A majority of Americans now work remotely in order to avoid contracting the coronavirus nearly a year and a half after the outbreak was declared a global pandemic and life around the world dramatically changed.
For the longest time, I wanted to work for myself and get an online job that would allow me to work from home and make money online. I made this a reality last year when I quit my traditional job to run websites that I created on my own.
Now, my websites bring me well over six figures in revenue annually and I have a bunch of different online jobs. I've tried almost every side hustle under the sun, that's why writing this article is easy. I speak from experience and let's just get right into the best online jobs I can think of.
28 Legitimate Online Jobs
I'll share only ideas and some tidbits of information for you to get started. However, if you find an idea you like, run with it. There is so much information on the internet for you to learn and do any of these online jobs and get up and running by today.
Pro Tip: If you're a teen — you'll want to see our list of the best online jobs for teens.
Here's the list of the best online jobs from home:
1. Product tester
Pay: $5 to $15 per hour
Being a product tester won't make you filthy rich, it'll actually pay a little less than minimum wage. However, it's pretty simple to use sites like Survey Junkie or Branded Surveys that'll line you up with products to test then you'll be asked to fill out your thoughts with short surveys. You can get paid up to $4 per survey on average. So expect to make $5 to $15 per hour, and these sites pay on time via PayPal. Not a bad choice.
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2. Online seller
Pay: $1,000+ a month
This is something I did while in high school and well into my college days. You can call it flipping, reselling, whatever you want. But what I did was purchase used iPhones off Amazon, then I would unlock them and resell them for higher on selling apps. I could easily bring in $1,000 in a month by doing this.
You don't have to sell iPhones though, it can be anything. Flipping furniture, appliances, or even ticket reselling are some lucrative ideas you can try. And yes, you can actually do this full time and you won't even need a traditional job.
Pay: $1 to $2,000+ per month
While you can make money without a website, having one makes things easier. I mention that the pay starts at $1 because when you first create a blog you likely won't make anything. It's really easy to start a blog, you can do it with Bluehost in under 10 minutes and for under $20 bucks or so.
The caveat is that you have to bring in traffic in order to make any money. I'm currently a full time blogger but I've been doing it for around 5 years now. It wasn't until the second year that I actually started making a ton of money where I could quit my day job. However, I started a new site three months ago and it's already bringing me $500 a month.
So, it's possible if you are really resourceful and read blogging start up guides and take advice from the experts. Nobody said it'll be easy, but it's possible to become a full-time blogger as your online job.
4. Facebook ads manager
Pay: $1,000 to $2,000+ per month
Another online job is becoming a Facebook ads manager. You'll definitely need to know about PPC marketing and digital marketing in general. It's not easy but if you put in the work to learn how its done, it's possible to make over $2,000 per month.
Here's what I would do, I would start my own blog, add affiliate links within a well written landing page, and send Facebook ads to it to make money. The idea is to earn more money than you are spending in Facebook ads. It's possible to do this, but not easy.
Another way you can make money with Facebook ads is to be a freelancer and look for small businesses looking for ad managers on sites like Upwork or Fiverr.
Pay: $10 to $36 per hour
You can also become a transcriber where you can listen to recorded or live audio files and convert them into text format. It's easy with sites like TranscribeMe, GoTranscript, or Rev who pay you around $1.25 per audio minute transcribed. I don't think you can make a career out of this, but it is an online job to help boost your earning potential.
Pay: $25 to $500+ per item sold
Dropshipping is a retail fulfillment method where you don't keep the products you list for sale on your site. It's a good idea (in theory) because there's little risk since the upfront costs are so low.
In fact, Shopify (the best site to try this) offers a 14-day trial and you can use Oberlo (free) to find products to dropship from AliExpress.
I tried dropshipping but didn't have much luck. I set up a free store on Shopify and called it GrindFitGear.com. I wanted to sell fitness products, and I made my store look really legit. Nobody bought anything. In hindsight, it was a difficult niche to pick, but maybe you'll have better luck.
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7. Online fitness coach
Pay: $200-500 per client/month
My ex-girlfriend did this and she really did make a killing. But it wasn't easy, she had a pretty good following on Instagram (over 60K followers) and branded herself like a Gymshark fitness model (lol).
