Work from home jobs: 16 best jobs to do from home

Work from home jobs are a great alternative for those who need to stay at home due to some personal reasons. There are endless reasons why people want to work from home. For example, some moms work from home so that they’ll be able to care for their kids or loved ones.

Some people simply love the idea of working from home; others want to work from home probably because they are tired of going through endless traffic jam every morning when hustling to their various working places. Whatever your reason might be, this article will guide you through.

Advancement in technology has caused many establishments and people to fancy the idea of working from home. According to the advocacy group Telework Coalition, more than 40 million Americans work remotely. And as days go by, more companies are looking forward to employing more telecommuters.

Work from home jobs – what are the things I need to start?

The basic things you need to be able to work from home are:

  • a computer (laptop or desktop)
  • an internet connection
  • some basic computer skills

Below are list of work from home jobs I have taken my time to compile; take your time to go through it and pick the ones you find preferable. If you’re serious about working from home, you might want to consider picking more than one.


There are short term rental websites where you can list your property for guests taking vacation in your area of residence to book. For example, if you have a well maintained house and would love to host, you can put up your guest room (or guest house) on the websites.

  • This job pays $924 per month on average.
  • This job is for people who have spare spaces, loves meeting new people and know all the happening places in town.

How to start: Visit any of these sites –,, and


This job is basically for dog lovers. You get paid for watching people’s pups. This is pretty easier than babysitting. If you’re a dog lover, this can be really fun. Your job would be to Pet-sit for out-of-town dog owners. Doesn’t it sound cool? To get paid to do what you like? Come up with rates that suit you, and make your policy – decide whether your clients would come to your house or you to theirs.

  • This job pays approximately $1000 per month.
  • This job is perfect for Dog lovers (*_^)

How to start: To begin this job, go to and, if you wish to become a sitter. However, if you wish to become a dog-walker, go to

Become a virtual assistance

Most companies around the globe, in a bid to save employment costs hire self-employed virtual assistants. Your job here will be basic office works, such as managing calendars, replying to emails, assisting with social media and data entry. This is just like normal office work; the only difference is that everything will be done remotely (right from your home).

  • This job pays anything from $10 to $15 an hour
  • This job is basically for anyone who is well organized with the aptness to multitask.

How to start: To begin this job, go to freelancing websites, such as,,, and so forth, and find freelancing opportunities relating to virtual assistance.

Become a transcriptionist

Transcription is exclusively for those who have the aptness to listen. This job requires you to listen to audio files and type exactly what you hear.

This job does not require any special skill or qualification. All you need is the ability to listen to short audios or videos and transcribe whatever you hear into English language. Pretty easy, right? Some companies hire transcriptionists without much experience, so as a beginner, what you need to start is a computer and a headphone.

This job varies from different levels, and workers are paid according to their levels. Most companies will allow you to choose the type of file you wish to transcribe, as there are various files from various fields, such as medicine, literature, college lectures, and so forth.

  • This job pays anything from $25 and above, per hour – some companies pay higher than that.
  • This job is for anyone looking for a flexible job that requires no prior experience.

How to start: As a beginner, you can find entry-level transcription jobs on,,, Note Some of these companies may require you to take a short test to measure your typing and listening accuracy. If you pass this test, you’ll start receiving official tasks.

For further understanding, I have written a brief article about how to become a transcriptionist at Crowdsurfwork. This article will walk you through. Grasp the idea and get some working experience and move on to bigger websites that will pay more money.

Become a Survey Taker

Take an opinion poll, review a product or answer questions about shopping habits. Here, you get paid in cash through PayPal or mailed check. Sometimes your earnings will be in form of points; you can redeem them for gift cards. This job is basically for anyone who always have opinions on certain matters.

  • This job pays $1 to $50 for every survey you take. The amount will depend on how much time is required.
  • This job is exclusively for people who always have an opinion about something

How to start: To get this job, go to these websites:,, and sign up. Note: Sign up with as many as you can. You will be notified by these sites whenever surveys that fit your demographic comes up. And you’ll take them immediately, in return you’ll earn money.


Do not register with websites that have membership fee, asks for your bank information or social security number, or with a weird payment system.

Become a website tester

A lot of companies pay online testers in order to ensure that websites are easy to navigate. This is how it works, you’ll register with at least 10 websites. Whenever these websites need testers, they will email you and other testers registered with them, if you’re one of the first to respond (if you respond quickly), you’ll definitely be among those that will be given the opportunity take the test. The test is usually expected to be completed within 15 to 20 minutes.

