Wondering how others earn money from home?
We’re going to dive in to see how you too can earn money from home, even with no business experience.
There have been some amazingly successful people out there with businesses they have been able to run from home (or anywhere in the world). We have a lot to learn from them and we can get so much inspiration from reading their stories and seeing how they did it!
Let’s dive in and investigate the options out there for earning money from home!
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Start a blog
Starting a blog is a great way to launch your earning money from home venture! Whilst it can take time to start earning substantial money, it’s easy to get started. The other thing that I love about blogging is that you can create a platform for sharing content but that can evolve as your business grows. It’s possible to add other income streams as your business grows.
When thinking about starting a blog, it can seem overwhelming in the beginning. It can be hard to know which niche to choose and what to write about. When someone asks me what they should do, I ask what do they naturally talk about with their friends and family? It’s a good indication that it’s a topic they love talking about and that the ideas for blog posts will flow!
The next step is to see whether that niche will be financially viable. I’m going out on a limb here and say that I think almost all niches have the potential to be profitable. Have a look around and see if you can see anything in the niche that is performing well. That’s usually a good indication that there’s money to be made in the niche.
Once you’ve established that it’s a viable option, start researching to see how you can do it better than your competitors. The idea here is to have you brainstorm how you can improve on what’s out there but don’t copy other people’s blogs and businesses. Just plan to add more value than they do.
When you have a good idea of what you want to do, then get to researching keywords that you could use for your blog posts. Get creative here and build a list of blog posts you’re going to start with. This makes it so much easier to get started once you have your blog up in the blogosphere.
Speaking of that, before you can launch anything, you’re going to need a platform to do so! I highly recommend Suzi’s courses over at Start a Mom Blog. Both her free blogging course, The Blog Plan and her signature course, Blog by Number are really valuable and well worth enrolling in. She takes you through the steps needed to get your blog up and running.
Got a skill that you could charge others for? Then package it up and sell it!
You’d be surprised how many ways there are for you to help others in their business or life! Think about what skill you have that other people comment that you should start charging for?
Or think about something that comes really easy to you but others are always asking you how you do it? For me, it was social media and design. I constantly had friends and family asking me to help with their social media and other design projects until one day I decided it was time to start charging. I had a skill that was in demand and it had the possibility to help grow other people’s businesses. You can read about how I started my social media management and website design business here.
The possibilities are endless here but common freelancing ideas are social media management, becoming a virtual assistant, freelancing as a graphic designer or a website developer.
Start by creating a list of skills that you’ve acquired in your job or for fun and see which ones you could start charging for.
Courses that will help you get started freelancing are Social Monkey Business (this is the course that I used to start and scale my marketing business and I highly recommend it!) and 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success for VA training.
Build a network marketing business
Network Marketing is often overlooked when we investigate how to earn money from home. Over the years it’s gotten a bad wrap, which I can understand. There are some businesses owners out there that are using some very questionable techniques but I have to say, it happens in business models.
I have recently realised though that it’s possible to build a very successful business within the network marketing framework. I’ve also started seeing network marketing as just another business model, one that is profitable for both the consultant and the business.
When starting a network marketing business, it’s good to think about products that you’re already using and loving. I really believe that the most successful people in network marketing are those that passionately stand behind the products and business. Potential customers can tell in an instant if you aren’t!
The other big block I hear people mention when thinking about starting a network marketing business is that they think they need to pestering their family and friends. This is not the case! We live in a world with this amazing resource called ‘the internet’. Have you heard about it? 😉
In all seriousness, it’s possible to build your network online. Providing your customers and potential customers with value and showing them you’re an expert in the field is a way to start building your business.
Teach English online
Are you a native English speaker?
If you are, chances are you can start teaching English online. It’s easier if you have teaching qualifications but it’s not essential. It’s in such high demand at the moment and there’s a real possibility to start earning money in your spare time.
The great thing about this is that there’s demand globally for it so there’s the option to pick times that best suit you. You could use your hours after work to start building income before you even think about quitting your day job.
