With inflation on the rise and wages still not keeping pace, it’s easy to feel yourself getting burnt out. Luckily, since the pandemic, businesses not only learned the value of their work force, but they also learned how much can be done from home. Unfortunately for us, the progress seems to have been short lived; employers keep bringing employees back to the office and wages are compressed and stagnated. The benefits of working from home are clear, and many employees saw a drastic improvement in their work/life balance. If you’re looking to get that balance back, here are the best ways to work from home. You can do these on the side, too!
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Get a Remote Job
“Oh real original, like I haven’t thought of that before.”
Hear me out though. Most job boards are very traditional. If you look at sites like Indeed, Glassdoor, or even Craigslist, you may be able to search Remote and find something. But you’ll notice that most remote jobs on these platforms are either sales jobs or jobs that require sales to be successful. Instead, look at sites like FlexJobs and Dice. These platforms have proven to be valuable resources to find remote work. Which one you’ll choose will depend on what kind of work you’re looking for; Dice focuses primarily on Tech jobs, where FlexJobs has more variety.
Going back to traditional job boards, some classic examples I’ve seen for remote work are insurance sales, real estate, and solar sales. I can tell you from experience though, if you don’t already have lead generation experience, taking on a sales job like that will be a real sink-or-swim experience, especially if you have to put upfront effort into licensing. Even if they say you’ll be provided leads, they still expect you to be able to generate your own. Don’t fret though; An article providing advice and resources for sales environments is in my roadmap!
What I like most about FlexJobs is that they personally vet every job posting before it’s available to us. That way, you always know what you’re applying for is legit, but this does come at a small monthly cost. They also have a solid variety of options, including everything from customer service to graphic design, financial services and even sales.
Become a Freelancer
There’s only so far you can get with a job. Whether it’s your schedule or your pay, having a job always means someone else has some control of some aspect of your life. And more often than not, they won’t want to pay you what you’re worth! That’s where Freelancing comes in. Skills you already have such as plumbing or computer repair are good freelance opportunities if you’re looking to work from home. If you want to work at home though, skills such as web development, programming, or graphic design will come in handy.
Choosing what to do as a freelance gig is only a small part of the battle though. Remember what I said earlier about sales? The reality is, as a freelancer, you’ll need to learn how to sell yourself. I’ll touch briefly on this, but I can’t get too in-depth about sales right now because it’s a bit outside the scope of the article. The hardest part is getting in front of people. We’ve all heard of Fiverr, and it can be tempting to hop on there for a jumpstart. There’s controversy going around about freelancers undercutting the industry though, leaving a bad taste in many artists’ mouths. Upwork is much better in this regard.
But what about generating your own leads? Aside from posting your services on talent boards, you can also spend some time increasing your online presence. The two main ways is through Social Media presence and with a website, both of which I’ll briefly touch later in this article.
Start a Dropshipping Business
“What? I thought dropshipping was dead?”
No, no – It’s very much alive. In fact, the people saying dropshipping is dead are usually promoting business models with a more significant barrier to entry, such as Wholesaling. The reality is, just like any business model, there are going to be people who learn to do it the right way, and there’s going to be people who say it doesn’t work.
What is dropshipping, anyway? Dropshipping is arguably the lowest risk method of getting into E-commerce, in that you don’t have to buy stock or hold inventory. Instead, you find a supplier and put their products up for sale in your store. Then, when someone buys something, you forward the order to your supplier and have it shipped directly to your customer. This is an oversimplification; It does take some finesse to do it right. Thankfully, SaleHoo has everything you need to get started with dropshipping, except for a storefront. Most of SaleHoo’s guides recommend starting with Shopify or Amazon, though.
What I like about SaleHoo is not only do they teach you how dropshipping works, they have systems put in place to make it happen. They already have suppliers ready for you. With the right plan, they can find and import suppliers’ trending products into your Shopify with one click. And to put it all together, they also offer a course on how to make a 7 figure dropshipping business. You don’t have to buy the course, but it certainly helps.
Publish your Music
This one came out of left field. Any musicians in the house?
You don’t have to hope and pray you’ll make it big to start making money with your music. Scoring a label is a huge accomplishment, don’t get me wrong, but if you ever get an offer like that, make sure you read the fine print.
