Technology has come so far that it can now be used to make money. It gives the opportunity to many people around the world to connect and collaborate in many ways. It opens doors to thousands or even millions of people around the world who would rather stay home, earn a living, and take care of other responsibilities. There’s an increasing number of mothers who prefer working from home.
Motherhood is challenging (yet rewarding) as it is, so imaging letting your children go under the care of strangers every single day for long periods of time while you go out to earn a living. Many mothers are forced to do that because they have no choice. Some have to work to supplement the family’s income, and others are the main brain-winners.
A hand-full of them would rather raise their children full-time and yet not compromise on their living standards. That’s where working from home comes into the picture. Alhamdulillah, there are now many ways to earn a living from the comfort of your home.
1. Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant is a professional who assists small business owners, companies, non-profit organizations, or entrepreneurs to accomplish tasks that take time away from them accomplishing bigger projects. There’s only so much one person can do. There comes a time when business owners have no choice but to outsource some of their tasks to someone else who either specializes in them or does general small tasks. As a virtual assistant, you can help in sales, outbound calls, email scheduling, research, virtual file archiving, or whatever skills you believe you can offer. You can start by creating a blog to showcase your expertise or by using freelance job boards.
Transcription is when you turn an audio file into a written file. Companies usually need people to transcribe their voicemails, audio meetings, webinars, and more. There are different types of transcription jobs such as medical, legal, and general transcription. You don’t have to have a degree to be a transcriptionist, but having skills like fast typing, attention to detail, and quick learning are important skills to possess if you want to be successful.
Some sites to find transcription jobs:
– Dion Data Solutions
– Capital Typing (Hires sometimes, but currently isn’t)
– Quicktate and iDictate
– Use Freelance Job Boards
If you’re good at catching grammatical mistakes, you may want to try editing out. Most authors hire editors before publishing their books. Many bloggers also hire freelance editors to edit their blog posts before publishing. It makes the process smoother for them and gives them back the time they deserve to work on bigger projects.
If you’re one of those people whose skin crawl when they see little errors while reading, proofreading may be for you. If you read, re-read, and read again your writing to make sure there are no typos, you may love proofreading as a career choice. The internet is full of writings with new articles published every single day, so there’s always a need for proofreaders.
5. Course Creation
Are you an expert in a particular field or subject? If so, you can share your expertise with thousands of people who are willing to pay you to learn. Check these course creation platforms out.
Start blogging about anything you’re passionate about and can somehow help others.
7. Freelance Writing
Writing is one of the most common ways of making money online because companies are always publishing articles and need help in doing so. Many establish blogs also hire freelance writers
to help them publish resourceful blog posts.
Ghostwriting is pretty much like freelance writing except the fact that you get no public credit for what you write. You get paid to write and that’s it.
You can tutor or teach anything from languages, Maths, to Science or other subjects.
10. Website Testing
There are many companies ready to pay you to test their website to make sure they work properly and are user-friendly. The reason why they are willing to pay is that they could lose money if their websites aren’t very clear or easy to navigate. So, by becoming a tester, you actually save them money.
Examples of sites to find testing gigs:
11. Product Testing/Reviewing
Be first to get access to products and services and get paid to give your honest opinion.
Examples of review sites:
– TestingTime (digital products)
– FameBit (owned by YouTube; get paid to review products)
– Socialix (write review blog posts)
– SponsoredReviews (write sponsored posts as a blogger)
– TestMakerMom (for moms get full-sized products or services to review; non-paying)
12. Sell Homemade Products
Make your own homemade products and sell them on sites such as Etsy, eBay, or on your own e-commerce site. I still do this. I sell body butter made from Shea Butter. You must be patient with this one. It can take time before you start selling unless your marketing strategies are very strong.
Ideas for products to make:
– Body Lotion/Butter
– Lip Balm
– Beard Wax or Balm
– Hair/Beard Oil
– Body Scrub
– Face Mask
Do you know how to crochet or sew clothes? If so, make items such as baby clothes, blankets, dresses, sweaters, hats, scarfs, gloves, and more. You can sell your items on sites like eBay or Etsy. You can even sell them on an e-commerce site you create.
14. Sell Used Items
Buy second-hand items from thrift stores and resell them on eBay or similar sites. Many people make a full income from this. You may eventually need space for inventory if you buy big items or lots of small items.
15. Selling Printable Files
You can sell digital files like homeschooling/educational printables, planners, games, assessment sheets, and more. I sell printables on my homeschooling blog and TeachersPayTeachers even though I also give out free ones.
16. Sell Books and E-books
Write a book and self-publish it on sites like CreateSpace. You can also publish digital books on sites like Amazon Kindle and Lulu.
17. Become an Expert/Consultant
If you’re an expert in any given field or subject, you can make money by sharing your knowledge with others.
Examples of sites to sell your expertise:
– Ether (get a free Ether number, set rate, and take calls you want, and when you want)
– AnywhereExpert (USA only)
Earn money by making extensive research for companies. Like all other jobs/business ideas, you can also do this on your own by showcasing what you can do on your blog or by joining freelance sites. Even though the web is full of free information, it sometimes requires some research skills to successfully collect legitimate information. It also takes time. As a result, many people are willing to pay others to do the job for them.
