12 Online Jobs In South Africa For Students 2024: Work From Home


Online Jobs In South Africa

Nowadays, online jobs in South Africa have increased over the years. Students, graduates, and even part-time or full-time employees can work from home and gain extra income while maintaining their jobs.


When I review the job opportunities brought by the web or internet today, I wish I knew all these ideas while in school. Despite these countless opportunities, South Africans do not take advantage of them. 

Many university graduates or students move from place to place, looking for easy and cheap ways to make money online. 

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Nobody wants to learn and acquire skills that will help him or her make millions online. This laziness has resulted in the loss of a massive sum of money from people who have joined online scams such as Bitworld and Chymall.

Many resources have been written on this site to guide South African students and job seekers on making money online and starting a blog. However, it is a shame that people rarely go through such articles until the end. These people will pop up with senseless questions on a private chat. 


I just want to encourage you as you go through this comprehensive guide. Let it make a difference in your life. Of course, being a South African student is not easy, but there is a way forward. Hopefully, this step-by-step guide will rekindle your money-making skills.

I got my first taste of online jobs when I started temogroup. While it is just a hobby compared to my main job as a Medical Doctor, I am amazed at the flexibility and extra cash that comes with making money online.

To help you enjoy similar benefits, I have compiled a list of the twelve best and most unique online jobs for South African students and job seekers. Most of these jobs are freelance jobs. No degree, CV, or skills are required to get any of these jobs.

See Also: The Ultimate Guide To Writing A Perfect CV In South Africa

So if you are ready to start working from home or in an office with the aid of a cheap laptop, keep reading. With PBHEV laptops as cheap as $50, nothing holds you back from beginning your online career.


12 Online Jobs In South Africa: Work From Home 2024 (Ultimate Guide)

Many online articles will tell you about 35 or 50 online jobs in South Africa. However, these are usually unrealistic.

Below are the twelve (12) unique and legit online job opportunities in South Africa:

  1. Freelance Graphic Designer
  2. Freelance Writer
  3. Freelance Editor
  4. Freelance Web Developer
  5. Online Surveys
  6. Photography
  7. Video Editing
  8. Teaching English
  9. Translation
  10. Social Media Marketing
  11. YouTube Channel
  12. Music Production

1. Freelance Graphic Designer

Graphic design is another time-honored field for freelancing. Many SEO experts will hire you to add a spice of infographics to their content. You can do something as simple as a logo or a brochure. You can also do illustrations for blog posts.


What it pays:

  • PayScale says the average hourly rate for a freelance graphic designer is $30.
  • However, you can make more money if you bill by the project instead of by the hour.
  • For example, if you charge $160 for a logo, it takes only 2 hours to make. Hence, your effective hourly rate is now $80.

How to get the job:

  • You do not need to study graphic design. However, you need graphic design skills. These skills are taught online. I recommend learning how to use Adobe Illustrator
  • Once you have some fantastic designs, you can put them in a portfolio on your website.

2. Freelance Writer

If you know how to write great content, there are all kinds of opportunities for you to earn money online. You can write articles like this blog post and scripts for videos or even material for web pages.


What it pays:

  • When starting out, you can quickly charge between $10 to $25 for a 1500-word article. This amount can go up to $35 when you are an SEO expert.
  • More experienced writers can charge $50 (or more) for a 1,500-word article.

See: How To Become An SEO Expert In South Africa

How to get the job:

  • Start your own blog and write articles for it. You will get tons of writing experience, and you do not need anyone's permission to publish your writing. 
  • Next, use those articles to put together a portfolio. If you are busy and need inspiration on setting up a great portfolio, check out how to run your blog with only six hours a week. 
  • Finally, start pitching your work to websites – use contact forms to reach out and build relationships with bloggers and editors on Twitter and Linkedin.

Freelance is one of the Best Online Job Opportunities for Students to Make Money Online in South Africa.

3. Freelance Editor

In addition to writing work, freelance editing is an excellent domain. This category includes everything from editing short articles to full-length books. Thankfully, you could choose to specialize in a particular topic of interest.


What it pays:

  • As an inexperienced editor, I was able to charge between $200 and $500 for editing a short book.
  • But you can charge a lot more once you have the experience or work out a retainer deal where a client pays you to edit a set number of articles per month.

How to get the job:

  • When you are in school, the easiest way to get started is to edit work for your friends.
  • Getting into other positions where you can edit is also helpful (such as the campus newspaper or local Newspapers).
  • Brand yourself as an editor. Again, build a portfolio and let people know you are an editor in your social media profiles.
  • Also, meet as many professional editors as you can. Editing is a niche, but you will find editor friends sending you work they do not have time for if you can get into it.

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4. Freelance Web Developer

Web development is a field that continues to grow and shows no signs of slowing down. If you have the skills to build a website, you can start charging anyone for it today. 

You do not need advanced skills: Building a basic Blogger or WordPress site is enough for many projects. And if you have more advanced web development abilities, you can earn a very hefty side income.


What it pays:

  • According to Glassdoor, the average hourly pay for a freelance web developer is around $40.
  • But your hourly rate could be much higher if you are smart.
  • For instance, if you charge $2,000 to build an essential website that takes you 10 hours to make, your effective hourly rate is $200.

How to get the job:

  • You do not need to be a computer science major, but you do need web development skills.
  • To learn web development, you could do some exercises at CodeCademy.
  • After you have some basic skills, build free websites for friends to use in your portfolio.
  • From there, you can use your portfolio to get some paid gigs.

