Everyone wants a job they can love, right? You hear it all the time: do what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. Although this may not be literally true – work is work! – It’s important to find opportunities that fit your personality and help you feel empowered to succeed. That’s why I’ve put together this list for you: 11 oft-recommended jobs for beginners, inspired by the wonderful, passionate members of my community.
Ready to find your next great work-at-home gig? See below.
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Alorica is one of the great companies that offer outsourced communication solutions to their clients and actually hire remote workers as employees. That means they take your taxes out of your paycheck and you get the benefits – you’re not a low-paid independent contractor with Alorica. It’s easy to see why people love this, right?
If you are interested in providing customer service on inbound calls, see if Alorica is hiring in your state and submit your application. Just make sure you have a quiet home office to work in and a landline to take calls. You must have a high school diploma (or equivalent) and take both a job aptitude assessment test and a behavioral assessment test.
What people like about it: This is a W-2 location and schedule in 30-minute increments.
I reviewed the Alorica at Home work-from-home opportunity more extensively this post.
Amazon is a household name, so getting a chance to work for them from home seems like a great opportunity. Especially since they typically hire remote customer service representatives as employees — not independent contractors — and sometimes have full-time positions available. Given the volume of orders and customer inquiries Amazon deals with on a daily basis, even their part-time hours are respectable – if you’re with them part-time, they want you to be available 20-29 hours per week.
There are some location restrictions for working with Amazon – basically, they have a list of 30 states they’re hiring from, so check that list before you apply. You must have at least one year of customer service experience and a high school diploma (or equivalent) for this position. One of the best ways to get started with them is to look at their seasonal hiring period – like when they’re gearing up for the winter holiday shopping season – get on board as a temporary worker, and then impress them with your performance and you’re invited to stay.
What people like about it: Great seasonal location.
Learn more about my in-depth Amazon work-from-home opportunity breakdown.
Aptical is a telephone interview and inspection service that performs risk management services for a variety of insurance providers (from medical insurance to life insurance to long-term care insurance). They have been around for over 30 years, pride themselves on innovation, and have been working with work from home agents for over 10 years. People have praised them for being a stable remote work opportunity.
They often look for people who are bilingual in English and Spanish who can provide good customer service while intelligently conducting their interviews. Although the bilingual section is not required. It helps if you have some background in the medical or insurance industry, but it’s not a requirement either. They also offer incentive-based bonuses and their busiest times tend to be later in the year.
What people like about it: Some people say they have been here for many, many years and make good money.
You can learn more about their current job opportunities here.
Who doesn’t want to be their own boss, writing about something that interests them? From my own experience and from hearing the experiences of others, I know that blogging is an incredibly rewarding endeavor that can reap serious financial rewards. You just need to find your niche and be consistent in your blog strategies. If you’re a blogger, treat it like your job – because it is!
When you’re ready to start your own blog, you can start with around $100 (or less) for a domain name and hosting services for your first year. Make sure you start smart and follow through – define your niche, write to your audience and start collecting email addresses for a mailing list from day one. And don’t neglect affiliate marketing.
What people like about it: Flexibility and income potential.
I have tons of blogging 101 resources for you here On my blog, and mine Free email series.
5. Kelly Services
Much like their physical office locations, Kelly Services’ home program – Kelly Connect – focuses on connecting temps with positions available in a variety of industries, from education and government to IT and customer service. People seem to love working with KellyConnect because they are supportive and provide career growth opportunities to their remote team.
If you’re an amazing multitasker with great customer service skills, KellyConnect’s inbound virtual call center is waiting for you. Their Tier 1 advisors earn between $13 and $15 per hour and they offer bonuses – starting with a $500 training completion bonus after 90 days. (Note: Pay rates and bonuses are subject to change at any time. Please see job description for current rates and offers.) You must have a high school diploma (or equivalent) and appreciate weekly pay.
What people like about it: Kelly is a trusted name as a local temporary services and remote staffing agency.
