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The average income for home office households is $59,000, versus $45,000 for total households.
Does the idea of working from home appeal to you, but most work-from-home jobs just don’t seem to be a good fit? Sure, you can be a freelancer or a virtual assistant, but with those jobs, you still have a boss to answer to. Why not be your own boss? A great way to work from home is by starting your own small, online business. The best part is, since you don’t have a storefront, it doesn’t require a huge financial commitment. For some business ideas, read this post by Jeff Rose at Good Financial Cents. Keep in mind that most of these are legitimate careers, and will take some training- but that’s what makes them so appealing:
-Hairstylist (My current stylist runs her salon out of her home! She keeps more of her money, and I get to see her adorable dogs when I get my hair done)
Check out the post for full descriptions on what each career requires, as well as the training you will need and the average salary. It’s an invaluable resource!
Your phone is probably like an attachment of yourself- and it’s essential for all work-from-homers. But, you’d be surprised how much bacteria accumulates on it! Be sure to sanitize it periodically to fight off disease.
… That you don’t have to leave your dorm to do. Some people think that the work-from-home world is solely for stay-at-home moms, or for people who live in rural areas that telecommute to a major company. However, that is simply not true! There are all kinds of work-from-home jobs out there, for people from all walks of life. Work-from-home jobs are especially great for college students. It’s a great way to earn extra cash, without taking out valuable studying time to commute. If you are in college and looking for some work opportunities, check out this post at Freebie Finding Mom for some ideas:
-Become a tutor and work through your college, or out of your own home.
-Dog sit or Babysit
-Freelancer- Are you an English major? Into graphic design? Studying a foreign language? There are all kinds of freelancing jobs out there. Freelancing is an option for many industries including finances, graphic design, IT, copywriting, translating, and administrative tasks. Depending on your industry, there are specific websites you’ll want to check out. For example,99designs.com is great for graphic designers and artists. You may also want to look into www.elance.com.
If I had to pick out my major character flaw, it would be easy: I’m a terrible procrastinator. If something can be put off until literally the last second- it will be. If it CAN’T be put off, well, sometimes it will be anyway. I have to set up rigid routines for myself (which is hard, because I have almost no discipline) in order to get anything done. Over the years, I have improved- but I’m always on the lookout for more time management help. That’s why I love this article by Ruth Soukup at Living Well Spending Less:
-List your priorities: Take ten minutes to write down the 5-10 things that are most important to you in the season of life you are in right now.
-Set specific goals: List five major things you would like to accomplish by this time next year. Be as specific as possible.
-Get the hard, not-fun stuff out of the way first. There is a reason why math class is always first period in school.
-Reset your habits
Having a blog that is easy to navigate is essential if you want to pull in new readers, and keep the old ones coming back. If they can’t find the recipe, tutorial, or article that they’re looking for, they’re more than likely to just find it somewhere else. Using tags, search bars, and categories are great ways to organize your blog, but they can be quite a headache. Read this post at Tico and Tina for tips on how to straighten up your blog while keeping your sanity:
-Categories are for big picture, tags are for smaller details
-Make your “about” page easy to find
-Keep your design simple- tons of bells and whistles can be distracting to readers
The post also includes links to useful WordPress plugins- be sure to check it out!
Whether you are already working from home, are a stay-at-home parent, or just have some free time where you’re looking to make some extra cash, there are plenty of ways to turn your time into money without getting out of your pajamas. If you’re already working from home, you can simply add these options to your current routine. If you’re looking to start, some of these are great ideas for first jobs. It can be hard to find legitimate work from home jobs, so this post from Suzanne Kearns at Money Crashers is awesome because it tells you how to avoid scams as well. Without further ado, here are a few ways to make extra money at home:
-Sell your knowledge by teaching online classes
-Start a bed and breakfast in your home
-Sell produce at a farmer’s market
-Sell your crafts online or at a fair
-Sell your time and voice at a call center
-Work as a consultant and sell your knowledge and experience
-Use your computer skills and work as a medical transcriptionist
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