Technological advancement within the past decade has opened up a great many doors for those who may prefer to work remotely rather than having to find an in-person job in their area. This can be an excellent choice for stay-at-home parents or those who wish to have greater freedom over their schedule and income, for example.
Of course, this rise in remote work has also resulted in a major increase in the types of career paths available, the overall competition, and how work is conducted. In order to find the right work-from-home (WFH) job, you have to know exactly what you want to do and how you can be successful in that industry.
But every journey starts with the first step, which is finding your ideal remote position. If you are considering trying to find a WFH role that best suits you, here are the 30 best stay-at-home jobs in 2021 that you may wish to pursue.
30 Best Stay-At-Home Jobs
1. Data Entry Specialist
Despite the many advancements we have made in regard to technology, we still have administrative tasks that must be handled by humans. Computers are still unable to transfer information listed on paper and translate it into a digital medium. For this, organizations need data entry specialists.
A data entry specialist’s role is to take information from different physical locations, input this information into a digital database so that organizations can analyze and act on said information. Those who are just entering this role will be required to do the above quickly and efficiently, making it an easy job for anyone with the proper computer skills and experience. If you move up in this type of role, you can expect to be involved with data analysis along with the basic responsibilities.
Whether you choose to pursue data entry tasks as a full-time or part-time job or on a freelance basis, most data entry specialists make $15 to $35 an hour. However, this market can be highly competitive, so it is important that you seek to provide more value than the average data entry employee if you are looking to land a high-quality job or client.
2. Virtual Assistant
Administrative tasks and duties go far beyond data entry. There are plenty of organizations and individuals that need day-to-day support in order to function optimally. If this is something that you excel at, you may wish to find a virtual assistant position.
As a virtual assistant, you can expect to deal with duties such as:
- Responding to emails and phone calls
- Scheduling appointments, booking travel arrangements, etc.
- Organizing files and information
- Producing reports
- Transcribing meeting audio or taking notes
- Issuing invoices and handling sensitive client information
Although this job can be relatively easy for those with the proper skill set, virtual assistants can make a decent living, earning anywhere from $20 to $30 an hour (although this will depend upon your skill level as well as how much you decide to charge should you freelance rather than seek remote work). As long as you are organized, great at time management, and are proficient in using office programs like Microsoft Office, this is certainly one viable way to make money without ever having to leave home.
“You can be a proofreader?” Absolutely! Although this type of stay-at-home job sounds too good to be true, there are plenty of people that make recurring monthly income simply by being able to spot and fix mistakes within a body of writing.
Different from an editor (we’ll dive deeper into WFH career later in this guide), proofreaders are responsible for ensuring quality by spotting and marking mistakes, ensuring that the spelling and style of a piece remain consistent throughout its entirety, double-checking things like captions or headers and footers, and even checking facts that are offered throughout the piece they are reading.
The type of proofreading services you are looking to provide will depend upon your experience and preferences. For example, some proofreaders may wish to work with publishers while others may focus on academic writing and students looking to polish their work before submitting it. No matter what your chosen path may be, most proofreaders make upwards of $22 an hour, an excellent payment for being able to spot simple mistakes!
Most individuals have basic writing skills that they utilize on a day-to-day basis. What few consider, however, is that all of the information published online and on promotional products is written by professional writers.
Granted, there are certain formatting requirements that need to be known and various styles of writing that professional writers will need to know prior to landing work. However, if you are quick to both write and learn, this can be a very lucrative way to earn money from home.
Some styles of writing you may wish to pursue include:
- Product reviews
- Article/web writing
- Technical writing
- Academic writing
- Social media
- Email copywriting
- Features writing
- Advertisement writing
- Grant writing
These are just a handful of some of the specialties you may wish to pursue when you begin launching your writing career. Once you have your foot in the door, you can expect to make an average of $25 to $30 per hour (although this will heavily depend upon your speed, any edits you need to make, and your rates, which will be based on your experience and the quality of your copy.)
