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15 Freelance Jobs Online Requiring No Degree or Experience (Carefully Researched)

Many people (maybe most people?) think that in order to freelance online you must have a degree or experience. That is not true at all! The world of freelancing is growing exponentially, and there are an increasing number of freelance jobs in which you can succeed as a beginner. In order to let you know more about this, I’ve created this list of 15 freelance jobs online requiring no degree or experience.

(This post contains affiliate links, which means at no additional cost to you I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.)

 

A little about this list

My goal here is to share with you not just a list but a useful and helpful list.

What you will find is not a regurgitation of all the same information about freelance jobs online with no degree or experience that you will find in lists elsewhere around the internet.

I was very selective and careful in curating this information. Under each of the 15 gigs you will not find dozens of freelance entities listed and then discover that the links are broken, the information given is inaccurate, out of date, or otherwise not of use. Instead, under each you’ll find that I’ve included a handful of companies and freelancer platforms with up-to-date and accurate information where you will have a real possibility of finding freelance work.

This list focuses on quality of information, not quantity.

I’ve independently researched online every one of the following companies to ensure that all the information I give here is accurate and current as of June 2019. I plan to update this article approximately twice a year to ensure it remains accurate.

Under each gig you’ll find links not to each company’s and platform’s homepage but to the most relevant and useful page on which you can find more information, sign up, or submit an application. I’ve also included a link to FAQ pages when available.

You’ll also find reviews from GlassDoor or Indeed, whichever had the least spammy and most positive reviews. For each company headquartered in the U.S. you’ll also find a link to its Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating. I did not provide reviews or ratings for freelance platforms.

Where training exists and is recommended for a certain type of job, I’ve noted that and linked to at least one online institution or online training course where you can receive training.

Many of these freelance jobs online enable you to work from anywhere, but for a couple you do need to be based in one location.

Some companies that you may find listed elsewhere on the internet are not listed here. This is because in doing my research I found many actually do not offer or no longer offer the type of work other lists said they offered; it appears that they may no longer be in business; I could not find any reviews or ratings; they received a lot of bad reviews; or, if they were an American company, they have a low BBB rating. Again, quality, not quantity.

So, this is not simply a list of many different types of jobs you can do as a freelancer with no degree or experience. This is information carefully curated by me so you don’t have to waste time, chase dead ends or begin your own research from scratch. I’ve focused only on the real possibilities and done the first pieces of the work for you.

Many people can freelance online with no degree or experience

15 Freelance Jobs Online Requiring No Degree or Experience

 

1. Interpreter and Translator

A translator changes words from one language to another, usually in writing. Interpreters change words from one language to another language, usually verbally.

Top interpreter and translator online jobs

Lion Bridge – “We’re always on the hunt for the best people to work with. Our vast network of experts and visionaries makes us who we are. Full-time jobs. Part-time jobs. In one of our 47 offices or from your home. Start your own adventure with us as we continue to bring meaning to brands around the world.”

You can apply for an interpreter job here.

You can apply for a translator job here. Click on Translators and Agencies.

Read Lionbridge reviews here.
Lionbridge BBB rating A+

Appen – “We are a global leader in the development of high-quality, human annotated datasets for machine learning and artificial intelligence. We partner with the world’s leading technology companies to improve their machine learning based products.”

You can find Appen translator jobs here.

Appen does not appear to offer interpreter jobs.

You can find Appen’s FAQ page here.

Read Appen reviews here.
Appen BBB rating – none – headquartered in New South Wales, Australia

2. Freelance Writer 

There are so many different genres of writing. You don’t have to be able to pen a best seller in order to make money writing.

Top freelance writing jobs online

TextBroker – “TextBroker gives you access to thousands of projects to turn your writing skills into cash.”

You can register to be an author with TextBroker here.

Read TextBroker reviews here.
TextBroker BBB rating A+

You may see the most success looking for freelance writing jobs on freelancer platforms like Simply Hired and Upwork or by advertising for free your writing services on Fiverr.

Freelance writer jobs on Simply Hired.
Freelance writer jobs on Upwork.
List your freelance writing services for free on Fiverr.

Really interested in breaking into freelance writing, but you’re not sure what to write about? You can get a list of 200+ freelance writing niches here.

If you want to develop your writing skills before you put yourself out there as a freelancer writer or if you want to work on your skills even after you’ve begun, you can taken an online writing course to help you get ahead of the game. Here are two courses where you can receive freelance writing training.

