Stay at home jobs seem like a no brainer. Zero commuting costs, you can avoid all those pesky colleagues AND you get to work in your pajamas!
When I decided to leave my corporate job two years ago, I knew I wanted a job that would allow me to be location independent…but I didn’t know what type of job that was.
After a lot of trial and error (and a lot of hand wringing and snotty tear-filled tissues….), I now earn more working online than I did working in my old job.
Not having to commute gives me more free time to pursue my passions and I save money by not having to pay for commuting costs too!
Last but not least – I look forward to every Monday, as I can work in a country and environment of my choice.
Here is a list of work from home jobs that can help you earn an income from the comfort of your own home.
If you are looking for practical guides on how to work from home, read the below articles:
If you have a knack for helping people learn – this is the job for you. It is one of the best stay at home jobs out there.
You don’t even need to be a teacher (although it helps).
You can teach anything you are skilled at, for example English, the guitar, singing, math, you name it!
How to get started as an Online Teacher :
Depending on the existing skills you have, getting some form of teaching qualification would be helpful.
For example, to teach English online, it’s useful to get a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate. You can study for this certificate online and in your own free time in the evening and weekends.
There is a 120-hour online course ran by Let’s TEFL, which provides a whole module on online teaching and specific training to ensure your application, resumes, introduction videos for recruiters, is done right.
Once you have your TEFL, read this guide on How to Teach English Online In One Week
If you want to teach English, here is a list of websites you can apply to. Alternatively, if you teach subjects like Maths or Science, these sites hire tutors to teach online:
Also, check out these sites that are hiring music teachers:
If you want an in-depth guide on how to become an online English teacher that gets paid around $6000 per month, read this article.
If you are a bit of a wordsmith and enjoy writing about topics that interest you, you can get paid for your writing.
You can charge whatever you want but certain niches pay higher than others.
For example, I have charged USD500 for writing content for a legal and finance website, but I have also been paid USD50 to USD100 for travel articles.
How to get started as Freelance Writer:
I highly recommend taking the Freelance Writing course by Elna Cain.
I took the course and it helped me launch my freelance writing career within 3 weeks. By the end of the month, I had 3 new clients!
If you have limited funds, you can sign up for her FREE 6 Day Course ‘Get Paid to Write’.
Once you have finished the course, you can find stay at home jobs at these freelance writing sites.
If you want to become a well-paid freelance writer, this post shows you an easy 8-step process to follow.
3.Proofreading and Editing
If you have great attention to detail and correcting written errors turn you on – you are going to be a Proofreading whizz.
Working as a proofreader is one of those stay at home jobs that provides you with the flexibility to work whenever and wherever you want.
This means you can take on lots of proofreading jobs and work like a mad person one week and have the next week off.
I do this all the time!
How to get started as a Proofreader:
Read these two articles :
I spent a lot of time googling free information but I wish I did a course to save me rooting around in the dark. I would have been able to increase my rate and find clients much faster.
The Proofread Anywhere course helps you transition into a full-time proofreader/editor and run it as a well-paid business.
The Proofread Anywhere course begins with proofreading basics and then goes on to share advanced proofreading methods, how and where to find jobs, what rate to set and common mistakes to avoid.
Caitlin is the lady who runs the course and she has been a proofreader since 2007. She turned her love for proofreading into a full-time job and now helps others do the same.
The Proofread Anywhere course is packed with 40+ lessons in 8 modules, grammar-specific worksheets, and real-life example jobs.
After passing with 90% or higher on the final exam you will receive a Certificate of Completion and access to the Self-Publishing School Preferred Outsourcer Rolodex.
Ps; Caitlin is offering a FREE Proofreading workshop that will help you learn the basic skills and decide on whether freelance editing is for you.
Also, the below sites hire proofreaders:
- Sibia Proofreading
- Polished Paper
If you need guidance on how to become an editor that earns USD2,000- USD4,000 per month, read this article.
A transcriber converts speech from video or audio tapes into written form.
They also improve the punctuation and grammar of the audio recording to make it more readable.
You get to work in the peace and comfort of your own home and get paid too.
How to get started as a transcriptionist
TranscribeAnywhere.com offers two free mini-courses to give you a taste of what to expect.
