We have had several requests recently for non-phone work at home jobs. While phone-based customer service is one of the more available and easy to attain work from home opportunities, it isn’t for everyone. Perhaps you don’t have a quiet work environment due to kids. Maybe you are hearing-impaired. Maybe you just don’t like it. Regardless, here are several popular gigs to consider.
If you have a background in teaching or even simply a college degree in some cases, you may find scoring at home a great fit for your non-phone needs and schedule. Depending on the company you may be scoring student tests or essays. The pay can range from $8 to $20 per hour. There is usually some type of work schedule or weekly hour commitment in place but it is often somewhat flexible.
This is fan-favorite gig among my community. These jobs are often seasonal, but many people report being asked back year after year.
While many customer service positions require communicating by phone, people are also needed to answer emails and those little chat boxes most online merchants now have. You still need to have stellar customer service skills you will just be relaying them through a different platform. These positions are not always available. Please check the company websites frequently or subscribe to our newsletter for new leads by email each week.
There is a growing demand for online moderators. These positions range from monitoring a forum for inappropriate posts to manning a business’ Facebook Page for proper conduct and to respond to customer service issues. Want to start your own social media management business? Check out this post.
Freelance writers are hired to create everything from blog posts to eBooks to Facebook ads. The possibilities are endless as are the jobs for those possessing strong grammar and research skills. Entry-level positions may not pay the best but you can quickly move up in pay as you build an online portfolio.
Sites for finding writing gigs:
- All Indie Writers
- Beyond Your Blog (an email llist and directory of websites that pay)
- Freelance Writer’s Den
- Craigslist (Manhattan, San Francisco, and Chicago are good places to start)
- Freedom With Writing
- Freelance Writing Gigs
- Funds for Writers
- Journalism Jobs
- Online Writing Jobs
- ProBlogger Job Board
- The Writer’s Job Board
Though this will not be an option for those hearing-impaired, transcribing audio files into text documents is a popular work from home option that doesn’t require being on the phone.
- 3 Play Media
- AccuTran Global
- GMR Transcription
- Go Transcript
- Hollywood Transcribers
- Transcript Divas
Search evaluation is one of the more unique work-at-home jobs. In this position, you will be looking at search results and judging them for quality and relevancy. Most companies offer a flexible schedule but there is usually a minimum weekly or monthly commitment.
Small Tasks Sites
Microtasking is simply doing little jobs. Websites hosting these tasks break jobs down into small pieces that micro workers handle. Many legitimate websites offer this kind of work, such as:
- Fancy Hands
Here are some strategies that will help maximize your microtask earnings:
1. Get Qualified for Higher-Paying Tasks
It’s important to take qualification tests where available. Passing on-site tests improves your task eligibility. Freelancers who prove they have the necessary skills can access higher-paying jobs. For example, writing and transcribing usually pay more than image categorization or data entry.
2. Join Several Microtasking Websites
There will be times when a website doesn’t have much work available, so it’s a good idea to have a fallback plan. You can work on different micro-job sites at the same time, as long as you maintain your work quality. It’s perfectly legal and gives you more options.
3. Know When Most Tasks Are Posted
Some websites release the bulk of their tasks at certain times, such as in the first few minutes of every hour or at the start of their day. Watch and take note of these times so you can decide when you should work on each site.
4. Join Microtasking Forums
Forums often have the latest announcements and updates, including new site launches and release schedules for each existing site. Make time to read a variety of forums discussing microtasking. You’ll learn a lot from your colleagues, especially those who have worked for a long time. Observe and ask questions so that you learn more about each website’s pros and cons.
Signing up on microtask websites is fun and fulfilling, but it doesn’t guarantee you’ll have stable earnings like you would with a regular job. Depending on your strategy, it’s possible to earn more working from home than working an eight-hour shift in a typical office. Microtasking is a quick and easy time filler to help you achieve that goal.
There is a high demand for freelance service providers. While there are companies like Fancy Hands that hire virtual assistants, you will likely find going out on your own to find clients will likely get you a higher wage – like twice as much as you can get working for someone else. Everyone from bloggers to Fortune 500 companies to individuals may be in need of the above services and more that you can provide.
- 99 Social
- Clara Labs
- Time Etc.
- Virtual Assistant USA
Find more job openings for the above positions and more in our list of 101 home-based jobs.
Published January 2015. Updated November 2019.