Have you ever dreamed of working from home in a job that didn’t require extensive training or money to get started? If so, there are numerous online jobs you can do with very little or no experience – no master’s degree needed.

For most of the jobs listed below, a willingness to work hard and an Internet connection is all you need to begin.

Freelance Writer

If you love writing, consider becoming a freelance writer online. What you need is an excellent command of the English language as well as a willingness to take the time to do quality research, interview experts, and find clients in your niche. There are many successful freelance writers who do not have college degrees. So, that is not a requirement for becoming a sought-after writer online. To get started, create your own website that will serve as an online portfolio. Then, choose your niche or area of expertise. Make a list of potential clients, and work hard to win their business. Once you do, produce excellent work, and develop a positive reputation in your field. Over time, this can become a fulfilling and lucrative career.

Virtual Assistant

In order to become a virtual assistant, you should be a highly organized person who enjoys helping others improve their online businesses. There are hundreds of tasks that you can do as a virtual assistant. You can become a general virtual assistant or you can become a highly specialized one. Some virtual assistants edit photos, maintain editorial calendars, schedule blog posts, answer emails, and they even help maintain online communities. Valuable VAs can earn as much as $20 to $40 per hour depending on their unique skill-set. In order to get a job as a virtual assistant, spend time in Facebook groups and online communities where there are many online entrepreneurs. Take the time to get to know them and their unique needs, and educate yourself about some of the tasks that online entrepreneurs need to be completed. As a virtual assistant, you will enable an entrepreneur to focus on what they do best while helping them with some of the smaller day-to-day tasks that are necessary to run their business. You can start small but as your business grows you can grow your own team and eventually run your own six-figure virtual assistant company.

Furniture Flipper

Furniture flipping is a great option for people who want to earn money online without going through lengthy courses or learning new skills. The way to make furniture flipping lucrative is to buy low and sell high. You can source furniture from garage sales, thrift stores, and Facebook Marketplace. Then take the time to clean your items, take photos, and write compelling descriptions before posting them for sale online. You can sell your furniture on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, through various apps, or in a local consignment store in your area. Although it takes time to find furniture, this can be a fun and lucrative side hustle that could eventually turn into a full-time job.

Transcriber

There are many online jobs that require transcribers. Currently, there are thousands of podcasts on the air, and many podcast hosts need people to listen to podcast episodes and transcribe them for the show notes. There are also other types of online courses that require transcription, and there are also medical transcriptionist jobs that you can find online and do from home. In order to transcribe as a job, you need a lot of patience, type very quickly, and be reliable.

Blogger

Blogging can definitely be a lucrative online job. However, out of all of the jobs on this list, blogging might take the longest to earn a good income. The reason is that blogging does have a steep learning curve. However, you can start a blog with little or no experience. Just know it will take time to develop the technical knowledge and expertise in order to make it a success. However if you love writing and are passionate about a certain topic, blogging might be a great choice for you.

Etsy Seller

Becoming a seller on Etsy requires very little or even no experience. If you’re a creative person and you love making jewelry, art, or even furniture, you can become a seller on Etsy. There are even people who make a living on Etsy only by selling printables, so if you are a graphic designer at heart and you enjoy creating printables, you can earn money by selling them on Etsy.

Proofreading

Are you someone who looks at your Facebook news feed and silently corrects other people’s grammar? If so, you might be a great proofreader. You can earn income proofreading blog posts, articles, speeches, ebooks, and just about any other online content you can think of. You’ll need to create a website that advertises your services as well as connect with potential clients on social media and in Facebook groups. Proofreaders usually charge either per project or per hour. Remember, you can start small and grow your business over time.

VIP Kid

VIP Kid is one of the fastest-growing online tutoring companies. You have to have a college degree in order to become a teacher, but once you do, you can teach children in China how to speak English using just a computer and Internet connection. This is a great career for people who want to make extra money after work or as a stay at home mom because the time difference in China means that you will be teaching classes very late at night or very early in the morning. VIP Kid provides you with lesson plans, so you don’t have to create them yourself. If you have high energy and love teaching, this can be a great side hustle for you.

Voice Over Actor

Do you have a flair for the dramatic? If so, you can earn a living as a voice-over actor. For example, you could be the voiceover for YouTube videos. You could be the intro voice to many different podcasts. You can also make a living being a voice-over actor for commercials. This is a difficult business to break into, but with time and experience, you can get more and more lucrative jobs over time.

