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Work From Home Doing Internet Research: 12 Jobs to Explore


If you’re great at finding the proverbial needle in the haystack, keep reading! We have what you need to know about how to become an online researcher and find work from home internet research jobs!

How to Become an Online Researcher

To work from home as a web researcher, you’ll need excellent internet research skills, superb organizational skills, a high level of attention to detail, and tech savviness. You’ll also need proficiency with applications like Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets, as these are often used to store research results.

If you’re looking for a full-time research job as a W2 employee, you will likely need a bachelor’s degree in your desired area of expertise. For instance, if you want to work as a remote clinical research associate (CRA) running clinical trials, you need a degree in nursing or another scientific field like biology.

Or, if you want to be an academic researcher, you’ll need a master’s degree or Ph.D. in a specified area of expertise. Or, if you want to do research in the legal field and already have a degree, you can obtain a paralegal certificate. If you want a research career that focuses more on editing and fact-checking, you’ll likely need a degree in communications, journalism, or marketing; however, this is not always the case.

Don’t want to get a degree or go back to college? No problem. There are ways for you to work on more generalized research tasks. Options for this route include freelancing, starting your own business, and working as a virtual assistant or data entry clerk, where internet research is a small part of what you do.

Where to Find Internet Research Jobs

You can try searching for internet research jobs on traditional job sites like Indeed or LinkedIn, but these sites are so big that it can be challenging to find these positions. You’ll also have to thoroughly research each job posting, as there tend to be a lot of fake and scammy job listings.

Here are some other sites that I recommend using to find online research jobs.

1. FlexJobs

FlexJobs is a paid online job board that caters to flexible work arrangements. I like FlexJobs because they screen every job for legitimacy, so you never have to worry about falling prey to a scam. They also have great sorting options, so it’s easy to locate what you’re searching for on their website. You can sort jobs by type, schedule, job category, career level, job title, location, or combination. Some keywords you’ll want to explore include internet research, online researcher, web researcher, and research assistant.

2. Fiverr

Fiverr is a freelance marketplace where you can list and sell your internet research services. When Fiverr first came on the market, the premise was individuals would sell their freelance services for $5 (hence the name). Freelancers would keep $4, and Fiverr would take a $1 administrative fee. Today, freelancers sell their services for anywhere from $5-$10,000 a pop, and Fiverr takes a 20% administrative fee. Fiverr is free to join, and it’s an easy way for you to list your freelance research assistant skills and the niches you specialize in.

3. Robert Half

Robert Half is a staffing agency that is an excellent place for finding those one-off research jobs! When writing this article, they had 110 remote research jobs. Some positions include UX researchers, research administrators, information specialists, paralegals, data entry clerks, and more. On Robert Half, you can find permanent, temporary, and temporary-to-hire positions. Positions are location-dependent, but Robert Half has a remote job search button that makes finding their virtual jobs a snap!

4. Upwork

Upwork is a freelance job board containing different tasks for freelancers to complete. Register for an account (it’s free), search for Internet Research positions, and submit your bid. If your bid is accepted, you’ll complete the work and get paid through the platform, minus a small fee (5% to 20% based on the total sale amount). While many freelancers complain of the low rates on these sites — it can be an excellent way for you to establish yourself in the field and to work with repeat clients. Also, check out this article from Danny Margulies and how he was able to earn six figures from Upwork — he has a smart strategy for using the platform!

Companies That Hire Internet Researchers

5. Cannabiz Media

Cannabiz Media hires part-time virtual data researchers to collect, fact-check, and analyze license information in the cannabis industry. Applicants must have a strong business or legal research background, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work 20 hours per week.

  • Cannabiz Media gets a 4-star rating out of 5 on Glassdoor.com.

6. Clickworker

Clickworker is a short task platform and smartphone app where you can make money by completing microtasks like text creation, categorization, copy editing, proofreading, internet research, and more. You won’t be able to earn a full-time income using this platform, but it is a nice way to bring in a little extra money. Sign up for a free account, fill out your profile, complete short skills assessments, complete work, and get paid weekly or monthly via SEPA or PayPal. Before you join Clickworker, be sure to read reviews. Some people have had a great experience with them, others not so much.

  • Clickworker gets a 3.4-star rating out of 5 on Glassdoor.com.

7. DataAnnotation Tech

DataAnnotation Tech hires independent contractors from the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia to help shape AI tools. In these part-time positions, you’ll work on tasks like data collection, data annotation, interacting with chatbots, fact-checking info, writing short-form content, and more. These are entry-level roles; however, you will need to pass an initial assessment and quality test to begin working. But once you’re approved, you’ll have a flexible work schedule, and you’ll earn $20 per hour, which is paid via PayPal.

  • DataAnnotation Tech gets a 3.9-star rating out of 5 on Glassdoor.com.

