50 Online Jobs – and Exactly Where to Find Them

There are SO many online jobs out there nowadays. If you put in a bit of effort, you should almost certainly find something that suits your skills.

Widespread fast internet has made it possible for many jobs to morph into online jobs. According to CNBC, over 70% of people now work from home at least one day each week. While there will always be some jobs that require a physical presence, there are also MANY more that you can do perfectly well from anywhere – with just a computer and an internet connection.

When people email me and say that they can’t find any suitable online jobs, I feel rather incredulous. Millions of people have online careers, in vastly different sectors. However, the high-calibre people still rise to the top – so let’s briefly discuss that before we get started with our epic list of options.

The Golden Rule of Online Jobs

The crucial thing to remember about online jobs is that they’re fundamentally no different to traditional jobs. That means:

  • Effort is required to seek out perfect roles. Your ideal position won’t necessarily be on offer on the day you start your job search.

So, with that in mind, I’d suggest using this list as a place to find some initial inspiration. We’ve included LOADS of advice, links to additional information, and suggestions of some companies to check out. Hopefully you will find at least a couple of options that appeal to you.

Getting a Job or Starting a Business?

Broadly, the online jobs on this list split into two categories:

  1. Those where you’d usually get a job with a single company.
  2. Those typically done on a freelance basis, which essentially means starting your own small business.

There’s often some crossover between the two, and we cover all of the options here. In many cases, you might have the option of doing a job as an employee, or undertaking the same activity independently. We’ve addressed this when talking about the individual jobs.

So, with all that explanation out the way, let’s get started:

Online Jobs in Writing and Editing

1. Proof-Reader / Editor

If you’re one of those people who always notices spelling mistakes and grammar errors, and thinks of ways that text could be made clearer and more understandable, a career in writing and editing could be for you.

What do you do?

Edit, correct and improve other people’s written work. This could mean making alterations and adding comments to documents created in Microsoft Word, making changes to blog articles before they’re published, or even providing feedback to other people on documents and essays before they submit them.

Where do you find the work?

Editing jobs for single companies exist, but aren’t that easy to find. As a starting point, freelance job boards are a rich source of leads for editing work of all kinds. Alternatively, you could approach companies and contacts directly or via LinkedIn.

What skills / experience do you need?

There are lots of proof-reading courses out there, with varying levels of legitimacy. Perfect grammar and strong organisational skills are very important. As with anything related to writing, the main things clients will want to see is proof of past experience. This is a type of work where you may need to “pay your dues” with some low-paid work in order to build up some experience.

What can you earn?

Individual editing jobs on platforms such as Upwork can pay anything from around $25 each depending on their length and complexity. Payscale estimates professional proofreaders typically end up making from around $12-30 per hour.

We have a detailed article on becoming an editor here.

2. Blogger

The internet is packed with articles and courses on becoming a blogger. It’s a lot of fun and can be extremely lucrative, but it’s much harder to make a success of than many people realise.

What do you do?

As a blogger, you write a LOT of articles, but there’s much more work involved too. You will likely be forming partnerships with advertisers and other bloggers, researching keywords and learning about SEO, and constantly looking for the next product or angle that will help you make money from your blog.

Where do you find the work?

If you decide that starting a blog is the online job for you, you can get started straight away. It’s wise to accept that you will need to spend a little money to get started (find out how much here). You should also allow a decent amount of time before you expect to make a profit.

What skills / experience do you need?

Strong writing skills and a serious passion for the subject you wish to blog about. While it’s possible to learn the technical skills required to succeed as a blogger, it’s undeniable that the more technical you are, the easier you will find the process.

What can you earn?

Some bloggers earn pocket change, others easily earn six figures. It all depends on your choice of niche and how much work you put in. With a year or two of solid effort, it’s not unrealistic to expect to replace an average western full-time income.

A good starting point is our own article on starting a blog for beginners.

3. Article Writer

If you’d rather not start a blog of your own, another option is to write articles for other companies and blogs. In fact, many people do both – with a slow-burn blogging project of their own, complemented by instant income from the work they do for others.

What do you do?

Write articles, reviews, product round-ups, and all kinds of other online content.

Where do you find the work?

There are many places to find article writing jobs, from freelancing websites to specialised job boards like ProBlogger Jobs. Some companies also take on their own internal writers, if you prefer the idea (and relative security) of working for just one firm.

What skills / experience do you need?

Obviously a flair for writing is a must, as is perfect spelling, grammar and punctuation. However, being a subject matter expert in a particular topic is often equally important. If you have particular knowledge in a specific topic – anything from medicine to vegan food to cybersecurity – starting to search for gigs in those particular areas is always wise.

What can you earn?

It’s not easy to get started as a writer and rates can vary. There are people being paid $20 per article and people easily earning $200 for a similar amount of work. However, if you get established, it is perfectly possible to make a good living. Payscale states that US writers typically make $30.7k-83.5k per year.

There are many down-to-earth and honest articles about becoming a writer here on HomeWorkingClub. Here’s how I personally got started in freelance writing.

4. Content Strategist

A potential job for experienced web content writers. Content strategists typically take control of all the content production for a business or website.

What do you do?

Control a content calendar, come up with ideas for new features and articles, manage writers, and often do some writing and editing yourself.

Where do you find the work?

This is the kind of job you can sometimes do “in-house” as an employee, as well as as a freelancer – so you can search on both freelance job boards and traditional job sites. (You can find some hints for tracking down online jobs on those sites here).

What skills / experience do you need?

Content strategists are usually people who have been writing professionally for some time, and learned everything that’s involved in running a website or company blog. This kind of job is a good fit for someone who’d like to combine creative work with managing a small team and getting more involved in the business side of things.

What can you earn?

Typically a day rate of at least a few hundred Dollars per day. Employed content strategists can earn up to $96k annually, according to PayScale.

You can learn more on the details of roles like this here.

5. PR Writer

Writing for PR (Public Relations) purposes is a distinct skill. You will generally be writing content with the aim of creating hooks to attract attention and coverage from journalists.

What do you do?