However, it did pay off as she could charge $300 to $500 for each client per month. So if you have 5 clients per month that's potentially $2,500 you can make. It's actually pretty easy to build a following on Instagram for this to work, however, you'll need to be pretty good looking, in shape, and personable (just being honest). Plus, she got paid by fitness brands to promote their products and all the other benefits of becoming an ‘influencer'.
You don't need to go down this route and can become an online fitness coach without all the bells and whistles, but it just makes it easier to find clients.
8. Online beauty advisor
Pay: Varies; depends on the referral program
You can work for sites like Avon and sell their products to make a living. It's pretty straightforward, so if you wanted to this route I'm sure you can simply head over to sites like Avon to get more information and sign up.
9. Freelance writer
Pay: $30 to $500+ per article
This is a legitimate online job and can definitely be seen as a full-time online job. There are so many ways you can become a freelance writer, build up your portfolio, and get paid the big bucks for doing something you love, writing.
Pay: $10 to $45 per hour
Proof readering is another way to earn money, which is basically being an editor for articles, books, etc. You can find proofreading jobs for beginners on sites like Click Worker, Fiverr, LinkedIn, UpWork and more.
11. Textbook seller
Pay: 15% to 50% per book sold
If you're a student then you can easily become a textbook seller. You probably have a bunch of old textbooks lying around, don't forget that you can get cash for these. Take them to your local campus textbook store or list them on Amazon. If you wanted to turn it into a business, you can buy textbooks for cheap from students and then flip on for more and profit the difference.
12. Social media manager
Pay: $15 to $40 per hour
You can find social media manager jobs on the regular job boards where you can find freelancing gigs. I would say it's a pretty easy gig to get started with that isn't really that difficult. It mainly is comprised of you be active on somebody else's social media accounts and trying to build engagement with its followers. Expect to earn $15 to $40 per hour, on average. Tweet tweet!
Pay: 40% to 60% per item sold
This is a neat little side hustle idea. If you are good at selling stuff online then you can make a business of it. Odds are that your friends, family or coworkers have stuff that they don't need and want to get rid of, but are too lazy (or busy) to list it and sell it.
So if you started a side hustle where you would take people's items and sell it for them, you can earn 40% to 60% per item sold. It'll require some trust from your close ones, but once you get it started it can be really profitable and high profit margins.
14. Data entry specialist
Pay: $10 to $17 per hour
This is another online job (boring one) but it can earn you some extra funds. You can find data entry jobs on sites like AccuTran Global, Axion Data Entry Services, Amazon's Mechanical Turk, Capital Typing, Birch Creek Communications, ClickWorker, and more. Expect to earn $10 to $17 per hour for this very non creative job. But hey, it pays decent.
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15. Subscription box creator
Pay: Depends on the box and your profit margin
Interested in starting your own subscription business? You can just that with Cratejoy. Cratejoy is an ecommerce platform for subscription box businesses. You can start, grow, and scale your own business with Cratejoy's subscription box software, the marketplace, and support.
If you wanted to try it out, you can sell on the marketplace with no monthly cost, or design and launch your own website which is $39 per month.
16. Virtual assistant
Pay: $19 to $25 per hour
Becoming a Virtual assistant is another freelancing gig that you can make your full time job. I actually need a virtual assistant to handle my emails, social media marketing, and other tasks that I don't have time to do. I would easily pay a good VA around $20 per month, so you know this is a feasible gig. You can find VA gigs just by searching virtual assistant jobs on Google, there are so many. If you wanted to do it as a freelancer, check UpWork for a load of opportunities that pay $19 to $25 per hour on average.
17. Graphic designer
Pay: $25 to $50 per hour
The steps to becoming a graphic designer are pretty tough. You'll need to start building your skills early, maybe even earn a degree in graphic design or you can teach yourself online. Then you can look for graphic design jobs and expect to make $25 to $50 per hour once you're well into your career.
