I’ve worked from home my entire career.
Seriously, my last office job was as a marketing intern at the American Alpine Club after college.
And I’m never going back, I’m all-in on working from home. I’m not the only one either, 91% of remote workers say it’s a good fit for them.
But what if there aren’t any remote gigs open? How can me make the jump to working from home?
I put together 10 ways to make money from home, along with tips for getting started. Anyone can do these and they don’t require any previous skills. If you’re willing to put in the effort, you can make the jump to working from home too.
1. Virtual Assistant
If you’re a seasoned office worker or former secretary or assistant, working as a virtual assistant could be a great way to earn money from home. Sites like Upwork, Remote.co, and Fiverr feature numerous virtual assistant jobs for people proficient in data entry, project management, business software tools, and other tasks.
If you’re organized and well-versed in technology, you can have your pick of virtual assisting jobs. It’s also important to be a good communicator, as you’ll often work with entrepreneurs and busy professionals who need tasks accomplished quickly.
One downside of virtual assisting is that it’s quite competitive. And much of that competition is international which can do work at much lower rates since they have a lower cost of living.
However, that doesn’t mean there’s no space for you. If you’re just starting out, one strategy is to browse through existing profiles. See what kind of services other virtual assistants offer. You’ll see everything from data entry and transcription to graphic design and customer service support.
When it’s time to set up your profile on job sites, be specific about what types of skills you offer. Try to focus on a single skill set that has more demand than others. You’ll be able to charge higher rates and get more work.
As you accumulate reviews, you may even find that users seek you out. Many experienced virtual assistants have long-term customers who keep them busy with work.
2. Online Teacher or Tutor
Do you have a teaching degree? Or maybe you’re an experienced tutor. If you have an education background, online tutoring might be the perfect work-at-home job for you.
With the increasing popularity of virtual schools, there are plenty of job openings for remote teachers. Online public schools like K12 and Connections Academy hire qualified teachers to work with students in a virtual classroom.
If you like the idea of tutoring but you don’t have a teaching degree, don’t worry. There are still plenty of opportunities for people who have a passion for working with students.
For example, sites like Tutor Me and Skooli offer tutoring opportunities for people skilled in a particular subject area. While you don’t necessarily need a teaching background to qualify, you must possess certain education or mastery in the area in which you would like to tutor.
If you qualify, virtual tutoring can be quite lucrative. Skooli tutors earn $25 per hour. Tutor Me pays its tutors $16 an hour, and the site gets great reviews from tutors on Glassdoor.
3. Airbnb Host
If you have a spare room or second home, you can put it to work for you by becoming an Airbnb host. Airbnb has become massive, many folks have built entire businesses off it. In the little over 10 years Airbnb has operated, its listings have grown by more than 100 percent every year.
If you’re a property owner, you can join the ranks of homeowners making extra income by renting out rooms or properties. According to one report, 82 percent of people who offer listings on Airbnb say it’s a good way to make money.
On average, Airbnb hosts make $942 per month on their properties. If you have the ability to rent out a small apartment or separate floor on your property, you could possibly make more.
4. Social Media Manager
Many business owners make the mistake of thinking social media is easy. Once they create an account and start posting, however, they quickly realize that creating effective social posts is more difficult than it looks.
In some cases, business owners lack the skills or bandwidth to manage their company’s social media channels. Coming up with content, posting regularly, and responding to folks simply takes too much time. It’s easy to de-prioritize.
This is where social media managers come in. If you love all things internet, and you’re a good writer, running a company’s social media accounts could be the work-at-home job of your dreams.
To get your foot in the door, it helps to have experience in building social audiences. If you can point to profiles that you’ve grown and have engaged audiences, you shouldn’t have any problem getting clients. Even if you’re starting from scratch, take 6-12 months to get good at it and then look for work. Anyone can do this.
You can find social media manager opportunities on various sites, including Fiverr, Indeed, and Monster. When you search these sites, just make sure to narrow the field to show “remote” postings only. That way you’re not wasting time combing through on-site jobs.
5. Craigslist or eBay Seller
You don’t need your own ecommerce site to make money selling products online. If you’re a savvy bargain hunter, you can resell the items you find on sites like eBay or Craigslist.
These sites make it easy to post items for sale in exchange for paying the site a small commission on the money you earn. If you work out of a home office, you may even be able to write off many of your office supplies and other business-related expenses on your taxes.
You can find a ton of inspirational stories about successful eBay entrepreneurs, such as the mom who started a five-figure business reselling items she found in stores and thrift shops.
To get you started, check out our guide on how to make money on eBay.
6. Graphic Designer
Because graphic design is a visual artform, it lends itself to an online business model. Graphic artists can work from anywhere.
Moreover, the majority of businesses can’t thrive without an online presence. This means they need logos, social media header designs, custom signatures, and more. There’s plenty of design work to go around.
Sites like Fiverr, Dribbble, and 99Designs are great places to showcase your work as an artist. Talented graphic designers on Etsy offer everything from custom logo design to entire branding packages.
7. Child Care Worker
If you love working with children, you can use your babysitting skills to earn extra money at home. Sites like Care.com and Sittercity let you list your profile and qualifications so interested families can connect with you online.
You can make your profile stand out by earning relevant certifications. For example, being qualified in CPR or basic first aid can help separate you from the crowd. As a bonus, having these specialized skills means you can charge a higher rate for your services.
If you’re flexible, you can even expand your offerings to senior care and pet care. In some cases, people looking for these services may prefer you to come to their house to work. However, you may also be able to find families willing to let you carry out your duties in your home.
8. Freelance Writer
If you’re good with the written word, content writing or copywriting might be a career path worth pursuing. I did a lot of this myself in the early days. If you have specialized expertise in a certain area, that’s a great way to stand out.
When I was getting started, I got certified in Google Analytics. There were plenty of Google Analytics experts that couldn’t write. And plenty of writers that didn’t know anything about analytics. I was one of the rare exceptions that could do both. This is how I got my first big gig at an analytics startup that led to a full-time remote job.
But what if you don’t have a doctor’s lab coat lurking among your professional qualifications or a certification like I had? Get one. The certification I got cost me $100 to take the test and a few weeks studying a book that cost $30. So only $130 in total. Peruse the technical section at book stores and look for professional software manuals that could lead to certifications.
Getting a certification isn’t a requirement but it does help.
However, you should definitely be proficient at writing. It also helps to have experience writing for the web. If you’re new to online writing, you can start by creating your own blog and posting regular content. Once you have a portfolio of work posted online, you’ll have a much easier time when applying for gigs.
Are you a skilled artist, woodworker, painter, or craftsperson? You can turn your hobby into a profitable side business by listing your wares on sites like Etsy. The company is the top destination for buyers looking for unique and custom artwork, jewelry, and crafts.
Etsy’s user base and profits reflect the site’s popularity. At the end of 2017, the site had 33.4 million active buyers and earned $1 billion in gross merchandise sales.
One woman launched her own design and furniture-making business using locally sourced reclaimed wood. Her Etsy business became so popular, she was able to transition to selling pieces on her own website as well as popular home goods stores like Wayfair and Houzz.
If you have accounts receivable or secretarial experience, consider bookkeeping as a work-from-home job. You don’t need an accounting degree to build a successful bookkeeping business, but you should possess relevant experience or certifications.
You can find a number of affordable bookkeeping courses offered online, with most taking just a few months to complete. You may also be able to sign up for a certification course at a local community college in your area.
The great thing about bookkeeping is that it never stops. Every business needs to do it every month. So once you get a client, you’re likely to keep them for awhile.
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