Write press releases and articles, work directly with clients to learn their business objectives, and perhaps pitch stories to journalists too.

Where do you find the work?

For freelancers, there’s lots of demand for individual press releases on platforms like Upwork and PeoplePerHour. PR agencies also often hire full-time writers.

What skills / experience do you need?

PR writing is an attractive proposition for people with previous PR agency experience who want to “go it alone” in the freelance world. As well as good writing skills, you’ll need the ability to create soundbites and interesting data, and to understand how journalists work.

What can you earn?

$30-100 per press release is quite common on the freelance boards. Much more is possible if you network with the right clients. 

This guide to writing press releases will give you a good idea of whether it’s something that appeals to you.

6. Sales Writer

If you can write persuasive sales copy, you could find yourself in a writing niche that pays particularly well.

What do you do?

Write sales letters (often for internet marketing sites), email marketing copy, and other content intended to convince people to buy or sign up to things.

Where do you find the work?

People doing this kind of writing tend to work freelance, and there are lots of related gigs on the normal freelance job boards.

What skills / experience do you need?

As well as strong writing skills, you’ll need a knack for sales writing and to understand buyer psychology. Sales writing is a distinct skill. Examples of past work that’s been proven to convert are the key to the best-paid jobs.

What can you earn?

Freelance rates are hugely variable, but good quality clients are prepared to pay big bucks for copy that converts and makes them money. The best-rated sales writers on Upwork have rates ranging from $25-250 per hour

There’s a well-reviewed course on writing sales letters here.

7. Author

Being an author no longer means writing a manuscript and sending it out to lots of publishers with your fingers firmly crossed (although you can – of course – still do that). Nowadays, people can and do make a living from books they publish themselves, using platforms like Amazon KDP and CreateSpace.

What do you do?

Plan books, write them and sell them! It’s important to note that if you’re self-publishing, you’ll also need to learn about typesetting, pricing, cover design and – most importantly – marketing.

Where do you find the work?

All you need is your inspiration. Whether you want to write a non-fiction book about a subject you know about, or have a crack at the next 50 Shades of Grey, all you need to do is find the inspiration and get started.

What skills / experience do you need?

None – but obviously you need to write very well if your book(s) are to be successful. Being handy with technology will certainly help too, once you get into the publishing and selling phase.

What can you earn?

From very little to lots and lots. A small non-fiction Kindle book might just dribble a few Dollars in every month. Meanwhile E.L James, who initially self-published, is now worth $150 Million!

I have self-published a book myself, and wrote this article about my experiences of publishing it.

Foreign Language Jobs

8. Translator

If you’re multi-lingual, translators are in huge demand. Whether you’d like to translate website articles or business documents, the work is out there.

What do you do?

Translate! The reason companies and agencies hire professional translators is that they need quality translations that beat the output from systems like Google Translate.

Where do you find the work?

Lots of options: Big firms sometimes put translators on the payroll if job security is your priority. Otherwise you will find plenty of jobs on the freelance boards, or you can sign up with an agency for something somewhere in the middle.

What skills / experience do you need?

Your written and verbal communication skills will need to be perfect in both / all the languages you plan to work in. Reliability and professionalism is essential, and good computer skills will help you to keep on top of processing the work.

What can you earn?

Rates vary wildly. 22 cents per word is considered the average “going rate” but this will typically be what an agency charges a corporate client. The closer you are to working directly with a client, the less you will lose in agency / platform fees. Many translators self-report that they earn $30-50 per hour.

We have a dedicated feature on working as a translator here. 

9. Localisation Specialist

A step beyond simple translation, localisation specialists typically work with brands to help them operate in multiple territories.

What do you do?

As well as translating apps and websites, you will probably be involved in the technical aspects of setting things up to work in different countries and using different languages. Localisation specialists also usually work on ensuring everything is culturally suitable and relevant for different markets.

Where do you find the work?

Big companies often hire localisation specialists and it’s not unusual for these to be online jobs you can carry out from anywhere. You’ll find freelance opportunities in this field too.

What skills / experience do you need?

As well as being multi-lingual, you’ll also need to have technical experience with multi-lingual websites, related coding and plugins. This kind of work can be a logical step up from working as a translator.

What can you earn?

The Payscale website states that full-time localisation specialists can earn around $60k per year.

Learn the difference between localisation and simple translation here on Wikipedia. 

10. Language Tutor

There’s tons of global demand for language tutors, and many online jobs in the field. Teaching English as a foreign language is particularly popular, but whatever your native language, the chances are you’ll find people who want to learn it.

What do you do?

Use your own native language skills to tutor other people in that tongue. This can mean teaching classes of children or individual adults, and there are lots of online platforms to link you up with potential students.

Where do you find the work?

There plenty of online platforms where people find online jobs teaching languages. Well-known options include VIPKid, Preply and QKids.

What skills / experience do you need?

Some tutoring positions require you to have a degree, but not all of them. A certification in teaching a foreign language is helpful, as is existing teaching experience. Most crucial is perfect mastery of the language you are planning to teach.

What can you earn?

Rates vary, but $15-25 per hour is a fair estimate.

We have a recent article here that will introduce you to all the practicalities of online teaching.

11. Online Interpreter

Video technology has created lots of online jobs for interpreters. You could be doing anything from helping doctors communicate with patients, to being a middle-man in telephone conversations between people speaking different languages.

What do you do?

Use your language skills to interpret, in real time, between people communicating in different languages – including sign language.

Where do you find the work?

This is a job where you’ll find work both direct with companies and freelance assignments. Check both freelance sites and traditional job boards.

What skills / experience do you need?

As interpreting happens in real-time you need to be efficient and accurate, and able to work under pressure. Flawless language skills are also, of course, a must.

What can you earn?

Typically up to around $40 per hour.

Take a look at what LanguageLine is doing in the medical industry to get an idea of how modern online interpretation can work.

Online Jobs in Sales and Customer Service

12. Sales Representative

If you have a knack for sales, plenty of companies offer online jobs to salespeople. In our own listing of firms hiring home-based employees, there are plenty of sales roles, including those for car hire and travel companies.

What do you do?

