Many of those looking for a work at home job would prefer a part-time gig. Your schedule may be filled with kids, aging parents, doctor’s visits and more. You don’t have room for a 40-hour workweek. The good news is there are plenty of work at home options available to part-time workers. And if you can land a job paying $10 per hour, that’s $1,000 per month working just 25 hours per week.
Part-Time Work at Home Jobs
Transcription – In this position you are transcribing an audio file into text. Most companies pay by the audio minute which means your rates can vary depending on how long it takes you to transcribe the file. There are a few companies that hire with no previous experience.
Medical Transcription – This type of transcription deals specifically with medical information. You may be transcribing things like a doctor’s audio notes. Formal training is required to work in medical transcription. CareerStep is a reliable place to attain that. The below companies regularly hire work at home transcribers. CareerStep also assists in graduate placement.
Medical Billing or Coding – In this position you will be entering patient information for billing purposes. Again, a formal education is required. We recommend CareerStep. Most of these positions are available on a local level – clinics, hospitals, etc.
Remote Call Center – Customer service work is plentiful in the work at home world. Companies hire for everything from taking flower orders to IT support. Some positions are seasonal but may lead to permanent or full-time opportunities.
Travel-Related Customer Service – Many soon-to-be work at home agents come from a travel background, or would simply like to. There are a number of ways to feed your travel bug working with customers to plan vacations and book reservations.
Online Tutoring – Do you have a teaching background? There are several companies that hire tutors to perform remote teaching.
Search Engine Evaluation – If you are internet-savvy you may be a perfect fit for search evaluation. In this position you are providing search engines with feedback on the relevancy and quality of results that are provided when a web surfer performs a search.
Virtual Assistant – There are quite a few people that would eventually like to transition into self-employment but they aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into getting their own clients just yet. There are a number of companies that hire freelance subcontractors for things like general virtual assistance, social marketing and more. For the virtual assistants:
Social Media Manager – Do you know your way around forums and the latest social media platforms? Almost every company can benefit from having an online presence but most don’t have the time or budget to hire someone in-house. That means they turn to remote workers to handle the day-to-day moderation and customer service issues.
Freelance Writer – If you have great grammar and internet research skills, there is plenty of online content writing available. Useful Writing Courses has a great free guide on Getting the Gig. You should also check out their very affordable course, Escape the Content Mills.
Accounting – This is another position that requires a formal education in most cases but many women have an accounting background. You can also learn more about starting a bookkeeping business here.
Looking for additional work-at-home job opportunities? I highly recommend FlexJobs which offers high quality, researched leads daily.
Part-Time Home Business Ideas
While many of the above positions can be turned into freelance service businesses, there are several other home business options perfectly suited for part-time.
Seller/Reseller – While we used to think of online sellers as strictly those creating handcrafted items to sell in estores, that’s no longer the case. Many people today make a good living reselling things they pick up at garage sales, thrift stores, flea markets and more.
Direct Sales – This is one of my favorite business options as there is minimal investment and training is often provided. Most companies today provide consultants with a website and other online marketing materials as well.
Local Business Ideas
Don’t just look online when it comes to part-time home business options. You can also go local, and often have less competition! (Find a list of pleaces to list your services and pick up work here.)
Healthy Homemade – The health and artisan industries are huge right now. That opens the door to those making soaps, all-natural foods, and even selling essential oils through direct sales companies like Young Living.
Child Care – Don’t think child care businesses are all about full-time care. Consider offering special outing or weekend services – times when regular child care isn’t so readily available. And last minute calls? Always at a premium.
Fitness Industry – While we may be in the midst of holiday feasting right now, come January 1 everyone is going to want to drop any extra pounds fast. If you have a background in nutrition or fitness consider offering weight loss consulting or fitness coaching.
Budget Consultant – In just a few short weeks people are also going to start worrying about how to pay off holiday debt. If personal finance is your specialty consider offering one-on-one consulting, group speaking gigs, or even specialty classes like couponing. Many local libraries or coffee shops are open to allowing this type of gathering if you have a bit of an expert reputation in town. Ether is a site that will allow you to get paid for sharing advice with others. Check out this post on The Penny Hoarder for more information.
Handywoman and Housecleaning Services – While housecleaning is a tried and true – and always in demand – home business idea, don’t overlook domestic repairs and duties just because you are a lady. You can decorate, hang lights, do minor household repairs just like a man. There are even franchise opportunities available through companies like http://www.mrhandyman.com/. TaskRabbit is also a great place to pick up one-off tasks.
Blogger – If you aren’t pressed for immediate income, starting a blog can be a great way to earn a part-time income. My success can be attributed to two great programs; Building a Framework and Elite Blog Academy.
Looking for additional part-time work at home jobs? Check out our list of 101 companies that hire remote workers.
Extra Money Makers
Working at home successfully is all about maximizing your online time for profits. I highly recommend signing up for a few of the below programs, if not all, as a means of passive or low-work income.
- Ebates – I love, love, love Ebates. It’s not unusual for me to earn $300 to $1,000 per month in cash back bonuses and referring my friends. And, the program is free! They will even give you a $10 gift card just for signing up.
- Swagbucks – This program has come a long way from its earn-for-search beginning. Today you can earn SB for completing surveys, watching videos and more. Redeem your SB (aka Swagbucks) for cash or gift cards. (Members redeem approximately 7,000 gift cards per day!) Get a $5 signup bonus when you earn 2500 SB in your first 3 months.
- Inbox Dollars – Get paid to read emails, take surveys online, play games, and go shopping! New enrollees also receive $5 just for joining