Working from home can add a lot of flexibility and convenience to your life. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent who is able to make some money while still being around your kids, a full-time worker who benefits from not commuting to an office every day, a digital nomad who takes advantage of location independence, or a retiree who needs a little bit of income, there are plenty of possibilities.
But if you’ve looked for work from home jobs in the past, you may have felt like there was nothing that was quite right for you. One of the common challenges is finding a remote job or telecommuting job that doesn’t require significant experience.
Although the ideal job may have eluded you in the past, it is possible to find a way to make money from home even if you don’t have experience.
This article will cover 21 of the best entry-level work-from-home jobs. Some of these jobs would involve working as an employee for a hiring company. Others would involve freelancing or starting your own business. See the details of each to find out which one may be the best option for you to pursue.
Entry-Level Work from Home Jobs
One of the easiest entry-level jobs to find is sales, and some sales positions allow you to work from home. As a sales rep, you’ll be responsible for generating new business and communicating with potential clients or customers. Most home-based sales jobs will involve a lot of work on the phone.
Most sales reps are employees paid on commission, although some may be technically classified as independent contractors. The hiring company will typically provide a certain amount of training to get you up to speed, and then you’ll be working independently from home, although some jobs will also involve travel.
A lot of different companies hire entry-level sales reps, so one of the best ways to find jobs is to search for things like “remote sales”, “work from home sales”, or similar phrases at Indeed.com.
There are many different services that you can offer as a freelancer, and while you’ll need some skills, you don’t need specific work experience. You can take your existing skills and abilities and use them to create a job that you’ll love.
Some of the most popular freelance services include writing, designing, coding, marketing, and bookkeeping. Maybe you’ve never worked as a writer but you have good attention to detail and can write with proper grammar. Or maybe you’ve never designed anything professionally, but you have an eye for style and a knack for creating things that look great.
One of the reasons why freelancing is such a popular choice is because it’s extremely flexible and versatile. You can do just a small amount of work part-time here and there to make a little extra money, or you could turn it into a full-time business. Also, the pay can be really good if you provide a high-quality service.
There is also a very low barrier to entry with becoming a freelancer. You can post an ad for your services on Craigslist, talk to your friends and family about the services you offer, or create a profile on Upwork or Fiverr to get started very quickly.
If you’re interested in freelancing, you may appreciate these articles:
- How to Become a Freelance Writer
- How to Make Money as a Web Designer
- How to Start a Freelance Marketing Side Hustle
- How to Work as a Freelance Recruiter
3. Pet Sitting and Dog Walking
You might be surprised to learn how much money you can make as a pet sitter or dog walker. Read my interview (How to Become a Pet Sitter) with Lily, who makes $40,00+ per year with a simple pet sitting and dog walking business that she runs by herself from home. All of her clients find her through Rover, and she even passes up on a lot of work that would allow her to make even more money.
Not only is the pay pretty good, but there is also a lot of demand from pet owners. You could work as a dog walker whenever you have the spare time, or start your own doggy daycare if you want to make more money.
In my opinion, this is one of the most underappreciated ways to make money from home. You don’t need specific skills or experience (although you will need to love animals) and it works well part-time or full-time.
You can create a free profile at Rover to make it easy for pet owners in your area to find you and your services.
One of the more popular side hustles involves taking paid online surveys in your spare time. While it is definitely not the must lucrative side hustle, what it lacks in income potential, it makes up for with flexibility.
There aren’t too many side hustles that allows you to make money any time you have 10 minutes to spare. But with surveys, you can simply open and app or visit a website any time to take a survey and make a little bit of extra money.
This opportunity is ideal for people who need to make a small amount of extra money (a few hundred dollars per month or less) and value the flexibility of being able to work whenever and wherever.
If you need to make more than a few hundred dollars per month, you’ll be better off with some other side hustle. But if the flexibility is a bigger issue to you, you’ll probably love the idea of making money by taking a few surveys in your downtime.
There are a lot of different websites and apps that say they will pay you for taking surveys, but they are not all legit. You can see this article for the list of best survey sites, or just use these links to sign up for the top options:
5. Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistants can offer many different services, including social media management, blog editing or administration, comment and forum moderation, customer service, writing, and much more. The specific services that you offer will depend on your own skills and abilities.
Working as a VA is an extremely flexible way to make money. Not only are there many different services that you can offer, but you can also work around your existing schedule and make it a part-time or full-time gig.
Some people have the wrong impression about the income potential of a virtual assistant. You may assume that all VA jobs are outsourced to workers in the Philippines at rates below minimum wage, but that’s not the case. Many VAs are able to earn a great income, and some even charge more than $100 per hour.
6. Social Media Manager
Many website owners and small businesses do not have the time or knowledge to maintain an active presence on social media, even though they recognize the importance of it. This presents a great opportunity to work as a social media manager. You could spend all of your time managing social profiles for a single business, or you could work as a freelancer and provide services for several clients.
As a social media manager, you may be responsible for posting content to the various platforms and networks used by your clients, responding to inquiries from other users, creating graphics or images to be used on social media, or managing ad campaigns.
