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Are you looking for legitimate online job opportunities that allow you to work from home without investment?
I have put together a complete list of tried and tested online jobs that don’t require any money to start.
On this list, you will also find legitimate online jobs you can do from home even if you don’t have a college degree or you are retired.
And, all the online jobs here are thoroughly researched and tried and tested by either myself or people that I know.
1. Niche Site Creator
When you build a niche website, you are basically creating a website in a specific niche targeting a group of specific keywords.
Here are some niche sites that people have built and have been making at least a couple of thousand dollars online every month:
- Dog training website
- Gardening website
- Boat buying website
- RV buying website
- Pottery website
- Mountain climbing website
You just need to set up the website and then start writing useful and helpful content to help people solve their problems in the niche you are targeting.
If you do it right, your website will start to get free organic traffic from Google over time.
When it comes to making money with niche website, traffic is money.
As you get more and more website visitors, you can start to monetize your website through advertising, affiliate marketing and maybe your own products.
Now, let’s look at one niche website example – OutdoorGearLab.com.
This is a niche website that is specifically focused on outdoor gear such as hiking boots.
Every month, it gets over half a million free organic traffic every single month from Google.
And it makes a lot of money from promoting Amazon outdoor gear products and also selling advertising spaces on its website.
Here are some advantages of creating niche sites:
- No need to handle customers
- It’s passive income
- You can get started with very little startup capital
How much can you make as a niche site creator?
Some niche sites such as Outdoorgearlab.com could earn up to 5 figures (or even 6 figures) per month.
Blogging is a proven way to make money online.
Reason #1: It’s easy and quick to get started.
All you need is a domain name and web hosting.
Even if you are not tech-savvy, you can easily set everything up with a few clicks.
Reason #2: You can build and grow your blog on the side without quitting your job.
It’s extremely flexible.
If you have other commitments, you just need to fit your blogging schedule around them.
Reason #3: There are many ways to earn money from your blog. Most of them are truly passive income.
Here are some of the ways you can make money as a blogger online.
- You can make money with advertising on your website.
- You can make money by promoting other people’s products or services as an affiliate.
- You can make money with sponsored posts.
- You can make money by selling your own products on your blog.
How much can you make as a blogger?
Based on the published income reports, some well-known bloggers like Pat Flynn can make up to 6 figures every month.
How can you get started?
Below is a step-by-step email course on how to make money blogging for beginners. I share EXACTLY what I am doing to earn a full-time income with blogging with no experience.
3. Service Re-Seller
A few years ago, I started my own service business offering graphic design services to businesses.
The interesting part is that I didn’t have any graphic design skills.
What I did was that I found a group of talented freelancers online from platforms such as Fiverr and Upwork and asked them to work with me because I always have projects that I want to outsource.
Freelancers need work.
And I need talented people to deliver the work for my clients.
It is a win-win situation.
So, if you don’t want to sell your own skills or don’t have the time to deliver the services yourself, you can consider Service Arbitrage.
Basically, you are reselling other talented people’s skills and services.
How you make money is that you will charge your clients at a higher rate than what you are paying your freelancers.
4. Virtual Coach
Here is a fast way to monetize your expertise and knowledge – online coaching.
For example, if you are good at giving career advice, you can offer career coaching to people who are looking for a different career path.
So, what is good about this business model?
First, you can get started very quickly, even without a website. There are platforms where you can register as a coach and start taking paying clients.
Second, you can charge premium prices for online coaching because you are offering your personal help.
Lastly, there is no need to meet your client in person. You can simply conduct coaching via email or Skype calls.
That means you can work anywhere just from your laptop.
How much can you make as a virtual coach?
You can expect to make up to 5 figures (or even 6 figures) per month if you know how to put together a good offer, get qualified leads, and position yourself as the go-to coach to help them get the results they want.
5. Amazon FBA Seller
Amazon FBA literally means Amazon Fulfilled-by-Amazon.
In the Amazon FBA program, Amazon does ALL the hard work for you.
That means Amazon will store your inventory, ship your products to your customers and handle all the customer-related questions for you.
