Work from home jobs are all the rave now and for good reason too!
For the average person, legit work from home jobs (yes, there are lots of scam jobs online) will let you:
- Experience greater flexibility.
- Travel the world while working and making money.
- Be happier,
- and sometimes, surpass your income from your 9 to 5 too.
But for ambitious mamas, who would be otherwise torn between working to satisfy *ahem* callings to change the world vs raising precious babies in every precious minute, work from home jobs, especially the practical ones I’ll be sharing in this post, are answers to desperate prayers.
Here are 4 quick reasons why:
- Moms who work from home get to spend more time with their kids.
- Working from home has the potential to double your income or more. If you start a blog, for example, you can make up to $50,000 a month. A study by Flexjobs also found that the average telecommuter earns a higher median salary than an in-office worker.
- Married people who work from home have been reported to be happier than traditional workers because of the fairer and more gender-neutral division of labor at home.
- Finally, because you spend more time with your kids, potentially make more money doing fulfilling work, and enjoy a happy marriage, chances are you’ll make more changes to live a happier, healthier life!
So What Are The Best Work From Home Jobs in 2021
I know you’ve seen other lists of work from home jobs, this one is different.
I’m not just talking work from home as a side hustle to pay for groceries and all that nonsense.
*This post may contain affiliate links at no extra cost to you. See disclosure for details.
These legitimate jobs to work from home will let you build the career you’ve always dreamed of while allowing you to save on gas, daycare, commute time, and your sanity (hopefully :D).
This means no surveys, or website testing jobs.
1. Online Writing Work From Home job
If you love writing you can thank the dotcom boom for this cool work from home job opportunity that doesn’t require phone calls.
Every serious business is going online and investing in content marketing (aka publishing blog posts) because it’s highly effective.
What fuels this content marketing boom is mostly writers, of all experience levels.
How Much Do Online Writers Earn?
Writers earn from around $30 all the way up to $2,000 per post depending on a lot of factors.
I, for example, set my rate at $0.25 per words and here’s a filtered shot from my PayPal account.
$700 in 10 days from a side hustle, not bad right?
How To Start Writing from Home
To start writing, you’ll need a computer, an internet connection, research, and some marketing skills.
The fastest way to level up your skills, of course, is to invest in a course but in case you can’t afford to at the moment so you are looking for work from home jobs with no investment, Upwork is a good place to start.
Otherwise, and if you want to make more money, set up a freelance writer website. Follow the instructions in this post for setting up a blog.
Then model your website after mine or other freelancers you admire.
Next start writing on your blog (here are some blog post ideas) or guest posting to build up your portfolio.
The more prestigious the sites you post on, the better for you. You can display their logos as trust symbols as I do and that’s huge for convincing clients.
The key to making more money is to choose a profitable niche and target businesses rather than individuals or bloggers.
2. Consulting Work From Home Job
When most people think of consulting, they think it’s something only incredibly successful business owners with MBAs do.
What Is Consulting?
Consultation means giving professional advice to an individual, business or organization in order for them to achieve a certain result.
From Business, Health, Social Media, Finance to Beauty and more, you can become a consultant in any area or niche right from your home! The woman in the image above, for example, is an interior decorations consultant.
How Much Can You Make From Consulting?
How much you make varies based on the niche you choose, the quality of the service you offer, the kind of clients you target, and how much experience you have.
To give you an idea, Consultants average around $76,000 per year. And it’s one of the most flexible jobs you can do from home that pay well.
Here’s a good article to help you get started.
3. Start A Blog From Home
Blogging is easily my favorite job to do from home.
The special thing about it is the potential for passive income.
Let me explain.
With blogging, you write posts and even though you don’t get paid a huge sum for them immediately, they help you create a snowball of income that scales every month.
So if you are passionate about writing and you don’t want to be a freelance writer, blogging is the best thing for you.
Also, if you want to never have to hop on the phone for your job, become a blogger.
How much do bloggers make?
Serious bloggers start making between $1,000 to $20,000 per year in their very first year!
Check out this infographic I made for how long it takes to make money blogging using the different monetization models.
How To Start A Blog And Make Money
Setting up a blog is pretty easy and making money from it, even though not as easy, is not rocket since too.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Choose a blog niche to enter. (A list of profitable ones for moms)
- Setup your blog. (Step by step tutorial with screenshots and video).
- Write blog posts. (Ideas that drive traffic)
- Join affiliate marketing sites (the best ones to join) or learn to monetize using other means like these three moms.
And here’s my famous free blog plan if you need more help.
4. Start Virtual Assistance Job From Home
Virtual Assistance is another job you can do working from home that doesn’t cost money.
With the increase in entrepreneurship and small business ownership, more people are turning to remote workers to help with tasks they would love to outsource.
