Some Smart Ways To Make Money From Home

by WorkFromHome on December 22, 2011

Times are tough and every little bit helps, but not everybody has the time or the energy to go and find a second job outside of the home. That’s why more and more working parents, young adults and families are turning to the web to make money from the comfort of a home office. Here are ten smart money making opportunities for anyone with a little imagination and a little free time in the day.

Customer Service at Home

Many companies outsource their customer service to people how work from home these days. You can either work through an agency or work directly for a company. One of the great things about this job is actually being able to talk to people all day. Some at-home work can get a little monotonous, so this can break up the lonesome nine to five.

Freelance Writing

At sites like eLance.com you can find work as a freelance writer covering all sorts of jobs from short stories to ad copy to commercial scripts and web content. The jobs pay a wide range from several dollars a word or a large flat fee for magazine articles or a few cents a word for copywriting. It depends on how far you want to go as a writer.

Professional Troubleshooting

As with customer service, troubleshooting and offering tech support is another field where you don’t need an office, you only need a phone. Being able to watch TV all day with the phone by your side isn’t a bad way to make a living if you know a thing or two about computers.

Arts and Crafts

You might not think you can make a living with a half pound of polymer clay and a few pieces of string, but through sites like Etsy.com you can make a living selling your art to people looking for Christmas gifts or other neat items.

Blogging and Vlogging

If you can make people interested in what you’re talking about, you can make a living talking about anything on a blog or a vlog. Through ad revenue and affiliate programs, it’s actually quite easy to get some passive income flowing in through a blog or a video blog. It’s all a matter of finding an audience.

Online Retail

If you’ve got an eye for a bargain, if you know where and how to buy things cheap, then you can easily set up an online retail business through auction sites like eBay or even buying and selling on Etsy to help broker sales for local craftsmen and women who don’t know so much about marketing.

At Home Concierge

If you know your city pretty well, you can find work as an online or by-the-phone concierge and lounge around all day waiting for out of towners to ask you where they can grab a bite to eat. If you’re a people person and like to help weary travelers, this can be a great way to make a living from home.

Teaching and Tutoring

The vast majority of schools these days offer online courses. This means they’re looking for online teachers. If you have a degree in teaching that’s just gathering dust, this can be a great opportunity to put it to work.

Direct Sales

You’ve heard of Tupperware Parties, well that’s what direct sales are all about. There are good and bad direct sales schemes. All require an initial start up investment from you, and only some will pay out. However, if you know how to identify a good product when you see it, this can be a very rewarding career with virtually no ceiling.

Online Gaming

If you have the skills and the reflexes, there’s actually a lot of money to be made in online gaming. In games like Counter Strike, you can join a clan and compete for real cash prizes, while in games like World of Warcraft and Second Life, you can farm and sell items to other players. If you’re not a serious gamer, don’t even consider this, though, as it can get very tedious very quickly, but if it’s your forte, there’s no reason not to try and profit from it.

Many More Opportunities Out There

We’ve only listed ten of the thousands of ways to make money online and from home here, and there are plenty more including some that have yet to be discovered. If you know what your own personal skills are, if you can stick to a daily schedule whether or not you have a timeclock to punch, then working from home may be a truly great opportunity for you to make some money doing something you enjoy, or at least don’t mind doing, without ever leaving the comfort and safety of your living room, bedroom or home office.

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