Thanks to technology, there are more real online jobs than ever before. Many of these jobs would have been non-existent just a decade ago, but now you can make a full-time income online or work online in your spare time to earn extra money.
Even though there are very real online jobs in 2021, I still hear some skepticism from people who are worried about online scams, like stuffing envelopes or pyramid schemes.
Sure, there are still scams out there, but the reality is that many people are working real online jobs every single day, from freelancers, to bloggers, teachers, and more.
Here are 27 real online jobs you can work from home in 2021
1. Digital marketer
Digital marketers use the power of the internet for marketing purposes. They leverage special media channels, search engines, email, and more to drive leads for their clients.
As more and more people work, learn, and play online, digital marketing is vital for businesses. It’s a must to stay competitive, reach new customers, and engage with existing customers. This necessity puts digital marketers in high demand.
There are lots of different jobs that fall under the umbrella of digital marketing, and one of the best online jobs in the field is running Facebook ads for small businesses.
Big companies have been running Facebook ads for a while, and it’s something small businesses are just starting to tap into. The problem is that most of those small business owners lack the time and resources it takes to learn how to run an effective ad strategy.
That problem creates a need for Facebook ad managers, and small business owners are willing to pay $1,000-$2,000/month for this service. Facebook ad management is an in-demand service, and because it’s something you can learn how to do without a degree, there are real online jobs in Facebook ad management for many different kinds of people.
It takes anywhere from 2-3 hours a week to run Facebook ads, which involves:
- Creating effective ads
- Testing the ads
- Managing leads
- Targeting the right online audience
- Maintaining ads
If running Facebook ads sounds like an online job you’d be interested in, check out the Facebook Side Hustle Course. I teamed up with my buddy Mike Yanda (lawyer turned digital marketer who brings in $30k/month with his digital ad agency) to teach others how to start, run, and manage their own Facebook ads agency.
2. Virtual assistant
Virtual assistants (VAs) help business owners, freelancers, and online entrepreneurs handle a variety of administrative tasks. And it makes sense that with so many more people working online that this is a growing field.
There is a wide range of tasks virtual assistants can do, and all of them are remote, making this one of the best online jobs from home.
If you have experience in administrative support, human resources, project management, executive assistance, or customer service, then you have many transferable skills you can put to use as a VA.
Like I said, virtual assistants do a variety of things for their clients. I have a couple of VAs who work for me and they handle inbox management, scheduling blog posts, running reports, and paying freelancers. That’s just a fraction of the real online job VAs can do. Here’s a more in-depth list:
- Social media management: Sharing content, posting status updates, responding to comments, moderating groups, running ads.
- Email management: Responding to emails, organizing email inboxes, corresponding with clients, possibly setting up email marketing automation.
- Blog management: Scheduling posts, editing posts, paying freelancers, managing affiliate relationships, organizing past posts, updating plug-ins, formatting images.
- Customer service: Processing orders, managing payments, troubleshooting, responding to requests.
- Calendar management/scheduling: Scheduling appointments, making travel arrangements, organizing to-do lists.
- Research: Keeping track of competitors’ products and services, screen applications for affiliate programs, analyze consumer trends.
You need to be highly organized to work as a VA, and good time management skills are a must. These are fast-paced and flexible jobs you can work from home. With online entrepreneurship growing – from bloggers, freelancers, consultants, podcasters, eCommerce site owners, etc. – there are growing opportunities for work.
Virtual assistants make anywhere from $15-$50/hour. It depends on your experience and the kind of services you offer. VAs that have specialized training running Facebook ads or with email marketing can demand higher pay.
3. Pinterest virtual assistant
A Pinterest virtual assistant is a niche VA field, and it’s one of the best online jobs for people who love Pinterest. Don’t think it’s just pinning all day long – you are creating and implementing a strategy that helps business owners increase their traffic using Pinterest.
- Creating pins
- Scheduling with Tailwind
- Doing keyword research
- Running Promoted Pins (Pinterest’s version of paid ads)
- Creating sales funnels, opt-ins, and more
It’s incredibly flexible work that stays interesting, and you can make around $500/month per client. Many Pinterest VAs have more than one client at a time.
My good friend Kirsten Larsen created the Pinterest VA Course to teach you how to make money as a Pinterest VA. They teach you all the necessary skills, plus how to find and land clients.