Sell! Usually you will be doing a phone-based role, either inbound or outbound, helping customers choose products and persuading them to buy more of them.

Where do you find the work?

Search traditional job boards for sales jobs and use search filters such as “home based” and “remote.” You do also see sales roles on freelance job boards. These are not for the faint-hearted and are sometimes largely (or entirely) commission based.

What skills / experience do you need?

Generally speaking you can either sell or you can’t, but proven past sales experience is usually what companies are looking for. You also need to be persistent and resilient, especially if you’re doing outbound sales.

What can you earn?

Rates vary enormously. Usually you are looking at a fairly low basic wage (often “minimum wage” in your country) with the rest of your earnings being commission-based.

Udemy has a best-selling course on sales techniques here.

13. Account Manager

There’s considerable cross-over between sales rep and account manager roles, but generally an account manager role is more senior, and often in a business-to-business environment, rather than business-to-consumer.

What do you do?

Act as the link between your company and the businesses you sell products to. This means selling products, providing quotes, and cultivating long-term relationships.

Where do you find the work?

When we put together our list of companies who recruit home-workers, we noticed several account manager jobs with big-name companies. It makes sense for firms to allow people to carry out these roles as online jobs, as it reduces their overheads and office expenses.

What skills / experience do you need?

Strong sales experience in a professional firm, and the usual blend of determination and resilience. Specific industry knowledge is often a prerequisite, especially in sectors like tech and healthcare.

What can you earn?

Sales jobs typically pay a basic salary plus commission. LinkedIn put the average salary of a “key” account manager at an impressive $82,500.

Take a look at how typical Account Manager salaries break down here. Dell is a good example of a company who hires home-based account managers, and you can read a profile of them here.

14. Customer Service / Call Center Representative

If you’re happy to do phone-based / call center work, but you’d rather not be selling, perhaps something in Customer Service would be more appropriate.

What do you do?

Answer calls and help with customer queries in all kinds of different industries. There are also opportunities out there for people who want to respond to emailed customer service queries, and some jobs can involve a combination of the two.

Where do you find the work?

An increasing number of firms have allowed their some of their formerly call-center-based roles to morph into online jobs. Firms like Sitel, with its established Work@Home program are worth a look. You can also find plenty of smaller firms looking for customer service experience on the freelance job boards, perhaps giving you the potential to set up a small business servicing multiple clients.

What skills / experience do you need?

Some customer service roles are “entry level,” giving you an opportunity to get started with limited experience, so long as you have the right attributes. These include professionalism, reliability and a good telephone manner.

What can you earn?

These roles usually pay around $10-12 per hour (or local equivalent). Higher rates are possible for more senior, supervisory positions.

Have a browse on FlexJobs for call center opportunities.

15. Affiliate Marketer

A close relative of blogging, affiliate marketing is all about reviewing and recommending products and services online. If people read your content and go on to buy the product(s), you receive a commission. Many people earn a LOT of money in this industry, but the learning curve is steep.

What do you do?

Set up websites, learn SEO to help them rank in Google, then review and write about the products you’d like to try to sell.

Where do you find the work?

Affiliate marketing is something you do for yourself – just pick a niche, start learning and get started.

What skills / experience do you need?

Most of all you need a passion for the product / service niche you plan to write about. However, affiliate marketing is a HUGE topic, so the more you learn about SEO and online technology, the better your chance of success.

What can you earn?

From literally nothing to literally millions!

Start off by reading the basics of blogging here. This program is also both popular and a little bit controversial.

16. Live Chat Operative

A lot of people now interact with companies via live online chat. (I certainly prefer it to picking up the phone). As such, there are plenty of roles out there for live chat operatives.

What do you do?

Interact with people online on behalf of companies. This can mean anything from doing customer services for a utility supplier, to running the chatrooms on a bingo site.

Where do you find the work?

Companies often advertise online for live chat workers. SYKES is one such company we’ve come across, and there’s a profile of them here.

What skills / experience do you need?

Perfect written English and the ability to navigate technology very quickly. These roles can get you off the phone – something that really doesn’t appeal to some people – but can still be fast-paced.

What can you earn?

Salaries are typically at the low-end of the scale, with $11 per hour quite typical.

This Reddit thread contains some interesting insights from people who have done online chat work.

17. Community Moderator

Moderating an online community is similar to working on live chat, but you could also be overseeing forums and discussions on social media. With companies often communicating on these channels 24/7, this is one of those online jobs that can suit people who need (or would prefer) to work unusual hours, including nights and weekends.

What do you do?

Manage interactions with users and customers on online channels, such as chatrooms, forums and social media sites. Ensure people are sticking to the rules and that trolls are kept at bay!

Where do you find the work?

If you’d prefer to work for yourself, it’s worth looking on the normal freelance boards such as Upwork. You will also find companies hiring direct, and firms such as ModSquad, who specialise in such roles.

What skills / experience do you need?

Good writing skills and the ability to work at a fast pace. Previous experience of managing groups and forums will certainly help.

What can you earn?

ZIPRecruiter says a full-time community moderator typically earns just under $44,000 per year. However, at least half the people doing this job earn less.

There’s an interesting article on moderating online communities here.

Online Jobs in Education

18. Online Teacher / Tutor

We’ve already covered language tutoring above, but if you’re a specialist in any subject, the chances are you can teach people about it online.

What do you do?

Offer one-to-one teaching in subjects you specialise in. You can teach anything from maths to science, and there’s particular demand for preparing people for exams or for entrance to colleges.

Where do you find the work?

There are several tutoring platforms online that allow you to “set up shop” and offer your services. These include Preply and Wyzan.

What skills / experience do you need?

Existing teaching experience is a big plus, but most important is expert knowledge in the subject(s) you want to teach, and the ability to pass this knowledge on to others.

What can you earn?

$20 per hour or more.

This article contains some useful advice for online teachers.

19. Course Creator

Many people make serious money online by creating courses to sell. It’s an interesting business model because once you’ve put in the up-front effort, you can earn mostly passive income. What’s more, you can create courses on literally anything – from self defence to playing the piano.

