Sick of paying the daycare your entire paycheck? Fed up with the headache of the 9-5 grind? Longing to spend more time with your kids? Try your hand at working from home! While most work at home jobs require you to leave the house now and again, it’s much better to be your own boss and make your own schedule, right? If you’re looking for ways to make money at home, the key is to do your research. Start by reading some affordable ebooks like the following list, and then check out the ideas below!
Mystery shopping. This is one of the most fun work at home jobs I’ve tried, but it’s not very high-paying. Mostly, you get reimbursed for meals or small shopping trips. Sometimes, there will be adventure shops (think Six Flags), or even high dollar restaurant shops (I once got a $150 dinner for free), but it’s a lot of work. For example, doing a Six Flags shop requires 4 hours of research while at the park, and then filling out 12 pages of paperwork and faxing it in! You must have an eye for detail, or you’re definitely not cut out for mystery shopping.
Tip: NEVER pay to be a mystery shopper! More Mystery Shopping Tips
VIPKID: Earn Money from home teaching kids how to speak English online. You can make upto $1000 a month and be paid up to $22 an hour all from working from home!
Surveys. You can go here and find all the companies I have posted about before, some MidgetMomma Readers have told me that they have made over $200 a month on multiple companies each month making $200 a month on each one doing 5 companies a month is an extra $1000 a month!! Some of my favorites are listed below. I have used survey companies for years.
Nielsen Consumer Panel
Ipsos- I Say
Sell your crafts. Sites like Etsy have made some stay at home moms, or even housewives, very rich! While your ideas needs to be unique, if you over deliver, treat your shop as an actual business, and work hard, you will succeed!
Be a planner. Whether you’re great at planning events and want to be an Event Planner, or have a knack for planning weddings, being a planner of some sort can make some great money! Travel agents are also in high demand in some areas, and if you offer exceptional service, word of mouth can carry you through.
Blogging and Web Design. Starting a blog is easy. Making it profitable is not. However, it’s possible if you put the work in. Another way to make money that’s similar to blogging is to do web design. Web design isn’t simple, and it isn’t easy, but if you have an eye for it, it can be extremely profitable.
Become a Virtual Assistant. Virtual Assistants do so many things! The experience I have with VAs is limited to the blogging world, but I know many women that do this type of thing from home and make a full-time income. You can offer any service, from the comfort of your home (virtually), but writing seems to be the one that takes the least time and pays the best. If you’re a naturally talented writer, consider writing a few articles and selling them in blog groups designated for VAs. If writing isn’t your thing, you could do blog sitting or even pitch companies for products for your clients.
Get an actual job. There are call centers for huge companies (like Apple, and 1-800-Flowers) that hire at-home agents to do their phone work for them. I know that Apple only pays about $10 an hour to start, and there’s a $150 start-up cost for equipment, but it’s legit and it’s a way to stay home, so try it if it works for your schedule.
Daycare or Pet Sitting. You can expand this to dog walking, house sitting, or even house cleaning. Offer an in-person service that meets a need.
Transcription Services. Transcribing isn’t for everyone, but if you want to give it a go, it’s definitely a job worth keeping! Transcriptionists get paid upwards of $15 an hour (or more!), and can set their own hours in most situations. Research and apply.
There are so many things you can do from home! Become an online fitness coach, or even a YouTube sensation. The sky’s the limit!
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