Learning the ways to make money online at home is key to being successful at it. There are so many different ways that you can earn online – you can either do virtual jobs or build an online business. It’s all up to you what you want to pursue.
In the 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce Report by FlexJobs in partnership with Global Workplace Analytics, it says that the number of work from home workers in the United States has grown to 115% in twelve years. That’s a huge jump! Imagine, from 1.8 million workers in 2005, it has grown to 3.9 million work from home workers in 2017!
That’s definitely a lot! Well, we cannot blame these people because honestly, work from home has so much to offer! Convenience, for one, and the flexibility of time. One of the groups that really benefit from work from home is the stay at home moms.
If you are one of them, this we say – you can now earn money while taking care of your kids! You no longer need to go elsewhere – all you need is a reliable internet connection and a laptop, and you’re good to go.
However, it is unfortunate that while work from home jobs are booming, the number of fraudulent companies who scam job seekers are also increasing.
In fact, according to Christine Durst of the RatRaceRebellion.com, there are 61 scams for every one legitimate job. Imagine that! It’s kind of disappointing that there are people who do that.
But as a job seeker, there are ways for you to avoid scams.
How? By simply being aware of the red flags like:
– Being asked upfront of sensitive or personal information,
– Having vague answers to your questions, and
– Having a high turnaround rate.
Apart from these, the most obvious red flag is too good to be true. When it sounds too promising, you better trust your instinct. You might just have encountered a scammer.
While the idea of being able to make money online from home is really great, you better be sure all the time that you only deal with legit once.
Anyway, going back, as we have mentioned earlier, there are different ways to make money online at home, and we have to thank the digital technology and the internet for making it possible.
There are so many works from home jobs nowadays that cater to almost all kinds of fields and industries, and expertise, too. Whether you are passionate about teaching, writing, design, etc. you will surely find a job opportunity for you. Needless to say, if you want to start an online business, you can definitely do so as well.
HOW TO MAKE MONEY ONLINE AT HOME
Before we proceed, we’d like to share with you this video from Practical Wisdom that talks about some ways on how to make money as well as passive income online by only using a computer or a smartphone, and reliable internet access. They actually shared great ideas that you may want to try on yourself.
The online world gives us endless earning possibilities. So, without further talkies, we share with you a few ways on how to make money online at home.
A virtual assistant job is probably one of the most popular online jobs today. You try Googling it, and you will certainly find a lot of virtual assistant job listings.
That is not surprising though because of the growing number of small business owners, plus some mid to executive level professionals who need personal assistants or someone to do the work on their behalf – because obviously, they have other more important things to handle. Well, thanks to these people a lot of virtual assistant jobs are opening up for other people.
As a virtual assistant, you are basically tasked to do administrative work like email management, scheduling meetings, and other appointments, in some cases, you can also be tasked to make calls and do customer service. You may also do writing or blogging, data entry, event planning, making travel arrangements for your boss, and other support services that can be done remotely via phone or via email.
Virtual assistants these days can take around 25 to $75 per hour. Of course, the more experienced and skilled you are, the higher the pay. When it comes to investment, as long as you have a high-speed internet connection, a reliable laptop or desktop computer, in some cases, a headphone, then you are good to go.
When it comes to working schedules, definitely, it’s very flexible. Most clients let you do the work at your preferred time, while others require you to work at a pretty decent time.
You’ve got an extra room at your home? Then, why not make that profitable! Make it work in your favor!
You know, Airbnb has become huge because let’s admit it, it is way much cheaper compared to living in hotels. Also, the homey feel of living in a home rather than a hotel makes a big impact. Take advantage of tourists and turn them to becoming your houseguests by becoming an Airbnb host.
We highly recommend this to those who do not mind sharing their homes with strangers. Also, this is not only applicable to those with extra room. If you got a property that is left unlived, we highly suggest you consider turning it into an Airbnb home.