ITalki is a great platform to get started with, it’s also open to teaching other languages as well, not just English.
Get a remote job
In the market for getting a new job? Have you thought about looking specifically for a remote job?
There are a few platforms out there that specialise in remote work with the most common being Remote. Here all ads are for jobs that are remote and vary from full time to a few hours a week. Whilst this isn’t building your own business, it gives you the flexibility to work in your space or on the road.
I think it’s also a great first step into starting your our business and working around your own schedule.
Try Remote to start looking for work.
Talk to your boss about remote options
Along the same lines but have you thought about asking your current boss flexible work conditions? Is it possible to do the work at home?
Studies are showing that working from home is tremendously productive and is becoming a very popular option so go ahead and start the conversation now! If there’s no possibility of having a flexible work arrangement, then maybe you can start looking whilst continuing work in your current employment.
Start a handmade business
Have you got a skill that you can use to make things and sell them? This might be a good option for you.
I know I’ve done it in the past as a way to make a bit of extra money (mainly to fund my sewing addiction) on the side.
I think the key here is to make something that is not only in demand but it also cheap to post and relatively easy to make. That way you can scale the business easier and make more in less time. It also gets easier to be able to employ others to help you out.
There are so many businesses like this in the online space. Have a look through Instagram and look for ones that are doing well. See what’s consistent through those businesses and use that as a starting guide.
A great course that will get you started is Handmade Marketing that Works.
Whilst this isn’t a business, it’s a way of earning a bit of extra money from home. They’re easy to get started with and don’t require any outlay of money to get started. You could use this to build a cash pool to start your own business when the time is right.
Try Swagbucks to get started
I recently can across this as a way of earning money at home. I didn’t even know it existed before then but it makes sense! Big businesses are always wanting to get people to use their websites and get feedback in return.
The pay varies but you can earn up to $50-60 per hour. I’m not sure how steady the work is but there are plenty of platforms to sign up with.
A good site to start with is User Testing.
Teachers pay teachers
Teacher Pay Teachers is an online platform where teachers (and other creative people) sell educational material to other teachers. You’re able to create material for any year level and within any subject.
If you have material that you know others will appreciate and buy, then it’s time to upload it and sell on Teachers Pay Teachers
List a spare bedroom on Airbnb
If you have extra space in your home, then you could list it on Airbnb. It’s an easy way to earn money at home and you get to meet people from all over the world!
Have look and see what other rooms are going for in your local area. It will give you a good idea if it’s something that’s worthwhile for you.
Got epic typing skills? You can put them to good use and make money. There’s plenty of demand for transcribing. As the amount of audio and video content grows dramatically, there will be increasing demands for transcribing. It’s a good time to get started in this field!
For more information about how to get started and be successful, I’d recommend the free Transcribe Anywhere course.
Just like transcribing, proofreading is another area that’s popular at the moment. Think about all the content that’s being created on a daily basis. A lot of the creators are getting proofreaders to go over them.
There’s a very popular course called General Proofreading: Practices & Theories and if this is something that you could do to earn money from home, then I highly recommend you take it!
Flipping blogs and websites
This is one that I’ve been learning more about recently. Think about it as though you’re flipping houses, you buy something that you know you can improve on (or build it from scratch) and then sell for a profit.
Chelsea over at HerPaperRoute has a great course that shows you how she goes about flipping websites for a profit. I know she recently sold a beauty blog that she built from scratch for $50 000. Not bad really!
Her course is The Blog Flipping Course with HerPaperRoute. I’ve personally taken this course and it gives you a great insight into the potential for flipping blogs and websites.
Start an Etsy shop
Etsy is still so popular and a good way to get started selling items that you’ve created, both physical and digital products. To get started, you just need to have something to sell and open a shop on the platform. No need to mess around with websites to get started (although I always recommend that you do have your own website).
This course, Build an Etsy that Sells by Lisa Jacobs, over on Creative Live will help you get started.
Well, that’s a wrap! 15 ways you can earn money from home. I’d love to hear how you’re earning money while at home or whilst travelling.
Pop it in the comments.