18 of the Best Home-Based Jobs that Pay Well
Home Based Jobs Part-Time
Are you looking for a home-based job?
You’re in the right place. I was in the same situation a few years ago and I just wanted to know what my options were.
I was a working mom and pregnant with my second child, desperate to leave my 9-5 for something I could do from home but couldn’t find anything even feasible that could justify leaving my full-time gig. I also couldn’t seem to get past all the work-from-home scams.
Everything I sifted through seemed too good to be true, and it was. After months of frustration and time running out before giving birth, I decided to reach out to people with established home-based jobs and asked them three main questions:
- What Is their Home-Based Job?
- How Can Others Get Started?
- How Much Can You Earn?
Thankfully they all responded. They willingly and so generously shared their experience with the ins and outs of a home-based job and how much they earn (what we really want to know). And that’s what you’ll find here on this list, legitimate part-time home-based jobs that are all tried and tested.
A number of these home-based jobs require no investment and are definitely jobs that moms can do as well!
I was able to quit my job when I had my daughter and it was the best decision I ever made. I do job #4 on this list and I love it.
I did a thorough review of every company listed. Each company listed has a 4/5-star rating or higher from Glassdoor. I have a very high standard and if I wouldn’t apply to these jobs, I wouldn’t ask you to do it either.
One of the great things about these home-based businesses is that the government sees these as a small business. When you have a small business you get SO many tax breaks.
I did not know this and had to pay over $20,000 in taxes because of just not knowing what to do. I interviewed a CPA here so you guys would NOT make the same mistakes that I did.
If you have a business or you’re thinking about starting a business definitely check this out first.
How to Find Home-Based Jobs?
To find out what home-based jobs are available check out the list below. The number of work-from-home scams is growing by the day and it’s important to know which jobs are real. That’s why I created this list.
Some of these jobs, unfortunately, do not offer health insurance, so if you’re in need of health insurance you’ll want to know your options here.
This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link.
Here are the Best Home-Based Jobs You Can Start Today
Update Urgent Job Request: TELUS is looking to hire a US Rater position immediately. Be sure to tell them Tried and True sent you, I know the hiring manager.
US Rater – Part-time position up to 20 hours per week. VERY FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE. Raters log on to the online tool to select tasks to do on a self-directed schedule.
A Rater reviews the results returned in a specific search query and rates them in terms of relevance. The majority of the task types will require both a desktop/laptop and a smartphone.
You should have a minimum 12 months experience using Gmail as primary email, daily access to and use of a broadband internet connection to perform the work and an Android smartphone 4.2 or higher or iPhone iOS version 10.0 or higher to perform the work on.
1. Online Writer
Do you like to write? If so, you can make a lot of money writing for other companies and even bloggers from home.
Writing for money is an art, you may have a natural knack for it but the structure of how you set-up your articles may need some guidance and that’s why I interviewed Holly Johnson.
Holly Johnson is a freelance writer and earns OVER $200,000 per year! She’s definitely found the secret sauce when it comes to writing and charging the right rate. You can check out my interview with Holly in my article How to Become a Freelance Writer and I also have a number of ways to get writing gigs at the end of the article.
She created a course for those who want to follow her path of success and I highly recommend taking it.
I met one of Holly’s students at a conference and he said hands down if you want to make money writing, you need to take her course. So I recommend starting with her free workshop on how to build a six-figure writing career.
2. Virtual Bookkeeper
Are you good with numbers? Do you consider yourself a pretty organized person?
If so, you should consider becoming a Virtual Bookkeeper and help small business owners record their financial transactions
I interviewed two successful stay at home moms who had no previous experience but took a course to learn how to become a bookkeeper from home. One of the moms has 9 kids, homeschools 6, and still earns $2,000+ per month on the side bookkeeping.
So I’m convinced if anyone wants to do this, they can!
How to Get Started: If you want to learn how to become a bookkeeper I definitely recommend taking this free class on How to Become a Bookkeeper to determine if this is right for you. If you have the experience you can apply to companies like Accounting Department.
How Much Can You Earn? The bookkeepers course (the course the moms took) teaches you how to earn $60 per hour, for companies like Accounting Department you can earn $15-$16 per hour according to Glassdoor.
Do you often catch speling errors? Did you see the one I just did 🙂 If so, you should consider becoming a proofreader. You can make a nice living catching other people’s mistakes.
I interviewed Caitlin Pile who did this part time while studying abroad and earned $43,000 in one year! Not bad doing this on the side.
You can read the full interview in my How to Become a Proofreader article.
How to Get Started: If you want to learn the skills needed to start your own freelance proofreading career, check out this FREE introductory workshop.
