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Want to start living life on your own terms – dictating your own working hours and space and need to know the top 10 ways to make money from home?
Dreaming of just opening a laptop to get to work whilst lounging beside a sun-drenched pool sipping from a tall glass of Mai Tai?
Had enough of the mind-numbingly dull morning and evening commute to and from the office?
Determined to do anything to escape the ennui of sitting in your cubicle from morning to night as you make barely enough money to live on until the end of the month?
Finally ready – really ready – to escape the rat race?
Then fasten your seat belts.
We’re about to show you the top 10 ways to make money from home – or from anywhere you want.
Top 10 Ways To Make Money From Home
Google “top 10 ways to make money from home” and you’ll be inundated with websites telling you to start answering some surveys or playing some video games to earn a quick buck.
You won’t find such things here because we’re assuming that your end goal is to earn a full-time income so you don’t have to go to an office and barter your time for money.
This isn’t to say that we don’t think that’s a good idea.
Of course, it is.
If that’s what you want.
Some people thrive on it.
But others, like yours truly, don’t.
We love the freedom to come and go as we please.
We like the ability to choose when we’re going to work and when we aren’t. And even more importantly, the ability to choose with whom we’re going to work.
And that’s fine too.
So, keep that in mind as you go through this list.
Some are simple and some are complicated. But done right, they’re your ticket to financial freedom.
1. Surf job boards
Did you know that there are now job boards dedicated to legitimate remote work opportunities?
Indeed, there are and I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am that they now exist.
I still remember back in 2005 how difficult it was to find any remote jobs at all. They were mostly scams or direct selling companies, like Avon (nothing against Avon, mind you, it’s just that not all of us want to work as direct sellers).
You can take that as a testament to the rising trend of remote working.
This is perhaps the easiest transition to make if you would like the freedom to work anywhere but don’t necessarily want to work for yourself.
Can’t really blame you. I’m personally a terrible boss as I don’t give myself any days off – unless I’m burned out or I get a migraine attack and then I’m lying in bed for days.
But hey, that’s the beauty of working from anywhere, right?
Anyway, if you look at these job boards, you’ll definitely find something that you can do as even service-orientated jobs now have remote work opportunities.
Plumbers, for example, can now work remotely if they wanted to by joining certain companies.
In other words, you’ll be applying for jobs in the same way you’d normally do so but your interviews would be either by phone or video and then you sort out with your employer what kind of home office set up you need (if you need one).
If you’re just now transitioning from the rat race, then this would be the closest set up to your current situation and hence, one of the top 10 ways to make money from home.
2. YouTube Videos
I have a 3-year-old who is an avid fan of Blippi, the YouTube star who rose to fame by providing quality educational videos for children.
Personally, I love Brad Yates and his EFT tapping therapy channel and watch one or two of his videos nearly every day.
Did you know that these can also be lucrative ventures?
Well, they can be – if you have the passion for it.
Remember that this isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme (none of the things in this list are, #justsaying). You need to put in the time and effort (sometimes even some money) to really start making the kind of money you’re dreaming of.
So…how do you earn money from YouTube.
The obvious answer is by monetising your videos but goodness, how do you start doing that?
I’ll assume that you have already signed up and have an account and channel and you’re just wondering how to actually monetise them (if my assumption is wrong and you’re actually starting from scratch as in zero YouTube knowledge, then you might want to read this guide here).
Now, in order to earn decent money from YouTube, you need a lot of videos and enough subscribers.
If you’re at all familiar with video-making, you’ll know that it takes time to churn out a decent video that will hook your audience and get them to stay longer than 10 seconds (apparently, the maximum attention span of the average internet user).
So, what do you do?
Harness YouTube’s own Creative Commons, a licence that users can tag onto their videos that basically allows other users to reuse said video. All you’ll need to do now really is to create great thumbnails and write better descriptions and then reupload onto your channel.
This process will help you speed up your channel-building activity and help you attract more quality subscribers faster than if you only had 2 or 3 videos available.
