Whether you’re just starting out in the freelance world, or looking for extra cash to supplement your main income, there are several side-gigs that do not require any experience or specific education to get started. Since these forms of work do not require experience or skills, you cannot expect them to pay very well, but they are a good way to earn a little money.
If you’re hoping to launch your freelance career, positions that require no experience are a good way to learn and build your resume. By taking on low-skill jobs in your early days of freelancing you can build a portfolio and expect to increase your rates in the long run. You might even be able to work in a niche and gain enough experience to become an expert in a certain area, as well as make a good reputation for yourself. Once you have built your skills, have an impressive portfolio and a good reputation, your talents will be in demand and you can increase your rates. For more tips on finding your niche, check out our last post here on the SageGroupy blog.
One word of caution before you dive into the world of remote side-gigs requiring no experience: Beware of Scams. If a job looks too good to be true, it probably is. Do some background checking into a company before you decide to take on a position with them and never give out sensitive personal information to an unreputable company.
With that in mind, here are 10 jobs you that do not require any experience to get started:
These are small online tasks that you can perform for a small fee. You can find them by logging directly onto companies’ websites or you can advertise your services on online marketplaces, such as: damongo, gigblasters, and zeerk. Be sure to review the conditions of the job carefully and when and how you will be paid, there are some places that require you to do many jobs before you are eligible for a payout.
2) Online Juror gigs:
In this job you are helping lawyers test out strategies by watching videos, listening to audio, or reading documents and answering questions about the material, thereby serving in a mock jury. Online juror posts are easiest to find if you are an American citizen who is of legal age. You will have to fill out a personal profile and the lawyers will use the information in order to select a well-rounded mock jury, but beware of giving away sensitive information. The company should not ask for things like your Social Insurance Number - if they do, it is likely a scam.
3) Data Entry:
Companies hire remote workers for basic data entry and these types of positions can be accessed directly through companies’ websites or crowdsourcing sites, the most well known of which is probably Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. If you are highly organized and possess good communication skills, data entry might be the perfect place to pick up some extra money. There are a lot of scams in this field though, so extra caution is advised.
4) Website and/or App testing:
With the constant generation of new websites and apps, developers require remote usability testers to make sure they are user-friendly and work well. You can pick up work reviewing websites and apps still in development at websites such as testerwork and testbirds. Don’t worry if you’re not an app expert, having a beginner's point of view can actually be an asset for developers hoping to make their product easy to use for everyone. You may be asked to fill out a demographic profile so that relevant jobs, tasks and questions can be assigned to you. Often testers are not paid until feedback is accepted by clients. Since feedback can be rejected due to a number of reasons, payment isn’t always guaranteed in these jobs.
5) Web-search Evaluation:
This job requires you to give feedback on search engine results, making sure that they are accurate and spam free. It does require evaluators to be knowledgeable of internet and have good communication skills. Some positions may require a college degree but experience is often not necessary. You can find search evaluator positions on websites like leapforce.
6) Virtual Assistant positions:
In this type of work you need to perform administrative tasks such as organizing files, answering phone calls, making travel arrangements, conducting online research, et cetera. Assistants traditionally worked in the office alongside their boss, but more and more people are outsourcing this type of work and the demand for virtual assistants is rising. Some of these positions do require experience but there are many general virtual assistant jobs out there that do not. If you are willing to learn and are a good problem solver, as well as being organized and dependable, it might be a good fit for you. You might even be able make it into a freelance career, rather than just a side-gig. Check our post about how to get started as a virtual assistant.
7) Customer Service:
Companies are always looking for people to help them take care of and take calls from their customers. Basic customer service jobs do not require any experience but you need to be friendly and patient and able to deal with upset customers. You can find jobs at websites like remote.co.
8) Content Moderating:
Forums, review sections, and social media need content moderators to make sure what is written abides by their company’s guidelines. You will need to delete comments that break the rules or display sensitive information, as well as block nuisance users. Moderators need to be detail-oriented and fast. Look for content moderating jobs on job search sites such as simplyhired.
Websites, books, advertisements - almost all written content needs proofreaders to make sure there are no mistakes and everything looks perfect. If you are meticulous with great spelling and grammar skills you can start looking for work as a proofreader on freelance sites like upwork. This type of position can develop into a career if you are skilled at it and can build a good reputation.
The final position in our list is one that you can start out with no experience but build into a great freelance career if you are good at listening and typing. The requirements sound simple: listen to audio and write what you hear, but really good transcribers develop good techniques and skills in order to produce accurate transcriptions in a timely manner. If you think you’d like to try out transcription and make a little money, or if you think you might be able to find your niche there, you can start by looking for work at places like transcribeMe.
Whether you’re looking to turn freelancing into your main income source or are interested in supplementing your current income with a side-gig or two, there are plenty of options that require little or no skills and no experience. If you already have skills and experience that you want to use, make a profile with SageGroupy today; show them off in order to help clients that are looking for those skills find and hire you.