15 Legitimate Work From Home Jobs in 2024

When you work from home you’re in control of your money and time. You can work when you want and not when you don’t. It’s the fastest path to living a life on your own terms. Be your own boss and you’ll never get bossed around! Thankfully, it’s never been easier to find work-from-home jobs.

More and more people are ditching office cubicles and opting to work from the comfort of their homes. In fact, according to the most recent census,  21% of people worked from home in 2021!

The good news is that this new way of working is attainable to anyone who has a computer, a mobile phone, and an internet connection. There are plenty of legitimate work from home jobs out there that’ll pay you good money.

15 Best Work From Home Jobs

Here are the best legit work-from-home jobs that will earn you money:

  1. Freelance Writer and Editor
  2. Bookkeeper
  3. Virtual Assistant
  4. Web Developer
  5. Customer Service Rep
  6. Data Entry
  7. Social Media Manager
  8. Transcribing Services
  9. Translation Services
  10. Virtual Call Centers
  11. Graphic Designer
  12. Search Engine Evaluator
  13. Selling Items Online
  14. Online Teacher or Tutor
  15. Blogger

1. Freelance Writer and Editor

Average Annual Salary: $53,105

If you enjoy writing (and are good at it!), why not consider working as a freelance writer or editor? It’s the ideal job for working from home – or anywhere you like (as long as there’s an internet connection).

You’ll need to build a portfolio for starters which may involve setting at a lower price at first.

But, once you have gained experience and have a portfolio to show your potential clients, charging reasonable rates won’t be difficult.

2. Bookkeeper

Average Annual Salary: $43,952

I know what you are thinking, I am not a CPA, but guess what!? You don’t have to be a CPA to start bookkeeping – you just need to be good with numbers and enjoy it!

Simply sign up for an online bookkeeping course, pass it, then start earning money from home.

3. Virtual Assistant

Average Annual Salary: $74,526

Do you have excellent organizational skills? Have you mastered time management? Sounds like a virtual assistant job may be for you!

Work may involve things like live chat support, research, financial tasks, email management, social media management, proofreading, and other tasks.

Ultimately, you get to decide which services you offer based on your skills and what you feel comfortable doing.

4. Web Developer

Average Annual Salary: $81,490

As a web developer from home, you will design and build websites – and with side hustles such as making money on your own blog booming, web developers are in high demand.

Many web developers work for large companies, but if you want to freelance and work from home, you can make legit money setting up websites for individuals.

Web development from home is not for a newbie – you need experience and training to make it worth your time.

5. Customer Service Representative

Average Annual Salary: $61,903

If you like purchasing items from a catalog or infomercial, the person you call to make your purchase is most likely sitting in their home office.

Companies hire independent contractors to handle processing orders, answering questions, and dealing with complaints – it’s much less overhead for them than having people in their office.

6. Data Entry

Average Annual Salary: $39,514

Data Entry might not sound fun and glamorous, but the thing is, you don’t need any experience to do the job from home.

As a data entry clerk, you will input data from numerous sources into one database for the company. As long as you are good at paying attention to details you can work this job easily!

7. Social Media Manager

Average Annual Salary: $58,164

There are tons of companies that need someone to manage their social media accounts. From people who just don’t have the time to do it, to those who have no idea how to do it on their own.

Some companies may even need someone to completely develop their social media strategies for them. You can do this from your home and save the company a ton of time – start by checking with local businesses but sites like FlexJobs and UpWork will have these jobs listed as well.

8. Transcribing Services

Average Annual Salary: $45,970

A career in transcription offers great flexibility – but there are lots of scam jobs in this field!

General transcription involves transcribing audio like business recordings, webinars, interviews, phone conversations, and more. Once you have experience in transcribing, you can specialize in a field (like medical or legal) – and earn more.

Transcription Certification Institute and Transcribe Anywhere offer courses, info, and job boards for those looking to start out as transcriptionists.

9. Translation Services

Average Annual Salary: $59,651

Do you speak another language? Then you could consider working from home as a translator.

You’ll most likely need to get certified first – but that’s a small price to pay for a legitimate work from home career, right?

There are many ways to work as a translator, from on-site interpreters to document translators.

10. Virtual Call Centers

Average Annual Salary: $37,138

There’s a transition towards a remote workforce, which means companies are becoming more virtual (and there are more virtual call center jobs available!).

It’ll work to your advantage if you have some experience in an office call center – but sometimes this experience isn’t necessary, and a previous retail job role may be enough.

