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It’s never been easier to make money online while you work from the comfort of your own home. The number of online job opportunities is increasing every year with no sign of slowing.
And these days, online jobs make money.
Imagine being able to wake up when you want — without an alarm clock — and have zero commute time. And take breaks when you like. Or go to the gym in the middle of the day when traffic isn’t that bad and almost nobody else can go. And you still get paid.
There are lots of benefits to working from home including a more flexible schedule, no time wasted commuting, and no office-space distractions. Flexible work gives you the chance to design your day.
If you’re interested in a full-time or part-time job or a side hustle that lets you work online and make good money doing it, keep reading.
Whether you’re a student, a parent, a teenager, or a retiree, exploring the growing world of online jobs can help you make extra money or just explore new interests from the comfort of your home, your RV, or a coffee shop.
8 Online Jobs That Are Legitimate and Pay Well
Even if you’re drawn to just one of these jobs, read them with an open mind. You may find something new.
- Virtual Assistant
- Facebook Ads Manager
- Social Media Manager
- Voice Acting
- Podcast Creation
- Graphic Designer
- Teaching Online Courses
1. Virtual Assistant
Pay: $39,973/year (ZipRecruiter)
A virtual assistant (VA) is someone who provides skills and services for, often, small businesses and entrepreneurs. The “virtual” part just means you work remotely using your computer and an internet connection.
As a virtual assistant, you work where you want and when you want.
The growing demand for businesses to do more and reach more customers introduces opportunities for virtual assistants.
Starting to freelance as a VA is relatively low-cost and can be pretty easy if you have some skills — which you likely do. You need to be able to market your skills and yourself. Having excellent communication skills will get you very far.
You’ll want to have at least a few of the following skills to bring to the table:
- Customer relationship management (CRM)
- Photo editing
- Data entry
- Handling phone calls for client acquisition or customer service
- General web skills
But any skills you have will help you and you can always learn more skills. Check out what other VAs are listing on their Fiverr and Upwork profiles to give you an idea of what you need to know and how you can market yourself.
Your ability to schedule your time and communicate is a huge asset when looking for VA jobs. To help make sure your writing is on point, check out the free version of Grammarly. Grammarly makes it very easy to check your writing. Even if you think you’re a great writer, everyone makes mistakes. Don’t let potential clients see your errors before you do.
Check out Horkey HandBook‘s video on What is a VA (and why you should start now). Gina shares some of her experiences going from virtual assistant side hustles to full-time, and she provides lots of benefits and possibilities for virtual assistants.
2. Facebook Ads Manager
Pay: $51,898/year (ZipRecruiter)
Running ads is one of the highest-paid online skills with the lowest barrier to entry. You don’t need a college degree. You just need the right knowledge, some experience, and the ability to hustle a bit to get your first clients. (And we all have the ability to hustle a bit.)
Think of all the businesses (online and brick-and-mortar), all the entrepreneurs, bloggers, artists, and artisans creating products and services. All of these thrive when they connect with an audience who loves what they do. And that’s where you come in.
As an ads manager, you’ll run advertisements for your clients to help connect them with people who’ll benefit from your client’s services. Your client pays for the ads, and they pay you for your time, expertise, and results.
I’ve taken the Laptop Empires’ Facebook Side Hustle Course, and I’m part of their community on Facebook. I am not compensated for recommending this course, I just think it’s solid. Not only do they teach you everything you need to know to run ads for clients, they also have a growing list of lessons that cover different methods for acquiring your clients.
The Facebook group is very active, and everyone is super supportive. If you’re interested in learning about FB ads management and starting a side hustle, I recommend checking out the FB Side Hustle Course.
Check out Facebook’s official (free) training for how to run ads at the Facebook Blueprint.
Check out the Laptop Empires YouTube channel which has a ton of great videos about building a Facebook ads side hustle.
3. Social Media Manager
Pay: $49,778/year (ZipRecruiter)
If you’re interested in ads but you want to have a larger effect on a company’s online presence, you may want to take it to the next level and become a social media manager.
As a social media manager, you’ll help a company build its brand on social channels. This includes but is not limited to interacting with customers on social media, creating and managing ad campaigns, and creating content.
