Are you looking for a Work From Home Job in 2021?
In 2020 the world came to a screeching halt because of the Coronavirus Pandemic. However, one serendipity as a result of the Pandemic might have been the emphasis on working from home. Companies realized they could allow their employees to work from home AND still have productivity.
Those working from home recognized the extra time could allow them to focus on their family, fitness, side hustles, chores, and work-life balance. That is why we put together this list of the best work from home jobs in 2021, the pros and cons of working from home, aka WFH jobs, and the money that you can make doing so.
But first, we answer:
Can You Really Work From Home Full Time?
In a nutshell, yes! Scores of people have work from home jobs that they carry out on a full-time basis. And we’re not just talking about stay-at-home moms or entrepreneurs just starting. The events of the past 12-15 months have meant more people than ever before are working from home full time.
But what if you’re not employed by a large organization or aren’t an entrepreneur who has the luxury of working from wherever they want? Can you still reap all the benefits that come with a work-at-home job?
You bet you can! And this guide is here to not only show you 21 of the best work from home jobs you can potentially do, but also highlight some of the main work from home scams so you can avoid being stung by them.
How Much Do Work From Home Jobs Pay?
How long’s a piece of string!? While it would be awesome if we could tell you how much work from home jobs pay, there is no definitive answer, unfortunately.
But that isn’t to say work from home jobs don’t pay much — far from it! With a work from home job you can earn anywhere from a few hundred dollars a month to literally thousands.
Now it’s important to realize that we are talking about full-time work from home jobs, not side hustles like completing online surveys and taking advantage of cashback apps when you buy stuff.
The work from home jobs we’re about to cover are exactly that: jobs! Not quick money making schemes or part-time income streams.
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Pros and Cons of Work From Home Jobs
Before we tell you 21 of the most legitimate work from home jobs you can do today, let’s quickly cover the pros and cons of work from home jobs.
Pros of work from home jobs:
- You don’t have to commute (stay in bed longer)
- You can save on childcare costs
- You can work in whatever clothes you like (even your pajamas)
- You can usually get a home office tax reduction
- There’s nobody looking over your shoulder
- You can often get reimbursed for your internet costs
Cons of work from home jobs:
- You need to be disciplined
- Distractions can be productivity drains
- No co-worker relationships
- Can get lonely at times
- Often uses up space in your home
- No feeling of escaping the office and heading home
- It’s often difficult to show how hard you are working
- You can end up working longer hours because of early starts and late finishes
The 21+ Best Work From Home Jobs
Virtual assistants (or VAs) provide administrative support over the internet. They help with all manner of tasks, including email management, social media accounts, word processing, data entry, and more.
As a VA, you can set your own rates and choose which jobs you accept. For example, the virtual assistant that works for me charges clients $20-$25 per hour and completes tasks such as:
- Marketing emails
- Small bookkeeping items
- Photo design
- Social media posting
- Project management
- Content planning
Fancy yourself as a bit of a wordsmith? Maybe freelance writing is your work-from-home job calling. Organizations both large and small need content and most don’t have their own writers in-house.
Freelance writing is actually how I personally make an additional $500 to $1,000 per month outside of my digital marketing and blogging. If you have a knack for writing and know some content agencies that need freelance writing, start there.
Another good place to start is with bloggers and media companies. They always need freelance writing. You can charge .05-.10 per word, making an easy $50-$100+ per 1,000 word article you write!
Similar to freelance writing, editing/proofreading is another solid work from home job. Obviously, you need to have good English language skills, but the rewards can be high.
Proofreaders and editors can charge by the hour, by the job, or work on retainer. This is a perfect WFH gig for teachers who are now stay at home parents, looking to get out of the office, or for anyone who really likes reading.
Legal assistants support lawyers by taking care of many of their admin tasks, such as research and preparing documents. Law firms, government agencies, and corporate legal departments all utilize the services of legal assistants.
With the Pandemic, many realized they can let their legal assistants do their work from home – making this one of the best work from home jobs for 2021 and beyond! In some cases, background knowledge is required/preferred.
Social Media Manager
If you know your way around the most popular social media channels like the back of your hand, maybe becoming a social media manager is work from home job for you. Many companies pay people to manage their social media accounts, including publishing posts, replying to comments and keeping an ear out for the latest news.
