Work from home jobs are out there, but you may find many of them involve using a phone. This may not work for you because of the “no background noise” rule online jobs you can do from home tend to come with.
Guaranteeing no background noise when you have kids or pets at home may be impossible. But, you have lots of options for working from home anyway!
Below is a list of almost every non-phone work from home job I’ve reviewed here, with two links for each listing. One link will take you to the review of that company, and the other will take you to the page you need to sign up.
And if you want to see more work at home companies hiring in addition to these, be sure to subscribe to our twice-weekly work at home update emails. There’s a big list every week.
Work From Home Jobs – Non-Phone
Work from home transferring data from one source to another. Most of the companies listed below are entry-level. But, with few exceptions the pay may not be enough for a stable income.
Before you apply to any of the listings below, you might want to read the post I wrote about data entry jobs from home. It explains what your expectations should be with data entry.
If you are a fast and accurate typist who doesn’t mind repetition, you might excel at data entry.
- Amazon MTurk – Read Amazon Mechanical Turk Review – Open to US and many other countries. This is more short task work than an actual work from home job, and is just extra money. Once you are signed in, you can search for “data entry” to see the data entry short tasks that might be posted. Cash out when you want to your bank, or request an Amazon gift code.
- Clickworker – Read Clickworker Review – Open worldwide. Very similar to MTurk (above). Has data entry short tasks available on occasion. They pay weekly or monthly. For most people, this is just extra cash.
- Dion Data – Read Dion Data Review – US only. Pay is per piece. The rate is not listed.
- The Smart Crowd – Read The Smart Crowd Review – Open worldwide. Pay is per task, with payments made once a month.
- Sigtrack – US. Sometimes hiring independent contractors to help with voter registrations. As with most of these jobs, probably just extra cash. You will do better here if you have dual monitors to work from. Pay is weekly on Fridays via Paypal.
- TTEC – US. This company is best known for phone work from home, but they sometimes have data entry jobs available. When open, it’s typically part-time and entry-level, paying around $10 an hour.
- Axion Data – US only. Hires data entry operators to work from home (rarely). You work as an independent contractor. You must have 2-3 years’ data entry experience with a keystroke rate of 15,000 keystrokes per hour error free. Note this company is legit, BUT they do charge a fee (between $5 and $10) to keep your name listed in their database for hiring. They say they do this to discourage people without data entry experience from applying. I don’t at all agree with this practice.
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Transcription Work From Home Jobs
With transcription work from home jobs, you listen to audio and type what you hear. Good transcriptionists don’t mind repetition, they excel at spelling and grammar, and they are detail-oriented.
If you’re looking for entry-level transcription, you’ll need to stick with general transcription. Most of the listings below are general transcription.
Transcriptionists often use special equipment to do the job. This includes foot pedals, headsets, and software. Not all companies require equipment, but some do. You will generally be told during the application process if you need the equipment.
Please keep in mind that these are all independent contractor positions, and you may find it difficult to make ends meet if you only do work for one company. This is because none of them guarantee work will be available, so you need to be sure you have other options available to you for finding work when it dries up.
The jobs below can be part-time or full-time just depending on how much work each company has to keep you busy. Most of them allow you to work whenever you want.
Most of these companies will require you to test (unpaid transcriptions) prior to accepting you to work for them.
- 3PlayMedia – Read 3Play Media Review – US only. Project-based transcript editing work equivalent to $10 to $30 hourly. Get paid monthly with direct deposit or mailed check. They hire both English and Spanish language transcript editors.
- AccuTran Global – Read AccuTran Review – US and Canada only. Prefers experience. Pay is per word ranging from $0.005/word to $0.0066. Get paid once a month via check or wire transfer.
- Daily Transcription – Read Daily Transcription Review – US or Canada. This is another company willing to accept novice transcribers. You work for them on an “as needed” basis. Pay is made weekly via mailed check.
