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10 Online Jobs for Students that You Can Turn into a Career or a Business from Home

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Online jobs for students can be lucrative, pay well, and set you on a successful career path… if you choose them well & you’re willing to do the work.

 

We live in a wonderful time, where you can get an accredited university degree from home, and make a living from home. Finding a job you can do online, will give you great flexibility, so if you’re up for the challenge, we have created this list of jobs where you can work remotely:

 

Great Online Jobs for Students that Can Get Your Professional Life Started

The following online jobs are not always easy to get, but once you find your way, you’ll be able to build long-term skills, that you can turn into a career or a business.

 

1. Online Tutor

If you’re doing well in college, it’s easy to think everyone else is too, but the truth is that many people struggle with passing their courses. You could make a living by helping them out and teaching them what you know.

But don’t stop with fellow college students. You can also teach kids – from elementary school to high school, there are plenty of kids who could use your help.

Thankfully, with the Internet, you don’t have to be limited to your local geographic area. You can teach kids and people from all over the world.

Average US salary: $13-20/hour.

Where to find work: Tutor.com and Wyzant.

 

2. Search Engine Evaluator

Search engines like Google and Bing rely on user feedback to update their algorithms in ways that serve people better.

You could be one of the people who fills out feedback forms and lets them know what they need to do in order to improve.

Average US salary: $12-15/hour.

Where to find work: Leapforce and Lionbridge.

 

3. Social Media Manager

We all spend a lot of time on social media every day – Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and the list goes on. If you’re used to getting a lot of likes or comments, or if you’re great at motivating others through your posts, you might want to consider turning this into a profession.

Social media managers build communities for companies on social media, engage these communities in conversations (for example, getting a lot of comments), and encourage them to take some sort of an action (like reading a blog post, signing up to an email list, or buying a product). Social media managers also play a vital role in building brand awareness for a company.

Average US Salary: $62,000/year for employees, according to Indeed. If you’re a freelancer, it depends on your marketing and negotiation skills.

Where to find work: The best opportunities in this field come from networking and pitching companies directly. To get started, try Googling marketing agencies and see if they need help handling the clients they’ve already landed.

 

4. Freelance Writer

Social media managers promote content that builds relationships and promotes sales for companies. Freelance writers write the content. There’s a huge need for writers now, as more and more companies want to build long term trust with their target audiences, and they do that by providing top quality content.

Great freelance writers stay up to date on marketing trends and research and know which content types work best when. They’re not only skilled at conveying complicated ideas, but they know how to do it in a way that best converts in a particular content format.

 

Well-fed freelance writers stay out of “content farms” and bidding sites, where you compete with hundreds of other writers for the same projects and get the gig if you under-quote yourself enough. To be a well-fed freelance writer, you need to go out there and market yourself to your target audience – usually, marketing managers – like any other business owner.

Average US Salary: $61,000/year for employees, according to Indeed. If you’re a freelancer, it depends on your marketing and negotiation skills.

Where to find work: The best opportunities in this field come when you network and proactively pitch to companies, but the Freelance Writers’ Den, a $25/month membership site, is a great place to start if you’re looking for high paying projects.

 

5. Resume Writer

Writing resumes may seem simple, but most people often find it hard to talk themselves up. If you’ve had success getting a lot of interest from great companies based on your resume, offer your services to others.

You can help them ensure their resumes shine a light on their accomplishments and the value they have to provide companies, in a way that speaks to recruiters.

Similarly, you can offer LinkedIn profile writing services, as many recruiters look for potential employees on this professional social network.

Average US salary: $15-25/hour.

Where to find work: ResumeEdge.

 

6. Transcriptionist

Transcriptionists are required to listen to audio recordings, and write them down. The key here is to be extremely accurate, so you need to have great attention to details.

This job also requires you to type fast. It works in your favor: The faster you type, the more you earn per hour.

Average US salary: $15-25/hour.

Where to find work: TranscribeMe and Rev.

 

7. Freelance Web Designer

Like freelance writers, freelance web designers need to market their services if they want to make a sustainable living. Websites that supposedly do the marketing work for you often come with a high price, as you’ll be expected to work for very cheap, and might end up losing money on the deals you take on.

To stand out of the crowd when they market themselves directly to prospective customers, freelance web designers need to prove more than their ability to design beautiful websites.

 

While companies care about image, they often care more about results. Therefore, well-fed freelance web designers are often the ones who understand what works in user experience and CRO (Conversion Rate Optimization). They learn how to create websites that drive visitors to download something or buy a product.

Average US Salary: $61,000/year for employees, according to Indeed. If you’re a freelancer, it depends on your marketing and negotiation skills.

Where to find work: The best opportunities in this field come from networking and pitching to companies directly. To get started, try Googling marketing agencies and see if they need help handling the clients they’ve already landed.

 

8. Micro-freelancing at Fiverr

Fiverr is the world’s largest marketplace for digital services, where you can offer almost anything, from graphics & design, digital marketing, writing & translation, video & animation, music & audio, programming & tech, advertising, business, fun & lifestyle. This is the place to make money out of your creativity and profession.

Average US salary: Starting at $5/gig.

Where to find work: Fiverr.com.

 

9. Virtual Recruiter 

Recruiters post jobs online and look for potential employees on LinkedIn. They read LinkedIn profiles they find and resumes that get sent to them, and decide who could be a good candidate.

They often conduct the initial phone interview, then pass the best ones to the relevant manager at the company to continue the screening process.

Recruiters used to only work offline, but things have changed, and now you can do this job from home.

Average US salary: $20-30/hour.

Where to find work: SimplyHired and CareerBuilder.

 

10. Become an Online Influencer

Do you have a hobby, a passion, or an interesting life? Are you knowledgeable about something many people struggle with?

 

If so, you might want to start a blog, a podcast, a vlog, or be active on one of the major social media networks. Sometimes it could take years to build a big enough, engaged enough, audience, but if you’re already used to sharing with people online, and have an audience that trusts you, it might be worth treating it as a business.

 

As your audience grows, you’ll be able to sell them services (like coaching or consulting) and products, but you’ll also be able to make a living by recommending other people’s products – and getting a sponsorship or commission in return.

Average US Salary: It changes from one person to another. According to this guide, you can charge $5-10 to post something on Instagram for every 1,000 followers you have. In other words, if you have 30,000 followers, you can charge $150-300 for every sponsored post you publish.

Where to find work: There are a lot of ways to connect with brands once you’ve built an audience. For example, if you already have a large following, you could apply to join influencer talent and marketing agencies, like Viral Nation, or platforms like Whalar, who connect Instagram influencers with relevant brands.

 

 

Now More than Ever: Online Jobs for Students are Everywhere

As far as “work from home” jobs are concerned, we live in the best time there ever was. More and more companies allow people to work from home if the only tools these employees need are a computer and an Internet connection.

The careers above are just a few great examples. People also work from home as virtual assistants, translators, data entry professionals, customer service representatives and sales people.

 

If your job can be done on a computer and you want to work from home, don’t be shy. Ask your employer if it’s possible, even part time.