Whether you’re looking for a side hustle to generate extra income or you’d prefer a full-time position, there’s an abundance of jobs out there.
You just need to focus in on your skill set then get out there and make it happen.
Here’s a detailed breakdown of the best entry level remote jobs you can start applying for today, including the skills you’ll need and the sites you can use to find opportunities.
What Are Entry Level Remote Jobs?
Entry level remote jobs provide you a great opportunity to earn money from the comfort of your own home, wherever that might be.
Whether you want to travel the world or simply build an income during these strange days of the coronavirus aftermath, they allow you to break away from the 9-5 grind and start living life more on your own terms.
Although some do require a certain amount of skill or expertise to do well, most people can do them with their eyes closed. They don’t require formal qualifications, only life skills and the ability to stay self-motivated and determined to make money online.
They’re usually not particularly high paying. But most have the potential for real growth and can turn into a decent career if you’re willing to put the work in.
What Are The Best Entry Level Remote Jobs?
The best entry level remote job is one that allow you to earn the money you want while making the most of your skills and talents!
Here’s a detailed list of some of the best out there, including:
- How you can get started
- Where you can find jobs
- What you need to keep in mind about each.
Grab yourself a large coffee and let’s dive in.
Remote Customer Service Jobs
Remote Customer Service
Because of the coronavirus lockdown and aftermath, more businesses than ever are looking for ways to handle the sudden influx of orders and provide their customers with the help and attention that they deserve. You can help.
Whether you have tons of customer service experience or you’re a newbie, you can help answer their emails, reply to live chats, take phone calls and earn yourself an online income whilst you do it.
You can apply for these types of jobs via websites like Upwork and Fiverr but bear in mind that you might be competing against workers from developing countries such as the Philippines who ask for a much lower wage.
Remote Admin Jobs
Virtual Assistant Jobs
Getting a virtual assistant job is one of the easiest ways to start a location independent lifestyle and earn money online. You don’t need to have any particular skills or experience to get started, just a willingness to learn new things, solve problems and work closely with your employer to get results.
Having said that, experience does go a long way. But if you’ve never as much as set foot in this industry, don’t panic. You likely have a ton of relevant life experience already that you highlight when you’re applying for these jobs.
It also helps if you’re great a solving problems, you love getting stuck in and you’re reliable, organised and love ticking things off your ‘to do’ list.
You’ll find yourself doing tasks such as admin, online research, project management, basic design tasks, making appointments and managing calendars, plus whatever else your client or employer wants you to do (within reason, of course!).
There are often great opportunities for growth, getting your teeth into new projects and making connections in certain industries where you’d love to grow your VA career.
Data entry is a great entry level remote job that you can get started with from home almost instantly. You’ll need to type fast without making mistakes, be focused and self-motivated and be willing to look at spreadsheets and databases all day without getting bored.
Although this job might seem boring to some, it doesn’t demand much brain power so can be a great way to build your confidence and launch yourself into a brand-new career working online.
Resources worth checking out include Clickworker, Dion Data Solutions, Mechanical Turk and SigTrack. It’s always worth asking on digital nomad sites for opportunities too- there are many businesses who’d love to outsource their data entry!
Content moderators are the guardians of the online world.
By working through forums, reviews, social media pages, blogs and online forms of online content, they make sure everyone is sticking to the rules and refraining from racist, sexist, xenophobic or other defamatory behaviour.
You’ll need to be a details-focused person who is happy to work independently, make difficult decisions and willing to face criticism when people don’t agree with your decision to do this job.
If you can type quickly and have a good ear, transcription is a great entry level remote job that can turn into a profitable career.
These days there are literally thousands of businesses who need to turn their podcasts or YouTube videos into blogs, or work on more technical tasks such as medical transcription.
Usually you won’t need any qualifications or special skills to get started, although you may need to have industry-specific knowledge or know technical terms, especially if you’re going for the higher paying positions.
Even if you’ve never transcribed an interview in your life, all you need is one opportunity and you can soon start building your testimonials so you can land more lucrative contracts.
There are tons of transcription companies hiring year round including Daily Transcription, Scribie, Babbletype, AccuTranGlobal as well as plenty of training companies if you want to develop or polish your skills.
Bookkeepers help business owners of all sizes to stay on top of their accounts, bills, taxes, budgets, payroll and reports without going insane.
Because of the complexity of the task, there are huge numbers of businesses who are desperate to outsource what they see as a dull, time consuming task. This includes entrepreneurs, small and medium businesses and even corporations.
Again, you don’t need any specific qualifications to get started although it does help if you want to land higher paying jobs. Remember that you can use your own life experience and money-management skills to help you get started in the industry if needed.
Yes, this remote job can be more demanding than other online jobs and you’ll definitely need to be someone with a great eye for detail who loves dealing with figures. But it’s a fantastic way to earn an income online, especially if you’re willing to learn more.
