I started working almost exclusively at home (or online, to be specific) a couple of years ago. At first, my parents were pretty concerned about me leaving a rewarding corporate career to make money doing stuff on the internets. And back then, it felt like I was blazing a trail. But it turns out, more and more people have been pursuing home-based careers in recent years. Just check out the findings in this Gallup poll. The article says:
“Thirty-seven percent of U.S. workers say they have telecommuted, up slightly from 30% last decade but four times greater than the 9% found in 1995.”
One part from the article that stands out to me is this:
“Along these lines, telecommuting is much more common among those who have had more formal education, those who are upper-income and those who have white-collar professions.”
That part speaks to me, since I have a college degree and a pretty good job. But the fast and stressful pace of corporate life just wasn’t doing it for me. So I decided to find jobs online, and guess what? I’ll never look back!
The Benefits of Working from Home
By working from home, I don’t have to deal with some of the common causes of stress that people with traditional jobs have to go through: long commutes, the high cost of vehicle maintenance, office politics, long meetings, loud chatter, and even team-building trips (gosh team-building trips were the worst!).
Plus, many of the earning methods I’ve tried are really simple and easy to do. So I can juggle multiple gigs at the same time. I know multitasking isn’t always recommendable, but since these gigs are easy to do, multitasking is not a problem.
Avoid Scams at All Costs!
Working from home is the ideal setup for me (and, I reckon, many of you as well) but danger lurks for anyone who isn’t careful. There are a lot of scam sites out there. They usually charge you “placement fees” or “processing fees” after you’ve worked your butt off. Some of them want to scam you out of your credit card info. There are a lot of scam sites out there, but there are also a lot of legit ones.
Know which ones are legit is key to having a fulfilling work from home career. To help you decide which ones are worth your own time, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite easy online jobs. I need to emphasize the word “easy” here. I wanted to give you the easiest online jobs, so you can do multiple jobs at the same time without much hassle. Without further ado, here are my easy to get online jobs!
Work as a Virtual Online Assistant
One of my primary online gigs is working as a virtual online assistant. This job has a pretty open-ended job description. Depending on the client, I can make appointments, reply to emails, write memos, take notes, make restaurant reservations, and even buy gifts on the client’s behalf. I usually get well-paying jobs over at VirtualAssistants.com and TaskBullet.
This isn’t the easiest type of online job per se; but I’m including it because it is a pretty rewarding job to do. And it’s still easier to service your clients online than in the real world – if you’ve got great attention to detail, you could even handle multiple clients at once.
Make Designs and Sell them as Merch
If you’ve got graphic design and artistic skills, you can try making designs and selling them as merch on RedBubble. Shoppers have the option of having your designs printed on all sorts of items, such as t-shirts, tote bags (cause we don’t have enough tote bags, amirite?), cell phone cases, notepads, printed artwork, and many other things.
The cool thing here is that RedBubble handles the production, shipping, and customer service. Basically, all you have to do is upload your designs, and let RedBubble handle the rest. I am particularly glad this service exists, since I’ve always loved designing shirts, but couldn’t afford to produce shirts to sell. And I’m really not a fan of doing customer service. RedBubble has made designing shirts a viable side gig for me. Of course, they do charge a fee whenever someone buys your design, but that’s to be expected.
Answer Surveys on ZoomBucks
Using rewards sites are one of the best types of easy online work out there. A rewards site basically pays members – in cash, gift cards, and other rewards – do to simple tasks. These tasks are usually answering surveys, watching videos, and completing offers. I’m already a member of GrabPoints, which is the highest-paying rewards site on the planet, but I recently got an email from them inviting me to try their new site, ZoomBucks. Since the owners of GrabPoints are legit, I decided to give ZoomBucks a shot.
I’ve already gotten a few payouts from ZoomBucks, and I can confirm that they are awesome. The payouts are good, and they process payments within 48 hours. When you depend on your earning from online gigs, fast processing is a must. I like how I can depend on ZoomBucks to send me my earnings by the time grocery day comes. And best of all, this is an easy online job to do.
Test Apps and Websites
Web design and app development companies are looking for people to help test their products. Initial testing – also called beta testing – is super important, since a buggy website or app could ruin a company’s reputation. But since these companies are busy actually creating websites and apps, they get help testing. And that’s where companies like UserTesting comes in. They pay members to try out different sites and apps, and provide feedback on everything from the look to usability. You could even earn as much as $30 doing this. Go give it a try!
Walking dogs is one of my favorite jobs, since it doesn’t feel like I’m actually working. Maybe I’m just biased, because I love dogs, but this is still a really fun job to do. This counts as a real-world job, but you do get gigs online. I would suggest looking for jobs on sites like Rover and Local Dog Walker. Another good thing about this job is that it forces you to leave the house, which is something we need to do more often!