31 Genuine Work From Home Jobs in the UK [2021 Guide]

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  • Genuine work from home jobs are not as rare as they used to be.
  • The pandemic has strengthened acceptance of working from home, even forcing industries that previously showed resistance to reconsider.
  • Opportunities for working from home will continue to grow.


Times are changing. The daily commute is rapidly becoming a thing of the past for many, as even workers who are office-based now work remotely for a day or more each week.

Along with this, there are so many jobs you can do from home in the UK – without being employed by someone else. It’s never been easier to build a profitable business so you can be your own boss.

Which is ideal, of course, for mums.

Juggling your professional and personal lives can be so much easier when you work at one or a combination of home based jobs in the UK.

If this idea appeals, then this guide is for you. Here we list every one of the good, genuine work from home jobs available in the UK right now.

We also cover how you can get started and how much you could earn.

If you’re wondering how to find work from home jobs in the UK or what are the best work from home jobs out there, read on to find out more.

It could mean the start of a flexible new career. Why not do something you enjoy and that fits in with your lifestyle – and be paid well for it?

The Top 31 Genuine Work From Home Jobs Available In The UK

So what are the actual jobs where you can work from home, here in the UK? You might be very pleasantly surprised at how many options are open to you.

From various jobs working from home on your computer to other types of legitimate, hourly, work from home jobs, there is a lot of choice.

So why not check out this list to see what might best suit your skills and interests?

1. Data Entry Clerk

You’ll need: CV, internet, computer, typing skills
You could earn: around £10 per hour
Where to find it: Recruitment sites and agencies

There’s lots of work from home jobs to be had, here in the UK, in data entry. So much so that even the biggest names in recruitment might be able to help you out.

If you have any experience, this may help, but it’s not really necessary. While data entry jobs are not the most exciting, it’s not too challenging a role either and many people find they enjoy the routine.

Which makes the hours go by quickly.

You will need a reliable computer with a stable internet connection, somewhere to work (even if it’s the kitchen table) and the ability to work quickly and accurately.

The first step is to make sure you have an up-to-date CV – and make sure this highlights any relevant previous experience.

You can then upload this to various job sites, such as Indeed, Total Jobs and Reed. Working Mums is also a great place to find data entry work.

You could get lucky and land a job right away, or it could take a little longer to find the right one.

Fees will never be charged by genuine agencies offering this sort of work, so if you come across any mention of this make sure to steer well clear.

2. Virtual Assistant

You’ll need: organisational and typing skills, computer, internet
You could earn: from £10 per hour plus
Where to find it: Freelancing sites and blogger groups

Many people, based all over the world, now work from home as a virtual assistant (VA).

It’s a similar role to that of a personal assistant (PA), but the biggest difference is that you may never meet your client/s face to face.

You can work as a VA for one person, or for a mix of clients.

Basically the role involves providing administrative support, but you may carry out other tasks too.

You could arrange someone’s diary, travel or perform basic accounting tasks.

You may even carry out proofreading or manage an individual or company’s social media pages.

This type of work is best for organised, self-motivated people with good communication skills, who can work on their own initiative.

Some level of IT competency is also required, although most systems are fairly easy to learn.

You could be working with the likes of Google Docs, WordPress and Excel.

Find VA jobs by signing up with the usual UK recruitment companies, or you can get further guidance from the UK Society of Virtual Assistants.

You can also try listing your services on site sites like Fiverr or Upwork.

Or if you can find some blogger groups on Facebook, try advertising your services that way, as many professional bloggers outsource a lot of their work.

Find out more about becoming a Virtual Assistant in this article.

3. Social Media Manager

You’ll need: social media skills, computer, internet
You could earn: from £10 per hour plus
Where to find it: Facebook groups and local press ads

It’s all about TikTok these days – or is it Snapchat, Instagram or YouTube?

If you know your tweets from your Facebook groups or Pinterest boards, then maybe you could make real dosh by helping local businesses set up and run their social media channels.

You don’t necessarily need to know everything that’s out there.

As long as you can source, or snap, a great image and know how to use hashtags, companies will pay for you to keep up their social media presence.

It’s not too difficult to learn, anyway – simply google your chosen channel and you can access lots of online tutorials and guides for free.