Remote Writing Jobs
By far, one of the most common entry level remote jobs out there is content writing. It’s a popular one because you don’t need any formal qualifications and you can get started with just a laptop and some patience.
Provided that you have a decent education, a sound grasp of spelling and grammar and you don’t mind putting some research in, it can eventually turn into a well-paying career, although you will need to consider low rates when you’re first starting out.
You’ll be writing blog posts, news articles, reviews and other similar work for a variety of clients which means it can be very varied. You can also specialise in a particular niche if you have an area of interest.
Although you’ll need to have a website and decent social media presence if you want to turn this into a long-term career, it’s not essential to get started. You simply need a few writing samples and you could potentially land a project.
SEO writing involves writing blog posts, books, whitepapers and guides that help businesses stand out online, rank highly on Google and in turn, help drive conversions and sales.
Although the industry has dipped over the past few years, the impact of the coronavirus means that more businesses than ever are turning to content marketing and need SEO writers to help them meet their business goals.
Yes, you might need to learn about SEO writing or brush up on your skills to get started, but it’s all very beginner-friendly and straightforward to learn.
Like content writing, there can be a huge amount of competition from those in developing countries such as India and Bangladesh who will offer eye-poppingly low wages.
But don’t be deterred. And don’t be tempted to compete on price. Offer high quality, high value work and you will find clients.
Even if you don’t pursue SEO writing beyond the initial stages of your remote work journey, it can really help you grow in confidence and show you that you can really make this work.
The usual sites like Upwork and Freelancer.com are great places to start looking for SEO writing work. It’s also worth reaching out to companies directly to see if they need writers- you’ll bypass the competition and stand out in a crowded market.
Copywriting is a whole different kettle of fish. It’s about psychology, persuasion and knowing how to close a sale.
If you light up when you hear this, you’ve always been fascinated when it comes to what makes people tick or you love to use words to sell, copywriting could be your calling.
You’d be writing sales pages, ads, marketing emails, direct mail, flyers and similar types of content and could potentially earn very good money from doing so.
However, to start earning those big bucks (and you absolutely can with this career), you’ll need to be willing to take time to master the art of copywriting so you can get the best results for your clients. Even better if you can find a niche and nail it.
There’s an abundance of excellent resources that can help you start learning how to sell with words. Ramit Sethi has a great guide on his website I Will Teach You to Be Rich, and it’s also worth reading the copywriting classic ‘Confessions of an Advertising Man’ by David Ogilvy.
Blogging might seem to be an obvious way to start making money online but it’s harder than you might think.
Although you can start a blog, create awesome content and start gaining real market traction quickly, actually making a liveable income from it is very different.
Of course, the appeal of blogging is the ability to write about pretty much anything your heart desires, indulging your passions and sharing your expertise and insight with the world.
But unless you have an online product to sell, a course, or you’re using your blog as a marketing tool, you’ll really struggle.
That’s not to say it won’t work. It can. Hundreds of bloggers find ways to monetize their blogs and do very well out of it.
But it does take effort, there is a huge learning curve and you’ll need to be willing to learn a lot about SEO and online marketing.
It’s worth reading through the Problogger website if you’d like to learn more about making money blogging.
If you have an awesome eye for detail, you’re highly focused and grammar and spelling is your superpower, you should consider becoming a proofreader. You could be checking blog posts, articles, books, websites, apps and marketing materials for mistakes and helping the to be polished to perfection.
As many companies hiring entry-level proofreaders tend to have a low budget, you might also find yourself editing texts and improving them for grammar and readability.
You can get started with zero qualifications as long as you have the confidence to do the job.
Bear in mind that larger companies will expect you to know formal proofreading notation and standard proofreading procedures, so it’s worth taking a few hours to brush up on your skills before you apply.
It’s usually relatively easy to learn these skills over a couple of weeks and launch yourself into a new career. This free proofreading intro course can be a great way to see if the job appeals.
Remote Teaching Jobs
Whether you can speak a foreign language, play an instrument, run a business efficiently, have expertise in online marketing or can create a WordPress site with your eyes closed, you can make money teaching online.
These days many people choose to teach live online via platforms like Skype and Zoom.
But this isn’t the only option. You can also put together membership sites and online courses relatively easily and start making money fast.
However, if you want to get started, you will need to invest time and money getting started and the more qualifications you have the better, especially if you’re teaching younger learners in a more formal setting.
There’s a huge market for teaching English online too which is always worth investigating especially if you’re a native speaker, you have a TEFL certificate and, in some case, you have a degree.
Great resources that will allow you to create your course and teach include Zoom, Coursera, iTalki and Kajabi. Many online language schools such as PalFish hire English teachers for their students in Asia and are worth checking out.
Note: This is what I did to get started. You can read my story here.
