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, you’re probably worried that you’re too inexperienced or don’t have enough skills to start getting clients and making money online.
But the truth is that, if you’re reading this, I’d bet that you DO have some experience and are more ready to work online than you think.
You are already showing initiative and interest in furthering your career. That says a lot about you! So let’s talk about finding jobs that require no experience.
3 Crucial Skills You Need To Work Online
When you get down to it, there are really just three skills that you need to be successful online.
You need to be:
- A hard worker
- A quick learner
If you have these three skills, you aren’t starting off with nothing. You may be looking for jobs that require no experience, but you already have three super valuable skills!
That means you have a huge head start over other people who are trying to make money online. You aren’t going to give up easily, and you are willing to put in the hours to make things work. You are also willing to teach yourself new skills and listen to others so you can hone your craft.
All of these things are so important.
So important that I guarantee if you have these three skills and showcase them to clients, you will see your business grow.
Those three skills are it, and not everyone has them. If you do, you are already miles ahead of everyone else. So don’t discount these skills! They’re a great starting point.
You Have More Experience than You Think
It’s also likely that you actually do have other skills, too. You aren’t really starting off with no experience — you just don’t know what experience you have. You need to look at your life with fresh eyes.
Consider your personal and professional experience…
- Do you have a college degree?
- Are you a mom?
- Have you worked in an office before?
- Were you a shift manager at McDonalds?
Use These Experiences to Your Advantage
These are valid experiences that directly translate into the world of working online! Again, don’t discount that. Think about all of the things that you’ve learned from these types of experiences, and build from there. Use your past to your advantage!
Even jobs in other sectors, part-time work, schooling, or personal experiences can teach valuable lessons that will be helpful in online work. You don’t need jobs that require no experience — but perhaps you need a job that will allow you to draw from your previous experience.
For example, if you worked at a restaurant, you probably learned a ton about customer service and how to talk to people. Those customer service skills will come in handy when you’re communicating with your clients.
Or if you’re a social media addict and a pro at growing your followers, you probably know a lot about how apps work and what’s trending. You might be able to translate that hobby into a job creating social media content.
Somewhere in your history, there’s experience. You just need to identify it and then utilize it.
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.
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 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.
Create Your Own Jobs That Require No Experience
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.
The Best Services to Offer as a Beginner
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 more advanced. Although you can work up to that!)
- 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” 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!
How to Find Jobs That Require No Experience
If you still don’t feel like you have any experience, don’t worry — it’s okay. Really.
Pretty much everyone starts out at the bottom and works their way up. That’s exactly what I did! I didn’t know how to do anything when I first started…but I learned! And you can learn, too.
Sometimes, not having any experience can actually work to your advantage. I know that sounds kind of backwards, but it’s true! There’s something to be said about being a “blank slate” when working online. Some clients actually prefer to work with beginners.
Once you’ve been working online for a while, you start to develop habits or set ways of doing things. Some clients like that — others really want to teach you actually how THEY like to do things, and will want to basically mold you into whatever position they need you to fill.
I do this a lot with the people who work on my team! I have a certain way that I like to do things, so when I hire new people, I look for beginners who don’t have that much experience. That way, I can teach them exactly how to do things from the ground up.
So my main answer for how to easily find jobs that require no experience online? APPLY!
Don’t Be Afraid to Jump In and Go For It
The biggest obstacle to our goals is often ourselves. If you are too nervous about not having experience, you may never apply to a job that can give you that experience!
Does this mean that you’ll apply for a CMO position and land a 6-figure salary on day one? Probably not. But it does mean that you can start looking for roles that will allow you to gain experience and further your career.
But don’t rule that 6-figure salary out forever! My first month I made $87 and now I make multi-6-figures a year. I started with entry-level roles and worked my way up. You can too!
Don’t let your own fears stop you from going after jobs you’re interested in. If you have the three qualities that I talked about, employers will be lucky to have you.
I hope you feel a little bit less nervous about jumping into working online. You probably have a ton more experience and marketable skills than you thought you did, and *fingers crossed* you now feel more confident to go out there and find clients who are looking for someone just like you to join their team!
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