11 Best Online Jobs for Beginners: Legitimate Online Jobs

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Shanna Lindinger
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April 12, 2024

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In this blog post we cover the best online jobs for beginners. We look at freelancing, high-end blogging, dropshipping, freelance digital marketing, online coaching and consulting, audio and visual editing, programming and coding, freelance writing and editing, at-home medical work, design and other tech jobs.

The reality of it all is that the pandemic made a great many people rethink how they spend their time both at home and at work with many people now working remotely. This means they no longer have to commute to an office every day. This led and has continued to lead a surge in demand for remote workers. And while some companies offer flexible hours and telecommuting options, others are offering new types of work-from-home or work-from-anywhere positions.

The truth is working from home and remote work offer a whole bunch of benefits.

  • A typical employer can save around $11,000 per year for every employee who works remotely or from home half the time.
  • Added to this, employees save between $2,500 and $4,000 by working from home or remotely per year if done half the time. This benefit increases substantially if you're living in a less expensive area and can work from home or work remotely full time.

The way we currently live and all the data points towards that of convenience (think online shopping/ delivery services), more people will opt to stay home if given any choice in the matter.

The reality is that all it takes is an Internet connection, and you can order products from Amazon (and get two-hour delivery), order food or even your medications, stream Netflix, or whichever modern conveniences unimaginable only a few decades previous.

Why not Work From Home?

The day has arrived (even in South Africa, where I am from) when pretty much anyone can work from home (or any virtual setting) with a computer, webcam, and a video conferencing tool.

That's why I decided to compile this article on the best work-from-home jobs, so you can make money online, and not even have to leave home to do it.

The frustrating point, even when I was looking for work-from-home jobs or remote work opportunities was the number of articles listing work-from-home jobs on the same low-paying strategies like:

  • Home Data Entry
  • Online Surveys
  • Coupon Clipping
  • Call Center Work
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Home Customer Care

Most of the articles I (still) come across even feature babysitting as a plan. 

Not to be that person, but what year are we in? 1992?

It’s 30+ years later, and we're still on that bandwagon? Why?

Good news. I've covered close to all the minimum wage, entry-level, work-at-home jobs to find real high-paying online jobs and business ideas that'll get you somewhere in this century.

Without further ado, let’s get stuck in.


What Are the Best Work From Home Jobs?

With most jobs, like a few I did, we trade our time for money. Let's try not to do too much of that, shall we? So the best work-from-home jobs or remote work opportunities help you make the most money in the least amount of time.Here are the top 11 genuine work-from-home jobs to start earning real money from home.

1. Work Remotely as a Premium Freelancer

If you're looking to get a started working from home, a remote job as a freelancer is a great first option.

This is where you get to experience working straight from your home, choosing your clients, and an up in productivity, and no more sitting in high blood pressure inducing traffic. The beginnings of work-life balance. If you're able to leverage your knowledge, these are just some of the perks of becoming a premium freelancer.

So now what?

I would suggest the first step would be to sign up for FlexJobs to find premium, flexible remote jobs that you can do anywhere in the world. 

Freelance revenue is exploding. This infographic by Upwork shows that 57 million people freelance, totaling nearly $1 trillion per year:

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Furthermore, getting a job as a freelancer is no more difficult than getting a regular job. Many times and again wonder how they can land a well-paid gig. This means that prospective freelancers sometimes look for work-from-home freelancing jobs for months with no results.

The issue here is that most freelancing websites get scores of applications, and hiring positions are finite.
Therefore, to start on the right foot, you have to get creative with your approach. Sending out proposals and then hanging on, waiting for someone to get in touch with you won’t get you anywhere.

Here are some of the tried and tested ways that will help you get your first freelancing gig in a flash:

1. Create a Portfolio.

The first step to take is to create a portfolio. It's without saying that you'd need to exhibit your skills to get some viable freelancing gigs.

