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Transcription work from home jobs involve listening to audio files and typing out what you hear. While some types of transcription (such as medical) require training, it is possible to break into general transcription with little to no past experience. Before you start digging through the companies below, you may want to read this post about what general transcription involves and this post about the equipment transcribers use.
While it may seem like these sites are your best best when you’re a newcomer, they’re largely a crapshoot when it comes to winning a project. These sites are a rush for the lowest bid, and you’re competing against hundreds if not thousands of other desperate freelancers prepared to sell their firstborn for the chance to write someone’s 250-page ebook. (Some writers have been able to make a decent buck on sites like Upwork, but they are often the exception rather than the rule and have usually invested huge amounts of time to make it happen.)
The best option (if you’re from North America and if you have a Bachelor’s Degree in any subject) is to become a VIPKID teacher and teach English online through their platform. After you’ve been through the interview and are hired, you’ll be given lesson plans to choose from and can start teaching eager Chinese students. You’ll earn between $14 – $22 / hour and you pick your own hours.
"John Deere has a running history on our family farm for the last 50 years, so it was a natural decision to consider an internship at John Deere. I have always had a great desire to give back the same care and enthusiasm our farm has received from John Deere, and I’m able to do that through my internship. I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer than being surrounded by co-workers who are passionate about the future of agriculture."
Freshman seminar classes (like Statistics 101, for example) can have as many as 500 students enrolled. That's a lot of tests to grade, so professors often employ students within the department to grade tests. Although it's grunt work, the workload is generally spread out based on when the tests are, leaving lots of time in between for academics and extracurricular interests.
Because the fee is so small but the task takes so little time, the strategy is to do as many of them as possible. However, be sure to read the fine print because many of these companies have a minimum payout, meaning that if you earn $8.55 doing 20 micro jobs, you may have to wait until you’ve earned as much as $50 to actually get your money. Read more about some of the pitfalls of this kind of work.