40 Legitimate Work from Home Jobs (No Investment or Startup Fee)

Last Updated February 12, 2017

Online jobs from homeWorking from home is a dream for a lot of us.

It used to be that stuffing envelopes from home and other (mostly) scams, were all you could find if you were searching for work at home opportunities.

Thankfully, the internet has changed everything, this one included.

According to a survey by the U.S. Department of Labor. the number of people who did some or all of their work at home increased from 19 percent in 2003 to over 24 percent in 2015.

There are a lot of companies nowadays that offer at home jobs.

Try Swagbucks, the famous rewards program that pays you for watching videos, taking surveys, shopping and more.

Although, you still have to be vigilant as there are still many work at home scams out there.

From the biggest corporations to the smallest business outfits, MNCs to government institutions, it is getting increasingly common for employers to offer “remote worker” or “telecommute employee” options.

With escalating cost and stuttered economy, it is little surprise that the idea has extended to include even workforce that is foreign based.

That is how far the Internet has changed the concept of work!

Here is the list…

1. TeleWork.gov

This is the easy one!

With the public sector being the number one employer in the United States, the signing of the “Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 ” by the Congress has opened the doors of various federal agencies to thousands of part-time workers.


What they are after are people who can set appointments and generate leads for their sales stuff.

The good thing here is that they standardize the workers’ hourly rate and commission.


This is really a job posting site rather than a virtual employer.

It offers plenty of telecommuting opportunities internationally, splitting into over 50 categories.


As the name suggest, you will function as an agent taking calls from clients in general. They span across industries, so expect to be deployed in medical, financial and insurance industries.

A fabulous work at home option assuming you can handle the jargon and industry talks in these industries.


Throughout its over 20 years of existence, this company only deals with premium companies.

You will be handling the calls on behalf of its clients and you are at liberty to work from home.


Whether you are looking for a full-time, part-time, or second job, Uhaul wants you.

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It has been around for some 60 years, and this corporate giant is often associated with the label of the “Generous Employer.”

And the perks are attractive here as well.

The most prominent type of jobs involves answering calls from home, working for Uhaul rentals, or other customer service functions.


This is pretty niche, as they tend to fancy certain professions, like bookkeepers, accountants, appointment setters, and salespeople.

All can expect to work from home.


If you are familiar with sorting out medical records, good in dictation or have an excellent transcription skill, this is the perfect work at home job for you.


They boast of a workforce that numbers 20,000 working from home. These so-called agents are required to take incoming calls daily on behalf of their corporate clients.

One good thing about the company is that they are willing to invest in training, so all workers are brought up to speed in their jobs as licensed insurance agents, or whatever else they specialize in, in a fairly short time.

10. Textbroker

The site can be ideal if you enjoy writing, albeit on a smaller scale like simple writing projects.

The pay scale here is not great, but the assignments are easy to manage if you are a prolific writer.

11. Leapforce

This company is a contractor to Google and it hires what are known as “Search Quality Raters.”

Your job will be to perform searches on Google using various terms and rating the results.

At the time of writing this post, the going rate for raters is $11.50 an hour.

12. Swagbucks

OK, Swagbucks is not your traditional work from home job. It’s a reward site that lets you earn cash and free gift cards for doing things online you probably do anyway.

  • Watching videos
  • Playing games
  • Taking surveys
  • Shopping
  • And more

You earn points that can be redeemed for PayPal cash and gift cards for hundreds online and offline stores like , Target, Walmart, and BestBuy.

13. Virtual-Assistant-Needed

If the idea of virtual assistant appeals to you, you will find jobs of different nature here. But before you can work from home, you will be put through a qualifying process before they could offer a suitable position to you.

14. Update: no longer available

The range of jobs available here is so diverse and plentiful, so my best advice is to check out the “contact us” link on their web page.

Most likely, these have something to do with taking calls from patients, filling phone queries and working out payment schedules for medical bills.


The part-time opportunity could lead to full-time employment.

Think of this option seriously, as the company itself is a long-established one, and among a handful of companies that advocates paid vacations with benefits aplenty if you happen to be their full-time worker.

16. 1-800-Contacts

If you have a thing for servicing customers, you can look out for home-based customer service jobs here, so long you are no more than 50 miles off Draper, UT.

The pay package consists of $10/hr and incentives.

The computer maker company offers at home jobs from time to time.

Be sure to search using the keyword “remote”. That will bring up results for only at home opportunities.


