Landing remote jobs with no experience may sound like an impossible feat, but in today’s day and age, the possibilities are endless.
The beauty of the 21st century is that remote work is possible for almost anyone – even if you studied something different in school or lack a college degree altogether.
Whether you’re looking for a contract, part-time, or full-time remote position, you can find entry-level opportunities in a variety of industries.
Let’s get into it!
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Remote Jobs With Little To No Experience Required
Here are some of the main remote jobs that may hire people with little to no experience and/or without a college degree.
Proofreaders are in high demand across all industries, particularly:
- Newspapers, magazines, and other publishing companies
- Scientific/ technical services
- Medicine (research, medical documents, etc.)
- Employment services
- PR and marketing
The primary role of a proofreader is to fix the mechanical errors of written content such as grammar and spelling, inconsistencies in the format or style, miscellaneous typos, and awkward page or word breaks.
Not all proofreading jobs require a bachelor’s degree, but you do need to prove that you are skilled in the following:
- English spelling and grammar
- Quality assurance
- Written clarity
- Identifying and correcting small details
Be prepared to take a skills test before getting hired.
Virtual or Administrative Assistant
Virtual assistants help companies or individuals with administrative work such as:
- Managing and updating calendars
- Answering emails
- Scheduling events and meetings
- Project management
- Data entry
- Answering phone calls
Since this job encompasses a broad range of tasks, virtual assistants usually don’t need a specific degree to be qualified for the job; they need a certain set of transferrable skills, specifically:
- Attention to detail
- Adaptability + quick learning
- Digital communication skills
- Time management
When searching for job openings, be sure to pay close attention to the job responsibilities as they often vary. V.A.’s are usually fully remote, while administrative assistants sometimes have in-person tasks. Keep that in mind if you want to be 100% remote.
Community managers are in charge of moderating a brand’s audience on social media, online forums, and any other digital communities.
Some specific responsibilities may include:
- Responding to comments and DMs
- Moderating discussions in private social media groups
- Adding and removing people from private social media groups
- Monitoring and responding to public customer reviews/ inquiries
- Identifying insights gained from online conversations, inquiries, and complaints
- Generate ideas to improve online presence based on community conversations
Not only is this job is done 100% remotely, but it has become a necessary role in almost every company with an online presence (which, in 2021, is most of them.)
As long as you’re familiar with various social media platforms and online forums (and don’t mind engaging with people online every day!), then consider looking into community manager openings.
A bookkeeper’s main job is to track and manage a company’s cash flow in order to keep payroll and financial issues updated and organized. Some day-to-day tasks include:
- Recording transactions
- Developing financial statements
- Consistently checking records for accuracy
While some employers do prefer post-high school education, you can pursue online courses and certificates to prove that you’re a reliable fit for the position.
Additionally, some companies also offer on-the-job training as long as you can prove that you’re detail-oriented, organized, and reliable.
Sales reps are the liaison between a company and its current and prospective customers. This is the perfect job for anyone who wants to work remotely but still interact with people on a daily basis. Ideal personality traits for this job are engaging, persuasive, assertive, persistent, and adaptable.
Some key responsibilities of sales reps are:
- Selling products and/or services for an employer
- Reaching out to potential customers
- Following up on warm leads
- Developing and nurturing existing customer relationships
- Introducing new products and services to existing customers
The bulk of your time will be spent on the phone in addition to emails and other messaging apps depending on the company.
Data Entry Clerk
This is one of the most flexible, remote-friendly jobs out there, especially for beginners or people without a college degree.
The primary role of a data entry clerk is to input information from a physical document (spreadsheet, order form, printed invoices, etc.) into a digital database. As long as you can read, type quickly, and have a keen eye for detail, this job is extremely doable.
Companies hire full-time, part-time, and freelance data entry clerks with just a high school diploma and no prior experience. Additionally, data entry can usually be done at whatever hours work best for you, making it a great flexible option in a variety of time zones.