For a fact, according to Smart Asset, should you list your room on Airbnb, you can pay up to 81% of your rent! That’s huge! Imagine, how much more money you can get if your place is located near tourist destinations or at the central district.
Of course, the rate depends on the amenities you offer, space, and the local attractions and location. But, if you are going to rent out your entire home, you can earn a significantly higher amount of money. In fact, according to Smart Asset, you can make annual profits amounting to $15,000 up to $31,000 for a two-bedroom apartment!
Are you getting interested in this? Well, we wouldn’t be surprised. So, if you got a room or a property to spare, list that out on Airbnb and make money out of it.
If you are an excellent communicator, very well-organized, and have had customer service experience or are willing to be trained to be one, then you might want to consider becoming a telemarketer.
From the name itself, your job is basically to market a service or a product to strangers via phone. Yes, it’s like having a list of random numbers, and calling them one by one and offering a service or a product. Of course, the target is to sell, to turn that call into profit.
Telemarketers are usually paid at an hourly rate. Apart from that, they may also get to earn incentives or commissions based on their performance. We highly recommend this kind of work for those who have experience in sales.
If you are interested to get into this kind of online job, you may apply from legit job listing sites like Intrep.com, as well as the very famous Indeed.com.
By the way, apart from your skills, companies will also require you to have a reliable laptop or desktop computer, a phone, headset, and of course, high-speed internet too. It would also be great if you can allot a quiet place at home to be your workplace because you do not want to call people with someone else making noise in the background, right?
To begin with, there are plenty of scammers in this industry, so you better be careful and make sure that you only deal with the legit ones.
Anyway, as the name suggests, your job is to basically answer surveys and then get paid for doing so. However, we just have to inform you that if you want to get rich, being a survey taker will definitely not make you one. It’s a job that is applicable to people who just want to make use of their time to something profitable and well, enjoyable.
Well, if you have so much time, and you really want to take this seriously, you might just earn as much as $100 a month. Take note though as while some survey companies pay in cash, others may give your pay through gift cards or other prizes.
To give you an idea, some of the legitimate survey sites include SurveySavvy.com, ACOP.com, ePoll.com, npdor.com, as well as ViewpointForum.com. You may also try out GreenfieldOnline.com, MySurvey.com, and the very popular, InboxDollars.
If you love writing or someone who is passionate about writing, you might just want to consider becoming a freelance writer.
Freelance writing is another one of the most popular ways to make money online at home. There are so many opportunities for writers out there. You can focus on a certain niche lie legal or medical writer, which pays a lot by the way, or you can be a blogger or all-around writer (meaning you write whatever topic is given you).
There is a decent amount of money in writing. A beginner can earn as much as $500 a month, while a pro can earn as much as $2,000 in a month or even higher.
So, if you think you have what it takes to be a freelance writer, all you have to do is sign-up on job listing websites like UpWork or Freelancer.com or Indeed, and prepare your portfolio as some clients ask for it to check your work if it fits their requirements.
If you are a skilled content editor, guess what? There are also a lot of content editing jobs out there for you.
As a content editor, your job basically is to edit, rewrite or reconstruct copies written by writers.
As a copy or content editor, you have to have excellent grammar and communication skills. Yes, excellent is the word to beat.
If you want to work at once, you can check websites like Upwork, MediaBistro.com, JournalismJobs.com, or editfast.com. The rate of a copy editor, just like any other job out there, depends on your skills and experience. You can make money at an average of $28 per hour.
Yes, copy editing is definitely different from proofreading.
While a copy editor rewrites or reconstructs copies, a proofreader’s job is to check grammatical and spelling errors, as well as punctuation errors too.
You do not necessarily have to be a Journalism graduate to be a proofreader, although that’s an edge. Like all the other online jobs listed here, the schedule is not a problem because a proofreaders’ job is very flexible.
As a proofreader, you get to earn at an average of $26 per hour, which is a very decent amount of money. The more proofreading jobs you get, the higher your monthly earnings will be. Also, you can charge higher depending on your years of experience in the field.