Check out my interview with one of KellyConnect’s supervisors here on my blog
Lionbridge is a popular choice for the flexible and temporary nature of their work – since they have people working to evaluate ads or search results or even maps, the amount of work available to evaluators ebbs and flows. Those who have worked for Lionbridge in the past have appreciated the ability to work an hour or more a day at a time of their choosing.
In this position, evaluators are provided with a set of guidelines to use when evaluating various items (such as search results) and then examples for evaluation. Search engine evaluators, for example, are given search terms to plug into relevant search engines and review according to their guidelines.
What people like about it: Fair pay and flexibility. A good side gig.
If you want to know more about search engine evaluator gigs, check out this post on my blog
7. Measure Inc
Measure Inc. is another appraisal company, but this time for scoring performance appraisals. Their readers and assessors are highly-trained and well-educated, giving MI an excellent reputation with their clients. They also have a great reputation with their remote staff – many people have commented on how rewarding the job is grading essays from students all over the US.
If you are interested in becoming one of their appraisers, you must have at least a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent foreign degree). They will ask you to complete a writing sample and provide professional references. They tend to hire seasonally and have plenty of work available during their peak season.
What people like about it: Several people in my community have worked here for years. They really enjoy the work. The downside is that it is seasonal.
Learn more about this opportunity here Measure Inc.’s site.
If you don’t mind running errands for other people – and I’ve heard from a lot of people who don’t – you can go grocery shopping for others and get paid to do it! Shipt is a membership-based service that hires shoppers on a part-time or full-time basis to run stores for their members. Some of Shipt’s most appreciated points are that they pay their customers to refer new members and customers and have an app that makes it a breeze to work with whenever you have time.
If you want to apply, you must be 18 or older, have a valid driver’s license and car insurance, a car manufactured in 1997 or newer and an insulated cooler bag. Getting started with them is a matter of applying and interviewing. If you are approved, you can look forward to a decent wage and setting your own schedule. You also get a free Shipt subscription.
What people like about it: Flexibility.
You can find all the details of the Shipt gig on their site here.
Sykes Home is another outsourced customer service provider, employing thousands of work-at-home agents in their virtual call centers. If you are someone who likes to help others and learn new things, Sykes offers a rewarding program of work. I often hear from Sykes Home employees who praise the company for their great work-life balance and flexible schedules.
The application process with Sykes Home involves a series of assessments to determine your abilities, followed by an interview and finally an offer if they offer you a job. Sykes offers paid training, health benefits (including vision and dental), performance-based bonuses and flexible scheduling. Make sure your home office meets the requirements – including a PC running Windows with high-speed Internet access, two headsets – before you apply. USB And the cordand a landline.
What people like about it: W-2 position. Some people complain about having a full-time schedule.
Click here to learn more about the Sykes Home Program and its requirements here.
U-Haul operates a virtual customer service center for their customers to call with questions and make reservations for their equipment and services. It’s straightforward customer service work with some upselling involved – services that can work best for U-Haul’s customers. People say they like working for U-Haul because they’re not micromanaged, have the freedom to do their job effectively, and have great training.
Most call center positions with U-Haul deal with sales and reservations, and calls from across the United States are routed to virtual customer service centers when individual stores are closed or unable to answer their phones. This means you need to be thoroughly familiar with U-Haul’s offerings and be prepared for back-to-back calls.
What people like: W-2 position. fast
Still not sure if U-Haul is the right opportunity for you? Check out my breakdown here.
Does teaching English as a second language to Chinese children sound like something you would be interested in? You should check out VIPKID’s educational opportunities! There are plenty of home-based teachers – many with no prior teaching credentials – telling us how much they enjoy having one-on-one video call-based lessons with these students in China.
Working with VIPKID means bringing a positive and energetic attitude to play in a 30-minute lesson; They prepare all the lesson materials for you, so you just review the lesson plan and teach as directed. To qualify for this position, you need a bachelor’s degree and at least one year of full-time teaching, coaching, tutoring or working with students experience. Once your bonuses are factored in you have the potential to earn a pretty decent wage!
What people like about it: Flexibility, pay and fulfilling work with students
Learn more about VIPKID here. If you want to learn more about ESL tutoring in general, click here.
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