If you’ve decided to work from home instead of trudging into the office every day then you might be wondering what exactly it is you can do to make money. Some people who decide to work from home already have it all planned out, but if you’re unsure don’t worry. There are plenty of opportunities to make money so you don’t have to go back to that office you didn’t like. Here are three tried and true methods for making money from home:
Do you consider yourself a writer, graphic designer, programmer, or anything else that requires a specific skill? If so, then you can make yourself into a brand and start freelancing to make money. Sometimes it can be difficult to break into the freelance market, but if you work at it you should be able to get your foot in the door on a few projects. Once you’ve built up a portfolio then it’s going to be easier and easier to land projects and new clients. You can use sites like freelance.com to find work at first, but after a while you’ll probably be getting references from current clients. If you do good work then your business will see growth from both references and your marketing outreach. Don’t fret if you don’t have the skills to freelance because there are plenty of other opportunities available.
The web has made it easier than ever to set up a storefront to start selling products to your customers. You don’t have to deal with any of the traditional overhead costs that come with the brick and mortar selling operations of the past. Of course, there are some tradeoffs because some aspects of ecommerce are more competitive than the traditional model. If you go this route your goal will be to find products you can sell at a good margin in a niche that’s popular but not overly competitive. It sounds simple, but successful ecommerce merchants spend a significant amount of time researching and planning before the first dollar is made. You’ll also become an internet marketing expert if you go this route, because SEO and PPC strategies are extremely helpful in building this kind of business.
You’ve probably heard about people making money from blogs, but it’s difficult to discern exactly how they’re doing it. Generally, blogs that make money fall into two categories. The first relies on a massive and engaged user base that allows the blogger to sell advertising on the site. Obviously, this money making method is going to take a significant time investment unless you have the secret to building a huge audience quickly (tell us if you do!). The next option involves affiliate marketing, which is what workinmypajamas.com is all about. Check out this post about Affiliate Marketing 101 to get an idea of what this method involves.
As the name suggests, working from home involves work. You aren’t going to be able to sit back and relax to make money with any of these strategies, but if you work at them you can definitely be successful.
Author’s bio: Carolyn is an expert in helping businesses with their inventory management, including Shopify order management solutions. When she isn’t guest posting she spends her time working with people to integrate 3dcart and BigCommerce into their online selling strategies.