If you can teach English, you can earn about $10/hr.

The audience tends to be South American folks and a session would put you in touch with a group that ranges from 1 to 5 people. No, you don’t have to get there, but working from your computer at home.

You may also be more assured that the teaching does not involve any video, just plain audio.

The great thing is that they would prepare the lesson, and you effectively just take the instruction on what to teach. I know, such job tends to get repetitive but I won’t complain if it brings about nice money. But you have to be prepared to commit to at least 15 hours a week for this job.

19. SigTrack

For people familiar with data entry, SigTrack has loads of registration forms to fill up.

20. Working Solutions

This is like a call center set up on the internet. The sorts of industries they represent are quite a wide mix.

When it comes to skill sets, they do not discriminate. So whatever skill you have, bring it on – sales, technical aptitude, online chat support, data entry….

To work here, you will have to have a dependable internet connection plus a land-line phone.


The Company is always hungry for workers, be it part-time or full-time. The company offers a flat $18.50 per hour; regardless you are working at the site or from your home, so this could be a real bargain.

The nature of job typically involves leads generation on behalf of those fortune-1000 firms.

22. Demand Studios

This website is more into creative stuff, so people in the fields like Writers, Editors, Title Editors, and Filmmakers are especially welcomed here.

It seems that the business is influenced by the wider industry trend and there could be multiple various openings depending on the fashion of the time. In fact, this is one of the more profitable work sites for me, as I have made something in excess of $2,000 just indulged in article writing and title editing.

It is helpful but you are not compelled to be an efficient writer. In fact, writing experience also counts little here. So long you can produce pieces with clear instructions (there are usually “How to” articles), they want you.

If you have a tendency to learn stuff and able to reproduce your learning experience in writing, you should be able to handle the job here.

Most of the content you contribute will be published on few of their main online properties including and .

23. Capital Typing

This South Carolina-based company is always on the look out for data entry keyers, transcriptionists, and customer support positions.

24. Verbal Planet

If your dream job is to become a tutor, you will have your dream fulfilled by becoming a legit tutor for thousands of international students.

Payment is through PayPal.

It does not take a cent to register with this website, but they will want to assess your skills.

25. Terescription

Another transcription service provider. Always hiring transcribers who have a penchant for the entertainment business.

26. 1-800-Translate

The company specializes in translation works. Usually, work with freelance translators. No joining fees required.

27. Aim-for-a-Tutor

If you are still pretty much in touch with the academic syllabus, this company would hire you to be their online tutors.

Teaching format is one-on-one, covering a wide array of school subjects.

To try your luck, send your resume to [email protected] and be sure to describe in one paragraph on your idea of online tutoring.

They expect you to supply your Skype username, available hours and salary desired.

28. Accolade Support

A website focuses on providing PC support. They often look to contractors with PC Desktop Support experience, and you can operate from home.

Pay ranges about $8.25- $10 for every hour.

29. Fiverr

For instant gratification, try Fiverr. It is an online marketplace where everything is on sales at only $5.

Payment is guaranteed through PayPal, and it is usually paid out fast.

30. Virtual Bee

Again another company that is focused on data entry tasks. There is usually a long wait line to get jobs, though.

Payment is done through PayPal.

31. AccountingDepartment

If you are a qualified accountant, check this out for accounting work. No joining fees here.

32. 1-800-Flowers

This New York-based flower company are always on the look out for workers.

The job covers temporary, seasonal, and permanent call center agents. Do take note that the hiring tends to focus on specific states only. To qualify, you need at least a computer, Internet connection, and a land-line phone. They only accept people of at least 18 years old, and they look for past experience in call center.

You also need to write well and poses strong communications skills.

33. AB Global

The website is run by a family and their specialty is producing translation work for business.

If you are bilingual and like to work from home, it could work for you.

34. Fancy Hands

The company is pretty focused in that they just concentrate on clerical jobs for their army of virtual assistants.

35. Click n Work

ClicknWork is a micro freelancing site where you can find all kinds of tasks to complete.

Anything from writing blog posts and articles to graphic design, data entry, SEO and more.

36. Google Ads Quality Rater

This is what you would call “Google work from home job “. Not work at home but partly telecommute job.

Your key responsibility is to rate Google search engines. You do need a degree and you must be willing to go through a test and undergo further training before you will be considered for the work.

37. Great American Opportunities

The website specializes in gift orders or magazine subscriptions for their school fundraising projects. This operates on the internet and often requires independent contractors to handle this part of the job.

