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Daniel E.
(Originally published February 5, 2014. Content updated March 24, 2021.)

Today we’re tackling a question from a reader, in hopes that it will help all you find your ideal work-at-home job. Here’s what she had to say:

Dear Work at Home Woman,​

Is there anything non-phone-related that’s legitimate? I currently work for a call center and hate constantly being on the phone!

Thanks, Hope

Hi Hope, I know where you’re coming from. I used to be a prior authorization nurse for Medicaid. I was on the phone all day, approving nursing visits and medical equipment. Not only was it exhausting, but it made me want to crawl into a cave at the end of the day. Fortunately, there are lots of jobs that you can do from home without having to be on the phone.

Here are 25 different types of work and respective companies that hire telecommuters — no phone work required!

1. Bookkeeper

If numbers and organization excite you, then bookkeeping may be right up your alley. Help business owners organize and input their monthly income and expenses. Some of these companies do require experience or an accounting degree to apply, check them out for more details.
Interested in becoming a bookkeeper? Here’s a free training program to check out!

2. Chat Agents

Do you enjoy assisting people, but prefer not to be on the phone? Provide customer service detail via live chat and email. Most of these companies require individuals to be proficient typists with excellent spelling and grammar.

3. Data Entry Clerk

Data entry is one of the most common work-at-home jobs that I receive questions about. I’m hesitant to include some of these gigs because they pay so little – I’m talking pennies per document. But here are some places where you can find data entry jobs. In some cases, you’ll need to provide other administrative services in addition to data entry.

4. Freelance Writer

From blog posts and newsletters to articles and advertising copy, people are always looking for talented writers. You can search for jobs on some of the major freelance sites, or you can pitch your bloggers and companies that have blogs and always need fresh new content.

5. Complete Short Tasks

Short tasks or micro-tasks are just what they sound like – jobs that take a short time to complete, often only minutes. Payouts and functions (watching videos, surfing the web, testing websites, internet searches, etc.) vary greatly, so make sure to check out these sites to see what’s available.

6. Use Smartphone Apps

Don’t worry — with this one you’re not talking on the phone, but instead, using its digital capabilities to make money.
Nowadays, online competition is fierce, so companies are getting creative with how they reach consumers. Instead of spending marketing dollars on traditional advertising, brands are reaching out to consumers in unique ways, like smartphone apps. The great thing about using your smartphone to make money is there are real customer reviews for each app, so you can get a better idea of which ones are legit and which ones to stay away from.

7. Paid Surveys

There are many legitimate websites where you can offer your opinion in exchange for cash, rewards, and sweepstake entries. While you’re not going to get rich from participating in surveys, it is a fun way to share your thoughts on products and services, and you’ll receive compensation for your time.

8. Transcriber

Do you have excellent listening skills? Are you a fast and accurate typist? Then help businesses transcribe audio files into written documents.

9. ESL Instructor

Do you have a thorough understanding of the English language? Do you enjoy learning about other cultures? Then consider working as an ESL instructor. While you’re not working on the phone, you will be giving instructions via webcam. Here are some companies that hire independent contractors for these positions.

10. Web Search Evaluator

Search engine evaluators provide feedback to development teams to ensure that internet search results are accurate and relevant to the search query’s intent. Here are a few companies that hire for these roles.

11. Proofreader

Do you have an eagle eye? Do typos drive you crazy? Then consider working from home as a proofreader. Most positions are freelance, which means you have a flexible schedule, and you can take on as much work as you’re able to handle.
Interested in becoming a proofreader? Here’s a free training webinar to check out!

12. Community Moderator

If you love working online, consider working as a community moderator. In these positions, you’ll oversee forums, online groups, and social media accounts to ensure that rules are being followed, questions are being answered, and spam and junk content are being removed. If this sounds like a fun opportunity, check out the companies below.

13. Website Tester

Did you know that companies will pay good money to ensure that their websites are user-friendly? It’s true! While you’re not going to get rich completing website audits, it is a flexible and straightforward way to make some extra cash. You don’t need a phone to complete these assignments, but you will need a laptop with a webcam and microphone to record your findings. If you’d like to get paid to test websites for usability, check out the companies below.

14. Social Media Specialist

Are you a social butterfly? Do you have excellent written communication skills? Then consider working from home as a social media content specialist. As a social media manager, you’ll be managing companies’ social media accounts, curating content, and providing customer service online.

15. Internet Researcher

Do you love surfing the web? Are you great at finding the needle in the haystack? Then consider working as an internet researcher. In this role, you’ll be completing research tasks for various individuals, companies, and businesses.

16. Marketing Associate

Do you have a marketing or advertising degree? Do you have previous marketing experience? Then use your skills and knowledge to land a marketing position. Here are some companies that regularly hire for these remote positions.

17. Online Tutor

Are you a math whiz? Tutoring can be an excellent home-based business opportunity, especially for those people who have extensive knowledge of a subject, such as a college student who is majoring in English, a school teacher, or a person who is fluent in a foreign language. While these positions don’t require being on the phone, they do require face-to-face interaction via a webcam or online software like Skype.

18. Personal Stylist

Do you love fashion? Are you a creative individual who has an innate sense of style? Then try your hand at online personal styling. In this role, you’ll curate a set number of clothing items and accessories based on the client’s fashion profile.

19. Image Reviewer and Photo Editor​

Do you have an eye for execution and detail? Then maybe working as a freelance image reviewer or editor is your calling. These positions require some experience but are perfect for individuals with a creative flair, and they can be completed 100 percent online.

20. Closed Captioner

Are you a visual learner? Can you type quickly and accurately? Then consider working from home as a closed captioner. In this position, you’ll view video clips and transcribe the audio portion into text — no phone work required! Here are a few hiring companies to check out.

21. Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants perform a wide variety of administrative tasks like answering email, data entry, blog management, bookkeeping, editing, proofreading, marketing, research — and the list goes on and on. The services that you offer will all depend on your skills, experience, and education. There may be an occasional phone call that you need to make, but for the most part, this position is phone-free! If being an online admin sounds appealing, check out the following companies.

22. Online Test Scorer

If you have a Bachelor’s Degree and you would enjoy reading student essays and short answers on tests, becoming an online test scorer may be your calling. Most of these positions are seasonal with part-time hours — take a look at these companies for openings.

23. Translator

If you have a working knowledge of two or more languages, along with excellent written communication skills, you could work-from-home as a translator. Translators take one language and translate it into another — the types of projects are varied from simple documents and sub-titles to full-on books.

24. Graphic Designer

If you’re skilled at Photoshop and you have a creative flair, you can work from home as a freelance graphic designer. From logos and branding materials to building websites and creating social media content — there are a wealth of opportunities for the taking.

25. Medical Coder and Biller

Did you know that each service that a doctor provides to a patient has a unique billing code? And did you know these billing codes have to be used when doctors bill insurance companies? If helping doctors and medical professionals file claims, sounds appealing, medical billing and coding may be your path to working from home. You will need specialized training, which you can complete in four months through an online program like CareerStep.


This is just a glimpse of some of the work-at-home jobs and opportunities that don’t require you to be on the phone. For some more ideas, make sure to check our article, 99 work-at-home career ideas for women. Or, if you have a suggestion, please leave it below for all to learn from.

Daniel E.
I would add to the above you can make money at Fiverr for graphic design, programming, and now also data analysis and lots of other stuff including life coaching, virtual assistants, and book writing.

In addition to graphic design, I am using Fiverr now for someone to help me with my resume and LinkedIn profile.
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