16 Best Entry Level Jobs Paying $20/Hour (or More) in 2022
More and more people are gravitating towards online jobs. Whether it comes from a desire to work from home or to become a digital nomad and make the world your office, people want the kind of flexibility online jobs can offer.
What is the easiest online job?
The easiest online job for you is going to depend on a number of factors, like your individual skillsets and what kind of work you enjoy doing.
How do I find a job online?
A lot of online work is going to be freelance work. If you haven’t heard of freelancing, be sure to check out our article explaining the basics of what freelancing is. Freelancing basically means working for individual clients on a project-by-project basis. We’ve converted a variety of different freelancing platforms you can find work on.
Working For Companies
A lot of easy online jobs can be traditional employment, just done remotely. An example of this is a customer service representative or an online teacher. If you can land a job with a single company, it can provide all the benefits of a stable income along with the additional flexibility of remote working.
What kind of jobs can I do online?
We’ve broken up these online jobs into two categories: ones that don’t require experience, and ones that generally look for prior experience. There is a huge variety of online work, and these are really just the tip of the iceberg!
Online Jobs That Don’t Require Experience
Obviously, the easiest jobs to break into will be the ones that don’t require any experience. Here are some options for those just beginning online work:
1. Data Entry Worker
This is one of the easiest and most straightforward online jobs you can have! Being a data entry worker involves inputting data into a system. Usually, you will be inputting the data in some specific order: alphabetically or numerically. It’s not the most glamorous job, but it is about as straightforward and simple as work can get. For this job, it’s very important to be detail-oriented.
2. Virtual Assistant
Now, being a virtual assistant is a career that does benefit from prior experience, however, it’s fairly easy to find clients who are willing to take on someone green (i.e. inexperienced). The good thing about being a virtual assistant is that as you gain experience you can acquire higher-paying, prestigious clients. Unlike data entry, this can turn into a full-blown career!
3. Customer Service Representatives
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to most people that businesses are increasingly outsourcing customer service. After all, when is the last time you’ve been able to speak to a customer service representative that has actually lived in the same country as you? The great thing about companies outsourcing customer service is that now there is the potential to do it remotely. Gone are the days of having to sit in a sea of cubicles to take customer service calls.
Something to consider with this work is that you will need a quiet place to work and it will be done in shifts. So it doesn’t offer the same flexibility as something like data entry, which you can do whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you.
Writing transcripts for audio or video recordings are super easy and it’s a field with a LOT of work! You are going to need to have good attention to detail and be fast at typing. If you have a high word-per-minute, being a transcriptionist might be a great way for you to make a reliable income!
5. Chat Agent
Being a chat agent is essentially the same job as a customer service rep, but instead of doing it on the phone, you are going to be doing it via chat. This work will also be shift-based, but it offers a bit more flexibility than being a customer service rep because you don’t really need a quiet work environment, as long as you are able to focus. This can be a great option if you don’t have any experience working online.
6. Website Tester
It is extremely important that a company’s website is easy to use. After all, if a customer comes to the site only to find themselves confused and leave, they will miss out on major money! A website tester is a great job for anyone because companies don’t need people with any sort of special expertise. They want to make sure their website is operable for the average Joe. So if you are an average Joe (or Jane) this is a great option for you.
What will being a website tester look like? Well, it will usually involve navigating through a site while answering questions about your experience. Afterward, you will describe what you thought of the user experience through video recordings. These recordings are typically 20-25 minutes in length.
7. Online Moderators
Those of you who are active in online communities might be excited about this one. Yes, companies will actually pay people to moderate their chats, forums, and social media groups. Many people become volunteer moderators for fan communities out of pure passion, so it can feel pretty cool to actually get paid to be an online moderator. Also, this is a field that continues to boast growth as more and more of our lives move online.
Online Jobs That Require Some Experience
Everyone has to start somewhere. If one of these jobs spikes your interest but you don’t have any experience, don’t worry: there will probably be a client somewhere who is willing to hire you for a low rate as you build up your portfolio. These are jobs that anyone can do, but they have a little bit more potential for becoming a long-term career and, in turn, clients usually look for people with a bit of a portfolio.
