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Want to work from home or anywhere in the world?
One way is to start earning money on the side.
Get a job.
There are more legit online jobs than ever. All it takes is being aware of the possibilities.
Working remotely doesn’t have to mean taking a pay cut.
Below I have listed 33 realistic online jobs where you can earn over $40,000 a year.
Starting with my top 5.
Top 5 Ways To Have A Legit Online Job
# 1) Start a Blog
Search “blog income report” to find bloggers earning good money with their websites. It surprised me how fast some are making a full-time income, as well as examples of those earning over $100K a month.
Just as important, with a blog you’re building a sellable asset. A quality website can sell for around 30X it’s monthly revenue. Therefore, if you’re able to make $1,333 a month, you have a $40,000 asset.
The Ways To Wealth is my second blog. My first I started in 2009 and sold two years later for a nice profit.
I then took the skills I learned blogging and applied them to an established business.
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# 2) Become a Freelance Writer
Freelance writing has been one of the best career choices I’ve made. I started small but in a little over a year I was earning over $100 an hour (as a copywriter and designer). You can see my full story here.
Freelance writing is a skill that’s becoming more in demand. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the demand for writers and authors is expected to grow 6% from 2010 to 2020.
Writing is a skill that requires no prior experience. If you wanted to, you could take on your first client today.
But navigating the freelance job marketplace can be difficult. Especially if you compete the way most people do–with dozens of other writers for low paying gigs on job boards.
The key to launching a successful career as a freelance writer is choosing the right niche.
You want to find a niche you’re passionate about and one that makes good money.
Not sure where to start? Grab a copy of Gina Horkey’s 200+ Freelance Writing Niches.
# 3) Bookkeeping
On top of many business owners least favorite activity list is bookkeeping. Yet, the activity is vital.
For those who like to work with numbers, you can earn very good money in the field. There are also a lot of opportunities for raises the more you specialize.
A great resource for getting started is Ben Robinson’s Free Video Training: How to Start Your Own Bookkeeping Business & Earn $60+/hr in 10 Weeks Without Going Into Debt
# 4) Get A Remote Job
The fastest way to maximize your earnings is to find a business hiring remotely.
No longer are remote jobs filled with questionable employers. There are many Fortune 500 Companies hiring remote workers.
Websites such as GlassDoor then allow you to learn a lot about any potential employer.
- Search for jobs on popular sites like Indeed by entering “remote” into the search box and expanding your radius
- Review each employer on GlassDoor
- Flexjobs is a site which lists only remote jobs
# 5) Keep Your Job But Ask To Work Remotely
If you enjoy your current job, ask your employer to work from home.
It’s very costly to hire and train new employees. Employers will bend or change the rules to keep quality employees.
Legit Online Jobs With No Fees: Become A Freelancer
Freelancing allows you to get paid for the work you do without a boss. You get to choose what you work on, choose your clients, and set your own rates.
It’s one of the fastest ways to a legit online job.
One of my favorite pieces of career advice, I first heard from Scott Adams the creator of Dilbert. Adams offers the advice to become very good (top 25%) at two or more things.
When you’re very good at two things, such as web design and copywriting, you’re services become quite unique.
Here are ten ideas for getting started in freelancing that can generate over $40,000 a year.
# 6) Website Design
You don’t need to learn programming to design a website.
You can choose to specialize in the dozens of drag and drop website editors like Unbounce and Wix. This shortens the learning curve of getting started.
# 7) Linkable Asset Writer
This is an in demand niche of freelance writing. Here you’re writing content that gets links and shares.
After All, this is what the client (well, smart clients) want.
Here’s an example…
Brian Dean, a well respected authority on linkable content, created a method called The Skyscraper Technique. The technique involves finding a piece of content that already has a lot of links and making it better. There’s dozens of other popular frameworks for writing content that get shared. Specialize in one of them and you can make yourself very valuable.
# 8) Social Media Marketing
Many business owners simply don’t have the time to make consistent updates to their social media profiles. More so, they’re struggling for ways to gain actual clients from social media.
A smart thing to do would be to specialize in a niche. For example, you can manage Facebook profiles for local dentists.
You can start by posting and updating accounts at first. However, you can increase how much you make by learning paid advertising.
A good resource here is Digital Marketer podcast.
# 9) Local Search Engine Optimization
Local search engine optimization is the process of helping local businesses get found online.
In my experience, having managed a few local campaigns in the past, there is a lot of low-hanging fruit. Meaning you can drive a lot revenue to a local business by implementing basic best practices. Therefore, you can charge a high hourly or project rate, knowing you’re delivering results.
# 10) Graphic Designer
The web is becoming a lot more visual as mobile becomes the primary method of browsing. Sites like Pinterest are taking off because of this fact. If you can design graphics, you can make good money. Bonus if you understand how to write engaging headlines.