11. Graphic Designer

Average Annual Salary: $58,139

Working as a graphic designer is a fantastic way to make money from home while using your creative skills every day.

If you’re starting from scratch, many sites offer free courses online (see: Udemy)

There’s a lot of competition out there – but sites like Fiverr and Upwork are great places to start for graphic design gigs.

12. Search Engine Evaluator

Average Annual Salary: $58,000

Search engine evaluation involves analyzing Google search results and giving feedback on whether they’re relevant, accurate, comprehensive, and timely. Essentially, you’re the human checker of a system of complex algorithms.

Search engine evaluators are hired as contractors – and most will be working on a few projects at a time.

Check out companies like Appen and iSoftStone for search engine evaluation jobs.

13. Selling Items Online

Average Annual Salary: Varies

With Amazon selling, it has never been easier to start a small online business! You don’t have to have your own website to sell goods (you can if you want, of course!) – Amazon allows you to sell worldwide without a huge investment.

Plus, if your items are in demand, it can be highly profitable. There’s plenty of information online on how to start selling on Amazon, and how to make it worthwhile (try this free course by Udemy).

14. Teaching and Tutoring

Average Annual Salary: $42,786

Thanks to technology, teaching, which was previously seen as something that can only be done in the classroom, can now be fully remote. If you’re a teacher or tutor but crave to give up your commute, nothing is stopping you from becoming an online teacher.

Not a teacher? You can still teach English and earn some extra money on sites like italki. The best thing is that you get to set your own price – and some people are making as much as $80 an hour!

15. Blogging

Average Annual Salary: $44,073

If you’ve perused our site, you’ll know that we have covered blogging and the financial success it can bring extensively.

If you’re committed to your blog and manage to grow your page views, you can make money blogging!

Check out this post on how to get started and make money as a blogger, and sign up for our Free Blogging Side Hustle Course!

Avoid Work From Home Job Scams

According to FlexJobs senior career advisor Brie Reynolds, for every legitimate work from home job, there are 70 scam jobs. 70! That’s insane.

Scammers are working hard to rob you by stealing your personal information/ identity and by cheating you out of your hard-earned money.

At least 17% of job seekers have been scammed at least once. Having realized that there’s a growing interest in work from home jobs, scammers have turned this into a business opportunity, and are using it to make a quick buck out of unsuspecting, hopeful job seekers.

They both sound equally bad – and not something you’d ever want to experience, right?

How to Avoid Work From Home Scams:

  • Know what a scam looks like: Are you familiar with the proverb, “keep your friends close, and your enemies closer”? Knowing well what scams tend to look like is a sure way to protect yourself from falling for one. Scammers may come up with new ways to cheat job-seekers, but most of their tricks are variations of what’s been done before. Do a quick search for “work from home scams,” and you’ll see examples of what’s out there.
  • Do your research: Company offering you a dream work-at-home job you just can’t resist? Make sure you do your research. Does the company have social media pages? Are there any reviews of them online? Do you know where they are physically based – and how easy is it to get hold of them on the phone? Also, you could do a quick Google search of the name of the company + “scams.” If anything suspicious comes up – you’ll know not to get involved.
  • Legitimate companies won’t ask you for money for a job: If a company wants to charge you to “work for them,” it’s not a job – and most likely a scam. Paying to work for someone just doesn’t make sense, does it? The companies that hire you to work from home won’t ask you to pay for the privilege (the only thing you may need to pay for is a criminal record check!). Additionally, you may need to buy some supplies for work – but the company hiring you should never be the one selling you stuff. If it is – it’s most likely just a way to cheat you out of your money.
  • Use a reputable job board: Job sites like FlexJobs hand-screen and vet the postings before you see them, so you know the job listing you’re looking at is a legit opportunity.

What are some of the best work-from-home jobs you’ve found? Have you considered starting your own home-based business?

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I work from home in 2024?

If you know your way around a computer and have a stable internet connection, you can find numerous great work-from-home jobs. From data entry to social media management, the world is your oyster.

Are work from home jobs legit?

Yes, in fact, according to surveys more than 36 million people will be working at home jobs by 2025, and what’s more 17% of workers in 2019 were remote, while 32% worked at home jobs in 2021. I would say those numbers speak for themselves.

How can I get a work from home job online?

Check out job boards such as Fiverr or Flexjobs to find a listing of the best work from home jobs that you can apply for today.

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