9 remote jobs that require little or no experience

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Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on Point2.

Telecommuting is now more popular than ever, a simple convenience born out of a very uncomfortable epidemic. While there are more remote work opportunities than ever before, the competition for these jobs is much greater.

Work experience is essential in the office or online. It proves you can get the job done, and it helps you stand out from the crowd. But not all work-from-home jobs require a lot of experience.

For these remote jobs, skills and willingness to learn are more important than years of service.

1. Customer Service Representative

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It’s not hard to tell if someone has good people skills and is an effective communicator. Employers looking for customer service representatives can tell if you have these skills through interviews and tests.

Any experience you lack can be filled with on-the-job training. These jobs often provide you with a script and digital resources to help you answer any relevant questions that customers ask you during a phone call, video call, or chat.

All types of companies need brand ambassadors to help customers use and understand products and services. So you can find a job as a customer service representative almost anywhere.

Related roles: Concierge, Member Service Specialist, Technical Support Agent

2. Writer

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Are you an effective written communicator? Do you have solid grammar? If so, you can find writing jobs in almost any field. Many entry-level jobs will happily hire you even if you’re fresh out of school and have no professional writing experience.

While more advanced writing jobs will require experience and a college degree, many entry-level jobs and freelance opportunities only require you to complete writing tests and provide samples of what you’ve written before.

Related roles: Content writer, reporter, proofreader, service writer

3. Data entry clerk

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If you have a high school diploma and can pass a typing test, you’re in a good position to land a data entry job.

The role of a data entry clerk or specialist is as simple as the title suggests. In this entry-level role, you may also be asked to review, retrieve, reformat, or reorganize records.

While many data entry clerk roles require little or no prior experience, you must have attention to detail in addition to quick fingers. So, along with the typing test, you may also be asked to do proofreading exercises and other tests that prove your attention to detail.

Related roles: Report writer, maintainer, proofreader

4. Graphic designer

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If you have an amazing portfolio of graphic design work, many employers offering entry-level design roles will just want you to tell them about how you created some of your best pieces.

What tools, filters and techniques did you use? How long did it take you? What informed your design choices?

If they like your answers, you’ll likely be tested on several design tasks to prove you can produce quality art within a set time limit.

Related roles: UX designer, web designer, illustrator

5. Software engineer

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This role requires the ability to code and manipulate software programs, typically in more than one programming language. So you need to be able to demonstrate what language you understand to a prospective employer, be it Java and C++ or HTML and CSS.

While you probably won’t get hired at Google or any other tech titan without an epic resume, many smaller companies and startups will just want to see your certifications and other proof of your skills as a software engineer.

Related roles: Web Designer, Data Engineer, IT Specialist

6. Online community manager

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Can you tell when someone is pushing the envelope, flaunting the rules, or seemingly ignoring online community guidelines? Can you communicate the rules without escalating the situation?

Even as the rise of virtual assistants takes control of online interaction, most communities still need the human touch. Community managers need perception, patience, people skills, and the ability to grasp abstract ideas more than experience managing an online community.

As a community manager, you need to learn everything that users can and cannot do in your company’s online community. You need to be able to punish criminals without turning them into active enemies of your company.

You may also be asked to conduct online surveys and review feedback about your community interactions with virtual assistants.

Related roles: Social Media Moderators, Social Media Managers, Forum Moderators

7. Insurance agent

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Like other jobs that were once based in call centers, insurance jobs have been moving toward flexibility and online work long before the pandemic made it more popular.

You need a license to become an insurance agent, but most insurance companies are happy to help you with that if you already have good people skills.

You will take several weeks of paid training, in most cases, before you finally get to sell insurance products to customers.

Related roles: Loan officer, banker, broker

8. Teacher

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Teaching is one of the most flexible remote jobs. You can set your own hours in most cases and work with students near and far.

Many online tutoring companies and platforms offer training courses and digital learning tools to facilitate your lessons. Some of them will even match you with students so you don’t even have to look for a job.

Although tutoring does not require professional experience, academic experience will greatly contribute to your success as a tutor. Companies varied greatly in their requirements for those to work as mentors. Some require only a high school diploma, while others require a graduate degree.

Related roles: Supporter, trainer, coach, consultant

9. Outbound Call Agent

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Even if you’re not a cold-hearted person, you’ll need more advanced skills as an outbound call agent than as a customer service representative.

While the two roles are closely related, outbound calling requires strangers to let their guard down and be receptive to what you have to offer. Incoming agent calls from people who already want to talk.

However, you usually don’t need much experience, if any, to work as an outbound call agent. Like customer service representatives, you’ll receive training, call scripts, and digital resources to help people open up to you.

Outbound call agents can be classified into various categories such as telemarketing, political liaison, customer retention and sales.

Related roles: Customer Service Representative, Sales Associate

Tips for working remotely

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Here are some tips to help increase your chances of finding a job online with little or no prior experience:

  • Review job descriptions to determine what skills are required.
  • Any experience is still better than no experience. consider taking online courses to gain experience in a desired program or skill.
  • Develop your communication skills. You will likely need strong communication skills to work remotely.
  • Develop hard skills online.
  • Consider jobs with flexible work schedules. These jobs may allow you a certain number of days to work from home each week.
  • Connect with your connections on professional sites like LinkedIn.
  • Consider freelancing for a while to gain experience.
  • Consider going to trade school.
  • Check out jobs abroad. Just because a company is based in a certain area doesn’t mean you have to be too.

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