18. Niche website creator
Pay: $100 to $10,000+ per site
I kind of do this right now. I build and create niche websites and build them out to be profitable. That is actually what I'm doing right now with Smarts. As of today, I only have around 15 to 20 posts on this blog but I plan to write some more. I will then do normal blogging activities to get people to link out to me in hopes to make Smarts an authority job site.
Once it is, I'll likely be making over $100 per month easily with this site and I can continue to grow it or sell it on sites like Flippa or Empire Flippers. Being a niche website creator isn't easy, you have to about SEO, social media marketing, and everything else that comes with owning a website. However, if you teach yourself, it can be very lucrative.
19. Website designer
Pay: $20 to $100 per hour
You can also make a living by becoming a website designer. It's actually pretty easy to create a website and just install a free theme and make it look really good. For example, the site right now may look legit, but it's just a theme that I bought for $50 or so.
If you want to earn $100 per hour designing websites, you'll actually have to know HTML and CSS and apply your design skills to the web. It'll take some learning, but it can pay off big. Plus, it is such a cool and creative job, way better than doing data entry or taking boring online surveys (imo).
20. Social media influencer
Pay: $20 to $100 per hour
Remember my ex-girlfriend? She's a social media influencer that earns money through brand sponsorships. Basically, companies will pay you to post stuff on your social media. You can get paid $500 or even get free stuff like she got sent an entire queen size mattress and all she had to do was post a picture of her with it. Becoming a social media influencer is pretty cool, but it's not for everyone. Plus, your friends may hardcore judge you behind your back.
21. Amazon seller
Pay: $15 to $100+ per hour
This is a simple online job where you can basically find things in thrifts stores, or places like Marshalls and Ross and then flip them on Amazon. There are apps that you can download that you can scan items at the store and it'll tell you how much profit you can make by selling it through Amazon. If I had no other options, I would do this online job. I just have a history or selling stuff online and this would be cool to have my own store.
22. Budgeter / bookkeeper
Pay: $20 to $60 per hour
If you've got a degree in Accounting then you can become a bookkeeper online. This online job will likely pay you around $20 to $60 per hour. In order to make $60 an hour, you'll definitely need some experience under your belt. People won't hire you if you don't have any experience which is a catch 22 if you are just starting out.
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23. Teach english online
Pay: $14 to $22+ per hour
A pretty cool online job for teachers is teaching English online to Chinese children. This is very possible through EducationFirst or VIPKid. They'll pay you up to $20 per hour to start and you can choose your schedule teaching from home. There are classes available to start within 2 weeks of signing up and you can earn extra money for teaching more during peak times.
24. Course creator
Pay: 30% to 70% of the purchase price
There are so many courses online but did you know that you can create one and sell it for the rest of your life? Pluse earn 30% to 70% of the purchases price if you use sites like Outschool. If you sell the course on your own blog you can keep 100% of sales.
25. Pick up online gigs for teachers
Pay: $10 to $20+ per hour
If you looking to earn extra money as a teacher you can check out the best gig economy apps to land a paycheck. There is certainly a side gig you can find that fits your schedule and abilities.
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Pay: 15% to 45% of every image copy sold
You can sell your photos online on sites like Adobe Stock, Shutterstock, Alamy, Etsy, Fotomoto, Crestock, and 500px. You can usually earn 15% to 45% of every image copy sold. Plus, you don't even need to be a pro photographer, just get to shooting and teach yourself. Even the latest iPhones can get the job done. Plus, you can get paid cash on the spot, which is nice.
27. YouTube channel creator
Pay: $0 to $2,000 per month
If you build a big enough following on YouTube you can earn a nice sum of money. It's not easy, but it's possible. YouTube pays around $5 per 1,000 ad views. So if you have a bunch of views, you can make bank with this online job.
28. Amazon eBook publisher
Pay: Up to 70% of each copy sold
Last on this list of becoming an Amazon eBook publisher. If you are a good writer then you can publish a book for sale here and get up to 70% of each copy sold. If you don't like that, you can just list it for sale on your own website and get paid 100% of each copy sold. Boom!
The bottom line
There are plenty of ways to make working from home a reality with these online jobs. I hope I provided you with a great starting point and you found a few ideas that interest you. Take action today and figure out what the next steps are for you to make your online job idea a reality. If I can do it, so can you.