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.
If you're more of an artsy and crafty type — consider opening up an online storefront on Etsy. With Etsy, you don't need to invest any money upfront just create your products, take some high-quality photos, add some text, and hit publish. When a sale is made, Etsy will take a small transaction fee out of your profit. Of course, you'll need to purchase your materials and pay for shipping costs, so be sure to add these into your sales price. For more information on what it takes to be a successful Etsy seller — check out this interview with full-time Etsy seller, Melanie.
Thanks for this advice. I am done homeschooling and will soon be giving my energies to work from home endeavors. Did not start this until now, knowing I needed to go after it full force or not at all. That is how I approached home-schooling. Thanking God for great success and guidance there. On to the next thing with Him by my side. Merissa, you give great advice, tips and encouragement. I am thankful for your blog/website.
Many companies, such as J. Crew, Express Jet, 1-800-flowers, and even the IRS, outsource customer-service operations to third-party companies who then hire home-based workers or "agents" to take calls and orders. When you call 1-800-flowers, you may be speaking with Rebecca Dooley, a retired police officer and employee of Alpine Access, a major call-center service. When you dialed the number, your call was automatically routed to Rebecca's spare bedroom in Colorado.
Are you a fast and accurate typist? Do you have excellent listening skills? Then consider working from home as a freelance transcriber. Transcribers listen to audio files and convert them into text documents. Of course, you'll need to have excellent spelling and grammar for this position. If you've never done transcription work before, a training course can be helpful —here is one I recommend.
Your Deals. In addition to establishing a per-class price, also offer packages to entice people to sign up for more than one class. For example, if you intend to host classes on making soap, offer the classes individually, as well as in a group. Someone could take a class learning how to use fresh flowers in homemade soap, or they could buy a bundle that teaches them how to use those, fresh herbs, and plastic toys for kid’s soap. However you decide to price your classes, remember that the buyer will want to feel like they’re getting a lot for their money. If you can provide that in a fun atmosphere, they’ll likely be back time and time again – and they’ll bring friends.
If you use the internet, you probably use a search engine regularly. Well what if all those searches you conducted could earn you money? With SwagBucks.com, you can earn money for your searches. It pays you to do what you’d already be doing on Google, Yahoo, Bing or whatever your favorite search engine is. You again won’t get rich by doing this, but you can build up enough points to score gift cards to Amazon.com and other places.
This is another popular job for work-at-home folks and no wonder! Everyone needs help sometimes – from small businesses to entrepreneurs to corporate leaders – and turn to the Internet to find virtual assistants who can handle everything from sorting their email to managing their schedules to making their travel arrangements. And that’s just one small example! If you work with a web development company, you may find yourself creating social media schedules for their clients or drafting copy for various websites. You might work with an attorney and make non-sensitive client calls or with an entrepreneur who needs you to do market research for the product they’re developing.
Getaround and Turo are the sharing economy's answer to rental agencies.With Getaround, for example, you can rent out your car on an hourly or daily basis. You set the price, depending on the your vehicle's market value, and the company takes a 40 percent cut to cover 24/7 roadside assistance and driver insurance. Earning potential: From $300 to $10,000 a year
WOW, this post sums up exactly how I’ve been feeling lately. Being about 1 year into the internet marketing game I have found that time is definitely a critical asset. What you save in money will definitely cost you in time AND in order to succeed there is a certain number of hours required in preparation. No shortcuts! I could “amen” this post all day.
Going away for a weekend? Have an extra bedroom you're not using? List it on Airbnb! To get started, list your entire home or room on the platform (include high-quality photos and a great description) and then go live. BTW, it's completely free to list your home on Airbnb! Once your home is listed, renters can view it online and book it for a certain amount of time. Guests are charged via the Airbnb platform before arrival, and the money (minus a 3 percent booking fee) is immediately deposited in your account, via PayPal, or international money wire. Some Airbnb hosts are earning thousands each month renting their home out via the platform.
In addition, Reynolds pointed out that it’s vital to continue the same sorts of casual conversations with your colleagues that you would have in a traditional office setting. Ask about their kids, what they’re doing for the holidays, and so on. Otherwise, you’ll become a one-dimension worker bee without a personality — and you’ll likely start to miss the interactions, too. “In a remote environment you have to make those things happen; you have to be proactive,” Reynolds said.
Most people have at least one talent. Figure out what yours is, and come up with a plan to capitalize on it. This is what finding a work from home job is all about. If you love to knit, why not sell your goods on Etsy? Are you an awesome coder? There’s more work out there than you’ll know what to do with. Are you an expert gardener? Start a blog and share your tips, or maybe even make some expert how-to videos for eHow.com.
Be a mommy (or daddy) blogger. If you haven’t used your free time between changing diapers, washing clothes and shuttling kids around to hop on the blog bandwagon, it’s worth considering this potential source of income. And just because you’re a parent doesn’t mean you have to write about parenting issues. In fact, given that there already are so many blogs about life as a mom (or dad), consider writing about another topic about which you are passionate. The more original, entertaining and informative you are, the more likely you’ll gain followers – and you need an online following to make money.
AirTreks is a travel agency that offers international and multi-stop tickets for travel. AirTreks provides training, but requires prospective employees to have traveled to five or more countries. AirTreks Travel Agents use Amadeus GDS. Job Search Tip: Work-from-home Travel Agent positions are often listed as “Travel Planner”. Starting pay is $2,000+commission.
How do remote workers get evaluated? Because there is limited face-to-face interaction, evaluations of remote work tend to focus more on “deliverables,” things like reports and projects that you submit online, or “KPIs” (Key Performance Indicators) like website hits, tickets closed, or tasks completed. This is desirable if you prefer to do your work with minimal human interference.
"The larger trends over the last five to ten years all show remote work, on the whole, increasing. We partnered with Global Workplace Analytics this year to produce a report on the state of telecommuting in 2017, which shows that telecommuting by employees has grown by 115% in 10 years. In 2016, 43% of U.S. workers worked remotely at least occasionally, up from 9% in 2007."
Another niche for home-based writers is launching a blog (short for "weblog"). The best bloggers have a deep knowledge base about a niche topic and can develop an audience of readers who visit their blog regularly. While anyone can start a blog, only about 2 percent of bloggers actually earn a living by blogging. It's tough work (1) becoming an expert in an area that (2) people want to read about regularly and (3) writing about it well enough that they come back often, but it can be done (learn more here).
Tutoring can be done in-home or online. The in-home tutoring will take networking and teaching experience to build your business. Online tutoring, however, can be done through companies that connect tutors with students while providing the needed infrastructure (i.e. web conferencing services) for a cut of the fees. Most require a college degree and teaching experience but for some those requirements may be negotiable.
Kanarek says if you’re not taken seriously, it's important to let friends and family know that although you're working from home, you're still working. And if you’re feeling lonely or unmotivated, work from a coffee shop or a restaurant a few hours a week. “While you may not interact with anyone, being around others can motivate you to work,” Kanarek says.