11 Legit Work from Home Jobs

December 8, 2015

Are you tired of searching for “work from home jobs” and only seeing results that lead you to fill out surveys for pennies? Trust me, I’ve been there. In fact, I’d say most full-time freelancers have experienced this frustration when they first started out.

It can make you wonder if everyone else was right – work from home jobs are a scam.

Well, I’m here to let you know that legitimate work from home jobs do exist. In fact, people performing these jobs are providing valuable services and building full-time careers.

In today’s article, I’d like to discuss some real jobs that you can do from the comfort of your own home. We’re talking real job, real money, real career opportunities…

1. Customer Service Rep

Are you a skilled communicator? Have you been known to resolve conflict for family and friends? Then working as a customer service rep might be the job for you.

Back in the olden days, a jobs in this field meant working in a cubicle all day. But thanks to increased security protocols, bandwidth limits and software advancements – you can now work a customer support job from your home.

You’ll be primarily handling inbound calls. If you have a background in a certain industry, I’d look into a company within that industry. It’d make learning the ropes a bit easier.

Forbes states that you can expect to earn $12 to $16 per hour as a customer service representative.

2. Tech Support

Consider this the nerdy cousin of customer support. You’ll interact with customers through the same mediums, but you’ll be focused on resolving technical problems instead of the broader array of issues handled by customer service.

Best of all? You don’t have to be a tech genius.

Companies provide you with all of the resources and training you need to service customers. Your job will consist largely of using resources to solve the problems your customers are facing.

Flexjobs is a great place to discover these opportunities.

Related: How IT professionals can master the art of working remotely

3. Freelance Writer

Freelance writing requires an understanding of grammar conventions and the ability to research new topics. Your clients will each have a unique service or product that will require additional learning.

Working freelance also means that you’ll be constantly sending out bid proposals in an effort to land new clients. It’s a competitive industry because of the low entry barrier, but you can certainly gain a foothold within it.

Ideally, you’ll find clients with regular work and only seek new clients when you so choose. That’s when the real fun starts!

4. Data Entry Worker

Data entry doesn’t require any special skills, so the pay is also less than other options on this list. However, for those who want to get started working from home sooner rather than later, it’s a good place to start.

The job itself varies based on the company, but you’ll generally be taking data from one source and inputting into another source.

Data entry jobs are typically hourly and there are several data companies hiring data entry specialists.

5. Transcriptionist

Transcription is where I first came into contact with the work from home world. My mom did this for my entire childhood, which helped our family a lot.

The idea is simple: transcribe audio into text.

This service is seen throughout many industries and has a general pay of $.75 to $1.50 per minute of audio. Specializing in medical transcription – like my mom did – increases the pay rates, with many transcriptionists earning $34,000 per year.

You will require specialized training for medical transcription, but the investment will certainly pay off in the long run.

6. Virtual Assistant

Do you have a certain set of non-specialized skills? Can you use that certain set of skills to accomplish a wide variety of tasks online? You might just be the ideal virtual assistant.

Virtual assistants are the jack of all trades in the online world.

They help clients around the world, assisting them with their day-to-day businesses. This means that your work will vary daily, exposing you to new realms of the Internet and the business world

You’ll need to be able to stay focused and manage a variety of projects. But the same could be said for most online freelance careers.

7. Digital Marketer

Marketing, the lifeblood of capitalism, has been present in the digital world since the very beginning. Digital marketing is a term that encompasses a massive set of online techniques that aim to sell a product, service or idea.

And that means a wide array of work from home opportunities:

  • Content Marketing
  • SEO Specialist
  • PPC Manager
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Community Manager
  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Developer
  • Website Administration
  • Digital Analytics
  • Account Manager

These are some titles within the world of digital marketing. If you’re looking for a way to put that communications degree to use, you might just find a home in this broad industry.

Related: What it takes to become a digital influencer

8. Search Engine Evaluator

Search engines make use of complex algorithms to deliver us with relevant results. However, they aren’t always perfect.

Search engine evaluators handle assignments related to analyzing results and providing the type of feedback only a human can provide.

It’s an interesting job, but not one that requires as much training as it might sound. You’ll make more than minimum wage and learn about fascinating new topics regularly.

9. Appointment Setter / Lead Generator

Appointment setter jobs were once the domain of office work, but much like other items on this list, technology has changed that.

This job consists of calling leads in an effort to schedule appointments. The purpose of the appointment will vary, it may be a consultation with a sales agent, a carpet cleaning or a call back from a specialist.

Talkative and persuasive people will excel in this position, and many of the opportunities offer commission.

10. Government Positions

Even the American government is getting in on the ability to complete tasks with remote workers.

They even created a website specifically about how you can get started working with them. The types of projects you may work on will vary wildly.

Intrigued? Explore their training and resources to get started.

11. Online Tutoring

You don’t need teaching or tutoring experience, although it doesn’t hurt.

Most places require that you have a college degree, so that you’re qualified and can provide authority on the topic. And opportunities range from helping high school students to teaching English to a non-native speaker.

If you’d like to help those thirsty for knowledge, this is the perfect fit for you. The pay varies depending on your experience, industry and frequency of lessons.

Legitimate Jobs for Diligent Workers

Working from home might sound like paradise, but it is still work. You’ll have a boss, clients, customers, deadlines and assignments. If you’re willing to put in more effort into working than you would at an office, there are plenty of opportunities available to you.

Have you had any experience with these opportunities? Have you had any difficulty getting started in any of them? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.

about the author

Freelance Contributor Chelsei Henderson is a content marketing consultant helping freelancers and entrepreneurs build successful companies in the digital world.