There are a few misconceptions when it comes to working from home, one being that you need experience.
This couldn’t be further from the truth as there are a ton of options you can choose from that require no experience at all. Don’t feel as if you need a four-year degree and 10 years of experience to start working online. This isn’t true.
Generally, as long as you’re a U.S. resident, 18 years or older, and you can follow directions as specified, a company won’t have a problem hiring you as long as they are hiring, of course.
In today’s post, I wanted to talk about the many options, as well as companies, that are hiring people who want to work from home. And, best of all, they don’t ask for any experience.
Whether you want to work at your own pace and make a few bucks a week, or you need something that pays the bills, I try to cover every option in my list below as I always do with any of my guides.
Take a look below at the many options that allow you to work from home, and if any are of interest, follow the links provided for more information.
18+ Entry Level Work from Home Jobs
This option will not make you rich, but it’s the best option if you want to start working right now.
Basically, when you work with a research company, you will answer survey questions on just about anything and get paid a certain amount. Companies use these research companies to help improve products, gain feedback, etc. You may even take surveys on current events.
No matter who you work with, you get to pick out the surveys you want to take, so you will always know what you’re getting paid ahead of time. Most surveys pay about $0.25 to $5+ each, but you can answer a few an hour most of the time.
For now, start with my favorites, such as Swagbucks, Survey Junkie, Vindale Research, Paid Viewpoint and InstaGC. In combining these five, you can easily make $50 to $100 a week if you take a few surveys a day. You can also check out 80+ more companies if you want even more options. There are PLENTY to keep you busy.
Again, treat this option as a very limited side hustle. I’m talking maybe $400 a month at most, sometimes a pinch more. And, that’s if you work at it every day.
FlexJobs deserves its own section in itself because of its value.
If you’re unfamiliar with this A+ rated company, FlexJobs is the #1 job search provider for remote jobs only. That’s right. You will only find jobs that you can do from home. It does cost a few dollars a month, but they use these funds to help weed out the so many at-home scams that you commonly see. Every result you see comes from a legitimate organization.
Whether you want a part-time or full-time career, you can use the website’s filters to find exactly what you’re looking for. It works no different than any other job search engine.
At least give it a look as they do have a satisfaction guarantee in the case you’re unhappy with the results. Be sure to check out my in-depth review to see what they are all about!
Customer Service Jobs
So many of your bigger name companies, such as U-Haul, Apple and even Amazon hire at-home customer support agents and require no prior experience. LiveOps , NexRep and Sitel are other popular options that partners with hundreds of major brands as well.
Most of these jobs work in the same way, wherein you will take phone calls and basically help customers get the answers they need. Depending on the company you work with, some may also ask you to answer emails, social media inquires or even take requests over a chat.
There are so many companies almost always hiring at-home customer service agents, all of which I covered in this post. Aside from my post, in which I talked about the more than 100+ corporations that are hiring right now, I also recommend checking out FlexJobs, too. Set up alerts and apply as the jobs pop up. Sooner or later, you should be able to get an interview!
Depending on the company, some allow you to work whenever you please while other options require to commit to many hours in a week. Just make sure you read the job description in full before committing.
In my research, I have found that data entry work does exist online, however, these jobs are quite hard to come by if you’re looking for a part-time gig.
In most cases, you will work on a task-by-task basis, simply meaning that you will only get paid by the task. If you don’t mind doing this, then you will find a ton of work on platforms such as Clickworker and MTurk.
Aside from these options, there are many other organizations that hiring on occasions, all of which you can find in my legit remote data entry jobs post.
Data entry work isn’t glorious, but you could earn $8+ an hour with the right work effort.
Out of all the options I list here, freelancing will take quite some time before you earn cash, but it could lead to a very nice career if you build a big enough client base.
In the freelancing world, there are so many services to consider offering. I mean, take a look at this graphic I pulled by Upwork.com, the internet’s largest freelancing website…
No matter what you want to do, let it be known that there are so many freelancing platforms you can take advantage of, including Fiverr, Freelancer, Guru, Toptal and Upwork, to name a few, where you can list your services. You can even check out the many Fiverr alternatives I wrote about in the past.
For now, maybe think of a service you could offer to others. There has to be something!
Once you have an idea, read one of the many books online to learn how the industry works to start earning your first paycheck. It’s an art to learn, but it can pay off big time.
Micro Task Work
As the name implies, “micro tasks” are smaller tasks that usually take no longer than a minute to complete. It can be anything from researching an address to confirming what’s in a picture. There are a lot of different tasks out there.
Once you get good enough at it and learn how these platforms work, it’s not too hard to earn $8 to $10+ per hour, especially when you know which jobs are worth doing. Again, not glorious, but it’s more than you had before.
Don’t expect to get rich doing this type of work, but it’s a very easy way to make $300 to $500+ a month, all while working at your own pace.
If you’re unfamiliar with the mystery shopper term, it’s basically as it sounds. You will be a shopper undercover, answering a series of questions while performing a series of tasks.
While most of your mystery shopping jobs are done outside of the home, there are a few you can do from home, most of which are done via the phone. For example, you may have to call an apartment to see if any openings are available, and after you’re done, you will write a report on the customer service rep’s attitude.
There are a lot of jobs like this, most of which are offered by more than 75+ companies. If you want to work in the mystery shopping field, it’s a great opportunity to make a part-time or even full-time income. I would recommend you check out the more than 75+ legitimate mystery shopping companies I researched. If you want to work solely from home, then I would focus on these 16+ telephone mystery shopping job companies.
Consider opening up your home to other pet owners who may need a pet sitter for the day, week or maybe even longer. Seeing you don’t have to leave the house, it’s a work from home job after all, right?