What do you do?

Create courses, usually involving a mixture of videos, screencasts and presentations. (Take a look at Camtasia, a very popular platform for putting these things together). Once your course is created you will also need to create promotional material and drive an audience towards your course, so there’s a fair bit of marketing involved too.

Where do you find the work?

Anyone can create a course. Usually people promote them using their own websites, or with paid advertising on social media.

What skills / experience do you need?

You need to be an “expert” in whatever your course is about, and have a knack for sharing that knowledge. Strong technical skills help with putting courses together, and marketing experience will help you to build an audience who could go on to buy what you’re offering.

What can you earn?

The sky really is the limit. Some course creators earn six or seven figures per year. Remember, however, that you need to actually find the people willing to buy what you create.

Teachable is the platform many people use to create and sell courses, and you’ll find lots of information and advice on their site.

Clerical / Secretarial Jobs

20. Virtual Assistant

One of the online jobs on the list that many people ask me about, being a virtual assistant is a good option for anyone with strong clerical and administrative skills. You can offer a set of services that fits precisely around your expertise, and work to build up the size of client base you need to earn your desired income.

What do you do?

Help individuals and companies with all kinds of admin tasks, from booking travel to answering emails to keeping their social media accounts up to date. It’s worth remembering that doing your own marketing and actually finding those clients is also a key part of doing this job.

Where do you find the work?

While there is a lot of competition in the VA space, there’s also tons of work. You will find clients on the freelance job boards, on LinkedIn, or even in the “real” world. This guide to how to find new clients will definitely help.

What skills / experience do you need?

Good interpersonal skills, a wide variety of admin experience, and solid mastery of lots of different computer programs.

What can you earn?

Typically, a virtual assistant sells their time on an hourly basis, but you can also offer service “packages” for businesses. $20 per hour or more in not unrealistic if you are good at what you do. However, be aware that there are plenty of VAs in low-cost-of-living countries offering very inexpensive services.

Check out this article on how to find clients as a virtual assistant.

21. Transcriber

You’ll likely come across lots of transcription work when you’re looking for online jobs. There’s a lot of demand for people who can accurately turn audio into text, and a wide variety of work out there.

What do you do?

Generally, you’ll be listening to audio files and typing out the content. There are also plenty of specialist areas of transcription where you may be required to transcribe medical (see below) or technical detail.

Where do you find the work?

Transcribers generally work on a freelance basis. As well as finding jobs on freelance job boards, it’s worth looking on platforms like Rev and Scribie, that specialise in transcription and can provide you with work.

What skills / experience do you need?

You will need to be a fast and accurate typist. Previous experience of transcription / audio typing will definitely help. The faster you can find your way around a computer, the easier you will find the work.

What can you earn?

Transcription work is usually paid by “audio hour.” This means that how much you can earn will entirely depend on how efficiently you do the work. Good transcriptionists can expect to earn around $20 per hour, however if you have less experience and are less fast, this rate can drop steeply.

Read our ultimate guide to transcription, written by somebody with lots of experience in the field.

22. Typist

As discussed in our guide to online typing jobs, a lot of the typing work out there is really transcription (as discussed above). However, if you are a skilled typist, you will find some work out there from people who need information typed out.

What do you do?

Type! Work can include simple data entry, closed captioning, and other tasks that often cross over with virtual assistance work.

Where do you find the work?

Mostly on the freelance job boards. It’s not especially likely that you’ll find many companies hiring full-time work from home typists these days.

What skills / experience do you need?

Fast, accurate typing skills, and good knowledge of word processors and other related software.

What can you earn?

It’s hard to put a figure on typing work, but you should expect “entry level” earnings.

I’d suggest reading this article on data entry work. The reality is that while this kind of work does exist, technology is reducing how much of it is out there.

Online Jobs in HR and Recruitment

23. Recruitment Consultant

Recruitment work is easy to do from home, as much of it involves examining resumés, contacting candidates and matching people to jobs. Where exactly you’re located makes little difference.

What do you do?

Find suitable candidates for jobs, screen and interview people, network with businesses.

Where do you find the work?

Some recruitment agencies hire recruiters for permanent online jobs. Alternatively, this is something you can do on a freelance basis. Typically you will find clients via “traditional” networking, rather than on the online job boards.

What skills / experience do you need?

Many people who set up shop as self-employed recruitment consultants have previously worked in the industry and decide to go it alone once they have experience and – crucially – the right contacts. In terms of skills, you need to be highly professional, assertive and good with people. Also, be aware that there is a substantial “sales” element to recruitment, both in terms of getting your candidates seen and in picking up new roles to recruit for.

What can you earn?

Variable, but the rewards can be substantial. Payscale lists salaries ranging from $33-83k. If you are self-employed, you will typically charge a commission. This could be 20% of each successful candidate’s first annual salary. This can mean big numbers, but remember that you don’t earn anything unless you successfully place people in a job!

We have a case study from an experienced freelance recruiter here.

24. HR Representative

You might think that Human Resources staff need to be “on the ground” and able to interact with employees in the real world. That is true in some cases, however, there are a surprising number of online jobs in this category.

What do you do?

Create policies and procedures, deal with staff admin and employment issues, and get involved with recruitment and interviews. You may well find that if you work for a large company and are home-based, the HR opportunities open to you are largely “back office” roles.

Where do you find the work?

As with recruitment work, you will find both permanent opportunities and freelance options in the world of HR – so look on the normal job boards for “home based” and “remote,” or on the freelancing sites.

What skills / experience do you need?

HR experience and (often) specific qualifications. HR representatives need a host of different attributes including empathy, discretion and professionalism.

What can you earn?

Dependent on your level of seniority you could earn from $30-90k in a permanent HR role. Freelance HR people often charge a day rate, which will typically be $300 plus.

Have a look at the CIPD website to find out about globally-recognised HR qualifications.

Finance Jobs

25. Accountant / Bookkeeper

Accountancy work is easy to do from home, with modern technology negating the need for an office in many cases.

What do you do?

Help companies with day-to-day bookkeeping, tax returns, financial projections and various other money-related issues.

