Immediate Work from Home Side Hustles

Updated: Aug 28, 2020

So, you need extra income and want or need to work from home. Whether that’s to help make ends meet, you’re stockpiling cash for potential layoffs, or you’re saving for a big purchase (hello, new house), you’re looking for a side hustle that you can do from home.


Keep reading to get an organized list of jobs you can immediately pursue to work from home around your schedule.



Work from Home Gigs


VIPKid (vipkid.com): Teaching English to Kids in China


VIPKid connects 700,000+ Chinese young learners one-on-one with you and thousands of other online teachers. First sign up to create an account with VIPKid. Then answer some basic questions. You’ll be on your way to learning more about teaching online, and teaching with VIPKid.


The Basics

  • The job: Teaching English to children online in a live, one-on-one video format. All lessons are supplied to you. You supply yourself, your time, and some props.

  • Pay: $22/hr or $8 per lesson with bonus opportunity per course

  • Hours: No minimum or maximum

  • Commitment: 6 month minimum commitment on the contract

Pros

  • Flexible hours around a 9-5 job: Can work early mornings and late nights. Can work around your schedule.

  • No minimum hours needed to be a teacher.

  • Easy job: Lesson materials (including animations and games) are given to you. Props you have to supply yourself.

Cons

  • No guaranteed bookings, but your schedule is set weekly.

  • No benefits like health insurance.

  • No taxes withheld: Should save 30% for taxes, as no taxes are withheld.

  • Education requirement: You need at least a bachelor’s degree to be accepted as a teacher.

Requirements

  • At least a bachelor's degree to be accepted as a teacher

  • A computer with an HD webcam (integrated or external)

  • A headset with microphone

  • Stable Internet connection (cable connection preferred)

  • Minimum operating system of Windows7 or Mac OS 10x, memory of at least 4GB RAM

Find out more about VIPKid here: https://www.vipkid.com/mkt/faq/getting-started

Qkids (https://teacher.qkids.net/): Teaching English to Kids in China


Qkids connects 800,000+ Chinese young learners between 4 - 12 years old with you and thousands of other online teachers, tutors, educators, stay at home parents, college students, and all those who have a passion for teaching.


The Basics

  • The job: Teaching English to 1-4 children online live over the internet in video format. All lessons are supplied to you. You supply yourself, your time, and some props.

  • Pay: $16/hr or $8 per lesson with bonus opportunity

  • Hours: Minimum of 6 hours per week (12 lessons)

  • Commitment: 6 month minimum commitment on the contract

Pros

  • Flexible hours around a 9-5 job: Can work early mornings and late nights. Can work around your schedule.

  • Easily hired: Easy to be hired as a teacher.

  • Easy job: Lesson materials (including animations and games) are given to you. Props you have to supply yourself.

  • Education: There is no education requirement.

Cons

  • No guaranteed bookings, but your schedule is set weekly.

  • No benefits like health insurance.

  • No taxes withheld: Should save 30% for taxes, as no taxes are withheld.

  • US and Canada residents only accepted at this time.

Requirements

  • A computer with a webcam (integrated or external)

  • A headset with microphone

  • Stable Internet connection (cable connection preferred)

Find out more about Qkids Teacher here: https://teacher.qkids.net/faq


There are similar English as a Second Language (ESL) virtual teaching opportunities with GoGoKid (https://teacher.gogokid.com/). Check them out, too! It doesn’t hurt to apply to more than one at a time. You can always choose the one you would prefer after applying.

Transcription: Listen to audio and transcribe word-for-word into text


Do you type quickly and accurately? Can you listen closely and type what you hear? Transcription might be the side hustle for you. Get audio or video files from companies and send back the transcription. It’s as easy as that.


The Basics

  • The job: Typing what you hear word-for-word with proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation

  • Pay: $12/hr to start, but variable by company, experience, and skill set (medical and legal transcription training gets more pay)

  • Hours: Depends on the job you apply for

  • Commitment: No commitment

Pros

  • Flexible hours around a 9-5 job: Can work early mornings and late nights. Can work around your schedule.

  • Easily hired: Easy to be hired as a transcriptionist at some companies

  • Easy job: Listening and typing quickly can be easily done

  • Education: There is usually no education requirement.

Cons

  • Pay and hours are variable per job.

  • No benefits like health insurance.

  • No taxes withheld: Should save 30% for taxes, as no taxes are withheld.

  • Pay is low for beginners. It increases as you gain more experience and keep regular clients.

Requirements

  • A computer

  • Stable Internet connection

  • Ability to type 75 words per minute with accuracy

  • English proficiency

  • Attention to detail

  • Ability to meet deadlines

More information and the actual companies that are hiring transcribers are found within this March 2020 blog post: https://theworkathomewife.com/transcription-jobs-home/

Amazon: Seasonal and year-round part time jobs available


Work from home opportunities in many different departments. Amazon will often open up hundreds of seasonal remote customer service jobs at a time.


The Basics

  • The job: Variable by department. Read the job description

  • Pay: $15/hr to start

  • Hours: Depends on the job you apply for

Pros

  • Amazon does what it says it will do. If you are promised something, Amazon will fulfill its promise.

  • Many listings are currently available and pop up often.

  • Benefits are given to full time staff. The benefits rate pretty well.

  • Consistent and organized expectations per role.

Cons

  • Pay and hours are variable per job.

  • Within normal working hours, usually

  • Scams are out there. Make sure you’re only applying to jobs on Amazon.jobs.

  • Competition for these jobs is fierce. Keep an eye out, clean up your resume, and apply the moment they open.

Requirements

  • A computer

  • Stable Internet connection

  • Experience needed is based on the job that’s posted.

Amazon is regularly hiring. Right now, Amazon is hiring for a multitude of jobs. You’ll see them popping up in many different posts about side hustles. Keep an eye out for their job listings here: https://www.amazon.jobs/en/locations/virtual-locations

Tutoring: Virtually connect with students who need help with their lessons and homework.


There are a few out there, but the two hiring right now are Chegg Tutors and Tutor.com.


The Basics

  • The job: Tutoring students in thousands of college courses

  • Pay: starts at $20/hr

  • Hours: Flexible to your schedule

  • Commitment: Minimum of a flexible 5 hours per week

Pros

  • Flexible hours around a 9-5 job: Can work early mornings and late nights. Can work around your schedule.

  • Easily hired: Easy to be hired as long as you have the educational background

  • Easy job: Listen to your students and help them with their homework (don’t give them the answer, though!)

Cons

  • Pay and hours are variable per job.

  • No benefits like health insurance.

  • No taxes withheld: Should save 30% for taxes, as no taxes are withheld.

  • Competition is fierce in some subjects, like Calculus and Biology

Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree or appropriate level of education for the subject matter

  • A computer

  • Stable Internet connection

  • Headset with microphone