Your portfolio should be able to:

  • Showcase your expertise
  • Showcase your experience in your particular niche
  • Show off your personality

2. Write

One really important tip I can give you is to write, write, write, (oh, and write)! It's the advice Dan Koe stands behind.
It doesn’t matter if you are a coder, a graphic designer, or a Witcher for that matter.
The fact is that writing is your best bet to get your name out there.
Not a good writer? Suck it up and still just write.
Once you start building this space, writing about your niche, potential clients will come knocking on your door to give you jobs, versus the other way round.
I have accomplished a fair bit with my writing, and trust it to be a solid one, but to this point, I am a better editor. And this is important because even if you’re a digital creator or blogger outsourcing your content writing, you still need to be a great editor nonetheless.
Whether it's writing blog posts, newsletters, or even an email to clients — it all begins with the written word.
So start with writing, and you will see an abundance of incoming clients coming your way in no time.

3. Find Work-From-Home Freelance Jobs

If you are reading this blog, you may be at the beginning point, and considering the option of working remotely. The fact is that many companies like Zapier offer remote work opportunities, even globally. This means you literally can work from anywhere and be from anywhere in the world.

You can also quite easily find jobs on several freelance sites, while you build your credibility in the job market.

Lastly, if you want to start making money online, especially within the tech-based category, remote freelancing with Toptal is a great choice.

First, Toptal screens both applicants and employers for you so that your employer have the best match possible.

Though the screening process is time-consuming and challenging, once you're in they do all the heavy lifting for you, and you can start making money from the get-go.

Start your freelancing journey today with Toptal and start making money.


2. Start a High-End Blog

It seems that blogging (now more frequently called, content creating) is a thing these days — from your foodie co-worker to long-lost contacts and even Grandpa John.

Let me be clear here: if you are going to treat blogging as a means of expressing your passions and hoping you'll make money, you'll likely end up disappointed. Trust me, I've been there.

Because once you see that you’re not getting those sought-after results, you are very likely to quit — like I did and like at least 59.3% of other bloggers.

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That said, if you are serious about learning how to start a blog to make some real money, then do keep reading.

The first step is to first get a paid domain name and WordPress hosting. I recommend either Bluehost (which I initially signed up with), Google Domains, GreenGeeks, or Siteground. 

1. Build a Personal Brand

Listen, if you’re not a prolific writer yet, don’t stress. You don't have to become the next Hemingway or Tolstoy to build a brand presence online.

See, blogging is not penning an editorial to The Washington Post.

Blogging is more conversational, meaning, you write like you talk — because when blogging, the main principle is to influence your readers to act.

Besides, you cannot influence others behind the screen of intellectualism.

See, an unspoken part of being a blogger is sharing your story and being open.

By being real and vulnerable in your content, you can break through the chatter. This will really connect with your followers, and build your influence in a real way.
Though it's been said many times that influencer impact is declining, the influencer is still highly effective in terms of influence.

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The following are the main steps that are turning my own blog into an effective brand platform:

2. Pick a Profitable Niche

"Write about what your heart says, follow your dreams and money will follow.”

I now reject this favored notion.

See, I’m passionate about all kinds of topics. I love Sustainability, running, traveling to lesser-known places, design, Marvel, lol. But if I had to write about any of these topics round the clock without seeing any readers or income, I’d quit 100% of the time. And have. 

So it is needless to say that I now find this type of advice inaccurate and also futile.

Whether you’re a designer, graffiti artist, aspiring life coach – fill in the blank – acknowledgment and relationships is what we’re after. Realistically focusing only on your passions and no business plan is no way to begin any project which you intend to build a following and generate an income out of. So my advice is don't direct your attention to just your passions and hobbies. Rather start with a business mindset instead.

Picking your niche

This means picking your niche based on market factors. 

When it relates to blogging, start by selecting a niche that you’re familiar with. Pick a niche that has sufficient market demand and search volume on Google.

As an example, if you're trying to tap into the personal finance industry, don’t only base your blog on “Personal Finance.” It’s way too broad.

Instead begin a little narrower, like budgeting, saving, credit cards, or any number of other sub-niches.

Establish yourself as the #1 expert in a single small niche with a readership that you cater entirely to. After this, you can expand out and work toward other niches in the same vertical.

Fundamentally, your niche needs what is called ARP – audience revenue potential. 

Ask how much money is your target audience willing to spend with you.

When you're selling something, it will always benefit you to go after a high-quality B2B audience. That is one that can drop $5k on the spot, relative to an audience with not as much money. As an example, it’s harder to sell to a struggling university student with $20 or less for pizza and beer.

Ultimately, money and recognition propel human passion more than tormented writing ever did.

