Want to quit the 9-5 grind of being a full-time employee so you can work towards financial freedom? Here’s my roundup of 8 online jobs to make money working from home.
MAKE MONEY WORKING FROM HOME
Earning money working for yourself from home is a great way to free yourself up from the grind of being employed full-time and having to commute to an office every day.
Working for yourself from home gives you the possibility to intentionally create the life you want. Being your own boss is a powerful thing.
You will have more freedom to do things the way you want and it allows you the freedom to tailor your work around life, rather than the other way round. This is particularly great if you are a parent who wants to be around for their kids.
The good news is that you don’t have to be a digital genius or spend lots of time and money training to make money from home. There are plenty of ways you can use skills you already have to start working from home.
To get you started I’ve put together a list of a range of legitimate work from home jobs you can do that will cost you little or no money to get started with. All you will need is internet access and a computer.
THE REALITY OF WORKING FROM HOME
Of course, you only need to do a quick google search or slip onto Pinterest to see promises of earning six figures within weeks or becoming a millionaire whilst working only four hours per week.
The reality is that you need to be intentional with working from home from the start. Set your intentions around why you are doing it and what you want to achieve from it. Set yourself a target of what you need to earn (to cover your overheads, bills, living expenses) and then a stretch target of what you would like to earn.
Give yourself a defined workspace, it doesn’t need to be an actual home office if you don’t have the room, but don’t allow yourself to sit in your PJs in bed or hover on the couch with your laptop. You need to have the right mindset to work effectively from home and make good money.
You should also define the hours that you work, it is incredibly easy to blur the lines between work and life when your home is your office.
Still keen to find an online job you can do from home? Here’s my list of some of the best options around.
8 LEGITIMATE JOBS TO MAKE MONEY ONLINE WORKING FROM HOME
1. CONTENT CREATOR CONSULTANT
There are SO many opportunities to earn money as a content creator. You can become a ghost-writer for bloggers or small businesses who need someone to produce content for their business blog. There are also jobs researching, creating videos, search engine optimising or creating graphics for business/blogger websites.
2. PROFESSIONAL CONSULTANT
Become a consultant and offer your skills to small and medium-sized businesses that need someone to dip in and dip out of their business, rather than work for an employer full-time.
Got great typing skills? Become a transcriptionist. In short, you listen to audio files and type what you hear into a software programme. You are never going to get rich quick being a transcriptionist, but it’s a great way to start generating income when you first start working from home.
Good at spotting errors? You’ve got what it takes to be a proofreader! You will need to know your punctuation, grammar and spelling, though of course there are brilliant desktop apps like Grammarly that can help support you as you mine for errors.
You can actually earn a full-time salary as a proofreader or copy editor, especially if you build yourself a great reputation for precision.
Take the Proofread Anywhere course to get yourself up to speed with proofreading and then launch your work from home career as a proofreader.
5. VIRTUAL ASSISTANT
Being a virtual assistant is a totally 21-century job. You can become anything from a virtual PA to a CEO or a virtual Pinterest assistant for a top blogger.
Virtual assistants charge anywhere from $20 to $50 per hour, based on the skills being employed. Talking of skills, you will need to be supremely organised, able to project manage and willing to dive into industries you have to learn about from a standing start.
You may find yourself a full-time VA job or you could take on contract work as a VA. VAs can be tasked with email management, customer services, social media management, diary management… dive in a prove your worth and you will never be short of work.
Gina Horkey is the go-to VA trainer, pop over to Horkey Handbook to get yourself trained and ready to start your VA career.
6. TEACH ONLINE
There are opportunities for teaching all sorts of other skills online. Tutoring school and university/college kids is a huge growth industry. You will usually need a degree in a relevant area and/or teaching experience for certain professional teaching opportunities.
The alternative to working for an agency or tutoring platform is to create your own courses using a platform like Teachable and then promoting them via a blog. Or you can create courses and promote them on sites like Udemy.
However it takes a lot of time and effort to create a really amazing course and even more time to constantly promote it, so don’t be fooled into thinking this is a great get rich quick scheme.
As such, I’ve included creating your own courses in my roundup of great ways to start your own digital business.
7. WEBSITE TESTER / REVIEWER
The beauty of becoming a website tester or reviewer is that you don’t need to be a digital expert or a web design expert. In fact, what companies want is genuine users to test their websites so that can make sure that the user experience is fully optimised.
8. SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Do you know your way around Instagram, Facebook or Twitter? You could be invaluable to a small business or brand as a social media manager.
Social media has become an essential part of the marketing mix for so many brands, but it is a time-consuming job and finally, the business world is waking up to the fact you can’t just get the office junior to fanny around on Instagram to build a solid social media presence.
Social Monkey Business has a well-respected course for getting you up and running. I’d also suggest you create your own social media presence if you don’t already have one, nothing shows off your skills better than showcasing your own profile.
I hope this list has given you some ideas for how you could start an online job that allows you to work from home. Good luck as you start to shape the life you want to live.