Again, a screening test is mandatory. The recruitment happens two times every year. First one in the Spring and the next one is to be in July 2014.

They would not entertain any job application unless it is supported by a resume, to be sent via email.

38. The Coding Network

This involves medical coding, prior experience is thus necessary, can work from home.

39. Speakwrite

This company usually engages writers on a contract basis. All residents of the United States and Canada are welcome to apply. It is highly popular in continental America; so they tend to keep a big database of job applicants.

And they may review your application from time to time, make sure that you follow up with the company if it represents so much appeal to you.


This is arguably the largest virtual employer around.

With a ready and transient workforce that measures into 44,000, spanning across some 17 countries, part of TeleTech’s attraction is surely their employee benefits program and perks, which are acknowledged as being among the best in the industry, whether on land or online companies.

Final Words

I tried to include mostly opportunities that don’t require any investment or startup fees.

I hope I have covered enough ground on work at home opportunities for you (whether you are a stay at home mom, or dad, a college grad, or someone who’s just looking for a way to make some extra cash from home), to start contemplating which direction you are heading.

As far as I know, these are all legit and trusted websites that offer real work, not scams.

Be sure to bookmark this page. Whenever possible, I will try to add to this list as more legit businesses come online to offer even more opportunities for those who fancy working at home.

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Sorry, I accidentally linked it to the Spanish version. I fixed the link now and it should go to the English version.

Thanks so much for the heads up, Toni.

I would take swagbucks off this list. That site is a total waste of time.
It takes an inordinately long time to collect enough points to get even a 5$ gift card, let alone 5$ in paypal… there are other sites that pay out way better. You’d honestly be better off collecting cans and recycling them for change rather than using swagbucks. I’ve tried using it for months now and I’ve had nothing but problems— not receiving points after watching tons of really bad videos/clips, not receiving points after completing a survey (or being told i was “screened out” of a survey AFTER i had a message saying it was complete!) Their customer service is terrible. It might work well for people who shop online a lot, but if you already don’t have any money in the first place, it is not very useful (half the things on there just redirect you to places where you have to sign up, give personal information, a lot of them ask for CREDIT CARD NUMBERS…beware!)

Otherwise, this list looks very solid— thank you! I will be looking in to some of these for sure.

I totally agree about the small earning on SB which is why in the last paragraph of that section I specifically said “If you hold realistic expectation on your potential earning, this site could be both fun and rewarding to be at.”

And you are correct, it’s not for everyone. For some people it might be worth it, for some it might not. And the same can be said about almost any site on this list. No one site or method is going to work for ever single person, which is why I made this list to (hopefully) give everyone reading it a few good options.

Thanks for commenting, Suroosh.

Yes I agree, I tried swagbucks a few months ago, i had the same issues.
A great list though, I’m thinking ill go for demand studios and OpenEnglish.

I worked for sigtrack a while back, they’re a good company but you have to be able to keep a high percentage on accuracy to stay on. The pay is decent if you get enough tags done in a week or more. Pay is weekly via PayPal. If you’re really good at data entry work, following strict guidelines and have a 90% accuracy rate or higher in data entry work, then I highly suggest that job. It is really simple to get hired on as well. From my knowledge, as long as you have a valid e-mail address, a working Skype account to do their verification for employment, and a PayPal account, you can work from there. Hope that helps some for anyone who was looking into working with them. )

Also, I really enjoyed the list, it is highly helpful. I’ve been trying to find more data entry work from home jobs other than sigtrack but that seems to be the main one you posted that is STRICTLY data entry work. I will be looking into other jobs you posted though, so thank you very much. )

Thanks for sharing your experience Tiani.

I am glad you enjoyed the list. And yes, take a look around on MoneyPantry and I am sure you’ll find tons of legit work at home opportunities.

I’m currently searching for a work at home due to a disability I have great clerical and call center skills been searching for something legit in Arkansas but everything so Leary please help have my St up and ready to go need to start working quickly for my children

Christina, I am very sorry to hear about the difficulties you’re having. Have you tried the companies mentioned here? The first few are specially related to call center jobs.

Click and Work seems a little outdated considering they were last updated in 2011 and I would be leery of this site based on that fact alone. Sorry!

Amy, good catch on that one. However, the site itself is updated regularly, it’s just that the content of that page and the info it gives haven’t changed so they didn’t need to change or “update” it. When everything is the same there is no need to update the content. If you look at other stuff that actually need updating (for example the copyright year notice in the footer) you can see that they do update them.