3. Focus on High-End Consulting

When you've positioned yourself as an influencer in your particular industry, the first move toward monetization is selling high-end consulting services.

The beautiful thing with high-end B2B consulting is you don’t need much traffic to make a great deal of money.

The Formula

It’s a rather simple formula when you’re just starting which is referenced in marketing and easily applied to blogging:

  • A blog at rest can stay at rest unless acted upon by an “unbalanced” force. The force is knowledge of SEO.
  • This law shows how links, traffic, and audience potential are interconnected, as indicated in the equation below:
  • Low Traffic * High Value = High Traffic * Low Value

It’s pretty straightforward. When you’re just starting out with your blog and not getting as much traffic, you naturally need to charge more and do more hands-on consulting work to make the identical sum of money from less traffic. For example, when you start your blog and you're getting 10x less traffic than you would in the future, you would need to charge 10x more to make the identical sum of money from your passive income streams.

Keep an eye out for an upcoming article on guest blogging strategies to grow your Domain Authority. Here we'll look at using your consulting profits to boost your blog’s growth with content and links.

In the end, my goal is to help you start making a lot of passive income in less time. That is 3-6 months, not 3-6 years.

Remember, you need to first position yourself as a high-end consultant. First focus on converting your site visitors to business clients and second, provide a first-rate customer service experience.

Moreover, it's important to remember you’re not just a blogger, but a business owner so think like one. If you're able, hire writers instead of writing everything yourself. Focus on sales at the start, and realize you can be successful rapidly - if you put in the work.

Summarizing

So to sum up: Start by focusing on consulting. Then use this revenue to fund your blog and boost your content creation. As your traffic increases, you can then move into passive income streams like affiliate marketing, digital products, and ultimately, your own online courses.

The first step to starting a top-rated blog is to sign up for a web hosting site like Bluehost.

You can get started with them for just $3.95/month (50% off) and start carving out your blogging dominion.


3. Dropshipping

What if I told you that you can get involved in selling products without worrying about inventory or fulfilling orders? Too good to be true? Maybe not. Welcome to dropshipping. An alternate form of e-commerce. And if implemented correctly, dropshipping is a very profitable e-commerce alternate.

Dropshipping works as follows:

  1. You (the retailer) launch an e-commerce store and advertise a particular or several manufacturer’s products.
  2. The customer completes an order on your website.
  3. You then forward the customer and order information to the manufacturer, they pick and pack, and ship the product.

Check out how the whole process works, compliments of Visual.ly:

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The process is pretty straightforward where all you need is a website to become an online retailer of tens, hundreds, and even thousands of potential products online.

There's a down side?

That said, like any business model, dropshipping has a few downsides:

  • Lower profit margins than if you were selling your own products. When it comes to dropshipping, your overheads are low — but so are your profit margins. A large portion of what you will earn is taken up by the supplier. 
  • High rates of competition. If you’re selling commodity products, expectedly many other dropshippers are doing the same. Accordingly, it’s pretty much a given that you'll experience high levels of competition.
  • Reduced control over branding. As you’re selling a manufacturer’s products, your brand image may experience negative fallout as customers link to the brand they see. One way to mitigate this is by having your manufacturer place your custom branded inserts with the product when shipping out.
  • Reduced control over customer service. As you’re not in charge of product quality, fulfillment, etc. you’re basically at the mercy of your supplier, and so bad reviews related to this are generally out of your control.

Downsides aside, overall, around 27% of online retailers transitioned to dropshipping as their primary method of fulfillment.

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Truth be told, competition within dropshipping is pretty high but there’s still potential ahead of you if you go in (like blogging) with a plan.

If you need help starting out with dropshipping, I can recommend getting expert advice from freelancers from a site like Fiverr. Fiverr’s dropshipping section includes top freelancers that can help you with anything from setting up and designing your online store to syncing your products and even marketing your business.

1. Getting started with dropshipping.

Here’s a quick guide to get you started with dropshipping:

  • Choose a niche market and research which products would be best suited to your specific audience.
  • Carry out competitor research on things like products and pricing to see what works.
  • Select an e-commerce platform and design your online store.
  • Take some time to find a reputable dropshipping supplier.
  • Sync your supplier product inventory with the likes of Inventory Source.
  • Launch your e-commerce website.
  • Start promoting your online store.

