Are you looking to earn that little bit extra cash? Or perhaps you are wanting to quit your job and start your own business venture. Then check out these seven ways to make money from home and maybe you might find something that you could do.
If you enjoy making crafts such as jewelry, home decor or pottery, consider starting a small business selling your creations through an online marketplace like etsy.com. Create the items that you would like to sell and take photos of each piece. Then list the items on the website and pay a small fee for each item listed. Shoppers find your item on the website, send you payments and you ship the items directly to the customers. It’s a great way to put your creativity to work as your own small business.
Successful bloggers can earn a full-time income through online posts, articles and regular columns. You can start your own blog through websites like blogger.com or tumblr.com. Find an area of expertise or a topic that you are passionate about and start writing about the latest news and share tips or insight in field. Sign up for a “pay-per-click” account by visiting a site such as Google Adsense, which puts advertisements on your blog. The more visitors to your site, the more opportunity to make money when visitors click on one of these ads.
3. Customer Support
Many companies outsource their in-bound customer service phone calls to work-from-home employees. Take phone calls directly from customers who have questions or need assistance in purchasing items. The requirements are that you must have customer service experience, a landline and Internet access. Companies such as Alpine Access, LiveOps, West and Arise hire virtual customer service agents who work out of their homes.
4. Book Keeping
If you are good with numbers and find yourself always helping out friends during tax season, put your skills to work. By starting your own bookkeeping business, you can sell your own services to individuals and small businesses while working from home. You will need accounting software and a reliable computer. Attract new clients by posting flyers and sending out mailings to other small businesses in your area.
If you enjoy teaching, start you own home-based business tutoring students in your area of expertise. You can tutor students at their homes, in your home or at a library. Contact community groups and local schools to see how you can work with students who could use extra academic support. You can also join an online network and tutor students virtually, over the Internet.
If you speak more than one language fluently, become a freelance translator or help with video transcription. Many companies need paperwork and documents translated by fluent or native language speakers. Find freelance translating work through Welocalize.com or sdl.com. You will need to pass a language fluency test and have good grammar and punctuation.
7. Start your own eBay store
If you enjoy finding great deals at consignment shops and consignment auctions, start your own eBay store. Turn these good deals around and make a nice profit by selling these products to online buyers. You can list items in auctions, at a fixed price or in inventory format. Your items will appear in eBay search results when buyers type in search terms matching the description of your goods. Payments are processed through PayPal and you ship the items directly to customers.
I have tried many of the above and all were able to bring in extra cash. My sister has been running a successful business with an eBay store for the past 8 years and I am making a happy living blogging. So give one of these a try and if it works out, come back and tell us how you got on in the comments section below.