eBay: eBay is one of the most popular websites in the world, period. That means it’s a great way to attract lots of eyeballs to your unwanted items, fast. Initially designed as an auction site for DIY sellers, it’s now primarily a venue for fixed-price (though often heavily discounted) sales by professional merchants. Still, as long as you include high-quality photographs and thorough descriptions in your product listings, you can likely break through the noise. eBay’s fee schedule is complex, but as a general rule, expect to lose 10% of your final selling price to the site’s commission.
Cash4Books is an online portal where you can sell new and used books. Grab your books and head to the website, here you’ll be able to enter each book’s ISBN, which is a 10 or 13 digit number that can be found on the back cover or inside the front cover of almost all books. Once you have entered each code, you’ll receive a quote for each book. Next, send your books in with a pre-paid shipping label. Once they receive your books, you’ll be paid either via check or PayPal.
Photographs. Because your customers won’t be able to touch or hold your items, you need to give them as much of a visual feel for the products as you can. You’ll do it with photographs – but not just any photos. They have to be pleasing to the eye and make the item look fantastic. You’ll have to learn the art of photography, and if you can’t get the hang of it, you’ll have to hire someone to do it for you. Yes, it’s that important.
The appeal of working from home is undeniable, and there are a variety of positions available. Twenty years ago, most of these Work From Home jobs didn't exist. Envelope stuffing and small item assembly involving a lot of back and forth mailing were about the only jobs available. With the advent of the Internet, there are options to accommodate many skill sets. Instant communication with employers allows a Work From Home employee to perform bookkeeping services, medical transcription, simple data entry or customer service.
No commuting. Ian Aronovich is the president and co-founder of GovernmentAuctions.org, and says that he most appreciates the noticeable lack of travel time. “You never have to deal with the painful rush hour commute to and back from the company office. In addition, you can work at any time of the day or night whenever it’s most convenient for you.”
Do you have an eagle eye? Do typos and grammatical errors drive you bananas? Then consider working from home as a proofreader. To get started, you'll need to apply and take a proficiency test. To see what's on a proficiency test, check out ProofreadingServices.com. Their online test is visible to the public, and you're allowed 20 minutes to complete it. If your skills are rusty or not up to par, consider taking an online proofreading course to boost your chances of getting hired — here is the course I recommend. Of course, once you get your foot in the door and prove your value, you'll easily be able to score more freelance gigs.
If you can think of a good idea for a webstore and invest enough time and energy into marketing it, you might do well. But keep in mind, you will have to constantly keep at it. There will be orders to fill and plenty of accounting and inventory work to keep you busy, provided you have a good product, there’s demand, and you’ve marketed yourself well. The “If you build it they will come” slogan does not apply to websites. If no one knows you’re out there, the chances of them accidentally stumbling upon it are virtually nil. It can also be expensive if you don’t know how to create or operate your website, or how to market it. You may very likely need to enlist the help of paid professionals.
Do not give in to procrastination. That’s the enemy of freedom workers! Some experts say start with simple to accomplish tasks because it gives you easy wins, thus adding up to your momentum. But make sure a bigger part of your work schedule should be allocated to the most important task. Important can be your own definition: what’s most urgent, what’s most challenging; and for some – what is most income-generating. Define what is important to you based on your work goals. Then identify the task that needs your most attention. Get it done first.
If you have the skills you need to work from home, scope out the best scam-free resources to help you find jobs that are a good fit. Of course, FlexJobs is the premier source for avoiding job scams in your search for hand-screened, home-based jobs that are 100% real and legitimate. Many of the jobs below can be done on a part-time, flexible schedule, or freelance basis.
Not necessarily new, but definitely a great opportunity! Jen Henson was a teacher in Ohio when she was approached by her principal to tutor an athlete preparing for ACT testing. He had a full ride offer from a college but need the test scores to seal the deal. After hearing about the results Jen was able to help this student achieve, he’s in the NFL today, she started being approached by other coaches.
The purpose of the radio ads is to generate a steady stream of "prospects" that can be turned over to existing distributors for telephone follow-up, thus helping distributors grow their "downline" organizations ("Hi, Fred! I'm calling because you responded to one of Andy Willoughby's ads on the radio. That was you, right? Terrific! So you're looking for a way to make money from home?"…)
Some scams might involve asking you to pay for a “training” book or CD that explains how to make money in a certain business. Others charge for supposedly “exclusive” products that you’re supposed to sell at a premium. Avoid both of these scenarios. Remember, you should never have to pay to get a job. And if someone asks you to, you can be sure that it’s a scam.
It’s fairly easy to build your own website if you take advantage of the many free learning opportunities online. However, much of the population isn’t equipped to build their own site, or doesn’t have the time, which is why so many people make a living building websites and blogs for others. According to the BLS, around 16% of web developers were self-employed in 2016, with the vast majority able to work at home, or anywhere with a laptop and speedy Internet connection.
I can vouch for that. I’m working from home today and it’s no easy feat. I woke up, got dressed, powered on my laptop, and got to work—but it’s sometimes difficult to stay focused with so many distractions and temptations around me. I only work from home under special circumstances—maybe five or six times a year—but some do it more frequently, and others work out of their homes permanently. It’s not for everyone, though, and some do it more successfully than others.