Working remotely doesn’t have to mean taking a pay cut. In 2019, there are more legit online jobs than ever. All it takes is being aware of the possibilities.
Below are 33 legitimate online jobs where you can earn over $40,000 a year. Plus, tips and resources for landing your ideal online job.
Top Online Jobs for 2019
These top online jobs have the ideal mix of high-demand, low supply of talented individuals, and the ability to start earning fast.
# 1) Proofreading
- Quick Summary: Earn money proofreading books, documents, audio transcripts and more
- Average Pay: $17.50 per hour
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, who 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
- Quick Summary: Create a website that provides valuable information for others
- Average Pay: $0 – $10K+ per month
The Ways To Wealth is my second blog. My first I started in 2009 and sold two years later.
This blog launched in August of 2016. In October of 2017, it generated enough revenue to leave a job I’d been at for 10+ years.
What’s great about a blog is that 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.
As for how to make money blogging, there are a number of ways. Including:
- Advertising – Earn money by placing advertisements on your website
- Affiliate marketing – Make money promoting other business’s products and services
- Products & Services – Sell your own products and services to others
- Sponsored content – Get paid for partnering with brands
The downside to blogging is it can take time to get up and running. As such, if you need money today, you may want to consider another online job listed.
If you’re interested in blogging, three must-read articles to check out are:
- The Best Blog Niche Ideas for Making Money in 2019
- How to Choose the Perfect Domain Name for Your Personal or Lifestyle Blog
- The Insanely Simple Guide to Starting a Successful Money Making Blog in 2019
Want to learn more before getting started? I have a free 7-day email course: How To Make Your First $1K Blogging.
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# 3) Bookkeeping
- Quick Summary: Record and continuously update the financial transactions for small businesses
- Average Pay:$17.50 – $40+ per hour
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 either.
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 – Online Photographer
- Quick Summary: Supply photographs to stock photo sites to be used for commercial purposes
- Average Pay: .20 – .50 cents per image sold
One of the fasting growing marketplaces online is stock photography. According to Technavio, the business of selling stock photos will exceed $4 billion by 2020.
Businesses need quality stock photos for their website, client presentations, and more. And if you love being behind a camera, even your smartphone, you can get paid for uploading quality photos to stock photo sites.
You’ll earn anywhere between .20 to .50 cents per image sold. So, the goal is to have dozens of photos for sale, each generating commissions for you daily. This makes selling stock photography a great source of passive income because you can get paid over and over again for work you did once.
The best way to learn the business of stock photography and enhance your skills as a photographer is through Creative Live.
Founded by world-renowned photographer Chase Jarvis, Creative Live offers daily free classes on photography, art, design, and more.
Their live classes are 100% free to attend. If you want the recordings, you then pay a very reasonable fee (Their stock photography course is only $29).
Click here to sign up for Creative Live’s Newsletter to get access to the free classes.
- Quick Summary: A job search site that lists only legitimate work from home opportunities for both entry-level and experienced workers
- Average Pay: Depends on experience
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 now but want the flexibility and freedom and online job provides.
Finding a decent employer though is no easy task. A quick search on Craigslist’s and you’ll find dozens of spammy looking opportunities.
Fortunately, the number of companies who hire remote workers is growing. And yes they offer things like salary, benefits, and the opportunity to advance.
The smartest way to find a legit online job 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.
Best Legit Part-Time Online Jobs (With No Fees of Investment Needed)
What makes for a great part-time online job?
Flexibility, fulfilling work, and the chance to earn as much part-time as others do full-time.
Here are the top part-time online jobs that meet these criteria.
# 6) Online Tutor
- Quick Summary: Tutor children worldwide in English or other subjects
- Average Pay: $18 an hour
One high-growth business industry right now is online education. And one of the fastest-growing niches within online education is online tutoring.
There are now multiple websites, that connect you with students all over the world looking to be tutored in a range of subjects.
- The average wage according to Glassdoor was $18 an hour
- The lesson plans and course materials are ALL provided for you
- Work when you want, where you want, and no need to worry about marketing your services as students are waiting for you
- All that is required is a bachelor’s degree and teaching experience (which could be prior tutoring experience, teaching at your church, etc… not necessarily formal classroom experience)
# 7) Virtual Assistant
- Quick Summary: Work as a remote executive assistant doing a range of tasks
- Average Pay: $18-$35 according to Upwork
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 VA possible.
So, instead of doing repetitive work, you’re working for a successful business owner as a remote executive assistant.
