The easiest work-from-home jobs

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These days, more people than ever are working from home. It's predicted that 36.2 million people in the U.S. will be working remotely by 2025.

If you're self-motivated, a work-from-home job could give you a good work-life balance. You can say goodbye to long commutes and make money from the comfort of your own home.

But what is a work-from-home job? What do you need to qualify for one? And how do you avoid scams?

In this article, we'll answer these questions. We'll also give you a list of the easiest work-from-home jobs and show you where to start your job search.

What is a work-from-home job?

A work-from-home job is something that you can do remotely. These jobs can be part-time or full-time, or you may work as a freelancer.

Some people have a work-from-home position to make extra cash and supplement their day-job. For example, blogging, data entry, editing, and transcribing can be good side hustles.

Others have a remote job as their sole source of income.

Work-from-home jobs can be entry-level with short online training. Alternatively, you may need an associate’s degree or bachelor's degree to qualify for a remote job.

Some agencies, such as Upwork, help freelancers find work at home, but they take a commission. You can also search for remote jobs on our job board and apply directly.

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What do you need to work from home?

If you want to work from home and earn extra money, you'll need a quiet workspace, a fast internet connection, and your own computer.

Depending on the job, you may need other skills and accessories. For example, if it's a call center position, you'll need a headset. If it's a data entry job, you'll need experience using programs such as Microsoft Excel.

One of the perks of working from home is choosing your own schedule. But you'll need to be self-motivated and confident working independently.

You may need a high school diploma and a certificate in your preferred field.

If you're freelancing, you'll be a business owner and will need to manage your taxes and legal obligations. You'll also need to accept payments and may want to set up a Paypal account.

How do you avoid work-from-home job scams?

Don't forget, if a work-from-home opportunity sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

You can avoid common scams by researching the recruiter and checking for reviews.

You shouldn't have to pay money to get a job, and they shouldn't ask you to give your personal details over email. Be wary of companies who want to pay you by check.

What are the five easiest work-from-home jobs?

Let's take a look at some of the best work-from-home jobs.

1. Virtual assistant

Virtual assistants are remote workers who offer administrative services. They often work as freelancers for small businesses, startup companies, and Amazon store owners.

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Virtual assistants may make phone calls, attend virtual meetings, schedule appointments, upload products to e-commerce stores, and answer emails.

Where to find a job as a virtual assistant

To work as a virtual assistant, you'll need computer skills and good customer service skills.

You can browse virtual assistant job opportunities on Jobcase’s job board.

2. Transcriptionist

Transcriptionists listen to voice recordings and turn them into written documents. They often work in legal, medical, or tech industries. For example, they may transcribe podcasts, doctor's notes, or meeting minutes.

Multilingual transcription projects may need to be translated into a different language. The translated documents may also be for English-as-a-second-language (ESL) courses.

Where to find a job as a transcriptionist

To work as a transcriptionist, you'll need excellent listening skills. You may also need to complete training.

These are often part-time jobs, and you can browse transcriptionist positions on our job board.

3. Bookkeeper

Bookkeepers help clients with their finances. They use computer software and spreadsheets to input bills and invoices, print reports, and set budgets. Some bookkeepers prepare reports for accountants.

They may check transactions and records to make sure they’re accurate. They may also help companies with payroll.

Where to find a job as a bookkeeper

If you're looking for remote work, you may like to apply for a bookkeeper job. You'll need math skills, computer skills, and relevant experience. You may also need a bookkeeping certification.

You can browse bookkeeper positions on our job board.

4. Social media manager

Social media managers help their clients grow their social media pages. They create fresh content and upload graphics and videos.

Social media managers need to be good customer service representatives. They interact with followers and answer queries.

Social media managers may also help clients with email newsletters, blogs, and promotions.

Where to find a job as a social media manager

To work as a social media manager, you'll need computer skills and an understanding of how social media works. Graphic design skills can also be beneficial.

You can browse social media manager positions on our job board.

5. Freelance writer

Freelancer writers are self-employed. They write articles, blog posts, media releases, and books. Freelance writers may work for bloggers, e-commerce companies, magazines, advertising agencies, and television studios.

They may work closely with graphic designers, marketers, and web designers. Freelance writing involves writing, proofreading, and editing content. Some freelance writers have experience in search engine optimization (SEO).

Where to find a job as a freelance writer

Want to work as a writer? You'll need computer skills, typing skills, and English skills. For some roles, you may need a degree in journalism.

You can find freelance jobs on our job board. You may also like to work as a proofreader.

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Working from home

Work-at-home jobs can be a good way to make extra money and give you a better work-life balance.

If you're considering an online job, we told you what to expect and how you can avoid common scams.

We explained what you'll need and gave you a list of the easiest work-from-home jobs. Our list includes virtual assistants, transcriptionists, bookkeepers, social media managers, and freelance writers.

Want to find an easy work-from-home job? You can browse all remote positions on our job board.

And don't forget to check out our Getting Hired Resource Center for interview and resume tips.

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Aslam Masih
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Industrial Painter at Descon

Hi Paul I want to work with you if suggest me

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Rimsha Ali
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Customer Service Support at Fonehouse Company Uk

Mr Paul can you suggest me the work that I can do at home..I m from another country

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Rosa Sanchez
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Painter at Not Sure

Rev.com is a great work from home company that actually pays thru Paypal every Monday. I haven't been with them long, maybe about 2 weeks. However, they have paid me for the last 2 wks for the work that I have completed.

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Xavier Hudgins
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Maintenance Worker at Main Street

Thanks for this.

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Golam Mohammad Taimur
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Junior Executive at Service Engine Ltd

Is there any job for non USA resident

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Fred Kindelberger
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Great job Paul. The scams scare me away/ How do they measure for pay. I would assume by tasks complete.

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