Gone are the days when we had a set of jobs to choose from.
Mainstream jobs from STEM and part-time jobs usually involved working in department stores as a cashier or salesperson.
With the coming of the Internet, there has been a flow of new jobs. So many jobs that you might not know a good percentage of them.
And the first step to start making money online is to know the emerging micro jobs on the Internet so that you can choose the best one for yourself.
So here is a list of 40 real online jobs that can help you make online quickly.
Gone are the days when blogging was limited to expressing your views and connect with people over the Internet. You can get more with your blogging. You can earn handsomely with it.
Many bloggers have made a fortune with it. All big-wig websites like Engadget, Mashable, TechCrunch, HuffingtonPost started as a simple blog, and now they are either a part of an online publication empire or the empire itself.
While there is a growing concern that the blogging industry is saturated with millions of blogs and websites competing for attention, people will always value experience, and blogging can act as a great medium to dispel that.
If you can provide something unique and out of the box, people will flock to your blog. And once you build a community around your blog, you can sell products through affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, banner ads and so on.
A lot of people want to get their content out on big websites, maybe for getting exposure to their services or getting backlinks from high authority websites.
The takeaway point here is that these big websites usually have a good flow of content with them, both through in-house writers as well as guest posters.
But all the content has to be up-to-mark to a certain standard, which might not be known to the writers. Every writer has his flair and style, but websites have to make sure that some standardization is there. That can be in terms of grammar, formatting style, etc.
Proofreading is one of the hot emerging jobs out there with the boom of flow of content all over the web right now.
#3. Content Writing
What if you like to write, but don’t want to start your blog?
Content writing can give you room for your preferences. If you want to write and cover different niches and different styles, there is a big market for you to tap.
You can find many ads in ad marketplaces and freelance websites. Starting from big companies to bloggers, everyone requires good content writers as it will be a part of their brand-building process.
Freelance content writing is on such a roller-coaster ride that you can find websites with courses on how to write and churn out good content!
Ten years back, book-keeping was something limited to offline business. It usually involves dealing with numbers through receipts and bills, counting inventory products, classifying the expenses, and so on.
But with the coming of the Internet, more and more people are trying to delegate the work to freelancers. From the company side, they don’t have to get an employee for full-time purposes saving them money.
And from the freelancer side, you are not restricted to a single company, so you can have multiple clients and increase your income.
You can either associate yourself with a company or start your own (in case you have the experience and have a set of clients to work with). Associating with a company works well for a newbie who might not have contacts and clients to work with, as the company itself provides you with work daily.
Although the drawback is that the company will act as a middle-man and take a cut of your earnings, but once you gain experience you can start your own company.
#5. Online Tutoring
Expertise and proficiency always sell. Especially over the internet.
Do you have a love for that certain subject that no one else does? So much so that you would love to share your knowledge with others and make money out of it?
Online tutoring is just the right job for you then.
If you like teaching but don’t want to take the extra effort of starting your offline classes, there is always another option open for you.
Parents usually look for tutors for their kids. And it doesn’t matter where the tutor is from as long as the tutor is good at it. This way, you can get students not only from your own country but from abroad as well, further helping you earn a good amount of money.
Plus, it is not only limited to teaching subjects. Some websites also take in tutors for helping students completing their assignments as well. So if you think you are good at a subject and you can teach and solve assignments, this can be a good job path for you.
#6. Chat Agent
You must wonder what a chat agent does, right?
You can usually find chat agents on websites related to banking and booking, where users often tend to get confused about where to go to get their job done.
To make this easy, websites often employ chat agents. You must have seen this when logging on to certain websites a certain pop-up comes across the screen greeting you: ‘How may I help you?’.
This is almost equivalent to call-center representatives. But instead of talking over the telephone, you talk over text.
It is one of the easiest jobs out there with minimal knowledge required, the only thing being that you have to abide by the website’s rules and regulations and proficiency over a certain language (mostly English).
#7. Social Media Manager
The task of a social media manager is to manage social media profiles of companies. Companies to stay in touch with consumers often connect through tweets and Facebook posts.
You must have seen twitter handles like McDonalds and Wendys trying to post memes to connect more easily with their customers and also to lure in more people.
As a social media manager, you have to ensure that all the pages are working fine, and the company’s presence is felt over the internet and especially amongst the people on social media.
This also involves taking care of queries of users through social media, replying to comments, spreading brand awareness through campaigns, and promotions.
