Are you wondering how to find work from home jobs that aren’t scams, selling to your friends or taking endless amounts of online surveys?
Going about how to find work from home jobs is tricky, but it is possible. I’ve been working from home (doing various jobs) for over five years! My income has varied; but it’s always been a full-time income each year.
I absolutely LOVE working from home and believe everyone can do it if they know where to look. I have complete control over my own schedule – meaning I work when I want and I fit my work into my life, not the other way around. I’m not “working for the weekends” because every day is spent exactly how I choose! Below are the different types of work from home jobs and how to find work from home jobs.
Three Types of Work from Home Jobs
Start an Online Business
A lot of people are afraid of this; but really starting your own business is not hard and you do not need any difficult, special skills. Of course, if you have something you are good at (like a craft), you can open an Etsy shop and make sales, but there is a much easier way: Start a Blog.
It costs about $100 to start a blog, and lots of time. You will not make money immediately with your blog. Give yourself grace. If you put in time every single day, you should start making money within six months. Keep putting in the time, and your income will grow. While there’s no specific timeline, you should be able to replace your full-time income (or be making even more!) within two to three years. This is working part-time on your blog, too (about 10-15 hours per week!).
Also, use blogging resources!! If you sign up through my Bluehost link, for example, I will send you a copy of my book – The Beginner’s Guide to Blogging – for free! My book will walk you through getting your blog up and running, coming up with topic ideas, growing your audience, and making money! Here is a list of my favorite blogging courses so far!
Another way to work from home is to freelance your services to companies or individuals. I was a freelance writer and editor for three years and averaged $3,000 a month working part-time!
Freelance writer: Freelance writers work for big companies, small bloggers and everyone in between. Online content is HUGE, and someone has to write all of that! The best way to get freelance writing jobs is to start a blog in the niche you want to write in (this is exactly the reason I started my personal finance blog) and write a few articles for your own blog. This will serve as your portfolio. Then, you can search for jobs on Indeed, freelance writing job boards, and your own network.
Virtual assistant: If you don’t like writing, be a virtual assistant! Virtual assistants perform various tasks for business and bloggers. To break into this field, I highly recommend taking a course if you don’t have experience. A course will teach you exactly what you need to learn to succeed in this field – including how to market your services, land clients, set rates and grow your business.
My favorite course is written by Gina Horkey, mom of two! It’s called 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success and will literally get you to break into the field of virtual assisting within a month!
Pinterest virtual assistant: This job is PERFECT for anyone who loves Pinterest! Pinterest is HUGE, and many business owners do not know the first thing about the platform. That’s where you come in – you’ll help bloggers and businesses grow their reach through Pinterest.
Unless you’re a Pinterest expert and understand rich pins, group boards, and the ins and outs of it, you’ll need to take a course to prepare you for your new gig. Become a Pinterest VA Today! is THE course for hopeful Pinterest virtual assistants. Registration only opens up once a quarter, but you can hop on the waitlist here.
Work for an Employer
And, of course, if you aren’t keen on starting your own business or freelancing, you can always work from home with an employer. I did this for 1 1/2 years!
When I applied for my job, it was an in-office position. During the interview, I asked if I could work from home two days per week. My then-future employer agreed, and I started working. A few issues with daycare and a new baby later (she was my third), and I was essentially working full-time from home with the exception of one half-day in the office.
How did I get such flexibility? Well, for starters, my employer was pro- working from home and allowed for a flexible schedule. As long as you were getting your work done, they didn’t mind whether you were in the office or at home. And second, I was a good worker. I put in extra hours when needed, was always available for questions or requests, and had a good attitude. Employers value good employees; so if you want to work from home with your current employer, make sure you are producing results and going above and beyond in your current role.
Why did I quit? Even though I had flexibility, my job was busy and working full-time with three kids (the baby who was with my all the time) just got to be too much. I was stressed out all the time and felt as though I could never “relax.” If the kids were sleeping, I needed to be working. If they were being quiet, I was checking email. It got to be too hard to manage.
Eventually, I put in my notice and decided to focus solely on my blog. With a blog or your own business, you literally work when you want. You plan out your days and take a day off when-needed.
How to Find Work from Home Jobs
Before you start looking for work from home jobs, I highly recommend taking a look at the Work-at-Home School. This school is PERFECT for those who want to work from home but aren’t exactly sure what they want to do.
If you’ve thought about starting a blog/business but aren’t quite sure, or you would like to freelance but have no idea where to start, then this school is for you.
Work-at-Home School is launching a FREE summit starting on January 29. You will learn EVERYTHING about working from home and getting a work from home job. It’s free, so you literally have nothing to lose. The summit will show you exactly how you can earn a full-time income from home within one year!
The five ways to find work from home jobs are:
- Joining the Work-at-Home School and participating in the free summit
- Creating your own job through a blog or online business
- Freelancing your services (writing, virtual assistant, etc)
- Asking your current employer if you can work from home
- Using job boards to find a work-from-home position
But really, there is no “one way” to work from home. I suggest dabbling in a few different fields – start a blog to showcase your work and learn everything you can about blogging (seriously, blogging is THE BEST way to make money from home!), take a course on freelancing or being a virtual assistant, and take advantage of free resources to learn all that you can! With patience and the right attitude, you absolutely WILL find a work from home job that is right for you!