One of the questions I get most from my students who are just starting out in online business is how to get jobs that require no experience. If you are curious about this same thing, chances are you’re either looking to gain brand-new skills and market those online, or you want to figure out how use your current skills to serve online-based clients.
First of all, one thing I want to say upfront is that almost none of you are really looking for jobs that require no experience. Because the truth is that we all have some relevant experience!
For example, a lot of my students are stay-at-home moms looking to transition into working from home. Girl, if you’re a mom, trust me — you got mad skills.
Just think about all the things that you tackle on a daily basis as a mom. Those are actually skills that could be applicable to online business if you simply look at them differently:
- “Customer” Service
- Time management
- Financial planning
- Schedule/calendar management
Even if you just have a couple of those skills nailed, you’re already leagues ahead of the rest of the world. Trust me!
Maybe you’re not a mom, though. But did you go to high school? Get a college degree? Were you a shift manager at Walgreens? Did you ever babysit? Have you ever tutored anyone?
Somewhere in your history, there’s experience. You just need to figure out how to harness it and utilize it online.
Regardless — I really do believe that you only need 3 things to be successful in business. It sounds cheesy, but I’ve seen it ring true time and time again. It’s not a coincidence. And if you already have those three things plus some additional skills from your real life? You are golden!
That being said, starting out in the online business world by looking for jobs that require no experience is a very good idea. While a lot of those skills are directly transferable to business, you still might not have a lot of experience with the actual implementation of them.
So here’s how to find jobs that require no experience! Use those types of jobs to build up your portfolio, testimonials, and gain some confidence. Then go kick butt at jobs that do expect you to have some experience!
3 Places to Find Jobs that Require No Experience
#1: Job posting sites like Upwork, Fiverr, etc.
If you’ve been lurking around the online business world for a while, trying to figure out how to get started, you’ve probably heard of sites like Upwork and Fiverr.
Sites like these were specifically built to help people who have jobs that need to get done with people who want to do those jobs! These sites tend to get a bad rap because occasionally people do have weird or shady experiences on them. But personally, I love them! They are a great place to get your toes wet as an online service provider, and are full of postings for jobs that require no experience.
Upwork.com is where I started out, with an hourly rate of just $7.00! After I got a few jobs from there, I eventually moved on and started to get clients from other places.
If you want to try out some of these sites and search for jobs that require no experience, here’s a list of a bunch of them!
Places to Find Jobs That Require No Experience Online:
- Snag a Job
- People Per Hour
- Flex Jobs
- Skip the Drive
- Crowd Site
The second-best way to find jobs that require no experience is to be a subcontractor! If you’ve never heard of this before, it’s basically working for an agency or another business owner in your niche.
Most people running full-time service-based businesses will ultimately need to hire subcontractors to keep up with their workload. Because they still need to make a profit, often they choose to hire less-experienced workers at a lower price. A lot of “on the job” learning happens when you’re a subcontractor. It’s a great way to get lots of experience.
#3: Facebook groups/networking/direct referrals
This is the most advanced method of getting jobs that require no experience.
I really enjoy networking with people on Facebook and finding jobs in Facebook groups, but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. It usually requires you to be very personable and you have to like chatting with people and building relationships!
In order to get really good at this, and bring in a full-time client load, you’ll also need a website and active social media accounts. So this method works best if you plan to run a full-fledged online business vs. a “side hustle,” or a part-time gig online.
Types of Jobs That Require No Experience
Another thing to think about when you’re looking online for jobs that require no experience is that it often has to do with the type of job and not just where you’re looking.
For example, if you truly have no experience in any type of field, a great place to get started is as an administrative virtual assistant (VA). This is an online position that is in fairly high demand because most business owners need one. Admin VAs are kind of like virtual secretaries, and mostly do tasks like:
- calendar management
- inbox organization
- basic internet research
- helping schedule appointments
- answering basic questions for them
- document and spreadsheet organization
While you may get paid a lot less than other types of online jobs, it’s a great place to start! (And it will usually pay at least more than minimum wage.) You’ll gain experience working virtually, and you always have the opportunity to teach yourself new skills, which will allow you to charge more money in the future.
If you’re not looking to be a virtual assistant, there are still plenty of entry-level type jobs in the online world, for every niche!
For example, say that you want to be a copywriter. Instead of trying to search for fancy copywriting jobs that require no experience (there won’t be a lot), try coming at it from a different perspective.
Create your own entry-level offerings based on your skills, like:
- Ghostwriting blog posts
- Copywriting social media posts
- Creating newsletters for someone from their outlines
- Offer to write an “about page” at an affordable price for a new business owner
There are tons of people out there who need stuff like that done. And a lot of them won’t be able to afford a fancy copywriter, or maybe they don’t even know that a copywriter is what they need!
Take advantage of that and go after those types of clients when you’re just getting started. Offer affordable work and gain lots of experience. All of that practice will benefit you a lot in the end, and will allow you to eventually be able to charge “fancy copywriter” prices.
Plus, if you can get your foot in the door with an “about page,” you never know what else they might need!
Observe your clients and see what other kinds of writing work they need done. See if they need someone to write ad copy, outreach emails, social media bios, or other stuff like that! Pitch it to them and see if they take you up on it. It’s a lot easier to work with someone already on your team than try to hire someone new. They might be relieved to hear your offer! And if not, no hard feelings. Try it again with a different client, or find new people that need this work.
Getting experience with these types of beginner (and then intermediate-level) projects will allow you to advance your skills over time. Practice makes perfect, and soon you’ll be a copywriting queen!
Create Your Own Jobs That Require No Experience
My last tip for you goes along with what we just covered. Sometimes the best job that requires no experience is the one that you create for yourself! See what people need help with, and offer it.
If you feel like your field is too competitive, it may be that your offerings are simply not creative enough. Something I hear a lot is that there are TONS of admin VAs out there. How could I possibly get a job as an admin VA when there’s so many out there?
First of all, heavy competition is a state of mind. And it’s only a problem if you’re not creative. (Remember this, because it’s true.)
You may feel like you have a million competitors because you’re not offering the right thing. For example, something that a lot of people need and a lot of people offer is transcription work. Every time I hear someone with “no experience” try to start out with transcription work, I cringe. Yes, it’s easy. Anyone that speaks English can do it… But that’s the problem! If you are from the United States, or most other Western countries, you will never be able to get enough transcription work to make a decent living (or even as a part-time job). So many of those jobs are outsourced to the Philippines for $2/hour. You simply can’t compete with those people.
But here’s the thing — you don’t need to!
Don’t start out with transcription work simply because it’s easy and you’ve heard that you can make money doing it.
If you’re looking for a job that requires no experience, here’s what I recommend trying to start out with:
- Administrative virtual assistance
- Social media scheduling (scheduling, not management, which is a lot harder)
- Blog post formatting and scheduling
- Newsletter formatting and scheduling
The reason why I suggest starting out with these things is because they are SUPER easy to learn. And also because business owners are told that these are the things we should first try to outsource. They are often the easiest jobs to outsource, so (a) there are a ton of business owners out there who want to outsource this, and (b) that means it’s pretty easy to accomplish.
If you know basic WordPress and Squarespace, and can use Hootsuite and Buffer, you are already good to go. If you don’t know those programs, it’s fairly cheap and easy to learn! Just Google “Squarespace blog post formatting tutorial,” or “Buffer scheduling tutorial” (there’s one in the Vault!) and you’ll already be on your way.
There’s so much free information out there…just educate yourself and then go out there and offer it!