To get started, I recommend WocCommerce, Webflow, or Shopify for your e-commerce platform. They’re both super easy to use and integrate with a stack of great dropshipping tools.

To succeed as a dropshipper, as with any online business, you have to actively build a real brand behind your products. It is admittedly harder to do this when you’re selling someone else's products, but by focusing on starting with just 5-10 highly unique products, you stand the best chance at real success. You may well be the next Aesthentials success story!


4. Freelance Digital Marketing

Online digital marketing jobs are in massive demand with the industry facing a crisis — the digital skills gap. In our pre-COVID world, the gap was already there. With technology defining the way we live and work, this gap has only widened all the more.

According to a study, around 50% of modern businesses lack skilled workers, and with demand already having outstripped supply, many economies worldwide are now faced with a lack of digitally skilled workers and the inability to fill these needs.

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Online jobs are available in every industry. The good news in all of this is that bridging this digital skills gap is an ever-continuing cycle that opens the door if you're keen on upskilling. The advances in globalization and the constant progression within this field mean many companies will need to outsource their digital marketing functions. Most importantly, you don’t need a Bachelor’s Degree, college degree, (or even a high school diploma for that matter) when you’re freelancing.


It’s a win-win situation for everyone. As a result, companies are saving extra money and unnecessary headaches as they need not hire a skilled team for each department when they can outsource. And on the other hand, those willing to work from home are getting more remunerative opportunities.


If you feel that this is something that sparks your interest, here are a few tips on how to make it happen.

1. Work on a Specific Skill Set

Start with a particular niche within digital marketing.

SEO. Paid Social. Pay Per Click Advertising. Content Marketing. Analytics. Conversion Rate Optimization. Affiliate Marketing.

There is no shortage of choices.

You don't need to capitalize on a single digital marketing skill. The key is to identify the most profitable skill set you have and lead with that.

Here’re a few skills that every digital marketing professional should have under their belt:

1. Content Marketing & SEO

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The digital world runs on content. There's a reason why the line "content is key" is a thing. And the disciplines of content marketing and SEO work side by side.

Online businesses need people that can write great content, and get that content to rank on search engines.

This is a highly comprehensive skill set that includes several disciplines:

  • Writing skills
  • Keyword research.
  • Knowledge of commonly-used SEO tools.
  • Technical SEO.
  • Content calendars and project management.

2. Paid Digital Acquisition

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Jobs that pay well include paid social, search engine marketing (SEM), and affiliate marketing. Certainly, when it comes to social media marketing though, most people could use help with advertising on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and other upcoming channels. Subsequently, this is where you enter the arena and get to make a fair wage online by building Facebook ads, Instagram ads, Pinterest, or even Snapchat ads i.e. becoming a remote Social Media Manager.

3. Analytics

Understanding data metrics to make informed marketing decisions is a skill in ever-increasing demand.

Analytics experts and growth marketers analyze reports to understand user behavior.

Proficiency in Google Analytics is a great start. After that, you can move on to more advanced data visualization tools like Adobe Analytics, Tableau, and Infogram.

Apart from these, there are a ton of other digital marketing jobs in areas like content marketing, conservation rate optimization (CRO), marketing management, project management, etc.
The most crucial part of this entire equation follows now.

Where to Find the Most Lucrative WFH Jobs for Digital Marketing Specialists?

If you don’t have any official digital marketing experience yet, it’s a great idea to gain experience as a freelancer. Getting real hands-on experience and building up your resume is a brilliant way to get in front of the best opportunities.
And a great freelance site to get started on is one like Flexjobs.

In exchange for a small fee, you're able to gain access to thousands of marketing opportunities that are all vetted for you so you can start earning money faster.


More places to find digital marketing jobs include:

  • Angel.co – a site for startup jobs.
  • Remote.co - a resource for remote-only job opportunities.
  • LinkedIn – in your job search use keywords like “digital marketing," “content marketing," “SEO," etc.

5. Online Courses, Coaching, and Consulting

Let’s talk about another super cool online job – being an online coach. With the rise of eLearning and remote work, and with ever uncertain times ahead, it’s not too late to get into this field. If you enjoy working with people and helping them reach their goals, then this work-from-home (WHF) job would be a great fit for you.

