Teach English Online
Become an online teacher to children learning English as a second language. One company that you could work for is VIPKID, and they are currently hiring new teachers. You are free to create your schedule (typically overnights and mornings). As an online teacher, you would work from home. There is no lesson planning, as everything is provided for you in the online format. At VIPKID you teach one child at a time in 25-minute classes. Pay is $18-20 an hour, and bonuses/prizes.
- bachelor degree (in anything)
- computer, laptop, or iPad
- stable internet connection
- must speak English
- headphones with microphone (suggested)
If you decide to open up an in-home daycare you can spend time with your kids and invite other people’s children into the mix. You can create your schedule to some extent, primarily leaving nights and weekends free. With an abundance of clients in your area, you should have no problem find children.
- Learn state laws for having children in your home
- Having a safe place in your home for the children
- Licensing requirements (depending on your area)
- Have a back-up plan in case you become ill
A virtual assistant can do just about anything that a business or entrepreneur needs them to do. While working from home you could schedule appointments, digital marketing, preparing reports, or any other tasks that need to get done. You can create your schedule and hours. You may also choose the clients that you would like to work with. Check out UpWork or Freelance My Way to find clients to work with.
- Be organized
- Computer and telephone
- Basic or special skills depending on the needs of the clients
As a Shipt Shopper, you will shop from a client’s list and then deliver the items. You can create your schedule and choose the jobs you want to take. Not only can you choose your hours but, you don’t have to set a schedule ahead of time. Shipt shoppers make a percentage of the grocery order plus tips.
- Valid U.S. driver’s license and auto insurance
- A reliable vehicle, 1997 or newer
- Insulated cooler bag (I love this one!)
- iPhone (iOS 10 or newer) or Android (5.1 or newer) smartphone
A transcriptionist listens to an audio recording and then transcribes what they hear. As a transcriptionist, you have the opportunity to have a flexible schedule and work part-time if you choose. You can accept or turn down jobs. Minimal equipment and accessories are needed. Check out Transcribe Me or Rev.
- A desktop or laptop computer.
- A good internet connection.
- Something to listen to audio files (headphones).
A freelance writer typically writes for a variety of clients and is paid per writing assignment. There are a large variety of different niches: blog posts, magazine articles, eBooks… This job can be very flexible, you can easily work around your children’s schedules.
- Basic design knowledge
As a bookkeeper, you would be helping businesses keep track of expenses, and bonus, you can do it from home! You would need to input receipts and invoices, keep track of inventory and classify expenses and income.
- Some computer skills
- Be organized
To be a proofreader a good understanding of spelling, punctuation and grammar spelling, punctuation and grammar are needed. Proofreaders are needed for virtually every industry. Examples of documents are advertising, blog posts, and articles.
- Different writing styles (APA)
- Good understanding of spelling, punctuation, and grammar
A virtual receptionist is someone who answers calls for a business but is not located onsite at the business. Often, you can work from a home office. Depending on the job you could be a customer service representative, schedule appointments, or take product orders… Or so much more. There is the opportunity to work any time during the day or night, depending on the business’s needs.
If you love to travel this could be the job for you! As an online travel agent, you would be helping clients with their travel plans by answering questions, helping them save money, and helping to relieve any travel problems. You would earn a commission when your clients book with you.
- Computer and internet connection
- Website to host your travel site or work for a hosting company
This side job allows you to get out of the house, and be a little more social. You would have low startup costs (cleaning supplies). You set your hourly rates. There is a variety of clientele that you could choose from vacation rentals, businesses, foreclosure property clean-ups, and residential homes.
- A bit of networking to find clients
- The ability to get around and clean
- A good attitude
As a secret shopper, you would work through a secret shopper provider. The company will assign you a shopping list and store location. You may also get a detailed list of instructions that they want you to follow during the shop (ex. photos, names of employees, what they want you to say.) After shopping, you will have to write up a report of the experience. The pay is typically based on each assignment.
- Reliable transportation
- Computer or iPad
As a data entry specialist, you would be inputting data into a computer program. You will need to understand the computer programs you are entering data for. Often this job can be done from the home. And you can create your schedule, as long as you can meet the time deadlines.
- Computer and Internet access
- The ability to enter data quickly and correctly
You can become a tutor in just about anything you feel you have knowledge of. Your clients can be adults or children, in need of help with a particular subject. Depending on what you teach, you may need to create your lesson plans. Typically you will teach over the phone, webcam, or Skype. Two companies you can check out: Tutor.com and Smart Thinking.
- Lots of patience
- Computer with internet access
- Knowledge in your particular field
As a reseller, you would buy items (at a good price), and then resell them at a marked-up price. Or you could sell things that you already own and your family no longer needs. Children’s outgrown clothing and toys are a good place to start. Popular selling sites are eBay and local Facebook garage sale sites.
- Computer and internet
- Stuff to sell, or extra money to buy things
- A good understanding of shipping prices and policies (and shipping supplies on hand)
This, of course, is a sales-based job. You will be selling companies’ products and usually trying to recruit new members to join your sales team. Examples of direct sales companies are Avon, Tupperware, and Kirby. There are typically no/low starting fees. You may, usually, work as many or as few hours as you would like.
- Be good at selling things
- Keep track of inventory and sales
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