Today remote work expert, Aisha, from Outandbeyond is going to teach you all the remote jobs you can start today so that you can have the freedom to choose where and when you want to work.
When I was still in my corporate job in banking, I would spend my lunch break daydreaming about working from a refreshing coworking space and sipping a mango smoothie along with my bestie (my older sister!) during my coffee break.
Then, I would come back to my senses and think ‘I am hopeless at technology, it is never going to happen’, before sitting at my desk surrounded by negative and toxic coworkers.
But guess what? That dream has now come true and now I can work from anywhere and get all the smoothies I want and some with my lovely sister.
It was a rough path, with lots of fear and tears, but I made it, so can you!
In this article, I will show you what you need to know to get started and take that first critical step to get things going.
Top 17 Remote Jobs You Can Start Today
- Online Teacher
- Customer Service Representative
- Amazon Remote Employee
- Gig Worker
- Email Marketer
- Freelance Online Teacher
- Virtual Assistant
- Freelance writer
- Digital Marketing specialist
- Search Engine Evaluator
- Analytics and CRO Optimizer
- Web Developer
- Start an Online Coaching Business
- Start a Blogging Business
- Start an Ecommerce Business
- Start an Amazon FBA Business
17 Remote Jobs You Can Start Today
Here are 3 options to start your remote jobs journey today:
- Become a Remote Employee – It usually requires some experience and a set up of a home office, but with the right moves it is possible to secure a great remote job, even without it. The earning potential is capped, but you get to make a stable income every month.
- Become a Freelancer -Freelancing is probably the best way to learn the ropes and it can turn into a full-fledged remote career on its own. After a low-income start-up phase, you are looking at a much higher earning potential.
- Become an Online Entrepreneur – Unlimited earning potential. Most people usually start freelancing (or working a full-time job) to pay the bills and work on their side-hustle on the side – as I did!
Become a Remote Employee
1. Online Teacher
Average pay per hour – USD 19
If you are a native or bilingual English speaker you can become an online English teacher and start making an extra income online.
Yes! You can get hired to teach English to people of all ages and work 5-20 hours a week. Some companies require that you have a degree, a teaching certificate, teaching experience, and business background – in case you want to teach working adults.
How to get started: Although the industry has been shaken quite a bit in 2021, there are still plenty of companies looking for online native and non-native English teachers (e.g. Vivaling, Learnlight, Profy).
Here is a guide on how to become an online teacher in one week
2. Customer Service Representative
Average pay per hour – USD 13.8
Do you enjoy helping others and are a natural problem solver?
Whether you want to secure a full-time or a part-time job, working as a customer service rep can help you get your foot in the door, while building transferable skills and earning a steady income.
Did I mention that it is one of the most in-demand jobs right now?
Once you get some experience you can find a better job or apply to a different role in the same company
3. Amazon Remote Employee
Average pay – USD 29K a year with a minimum wage of USD 15 per hour
These days more and more companies are opening to the idea of having a remote team or even a fully-distributed team – with no center to be remote from.
Then, why not get a remote job from the giant tech?
Well, Amazon has many work-from-home job openings in areas such as IT architecture, data science, marketing, and more.
If you are looking for an entry-level job, then you can apply for a customer service position and sign a full-time or a part-time contract.
How to get started: To find out more about Amazon work-from-home jobs you can head over to the company website or read my in-depth guide here.
4. Gig Worker
Pay per hour – from USD 1 to USD 25
From online surveys to website testing, there are so many gigs you can do to earn extra income.
Sure, you won’t get rich or pick up in-demand skills, but money is money and if you are just looking to make quick cash with low effort, this is probably the best opportunity for you.
How to get started: Take a look at the best websites to find online gigs:
Become A Remote Freelancer
5. Email Marketer
Pay per hour – USD 32-44
Email marketing is one of the most profitable digital channels, if not the most profitable one.
The ROI (Return on Investment) of email marketing campaigns is just higher than most other channels, which makes it easier to market. And if it is easy to market that means.. More clients for you!
Pay per hour – USD 21-27
Can you speak more than one language fluently?
Well, you can find translation projects or even become a full-fledged professional translator. If you can translate into tough languages such as Japanese or Korean, you will find work in no time.
Once you get a contract you will receive a file or a more sophisticated app with translations to be made or entered. There is a decent learning curve, so be ready to take in quite a bit.
How to get started: Do some research and find a lucrative niche. For instance, Medical and Technical translations require specific skill sets and pay much better.
7. Freelance Online Teacher
Pay per hour – USD 15-35
As a freelance online teacher, you get to create a profile on a freelance marketplace and set your own hours and rates.
- Upsides: you have more flexibility and can earn much more.
- Downsides: you are not provided with lesson plans and teaching hours – the risk is on you.
How to get started: Niche down and teach a skill along with English – for instance when I was an online English teacher I helped students with their IELTS exam and tripled my rate. After that, you can apply to a company like Preply and start getting students.
8. Virtual Assistant
Pay per hour – USD 6-35
Do you have excellent time-management skills and can make everyone feel they can trust you especially when things go wrong.
Great! You can work as a virtual assistant and help busy entrepreneurs to reduce their workload (and cortisol level!) and even discover problems they did not know they had.
You will get unique exposure to the behind-the-scenes of an online business and even end up making 6-figures or more if you market your service well.
How to get started: Do some research, find a good online course (just google ‘top virtual assistant courses’) and upskill. Then create a service – Pinterest marketing is a money-making skill for VAs -, find your niche and look for job ads on Facebook.
9. Freelance Writer
Pay per hour – USD 10-50
This is hands down the most in-demand service in the online world since every business has a blog (or it’s thinking to create one) and needs to publish content at scale.
