When I began looking for work-at-home jobs, I had no clue what I wanted to do, I just knew that I needed something part-time and flexible. My plan was to work in the afternoons when my daughter was napping, which gave me two-three hours of uninterrupted work time. Luckily, through my networking efforts, I was able to land a freelance marketing gig that allowed me to work a few hours each day while my daughter snoozed in the afternoons.
The online application process for these jobs—or perhaps “gigs” is the better word, since they're all for independent contractors—is pretty simple and straightforward with very little required of candidates. Some of these opportunities—like the micro-jobs—you could very well apply and start the same day. And these jobs require very little commitment and can typically be done on your own schedule.
Closed captioners add captions or subtitles to live and pre-recorded audio. They transcribe the words as spoken. To become a closed captioner you must be able to type fast and accurately. (Many captioners clock in at 200 wpm!) Those with stenography experience (such as court reporters and those who work in medical dictation) may want to explore this work-at-home role.

Note:  Nearly all of these programs require an upfront investment for purchasing your initial inventory. They’re not our first choice when it comes to work from home jobs for this reason alone. We don’t like seeing users getting stuck with thousands of dollars in inventory only to realize they’re trying to offload their LuLaRoe into already saturated markets.
Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Developer-Artist – Gannett: “The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a VR/AR Developer-Artist to join our newsroom for a long-term special project focused on bioscience and technology. The work will involve collaborating with a reporter and our newsroom-wide team – in a Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom full of reporters, photographers, producers and editors devoted to great work that serves the greater good. Requirements: Bachelor’s in 3D game design, technical discipline or an equivalent combination of education and experience; minimum of 3 years’ professional 3D/UX design experience; strong understanding of 3D asset creation and animation, textures, UI design and UX development.”
What Employees Say: “VIPKID pays between $14-22 an hour, plus more in incentives some months. Most kids are fun and well behaved. You create your own schedule and work as little or much as you want. The materials are already provided, you just have to review them beforehand and plan out how you want to teach the materials and which props you want to use.” —Current ESL Teacher
“Join my team” pitches – There are plenty of real ways to be your own boss and work for yourself. Unfortunately, these opportunities are often drowned out by the “join my team” pitches common at multi-level marketing jobs (MLMs). While not necessarily a scam in all cases, many of these companies require you to buy product, which means you’ll end up spending far more money than you’ll ever earn. If there is more money to be made by recruiting others to join your team than there is than by actually selling the product, it’s probably an MLM and best to just stay away.
Coding Quality Specialist, Hospital Coding – Franciscan Health: “Certification and Experience: RHIT/RHIA with 5 years of external experience minimum required. Chart reviews are an important step in ensuring we meet quality standards in patient care. Those chart reviews must be done with the ultimate accuracy and attention to detail. Basically we need a coding quality specialist who loves doing things the right way and following through to make sure that happens. AHIMA coding credential; AHIMA certified ICD10 trainer; 3-5 years auditing experience.”
Transcription Outsourcing, LLC – Freelance and full-time employment positions available. Transcribe conference calls between two and three people discussing various topics from pharmaceuticals, financial planning, to farming in East Asia. This is a full-time remote General Transcription position Monday through Friday. You must be able to perform a broad range of general transcription types. Must have a strong transcription background, a willingness to learn, and a good work ethic. We are a full-service transcription company based in Denver, CO that has legal, law enforcement, medical, financial, and general transcription clients all over the US. We also have legal, law enforcement, and other general transcription openings. Must have experience as we do not train or teach transcription at this time.
Tasks run the gamut. Depending on your skills and the tasks you choose, you might be doing data entry, handling reservations for a restaurant, finding a dog walker, adding appointments to a Google calendar, arranging for a housekeeper to clean an apartment, or cancelling a customer’s cable TV. “Tasks are worth anywhere from $3.00 to $7 per task and go up from there,” the company says.
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Coding Quality Specialist, Hospital Coding – Franciscan Health: “Certification and Experience: RHIT/RHIA with 5 years of external experience minimum required. Chart reviews are an important step in ensuring we meet quality standards in patient care. Those chart reviews must be done with the ultimate accuracy and attention to detail. Basically we need a coding quality specialist who loves doing things the right way and following through to make sure that happens. AHIMA coding credential; AHIMA certified ICD10 trainer; 3-5 years auditing experience.”

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