- eScribers – Read eScribers Review – US (except for MA and CA). This company specializes in legal transcription. No experience or degrees are needed. eScribers will assign jobs to you so you are not competing with others for jobs. Pay is per page. They do offer a free training program to help you learn what you’re doing.
- Focus Forward – Read Focus Forward Review – US only, experience needed. Pay is $10 per 15 minutes of sound transcribed, or higher if you are transcribing foreign languages. Get paid bi-monthly with check or direct deposit. If you’ve worked for them a while and are doing a good job, you can also take on transcript editing assignments.
- GMR Transcription – US only, no experience needed. Pay is around $0.75 to $1.00 per audio minute, and they do make you transcribe two hours of audio prior to hiring you (unpaid).
- Net Transcripts – Read Net Transcripts Review – US only, experience preferred. Pay info not listed, but you do get paid every two weeks. You must pay for a background check due to the sensitive nature of some of the files.
- Quicktate – Read Quicktate Review – US and possibly other countries. No experience needed. Pays between 0.0025 per word and 0.0050 per word. Get paid weekly with Paypal. You must pay $20 for a background check due to the sensitive nature of some of the files.
- Scribie – Read Scribie Review – Open worldwide, no experience needed. Pay is $5 to $25 per audio hour. Monthly bonus of $5 for every three hours of transcription completed is given. You can withdraw your earnings to Paypal at any time once your work has been reviewed.
- SpeakWrite – Read SpeakWrite Review – Open to US and Canada. Hires legal and general transcribers. Legal transcription requires at least 24 months of increasingly responsible legal work in a law firm, within five years of the date of application. General transcription requires at least 24 months of intensive word processing or transcription experience, within five years of the date of application. Pay is 1/2 cent per word transcribed, plus bonus pay. Get paid twice monthly via check.
- Tigerfish – Read Tigerfish Review – Open to US. Experience isn’t needed. Pay is per line transcribed.
- Transcribe.com – Read Transcribe.com Review – US only. Experience may not be needed if you can pass their assessment, but it is implied they prefer it. Pay varies. Get paid daily via Paypal.
- TranscribeMe – Read TranscribeMe Review – Open worldwide. No experience needed. Pay is weekly via Paypal with a minimum of $20.
- Transcription For Everyone – US. Often hiring transcriptions, experience may be preferred. You can level up to editor after transcription experience. There is a 30-day turnaround on your pay, so pay works out to once a month for your earnings from the previous month.
- Ubiqus – Read Ubiqus Review – US only. Experience preferred, but not required for general transcription. Their legal and medical transcription work does require 1-5 years of past experience. Pay rate not listed, but it is per word. Get paid every two weeks.
- Verbal Ink – Read Verbal Ink Review – US. Pay is per audio hour, experience is required. Pay rate not listed, but rumored to be higher than other transcription companies.
- Way With Words – Read Way With Words Review – Open to US and several other countries. Earn between $0.45 – $1.73 per audio minute based on project turnaround time. Pay is monthly via Paypal. No experience required. Training is paid.
Afraid you’ll dive into transcription, not knowing what you’re doing? I recommend the Jump-Start Your General Transcription Career eBook. It’s available on Amazon. This e-book provides a basic walkthrough of what general transcription involves. It’s very helpful!
If you prefer courses to e-books, Janet Shaughnessy of Transcribe Anywhere has a good one. The intro course is 7 lessons and completely free. It helps you understand if transcription is right for you, earning potential, and how to start.
Is medical transcription what you’re interested in? If so, I recommend CareerStep for training.
Freelance Writing Jobs From Home
Freelance writing is a very flexible non-phone option. It’s also easy to start with no experience, and it has potential to pay well.
Most of what I’ve listed below are lower-paying content sites. But if you take the time to start your own business and find private clients, you could make much more.
If you need immediate income, the content sites below have more potential to provide that. They are also useful for gaining writing experience.