How Much Can You Earn? I’ve seen a number of people earning between $1000-$4,000 per month!
4. Start a Blog
Have you ever thought about starting a blog? I didn’t until I saw people were earning $1,000-$50,000 per MONTH, and I thought, well, I want that. And now after a year into this thing, I’m there!
I love blogging because most of the money is so passive. I make money just for people reading my articles from ads. I certainly did not write this article today and yet it’s making me money.
When you get a nice amount of people reading your articles it brings in a nice income. For example, I had a great traffic day and made $400 just from ads in one day.
The other thing I love about blogging is that you do not have to be an excellent writer (because I’m definitely not) you just write like you talk.
It takes a lot of work and awhile before you see an income so definitely treat this as a side hustle until you can make it your full-time income.
How To Get Started: I wrote a very detailed guide on how I make money blogging and a step-by-step guide on how to start a blog along with the most popular niches that make the most money and get the most traffic.
6. Home Based Real Estate – And it’s Not What You Think
You can get into Real Estate and earn a lot of money WITHOUT buying or selling anything. I know, it sounds a little crazy, but hear me out.
It’s called Property Preservation and my friend Danielle does this while homeschooling her 3 children earning OVER $400,000 per year! She outsources 100% of the work and just does the admin work at home.
How to Get Started: Check out my interview with Danielle to see how it all works
How Much Can You Earn? It varies but Danielle says it’s very feasible to gross $100k+ or more in revenue within 18 months
7. Make a Passive Income with Printables
Have you ever thought about selling printables? Most people haven’t but you can earn a nice amount of passive income with printables because you make them once and can sell them over and over again.
And you don’t have to be a graphic designer to be good at this, see how others are making money doing this here.
How To Get Started: I interviewed two women who do this from home successfully and they show us how to get started in my How to Make Printables to Sell on Etsy article.
How Much Can You Earn? Average $500- $1,000 per month
8. Virtual Assistant
Are you task-oriented and have skills in the areas of social media management, editing, graphic design, tutoring, researching, writing, administrative duties or data entry? Then becoming a Virtual Assistant may be an excellent choice for you.
How To Get Started:I interviewed Gina Horkey who is a six-figure Virtual Assistant and she shares exactly how you can get started as a Virtual Assistant. You can check it out here.
How Much Can You Earn?$15-$100 per hour
If you want a home-based job that doesn’t require leaving the house definitely consider Drop Shipping.
Dropshipping is a method where you can sell third-party products from a Drop Shipping Company without ever seeing or shipping the item. When you make a sale, the product is shipped directly to the customer from the drop shipper.
Your profit is the difference between what you charge your customers and what the drop shipping company charges you.
How to Get Started? Theo McArthur is one of the most successful drop shippers I know and created a VERY AFFORDABLE course on Udemy that teaches you how to launch your first profitable Dropship Website in 14 Days or less and grow your Income to $10,000 per month in profits. Just check out the amazing reviews on her course!
How Much Can You Earn? This really depends on you and how much work you put into it but you could make $10,000+ a month.
10. Travel Agent
Are you a people person? Resourceful? Like to travel? If so, have you thought about becoming a Travel Agent?
How To Get Started: You can either start your own business or work for an agency. I interviewed Sarah who started her own Travel Agency and she tells us how to do both.
How Much Can You Earn? Glassdoor states the average salary ranges from $29,000 to $58,000 a year, but it all depends on experience and number of clients.
11. Search Engine/ Social Media Evaluator
Search Engines like Google don’t always get it right with the search results so they’ll pay you to help them get it right.
These positions are often called search engine evaluators or web evaluators. This is a great home based job because it does not require getting on the phone, you make your own schedule, and it does not require any training.
There are many pros to this job, and because of that, there may be lows in available work.
How To Get Started: Apply to the only two companies I recommend in my article How to Work from Home as a Web Search Evaluator
How Much Can You Earn? $12.50 – $14 per hour
12. In-Home Childcare
If you love children why not enjoy them and make money?
How To Get Started: There is a neat short course that will take you through the ins and outs on How to Legally Start a Home Daycare Business.
You can also check out Care.com and your local FB mom groups for opportunities to grow your business.
How Much Can You Earn? It depends on where you live, but you could charge $30 per day which turns out to $600 per month (assuming its for 8 hours a day), while some daycares will charge $900 or more a month for one kid.
Feel free to raise your price and check the daycare costs in your area to stay competitive.
Make sure you add childcare endorsement to your home owner’s insurance in case someone gets hurt and check your State regulations on the number of children you can care for without a license.
