If you have read my about page before, you would probably know how I quit my job to pursue a digital nomad profession at the young age of 21. I’ve done such a bold decision because I wanted to earn money online through websites for work from home jobs. After all, I liked the idea of working wherever and whenever I want — while also doing ‘work’ that I actually love and enjoy.
I’m not gonna lie though: at first, it sounded too good to be true and I was scared. I was very scared.
But I worked smart and I worked hard, so I slowly got the hang of things and gained more financial independence than I ever thought I could. In fact, I believe I was earning more than my peers! I became happier, I had a lot more free time, I was traveling the world, and above all: I loved what I was doing. That’s why at that point, I came to realize that it can be fairly easy to lead a life like that — provided, of course, that you take an ‘informed’ leap of faith that’s followed up with constant perseverance.
That being said, I want to share my top tips on how you can improve your income stream with just an internet connection through these websites for work from home jobs that will help you make money online: no matter if you want to quit your job like I did in order to start setting up your own business and be your own boss, or you simply want to make more money on the side.
~ Top photo from Shutterstock
Note: I have tried almost all of these websites before and I definitely trust them. Don’t worry, I am NOT going to give you PTC (paid-to-click) websites. That takes up too much time yet pays so little! Instead, the websites I’m listing below pay bigger even if they often require some skills, but I’m pretty sure at least a handful of them will be a good fit for you!
If you want to know how to achieve a similar travel or digital nomad lifestyle like I do, you can also check out the following posts…
Table of Contents
- 1 Freelancing Platforms
- 2 Affiliate Marketing & Advertisements
- 3 Online Retail
- 4 Arts & Crafts
- 5 Photography & Videography
- 6 Others
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Odd / Simple Jobs, Sidelines, Microjobs, Data Entry, Virtual Assistant, SEO, Graphic/Web Design, Article Writing, etc.
Anything Under the Sun: Fiverr
Where you can sell absolutely ANYTHING — may it be a product and/or service. I swear, some people there provide the weirdest work from home services, and they were paid six-figures a month! Yes, I’m talking about you, weird man who sings a happy birthday song while spreading chocolate syrup on his belly…
Okay, I’m not saying that you should do that, but that should give you an idea of how this is one of the best websites for work from home jobs because you can just do anything and still get paid for it. Just browse around and you can already get an idea of what service you can offer. Of course, it’s better if you can offer a more skilled service so you can charge bigger. Every service starts from $5 (Php 200+) — but you’re free to price higher and make packages, set extras, and so on.
» Available Payment Methods: PayPal (and PayPal lets you withdraw to your debit/credit card or bank account), Bank Transfer, Fiverr Revenue Card
International: Guru, UpWork, Freelancer, WWR
These websites for work from home jobs often require skills like programming, web development, graphic design, SEO, and others — so naturally, you’ll have an instant edge if you’re knowledgeable about these things and have the credentials or work history to prove it. BUT! Don’t worry if you don’t know those stuff, because you can still join and try to be a translator, virtual assistant, researcher, data entry person, or basically any other job that doesn’t require many skills. (TIP: You can try providing your service a little cheaper than the rest to attract employers, and once you get more recognition, you can slowly put your rates higher).
But of course, if you want to earn bigger, try to gain more skills to position yourself as an expert. Rest assured, even if you’re a beginner, websites like Udemy will already help you learn the necessary knowledge for FREE or for a small fee. It will definitely be a worthy investment not only for your future online work but for yourself too!
Now how does it all work on the above websites for work from home jobs? Basically, employers will post jobs or projects and they can either invite you to apply for it, or you can submit your own application to them. It’s a bit hard at first to become established, but after a while, you should be able to do fine and make a reputation for yourself. My favorite from these websites is oDesk/UpWork especially because it’s friendly for freelancer beginners. They even have a nifty program that helps track your working hours so there wouldn’t be any room for questioning from your employer.