So before you get stuck into things it is a good idea to first take some time to think about your niche areas of expertise and the experience you have in any particular industry.

There are several types of coaches, including but not limited to:

  • Life Coaching
  • Business Coaching
  • Career Coaching
  • Executive Coaching
  • Financial Coaching
  • Wellness Coaching
  • Spiritual Coaching

Like in the instance of blogging, focus areas within coaching can also be broken down further. For example, a wellness coach can focus on subtopics like fitness, meditation, or even sleeping disorders.

How do you start your own work-from-home job in coaching?

Here are a few tips to help get you started as an online coach.

1. Build Expertise in your Niche

This is a biggie. Once you’ve decided on the kind of coach you want to be, you need to start by building expertise in your niche. An example of this is this blog. Chasing Wilder, though not by name, reflects me and is an avenue for me to teach people about blogging, remote work, and following a path less traveled by. Before starting this blog, I'd started and failed at several, taught a myriad of people (offline) how to get started online, and worked location independently and remotely for around 8+ years total. This path allowed for a very natural starting point for my blog’s content, and a progression to utilizing my own professional leverage and experience to get started.

You can build a knowledge base in several ways:

  • Starting a website and writing blog posts about topics in your particular niche.
  • Guest blogging on other reputable sites in your niche.
  • Speaking at industry events or conferences.
  • Selling your own online course.

It’s highly unlikely that anyone would seek advice from someone who can’t be found online.

So start on the right foot by creating a blog around your online course topics. To gain authority and interest create blog posts that are mini-lessons/short teasers based on what is included in your online course.

2. Create and Sell online Courses

By using an online course platform, you can both create and sell online courses.

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Here are the steps to get started:

  • Choose an online course platform like LearnWorlds.
  • Plan and create an outline for your online course.
  • Optional: Create a sales page with a landing page builder like Leadpages and pre-sell your course to validate your idea.
  • Record your video lessons and create your assignments and tests.
  • Edit and upload the content of your online course.
  • Publish your online course and promote it to your audience.

Something to think about at this point is offering a discount and tiered pricing structure to help maximize your sales. Also, consider adding add-ons like bonus files, weekly coaching calls, or 1:1 coaching sessions to increase your course value proposition.

I recommend you try out LearnWorlds – my recommendation for the best online course platform. This tool will help you create, sell, and promote your online courses to your chosen audience. And with 360° support, 24/7, LearnWorlds has everything you need to succeed as a trainer and edupreneur.

If you're keen to try out LearnWorlds, you can secure a 1-month free trial to start selling online courses.


6. Professional Video and Audio Editor

If you’re an ace with video editing tools, one great business idea is to become a full-time remote video editor.

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One of the hugest benefits of being a video (or even audio) editor is the opportunities that are available in terms of remote work. See, unlike directors, lighting experts, or the camera crew, an editor can work from pretty much anywhere. And with the upsurge in video marketing and video as a format, demand is only going to go up.

Take a look at these video statistics:

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That’s an insane amount of video content, right?

And though it is rather challenging to break into video editing in traditional TV and film, you can still create a very lucrative work-from-home business targeting brands or people that need video content. Think droc to Gary Vaynerchuck

Here are a few options to earn money as a video/audio editor:

1. Sell stock photos and videos. If you're looking to earn some passive income on the side while you're still at your regular job, selling stock photos and videos is a really great idea. HD-quality shots of nature, people doing everyday things, cityscapes, etc. are all really popular.

A few popular stock libraries include:

2. Sell virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree Videos – The world is going virtual at a pace, so the ability to create quality VR videos can take you places. The most significant selling point with VR and 360-degree videos is that it allows you to explore every inch of the frame, offering you the capacity to really interact with a video, and this, my dear friend, will take you to the next level. Think of real-world applications, real estate listings, and other virtual tours.

7. Programming and Coding Jobs

It's evident that the tech industry is booming, and people who are currently in jobs on the verge of displacement are re-training themselves to become part of the growing technology sector. See, the future of work doesn't involve technology. The future of work is technology. And the question we all should be asking is not "When is that robot going to replace me?" but rather "How can I make myself a vital part of a tech-driven future?".  

