Want to work from home or anywhere in the world? One way is to start earning money on the side.
Another way? 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 legitimate 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) Proofreading
If you’re the type that has an irresistible urge to spot and correct typos–consider a career in proofreading.
Proofreading is a great example of a job that needs no certification. A job where if you wanted to, you can land your first client today. With the explosion of web content, it’s also a job that’s highly in demand.
Caitlin Pyle, the founder of Proofread Anywhere, who has earned over $40K a year proofreading part-time, has a free introductory workshop: Learn the Skills YOU Need to Start Your Freelance Proofreading Hustle
# 2) Start a Blog
Search “blog income report” to find bloggers earning good money. 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 sells for around 30X its 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.
This blog launched in late 2016. In October of 2017, it generated enough revenue to leave a job I’d been at for 10+ years.
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# 3) Bookkeeping
On top of many business owners least favorite activity list is bookkeeping. Yet, the task is very important.
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.
Just like proofreading, bookkeeping doesn’t require a certification.
A great resource for getting started is Ben Robinson’s Free Video Training: How to Start Your Own Bookkeeping Business & Earn $80+/hr in 10 Weeks Without Going Into Debt
# 4) Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is making money by promoting the products and services of another company. There are many affiliate marketers who earn well over $40,000 a year.
It certainly helps to have a blog. However, many affiliates have created a legitimate online job for themselves using social media sites like YouTube and Facebook.
One of my favorite stories was this recent article I caught on Washington Post, “6-year-old made $11 million in one year reviewing toys on YouTube“.
If you want to get started in affiliate marketing, I recommend the course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner who teaches the course earns well over $50,000 a month through affiliate marketing.
What I like about Michelle is that she does it in a very ethical way, creating value for thousands of people per month.
I owe a lot of credit to this blog’s success, as I purchased the course in late 2016.
# 5) Find A Work From Home Job
It’s not always necessary to start a new career. The best path to a legitimate online job for you may be working for a remote company.
This is especially true for those who enjoy what they do.
Finding a decent employer though is no easy task.
A quick search on Craigslist’s job boards and I find dozens of spammy looking opportunities (see below).
Fortunately, the number of companies who hire remote workers is growing. And yes they offer things like salary, benefits, opportunities to grow, etc…
One smart way to find legit online jobs I recommend readers is through FlexJobs. FlexJobs screens each job listing — more than 30,000 of them — to be sure each company is legitimate.
Here’s the catch: FlexJobs is a paid membership site. To get full details of a job listing, you must sign up for their $14.95 monthly membership.
The quality of the listings is indeed worth the small price. Also, without paying you can see what jobs are available. There’s also no contract so you can cancel at any time.
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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 get a legit online job. Here are ten ideas for getting started in freelancing that can generate over $40,000 a year.
# 6) 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.
Not sure what skills to offer? Get the FREE PDF of Gina Horkey’s list of 150 Services You Can Offer
# 7) Freelance Writing
Freelance writing is one of the more lucrative side hustles I’ve tried. 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 by 6% from 2010 to 2020.
Finding legit online jobs for writers 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.
Need ideas of high-paying niches? Check out this list of 200+ high-paying freelance writing niches.
# 8) Online Tutor
If you have teaching experience, you’ll want to check out VIPKID. With VIPKID you can make good money teaching English online.
You’ll get some pretty nice benefits, such as:
- The lesson plans and course materials are ALL provided for you
- Earn up to $21 an hour
- Work when you want, where you want, and no need to worry about marketing your services as students are waiting for you
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# 9) 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 with 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.
# 10) 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 of 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.
# 11) Graphic Designer
For the artist out there, becoming a graphic designer is a great way to monetize your hobby.
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.
As many If you can design graphics, you can make good money. Bonus if you understand how to write engaging headlines.
# 12) Video Editing
Another online trend that isn’t slowing is the growth of video. Video editors with experience are in high demand.
# 13) Become a Marketing Automation Specialist
I’m in a mastermind group that’s been meeting since 2009. 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 over time.
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) Flipping
Do you love going to flea markets, garage sales, or browsing thrift stores? If so, you can make money flipping items you find for profit.
Think of this side hustle as buying an asset and selling it for a higher price. Your inventory can be anything you may find at a garage sale.
The goal is to have a superior information advantage. This means understanding the market of what you’re buying, better than the person selling the item.
Robert and Melissa Stephenson of Flea Market Flipper have a Free 5-Day Email Course on making money flipping items. They made over $130,000 last year, so their course is definitely worth checking out to see if flipping is right for you.
# 15) Etsy Store Owner
When it comes to legit work from home jobs for moms, Etsy tops the list.
With Etsy, you can sell your own homemade arts and crafts. While the platform isn’t exclusively for females, the site caters mostly towards women.
# 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 a 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.
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.
# 23) 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.
# 24) Travel Agent
Travel agents are still in demand. It just depends on getting in the right niche.
# 25) Executive Assistant
Become an admin for a successful business owner or high level executive.
# 26) 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.
# 27) 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.
# 28) 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.
# 29) Sales
Selling is one of the most in demand, legitimate work at home jobs. If you produce results, you can get paid. Just about every industry could use quality salespeople.
# 30) 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.
# 31) 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 legit online job for those with credentials.
# 32) 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.
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