We no longer live in a world where you must leave your house to work. You can do this staying in your comfortable sofa in your underwear. If you find this weird, you have probably never earned money online. Here are 5 ideas to check out especially if you want to take control over your time.
Do you love to write?
There are many sites where you can find writing gigs. General job marketplaces like UpWork, Freelancer and Fiverr are a good place to start but you can also turn to more specialized sites that you can find easily on the internet through a simple Google search.
You can get into any genre that you like, be it fiction or non-fiction. There are plenty of people paying others to make short e-books and short fiction stories on different topics. If you are good at making ads, you can get paid for copywriting.
There is also hope for those who have no interest in writing but still type fast: you can be a transcriptionist. For both these jobs, all you need is an internet connection, a computer and a quiet place to write.
Are you the artist type?
There is a site called Etsy where people sell antiques and homemade products. If you have the talent to make beautiful jewelry, clothes, cards etc., you can make money while doing what you love. You must first see for how much people are selling their products on Etsy and then set a competitive price for your own. Successful sellers are fully committed to their job. If you are considering this just a hobby, you will never reach a point where you can live out of this.
Do you like talking to people?
Call centers may seem dull and boring because you have to keep repeating the same thing over and over again, but this is not necessarily true. People who call the customer help line may have complex problems that require a wide range of abilities.
First, you need good interpersonal skills to make the customer see that your purpose is to solve his problem. You also need good organizational skills and fast thinking in order to understand what the problem is. Many customers don’t exactly know why they are calling and it’s up to you to discover this. Multitasking abilities are great because call center employees may have to juggle several calls at a time.
This job is paid for about $9 per hour. Be careful not to get into scams and to verify the legitimacy of the employer. The most popular call center companies are Alpine Access and Call Center Careers. In order to work from home, you need a few things. To begin with, call center agents need a PC and a good pair of earphones. Your internet connection should be fast and you must have a landline telephone if you want to apply to such a job.
How good are you at convincing people to buy stuff?
You can make money with AdSense, YouTube videos, Facebook posts and the old fashioned blogging. You need a bit of inspiration for the last one and a lot of knowledge to promote other people’s business over social networks.
You can manage their AdSense campaign or you can start one of your own for a blog that you own. If you don’t have stage freight you can make how-to videos or funny clips that go viral on YouTube and earn money.
What skills do you have?
If you are good in any field you can teach classes online through Skype. For example, people fluent in Korean can teach this language to people all over the world. You could also upload the videos to YouTube and drive traffic toward them. You can compete in online games for cash prizes or you can develop apps. Find your skills and put them to use!