There’re a wealth of work-from-home opportunities available over the internet today. Granted, many of these won’t bring in a lot of money—at least not at first—but every extra dollar helps. Work-from-home jobs aren’t limited to stuffing envelopes and medical billing, nor are they just for stay-at-home moms.
Surveys: You can make $1 to $25 or more for each survey you take. Keep in mind that some of these don’t put cash in your bank account, but you can get gift card balances for sites such as Amazon where you can purchase just about anything you’d want or need. I once heard about a couple who started doing online surveys for extra cash. Whatever they earned became their blow money for the month—the more surveys they completed, the more blow money they had to spend.
Here are a few online survey companies and opportunities to check out:
Website tester: Do some digging and you’ll find companies looking for beta testers for new website designs. You’ll be tasked with giving feedback on everything from layout and design, interface, bug hunts, A/B testing, and more.
Get Paid for Online Searches: You can pick up some extra rewards by performing common searches on these alternative search engines.
YouTube channel: Create and monetize your own how-to videos. What are you passionate about? What skills and talents do you have that you can share with others? Put your own unique perspective and personality into a new video series and get it online.
Direct sales: There are so many opportunities in this category that it can be overwhelming, so the best thing you can do is find a product category you’re passionate about or enjoy, and then do some research about what companies have the best reputation and the best financial returns—between 20% to 35% of sales in commissions. You’ll find opportunities to sell just about sort of product you like such as jewelry (Premier Designs or Origami Owl), health products (Melaleuca, Young Living Essential Oils, Juice Plus+, Le-Vel), beauty products: (Mary Kay, AVON, Jamberry Nails), and hundreds more.
Online Tutor: Depending on your qualifications and experience, you may be able to sign up to become an online tutor through one of the numerous educational outlets online. You could also try the route of setting up and marketing your own service to offer private tutoring in your field of expertise.
Customer Service Representative: Many companies hire people to work from home as customer service reps, allowing you to answer questions and fulfill customer requests via phone, chat, or email.
Reseller: This might be better listed under entrepreneurism, but you can find opportunities to become a seller or reseller of products through the Amazon ecosystem. Search online and learn how to use Fulfillment By Amazon to sell your own products—new or used—on Amazon.com.
Transcriptionist: A quick internet search will bring up dozens and dozens of opportunities for working as a transcriptionist at home. Make sure you do your due diligence and check out a company’s reputation before signing on.
Proofreading/Editing: Are you good with grammar? Do you like to read? You can get hired as a proofreader or editor, or launch your own service.
Vacation Planner: Companies such as Disney hire people across the country to become vacation planners. Your job would be to help put together the best vacation possible within the customer’s budget and available time off. There are also opportunities to become a home-based travel agent, though you’ll need to have decent knowledge about the travel industry and get involved with either a network marketing host agency or buy into a franchise to build both a reputations and client list.
Blogging: Yes, you can still make money blogging. You won’t make anything in the beginning, and even when you do eventually make some cash it won’t be a ton. Having said that, there are scores of people out there who have diligently built their platform over the course of several years into a full-time business that not only brings in a significant income for themselves, but also allows them to employ others as well.
The key to making money blogging is finding your niche, being somewhat unique in that niche, and being authentic. Diversification is often a factor as well. You’ll see many bloggers make money not only from advertisements and sponsored posts, but also from writing books, developing products such as e-courses they can sell, and more.
Virtual Assistant (VA): Speaking of successful bloggers, many of them use virtual assistants to get most of their “busy work” done so that they can concentrate on creating the content their readers crave. Look around for bloggers, speakers, and other digital personalities for opportunities to become a virtual assistant. Virtual assistants do work ranging from scheduling and overseeing social media channels, selling advertising space, answering blog comments or customer emails, and more—essentially anything necessary to help their boss concentrate on their main purpose.
If you decide to become a VA, plan on contracting yourself out to a handful of people instead of just one. It’s rare that someone in need of a VA can give you more than 2-5 hours worth of work per week.
Become an Entrepreneur
Some people hear the word “entrepreneur” and immediately imagine someone who’s quit their job and taken out a massive loan to get some crazy idea off the ground. Sure, there’s some of that type out there, but in reality an entrepreneur is anyone who decides to make money using the skill, time, and talent.
Becoming an entrepreneur doesn’t have to be complicated. If you own some lawn equipment and put together a flier that you hand out in your neighborhood advertising grass cutting services, you’re an entrepreneur. If you make a craft of some sort and sell it at local craft fairs and garage sales, you’re an entrepreneur. If you can charge money to help people in your area maintain their personal computer, you’re an entrepreneur.
Check out this great post on Money Saving Mom for even more ideas about making money by working from home.
I’m Jeff M. Miller, and I help ordinary people who are stuck in a rut change their behaviors so they can be extraordinary. I’m an entrepreneur who retired from my full-time job in my early 40s to work from home. I’m a financial counselor, life coach, graphic designer, and passionate believer in helping others improve their lives a little more each day.