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17 Easy Online Jobs – Short Beginner’s Guide to Successful Working from Home

Need cash? Whether you have lost your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic or have extra time on your hands, like a stay-at-home mom or a retired professional, you are probably thinking about getting a job. Also, I think that not having a side income at all is a huge mistake. With the health crisis and the lockdown in place, not many of us are looking to become a waiter or an Uber driver. The safest bet is landing an online job.  

Working from home is not a new thing. Throughout history workers and their employers have looked for ways to work from home. Is also called Telecommuting because you do not commute (travel) to work. It became more well-known in the 1970s with the rise of new telecommunications technologies which made everything possible. Companies always look for ways to cut costs and employees have always considered it to be sort of a dream job — not wasting time in traffic jams and working from the comfort of your own couch.

I started working online a long time ago, as a student. I was an English Lit major, so it was easy for me to find jobs like tutoring. Students can always use some extra cash, and you can choose the time when you work, adapt it to your daily schedule, which works wonderfully for all parties involved. When I started out, all I needed was a computer and internet access to do my little sidekick.

Luckily, things haven’t changed a lot! For the vast majority of online jobs, you just need a computer and a reliable, fast internet service. Depending on the type of work you decide to do, you may also need different software and apps installed.  To make life easier, you can designate a distraction-free home office in your home. That’s it! Now you can start searching.

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How to Start Searching for Easy Online Jobs

Before you start your search, it is a good idea to make a list of your likes, dislikes, hobbies, some set of skills, past job experiences, education history, completed courses, and more. Maybe you like making artsy stuff and haven’t even considered selling it online until now. Or you like playing the guitar for your girlfriend but haven’t thought of tutoring it online. If you have a particularly nice voice, you should remember to include it on your list, along with any skill set that makes you stand out.

Before you start actually working, check your equipment, update computer programs, apps you may need, secure your internet access and arrange your home office area to work without interruptions.

To help you with your search, I will list some online jobs that don’t require any previous professional experience or education, and where you get money fast. These are not get-rich-fast types of employment, nor can they replace nine to five jobs. Not at first, anyway.

I will not list perhaps unrealistic jobs for the majority of people, like becoming a YouTuber, a Podcaster or a Video Gamer. These jobs do require a lot of time, talent and skills to start earning the big bucks. Some examples of famous Youtubers with highly lucrative full-time careers are PewDiePie, Ryan’s World, Yuya, Ninja, etc. They have millions of subscribers and, therefore, earn millions of dollars.

But, hey! Don’t let me stop you from trying and living your dream. If you’ve got what it takes, go for it! For the rest, read on:

List of Real and Easy Online Jobs for 2020

1. Sell your Stuff

This job doesn’t require actually working, but it does take time. Look around your apartment and sell your unused items. Throughout the years you have surely hoarded many things that are now just collecting dust — books, furniture, old clothes, pots and pans, knick-knacks from different “tchotchke shops”, etc.

In case you have just recently adopted the Minimalist lifestyle, you can easily declutter on Ebay, Amazon, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Bookfinder, Tradesy, Shopify, Poshmark, and get some money along the way.

2. Sell your Art

This job requires some talent—probably you already have a hobby—making nice jewelry, paintings, etc.

You can sell your arts and crafts on Etsy, Shopify, Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. Earning potential is great, especially if you build a high-paying customer fan base.

3. List a Spare Room/Apartment on AirBnB

Create an account, fill out a form and list your space for free. AirBnB lets you maintain the control when it comes to the availability of your space, the rules, the prices, and how you choose to interact with your guests. Before you start, do your research to avoid possible mistakes and maximize income. You can also check out sites like Vrbo and HomeAway for rental possibilities.

4. Do Online Surveys

Sell your opinion and help companies that do market research. Surveys are usually short, take up a little of your time, but pay very little. So, be realistic about earning potential. Make sure you do find a reputable site to avoid scams. Try Swagbucks, Pinecone Research, OneOpinion, Survey Junkie, Inbox Dollars, Prize Rebel, SurveyYeah.

5. Do Different Tasks Online

Sometimes companies need help with menial jobs. You can categorize pictures, social media posts, transcribe short audio clips, and many more. Try Amazon Mechanical Turk, Appen.

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Work from home with cat

6. Review Websites and Apps

Companies that hire you to review and troubleshoot different websites include Userfeel, Usertesting and Userlytics.  You may be required to record yourself as you give your comments and opinions. Some companies like Lionbridge, Leapforce, Transperfect and SDL offer variety of websites or ads rating jobs.

7. Online Web Designer

Creating a website has never been easier, but there is still a massive audience out there looking for help when it comes to choosing domain names, web hosting, template design, including e-commerce solutions, and all that technical stuff… If you know what I’m talking about, creating a website should be a breeze for you. For part-time or full-time job openings look at Toptal, Upwork, 99designs, Behance, etc.

8. Customer Service Representative

There are many companies that look for remote Technical Support Agents, Customer Service Support, Home Call Center Agents, and more. Some previous customer service work helps, but not always required. If you have a good phone voice, are willing to deal with customers’ requests, orders and returns, you are definitely a suitable candidate.  You can work from anywhere in the world provided you have internet access. Where to look for customer service online jobs? Try companies like Apple, Remote, Upwork, Indeed, Flexjobs, etc. For more information read this post on the blog about getting paid to chat.