Common services offered by a VA include:
- Answering email
- Booking travel
- Managing social media
- Scheduling appointments
- And more, depending on the field
Some VAs take on multiple clients, allowing them to earn over six-figures a year from home.
The secret to earning a high-income is offering the right services. That’s why I recommend downloading Gina Horkey’s list of 150 Services You Can Offer
Gina’s a six-figure VA herself, with loads of knowledge about the best services to offer for beginning VAs.
# 8) Social Media Marketing
- Quick Summary: Handle all social media related tasks for small business owners
- Average Pay: $20 – $100+ per hour
Many business owners don’t have the time to make consistent updates to their social media profiles or respond instantly to customer requests made via social media. This is why more businesses today are looking to hire social media managers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a 10% job growth is expected for social media marketing managers between 2016 and 2026.
As long as you have the ability to post, curate, and manage content on social media channels–you can start taking on clients today.
But the big money is in learning paid advertising, such as Facebook Ads.
If you’re interested in making money as a social media manager, check out social media expert Andrea Vahl’s free: Free Social Media Consultant Starter Kit.
# 9) Freelance Writing
- Quick Summary: Write blog posts, articles, advertisements, and more for clients
- Average Pay: $15 – 40 per hour for beginners
Freelance writing is one of the more lucrative side hustles I’ve tried. I started small but in a year I was earning over $100 an hour.
Freelance writing is a skill that’s becoming more in demand. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the demand for writing jobs is expected to grow by 6% from 2010 to 2020.
Finding legit online jobs for writers can be difficult. Especially if you compete for jobs 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.
# 10) Search Engine Optimization
- Quick Summary: Help small business owners get found online
- Average Pay: $25 – 40 per hour for beginners
Search engine optimization is the process of helping businesses get found online.
In my experience, having managed local SEO campaigns in the past, there is a lot of low-hanging fruit. Meaning you can drive a lot of revenue to a business by implementing basic best practices. Therefore, charge a high hourly or project rate, knowing you’re delivering results.
When it comes to SEO, I’ve invested a lot in my own education. One resource I found valuable and very affordable, was Mike Pearson’s Stupid Simple SEO Course. The course only opens a few times a year but for signing up for the waitlist you get Mike’s excellent 5-day SEO Bootcamp.
# 11) Graphic Designer
- Quick Summary: Design visually stimulating graphics
- Average Pay: $25 – 40 per hour for beginners
For the artist out there, becoming a graphic designer is a great way to monetize your hobby. The web is becoming more visual as mobile becomes the primary method of browsing.
The highest-paid graphic designers combine multiple skills into their designs. Knowledge in branding, sales, and direct response marketing allow many graphic designers to charge over $100.
Check out Creative Live’s upcoming calendar, for free graphic designs classes to attend.
# 12) Video Editing
- Quick Summary: Structure videos to create new work
- Average Pay: $25 – 35 per hour for beginners
Another online trend that isn’t slowing is the growth of video. Video editors with experience are in high demand in 2019. And there is potential to earn over $50+ the more you specialize.
Check out Creative Live’s upcoming calendar, for free video editing classes to attend.
# 13) Marketing Automation Specialist
- Quick Summary: Design and implement marketing systems
- Average Pay: $40+ per hour for beginners
I’m in a mastermind group that’s been meeting since 2009. We all do some type of marketing work as independent contractors for a range of businesses. 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 fast.
# 14) Scoping
- Quick Summary: Edit transcripts for court reporters
- Average Pay: $20 – $30 per hour
There’s a little-known work-from-home job that’s been around for 30+ years. It’s called scoping.
A court reporters job is transcribing what’s said in the courtroom into written form. Court reporters then hire scopists to edit their transcripts, as they’re typing in real-time.
Court reporters make money per page, not per hour. That’s why outsourcing the editing allows them to increase their earning potential.
Similar to proofreading and bookkeeping, there are no certifications needed, very little start-up costs, and the earning potential is high.
If you’re interested, Linda Evenson, who has been a work-at-home scopist for 35-years has a free course: Scoping: College Level-Income Without College-Level Costs.
#15) Medical Transcription
- Quick Summary: Edit medical transcriptions for local health care providers
- Average Pay: $10-$25 an hour (certification typically required)
There are dozens of data entry jobs online. Sites like Clickworker or Amazon’s Mechanical Turk provide typist a lot of work. However, in order to make over $40,000 per year in data entry, you’ll need to specialize.
And beyond Scoping, one of the best ways to specialize in data entry is medical transcription.