All you need to do is to pick your products, stock up inventory and promote and advertise your products.
How much can you make as an Amazon FBA Seller?
Some big Amazon FBA sellers can make 6 figures or even 7 figures every year.
But that is NOT the norm.
It’s estimated that, on average, a good private label product opportunity should sell between 250-300 units per month (or about 3 units per day).
With each unit sold, after subtracting all the cost and fees, you could make a profit of about $8-$15 per sold item. That translates to about $2,000 – $4500 every month.
Here’s a FREE Amazon sales estimator that you can use to see whether or not it’s a good product to sell on Amazon and also how much you can potentially make.
Just bear in mind that the competition is very high. Also, advertising cost to get customers is going up constantly.
This is one of the best online jobs that EVERYONE can do with no investment.
Whether you are a student, a working professional, a stay-at-home mom, a retiree or a person without a college degree, you can do this.
Also, it’s extremely flexible.
You can set your own hours and do it part-time after you finish school or work.
Below is an example of how even kids can make a lot of money with YouTube by simply sharing his opinions about toys on YouTube.
So, do you have something you want to share with the world?
YouTube is a good platform for you to host and share all your video content and grow a loyal following at the same time.
For example, if you are passionate about cooking, you can create cooking videos to share your recipes.
Personally, I follow quite a few food Youtube channels to learn how to cook good food at home.
Below is one of the most popular cooking YouTube channels created by an American housewife.
All she does is to share her videos on how she cooks different types of Korean food.
So, how do you make money online with YouTube on the side?
Generally, Youtubers make money with advertising ((yes, it’s those irritating ads at the start of every YouTube video you want to watch!) as well as sponsorship deals.
It’s estimated that you can expect to make $3 – $5 per 1000 video views.
The key to making decent money from YouTube is to create viral videos that get clicked, watched, and shared.
The more views you get, the more money you can make as a YouTuber.
The key to making decent money from YouTube is to create viral videos that get clicked, watched, and shared.
How much can you make as a Youtube Channel Creator?
One of the highest-paid Youtubers PewDiePie makes more than 10 million a year. Although his results are not the norm, you can see the income potential for creating a wildly successful YouTube channel.
7. Online Course Creator
If you have something to teach or if you have a solution that can solve people’s problems, you can create and sell an online course
It might take some time to put it together, but you only have to do the work once, and then you can sell it over and over again.
The best part about digital products is that you have almost zero cost, and you don’t need to worry about inventory and shipping.
Once your clients make the payment, they can access it instantly.
How much can you make as an online course creator?
It really depends on a few factors:
- Market demand (i.e. are there a lot of people who want it and are willing to buy?)
- Product price point (i.e. is it a low priced or high priced product?)
- Marketing efforts & Effectiveness (i.e. how many qualified leads can you get for your online course and how many of them can be converted into buyers?)
The earning potential for online course creator is high because it’s a highly scalable business model.
For example, NerdFitness is making at least 6 figures every year, if not 7 figures, selling his online courses on weight loss.
I have actually written a very detailed post sharing EXACTLY how I am making passive income from online courses.
A Beginner’s Guide: How To Make Money Selling Online Courses
8. Social Media Manager
Are you constantly on social media?
If you are social media savvy, you can consider applying for an online social media manager job.
So, what does a social media manager do?
You will need to oversee your client’s social media accounts, work on multimedia social creative, develop social media strategies to promote content and increase follower growth.
Generally, you are required to have social media management experience and a bachelor’s degree in a related field to get hired.
But, if you can show your clients that you have done a great job with your own social media accounts in terms of getting followers, you can probably get the job even though you don’t have a degree in the field.
9. Online Writer
Before I started my blog, I, too, was searching for different ways people can make real money online part-time.
I found that a lot of website owners are offering part-time online writer jobs.
Yes, you get paid to write website content for them.
In fact, I was once offered a part-time writing job, but I didn’t take it.
Below is the email I got regarding the pay of this online job.
They pay $25 for a 1000 word online article!
I didn’t want to do it because the pay is too low and doesn’t justify the amount of time and work I am going to put in.
