Would you like to work-from-home, but you don’t have a college degree, or you lack prior job experience? No problem. If you’re willing to put your best foot forward, and you have the right soft skills, (think fast and accurate typing and excellent communication skills) — you can find remote work in a variety of fields.
Appen – Raters, Microtasks, Translation, and Transcription
Appen hires freelancers to work on a wide variety of projects like search and social media evaluation, translation, transcription, surveys, and data collection. Interested job candidates need to be at least 18 years old, with excellent communication, analytical, and web research skills. To work for Appen, you’ll need to pass their evaluation tests, which I’ve heard are very challenging.
Cambly – English Tutors
Cambly is a platform where non-native English speakers can practice their conversational English skills with native English speakers. To become a tutor with Cambly, all you’ll need is a reliable internet connection, a computer with a webcam, and good communication skills. At this time, Cambly only hires native English speakers, and the pay is $.017 per minute or $10.20 per hour. Payments are distributed every Monday via PayPal.
Clickworker – Microtask Providers
Clickworker is a microtask platform where you can work on small tasks like writing, translation, research, taking surveys, and data processing. Anyone, regardless of skills or experience, can register on the site. Clickworker’s initiation and training ensure that you have the proper competencies to work on the task at hand. Payments are made via PayPal once your account has reached a $10 threshold.
Fancy Hands – Virtual Assistants
For most virtual assistant jobs, you’ll need at least one year of experience. However, Fancy Hands hires beginners to complete tasks like internet research, data entry, and making phone calls. For these positions, you’ll need to have excellent communication skills, a reliable internet connection, and an audio headset with a microphone. In this freelance role, you’ll be paid $3.00 – $7.00 per task, and payments made via Dwolla every other Tuesday.
Figure Eight hires individuals to complete project-based tasks like social media categorization, content moderation, transcription, and more. While you don’t need any experience to register with Figure Eight, you will need to satisfactorily complete low-paying tasks so that you can earn badges, which lead to higher-paying gigs. With this platform, you’ll be paid per task, and payments are distributed via PayPal.
LawnStarter – Customer Support Reps and Writers
LawnStarter hires full-time customer service representatives from FL, GA, NC, PA, OH, VA, TN, and TX. For this role, you’ll need to be detail-oriented and have excellent communication skills. LawnStarter prefers candidates with customer service experience, but it’s not required. The starting pay rate is $11 per hour.
They also hires full-time, entry-level writers (no state-based location requirement for this job). For these positions, you’ll need to have solid writing skills, be a team player, a willingness to learn, and the ability to meet deadlines. The starting pay is $10-$12 per hour.
Lionbridge – Evaluators, Raters, Assessors, and Analysts
Lionbridge hires freelancers to rate, evaluate, analyze, and assess various forms of web content. These positions are part-time and require a high school diploma or GED, familiarity with current and historical events in the US, web-savviness, and thoroughness. For the ad assessor positions, you’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree. Before you can begin work with Lionbridge, you’ll need to pass their skills test which is difficult, so be sure to study up and read the questions carefully.
NexRep – Customer Care, Inbound, and Outbound Sales
NexRep hires independent contractors for customer service and sales roles. Once you complete the necessary paperwork and background check, you’ll attend a free week-long certification class. Once that’s finished, you’ll be able to start taking calls from their marketplace. NexRep has opportunities 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and you can make your own schedule.
Rev – Captioners, Translators, and Transcribers
Rev hires fast and accurate typists for freelance closed captioning, translating, and transcribing gigs. While you don’t need prior experience for these roles, you will need to pass an exam to demonstrate your proficiency with the English language and grammar. Once you pass that quiz, you’ll need to submit a transcription or caption sample to ensure that your skills meet their quality standards. Once accepted, you’ll be paid weekly via PayPal.
Sutherland – Customer Service, Sales, and Tech Support
Sutherland hires individuals for remote customer service, tech support, and sales. To apply for these positions, you’ll need to have a high school diploma or GED, solid typing skills, and excellent communication skills. While they prefer prior customer service experience, it’s not a requirement to get hired. Sutherland offers W2 employment, paid training, and benefits.
SYKES – Customer Service, Support, and Team Leads
SYKES hires for a variety of customer service and support roles. These positions are full-time, and they offer paid training, W2 employment, and benefits. To apply, you need to be a multitasking problem-solver who enjoys working with people. Prior customer service experience is helpful but not required for employment.
U-Haul – Customer Service and Sales Agents
U-Haul hires part-time customer service and sales agents. To apply for these positions, you must have excellent communication skills, basic computer skills, and a good grasp of US geography. These positions offer paid training and benefits.
Other Work-From-Home Jobs That Don’t Require Experience
If you’re willing to try your hand at freelancing, you can use freelance marketplaces like Upwork, Freelancer, Guru, People Per Hour, or Fiverr. With these sites, you can bid on work, or post your services for availability. Some skills or natural talents you may want to sell are writing, video editing, photography, or graphic design. Of course, you can always start your own online business, which again doesn’t require any experience, just the passion, persistence, and drive to get started.
Don’t let lack of a college degree or experience stop you from pursuing your work-from-home dreams. Jump in and apply today for one of these remote opportunities geared towards beginners.
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Holly Reisem Hanna is the publisher and founder of The Work at Home Woman, which has been helping individuals find remote careers and businesses that feed their souls since 2009. Through her unconventional career path of holding over 30 jobs and obtaining two college degrees, she’s been able to figure out how to find a career path that you’re truly passionate about. Holly’s had the pleasure of sharing her expertise on sites like CNN, MSN Money, Huffington Post, Woman’s Day Magazine, as well as being recognized by Forbes as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career.”