- Buy Keyword Articles – Read Buy Keyword Articles Review – Open to US, except for California. Rate of pay varies, but they state most of their writers earn between $10 and $18 hourly. Pay is every two weeks via Paypal. Must be able to write at least 1000 words per week.
- Crowd Content – Read Crowd Content Review – Open to US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Pay ranges from 1.2 cents to 7.6 cents per word. Pay is every Tuesday and Friday.
- The HOTH – Read The HOTH Review – Open to US, except for California. Previous experience may be necessary depending on the position. Pay varies depending on skill level, but according to Glassdoor, most make around $15 – $17/ hour. Pay is every Monday via PayPal.
- The Content Panel – Open worldwide. If you’re a native English speaker over the age of 18 with great grammar and writing skills, you may be able to get accepted to write for The Content Panel. Payments are made every Monday via Paypal. There is no minimum amount required to get paid. Pay will vary depending on the job.
- Online Writing Jobs – Read Online Writing Jobs Review – US only. Pays between $15 and $50 per article. Payments made weekly via check or Paypal.
- Scripted – Read Scripted Review – Open to writers in 24 countries (including the US). Scripted writers earn an average of ten cents per word, and there is an opportunity to control your own rates. Payments are made 15 days after writing jobs are accepted via Stripe.
- Textbroker – Read Textbroker Review – Open to US and some other countries. Pay depends on your star rating when you apply. Pay ranges between a seventh of a cent per word and five cents per word at the highest level. Pay is weekly via Paypal provided you have at least $10 in your account.
- Words of Worth – Read Words of Worth Review – Open to US, Canada, and possibly other countries. Pay rates are not listed on the website, but it will vary depending on the assignment. Get paid once a month via bank transfer.
- Writer Access – Read Writer Access Review – US only. Pay rates range between 1.4 cents to 7 cents a word. Get paid weekly if you opt for direct deposit payments, or bi-monthly if you opt for Paypal payments.
- Verblio – Read Verblio Review – US only. Pay ranges from $8 to $72 per post. You claim jobs that are posted, but other writers can claim the same jobs. The client will ultimately purchase which piece they like best, so you only get paid if your work is chosen. Pay is weekly with PayPal.
Editing & Proofreading Jobs You Can Do From Home
Editing and proofreading are flexible, non-phone jobs that are often home-based.
Editors work on the structure of documents. Proofreaders spot and correct errors in text.
Keep in mind most editing and proofreading companies prefer candidates with college degrees. Additionally, many companies won’t hire you unless you have past experience.
- Cactus – Read Cactus Review – They offer highly specialized freelance editing work regularly.
- Enago – They are usually hiring remote editors. However, this is not entry-level. You will need experience and college education to qualify.
- Gramlee – Has occasional openings for remote proofreaders/editors.
- Kibin – They do not always have openings for work at home proofreaders, but you can fill out their form to get notified when they do.
- Scribendi – Read Scribendi Review – Open to US and other countries. Rate of pay not listed, but will depend on word count and turnaround time. Pay is via Paypal.
- Scribbr – Read Scribbr Review – Worldwide. Must be a native English speaker with a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Experience editing academic texts is also required (it sounds like editing your own assignments in college would probably suffice). Pay is a flat per word rate, but rates vary based on assignment. According to their website, many earn $23 – $25 per hour.
Another idea is to work for yourself as a proofreader. You could earn more money by setting your own rates and seeking out those high-paying clients.
If a home-based proofreading business is of interest to you, this free webinar might help. It explains who’s cut out for it, what you could earn, and more helpful details.
Running Errands – Making Deliveries
Running errands and making deliveries are great for quick cash outside the home. It’s also very flexible work! Do as much as you can when you can.
Most of these companies advertise earnings upwards of $18 hourly, but you may earn less. Those inflated totals fail to factor in gas, car wear and tear, or work availability.
If these opportunities are of interest, I’d recommend doing more than one to make it worth your while.