» Available Payment Methods: PayPal, Bank or Wire Transfers – [Guru additionally offers Prepaid Mastercard and direct deposit withdrawals]
NOTE: For writing stints, it also helps to look into more specialized websites like https://Jobs.Problogger.net and www.TextBroker.com
Other websites as well that are NEW wherein you can sell your graphic design work or technical specialty (for programming, HTML, etc.) are: www.Remoteok.io and www.Remotejobs.it
To learn more online skills, read my article about how to become a digital nomad.
Philippines-Based: JobStreet, OnlineJobs.ph
• JobStreet – One of Asia’s leading employment marketplace that helps match online job opportunities to job seekers. Simply upload your resume to create your profile or search for jobs by category — it’s as easy as that!
» Available Payment Methods: Bank Deposits
• OnlineJobs.PH – Functions much like oDesk/UpWork where you put up your profile as you work from home and apply for jobs; or wait for employers to contact you.
» Available Payment Methods: PayPal, Payments.Ph, Xoom, eMoneyGram, Western Union, or Skrill
Affiliate Marketing & Advertisements
If you’re a blogger, YouTuber, or website-owner, these work great!
Partnering with affiliate networks is one of the top reasons why I am able to earn a 6-figure income from this blog — and passively at that! Surely, there are a lot of affiliate networks out there but these top 3 are my favorites because they house a LOT of amazing brands and sites.
What are affiliate networks? They’re basically the middlemen between companies and affiliates (or people who are promoting the services or products of the companies, like us bloggers). Through just one single portal, affiliate networks give affiliates/publishers access to numerous affiliate programs of companies all over the world.
What’s the benefit of being an affiliate? Well, if a person clicks a link and purchases from one of those companies an affiliate has partnered with, they will gain a commission or a percentage of the sale (at no cost to that customer).
You can also join individual affiliate sites like Agoda or Booking.com — however, the beauty of joining affiliate networks is that you don’t need to log-in to all these multiple sites, monitoring your sales and whatnot because you can all just manage it in one place! Moreover, if you manage everything in just one network, it will definitely help you reach your monthly minimum payout faster.
» Available Payment Methods: Bank Direct Deposit, Wire Transfers, Paypal
General Products: Amazon Associates
Help advertise Amazon products and for every purchase made from your special affiliate link, you will earn up to 10% of it. Now we all know how Amazon practically sells almost EVERYTHING; so let’s say in your blog, you’re reviewing a book… simply search for a product link of it on Amazon, apply your special affiliate code, post this special link in your post (or you could even put a banner for it), and that’s it! You don’t need to do anything else, and for years to come, you can earn from that link if a visitor purchases the book through it. Do you see now why being an affiliate rocks especially if you own a blog that ranks high on Google search? If you ask me, this is one of the best ways to earn online because you don’t need to work so hard for it.
NOTE: eBay has a similar partner program, so make sure to check that out too!
» Available Payment Methods: Amazon Gift Certificate/Card, Bank Direct Deposit (US-Based Associates Only), Cheque
Advertisements: Google AdSense, AdThrive, or Mediavine
AdSense is basically a program with Google that lets you earn by allowing them to show targeted ads on your blog, website and YouTube videos (through their YouTube partnership program).
I have been an AdSense member before, but for some reason, my account was deactivated because they detected invalid activity or clicks, which was weird and there was no way to appeal (but my YouTube partnership is still active). Either way, you can earn a LOT through AdSense, but just be careful because Google bans with no explanation at all.
If you want an alternative to Google AdSense then AdThrive or Mediavine are the next best choices for you! One advantage to these sites is that if Google pays you per click, these two rather pay you per view! They just have requirements for views (AdThrive requires 100,000 views/month, and Mediavine 50,000 views/month), but once you reach the threshold, the opportunity to earn big is at your hands.
» Available Payment Methods: EFT, Cheque, Western Union, Rapida, Wire Transfer
Create a Blog with WordPress: Sell ad space, Partner with Brands or Do Paid Reviews!
What better way to earn online and work from home than to create your own website and monetize it? Besides, with the help of WordPress, creating a blog is easy! And if you read my guide below, it becomes even easier.