Where do you find the work?

If you want to work freelance, a quick search for “bookkeeper” on Upwork will deliver lots of results to pursue, or you can find clients via word-of-mouth and other real-world networking techniques. There are also companies that hire finance staff directly for online jobs. If you’re in the US, take a look at AccountingDepartment. 

What skills / experience do you need?

Previous experience in accountancy and – ideally – related professional qualifications. Keep in mind that accountancy practices vary from country to country, as do the qualifications and accreditations you may need.

What can you earn?

Anything from “entry level” rates for basic book-keeping, up to very high salaries and daily rates for advanced accountancy work.

Take a look at this course on the fundamentals of accounting. 

26. Currency / Cryptocurrency Trader

If you’re bold and enjoy “playing the markets,” trading currency or cryptocurrency is an online job with huge earning potential. On the other hand, it’s also a quick way to lose all your money if you don’t know what you’re doing.

What do you do?

Buy and sell currency assets with the aim of making a profit. Study the markets and charts and make the right calls!

Where do you find the work?

There’s nothing to stop you starting up in trading by yourself, you just need online accounts with relevant platforms. (If you want to begin to dabble in cryptocurrency, you can get $10 of free Bitcoin when you first buy some at Coinbase using this link).

What skills / experience do you need?

Many traders teach themselves with books and articles, but keep in mind this is a risky business. Obviously if you come from a professional trading background and have a history of making the right decisions, you have more reason to be confident that this could be a suitable career.

What can you earn?

You can earn a fortune, but you can also lose the lot.

You can read about some of my own early adventures in trading cryptocurrency here.

Healthcare Jobs

27. Remote Pharmacist / GP

Not long ago, it would have felt like science fiction to speak to a doctor via a mobile app, but it’s actually quite common-place now. There are a surprising number of online jobs in the medical field.

What do you do?

Conduct consultations with patients using video-call functionality. Provide advice and prescribe medications.

Where do you find the work?

Our list of home working companies includes plenty of medical firms that are worth a look. Searching traditional job boards (like Indeed) can reveal jobs for “remote pharmacist” or similar. Typically these are permanent jobs where you’re employed by a single company. Private insurance firms also hire “remote” doctors.

What skills / experience do you need?

You will need proper qualifications for this kind of work. It’s a good fit for already-qualified and experienced doctors and pharmacists who’ve taken the decision to work from home.

What can you earn?

While researching this piece we found a remote pharmacist job in the UK paying £45k ($55k) per year. Jobs for fully-qualified doctors will pay more.

Read this interesting article about how remote doctors work.

28. Medical Transcriptionist

We’ve discussed transcription work already in this article, but medical transcription warrants a section of its own. It’s an online job that requires specific skills and experience, and can be well-paid.

What do you do?

Type up notes that will often include complex medical terminology.

Where do you find the work?

There are several companies that specialise in medical transcription, including Dict8 and FastChart. Some firms take on staff themselves and others require you to work freelance as an independent contractor.

What skills / experience do you need?

Medical transcription usually requires you to have a clinical background and a couple of years of experience in a related role (perhaps as a medical audio secretary). Fast and accurate typing skills are paramount.

What can you earn?

Typically around $15-20 per hour.

29. Online Counsellor

If you’re an experienced counsellor or therapist, there are now opportunities to help people with their mental health via the internet. Counselling using Skype or other video-chat software is both practical and popular.

What do you do?

Conduct counselling sessions via video-chat, voice-chat or even instant messaging. Keep notes and records of your sessions.

Where do you find the work?

If you’re already a qualified therapist, you can expand your business to include online offerings. Usually you’d use your own website to promote this. Or, there are platforms like this that allow you to set up shop, with them providing the technical infrastructure. Alternatively, if you’d rather work for another company, a search for “online counselling” on a job board like Indeed will usually yield some options.

What skills / experience do you need?

Depending on where you live, you will usually need specific qualifications and accreditations to provide counselling services. Typically, several years of training and practical experience is required. Beware of providers who unleash counsellors on the public without extensive formal training. Skills-wise, you need to be understanding and empathetic, with knowledge of therapy techniques.

What can you earn?

If you’re working for yourself, it’s usual to charge anything from $50-100 for a one-hour session. Salaries for employed roles are variable.

Find out how to become a certified counsellor here.

Online Jobs in Tech

30. Technical Support Agent

If you’re an IT guru you’ll find plenty of online jobs in the technical support space. Even Apple hire home workers to provide tech support to their users.

What do you do?

Help computer users with hardware and software issues, and assist with their problems using remote control software.

Where do you find the work?

Many tech firms and software companies hire remote support engineers, so it’s worth looking directly on company websites and job boards. Smaller firms also often hire freelancers, and a search for “technical support” on a freelance job board should find you plenty of options.

What skills / experience do you need?

Low level tech support jobs may just require some basic experience and knowledge; More senior roles can require formal industry qualification such as those accredited by COMPTia and Microsoft. Patience, persistence and a natural aptitude for technology are all very important.

What can you earn?

Indeed say that $14.79 is the average hourly rate for technical support in the US. However, higher-level roles can pay substantially more.

Have a look at this CompTIA training available on LinkedIn Learning.

31. IT Consultant

IT consultants are increasingly able to do most of their work online, thanks to video meetings and remote support software.

What do you do?

IT consultants use their technical skills to help and advise companies on technology. What exactly you do will depend on your technical specialities. You could be doing anything from helping to implement systems like Office365, to advising on cybersecurity and data protection.

Where do you find the work?

For high-level work and lucrative contracts, real-world networking is usually best. You can also find work via recruitment agencies. There are plenty of small, individual tasks for IT consultants on all of the freelance job boards.  

What skills / experience do you need?

Strong technical knowledge and good “client-facing” experience. The technical knowledge you need will depend entirely on what technology you wish to work with. A popular career path is to move from an internal IT role to providing consultancy, once you’ve built up lots of experience.

What can you earn?

As a freelancer you’ll typically earn a “day rate,” with $500 or more being far from uncommon.

You can read my personal experiences of working as an IT consultant here. 