- Shipt – Read Shipt Review – Be a shopper for Shipt, delivering groceries on-demand for people who request the service. Shipt claims it’s possible to earn $22/hourly, but around $10 is more likely according to reports from many Shipt shoppers.
- Instacart – Read Instacart Review – Get paid weekly to shop for, and deliver, groceries to people who need them. They have two positions — one that requires a car and one that does not.
- DoorDash – Read DoorDash Review – Get paid to pick up food orders from various restaurants that use the DoorDash service and deliver it to the people who ordered.
- Postmates – Read Postmates Review – Become a “Fleet delivery driver” for Postmates and get paid for deliveries of all kinds of items. You take home 100 percent of what you earn and payments are made weekly or cash out when you want instantly.
Online ESL Tutoring
ESL tutoring is technically non-phone, but there is still human interaction. A webcam is almost always required so you can teach English to non-English speakers.
This line of work may be ideal for you if you have past experience teaching/tutoring and a BA degree or some college.
ESL companies pay well — sometimes more than $20 an hour. Most companies are also very flexible with scheduling.
- EF Education First – Read EF Education First Review – US and UK. Must be a native English speaker with a bachelor’s degree in any field. TEFL certification is required, and can submitted when applying or at the start of your contract period. You’ll also need a quiet workspace with a wired internet connection and headset. Pay is $12 – $19 / hour.
- VIPKid – Read VIPKid Review – Earn between $14 and $18 hourly tutoring Chinese children in English. Open to US (except California) and Canada.
- Cambly – Read Cambly Review – Webcam tutoring. You can teach English online without a degree, and you can work anytime! Currently they need English & Spanish language tutors. This is informal tutoring — you’re mostly doing social chatting. Also, check out my Cambly review if you need more info.
- QKids – Read QKids Review – Open to US, Canada, and the UK. You are eligible to apply as long as you either have a degree or are actively enrolled in a university. Earn up to $20 hourly.
- SayABC – Read SayABC Review – Open to US, Canada, and Australia. Must be a native English speaker with a bachelor’s degree or above. Earn up to $21 hourly.
- Magic Ears – Read Magic Ears Review – US & Canada. Provide online English tutoring to 4-12 year old children in China as an independent contractor. Work at home or from anywhere with a speedy internet connection and earn $18-26 an hour. Bachelor’s degree or current college enrollment is required.
- NiceTalk – Read NiceTalk Review – Worldwide. Applicants with TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificate or IELTS/TOEFL teaching experience will be preferred, but it is not required. You’ll need a smartphone and speedy internet, as well as a quiet environment for your tutoring sessions. Pay is $10 / hour.
Virtual Assisting Jobs From Home
To avoid confusion, I want to make it clear first that virtual assistant work is not always non-phone, but it can be.
Virtual assistants do a little of everything depending on their skills/expertise. And there are many non-phone skills like writing, graphic design, editing, etc. to put to use.
Want to figure out what skills you could offer as a virtual assistant? This downloadable list has over 150 ideas. It’s completely free.
I also recommend the e-book 21 Days to a VA Biz. This is by our own Leisa Good, who writes many articles for Real Ways to Earn. She’s got many years as a VA under her belt.
If you are good with numbers, you could work at home as a virtual bookkeeper or accountant.
While this line of work is non-phone, you may occasionally have to converse with clients via phone. This will depend on the specific client and their communication preferences.
The following companies sometimes have remote bookkeeping jobs open:
Another option is to work for yourself as a bookkeeper. Earning $80+ hourly with your own virtual bookkeeping business is possible.
Search Engine Evaluation
Most companies that hire for search engine evaluation have many projects available. This means the exact work you do might vary.
Yet, search engine evaluation in the traditional sense involves analyzing search engine queries. Then, you determine the best results to match up to that query for ideal user experience.
You may be good at search evaluation if you’re computer savvy, a good researcher, and up on all the latest trends.
Past experience isn’t a rule with these jobs, but a lengthy test of your skills is typically given.
