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, I’ve included a number of valuable tips and resources that will help you land and succeed in your ideal online job.
Top Online Jobs for 2019
These top online jobs have the ideal mix of high demand, a low supply of talented individuals, and the ability to start earning fast.
#1) — Proofreading
- Quick summary: Earn money by proofreading books, academic papers, website content, audio transcripts and more
- Average pay: $17.50 per hour
If you’re the type of person that spots every typo and grammar mistake in the articles you read, consider a career in proofreading. Proofreading is a great example of a job that needs no certification, and you can use your set of eagle eyes to make solid money.
With the explosion of web content that has occurred in recent years, it’s a job that’s in super-high demand. That means you can land your first client today, if you’re ready to start.
Caitlin Pyle, who earns over $40k per 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 about a topic you care about
- Average pay: $0 to $10k+ per month
The Ways To Wealth is my second blog. I started my first blog in 2009 and sold it two years later.
I launched this blog in August 2016. Just over a year later, it was generating enough revenue that I felt comfortable leaving my well-paying job as a CPA — a job I’d had for over 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 per month, you have a $40,000 asset.
As for how to make money blogging, there are a number of ways. These include:
- Advertising — earn money by placing ads on your website
- Affiliate marketing — make money promoting other businesses
- Products and services – sell your own products and services to others
- Sponsored content – get paid for partnering with brands
The downside to blogging is that it can take time to get up and running. As such, if you need money today, you might want to consider a different online job instead.
If you’re interested in blogging, here are three must-read articles to check out:
- 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 seven-day email course: How To Make Your First $1k Blogging.
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#3) — Bookkeeping
- Quick summary: Record and continuously update financial transactions for small businesses
- Average pay: $17.50 to $40+ per hour
At the top of most business owners’ list of “Least Favorite Work Activities” is bookkeeping. Of course, it’s a critical task for ensuring a business runs smoothly and survives into the future.
If you’re someone who loves to work with numbers, you can earn very good money in the field. There are also a lot of opportunities to charge higher hourly wages the more you specialize.
And 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) — Photographer
- Quick summary: Supply stock photos that will be purchased and used by businesses
- Average pay: 20 to 50 cents per image sold
One of the fasting-growing online marketplaces 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 websites, client presentations, and more. If you love being behind a camera — even the one your smartphone — you can get paid for uploading quality photos to stock photo sites.
You’ll earn anywhere between 20 and 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 only 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 free daily classes on photography, art, design, and more.
Their live classes are 100 percent free to attend. If you want to re-watch the video recordings later, unlimited access is available for a very reasonable fee. (For example, 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 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 an online job provides.
Finding a decent employer is no easy task, though. A quick search on Craigslist pulls up dozens of spammy-looking “opportunities.”
Fortunately, the number of companies who hire remote workers is growing. And yes, many of them offer things like stable salaries, benefits, and opportunities for promotion and advancement.
The smartest way to find a legit online job is through FlexJobs.
FlexJobs screens each job listing — more than 30,000 of them — to ensure that each company is legitimate.
Here’s the catch: FlexJobs is a paid membership site. To see the full details of a particular job listing, you have to sign up for their $14.95 monthly membership.
But the quality of the listings is absolutely worth the small fee. Also, you can see what jobs are available without paying, so feel free to browse the listing titles first to see if they have anything that strikes your fancy.
And there’s no contract, which means you can cancel at any time.
Best Legit Part-Time Online Jobs (With no Fees or Start-Up Costs)
What makes for a great part-time online job?
Flexibility, fulfilling work, and the chance to earn as much by working part-time as others do from working 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 per 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 who are looking to be tutored in a range of subjects.
Why was VIPKid rated #1, even ahead of popular and well-known sites like Chegg and Club Z?
- The average wage, according to Glassdoor, is $18 per hour
- The lesson plans and course materials are provided
- You can work when you want, where you want, with no need to worry about marketing your services
- All that’s required is a bachelor’s degree and some teaching experience (which could be prior tutoring experience, teaching at your church, etc. — it doesn’t have to be formal classroom experience).
#7) — Virtual assistant
- Quick summary: Work as a remote executive assistant doing a range of tasks
- Average pay: $18 to $35 per hour, according to Upwork
I first heard the term virtual assistant (VA) 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 per hour.
But now the trend isn’t to hire a VA for $5 an hour — it’s to find the highest-quality VA possible… someone who will really add value to your business. And because of that, people are willing to pay significantly higher wages to the right person.
So, instead of just doing boring, repetitive tasks, you’ll be working for a successful business owner as a remote executive assistant.
