ETA: just over 6 months after writing this post I quit my job and started to work from home! I learned a lot about how to make money online, and finally took the plunge. The ideas below are great places to start if you dream of earning an income from home, either full- or part-time.
Working for myself from home is something I’ve been thinking about for many years. After almost twenty years of working in various offices, I feel that I would be well suited to working from home. I understand there are pros and cons to working from home, as there are for working elsewhere from home. However I think that the flexibility would suit me well, not to mention the motivation that would stem from working on your own behalf.
I began looking at the various options for this, and have come up with those I feel are most accessible to most people, and utilise the transferable skills most of us have learnt through our regular jobs or studies, or which can be learnt easily through short courses or online tutorials. Hopefully this will help you if you’re considering working from home.
The obvious one here is blogging, but this could be blogging for yourself or writing posts for companies. Find out how bloggers make money.
You might even have a burning desire to write that novel you’ve been planning for years. Anything you write, be it fiction or a self-help guide, can be sold online through your own blog, website or a site like Amazon.
Many people these days are able to make a living through setting up an eBay shop or their own shopping site. (ETA: I am now a registered business seller on eBay. Check out all my posts on reselling).
Plenty of sites such as Etsy also allow you to sell your own products, so if you craft, paint or can design blogs, to mention just a few skills, you can reach a wide shopping audience worldwide this way.
You could also sell your services; for example, advertise your availability as a pet/house sitter, iron people’s clothes for them or set up a cake baking business. If you have specific expertise, this could also be your window into setting up your own business. Trained skills like bookkeeping, HTML, CV writing, translating or life coaching will be something you can sell to others.
Direct Sales opportunities are everywhere these days. A couple of the most well-known are Avon and The Body Shop. There are many other options with reputable companies out there. If you are in the UK take a look at the Direct Selling Association’s website.
There are vast opportunities to use your organisational and administrative skills to earn money through freelance work. Virtual assistants work from home for a company or companies, and can act as PAs, travel consultants, proofreaders, copyeditors, website experts, researchers, transcribers…you name it, you can do it. As well as the freelance sites listed above, check out Upwork and Clickworker.
If you have a website or blog you can advertise on it to earn extra money. Google’s Adsense is a well-known way to place relevant ads on to a blog. You earn money when people click on the ads. You can also sign up to become an advertising affiliate with various companies, either directly or through an affiliate network. This can work in different ways; for example, in the same way as Adsense which generates Pay Per Click revenue, or by paying you a commission every time someone buys something through the ad link (also known as affiliate marketing). In addition to this, you can offer advertising space on your site for companies to buy from you.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to options for working from home.
I would be interested to hear any hints or tips you might have for how to make money online.
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