Searching online for legitimate work from home jobs can be a little bit frustrating at times. Many of the options aren’t actually working from home, think rideshare driving or delivering food. Others are low paying ideas like taking surveys, while other sites list straight-up scams.
This angers me on a personal level.
See, I’ve built my business on helping my readers find real ways to make more money. Maybe it’s to pay down debt, save for emergencies, or invest for retirement. And if you already have a full-time job and/or a family, then you need something flexible.
Work from home jobs fill can fill that need, but the problem is that not every site gives you viable options.
So that’s my goal today, to tell you about real, honest, legitimate work from home jobs that will help you earn more money. I’m not going to tell you about MLMs (99% of people lose money), and I’m not going to tell you about surveys (they pay much less than they advertise).
If you’re ready to learn about some real options, read on.
Here are nine legitimate work at home jobs
1. Work as a Facebook digital marketer
Digital marketing on Facebook means you’re running ads for small businesses. It’s not boosting posts — it’s creating, running, testing, and managing ad campaigns for your clients.
Out of all the legitimate work from home jobs on this list, running Facebook ads is my favorite. That’s because it’s what I did after I quit my job to run this site full-time. I needed to find something to supplement my income, saw a need in the market, and learned everything I could.
Then, I landed my first client (it was the jeweler who sold me my wife’s engagement ring).
That client turned into another. Then another and another. I was pretty quickly out earning what I made as a teacher.
There was a lot of hustle in my journey, but I learned that I could make around $1,000-$1,500 per month/per client. And, that was in just a few hours each week as I was:
- Finding and acquiring clients
- Creating effective ads
- Testing the ads
- Maintaining client relationships
The reason this is, hands down, one of the best legitimate work from home jobs is because Facebook has a massive reach. We’ve seen big companies run ads for years, and small business owners are finally starting to realize that they need to leverage Facebook’s reach too.
But… and this is what’s great for you… many small business owners lack the time and resources it takes to run an effective ad campaign.
Learning how to run Facebook ads for local business owners means you’re helping them strategize and grow their business.
If you’re interested in learning more, my buddy Mike Yanda (he’s a lawyer, turned digital marketer who now earns $30k/month in digital marketing income) and I created the Facebook Side Hustle Course.
You’ll learn how Mike and I run ads, how to start your own ad agency, and much more.
For more high-earning side hustle ideas, read Best Side Hustles to Make an Extra $1,000-$2,000 Per Month.
2. Teaching English online
Teaching English online to young Korean and Chinese students has been a popular work from home job for a few years now. The hours are flexible, you can work when you want, and you can earn up to $22/hour.
There are several companies out there, but VIPKid is my top pick because they were listed as one of Glassdoor’s 2019 Best Places to Work. I also know a number of people IRL who are happily working for VIPKid.
Okay, what is VIPKid?
VIPKid is a website that connects native English speakers to young Chinese students to learn English. You don’t need to be a teacher to work for VIPKid, but you do need some experience working with kids. Having kids of your own and working as a babysitter or camp counselor all count.
If you’re interested in working from home with VIPkid, you’ll need to fill out an application and go through an interview process, which does involve a practice lesson. It’s surprisingly painless.
As a former teacher, there are a couple of things I really appreciate about VIPKid:
- You don’t have to do any lesson planning
- You’re encouraged to play games with the student
- The lessons are only 25 minutes long
M$M tip: If this is one of the work from home jobs you’re interested in, you can learn more in this VIPKid Review. And for more great side hustles for teachers, check out Best Side Hustles for Teachers to Make More Money During the School Year.
3. Work as a freelancer
If you have a marketable skill, freelancing is a great side hustle to bring in some additional income. And after you read the following statistics, you’ll understand why it’s one of the most legitimate work from home jobs of 2019.
- With income totaling over $1 trillion, freelancing now contributes more to the GDP than the construction or transportation industry.
- 57 million Americans are freelancing this year.
- The number of full-time freelancers has grown by 11 percentage points.
- Skilled freelancers earn a median rate of $28/hour, which is more than what 70% of U.S. workers currently make.
To see more of these statistics, check out Upwork’s 2019 Freelancing in America Study.
Freelancing is a huge industry and presents options for:
- Graphic design
- Web development
- App development
- Film editing
- Sound design
- Virtual assistance
I have a few freelancers on my team here at M$M, including a virtual assistant, web developer, SEO guru, and editor. Overall, they freelance because it gives them flexibility. They can work at home if they want, but they can also work while traveling.
