But that is wrong.
There are, in fact, many entry-level work-from-home jobs out there, which require only little to no previous experience. And they will pay enough to get along and let you work from the comfort of your own home – no more daily commutes, no more business attire, no more bad office coffee.
Check out the following list and get inspirations for your new remote career!
Did you know that, according to a FlexJobs survey, 85% of all questioned millennials want to telecommute 100% of their time? Reason enough to create more entry-level remote jobs.
What Are Entry-Level Work-From-Home Jobs?
Just so we are on the same page:
A remote job or work-from-home job is any type of job that can be done entirely online. As long as you have a computer/smartphone and a proper internet connection, you can do this job from anywhere in the world.
Entry-level positions usually require no or only a little experience or skills. Bear in mind that entry-level jobs are therefore not high-paying. However, they are a great way to get a foot in the door, improve your skills and gain more experience. After a while, you will be able to ask for higher rates.
That’s why I recommend to pick one niche that you think is the right one for you, stick to it and become an expert. Don’t do a little bit of this and a little bit of that on the long-run or else you will find it hard to increase your income.
Full-Time Entry-Level Remote Jobs
Ok, ok, enough intro. Here are the jobs that can change your life (slightly dramatic, I know, but true ;).
1. Virtual Assistance
Yes, some people want to hire experienced Virtual Assistants only. But there are also loads of general VA positions out there, that don’t require you to have any particular skills.
Take me for example. I got a job with zero experience in that field. And it wasn’t needed. My main tasks were things like admin stuff, booking flights or hotels, tons of online research, internal communication, or some project management jobs.
As long as you are willing to learn new things and are a problem-solver, you should be able to get the work done.
If you want to learn more about what it takes to be a virtual assistant and how you can become one, check out the linked post.
2. Teaching English
Another great remote job that often doesn’t require any experience is teaching English online (or any other language you are fluent in).
Most of the time you also don’t need a teaching certificate to apply, although it enhances your chances of getting accepted.
The great thing about it: You will teach the language in 1-on-1 meetings via Skype sessions and can make your own schedule. Perfect for everyone who likes to be flexible.
3. Customer Service
Customer service is the perfect category to find entry-level positions for remote workers. Whereas some companies require you to have knowledge in certain fields, e.g. for a technical support role, others are happy to teach you all the things you need to know about the company or products or whatever customer questions will come up.
It is important, that you are friendly, patient, and able to deal with upset or slow customers. If you don’t like to answer calls, you can also look for roles that involve emails or live chats only.
4. Content Writer
My first ever fully remote job was content writing. I wrote news articles for a radio station and got to cover topics like new music releases, international events or celebrity gossip. Not very glamorous but a great job for a newbie writer to get some experience and learn more about professional content writing.
Yes, there are tons of open job positions out there that require you to have years of experience, awesome published articles, and knowledge in a particular area. But there are also companies and clients that are happy to employ a beginner.
Of course, you won’t get rich with that kind of entry remote jobs. It will, however, be enough to get by and gain more experience so you can apply for bigger gigs soon.
5. Content Moderator
Another work-from-home job that I did at the beginning of my remote career (as you can see, I did pretty much everything I could get :D).
As a content moderator, you go through customer reviews, forums or social media pages and make sure entries conform with the given guidelines. That means, for example, you have to delete racist comments, block users who break the rules or ask people to delete their personal information, such as phone numbers, before publishing a product review.
You need to be very detail-oriented and also fast to work through a big pile of content in a given time. A flexible work-from-home job that is great for shy folks because you have hardly any direct contact with “real” people.
6. Social Media Manager
Before you yell at me…I know! Professional social media management is by far something you can do without any experience.
However, there are quite a few startups, small companies and entrepreneurs out there, who need someone to “only” take care of existing social media strategies. By that I mean things like answering to comments or messages, researching and sharing interesting content, scheduling posts, or creating attracting graphics.
Basically any tasks, that are fairly easy but require some time. Perfect things to delegate. And a great way for you to gain some more experience in social media management.
Do you want to learn more about how you can become a Social Media Manager? Check out this awesome guide by Radhika & Johnny from Fulltime Nomad.