Overall, if you can write, you can make a great living writing from home!
Writing is a serious WFH career. It takes time, trial and error, and patience to build your portfolio, learn new skills, and land the clients and jobs you are looking to center your career around. Fortunately, there is a fun alternative for those who wish to make money at home without necessarily having to tackle as much day-to-day work: blogging.
The big difference between a writer and a blogger is that bloggers develop their own websites where they post information that falls within their realm of expertise. With the right SEO strategy and social media savvy, bloggers then build their traffic and monetize it through ads, memberships, affiliate marketing, or even by selling their leads to interested businesses.
Because of this nature of this type of work, there is not an hourly rate that one can expect to make from blogging. However, there are many full-time bloggers that earn six figures each year, making it a great way for you to have fun and make money on the side. If you have a certain topic that you are passionate about and can translate that into value, consider starting your own blog.
Proofreading offers those looking for stay-at-home jobs the ability to put their strong grammar and spelling knowledge to good use. But for individuals who want to take their skills the next step, you may wish to consider taking a remote editorial position instead.
But what is the difference between proofreading and editing? While editors are still required to spot and fix mistakes, they are more involved in the content creation process, editors are also responsible for:
- Ensuring that copy follows the proper style, tone, and formatting requirements
- Helping writers to produce better content and learn best writing practices
- Developing content ideas, strategies, and calendars
- Delivering assignments to writers
- Creating content that will attract the necessary attention
- Acting as the last line of defense in ensuring that content is of the utmost quality
Editing is an excellent WFH position for individuals who have the necessary skills to oversee projects as well as develop their own quality content for their clients or employers. The best part? The average hourly rate for an editor is $34, which will be subject to factors like the type of editing that you do and how high your position is. That said, this is certainly one avenue to consider if you are able to manage projects and people as well as create and edit great content.
Transcription jobs are often eliminated from the list when the topic of remote work is brought up. Why? The reasons are two-fold. Firstly, it can be harder to find high-quality jobs as many websites will only list agencies. Secondly, the pay is not always the best, which is something that many beginner transcriptionists found out.
So, what does this mean for those who are considering this as a stay-at-home job? Well, if you do not have the experience and are willing to take the time to learn, there are several agencies that will take you on but will pay little per audio hour. (Note: Most transcription job pays per audio hour, which means you make a certain amount based on an hour of audio transcribed, not based on an hour spent transcribing.)
For those who do have the tools as well as experience transcribing, however, there are agencies that will be willing to take you on for better pay. You could also choose to work on a freelance basis or seek out available jobs that will provide you with more income. If you are looking into this type of career, you can expect to make anywhere from $12 to $45 per hour.
8. Call Center/Chat Agent
Get in contact with any organization either by phone or online and you are going to be speaking with a real person. While many of these people may work in a company’s office as they speak with you and provide support, there are many others that are working from home and providing customer service.
Becoming a call center agent or live chat agent is a desirable position because there are very limited requirements and the work is steady and relatively easy. Most positions would like for you to have previous customer service experience, as well as knowledge of the product or service being sold, good grammar and speaking skills, and a professional presence on the phone.
Most agencies will pay around $15 an hour, which can provide many of those looking to work from home with decent pay on a full-time or part-time schedule. If you are looking to be a live chat agent, the pay may be a little less, but it will depend upon the agency you work with and your expertise.
9. Online Teaching and Tutoring
Education is something that will always experience a steady demand, no matter whether you are looking to work with students in K-12 or those attending university. Those who have a passion and talent for teaching others can translate these skills into regular income.
Whether you choose to teach locally and have students come to your home for lessons or teach remotely and tap into the national demand for tutors, most private tutors can earn anywhere from $25 to $40 per hour, with those on the higher end of the spectrum having more experience, higher degrees, and knowledge of the educational curriculum their students are working on.
