By Holly Reisem Hanna
Dear Work at Home Woman,
Is there anything non-phone related that's legitimate? I currently work for a call center and hate constantly being on the phone!
Hi Hope – I know where you’re coming from. I used to be a prior authorization nurse for Medicaid. I was on the phone all day approving nursing visits and medical equipment. Not only was it exhausting, but it made me want to crawl into a cave at the end of the day. Fortunately, there are lots of jobs that you can do from home without having to be on the phone.
Here are 20 different types of work and respective companies that hire telecommuters — no phone work required!
Good luck and keep us posted on your work-at-home journey.
If numbers and organization excite you, then bookkeeping may be right up your alley. Help business owners organize and input their monthly income and expenses. Some of these companies do require experience or an accounting degree to apply, check them out for more details.
Interested in becoming a bookkeeper? Here's a free training program to check out!
2. Chat and Email Customer Support Agent
Do you enjoy assisting people, but prefer not to be on the phone? Provide customer service detail via live chat and email. Most of these companies require individuals to be proficient typists.
Check out this post for more chat jobs!
3. Data Entry Clerk
Data entry is one of the most common work-at-home jobs that I receive questions about. In fact, I was hesitant to even include them due to the fact that they pay so little – I’m talking pennies per document. But here are a couple to check out if you’re dead set on doing straight data entry.
Looking for more typing jobs? Check out this post for jobs for fast and accurate typists!
4. Freelance Writer
From blog posts and newsletters to articles and advertising copy people are always looking for writers. Check with some of the major freelance sites, like Upwork or Problogger and see how you can offer up your writing services. Need more places to find paid writing gigs? Check out this massive list of sites that pay writers!
5. Complete Short Tasks
Short tasks or micro-tasks are just what they sound like – jobs that take a short time to complete, often only minutes. Payouts and functions (watching videos, testing websites, internet searches, etc.) vary greatly, so make sure to check out these sites to see what’s available.
Need more ideas? Check out this post for a big list of short task companies!
6. Use Smartphone Apps
Online competition is fierce, so companies are getting creative with how they reach consumers. Instead of spending marketing dollars on traditional advertising, brands are reaching out to consumers in unique ways, like smartphone apps. The great thing about using your smartphone to make money is there are real customer reviews for each app, so you can get a better idea of which ones are legit and which ones to stay away from.
Here are some more ways you can make money with your smartphone.
7. Paid Surveys
There are many legitimate websites where you can offer your opinion in exchange for cash, rewards, and sweepstake entries. While you’re not going to get rich from participating in surveys, it is a fun way to share your thoughts on products and services, and you’ll receive compensation your time.
Interested in completing surveys for money? Here are 16 other survey panels to check out.
Do you have excellent listening skills? Are you a fast and accurate typist? Then help businesses transcribe audio files into written documents.
See this post for more about general transcription and companies that hire for these remote positions.
9. ESL Instructor
Do you have a thorough understanding of the English language? Do you enjoy learning about other cultures? Then consider working as an ESL instructor. Here are a couple of companies that hire independent contractors for this position.
10. Web Search Evaluator
Search engine evaluators to provide feedback to development teams to ensure that internet search results are accurate and relevant to the search query’s intent. Here are a few companies that hire for this role.
Do you have an eagle eye? Do typos drive you crazy? Then consider working from home as a proofreader. Most positions are freelance, which means you have a flexible schedule and you can take on as much work as you're able to handle.
Interested in becoming a proofreader? Here's a free training webinar to check out!
12. Community Moderator
If you love working online, consider working as a community moderator. In these positions, you'll oversee forums, online groups, and social media accounts to ensure that rules are being followed, questions are being answered, and spam and junk content are being removed. If this sounds like a fun opportunity, check out the companies below.
13. Website Tester
Did you know that companies will pay good money to ensure that their websites are user-friendly? It's true! While you're not going to get rich completing website audits, it is a simple and flexible way to make some extra cash. You don't need a phone to complete these assignments, but you will need a laptop with a webcam and microphone to record your findings. If you'd like to get paid to test website for usability, check out the companies below.
14. Social Media Content Specialist
Are you a social butterfly? Do you have excellent written communication skills? Then consider working from home as a social media content specialist. As a social media manager, you'll be managing companies' social media accounts, curating content, and providing customer service online.
15. Internet Researcher
Do you love surfing the web? Are you great at finding the needle in the haystack? Then consider working as an internet researcher. In this role, you'll be completing research tasks for various individuals, companies, and businesses.
16. Marketing Associate
Do you have a marketing or advertising degree? Do you have previous marketing experience? Then use your skills and knowledge to land a marketing position. Here are a couple of companies that regularly hire for these remote positions.
17. Online Tutor
Are you a math whiz? Tutoring can be an excellent home based business opportunity, especially for those people who have an extensive knowledge of a subject; such as a college student who is majoring in English, a school teacher, or a person who is fluent a foreign language. While these positions don't require being on the phone, they do require face-to-face interaction via a webcam or online software like Skype.
18. Personal Stylist
Do you love fashion? Are you a creative individual who has an innate sense of style? Then try your hand at online personal styling. In this role, you'll curate a set number of clothing items and accessories based on the client's personal fashion profile.
19. Image Reviewer and Editor
Do you have an eye for execution and detail? Then maybe working as a freelance image reviewer or editor is your calling. These positions require some experience but are perfect for individuals with a creative flair and they can be completed 100 percent online.
20. Closed Captioner
Are you a visual learner? Can you type quickly and accurately? Then consider working from home as a closed captioner. In this position, you'll view video clips and transcribe the audio portion into text — no phone work required! Here are a few hiring companies to check out.
This is just a glimpse of some of the work-at-home jobs and opportunities that don't require you to be on the phone. For some more ideas make sure to check our article, 99 work-at-home career ideas for women. Or if you have a suggestion, please leave it below for all to learn from.
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Originally published February 5, 2014. Content updated December 11, 2017.
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