with a normal blog, you’ll need a hosting package in order to get your niche website up and running. We still recommend HostGator. This setup tutorial will walk you through the whole process.
Pay: $25 – $500+ per item sold
Online jobs come in all shapes and sizes, and dropshipping is hardly one to ignore. Though the profit margin of dropshipping is not as high as when stocking and shipping your own physical products, surely you can understand the benefits of a completely hands-off method.
With dropshipping, you can set up a storefront on a platform like Shopify, list your products, and then have the orders ship directly to a customer from the supplier. This is an amazing option for anyone looking for an online job because it allows you to dabble in sales, never touch the physical product during a transaction, and of course, earn a good income all the while.
Related: How to Dropship (Free Webinar Training)
4. Online advertiser/lead generator
Pay: $1,000 – $2,000+ per month
Established businesses need your help with their online advertising methods. Many local businesses (not necessarily local to you) are not yet online but know they need to be.
Simply scan the yellow pages to find businesses that do not have a website, or at the very least, a website that looks up-to-date and active. Contact those businesses to offer your advertising services. If you can help other businesses get a steady flow of new clients, you will always have work!
Recommendation: Bobby Hoyt, an avid digital marketer and blogger, started offering a Facebook ads management service to local businesses in his area, and eventually turned that operation into a sizable income for himself (more than his previous full time job as a band director). He recently launched his own FB Side Hustle Course that teaches others how to do the same.
5. Product tester
Pay: $10 to $20 per hour
Product testing is a fun online job that allows you to make money working with products that you already want or need. You can test and get paid to review both physical and digital products as a product tester.
Upon signing up for one or more product testing websites, you get matched with products from various companies. After receiving and testing the product, you then follow the instructions and complete a survey or similar task to provide your opinion of the product tested.
For your work, you receive cash, gift cards, or keep the product you’ve tested.
This is not your typical full-time online job opportunity, but between earning cash and receiving free products, you can certainly make a dent in your finances with this job!
Related: Where to Find Product Testing Jobs
Online Jobs for Students
If you’re looking for online jobs for college students, this list is a great place to start. These options are especially flexible for busy students and allow you to concentrate on your studies while still earning money to pay your way through school (or at least have enough extra cash to have some fun).
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6. Freelance writer
Pay: $50 to $500+ per article
If only I was into freelance writing when I was in college! I would have rocked it back then to help pay off debt even sooner than I did. As long as you have talent in writing (you don’t have to be perfect) and you can find clients that need content in a niche that you understand and enjoy, then freelance writing is for you.
It’s okay to start on a job post platform like Fiverr or Freelance Writing, but these places are not “where the money’s at.” In other words, you’re going to earn a lot more money freelance writing if you work directly with a business versus a middleman job platform.
So to get started on your search for clients, spend an afternoon looking up local business website’s to see if they have a need for content. Then stop by their location and ask if they need help building their content from a local college student freelancer!
Also, some local newspapers still hire freelance writers on a pay-per-article basis. If you like spending time at local events anyway, you could end up finding nice writing jobs this way.
Another way to find freelance online jobs is to join blogging Facebook groups or content writing groups. The competition can be fierce when someone asks for pricing, but you’ll often find that talent (coupled with competitive pricing) wins.
Once you’ve shown yourself worthy of the task, you can begin to raise
One freelancer went from $0 to $225,000+ using her own unique strategies. Now she teaches a course for freelancers to follow in her footsteps.
Related: How to Get Paid to Write (10 Websites That Pay for Content)
Pay: $10 – $45 per hour
When you’re in college writing papers and submitting assignments left and right, you’re definitely in your prime to offer proofreading services. There are many online jobs for college students that require proofreading services. You can make money there, but don’t overlook the opportunities on campus.
Consider seeking out fellow students who could use a proofreader before submitting their next paper. Keep in mind that proofreading is far less “hands-on” than editing. You would not be making extensive corrections to other students’ papers for them, but rather becoming the second set of eyes to point out errors or inconsistencies in their assignment before it goes in for official grading.