As for finding work, advertising locally in the free press or on Facebook groups for your area can work wonders.

As can word of mouth.

4. Virtual Amazonian

You’ll need: experience and/or skills in your field
You could earn: varies by position
Where to find it: Amazon Virtual Locations

It’s a well-kept secret that online retail giant Amazon has a virtual jobs section on their website, offering working from home jobs all over the world.

You can narrow down your search on Amazon Virtual Locations by location as well as type and category.

Hundreds of UK-based roles were on offer when we checked them out, from analysts and engineers to shift and marketing manager positions.

And then some.

Whether you want to work as a web developer or are an experienced product manager, you could soon be working from home for one of the planet’s biggest companies.

Take a look if you like the sound of working in health and safety, architecture, cloud applications, recruitment, finance – or in fact just about any field you can think of.

5. Blogger

You’ll need: internet, computer, web hosting
You could earn: The sky’s the limit – in the long term
Where to find it: Self-started

If the mention of ‘professional bloggers’ above made you sit up and take notice, then why not set up a blog of your own?

As well as providing you with the chance to make a full time income in the long term, starting your own blog is an ideal way to gain experience with using WordPress and social media.

It can also act as a portfolio of your work. Bloggers can make serious money – though it does take time and dedication to get to that point.

Some even end up as authors or on TV.

Bloggers earn in three main ways – via advertising on their site/s, through affiliate marketing (where they are paid a commission when their product recommendation leads to a sale) or via sponsored posts.

Discover more about the world of professional blogging in this post.

6. Freelance Writer

You’ll need: portfolio, internet, computer, typing skills
You could earn: from £15 per hour plus
Where to find it: specialist and freelance sites

If blogging appeals because of the writing side of things, then working as a home based writer could work for you.

For those who can write decent copy, this is a genuine work opportunity that is both satisfying and financially rewarding.

Rates vary hugely according to experience and field of expertise, if any. Sometimes writers are paid per word, or they can charge an hourly rate.

There are various ways to find freelance writing work. You will need a good computer and internet connection.

Again blogger Facebook groups can be great, as busy professionals look there to find good content creators.

You can also sign up with Upwork and Fiverr, or try specifically targeted sites like Copify or Textbroker.

Taking a short test may be required, but if you pass this it can lead to some interesting and lucrative work opportunities.

This is a career where you can earn significantly more over time. With experience you will get much quicker at producing good quality copy in less time.

You can also command higher rates once you have established a client base and portfolio of previous work.

7. Graphic Designer

You’ll need: design skills, software, computer
You could earn: from £15 per hour plus
Where to find it: freelancing sites

If your creative skills are more about imagery than words, then working as a graphic designer could be the ideal fit.

Graphic designers may create logos, social media posts and GIFs, plus leaflet, poster and packaging designs.

You will need some sort of design software, and you should be proficient in this. Canva is very user-friendly, as well as free to use to a certain level.

Ideally, start building up a portfolio as soon as possible. You can then start to look for work via the usual freelancing sites.

8. Create T-shirts

You’ll need: internet, computer, design skills
You could earn: around £3 -£10 per t-shirt
Where to find it: Amazon Merch

Creative types can also sell their designs via Amazon Merch.

Once you have a t-shirt design, you just follow a few simple steps and boom – it’s out there on the market. Upload the artwork, add a description, fix a price and you’re done.

As the items are printed when sold, you’ll not have to worry about storage or excess stock.

Your t-shirt will be available to all Amazon customers, and you can track your royalties via their analysis interface.

At the time of writing, an adult t-shirt sold for £15.99 would make the designer £2.89, or you could receive as much as £9.67 if it’s sold for £25.99.

It can be a very good money spinner indeed if you can nail a great design!

9. Selling Digital Downloads

You’ll need: internet, design skills, computer
You could earn: you set price
Where to find it: Etsy

Another way that creative, arty types can make money is by selling digital downloads. What we love about this is the way it can result in a continuous, passive source of income.

Once you’re set up, there’s very little to do but reap the rewards! 

You can find out all about setting up as an Etsy seller here. This article covers how to get started, lots of ideas about what to sell and more – all from the point of view of a real life, full time Etsy seller.