The first free mini-course is a general course and the second is a free legal transcription course (legal transcriptionists are paid higher as there is a huge demand for it).
5. Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant is a hugely in-demand job as more and more companies look to outsource services.
Services you can offer can include everything from email management, scheduling meetings, handling client phone calls, social media and more.
I recently spoke to a mother of three who earned more than USD2000 per month while working as a virtual assistant from the comfort of her own home.
It’s a great work at home jobs for moms.
How to get started as a Virtual Assistant:
Gina Horkey is a mother of two who has successfully earned six figures working as a virtual assistant.
Her course 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success helps guide you through the services you can offer your clients, the pricing , and how to find new clients.
If you have no experience as a Virtual Assistant, read this article:
6. Social Media Manager
If you find yourself constantly scrolling though Instagram, FB, Snapchat or Twitter, you may as well get paid for it.
Another hot and in demand job is a social media manager role.
With so many businesses looking to increase their online presence, they need someone to help them manage their social media accounts.
It is one of the most interesting stay at home jobs out there!
How to get started as a Social Media Manager:
Read this article 🙂
Businesses have woken up to the fact that Pinterest can provide them with ongoing website traffic and clients and are on the lookout for people who know a thing or two about Pinterest.
Rates start from $20 and can go up to $100 per hour if you can help grow their Pinterest account and engage their customers.
It is one of those easy online jobs from homethat allow you to also use your creativity.
How to get started as a Pinterest Manager:
I’ve had a look at many courses but the one that is most practical and teaches you the most is the Become a Pinterest VA Today course.
It teaches you the services you can offer as a Pinterest Manager, how to package your pricing and how to find clients.
There is also detailed tutorials of how to use Pinterest, Tailwind and Canva for pin design.
Here is also a useful article on How to become a Pinterest Manager
Etsy is an e-commerce site focusing on handmade, vintage items and craft supplies. The items vary from jewelry, accessories, bags, clothing, home decor, furniture, and others.
You can sell your handmade creations to people ALL over the world.
It is like a virtual marketplace.
How to get started as an Etsy Seller:
Read this article :
You could also take this relatively cheap course :
Learn How to Build A Successful Etsy Shop- An in-depth breakdown of how to build an Etsy shop and market your products successfully from A to Z.
Etsy Marketing and SEO Mastery- Etsy SEO & Marketing: Learn how to Master Etsy’s Handmade Marketplace and Increase your Etsy shop’s visibility and sales
If you have an eye for design and creating beautiful things from your laptop – this might be a lucrative role for you to consider.
Companies need logos, website designs, flyers- basically anything that will help them market their business.
How do I get started as a Graphic Designer?
It helps if you know a thing or two about Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator.
The good news is you can learn these skills online at on Udemy.
Once you have these skills, you can advertise your services on Upwork, 99designs,Crowdspring,Designcrowd, Peopleperhour, or Workana.
Read this article on the best remote graphic design sites to find stay at home jobs.
If numbers are your thing, it’s worth looking into virtual bookkeeping.
Many small businesses need bookkeepers to manage their tax and invoices so they can focus on running their business.
A quick look on Upwork shows Virtual Bookkeepers can charge USD70 per hour.
How to get started as a Virtual Bookkeeper:
Believe it or not, you don’t actually need to have a CPA or be an accountant but having experience handling numbers helps.
You can try this FREE training that will guide on what you need to get started.
11. Stock Image Photographer
If you like taking pictures and have a knack for creating beautiful shots – it’s time to monetize your photo taking skills!
How to get started as a Stock Image Photographer:
If you already have beautiful photos on Instagram or Facebook, simply sign up and upload them on the websites below!
They will pay you for the privilege of taking beautiful photos.
It’s one of the newer online income jobsI have heard about.
- Getty Images via Flickr
- Stock Adobe
- Negative Space
If you like taking photos but you aren’t sure how to make them look bright, clear, beautiful and interesting or want to get your photos to a point where you can sell them, check out this super cool Photography Bundle.
There’s an art to photography, no doubt about it. But taking stunning photos is also a skill you can learn — and it’s not as hard as you probably think.
Once you have amazing photos you can earn extra money by :
- Selling your photos on any of the stock photography sites above
- Becoming a full-time photographer (my friend does this, he get’s paid six figures to take beautiful pictures of the world!