One way you can equip yourself is to become proficient in coding and/or programming. In a post-COVID world, the demand for these skills has only been ramped up, with many small and medium-sized businesses actively looking for said coder or programmer. And many are hiring work-from-home freelancers to mitigate both costs and time. This is one of the reasons we see massive growth in the freelance industry.

Examples of Who is Looking to Hire Freelance Coders:

  • Entrepreneurs – startups looking to build a proof of concept and demonstrate their idea, many entrepreneurs hire freelance coders and programmers.
  • Small businesses – usually looking for temporary or even permanent coding or programming services. Freelance means no need for additional benefits like healthcare, job security, and so forth.
  • Individuals – believe it or not, individuals experiencing coding problems hire freelance coders and programmers to fix a problem or to look for helpful answers to a problem they may be experiencing.

Though all of these jobs seem small and temporary, the commonality they share is that they can all be done quickly, project-dependent of course, and can be done from the comfort of your home, or wherever in the world you find yourself really.

The major bonus related to freelance coding and programming jobs is that they're relatively easy to get and offer a high hourly rate. The reality is that there are stacks (see what I did there) of people looking for freelance coders or programmers on numerous freelance websites on the web, and the number of freelance programming and coding jobs, as far as I've been a witness to, still far outweigh other positions relative to volume.

But don’t just take my word for it now, see for yourself:

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Current and Emerging WFH Coding Jobs Include:

  • Software development
  • Web Developer
  • Mobile App Developer
  • Game Developer
  • Data Scientist
  • Machine Learning Engineer

How Do You Get Coding Jobs?

Selecting a coding-centric website and setting up job alerts is your best bet at improving your odds of getting good work from home coding or programming job.

Here your goal is to search in places that have high demand and where employers are willing to offer fair pay.

A few spots that I would suggest starting at include:

1. Building a GitHub profile While having a personal website is all-important, programmers especially should make sure to put their codes on GitHub too.

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There are several reasons why building your GitHub profile is crucial. First, it’s a brilliant platform to get a fair amount of exposure and in turn, increases the chances of gaining actual clients. Second, your GitHub profile serves as a portfolio that you can introduce to any prospective client.

2. Standard freelance websites – Though you will have to compete with people from all over the world on these websites, you will get exposed to amazing opportunities and be able to control your pay rate, where the world literally is your oyster. 

Below are several standard freelance websites where you can find work from home coding and programming jobs:

  • Toptal
  • Fiverr
  • WeWorkRemotely
  • Gun.io
  • Upwork
  • Coding Ninjas
  • Codeable
  • TopCoder

8. Freelance Writer or Editor

Remember when I said previously, that no matter what you do and where you go, content is everywhere? It's without saying then that writing continues to be one of the most popular work-from-home jobs out there.

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And this, like within programming and coding, is why you may see the boom in both freelance writers and jobs. Major points if you can write in other languages like French, German or Spanish.

It's worth mentioning though that many newbies stepping into the freelance writing job market have no clue what they're doing. Many turn to stalk their fellow freelancers, looking at what they're writing, reading out-of-date blog posts, and generally just flailing around aimlessly.

But, you don’t have to follow this erratic way. Rather, try these constructive ways to help you land your first (and recurring) freelance writing job in no time.

The Method

1. Start cold pitching. Cold emailing seems intimidating at first, but once you get that first one off things get easier, trust me. Start cold pitching by sending out emails or messages via social media to either a company, small or medium business, entrepreneur, or startup to let them know about your services.

Make sure that your pitch doesn’t sound monotonous or impersonal. Try and inject your personality into each pitch, make it personal, and include knowledge of their business and how you'll be able to solve their specific problems.

2. Pitch prospects listed on Job Boards – Are you chomping at the bit to find a decent work-from-home job? Then try pitching Job Boards. It's your surest bet. And it is also the best way to find consistent work sans losing a steady income as a freelancer.

Here are some of the job boards I would recommend pitching to:

  • Problogger
  • Blogging Pro
  • All Freelance Writing Job Board
  • Content
  • WeWorkRemotely

3. Follow job board Twitter handles – Social media can do amazing things when it comes to getting a solid work-from-home job.