4. Freelance writing
Freelance writers are responsible for the vast majority of the content you read online. They write blog posts, emails, sales pages, web copy, online article, ad copy, product descriptions, and much more.
Most freelance writers work for a variety of clients at a time, but some find in-house jobs that provide a steady stream of income. Because you only need a laptop and internet connection to work as a freelance writer, it’s one of the best work from home jobs that pay well.
A degree in English, journalism, or creative writing isn’t required to become a freelance writer. It can help, but it’s not necessary. Many successful freelance writers don’t have formal training as writers, but they are ambitious, ready to learn, and have found a niche that suits them.
There is a wide pay range for freelance writers depending on your experience and niche, but full-time freelance writers can earn in the $4,000-$6,000/month range. The top 10% of freelance writers earn $8,000-$10,000/month.
Proofreaders run a quality check on written content. Not everyone is cut out to be a proofreader – you must be able to find and point out the smallest punctuation, grammar, and spelling errors – but that’s why there are so many real online jobs for proofreaders right now.
If you’re good at the things I just mentioned, proofreading would be a great work at home job for you. You can proofread blog posts, online articles, self-published books, legal transcripts, essays, manuals, and more.
Proofreaders earn anywhere from $15-$45/hour, and you can start finding jobs on freelance websites like Fiverr. You can learn more about getting started in Proofreading Jobs: Make Money Pointing Out Mistakes or check out the course Proofread Anywhere.
It’s wild to think that not too long ago, blogging didn’t even exist. Now, there are people like me who have real online jobs as bloggers.
I started this site 5 years ago when I was working as a high school band director. It took me a few months to make my first $3 from this site, and it’s grown into a 7-figure business that I run from my house.
Blogging can be one of the highest paying work from home jobs, but it’s a really slow business model overall. Even though it’s slow, what’s so appealing for many bloggers is that you can start your blog on the side of your current job. You get to choose when you work and how you do it.
You also have total control over what you write about and how you monetize your blog.
Learning how to start a blog has been life-changing for me, and I felt that way when I was making an extra $2,000-$3,000 a month from my site.
If you’re interested in starting a blog, I highly recommend a WordPress blog hosted through Bluehost. It’s affordable at $2.95 a month, and it’s great for new bloggers.
But if you’re feeling overwhelmed, check out Launch That Blog. This is a free service when you go with Bluehost. My team sets your site up for you, it comes with a free domain name, and you get a ton of bonus freebies.
Transcriptionists listen to audio files and convert them into text documents, and you can work online from home as a medical, legal, or general transcriptionist. A general transcriptionist is a catch-all for work that doesn’t fall under the medical or legal category.
The work might sound easy – listen to a recording and type what you hear – but most real online jobs for transcriptionists require you to have some training. That’s because you’ll have to understand specific terminology, work with thick accents or background noises, and learn to use the tools that make the job easier, like a foot pedal.General transcriptionists make around $15-$30/hour, but if you have a legal background, like paralegal or legal secretary, you can make even more as a legal transcriptionist.
8. Write an ebook
Writing and self-publishing an ebook has become an affordable option for new authors that want to enter the market. You can save a lot on design, printing, and distribution costs, plus you don’t have to deal with editors or publishing companies that want to change your work – you’re in control of it all.
And for successful authors, ebooks can be a fairly passive way to make money.
This isn’t one of the easiest jobs you can do from home… you have to write an entire book. But, ebooks don’t need to follow traditional publishing standards for length or style, which breaks down a lot of the barriers new writers find in the traditional publishing industry.
If you’re interested in self-publishing, start by checking out Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. This platform is set up for new authors.
Bookkeepers are similar to accountants in that they help with the financial aspects of running a business, but bookkeepers are responsible for doing specific jobs, like:
- Paying bills
- Collecting payments
- Update financial records and check them for accuracy
- Receive and record payments
- Reimburse work-related expenses
- Manage payroll
To find real online jobs for bookkeepers, you will need pretty solid math skills, know how you read and create spreadsheets, be detail-oriented, have excellent organizational skills, and be a problem solver. Bookkeepers can make anywhere from $20-$40/hour.
As soon as companies started leveraging social media to reach new customers and increase brand awareness, there became a need for social media managers. Online jobs in social media management are part public relations, some marketing, and customer service. In general, you’re responsible for executing and supervising a brand’s social media presence.