If you’re interested in making money as a transcriptionist, check out Janet Shaughnessy’s blog and free 7-lesson mini-course,
Janet began working from home as a medical transcriptionist in 2007 and now has her own transcription company. Enroll in her FREE 7-lesson mini-course to learn more about transcription, the demand for transcriptionists, the skills involved, and whether or not it’s a good fit for you.
Want to get started right away making money as a transcriptionist? The most popular sites online are:
- Rev – Make $0.36 – $0.65 per transcribed audio minute
- Go Transcript – Earn up to .60 per transcribed audio minute
- Scribie – Pay starts at $5 to $25 per audio hour transcribed
- DionData Solutions – Hires only U.S. workers
# 16) Voice Actor
- Quick Summary: Provide voiceovers to be used in audiobooks, videos, films and more
- Average Pay: $20
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.
A good site to get started on is Fiverr. Here you can gain experience working as a voice actor, ideally finding your niche.
# 17) Technical Writers
- Quick Summary: Synthesize high-level information for a specific audience to understand
- Average Pay: $20 for beginners
For those who like to dive deep into learning, a technical writer can be a great way to make extra money. As a technical writer, you’re responsible for writing user guides and other documentation.
Create Your Own Online Job (Entrepreneurship)
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.
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.
- See Also: 16 Hottest Small Scale Business Ideas
# 18) Retail Arbitrage
- Quick Summary: Buy low and sell high
Do you love going to flea markets, garage sales, or browsing thrift stores? If so, you can make money online 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.
# 19) Etsy Store Owner
- Quick Summary: Create and sell homemade crafts and digital products on the world’s largest creative marketplace
When it comes to legit work from home jobs for moms, Etsy is near the top.
With Etsy, you can sell your own homemade arts and crafts, both physical and digital.
# 20) eCommerce Store / Amazon FBA
- Quick Summary: Create your own online store or use Amazon FBA to sell physical products online
Amazon FBA is a business idea getting a lot of attention. It’s actually something a friend and I have dabbled into (yet, I can’t say with much success).
But the idea is to buy products directly from a manufacturer, then sell them online. The most popular option is to sell through Amazon FBA, which handles all the fulfillment for you.
# 21) Create A Course
- Quick Summary: Create an online education 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.
# 22) Home Health Agency
- Quick Summary: Manage a local team of home health care providers
Another trend that’s not slowing is the need for qualified home health care.
# 23) Virtual Recruiter
- Quick Summary: Find talented employee for businesses
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.
# 24) Event & Wedding Planning
- Quick Summary: Create a business coordinating events locally
Affluent families and businesses are always looking for event planners. No office necessary.
# 25) Insurance Agent
- Quick Summary: Sell property, casualty, or life insurance from a home office
Being in this field myself for over 10+ years, I have seen a lot of growth from individuals starting their own insurance agencies from home. Startup costs are low, hours are flexible, and commissions can be quite high.
# 26) Travel Agent
- Quick Summary: Book and coordinate travel for individuals or businesses
Travel agents are still in demand. It just depends on getting in the right niche.
# 27) Affiliate Marketing
- Quick Summary: Make money 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, “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. I owe a lot of credit to this blog’s success, as I purchased the course in late 2016.
Learn more about Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
Legit Online Jobs: Growing Industries Hiring Online
Below are examples of legit online job opportunities in specific industries which are moving towards remote workers. Here you’ll find jobs available for both entry-level workers and for those with experience in both U.S. and Canada.
(The resource links listed below, take you to FlexJob’s job listing for that category, the Internet largest database of work at home jobs. Click here to learn more about FlexJobs.
# 28) Healthcare
Popular healthcare jobs online include billing, coding, handling of insurance claims, and general customer service jobs.
# 29) Sales & Business Development
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 needs quality salespeople.
# 30) Accounting & Finance
A field open to both entry-level and experienced professionals. Common roles include bookkeeping, managing receivables, and payables, collections, and analysis.
# 31) Communication
Work with PR and marketing departments to deliver communications within and to prospects and customers of a company.
# 32) Insurance
The insurance field is one of the largest employers in the U.S. economy, employing over 2.66 million people in the U.S.
Entry level-jobs include call center roles, sales, and communications.
# 33) Legal
There is a wide range of jobs in the legal field. Opportunities for entry-level workers include administrative assistant and records assistant positions
Legit Online Jobs With No Upfront Investment
The Internet has made it much easier to make money from home. Whether your goal is to work full-time, part-time or run a business, there is no shortage of opportunities.
So, get started today. Take at least one action; sign up for a free resource, update your resume, or even send that resume in.