If you’re interested in freelancing, I highly recommend starting a website for your business. This will make it easy for you to list your services, show off your work, and it’s how potential clients can find you. But Upwork and Freelancer are great places to look for your first clients.
4. Work as a virtual assistant
I hate to admit this, but it’s 100% true — I would be completely lost without my virtual assistant Melissa.
She helps manage some of my social media accounts, moderates the Millennial Money Man Facebook Community, sorts through my emails, handles billing, schedules meetings, keeps me focused, and about a million more things.
To work as a virtual assistant, you’ll need to have excellent time management skills. You also need to be organized and be a good communicator. And, this is one of the most flexible and legitimate work from home jobs out there… my VA works at home while raising her four young kids!
What else do virtual assistants do?
- Data entry
- Inbox management
- Project management
- Blog management
- Preparing reports
- Content creation
- Digital marketing tasks
- Event management
Most VAs do just a few of those things for their clients, and some niche down to do specific jobs like Pinterest management.
If you’re interested in learning how to become a virtual assistant, I recommend checking out Gina Horkey’s course 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success. You’ll learn:
- How to establish yourself as a VA
- Pitching clients
- Launching your business
- How to set your rates
- Where and how to find clients
- Building effective client relationships
5. Customer service representative jobs
All sorts of companies are moving customer service jobs to remote work. And there are lots of companies that are currently posting legitimate work at home jobs on sites like Indeed and Glassdoor. I did a quick search and found a bunch of listings for remote customer service representatives, including:
- Panera Bread
- Warby Parker
- Best Buy
- GE Appliances
At an average of $14/hour, the pay is decent. And being able to work flexible hours from the comfort of your own home means you can work on the side of your day job.
6. Write for a living
You might not realize this, but a large portion of the online content you read was probably written by a freelance writer — from web page copy, articles, quizzes, email sequences, marketing copy, and more.
Many freelance writers niche down, but others will work on a variety of projects for all sorts of clients. Niches like medical, technical, and financial writers earn on the higher end (upwards of $50-$60/hour), while content mills pay much less (as little as $0.05/word).
While you don’t need a degree in English, creative writing, or journalism to get started, learning how the market works and how to start your own writing business can be a big help. Check out Gina Horkey’s other course 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success if you’re interested in learning more.
7. Sell on Amazon FBA
FBA stands for Fulfillment By Amazon, and it’s when third-party sellers (like you) sell goods on Amazon. But how? Amazon is huge!
Here’s the short version of how it works: you find things to sell on Amazon (more on that in a second), ship the goods to Amazon, list your items, and when they sell, Amazon ships them out and processes the sale.
Some items are better for Amazon FBA than others, like:
- Retail arbitrage
- Private label items
- Gently used or returned items
- Wholesale products
Books do really well too, and I have a reader who made $25,000 on the side of her full-time job selling books on Amazon FBA. If you’re interested, start by reading what Amazon has to say about FBA.
8. Flip furniture
Are you the type of person who sees furniture at thrift stores, garage sales, or even sitting on the curb and thinks, “Hey, there’s a lot of life left in that piece!”? Then flipping furniture could be a great work at home job for you.
The thing is, a lot of the tossed out or donated furniture is still in good shape structurally. You might only need to sand, paint, or put new hardware on before selling it. Once you’ve refreshed your pieces, you can sell them on Facebook Marketplace or through selling apps like Trove or Chairish.
Is this a legitimate work from home job? Yes, yes, yes. My friend Virginia does it full-time and shares her tips in How to Make a Full-Time Income Flipping Furniture From Home.
9. Work as a proofreader
Back in #6, I told you how freelance writing was a great work from home job because there is a high need for written content. But who do you think polishes all of that content to make sure it’s free of spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors? It’s a proofreader!
This is an excellent work from home side hustle if you cringe when someone uses the wrong verb tense or can’t tell the difference between their/there/they’re.
Proofreading is also super flexible, so much so that Caitlin Pyle of Proofread Anywhere left her day job to work as a proofreader. She then took what she learned and created her incredibly popular Proofread Anywhere Course.
Read more at Proofreading Jobs: Make Money Pointing Out Mistakes.
The final word on finding legitimate work from home jobs
The great thing about working from home is that technology has made it easier for more of us to earn money wherever we want. You can now earn a full-time income while working at home and raising your kids. You can work from home on the side of your 9-5. And lots of people work online so they can travel full-time.
Real jobs are out there if you look in the right places!