8. Social Media Manager
Social media is one of the major ways that businesses connect with clients nowadays. If you have a talent for content creation and social media, there is plenty of work out there for you. A lot of companies use services like Buffer and Hootsuite to schedule and manage their social media. If you want to break into this field, a great place to start is by learning the ropes of these programs.
Most companies are going to want to see proof of your ability to manage and grow social media accounts, but a lot of them will take your own personal social media account into consideration! So even if you have only managed your own social media account successfully, that might be enough to show clients you have what it takes. In fact, it’s fairly common now for social media managers to put their own handles directly onto their resumes. Some businesses report that they won’t even consider working with social media managers who don’t do this.
9. Online Tutor/Teacher
Online teaching has become hugely popular in the last few years. For native English speakers, teaching English online is a huge potential source of online income. No matter what your native language is, you can probably teach it to someone. Websites like iTalki connect online teachers of all kinds of languages with potential students.
Teaching online isn’t just limited to languages! Subjects like math, physics or even history can pay just as much, if not higher. One way to strengthen your teaching/tutoring business is to specialize in test prep. You can make good money by helping people prepare for admissions tests like the SAT, ACT or the GRE. Tutoring for specific subjects is possible with AP testing. A lot of times parents and young people are willing to pay a pretty penny to try and get ahead! Being an online tutor for university students is also a potential market that can pay quite well.
Bookkeepers help businesses track and manage their finances, and the work they do is absolutely essential! Of course, with something as important as this, businesses want to make sure they are hiring someone who can do the work correctly. If you have the skillset, this can be a pretty high-paying option.
11. Personal Trainer
We can thank COVID for this one. If you had told me 10 years ago that fitness would move online, I don’t know if I would have believed you. However, now people often enjoy training from the comfort of their own homes and are willing to pay a personal trainer to work out with them over Zoom or Skype. This can encompass all types of fitness: yoga, HIIT, weights, bodyweight workouts… if you have the skills, there are clients that are looking to learn from you!
The nice thing about becoming an online personal trainer is that you can either operate on a one-on-one basis or have entire classes online.
12. Job Recruiter
Helping to connect people to their new jobs can be a fun and fulfilling career. Job recruiters are responsible for posting jobs and sifting through potential clients to find the right fit for the company. This can involve screening resumes and cover letters and even an initial phone interview.
This is a valuable service for businesses because most managers don’t have the time to look through every individual applying for a job. If you get a reputation for delivering high-quality employees to big companies, the earning potential on this one can be quite high!
13. Email Marketer
If you can write, you can work as an email marketer! Email marketing plays a huge role in enticing customers. If you have a talent for writing snappy headlines that will entice people to click, you’re going to find a lot of success in this field.
If email marketing sounds interesting to you but you don’t have any prior experience, consider making some example emails for your portfolio. They don’t even have to be for real businesses: just create something that showcases your creativity and skillset!
14. Freelance Writer
This is my online job of choice, and let me tell you: there is big money to be made in this field! Gone are the days of writing being the job of a starving artist. Sure, the internet might have killed the income of the traditional newspaper columnist, but it replaced it with far more opportunities.
While pretty much every client is going to ask for a portfolio of work, the great thing about writing is that there is no need for your portfolio to be paid work. In fact, it’s not even really necessary for it to be published work, though it might be a benefit. If you can write, you can write. Showing potential clients your writing should be enough to score a job. For my first job as a freelance writer, I sent a copy of a blog post I’d written more than three years prior for my university’s website. It wasn’t even vaguely related to the kind of writing the client wanted, but it was still enough to get me the job.
Writing is the basis of the internet, and someone needs to check that writing! If you like editing more than writing itself, there is a ton of work out there for you. Proofreading work includes editing all sorts of content, like blog posts, marketing emails, business documents, and website copy, just to name a few. If you are detail-oriented and have a strong command of language, being a proofreader might be the perfect online job for you.
16. Website Designer
Yes, this will require you to know how to build a website, but this is a highly in-demand skill! Whether you specialize in front-end design, coding or even graphic design, companies need your help in facilitating their online business. Website designers are very in demand and tend to be well paid.
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