  • This job pays anything from $10 to $15 per test
  • This job is basically for a dedicated web-surfer

How to start: To begin this job, go to websites like,, and register with them. The more company you register with, the more opportunities you’re likely to get to test many websites. Hence, I’d recommend you register with 10 to 15 websites. After registering, stay on the lookout for opportunities. Remember, those who respond first get the job. Set your email to auto-notification so that you won’t miss opportunities.

Some of these websites will require you to have a microphone and/or webcam, which is not something you should be worried about, because these things are built into laptops. However, if they’re not built into yours, consider buying them. They are not expensive, you can get them for some paltry amount of money.

Expect your payments in 1 or 2 week(s) via PayPal.

Become a Vlogger

Sign up for a YouTube account and use your smartphone or a digital camera to record yourself demonstrating how you do something that you like to do (it can be anything). Or you can make a slide show video using Windows Movie Maker. Or if you don’t want to settle for less, buy some professional video editors like Adobe Premiere, Camtasia or AVS Video Editor. Use some movie clips to create something interesting. When your videos start getting lots of views, enroll in Google partnership program. When you enroll in this program, you simply give Google the privilege to place ads near your video. Now when people are viewing your videos, they also view the ads, and in return you’ll get paid for that. The more views you get, the more money you make. Believe me, some people make living out of this.

  • This job pays $1 to $2 for every 1,000 hits you get. Your payments will depend on how many clicks your videos get. Remember, the more interesting things you post, the more clicks you’re likely to get. Some videos on YouTube even get millions to billions of views, so it’s all about thinking outside the box. Be creative here and post something trending or something that people want see.

How to start: This is pretty easy. Create some cool videos with your smartphone or computer and upload them on YouTube. If you’re using a smartphone open the YouTube app and click “send.” If you wish to upload with a computer, go to and login with your Gmail account if you’re not already logged in, then click the “upload” button at the upper right corner part of your screen.

To enroll into Google partnership program, go to YouTube settings and check the circle button that says “Allow Advertisements,” and click on “View Additional Features.” Now opt in on the YouTube monetization page. To get paid, you must earn a minimum of $100, and Google usually pay on monthly basis (month ending). As a starter, if you don’t earn up to the threshold of $100, no need to worry, your earnings will be rolled over to next month.

Cooperate English Trainer

Many people from non-English speaking countries, such as Korea, France, Germany, and Japan need English trainers to practice with. You will be provided with specifics on how to teach each topic. Before you begin, you should consider using at least 2 days to train yourself.

Lessons will take place either on a live Internet video service like Skype or over the phone. Some lessons usually take place at night because your clients are in different time zones. On another note, be ready to commit at least 20 hours a week for this job.

  • This job pays $15 an hour
  • This job is perfect for Native English speakers with some basic computer skills. Or anyone who has interest in other cultures, and likes chatting online or over the phone. What you need for this job is a computer and a high-speed Internet connection.

How to start: To begin this job, go to and apply. is an English training company in partnership with some of world’s largest corporations. You can also get jobs as a second language (ESL) teacher – go to (ISUS) – a training company.

Become a telephone Nurse

Health management companies like Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealth Group hire nurses remotely to perform tasks, such as patient education and treatment authorization. The idea here is that you’ll work as a nurse but right from your home.

  • This job pays the regular nursing salary, which is $50,000 or more.
  • This job is perfect for anyone with a nursing degree.

How to start: To begin, go to The Judge Group (, (, and and check out their listings.

Become a search engine evaluator

Search engine giants like Google and Yahoo will give you information to search for. Your job is to search for them and report to them how closely their results matched what you searched for.

For example, if you’re from France, you could be given a task by Google to search the way a French speaker might perform a search in English. These job takes 10 to 25 hours a week.

  • This job pays $9 to $10 an hour
  • This job is basically for English speakers who are familiar with other cultures

How to start: You can get hired through firms like Appen Butler Hill and Leapforce At Home

Become a customer service representative

Most companies are looking for people with good computer skills and the aptness to speak impeccably to work for them in the customer service departments. Your job will be to do what customer representatives do – For example, resolving a conflicts or assisting customers in one way or the other. You can opt in as a full- or pert-time worker, both positions are available.

  • This job pays anything from $8 to $18 an hour
  • This job is for people who are good at talking on the phone while on the computer, and that have at least an atom of patience in them.

