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Work from home jobs are becoming more and more popular. I always thought I would get a corporate job, work the 9 to 5, and make my way up the ladder. After spending about three years in an office, I realized I hated it. I valued my time and freedom too much to stay locked in a cubicle making someone else richer.
I didn’t know what I was going to do at the time, but I knew I wasn’t going to spend the next 40-some years of my life like this. It was around this time where I was incredibly unhappy that I came across the most life-changing book I have ever read, The 4-Hour Workweek. This book set the foundation for a new life.
I slowly became obsessed with passive income and work-from-home jobs. I started dabbing my feet in little ways to make an income on the side, some of which were massive failures, but I eventually found my work-from-home side-hustle turned full-time business! And I know you can to..
If your dream is to work from home so you can be with your kids or simply be location independent allowing you to travel the world as you earn money, these are some tried and true work from home jobs that can replace your job (and in many cases surpass!).
I have to place blogging first on this list because it is what I do and how I have grown my income significantly. I won’t be someone who tells you ‘blogging is easy’ and ‘you can make money your first month,’ because if you don’t know anything about starting a blog, there is a big learning curve in the beginning. At this point, I can start a blog and monetize it within a couple of weeks.
However, it took a lot of research, courses, and trials to get where I am today. If you aren’t looking for a ‘quick fix,’ and truly want to build a business (because blogging IS a business), then this might be the work-at-home job for you.
There are a lot of different ways to make money with blogging. One of the most passive ways is through ads. Simply for having people read a post, I make money. (So huge thank you to you! For reading). Ads don’t cost the reader anything and they are a very set-and-forget type of way to monetize a blog. I currently make more than $1,500 a month from ads alone!
Another great way to monetize a blog is through affiliates. Affiliate Marketing simply means making a commission on a product or service when a reader makes a purchase through your link. Popular financial blogger, Michelle Schroedner-Gardner makes over $50,000 a month in affiliate income and has one of the most comprehensive (and beginner-friendly) courses out there, called Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing.
Courses are an investment and there’s a ton of crummy ones out there. However, there are two that I back 100% and believe they are well worth the cost. The first is Carly’s Pinteresting Strategies, which are the strategies I use to drive traffic to my blog from Pinterest. And the second is Michelle’s Affiliate Marketing course that I mentioned already.
These two will get you on the right track. I believe you should be purchasing courses continually as different bloggers have different tips and tricks. There is always something to learn from others. I am consistently purchasing courses and eBooks. In fact, I make sure to buy at least one course/eBook on blogging a month. As a blogger, you can’t assume you know it all and have to always be actively learning more and more.
Perhaps you are a great writer but don’t want to deal with the hassle of maintaining a website or creating pins. Becoming a freelance writer is a great choice for you. The best thing about being a freelance writer is you get to work around your own schedule.
You can make anywhere from $40,000 to $50,000 a year writing. In the beginning, you’ll likely be cold calling and applying for many gigs on sites like UpWork but once you establish a steady stream of clients, you will have a steady stream of income.
It’s likely that your own clients will recommend you to their friends and colleagues, so no matter how small a project can seem, you should always give it 110% to build your reputation. There’s a lot of people who quit their full-time jobs to become full-time writers, why can’t you be one of them?!
Social Media Manager
It’s likely you’re on social media already, how would you feel about making money from it too? If you use it already as a consumer, you can help businesses manage their online presence and make a decent income for posting on their behalf. This is a relatively new job and it is growing like crazy! It’s a great time to dive in and give it a shot.
A lot of small business owners don’t want to be constantly posting and updating their IG’s or Facebook pages, so they outsource it to Social Media Manager.
Depending on how many clients you have, you can make anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 a month being a Social Media Manager.
If you have experience with Adobe Creative Suite/Adobe Creative Cloud – including InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop – (or are willing to learn, Graphic Design can be for you. Graphic designers tend to be very detail oriented and creative. If this sounds like you, this might be the perfect work-at-home job for you!
Depending on your experience, a Graphic Designer can charge anywhere from $25 to $200 an hour for their work. Get started on Upwork and slowly build up your list of clients. As a graphic designer, you’ll want to have your own website to show potential clients your portfolio and help attract new clientele.
If you get bored easily, being a Virtual Assistant can be perfect for you! The job comprises of many different factors such as email management, content creation, bookkeeping, graphic design, social media and much, much more!
A good VA is someone who is a self-starter, organized, and reliable. You don’t need much to start, only a laptop, internet access, and a willingness to learn.
One of the many benefits of being a VA is the flexibility it offers. A lot of times your clients won’t care where or when you get the work done as long as it meets their deadlines. Personally, I am much more productive in the mornings than in the evenings so I would probably allot that time as my ‘work’ time.
Depending on your clients, you can make anywhere from $15 to $100 an hour as a VA.
What’s Stopping You From Starting Your Work-At-Home Business?
Of course, there are plenty of more work-at-home jobs available. However, I believe these 5 are the best ones simply because they are accessible to everyone. You don’t need a college degree to be a blogger or graphic designer, you just need to be motivated enough to teach yourself. A lot of the skills required for these jobs can be learned along the way or through free resources like youtube, or paid ones such as Udemy.
As long as you are highly motivated and a self-starter, you can have success in any of these jobs.
There really is no excuse to stay at a job you dislike. You can start these businesses today and do it as a side-hustle until you are ready to take the leap and leave your 9-5.