32. Programmer / Developer

Every year, when Upwork list their most in-demand skills, there are always plenty relevant to programmers and developers. Many people in this industry work in online jobs, with a home environment being  conducive to quiet concentration.

What do you do?

Write and tweak code for programs and applications.

Where do you find the work?

Everywhere! Big tech firms hire developers directly, and there’s all sorts out there for freelancers, from small one-off jobs to lucrative long-term contracts.

What skills / experience do you need?

There are jobs for programmers at all levels, from novices to gurus. Training and experience in specific programming languages is key. For high-level positions, clients and employers will undoubtedly want to see the work you’ve done before. If you’ve worked with big-names, you’ll be able to attract big money.

What can you earn?

$40-97k per year, according to Payscale, depending on experience. Plenty of freelance programmers comfortably bring in a six-figure income.

Why not take a look at some of these courses in popular programming languages. 

33. App Creator

App creation is undoubtedly an offshoot of programming and development, but it’s worthy of a listing of its own. With over 178 Billion app downloads each year (and rising), there’s huge demand for people who can create them.

What do you do?

Design, program and support mobile apps; Liaise with companies to pitch ideas and create their apps.

Where do you find the work?

There are lots of people looking for app builders on freelance platforms. Try a search for “app developer” on Upwork. If you have an extensive real-world network, opportunities could create themselves there too.

What skills / experience do you need?

Specific skills and experience in the programming languages normally used for apps (Swift, C++, C#, Java, Objective C and HTML5). A previous portfolio of well-regarded apps is obviously highly desirable.

What can you earn?

Big money if you’re successful. Glassdoor refers to salaries of up to $148k per year.

You can start to learn app programming right now with this very inexpensive and well-reviewed course. 

34. Web Designer

Thanks to content management systems like WordPress, it’s now very easy for people to set up websites of their own. However, there’s still huge demand for website design – or simply for help with the technical side of launching new sites. Many people find this kind of thing intimidating.

What do you do?

Anything from setting up simple theme-based websites for clients to designing and coding custom, bespoke sites. The work can span a wide range of tasks from graphic design to technical support. If you’re hunting down your own clients, there can be a fair bit of sales and marketing involved too.

Where do you find the work?

It’s not hard to find people looking for help launching new websites. There are hundreds of related jobs on the freelance job boards, and you’ll quickly find people needing this work doing in the “real world” too.

What skills / experience do you need?

Strong technical skills, an eye for design and – to excel with your customers – great attention to detail. Knowledge of platforms such as WordPress and Google Analytics is very important.

What can you earn?

Amounts can be hugely variable. Some customers expect to pay a hundred bucks for a website, while others are happy to pay tens of thousands. A lot depends on the complexity of the sites involved and how “high end” your service offering is.

It’s fair to say you will probably earn the best money from corporate web design clients you meet offline. Rightly or wrongly, many people looking for website help online find (and choose) very low-cost contractors from countries with a low cost of living.

Learn the essentials of creating a basic website here. 

35. Social Media Manager

If you can’t get enough of Facebook and Instagram, why not turn your fondness for social media into a career? There’s plenty of demand for people to look after companies’ social media feeds.

What do you do?

Post content to social networks on behalf of companies; Manage social media advertising campaigns; Study and report on related analytics.

Where do you find the work?

Big companies may have full-time social media roles, so if that’s what you’re looking for it’s worth searching the normal job boards. Alternatively, plenty of people set up shop as freelance social media managers, typically looking after social profiles for multiple clients.

What skills / experience do you need?

Strong experience of social networks and the latest techniques for making the most of them. To really excel in this area you can take specific related courses (such as this one for Pinterest). Social media advertising knowledge is particularly sought after.

What can you earn?

Indeed say that internal social media managers earn an average of $48k per year. On a freelance basis it’s not uncommon to charge around $100 or more per month for each social network you look after on behalf of a client – and this can all add up.

Check out our feature on becoming a social media virtual assistant.

36. Search Engine Evaluator

One of the online jobs many people ask about is work in search engine evaluation. It’s widely promoted online. The job involves rating search engine results to help the big search firms improve the listings they provide to internet users.

What do you do?

Look at the websites search engines are ranking for certain queries, and assess the quality of the results based on detailed criteria.

Where do you find the work?

Sometimes these jobs pop up on freelance platforms, but it’s best to look at companies who are well-known for recruiting for these roles, such as Appen and Lionbridge.

What skills / experience do you need?

Search engine evaluator work is surprisingly complex, with a lot to remember. As such, attention to detail is particularly important, as is the ability to quickly navigate around your computer, and the online world.

What can you earn?

The usual hourly rate is around US$14.

We have a detailed feature on search engine evaluator work here.

Creative Online Jobs

37. Designer

If you have an eye for design, there’s a huge variety of career paths open to you. Many of them involve online jobs. Whether you’re designing logos, book covers, t-shirts – or anything else, you’ll find a niche for it online.

What do you do?

Design – literally anything. The first page of Upwork job listings for designers (at the time of writing) includes requirements for Facebook cover pictures, health and beauty product packaging and the look and feel for a real estate website. Typically, modern design jobs involve mastery of software like Photoshop and Illustrator.

Where do you find the work?

There are many options. Big companies may have internal roles available to home workers (search the job boards for “designer home based.”) There are also oodles of freelance requirements on the normal sites. In addition, you will find some interesting platforms for design work, such as the competitive 99Designs, where you can pitch a design to a specific brief in the hope of being the winning designer.

What skills / experience do you need?

The most important thing is to be artistic and skilled in design – and this doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Second to that is strong technical skill in the relevant software applications.

What can you earn?

Full-time designers in the US earn from $32-62k, according to Payscale. If you can build up a thriving freelance design business, you could feasibly earn a similar amount – or much more if you pick up blue-chip clients.

Have a read of this case study, involving a designer who makes money designing T-shirts, bags and other garments, selling them via an online platform.

38. Photographer

Photography may not immediately seem like an “online job.” Obviously, in most cases, you will be getting out and about to actually take the photographs. However, a lot of the work involved in being a photographer happens online nowadays, whether you specialise in photography for travel websites, or taking pictures to sell on stock photo sites.