7. Pinterest Manager & Pin Designer
More and more companies realize how powerful Pinterest is. The visual search engine drives huge traffic to websites and blogs with only a little or no investment.
Although you can use scheduling programs like Tailwind you still have to invest quite a bit of time if you want to be successful with it. That’s when a Pinterest assistant comes into play.
If you have a talent for designs, you can create pins or pin templates for others. Or find interesting pins of other users and re-post them. Look for active group boards and apply to join them.
There are plenty of tasks involved in a successful Pinterest management strategy that people love to hand over to assistants. Often enough, they don’t require you to have much experience or skills you couldn’t easily learn.
Head over to The Penny Hoarder to find 10 companies that are hiring a Pinterest manager.
If you are fluent in another language, this might be the perfect entry-level remote job for you. I didn’t have any experience before I started my first translation job. That’s why my rates were super low. But after a while, I was able to increase them and so I made a couple of thousand dollars with it. Not too bad for a beginner.
It also depends on what language combination you offer and what kind of translations you apply to. For example, as a beginner, you will find it easier to score a job where you have to translate general texts, like a novel. Here the readability is a priority, instead of an academic paper, where accuracy is more important.
Your competition in combinations like Spanish/French/German to English will also be bigger than when you are able to translate from English to languages like Japanese or Ukrainian.
Proofreading is another popular entry-level work-from-home job. If you are super detail-oriented, very meticulous and brilliant with grammar and spelling, this can be the perfect job for you.
Wondering what types of content you will have to proofread? Literally anything! Novels, marketing material, websites, dissertations, apps…the list is endless.
Especially when companies don’t have a big budget, the role of the proofreader is combined with editing tasks. For example, if you notice that the structure of the text could be improved or if a section needs to be shortened, you change that, too.
If you want to learn more about proofreading, check out this awesome guide by Angie from The Work At Home Wife.
Transcription is also a great work-from-home job and often you will find entry-level positions in that field, too.
You will get audio records that you have to listen to and write down what you hear. You need to have good hearing and typing skills to be successful in this job. The content could be pretty much from every field you can imagine.
For more specific areas, for instance, medical transcription, you will need a specific education. Simply because you will hear a lot of technical terms that “normal” might not know.
11. Data Entry
Data Entry jobs can easily be done from home and often don’t require any experience. Some might need you to have knowledge in a certain area but there are also many general positions, too.
Again, you need to be very detail-oriented and be able to type super-fast without any errors. Also, be prepared to stare at Excel sheets or massive databases all day long. Not something everyone would enjoy.
Where To Find Open Positions?
First, you have to decide if you want to work as a freelancer and offer your services to clients. Or if you prefer a permanent contract and want to look for an employer.
Once you know what type of job you want to have, you have a few options:
1. Social Media
Twitter or Facebook groups are great places to find potential jobs. Send out tweets with specific hashtags saying what kind of job you are looking for or check out groups like Remote Work & Jobs for Digital Nomads, REMOTE & TRAVEL JOBS or Virtual Assistant Jobs.
Networking is always a great idea. Contact former employers or co-workers and see if they can help you further. Maybe an old college friend? Also, head over to LinkedIn and connect with industry insiders and look for open positions.
3. Direct Approach
If you have a company in mind that you would like to work for, you could send out an unsolicited application. Google around and see if you can find potential clients that have hired for similar roles in the past and pitch them.
If you want to find out which companies are known for being very remote job friendly, check out this article that gives you more than 150 companies that offer work-from-home jobs.
4. Online Job Boards
There is an abundance of online job boards out there, that offer all kinds of remote jobs. Just to mention a few:
If you want to check out more remote job boards, have a look at the linked post which lists 47 of the best ones out there.
Ready to Start Your New Career?
I hope this list gave you some ideas and inspiration what kind of entry-level work-from-home job you could do. Luckily, more and more companies are willing to offer flexible work for their employees and freelancers. That means the pool of potential online jobs grows continuously
No matter what age you are or what type of previous experience or skills you have, there are still plenty of opportunities to go remote and have a career change.
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