Are Your Daily Commutes Driving You Nuts?
Have you ever thought of working from home and eliminating the daily drive to and from work? How does a 30-second commute in casual dress and flexible hours sound? There are lots of legitimate ways to work from home using a combination of today’s technology and a little creativity.
Whether you’re looking for a new job, thinking about a second act, or wanting to learn a new skill, there are a ton of opportunities out there.
Work from Home Opportunities
Affiliate marketing is where you earn a commission for promoting a company’s products or services. The affiliate simply searches for a product or service within their chosen niche and promotes them by writing blogs. The affiliate earns a commission from each sale made by each person they have referred to the merchant’s website. The sales are tracked via affiliate links that direct the visitor to the merchant’s website.
Starting an affiliate marketing business is free and you can be up and running with the following steps:
- Join an affiliate marketing community. Visit my Wealthy Affiliate page to see how you can get started as an affiliate marketer for free.
- Choose a niche market that interests you.
- Setup a website.
- Join affiliate programs that offer products relevant to your niche.
- Write and publish articles reviewing products and services in your chosen niche.
- Earn commissions for everyone that clicks on your affiliate link and makes a purchase.
More merchants are offering affiliate programs than ever before as they have discovered it’s a cost-effective way to market their products and services. The merchant gets the sale and the affiliate earns a commission. It’s a win-win for both the merchant and affiliate.
Google AdSense matches ads to your site based on your content and visitors. The ads are designed and paid for by merchants who are promoting their products. The merchants pay various prices for their ads. As result, the amount you earn will vary. Simply follow these steps to earn money with Google AdSense:
- Apply for AdSense on Google.
- Once accepted, simply copy and paste the assigned HTML code to your site.
- Google will automatically show ads that are custom fit to your site’s layout.
That’s all there is to it. You get paid when anyone clicks on the advertisement.
Sponsorship is when a merchant (brand) uses your influence to promote their products or services. Actions like having you post their logo on your website or making a YouTube video demonstrating the use of one of their products as an endorsement. Unlike affiliate marketing agreements that are usually paid on commissions per sale, a sponsorship pays as per agreement between you and the merchant (brand).
Got a spare bedroom and enjoy hosting guests? Since 2008, Airbnb has provided a temporary place to stay for travelers worldwide. On any given night, 2 million people stay in Airbnb homes located in 100,000 cities. There are more than 6 million listings in 191 countries to choose from —that’s more than the top five hotel chains combined.
Airbnb hosts earn about $1,500 per month based on 15 nights of occupancy. Hosts share their passions and interests with both travelers and locals. The group encounter can be a great experience for everyone. It beats overnight at a motel anytime.
Go to the Airbnb Help Center for information on renting your space. Create a free account and let them know of your availability to host.
Customer Service Reps are busy taking orders, logging customer issues, and explaining details about a product or service. They are often the first point of contact that customers have with a company.
Many companies are hiring home workers to eliminate the overhead costs of staffing a call center. Typically, you’ll spend the day on the phone in front of your computer and will answer calls or respond to questions online.
Freelance writing is in high demand as many need talented writers to design quality content, edit existing content, transcription, or even translation. As you gain more writing experience you build a portfolio of your work and a name for yourself. Several companies like Fiverr, Upwork, Textbroker, and Writers Work all offer opportunities to freelance writers.
Freelance writers can earn annual incomes that range from $24,000 to $115,000 depending on their experience and the project.
Drivers are independent contractors so you can set your own schedule to work whenever you can. Earnings will vary with location and the number of hours worked. The average Lyft driver in Atlanta, GA works about 30 hours per week and earns over $32,000 annually.
Eligible Lyft drivers need to be at least 21 years old with a year of driving experience, have a valid U.S. driver’s license, and pass a background check. Your car must be registered in-state and be covered by in-state insurance.
No car? No problem. Lyft can arrange a fully insured rental for you to use on the job.
What’s great about online surveys as a side gig is that you can earn extra cash from anywhere you have an internet connection. The payouts certainly won’t buy you that private island in the Caribbean but being paid for simply answering a few questions over a Wi-Fi connection at your local Starbucks is hard to pass up.
Simply register and the survey company will send you a list of open or close-ended questions for you to answer. Submit your answers in exchange for cash, gift cards, and prizes.
Survey Advocate is just one website that lists the best survey sites that are legitimate and pay well. I would recommend signing up for more than one and go with the ones that work best for you.
Pets of all ages are one of the most adorable things you can be around. How about turning your love for pets into a business? There are lots of people who have pets and need someone to look after them while at work or on vacation.
Depending on the arrangement, you can either go to your customer’s place or host the pets at your place. As of 2020, ZipRecruiter has reported that pet sitters are earning an average of about $31,000 annually.
Getting paid to take pictures is a great way to turn a photography hobby into a home business. If allowed by the zoning laws in your area, you can run a portrait studio from your home, taking pictures of families, grads, and even pets.
Or consider photographing events like weddings. A wedding photographer can make approximately $2,600 for a $20,000 wedding. Weddings are almost exclusively held on the weekends so taking wedding photos is something you can do part-time while you build your portfolio.
Tutoring is an excellent way to help people while testing your own knowledge and earning money at the same time. There’s a demand for tutors in subjects that range from calculus to English as a second language. Students can interview prospective instructors and schedule tutoring sessions online or in-person. Companies looking for tutors online include Tutor.com, Pearson.com, and Wyzant.com to name only a few.
E-books in specialized subjects are a hot seller these days. If you have cooking expertise in Thai cuisine, a book of recipes would be well received by Thai food lovers in that niche. Just like an online store, if you want to make massive sales, you need to do enormous advertising. Convince people why they should buy your e-book.
Turn Your Garage into a Business
Starting a business in a garage is not a new concept by any stretch of the imagination. Many successful businesses like Apple, Disney, Harley-Davidson, and Hewlett-Packard all started in a garage.
Garage sales are common where you can sell your unwanted items such as toys, furniture, bicycles, or just about anything usable.
Computer repair, laundry/ironing services, auto detailing, pet grooming, and tutoring are some of the many services you can provide in your garage. Got hair styling or barber skills? Your garage would be a good place to offer salon services.
There are a lot of companies seeking virtual assistants as an economical way to complete everyday administration tasks. As an independent contractor, you get a list of tasks that your client wants to be done, and you go out and do them according to the agreed terms and conditions. It’s a win-win for everyone. Work from home for an unlimited number of companies while retaining your own personal freedom and independence.
The national average wage for virtual assistants is around $19 per hour. Tasks can include bookkeeping, data entry, email management, and website maintenance. Virtual Vocations and ZipRecruiter post virtual assistant jobs frequently.
Home is the New Workplace
Working from home has become a popular way to earn supplemental or even a full-time income. All you need is an organized and functional working space, a laptop, reliable internet access, and a good work ethic.
Working remotely is most ideal for stay-at-home parents, college students, and anyone else who needs to have flexibility in their schedule.
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