If you enjoy helping students figure out the subjects they are struggling with, making the choice to begin selling your tutoring services can grant you the ability to help them while making money in the process.
Dropshipping is one of the most popular business models right now and it may be an especially attractive option for those who are stuck at home and want to launch a small business with less risk.
What is dropshipping? Dropshipping is a business in which you, the owner, find manufacturers, retailers, or wholesalers who fulfill orders made on your website. This gives you the freedom to worry about your digital presence while companies you have partnered with deal with the physical storage and delivery of your goods.
Dropshipping has become so popular not only because of how easy it is to start but also because of how much potential there is to make money. Although there is a wide variety of income types based upon the success and efforts of the business owners, dropshippers can make anywhere from $1,000 to $50,000 a month. If you want to break away from the traditional 9 to 5 and invest your time into something potentially more lucrative, you may wish to consider your own dropshipping business.
11. Graphic Designer
The term “graphic designer” can often be quite daunting to those looking to start their own WFH journey. This is due to the popular misconception that graphic design is a complex job that requires you to be highly artistic and talented.
While it is true that those who have a unique style and are well-versed in programs like Adobe Creative Cloud and Photoshop can make a great living, many businesses are only looking for individuals who can use basic design platforms like Canva to put together graphics for their website and social media needs.
If you are great at following the style of today’s business graphics and have some experience working with design programs and websites, you can begin earning at least $25 an hour, making far more if you land the right clientele. That’s not a bad salary for being able to do your favorite work!
12. Social Media Manager
Many of the tasks listed above may be consolidated into a single position. For example, someone who can write well for the web and who can use certain design programs may make a great social media manager.
In today’s world, having an online presence is everything, and all businesses are looking to stake their claim in the most popular social media platforms. That said, managing a social media profile can be a time-consuming process, especially for larger brands. Therefore, they will look for those who have knowledge of social media to do it for them.
Do you have a decent social media following and knowledge about how social media works? You can make social media management your stay-at-home job and make around $22 to $35 an hour.
13. Marketing Specialist
Marketing is a vast industry, which serves to add to the difficulty that many experience in trying to find the right job for them. However, the truth is that every business needs marketing assistance, and, with the right track record and knowledge, you can certainly find clients and organizations who will be interested in leveraging your skillset to their advantage.
The type of marketing that you will want to focus on will depend upon your experience and interest. Some common focuses within marketing include:
- Search engine marketing, which focuses on the optimization of an organization’s website and the development of its authority to improve its ranking and visibility on search engines.
- Email marketing, which is designed to improve an organization’s reach with current and potential customers in order to grow their revenue.
- Growth marketing, a form of marketing that encompasses the entire efforts of an organization in order to improve both customer acquisition and retention.
- Content marketing, which will require the ability to create effective written content, visual media, and audio that helps attract and retain customers.
- Conversion rate optimization for improving the number of conversions made via marketing efforts.
- Product/brand marketing, both of which focus on serving to boost the image and message about either the products sold or the brand as a whole.
Even some of the other positions we have discovered so far in this guide fall into the categories above. Because this market refers to a host of potential positions rather than one specific type of role, there is no definitive salary that you can expect to make. But the good news is that, even on the jobs that pay the least, most people are making at least $2,500 a month offering their marketing expertise to clients and companies.
14. Web Designer
If you’ve ever tried to launch your own website, you know how difficult it can be to undertake such a large project. The good news for beginners is that there are platforms like WordPress that provide you with the templates and plugins needed to hit the ground running. The problem? The price of plugins and templates can be expensive, and very rarely will it provide you with the look and experience you had in your mind.
The average web designer can make around $26, and if you can position yourself as someone with expert knowledge of front-end development and a brilliant portfolio to show off to potential clients, you can make consistent income from the comfort of your own home.