You don’t need previous working experience with social media in order to do this job. If you’ve been active on social media with your own personal profiles, chances are, you already know a lot about how the most popular platforms work and you’ll be able to get some results for clients or for your employer.
For an inspiring story and some tips about how to do it, see my article How Tom Started a Successful Digital Marketing Company While in College.
Starting a blog can be a great way to make money, and you don’t need any specific experience. I started my first blog in 2007 and had no idea what I was doing, and I wasn’t even very knowledgeable on the subject I was blogging about (web design). Blogging became my full-time income just a year and a half later, and I’ve now been blogging full-time for more than 10 years.
That’s not to say that blogging is easy, because it isn’t. But you don’t need to have experience and the potential is unlimited.
Blogging is another option that is highly flexible and can be done part-time or full-time. You can even start a blog on any subject that you want, so you can work on something that you enjoy.
The downside of blogging is that you won’t start making money right away. Most new bloggers won’t make much money for the first six months or more, so you’ll need some patience and discipline. But once you’re blog turns the corner, it’s possible that your income will increase very quickly. If you need to start making money immediately, working as a freelance writer for other blogs may be a better option.
8. Creating Niche Websites
Niche websites are similar to blogs, but the content is focused on one specific topic. Niche websites also typically attempt to target low-competition search phrases that will drive traffic to their site on an ongoing basis.
Creating a niche website is similar to a blog in some ways. Like blogging, it will take some time before you start to make money with a niche website. But niche websites give you a little more flexibility. With an active blog, you’ll probably need to publish new content on a pretty consistent basis in order to build a following. With a niche website, you can publish content more sporadically and it won’t have much, if any, impact.
Most niche websites make money through affiliate programs (promoting and recommending products that are sold at other websites). The Amazon affiliate program is extremely popular. As a result, the content at many niche websites tends to be product-focussed. For example, you might see a lot of articles like “Best Headphones for Gamers” that link out to several different products.
To learn more, please read my article How to Make Money with Niche Websites.
9. Customer Service
A growing number of companies are hiring remote workers to provide customer service. This can involve service by phone, email, or chat, with phone being the most common. It’s one of the best opportunities to work from home (in terms of the number of available jobs).
Having some previous customer service experience won’t hurt, but most of the jobs are entry-level and require no prior experience. You’ll be provided with training and then you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of a flexible job with no commuting.
Some companies hire for customer service positions directly and you may find openings listed on any popular job board, but you can also check with companies that specialize in call center staffing. Outplex, Working Solutions, Arise, Sitel, and Liveops are all good places to start.
10. Data Entry
Data entry is a popular stay-at-home job because it’s very flexible and typically does not require previous experience (although some jobs do require experience). You’ll need to be able to type fast and accurately, and you’ll be working on spreadsheets and in computer programs for large chunks of time.
There are a number of companies that hire workers for data entry jobs, but openings are not always available as these jobs tend to get filled quickly. You may be able to find opportunities through companies like Sigtrack, Axion Data, Smart Crowd (part of Lionbridge), and Clickworker.
11. Search Engine Evaluator
You may not be aware of it, but there are jobs that pay people to evaluate the results of search engines like Google. These jobs are not always easy to come by because they are extremely flexible, don’t require a lot of experience, and can be done from anywhere with an internet connection.
While working as a search engine evaluator can give you a lot of flexibility to work around your existing schedule, it’s not something that you are going to do full-time. Unfortunately, there is not enough available work to fill full-time hours, but it can be a very nice part-time job.
Human search engine evaluators are hired to check and verify that search engines are producing accurate results and also to check on the ads that are being shown. While it does involve actual work, you’re getting paid to surf the web.
To learn about all of the details and the best places to find work, see our article on search engine evaluator jobs.
Working as a transcriptionist is another extremely popular way to make money from home. You’ll need some typing skills, but in most cases you will not need previous experience working in transcription.
Most gigs will pay you per audio minute (or hour), so the faster you are, the more you’ll make. Most transcriptionists are able to speed up significantly once they get some experience and know how to do it efficiently.
Some of the transcription opportunities available online are very low-paying, but others give you the chance to make a good income.
Transcriptionist jobs are also almost always very flexible. Many of the companies that hire transcriptionists will allow you to work whatever hours you choose, as much or as little as you want. There are a few companies that require you to work a minimum number of hours per week or per month, but that’s not usually the case. With that kind of flexibility, it can be a good part-time or full-time job.
To learn more, see these articles:
Another option is to work as a moderator. Typically, these jobs involve moderating forums, message boards, and other online communities. You’ll be policing the site to make sure that users are following the rules. Some of the jobs are full-time and others are part-time.
14. Flipping Furniture
A great way to make money from home may be sitting right in front of you, and maybe you’ve never even thought about it. Furniture flipping involves buying old furniture, or finding it for free, improving it, and selling it for a nice profit. Typically, it involves solid wood furniture, but it could also involve re-upholstering furniture.
Wood furniture may be discarded or sold for next to nothing because it is old or no longer looking its best, but chances are, it can be turned into a valuable piece of furniture with a little bit of work. Maybe you paint it and add some new fixtures and it looks like an expensive vintage item.