Examples of sites to get researching jobs:
19. Pinterest VA
If you’re an expert at using Pinterest or are willing to learn and earn from it, give this a try. Pinterest is an image search engine that many bloggers and businesses use to expose their articles and blog posts to thousands and millions of people looking for valuable information. The problem is, if one doesn’t know how to use it properly, it becomes almost impossible to properly advertise on Pinterest. Pinterest has extensively developed over the years and hundreds of bloggers have found success from there bringing them significant traffic to their blog. And if you’re a blogger, you know that success in blogging lies heavily on traffic (number of people visiting and engaging on your blog or website). Because of this, small and big businesses are now paying Pinterest experts to take care of their accounts.
20. Social Media Management
Similar to Pinterest VA, businesses are now paying people to manage their social media accounts. As a social media manager, you would post articles, reply to comments, answer questions, and do everything that comes with business and social media for your clients.
If you have a good eye for amazing photography, why not take pictures and sell them online? Bloggers and website owners are always looking for images for their blog posts/articles. There are many free online images, but sometimes the images become so over-used by everyone that bloggers are willing to buy more unique images. You can take images of nature, books, computers, cellphones, or just about anything as long as they look clear, professional, big, and catchy.
Example of sites to sell your images:
22. Graphic Design
If you’re good at making illustrations or making awesome photos, you may want to give graphic designing a try. As a graphic designer, you combine images and texts to create captivating messages as advertisements, magazines, brochures, and more.
23. Web Design
Are you good at making websites from scratch? If so, you got yourself a potentially lucrative business!
24. Use Your Car/Bike/Scooter to Make Money
You can use your car to drive passengers, deliver packages, shop for groceries, deliver food, add advertisement on your car, and more. Of course, you earn money doing so.
Have you ever thought of becoming a life coach? What about a business coach? As a life coach, you help people make positive changes in their lives to accomplish their goals. As a business coach, you help people figure out what they are best at and how to figure out the career path they should choose. You can also work as a mentor by helping people with personal development or supporting them in whatever they plan on accomplishing.
26. Become a Doula
Set up a business to help and support (emotionally and physically) mothers during childbirth (birth doula) or after giving birth (postpartum doula).
Do you fluently speak more than one languages? If so, you can translate just about any document for individuals and businesses. You can also do telephone or video interpretation.
Examples of sites to find translation/interpreter jobs:
– G3 Translate
– Pro Z
– Translators’ Town
– LanguageLine Solutions
If you’re good with numbers and have some experience in accounting, you can help businesses with their financial transactions.
29. Customer Service
This is one of the most popular work from home jobs. If you enjoy speaking to people and have patience, doing telephone customer service may be good for you.
30. Become a Stylist
You can buy products from existing styling businesses at a reasonable price and resell them. Some products may be jewelry or clothes.
Examples of sites:
– Stella & Dot (become a stylist)
– Stella & Dot (refer other stylists)
31. Live Chat Agent/Social Media Moderator
Instead of being a call center agent, you could make money speaking to people through text! Not everyone is comfortable on the phone, so this is an alternative opportunity. There are also moderating jobs such as forum moderation, comment moderation, and more.
Example of sites to find live chat jobs:
– The Chat Shop
Most of us know about this one. When Youtube first started, it was simply a way for people to connect with others and socialize. Today, people make hundreds, thousands, or even millions on Youtube! It’s unbelievable how far Youtube has come. Now don’t expect to just start a channel and make millions. Be realistic. It also takes time to build up the number of subscribers and viewers. With Youtube, what’s most important is how many people watch and engage with your videos.
Some things you can do on Youtube:
– Cooking channel
– Product review
– Advertise your business
– Educational videos
– Post existing videos that you have permission to use (i.e. about animals, kids cartoons, etc)
– And more
Some of the ways people make money from Youtube:
– Sponsored products
Get paid to take care of children in your local community. Decide if you prefer babies, toddlers or bigger kids. Set your rates, days, and number of days you want to work in a week. Advertise by word of mouth among friends. Make sure to first learn about all the legal requirements in your city.
34. Mystery Shopping
Many companies hire mystery shoppers to evaluate their company’s customer service. As a mystery shopper, you call various companies and pretend to ‘shop’ just to see how they deal with customers. This helps companies determine how their representatives talk to customers and find ways to make positive changes if needed. It saves them money in the long run.
Examples of mystery shopping site:
35. Side Hustles/Extra Cash
There are also ways to make extra cash while you work on your main business or job. You can take online paid surveys, get paid to host people in your home, run errand for others, do small tasks on Amazon or on other sites, and much more.
As you can see, there are many ways to make money from home. You just have to decide what’s best for you and go for it. No one can possibly do it all, but it may help you to try multiple income streams without overwhelming yourself. When you become successful or reach certain milestones, outsourcing some of your tasks will help you maximize your time and income.
Have you tried any of the jobs listed here? If you have any more ideas that aren’t listed, feel free to share in the comment section.