Common tasks carried out by VAs 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 as a VA 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 tasks for small business owners
- Average pay: $20 to $100+ per hour
Many business owners don’t have the time to make consistent updates to their social media profiles, or to respond promptly to customer requests made via social media. That’s why so many businesses today are looking to hire social media managers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a 10 percent job growth rate 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 how to effectively deploy paid advertising, such as Facebook ads. Businesses need new customer leads, and you can earn premium wages if you know how to use things like microtargeting to deliver ads to just the right audience.
If you’re interested in making money as a social media manager, check out social media expert Andrea Vahl’s Free Social Media Consultant Starter Kit.
#9) — Freelance writing
- Quick summary: Write blog posts, articles, advertisements, and more for clients
- Average pay: $15 to $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 than ever. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the demand for writers is expected to grow by 6 percent from 2010 to 2020.
Finding legit online jobs for writers can be difficult. That’s especially true if you’re competing for jobs the way most people do — against dozens of other writers who are all vying 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 to $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. That means you can drive a lot of revenue to a business just by implementing a basic set of SEO “best practices.” Therefore, you can charge a high hourly or project rate, knowing you’ll deliver results.
When it comes to SEO, I’ve invested a lot into my own education. One resource I found valuable and very affordable is Mike Pearson’s Stupid Simple SEO Course. The course only opens a few times each year, but adding you name to the waitlist scores you access to Mike’s excellent 5-day SEO Bootcamp.
#11) — Graphic designer
- Quick summary: Design visually-stimulating graphics
- Average pay: $25 to $40 per hour for beginners
For the artists out there, becoming a graphic designer is a great way to monetize your hobby. The web is becoming more and more visual — especially as mobile devices become the primary method of browsing.
The highest-paid graphic designers combine multiple skills into their designs. Knowledge in branding, sales, and direct response marketing allows many graphic designers to charge over $100 per hour.
Check out Creative Live’s upcoming calendar for a list of free graphic design classes to attend.
#12) — Video editing
- Quick summary: Create engaging videos for social media, YouTube, and websites
- Average pay: $25 to $35 per hour for beginners
Another online trend that’s picking up more steam year-by-year is video editing. Video editors with experience are in high demand in 2019. And there’s potential to earn over $50 per hour the more you specialize.
Check out Creative Live’s upcoming calendar for a list of free video editing classes to attend.
#13) — Marketing automation specialist
- Quick summary: Design and implement automated 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’ve each had our ups and downs. Yet, as I write this, things are going well for everyone.
Connecting the dots, we realized that once we committed to specializing in a growing marketing platform, we had to actually start turning clients away.
One of the fastest-growing segments is marketing automation, on platforms such as Ontraport and HubSpot. These platforms are experiencing explosive growth, and more are emerging all the time. Some other examples are Aweber, Convert Kit, and MailChimp.
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 to $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 reporter’s job is transcribing what’s said in the courtroom into written form, using a special system of shorthand so that they can keep up with the proceedings. Court reporters then hire scopists to edit their transcripts.
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, no certification is required, there are very minimal 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 called Scoping: College Level-Income Without College-Level Costs.
#15) — Medical transcription
- Quick summary: Edit medical transcriptions for local healthcare providers
- Average pay: $10 to $25 per hour (certification is typically required)
There are dozens of data entry jobs online. Sites like Clickworker or Amazon’s Mechanical Turk provide typists with a lot of work opportunities. 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 by focusing on 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 making money as a transcriptionist right away? The most popular sites are:
- Rev — make 36 to 65 cents per minute of audio transcribed
- Go Transcript — earn up to 60 cents per minute of audio transcribed
- Scribie — pay starts at $5 to $25 per hour of audio transcribed
- DionData Solutions – hires only U.S.-based workers
#16) — Voiceover artist
- Quick summary: Provide vocal recordings to be used in audiobooks, videos, films and more
- Average pay: $20 per hour
Voice acting is the art of reading a script and using your voice to bring that script to life. Quality voice actors are in especially high demand in the marketing field, as video marketing has exploded in popularity in recent years.
A good site to get started on is Fiverr. There, you can gain experience working as a voiceover artist (and ideally finding your niche).
#17) — Technical writers
- Quick summary: Synthesize complex, high-level information for a specific audience to understand
- Average pay: $20 per hour for beginners
For those who like to dive deep into learning new things — and aren’t afraid of tackling super-complicated topics — technical writing can be a great way to make extra money. As a technical writer, you’ll be 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, you are no longer 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 and help you figure out where to start, here are 10 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, and browsing thrift stores? If so, you can make money online by flipping items for profit.
Think of this side hustle as buying an asset and selling it for a higher price. Your inventory can be anything you find at a garage sale or on a clearance rack.
