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10 Surprising (and Legit) Work-from-Home Jobs

Oct. 17, 2013
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If you’re looking for a solid part-time or work-from-home job, be careful: not all the seemingly amazing offers are legit. The pitfalls range from straight-up scams (I’ll need your Social Security number, thanks, don’t call me, I’ll call you) to multilevel marketing like Mary Kay and Herbalife.

1. Registered Nurse

Increasingly, nurses can find work-from-home jobs performing telephone triage and helping patients address their healthcare concerns. If you’ve struggled with a long commute in the wee hours, consider taking a remote nursing position to have more time with your family.

2. Call Center Rep

While you probably think of a depressed college grad in a cube farm, call center reps are increasingly at-home employees. Many positions only require a high-school diploma and minimal related experience. Do you enjoy interacting with people and helping to resolve their problems? This might be an easy way to do it.

3. Remote Chef

Some companies hire remote chefs to feed their staff. Such chefs prepare meals in their homes and deliver them in time for employees to feast on a good dish. You can also consider utilizing companies like  ZeroCater to expand your customer base.

4. Teacher

Distance learning isn’t just for college students these days. K-12 students increasingly learn via the Web, as well. Keep in mind that, while you can work from anywhere, you’ll still need the relevant education and licenses.

5. Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants help executives with a range of tasks, from copy editing to scheduling to preparing a visually appealing PowerPoint presentation. Websites like Zirtual and can help you find an executive in need of flexible help. Alternatively, you can skip the fees and take a look at Craigslist.

6. Legal Transcriptionist

You don’t need a law degree from Yale to be a legal transcriptionist, nor do you need to ride three trains to a busy downtown office. With good English skills, you can transcribe audio files at home for around $20 an hour.

7. ESL Tutor

As an English as a second language (ESL) tutor, you’ll help international businesspeople, students and travelers learn English to improve their language skills. Whether your client is in Beijing or is the foreign-exchange student who lives next door, you can work from your front porch on a laptop if you’d like.

8. Travel Agent

To become a home-based travel agent, you can either find a traditional job online or become a franchise owner. Expect to earn a regular salary with it, but some report earning six figures. Either way, learning about exciting destinations and helping people enjoy them is a fulfilling way to earn a living from home.

9. Mock Juror

Using sites like, lawyers evaluate their cases before heading to trial. They need people like you to serve as mock jurors and, for your opinion and time, you get paid a fee of up to $60 per case. Unlike the other jobs listed, this one doesn’t necessarily require special training or credentials, so it’s a great way to earn money fast.

10. Graphic Designer

This one is surprising in a sense you can get paid a good salary to have fun all day without taking off your slippers. Basically, if you create clever designs and have solid computer skills, you can earn $40,000+ in your first year.