That’s where making money as a VA comes in.
Answering emails, helping with customer service, even social media. Your working hours can be flexible enough to allow you to focus on the things that are dear to you.
How Much Do Virtual Assistants make?
If you choose to work from home as a virtual assistant, you’ll likely be paid by the hour.
Typical hourly rates range from $15 – $100 per hour.
Tasks You Perform as a Virtual Assistant Are:
- Calendar management
- Social Media Management
- Attending to Emails
- Presentation preparation
- Answering Phone Calls
- Preparing Word Document
- Customer service
But this list isn’t all-inclusive, like everything else on this list, you may choose to specialize in just a few areas you like.
Also, this is one of those few high-income work from home jobs that you may be able to start without a computer.
This article should help you get started.
5. Website Design Business
Can I tell you a secret?
These days almost anyone with an eye for design can design a website, with zero coding skills.
There are lots of premium themes you can buy and tweak for your client’s sites!
So if you’ve ever thought you might have been great at designing websites if only you learned to code, this is your second chance.
Even if you have zero experience, you can start with cheaper or pro bono clients and work your way up as you gain experience.
How Much Do Website Designers Make?
$52,000 per year on average for this extra flexible work from home job that lets you make your own schedule! Can I get a whistle?!
Here’s a great place to start.
6. Start A Facebook Ad Agency From Home
Your job as a Facebook Advertising or Marketing Agent is to help businesses to get more customers and make more sales.
Take a look at the small businesses around you, chances are, they hardly know how to use social media (the top effective channel for marketing)
Start helping them run paid ads to get more customers and make more sales. Facebook even has resources on how to get started.
How Much Can You Make Running Facebook Marketing for Small Businesses?
As an effective manager on a monthly retainer, expect to make between $1,000 – $2,000 monthly per client.
Famous FB Ad Marketer Tai Lopez thinks you can get up to $10k actually, here’s his advice to help you get started.
7. Work from Home as an Author
Can you become the next J. K. Rowling?
With incredible talent and a little bit of luck, you’ve got good chances.
However, with self-publishing costing so little nowadays, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t explore your great chances of making money writing books, even if you don’t have talent or luck.
An added advantage, you cement your name in the sands of time!
How Much Do Authors Make?
Although some may think that authors are often broke and must sell their books at ridiculous prices to get readers for it, Danny Iny reveals a simple strategy to make more money off your books in his post for Inc.
8. Begin A Private Legal Agency From Home
Is law your profession?
Then start your own private legal agency.
What can you do as a private legal practitioner?
You can start registering small businesses with the government, give them legal advice, be their lawyer and represent them in legal matters and many more.
How much would you be earning?
It would seem that the consensus puts the average earnings at around $50,000 per year.at the start
To get started, you may create and use your Social Media platforms to start getting clients for your Private Legal Agency.
9. Become a Bookkeeper
Are you a CPA looking for work from home jobs for accountants? Or you just have a natural love for numbers, this one is for you.
A lot of people confuse accounting which requires certification with bookkeeping which doesn’t.
Basically, a bookkeeper keeps track of the expenses and income of a small business or individuals.
Bookkeeping has been named as one of the most profitable online jobs by Entrepreneur, earning remote workers as much as $112,000 per year.
To get started, I recommend taking the famous (and free) Learn to Be a Bookkeeper Course.
10. Teaching Jobs
A you a teacher who wants to start working from home instead? Or maybe you are just looking for some cool summer jobs for teachers or maybe you aren’t even a teacher!
No worries at all, anyone can teach online and earn around $23/hour.
VIPKid is a great place to start, you can teach kids English online.
11. Research Assistant
This one is for curious raccoons like me! If you have a curious mind and don’t get bored easily with new and sometimes boring information, you are going to love this work from home job opportunity.
Your job will be to dig up data for time or knowledge challenged people while you get paid to learn stuff!
An entry-level research assistant can make anywhere from $21,000 to $52,000 per year.
Wonder is one place to register for this work from home job with paid training but you may want to do your research and decide. As much as I’ve heard great things about Wonder, I’ve also heard negatives, mostly that researchers are overworked.
The safest thing to do is to start off on your own.
12. Data Entry
Another work from home job with no experience required, Data entry professionals use data processors like computers to enter information in a database.
Most data entry jobs require a knowledge of Microsoft Excel or other data-intensive software.
How much does it pay?
Around $10 to $17 per hour for beginners.
13. Virtual Receptionist
If the thought of working from home and never meeting people feels more like a necessary evil to you, chances are you are a social butterfly and you are going to love (and excel) in this particular work from home job field.
As a work from home receptionist, your primary responsibilities will be socializing for a pay of $26 – 72k per year! As the face/voice of a company albeit.