8. Fancy Hands

Fancy Hands hires independent contractors to provide virtual assistant services to individuals and small business owners. In this position, you’ll work on tasks like scheduling appointments, internet research, data entry, and making phone calls (so it’s not just research). Assistants are paid $3-$7 per task, and payments are distributed every other Tuesday via Dwolla. This is another site that gets mixed reviews, so be sure to do your due diligence before joining. For more companies that hire virtual assistants, check out this post.

  • Fancy Hands gets a 3.3-star rating out of 5 on Glassdoor.com.

9. BOLD

BOLD, which owns FlexJobs, is a great place to find legitimate work from home positions. However, they also hire part-time freelance job researchers to research and source legitimate jobs, companies, and opportunities for possible publication on their websites. Pay is $15 per hour, and you must reside in one of the following states: CO, CT, FL, IL, KY, MA, MD, ME, MN, NC, OR, PA, TN, TX, or VA.

  • BOLD gets a 4.1-star rating out of 5 on Glassdoor.com.

10. TELUS International

TELUS International hires online data analysts, sometimes called search engine evaluators, to conduct research on search engine results. In this role, you’ll perform search queries on various terms to verify the relevancy of the provided search engine results. To qualify for these jobs, you must have good research skills and a strong understanding of local and national events and trends. With these positions, you have a flexible schedule, and they hire worldwide, but you’ll be working as an independent contractor, so you’ll need to set aside money for self-employment taxes.

  • TELUS International gets a 3.6-star rating out of 5 on Glassdoor.com.

11. Welocalize

Welocalize is a crowdsourcing company that hires workers for a wide variety of AI services, such as data annotation, data validation, localization, research content writers, translation, video editing, and more. They hire for full-time, part-time, and freelance roles from all around the world, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, India, the UK, the US, and more! Each position has different qualifying criteria; however, some positions don’t require any prior experience. You can search their current selection of job openings by location, team, or work type.

  • Welocalize gets a 3.6-star rating out of 5 on Glassdoor.com.

12. Wonder Research

One company that hires internet researchers to gather information and find credible sources is Wonder Research. In this role, you’ll work as an independent contractor, earning $8 to $35 per question answered. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and prior research experience. As of right now, they are NOT taking new applicants. However, you can bookmark their career page and check back periodically for openings.

  • Wonder Research gets a 3.8-star rating out of 5 on Glassdoor.com.

Start Your Own Internet Research Business

If the above options aren’t what you’re dreaming of, you can always start your own internet research business in the niche of your choosing. Here are some simple steps to get you started.

1. Educate Yourself on Running an Internet Research Business

No matter what type of business you’re starting, you need to educate yourself on the best business practices. Here are a couple of resources that can help you understand and implement the basics for starting and running an Internet research-based business.

2. Write Your Business Plan

Once you understand the basics of running a business, you’ll need to write your business plan. Your business plan doesn’t have to be a formal document, but you will want to create a list of steps to take. If you need a business plan template, grab our free template here.

Here are some common questions you’ll need to address:

  • How will you structure your business?
  • What should you name your company?
  • How will you accept payments?
  • Do you need any license or insurance?
  • What office equipment do you need?
  • How will you handle self-employment taxes and bookkeeping?
  • What marketing methods will you use?
  • How will you determine your prices?

3. Set Up Shop

After you have the preliminary framework in place, you need to set up your digital footprint, which will include your website and social media profiles. You should also think about which communication, marketing, and organizational tools you’ll need to run your business.

Here are some helpful articles and resources:

4. Get Clients

There are many ways to get new clients, but probably the fastest way is to reach out to family, friends, and past colleagues and let them know you started a new business. Just think, if you send an email to 100 contacts, you’ll likely have at least one person who needs or knows of someone who needs your services!

When I started my blog, here is the email I sent out. This is how I was able to build my blogging audience so quickly. Oh, and feel free to use this template and modify it for your business.

Hello Friends & Family,
 
As many of you know, for the past 16 months, I’ve been researching, writing, and working with a graphic designer to launch a website for women and mothers who would like to work from home. 
 
As of today, all of my hard work has finally paid off, and I’m proud to announce the official launch of The Work at Home Woman! An online resource for women who wish to work from home or become self-employed.
 
Please visit my site and let me know what you think. I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions!
 
I would greatly appreciate it if you could forward this link to anyone you know who could benefit from this site.
 
Feel free to keep up with The Work at Home Woman, and follow me on Twitter or Facebook

Thanks for your support, Holly

Internet Research Jobs Wrapup

There are many different routes you can take to becoming an internet researcher! Whether you want to freelance, find a telecommuting position, or start your own business, there are many viable options available. Choosing a niche where you have experience will help you hone in on the opportunities that are best suited for your skills.

Originally published January 9, 2015. Content updated May 2024.



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