015 Online Jobs That Take Little or No Experience
Not everyone who wants to work at home is looking for long-term career options. Sometimes you just want something that is relatively easy where you can make some extra cash fast. If that describes you, these 5 online jobs may be just the thing.
The online application process for these jobs—or perhaps “gigs” is the better word since they are all for independent contractors—is pretty simple and straightforward with very little required of candidates. Some of these opportunities—like the micro-jobs—you could very well apply and start the same day. And these jobs require very little commitment and can typically be done on your own schedule.
A word of caution: Remember that where very little is required, very little is offered. These jobs don’t pay much, and they are not going to provide a reference for your resume. It may take working at several different of these online jobs to pull in the income you want. And as always, know the signs of a work-at-home scam as you sort through the opportunities.
For even more home-based job options, see this list of work-at-home jobs at more than 200 companies or to simplify use this index of work-at-home job lists to narrow your search to the areas where you have expertise.
A micro job is a small (usually online) task for which you receive an equally small fee, usually a few cents or dollars. These gigs are sometimes called short tasks.
More: Where to Find Micro Jobs
These little jobs are done by people who log on to a company’s site and choose tasks, which could be as simple as clicking a link. Amazon's Mechanical Turk is one of the most well-known sites of this type. Also, there are crowdsourcing projects, which are similar to data entry, where companies engage an army of virtual workers to each do one small part of a larger project. Or, in online services marketplaces, workers offer small services (usually for a set fee, and buyers browse the marketplace to find people offering the services they need. And then there are reward programs and surveys, which are perhaps the original work-at-home micro jobs.
Because the fee is so small but the task takes so little time, the strategy is to do as many of them as possible. However, be sure to read the fine print because many of these companies have a minimum payout, meaning that if you earn $8.55 doing 20 micro jobs, you may have to wait until you’ve earned as much as $50 to actually get your money. Read more about some of the pitfalls of this kind of work.
Attorneys preparing for trial often create a mock jury to get feedback from individuals similar to those who may eventually sit on a jury. To do this in person in the community where the trial will be, can be costly. This is why some turn to online jurors. Online jurors may listen to audio, view video presentations or read the material and answer questions.
Because lawyers are looking for people who match the profile of potential real-life jurors, online jury companies ask detailed questions of those seeking to be online jurors (though you should not have to give your Social Security number or credit card or banking info). Companies typically pay $10 to $60 to online jurors. Most online jury companies won’t need a lot of jurors, so signing up for multiple companies gives you a better chance of getting picked for “jury duty.”
Online data entry is a growing work-at-home field. New technology makes it easier for companies to hire independent contractors to work on data entry projects.
Data entry operators may remotely access a company’s infrastructure or use crowdsourcing technologies. Data entry can include fields such as basic, general transcription; however, most transcription takes more experience than data entry.
05Website or Application Testing
Got lots opinions on what works and what doesn't on the web? Then you might just be right for a "career" in remote usability testing. Actually, no one really makes a career at it, but user testers can pick up some extra work reviewing websites or mobile applications that may still be in development. And you don't even necessarily have to have a lot of knowledge about the Internet because some developers want the point of view of beginners.
Usability testers are offered opportunities to perform tests based on their demographic profile (education, knowledge of the web, age, social media use, etc.). They are then are given questions to address and/or tasks to perform, such as registering on a website and then provide feedback online. Reviews usually take about 15-20 minutes and typically about $10 each. After completing a review, testers are not paid until their feedback is accepted by the client contracting the usability testing. Work can be rejected and unpaid for technical problems, lack of detail or other issues determined by the client.
This particular work-at-home opportunity takes a little more work experience in general than the other four on this list, but it pays better too. Search engine evaluators examine Internet search results and give feedback as to whether they are accurate, relevant and spam-free. To do this the evaluator must be knowledgeable of the culture and Internet and have good communication skills. Sometimes a college degree is required or preferred, but direct experience as a search evaluator is usually not.
These jobs are often for bilingual individuals, though there are some English-only positions. The job of search evaluation goes by many names, such as search evaluator, Internet assessor, ads quality rater or Internet judge.
07Where to Find Work-at-Home Opportunities
If you're more interest in a career working from home than some quick cash, these lists of companies and other resources can help you get started.
- Companies That Hire for Work-at-Home Jobs
- Top Telecommute Friendly Companies
- Virtual Call Center Jobs
- Bilingual Call Center Jobs
- Writing and Editing From Home
- At-Home Bilingual Jobs
- Education Jobs From Home
- Search Engine Evaluator Jobs
- Freelance Translation Jobs
- Insurance Jobs
- Medical Jobs From Home
- Accounting and Bookkeeping Jobs From Home
- Medical Transcription Jobs from Home
- Nursing Jobs from Home
- Physician Jobs From Home
- Data Entry or Transcription Jobs
- Artistic Jobs
- Work From Home in Canada
- Work at Home Worldwide
- Getting Started Working From Home
- How to Find a Work-at-Home Job
- Why Can't I Find a Job?
- Asking About Telecommuting in a Job Interview
- Pros of Working From Home
- Cons of Working from Home
- Do You Have the Personality to Work From Home?