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20 Legit Work From Home Ideas

Working from home can be a very convenient, viable option allowing you to earn income from the comfort of your own home. Working from home is becoming a more popular option as more and more people are seeing the potential and reaping the benefits. This article will provide several legitimate work from home ideas that have been proven successful by others.

First, we begin by warning the readers to be aware of online scams. Anything that promises you to make large amounts of money for something that wouldn’t normally pay a lot of money should raise a red flag. They do this to get your attention, hoping you take the bait. If something sounds to good to be true, then usually it really is to good to be true.

1. Freelance Writing

Writing articles online can be an effective way to earn income from home. There are many different websites that offer online writing, so finding a gig should not be to difficult. You do not have to be a expert in writing, however you should have good grammar, and write good content that is deemed acceptable.

Online writing includes mainly writing articles, however you can also do proofreading, as well as resume writing and more. Some of the sites will require you to submit a writing sample in order to be able to write articles for money.

Some websites that offer article writing jobs include:

  • textbroker.com
  • freelancer.com
  • elance.com

2. Virtual Customer Service Agent

Virtual customer service agents working from home is becoming a more popular option as large companies now outsource their customer calls to companies that hire virtual customer service agents. With this job, you would answer calls with a headset from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a good internet connection and a headset.

This can be a full 40 hours per week full time job, or part time as well, with pay ranging anywhere from $8-$15 per hour. You can look for openings and apply at job sites as well as freelance sites which include:

  • indeed.com
  • freelancer.com
  • elance.com

3. Virtual Assistant

Another work from home job increasing in popularity is a virtual assistant, which allows you to work from home taking phone calls, returning emails and doing anything an actual assistant would. The pay for this job ranges anywhere from $8-$15 per hour and can be full time or part time.

Similar to the virtual customer service agent, you can apply and look for openings on job websites and freelance websites.

4. Online Tutoring

A very intuitive method to working form home is becoming an online tutor to others using a video call  with programs such as Skype. You do not even have to be extremely knowledgable in specific subjects as many of the tutoring involves teaching english or basic math. With this job, you can choose your hours and work whenever you want.

Some great online tutoring sites include:

  • tutor.com
  • buddyschool.com
  • tutorhub.com

5. Direct Selling

There are numerous companies that will hire individuals to work from home selling their products. You can sell the companies products through your own website, making phone calls, or by in person demonstrations. Depending on the products you are selling, you can earn a decent income ranging from $300 to $1500 per month and sometimes even higher.

The following displays some legitimate direct selling companies:

  • avon.com
  • partylite.com

6. Transcriptionist

If you are a quick, skilled typist, then a transcription job could be for you. This job involves listening to an audio recording of someone speaking and typing what the person is saying. Two higher paying transcription jobs include medical and law transcriptionists, with paying averaging approximately $15 per hour. Also multi language transcriptionists are also high in demand.

Some good sources to search for a transcription job include:

  • tigerfish.com
  • e-typist.com
  • speakwrite.com

7. Travel Agent

Home based travel agents have been increasing in popularity over the last few years. Good marketing and advertising can lead to a very successful home based travel agency business with some earning up to $80 000 per year. Many people would choose a home based travel agency because it would be cheaper then booking with a regular travel agent.

8. Niche Website

Creating your own niche website can be an effective way to earn a passive income. Setting up a website based on a specific subject through blog posts, tutorials and videos can bring a lot of traffic to your site. You can earn income through affiliate marketing links one you start generating a high level of traffic.

9. Telemarketing

Many companies now hire individuals to perform their telemarketing duties from their own home.   There are numerous areas you could specialize in including product offerings, debt collection, asking for donations, increasing awareness, doing surveys etc. Many of these jobs pay by the hour averaging around $10-$15 per hour, however if you are selling products, your pay might be commission based.

If you are interesting in telemarketing you can search for jobs on sites such as:

  • indeed.com
  • workopolis.com
  • flexjobs.com
  • freelancers.com

10. Web Search Evaluator

Large search engine companies such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing will hire home based evaluators to test the accuracy of search results. Basically they will provide you with terms to search, and then you have to specify which websites are displayed. The pay is pretty good for a simple job, which ranges from $10 to $15 per hour.

