Do you want to work from home, but not on the phone? Then keep reading; we’re answering a reader’s question on remote non-phone jobs and where to find them.
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. It was exhausting and made me want to crawl into a cave at the end of the day. Fortunately, there are many work-from-home jobs where you don’t have to be on the phone.
Here are 29 legit work-from-home non-phone jobs and hiring companies!
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 require experience or an accounting degree to apply; check them out for more details
Are you interested in becoming a bookkeeper? Here’s a free training program to check out!
2. Chat Agents
Do you enjoy assisting people but prefer not to talk on the phone? Then provide customer service detail via live chat, social media, and email. Most companies require individuals to be proficient typists with excellent spelling and grammar. With this non-phone job, positions vary greatly, some are independent contracting roles, and others are full-time positions.
Data entry is one of the most common work-at-home jobs I receive questions about. I’m hesitant to include some of these gigs because they pay so little – I’m talking pennies per document. But here are some places where you can find data entry jobs. Sometimes, you’ll need to provide other administrative services in addition to data entry.
One of the best non-phone jobs is freelance writing! People are always looking for talented writers to write blog posts, newsletters, articles, advertising copy, grants, and so much more. You can search for jobs on some of the major freelance sites, or you can pitch your bloggers and companies that have blogs and always need fresh new content.
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, surfing the web, testing websites, taking surveys, reading emails, and playing video games) vary greatly. The nice thing about short tasks is most of them can be done on your smartphone during your spare time, making it a great way to earn a little extra money.
Check out these sites:
Don’t worry, with this one, you’re not talking on the phone but instead using its digital capabilities to make money.
Nowadays, 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 actual customer reviews for each app, so you can get a better idea of which ones are legit and which ones to stay away from.
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 for your time.
Do you have excellent listening skills? Are you a fast and accurate typist? Then help businesses transcribe audio files into written documents. With transcription work, you’re not paid by the worked minute, but instead, by the audio minute. A transcriptionist who is experienced usually has a 3-to-1 turnaround rate, meaning that it takes them 3 minutes to produce 1 minute of transcribed audio. Most transcription jobs are freelance positions, so you’ll be responsible for paying self-employment taxes, but you get to create your own schedule and no phone work is required.
Here are some companies that hire online transcribers:
Do you have a thorough understanding of the English language? Do you enjoy learning about other cultures? Then consider working as an ESL (English as a second language) instructor. While you’re not working on the phone, you will be giving instructions via webcam. For some of these positions, you’ll need to get your TEFL or TESOL certification which takes 120 hours to complete.
Here are some companies that hire independent contractors for these positions:
If you are detail-oriented and enjoy doing web research, this next work-from-home job is for you! Search engine evaluators evaluate whether internet search results are accurate and relevant to the search query’s intent. A couple of things to note about these positions are they are part-time freelance roles, that pay around $20 per hour (according to Glassdoor). I’ve also heard that the preliminary test you have to take to do these roles is quite difficult.
Here are a few companies that hire for these roles:
11. Proofreader or Editor
Do you have an eagle eye? Do typos drive you crazy? Then consider working from home as a proofreader or editor. Most positions are freelance, which means you have a flexible schedule, and you can take on as much work as you can. Others are full-time roles that come with benefits. The training and education you’ll need will vary greatly depending on the employer. If you’re interested in becoming a proofreader, check out this free training webinar.
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 their websites are user-friendly? It’s true! While you’re not going to get rich completing website audits, it is a flexible and straightforward 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. Check out the companies below if you’d like to get paid to test websites for usability.
Do you have a passion for social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok? Do you have excellent written communication skills? Then consider working from home as a social media manager or content specialist. As a social media manager, you’ll create social media posts, you’ll monitor conversations online, and promote various products and services online with paid ads. The pay rates for social media marketers vary greatly and depend on factors like education, effectiveness, experience, and creativity.
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 non-phone job, you’ll be completing research tasks for various individuals, companies, and businesses.
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 some companies that regularly hire for these remote positions.
17. Online Tutor
Are you a math or science whiz? Tutoring can be an excellent home-based opportunity, especially for those people who have extensive knowledge of a subject, such as a college student who is majoring in English, a school teacher, or a person who is fluent in a foreign language. While these positions don’t require being on the phone, they require face-to-face interaction via a webcam or online software like Skype or Zoom.
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 fashion profile.
19. Image Reviewer and Photo 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% 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.
Virtual assistants perform various administrative tasks like answering email, data entry, blog management, bookkeeping, editing, proofreading, marketing, research — and the list goes on and on. The services that you offer will all depend on your skills, experience, and education. There may be an occasional phone call that you need to make, but for the most part, this position is phone-free!
If being an online admin sounds appealing, check out the following companies.
If you have a Bachelor’s Degree and you would enjoy reading student essays and short answers on tests, becoming an online test scorer may be your calling. Most of these positions are seasonal with part-time hours — look at these companies for openings.
If you have a working knowledge of two or more languages, along with excellent written communication skills, you can work from home as a translator. Translators take one language and translate it into another, the types of projects are varied from simple documents and sub-titles to full-on books.
24. Graphic Designer
If you’re skilled at Photoshop and have a creative flair, you can work from home as a freelance graphic designer. From logos and branding materials to building websites and creating social media content — there are a wealth of opportunities for the taking.
Did you know that each service a doctor provides to a patient has a unique billing code? And did you know these billing codes must be used when doctors bill insurance companies? If helping doctors and medical professionals file claims sounds appealing, medical billing and coding may be your path to working from home. You will need specialized training, which you can complete in 4-6 months through an online program like CareerStep.
26. Instructional Designer
Instructional designers research, write, design, and create training courses and manuals for a wide range of people like educators, students, and employees. Some instructional designers are tasked with training, but most of your job duties in this role are behind the scenes. To work as an instructional designer, you’ll either need a degree in the subject being written about or a degree in education; you should also enjoy writing and editing.
27. Non-Phone Remote Nursing Jobs
Believe it or not, there are remote nursing positions that don’t require you to be on the phone. Specialties like HEDIS (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set) nurses, utilization review nurses, clinical research associates, and data abstractors work with data and compliance, ensuring procedures are followed out correctly and that they are medically necessary. If this sounds appealing, check out the hiring companies below.
28. Fraud Investigator
Financial institutions, e-commerce stores, healthcare companies, and insurance companies hire work-from-home fraud investigators to look at financial transactions for fraud, abuse, and irregularities. For this non-phone position, you should be detail-oriented and enjoy doing research. Some companies only require customer service experience for these roles, while others require a criminal justice degree, or a CAMS certification (Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist).
29. Video Editor
With the popularity of platforms like TikTok and YouTube, the demand for skilled video editors has skyrocketed. With this non-phone work role, most of your work time will be spent behind the scenes working on lighting, sound, transitions, and special effects. Most of the remote video editor roles that I’ve seen don’t require a college degree; hiring companies are more interested in your portfolio and the ability to use software programs like Camtasia and Adobe Suite. With video editing, there are part-time, freelance, and full-time roles, so this is a great flexible work opportunity.
Whatever your reasoning is for not wanting to work on the phone, there are plenty of non-phone jobs that will allow you to work remotely. Whether you have kids and pets running around with a lot of background noise, or you find customer service work draining, there are good options for you to make money from home without being on the phone!
Originally published February 5, 2014. Content updated June 2022.