10. Making Jewellery

You’ll need: design skills, materials
You could earn: you set price
Where to find it: Etsy or Folksy

It’s fairly easy to teach yourself some basic jewellery making techniques by consulting books and online videos.

With a little practice and creative flair, you could soon be setting up an Etsy shop to sell your wares.

You could make simple earrings by attaching beads to ear hooks, or pair up ready-made chains with pretty or unusual charms.

There doesn’t have to be that much actual making involved once you’re familiar with tracking down the right items – known in the trade as ‘findings’.

At the other end of the scale, you could specialise in, for example, wedding jewellery, making tiaras from twisted wire and Swarovski crystals and creating a necklace, earrings and bracelet to match.

For a little inspiration, check out what Etsy and Folksy traders are already offering.

With a little practice, could you create the same sort of items to sell at a profit?

11. Bookseller

You’ll need: internet, a computer, stock
You could earn: you set price
Where to find it: eBay or Amazon Marketplace

People in the UK can and do make money by selling books on sites like eBay. How does this work? Someone we know buys books in bulk – usually those advertised as a job lot.

They then list these on eBay for sale.

As with shopping for new items, used book buyers do love a deal. Selling several books from a series, or from the same author for a set amount, does apparently work wonders.

You could sell all sorts of books – or specialise in a particular type, such as textbooks.

Don’t forget to factor in postage and packing, and it’s best to be completely honest about the condition to avoid future issues.

If you have somewhere to store them – such as a dry garage, loft or shed – and don’t mind taking a few minutes to list each item, you really could make a living by trading books on eBay or Amazon Marketplace.

12. Transcriber

You’ll need: internet, computer, headphones, typing skills
You could earn: from £10 per hour plus
Where to find it: e4s, McGowan Transcriptions, freelancer sites

Transcription work can be a nice little earner.

It involves typing up what is said on audio or video, so you’ll need a computer as well as the ability to type quickly and accurately – at least 45 words per minute.

You are also likely to need broadband and a set of headphones.

Good grammar is essential, and if you have a second language you may be paid extra.

The work can be varied – you could be subtitling videos, typing up lecture or meeting notes, or working in a more specialist field such as medical or legal transcription.

Student job site e4s can be a good source of work from home jobs in the UK that involve typing.

You may also secure transcription work in the UK via McGowan Transcriptions, or you can list your services via the usual freelancer sites like Fiverr or Freelancer.

13. Customer Service Representative

You’ll need: internet, computer, good communication skills
You could earn: around £10 per hour
Where to find it: Sensee or Arise

Have you ever phoned an insurance company or retailer about an issue with their product, or engaged in online chat with your mobile phone, broadband or utility company?

Of course.

The people dealing with your enquiry are customer service advisors, and are employed by all sorts of organisations.

Home based customer service roles are becoming increasingly common.

You could be employed solely to chat with customers online and answer emails, or as a home based remote telemarketing advisor that works mainly on the phone.

Customer service jobs will generally pay a little more than minimum wage, and you may be required to work set shifts.

A quiet space in which to work is essential if you will be speaking to members of the public.

Specialist site Sensee is ideal for those seeking contact centre work they can do from home, or try Arise if you’d rather be your own boss.

14. Technical Support

You’ll need: internet, computer, good communication skills
You could earn: from £15 per hour plus
Where to find it: Apple At Home Advisors, freelancer sites

If the sort of support you’d rather give centres around your knowledge of IT systems, then a technical support role could be ideal.

It’s not just for anyone, though – you will need good all-round knowledge to help those who get stuck and come to you seeking help.

As with customer service, the support you provide could be via email, phone or web chat.

In addition to technical knowledge, you will need good communication skills, including the ability to explain things clearly and concisely while giving a consistent service.

Options for those dusting off that technical degree, or developing a hobby into a career, include the usual freelance sites, or you could even work for Apple, who offer work from home jobs as At Home Advisors.

15. Translator

You’ll need: internet, language skills, smartphone
You could earn: from £15 per hour plus
Where to find it: Gengo

If you’re one of the many British residents who can speak more than a single language, then why not put your skills to good use by working as a translator?