Many WFH jobs are virtual, but there are a few that still involve physical aspects if you find yourself more equipped for these types of roles. One great stay-at-home job to put on your list is babysitting.
The demand for childcare is a steady one, especially in metropolitan areas where parents may find themselves overwhelmed by the demands of daily life and unable to stay with their child all day. Many of the requirements are easy to meet, such as having your own car, your own cell phone, and items like food and diapers that children will need. If you have CPR and first-aid training, that is a bonus that is sure to land your clients.
But how much do babysitters make? The average rate for most babysitters tends to be approximately $16 per hour. That in mind, this amount will fluctuate based on the types of services you provide, where you are located, and how much experience you have. Even if you are just starting to watch children, however, you will still make a comfortable amount doing so.
17. Insurance Sales Agent
An insurance sales agent is a bit different than a traditional customer service representative. While many of the qualifications and expectations remain the same, insurance representatives must be licensed in order to help people find the right insurance plan for them. This specific criterion makes it a lot easier to land this kind of job if you have the proper licensing and the experience needed to work from home as a call center agent. Additionally, you can expect to make at least $26 an hour just answering these types of phone calls!
Therapy is still very much an in-person job. However, some of the biggest problems that people face is that they are unable to find affordable care near them, which can prevent them from getting the mental health support that they need. Enter online therapy.
While online therapy does have its limitations, the fact that both patient and client are able to connect to each other from their own homes makes for a more desirable therapy experience for those who simply don’t have the resources in their city or in nearby cities. Therapists who specialize in marriage and family therapy often fare best in this type of role.
This is a position where your earnings will be dependent upon how much you charge, but the average hourly rate for those offering online therapy services is generally around $26 an hour.
19. Bookkeeper or Accountant
Many business owners lack the financial skills and time needed to ensure that their financial health is taken care of. Additionally, having an employee to handle this work may not necessarily be right for them. This leaves many outsourcing their finance needs to experts.
If you have financial skills and knowledge, becoming a bookkeeper or an accountant may be right for you. A bookkeeper is responsible for handling the day-to-day administrative work that goes into recording all transactions a business is experiencing. For this type of work, most bookkeepers receive an average of $18 or $19 per hour.
If, however, you have plenty of experience with finance and know how to analyze financial data and detect areas of improvement and future trends, you may wish to become an accountant instead. Accountants take the bookkeeping data that they have to give businesses more insight into their financial health and well-being. Accountants will generally make anywhere from $26 to $32 per hour.
The best part about a stay-at-home financial job? You can always pick up new skills and offer additional services like tax prep to supplement your income!
Artistic jobs can be difficult to get into but pay handsomely. Animation is one of those jobs. Whether you are skilled at stop-motion animation or are well-versed in programs that businesses and companies use to create marketing material, video games, TV shows, or movies (and you have a style that people are going to want to use), you can expect to earn $20 to $70 an hour creating animations for others.
21. Business Consultant
Becoming a business consultant is one of those careers that many experience difficulty going into initially. This may be due to the fact that many doubt whether or not they are a true authority in the industry. However, once you overcome this minor issue, you can begin making great money helping businesses improve their operations.
A consultant acts as an expert that serves to assess a business’s practices, identify problem areas, and provide them with the advice and direction needed in order for them to experience growth. Given the value provided in such a service, business consultants can start making $26 to $70 an hour offering their expertise and support to others.
22. Computer Repair Technician
There are plenty of budget-friendly laptops available online, but high-quality PCs and Macs can cost upwards of $1,000, making it much more affordable to repair your hardware rather than going out and buying a new device.
For those who have extensive knowledge about common hardware issues and the repairs that need to be made in order to fix them, launching your own WFH computer repair business can be a great way to bring in a steady income without having to leave your home.
The average earnings of a computer will vary greatly from person to person, but you should be able to make $15 to $27 an hour offering your repair services to those nearby. If you’re looking to expand your reach, consider offering remote computer support to your list of services to boost your income.
