I spend a lot of time telling YOU how to make money from home. I thought it would be fun to turn the tables and tell you a little about the many ways I have made money online over the years. The fact of the matter is, I was experimenting with alternative income opportunities long before I started my own business in 2007.
Here is a hearty list of real ways to make money from home that someone without a higher education – but with a lot of determination and will to learn – can make a living in the Independent Contractor world.
Mystery Shopping – For a few years before I started working at home I was supplementing my income with mystery shopping. While you do need to leave the house for most shops, the opportunities are plentiful in the right areas.
Call Centers – I spent so much time researching work at home jobs before making a decision, landing a position and quitting my full-time job. There are numerous call centers that hire for inbound and outbound phone agents and if you have the means, this is one of the fastest, most reliable ways to make money online that you can secure. I secured a position with two companies prior to quitting my job; Alorica at Home and Arise.
Virtual Assistant – If you are unfamiliar with Arise, they only partner with incorporated entities. If I was going through this process of forming a legal business, there was no way I was going to let someone else dictate my days for long. From the moment I quit my job I started looking for virtual assistant clients while allowing the phone work to pay my bills. In just a few short months I let the call center gigs go. My VA gigs have ranged from blogging assistant to data entry to phone work to author assistant and beyond.
Freelance Writing – As long as there is an internet, there is going to be a need for quality content. And there will always be a few sites that offer freelance writing jobs for beginners. In years past I made a nice side income through sites like Demand Studios and Yahoo.
Blogging – This is where I spend the majority of my time these days, and it’s one of my favorite ways to make money from home. There is a learning curve, but if you have a story to share and a topic you love there is a good chance you can monetize it. The majority of my blogging income comes from affiliate marketing and direct advertising. And if I get tired of a blog, I usually attempt to sell the domain. There’s a bonus way to earn a few bucks online.
eBay – I by no means consider myself an eBay expert. That’s the primary reason I never try to share any tips myself. I have sold a few things over the years however to make a little cash.
Fiverr – I love Fiverr for a little side income! I don’t do a lot over there, but I do usually pull in a few hundred dollars per month without much of a time investment.
eBooks – I was selling short reports long before Amazon Kindle came along. Back then your options were e-junkie and Clickbank. Though I don’t have anything listed in the home business category at this time, that’s the drawback of publishing on a topic that constantly changes, writing eBooks has proven to be a worthy investment of time over and over again.
Rebates – Anytime I see a rebate offer for an item I’m buying anyway I take the few seconds to fill out the little paper, put a stamp on it and mail it in. I also use Ebates almost every time I purchase something online. These little checks go straight into savings for a rainy day.
Surveys – I don’t spend time on this activity anymore, but there was a time I would stalk my inbox for Pinecone Research surveys. You have to be careful here. There are a lot of shady survey companies out there. That’s a post for another day. (Want to know more about legit survey opps? Leave me a comment below.)
Direct Sales – I have long dabbled in direct sales. While I have never been much for home parties, I love the opportunities for selling that the internet age has provided. Most companies today offer replicated websites, online marketing materials and even virtual parties for selling online.
Those are a few of the ways I have made money from home over the years. And who knows what the future holds? That is one of my favorite things about working online. The opportunities are constantly evolving. There is a place for everyone willing to work.