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Top 10 Work-From-Home Careers Requiring No College Degrees

Not just stay-at-home moms are working from home these days. Many people are turning to their computers for new careers without the annoying commute, office drama, and stress that comes with working outside. Most online positions don't require a college degree so anyone can learn the skills required to start a profitable online career. Here are my top 10 work-from-home careers requiring no college degree. 

Customer Service/Chat Agent

Many companies are turning to the virtual world for customer service hiring needs. These positions are often found on jobs sites such as when searching for terms such as "remote" and "customer service". You can also just Google "remote customer service job" or check the telecommute section on Craigslist. Many customer service/chat agent position wages start range from $10 to $20 per hour. Any seeking a customer service/chat position online should have a quiet workspace, high-speed internet connection, desktop or laptop computer, USB headset, and possibly a landline phone (depending on the company). Check out this list of companies that offer online chat jobs.  

Online customer service jobs are usually entry-level positions.

Appointment Setter

More companies are hiring appointment setters as part of their sales teams. Appointment setters have the ability to earn a base wage plus commissions, although some companies only pay per appointment set. The wages for an appointment setter position vary greatly, but hourly wages are typically between $10 and $15. Unlike most customer service jobs, appointment setters have the ability to earn bonuses from kept appointments or when the sales team closes an appointment. Appointments setters should be comfortable making cold calls, although some only call warm leads. Anyone desiring this type of position should also have a quiet workspace, USB headset (depending on the company), reliable computer, and possibly landline phone. Here is a list of companies hiring appointment setters to work from home.

Freelance Virtual Assistant

If you don't like the idea of working for a company and earning a set limited income, a freelance virtual assistant career may be for you. A virtual assistant can work for several clients simultaneously and package his or her services instead of charging by the hour. There are many different services a virtual assistant can offer, but many VAs specialize in a few tasks and then call themselves "Pinterest experts" or "Leadpages Consultant", etc. VA expert Abbey Ashley provides a list of 50 Services to Offer as a Virtual Assistant. Since a VA's main role is to take the burden off business owners, your options are limitless. As far as pricing your VA services, Ashley also recommends starting at between $25 and $50 per hour depending on the type of services you offer. More specialized and advanced skills such as course creation, web design, and SEO command higher pay rates.

More business owners are turning to freelance virtual assistants. 

Affiliate Marketer

Affiliate marketing isn't a career to jump into expecting to pay your bills right away. However, there is a huge opportunity to earn serious income with affiliate marketing. As an affiliate marketer, you get paid by companies to promote their online products. For example, you can sign up as an affiliate for Amazon, Target, and thousands of other online companies. Just Google any product + affiliate program (ex: handbags affiliate program). Clickbank and Shareasale are also popular affiliate networks. There are entire blogs about affiliate marketing, but the bottom line is that you're the middleman (or woman) between consumers and these online companies. These companies will give you a personal link to promote these products, allowing you to get paid whenever anyone purchases these products from your link. Affiliate marketers typically create niche blogs, product review websites, and social media accounts as platforms for their promotions. Check out this free step-by-step guide on how to get started as an affiliate marketer. 

Freelance Writer

If you love to write or have a creative streak, a career as a freelance writer may be worth considering. Freelance writers have the opportunity to determine their workload, income, and niche. Some freelance writers work directly for online publications, while others pick up work from individual clients. Freelance writers may also own their own blogs and earn money from affiliate marketing strategies (see above). Many options are available for individuals considering a career in freelance writing. However, many low-paying writing gigs are prevalent and "content mills" pay writers very poorly. Bamidele Onibalusi of Writers In Charge provides a list of 110 websites that pay writers

Freelance writers can earn unlimited income from home. 

eCommerce Business Owner

The thought of owning an online business is appealing to many people seeking financial freedom without having to leave home. An eCommerce business owner can earn virtually unlimited income and enjoy a lifestyle of freedom. However, you must set up your online business properly and get the necessary guidance on traffic, branding, dropshipping, etc. According to Neil Patel, a successful internet marketer, the first step to starting an online business is deciding what you'll be selling. For newbies, Neil recommends taking a product that already exists and making it better while marketing it better, as well. 


Transcriptionists convert live or recorded speeches into typed or written documents. Most transcription work is for medical and legal businesses, but general transcription work is also available for beginners. Online transcription jobs typically pay between $15 and $25 per hour but vary based on experience. According to The Penny Hoarder, transcription work can be repetitive and challenging; for instance, when you're trying to interpret heavy accents and unclear dialog. However, the ability to work from home and determine your income make transcription work appealing to many stay-at-home moms and individuals seeking online work. Before you get started as a transcriptionist, you'll need essential equipment including a USB headset, foot pedal, file converter, text expander, and transcription software. 

Social Media Manager

Social media managers take on many different tasks, but their main responsibilities include creating social media strategies, implementing social media, and monitoring social media for businesses. Here is a list of 26 functions social media managers perform. Aside from just being active on major social media sites, a social media manager should have a passion for the companies or organizations they are helping, great communication skills, and the ability to adapt to the ever-changing digital world. Many social media managers earn between $50,000 and $60,000 per year, but no college degree is required for this career. DIY Genius provides a list of 10 free online courses teaching social media marketing. 


As a coach, you can earn a great living online without any college degree. A coach provides guidance and helps his or her clients to overcome their challenges through empowerment. There are many different kinds of coaches including weight loss, career, relationship, and many others. A coach can work 1-on-1 with clients over Skype or the phone and make a difference in people's lives without ever leaving home. Many coaches have prior experience in their field or go online to obtain a certificate in their coaching field. But since a coach isn't a counselor, no license or higher education is required. Anyone with integrity who truly enjoys helping others can become a coach. The income potential with coaching is unlimited, but many coaches have trouble charging what their services are worth. Jessica Riverson is a Certified Money Breakthrough Coach who helps other coaches and consultants price and package their services and charge what they're worth.

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