Work-from-home jobs are becoming more and more common these days. While some require specialized or advanced skillsets, like coding or graphic design, not all do.
Of course, there are also a lot of questionable opportunities out there, too. Obviously, if the pay sounds too good to be true, you might want to do some added research.
Regardless, here are some common, entry-level jobs you can do from your own home.
Customer Support Associate
Many companies outsource their customer support to remote workers. This might involve responding to service inquiries in a text chat environment, via email, or over the phone. You’ll need good problem management skills to help solve people’s issues, answer questions, and provide relevant information. Often, these jobs appear with titles such as “customer care specialist” or “customer service agent.”
There are a few places you can look for these types of jobs. Sites like WeWorkRemotely, FlexJobs, Remote.co, and Jobspresso are just a few places that may have listings.
These jobs can be also be found on regular job search websites as well, and sometimes even company career webpages. However, you’ll want to be sure to look for ones that are specifically remote, virtual, or work-from-home jobs. Be sure to emphasize your top-notch communication skills and conflict resolution abilities. If you’ve ever worked in customer service or hospitality, mention that as well.
The annual salary for a remote customer support assistant is around $35,000.
Are you organized, well spoken, and capable of handling typical administrative tasks? We’re talking about things like replying to emails, booking travel arrangements, scheduling, returning phone calls, posting on social media, etc. A virtual assistant typically does many of these things, if not more.
Jobs are available as freelance gigs or full-time if you know where to look. Your best options are to search gig work and remote job websites. Sometimes flexible job sites such as Upwork, Guru, and FlexJobs will offer them as well.
On average, the pay is around $15 an hour. When applying, you’ll want to make sure you cover your time management and organizational skills. Also, be sure to list the different platforms and software suites with which you’re familiar.
Data Entry Clerk
While virtual assistants may be tasked with data entry, there are also just straight up data entry jobs. These, however, likely won’t pay quite as well. Often, entry-level data entry clerks can start with hourly rates as low as $9 – 10. The work is a bit more straightforward, though, and jobs may be easier to find.
Much like the other jobs, there are both full-time and freelance data entry opportunities. Likely, one of the most important factors will be your typing metrics. This includes your keystrokes per hour and/or words per minute as well as your typing accuracy. You should be able to type at least 50 wpm, and be capable of a minimum 8,000 to 10,000 kph.
When searching for a job, you should look for terms like “virtual data entry” and “remote data entry.”