Related: How to Make Money Proofreading
8. Social media manager
Pay: $15 – $40 per hour
Are you on social media every day all day? Start an online job as a social media manager and put that time online to good use!
Managing a business’s social media is similar to managing your own Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. In order to be “popular” on social media, you have to be active – and not just active – but interactive. When someone posts a comment or private messages you, you reply!
Businesses often fail at social media because they do not have someone dedicated to staying active on various social media platforms.
Local businesses are prime candidates for finding online jobs as a social media manager. Rather than sending an email that goes to spam and never gets read, visit local businesses or introduce yourself through their social media page as a college student looking to help!
Some businesses will not be interested, while others may jump on the opportunity to get more exposure online.
Related: How to Become a Social Media Manger
Pay: 40% – 60% per item sold
We all have stuff that we no longer need, right? But the truth is, we rarely take the time to sell it to make some extra money. Instead, we donate or trash it due to lack of time.
In this situation, you could be the middleman. Offer to consign items for other students and sell them online for cash. Only when you make the sale will you owe money to your consignees. In other words, no inventory purchases necessary!
Just install some great selling apps on your smartphone and keep a good record of consignees and their contact information. If something doesn’t sell, simply return it to them or have them sign a waiver to donate the item to a local charity once the listing has expired with no interest.
I actually consigned clothing for friends and family while in my freshman year of college and made some side cash with this legit online job. Smartphones were hardly popular 9 years ago, so it wasn’t the best option for my time vs. value. But today, it would be far simpler to snap pictures on your phone and list an item through an app in just a few minutes.
Related: Where to Consign Stuff Online
10. Textbook seller
Pay: 15% – 50% per book sold
Another one of those online jobs that students are perfect candidates for is book scouting (AKA selling textbooks online). There are hundreds if not thousands of students on campuses that have no interest in reselling their own textbooks. Sure, they have good intentions, but it’s tiresome when you’re only doing it for yourself.
Now selling textbooks for fellow students is another story. You can easily make some extra money from each textbook sold (you set a percentage or set fee per book). As time allows, you can even scout online book prices and buy/sell during the prime textbook season (before the start of each new semester). You don’t have to limit yourself to locally supplied textbooks in this case.
Related: Where to Sell Textbooks for the Most Money
11. Data entry online jobs
Pay: $10 – $17 per hour
Data entry online jobs would be one of my last picks for college students, but they are still an option if all else fails. These are legit online jobs. However, they tend to pay less and require more time to complete in order to make a decent income.
The best thing about data entry online jobs, however, is that the work is flexible and can be done in your spare time. You can take on as much or as little work as needed depending on your schedule.
Where to find data entry online jobs:
- DionData Solutions
- The Smart Crowd
There are many more ways to make money in college that you can make a great income from while studying full time.
Related: 10 Flexible Ways For College Students To Make Money
Online Jobs for Moms
If you’re looking for legitimate online jobs that are perfect for moms, then this section is more tailored to you. Though keep in mind that any of the work from home jobs listed in this article can be tweaked to work for you as well. So don’t be afraid to look at all of the options to find your perfect online job!
Pay: $10 – $36 per hour
Do you have some quiet time set aside during your day to spend transcribing audio files into text documents for clients? Transcription services are still in high demand because today’s technology still can’t translate what the human ear (and fingers) can translate.
There are many large companies that hire transcribers for pennies on the nickel that are easy to get into.
- Scribie ($5 to $25/audio hour)
- Transcribe Me ($15/audio hour)
But if you’re looking for something that pays more, then apply to these companies. They are a bit harder to get accepted into but worth the wait.
- Rev ($24 to $39/audio hour)
- Go Transcript ($36/audio hour)
- Speechpad ($24/audio hour)
You can also set up an account on Fiverr and set your own transcribing rates. I would encourage you to search other transcriptionist profiles on Fiverr and set your rates accordingly (remember, competition).