The goal — and the key to making retail arbitrage work — is having an information advantage. This means understanding the market for what you’re buying better than the person who is selling that item.
Remember, the concept of arbitrage is based on the principle that a particular good has a higher price in one place than it does in another. That might mean it sells for more in California than it does in New York. But it might also mean that it sells for more online than it does in a brick-and-mortar store. Winning at arbitrage means knowing how to figure out which items to buy and which ones to walk away from.
Robert and Melissa Stephenson of Flea Market Flipper have a Free 5-Day Email Course on making money by 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) — E-commerce store and/or Amazon FBA
- Quick summary: Create your own online store or use Fulfillment by Amazon to sell physical products online
Amazon FBA is a business idea getting a lot of attention lately. It’s actually something me and a friend have dabbled in (although without much success so far).
The idea is to buy products directly from a manufacturer or wholesaler, then sell them online on Amazon. The most popular option is to use Amazon FBA, which handles all the warehousing and shipping (the “fulfillment”) for you. In fact, you can even have the manufacturer or distributor ship the products directly to Amazon, so that you never have to physically touch the items.
But you don’t have to limit your selling to Amazon. You can also use FBA to ship products you sell on eBay or your own website. It’s much easier than packing and shipping everything yourself, and the shipping rates Amazon charges you are much lower than you’d pay to UPS or FedEx.
#21) — Create a course
- Quick summary: Create an online education course
If you have expertise others may 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.
But two websites, Udemy and Skillshare, now provide access to an audience of people who are eager to learn about almost everything under the sun. There are all types of courses available, so it’s a great way to create a legit online job of your own.
#22) — Home health agency
- Quick summary: Manage a local team of home healthcare providers
Another trend that’s not slowing down is the need for qualified home healthcare.
#23) — Virtual recruiter
- Quick summary: Find talented employees 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. Payouts can be quite large, as some placement firms charge upwards of 25 percent (or more) of the employee’s annual salary.
#24) — Event and wedding planning
- Quick summary: Create a business coordinating events locally
Families and businesses are always looking for planners for events like weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries, graduations and more. The best part is that no office is necessary, so the startup costs are very low.
#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, the hours are flexible, and the commissions can be quite high.
#26) — Travel agent
- Quick summary: Book and coordinate travel for individuals or businesses
Believe it or not, travel agents are still in demand. It just depends on finding the right niche. This is an especially good business for you if you have personal or professional travel experience, because you can provide your clients with insights they can’t get from a website.
# 27) Affiliate marketing
- Quick summary: Make money promoting the products and services of other companies.
A job similar to blogging is affiliate marketing, which gives you the opportunity to earn money by promoting other businesses’ products and services.
While it can help to have a blog, many full-time affiliate marketers don’t. Instead, they use channels like YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.
A fun example of an affiliate marketing business is the now-famous YouTube channel “Ryan ToysReview,” which features — as you might expect based on the name — a 7-year-old named Ryan unboxing and “reviewing” toys. Cute right?
So cute, in fact, that the channel generated over $22 million in revenue in 2018, according to Business Insider.
Of course, something like this is very rare. But it illustrates how much potential there is in this particular space.
Other benefits of affiliate marketing include:
- Little to no investment needed to get started
- No dealing with clients
- Ability to earn passive income
The biggest downside is that it takes time to build an audience who trusts what you recommend. So, like blogging, expect to put in a lot of time and effort at the beginning.
If you’re interested in learning more, check out the site Wealthy Affiliate.
Wealthy Affiliate offers a step-by-step approach to building an affiliate business online. The lessons were created for beginners who have no experience building websites or marketing online.
They offer a free seven-day starter membership, which includes a 10-lesson course. At the end of the program, you’ll actually have your first site live and ready for visitors. If you think it’s a good fit, then there’s a monthly fee to continue.
Legit Online Jobs: Growing Industries Hiring Online
Below are examples of legit online job opportunities in specific industries which are increasingly 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 FlexJobs’ listings for that category. FlexJobs is the internet’s largest database of work-at-home jobs. Click here to learn more about FlexJobs.
#28) — Healthcare
Popular online healthcare jobs include billing, coding, the handling of insurance claims, and general customer service work.
#29) — Sales and business development
Sales is one of the most in-demand and legitimate work-at-home jobs. If you produce results, you can get paid big money. Just about every industry needs quality salespeople.
#30) — Accounting and finance
A field open to both entry-level and experienced professionals, common roles in accounting and finance include bookkeeping, managing payables and receivables, collections, and analysis.
#31) — Communications
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 sectors of the economy, employing over 2.66 million people in the United States.
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 your own 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.
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