It would be hard to try for the role of SMM in a big company directly, but you can always start with a small to medium-ranged company and move your way up. These companies usually look for people who can help increase their social reach.
#8. Graphic Designers
The demand for graphic designers will never die down. As is rightly said, a picture is worth a thousand words; companies usually try to sell their content along with great-looking visuals.
If you have a thing for designing, multiple avenues are open for you. You can design logos for companies. You can design banners for YouTube channels.
Plus, companies usually look for people who can provide them with beautiful graphics to go on their landing pages of products, as well as for their company blogs.
Graphic designers are specially employed for social media projects, due to platforms like Instagram and Facebook, which runs primarily on images.
Social Media Managers often take the help of Graphic Designers for making meme-content, promotional content and pretty much everything that required the need for images.
#9. Video Editing
Just like the graphic designer, if you are good at video editing, the scope is vast.
You can edit videos for YouTubers and other video sharing platforms. Even on platforms on Instagram and Facebook, videos are always in fashion, especially 3-5 minute videos.
With video editing and graphic designing, there are lots of content-delivering websites like BuzzFeed and a whole array of news websites that prefer to put out videos.
People usually prefer going through a video than reading content, and they are always in need of video editors to help them create videos.
Product-based companies also require video editors. And as you know, a lot of products are sold over the internet; you can easily find gigs and jobs over the online job marketplace.
#10. Virtual Assistant
Virtual Assistant is purely a 21st-century job. I don’t think people who have lived a fair share of their lives in the previous century can even comprehend that such a job exists.
But as with bookkeeping, getting a new employee can often incur along with recurring costs to companies. To offset this, they usually choose to prefer to go with virtual assistants.
You set the schedule; you do the emailing, you do all the assistant task but in the comfort of your own house. Plus, you can have multiple clients as well over the web to increase your income further.
#11. Language Translation
If you know an extra language along with your mother tongue, how about using it for earning?
Language Translators are in demand due to more inter-connectivity among people of different types, speaking different languages. Clients dealing with one another without a common language to converse often end up in a stalemate situation.
To remedy this, they often employ language translators.
Conferences often go through language translators for better communication between the two parties.
Also, companies usually hire them to translate content into a regional level language. Suppose Airbnb is targeting a certain region in India, they would want to appeal to the common people living there through their language.
They usually hire people who can translate their basic content (usually written in English) to the regional language.
#12. SEO Consultation
Companies and their websites crave organic traffic through search engines. Ranking higher up in search engines can bring you more traffic, which in turn rakes in more money for your business.
SEO Consultants help companies to achieve just that.
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, as the name suggests the responsibility involves devising strategies and techniques for the website and its post to rank higher up. This can be done through a mix of on-page and off-page strategies.
So unless you are quite thorough with how SEO works, it wouldn’t make sense to foray into business. On the other hand, if you have the experience, you can work with some of the bigger companies to help them with your consultancy.
Especially with so many companies fighting over the attention space, companies are shelling out a good amount of money to get placed higher.
#13. Ad Campaign Manager
So what does a manager of an ad campaign do?
They are responsible for both devising campaigns as well as make sure that campaigns work well. They have to devise measurable objectives and metrics to make sure that the money company is investing for an ad campaign is being used productively.
Ad Campaigns usually run over social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter, as well as through sponsored Google results. The Manager has to make sure that the reach of the product/service is maximum.
One can also employ other additional techniques like sponsored posts, as long as it is getting the company the exposure.
As long as you know your way around with campaigning and have a good experience with ad campaigns, you can work at leisure from your house.
Not many of you would be aware of scoping.
There are court reporters who cover various court proceedings: cases and hearings, what a scopist’s task is to edit the transcripts from the courtroom.
Court reporters usually type in the proceedings through a steno machine. This is then processed through a CAT(computer-aided translation), which gets converted to English.
The scopist will then look for missing spaces, misspelled words. It is one of the most significant jobs as you have to make sure the words correspond exactly to what was said in the courtroom.
As a scopist, you need to know how to use CAT software, the proper terminology, how to put and format a transcript.
It is a very demanding job and asks a lot of your time to learn all the tidbits, but once you know the know-how of it, it can be very rewarding.
The best part is that you don’t need to be in court; you need to have an internet connection to be in touch with the reporters.
#15. E-commerce Business
How about selling your products?
E-commerce has taken the world by storm. More and more people are looking to buy things online, as
a) They are usually economically viable, and
b) More options are exquisite items are available.