What do you do?

Take photographs, edit them, sell them!

Where do you find the work?

Freelance job boards like Upwork are a good starting point to learn about the kinds of photography that are in demand. You can also work entirely for yourself by taking photographs and selling them online – either as individual works, or by placing them for sale on stock photo sites.

What skills / experience do you need?

Photography is one of those activities where it is as much about talent and flair as anything else. However, as photo editing is closely related, strong skill in software like Photoshop is invaluable. (There’s an extensive and very-well-reviewed course on it here).

What can you earn?

Hard to say, because it’s dependent on the type of photography you get involved in. If you’re selling stock photos via an online platform, it’s quite normal to receive 50% of the paid royalty.

We have a dedicated article here on getting paid to take pictures. You’ll also find a case-study article with a freelance photographer here.

39. Photo Editor / Retoucher

If you’re a Photoshop guru with an eye for design and colour, you’ll find plenty of work in photo editing and retouching. Although software to do this stuff is widespread and accessible, actually knowing how to use it properly is a distinct skill!

What do you do?

Edit photos and add creative touches. If you do this on a freelance basis, hustling for the work will be a big part of the job too.

Where do you find the work?

Just type “photo edit” into any of the freelance job boards (such as PeoplePerHour) and you’ll find people looking for help – with everything from editing their wedding photographs to removing objects from the background of pictures they’ve taken.

You MAY find a few permanent home-based roles in this line of work, but they’re likely to be thin on the ground. This is work that lends itself well to freelancing, perhaps as a complement to your own photography business.

What skills / experience do you need?

An eye for detail and expert-level mastery of Photoshop or similar software.

What can you earn?

Online estimates say between $10 and $30 per hour on average.

Learn all about editing photos here.

40. Video Creator / Editor

Upwork’s “fastest growing skills” report for Q1 2019 listed “explainer videos” in fourth place. Video content of all kinds is increasingly popular, and there’s lots of demand for those who can create it.

What do you do?

Create and edit video content using modern technology. Videos can range from “how to” screencasts to creative promotional shorts for companies.

Where do you find the work?

There are some full-time remote video editing roles out there (search the normal job boards). This is also a great career path for freelancers, with many firms now creating video content. A search on Upwork alone (at the time of writing) revealed over 3000 open requirements for “video editing.”

What skills / experience do you need?

A creative eye, and expert knowledge of related software, such as Adobe Premiere and Camtasia.

What can you earn?

Indeed quotes the average salary for a video editor as $17.32 per hour. However, in-demand freelancers working with prestigious companies can earn much higher rates.

Take a look at some of these video editing courses. 

41. Influencer

It was hard to decide which section to place “influencer” under on our list of online jobs. However, as taking the perfect Instagram photo is often a big part of it, the “creative” section seemed most appropriate!

What do you do?

Visit hotels, resorts, restaurants and beaches, take “aspirational” photos and share your experiences with your online audience. Work directly with brands to be compensated for the promotion you are giving them.

Where do you find the work?

Generally speaking, you need to build up a considerable online following FIRST – usually on Instagram. After that, you can either wait for brands to contact you about partnerships, or proactively seek out such partnerships.

What skills / experience do you need?

A strong creative vision and eye for marketing. Lots of consistency and determination to build up your initial following. Experience in PR, fashion and related industries helps.

What can you earn?

If you have 100,000 Instagram followers, you can apparently charge $1000 for a post, and work upwards or downwards as appropriate from there. The rewards can be considerable, but building up that many followers is a considerable task.

Read this article for a review of a product that can build your Instagram following – and some of my own opinionated views on influencer “culture!”

42. Craft Creator

If you’re itching to flex your creative muscles, the internet offers lots of popular platforms for selling your wares. From T-shirts to tea-towels and from mugs to mouse-mats, if you can imagine it and produce it, the online world allows you to sell it – globally.

What do you do?

Design and create products of all kinds. Thanks to platforms like RedBubble, you can even create crafts from your designs, instantly resulting in a merchandise line all of your own.

Where do you find the work?

This is an online job you can start all by yourself – you just need to have the ideas and go where the creativity takes you.

What skills / experience do you need?

A vision for what you want to create and sell is the most important thing. However, strong technical skills will definitely help you when it comes to listing your products online. Marketing skill is also essential if you want to build up a good audience and make lots of sales.

What can you earn?

The “richest” craft seller on Etsy made $960,000 in 2017. At the other end of the scale you have creators making pocket money from their work, and lots of people in the middle making a healthy living.

Read this HomeWorkingClub case study from someone making money selling jewellery and other items on Etsy.

Personal Development Jobs

43. Nutritionist

With many people now very careful about what they eat, and trends in everything from gluten-free diets to veganism, there’s lots of potential to set up an online business advising people on nutrition.

What do you do?

As a nutritionist working via the internet, there are lots of different ways to earn money, several of which tie in with the other online jobs on this list. You could create courses, offer one-to-one consultations, or run a niche blog specialising in a particular area of food and nutrition.

Where do you find the work?

This is the kind of career where it’s best to establish your own presence and audience. That said, a search on the freelance boards revealed plenty of related freelance gigs, from paleo nutrition advisors to dieticians to consult on dieting apps.

What skills / experience do you need?

In an industry where exactly what constitutes an “expert” is something of a grey area, strong related qualifications will help you to stand out. If you’re creating your own brand, marketing knowledge, patience and determination will all be a great help.

What can you earn?

The sky’s the limit! Create a best-selling course and you could earn thousands in passive income. One to one consultations can easily sell for $75 or more.

44. Life / Career Coach

Online coaching can be hugely lucrative, especially if you’re an established expert in a particular field. There are many sub-niches within life and career coaching, making this an interesting option for specialists in all kinds of areas.

What do you do?

Help people reach their goals, usually by conducting coaching sessions via video call. You’ll also need to promote yourself in order to build up clients, and provide ongoing support to them in between sessions.

Where do you find the work?

Usually people set up independently as coaches, either building up their own sites, or by using an infrastructure like CoachingCloud.

