You’ve decided that you want to start working from home and you’re looking for ways to make money. You’ve scoured the Internet, hoping that you can just find something, anything, that’s legitimate and pays more than minimum wage.
There are many solid reasons why people work from home. Here are few guesses why you’ve decided that it’s time for you to try.
- You’re tired of working for someone else.
- You want to follow your passion.
- You want to make your own schedule.
- You want to spend more time with your family.
- You want to get paid for something you enjoy doing.
- You want to make more money.
- All of the above
We’ve discussed what type of sites to avoid, now let’s discuss where to start. Note: This is just a brief overview; I will cover each one in depth through other blog posts.
So Many Decisions
There are five main business categories that you could choose to pursue: Ecommerce, Creative, Service, Information, and Direct Sales. The categories are not set in stone and some overlap, but the categories will help you understand your options.
Essentially, this is selling stuff (really anything) online. Making money while you sleep is a nice idea. If you’re creative, you can make and sell your crafts on sites like Etsy. If you have an idea for a product, research what it would take to actually it into production. Setting up an online store takes a little legwork. If you want to offer shoppers the ideal experience, your ecommerce website will have to be top-notch. You will either have to know a little about developing your website, or you will have to turn to a professional to help you.
Being creative covers many entrepreneurial options, such as: writing, crafting, baking or photography. Many times creativity will make more money when blended into Ecommerce and Service. Writing and illustrating children’s books, selling your product at craft fairs, or even selling your photos on stock image sites can be a great way to produce an income.
The service industry can include creative careers such photography and writing, but it also includes jobs that require little to no creativity. Residential or commercial cleaner, landscaper/mower, interior decorator, dog walker, pet sitter, childcare provider and seamstress are just a few examples. You see a problem and you fix it. There are many business ideas for service oriented people, not to mention you can charge hefty sums for services that others either don’t want to do or don’t have the time to. To your advantage, convenience comes at a price and you stand the chance of making quite a profit.
This is when you use your knowledge to help others. Sell yourself as an expert, offer one-on-one calls, lead workshops or create an online class. You can also write blogs, articles or books. You can even sign up as an expert for question-answer sites like JustAnswer. Give free webinars or podcasts to demonstrate your valuable knowledge. Make some money and help others. It’s a win-win situation.
If you are looking for a fun way to make extra spending money, you can become a consultant for companies like Tupperware, Mary Kay, or Avon. Make sure to choose a product that you can get excited about. Remember, a direct sales position is just that – selling. If you don’t like asking family and friend members to buy something, this probably isn’t the best choice for you.
If you love the company’s products, look into becoming a representative. Reps typically get a large discount and can generate a little extra income by selling to family, friends and acquaintances, and by hosting shows. Make sure to read the fine print though. Many companies require a start-up fee, and people considering direct sales are prime targets for scam artists. Do your research and go with a company that has a solid background and reputation.
What’s Right for You?
Only you can decide the right avenue to try. There may be one perfect idea that stands out from the others, or there might be several that could work for you. If nothing seems right for you, spend some quiet time praying and meditating. You’ll find that when you focus and ask for guidance, many times the answer that seemed so far away, will present itself.