Customer Service Representative
If you’re a personable, empathetic, communicative individual, a remote job in the customer service realm could be a good fit.
Depending on the role, most companies employ customer service workers to serve as the point of contact for current and prospective customers and help them through whatever questions or concerns they might have.
The rising demand for customer support via phone, email, and IM has skyrocketed the number of remote jobs in this space, specifically the following roles:
- Customer Service Consultant
- Answering Service Representative
- Customer Sales Agent
- Bilingual Customer Service Representative
- Client Support Specialist
- Customer Success Manager
- Engagement Manager
This valuable role exists in most companies, regardless of the industry, and can be done successfully in a remote setting. The main responsibilities of a remote project manager are:
- Planning, organizing, and implementing certain projects
- Communicating with internal and external clients, vendors, and anyone else involved in the project
- Tracking costs and monitoring progress
- Analyzing the results and optimizing future projects
Every employer will request different levels of experience, but if you can get a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or something similar, that will give you a leg up in the hiring process.
Transcriptionists are in high demand right now due to the growing need for organizations to process large amounts of digital information.
The primary role of transcriptionists is to listen to audio and video recordings and convert them into a written format. It’s a straightforward but crucial task for many businesses.
Most job transcription openings only ask for a high school degree and maybe 1-2 years of experience, but if you can show that you’re reliable, detail-oriented, and a quick learner, you’ll have no problems getting the gig.
If you’re bilingual or multilingual, you have a huge leg up in the remote industry. Becoming a translator is just one of the many options!
Specific job descriptions vary by company, but most entail some form of translating written texts and audio and/or video files from one language to another. It’s usually a very flexible job that can be done fully remotely, making it a great side hustle or second stream of income.
Remote Job Application Tips
Job descriptions vary based on the employer or the company, so some of the jobs listed above may require certain technical skills, degrees, or relevant experience. But here’s what you need to remember:
Just because an application has a “bachelor’s degree” section doesn’t mean you shouldn’t apply if you didn’t graduate college.
Relevant experience is just as valuable as a college degree, if not more. Use that to your advantage.
For example, let’s say you skipped college and spent those years as a retail sales associate at the mall. You’ve decided to leave the retail space and dive into remote work, and you identify several remote jobs in the sales space that you’re highly qualified for.
Instead of shying away applications that “require” a bachelor’s degree, write something like “3+ years of experience in lieu of a bachelor’s degree.” This does two things:
- Proves that while you may not have studied sales in an educational setting, you’ve spent the last 3+ years honing your skills in the field.
- Ensures that the keyword “bachelor’s degree” is picked up by applicant tracking systems. (learn more about ATS’s here.)
Identify Transferrable Skills and Experiences
Transferrable skills are key to finding and landing remote jobs with “no experience.”
You may not have a professional or educational background in a particular job, but the skills and experiences you do have could be enough to land you the gig.
The first thing you need to do is identify your hard and soft skills. (yes, write this down!)
Hard skills are technical skills like video editing, coding, copywriting, etc. Typically, you learn these through formal training or in the field. Employers will want to see examples and/or testimonials of your past work to get a feel for your style and level of experience.
Soft skills, on the other hand, are interpersonal (and often transferrable) skills such as leadership, work ethic, adaptability, communication, and organization.
These are critical to landing a remote job but are slightly harder to prove. Some ways to show your soft skills are:
- Describing stories/ examples of times where you’ve exhibited certain characteristics.
- Providing testimonials from others (past colleagues, professors, etc.) talking about certain skills that make you stand out.
If you can’t think of any right off the bat, phone a friend or family member! It’s often helpful to ask others what your strengths are, so don’t be afraid to try that.
Highlight Remote Work Skills
Of course, different jobs require different things, but there are certain skills that stand out for all remote workers, including:
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Time management
- Ability to work independently
- Adaptability/ quick learner
- Organized and detail-oriented
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