I mean, let’s face it, you likely wouldn’t subscribe to a channel that only has 2 or 3 videos, would you? Unless there’s something totally kickass with these videos and even then, you’d be a bit wary.
Once that’s done, you’ll need to meet YouTube’s requirement of at least east 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months and 1,000 subscribers before you can turn on the monetisation feature for your channel.
That means ads (like the one below).
Don’t want ads on your videos but still want to harness YouTube as a platform?
Then you can use your channel to promote a product you’re selling or an affiliate of and you’d still be earning money – albeit not directly.
3. Affiliate Marketing
Ah, affiliate marketing.
My weapon of choice in this digital smorgasbord. And the weapon of choice for many online marketers who dream of The 4-Hour Work Week.
This is, without a doubt, the best way to start a passive income business.
Sounds good, you say. So…how to get started?
Well, first, don’t you want to know what affiliate marketing is?
Affiliate marketing, according to Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income, “is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products. You find a product you like, promote it to others and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.“
In other words, it’s just revenue sharing.
If you don’t have a product but want to earn money, then what you can do is apply to be an affiliate or partner of a company that does have a product (or a service) and promote it. You then get a commission for any purchase made via yourself (don’t worry, you get a special link that allows the company to keep track of any sales that go through you).
So, you have your special link that you then place onto your website or a social media account (think of your Instagram bio or your YouTube video descriptions) and when people click on it, love the product and decide to buy it, the company you’re an affiliate for tracks the sale, knows it’s made because of your promotion and dedicates a percentage of the sale as your commission.
Yes, the theory is extremely simple.
It’s the practice that can be quite tricky.
For example, most people assume that you need your own website to become an affiliate marketer.
That’s not always the case as some companies allow you to leverage other platforms – like YouTube, Pinterest, Facebook or Instagram (just remember that different companies have different policies so do check them out to make sure).
Second, different companies pay different rates. For instance, Amazon Associates (possibly the most well-known affiliate programme ever) only pays between 1% to 10% depending on which product has been purchased. Some, like Wealthy Affiliate gives you a commission of $8 for the first month (with its $19 special promo) and then $23.50 every month moving forward (if you’re a Premium member and the sale accredited to you is paying a monthly fee).
Third, different companies have different cookie lengths.
Eh? What the heck is a cookie?
All you really need to know about cookies right now is a piece of data that allows your affiliate company to track any sale made to you. In other words, the longer the cookie length the better. [PS. If you want more info on cookies, click on this link and head on over to Wikipedia.]
In the previous example, you can compare Amazon Associates measly cookie length of 24 hours to Wealth Affiliate’s lifetime cookie length.
See the diff?
Earning money via affiliate marketing takes a while because you really need a lot of people being able to view your content (AKA traffic) to maximise your opportunity of earning money.
If you’re serious about making money through affiliate marketing, then you really need to study the intricacies of this money-making opportunity. Treat it as a business and it will grow.
I personally benefit from the community and the extensive training over at Wealthy Affiliate (mentioned above) and cannot recommend them enough.
If you want to know how to do affiliate marketing like a pro, then go to Nathaniell’s Beyond The 9-5 Interview.
I kept being told that because I love to write (I’ve been writing for over 20 years), I should start a blog.
I resisted for about 19 years because I thought I didn’t want to write for money.
Oh, how I regret it. I really do. All that wasted time.
Sooo…Don’t be me.
Get your domain reserved. You can choose any name you wish but it’s probably smart to get your name – especially if it’s a bit common.
If you need help with the basics, then look no further than Suzi Whitford’s totally free 12-month blog plan, which is what got me started in the first place.
I signed up for it in 2018.
And then did absolutely nothing with it.
I waited another year before I got inspired to actually do something.
By then, my beautifully aged domain had already expired and I had to start over from scratch.
I wanted to cry for the lost time.
Anyway, why a blog?
Because your earning potential is practically limitless.
Take a look at Elna of Twins Mommy, Carly of Mommy on Purpose and obviously Suzi of Start A Mom Blog. They’re big in the blogging world as all of them are now making a full-time income by monetising their blogs.
