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Work From Home With Slow Internet: Here’s How To Work Online When Your Internet Sucks

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Work from home with slow internet

Did you know you can work from home even with a slow internet connection ?

You might think that looking for online jobs when you don’t meet certain internet speeds is a waste of time.

It could be because a lot of remote jobs require a fast, reliable internet connection, making it hard to find decent work.  For example, take a look at this Sales Rep. position with Blooms Today:

…Minimum up load speed 500 Kbps, Minimum download speed 1.5 mbps…

Fortunately, there are solutions.

There are real online jobs that don’t require a fast internet speed.  In fact, there are several you can do with a slow internet connection.

But before we get to the jobs, let’s answer this:

What Internet Speed Is Needed To Work Online ?

There’s no true answer because there are many things that affect internet speed.  Your physical location, the number of people sharing the internet, even the internet service provider.  One minute you might be enjoying super-fast speed; the next, you’re barely chugging along.

Ideally, though, a download speed of up to 25mbps will be plenty fast enough for web surfing and moderate video viewing/calling, according to tom’sguide.com.  Perfect for just about any work from home job.

Now let’s quickly check how fast your internet speed is.

Here’s How To Check Your Internet Speed

To get an idea how fast (or slow) your internet connection is so you know if you’re missing out or wasting your time on certain jobs, you need to do a speed test.  But mainly, this is to satisfy your curiosity.

It’s really simple to do. Just do a Google search for ‘What Is My Internet Speed’ and click the blue Run Speed Test button.

how to check your internet speed
courtesy of Google.com

It’ll take a few seconds for your speed test to run then it will present you with the results.

Here’s mine:

Internet Speed Test

You’ll see a download and upload speed.  In basic terms, download determines how long it takes to download data from a server (images, videos, text…basically any kind of internet surfing) and upload tells us how fast it’ll take to send an email, play an online game and do video calling.

My speed is very slow. Nowhere near the ideal download speed of 25 Mbps or upload speed of 3 Mbps.

But I’m not too discouraged because I’m still able to work remotely.  In fact, when I do work from my home office, I can still participate in Zoom meetings.

And a lot of companies tell us we can work from anywhere…not just at home with our super-slow internet. 

So this means you can work online, too.

Here are some ideas for online jobs you can do with a slow internet connection.

Online Jobs For Slow Internet Connection Speeds

Here are the best options for working from home when your internet is slow, weak, and frustration-inducing.

Customer Service

You may think that you need lightening fast internet speed to do anything in remote Customer Service.

And it’s true that a lot of companies do require you to have fast upload and download speeds.

But not all of them do.

For instance, Pressable often looks for Customer Service Engineers to work from home.  The job description doesn’t mention any kind of internet requirements.  In fact, they even say you can work from anywhere, including Starbucks.

Customer Service job with Pressable

Same thing with the jobs at Chili Piper.

As long as you have the Customer Service attributes a company is looking for, then go ahead and apply for the job.

Content Writer

The best thing about content writing is the endless availability of options and opportunities out there.

Content writing for blogs– whether it’s yours or someone else’s – doesn’t require a fast internet connection because you can do all the writing on your computer’s hard drive and then copy/paste into the blog.

A good way to find content writing jobs is to look for a “write for us” link within any website you visit. This may be hidden in the About Us section of a website or blog or as a stand-alone link in the menu.

But to simplify the hunt for you, check out my write-up of places that pay you to write.

Also, Pro Blogger is a good place to find content writing jobs because there is a variety of niches right at your fingertips.

Here are a few tips to get you started writing:

  • If you don’t have any experience, start out writing guest posts for blogs that you go to often. Look for a “write for us” or “guest writing” (or similar) link and go from there.
  • Even if you’re a brand spanking new writer, don’t settle for the super-low pay outs that some of the so-called content mills offer (like Demand Studios and Upwork). You’re better than that.
  • Write your best stuff, even if it is a non paying gig.
  • Get to know the “feel” and writing style of the blog you are creating content for.

Digital Marketing Specialist

As a Digital Marketing Specialist, your main goal is to be responsible for creating, executing and measuring marketing programs across various platforms and digital tools.  In other words, you’ll do the advertising via digital channels.

And as long as you have access to a variety of platforms like Google Analytics, Social Media, email, and know about PPC  and SEM, then this is a good remote career that even someone with a slow internet speed can do.

Here are a few companies that have been known to hire Digital Marketing Specialists:

Virtual Stylist

As an Virtual Stylist, you get all the fun of fashion without having to work in a retail store. You get to work from home putting together outfits for your customers, helping them to feel and look great.