There are a few good websites to apply to be a web search evaluator such as:

  • lionsbridge.com
  • http://leapforceathome.com/

Also, you can search for web search evaluator jobs on job search sites such as indeed.com.

11. Web Developer/Designer

A web developer or designer could offer a wide variety of services to clients such as custom web site design, template modification, code updates, creating an online store on your site etc. If you market well you could earn a good income with this stay at home job. You can find job opportunities at RatRaceRebellion.com.

12. Technical Support Specialist

Another work from home opportunity comes in the form of a tech support specialist. Jobs for computer support specialists are in high and demand and that demand is going to continue to grow. If you have good knowledge of computers this can be a very viable option.

13. Online Translation

If you are fluent in multiple languages then you can translate audio files from the comfort of your own home. Translators are in high demand so if you become an online translator you can bring in easily $15-$20 per hour.

Some great online translation companies include:

  • http://telelanguage.com/
  • http://verbalizeit.com/
  • http://lingosaur.com/

14. Online Surveys

If you have a little extra spare tire you can earn some extra spending money doing online surveys. There are several websites to complete online surveys, with some paying cash for the surveys, and others awarding points that can eventually be redeemed for gift cards.

Below are some of the best legitimate survey websites:

  • http://opinionoutpost.com/
  • http://globaltestmarket.com/
  • http://ipoll.com/
  • http://toluna.com/

15. Create Your Own Freelance Job (Do Anything)

There is a unique freelance website called Fiverr, where you can create your own jobs called gigs, that charge 5 bucks for the service you provide. You can literally create your own unique gig and charge 5 dollars for it.

Many of the gigs include article writing, product testimonials, basic web design, logo design, website traffic and many more. If you have a unique skill you can use this site to make some extra cash. There are even some gigs on Fiverr that charge 5 bucks just to friend somebody on Facebook!

If you are interested in using FIverr to make some extra cash, visit fiverr.com.

16. Car Detailing

You can always start a home based car cleaning job. Many people will pay good money to have their vehicle cleaned thoroughly on the inside and outside. It could be hard to get started, but once you build a good reputation you should see an increase in business.

17. Cake making/decorating

If you enjoy baking and have artistic talents then designing cakes can be a fun, easy way to earn extra money from home. You could start your own social media accounts advertising your cake business and watch it grow. There are people who will pay good money for well designed cakes.

18. Data Entry

While not the most exciting job, there is a high need for individuals to perform data entry work. This job can be very flexible allowing you to perform the tasks on your spare time. It depends, but you are sometimes paid per entry or a per hour basis.

You can search for data entry jobs on the following sites:

  • http://indeed.com/
  • http://freelancer.com/
  • http://elance.com/

19. Online Juror

Although uncommon you can possibly work from home as an online juror. Online companies pay the participants to sit in on mock juries, to give attorneys feedback on real cases. When you sign up, you will fill out an online questionnaire, and when the online juror needs feedback based on your demographics from the questionnaire, you will be noticed by email.

Most online jurors will not have daily work, so sign up for as many online jurors as you can. Some of more well known online jurors are:

  • http://ejury.com/
  • http://onlineverdict.com/
  • http://jurytest.com/

20. Bed and Breakfast

If you live in a house with a spare room and live in a tourist area, you could start your own bed and breakfast. You will need to get a few safety approvals done etc, however this could be an easy, yet viable option to make money from home.

About The Author

Ben Todd

Ben was a seriously broke graduate student with bad credit who after finding himself rejected for any sort of credit card or loan for most of his adult life, finally decided to get his financial life in order. ‘

He spent several years reading as many financial advice books and blogs as he could.

And suprisingly, Ben found he actually LIKED the topic of personal finance; after fixing his own finances, starting his own successful work at home website business, and using his earnings to get out of debt, created echeck.org to help others do likewise!

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