8 of the Best Online Jobs in 2020 and How to Get Them

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Remote work gives people the flexibility and safety of working from home without taking a pay cut. According to this recent poll, 20 percent of U.S. adults are working online. 

Today, we’re focusing on eight of the best online jobs for remote work. If you’re looking to take work online, this guide will help you figure out which position is right for you and what types of skills you need to get hired.

Data entry

What It Is:
Most large businesses need help entering information into their databases. It’s essential work and these jobs can be freelance, part-time, or full-time employment. 

How To Get It:
As one of the most common online tasks, data entry jobs are everywhere. Fast typing is a must and skill with excel, quickbooks, and other similar software is a big plus. Check out Upwork.com and Freelancer.com for quick freelancing opportunities, but regular job boards like Indeed will also have many opportunities for data entry.

Transcribing 

What It Is:
Transcribing means turning audio or video into text. Everything from international corporations to elementary schools need transcribing help—and they’re willing to pay for it. The key to making money with transcribing is being able to work fast.

How to get it:
To work as a transcriptionist, you’ll need fast typing skills and excellent spelling. Getting a transcribing certificate could be helpful. There are a range of transcribing services online, and they hire frequently. Check out scribie.com and transcribeme.com first. Keep in mind that it might be difficult to pay rent by transcribing. The job works best as part-time employment.

Writing/Editing

What It Is:
Writing and editing are some of the oldest online jobs. Blogging, copywriting and editing, and technical writing/editing are some of the most common forms of these jobs. 

How to get it:
This job requires critical thinking and an excellent vocabulary. Writers and editors must also be constant readers. Writing and editing jobs usually require a portfolio, so you’ll need some examples of past work to show the employer. Flexjobs.com has many options for writers and editors. Freelance.com is another option that can lead to these jobs.

Chat Agent

What It Is:
Customer service is a large industry. These days, more and more customer service is handled through online chat. Companies need people to run the chats, and many are willing to hire remote workers.

How to get it:
Chat Agents need fast typing skills and good manners, because you’ll be chatting with other people all day. Regular job sites like Indeed and Glassdoor have chat agent jobs available. There are also companies like thechatshop.com and sitestaffchat.com who specialize in these jobs.

Social Media Manager

What It Is:
Connecting with customers online is a driving concern for today’s businesses. To find those customers, businesses use social media. Social media managers run the social media accounts for businesses. 

How to get it:
These jobs require an eye for marketing. Social media managers must know what messages connect with specific groups of people. Knowing the ins and outs of all major social media platforms is a must. Some businesses hire the position full-time, but social media managers commonly work with a few clients at a time. Check out linkedin.com and social media site job boards for these kinds of jobs.

Online English Teacher

What It Is:
Education organizations in other countries need help teaching English. Bi-lingual people or people with teaching certificates can earn a good living, but some jobs are open to regular English speakers.

How to get it:
Online English teachers need excellent grammar and punctuation skills, as well as the ability to work well with children. Prior teaching experience is a big plus. Companies hiring online English teachers, such as Education First, usually want teachers with bachelor’s degrees, but a teaching certificate can help. Teachaway.com is another option. These programs are generally geared toward Chinese students.

Tutoring

What It Is:
Students everywhere need help. Online tutoring is needed in many subjects, including English, math, and science. Online tutoring jobs are available for American students and students in other countries.

How to get it:
This job requires you to work well with children. Online tutors need to understand the subject(s) they will be tasked with helping students learn. The grade level you tutor will determine how much of the subject you’ll need to know. Most tutors need at least a high school diploma. Finding an online tutoring job could be as easy as calling your local elementary or high school. But Chegg is another online option that regularly hires new tutors.

Call Center Representative 

What It Is:
Call centers have long been a part of the business world. The job requires answering the phone to take care of customer questions. Now, many call centers are operated remotely through websites. Call center representative jobs are commonly full-time or part-time. 

How to get it:
Call center reps need fast typing skills and a nice phone voice, because you’ll spend your days talking to customers over the phone. There are always openings for call center jobs on major job sites like Indeed and Glassdoor. Now many of those jobs are moving to remote work. Upwork.com may also have some web-based call center jobs.

Ready, Set, Go!

Finding a job online means filling out many, many online applications. It can be frustrating. But don’t give up! 

Online work is a numbers game. The more applications you fill out, the better chance you have. People who present themselves professionally will get more responses. 

Build your resume around the job you want. If you want a teaching job, list your teaching experience. If you want a writing job, gather examples of your past work to show off. 

If you can fill out a few applications every day, then you should get a call back soon—good luck!

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