If you are interested in this kind of job, you may also check Upwork, MediaBistro.com, JournalismJobs.com, or editfast.com for proofreading job listings.
If you love taking care of kids, and you have enough time to spare, you may want to consider getting into babysitting jobs.
There are a lot of working moms out there who are looking for someone trustworthy to take of their baby for a couple of hours a day while they attend to work or other important engagements.
Instead of just sitting down and doing nothing, why not help these moms out by taking care of their kids?
Unlike before, today, there are websites like Care.com or SitterCity where you can find a babysitting job. What’s nice about these websites is that they verify both the babysitter and those looking for babysitters. That is a huge relief because, with so many bogus accounts and people out there, you got to make sure you land into a legit person, right?
When it comes to babysitting rates, it varies depending on the years of experience, the number of children, and the number of hours you allot for babysitting in a week. However, to give you an idea, the average hourly rate of a babysitter these days is $28.
If you do not have an idea how to charge, you may use Care.com’s calculator wherein all you have to do is plug-in your experience and then you will get to find out how much you should be making per hour as a babysitter.
Do you love listening to music? Guess what? You can make money online at home by simply listening to music!
See? Remember we told, you almost all people in different industries, and fields of interest have a sure job online.
Anyway, Slicethepie is the “largest paid review website” that pays people to listen to music, and then, make a detailed review after. Yes, your job is to listen and review the music you listened to. Sounds amazing, right? For sure, this is a winner for music lovers.
The trick here is to be very detailed in your review because you get paid based on the quality of the review that you make. At the very least, you can earn $10, which is payable through PayPal.
To be honest, we were incredibly amazed that there is such a kind of company that actually pays people to listen and write reviews about the songs.
Transcription job is another popular way to make money online at home. It’s a very flexible job and pays a very decent amount of money.
For obvious reasons, as a transcriptionist, you have to have excellent listening skills. Your job is to write down everything that you hear from audio or a video file. Depending on the requirement, some need verbatim copy while others have to be edited.
The good thing about applying for a transcription job is that companies do not have so many requirements. For as long as you have the skills, you can get hired.
One of the most well-known transcription sites these days is TranscribeMe wherein you can earn as much as $22 per audio hour. Having said that, you can earn as much as $2,200 in a month! Pretty awesome, right?
Other transcription websites that you may also want to try are Scribie and Fiverr. Scribie though pays lower compared to TranscribeMe. As with Fiverr, you get paid higher if you are a medical transcriptionist. As one, you can make as much as $30 per audio hour. Again, that’s pretty good money in there.
We actually find this as a very clever idea. Who would ever think you can make money from accepting and holding a shipment for your neighbors’ behalf while they are away from home!?
Yes, as an eNeighbor, your job is to accept and hold shipments for your neighbor while they are away from home to ensure that the packages or items are kept safe and not stolen.
Are you interested to be one? Well, all you have to do is signup via eNeighbr, yes, without the letter “o”. You will have to get verified to be a legit eNeighbor. What’s nice about it is that the packages are insured for up to $300, so your neighbors will not worry about their packages.
Honestly, the first time we heard about this service, we had second thoughts about the success of this kind of business. But we thought, with so many busy people out there, and so many people who are also just home, well, this might be the next big thing.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON MAKE MONEY ONLINE AT HOME
To be honest, it’s amazing how technology and the internet make things possible. We can only think about fellow mommies who used to have a hard time choosing between career and taking care of their children.
Today, with these possibilities, we now have the option to do both – be there for our little one and work at the same time.
So, if you are a stay at home mom, you already know what to do! Prepare your resume today, and start hitting the apply button.
We hope that through our list of ways on how to make money online at home, you got an idea of which industry or what kind of online job you would likely pursue. Share with us once you have decided, and if you already landed in one. We’d be very happy to read your stories!