You could translate print or web copy to or from all sorts of languages, in all sectors.

With Gengo you can work as and when it suits you, and can pick and choose between the projects that suit your interests and skills.

Their advanced platform also means you can even work on a tablet or smartphone.

You could be translating hotel descriptions for the tourist industry, advertising copy, books, video games – or even be working on high level legal or business documents.

16. English Teacher

You’ll need: Internet, computer, teaching skills
You could earn: from £15 per hour plus
Where to find it: VIPKID, Cambly, DaDa

Many of us know someone who has spent a stint abroad, or in a UK city, teaching English as a forgeign language.

Like many things, this has now moved largely online.

People from all over the world want to practice their language skills with someone who is fluent in English.

You don’t necessarily need a TEFL qualification, if you can plan lessons carefully to make the most of the time while testing and recording progress.

If you’re patient and happy to chat with people face to face via a computer screen, this could be a great role for you.

Find out more about teaching English online in this in-depth article.

17. Online Tutoring

You’ll need: internet, computer, teaching skills
You could earn: from £15 per hour plus
Where to find it: Superprof, Tutorful, e4s

It’s not only the English language that you can share your skills in. Tutors are required in all school and degree level subjects.

So if you have some specialist knowledge, why not put this to good use by passing it on to others?

As a general rule of thumb, you can tutor someone in a subject if you have a qualification – at a good grade – one level higher than the one you’re teaching.

For example, if you have an A-level in English Literature, you could teach a GCSE student. If you have a degree in Maths, you could tutor an A-level student.

And so on.

There are various sites connecting those looking for help with tutors, so by signing up with these you can see exactly what’s required – and how much you could earn.

Superprof, Tutorful and again e4s are good places to start. Don’t forget that there are lots of online resources out there to help with the actual teaching side too. As anyone who home schooled during lockdown may well know!

18. Teach Music

You’ll need: internet, computer, teaching skills
You could earn: from £15 per hour plus
Where to find it: Music Tutor, local sites

It’s not only academic subjects that are now taught online – music lessons are often delivered this way too.

Or you could teach in your local area.

If you’ve mastered an instrument, why not pass on your talent to others?

Whether you’re good on drums, an accomplished pianist or great at guitar, you have a desirable skill that others will pay you to pass on to them.

Even if your instrument is a pleasant singing voice – and you know how to coax that out of someone else – you could make around £10-20 per 30 minute lesson.

Try signing up with platforms like Music Tutor, or offering your services via local social media pages.

19. Travel Agent

You’ll need: internet, computer, sales skills, set-up costs
You could earn: commission varies
Where to find it: Travel Counsellors

It is possible to make a good living working from home as a travel agent.

You get to help people book their dream holidays, and make commissions based on every product you sell.

You will need a flair for sales, and some sort of background in travel is ideal – whether this is in retail or business travel.

It can also be of benefit to have seen a lot of the world yourself, or have worked in a related role such as a resort rep or flight attendant.

Some travel agent roles advertised are not as reputable as others.

As some financial outlay is required, we’re thus only happy to recommend one very well established company that we know and trust – Travel Counsellors.

They offer six different entry routes based on experience, and their franchise team can advise which suits your background best.

20. Complete Surveys

You’ll need: smartphone or laptop
You could earn: fees and rewards vary
Where to find it: paid survey apps

Take paid surveys as a side hustle and you could easily make a little extra money in your spare time.

As most surveys are taken via apps, it’s easy to fit this around your schedule.

There are many paid survey sites in the UK, and we list our top 25 – plus their pros and cons of them in our dedicated article on this topic.

21. Market Researcher

You’ll need: internet, computer, phone, communication skills
You could earn: from £10 per hour plus
Where to find it: Job sites

Interviewing people by phone is one of those classic work from home jobs.

As long as you have a good telephone manner, with clear speech and a pleasant demeanour, this can be the ideal role for curious types who like to chat.

You could be interviewing someone about a product or service, or may be gathering data for the likes of background checks.

This kind of work is fairly easy to find via the usual UK job sites, and no prior experience is really necessary.

22. Mystery Shopper

You’ll need: smartphone, attention to detail
You could earn: fees vary
Where to find it: mystery shopper sites and apps

How do shops and services make sure their customers are happy?

