In today’s post, we are looking at some easy online jobs for those in need of a flexible schedule and little in the way of experience requirements.
Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom who hasn’t done any office work in a while or you’re 18 and just started college, you may worry the work-at-home life isn’t for you. Not because you don’t have the time or the temperament. But because you’re worried you don’t have enough experience to land a work-from-home job or, if you do, that the work won’t be easy enough to slip in around a long day with the kids or all your classes.
I’ve got some great news for you. Not only is there a work-from-home job out there for you, but there’s an easy one or an entry-level one that will suit your lifestyle and your experience level. Let me break down 8 job types for you that could work.
Have you heard of microtasks? They’re brief, easy tasks that can’t be automated – they need a human to do them. It could be tagging elements in a photograph, doing some data entry, checking the price on something, finding some information, etc.
As an independent contractor, you decide which micro jobs you want to do and complete these tiny gigs for a small fee. They don’t pay much, but they’re easy to do – get a gig in while the kids are eating or you’re taking a break or even while running your errands.
There are some microtasks with a real-world component, where you might be asked to check a company’s product appearance in a specific retail store and take a picture. Check out my post on Micro Jobs or get started at one of these sites:
2. Search Engine Evaluation
Even Google needs some help making sure their search results are relevant, which is why there are several companies out there that specialize in search engine evaluation. To do this gig, you generally just need to be familiar with how to use the Internet and know a lot about pop culture.
The company will provide you with guidelines to use when evaluating search results, and tell you what keywords to search for results review. The pay can actually be decent for these jobs, but you’re still an independent contractor and how much work there is available varies. If this sounds like something you’d like to do, check out my post with everything you need to know. Then see if these companies are hiring:
3. Data Entry
If you want an easy online job, data entry is one of the most popular. As long as you can follow instructions and type accurately and efficiently, you can do data entry. You should also have a high tolerance for repetition as well since you’re going to be doing the same things over and over again.
If you have access to common programs like Microsoft Office or G Suite and a computer keyboard with a number pad, you’re pretty much golden. While data entry may be easy, it also doesn’t tend to pay well: if you find a data entry job that does, you can expect fierce competition to land the job.
Check out my post for 10 legit data entry jobs, or head over to these companies to see if they're hiring for data entry:
User testing is another one of those prime easy remote jobs! All you have to do is look at a website or mobile app, complete an activity as requested or just look around, and then give your thoughts on the website or app. Sometimes, your screen will be recorded while you complete the test and speak your thoughts out loud. Other times, you may be asked to write out your brief thoughts. Either way, the only real technical requirements are to have a home computer (that you can install the screen recording software on) and high-speed Internet access or particular type of smartphone.
Most of the companies that offer User Testing gigs pay between $5-$10 per test and the availability of tests is variable. You’ll also find that whether you’re awarded a test or not comes down to your demographics. Visit my website testing post and these popular user testing companies for potential work:
Are you a great listener? Good! That and solid typing skills are the basic requirements to becoming a transcriptionist online. Generally, you should type at least 60 WPM, and you should be able to type efficiently and accurately. While listening and typing is pretty easy work out of the gate, you will likely have a set of guidelines you need to follow to the letter. But once you get those guidelines down, you can settle in and let your fingers do the talking.
It doesn’t take much for equipment to get started. Your home computer must be able to play audio files and most companies use transcription software that is available for free. Having a good set of computer headphones will help you better hear your audio files. Some positions additionally recommend a foot pedal which can help increase your production, but this can usually come later.
There tend to be quite a few entry-level positions available and, as you gain experience, you can move up to better-paying transcription gigs. You can make even more if you eventually specialize in medical or legal transcription. Check out my resources for landing transcription jobs from home, or head immediately over to these companies:
6. Teaching English
I know what you're thinking, but it's true – teaching English online absolutely belongs on a list of easy online jobs. If you’re a native speaker of English, you are most likely able to teach conversational English as a Second Language with any number of online companies. This is because your students are using your native speaking performance as a basic lesson itself and any more formal lesson is layered on top of that.
Many ESL tutoring sites provide everything you need in the way of lesson plans, and you just follow along. In order to teach, you’ll generally need a home computer that can do video chat along with noise-cancelling headphones with a microphone. Some companies require you have a college degree. Find out more in my Teach English Online post, or click through to see if these sites are hiring right away:
Curiosity is great for learning about the world – and when you make your curiosity into work, you get to call it research and charge a fee! If you enjoy just researching and learning new things, you can find remote jobs that will pay you to either do research and compile data or answer specific questions their clients have. You can do general research or get hyper-specific – for example, in the right location, you could become a court researcher.
While you don’t necessarily need much experience to become a researcher, earning the best pay comes from specializing in an area you have some expertise in. And while you may find the research easy, know that you will likely have a set of guidelines to follow. Get the details on my Get Paid to Be A Know-It-All post, and see if the following are hiring:
If you enjoy writing and have great grammar skills, this one’s an easy online job for sure – all it takes is time. One of the best parts of building your online career on writing is setting your own rates and choosing what you want to write about. Or even what type of writing you want to do – you can write grant proposals, nonfiction articles, and manuals or you can ghostwrite books or blog posts. You can even get creative and write fiction or start your own blog.
Each type of writing has its perks and drawbacks and there is also great variation in how much money you can make in each field. If you’d like to learn more about freelance writing, just check out my posts on the topic. Here are a few to get you started:
- The Ultimate List of Where to Find Jobs Writing from Home
- Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners: Everything You Need to Know
- How to Start A Blog and Make Money in 7 Steps
These sound easy enough, right? I hope I’ve given you the inspiration and the confidence to get out there and find yourself one of these online jobs today! Come back and tell me when you do.