Although it takes a certain amount of time and skills to become a highly-skilled freelance writer who can charge big dollars, as long as you have a way with words along with great research skills you can start finding paid work – which in turn boosts your confidence.
Once you get the hang of it, not only will you land better projects, but you will also have the opportunity to profit from your writing skills in so many different ways (e.g. start a profitable blog – take it from me!).
How to get started: Identify the most profitable niches – B2B writing and copywriting are where the most money can be made. Then, find a good online course and start pitching to clients here: ProBlogger, Blogging Pro and Linkedin.
10. Digital Marketing Consultant
Pay per hour – USD 19-48
This is not an easy one to get into as you need to have a proven track record of generating business results to get clients, let alone high-paying ones. That said, it is in high demand and you can earn really well.
Digital marketing is a very broad term and it encompasses an umbrella of skills and services, so you can pick the one the best fits your background and interests:
- SEO specialist
- Social media consultant
- (Social and Google) Advertising consultant
- Mobile marketing consultant
- And more
How to get started: You can complete small projects to get some experience under your belt or secure a remote part-time role on Remoteok, Justremote or Weworkremotely. It’s a great way to raise the perceived value of your work, while upskilling – and getting paid for it!
11. Search Engine Evaluator
Pay per hour – USD 9-18
If you have no specific background, then this is the right opportunity for you. All you need to do is allocate 10-20 hours a week to rate the quality of search results.
The learning curve is pretty flat, but you do need to have attention to detail and the willingness to complete repetitive tasks.
How to get started: You can create an account with Appen and start applying for projects(some projects are just one-off while others last around 6 months or longer). Timing is of the essence in the application process, so when a new opportunity arises, go for it!
12. Analytics And CRO Optimizer
Pay per hour – from USD 28-47
Conversion Rate Optimization often flies under the radar, yet it is another money-making skill and one that best suits left-brained people with problem-solving and analytical skills.
Essentially you get to carry out research, create tags and dig into qualitative and quantitative data to come up with the best recommendations to increase the conversion rate.
13. Web Developer
Pay per hour – USD 25-55
Do you have a knack for troubleshooting, love solving complex problems, and can meet tight deadlines?
This is another option for those who are a bit of a geek at heart. Web development is in demand, but if you have no skin in the game be ready for a steep learning curve and a big-time investment.
How to get started: Although entry-level jobs are not so demanding, the bar is rising, so is competition. That said, the success formula is simple:
- Get your hands dirty with a small project
- Find contracts or apply to full-time roles
- Land better clients
Become A Remote/Online Entrepreneur
14. Start An Online Coaching Business
Earning potential – 6+figure business
The coaching industry is big, people want to make more money, become healthier, or simply become better human beings and guess what? They need and want a guide who’s been there and done that.
Is that you?
At first, you won’t make much, but once you set your authority and people trust you, you will make more than you have ever dreamed of – my one-hour workshops sell out in a few hours and make me over USD 2K each.
How to get started: Do an inventory of your abilities and expertise and upskill with a great online course. You will need to pick up new skills and be immersed in a community of like-minded people to stick at it and push through failure.
15. Start A Blogging Business
Earning potential – 7+figure business
Before you think ‘bogging is dead and people can no longer make money blogging’..
My blog alone makes me more than USD 10K a month and I now have 4 blogs.
Here is how you can monetize your blog:
- Display advertising
- Affiliate marketing
- Selling my digital products (like my ebooks and webinars)
- Coaching and Consulting
How to get started: If you are interested in learning how to build a blogging business, here is a guide for you: 6 Easy Ways To Make Money Blogging.
16. Start An Ecommerce Business
Earning potential – 7+figure business
But if you can make it work for you, you can definitely make life-changing money.
How to get started: Instead of looking at trending products, check out the fastest-growing Ecommerce countries and try to spot opportunities. These days people seek trustworthy and meaningful brands, not just products. So, again, educate yourself, take an online course and start implementing.
17. Start An Amazon FBA business
Earning potential – 6+figure business
Want to sell physical products without too much hustle?
Amazon FBA (Fulfilled by Amazon) makes it easier for you as it takes on some key tasks such as shipping orders and handling returns.
The main downside is that your business is dependent on a third-party (Amazon).
How to get started: If you want to know more about Amazon FBA and all the other ways you can work with Amazon you can read my A-Z guide on 14 Amazon remote jobs.
Other Remote Job Ideas
The online world is abundant and opportunities are just around the corner. Here are a few other remote job ideas you can start today:
- Voiceover Artist
- Etsy Store
- Podcast Editor
How can I make USD 50 An Hour From Home?
You need to hustle and grind. At first, it won’t be glamorous, no sugarcoating it.
That said, you can make USD 50 an hour (and much more) with most of the jobs mentioned in this article.
What Jobs Can Teens Do Remotely?
It is no mystery that the Internet has opened up endless opportunities for self-starter young people who want to make a name for themselves before they come of age.
Teenage millionaire success stories are all over the place, but what about regular teens who want to make extra income and learn new skills? They certainly can!
If that’s you, here is a list of a few remote jobs – beware of the age limit:
- Online surveys – 13+
- Freelance writing – 13+
- Blogging – 13+
- Youtuber – 13+
- Test Websites – 17+
- Data Entry – 18+
- English Tutor – 18+
Sounds easy, right? It’not, but it is absolutely possible!
The bottom line is:
- Upskill – Make yourself valuable to the people and businesses you work with
- Change your mindset – If you think you can’t, then you can’t. Cheesy, but so true!
If you are still not sure where to start, pick one skill, just one. Sharpen that skill, try to make money from it, and stick to it for a while.
If you fail, then you can learn, pivot, and adjust accordingly.
As you go along, you will progress faster and every bit of your journey will serve you along the way.