As long as you know how to take care of a pet and have personal references, then it shouldn’t be too hard to find some work as long as you live in a well-populated area. Like many freelancing websites, the more reviews you get on the platforms you use, the more leads you could potentially generate.
Most pet sitters can easily make $30 to $50+ per night, meaning you could bring in more than $1,000 a month if you have consistent work.
In the past, I talked about the many pet sitting websites you can use to find clients, but some of my favorites include Rover.com and Care.com. There are a lot of them, so consider listing your services on a few if it sounds like something of interest.
I don’t see this option mentioned that often online, but if you know you can sell, then there’s opportunity.
Depending on the job, some may require you to cold call potential customers, whereas other companies may have potential customers come to you. Brighten Communications, for example, is a telemarketing company specializing in lead generation and pays up to $18 an hour.
Nonetheless, it’s an awesome job opportunity with endless income opportunity. I don’t have particular companies in mind right now, but a quick search on Indeed can usually generate a ton of results. Use a search term, such as “remote entry level sales rep” to see what kind of results you can generate.
Search Engine Evaluator
As a search engine evaluator, your job is to evaluate search results on popular search engines, answering questions in doing so. It’s not a hard job and no technical experience is really required, but it’s a very flexible one that could provide more than 20+ hours a week.
If it sounds like something of interest, there are two big names in the industry that you will want to focus on, being Appen and Lionbridge. See if there are any openings at the moment that you can apply to. Keep in mind that they aren’t always hiring, so be sure to check on occasions to see if a spot opens up. You can also check a few other smaller companies I mention in my search engine evaluator jobs post.
In applying, you will have to pass an exam, but if you’re lucky enough to get hired, the starting range tends to be in the $13 to $16 hourly range.
Test Scorer (Bachelor’s Degree Required)
Just as the name sounds, this job requires you to grade papers at home.
Most of the companies I found online ask that you judge essays, but they all vary in one way or another. Nonetheless, you will need a bachelor’s degree to at least be considered and no previous test scoring experience is required.
Transcription is one of the better jobs if you have no experience and want to work from home. Just listen to the audio and type it out as it plays. Don’t worry, you can always pause as you go.
To be considered, all you need to be able to do is type at least 45+ words per minute and type what you hear in an accurate way. I always recommend you check out TypingTest.com to see how fast you can type. If it’s faster than 45+ WPM, then start applying!
I wrote about more than 100+ transcription companies that all hire work at home workers. Check it out to see which companies I recommend.
Of course, this job option only works if you know a second language or maybe more. And, if you do, then, you’re in luck as there are a lot of online translating jobs available.
From converting a document from one language to another to transcription work and call centers, there are quite a few options.
For now, I would check out some of the most popular companies often hiring, such as Appen, Apple, Asurion, Enterpise, Liveops and Unbabel. There are many more options to include, but I will do so once I create an in-depth post in the future.
Put your bilingual skills to work as there are a ton of entry-level positions open right now.
Tutoring (Bachelor’s Degree Needed)
I only recommend this option if you have a bachelor’s degree as most of the companies I often mention require it.
Now, if you do have a bachelor’s degree, you don’t need experience, per se, as most will just ask that you pass a skills test to be accepted.
Depending on the company, some supply you with the customers, whereas others allow you to be listed on their database. In any case, plan on making anywhere from $20 to $40+ per hour, dependent upon your subject area.
Teach English to Children Overseas (Bachelor’s Degree Needed)
This kind of like tutoring, only that you will focus solely on teaching the English language to children overseas.
Like tutoring, you will always need a bachelor’s degree at a minimum as well as some sort of teaching experience. This isn’t required for all companies, however, as they all have their own restrictions.
To see which companies are hiring right now, refer to my 31+ ESL companies hiring at the moment. All of the options I mentioned are 100% legitimate and can up to $25+ per hour.
Recently, I talked about the more than 20+ companies that will pay you to test websites and apps.
In short, you will be asked to browse a website/app on your computer, perform a sample task and then speak your tasks aloud as you move around the site performing the said task. In turn, this helps the developers get into your mind, helping them improve the product.
Most tests pay more than $10+ each, with each one taking less than 20 minutes to do on average.
If you sign up for the many companies I mentioned on the post linked prior (there are a lot of them), there’s no reason you can’t make more than $300 for the month.
If you have the love for writing and want to get paid for your words, then consider the world of freelancing writing.
Even as a beginner, it’s not too hard to earn $5 per article written, but as you rise in the ranks and make connections, it’s not unheard of to make $100+ per article, averaging more than six figures a year.
I did write about the many freelancing writing jobs available for beginners here, but you can see a full list on my 550+ ways to make money post. Many of these jobs require no experience, just a small writing sample to prove your talents. As long as your work has minimal grammatical mistakes and reads well, you shouldn’t have a problem being accepted.
A while back, I wrote a very detailed guide on how you could become what’s known as a “virtual assistant” online. Basically, picture yourself almost as an assistant to someone online rather than in an office. There are so many tasks that you can focus on and there’s almost always an endless supply of jobs.
Now, let me warn you that finding these jobs is quite hard due to the competition overseas, but it is possible with the right amount of work.
If you’re a newbie to the online working world, then let it be known that there are so many opportunities you can take advantage of.
Depending on what you want, you can turn these remote opportunities into a full-time, six-figure income, or in the case you’re looking for something small, then it’s not too hard to find something that pays $100+ a month.
All of the options I mentioned above are almost always hiring entry-level workers. It’s just up to you to apply and be aggressive in your job hunt. I can almost promise you something will work as long as you don’t give up.
As always, you’re more than welcome to comment on the companies/strategies I mentioned and/or even ask any questions in the comments below.
In the meantime, start applying right now as I can almost guarantee you that there’s a spot opened right now that’s calling your name!
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