23. Sofware Developer
Knowing multiple programming languages makes you an invaluable asset to clients and companies with technical needs. One such way to utilize these skills to land a job from home is by becoming a software developer.
Software developers are responsible for designing, developing, testing, troubleshooting, and continuing to work on the code that is responsible for running various software programs. Of course, a software developer is just one example of a job that can utilize such coding skills.
Should you find that this position is well-suited for you, you’ll find that the average earnings for a software developer is six figures a year, which serves as great incentive to get started on finding the right company and clients now!
24. Voice Actor
As long as businesses continue to make animations or videos and studios continue to make television shows and movies, there is going to be a steady demand for voice actors. Whether you have a distinct voice perfect for entertainment or a traditional voice that would do excellent in ad campaigns and commercials, voice actors can earn an impressive $56 to $72 an hour from home with the right voice and recording equipment.
25. Life or Business Coach
Driving change in our lives can be a difficult process. Some people are able to effectively learn what they need to do and implement it on their own. Others, however, require the help of someone who can give them the tools they need as well as guide them through the process.
A life coach or a business coach offers services that help people get from point A to point B and help them realize their goals. Through the use of content, tools, and motivation, individuals then create the changes they wish to see in their lives, no matter what these may be. Life coaches and business coaches can bring in a substantial amount of money, with their hourly rates being anywhere from $100 to $400. Add that to the sales you may make from your coaching materials and you can be making six figures a year inspiring others!
26. Selling Homemade Products on Etsy or Your Own Website
Homemade goods are still in demand, no matter whether you make candles, bath bombs, or even resin decorations. One platform that many sell their products through is Etsy. That said, Etsy may not be the most user friendly as people find themselves paying fairly high rates to sell through them and don’t profit after the time spent making the goods. (Unless you create printables, which do well via this website). The best way to sell your own goods is via your own website, with the average e-commerce site that is just starting out making thousands or tens of thousands of dollars monthly. However, your overall profit will depend entirely upon what you are selling and how strong your marketing strategy is.
Rarely discussed, translating is an excellent job choice for those who are bilingual or who are able to speak multiple languages fluently or close to it. This type of career path also comes with many job choices, which can include being an interpreter, translating audio, or translating written content. Although there are certain languages that may not pay as well as others, those who have chosen to do at-home translating can expect to earn at least $25 or more for their skills.
28. Remote Salesperson
While sales is often thought to be considered a physical job (and there are certain perks to an in-person position), there are plenty of remote sales jobs available, which serves to help companies get in touch with more potential prospects in a more efficient manner.
All you have to do in such a position is contact prospects via phone, chat, or video call, be personable and friendly as you convince them to buy the product you are selling, and move onto the next prospect. If you find yourself in a supervisor position, you may be in charge of scheduling these calls and creating a prospect database.
Much like in-person sales jobs, remote sales representatives can earn more than $20 an hour (with potential commission earnings).
29. Pet Sitter
Watching children isn’t for everyone. The good news? You can still have a physical WFH job by deciding to watch dogs and puppies instead! Whether you work through a website like Rover or offer your services as an independent business in your area, most pet sitters have the potential to bring in $25 per 30-minute stay, with rates doubling for nightly stays and running up to hundreds for a weekly stay. This can be great money if you are looking for a full-time work-from-home gig that is both fun and simple.
To end our guide off with a bang, we have included a little-known stay-at-home job on this list. Although this sounds like a type of researcher, a scopist is actually an individual that edits legal documents produced by court reporters. While it will require you to have flawless editing skills and command of the English language, many scopists can earn around $16 to $26 for their editorial prowess!
There are plenty of people who can benefit from switching to a stay-at-home position and cutting out their commute and other time-consuming aspects of their current job. If this is you, go through the 30 best stay-at-home jobs in 2021 listed above to see exactly which options are best suited for you as you move forward in your WFH journey!