Twitter is a great place to land yourself writing jobs, granted that you follow the right Twitter handles. The following handles provide a lot of freelance writing/editing jobs like this:

Here’re the Twitter handles I would recommend you to follow:


9. Work from Home Medical Jobs

Work-from-home digital medical jobs are on the up and have been for quite some time. And it seems this trend shows no sign of going anywhere, especially in a post-COVID world.

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So what will you be doing as a freelancer in the field of medicine?

The good news is you won't need to shadow a physician. 

Believe it or not, having a background in healthcare is NOT a prerequisite for several health tech jobs. Having said that, knowing at least the foundation of how the medical industry works is a great way to set yourself apart from the pack. 

Here are a few digital medical jobs you can try out in the meantime:

1. Medical transcriptionist. This option is great hustle while you build your portfolio. Similar to legal transcriptionists, you can earn a pretty decent wage by just typing out doctors' recorded dictations.

2. Researcher – If you're a lover of information, and curious by nature, helping pharmacy-based consulting companies research various subjects, like Pharmaceutical Market Research, cancer treatments, the aging population, etc. is a great option.

3. Copywriter – We have already covered writing and editing in our previous point, but it's worth mentioning that knowledge of the health industry will allow you to specialize and up your earning potential.

Where to Find Remote Jobs in the Digital Medical Field?

I would recommend pitching to freelance websites, like:

10. Online Design Consultant Jobs

Are you a visual creature? Do you value aesthetics?

If yes, then why not dive headfirst into a design consultancy job? The upside here is that creative insight and the ability to self-educate, rather than a formal degree is what counts.

Design consultants can work in several areas, including:

1. Web Design

Just like content, web design is one of those skill sets that continue to be in demand. And with UX, visual design, HTML, and CSS as consistent top requests, once you're skilled, this is one field you are sure to make headway in sooner rather than later.

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Besides the visual aspect, your work as a website design consultant includes analyzing a website’s design and determining how it can be improved visually to increase conversion.
Once you start growing and begin getting more clients, you can even - as many have done before - expand your solo work from a home-based gig to a virtual web design agency, and as a result, increase your earnings range.

2.  Graphic Design

If you are proficient at using tools like Photoshop and Illustrator and err toward being naturally creative, then why not consider getting into graphic design?

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That said, to be a consultant, technical knowledge alone is not sufficient. You need to also have experience in both client and project management.
Having said that, the good news is that you don’t need a diploma or degree in graphic design to pursue it as a career. There are several credible online courses and even a few great YouTube tutorials that you can do at home to educate yourself.

 3. Interior Design

If anything, the post-COVID world will have more and more people reevaluating their home spaces, and many will be figuring out how to incorporate a work-from-home space within that time. So considering freelance interior design consulting may be something that you may seriously consider if interiors and home decor float your particular boat. One downer side, it does require a lot of work. See, a freelancer interior design consultant does pretty much the same work as a "normal" consultant. But if you're willing to put in the time, you could become a success story like Catherine Macfee, of Catherine Macfee Interior Design

To get your name out there in the market, you can use platforms like Houzz, which attracts millions of people who are in search of interior design advice and inspiration.

11. Online Remote Tech Jobs

Tech companies, especially startups and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), are progressively moving their workforce from in-house to remote.

If you think of the most common job titles in an office, like, sales representative, business development rep, customer service, human resources specialist, etc. each of these roles can be done remotely.

We're living in an age of disruption and many companies are and will continue to implement more remote-friendly work arrangements.

If anything in a post-COVID world, most jobs will be done, if not 100 percent remotely, on a flexible work-from-home basis.

The reality is that type of work can aid organizations in many ways, like:

  • Lower attrition among workers.
  • Reduced overhead cost.
  • Access to a wider, potentially global talent pool.
  • Likely increased productivity.
  • Save both employee and company commuting and associated in-office costs.
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It seems counterintuitive but people who work from home are more productive than those working in offices.

According to a report by Flexjobs, 2 in 3 workers claim to have experienced increased productivity while working at home. Go figure.

At this point, we can't deny the value and popularity of remote or work-from-home jobs. If anything all those carbon emissions are severely truncated.
The exciting news is as we move toward the individualized economy, your income will only be limited by your knowledge and your ability to deliver a great service.
The fact is, you can go anywhere and do anything, so get out there, build your brand and reap the rewards of the growing virtual economy.

Work from Home Jobs Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of work can I do from home?