What skills / experience do you need?

A strong desire to genuinely help other people is a must, and you’ll need the marketing skill to build up an audience if you’re setting up shop on your own. Qualifications in this area exist, but note that they can range from genuinely useful to utterly meaningless! The most important thing is being a genuine expert in what you’re teaching, with an ability to impart the knowledge and encourage others.

What can you earn?

Online coaches typically charge from around $75 for a session, with many charging a LOT more than that.

I personally offer coaching to bloggers and writers. As an example of the kind of thing people offer, take a look at this page. 

Online Side Gigs

Not everyone looking for online jobs wants something full-time. With that in mind, here are some online side gigs – perfect for those just after a little extra cash, or as a complement to another job – as part of a portfolio career.

45. User Tester

Companies are constantly rolling out new apps and websites, and need people to test them and give their opinion on functionality. As such, there are several platforms where you can get involved in this testing and earn money for your thoughts.

What do you do?

Test new websites and apps, often speaking your thoughts out loud while you are recorded (either audio or video).

Where do you find the work?

There are lots of platforms offering this work, including UserTesting, TestingTime and TryMyUI.

What skills / experience do you need?

None! Just the ability to clearly speak out your thoughts. It also helps not to be microphone or camera shy!

What can you earn?

Each test earns around $10 and takes 10-15 minutes. Be aware, however, that there’s not a constant stream of this work, so you cannot extrapolate this into a full-time income.

Find our review of UserTesting, one of our favourite platforms, here. 

46. Survey Taker

Love them or hate them, online surveys are very popular with people seeking entry-level online jobs. They don’t pay very well and can be very monotonous – but if you choose the right platforms, you can make a respectable side income.

What do you do?

Answer questions online – on anything from politics to washing powder!

Where do you find the work?

On any one of the hundreds of online survey platforms online. Be sure to do your research, as some are MUCH better than others, and some are total scams.

What skills / experience do you need?

None – but as the work can get very dull, tenacity and perseverance is a great help.

What can you earn?

Anything from Cents to several Dollars per survey. Although some surveys pay reasonably well, you’ll usually be looking at an equivalent to a western minimum wage – at best.

Check out this article for some really handy tips on making the most out of surveys.

47. Ebay / Amazon / Facebook Seller

It may not be particularly glamorous, but plenty of people make good money selling things on these popular online platforms. Whether you’re merely saving up for treats by selling unwanted items, or operating more of a buying and selling business, these sites make people money every single day.

What do you do?

List items for sale, sell them, make money. If you’re doing this on a bigger scale, you’ll also be sourcing items to sell on.

Where do you find the work?

Getting started with this online job is as simple as finding a few items around the house that you no longer need and getting them listed.

What skills / experience do you need?

None. BUT the speed at which you can navigate your computer really does make a difference to how efficient you can be.

What can you earn?

This depends entirely on what you have to sell. If you’re operating a buying and selling business with physical products, making a couple of thousand Dollars per month is relatively easy in theory, but hard work in reality. Drop-shipping products made overseas is another option – potentially more lucrative, but with far more learning and experimentation involved.

Check out these guides:

48. Microworker

Microworking is one of those online jobs that’s open to everybody. It involves doing small (usually repetitive) tasks for small payments, with each one typically only taking seconds to complete.

What do you do?

Microworking tasks can vary hugely. You could be “liking” things on social media, categorising photos, or even determining whether particular web pages should be classed as “adult” or not. Usually you do these tasks within an online environment on your computer, although increasingly there are tasks available that you can complete on a smartphone instead.

Where do you find the work?

The two most popular platforms are Amazon’s Mechanical Turk and Clickworker. There are also several less reputable platforms, which are best avoided. Read reviews and proceed with caution.

What skills / experience do you need?

In theory you don’t need any formal skills and experience. However, there are often detailed instructions for the tasks, so if you lack attention to detail you will struggle.

What can you earn?

Earnings for this kind of work are not especially high. However, experienced microworkers who get up to speed with specific tasks often say they can make $10-12 per hour.

Start off by reading our review of Clickworker here.

49. Handy-Person

It was borderline whether to include this in a list of online jobs, as the likelihood is that you’ll have to head out of the house to complete your tasks. However, the internet has made it really simple to connect to people who need all kinds of odd-jobs completed.

What do you do?

Anything from walking a dog to putting up an IKEA wardrobe to mowing somebody’s lawn.

Where do you find the work?

Platforms like TaskRabbit and AirTasker.

What skills / experience do you need?

Just enough skill and experience to complete the jobs you take on to your customers’ satisfaction. You’ll want to ensure you get a good review.

What can you earn?

This depends on the task, but typically it will be a fair rate for the work involved. For example, we’ve seen £50 ($61) for cleaning a small apartment and $50 for installing some simple shelves.

Read this case study of someone who set up an entire business around doing odd jobs.

50. Freebie Hunter

If you have some time to kill online, you’ll be surprised how much free stuff you can find. You can sign up to offers on sites like Swagbucks and Prizerebel, hunt around for product tests, or look into the many ways you can get yourself some free Amazon gift cards.

What do you do?

Train yourself up on all the various different ways to grab online freebies – there’s a surprising amount out there if you sign up to the right sites.

Where do you find the work?

It’s not really work – more of a treasure hunt – but being a member of the right panels, survey and cashback sites is the best start.

What skills / experience do you need?

Nothing official, but it’s good to have in-depth knowledge of the internet and the ability to know a genuine offer from a scam. Strong organisational skills are helpful too, as sometimes you’ll need to make sure you follow things up or cancel trials – to ensure your freebies don’t end up costing you money.

What can you earn?

Often it’s a case of “earning” products and services rather than money, but determined freebie hunters often come across vouchers worth a considerable amount of money.

Read our dedicated guide to finding free stuff online. 

While You’re Here:

This isn’t the only article we have about online jobs. If you’re lucky enough to be a “youngster,” we also have dedicated features for students and teenagers.

If you’re specifically looking for a company that will hire you to work from home, also check out our guide to 50 companies that do just that.

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