Not everyone looking to work from home is looking to work 40 hours per week. Maybe your schedule is filled with parent or child care. Maybe you only need a little extra to help out with the bills. As it turns out, there is plenty of opportunities to go around regardless of your desired hourly commitment.
Part-Time Work from Home Opportunities
Freelance writing is one work-from-home industry that rarely requires a degree or previous experience. It also offers a very flexible schedule in most cases. As long as you can meet your deadlines, you can work whenever and wherever you see fit. There’s no punching a clock. It’s low level to entry and flexibility makes it a popular choice for those looking to make money working from home part-time.
While there are many sites that consistently hire freelance writers for ongoing work – find a list here and here – the big money comes from contracting your own clients. Gina has an awesome free email course that can help get you started on the right foot.
Just a few companies that hire freelance writers:
- 24 Seven
- Brit + Co
Many women have found much success through social selling, or home party plan opportunities. These replicated business models allow people to get started with a small investment and training is most often provided at no further charge. Depending on your consultant agreement, you may be able to sell via a consultant website, at home parties, and through social media.
The varieties of products available run the gamut from jewelry to clothing to food. A few of my personal favorites include Stella & Dot, Chloe & Isabel, and Thrive Life. The key to success is choosing a product you love and can stand behind 100%. Your part-time income depends on it!
I love the Amazon FBA program for those looking to start a reselling business. You purchase the products to sell and ship them to Amazon. Amazon then stores and ships them when an order is placed.
Jessica recently shared with us her massive success on the platform. She was able to quickly replace her 9-to-5 income and bring her husband home to join the family business. They now enjoy a full-time income working just 5 hours per week most of the year.
Jessica has also started sharing her tips and methods. You can get more information on the Amazon FBA program here. A few other places you can sell stuff online:
Social Media Management
Social media management combines the best of several worlds; writing, customer service and marketing. And there’s such a big need today with everyone from bloggers to big business needing someone to man their Facebook Pages and Twitter profiles. Social media managers may handle everything from responding to comments on social media to increasing engagement and community outreach.
What makes Social Media Management perfect for part-time is the tools available to make your job so much easier. Social media apps allow you to check profiles and make updates anywhere. Scheduling and automation tools like Hootsuite make it easy to schedule a month’s worth of updates in less than an hour.
While some positions at big businesses may require a formal degree, many online entrepreneurs and bloggers are more interested in results and hands-on training. Though typically low-paying, there are companies like Modsquad, ICUC and Appen that hire for social media positions, you’ll make more money breaking out on your own. You can find out more about SMM and the training available here.
Tutoring is one of the best remote jobs for those seeking extra income. Most sites that hire contractors allow you to work as much or as little as you would like. You will need high-speed internet and a webcam. If teaching a traditional school subject like Math, you will likely need a teaching degree. However, many English as a Second Language, ESL, tutoring sites do not have such a prerequisite.
Depending on the subject, online tutors can earn anywhere from $8 to $25+ per hour. Here you can find a list of sites that hire tutors.
Search Engine Evaluation
Search Engine and Ad Evaluators earn around $13 to $15 per hour. No phone required. In these positions, you will be rating search and ad results for relevancy and quality. Many of the sites hiring evaluators such as Lionbridge and Leapforce do have a minimum hourly commitment, but you are allowed to work on your own terms and schedule.
Technology has made it easy for companies to outsource their customer service to remote representatives. Calls can be forwarded to landlines or even through your computer.
Many work-at-home customer service positions pay around $10 to $15 per hour. Many companies ask for a minimum hourly commitment. That may be 10 hours per week or 10 hours per month. Check the contract prior to accepting a position. If you work a traditional 9-to-5, you may be happy to find out the hours most companies are heavily looking to cover are nights and weekends.
Some of the most popular companies hiring remote customer service workforces include Alorica, Sitel, Amazon, U-Haul, and Sutherland. You can find a more thorough list here.
Start a Blog
While blogging may not lead to immediate income, it can be a great opportunity for those willing to make the time investment now and reap the rewards for years to come. You can literally have a blog up and running in less than 20 minutes. You can then create content on your own schedule and have your official launch when you are ready for the world to see your work.
To succeed in blogging, you need to choose a topic you love so much you can talk about it for years to come. This passion is what will drive sales. You can earn money through affiliate marketing, referral marketing, sell your own products and blog sponsorships.
New to The Work at Home Wife?
Working at home successfully is all about maximizing your online time for profits. If you are new to my site, I highly recommend the below opportunities and resources.
- Ebates – I love, love, love Ebates. It’s not unusual for me to earn $300 to $1,000 per month in cash back bonuses and referring my friends. And, the program is free! They will even give you a $10 gift card just for signing up (and so will you).
- Swagbucks – This program has come a long way from its earn-for-search beginning. Today you can earn SB for completing surveys, watching videos and more. Redeem your SB (aka Swagbucks) for cash or gift cards. (Members redeem approximately 7,000 gift cards per day!) Get a $5 signup bonus when you earn 2500 SB in your first 3 months.
- Ibotta - This nifty little app can help you earn money doing something you have to do anyway - grocery shopping. It's kind of like coupons, but instead of money off at the counter, you get cash back on select items each week. You can take your rebate by PayPal in cash or use it to purchase gift cards at great merchants like Amazon. They also have an amazing referral program. Get $10 for every two friends you refer! If you sign up through my referral link, you will get another $10 bonus when you redeem your first rebate.
- Start a Blog – Blogging is what pays my bills these days. It’s not too difficult to start a blog on the side and it’s not expensive either. Learn how you can get your first month of hosting for only a penny in the above link. Already have a blog? Learn 7 Surefire Ways to Increase Your Income here.
- FlexJobs – This is my go-to job board for high-quality job leads. The listings are always researched and always telecommute. No scams!