Bookkeeper

If you’ve always been organized with numbers and you love balancing your checkbook, you might enjoy a job as an online bookkeeper. There are many businesses who don’t have the time to balance their books at the end of each month. The great news is you can find businesses online that need a bookkeeper to help them stay organized with their tasks. You don’t need any formal training to be a bookkeeper. You just need a lot of organization, a willingness to learn, and the ability to work well with other people to help them with their businesses.

Graphic Designer

If you have a knack for graphic design there are numerous ways to make a living online. You can create logos and websites for businesses. You can also create your own printables. You can work with bloggers to format ebooks and other content in order to make it more attractive to their readers. There are really unlimited possibilities when it comes to graphic design. Try to find a niche that works for you, find ways to affordably advertise your services, and work hard to build your client base.

Travel Agent

If you’ve always loved traveling and planning trips, you can make a living by becoming a travel agent online. You don’t even need to have a brick-and-mortar office. You can do this business out of your own home and work with people to help plan the vacations of their dreams. Some people choose to plan certain types of vacations like Disney vacations while others will make vacation plans for any location in the world. What you’ll need is a quality website listing your services as well as some testimonials of friends and family who can serve as your guinea pigs and your first clients. Then, you can reach out to other people you know and offer to plan their trips for them. With enough time and hustle, this can become your full-time job in a relatively short amount of time.

Foreign Language Translator

If you know another language, you can become a translator online. There are numerous companies who hire translators to help convert their articles to different languages so that they can reach more people. You can also help translate articles and books if you’re an experienced translator and fully bilingual.

Dog Sitting

Rover is an app that allows you to list your dog sitting services. You can build your entire business online through the app by offering to walk people’s dogs in your neighborhood. Plus, some people on the Rover app charge $50 and above for pet sitting at night. You might want to start by pricing your services low if you don’t have any reviews, but as people become happy with your services and post positively about their experience leaving their dogs with you, you can charge more and more. If you love animals, this is a simple and easy way to earn extra income without needing much experience.

Social Media Influencer

Becoming a social media influencer is all the rage these days. In order to become a social media influencer, you have to develop a large online following which takes time, patience, and hard work. Social media influencers make their job look easy, but what they’re really doing is running a business and using their audience as customers. If you want to become a social media influencer, the most important choice you have to make is to pick a niche. Whether you like clothing, traveling, or even just want to showcase your daily life, take the time to plan a strategy on how you will grow your account. As soon as your account grows past 5000 followers, you can work with companies to receive free items in exchange for exposure. As your account grows, you can then start charging companies to recommend them to your followers.

Photographer

Photography is definitely an art, and for people who are talented with photography, you can make a living online selling your photos (without going to expensive design schools.) There are numerous stock photo websites that will purchase photography. Keep in mind that these websites are not looking for amateur photographs. You do have to have a talent and some experience taking photos, so for this particular online job, it does require a little experience. However, it does not require a professional degree to successfully sell your photos online.

Ebook Publisher

These days, it’s easier than ever to self publish books. If you’ve always loved writing but never had the confidence to approach a publisher, now you don’t have to. With Kindle Direct Publishing you can now create your own books that can be formatted to be sold directly by Amazon. If your book sells, Amazon will print it on demand and send it to your customer. You will receive a portion of the sale price.

Teachers Pay Teachers

There is a website called Teachers Pay Teachers where teachers can sell their lesson plans and other classroom resources to other teachers. If you have a knack for graphic design or you have knowledge of a certain subject, you can create your own study materials and worksheets that you can sell to teachers for them to use in their classrooms. Business Insider recently shared an article about some of their teachers who have earned 7 figures on this website.

The Bottom Line

Ultimately, there are numerous online jobs that you can do that require little or no experience to get started. The most important ingredient for success when it comes to online jobs is persistence and hustle. Sometimes it takes time to create online businesses, especially if you have to acquire clients on your own. However, if you’re willing to put in the time and the effort necessary to grow your business, you can earn an excellent income and hopefully become your own boss one day.

Author

Catherine Alford is the go-to personal finance expert for educated, aspirational moms who want to recapture their life passions, earn more, reach their goals, and take on a more active financial role in their families. Cat was named the Best Contributor/Freelancer for Personal Finance in 2014, and over the past few years her writing and financial expertise have been featured in dozens of notable publications like The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! Finance, U.S. News and World Report, The Huffington Post, Kiplinger, Investopedia, Business Insider, and many more. She has been interviewed by Good Morning America, Mint, The Work at Home Woman, and Huffington Post Live and is a sought-after speaker at universities and large conferences on topics such as motherhood, money, and entrepreneurship. Learn more at www.CatherineAlford.com.

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