You will answer calls, respond to emails, and provide customer service to clients. Some less exciting aspects of the job include organizing files and scheduling appointments.
There are many agencies looking to hire people, you can get started with Vicky Virtual.
14. Pinterest Manager
When my blog was just getting started I offered Pinterest Management Services billing clients $250 a month for work that took around 8 hours tops (that’s below average rate) and I can tell you it’s pretty easy to sell Pinterest Services.
Your job is to create brand awareness and traffic for clients using Pinterest. Like a monthly package could include 10 new pins, scheduling 800 pins and joining 1 group board…
How much do Pinterest Managers make?
Around $50 per hour would be considered average.
How to get started
Build a portfolio, this is very important. Landing clients was easy for me because I could showcase stuff like this.
A highly recommended course to brush up your skills is Become a Pinterest VA by Kristin Larsen
15. Search Reviewer
This is one work from home job I didn’t even know existed until recently. Apparently, google and facebook still need real people to take a look at stuff to ensure they are accurate.
As a search or social media reviewer/evaluator, your job is to rate ads and content for quality and relevancy on either platform.
Pay sits around $12.50 – $14 per hour
To get started, join companies like LionBrigde.
What a proofreader does is carefully go through content with a fine-tooth comb fishing out spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors.
Editing and proofreading while sometimes interchanged are not the same thing at all. Proofreading is the final stage of writing that comes after editing.
You can also work from home as an editor by the way.
Proofreaders get paid around $45 per hour
Get started using this guide.
A transcriptionist takes recorded audio from meetings, interviews, or simple dictations and turns them into readable text.
This is a work from home typing job and so it works best if you are a fast typist.
How much does it pay?
Around $15 – $30 per hour but this is what it comes out to using the average human typing speed. If you type faster, your hourly rate can be much higher.
Transcription companies like Transcribe me.com always have remote jobs for transcriptionists.
Similar to consulting, you can make money as a coach. While a consultant is considered an expert, a coach can be someone just a step ahead of the client in a particular field where he/she needs help.
While consulting is more formal as a consultant tells you what to do to solve a particular problem, a coach is like a friend or paid mentor that guides you to a desired outcome.
How much does it pay?
$40 – $80k per year, cool right.
I found this article on how to start a coaching business and it’s a good place to start.
19. Travel Agent
Can’t people just get on their computers, book flights and lodgings and go?
Technically, they can. But most people still prefer to allow a “professional” – you- make sure that everything is in perfect order for their trip.
Most of your bookings as a travel agent will be for special trips like honeymoons, family vacations, corporate trips and things like that. Disney is a niche on its own right now.
How much do Travel Agents earn?
$57,620 on average
To get started, you’ll find lots of tips on the Travel Planners International’s Website.
20. Customer Service Representative
If you get to spend a few hours alone daily then customer service could work really well for you.
A customer service representative supports customers by providing helpful information, answering questions, and responding to complaints. What customer service reps do in a nutshell is make sure that customers are satisfied with a company and that the company receives and handles complaints timely.
Customer Service Reps typically earn between $10 – $20 per hour, check out Rat Race Rebellion to get started.
21. Graphic Designer
Graphic Design jobs are really popular. Not many entrepreneurs are artistically gifted and so, many turn to professionals for things like logo designs, business card designs, social media promotion campaign designs and a whole lot of other things used to promote a business.
Typical earnings hover around $46,900 on average
This job is one that allows you to hop right in no matter your experience level, get started with one of the many graphic design jobs available on indeed.
IT Work From Home Jobs
This is one field where remote jobs really thrive. If you have knowledge or experience in the field of IT then you can get a job in any of the many subfields; Software engineering, Software development, Web development, Quality assurance testing, IT project management, System administration…
They pay incredibly well too with an average of around $86,000
The real truth is that working from home won’t work great for everyone. If you aren’t disciplined and can’t find ways to manage your time more productively then you may just find that you burnout.
You should also consider that being at home with your family doesn’t necessarily mean being there. In my first few months of working from home, I was terrible, I literally became a barking dog. You can read my story and how I finally pulled myself together on Link2us Magazine.
For freelance writers – Problogger is one of the best job boards. Others include We Work Remotely, Indeed, and FlexJobs.
These are some reputable job sites that screen their jobs and some take fees from the clients to post a job and that’s a great way to qualify legit people.
But, if you truly want to build a career that scales quickly, I would advise working for yourself as a freelancer. That way, you build a brand that people come looking for instead of helping other companies build their brands and get credit for your work.
These are the 21 best paying work from home jobs in 2021. I hope I have provided you with helpful information to get yourself started with a legit and high paying work from home job.
Remember that you can always raise your rates as you grow in whichever work from home jobs you choose so don’t be afraid to start small.
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