Gina Horkey’s freelance writing course – “A course designed to help new freelance writers turn their writing hobby into cold, hard cash – in one month or less! Already a freelance writer? Cool, this course can help you level-up too!” You can learn more here.

David Farley’s travel writing course – David Farley is an author, National Geographic host and professor at Columbia University and New York University. This online course is essentially what he teaches at NYU. You can learn more here.

Paper and red quill pen for freelancer writers, one of 15 ways to freelance online without a degree or experience

3. Virtual Assistant

A Virtual assistant (VA) is someone who handles certain aspects of online work for companies or individuals such as administrative duties, email management and social media management.

Top virtual assistant jobs

Most companies that hire virtual assistants and have good reviews and ratings do require some type of experience. However, many freelance virtual assistant job opportunities are available for people with no degree or experience on freelancer platforms.

VirtualAssistantJobs.com – This is a platform on which a variety of different VA jobs for different companies are listed, along with details about requirements.

You can read through current job openings and apply for a virtual assistant job here.

You may see the most success looking for freelance VA jobs on freelancer platforms like Simply Hired and Upwork or by advertising  your VA services on Fiverr.

Freelance virtual assistant jobs on Simply Hired.
Freelance virtual assistant jobs on Upwork.
List your freelance virtual assistant services for free on Fiverr.

You can find excellent in-depth information about how much you can earn as a virtual assistant here.

Receiving training is a good idea before trying to find work as a VA. Here are two online courses where you can receive training as a virtual assistant.

Horkey Handbook – “Start and grow a virtual assistant biz (from scratch) in the next 30 days!” You can learn more about and sign up for their virtual assistant course here.

If you’re interested in learning more before you commit, take their free virtual assistant webinar here.

IAP Career College – “IAP Career College aims to offer the finest in affordable online certificate programs for dream careers.” You can check out their virtual assistant course here.

4. Transcriptionist 

Transcriptionists listen to any of a large variety of audio recordings while simultaneously typing them up into written documents.

Top transcription freelance jobs online

TranscribeMe – “No need to look for work. It comes to you. Transcribe whenever and wherever. (24/7) Work as much or as little as you like. Transcribe short 2-4 minute clips, not long interviews.”

You can register as a transcriptionist with TranscribeMe here.

Read TranscribeMe reviews here 
TranscribeME BBB rating A+

Rev – “Rev.com is a new breed of service provider. Like traditional vendors, we rely on a network of hand-picked freelancers. Unlike traditional vendors, we use technology to offer unbeatable quality, speed, and value.”

Sign up to be a Rev freelancer here.

Read Rev reviews here
Rev BBB rating A+ 

You should receive training before looking for transcription work online. One excellent online transcription training course is Transcribe Anywhere.

Transcribe Anywhere – “We help aspiring transcriptionists build successful businesses with affordable, all-inclusive education and lifetime support.”

You can learn more about and sign up for Transcribe Anywhere courses here.

If you want to learn more before you commit, you can take the Transcribe Anywhere General Transcription free mini course here or their Legal Transcription free mini course here.

5. Scopist 

A scopist is a person who creates final transcripts of trials, depositions and other proceedings which have been first typed onto a steno machine by a court reporter.

You really need scopist training before you can find a job as a scopist, so I won’t list anywhere you can find scopist jobs here. This type of work is very involved and involves a lot of detail. I will list two different scopist training programs where you will learn about and receive help in finding freelance scoping work when you receive your training. You can earn good money as a scopist, so training can be really worth it.

You can read about many different ways to become a scopist here.

Two online scopist training courses are:

Internet Scoping School – “The most thorough and effective scoping training program on Earth. We teach our students to do far more than edit transcripts for court reporters — we teach them how to build a successful scoping business.”

You can sign up for Internet Scoping School here.
You can take a free mini course with Internet Scoping School here.

BeST Online Scoping Techniques – “Self-paced on-line scopist training program presented by Cathy Knox and Judy Rakocinski that will help you learn all the skills needed to become a successful scopist.”

You can learn more and sign up for BeST Scoping Techniques here.
You can read my interview with founder Judy Rakocinski here.

6. Voice-over Actor

An actor who performs voice-overs or provides voices to represent a character or to provide information to an audience or user.

Top voice-over jobs for beginners

Voices.com – “The industry-leading website that connects businesses with professional voice talent.”

(Note: You can get a free membership, which is good for beginners. Unfortunately, if you want access to all jobs, you have to pay $499.)

You can sign up for a Voices membership here.