Great list of work from home jobs. I’m looking for some work from home jobs that doesn’t involve me buy headsets. Just something simple…also do you know any legit writing company that deal in poetry? Thank you

For sites that pay you for poetry, check out this post: 35 Places to Submit Your Poems for Money

I found your site searching for home assembly positions and this is one of the search results. I don’t see any listed on here. Are there any that you know about that aren’t scams? Thanks

I don’t know of any legitimate home assembly positions. The few I came across were scams.

Thank you for the response. I’ve been looking into a lot of them and most pan out as scams or “front Companies” that either have been shut down or have horrible reviews(if any). If I happen to find a legit one…. I’ll let you know so that you can offer this info to anyone else that are interested in this type of work. One that I found as a verified scam is “tiny details”, which has changed their name to “Artisan Miniatures”.

Bobbi McEvoy says

I am a 65 year old widow with MS. I have no secretary skills. Are there any home based jobs for someone like me? Thank you

Bobbi, yes there are. Some of the sites mentioned in this post don’t really require much of a secretarial skills, like Google Ads Quality Rater and Textbroker. Of course, you can also try sites like Swagbucks. You won’t make a living but it’s extra money.

Please can you help me confirm if BASEOFNEWS is a legitimate platform for working from home… Your reply is greatly appreciated… Please also legit work at home for Nigerians

It seems like a total scam. Stay away from it.

Katherine Ashby says

As a stay at home mom I recommend “Medical Coding” as a wonderful work from home option. Yes, you will need training. You can’t just code medical records without having proper training. However, this is a real and promising career. I used to work for “Career Step” and they have an awesome Medical Coding course.

Their training is done online and is self-paced. You could finish the program in 4 months but 6 months is probably more realistic. They do however give you up to a year to get it all done. Their program is approved by the American Health Information Management Association and the American Academy of Professional Coders. They work with companies such as CIOX Health, Lexicode, OS2-HCS, TrustHCS, Inovalon, Mckesson that hire their grads to work from home right out of the program.

The average salary for this career is about $40,000. Their entire program including books, instructors and job assistance is around $3,000 and they offer sweet payment plans.

If you want more info, reference links or have questions let me know (email removed)

Hello, Capital Typing is not a company that hires to work from home. They are a company that sells to other companies, programs on how to do this service. Companies that are wanting to have people work for they, but work remotely, this is the company they go to, to learn how to do this.

Capital Typing is not a work from home company. Just thought I would let you know.

Hi there,
I am so interested in many types of jobs.

7 years of experience.
Please I need to get Started right away.
thank you

Hi. I do not have work permit in U S. can I register in any of these companies and work from? I don’t want to break the law and want to earn some dollars.

These companies usually accept workers from the U.S. and Canada.

You may want to check out our list of international work at home jobs.

Kim Clarke says

Thanks so much for your list! I am can’t wait to apply for some of these and start working from home! Thank-you again!

You are very welcome, Kim. Good luck.

Keep us posted on the your progress and success in working from home.

My husbnds joh requires us to travel a lot. Does any of these sites accommodate for that kind of situation?

Missy, with most of these companies, you work remotely form home or wherever you are. As long as you have a phone and internet connection you should be good to go.

Janice Verb says

I just read through all of these posts. Wow I can’t believe how many people asked the same question, and how many typos there are. Well with that said my question is I have a computer but it’s not working right now. Could I do any of these work at home jobs on my tablet until I can get my computer fixed?

Yeah, unfortunately, a lot of people don’t read the actual article where the questions are usually answered.

As for typos, I apologize. We do our best to minimize them, but we do make mistakes.

As for your question, yes, you can work on any device that is connected to the internet. You don’t necessarily have to have a PC. You can use a laptop, tablet, even your phone if you are comfortable with it.

Janice Verb says

What’s with all the back slashes when I type can’t and it’s?

I don’t think it’s an issue caused by our site. It’s probably something on your keyboard. Either you accidentally hit the backslash button (since it’s just below the “‘”) or perhaps the two buttons are stuck together.

Janice Verb says

I just want to tell you that virtual vocations is free to sign up on, but they only give you partial access. If you want full access and to apply for any jobs you have to pay by the month, every 3 months of every 6 months. Sounded awesome till I got to the payment part….

Hmm… yeah, that’s disappointing.

Thanks for letting us know, Janice.

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