With platforms like YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok becoming a larger part of our lives, it looks like the demand for social media managers will only continue to grow.
If you have your finger on the pulse of social media, and you like the idea of helping businesses grow their brand, their audience, and their revenue, you might really enjoy getting into this business.
Check out Hubspot Academy and sign up for their free courses. Hubspot teaches inbound marketing, content marketing, how to create a Twitter strategy, and more. Hubspot offers a free course called Learn What Content Marketing is and How to Do It.
The course is in-depth with 6 hours of content, and it will give you a great overview of content creation and effective promotion. It also comes with a certification that you can show off to potential clients.
As a bonus, you’ll learn a lot about how to increase your own personal online presence, which will help you reach clients and land jobs.
4. Voice Acting
Pay: $71,841/year (ZipRecruiter)
Voice acting is a very specific form of acting which you can start learning — and doing — online.
Because new content is always being created, there are always new opportunities for writers, producers, and, yes, voice actors.
Think of how often you hear voice acting every day. On the radio. On TV commercials. Podcast commercials. Video games. Cartoon characters. Voice acting is everywhere content exists, and the demand is growing.
While a lot of voice acting jobs are located in big cities, you can get started voice acting online. I personally know someone who got her start online and is killing it. My friend, Melanie, took an online course, created a home studio, and hustled to build her business. She shares a lot of her experiences, trials, and triumphs in her blog. She also provides resources for voice actors and podcasters.
Like all of these jobs, voice acting requires that you put in time and effort, but you can make money working from home.
Melanie writes about how to get started with voice acting. She gives recommendations on the tech skills you’ll need, the class she took to learn voice-over (by Andy Field), and how to find work.
I hope this information is helpful for you in your voiceover journey. Everyone’s path is different – the biggest hurdle is to get started. Or, as I tell myself – just effing do it! – Melanie
If you want to learn more about the class Melanie recommends, check out Andy Field’s YouTube channel.
5. Podcast Creation
Pay: $55,645/year (ZipRecruiter)
A great — and growing — niche for an online virtual assistant is podcast creation.
Podcasts are very popular and there are more starting every single day. Podcasting is a great way to reach a larger audience. But consistently creating content takes a lot of planning and a lot of time. That’s where you come in.
There is a lot of demand for podcast creation specialists who can help with all the steps of podcast creation:
- Finding and booking guests
- Getting guest headshots and biographies in advance
- Creating show notes
- Social media content and outreach
- Uploading the podcast to a hosting platform
- And more
Because of the large amount of work and knowledge that goes into podcast creation, roles for podcast virtual assistants are in high demand. Many businesses are outsourcing different pieces of the creation process. By positioning yourself as a virtual assistant who specializes in podcast creation, you’ll be able to charge great ongoing rates.
Check out the Podcast Production School. There may be a waitlist for their next release. Why Podcast Production School? Full disclosure: I know one of the people who created the course — Melanie — and I trust her. I’ve watched her build her businesses up over the past few years. She knows her stuff.
I don’t receive any compensation for recommending you check out this course. I just know that any project Melanie works on and supports is worthwhile.
Here’s a Podcast Production School (formerly called Podcast Assist) Q&A video from Horkey Handbook on YouTube.
6. Graphic Designer
Pay: $48,138/year (ZipRecruiter)
You’ll notice a theme in this post: the increasing demand for content leads to increasing demand for all aspects of content creation.
Think of all the visual designs you see daily. On TV, film, YouTube channels, websites, logos, T-Shirts, and on and on. People get paid to create all the designs around us all the time. You can get paid to design.
Let’s break down just one design medium: a website. A website needs:
- Interface design
- Consistent styles and themes
- Color theory
- Knowledge of how design affects accessibility
- Logo design
- User Experience (UX)
- Marketing design for social media
That is in no way a complete list, and that is just one medium.
Design is an art and a science, and there are countless (and growing) opportunities for you as a designer.
Check out some books on design – many of which you may be able to find at your library. A few that come recommended from designers I know (and from some research) are Graphic Design School and Graphic Design: The New Basics.
Start following designers on YouTube and social media. There’s just so much to get into. One channel I like is The Future Academy. They cover fonts and typography, logo design, color theory, and developing for different mediums like magazines, web, and clothing. They also have tons of in-depth design critiques.