If I put the same amount of time and write for my own website, I would make much more money.
Because all the articles I write will stay on my own website and will continue to bring me free organic traffic from Google for years to come.
With traffic, I can get paid by advertising or selling my own products or even other people’s products.
So, I am investing my time to create an “online asset” for myself.
But, I am not saying that you should never take a part-time online writing job.
If you are good at writing and can get a fair rate for your work, why not?
Here are a few popular job boards for online writer where you can find all the latest job postings that are hiring now:
- Blogging Pro
- Canadian Freelance Writing
- All Freelance Writing Job Board
So, what do you need to get hired as an online writer?
Generally, you need to have a bachelor’s degree or relevant experience. If you have samples of your writing and have written for other websites before, it will definitely increase your chances of getting hired.
How much should you charge?
Freelance writers charge anywhere between 10 cents and $1 per word, depending on the scope of the project and also your experience.
Related: Write to 1K (Recommended)
10. Virtual Assistant Job
Are you good with administrative tasks or have you done any secretarial work before?
If yes, this is the perfect online work-from-home job for you.
Basically, you will be performing calendar and email management, arranging travel, managing social media, performing data entry, and other administrative duties.
There are no fixed working hours as long as you get all the assigned work done.
So, how do you get hired?
Generally, it requires some administrative experience and excellent communication skills.
How much does it pay?
On average, it pays $20 per hour.
Where can you find virtual assistant jobs?
Here are some job portals where you can see all the latest virtual assistant jobs that are hiring now.
11. Online Technical Support Agent
So, what is an online technical support agent?
As an online technical support agent, you will respond to inquiries, provide customers with support via email/chat, troubleshoot customers’ technical issues, and escalate priority matters as needed.
This job allows you to work from home, but you will have a fixed working schedule set by the company.
What do you need to get hired?
You need to have strong communication and multi-tasking skills.
It pays $10 per hour on average.
12. App & Website Testing Job
You can earn up to $60 per test by simply visiting a website or an app and then completing a set of tasks (i.e. basically speaking your thoughts about the app or website).
What do you need to become an app or website tester?
As a website tester, you will need to be internet savvy and speak fluent English.
You will also need a computer with a microphone, a good internet connection, and an updated web browser.
Most tests take between 5 – 25 minutes to complete.
How do you become a website tester?
Here are some legitimate companies where you can apply as an app and website tester:
13. Search Engine Evaluator Job
Search engine evaluators are basically human fact-checkers on Google’s algorithms.
They give feedback on search results to make sure that they are accurate and relevant to the searcher’s intent.
Google calls this work-at-home online job “ads quality rater”.
However, Google doesn’t do direct hiring for these jobs. It hires through outside employment agencies.
Below are two reputable companies that hire for search evaluator positions.
To be considered for search engine evaluator job position, you must be familiar with the culture and language of the local search engine user.
It is not easy to get accepted because you might need to first pass a qualification exam or online assessment.
The average pay is about 15/hr.
14. Online English Teaching Job
If you are a native English speaker with a Bachelor’s degree, you can apply for online teaching jobs to teach English as a foreign language to children in China.
If you have a TEFL certificate, then your chances of getting hired will be much higher.
There are quite a few reputable online education companies such as VIPKid and QKids.
When you work with them, you can work from home and set your own hours. All the lesson plans and teaching materials are provided, so you don’t have to come up with it yourself.
The average hourly rate is about $14 to $22/hr.
Here are the links to find out more about how to apply and how it works:
15. Online Tutoring Job
If you are a teacher yourself or have experience in tutoring, you can consider tutoring online part-time.
You can either help students with a specific school subject or standardized tests such as SATs.
So, where do you get legitimate online tutoring jobs?
Here are some popular and reputable online tutoring companies that are always hiring tutors:
What do you need to get hired?
Generally, you will need to have teaching or tutoring experience. And a Bachelor’s degree is also required.
For some tutoring companies, there might be a minimum time commitment.
How much do you make as an online tutor?
Pay rates start at $30 per hour.
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