For the most part, being an Virtual Stylist is a part-time online job (10-30 hours per week) but the hours are flexible. and the pay is typically $13.00 to $15.00 per hour. Not too shabby doing something as fun as this.

Here’s what you need to be an Virtual Stylist:

  • passion for fashion
  • meticulous attention to detail
  • know a lot about fashion trends
  • really want to help people look great

Now, you will need a reliable internet connection but it doesn’t have to be speedy.

Check out Rockbox (jewelry stylist) Stitch Fix, and Trunk Club.

SEO Strategist

If you have the SEO chops to develop a strategy that brings someone’s online presence to the forefront of their potential customers, then being an SEO Strategist is the job for you.

The nice thing about this kind of work is you don’t need fast internet because what you do isn’t dependent on internet speed.

You do need to know about SEO, though.  And know how to use online SEO tools like SEMrush and Majestic SEO.

The Search Guru often hires SEO Strategist, as well as any company that has any sort of marketing strategy.

But becoming a freelance SEO Strategist gives you the most potential to make a lot of money.  In fact, the freelance job bidding platform Upwork has a lot of people seeking SEO Strategists.

Teaching With Apps

Teaching apps. are very popular these days with eager students wanting to learn a second language or be tutored in any school subject.

And because this teaching method is through an app you don’t have to depend on your computer’s internet connection to get the work done.

Palfish and NiceTalk are phone apps that pay you to teach English as a second language to students who want to learn conversational English.

Chegg hires you to do on-demand tutoring of a variety of subjects using your desktop, laptop, tablet or cell phone.  And you’ll earn over $20.00 an hour.

Yup is an app designed to help students in math so if you’re a current or former teacher, educator, and graduate student with extensive tutoring experience then this is worth looking into.

Teaching apps work like this:

  • Log into the app whenever it’s convenient for you.
  • See which students are ready for a lesson.
  • Work when you want, for as long as you want. No commitments!
  • No set up, materials, or travel costs.
  • You can even pick up students back-to-back, without wasting time between sessions.

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers share, sell and buy pre-K – 12 education resources. You are paid a 60% royalty on all educational material you share after your first free-of-charge shared item.

Virtual Assistant

Being a Virtual Assistant doesn’t mean you’ll be answering phones and making dental appointments.

Nope.

The role of a Virtual Assistant has grown tremendously of the last year or so, with a lot more digital-related responsibilities and many more reputable companies hiring total beginners.

Some of the most in-demand services Virtual Assistants do are:

  • Blog Management
  • Content Creation
  • Podcast Mangement
  • Social Media Management
  • Online Outreach

And the pay ?  You can earn over $10,000.00 a month if you have the right Virtual Assistant training.

Side Gigs

If you think your internet speed is even too slow for any of the jobs I listed above, there are a bunch of side gigs you can do.

You may not be earning money by sitting in front of your computer but they are home-based.

For instance, you can make money working with Amazon.  Or earn while you drive your car.  You can even be a kid-friendly travel planner.

Your Slow Internet Doesn’t Have To Slow You Down

Having a slow internet connection does suck but at least you now know of some ways to work online where your speed doesn’t matter.

So, are you ready to get started?


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Author: Kat Lewis

Kat Lewis is the person behind The Wary Worker, the blog that shows you how to work from home and live life in the meantime. Kat is a former Accounting Specialist turned Human Resource Generalist who found her niche in the work-at-home world. With an analytical background, Kat looks at every opportunity with a skeptical eye so she can bring the truth to anyone wanting to work from home.

4 thoughts on “Work From Home With Slow Internet: Here’s How To Work Online When Your Internet Sucks

  1. Shuttershock has this as a requirement:

    Must have high-speed wired broadband Internet access [at least 25mbps download speed to test], own a PC or Mac, and own a sufficient and accurate color display for viewing high-resolution images.

    WIRED. No wireless.

    1. Thank you, Penny! I appreciate you letting me know this. I updated my writing and also indicated their freelance Picture Editing positions that don’t have this requirement, which I hope will be a good fit for someone.

  2. I am really looking for anything except the tutoring .I have a creative imagination, a love for anything nature and I am great at poetry would be honest if something did not look or feel right.
    Any ideas you could toss my way would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you in advance you’re site was very helpful .

    1. Hi Toni !

      Since you are creative and are great at poetry, maybe you can submit some pieces of poetry to places like Crazyhorse, Chicken Soup For The Soul, or US Kids. Have you considered doing something like virtual assisting (check out Fancy Hands, Belay an Zirtual)? Another option is Social Media monitoring with places like Modsquad and Time Etc. And of course you’re always welcome to apply to any of the jobs I scout and list on the right hand side of this blog.

      Best of luck to you !
      Kat

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