9. Online Chat Agents

This is a great line of work for people who want to work at home but not always on the phone. You will work via chat, e-mail and text messages. Working schedule is flexible – you may choose to work only on weekends – and you can be paid decent money. For more information, look at these sites – FiverrPremium.chat, FlexJobs, Capitaltyping and Simplyhired, Liveperson, Oranum, Livejasmin.

10. Travel Agent

With the rise of OTA (Online Travel Agency), there is a high demand for online travel agents. Companies like Booking, Expedia and CheapOair specialize in selling different products to travelers. They help you find better deals on airline tickets, car rentals, find hotels better-suited for your budget, offer package deals, etc. Maybe you are a seasoned traveler and can create exciting itineraries for individuals or larger groups.

11. Social Media Manager

If you are already a master at managing your social media, for free, start earning money using your hard-acquired knowledge. It would be a really good idea to reach out to small businesses in your neighborhood — restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, etc. You can teach them how to promote their businesses online or even offer running their social platforms for them. Since this is a relatively new profession, work opportunities are abundant and it is relatively easy to find a job.

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Work from home video conference

12. Virtual Assistant

VA industry is booming. You would be surprised how many both companies and individuals are hiring online assistants. With so many businesses operating online, it is no surprise they are hiring online help.  It can be 9-5 job, just a few hours a day, for a few days a week or even just a few days a month, all depending on a client’s needs. You may be asked to set appointments, set reminders for important tasks, organize and answer e-mails, data entry, creating business documents, transcribing information from phone calls and recordings, etc. Actually, this job resembles a normal nine to five office job most. And advantage can be previous office experience, fast typing, accounting skills, but not necessary.

This can turn out to be a high paying job depending on who you work for and if you prove a reliable and efficient worker. Check out such job openings on Indeed, Upwork, Remote, Zirtual.

13. Teacher/Tutor

As a native English speaker, you can teach English to people all over the world. You can also teach a second language if you know any. You can become a tutor in any area you specialize in — playing a guitar, gardening, martial arts, yoga, Pilates, pottery, and more. If you have extra time on your hands and willpower, complete a free online course to refresh your knowledge on a topic and then teach it to others. For more ideas, a good place to start looking is Chegg, Tutor, Skooli, Lessonface, ClassGap, Preply, Wyzant.

14. Translator

Most translators are already self-employed. They work from home for many different employers, choosing their own workload, topics, schedule and prices. Earnings can be great provided you are fluent in at least two languages, are reliable and punctual. Look for job postings on sites like Upwork.com, ProZ or Indeed.

15. Write Articles — Copywriter

If your talent is writing essays, articles, blog posts, you may want to start writing for other people. There has never been a bigger demand for writers to fill up every corner of the internet. Your pay will depend on the company that hires you, as well as your abilities to write good-quality pieces with an interesting angle. Set up a profile with Contently or Fiverr and scribble away. Others you can check out are — Textbroker, iWriter, Constant Content, Crowd Content, Freelancer, Media Bistro, etc.

16. Do Voice-overs

Voice-overs are connected mostly with radio, television, theatre and other similar productions. You don’t have to be an actor to get a job, only a nice voice that fits a particular role. Job platforms where you can start are — Fiverr, Upwork, Voices.

17. Outside the Box Jobs

These jobs are usually unconventional, creative and unique. They are not well-suited for all people and require special knowledge, abilities or willingness to do work that others won’t consider doing. On the plus side, they can be paid very well. Some examples are —an online entertainer, a doula, a marathon race director, a home stylist, a sponsorship scout, an online event planner, and many more.

Try browsing new job listings because new job titles are created all the time. Start your search at Flexjobs or Indeed.

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Working from Home – Can Online Jobs Be Trusted?

How to avoid scams?

Don’t get discouraged easily because there are many legitimate ways to earn extra cash working part-time. Do your research to avoid scams and find reputable sites. Google the company, google the job position. Many online job platforms recognize and eliminate scams.

Any website that asks for your money up-front is probably best to be avoided. If a craft-making job asks you to give them money for materials first, move over to the next job offer. If you have to buy expensive software first, and only then you can start working, you should avoid that one too.

Never give out your social security number or bank account information.

Learn more on how to avoid paid travelling jobs scams, stuffing envelopes, phishing scams, click frauds and auto-surfing frauds.

Conclusion About Finding Easy Online Jobs

One good thing coming from COVID-19 is that it may show us how successful remote work can be. Working from home is not a new thing, but improvements in technology and social media have created a new wave of legitimate online job possibilities. Employers and employees only see the benefits of remote working. 

In 2020, with many millennials freelancing already, the majority of the workforce will probably work online in the future. Working home-based is appealing to many people as a part-time solution or a possible future career choice.

To make the most money with your new online job, start with researching different job listings on reputable sites. Build a great resume, diversify your portfolio, work on your skill set, learn new technologies, build a good online reputation, etc. You should take advantage of many free online courses and any online resources that can help you advance. With time, your sidekick job could become your future career.  

For more posts about successfully working online read on Workooze.

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