How do you do what they did?
You can create your own course, embed affiliate links in your post, team up with your favourite brands, build a community that is totally invested in what you have to say and the products you recommend and the list goes on.
In my personal opinion, affiliate marketing is the best way to monetise a blog. It’s not as annoying as the ads that pop up when you’re trying to read a post and which wouldn’t leave the screen no matter how many times I hit X with my fat fingers. Obviously, this depends very much on how much traffic you have and the percentage on offer. Most major brands have an affiliate program and to find them, you just search on Google: topic + affiliate program.
More info on affiliate marketing in the section above.
Anyway, there are many ways to get to the top of the mountain as they say. This is ours, if you want to see: How To Set Up A Blog To Make Money: The Resources You Need • Live A Blissful Life.
5. Blog flipping
Full disclosure: I don’t have personal experience with blog flipping but I have heard a lot of good things from people who have done it before.
Because domain names and websites are like real estate, you can do the online equivalent of real estate flipping.
Done right, it can be very lucrative.
First, you look for blogs that are failing, haven’t been updated before or even those that are already out on sale. Some people just look at sites like Flippa or BlogsForSale which offers all sorts of online real estate that you can sell (like blogs, apps, domains etc).
The downside to using sites like this is that anything you might be eyeing has already been priced so you’ll probably pay more than if you were to approach a website owner who has let a site go and then offered to buy their site.
I know someone who put a post out on a Facebook group to ask if anyone wanted to give up their blog and then offered to buy it.
For more information, you can check out Sasha Lassey’s interview with Chelsea Clarke.
Raise your hand if you never ever want to be employed again.
Oh, to be your own boss and never have to answer to a deranged micro-manager – well, isn’t that what many employees secretly wish for?
Obviously, not all managers are like that. I remember one or two with gratitude and fondness.
But you gotta admit, that some are just horrific to work for. Unfortunately, I also remember working with a few of those.
Anyway, if you’re looking to avoid employment but don’t quite want to go the blogging, marketing or YouTube star route, then freelancing might be your answer.
The digital age has given us so many options to choose from: writer, proofreader, social media marketer, web designer and developer, virtual assistant – these are a few things that you can be and you don’t even have to leave your room to do them.
The sky truly is the limit and you just need to harness your skills and then position yourself as an authority.
Let me just give you a caveat here: If you were thinking of going freelance to avoid the need to learn digital marketing, I’m gonna have to burst your bubble. Marketing online is unavoidable. You’ll need to show people why you’re worth hiring – or following.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a freelancer or a blogger, you’ll still have to learn at least the basics of digital marketing if you want to succeed in making money from home.
Unless, of course, you have insane connections that are willing to hire you without much effort because they already know the quality of your work.
If you’re like most of us, then I’m afraid you’re gonna have to work hard for it.
You’re also, probably, going to need your own website (now, aren’t you glad you already got your domain name sorted like I asked in #4?). Make sure it’s a .com rather than the other newfangled TLDs.
It just automatically seems more professional.
Sign up for Fiverr or Upwork or all the other sites that allow you to market your services.
And then promote, promote, promote.
Leverage your social media profiles and tell everyone who would listen about the services you’re offering.
The first client is always the hardest to land but once that’s done and you can get positive feedback, then it’s like a snowball that grows – sometimes, exponentially.
Before you know it, you can be making a lot more than you ever did in your full-time, office-bound job.
7. Amazon FBA
Amazon FBA (Fulfilled-By-Amazon) is sort of like dropshipping, except you let Amazon do most of the work.
You don’t have to wrap your packages yourself and with the right training, can make you millions.
If I weren’t in love with blogging, I’d be doing exactly this.
So, what do you have to do?
Step 1: Send your products to Amazon.
Step 2: Amazon sorts your products and inventories them.
Step 3: Customer goes to the Amazon website or app and orders your product.
Step 4: Amazon packages your product and ships it to the customer on your behalf.
Step 5: Once your customer receives the order, Amazon then follows up to check if everything is okay and if any changes need to be made…and makes them.
