Working from home is more popular now more than ever before, it’s also growing more every year. Especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will start to see a rise in people starting online side gigs, online businesses and even existing businesses pivoting to offering services online or altering their existing services in some way. According to Quartz, U.S. Census data indicates that 5.2% of U.S. workers worked from home full time in 2017, which is about 8 million people and a rise from the years before.
Whether you’re looking for an online side hustle, full-time job or even to start your own online business right now is the time to go for it. In this blog article you will learn about some of the popular online gigs that have proven to be profitable for others in that industry.
1. Virtual Assistant
This is one of the top online jobs that are high in demand and a growing field to get into. From the comfort of your own home, you can become a VA for entrepreneurs and other business owners looking to outsource projects and office help. As a VA you can either choose to work full-time for a particular business owner or part-time by taking on projects from one or several sources. It’s great because you can choose how much or how little you want to work. If you’re interested in becoming a virtual assistant I would recommend you start by joining different entrepreneurship and business groups in places like Facebook, Linked In, Meetup, as well as to start to promoting your offerings on social media. You can also find projects to work on as a VA by posting your services at sites such as Freelancer, Upwork, Fiverr.
2. Freelance Writer
If writing is your thing, this is a great option for you. There are so many opportunities and freelance work for writers. If you’re interested in freelance writing, check out job boards where tons of writing jobs are posted such as Glassdoor, Indeed or you can also promote your services at sites such as Fiverr and Upwork.. I would also recommend joining writing groups to grow your network and learn about more opportunities.
Blogging has become huge over the years. Some entrepreneurs who have created six-figure businesses or more started out blogging as a hobby or side hustle and grew it into a business. You can create a blog on just about anything from fashion to traveling to personal development topics. Blogs don’t need to be long; they are short, practical and provide some type of value to the reader. If you want to try it out but don’t necessarily want to build a site for it yet, start by posting on medium.com and see what resonates with people first. Medium also has a partner program where you can earn money if their members are liking/clapping your articles. This may not be the best way to earn a significant amount of cash because it pays depending on how many likes/claps you get and from who but it’s a great way to start blogging and get the experience.
This is another great way to earn extra cash if you have a gift for writing. Ghostwriting means that you would be getting paid to write for someone else without being recognized as the writer. If you’re interested in being a ghostwriter you can research the following sites for opportunities: Problogger, and Contena or post your services on Fiverr and Upwork.
5. Online Tutoring
There are many opportunities for tutoring virtually especially during this time that most of the world is homeschooling while on quarantine. If you have an educational background and /or have a gift for teaching and tutoring this may be the perfect side hustle for you. You’ll get to teach others from the comfort of your own home as you earn. For more information on online tutoring, opportunities check out the following sites: TutorMe, Virtual Teaching, Education First and TutorVista to name a few. If you have no expertise in education but would like to teach conversational English to kids, check out VIPKID. A couple of other sites for teaching English to kids are Q-Kids (bachelor degree is required for this one and/or in progress) and Say ABC which recruits tutors for ESL teaching. Most of these pay anywhere from $15 -$20 per hour depending on your background.
6. Online Survey Taker
This is the perfect side gig if you are finding yourself with extra time and don’t necessarily want the commitment of a side job but want a supplemental income. You can get paid to take a survey out of the comfort of your own home. You just need to be strategic and sign up for the right ones that will pay you. Here are some sites where you can find paid online surveys: LifePoints, Survey Junkie, Swagbucks, Inbox Dollars.
7. Transcription Services
This is a great side hustle with the potential to grow into a full-time gig if you’d like to. Transcription services are high in demand particularly in the legal and medical fields but are also in demand for entrepreneurs and other companies wanting general transcription services. You can expect to make anywhere from $15-$40 an hour depending on the company and project. If you’re interested in becoming a transcriber for your remote side gig or full-time work check out the following companies: TranscribeMe, Transcription Hub, Rev.com
8. Customer Service Rep
This is one of the longest existing jobs from home and one of the most popular ones. You can find companies to work for that need assistance 24/7 so this gives you the flexibility to set your side hustle schedule at a time that works best for you. Most of the customer service jobs do require a job and possibly a computer so would need a quiet space in your home to work from. For more information check out the following companies: Arise, Alorica at Home, Aeta, Livops, Convergys.
9. Chat Agent & Tech Support
Chat agents are becoming more and more on-demand for company websites. Chat agents speak to you virtually via the chats set up on a website. There are different types of chat agents from general roles to technical ones. Technical support jobs are more specialized roles, many businesses and entrepreneurs need tech support so you can also find freelance work that way. For more information about becoming a chat agent, check out these sites: Apple.com, cable companies such as Verizon, Comcast, and SiteStaff, Chatchop. For tech support information check out these companies: Toptal, Zapier and Automattic.
This is a growing field that is also in high demand and can be very lucrative. This is a great side hustle that you can turn into your own business as well. You don’t need to be an expert bookkeeper or accountant to get started, there are courses you can take if you're new to the industry. For more information on getting started check out bookeepers.com. You can also find bookkeeping opportunities t 1800 Accounting/Careers
11. Social Media Manager
Social Media managers or Coaches/Consultants manage social media channels and brands for businesses, entertainers, politicians, and entrepreneurs. They handle anything from social media posting, marketing campaigns, creating marketing materials, making strategic plans for marketing and promotions. For more information and to post your services check out Freelancer, Upwork, Linked In, and you can also check out for opportunities on Glassdoor or Indeed.
If you’re great at writing/editing and have good attention to detail, this is a great work from home opportunity for you. You can find proofreading/editing jobs at the following sites: Proofreading Services, Scribendi, Kibin and/or post your services on Upwork or Fiverr.
13. Travel Planner/Agent
This is also another growing industry, if you love traveling and planning this may just be the perfect online side hustle or even business start-up for you. There are lots of business professionals and/or families that just don’t have the time to plan for a trip or would like someone else with knowledge of the traveling city to plan neat activities for them. For training programs and courses in this industry check out The Travel Institute, Travel + Leisure.
14. Resume Writer
Resume writing is another growing industry with great growth potential. You can either work for a resume writing company or provide your own services. To find projects to work on you can also check out Upwork, Freelancer, and Guru.
If you’re bilingual this is a great side hustle to capitalize on your language skills. Many companies look for translating/interpreting services. You can either work for certain companies as a translator such as World Lingo and Language Line or you can work on your own and find projects at Freelance, Upwork, Guru, Fiverr.
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