Related: 12 Transcription Job Sites That’ll Pay You to Record Audio
13. Virtual assistant
Pay: $19 – $25 per hour
Becoming a virtual assistant to an already established online business is one of the best online jobs to get into quickly. Virtual assisting doesn’t have to stop at writing or editing. It can span into a wide variety of online tasks.
Virtual assistants often handle things like scheduling, customer support, administrative assistance, email marketing and much more. Basically, the goal is to learn as much as possible to help each client out in any way you can.
By the time you’ve built a small client base, you may find that you’ve quickly maxed out your schedule while making a great hourly wage!
Related: How to Become a Virtual Assistant
14. Graphic designer
Pay: $25 – $50 per hour
You don’t need to have a degree in graphic design to land some online jobs in this industry, though it certainly wouldn’t hurt your income potential. Graphic design skills are needed for all types of projects like creating printable sheets, announcements, ads or Pinterest images.
If you have an eye for design and know how to use tools like Canva or PicMonkey, you could have an online job position just waiting for you to fill it.
Creating beautiful Pinterest images is in high demand among bloggers and even helps almost any business glean fresh traffic to their website. If this is something you would like to learn, consider taking this course to learn how to make the best images that get clicked and shared thousands of times on Pinterest.
Related: Where to List Your Graphic Designer Services
15. Website Designer
Pay: $20 – $100 per hour
I have designed eCommerce websites for a few years now for a great income and never had any formal training. It’s not a difficult skill to learn with easy drop and drag builders that integrate with online platforms like Shopify.
If you can spot a “good looking” website from a “bad” one, and you’re somewhat technically inclined, then you might be able to hone your skills into designing and building websites.
When you visit popular websites, you’ll notice that layouts tend to be similar (top navigation bar, big images, text, footer). That’s because this type of layout works.
Designing websites doesn’t mean you need to reinvent the internet and create complex-looking websites. It means you need to know what looks good and be able to use images and color schemes to complete a functioning website that meets your clients’ needs.
16. Social media influencer
Pay: $20 – $100 per hour
Do you like to scout online deals, coupons, and savings? Perhaps you love to try on clothes at Target or even have an addiction to buying clothes or shoes already. There are actually online jobs that pay you to share your addiction on social media.
It doesn’t take much to become a social media influencer if you choose a niche that’s profitable and you’re passionate about it. You’ll need to post on your social media channel(s) consistently in order to grow your following.
There are companies like the Amazon Influencer Program and ShopStyle that allow you to post paid links on your profile. If your followers click the links and make a purchase, you receive a commission at no extra cost to them. As your following and engagement grow, so does your income!
Related: How To Become A Social Media Influencer
17. Amazon Seller
Pay: $15 – $100+ per hour
Everyone is shopping on Amazon these days which is why everyone should also be selling on Amazon (everyone who wants to make money selling, that is).
Have you ever heard of Amazon Arbitrage? The concept is simple, but the process can be tedious. Basically, you find discounted physical products at your local stores and sell them at a profit on Amazon.
Though it sounds easy, the profit margin can be quickly chipped away due to Amazon’s sellers’ fees, shipping expenses, and time spent. If you are out and about bargain hunting already, then this online job might be for you.
Related: How to Make Money with Amazon Arbitrage
18. Budgeter / Bookkeeper
Pay: $20 – $60 per hour
Budgeting and bookkeeping are similar, though budgeting tends to relate more to the individual and bookkeeping to the business.
If you’ve kept a strict budget in your own home and you’re willing to share your methods with other families, consider marketing your budgeting consulting services on Fiverr, social media, or your own services website.
Related: How to Make a Budget with Wiggle Room
Similarly, you can market your skills to businesses and offer bookkeeping services to help manage business finances. Start by joining local Facebook groups to offer your service to local businesses or visit them around your town.
Once the relationship is formed, much of your time spent bookkeeping can be done online at home with weekly or biweekly visits to your client’s place of business.
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Easy Online Jobs for Teens
Easy online jobs exist now that the internet is literally always at the tip of our fingers. They’re perfect for teens who want to make some extra money or potentially build a great college fund at a young age, but don’t have the time to commit to a more traditional, in-person gig.