That being said, getting a record deal isn’t the only way to get your music Spotify. Using a distributer like RouteNote makes the process easy. They handle the heavy lifting of getting your music on as many platforms as you choose, while you focus on marketing. Fun fact: You can’t upload to Spotify yourself. This makes RouteNote one of the easiest ways to get on Spotify, Apple Music, iHeart Radio, and more.
I previously looked into various distributors for my own music, but ultimately settled on RouteNote for a few reasons. They give you more control over your own music, and they offer different pay structures to lower the barrier of entry. Meaning, you can choose to join for free and keep 85% of your royalties, or you can pay monthly for Premium and keep 100% of your royalties. Just starting out, you’ll benefit from their Free option. But you can upgrade at any time when you feel it’s cost-effective to do so.
“Sounds great, but I don’t have a band.”
Create a Webite/Blog
If this sounds like beating a dead horse, that’s because it is. But honestly, this is my favorite method in this article because of how versatile it is! Whether it’s a web presence for your freelance work, a blog for affiliate marketing, or even a storefront, a website is a tool that truly brings it all together. You can even build websites for other people as freelance work. If you don’t know how to write a website from scratch, don’t fret; Website builders like WordPress make it easy to create a professional website in no time using plugins and themes. And if you’re already a full-stack web developer, you can create your own themes and plugins for extra income!
Where do you start with this though? First thing’s first, you need a domain, and a web hosting package. Personally, I’ve found InterServer to be one of the best place to get both. What’s cool is, if you buy a domain with a web hosting package, they give you a discount on the domain for the first year. What’s even better is their focus on security without sacrificing performance. After switching from other reputable companies, I found my websites’ load times improved tremendously with InterServer.
If you’re looking to get into Affiliate Marketing for passive income, InterServer’s offerings will certainly get you the most bang for your buck. However, you may be looking for guidance on how to monetize your website. Wealthy Affiliate was a powerful resource for me many years ago, and their teachings can help you monetize any site using affiliate marketing, not just blogs. But a word of caution before buying one of their premium plans: Their teachings are outdated, and they really only offer you the basics anyway. Still, it’s a good place to get started.
BONUS: Play the Lottery from Home
DO NOT replace ANY income or investments with gambling! The lottery should be treated as nothing more than a game!
With that out of the way, I’m sure everyone has dreamed about hitting it big with the lottery. Did you know, while using the 4% rule and a proper financial plan, holding $2 million in the right investments can get you $80k per year for life? With jackpots rising to $300-500 million, it’s no wonder so many people dream of getting lucky one day. If you play your cards right, you’d never have to work again!
Still though, the odds are so slim that you can’t rely on it as a plan, a backup plan, or even something to hold onto after goats take over the world and chickens rebel, hiring cows as their mercenaries while humans are enslaved. Okay yes, that’s overdramatic, but can you blame me? Treating it as a game and buying maybe one or two tickets a week can be fun though, except for the part where you have to go into a gas station to buy the ticket.
Instead of going out in public to admit I enjoy throwing money in the trash and burning the can, I prefer playing from home using Jackpocket. Playing from my phone is much more convenient and enjoyable for me. Plus, they’ll send you the actual ticket you bought for proof of ownership. And that’s not even mentioning the pools you can join to increase your odds.
In this article, we went over 5 ways to work from home, including 4 ways where you are your own boss. While having a job from a reputable employer may not be ideal for many entrepreneurial-minded individuals, it is a very stable option as your next paycheck is predictable. Working for someone else though, you may not be able to reach your true potential. Freelance work is the most common escape from slave-labor. Then we also went over some other tried-and-true business ideas. Dropshipping and affiliate marketing have the benefit of not being tied down anywhere. You can even do those on vacation, or maybe life becomes the vacation!
Whatever your reason for wanting to work from home, it’s empowering having control of your own schedule. I hope you enjoyed this article and were able to get some value out of it! One last thing: Steer clear of articles telling you to play Solitaire or Bingo as a work-from-home idea. It’s frustrating how many of those there are, and at the end of the day, it’s just gambling with extra steps.