5. Online Surveys

If you want a way to make a little extra money in your spare time in South Africa, online surveys are an excellent method. Online surveys require no skills except the ability to use the internet.

While you will not get rich taking surveys, they can provide a more productive way to spend random moments between classes.


What it pays:

  • Most surveys pay between $1 and $3 each.
  • Surveys usually take a few minutes to complete, and you're often limited to a certain number per day.
  • So, you're looking at extra spending money, not replacing your income.

Also, know that many survey sites have a minimum payout amount. You could start by taking Surveys For Cash.

How to get the job:

  • First, sign up for a survey site such as  Take Surveys For Cash.
  • Next, answer a few questions about yourself.
  • You will then be eligible to start taking surveys.

6. Photography

While videos may be the most consumed form of media, Photography is not going away. There's still a high demand for skilled photographers to take photos of subjects and edit those photos into a finished product.

And with the quality of today's phone cameras, you may have all the equipment you need to get started.


What it pays:

  • A typical photographer can charge around $25 per hour, according to PayScale.
  • However, what you can charge depends on how skilled you are and how much editing/post-production you can do.

How to get the job:

  • First, learn how to take great photos.
  • Next, start taking pictures. Getting a professional camera will help significantly if you can afford it.
  • You can then put together a portfolio of your pictures on your website.
  • To go freelance, start with small gigs for friends and family. Then, expand from there as your portfolio grows.

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7. Video Editing

Video has emerged as one of the internet's most prominent forms of content. People do not get enough: Hence, there is a high demand for skilled video editors.

Also, you can learn the necessary skills on your own (no degree required).


What it pays:

  • According to data from Upwork, beginner video editors can charge between $25 and $50 per hour.
  • Once you have more experience, you can quickly charge $55 or even $100 per hour.

How to get the job:

  • First, you need to learn the basics of video editing.
  • You need access to quality video editing software such as Adobe Premiere, VideoPad, etc.
  • Next, you need to put together a video editing portfolio. You can do this with free work for friends and family or your own short film projects.
  • Finally, you can start pitching your services to clients.

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8. Teaching English

English is an in-demand language worldwide, and you can make money teaching it. This is particularly very essential for South African English Language students.

The good news is that you do not need to be a professional teacher or speak another language. Many platforms just require you to be able to speak fluent English to get the job.

What it pays:

  • You can earn anywhere from $15 to $30 per hour without formal teaching qualifications.

How to get the job:

  • To get started quickly, look at VIPKID (a website that teaches English to Chinese children).
  • Also, look at iTalki, a website that connects students with language teachers.

9. Translation

If you can read and write a foreign language fluently, you can make good money as a freelance translator. Understanding the basics of professional translation is a must.

Translators take documents (from scripts to instruction manuals) and translate them into another language. And with the rise of translation marketplaces, it's easier to get translation work than ever.


What it pays:

  • According to ZipRecruiter, the average freelance translator makes $30 per hour.
  • However, your payment will vary based on your experience and the complexity of the projects you work on.

How to get the job:

  • First, you need to be fluent in at least two languages.
  • Beyond that, you need to understand how translation works; it's a skill in and of itself. Ideally, you would take a course on it at your university.
  • Next, post your services on freelance websites and check out this guide to becoming a freelance translator.

10. Social Media Marketing

Businesses need to maintain a presence on social media to engage with their fans and spread their brand awareness. This helps these businesses drive web traffic to their site and their Google My Business Listings.

However, most business owners know nothing about how to use social media. Enter social media marketers who use their knowledge of social media and marketing best practices to get their clients one.

What it pays:

  • $20 to $25 per hour is a standard rate for freelance social media marketing on UpWorks.
  • Some freelancers charge as high as $70 per hour.

How to get the job:

  • At a minimum, you need to know how to use all the major social media platforms (including all the "business" or "pro" features).
  • You also need to know the fundamentals of marketing.
  • After you have the basics down, you can post your services on a platform like Upwork or Fiverr.

11. Start a YouTube Channel

The demand for video content is insatiable, and YouTube is a dominant force to reckon with. 

If you create an exciting and entertaining YouTube channel, you can cash in on some of this massive video demand.

Payment From YouTube Comes From Adsense. Learn how to make money from AdSense in South Africa here.


What it pays:

  • Anywhere from a few extra dollars a month to a full-time income.
  • It all depends on your videos' quality, how much time you have, how well you understand the business side of YouTube and a fair amount of luck.

How to get the job:

  • Start uploading videos on a regular schedule. Aim to improve your video editing and storytelling techniques with each video you make.
  • Be patient; do not expect instant results with this approach.


See Also: How to Start A Youtube Channel In South Africa


12. Music Production

Do you know how to make great beats? If so, there is an extraordinary chance to earn some money. While most musical artists struggle to make it, music producers make money from selling beats online.

Check Out: Marry Me, a song with beats produced by Bechem Eyong (DP Beat)


What it pays:

  • Browsing the most popular tracks on BeatStars, most beats sell for around $19.99.
  • However, there is no limit to the number of beats you can sell, making this an exciting opportunity to build passive income.

How to get the job:

  • First, you'll need to learn how to produce beats using software such as Logic.
  • Then, you can post your beats on a platform such as Soundcloud to gain a following.
  • At the same time, you can put the beats up for sale on a platform such as BeatStars.
  • Don't forget to make a website to showcase your beats.


Getting job opportunities online in South Africa is pretty straightforward. Hopefully, you have selected one or two ways to make money online in South Africa for this comprehensive guide. These online jobs are a far better way to start a living and work from home in any region in South Africa.

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