If you’re great at finding the proverbial needle in the haystack, keep reading! We’re answering a question from a reader on how you can become an online researcher and find work from home internet research jobs!

Hi Holly,

I found your advice in the Woman’s World Magazine and searched all through Pinterest for work-from-home jobs. There are so many to go through, some want money, and others I’m not sure are real jobs. But Holly, I LOVE to research and would like to start a business doing research, but I have no idea how to get started. I thought I would ask if you had any ideas since you are seeking ways of possible employment for people.

I hope you will have some ideas and share them with me as I am very eager to get started.

Sincerely, Judy L.

Hi Judy,

Internet research is an excellent way for you to work from home! Many companies hire freelancers to do their research for them — you just need to know where to look.

Law firms, marketing departments, insurance companies, academic institutions, healthcare providers, political groups, real estate agents, writers, editors, and college students all need researchers.

If you have background experience in one of the areas above, I suggest starting there first, as you’ll have a leg up on your competition.

How to Become an Online Researcher

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), 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.

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 in roles like virtual assistance, 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 they don’t screen companies very well.

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

FlexJobs