When I was just starting out, researching work from home jobs and trying to track down legitimate opportunities while avoiding scams, I came across a lot of valuable resources along the way. Many of them made it that much easier to find scam-free home-based work quickly and easily. So, I thought these same resources may be of value to you — but instead of tracking them down over time, they’re all here, conveniently located in one spot.
Whether you’re looking for work, going through a career change, or are a seasoned work-from-home pro, these valuable resources will save you time and make life simpler!
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Find a Job
FlexJobs is a monthly membership site that posts only pre-screened, 100% legitimate work from home jobs. So, if you’re a bit worried about encountering a home-based scam, you can browse and apply to jobs at FlexJobs without worry! If you’re not ready to commit to a monthly membership, make sure to check out their blog. It’s completely free and is filled with tons of practical advice for landing the perfect work from home job!
CraigsList can be a great source of work from home jobs. Big-name companies, like Amazon and ZeroChaos, post their remote job openings here. It’s always a good idea to check your local CraigsList market and the largest markets like Atlanta, D.C., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Austin, and Chicago. Chances are, a company hiring nationally for remote workers will post their job in one or two of the largest markets. Hint: Make sure the “telecommute” box is checked when searching!
Google Alerts are one of the lesser-known ways to find work from home jobs, but can be effective! You can set an alert for anything, even job leads. Some of the keywords you might want to target include “work at home,” “remote work,” “freelance,” “online job.” You’ll be sent an email each time something is published that matches your alert. This can be done as it happens, once a day, once a week or at a frequency of your choosing!
Indeed is a job search engine. It crawls thousands of websites each day to bring together all the latest job listings to one spot. It’s a really user-friendly way to find a variety of remote, freelance, and work-from-home jobs. You can search by location, keyword, or job type. When looking for virtual work, try running a search with “remote” in the location box or do a keyword search of “work at home.”
Remotive helps remote workers stay productive, but they can also help you find a job too. Thanks to their constantly-updated jobs list, you can find all sorts of legitimate remote positions from companies like Buffer, Upworthy, and Automattic. While there, sign up for their newsletter and join a community of 20,000+ remote-minded individuals. Once you land the ideal remote job, you’ll learn what you can do to be the most productive remote worker you could possibly be.
AngelList is the place to go if you want to work for a startup. And since many startups are weaving location independence into their company culture, they’re often great sources of remote jobs too. Now, keep in mind, not all startups are remote-friendly but many of them are. So, it’s definitely worth checking out AngelList and signing up for an account — it’s free. Once you create a profile, you can easily apply to multiple job listings. In addition to the thousands of jobs posted here, you can also find plenty of helpful advice as a job seeker.
Start Your Own Blog or Website
The first steps in any blogging adventure is selecting a domain name and setting up hosting. With BlueHost, you get both. Not only do they offer affordable monthly hosting services with 24/7 support, they’ll also give you a free domain name when you sign up. It’s no wonder so many bloggers and website owners turn to BlueHost for all of their hosting solutions. Plus, BlueHost makes it easy to install WordPress, which is the most recommended platform to use whether you’re blogging or launching a money-making website!
WordPress is pretty much industry standard for bloggers. It’s also a popular platform for the do-it-yourself website owner since WordPress is super simple to use and can be easily customized with endless themes and plugins. The WordPress platform is free but you will need a monthly hosting plan. If you use a hosting provider like BlueHost, you can get WordPress up and running in just a matter of minutes. There really is no easier, faster, or more affordable way to get a professional website or blog than with WordPress.
The Genesis framework is built specifically for websites and blogs running WordPress. It is a very quick and ultra customizable theme. Many bloggers favor Genesis because of all the beautiful child themes that perfectly complement the lightweight framework. Think of Genesis as the walls of your blog and the child theme as the decor — Genesis gives it the structure and the child theme gives it the overall look and design. Work from Home Happiness uses the Genesis framework by StudioPress coupled with a beautiful theme by Restored 316 Designs.
Whether you’re a handmade artist, t-shirt designer, wholesaler, dropshipper or anything in between, Shopify is an ecommerce platform made just for you. With Shopify, you get complete control over your brand and access to tons of themes to create just the right look for your store. Plus, Shopify will handle checkout and payments for you. When you’re ready to open up shop online, give the Shopify free 14-day trial a try. And you get access to 24/7 support and plenty of helpful ecommerce tips and tricks on the Shopify blog.
Tools to Make Life Easier
One of the best ways to boost your blog or website traffic when just starting out is by using Pinterest. I started receiving 100,000 page views a month in my ninth month of blogging thanks to Pinterest traffic. The tool I used was Tailwind. You can schedule pins with ease and install their browser add-on making it super simple to pin just about anything. Tailwind also comes with in-depth analytics that allow you to see what’s working well and what’s not. Using Tailwind is an effective and affordable way to get social traffic and grow your audience. Sign up here to receive a free trial of Tailwind and start pinning away.
When you’re running a blog or website by yourself, sometimes you need a helping hand. This can be for anything from designing an eye-catching logo to solving a technical issue that goes beyond your WordPress knowledge. The most affordable way to outsource work of any kind is through Fiverr. You can find all types of services here starting at just five bucks. The pool of talent at this price can’t be beat, and you’ll appreciate the (affordable!) help.
Self-Improvement & Learning
Udemy has thousands of online courses available on just about everything. Whether you want to become a better photographer, master the art of social media marketing, or try your hand as a web developer, there’s an informative (and affordable!) Udemy course available to show you the way. Most courses are a combination of video lectures and interactive slides. They range in price from completely free to a couple hundred dollars at the most. However, many of their most popular courses cost less than $50. Udemy is my go-to source when I want to learn something new.
General transcription is one of the most flexible work from home jobs out there — but it’s not for everyone. Not only do you need the ability to type quickly and accurately, you also have to simultaneously listen to audio and transcribe what is being said, a skill that often takes time to master. That’s why it’s a good idea to first check out the free 7-day course over at Transcribe Anywhere which will give you a good understanding of what general transcription is and whether it’s a good fit for you. If so, great! There’s a more intensive course you can take that will prepare you to launch your own lucrative career as a general transcriptionist.
Are you the person people turn to when they need a document reviewed? Do you always notice misspellings, grammar mistakes and other typos when reading? If so, you might just make a great proofreader! The only course of its kind, Proofread Anywhere will teach you how to become a transcript proofreader for court reporters. This can be an extra income generator or a full-time career. To see if a transcript proofreader is something you could see yourself doing, take the completely free 7-day intro course first. From there, you can take the full course and be well on your way to your new career.
There are so many helpful e-books out there about working from home and freelancing. One of the best ways to read them all is to download the Kindle App. It’s completely free and available for most devices. So, whenever you’re waiting around, say at the doctor’s, in line, or have a few free minutes, you can access all your favorite ebooks. With the Kindle App, you can easily learn the ins and out of working remotely while on the go.
The perfect complement to the free Kindle App is Kindle Unlimited. It’s a monthly subscription that lets you read unlimited Kindle Unlimited titles. Sign up for the free month of Kindle Unlimited to see just how valuable it is — the subscription usually pays for itself after you read a couple of books. The free Kindle App combined with Kindle Unlimited are what I used to launch a freelance writing career with absolutely no experience — and it cost less than $30!