Related: 9 Best Online Jobs for Teens that Pay Well
19. Photographer (photo seller)
Pay: 15% – 45% of every image copy sold
Selling photos as a teenager may sound ridiculous at first, but think about it. When you’ve got a talent in photography, why not use to land a great online job? Kids start showing their talents in this area quite young, and even more so with smartphones in their hands.
There are many places to sell photos online that will bring in a great passive income.
Related: How to Make Money Taking Pictures
20. Online seller
Pay: $40 – $60 on average per box of items
Kids can easily sell their extra clothes, shoes, toys, and gadgets once they’ve grown out of them. If they enjoy this type of online job, they can start scouting local yard sales, flea markets and Facebook selling groups for great deals.
Upon purchasing a used item at a steep discount, simply list it on a site like Decluttr for a profit. Do this over and over and watch the money start to come in. The more time and inventory to burn, the more money you can make.
Related: Where to Sell Stuff Locally and Online
21. YouTube channel creator
Pay: $0 – $2,000 per month
Kids making videos on YouTube (or at least being the main subject in videos) is a huge industry right now. Ryan, the star of Ryan Toys Review made $11 million in revenue in 2017. With the help of his mom and dad, his channel became a sensation for kids all around the world.
But today, it’s not as easy as recording a home video, uploading it to YouTube and watching the views and money roll in. YouTube made some changes to their minimum subscribers and views requirements before a channel can start making money. Once those minimums are passed, then ads can be placed on the videos to create an income stream.
If your kids are driven and ready to be in front of a camera, then they might love the idea of making a YouTube channel that could potentially start to earn money.
Related: How to Safely Start a YouTube Channel for Kids
22. Amazon Ebook publisher
Pay: Up to 70% of each copy sold
Publishing a book on Amazon Kindle is extremely easy, but that doesn’t mean every book published will sell.
If your teen has a talent for writing stories and the artistic talents to accompany the story with images, then consider helping them start self-publishing while young.
Related: How To Self Publish Kids Books on Amazon
There are tons of ways to make money as a kid (not just online) for those who are ready to get serious and tackle extra tasks and chores.
Online Jobs for Teachers
Teaching in a public or private school is not the only way to make money as a teacher. If you have a desire to help others learn, then you can share your knowledge with these online jobs.
Pay: $14 – $22+ per hour
Online jobs tutoring students is a fantastic way for teachers to make money fast. You can sign up at any of these sites and offer to tutor students on the subjects of your expertise
- VIPKID (bachelor’s degree required; pay is $14-$22 per hour)
- Chegg (pay starts at $20 per hour)
- Wyzant (set your own rate)
Related: 10 Best Online Tutoring Jobs to Supplement Your Income
24. Course creator
Pay: 30% – 60% of selling price to each student
You don’t have to be a teacher in order to teach others something you’re good at, but creating an online course is great for teachers nonetheless. You can literally choose any topic that you know well and create an in-depth course that teaches others to do the same.
“How to” courses are the way to go because they walk students through a series of steps in a very easy-to-follow way. Upon publishing your course, with some promotion and affiliate partners, you could make some great residual income from your course!
You can sell your courses on a platform like Udemy. All of your students will receive updates to the course when you make them. You can also work with affiliate partners on this platform to bring your course to the right audience.
Related: How to Create an Online Course that Sells
25. Pick up online gigs for teachers
Pay: $10 – $20+ per hour
If you’re just looking for side online jobs between your daily teaching schedule, consider picking up gigs that are specifically looking for teachers to complete. You can set up an account with GigEd and TeacherEd to look for jobs that interest you.
Legitimate Online Jobs at Home Are Not Hard To Find
There are so many other ways to earn money online. Simply brainstorm your favorite hobbies and talents and then find an online job that complements those well.
Online jobs are all around us, we just need to find the right one. Technology is a wonderful thing that makes working online possible today. All you need to do is seize the opportunity and start working toward your income goals so that you can ditch the office once and for all.
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