Read Voices.com reviews here.
BBB rating N/A – Headquartered in Ontario, Canada

You may see the most success finding freelance voice-over work on freelancer platforms like Simply Hired and Upwork or by advertising your writing services on Fiverr.

Freelance voice-over jobs on Simply Hired.
Freelance voice-over jobs on Upwork.
List your freelance voice-over services for free on Fiverr.

7. Proofreader

Proofreaders carefully check writing for spelling, grammar, punctuation and other errors.

Top online proofreading jobs

Your best bet as a beginning proofreader may be to look for work on freelance marketplaces such as Simply Hired or by advertising your proofreading services for free on Fiverr. Some companies do prefer experience, so building your resume by finding freelance work on one of these platforms first can help.

Freelance proofreading jobs on Simply Hired.
List your freelance proofreading services for free on Fiverr.

Proofreaders need not have training in order to find work, but proofreading courses are very beneficial. Here are two online proofreading courses where you can receive training.

Proofread Anywhere – “We help proofreaders earn extra income from anywhere in the word, even if you’re starting from scratch.”

You can sign up for a free webinar to learn more about proofreading with Proofread Anywhere here.

Art of Proofreading – “Art of Proofreading is dedicated to helping you learn proofreading and copyediting skills so you can turn your dream of working with words into reality.”

You can learn more about and sign up for Art of Proofreading courses here.

8. Online Course Creator 

Create, market and sell an online course and you will earn money. There are online courses in a huge number of niches such as business, computers, health, personal development, finance and a lot more.

Unfortunately, you do have to pay for any platform on which you create an online training course. The platforms will teach you step by step how to create the course and, frequently, even how to market it. There are several online course platforms.

Top platforms to create online courses

Ruzuku – “Everything you need to connect with your audience, create inspiring content, and change the world.”

You can learn more about creating online courses with Ruzuku and begin a 14-day free trial here.

Teachable – “Your skills and experiences are unique and valuable. Easily build a beautiful course website, share your knowledge, and be rewarded for it.”

You can learn more about creating online courses with Teachable here.

9. English Teacher 

English is the most common language used all over the world and lots of people want to learn it.

Top online English teaching jobs

SkimaTalk – “Earn money during your free time. Work from anywhere and choose the hours you want to work. Make new connections with diverse people from all over the world. The best place to build your brand and reputation as a language teacher.”

No degree or certificate is required for this freelance job online, but currently you must be a native English speaker to teach with SkimaTalk.

You can sign up to become an English teacher with SkimaTalk here.

You can find SkimaTalk’s FAQ page here.

Read SkimaTalk reviews here.
SkimaTalk BBB rating A

QKids – “Work remotely, teach online from anywhere in the U.S. or Canada. $16 – $20 USD an hour, each in-lesson time is 30 minutes. Part-time, set your own teaching schedule. Interactive lessons and tools, awesome and supportive staff. “

(Note: QKids is pretty restrictive in its job requirements but still a good option for some. They prefer both a B.A. degree and experience, but this is not required. If you don’t have a B.A., you will require a plan to earn a TESOL/TEFL certification. You must be eligible to legally work in the U.S. or Canada.)

You can begin to apply for a job as an English teacher with QKids here.

You can find the QKids FAQ page here.

Read Qkids reviews here.
QKids BBB rating N/A – Headquartered in Xiamen, China.

You may see the most success looking for freelance English teaching jobs on freelancer platforms like Simply Hired or Upwork or by listing your English teaching services for free on Fiverr.

Freelance English teacher jobs on Simply Hired.
Freelance English teacher jobs on Upwork.
List your English teaching services for free on Fiverr.

 

Books and apples for freelance teachers

10. Foreign Language Teacher

If you are fluent in a language other than English and are good at teaching, you can work as a foreign language teacher.

Top online foreign language teaching jobs

Preply – “Earn money sharing your expert knowledge from the comfort of your home.”

(Note: I’ll personally recommend Preply. I haven’t taught there but I studied with Preply, had a fantastic tutor and learned a lot.)

You can sign up to become a tutor with Preply here.

Read Preply reviews here.
Preply BBB rating – not rated

You may see the most success looking for freelance foreign language teaching jobs on freelancer platforms like Simply Hired or by advertising for free your foreign language teaching services on Fiverr.

Freelance foreign language jobs on Simply Hired.
List your foreign language teaching services for free on Fiverr.

11. Online Support

Communicating with people usually in writing but sometimes verbally to assist them in learning about services the company for which you’re working has to offer.

There are a variety of types of online support jobs, and I’ve included three different types below.

