Some people look at working from home to make some cash in their spare time. Others are looking for legitimate jobs that will really make a difference for themselves and their families. If you’re in the second camp and you’re looking for a legitimate work-at-home job that actually pays well, I have some ideas for you!
Skill-Based Online Work
Whether you have advanced skills training or you’ve simply developed these skills on your own, there are plenty of work-at-home jobs that are based on a specific skill. These are a few ideas to get you started:
- Online Tutoring — While it’s not as lucrative as in-person tutoring (unless you start your own online business), online tutoring can be done from home for decent pay. These are some options:
- Chegg — Get paid $20 per hour to tutor students at any level, from middle school to professional.
- Prep Now — This tutoring company focuses on preparing students for standardized tests like the SAT and ACT, and the pay is around $15 per hour.
- Rosetta Stone — If you’re fluent in another language, look at Rosetta Stone. Their roles tend to be location-based, but they’re very flexible and start around $17 per hour.
- VIPKid — Tutor children in China who are learning English, and you’ll get paid between $7 and $9 per 25-minute lesson. (That’s $14-18 per hour!)
- Transcription — Transcription is a skill you can practice on the job, and the more you do it, the better you’ll get at it. Rev.com is one website that pays for transcription services, and you get paid per minute of audio that you transcribe. The work is flexible, and the more you do it, the faster you’ll go — and the more money you’ll make.
- Web Search — Appen Butler Hill and Leapforce both hire at-home workers as web search evaluators. The pay is typically a little more than $13 per hour, which isn’t much compared to everything else on this list, but it’s substantially more than most other web search work will get you.
Phone jobs aren’t everyone’s favorite. Cold calls are among the types of phone jobs that many people want to avoid. My personal theory is that cold calling is a skill that can be learned, so it’s not something that should intimidate you.
There are a few reasons to think about getting out of your comfort zone when it comes to cold calling. The first is that the pay in these jobs tends to be higher than a lot of other work-at-home jobs will offer. The second is that many of them offer advancement opportunities that you just won’t find anywhere else. A third is that lots of cold call jobs offer bonuses or a commission structure on top of the hourly rate, so you can end up making a lot more money than you would with other jobs.
Another of the perks of cold calling, at least within the B2B (business to business) space, is the fact that most or all of your work will take place during regular business hours. That means no late evenings or weekends, which is a major plus if you want your at-home job to mirror the typical 9-to-5.
If you’re willing to give cold calling a shot, these are some companies you should check out:
- Blue Zebra Appointment Setting — These are B2B appointment-setting cold calls. As a caller, you would represent a business that offers a product or service designed for other businesses to use. Your goal is to try to get appointments booked for one of your company’s representatives to visit the other company and offer a demonstration or pitch their services. Pay is typically at least $15 per hour.
- Brighten Communications — As a cold caller with Brighten, you’re making B2B calls trying to land leads for the companies you represent. The pay starts at $12 and can go up to $18 per hour.
- NexRep — These are commission-based sales calls OR hourly rate jobs. Hourly pay goes up to $25 per hour.
- Working Solutions — Cold calls are one of the opportunities offered by Working Solutions, but you may find they have other areas to plug into that are a good fit for you. Pay can go up to $30 per hour!
A lot of times, people will offer services online as freelancers. Freelancing is great, but it’s not for everyone. If you’re into the idea of working online in a less traditional role but you don’t want to start your own business, think about these options:
- Community Moderation — Many customer-based companies are focusing on developing online communities, whether on their own sites or on social media sites like Facebook. Part of making an online community work is having a good team of moderators in place, and that’s where you could come in! This company offers all kinds of social media-oriented positions, including community moderation.
- Reminder Calls — Pleio is a company that has you call people at a specified time to remind them to take their medications. The pay is between $15 and $20 per hour, and you’re doing something really valuable with your time, too!
- Styling — If you’ve heard of (or even used) Stitch Fix, you’ve been introduced to the fun of having an online stylist. If you’ve ever thought you should get in on the online stylist scene, working for Stitch Fix may be right for you! Starting pay is $15 per hour, and the work seems pretty interesting!
- Tech Support — If you have tech support experience or are simply a tech wizard and can improve it, at-home tech support jobs can be a great option. One of the “hidden gem” aspects of tech support is that it’s also shifting more and more to remote work, even in the upper echelons of major corporations, which means you have a lot of potential for growth if you want this to become a bona fide career. Intermedia is one company that’s frequently hiring at-home tech agents, and starting pay is around $18 per hour.
- Translation — If you’re fluent in English plus one more language, you can land high-paying translation work. One company that hires translators and tends to pay at least $20 per hour is American Journal Experts, an editing and translation company for research journals. Another option is Language Service Associates, which pays its interpreters $20 per hour.
- Travel Agent — In addition to private agencies that set you up with your own business, you can find decent pay with some larger travel agencies. Here are a couple that pay well:
- Virtual Assisting — You can go out on your own as a VA, or you can work for a virtual assistant agency. The pay won’t be nearly as high, but they bring the clients to you (which can be really helpful). Worldwide 101 offers their VAs between $15 and $20 per hour.
Customer Support with Big-Name Companies
Sometimes the nationally recognizable companies hire at-home workers with good starting rates. These are a few of my favorites to recommend if you’re interested in doing customer support for a reputable company:
- American Express — While the pay rates for AmEx customer service is competitive, one of the fantastic aspects of working for them is that you’re considered an employee and have access to employee benefits.
- Apple — The biggest name in personal technology hires remote workers in all kinds of customer support roles, and pay is reported to be between $14 and 16 for many of these roles.
- Blooms Today — This is a popular floral delivery business that operates on a huge scale. They often have available positions during the busy flower seasons, and the pay is typically somewhere around $15 per hour.
Looking for more?
If you’re looking for an at-home job that scraps hourly rates and paves the way for you to make six figures instead, you’ve got lots of options! I have a whole post dedicated to high-income at-home jobs that you can find right here.
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