One thing to keep in mind with these jobs is that the companies above will have strict NDA’s to sign. They don’t want you sharing information about what you’re doing or how much you earn.
Are you already working for one search evaluation company? Then there’s a good chance you won’t get hired by another similar company. They don’t want you to work for their competitors.
“Short task” sites are usually good for extra money only. Still, using them to fill in the gaps between other work from home jobs may be a good use of your time.
The tasks available vary from site to site. Most of the work you’ll do is comparable to data entry because most involve typing.
- Swagbucks – Read Swagbucks Review – Open to US, UK, and Canada. While this is just extra money or regular Amazon gift codes, there are tons of tasks you can do to earn daily — everything from paid surveys to watching videos. I’ve been a member since 2007 and can vouch for the company. They have paid me many times. It’s definitely a fun site to use.
- Amazon mTurk – Read Amazon mTurk Review – Open worldwide, but you can’t get paid in cash unless you’re in the US — you have to opt for money in your Amazon account. Pay varies depending on the tasks you choose. Payments are made via bank transfer or you can get money to spend on Amazon instead.
- Appen – Read Appen Review – Open worldwide. I have this site listed above under “search engine evaluation,” but I’m listing them here, too, because they also hire people as “crowd workers” to do short tasks.
- ClickWorker – Read Clickworker Review – Open worldwide. Pay may amount to around $9 hourly. Pay is once a month via Paypal, or you can get paid with bank transfer if you are outside the US.
Chat-Based Work From Home Jobs
Finding a chat box on a website is common these days. And as you might have guessed, many of the chat agents helping you do their work at home.
Chat agent jobs may be ideal for you if you’re good at multi-tasking and are very computer literate. It’s also a plus if you have customer service skills or past experience in the industry. And being a good typist is a must.
Below is a list of companies I’m aware of with regular chat agent openings.
- Apple – Read Apple At-Home Advisor Review – Open to US. Pay rate not listed, but it’s rumored to be in the teens.
- Ginger.io – Read Ginger.io Review – Open to US. Contract jobs that will require a degree in a related field. You work at home providing mental health services to people who need it via chat.
- The Chat Shop – Read The Chat Shop Review – Hires people worldwide to handle chats from home for various businesses. May pay between $9 and $10 hourly.
Online Academic Tutoring
Another popular non-phone job is online academic tutoring. As a tutor, you’re usually working via live chat. That said, the mode of communication depends on the company you’re working for.
Great tutors are patient, great communicators, and friendly.
While not all companies need it, past experience is a plus. A college degree or current college enrollment might also be a necessity.
- Brainfuse – Read Brainfuse Review – Open to US, not sure about other countries. Pay is around $10 per tutoring session. Get paid every month via direct deposit.
- PrepNow – Read PrepNow Review – Open to US. Pays $15 or more per hour.
- Yup – If you are a math, chemistry, or physics expert, you can get paid to tutor on your own schedule and earn money with Yup. Work from anywhere.
- Tutor.com – Read Tutor.com Review – Open to US and Canada. Pay is between $9 and $13 hourly during tutoring sessions.
- Aim-4-A Tutoring – US only. Must have a bachelor’s degree.
Academic Test Scoring
Another flexible non-phone option for work from home is test scoring. Some companies hire at-home workers to score standardized tests, essays, and more.
ETS and Pearson (listed below) require certain qualifications and experience.
WriteScore (also listed below) requires a two-year college degree.
- ETS – Read ETS Review – Open to US and occasionally other countries. Pay may be between $10 and $20 hourly depending on the project. Payments are made twice monthly.
- Measurement, Inc. – Read Measurement, Inc. Review – Open to US. Pay may be around $11 hourly.
- Pearson – Read Pearson Review – Open to US and people authorized to work in the US. Pay is $10 and more per hour. Get paid via direct deposit.
- WriteScore – Read WriteScore Review – Open to US only. It’s possible to earn between $8 and $15 hourly depending on your speed.