If you can provide something new, you will always find a customer base for your business, be it business-to-business or business-to-consumer. It is targeting a small niche where competition is less and then expand your way out.
Take, for example, Amazon, which started with selling books over the internet, as there was no internet service doing the same. And now they are an e-commerce mammoth, selling from hair-pins to refrigerators!
#16. Voiceover Artists
If you know how to mimic and produce different sounds, how about giving this a shot?
Voiceover artists are often employed in dubbing purposes. Whenever a video needs to be made targeting the local audience, let’s say there’s a trailer of a Hollywood movie which the company is thinking to target the local audience of France.
To appeal to the French, Voiceover artists’ services are used to do a dubbing. Video remains the same, but the audio gets morphed over the video.
This is a booming job as more and more content from foreign countries are being exchanged with home countries, be it anime or french art-house movies.
#17. Amazon FBA
What if you want to sell products but don’t want to take the hassle of setting up a new internet business?
Amazon’s FBA scheme is perfect for you. FBA stands for fulfilled by Amazon. You make use of Amazon’s logistic power network. You store your products in Amazon’s fulfillment centers, and they will handle the delivery and storage part of it.
You will be charged for the storage and delivery part, but it will save you the mess of doing everything on your own. Plus with Amazon FBA you can also take advantage of their Amazon Prime free Two-Day Shipping and free shipping on eligible orders.
#18. Technical Writers
Technical writers are specialized content writers. They deal with content which is more complex to write compared to usual content writer.
They usually write instruction manuals, press releases, user manuals and reference guides, almost everything under the domain of technical documentation. This usually requires people whose educational background is in technical fields such as Engineering.
Technical writer's job is to break down complex information into easy to comprehend content, usually for consumers (as guides) or company’s employees to create new products.
So if you are from a technical background and want to make use of your knowledge, this can be a bright path for you.
#19. Online Course
If you have expertise over a certain topic, let’s say how to develop amazing android app, how about making a paid course out of it?
Websites like Udemy help you to do the same. From graphic designing to content writing to voice acting, there is a lot to teach, and on similar lines, a lot of people wanting to learn the art of that specific skill.
And in this day and age, we all have something that we are proficient at. Be it playing football or singing, and you know something more than the rest of us. How about sharing your knowledge, tips, and tricks through a course?
It almost falls under the domain of online tutoring, except with online tutoring; it usually involves a 1-on-1 approach. With the paid course, there is a one-time investment of a long period to devise the course and getting the course out.
But once you get your course out, multiple students can learn on their own.
You don’t have to put effort into teaching each student from scratch, as they will do that on their own.
#20. Financial Advisor
With the coming of the Internet, pretty much everything has shifted its base to the Internet.
And so happened with financial advising as well.
If you are good at handling money, research market trends, and plan schemes for your clients, you can excel easily.
You need to be in touch with your clients through call and email and advise them on how to reach their financial goals. It can be set up retirement plans, devising ways to cut expenditure and save money and so on.
Plus, an added benefit is that you can work from home with just an internet connection and a laptop as a basic necessity. You can even take in multiple clients across the globe, which is something you probably won’t be able with an offline venture of financial advising.
#21. Web Developer
If you are good at coding, especially if you know front-end programming needed in designing and back-end programming needed for building databases, you can find amazing well-paying jobs online.
With the coming of the Internet, more and more applications are using the power of the Internet. And there is a clear reason why; you get a vast user base to tap into. Applications like Netflix which dethroned Box Office properly demonstrated that.
The market for web applications is booming, be it application for B2B domain or B2C, more and more people prefer doing their job over the Internet. You don’t need to download extra software, type the website URL into the browser and you are good to go!
With this shift in application making, you can make the best out of this situation if you have the appropriate coding skills to help design web applications.
You can find gigs on websites like Freelancer, where startups usually look for people to collaborate with a team of other people to build web apps.
#22. App Developer
To go along with web applications, companies also launch their own Android, Windows and iOS apps for better reach of their products and penetration among the masses.
Web applications like Monday, Flock, and Uber all are web applications, but they have their respective applications on all the major platforms.
Many companies usually look for people who can help them build an Android or iOS app equivalent to their web application, and you can earn a good amount of you know the relevant coding skills to develop for mobile platforms.
Not only that, but you can also create your applications. If you can offer something new to the people, who knows, you might end up having a best-seller application on your hand.