How to start: This job is one of the biggest jobs among the work from home jobs. Most companies hire through staffing companies such as Convergys, LiveOps, Alpine Access, Arise and VIPdesk. So to get this job, fill out an application with the aforementioned companies.

Become an online teacher

You can teach online via Skype or in a prerecorded session; you won’t need to be standing in a classroom. There is a high demand for online teachers these days. If you can teach core subjects like History, Literature, English, Physics, Chemistry and so on, then this job might be a perfect one for you.

  • This job pays the average salary of $30,000 in the first year. Some teachers earn higher than others due to the subjects they teach – your salary will depend on the subject you teach.
  • This job is for teachers who don’t like the idea of standing in a classroom to teach

How to start: To begin, go to and These aforementioned organizations offer different kind of benefits, such as health insurance, paid time off, and retirement savings accounts. These benefits will depend on your area of residence. On another note, since you’ll be working with kids, you will definitely undergo a background and reference check, as well as interviews.

Become a virtual tutor

Your job will be to assist students who need extra help through Skype or similar service, or over the phone.

  • This job pays anything from $12 to $35 an hour
  • This job is for anyone who is an expert in a subject or can speak a foreign language fluently.

How to start: To begin this job, go to,, and These aforementioned organizations offer various kinds of remote based tutoring jobs, and they all have good reputations with both teachers and students. Before you’ll get hired, you’re likely to undergo a background check, which is a normal procedure – since you’ll be working with children.

Drop shipping

This is a self-employed kind of job. How does this work? You create an online store or list products on Amazon or eBay from Aliexpress. If you don’t already know, products on Aliexpress and Alibaba are very cheap if compared to eBay and Amazon. So whenever you get an order, you simply go over to the shop on Aliexpress where you imported the product and place an order using the person’s address. Now the company will ship the product to the person without you even seeing or touching it. Now imagine if you import a product of $10 from Aliexpress and sell it for $30 or more on Amazon or eBay, or your own eConmmerce store (using Shopify). Imagine if you can generate at least 100 sales a week, how much you would be making monthly. This is just as a starter. A lot of people make tons of thousands of dollars on a monthly basis through this marketing strategy. Also, a lot merchants on Amazon and eBay are drop shippers. I have written some articles concerning this topic, in order to avoid repeating myself, I’d recommend you check them out: Learn how you can become a dropshipper.

Some people will tell you that this strategy is illegal, but that’s not true (don’t listen to them), you’re simply playing the role of a middle-man. There is nothing illegal about that.

  • This job has the potential to make you thousands of dollars on a weekly or monthly basis. Your earnings will depend on how much work you put in and how many sales you are able to make.
  • This job is for anyone who likes business and willing to take some risk

How to start: Read the articles above to get started.

Become a freelance writer

If you’re good in writing, you might want to consider becoming a freelance writer. The only qualification required is the ability to write impeccably. As a freelance writer, all you need is your laptop and Internet connection. There are tons of websites out there where you can find high paying writing jobs. Some of these websites are owned by name brands, such as Yahoo, others are freelancing websites like,,, and so on.

  • Some websites pay $50 per article
  • This job is for anyone who likes writing, and can write tremendously.

How to start: Here is an article I’ve previously written about this topic – Where to get high-paying online writing jobs. Go through the content and you’ll know how to start.

Become an information marketer

You can write eBooks and sell them on Amazon. This simply involves selling of vital information to people over the Internet. This information can be in form of eBooks, podcasts, videos, software or apps. For example, you could write some very informative eBooks and sell them on Amazon, Clickbank or JVZoo. Most people are earning living through this strategy. There is no much investment required here, all you need to do is to find a problem and proffer solution to it, and in return you’ll get paid in a big way. For example, if you’re the fitness type of person, you can write an eBook about weight loss. Believe me, there are millions of people out there looking for various ways to lose weight, and there are also a lot of articles and eBooks about weight loss out there. So what you have to do is to make some research about better ways to lose weight, write an eBook about it and sell to them. One eBook has the potential of sustaining you for years. Remember, don’t join the bandwagon. In other words, don’t write exactly the same ideas as other people. Come up with something new or different.

If you’re the entertainment type, you can write kids’ stories and sell them on Amazon.

  • This job has the potential of making you thousands of dollars on a weekly or monthly basis.
  • This job is for anyone who likes to write, and has solutions to some problems out there. If you can’t write, hire a ghost writer and tell him what to write.

How to get started: I have earlier written an article about how you can sell eBooks on Amazon through Kindle. It will guide you; take your time to go through it and you’ll know how to start.

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