Top freelance online support jobs

Online chat agent at The Chat Shop – “If you love interacting with people, learning and sharing your knowledge with others then joining our live chat team may well be for you. You’ll be representing our customers and working to drive each ‘chatter’ through to a goal.”

You can apply for a job as an online chat agent with The Chat Shop here.

Read The Chat Shop reviews here.
BBB rating N/A – headquartered in the UK

Online moderator or community manager at ModSquad – “Mods are pros in digital engagement: moderating forums, chatting with customers, managing communities, and buzzing in social media. As a Mod in our network, you can work from any private location with secure high-speed internet access. You’ll select your projects based on YOUR passions – and schedule when YOU want to deliver. #modsnotcubes”

You can submit an application to be an online moderator with ModSquad here.

Read ModSquad reviews here.
ModSqad BBB rating A+

Home-based call center at Live Ops – “When you perform telemarketing work from home as a Liveops agent, you’ll be able to choose an industry that fits your unique combination of skills and work availability.”

(Note: This LiveOps job requires a corded telephone, a corded headset, a dedicated landline phone and a computer with wired internet connection as well as no background noise.)

You can apply to work at LiveOps here.

Read LiveOps reviews here.
LiveOps BBB rating A+ 

12. Search Evaluator

Search evaluators perform internet searches on specific topics to rate the search results for relevance and quality in order to help improve future accuracy of results.

Top search evaluator jobs online

LionBridge – “We’re always on the hunt for the best people to work with. Our vast network of experts and visionaries makes us who we are. Full-time jobs. Part-time jobs. In one of our 47 offices or from your home. Start your own adventure with us as we continue to bring meaning to brands around the world.”

You can find current search evaluator freelance jobs online with LionBridge here. Click on your country. You’ll then find that the evaluator jobs are typically titled assessor, evaluator or reviewer.

Read Lionbridge reviews here.
Lionbridge BBB rating A+

Appen – “We are a global leader in the development of high-quality, human annotated datasets for machine learning and artificial intelligence. We partner with the world’s leading technology companies to improve their machine learning based products.”

You can find current search evaluator jobs with Appen here.  Click on Raters.

You can find Appen’s FAQ page here.

Read Appen reviews here.
Appen BBB rating – none – headquartered in New South Wales, Australia

13. Bookkeeper

A bookkeeper keeps records of the financial affairs of a business.

Top online bookkeeping jobs

You will probably see the most success in finding a bookkeeping job through a freelance platform such as Simply Hired or by advertising for free your writing services on Fiverr.

Freelance bookkeeping jobs on Simply Hired.
List your freelance bookkeeping services for free on Fiverr.

Bookkeeping training is a good idea before trying to find a bookkeeping job. Here are two online bookkeeping courses.

Penn Foster – “Whether you need to earn your high school diploma, work toward a college degree, or upgrade your career skills, we can help.”

You can sign up for a Penn Foster bookkeeping course here.

Skill Success – “Like learning? We help you learn anytime, anywhere.”

You can sign up for a Skill Success bookkeeping course here.

14. Online Juror

Online jurors, also called mock jurors, participate in a type of group research that allows lawyers to evaluate the potential reactions of jurors to their evidence and arguments before a case goes to trial.

Top Online Juror Jobs

Ejury – “Our online Mock Juries and Focus Groups allow large groups of people to help attorneys determine case value, develop case themes, find the facts to emphasize, and learn ‘public’ attitudes.”

You can sign up to be a juror with Ejury here.

You can learn more about Ejury here.

Ejury has no online reviews
Ejury BBB rating – A+

 

Courtroom gavel

15. Microworker

Microworkers perform microjobs, which are simple tasks you can do over the internet from anywhere.

Top online microjobs

Appen – “We are a global leader in the development of high-quality, human annotated datasets for machine learning and artificial intelligence. We partner with the world’s leading technology companies to improve their machine learning based products.”

You can find Appen microworker jobs here. Click on Micro Tasks.

You can find Appen’s jobs list here.

You can find Appen’s FAQ page here.

You can find Appen reviews here.
BBB rating – none – headquartered in New South Wales, Australia

Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) – “Crowdsourcing marketplace that makes it easier for individuals and businesses to outsource their processes and jobs to a distributed workforce who can perform these tasks virtually.”

You can get started as a microworker with MTurk here.

Read MTurk reviews here.
MTurk BBB rating – very interesting.

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  1. The Horkey Handbook email server is probably just running behind right now. I think you should receive them shortly. If you don’t get them by tomorrow, let me know and I’ll contact them to see if they can send them to you directly.

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