#23. Bug Tester/Product Tester
Bug Tester usually comes under the general category of product testers. Bug Testers can be a bit more technically oriented and if you know the technical aspects of how the application works, you can use it to your profit.
Big companies usually have bug bounty programs, and if you can find a significant bug, you can get paid handsomely.
There are also companies out there who pay you to review their products. It doesn’t involve many technicalities, but you have to give a general outlook of what you think.
Companies usually send products to a selected product-testers before they officially launch into the markets.
You can read more about those websites here.
Product Tester is one of the easiest jobs there and doesn’t involve much effort; you have to be honest about what you think of the product and let the company know about it.
#24. Legal Advisor
On the lines of a financial advisor, if you are good at law, you can make good earning on the Internet.
You can make use of your law degree to get gigs online. Small to medium companies usually can’t afford paying high fees of established legal advisors, and hence, they prefer to go with online legal advisors.
Online legal advisors can easily do things like reviewing ownership documents or any legal documents.
Not only that, some websites connect users directly with the lawyers ( like this one). Websites like this will ensure that you have a pool of clients to choose from and get paid from time-to-time.
Now the job of a researcher is quite vague to define. The task of a researcher is to provide something new to clients which they can use in their products.
Researchers are employed in writing non-fiction books to help the authors find appropriate and relevant facts related to what they are writing — finding out new content ideas to write.
They can also be employed by companies to find out what their competitors are doing and finding new leads.
The job of a researcher is not properly defined, but if you are the one who wants to discover and explore new things over the Internet and assemble it in a relevant manner, this is something you should look out for.
#26. WordPress Plugin Developer
WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms out there. So much so that it powers about 30% of the internet.
With so many customers in one place, a marketplace takes shape on its own to cater to their needs. And a similar thing happened with WordPress as well.
There are lots of themes, theme frameworks, and plugins available for WordPress users. Most of them usually work on a free and paid version of the plugin. And, you will find almost tens of alternatives to every major plugin out there.
Although SEO Yoast is one of the most popular plugins in the WP marketplace, you will still find plugins that offer something new and something different and carving up their share of users.
So the bottom line is if you know your way on how to build WordPress plugins, there’s real cash to be made here.
#27. Affiliate Marketing
People have earned six-figure earnings with affiliate marketing.
How about promoting products from companies and getting a commission out of every sale?
Although it can be very hard to start, as it would be hard to convince people why they should go through the link you are asking them to go. Moreover, why should they choose the product you are asking them to.
If you can build a trust link with your users, you can easily get sales of your promoted products. But to build trust and authority takes some time, so do consider that.
You can do the same by making use of building your blogs or website, social media pages, YouTube videos. You can check some of the best affiliate marketing networks and pick good products to promote.
It is time-consuming, but once you build authority and a user base, you can have a cash cow on your hands.
It is one of those jobs which any entry-level person looking for online jobs can easily do.
All you have to do is listen to audio and video files, and convert it into text. Although there are certain basic criteria which demand you to have a certain word-per-minute count and good grammar, if you can achieve both of them, you are good to start.
There are websites like TranscribeMe, which will find you transcribing jobs easily. You first need to register on their website and pass their basic grammar test to start accepting small tasks. After you reach a small threshold amount, you get paid.
As easy as that!
#29. Language Tutor
Usually, people, when they move from one country to another, usually for the sake of their occupation, they might want to know the language in advance so that they can mix up well with the locals.
People might also want to learn a new language for their own sake, but there is a good industry for tutoring languages.
Although there are a lot of apps available online, people usually prefer one-on-one sessions with instructors.
Also, most of the grammar taught by these apps is formal and might not be used in day to day life; this is where a native speaker of that language can help you greatly.
So how about teaching your native language to somebody who wants to learn the same and earn some good money out of it! A website like Preply can help you get students easily.
#30. Life Coach
Life Coach can be a very serious job. You have to offer counseling and suggestions to your clients on how they can solve their existing problems.
Problems usually don’t come under the domain of technical knowledge such as legal or financial, but they usually deal with problems such as depression, lack of motivation, lack of focus, and so on.
Since you are dealing with problems that happen to the best of us at large, you can also start your own YouTube channel with your ideas on how to tackle these issues. Once you build a good name for yourself, you can then start conducting seminars and workshops both privately and for corporate companies.
Dropshipping is one of the interesting business ventures you can dip your hands in.