Social Media Moderators & Managers
Social media managers and moderators manage forums and social media platforms for businesses. With these positions, you’re working on social media. This might mean moderating comments, updating pages, advertising, and more.
You might be great at social media work if you know your way around the networks or have past experience as an admin. It’s also great if you know how to be helpful and polite, but also firm when a situation calls for it.
- Crisp Thinking – Read Crisp Thinking Review – Open to US and some other countries. May pay between $10 and $15 hourly for social media moderation work.
- The Social Element – Read The Social Element Review – Open to US and worldwide. Pay rates are not listed, but are said to be competitive. Rumored to be around $15 an hour.
- ICUC – Read ICUC Review – Open worldwide. Pay starts out at $10 hourly, but opportunities for advancement and higher pay are available. This company prefers candidates that speak more than one language.
- LiveWorld – Read LiveWorld Review – Open worldwide. Most people start out making between $8 and $10 hourly. The exact amount is dependent on your location. Get paid every two weeks with either a mailed check or direct deposit. Note the job is not always posted on their website.
- Metaverse Mod Squad – Read Metaverse Review – May possibly be open worldwide. Pay may start at around $8 hourly for moderators. Get paid monthly on the 15th.
- Lithium – Read Lithium Review – Has occasional openings for remote social media moderators. According to Glassdoor, this job pays around $12 hourly when it is open.
As a translator, you convert one language into another via spoken word, written word, or audio. This work from home that is typically very, very flexible and non-phone.
Translation work may be ideal if you bilingual or multi-lingual. You also need to be savvy with grammar and spelling.
- Gengo – Read Gengo Review – Open worldwide. Pay is between 3 and 8 cents per world translated. They pay twice monthly with Paypal.
- TextMaster – Open worldwide. Earn between $1.30 to $9.75 per 100 words translated. Pay is via Paypal.
- Verbal Ink – US only and competitive pay. Not much other info available.
- Verilogue – May pay around $5.10 per audio minute. Get paid twice monthly with check or direct deposit.
You can work from home giving your expert advice on various topics to people who need it.
If you can prove your expertise in any field, then you qualify as an expert. Keep in mind that for some, this is only extra money here and there.
Expert work is usually non-phone. Most clients will communicate with you via email or chat.
- Ask Wonder – Read Wonder Review – Open worldwide. Get paid to create write-ups using your expertise and research skills.
- Maven – Open worldwide. You get to choose your rate. You must have at least $25 in your account to get paid, and you can choose from mailed check, bank transfer, or Paypal.
- Just Answer – Pay rate varies depending on how much a person is willing to pay for an answer. You can cash out your earnings to Paypal once you have $20 in your account. Open to US and several other countries. However, California and Mass. residents are excluded from being able to join at this time.
Many more question/answer paid expert sites here.
Misc. Work From Home Non-Phone Jobs
These are non-phone jobs that I don’t really have a category for.
- Humanatic – Read Humanatic Review – This is a company that has you analyzing recorded phone conversations. Pays very little — so little in fact that most people just do this as a side egg. You can get paid once a week via Paypal.
- Kirkus – Read Kirkus Review – Often looking for book reviewers. Worldwide. Seeking reviewers for both English and Spanish titles. Reviews are about 350 words, due two weeks after the book is assigned. Pay is $50 per review.
- Shutterstock – Read Shutterstock Review – May be open worldwide. This popular stock photo company has occasional openings for remote image reviewers, where you determine which submitted photos should make it onto the Shutterstock website. Pay and other details are under wraps — workers are required to sign an NDA, so it’s hard to find many details online.
- Stitch Fix – Read Stitch Fix Review – Open to US only, specific states. You can work for Stitch Fix as a work at home stylist, putting together clothing subscription boxes for their clients. Should be non-phone, paying around $15 hourly.
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Post originally published October 20, 2012. Updated and republished January 20, 2020.