You may be able to find inexpensive or free furniture simply by going to some yard sales, browsing Craigslist, or keeping your eyes open to notice what other people are throwing away. With just a few hours of work, you may be able to completely transform the piece.
If you don’t have any experience, there is no need to worry. You can learn how to paint wood furniture with the help of free YouTube videos, and you don’t need much in terms or equipment or tools to get the job done.
To learn more, please read my article Flipping Furniture for Profit, which includes an interview with Virginia. She’s had a lot of success with her own business and had no experience when she got started.
Do you love to cook? Do you have some skills? If so, you may be able to start you own home-based business involving catering, cooking, or baking. It could be something small, like baking cakes or cupcakes for birthday parties. Or it could be something bigger, like catering events.
Doing laundry is a part of life that not many people enjoy. But you would probably enjoy it more if you were getting paid for it. Since other people don’t enjoy it, and since some people are too busy to do their own laundry, you can get paid to do it for other people.
Laundry Care offers service in many cities throughout the U.S., and it’s still growing. You can sign up as a service provider to make money by doing other people’s laundry. As a contractor with Laundry Care, you would be responsible for picking up and delivering the laundry as well.
If Laundry Care isn’t currently in your area, or if you’d rather do it on your own, you could offer your services independently. You may know some people who would hire you, or you can place ads on websites like Craigslist to find clients.
If you enjoy meeting new people and hosting, you might appreciate the opportunity to make money through websites like Eatwith and BonAppetour. The two sites are a little bit different, but they both allow you to set up your own experiences or opportunities. Others, usually travelers, can pay to be a part of the experience.
18. Website Testing
Many companies need to get user feedback on their websites and apps. They are willing to pay people like you to try their website or app and share their thoughts experience.
You don’t need to be an internet expert, in fact, most companies want “typical” users. You will need to have some basic equipment, like a laptop with a microphone and web cam to record yourself as you are providing feedback.
There are a number of companies providing opportunities to make money with website testing, including:
You can make anywhere from $10 – $60 per test, and they usually require 20 – 60 minutes of your time. The pay is pretty good and the work is flexible.
The only downside is, this has become a popular way to make money from home, so there are not enough jobs to go around for everyone. You may be limited to the number of opportunities that are available, which means the amount of money you can make will be limited.
Although it’s not going to be a source of a full-time income, it can still be a great and flexible way to make some extra money.
There are a number of companies that hire tutors for online work, providing services to clients through video chats and virtual classrooms.
Some tutoring opportunities will require you to have a degree and some will require you to have previous teaching experience. Others may require a degree but no experience.
Qkids provides opportunities to tutor Chinese kids in English. The job requires at least an Associate’s degree, with a Bachelor’s degree preferred, and teaching experience or certification preferred (but not required).
Tutor.com requires you to be an expert in the area that you are teaching, but it does not require teaching experience. You’ll need to be at least a college sophomore or already have a degree.
Wyzant allows you to work in any field or subject after they approve you, but you don’t need specific experience or a degree.
20. Task Worker
Like taking surveys, completing online tasks isn’t going to make you rich, but it is an extremely flexible way to make money. You don’t need any experience, you can work whenever you want, and as much or as little as you want. Even if you only have an hour to spare, you can make some money with online tasks.
There are a growing number of companies that hire workers for microtasks, including:
The work that you’ll find on these sites will be very quick and simple things like categorizing and organizing content, moderating, validating addresses, and taking short surveys. One of the most appealing things about this opportunity is that anyone can do the work.
If you decide to use micro tasks as a way to make money, be sure that you track how much time you are putting in so you can calculate your hourly rate. Check the pay of each task, and if it’s too low to be worth your time, skip it.
21. Trash Cleanup
This one involves doing some work away from your home, but the business can be run out of your home. I wanted to include it because it’s an excellent opportunity that is flexible, anyone can do the work, and the income potential is surprisingly good.
If you read my article on picking up trash as a side hustle you may remember the story of Brian Winch, who has been making a six-figure income with his own trash cleanup business for more than 30 years. He has a very simple system that he teaches to others through his book Cleanlots. Brian shows you how to find businesses that need to have trashed picked up from parking lots. You can start part-time and work your way up to a full-time business with a nice income. He refers to it as “America’s simplest business”.
To get started, be sure to check out Brian’s book that teaches you everything you need to know to know a highly profitable, and simple, trash cleanup business.
Where to Find Work
Throughout this article, I’ve linked to many resources that can help you to find work for the specific jobs. In addition to those resources, there are a few others that can be extremely effective:
- FlexJobs – FlexJobs is a job board that specializes in remote work. Unlike most job boards, you’ll need to pay for a subscription in order to see the opportunities. Although it does cost some money, FlexJobs can save you a lot of time. They verify each opportunity to be legit, so you can find real work opportunities without a lot of the garbage that you often find when it comes to work-from-home opportunities.
- Indeed – Indeed is a great site for quickly searching for just about any type of job.
- Craigslist – Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of ads on Craigslist. Post your services and you may quickly start landing clients.