# 11) Video Editing
Another online trend that isn’t slowing is the growth of video. Video editors with experience are in high demand.
# 12) Virtual Assistant
I first heard the term virtual assistant (VAs) in Tim Ferriss’ popular book The Four Hour Work Week. In the book, Tim discusses how to hire overseas virtual assistants for $5 to $15 an hour.
But now the trend isn’t to hire VAs for $5 an hour, it’s to find the highest quality one possible. So, think instead of doing repetitive work, you’re working for a successful business owner–as a remote executive assistant.
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# 13) Become a Marketing Automation Specialist
I’m in a mastermind group that’s been meeting for eight years. We all do some type of freelance marketing. We have had our ups and downs. Yet, as I write this, things are going well for all.
Connecting the dots, we found once we committed to specializing in a growing marketing platform, we had to start turning clients away.
One of the fastest growing segments is marketing automation, on platforms such as Ontraport and HubSpot. These platforms are growing fast and there are more like them (Aweber, Convert Kit, and MailChimp to name a few).
Taking a certification course to become a specialist can often land you in the $60 to $100 per hour range in just a few weeks.
Legit Online Jobs: Entrepreneurial
The goal of a freelancer is to get good clients, do great work, and increase their value overtime.
The goal of an entrepreneur is to build a repeatable system that provides value with or without the owner. As an entrepreneur no longer are you working on projects for a set rate or by the hour. Instead, your income correlates with the amount of value you can provide.
As an entrepreneur, if others are willing to pay, there are no limits to what you can and can’t do. But to narrow down your choices of where to start, here are ten ideas.
# 14) eBook Writer
There are many both fiction and nonfiction writers making over $40,000 selling eBooks.
# 15) Etsy Store Owner
Enjoy making arts and crafts? You can sell them on Etsy.
# 16) eCommerce Store
This is actually something I’m doing. I bought a product from China, which is on its way over right now. Once here, my business partner and I will be sending it off to Amazon’s fulfillment center.
A great resource is The Amazing Seller podcast.
# 17) Sell A Course
If you have expertise others find valuable, you can create a course online and sell it. This used to be very hard, as you had to build your audience from scratch.
# 18) Home Health Agency
Another trend that’s not slowing is the need for qualified home health care.
# 19) Virtual Recruiter
If you love to network, this is a great low-cost business to start. What you’re doing here is finding talent for employers. Paydays can be quite large, as some placement firms charge upwards of 25% or more of the employee’s annual salary.
# 20) Retail Arbitrage
This consists of buying low and selling high. Your inventory can be anything from cars to computer, to something off the shelf at Walgreens.
# 21) Event & Wedding Planning
Affluent families and businesses are always looking for event planners. No office necessary.
# 22) Interior Designer, Professional Organizer, and Home Stager
All similar jobs and all can be well paying with the right mix of marketing, skills, and being in an affluent area.
# 23) Affiliate Marketer
Become an affiliate of a product or service. Here you’re essentially a 100% commissioned sales person. While it helps to have a blog, you can make good money as an affiliate from social media.
Legit Online Jobs: Growing Industries Hiring Online
Below are examples of legit online jobs in specific industries which are moving towards remote workers.
These realistic online jobs can be a mix of working for a larger company or freelancing. Nonetheless, there are many legit online jobs within these industries.
# 24) Insurance Agent
Being in this field myself, I have seen a lot of growth from individuals starting their own insurance agencies from home. Startup costs are very low, hours are flexible, and commissions can be quite high.
# 25) Travel Agent
Travel agents are still in demand. It just depends on getting in the right niche.
# 26) Executive Assistant
Become an admin for a successful business owner or high level executive.
# 27) Voice Actor
Voice acting is the art of reading a script and using your voice to bring that script to life. Quality voice actors are in high demand in the marketing field, as video marketing has grown.
# 28) Technical Writers
For those who like to dive deep into learning, a technical writer can be a great career choice. As a technical writer, you’re responsible for writing user guides and other documentation.
# 29) Property Managers
Don’t mind dealing with tenants, collecting rent, and maintaining buildings? You can become a part-time property manager. Real estate investors are always looking to hand off these sometimes messy tasks.
# 30) Sales
If you can sell, it doesn’t matter where you work out of. Just about every industry could use quality sales people.
# 31) Financial Planner
As with an insurance agent, there is a trend in financial planning to work out of a home office. There are also many companies looking to hire experienced financial planners remotely.
# 32) Nursing
Many health insurers are pushing their clients to contact their nurse networks, at no cost, before going to the doctor. This helps the insurer and potentially the insured lower costs. This has made nursing a quite in demand field for those who enjoy working from home.
# 33) Mortgage Broker
Here you’re helping homeowners find the right loan product to buy a home or refinance. You can get a license in a short-time. This is both a startup opportunity and a field looking to hire both sales and service jobs remotely.