RELATED READ: How to Start a Blog
With a blog site, you can create the following…
Paid Online Promotions – You will be able to use affiliate links, sell advertisement space, join paid marketing projects with brands, and so much more! There are just far too many ways to earn money as a blogger. If you want to learn more about this, check out my blogging tips — or for a more comprehensive guide, sign up for my Blogging Master Class!
Brand Partnershipss – If you have a niche blog that focuses on travel, makeup, fashion, makeup, etc. look for brands that are willing to take you in for projects — maybe even as a paid influencer or ambassador. If you’re a travel blogger, aside from Agoda that I’ve already mentioned above, you could also try to contact PR agencies and brands that might be interested in working with you. All you need to do is do your own research and then provide your blog’s media kit to to show them the value of partnering with you.
Paid Reviews – As the phrase goes, you allow yourself to review a product/business but with payment. However, I highly suggest that you don’t go accepting brands that have nothing to do with your blog or identity. Only accept those that you are interested in and are willing to support in your blog so that you can establish yourself as a trusted authority.
Other websites to set up shop with (aside from Facebook)
We all know what Amazon and eBay are. With their vast reach, it could definitely give your shop or products an added boost of exposure! If you don’t have ideas for what products to sell though, simply browse through the website and you’re bound to find something worth selling. These kind of websites for work from home jobs, however, requires some sort of knowledge beforehand because you need certain market know-how and tricks.
This is actually where my first online business was built (my first Amazon shop was called Adalid Gear and as of 2020, I’ve sold it and proceeded to build a different brand called Ulayaw) and I can tell you, you could earn SO much from here as long as you know what you’re doing.
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» Available Payment Methods: [Amazon] Bank Account Transfer | [eBay] PayPal, Credit Card, Escrow, Cheque, Collection in Person
Your Own Website: Shopify
If you want to set up your very own online shop without the help of a web designer/developer, Shopify is the best solution for you. After all, it even gives you all the tools and easy-to-use guides to set every eCommerce tools you’ll need for your own store — payment, inventory-handling, prices, tax, shipping, and more.
So what are you waiting for? Come and bring your business online with Shopify!
» Available Payment Methods: Depends on you, you can set up your shop’s payment options for customers (Credit Cards, Cash on Demand, etc. Rest assured, Shopify has many diff. payment processing services to offer you).
Arts & Crafts
Ideal websites to sell your art pieces!
Graphic Designs: 99Designs, Envato, Crowd Spring, Crowd Site, Design Crowd, Design Contest
If you are good at graphic design like me (see my portfolio), these are the perfect platforms for you. I absolutely enjoyed joining these websites because the employers put their job listings as some sort of contest, so naturally, you go against everyone and aim to be the best. Sure, it involves a bit of pressure sometimes, but the pay is HUGE. I also loved it because it did not only expose me to other designers’ skills and ideas, but it also made me try to continually improve my style.
Other than contests, employers can also hire you by just searching for your profile or portfolio.
» Available Payment Methods: [99Designs] PayPal, Payoneer, Skrill or Moneybookers & Western Union | [CrowdSpring] PayPal & Bank Wire Transfer | [CrowdSite] PayPal, Credit Card, Bank Transfer & V-Pay | [DesignCrowd] PayPal & Skrill | [DesignContest] PayPal, Skrill & Moneygram
**IMPORTANT NOTE: You can also check out the website www.CreativeMarket.com for selling all your forms of digital art since they are one of the biggest platforms!
Art to Merchandise: Cafe Press, Red Bubble, Society6, Zazzle
These websites for work from home jobs are perfect for artists who want to expand their business even more! Simply turn your art into physical products and then leave all the shipping worries, printing, and shop management to these platforms. The range is not even limited because you can print your art on a poster, a mug, a t-shirt — and so much more!
» Available Payment Methods: [CafePress] Paypal, Cheque | [RedBubble] Bank Transfer, PayPal, Cheque | [Society6] PayPal | [Zazzle] Cheque, PayPal
Subscription Service: Patreon
Want to acquire a surefire way to earn a monthly income as an artist? Join Patreon and bring over your fans and customers to this subscription service website! Basically, by providing certain tier rewards and perks, your subscribers will pay a set fee (that you can customize).