Big brands obviously need social media managers, but there are real online jobs available at smaller companies and with solopreneurs. Freelance social media managers can make $15-$40/hour doing things like:
- Scheduling posts
- Replying to comments
- Creating images for posts
- Running reports and analyzing traffic data
- Moderating online groups
- Developing a brand identity and ensuring brand consistency across platforms
11. Create and sell online courses
Creating courses allows you to make money teaching people how to do something that can improve their lives. It can be a skill they can monetize (side hustle skills) or just something they’ll enjoy doing (watercolor, meditation, drawing, etc.).
And this might surprise you, but you’re probably qualified to create a course on something. Hear me out.
What are you really good at? What topic do people ask you for help with? What skills do you have? Use your answers to those questions as a starting point.
One of my readers created a course on graphic design, and she’s been sharing her success in my M$M Facebook Community. It’s been pretty phenomenal watching her go.
Once you have an idea, check out online teaching platforms like Teachable and Udemy to see what courses similar to yours include and how they’re priced. But above all, focus on what you can do to improve your students’ lives. That’s what they’re paying you for.
12. Customer service representative
Over the past few months, I’ve been paying attention to what kinds of real online jobs big companies are hiring for, and one of the biggest areas is customer service. It makes sense for companies to move these jobs to remote work because it’s something that can be done 100% online.
The barrier to entry for this kind of work is incredibly low too, which means it’s something almost anyone can do with very little experience. Still, there are some qualifications:
- Patience and politeness: You’re going to deal with frustrated (and sometimes rude) customers who need help, so make sure you’re able to stay polite and professional.
- Ability to multitask and problem solve: You’ll need to be a quick thinker who can stay organized.
- Basic computer skills: Some online jobs will require more advanced skills, but most don’t.
- Quiet workspace: You’re spending time on the phone or listening to people’s issues online, so make sure you’re in an environment where you hear them well and give them your undivided attention.
Online customer service representatives make around $10-$20/hour, and FlexJobs is a great place to look for openings.
Micro-workers complete small machine learning tasks that inform and improve AI functions. The idea is that humans are still far better than computers at doing things like text analysis, data entry, image annotation, translation, search engine analysis, etc.
These are small online jobs that can take 15 minutes to an hour, and most micro-workers work on crowd-sourced platforms like Amazon MTurk. Companies create listings for work, and people can accept jobs and get paid through the platform.
This online work is not high paying, like $5-$10/hour, but it’s available if you are looking for flexible entry-level work.
14. Contact tracer
Contract tracers are needed to help track and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Most people had never heard of this job before 2020, but now we’re all familiar with it and how important it is in managing the COVID-19 outbreak.
Contact tracers work from home and spend most of their time on the phone talking with infected people and contacting people about their risk of exposure. It takes strong communication skills, basic computer skills, and empathy.
I’ve seen real online jobs listed for contract tracers who can work part-time and full-time hours, and it pays anywhere from $18-$25/hour.
15. Professional flipper
I’m sure you’ve been at a garage sale, flea market, or seen something on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist that is worth more than it’s being sold for. You can make good money buying those things and flipping them for a profit.
There are all kinds of things you can flip to make money at home: sports gear, collectibles, workout equipment, as well as gently used clothes, baby gear, video games, electronics, and more.
Rob and Melissa of Flea Market Flipper are professional flippers and made over $133,000 in one year alone, and they were only working 10-15 hours per week.
You can learn what kind of items they flip, how they got started, and their tips for selling in this free workshop: Learn the Art of Flea Market Flipping.
16. Start an Etsy shop online
Etsy is an online marketplace for crafty, handmade, and vintage goods. It’s grown into a massive platform connecting makers and buyers around the world.
People have started turning to Etsy for party favors, decorations, jewelry, home decor, clothing, gifts, and so much more. But if you’ve ever made something with your hands, you understand how hard it is to make your money back.
One area that offers a higher profit ratio is creating and selling e-printables. These are digital files for all sorts of things – invitations, cards, stickers, calendars, planner pages, organization tools, even art that you can frame.
Printables have a higher profit because you don’t have to invest as much time and money into creating and making these goods. The cost of shipping is pretty much gone considering the digital files are delivered online. Those reasons also mean this online job can generate some fairly passive income.
