There is no place like home.

 

For many people, this is a truth that defines their working experience. Thanks to the Internet, it is now easier than ever to find a job and generate a livable income without ever leaving the confines of one’s home.

Not all work-from-home tasks are made equal, though. Some can be much harder than their description suggests. There are some that don’t pay as much as they should for your efforts. There are also a few that just aren’t worth getting into because the niche isn’t big enough.

If you’re looking to start a home-based business, here are the fields that have the most potential.

Virtual assistants are becoming increasingly common.

The usual tasks involve answering emails, setting appointments, making follow-ups. Anything that an assistant does, barring physical tasks like picking up laundry. Sometimes, you also end up doing a little social media on the side. The work pays per hour, and good companies pay well.

Another field is transcription, though you’ll find this tends to get offshore a lot.

Transcription is listening to an audio file and writing it all down. You might get lectures, scripts, speeches, or even medical notes. In many cases, they don’t care about experience as long as you have a computer and a decent internet connection.

A surprising field is that of the website tester. Someone has to make sure they work, after all.

A website tester is quality assurance for the internet. Your job is to ensure all the links work and go to the right locations. You also make sure the site design is easy to navigate, that what you’re looking for is easy to find.

The common test only eats up about 15 minutes so that you can go through a lot of them in a single day.

There is also the online English teacher.

Students in places like Germany and South Korea study English. They need someone to practice it with, and they’d prefer someone fluent. The work usually involves talking to them, helping them with figures of speech, and some business-related linguistic skills.

The work isn’t so bad, but you need a stable connection. A webcam and good audio are required, too.

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