Sounds fab, right?
All you really have to do is make sure that you source quality products that will make a profit, you have enough in your inventory and again, promote, promote, promote (see, you’ll never get out of the need to do marketing…sorry).
To be honest, if I were going to do this, I’d enroll myself in a leading course and find out all about it.
I’m actually eyeing up Nine University and will definitely sign up with them once the manic phase of blog set-up has faded a bit. [PS. It is very important that whatever you choose, you stick with it for a time. And only choose one or two at any given time. Or you’ll run yourself ragged trying to do everything.]
8. Become an Instagram influencer
I once complained to my sister that I can’t understand Instagram.
She laughed so hard, you wouldn’t believe it.
Well, now I have about 400 followers. Still puny compared to her 3,000 but hey, we all gotta start somewhere.
Apparently, my goal should be to become insta-famous and that’s when the money will start rolling in…you know, once you’re an Instagram influencer.
But wait, what’s that mean exactly?
Instagram Influencers are really nothing more than content creators that leverage the Instagram platform to build communities across a particular niche or topic.
And you don’t even need thousands or even millions of followers.
You just need the right ones – the engaged ones who really care about what you have to say.
So, if you love taking photos and making them shine or if you absolutely adore reaching out to people and just engaging with them online, then this might be extremely lucrative for you.
Well, obviously you need an account and you might even want to consider switching from personal to business for a better shot at becoming insta-famous (find out how here).
Tighten up your bio. You need to hook your audience right from the start and get them salivating for your content.
I mean, who are you?
Why should I spend my time looking at whatever you’re creating?
Then publish your content and make sure you use relevant hashtags.
Engage, engage, engage.
Promote, promote, promote.
(Again??? Yes, again. Ad infinitum.)
And then get a media kit sorted so you can start contacting brands you’d like to work with and soon, you might find yourself creating content as a brand ambassador.
9. Sell your own product or course
One of the more difficult but infinitely more lucrative of the top 10 ways to make money from home is to sell your own product or course.
They could be anything, as long as they provide value.
Though remember that if it’s flexibility and freedom you value, then you might want to consider how you’re going to get said product or course to your customers.
No need to worry about shipping.
It’s actually the same for a course.
Sign up for an account (paid) with Teachable and then build your course.
Want to build a course but need a guiding hand?
I got you covered.
Well, actually, Suzi Whitford’s got you covered. Sign up for the Course By Number and you’ll soon be promoting (yep, I told you it’s ad infinitum) your very own course.
And if you’re wondering why I’m recommending this particular course to help you out, it’s simple really.
Suzi has launched 9 online courses over the past two years and has made over $300,000 dollars from them.
She knows her stuff.
10. Network marketing
Network Marketing has gotten such a bad rep in recent years, which is quite sad really when you think about it.
The basic premise is actually pretty good.
We already recommend things we love to people we know so why not paid when you do so?
Many hugely successful people started with network marketing. Jim Rohn and Earl Shoaff come to mind.
I’ve personally dabbled in it but didn’t really pursue it save for buying the products for myself and my family whenever we needed them (you can check out my Forever Living Shop here if you’re curious) so I won’t be able to offer advice on how to make this work as a replacement for your full-time income.
That said, there are many who’ve managed to succeed in network marketing.
And I’ll let the world-renowned Robert Kiyosaki give you the information you require, if you’re really interested.
Just remember that this has such a stigma attached to it, so you’ll really have a battle on your hands but hey, with the right company, teammates and attitude, this might work for you.
Final Thoughts on the top 10 ways to make money from home
And there you have it, the top 10 ways to make money from home.
Just remember, these are all valid opportunities and not scam so don’t expect overnight results.
You need to give each one a lot of time and effort.
There will be sleepless nights, self-doubt, resentment and tears.
Just like when you’re starting any business or employment opportunities.
But stick with whichever you choose and it could change your life.
What about you?
Have you already tried any of these
Did they work for you?
Let us know what your experiences have been by commenting below. We’d love to hear from you!