When you live in a small town, it can be hard to find a job, period. That's one reason working from home has become so popular. (And because it's awesome!)
But just what are the best work-at-home gigs in a small town? Of course, you'll want to do your own research, but here's a list to get you started.
1. Find a Remote Job
One complaint I constantly hear is … “Why isn’t this work-at-home gig available in my state?!” There are many reasons why certain jobs are not available in all states; ranging from state regulations in regards to Independent Business Owner (IBO) status and release of information to cost-effectiveness, efficiency, taxation issues, and location-based training requirements.
To help fast-track your job search here are some nationwide companies that hire remote Customer Service Reps:
Concentrix is a leading global company that supports some of the world's best brands. If you are organized, independent, disciplined, personable, effective at communicating and focused, then you might be a good fit to become a Product Support Advisor for Concentrix.
iSoftStone hires talented people around the globe who have skills in languages and technology to provide deep market insight for their services. You'll get to experience working with cutting-edge IT companies while working at home with a flexible schedule.
Arise is a great work-at-home business opportunity for anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit. They give you the ability to earn a living from your own home while enjoying the freedom of a flexible schedule.
Exec-u-sist is an excellent option if you're not looking to be an independent contractor but rather a full or part-time regular employee (which means the company does all your tax withholding) with a regularly set schedule. You can work from home as a customer care specialist, among other things.
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2. Complete Short Tasks Online
Fiverr is the world's largest marketplace for services starting at only $5! You can post tasks you're willing to complete that can range from writing, design, and animation services to marketing, programming, advertising, business services and more. Each service (also called a gig) that you sell and successfully deliver earns you a net revenue of $4 once your order is completed. Although this seems like a small amount, it can really add up quick! You can sign up to sell for free on the Fiverr website.
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One Space is a consistent, flexible and reliable source for freelance assignments. It's free to sign up and after taking a qualification course, you can gain access to more challenging and higher-paying work. You work when you want and get paid quickly and easily via PayPal, and can even track your income.
FigureEight is a virtual workspace where you can complete simple tasks on your computer including data collection, internet research, content creation, and more. You can earn money from the comfort of your own home doing the tasks that you choose.
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3. Complete Surveys
With Swagbucks, you'll earn gift cards to your favorite stores by taking surveys, shopping online, watching videos, and even surfing the web. They've helped many people provide holidays and extras as well as basic household necessities by using their service. Receive gift cards to places like Target, Amazon, Walmart, Starbucks and more! Plus, you get a $5 bonus for signing up!
FusionCash is an online platform where you can complete surveys, watch videos, shop, complete short tasks and more. Payment ranges between $0.25 and $30.00 per offer, and payments are made via check, direct deposit (once your account reaches a $25 threshold) or PayPal.
On InboxDollars you get paid to take surveys, play games, read emails, shop online and search the web. They start you off with a $5.00 bonus just for signing up!
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4. Website Testing
UserTesting provides a way for you to get paid $10 for every 20-minute video you complete. You visit websites or apps, complete a set of tasks, and speak your thoughts out loud. Your screen and voice are recorded (but not your face) so companies can get necessary and helpful feedback on their websites.
Enroll lets you take quick tests to help make the web a better place. Help companies decide which logo is better, clarify content or just make sure the interaction on a website or app makes sense. These are short, fun tasks that anyone can do. Check out more about them here.
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5. Join a Direct Sales Company
When most people think of direct sales businesses, you think of home parties and getting a lot of people together, which can be hard to do when you live in a small town. But did you know that there are many direct sales businesses that don't require you to have home parties at all?
Have a look at the following:
It Works asks the question “Have you tried That Crazy Wrap Thing™?” While it's encouraged to get out and wrap people, many of their distributors work strictly online via social media. You can build your business all while working at home and around your family's schedule. They offer products for the body (their infamous Wrap that everyone wants to try), skin, health, weight loss, nutrition and more. Earn an income from retail and loyal customer sales, commissions from your downline, and some pretty sweet bonuses, too!
As a Beachbody Coach, you can earn up to $105 for every Beachbody Challenge Pack you sell and a 25% commission on all of your other retail sales. And if you choose to build a network of Coaches under you-you'll earn even more.
At Thirty-One Gifts, they sell bags to empower women. It's a chance to be a part of something bigger than yourself that offers the flexibility of running your own business with unlimited earning potential. Although you can do home parties, they also offer online and catalog sales.
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6. Start Your Own Freelance Business
Working at home nowadays has never been easier. If none of the opportunities above appeal to you, you can always start your own freelance business!
Consider a few of these options:
As a Freelance Writer, there are so many opportunities! You can write for magazines, newspapers, blogs, websites, and so much more. Even write a book if you want! You have to hustle and spend time looking for writing gigs, but if you find a regular one, then the substantial payoff can be well worth it.
The thing I love about being a Virtual Assistant is that the types of jobs I get to help people with vary. While I primarily focus on Facebook management, research, editing articles, SEO and finding and implementing affiliate resources, you can do such a wide variety of things as a virtual assistant! Everything from total social media management (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, StumbleUpon, and more), to graphic design and building websites. You can even help other bloggers manage their blogs including uploading and scheduling content, finding writers, and more.
You can be a Transcriber if you're a decent typist with a good ear, and you're capable of doing things like research and downloading files. While medical transcription usually requires certification and experience, you can get started doing general transcription that will include things such as business meetings, court hearings, college lectures, and personal conversations. Many transcribers make anywhere from $10-$20 an hour, but as with anything, you'll need to look for the right opportunities and avoid the low-paying ones.
Hopefully, this list will help you get started and on your way to working at home, even if you live in a small town. Do you have other suggestions? Please share them with us in the comments!