As a social media manager, you can do it for a company or start your own business managing social media channels for small business owners! Starting a digital marketing business is one of my favorite WFH jobs!
Customer Service Representative
Independent contractors are increasingly being hired to work from home as customer service representatives. If you think you can handle complaints, process orders, and answer questions, this could be the work from home gig for you.
Call centers and customer service reps now work remotely and can typically make $15 per hour either working part time or full time.
Data entry specialist
Data entry gets a hard rap as being boring. But it’s a paid work from home job, it’s important, and one that’s pretty easy to do. Data entry requires you to pay attention to details and you will need to be proficient with Word and other Microsoft suites, but you can make $15-$25 per hour in most cases!
Many companies need audio recordings transcribed. As a transcriptionist, your work may not be that varied, but you’ll get to listen to a lot of free webinars and other recordings involving medical or legal matters.
Typically, a transcriptionist can charge $45 per hour and up. This also means you will need to be trained and proficient when it comes to typing, as the average transcriptionist can type at least 70 words per minute!
Medical Work From Home Jobs
The medical work from home job market is rife with opportunities, but you obviously need to have the relevant qualifications and experience to take advantage of it. From psychiatry to nursing, clinical data managers to order entry pharmacists, if you’ve got the right skills, you can make money with a medical work from home job.
If your math game is strong and you enjoy working with numbers, a work from home bookkeeper could be your calling. It’s a solid work from home job and there’s always demand for such services.
Some people have gone from bookkeeping to owning a bookkeeping business. If you want to start a bookkeeping business, check this article out.
Many people have built their own websites as a hobby or just a bit of fun. Why not turn those skills into a money-making opportunity as a web developer? The best part is you can learn new skills online and stay abreast of the latest industry developments.
When I create a new website I charge $750 and up! In order to make a full time amount, I would need to build five websites per month!
If you’ve got some artistic flair, you could become a work from home graphic designer. Whether it’s a logo, T-shirts, or other marketing material, organizations and agencies are always happy to utilize good talent.
Take paid surveys
Okay, so it’s not strictly a job. But taking paid surveys can be a really nice side hustle, and it’s one you can easily do from home. This is not a lucrative way to make money, but if you are someone who is in college or stays at home, you can make SOME money doing surveys.
Best Survey Sites
- Avg: $1-$3
- Payout: PayPal
- Cashout: $10
- Avg: $.40-2
- Payout: PayPal
- Cashout: $25
- Avg: $1-$5
- Payout: Prepaid VISA
- Cashout: $30
The best survey platforms include:
- Survey Junkie
- Inbox Dollars
- 12+ others to consider
Facebook Ads Manager
Facebook ads managers do exactly as their job title suggests: they manage Facebook ads. You know the ads we’re talking about; the ones you’re greeted with as you scroll through your news feed. Organizations want their products and services to be seen on Facebook, and they’ll pay handsomely if you are good at it.
Events always need organizing, whether it’s a corporate gathering, a small business party or a birthday. If you’ve got experience in the events and hospitality business, this could be a great fit for you.
Bake things at home or meal prep
My wife and I have a friend who is a stay-at-home mom who makes amazing cakes and baked goods for weddings, baby showers, and events. We know a few other people who do the same and we also have another friend who runs a meal prep company from his home.
If food is your passion – baked goods or healthy meals, it doesn't matter – you can potentially make it a work from home gig depending on how much money you need to make. More and more people want to support small businesses and working from home out of your own kitchen is a great way to get things going!
Work From Home as an Entrepreneur
Always dreamed of running your own business? Gout a killer idea for a product or service that you know will be a hit? Then why not start your own business and work from home as an entrepreneur. There really are few barriers to doing this nowadays.
The income will not be as consistent at first, but once your business idea takes off you can work from home and be a business owner!
Sell Items Online
Everyone has stuff lying around their homes that they never use. Why not turn that junk into dollars by selling it online!? Sites like eBay, Etsy, and Amazon are all great places to sell your items.
My top picks for selling things online include:
- Offer Up
- Craig's List
- Facebook Market Place
- The RealReal
Run a Blog
If you’re passionate about a certain topic, why not start a money-making blog? While it can be hard to foster a loyal audience in the beginning, once people see how strong your content is they’ll keep coming back for more, and that’s when you can start monetizing things.