» Available Payment Methods: PayPal or Direct Deposits
If you have an interest in making handmade crafts, vintage items or supplies: Etsy is the best marketplace or websites for work from home jobs as an artist!
» Available Payment Methods: It’s up to you what payment method you’ll choose for your shop; currently, Etsy offers: PayPal, Credit or Debit Card, Cheque, Money Order, etc.
Photography & Videography
Sell your work online
Platforms: Blackbox, Fotolia, Dreamstime, iStock, Shutterstock
Do you have images and footages from your last travel tip that are left on your hard drive, never to be seen again? If so, why not turn them into a moneymaker?
After all, with the number of stock websites for work from home jobs, you can surely put all your photo and video files to good use. Be mindful though because some websites have strict quality requirements; so don’t think that a half-assed work would make the cut. Nevertheless, you could definitely control the licenses of each of your photos; just make sure that you read through all of the website’s policies and requirements so you know what you’re getting into.
The good news though is that sites like Blackbox can even accept clips that are made with your phone! After all, most phones now have high quality specs to record footage..
» Available Payment Methods: [Blackbox] Bank Transfer, Paypal | [Fotolia] PayPal, Skrill | [Dreamstime] PayPal, Payoneer, Skrill | [iStock] Cheque, PayPal, Skrill, iStock Payoneer Card | [Shutterstock] PayPal, Skrill, Cheque
From transcriptions to tutoring, etc.
This website was one of my favorite websites for work from home jobs back in college because it was fast and easy to earn. Basically, Quicktate is a website where you will transcribe or type out the words that you hear from audio files, and then you’ll get paid in return. To be a part of their website, you need to apply first but it’s fairly easy.
Overall, I trust this website because they pay on time every week. The money is not much, but if you’re into this kind of thing and just want some extra cash in your idle time, then go ahead! Alternatively, if you want higher paid transcription jobs, just look into Fiverr or UpWork.
» Available Payment Methods: PayPal
Let’s say you’re a person that is an expert in a certain field of expertise with notable achievements to date — e.g. as a book author, a top consultant, an awarded psychologist, a social media expert etc. — then SkillShare or Udemy are great websites for work from home jobs that will enable you to earn a passive income simply by sharing the knowledge that you have.
With them, you are free to make your own courses. In SkillShare as well, once you reach 100 students, you will be eligible for their Partner Program which enables you to earn a portion of the 30% revenue made by Skill Share for their paid memberships. It is said that on average, a new teacher can make up to $3,500 and that’s impressive!
» Available Payment Methods: PayPal, Wire Transfer
For InstaEDU, they require all of their tutors to at least be 18 and have previous tutoring or teaching experience. Tutors should also have graduated from university in a 4-year course. (You can earn $20 per hour which is prorated per minute. Plus, international tutors & teachers are allowed to apply).
As for Tutor.com, unfortunately, you have to be based in the U.S. or Canada. If you are, head to this page to see their other requirements. Rates usually start at $10 per hour, and goes up as you develop your tutor level.
» Available Payment Methods: [InstaEDU] PayPal, Cheque | [Tutor.com] PayPal
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I hope these websites for work from home jobs can make your remote work dreams possible! As you can see, there are a LOT of opportunities on the internet so I encourage you to take advantage of them.
RELATED READ: Best Travel Jobs that Make Money
TIP: Don’t register on one website alone. A common financial concept is to diversify your ‘portfolio’ and this idea is applicable when finding work online. I suggest that you sign up to as many websites as you can and wait for the opportunities to come rolling in (provided that it’s in the same field; don’t waste your time on an area that you know you can’t offer anything in).
Besides, at first, you won’t be getting too many ‘orders’ so it’s best to expand your market reach so that you can slowly gain a brand for yourself over time. And then once work from home starts piling, you’ll eventually identify which website/s you are getting the most customers from so that you can focus on those more. Good luck!