Pay: $38,440/year (ZipRecruiter)
Do you enjoy writing? Do you just have a way with words?
Do you have ideas, insight, knowledge, or experiences you want to share with the world?
Blogging might be for you.
While blogging is a long game, if you create great content that is helpful, you’re on your way to building a platform that can not only make you money but provide you other valuable, marketable skills and opportunities as well.
Creating a blog will give you hands-on experience with search engine optimization (SEO), social networking, marketing, and content creation. Blogging can also help you build up expertise in something you’re already into or that you’re interested in learning about.
If you’re interested in freelance writing, having a blog can help you get work faster since you’ve already built up a portfolio.
Both of these are incredible resources.
Wealthy Affiliate breaks down creating your blog and planning content for your site into very easy, step-by-step articles and videos. They offer a free trial — no credit card required — so you can check out the platform and go through some lessons before deciding if it’s right for you. If you like it, there are monthly and annual subscription options. I subscribed for the year before my trial ended because I was excited to get started.
One big benefit of Wealthy Affiliate is that they offer web hosting as part of their membership.
The Pro Blogger Bundle is more expensive but, like Wealthy Affiliate, has everything you need to go from zero to a solid website. They provide articles and easy-to-follow videos that walk you through creating and hosting your blog, writing helpful content, and monetizing your efforts.
Wealthy Affiliate does a great job of giving you what you need when you need it and cutting out anything you don’t need right now to avoid overwhelming you before you even begin. Create and Go’s courses do a great job of giving you everything you need to know in order which is awesome but can take more time to feel like you really “get started”. Which style do you prefer?
If you want to get started, I recommend picking one and sticking with it for several months. There’s a lot to learn. And if you have a full-time job like me, it will take some time to figure things out. But you’re not alone. Both Wealthy Affiliate and Create and Go offer on-going support and a community of peers to learn along with.
If you’re interested in a very thorough course with a lower cost than the Pro Blogger Bundle, Create and Go also offers their Launch Your Blog Biz course which has everything you need to get started — and then some.
8. Teaching (Online Courses)
Everybody has skills and knowledge areas to share with others. If you enjoy teaching, you can use the skills you already have and teach them to others.
Online course creation is growing quickly. On Udemy’s LinkedIn profile, they brag that over 50 million students use their platform. This shows there’s a large demand for online courses.
The bonus to making an online course — besides just the opportunity to make more money — is that it gives you the chance to learn more and improve your existing skills as well as learn in-demand skills like course creation and marketing. And more skills generally means more opportunities for income.
To know if your course will be in-demand, make sure you’re solving a specific problem in a way that is unique to you. That doesn’t mean you’re the only one teaching the subject; you can use your personality and specific experiences to create a course that only you can make.
For ideas on how to validate your course idea, check out Thinkific’s article 5 Ways to Validate Your Online Course Concept.
Do some research. Find a course creation and teaching platform for you.
Udemy, for example, lets instructors publish as many courses as they want for free, and they share a percentage of the revenue with you.
Teachable’s pricing structure is a bit different. They offer a subscription model where the Basic plan is $29 monthly when billed annually, and you pay 5% transaction fees while higher payment levels offer zero transaction fees.
Thinkific offers a free plan to help you get started, and their basic plan is $49 per month with email integrations, custom website domain hosting, and drip content scheduling.
If you don’t feel prepared to launch your own course but you have some in-demand skills, you could tutor people.
While this doesn’t scale as well, you can use your experience tutoring to make money and find out where your students have trouble. Finding these “pain points” can inform your future services or products, if you choose to scale your teaching into an online course or you just want to be a more effective teacher.
Prices for tutors vary, but Payscale reports the average pay for a tutor is over $17 per hour.
The Bottom Line
The number of online jobs that are legitimate and pay well is increasing every year. There are lots of real online jobs that make money.
Working online gives you the freedom to wake up when you want and work the way that’s best for you.
And, with the magic of the Internet, you have the ability to learn anything you want, build your skills, and increase your income. Every skill requires effort, but the payoff is worth it. Invest in yourself and invest in your education.
The demand for online skills is only increasing. And you may be able to make more money faster than you ever thought possible.