13. Customer Service
Are you patient and like dealing with people? If so, you’re probably really good at Customer Service.
Customer service positions typically provide product or service information over the phone or computer.
You will be required to become well informed of the company that you choose to work for and will need to be prepared to answer the questions that will come your way efficiently.
How To Get Started: Consider applying to the companies below.
How Much Can You Earn? The pay ranges from $10-$21 per hour according to Glassdoor:
14. Life Coach
Do you enjoy helping people and want to help them develop professionally or personally? If that’s you, you should consider becoming a Life Coach.
I interviewed Life Coach Natalie Bacon and she earns six-figures on her way to seven-figures!
How Much Can You Earn? It depends on your market. If you are targeting lower-income, you can charge $47 per hour, if you’re targeting higher-income you could charge $297 per hour or much more. It also depends on your model, are you doing 1-to-1 coaching or group coaching?
15. Sell Products on Amazon
Do you enjoy shopping for Sales? Did you know you could make a lucrative home business reselling products on Amazon for a profit?
The products you see on Amazon are most likely from people like you and me trying to make money. I buy tons of things from Amazon and people are making money off my purchases.
Amazon has a program called FBA (I’ll explain more in my article below) and THEY ship the products to your customers and handle the customer service! You just do the shopping.
My sister does this to make extra money on the side while working a full-time job and earns over $2,000 per month!
How To Get Started: Take this FREE 7-Day Email Course on how to start selling on Amazon.
How Much Can You Earn? This varies significantly and depends on how much work you are willing to put in, but Jessica from the Selling family made over $100,000 in profit after her first year as a full-time Amazon seller. Check out my awesome interview with her on How to Sell on Amazon.
16. Flip Items from Flea Markets
Thrift Stores and Flea Markets are literally gold mines if you know what you’re looking for.
Rob from the Flea Market Flipper is a MASTER flipper and made over $130,000 flipping items from Flea Markets and thrift stores PART-TIME online.
You do not need to have a lot of money to start either. Rob recommends his students to start with a budget of $20-$50 to find items. Based on that, they should be able to make $100-$300 (mostly reselling on eBay) and then take some of the profit and do it again.
17. Rent Out Baby Equipment
Do you live in a popular tourist area? You can create a profitable business renting baby equipment to traveling families. I didn’t even know this was a thing until I interviewed Ashley Anderson.
How To Get Started: I recommend reading my interview with Ashley on How to Start a Baby Equipment Rental Business
How Much Can You Earn? Ashley earns over $3,000 per month
Have you ever thought about making money from home typing audio files? Transcribers type what they hear and if you have a computer, internet connection and can type well you should definitely consider this.
I interviewed Kim who does this and loves it. You can check out the interview in my article on How to Become a Transcriber.
How to Get Started: Take this Free Mini-Course to find out if this is the right job for you.
19. Clean up Litter in Parking Lots
I know, I know not the most glamorous job on this list but what if I told you that you could earn $30-$50 per hour doing this on the side?
I interviewed Brian who has grown his local business to six-figures per year doing this, $650,000 to be exact but this is because he has scaled his business and now has people working for him.
How To Get Started: I interviewed Brian in this article How to Start a Parking Lot Litter Removal Business to see how it all works and he’ll help you grow your business.
How Much Can You Earn? $30-$50 per hour
Research Studies – Up to $400 per study
I love doing research studies because it’s a quick and easy way to make money from home. Below are the best-paid companies to sign up for
I’m going to tell you now, these will not make you rich but if you just want to make a little extra money in your spare time why not take some surveys?
You get paid in the form of gift cards or through PayPal (basically cash).
How Much Can You Earn? If you take the time to answer a lot of surveys, you could make up to $50-$100 per month
Pro Tip: Open a separate email account solely for surveys. You’ll start to get inundated with emails, and it will be more manageable in a different account.
Get Paid to Test Websites and Apps
You can make money by testing new websites and apps by simply sharing your thoughts. Companies need feedback on the user experience of their websites, and they’ll pay you to get it.
Here are two companies that will give you $10 per test and they usually take around 15-20 minutes each (User Testing now pays up to $60 per test):
I hope you could find a home-based job on this list that’s right for you. If you didn’t see anything that fits your interest, I encourage you to check out FlexJobs.
FlexJobs is a paid job site that screens all the applications that come through to help sift through the scams.
Once you find a job you can cancel with them and if you don’t think it’s worth it, you can request a refund…so there’s no risk. To sign up make sure you use my code FLEXLIFE to get 30% off.
The normal fee each month would be $14.95 a month but it’s less using my code.
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