Last month I started a series that has become one of my most popular: 5 Ways To Earn $500 Or More Per Month Working Part Time From Home. As it turns out, there are actually 100s of businesses and jobs that you can do from home in this technological age. Since I want to take time to write about each one, I am breaking the list down and writing about 5 at a time. The goal is to have a 100 great ideas for jobs and businesses by the end of the series. Subscribe now if you want to keep up and get all 20 posts!
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Freelance Writer – Freelance Writing has grown dramatically in the past decade with so many online sites wanting content. Plus, the classic magazine and book market is still there, along with the explosive growth of the eBook market.
If you are a beginner Writer, you may want to start out with what we call a “content mill.” Some people disagree with them, but if you don’t have any writing experience and you aren’t getting told regularly that your writing is great, then these are places to gain some experience and build up a portfolio. Two that I am familiar with are Textbroker and Demand Media Studios. Expect to earn $7 to $15 per hour.
If you are more seasoned in your writing, or if you have spent a couple of months writing for something like a content mill, you then may be ready to start looking for the quality freelance writing jobs. Blogs can pay anywhere from $25 to $100 per post and magazines can pay as high as $500 to $1000 for a large, quality article with a quality magazine. You can find writing jobs for the Christian Market with the Christian Writer’s Market Guide, writing jobs for the Secular Market with the Writer’s Guide, and some good blog / online leads through Rat Race Rebellion.
Virtual Assistant – Another work from home job that is seeing huge growth is the Virtual Assistant. According to Wikpedia: a Virtual Assistant (VA for short) is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office.
Many large blogs and websites use Virtual Assistants to manage day to day operations, do some writing, or manage their Social Media campaigns. There are a few books on the market to help you get started and a here are a few places to get started marketing your services: eLance, Upwork, and Freelancer. And there is my favorite site, Rat Race Rebellion with job listings (you have to subscribe to their site to get occasional listings in their newsletter)
Website Tester – Google how many websites are created each minute and you will find something like 500. Anyone who really wants to put a quality website out there should have someone else look the site over, give feedback for how usable it is, check for bad links, check spelling, etc… There are now business that hire the average person with some decent observation skills to look over websites and give feedback. Many people are calling this “crowd sourced web testing.” Rat Race Rebellion has a list of businesses who hire for this kind of work. It isn’t high pay, maybe $10 per site reviewed (which should take nearly an hour for a good review), but for a little fill in cash here and there, it would be worth it.
Handcrafts / Etsy Shop – Do you make anything? Do you like to create, sew, paint, design, etc? Then one of the best ways to make money working from home is to open your own Etsy shop and start selling your goods. Etsy does not cost anything to setup and only 20 cents per item listed (you can have multiples of that one item type, however, for the same 20 cents). They have great tools to promote your shop, ship your goods, manage your shop, and tips and tricks to get more sales. There are 1000s of success stories on Etsy of people who have created their own, full or part time business from home. If you need a little more help getting started, here is a great book: Etsy Empire: Proven Tactics for Your Etsy Business Success, Including Etsy SEO, Etsy Shop Building, Social Media for Etsy and Etsy Pricing Tips (Almost Free Money).
Here are some great sites to get supplies:
Farmer’s Markets – Staying in the same genera as the Etsy shop, if you make something, a Farmer’s Market is a great place to sell it to your local community, especially if it is food related. I have a friend and her two teen girls make a great little side wage every summer selling goodies at the local Farmer’s Market. Our family went in with them a few times and I sold loaves of homemade, Artisan bread. You can also sell handicrafts and art at a Market.
To find a local market, just Google your nearest city and the words Farmer’s Market.
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