Remote Web & App Development Jobs
Web & App Development
Web development and app development has seen huge growth over the past decade but has recently seen a huge explosion in demand because of the coronavirus. Masses of bricks-and-mortar businesses are moving their offerings online in an attempt survive and they need you to help them create an online presence.
Obviously, you do need to have the skills to create websites and apps for businesses, but these skills are very easy to learn, even if you’ve never touched a string of code in your entire life!
Becoming an expert will take practice and more time but if you’re looking for a remote job with great prospects, you couldn’t go far wrong.
Remote Sales & Marketing Jobs
SEO Specialist Jobs
SEO isn’t just about writing content (see above). It’s also about tweaking websites to make sure that businesses stand out ahead of their competition, rank high on Google and can reach their ideal customers. As a SEO specialist, it will be your job to make this happen through strategy and a close attention to detail.
Like many others on this list, it’s also a career that’s likely to be in greater demand than ever over the coming years as more businesses move online. They will need people like you to help them grow.
If you’re comfortable with learning technical details and you love working in an industry that is constantly adapting and growing, this could be a highly rewarding career choice.
Many companies also welcome SEO newbies with open arms provided that they are enthusiastic, they have the skills needed and don’t charge the earth when they first get started.
PPC and Facebook Ad Consultant Jobs
Most business owners and entrepreneurs know that they need to get their heads around Facebook ads and PPC (pay-per-click) advertising but they don’t want to take the time to learn how to use it and make it work for them. Enter you!
If you’re a self-motivated and ambitious person, you can easily learn what you need to know about digital advertising and then go out and find customers who are desperate for your skills.
Although you will need to spend some money on the ads to learn these skills, the investment will pay off and you could raise your prices as a result (even if you don’t have a huge list of happy customers to back you up yet).
When it comes to finding a job, the best way to get started is to ask a friend who runs a business and offer your services in exchange for some positive feedback to help you grow your business.
Social Media Management
Are you a whizz when it comes to social media? Can you get your followers engaged and generate followers with ease? If so, then you should consider becoming a social media manager.
Working for entrepreneurs as well as businesses, you’ll need to do research, schedule posts, create interesting graphics and do everything you can to generate new followers and get them talking whilst having fun at the same time. Best of all, there are literally thousands of companies who would love to hire you to work your magic for their business.
As long as you have a thriving social media presence or you can demonstrate that you’ve helped a business or individual grow their presence, you can get yourself hired pretty quickly.
If you’re looking for maximum earning potential, it’s also a good idea to specialise in a certain platform such as Pinterest or Instagram.
When it comes to jobs, the world is your oyster. Turn to sites like Upwork and Indeed, work those social media groups to find opportunities or contact companies directly. They’ll be glad to hear from you!
Remote Design Jobs
If you’ve always had a good eye for composition, you’re an artsy type or you’ve always loved being creative, this career can be an excellent choice.
Depending on your niche, you could find yourself creating infographics, promo images, Pinterest images, flyers, posters and eBook covers that look sleek and really stand out.
Yes, there is a huge amount of competition from developing countries but again, if you’re a creative type with a great eye for detail and a willingness to learn, you can find work quickly, even without a huge portfolio.
Having said that, samples will make a difference, but you can always offer to create free graphics for friends or invent projects that help you showcase your skills. If you’d prefer to learn formal design skills, there’s a huge range of online courses to help you deepen your knowledge.
Learn basic graphic design skills for free on websites like these and then offer your skills to anyone you know. Although it can be tempting to look to sites like Fiverr and Upwork, I’d really advise against it. The competition on these sites can be disheartening.
If you’re willing to put the work in, earning money as a freelance photographer can turn into a highly rewarding and well-paying career that allows you to enjoy your passion and travel the world.
It all depends on you: which niche you choose and how you plan to sell your photographs.
If you want to develop a sustainable career in photography, you should consider specialising in a niche such as wedding photography, luxury travel or real estate that is in demand and pays well. These niches offer plenty of opportunities for self-development and any extra training you do will allow you to command better prices.
But if you’re just looking for a few dollars on the side and you just love taking photos, there’s no harm in snapping a few shots to sell online on sites like Photoshelter.
Other Remote Job Ideas
Love being on camera? Become a vlogger and you could generate a decent online income doing what you love.
You’ll need to be a self-starter, willing to get your hands dirty and learn everything you can about online marketing AND have a topic that you’re highly passionate about. You could perform, give advice, review products, create how to videos, document your travels or share other expertise that you have and make a decent income from it.
Like many of the other ideas on this list, don’t think that you can just start a YouTube channel and start making money!
You’ll need to create high quality, professional-standard videos, engage your audience and get plenty of subscribers before you can start replacing the earnings from your day job. Even so, it can be a great hobby or side hustle with potential, if videography is your thing.
