Are you sick of work-from-home scams? Do you really want to earn some extra cash?
People have been trying to work from home for years. Yet with so many online scams, it’s hard to know which are truly legitimate.
There are ads in newspapers and magazines offering you opportunities to make money by forwarding emails. All you have to do is pay $29.99, and you’ll have access to thousands of companies in dire need of your help.
Really? No, thanks.
If it sounds too easy, it’s probably fake. Skip searching through endless seas of illegitimate work-from-home scams and use this guide to help you earn the extra cash you want — without losing money to third-party rip-off artists.
12 Work-from-Home Plans That Work
1. Web designer – The boom in online businesses means a boom in the design industry. Some people have even quit their day jobs and become full-fledged business owners — just by playing around with Photoshop. Don’t know how to code a website? Get a free education from CodeAcademy. There are also tutorials on YouTube and many blogs that can teach you the basics of design.
2. Writer – Elance, Odesk and Craigslist are all places to find legitimate writing gigs — with everything from writing education curriculums to reviews of products, or even blog posts. The sky’s the limit when you know where to look.
3. Editor – Better at spotting punctuation errors than writing the original piece? Those same sites (Elance, Odesk and Craigslist) list jobs for editors, as well.
4. Affiliate marketer – If you already have a website, selling products through Amazon and other resources can earn you as much as 50% of the selling price.
5. Handmade retailer – If you have an eye for beauty and a hand to help produce it, consider opening an Etsy shop. Be aware; you’ll need a little investment in equipment. Handmade craft shots taken with your iPhone may not cut it in quality and your sales will suffer. Maximize your success by studying what makes for better product photos and sales pages, then implement what you learn.
6. Transcriptionist – If you can make the approximate $3,000 investment in the training, this can work for you. As with most work-from-home situations, you’ll still need to network for new clients, which can be difficult in an overflowing market of transcriptionists. However, you can step outside the box and offer video transcription for YouTube users and companies broadcasting their videos, as well.
7. Virtual assistant – There are loads of places to get VA training, so be sure to assess the site carefully and check their reviews. Join VA forums and find out who offers the best training at the best prices. VA forums are also a great place to discover job openings.
8. Customer service agent – With a little equipment, you can receive and settle customer service and tech support calls for a call center. Some companies will require a dedicated landline with features like call waiting. A quiet space to work is an absolute must. Kids yelling and screaming in the background of your customer service calls are a certain way to lose your position.
9. Online teacher/tutor – Tutor.com and other tutoring sites need tutors, and many can make hundreds each month. Online teaching usually requires an active teaching certificate, where tutoring doesn’t. Either way, be prepared to take some testing and go through background checks before getting started.
10. ESL teacher – Through sites like YouCanTeachEnglish.com or americantesol.com, you can find places to train for your teaching certification in ESL and get certified in a few months. If you don’t want to wait, find language learning groups online and set up your own Skype-based business. You can charge per hour to tutor or teach English as a second language to students all around the world.
11. Survey taker – You won’t get rich taking surveys, but if you’re interested in bringing in a bit of extra cash while you’re parked in front of the TV, cashcrate.com, Ipsos I say, and Opinion Outpost are three reputable sites that will pay for your thoughts.
12. Focus group member – Paid focus groups have you test products and report on your findings. You can earn as much as $75 – $150 for reporting on products you already use or are sent. Focusgroup.com, findfocusgroups.com and paidfocusgroups.net are three sites where you can connect with companies who will pay for your reviews.
What are some of your favorite ways to earn money from home?