According to statistics, the number of individuals using the internet has seen tremendous growth from 6.74% of the population in the year 2000 to being around 48.57% in 2017.
Perhaps in large part because of this growth, I’ve also seen an influx of people that earn decent money (some even earning millions of dollars per year!) while staying at home. Regardless if it’s being an offshore worker or running a business, there’s an abundance of opportunities that you can take advantage of RIGHT NOW!
Having said that, here are 7 work from home jobs and business ideas you can get in to. Hopefully, after reading this, you won’t have to worry about how to earn money from home. Let’s start!
Work from Home Jobs:
I’ve been a writer for over 3 years now and honestly, starting this venture has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.
I get to be creative, I can take my work with me anywhere I go, and with new projects and niches, I also get the opportunity to learn something new.
That being said, if you get hired as a “regular” employee, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says that writers and authors can earn anywhere between $31,700 and $121,670 annually. If you do decide to take the freelance route, however, your annual earnings might not be as clear cut.
Nonetheless, it’s a great work from home job that I highly recommend. Upwork and Fiverr are great places to visit to get started.
English as a second language (ESL) teacher
Non-native English speakers are hiring ESL teachers ALL DAY, EVERYDAY – that’s how hot this job is right now. Seriously.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ESL teachers make about $53,630 per year so that’s a good bit above the average.
Some companies do require that you have a degree in English or any related course though but there are also those that don’t. VIPKID, for example, only requires that you have a bachelor’s degree—period.
Of course, there are plenty of other companies that you can join, such as:
Virtual assistant (VA)
If you get hired to be a virtual assistant, your job is basically to help your boss with their everyday tasks so they can focus on the bigger things that they can’t designate to other people. These tasks could include:
- Handling social media
- Organizing emails and calendars
- Scheduling appointments
- Book hotels
Really, anything under the sun.
Do you have your own computer, headphones, and an internet connection? Do you type fast? Then this could be a job for you!
I know that sounds salesy but really, those are pretty much the only requirements to get a job in data entry. Sounds pretty simple, eh?
The catch, however, is that the pay isn’t too lucrative at an annual median of $32,170 (per BLS).
Scroll through Upwork and Fiverr and you should be able to find multiple employers looking for people with fast hands like yours.
Start a blog
If you’re passionate about something and you know how to write a compelling story, running a blog can be a fun and rewarding way to make money. To help get you started, we have a guide that you can follow right here.
According to Glassdoor, bloggers make an average of $14/hour—not much, I know, but the most successful ones can make over $100k per month (read: PER MONTH!!). Mind you, that’s more than double what the average American makes per year!
On that note, taking your blog to the top can take months, if not years of hard work. You’re also going to need a great marketing strategy that can funnel a huge audience to your website.
Once you have a sizeable following though, your blog is going to open its doors to multiple money-making opportunities such as affiliate marketing, advertising, sponsorships, and many more.
Start an e-Commerce business
Shopify and other similar websites have now made it easier than ever to open your own online shop. You can sell literally anything you want (it has to be legal, of course) but just like blogging, you will need a good strategy to gain some traction before you can reap your rewards.
Be careful though: if you list too many products at once, you might have trouble keeping track of them all and lose the trust of your customers in the process. Only list as much as you can handle or pair your e-commerce business with affiliate marketing for more profit.
On that note, you can also flip items and sell them on Amazon, eBay, or Craigslist. It’s a great way to make money by selling online, too.
Be an instructor
The best part about this is social networks have made it possible to be someone else’s mentor without having to step outside of your door.
For instance, if you want to make money out of training people to get into better shape, you can take snippets of your own meals and workouts, post them on social media, and include a call-to-action in your caption that eventually leads your audience into buying a copy of your entire routine.
Of course, you don’t have to follow this exact same strategy but you can devise a similar one regardless of what you’re trying to teach—cooking, musical instruments, martial arts, etc. The trick is to gain the trust of your audience, enough to make them buy your service.
A lot of people have gotten rich and are now living the life of their dreams thanks to their work from home jobs and online businesses. However, like everything else in life, success from either route doesn’t come without hard work and patience.
That being said, I urge you to at least give any of them a try. Surely, there has to be one that fits your style.
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