The new year is coming, which means that your holiday bills are about to come due. How can you start making a dent now in your January credit card statements? How about trying out some of these work-at-home jobs?
10 Work at Home Jobs for 2016
Here are 10 different work-at-home jobs that you can try out in 2016.
1. Virtual call center agent
The trend of outsourcing customer service to countries like China is starting to reverse, and many companies nowadays prefer to hire from within the USA and Canada. Companies like NexRep, LiveOps, Sykes Home Jobs (Alpine Access) and Arise are always looking for work-from-home customer service representatives to help service their roster of clients. As part of the qualification process, you’ll be given a phone assessment to match you with the best client account. In many cases, this account may be that of a client you’ve personally dealt with and whose business you know well.
You can earn up to $25 per hour as a seasoned virtual call center rep.
It used to be that medical transcriptionists (MTs) worked in hospitals or clinics; however, with the only needed pieces of technology being a computer, transcriber, foot pedal control, and maybe an earpiece, the majority of the work can now be done from home.
Some companies prefer to hire medical transcriptionists that have completed an MT certification course. The good news is that, once you do complete such a course, you can work for many years as an MT. Also, the starting pay for an MT isn’t bad at almost $17 per hour.
3. Online tutor
Sites like Tutor.com and Smarthinking operate platforms where you can tutor grade school to high school or even college students. Based on your prior experience and education, you are tested as a subject matter expert in fields such as biology, math, Calculus, etc. Once you pass, you are designated a tutor and allowed to work flexible hours (min. 5+ hours/week) tutoring students.
The tutoring is completely virtual and involves online tools such as a virtual whiteboard and online chat. You are periodically evaluated on your performance and use of time.
Most starting tutors earn $10 per hour, but the pay scale increases after the probationary period ends. Many tutors make $14-$16 per hour.
4. Freelance writer
Freelance writing is probably one of the most popular work-at-home professions out there, and many people who work from home are freelance writers of at least some capacity.
Many upon many sites are looking for freelance content; examples include Problogger, Constant Content and Textbroker. There are many job boards advertising writing gigs, including those listed here.
Freelance writing pays anywhere from a few bucks per article on a content mill site to $5,000+ for a feature article in a state/national magazine.
5. Search engine evaluator
Search engine evaluators perform searches for specific products and report how easy or challenging the searches were to complete. They are also observed in terms of where they click and/or how long they hover over a particular search result or link.
Through third party agencies like Leapforce, companies contract with search engine evaluators to learn how well search functionality works on their website and where users may get stuck.
This field pays $10-$14 per hour. It’s not as well advertised as freelance writing or tutoring because the companies typically have their evaluators sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) so they can’t talk about their work or whom they perform evaluations for.
6. Technical support specialist
Providing technical support from home is now a common occurrence thanks to virtual private networks (VPNs) that enable agents to access client servers and computers and fix their problems from a remote location. Companies to look up if you wish to work as a technical support specialist are AppleCare, ComputerAssistant, GeeksOnTime, and PlumChoice.
Pay rates vary widely, with AppleCare Advisors making $11-$20 per hour, GeeksOnSite agents getting $25 per hour, and PlumChoice remote agents making $14-$15 per hour.
7. Online survey taker
Online survey sites can generate a steady stream of monthly cash if you sign up for enough of them and are studious about completing your demographic information. Once you do, you’ll be sent periodic notices about possible study groups you can join and/or surveys you can complete. You’ll then need to go to the respective website and start filling out a pre-qualifying survey, after which you’ll be notified if you qualify for the advertised study/survey.
Some good survey sites are 20/20 Research, Opinion Outpost, Pinecone Research, Swagbucks, and Toluna. Surveys pay anywhere from a few bucks for 10 minutes of your time to $60 (or higher) for a webcam-enabled interview. Payouts are made by gift debit card, Paypal or check.
If you’re good at sifting through online and offline information and coming up with quick answers to challenging questions, then you should try Internet research as a work-at-home job. Companies such as Experts123, Web Answers, Yahoo! Answers, IMShopping, WeRLive, JustAnswer, and Smallbiz Advice are always looking for Internet researchers of all calibers, and you can work as little or as much as you want.
If you have a relevant educational background and/or professional experience, you could make quite a bit of money on individual research projects that pay out as much as $10,000. Otherwise, basic question research will pay you $10-$20 per job.
If you have a flexible schedule, you can earn money by completing tasks for others. Microtask sites like Amazon Mechanical Turk, Fiverr, Fourerr, TaskRabbit and AgentAnything enable you to complete tasks like running errands, looking up references, testing a website, helping with a move, or creating a company logo.
The tasks pay anywhere from $4 to several hundred dollars, and many of them can be completed from home or while you yourself are out running errands. In some cases, you can place bids on tasks and/or negotiate a higher rate of pay.
10. Website developer
Companies often outsource website development and design to independent contractors who, thanks to VPNs, can work from home. If you have website development skills, you can search through sites like RatRaceRebellion, UpWork and Freelancer.com for short and long-term website development jobs.
The pay for website work is quite good and can eventually even replace your current job. Many website developers earn a minimum rate of $50 per hour, and highly experienced developers earn $75 per hour or more.
The Bottom Line
If you’re looking at your holiday bills and wondering how you’ll ever manage to pay them, fret not. There are many work-from-home jobs that can make you some extra cash fast. However, if you still need a few more ideas, check out this other list of 10 work-at-home jobs.