Whether you want to work at home or you’d like to travel, working online can really give you that freedom. However, finding legitimate jobs you can do online isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Or is it?
There are lots of advertisements for online or work-at-home jobs that seem too good to be true. And most of them are. You definitely need to beware of scams when seeking the ability to start working online. There are also a lot of real, legitimate opportunities if you know where to look.
Here are just a few types of jobs that’ll have you working online in no time.
1. Working Online as a Freelancer
If you’re proficient in a creative skill like writing, illustration, design, video editing, working online could be perfect for you. Are you a people person? Perhaps working online as a support operator or telemarketer is more your speed. And, of course, there are also jobs for people skilled in other areas as well, like mathematics and accounting. Regardless of your talent, there are many ways to start working online as a freelancer.
There’s a surprising number of websites that can do the legwork necessary to match you with potential clients, too. In other words: you may not have to hustle as hard as you think.
Sites like Odesk, Upwork, FlexJobs, WriterAccess, and more can help you get started.
2. Work at Home as a Transcriptionist
Do you type incredibly fast? Have a good set of headphones? For a minimal investment, you can likely find a job as a transcriptionist. And the best part is you can work at your own pace and on your own preferred schedule.
All sorts of things require transcription – even TV shows and movies. If you’ve got good ears, are capable of staying focused and paying attention to details, why not start working online?
Websites like Daily Transcription and TranscribeMe! are a good place to start looking for work.
3. Become a Virtual Assistant
More and more businesses are taking their operations online these days. It’s should come as no surprise that with many employees working online, there’s a need for online virtual assistants.
The International Virtual Assistants Association describes these workers as “independent contractors who (from a remote location, usually their home or office) support multiple clients in a variety of industries by providing administrative, creative, and technical services.”
If you’re a highly organized individual, proficient at completing administrative tasks, this a job you can do from almost anywhere. Though tasks and specific jobs may vary, they pay often starts around $15 an hour. And it typically only goes up from there. Some virtual assistants even make as much as $75 an hour.
Websites like Zirtual and Upwork are both great places to begin your search for online virtual assistant jobs.