As long as you have a computer and an internet connection, there is almost nothing you can't do. The possibilities in terms of online work are limitless. The following are a few of my choice picks:

1. Digital Marketing

More and more digital tech agencies or companies let their workers work from home or remotely.

2. Start a Blog

Why not learn how to start a blog and make money through a few revenue streams like ads, digital products, courses, and more.

3. Translation Service

The reality of linking with people from around the world does come with challenges, the most obvious being language. If you speak another language, why not take advantage of this and become an online translator where you can translate videos, blog posts, documents, books, and more.

4. Coding

Coding is huge. So if you have coding knowledge, or are willing to learn code, why not get an online job, go remote or work from home as a software engineer or developer. Arguably, best suited to working from home. And if you're detail-oriented, a master at stats, and skilled at identifying and understanding trends, a data scientist may be the perfect fit for you.

5. Freelance

Then there's the freelance bucket. Sign up with a site like Toptal, Upwork, or Fiverr and get yourself out there. This could be anything from freelance technical writing or copy editing (like I do), UI/ UX design, virtual assistant work, or if you figure your voice type out, maybe give voiceover work a shot.

6. Customer Success Manager

With the rise in online retail and online business, there is a growing demand for this role. If you have good communication skills, love helping others, and problem-solving this is a perfect match.

7. Online Teaching

The reality of our global status due to the pandemic and the realities of what we face and will be facing for the foreseeable future is that many students won't be able to physically attend school. This means that opportunities for online teaching are wide open. So whether you're looking to teach English or you're a qualified teacher looking for opportunities, online teaching gets a definitive thumbs up. 

Do Online Jobs Pay?

The answer is yes. Online jobs do pay well, with a broad range of options and salaries. For example, on the low-end, you could become a customer success manager and earn an average of $18/hour. On the higher end, you could learn how to start a blog and make some serious money like Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of Making Sense of Cents who makes over $100,000 with affiliate marketing and her course

What Companies Hire for WFH Opportunities?

After social distancing became the new normal in the majority of places around the world, the number of companies hiring remote workers increased rather dramatically. Here are some of the top companies which are hiring remote workers this year, and likely into the future:

  1. Amazon
  2. TTEC
  3. Dell
  4. Hopper
  5. Kelly Services
  6. Intuit
  7. Kaplan
  8. Stryker
  9. VIPKID
  10. VMWare

How Do I WFH for Amazon?

Amazon offers work-from-home jobs from all around the globe posted on what they call their Virtual Locations page. Here you'll find jobs in a wide variety of fields including customer service, human resources, software development, and several other categories. To find these online jobs, go to the Amazon Virtual Locations webpage and filter jobs by category, location, and job type.

What is the Easiest Online Job?

If you’re looking for an easy, stress-free online job, here are a few good options:

  1. Data Entry Technician
  2. Customer Service Representative
  3. Online Teacher/ Tutor
  4. Freelance Writer
  5. YouTuber
  6. Graphic Designer
  7. Niche Website Builder
  8. Amazon eBook Publisher
  9. Survey taker
  10. Music Listener (yes, this is a real online job)

How can I WFH for Google?

Google does hire remote workers from time to time. And let's be honest, in terms of tech, it's one company most only dream of working for. But because Google is Google, there are plenty of scams out there that claim you can make a ton of money working for Google that is fake. So be aware. To find legitimate work-from-home jobs at Google, go to its employment and career site where you can search for job openings at Google around the world. Click on the “Jobs” link. From there, you'll be able to search for jobs by keyword and location.

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Conclusion

If you want to find the best online jobs to work from home or to work remotely and be able to travel while you work, you have numerous options at your fingertips. These opportunities give you an incredible amount of flexibility and freedom, where rush hour traffic will be all but a distant memory.

To be successful, however, you need to quit following the herd with low-grade tactics. And please, please stay away from old outdated articles promoting online surveys, babysitting, or collecting coupons.

Rather, grab a piece of paper, like old-school or open your notepad on your phone and jot down what you can package as your unique digital skillset. In addition, and the key here is to try and stay ahead of emerging trends. Google is your friend. 

PS. If you are keen to test the waters, dip your toe in, as they say, and start working as a premium freelancer, go ahead and check out the  Flexjobs  job board.

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