17. Take online surveys
Companies use online surveys for market research purposes so they can create better products and services and find out what their target customers are looking for.
Taking online surveys doesn’t pay as well as the other real online jobs on this list, but it’s incredibly mindless work if you have a little extra time and don’t want to make a major commitment.
Survey sites, like Survey Junkie, pay around $1-$3 per survey. Legit survey sites are 100% free to sign up for – if a company asks you to pay for access to surveys, that’s a red flag.
Anyone can take online surveys, but companies are looking for information from specific demographic groups, meaning you’re not going to qualify for every single survey. That’s why I recommend signing up for multiple survey companies so you’ll have the most opportunities possible.
I highly recommend Survey Junkie, and here are a few more legit survey sites to check out:
- Swagbucks: Get paid to take surveys, earn cashback when you shop online, and make money watching videos and playing games.
- MyPoints: Owned by the same company as Swagbucks, there are survey opportunities, cashback when you shop, a strong referral program, and browser extension.
- Opinion Outpost: In addition to making money with surveys, you can also get paid for product testing opportunities.
18. Test websites
Testing websites is similar to taking surveys in that companies are willing to pay for customer feedback. Companies use testing sites like UserTesting.com to get feedback that helps them create a better user experience for their customers.
There are real online jobs testing websites and apps, but this is very part-time work. UserTesting asks you to complete a test before you can start testing, and then you’ll answer a series of screen testing before any test you take. That’s because they are looking for people who fit certain criteria for each test.
For the tests you qualify for and take, you can make $10 for each 20-minute test.
19. Records clerk
Because medical records have moved online, there are real online jobs at home for records clerks. This job entails a variety of clerical responsibilities, record keeping, and even do some customer service work.
Most record clerks have some training or experience in medical coding and working at home as a records clerk pays around $12-$18/hour. You can find job postings on online job boards like FlexJobs.
20. Software engineer
The tech industry is full of real online jobs, and these are some of the highest paying work from home jobs if you have the experience and training. Freelance web developers, for example, can make anywhere from $40-$80/hour.
Software engineering and web development is also a very broad field. There are front end and back end developers, full-stack developers, jobs in coding languages like Python and Ruby on Rail, UI/UX designers, and more.
Web developers do need specialized training, but that no longer means a college degree in computer science or a related field. With the increasing demand for web developers, online bootcamps have become a really good way to gain the necessary skills. These are intensive weeks or months-long camps that give hands-on training and help you build a portfolio you can add to your resume.
21. Video editor
Working as a freelance video editor means you might be helping people edit and produce online course content, wedding videos, videos for YouTube videos, explainer videos, and more.
Video editors working from home can make $25-$35/hour, and what’s great about this online job is that you can learn the necessary skills to start editing videos. There are online courses and YouTube videos that can teach you how you use video editing software.
22. Podcast editing and production
According to a study done by Edison Research, more than half of the U.S. population over the age of 12 listens to podcasts, and there are now over 850,000 active podcasts.
Those numbers are up significantly from previous years, and it’s why podcast editing and production is a growing field. Podcast editors need to know how to use software like Audacity or Apple Logic Pro X.
You can find online jobs in podcast production and editing through freelance marketplaces like Fiverr or Upwork.
Tutoring is a surprisingly high paying online job – you can make $30-$60/hour as a subject-specific tutor and $45-$100 as an ACT or SAT prep tutor.
As a former high school teacher, I know that parents are willing to pay good money to give their kids an edge and help prepare them for college. One of the best places to find online tutoring jobs is through Wyzant.
Wyzant tutors set their own hours and rates, and it’s free to create a profile and start listing your services. Your profile should explain why you’re a good tutor, like academic background, degrees, qualifications, certifications, etc.
24. Sell things on eBay
I have a reader who made nearly $85,000 in one year from selling things on eBay. That’s wild.
Now, there are no guarantees with how much you can make selling on eBay, but this is one of the real online jobs that’s insanely easy to start because you can literally start selling what’s sitting around your house.
Successful eBay sellers will tell you to start selling what you have around your house because it gives you the chance to learn how the platform works before you invest any money in buying things to sell.
