I have been working exclusively from home for over ten years. I would not trade it for anything. To have the ability to work when I want, where I want, is priceless, especially when you have a family. I believe in multiple streams of income. Beyond writing for my own blog, I write for a major retail blog, I am a marketing director and an independent contractor analyzing the effectiveness of social media advertising.
Many people tell me how much they want to be able to work from home. If you share their sentiment, here are some things you need to know. First, you need to be a self-starter. Working from home usually means you have flexibility in your hours, but it does not mean you can goof off all day. You have to prioritize and still need to sacrifice certain things in order to be successful. If you procrastinate or have poor time management skills, working from home can be a challenge. If you do have the drive needed to work from home, check out the links below.
Here are some ways you can earn supplemental or full time income from home:
The We Work Remotely Job Board has many listings for remote workers. They have a large amount of ads for website developers. They also have Customer Support, Management, Copywriting and other categories, where you can search and apply for remote jobs. Unlike sites that make you pay a fee to apply, this is a free job board for job seekers.
Working as a Search Engine Evaluator is usually a short-term gig of up to a year or less. However, once you have your foot in the door with a company, even if one project ends, they usually contact you for other opportunities. There are qualifications you will need to meet, but the pay is usually between $12-$15 an hour. Two companies that are legit and you can apply to are:
If you have a passion for photography, you can make some extra money selling your photos to stock sites. Some sites that will pay you for your stock photos are:
There are many other companies that will pay you for your stock images if they meet their criteria. Do a search on Google or another search engine to find other companies.
A fun way to earn some extra cash is to download the apps below. You will be able to see available tasks, which may include, taking photos of certain products in a grocery store or of a home in your area. Tasks can pay anywhere from $6-$20 and up on average.
List your services on sites like Fiverr. You may know how to create high-quality logos, set up websites, manage social media, edit copy, translate documents and much more. Why not capitalize on that and list your services for hire.
Live Chat and/or Phone Agents are needed by a variety of companies for customer service and support issues. You can search for available gigs on UpWork or directly at one of the links below:
- Apple is hiring At Home Advisors for live chat
- SiteStaff-must type 60 WPM
- American Express Customer Care Agents
- Fantasy Sports Customer Support
Other ways to earn income:
Connect with local contractors, many are in need of someone to travel to work sites to take photos to document job progress.
If you are good with social media, contact area businesses to create and manage social media accounts for their business.
Love developing websites? Contact businesses that do not have a web presence, explain the benefits and offer your services to help them with a domain purchase, as well as setting up their website and social media accounts and managing them.
Are you crafty, do you make things people want or need? Sell them on Ebay or Etsy.
Run errands for elderly or home bound neighbors. Go shopping for them, walk their pets, get their mail, drive them to appointments, clean their house or take of their yard.
Sell things in your home on Ebay or online at virtual garage sale sites.
Have a garage sale to rid your home of clutter and earn extra money.
Become an online tutor-create and teach your own courses at Udemy and other sites.
Good luck! Please let me know if you have any questions or if this post was helpful to you.