Work-at-homers come from all walks of life. We all have different educational and professional backgrounds. We all have different reasons for wanting to work from home. Many of us however, are looking to make a life change. We don’t so much care about going into the same field of work we are coming from. We are willing to try new things as we enter this next stage of our lives. If that sounds like you, here are several stay-at-home jobs for beginners.
Answering customer service and sales calls is one of the most plentiful and easy to attain work at home opportunities around. Not only do many online retailers contract virtual workers, there are several companies that handle the virtual call centers of several businesses.
Most of these positions require high-speed internet and a landline to receive incoming calls. While this may not be your dream job, the pay is usually pretty good. That $10 to $15 per hour can certainly help pay the bills while you find the perfect side hustle.
- Alorica at Home
Transcription is listening to an audio file and putting it into text. While many companies hire without experience, you will need to have excellent typing speed and accuracy. Transcription is almost always production-based meaning you get paid by the audio minute not how long it takes you to type it. The faster you type, the higher your hourly income.
- AccuTran Global
- GMR Transcription
Usually people that don’t want to work customer service by phone don’t mind doing it by chat. Unfortunately that means the competition for these positions can be high. Like most independent contractor customer service positions, most of these companies only pay for the minutes you are actually servicing customers as opposed to hours logged in. That usually averages out to around $10 per hour with most companies, with some minimum wage.
Search Engine Evaluation
Many people really enjoy evaluating search engine results and rating ads for quality. No phone is involved and the pay is pretty good, usually around $13 to $15 per hour. It’s also flexible allowing you to work around other commitments. The only complaint is usually that work isn’t as readily available as many would like. Unfortunately, this probably isn’t something you can depend on to cover all of your bills. But, it’s still a good gig to cover some.
This is another industry in which there is an endless amount of work for those with the want and right skill set. Skill set doesn’t mean a degree in journalism or English however, it simply means good grammar and research skills.
Freelance writing is also very lucrative once you break out on your own and get away from the “content mills” (sites that offer articles for sale cheap and pay their writer accordingly). If you are looking to dabble in online content writing without any commitment, check out the sites below. Just be aware you have better options. When you are ready to commit to an awesome career, learn how to stop writing for pennies.
- Demand Studios
- Content Divas
Even though many of us have moved our conversations to private groups on Facebook and Google+, there are still plenty of booming forums out there. Those forums need moderators to keep out the spam and answer questions. Some of these gigs also carry over to social networks and even blogs.
Do be aware there is a lot of competition for these openings and the pay isn’t always great – usually around $8 to $10 per hour. However, it’s easy work and can usually be done with other activities.
Most people do not consider mystery shopping much of a job nor much of working at home. It’s true. The work can be sporadic and you have to leave the house in most cases. However, it can provide a good income when done correctly. There is phone mystery shopping available at some companies. And, product demonstration also falls into this category. That can pay very well. Check out this post for a huge list of mystery shopping companies.
This is another one with irregular work but good pay. Providing website owners and app developers with feedback usually pays around $10 to $15 for 15 to 20 minutes of work. Sign up with several companies and consider the earnings a little bonus when work becomes available.
- User Intelligence
- Erli Bird
These are all great stay at home jobs for getting your feet wet in the work at home world. I’d love to hear about your first virtual job.
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