- Getting sponsored on Instagram- brands like be associated with beautiful images
The Photography Bundle has $1,228.98 worth of courses, eBooks and Presets, at a 96% discount.
Do you speak more than one language? Excellent. You are now qualified to become a translator!
Translators essentially convey the meaning from one language to anotherin in writing.
How to get started as a Translator:
Start small. This helps take the pressure off, allows you to get some experience and provides you with a valuable sample of work.
Once you have some work samples, you can look for stay at home jobson google or on the below websites:
Here is a comprehensive guide on ‘How to Become a Freelance Translator’
13. Online Yoga Instructor
Are you are yoga teacher that wants to maximise your income and help people learn yoga from all around the world?
Online Yoga teaching is ALL the rage now.
People want to stay fit within the comfort of their own home
How to get started as an Online Yoga Instructor :
Check out this super talented Yoga coach, Raudhah, who teaches people HOW to teach yoga online.
Her website has cool FREE resources and she also has a reasonably priced Masterclass that guarantee to set you up for online yoga teaching in no time!
I know the girl running it and I have never met anyone so passionate about teaching yoga in my entire life.
14. Search Engine Evaluator
A search engine evaluator basically evaluates internet search results to ensure they are accurate, timely, relevant to a searcher’s intent and comprehensive.
The position has many names such as ads quality rater, internet assessor, or internet judge.
How to get started as a Search Engine Evaluator:
The below companies hire Search Engine Evaluators, but the great news is, they also advertise alternative stay at home jobs online too.
15. Facebook Marketer
Have you noticed that Facebook has become more geared towards businesses selling their services? That’s because it works for them!
FB marketing has become a useful tool for business to advertise and they need people to help them with this service, so they can focus on running their businesses.
Facebook marketers help businesses get more customers and sales.
How to get started as a FB Marketer:
The FB Side Hustle course shows you how to manage ads for local businesses and earn from this skill. The course helps you set up a Facebook ads system and learn how to find clients.
16.Online Survey Reviewer
You can get paid to play games, watch videos and take surveys, in your free time.
Perfect way to pass the time if you are commuting from work or waiting for an appointment.
Why and how?
Companies will pay money to receive customer insight and feedback. The customer data helps companies to make informed decisions on what products to sell and how to market them.
How to get started as an Online Survey Reviewer:
Sign up to the below companies that will pay you for taking surveys:
Blogging allows you to earn while writing things you are passionate about.
You can earn an income blogging via:
- Adverts on your blog
- Affiliate Marketing
- Sponsored Posts
- Selling your own digital products
You have a better chance at earning an income if your blog helps solve your readers problems, entertains or inspire them.
How to get started as a Blogger:
Check out this FREE How to Start a Blog And Get Paid tutorial which will guide you how to set up a blog and get it ready to earn an income for you.
Alternatively, check out my video on 6 Simple Ways To Earn From Your Blog
18. Online Data Entry
You can get paid for inputting data online. You can do small admin tasks like editing transcriptions, moderating and amending content and miscellaneous tasks.
How to get started with Online Data Entry:
Apply to these two sites and you are good to go!
19. Online Mock Juror
Lawyers need feedback on their cases when they prepare for a trial.
Many companies provide a mock jury service online to help lawyers prepare their arguments.
That’s where you come in.
You can get hired as an online juror and listen to audio tapes, view video presentations and answer questions about the case.
How to get started as an Online Mock Juror:
You can apply for mock juror service companies like the ones below:
20. Website Creator/Fixer
If you are good at IT and know how to fix and create websites then you are about to make SERIOUS money working from home!
There are thousands of websites out there that are owned by people (like me), who don’t have the time or technical skills to manage the technical side of their websites.
How to get started as a Website Creator/Fixer:
Set up a profile and apply for gigs on the below websites to get some experience.
With a strong portfolio under your belt, can start applying on the job sites below:
There you have it! 20 best stay at home jobs online that allow you to work from the comfort of your own home and reduce commuting costs.
Did you find it useful? Do you know of any other work from home jobs? Please mention it in the comments below 🙂
PS; If you are looking for some extra ways to save and make money, while you hunt for stay at home jobs, here are a few articles which will help you save in the meantime :