Another popular entry level remote job is translation. It’s perfect for those who are fluent in another language, especially if that language is less common such as Japanese or Russian. But knowing the language isn’t all you’ll need to start earning.
To do the job well, you’ll need to have a great eye for detail and be able to convey meaning effortlessly in both languages. Certificates and qualifications are an advantage, but usually the only proof you’ll need is an ability to speak and write in both languages.
What’s great about this career is the fact that you could find yourself translating all kinds of texts on a range of topics- perfect if you love variety in your life and you don’t mind doing quiet, focused work all day.
Like vlogging and YouTubing, there are lots of people who try to make money with podcasting but don’t get very far. Yes, the pros really do make it look easier than it is.
But if you’re willing to be patient and invest plenty of time and effort into podcasting, it can be an excellent creative outlet and money generator. It’s excellent if you have a topic you love to talk about and you’re keen to share this with the rest of the world and make a difference to people’s lives. You won’t have to answer to a grouchy client, limit your creativity or compromise your values- it will all be about you.
You’ll also need to be good at audio, editing and learn how to market your podcast well, but the earning potential is limitless.
Learn more about making money podcasting by reading this excellent guide from Entrepreneur.com.
The Challenges of Finding Entry Level Remote Work
As you might have noticed from the above, getting started in the world of online work isn’t always a walk in the park.
Of course, you might be one of the lucky ones who decides one Friday to launch themselves into a whole new career and then starts generating thousands of dollars a month. But that fairytale doesn’t happen for everyone
It takes grit and determination, especially at first.
You’ll need to keep plugging away even when it feels hard to get noticed and when the competition is charging $0.50 for a 500-word blog post or photograph. Especially when you’re investing time and effort, yet you feel like you’re not getting anywhere.
But stick with it. You will get there.
Keep doing what you’re doing and a few weeks or months down the line you can look back and feel proud of what you’ve achieved.
Where Can You Find Remote Jobs?
Hopefully the above information has given you plenty of inspiration and ideas about finding location independent work online and helped direct you toward more information or even jobs.
But it’s also worth mentioning that there are literally hundreds of different ways that can help you kickstart your dream lifestyle and get the money rolling in. Here are some suggestions.
1. Social Media
Many of your virtual friends are likely to know someone who needs help doing one of the above remote jobs. All you need to do is find them via social media.
Start by updating your profile, sharing your new business and asking if anyone is looking for a freelancer like you. You’ll be surprised at what this can often bring up.
It’s also worth joining a few digital nomad and remote work Facebook groups like Digital Nomad Jobs – Remote Work From Anywhere and Digital Nomad Jobs: Remote Job Opportunities as they often feature interesting job listings that are often offered by people just like you.
It’s better still if you can find a group that is directly relevant to your niche as you’ll be much more likely to land work this way.
As well as promoting your services on social media, you can also reach out to previous employers, co-workers and other friends directly and ask if they know of any positions open.
Even if you’ve never worked in your chosen remote job before, you’re likely to find at least one or two opportunities that can help you get started. Even if they’re not well-paid, they can help you build your portfolio and get ahead in the game.
3. Cold Emailing (or the Direct Approach)
Many businesses and organizations don’t advertise their vacancies and prefer to rely on word-of-mouth or referrals to help them find the team members and freelancers they need
Email these companies directly and you stand a great chance of getting hired AND you’ll also come across as pro-active, driven and ambitious. Not bad at all!
Consider which companies might be looking for remote workers like you then hit Google to find their contact details. Once you’ve done this, you can thoughtfully create your pitch then send it off.
4. Online Job Board & Recruitment Sites
There literally isn’t enough room here to list all of the online job boards that exist out there.
You can choose from general freelance websites to industry-specific job boards that can bring great opportunities your way. Here’s a quick selection:
Again, the rates that are offered on these websites vary hugely so it’s worth doing plenty of research before you make the effort of creating a profile or applying for jobs. This is just the tip of the iceberg so do research your niche well to find more.
Frequently Asked Questions About Remote Jobs
Are there any entry level remote jobs?
Entry level remote jobs can be varied and rewarding. They include writing, design, digital marketing, teaching, customer service, translation and more.
Where can I find entry level remote jobs?
To find entry-level remote jobs, do a quick Google search for your chosen niche or industry and you’ll find plenty of recruitment sites and potential employers.
What are entry level IT jobs?
Get started in your entry level IT career by working as a web developer, network administrator, database administrator or systems engineer.
How can I work from home with no experience?
Even without experience, you can find plenty of remote jobs that will help you make money without going anywhere.
Check out the suggestions in this post for ideas.
A Final Word on Remote Work Opportunities
As you can see, there are plenty of ways you can start working remotely and get that income flowing, even if you have zero experience or references. Pick your career, narrow in on a niche then start working hard to make it happen. All it takes is focused effort and dedication.
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