Are you looking for a work at home job to fill your days and bank account? Luckily we have many legitimate home-based jobs to choose from today. And this time of year we always see a big recruiting rush from many companies that hire remote workers.
If you are looking for a company that will allow you to permanently work remotely, here are 101 options to get you started. I can’t guarantee these companies are hiring at the moment, but you can definitely keep an eye on them. And be sure to check out FlexJobs for high quality, researched remote jobs.
Moderators manage and monitor user-generated content on a client’s website or social media streams. You may be approving or deleting blog comments, answering questions in a forum, policing a chat room, responding to Tweets or Facebook comments, generating buzz, providing for child safety or similar and related tasks.
In some cases, no background in social media management is required. You just need to be social media savvy—you should understand various social media systems, use social media often, and understand hashtags, what kind of content trends, and so on. There are many companies that hire community moderators, but here are a few to get you started:
Want to start your own social media manager business? Check out this post.
Freelance Writers & Editors
The internet wouldn’t be what it is today without tons and tons of useful and compelling content. And where there’s tons of content, there’s a huge need for writers and editors. YOU could be that writer (or editor)—providing you have excellent grammar, can hit your deadlines, and have fantastic research and writing skills.
Like community management, you often don’t need a degree or work experience to get started as a freelance writer. You will likely need to provide a few writing samples with your application, but that shouldn’t be too hard to do provided you are starting in areas in which you have some knowledge and expertise. If you can’t manage to get a few publications under your belt before applying as a freelance writer or editor with a company, simply start a blog and publish your pieces there. You could even offer to do a guest post for a friend if you don’t want to set up an entire blog by yourself.
Here are a few sites that hire writers on a regular basis:
- Online Writing Jobs
- BKA Content
- Wise Bread
- A Fine Parent
- How to Geek
- Vox Media
Need a few more ideas? Check out this free list of 200+ freelance writing niches.
Did you know that even nurses can work at home? It’s true! As long as you have a healthcare degree, are licensed for the state in question and have recent clinical experience, you have the opportunity to find work from home. These positions are primarily triage help desks fielding patient questions and assessing their symptoms. You may also find work as a consultant. You often need prior experience for these, with emergency room and previous phone triage experience preferred.
At Home Phone Agents
Perhaps the most plentiful and easy to land work-at-home job is as a call center agent. Positions are available for both inbound and outbound calls. A company may hire employees or independent contractors depending on the location and job requirements, so make sure you pay attention when reading the job listings. Most of these positions do require a quiet work environment. So if you have kids, these are best scheduled when the kids are in school or bed. You’ll also typically need a reliable computer with high-speed Internet access and a dedicated landline. Many of these jobs are available to you even if you don’t have much in the way of experience; when experience is required, they’re looking for customer service experience – the easiest experience to come by! Have you ever worked retail or in food service? You’ve got customer service experience!
- Blooms Today
- Alorica at Home
- Enterprise Rent-a-Car
- Working Solutions
- ACD Direct
- Great Virtualworks
- Kelly Services
- Yardi Matrix
- Sutherland CloudSource
Search Engine Evaluators
The unique position of Search Engine Evaluator is one that’s grown up with the expansion of the Internet – basically, search engine evaluators help improve search engine results by analyzing search strings and their results for relevancy and usefulness. Many of my readers love these positions as they provide a lot of scheduling flexibility and pay decently. That being said, positions are often project-based and can end abruptly. Some companies even cap the length of time you can spend working for them! Make sure you’ve got your eggs in more than one work-at-home job basket with this job type.
There are many opportunities for teachers to work from home, from actually teaching online courses to tutoring kids all over the world to keeping online offices hours to advise university students. There’s even opportunities for those who’ve never taught before – if you’re a native English speaker, there’s an opportunity out there for you to teach English over the Internet (as a second language). Additional opportunities for teachers include test scoring, curriculum creation, selling worksheets, and so much more. Requirements and prerequisites vary greatly by position.
- Education First
- Aim-for-A Tutoring
- Magic Ears
- Connections Academy
- Pearson Scoring
- Elevate K12
How are you at typing? There’s always need for more transcriptionists online. A transcriber turns the spoken word into written text. Working in transcription, you may transcribe audio of a court case, provide captions for a video or live performance, transcribe medical information, etc.
Payment varies widely in this industry, with low starter pay rates going up to pretty good pay for experienced and certified transcribers. (For some legal or medical transcription, certification is required.) Pay is also often based on production, which means the faster and more accurately you type, the more money you can make.
- AccuTran Global
- Alice Darling
- Net Transcripts
- Way With Words
- 3Play Media
Do you love to travel—or enjoy daydreaming and planning trips you’d love to go on? You can turn that passion for adventure, far-off places, and new experiences into a work-at-home career. There are plenty of opportunities out there to work as a home-based reservation agent, cruise planner, travel troubleshooter, and more. Many of these positions require travel agent experience and knowledge of their software.
- American Express
- American Airlines
- World Travel Holdings
- Travel with the Magic
- Holland America Line
I cover a few of the best remote travel jobs in my post “30 Work-at-Home Travel Jobs to Consider.”
Becoming a virtual assistant is a great opportunity for those with a wide variety of skills or administrative experience. You can go into business for yourself, or apply to any of the VA companies I list below. As a VA, you’re not likely to be bored! The tasks for this online position can vary greatly. You may be appointment-setting, researching various topics, making phone calls on your client’s behalf, and more. Pay can also vary widely, based on the complexity of the job and expertise required. Working with a VA company can make your pay more reliable by paying an hourly rate.
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First published in August 2014. Updated December 2019.