In this, you sell products to customers — nothing new on that front.
Except you don’t hold any inventory of products. You contact the supplier and schedule a delivery to the customer. You take a small cut of the sale that has been done.
It has its own set of pros and cons, but if you want to learn more about it, you can find it here.
#32. Travel Agent
Yes, you have heard that right!
When I say people have shifted their base to the Internet to appeal to more customers, so have travel agents.
Travel agents work as middle-men who set up plans for their customers and book hotels and restaurants on their behalf.
There is nothing here that limits you to do your work from a brick-and-mortar office. You can very well do the same at home with an active internet connection.
The only thing being, you have to promote your services across the internet through classified ads, social media ads and so on.
#33. Resume Writers
Resume writing is a tough job. You have to maintain a certain flair and style.
And there are websites on the Internet which cater to this exact need. How about learning the skill of resume writing and working for these websites?
Students usually employ the services of these websites to get good resumes on their hands. Learning how to write a resume might take some time, but once you know how it is done, you can effectively use it working for professional resume writing websites.
#34. Niche Websites Developer
These types of developers target a specific niche.
Not broad niches like Tech, but rather focussed niches, like a website on the next Samsung Galaxy Note phone.
These types of websites are usually in trend for a good amount of time as people look for details about the phone and guides related to the same.
You can have a website on the same lines and self affiliated products related to that (in that case Samsung Galaxy Note) and get paid well.
Niche websites usually have short life-time, but if you can rank highly and get traffic in good numbers, you can it can do you wonders.
#35. Data Entry
Data Entry is one of the easiest jobs on the list, and you will find an abundance of job-related to Data Entry.
Companies usually need to store their data and records in online databases. For this, they employ people whose job is just to put the right information into the tables and databases.
Since you usually have to type in your information, a good typing speed can help you immensely here. You should also know how to use the required software properly.
#36. Sell Photos
Perhaps you like to snap photos.
How about making money out of it?
You can sell your photos on websites such as Shutterstock and Etsy, services that run entirely on selling images to people all over the Internet. Every image that gets downloaded, you get a share of the revenue.
Youtube-ing has taken the world by storm. A lot of young people are looking toward it as a viable path option.
Especially with vlogging, you don’t require fancy equipment. You need a phone to shoot good-enough videos and some small editing here and there, and you are good to go. If you have the right personality, you will instantly click with people and create a fan base for yourself.
Even if you don’t know what’s the harm in giving it a try?
You can also create your own YouTube videos: it can be related to cooking or creating crafts, teaching how to paint, and so on. Everybody is skilled in at least one thing, and you have to get that out and channel it properly through YouTube videos.
#38. Sell eBooks
Do you have a penchant for writing and writing long?
How about writing eBooks? Writing full-fledged books might not be possible for you with all the publishing issues. You need to pitch your ideas to a publishing company and hope that they like it and then go through further rounds of discussion and anticipation.
You can cut the crap simply by putting an eBook. It is rather easy, and you can easily upload it to Amazon. There are programs run by Amazon that encourage people to write eBooks and the best one gets Amazon’s backing and a monetary prize.
If you had the desire to write but always were afraid about going through publishing woes, this can give you a proper room to get what you wanted. Plus by posting it on Amazon, you can make money out of it as well.
#39. Cake Making
Cake Making is probably one of the unique jobs out there in the marketplace.
But it is quite simple as far as you know how to make cakes and according to users' demand. You need to advertise your service on the internet, take orders online, make them and ship them to the customers.
Although it has some risks associated with how to deal with the ineffective delivery of cakes, as they are delicate, people always like customized cakes, and this is a growing market you can tap.
#40. Special Effects Designer
This is a very niche type of job which can’t be done by many. You need to know how to use software After Effects and key concepts to know how to frame scenes one after the other.
Special Effects are often required in videos like sound and lighting effects for horror films and so on. This is almost in accordance with Video Editing, except Special Effects Designers are a more specialized type of video editors.
Often short films require adding of VFX, which requires such Special Effects Designers.
So if you are good at visual effects, keep a check on the freelance marketplace to get yourself a good-paying gig.
So here we come to an end.
This was a massive list of 40 real online jobs that can help you make money online quickly. I would suggest, first and foremost, know what you are good at. Even if you feel you are good at nothing, see what your liking is and build relevant skills first.
Investing time in developing is important. The more you develop, the more refined is your skill and the more handsomely you will be paid.