We’ve discussed before how making money online can be easy, but don’t limit yourself to a single online income stream! There are plenty of ways for you to work from home and still generate enough revenue to live comfortable, all without dealing the hassle of a daily commute. Online jobs and businesses require little other than a steady internet connection (which most of us have access to), some basic information about the industry you’re getting into (Google is your friend at this point), and a healthy dose of the entrepreneurial spirit (which can be cultivated)!
Many companies are starting to offer work-from-home schemes to employees, thanks to the advent of various technologies that make tele-commuting possible. Starting your own online business is also an option; it requires a little more effort and a little more risk, but if done right, can rake in the dough. Here are some examples of online jobs you can take so you can enjoy making money from the comfort of your own home.
Blogging in general is fast becoming a lucrative stay-at-home career, mostly because people love reading about the everyday person’s life, thoughts, and opinions. Gain enough traffic and ads, and you could be turning your piece of internet real estate into a money-making machine.
Top blogs can earn up to $10,000 a month, but even casual blogs that earn $5 a day is a good way to have passive income. The more people visit your site, the more traffic you get, the more valuable your blog becomes to marketers and advertisers, so make sure to write about something interesting!
One of the most lucrative types of blogs are travel blogs, and it makes sense; people love to read about adventures and exotic locales! Just make sure that you post various types of content; websites like Great Escape Publishing, an online publishing house dedicated to travel blogs, have numerous online lessons and podcasts that help budding travel bloggers hone their blogging skills.
Grammar nerds, rejoice! Being a stickler for grammar rules can now pay you dividends instead of just getting dirty looks from your friends! Freelance proofreading jobs abound online, and some freelancers can earn up to $40,000 a year just by correcting other people’s grammar.
Many digital marketing blogs churn out hundreds of blog articles every day, and they require massive amounts of proofreading. Find one of these companies online, and you’ll be looking at another passive income stream that could net you big time (if you don’t mind sifting through hundreds of badly written copy, of course!).
However, unlike blogging, online freelance proofreading jobs require you to devote a few hours of your day to read and edit articles. Have enough projects lined up and it can easily take up 8 hours of your day.
Not a fan of blogging or proofreading? No problem! Because so many other people are interested in those things, a new market has opened up: virtual assistants. Virtual assistants assist all types of people –from executives and consultants to bloggers and travelers –with their everyday tasks, like scheduling meetings or updating social media feeds and the like. Basically, it’s all the anonymous tasks a person might need done but won’t have time to do on their own.
Virtual assistants can earn up to $4,000 a month, but because it’s basically being someone’s PA, work hours have to be flexible, and you’ll have to be ready to do whatever is required of you. Because it can get stressful, it’s important to have an iron-clad contract that sets limits and parameters to the kind of virtual assistance you’ll be providing.
Starting an online store is also a very lucrative option for people who want to run a business right out of their home. While capital and experience would help a lot, you don’t need much of either to get started; just some basic know-how and entrepreneurial spirit will do!
E-commerce is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, with a staggering estimated value of $40 Billion this year alone, with analysts predicting the e-commerce market to grow exponentially over the next decade or so. If there was ever a right time to start an online store, now is the time!
Some of the more successful independent online stores can generate up to $20,000 a month, and this is without any corporate sponsorships; home-based industries are actively competing with online resellers in terms of generating revenue for their owners.
Of course, there are plenty of courses you can take online to learn more about the industry, the practices, and tips on how to increase your online store’s visibility. Check out Udemy’s list of e-commerce online courses: they cost a bit of money, but it’s a great investment if you want to turn this into a full-time income stream.