The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly turned everyone’s lives around. Even with the ongoing vaccine rollout, there remains the persistent concern for financial security during these troubled economic times.
No one is more worried than individuals who want to try their luck at work from home jobs but have zero to little work experience.
Admittedly, there is an existing stigma on people who are working from home. They are often perceived as lazy, who don’t keep 9-to-5 jobs like the rest of the “working joes”. In reality, those who have been WFH even before the pandemic are working longer hours, are more productive, and with some earning more money than regular office workers. These are people whose life circumstances have caused them to work from home, such as individuals who are taking care of their kids or a sick loved one full time or have mental health issues and are unable to work in an office environment.
Whether it’s the pandemic or any reason that is keeping you cooped up at home, the current work climate today allows you to work from home with existing job opportunities for those with minimal work experience.
If you’re worried about having no experience at work, then you should try your hand at these top 10 WFH jobs that require little to no experience.
Writing is one of the easiest WFH industries that you can get into, especially if you have a gift for words. Freelance platforms like Freelancer and Upwork offer a lot of writing jobs.
Truth to tell, it’s not easy at first to become a freelance writer. Many clients prefer to hire writers with good work reviews. In some cases, there are clients who expect their writers to churn out hundreds of articles like a “mill”. If you want to have greater control over your writing service, you can offer your services online and have clients come to you rather than your answering ads. While it’s okay to think big, it is better to start small and then gradually build your client portfolio. Content sites like TextBroker, Listverse, Article Document, HubPages, Back2College, and BlogMutt allow you to write and get paid while improving your skills.
Transcription is another easy WFH job that requires little to zero experience. The job entails listening to audio files and then typing them out on a Word Document. You may be asked to transcribe simple dictation, meetings, webinars, lectures, podcasts, and lectures. A more lucrative venture is medical transcription, wherein you transcribe patients’ records and doctors’ medical notes.
Take note though that payment for transcription is dependent upon the length of the audio file or the number of characters produced from the recorded file. Usually, you are not paid by the hour that you transcribe. For example, a one-hour recording can take 6-8 hours to complete depending upon the quality of the audio.
Transcription jobs can be found in TranscribeMe, Tigerfish, SpeakWrite, and Daily Transcription.
If you are multilingual, translation is another good WFH job you can try. Many clients want their existing English content translated to another language especially if they want to reach out to the global market.
While translation doesn’t require work experience, you will still need to be tested in the fluency of the languages that you know. If you pass their skills test, you can begin working as a translator.
Aside from Upwork and Freelancer, you can find translation jobs at Language Line, DayTranslations, VerbalizIt, and Gengo.
4) Website Tester
If you love to check out websites, then a job as website tester is one that you should try. This job requires you to check out a client’s website to see how slow or fast it loads, how easy or difficult it is to navigate, and if it is user-friendly. Most clients require that you record yourself commenting and reviewing on audio or video while you navigate their sites.
Some great sites wherein you can get jobs as a website tester include UserTest, UserTesting, and UserFeel.
5) Data Entry
Data entry is arguably the easiest of all the WFH jobs because it requires very little skills and thinking. You just need to read and type data from one source to another. The disadvantage to data entry is that you need to spend hours encoding data into the new source but the pay is not all that great. You can try your luck finding good clients on Upwork, Axion Data, Sig Track, and Amazon Mechanical Turk.
6) Virtual Assistant
More and more clients are looking for virtual assistants who can help assist them in a wide variety of administrative tasks. Especially with the current trend for WFH, virtual assistants can help their clients coordinate with their WFH employees and remote workers and ensure that their assigned tasks get done or assist in team coordination.
While Upwork and Freelancer offer virtual assistant jobs, you can also check out 24/7 Virtual Assistant, Fancy Hands, and Assistant Match.
7) Social Media Manager
Many businesses need a strong social media presence in order for more people to know about their products and the services that they are offering. However, managing sites on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr requires a lot of time, work, and creativity.
As a social media manager, it will be your job to develop content for these social media platforms, observe trends in order to match said content, manage marketing campaigns, and answer Direct Messages (DMs.)
8) Customer Service Representative/Call Center Agent
If you have good communication skills, then you can be a customer service representative or call center agent. Obviously, you will be answering calls from customers who have questions or complaints about your client’s products or services. The job requires a bit of patience though because you might find yourself dealing with an angry client or two.
9) Sales Representative/Telemarketing
As a sales representative or telemarketing agent, it is your job to “sell” your client’s products or services to potential customers. If you have the knack for “sales talk”, you might be able to land a lucrative deal, which means greater income for you.
If you have been teaching your kids during the pandemic, then you might want to consider becoming an online tutor. With kids still being kept at home, parents are looking for tutors who can help them keep up with their studies. In addition, you also have foreign students who want to improve in their English. Determine which subjects you are good at and offer your services as an online tutor.
Your lack of experience should not deter you from finding work. Give these top 10 WFH jobs a try and start earning today!