Here are a few tips from top eBay sellers:
- Start small by selling items for around $10 or less – you’ll keep your costs down and bank some good reviews
- Invest in a postage scale
- Watch what you spend on packing materials
- Sell what you know, which helps you market and list things correctly
- Learn more through online reseller communities, like blogs, YouTube channels, and social media
25. Sell on Shopify
Shopify is an easy to use platform for setting up and running your own e-commerce store, which can be a surprisingly passive online job if you use Shopify for dropshipping.
You use Shopify’s platform to build your e-commerce site – there are over 70 customizable themes, a drag-and-drop editor, and custom domains. You select items to sell on your site that can be drop-shipped, but you don’t touch, store, or ship these goods. Instead, you’re connecting customers with the supplier who handles storage and shipping.
The most active part of this online job is running traffic to your Shopify site and doing regular maintenance. Shopify’s platform is incredibly easy to use, and you can get started for as little as $29/month.
26. Start a consulting service
When I started this site, I had a million questions. Even as my business grows, I still find myself with tons of questions, and most entrepreneurs I talk to feel the same way. You want to talk to experts in your industry to learn best practices, tips, bounce ideas off, etc.
Clarity.fm saw that need and created an easy way to connect with experts in your field. As an expert, you can get paid for your knowledge, with rates starting at $60/hour but averaging closer to $100-$300/hour.
Here’s how it works:
- Someone comes to Clarity.fm and searches for an expert on a specific topic
- They find you and schedule a call
- You both receive confirmation from Clarity
- You get on your call and receive payment for your time
You can work from home and consult for Clarity on a huge list of topics related to business, funding, product and design, technology, skills and management, a variety of different industries, and more.
Even Mark Cuban consults for Clarity.fm at a rate of $166.67/minute!
27. Start a YouTube channel
Hosting a YouTube is a lot like starting and monetizing your blog – you need to start with a niche and grow your traffic. It’s also just as flexible as blogging because you can build your channel on your own time.
My wife started a YouTube channel a little over a year ago, and I’ve been able to witness firsthand that there’s still room and money to make for new YouTubers. The highest-paid YouTubers make an insane amount of money – Ryan Kaji, an 8-year-old, made $26 million in 2019.
The final word on online jobs
There is a lot of room out there in the online sphere. More and more companies are outsourcing to freelancers or moving entire departments to remote work. This provides some inherent flexibility, and I’m all for that.
I’ve just given you 27 different opportunities for real online jobs. Some of them are full-term opportunities while others are great side hustles if you want to learn how to make some extra money from home.
Freelance services like digital marketing, web development, freelance writing, graphic design, video editing, etc. are some of the best paying online jobs in 2021. Freelancing has turned into a long-term career choice for many workers because there are higher-paying opportunities for freelancers over traditionally employed workers.
Next to freelancing, starting a blog has the highest income potential, but the reality is that most bloggers aren’t making 7-figure incomes. Still, blogging is a very flexible way to make an extra $2,000-$10,000/month.
This is a great question, and the reality is that there are always going to be scams that prey on people who are looking for jobs you can work from home.
All of the jobs above are real opportunities, and here are tips for avoiding scams when you’re looking for opportunities:
- Google the company and look for reviews. Sites like Trustpilot, Glassdoor, and even the Better Business Bureau will have online job reviews that will help you avoid scams.
- Avoid companies that ask you to spend a lot of money upfront on products. I’m talking about multi-level-marketing companies that promise $$$$ as long as you buy this starter package. Also, if your earnings are tied to what the people below you are making, that’s a major red flag.
- Stay away from “opportunities” that sound too good to be true. If a website promises you will earn life-changing money in just a couple of days by doing something super simple, it might be a scam. Your gut will probably tell you to avoid these things – listen to it!
- Be smart when it comes to payment. For online jobs where you’re dealing directly with a client, you can always ask for a partial payment upfront if you’re concerned. Checks or bank transfers coming from individuals would make me nervous, but that’s the norm with larger companies. I personally use PayPal to pay my freelancers, and this or Venmo is pretty standard.
What’s nice about these platforms is that you know exactly who’s hiring so you’re not wasting your time. The downside is that you’re competing with lots of other freelancers and side hustlers. Plus, some of these platforms can take a small percentage of your earnings.
The alternative is to create a website or blog, list your services on that site, and then start pitching clients. I’d also recommend reaching out to people you know, using old contacts, and networking within your field.
I got my first Facebook ad client by pitching the idea to a business I used, and I grew that side hustle by pitching others and using word of mouth.