By using mystery shoppers, who work incognito to check that staff are working to a required standard.

They may also check in-store displays, and report back on matters like how goods are presented and whether or not employees could answer their questions.

There are various mystery shopping sites and apps, which vary in terms of how they operate and what they offer.

To find out more, you can read our detailed piece on mystery shopping opportunities in the UK here.

23. Money Making Apps

You’ll need: smartphone
You could earn: fees and rewards vary
Where to find it: money making apps

There are various money making apps in the UK.

Some are mystery shopping apps, while others will pay you to complete surveys, upload your shopping receipts, make or watch videos or even complete online searches.

A couple of these apps will even pay you simply for having them installed on your phone.

To find out more, get the complete lowdown on the UK’s top money making apps here.

24. Matched Betting

You’ll need: smartphone
You could earn: winnings vary
Where to find it: betting sites

We’re well aware that this one might sound like a scam, but Mum’s Money founder Emma knows someone personally who makes real money doing exactly that.

So what is it?

Matched betting is not for anyone who thinks they could become addicted to gambling.

In a nutshell, it takes advantage of those introductory deals the books like to throw at us here in the UK – such as ‘first £5 bet free’.

This can then unlock further free bets, and if you do it carefully you can end up quids in.

This is not really going to make you rich, but if you’re certain you won’t become a gambling addict then there’s a few quid to earn – at least in the short term.

You can find out more about matched betting in this piece.

25. Product Testing

You’ll need: internet, computer, communication skills
You could earn: free products or payment
Where to find it: product testing sites

Not all product testing sites actually pay you – but some do.

While with many the reward is that you get to keep the product in return for your feedback, some sites will actually pay you in cold, hard cash.

If you’re curious about how to make money by taking part in trials, we cover everything you need to know about product testing in this post.

Including full details of the UK’s top 13 product testing websites.

26. Ironing Service

You’ll need: iron, ironing board, hangers
You could earn: around £1.50 per shirt
Where to find it: local sites, Gumtree

Not all work from home roles are online. One that’s really easy to set up – with little or no initial outlay – is a home-based ironing service.

So many people haven’t enough time to do their own ironing – or it may be that they simply hate it. If you don’t mind tackling a pile of laundry while playing your favourite music, this could be an ideal role for you.

All you’ll need is an iron and ironing board – and ideally a clean and smoke-free home. Investing in some sets of hangers is a good idea, so you can return the laundry ready to go in your client’s wardrobe.

You can buy these online, or pick some up at stores like IKEA or TK Maxx.

The best way to work out what to charge is by doing some research in your local area – typically £1.50 is about right for a shirt.

Getting work is simply a matter of offering your services on local Facebook pages, via Gumtree or by relying on word-of-mouth.

27. Tailoring

You’ll need: sewing skills
You could earn: you set price
Where to find it: local social media, ads, People Per Hour

If you’re a dab hand with a sewing machine or needle and thread, then you could make money by altering or repairing other people’s clothes or soft furnishings.

There aren’t many tailors on the high street in modern times, so you could be quids in. You can find work via word of mouth, social media pages, or by advertising in local free magazines.

If you could offer a pick-up and drop-off service, so much the better. Do this by bike and you wouldn’t even have to pay any petrol costs!

People Per Hour can also be a source of freelance tailoring jobs.

28. Pet Care

You’ll need: to like animals, transport
You could earn: you set price
Where to find it: social media pages, local press ads

A lot of people just don’t have the time to walk their own dog on a daily basis, or will need someone to feed and check on their cats while they’re away on business or on holiday.

This is where a pet care service comes in.

If you fancy doing this, taking a pet first aid course can be a good idea.

If you do set yourself up in business, taking out adequate insurance is also necessary. Do check that any policy is Association of British Insurers accredited.

Having experience of looking after your own pets is also an advantage.

Most of those who offer pet care services find work via community Facebook pages, via word of mouth or by placing ads in the local press.

29. Childminding

You’ll need: childcare skills, a safe setting
You could earn: from £5 per hour per child
Where to find it: advertise locally or other parents

If you prefer people to pets, why not look after children in your own home?

