Types of Work-at-Home Gigs

Working from home can be rewarding and it can be much more convenient than racing to the office every morning, dealing with office politics, and sitting in one space all day long. Whether you’re a college student, a stay-at-home parent, or a retiree, working from home can help give you some of your time back. Take a look at our list of work-at-home opportunities to help you make money from the comfort of your home.

1. Call Center Agent.

Working from home as a call center agent is becoming a popular option for those who want to skip the commute. If you like working with people and/or helping people solve their problems, you might do well as a call center agent. Companies like 1-800-Flowers, Amazon.com, American Airlines, Apple at Home, Carenet Healthcare Services, Cruise.com, Hilton Hotels, Enterprise, and HSN.com all offer work from home call center agent jobs.

2. Bookkeeper.

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If you have a degree in accounting, you could opt to start your own bookkeeping service. Every business from small to large needs bookkeeping for their business, which means there’s plenty of opportunities to either get a job at a company as a bookkeeper or be hired as an outsourced bookkeeping company.

3. Daycare Owner.

Do you love kids? Would you enjoy coming up with all kinds of fun activities for them to do throughout the day? If you answered yes, you might be able to open and run your own daycare center right from home. If you have the space, you can dedicate one room to your daycare. Before you do anything, create a business plan and a checklist of things you need to do so you’ll be more likely to get funding if you need it. Consider how you’ll structure your business legally, how many kids you can take on, and other requirements like getting insurance and an inspection.

4. Copywriter.

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Copywriting can be a lucrative work-from-home job opportunity with just a little bit of training. But you don’t necessarily have to take an expensive course to learn copywriting. A lot of copywriters are self-taught. With the right books, you can learn copywriting all on your own and find a job working from home. Create a portfolio to showcase your writing chops and then start applying for copywriting jobs. You could also opt to start your own freelance copywriting business and get hired directly by clients to create content such as website copy, landing pages, newsletters, emails, sales letters, video scripts, and more. You can earn upwards of $47,000 and even more if you start your own copywriting business.

5. Proofreader. 

Proofreading can be done from virtually anywhere. If you’ve got an eye for spelling and grammar mistakes, you could make good money as a proofreader right from the comfort of your home. If you’re not the greatest proofreader, but you’re confident you can get there, you can always take a course to improve your skills.

6. E-Commerce Store Owner.

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Owning an e-commerce store can help you generate income from home. You can sell your own products or sell other people’s products. With the right business model, earning a decent income should be no problem. According to Entrepreneur and SelfStartr.com, there are five different types of e-commerce business models to consider: wholesaling, dropshipping, subscription, white labeling, and manufacturing. Launching an e-commerce store doesn’t take much effort with sites like Shopify, WooCommerce, and Magento.

7. Social Media Manager.

Are you a whiz when it comes to social media content? You could make money from home as a social media manager helping companies grow their social media presence. You’ll help with branding, content creation, advertising campaigns, and more. If you know more than the average person about how to get attention on social media sites like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat, you could make money from home as a social media manager and bring in more $48,000 per year.

8. Translator.

Translators are in high demand so if you know more than one language you can make money translating for companies right from home. The average translator makes about $25 per hour, according to Woman’s Day and Payscale. As a translator, you’ll be asked to translate documents, audio recordings, or sometimes live conversations (like in hospitals).

9. Remote Sales Associate.

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Getting a job as a remote sales associate shouldn’t be hard. All you need is a desire to learn and at minimum, a high school diploma. Companies like Amazon hire remote sales associates to sell products to consumers. If you’ve got persuasion skills, you might do well as a remote sales associate. The average salesperson makes about $55,600, according to Zip Recruiter.

10. Affiliate Marketer.

Affiliate marketing involves reviewing other people’s products and making money when your readers buy those products. There are tons of affiliate marketing programs you can join and start earning money from home, oftentimes passively. The idea is to start your own blog and find products related to the topic of your blog and promote them. If people buy the product, you get a percentage of that money.

11. Virtual Assistant.

Virtual assistants are responsible for remote tasks like scheduling appointments, paying bills, answering phones, managing events, running personal errands, preparing reports, booking hotels, and more. A virtual assistant might also assist with digital marketing tasks like social media posting/management. It really just depends on what the boss wants, but virtual assistants can make a decent income working from home. To get started, check out companies that hire virtual assistants, such as Zirtual99 Dollar SocialFancy Hands, and Red Butler.

12. Transcriptionist.

Transcriptionists transcribe audio or video content into written content and you can make a full-time income transcribing content from home. Check out sites like TranscribeMe.comTranscribeAnywhere.comRev.com, and Quicktate.com. For more companies that hire transcriptionists, check out RealWaystoEarnMoneyOnline.com’s list.

13. Corporate English Trainer.

As a corporate English trainer, you’d be speaking with students from all over the world who need to learn English. You’d be chatting with them online so you’ll need an Internet connection, a phone, and possibly a headset. In most cases, you can work up to 35 hours per week and lessons would take place over the phone or over the internet. Check out companies like GoFluent.comTargetTraining.eu, or iSpeakUSpeak.com.

14. Pet Sitter.

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Love dogs? Become a dog sitter and make $1,000 per month using services like Rover and DogVacay. Whenever someone goes on vacation and can’t bring their precious pup along, you step in and pet sit while they’re away. The best part is that you can set your own hours and determine how much money you make per assignment.

15. Telephone Nurse.

If you have a nursing degree, you can make money at home as a telephone nurse. The job is just what it sounds like. You’d be offering nursing care via telephone. Companies like United Health Group and Aetna hire telephone nurses for things like patient education, case management, and treatment authorization. If you’re an experienced nurse, you could work from home providing these services for companies that hire telephone nurses. To find a job as a telephone nurse, check out sites like Medzilla.com and MedicalJobsOnline.com.