Over the decade between the year 2000 and 2010, workers that worked exclusively from increased from 4.8 percent to 6.6 percent, according to the U.S. Census, and almost half of these employees were self-employed. Opportunities for work from home jobs are increasing as technology becomes cheaper and the Internet more prevalent. Let's look at the best ways to make money from home.
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Whether you tutor math, help prepare teens to take the SATs, or increase a child's creativity through art or music, you can share your talents through teaching lessons. Choose something that you love and are good at and offer lessons in your own home. It especially helps if you have a related degree, such as a bachelors degree in math or a degree in art or music.
You could even get more creative. If you have a passion for cooking, offer classes on artisanal bread or gluten-free cooking. Do you make your own soaps and candles? These classes would especially be popular near end-of-year holidays because they make great (and inexpensive) gifts. You can offer classes for anything from dancing to yoga to foreign languages. Pick a passion and teach it to others.
Sell Food and More at Farmers' Markets
Farmers' markets are a great place to sell goods. Buy a beehive and sell raw honey. Create crafts or paintings to sell. Grow organic produce in your own garden. Bake some gourmet pastries to sell. Whatever home business you have, you may benefit from getting the word out about it to your local community at nearby farmers' markets. Make sure to have items, whether business cards, magnets or brochures, to hand out so interested customers know how to reach you outside of market hours.
Have you ever noticed how much voiceover work is out there? It's in commercials, internal videos for businesses, video games, and audio books. You can create a setup in your home for voiceovers for as little as $500 or go for a professional setup for around $1500.
Create a website with samples you've done to show off your skills. A great way to get work is to create a relationship with videographers. When clients want recommendations of voiceover artists, they can recommend you and increase your chances of being chosen. It's also possible to sign on with agencies to increase exposure and work load.
Write Web Copy and Blog Posts
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One of the most popular work-from-home jobs is writing. With Google changing its algorithms to search for quality prose, more and more companies are looking for writers that can produce well-written articles for company blogs, product descriptions, and more.
If you're not interested in writing for someone else, consider starting your own blog. Through banner ads and affiliate links, you can make a nice living and you get to choose what your blog is about. Of course, you'll need a reliable Internet connection, so take the time to find your satellite Internet plan that can give you a fast and reliable connection. It will take time to build an audience, but once you do you will be able to write about what you love for a living.
Sell Your Talents Online
If you're the creative type, you can easily sell your crafty creations online. Sites like Etsy make it easy to create beautiful items and find an audience that would like to buy them. These could be clothing items, home decor, jewelry, hats, artwork and so much more. To make your Etsy shop successful, take the time to learn about what you can do to increase sales, see what the competition is doing, and learn how to take quality pictures of your products. Doing your homework will help make your business viable.
There are more opportunities to work from home now than ever before. Take the time to consider what you love doing— what your passion is. More than likely, you can turn that passion into a viable business that can be done right from the comfort of your living room or home office. As the age-old question asks, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”