It’s a bit of a no-brainer for mums who are at home with their own kids anyway.

You would have to register with the Care Inspectorate here in the UK and meet certain conditions, but once approved you’re good to go.

Fire safety and criminal records checks will be carried out, and both you and your home must be seen as fit for purpose.

If you’re a parent already, simply put the word out among others and you could soon be turning clients down.

You can look after six children at a time, and could thus be earning up to around £30 per hour.

30. Baking Cakes

You’ll need: baking and design skills
You could earn: you set price
Where to find it: social media pages

A good cake maker can also quickly gather clients by word of mouth or local social media groups.

Anyone who spends time on Facebook will know how often such a service is requested.

Often these cakes are for kids’ or adults’ birthday parties, or they maybe be for corporate clients or simply to sell in your area with delivery or for pick-up.

The best way to get started is by making cakes in your spare time for friends and family. You can then photograph and showcase these via a Facebook page and Instagram feed.

Once you’re ready to start charging, you can advertise your services via the same channels.

If you’re serious about baking cakes for profit, make sure you find out the latest government advice about starting a home based food business.

You can check that out here.

31. Catering

You’ll need: cooking and organisational skills
You could earn: you set price
Where to find it: local press ads or social media

A home based catering business is ideal for anyone who enjoys cooking and presenting food. There are lots of options too.

You could specialise in providing simple finger food for kids’ birthday parties, or offer an upmarket dinner party catering service.

The ideal person for this role will be very organised – and will also love creating mouthwatering menus.

As with baking cakes, you can find work via word of mouth and local social media. Placing an ad in the local press – such as those free magazines that are delivered door to door – can also be beneficial.

Once more, trying out your skills on friends and family is a good idea at first. As it is setting up an attractive Instagram account and Facebook page.

Do also make sure to check out current government guidance.

Genuine Work from Home Jobs UK – FAQs

Are there any legitimate work from home jobs in the UK?

Here at Mum’s Money we only list genuine work from home jobs.

Sadly, there are scams out there to be aware of, and one of these concerns leaflet packing.

So if you’re wondering whether genuine work from home jobs in the UK packing leaflets do really exist, make sure you read this article first.

Where can I find genuine work from home or online jobs based in the UK to make money in 2021?

Right here with Mum’s Money, of course! From small business ideas that are ideal for mums to the best free courses to get you started, we specialise in helping you find the best ways to make a little extra cash.

Or can even put you on the right path to finding a new full time career – that is both enjoyable and financially rewarding.

What are the best jobs available to work from home in the UK?

Check out the list above for some great ideas regarding home-based jobs.

For even more inspiration, don’t miss our article on ways to make extra money in the UK, with 42 ideas listed!

How much should a freelancer charge?

How do you work out how much to charge, if you decide to work on a freelance basis?

First, do your homework by checking out what others’ rates are. You can find this out via freelancing sites.

Being self-employed also means factoring in considerations such as sick, holiday and maternity pay, tax and National Insurance contributions – as well as costs such as business insurance, equipment and utilities.

How do I declare my income?

You need to tell HMRC that you are working on a self-employed basis. This is really simple to do online.

From the start, make sure you keep full, accurate and clear records of all your income and expenses, as you will need these to complete your tax return every year.

Can I run a business from home?

If you rent your home or have a mortgage on your property, then you should seek permission from your landlord or advice from your bank or building society before setting up a home-based business.

What about Multi Level Marketing?

Otherwise known as pyramid schemes, multi level marketing involves you being recruited to sell products.

You’re then expected to then recruit more people to do the same, and so on. To be honest, it’s one best avoided.

While there are some reputable companies that do this – such as Avon – in many other cases the products aren’t great and you’ll waste a lot of time in attempting to sign up further recruits.

Which Genuine Work From Home Jobs Appeal To You Most?

If you like the look of any of these home based jobs, why not give one or more of them a go?

In most cases, you have absolutely nothing to lose.

For those who fancy doing a few different things and having the back-up of several sources of income, why not try your hand at more than one?

Creating multiple income streams is the way many people who work from home choose to go, as it offers flexibility and variety as well as added security.

About Tracy

Tracy is a mum from Bournemouth who loves to save money so she can travel with her daughter.