There are many legit ways to make money from home and this page covers 30 of the best opportunities. Check out the details of each to see which one might be right for you.
In recent years, the number of freelancers, remote workers, and digital nomads has increased dramatically. A 2019 study done by Upwork found that 57 million Americans (35% of the workforce) already freelance. With the Coronavirus pandemic forcing many businesses to close or layoff employees, the rise of freelancing is almost sure to continue.
Whether you’re looking for a full-time income to replace a lost job, pursuing a career that provides maximum flexibility, or simply looking for a way to make money from home in your spare time, there are plenty of options.
This article will cover many of the best options to make real money online or from home. Some of the opportunities involve freelancing, others involve starting a business, and a few of them would give you the possibility of being a remote employee.
Each listed opportunity will include some details like the income potential, how fast you can start making money, and resources that will help you to get started. Remember that details of things like income potential and how fast you’ll start making money can vary, but this should give you a general idea that can help you to find the best opportunity for your own situation.
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The Best Ways to Make Money from Home
1. Become a Virtual Assistant
Possibly the best way to make money from home (or anywhere with an internet connection) is to work as a virtual assistant (VA). It’s extremely flexible, offers good income potential, and there is a high demand for quality VAs.
VAs can offer a wide range of services including things like managing social media profiles for clients, blog editing, moderating forums or Facebook Groups, providing customer service, and basic administrative tasks. That list is just scratching the surface. For more ideas, see this list of services you can offer as a VA that was put together by Gina Horkey.
Working as a virtual assistant is something that you could do part-time or full-time, and you can make the work fit around your existing schedule.
Although there are some low-paid VA jobs, there are also plenty of VAs that are earning a great income (as much as $100/hour). Most of the high-paid VAs have chosen to specialize in a particular area rather than taking a generalized approach and offering a wide variety of different services.
If you’re interested in becoming a VA, think about the existing skills that you already have and find ways to put them to use for clients. If you’re good with social media, maybe you could manage Pinterest profiles. If you’re good with grammar, maybe you could work as a blog editor.
Uncertainty in the job market may lead to an increase in opportunities for VAs. Companies may choose to outsource work rather than bringing on additional employees, which means more work for VAs.
The best training that will help you to become a successful and in-demand VA is the $10K VA course created by Kayla Sloan. Kayla has extensive experience and this is a thorough course that gives you everything you need to succeed.
Income potential: $5,000+ per month
Start making money: Fast – You’ll be able to start making money as soon as you land your first client and there are plenty of clients out there.
Resources: The free workshop 5 Steps to Become a Virtual Assistant by Kayla Sloan is a great place to start.
2. Start a Blog
If you’re looking for a low-cost online business opportunity, starting a blog may be for you. You could start a blog on any topic that interests you, so you’ll get to work on something you enjoy. Blogging also offers unlimited income potential and plenty of different ways to make money (display ads, sponsored content, affiliate programs, offering a service, selling your own products, etc.).
The downside to starting a blog is that you’ll need some patience. Most new bloggers don’t make very much money for the first six months to a year, so you’ll need to be willing to put in some work before you see the payoff. However, once it starts growing, it’s a great way to make money.
Starting a blog could be a great option if you have a long-term focus, but if you’re looking for a way to start making money quickly, you’ll want to choose something else.
I’ve been blogging since 2007 (full-time since 2008) with successful blogs on topics like web design, photography, and finance. I cover my approach to building profitable blogs in Blog Launch Breakthrough.
Income potential: $1,000 per month after one year, unlimited potential beyond that.
Start making money: Slow – Plan to spend 6-12 months working on the blog before you start to make any significant income.
Resources: Starting a blog is easy and inexpensive. You can get a free domain name and web hosting for $2.95 per month with Bluehost (see my article How to Start a Blog for a step-by-step guide). And if you’re looking for training, please see my course Hobby to Pro.
3. Create Niche Websites
Starting a blog is common advice for people who are looking to make money, but another excellent option that’s often overlooked is to start a niche website.
A niche website is very similar to a blog, but it takes a more specialized and targeted approach. All of the content of a niche website revolves around a particular topic, with a very tight focus. For example, here are a few real-world niche websites:
- GlutenBee – Articles and information for anyone on a gluten-free diet.
- Honest Golfers – Product reviews of golfing equipment.
- RateMyToilet – Product reviews of toilets.
Niche websites can make money in a few different ways, but many of them make money from display ads and/or affiliate programs. Amazon’s affiliate program (they call it Amazon Associates) is extremely popular with niche website owners, so you’ll see a lot of sites that publish product reviews or top lists (example, “The Top 10 Low-Flow Showerheads”) and then link to the products on Amazon.
While creating a niche website is similar to blogging, there are a few key differences:
- Blogging requires more consistent effort. When you’re building a blog, you’re trying to grow a base of readers that keep coming back to your blog for new content (loyal readers). As a new blogger, it will kill your momentum if you take an extended break from blogging. Niche websites typically attract the vast majority of their traffic from search engines and repeat visitors aren’t as important to the success of a site. You can work on it whenever you’re able and longer breaks won’t have as much of an impact.
- Niche websites create content to target long tail keywords for easy search traffic. Long tail keywords typically involve 3-5 words and you’ll face less competition from other websites, making it easier to rank on the first page of Google.
- The work of managing a niche website is easier to outsource. Most niche website owners outsource the majority of the content writing, whereas most bloggers write their own content. You can outsource the majority of the work related to running a niche website, making it a nice low-maintenance business.
The process of building a niche website can be easily duplicated in another niche. Most niche website owners have multiple sites.
I’ve built a few niche websites over the years and from my experience, this is one of the most practical and realistic ways to make money online. Anybody can do it if you follow the process.
Income potential: $500 per month after the first year, $5,000+ per month long-term.
Start making money: Slow – Plan to spend at least six months working on the site before it starts to earn anything significant.
Resources: Create and Automate Profitable Niche Websites is a course available at Skillshare. Use this link to get free access to the course for two months, plus access to all other courses on Skillshare.
4. Freelance Writing
If you’re looking for a great way to start earning money quickly, working as a freelance writer is one of the best options you’ll find. Not only can you start making money quickly, but the earning potential is excellent.
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