Blogging is one of the best ideas to create passive income, as it is more of a long term project when it comes to making sufficient income. That said, if you want to work from home, or anywhere for that matter, blogging is a great place to start.
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Create an Online Course
Many people are always looking to expand their knowledge and skills. And one of the best ways for them to do this is through online courses. If you’ve got a lot of knowledge about a particular subject, you could create your own online course and make money from it.
Telephone nurse & Telemedicine
If you're a licensed nurse or medical professional, there is the growing field of telemedicine where instead of a traditionally office visit, patients visit you online using web based video conferences.
Things like minor check-ups, needing a referral, or immediate (non-emergency) needs make telemedicine one of the fastest growing industries since the Pandemic of 2020. You can choose to this part-time or full-time and it's a great option for stay at home parents who want to earn some, but not keep their old nursing/medical hours!
Start a YouTube Channel
Like blogging, there’s money to be made from home via YouTube. You need to establish yourself in the right niche and create a loyal following. Your income comes from ads people see when they watch your videos. More views = more dollars.
After you hit 1,000 subscribers, you can monetize your channel which means YouTube will place advertisements on your videos. While it isn't necessarily easy, as you grow your following and views, you will earn more income.
How to Find a Work From Home Job
So you’ve decided you want to go for it and secure a work from home job. Awesome! But where on earth do you find one!?
Ask a friend who has a work from home job
Chances are you know someone who has a work from home job. They are the best people to not only give you advice about what working from home full-time is like, but also help you find your first work from home job.
Search for ‘remote jobs’ online
Work from home jobs are more commonly known as ‘remote jobs’ in the business world. So that’s one of your best bets when it comes to finding one. Head over to Google or your favorite search engine and begging your hunt with a ‘remote jobs’ query.
Join bespoke freelance work websites
There are a plethora of freelance work websites out there that help companies find suitable freelancers to complete tasks. Examples include:
Look for work from home jobs on Craigslist
Another pretty decent website for finding work from home jobs is Craigslist. The best part is that you don’t need to limit your search to your local area because you’ll be looking for remote positions.
How to Avoid Work From Home Job Scams
Sadly, work from home job scams are a dime a dozen. That’s why you need to be smart when looking for your first work from home job.
Here are some work from home job scams to look out for:
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is…
Always Trust your instinct. If it sounds too good to be true — fantastic pay; easy, enjoyable work; and a super flexible schedule — it probably is. Go with your gut feeling and confidently decline any work from home jobs that don’t feel right.
Do your research
If you come across a company that’s advertising work from home jobs, take some time to check them out a little. It doesn’t take much effort or time to find out if the company is legit and genuinely has work from home jobs on offer.
Never give up your personal details
Scammers love nothing more than to get their hands on your personal information. So if you’re asked to provide your Social Security number or bank account details, be wary. It’s easy to explain that you’re not willing to give up that information lightly and a legit company will understand that and make you feel at ease.
Legit employers won’t ask you for cash
Likewise, a legit potential employer won’t ask you for any cash upfront or some kind of deposit before you start. If you come across a potential work from home job that does, don’t be afraid to let it slip you by.
The Verdict on Work From Home Jobs –
Working from home has it's pros and cons, but for many the pros far outweigh the cons. If you are anything like me, you know how hectic our daily lives can be without a 40 hour work week.
Managing a home, our finances, budget, lifestyle, fitness, family, chores – and so on – is hard enough. Doing it between work meetings, downtime, and losing the daily commute sounds way more fun for most.
While missing out on the social interaction and thrill of being around others (possible cons to some) is one thing, in the end, time is the most precious commodity we own. That is why if you're serious about working from home, hopefully, this list helped you with your start!
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Josh writes about ways to make money, pay off debt, and improve yourself. After paying off $300,000 in student loans with his wife in less than five years, Josh started Money Life Wax and has been featured on Forbes, Business Insider, Huffington Post, and more! In addition to being a life-long entrepreneur, Josh and his wife enjoy spending time with their chocolate lab named Morgan, working out, being outside, traveling, and helping others with their finances! I got serious with money when I used Personal Capital to track my finances.