As a side hustle before I had children I often spent hours googling “Work from home jobs” I really wanted something to do from home that would see me earn a small income to supplement my full time wage.
After the birth of my son, the time to go back to work was looming and I just couldn’t fathom the idea of leaving him for around 10 hours a day to earn a mediocre amount of money. On top of that paying to put him in care as we didn’t have a lot of family nearby. So my research continued.
What I found, since I’d stopped looking about a year or 2 beforehand, was that a lot more opportunities had become available thanks the internet and the ability to work remotely. Some of what I found is listed below.
Start your own admin business
I know this seems scary to most and like a huge outlay of money that you may not have, that’s why you’re looking for work from home right??
But it really doesn’t have to cost a lot at all.
I have a background in administration and accounts so the first business I started was as a Virtual Assistant. I do the same tasks I would if I was working in an office. Anything from Data entry to answering phones can be done from the comfort of your own home. If you have a similar back ground to me or have any experience with graphic design, website management, social media, bookkeeping etc then you can start up a similar business.
This is relatively cheap to start depending on how tech savvy you are. Some people believe you have to have a website to be a VA but this is not always the case. I started with only a business Facebook and Instagram page! But the majority of my business has come from word of mouth. If you have web design skills or want to learn there are so many free online tutorials that take you through building a site! All you have to pay for is your domain (once off fee of approx $20AUD) and hosting (from $8.95 per month)
Are you crafty or like to make things?
In my search for an ideal work from home job I also came across a lot of crafty people who created their own business from their hobby! If you are crafty or enjoy making things, chances are there are people out there who will buy it. And with the invention of sites like Facebook (groups are especially handy), Esty, Gumtree etc you have the ability to sell right at your finger tips.
I’m not crafty what-so-ever but what I loved about this type of job/business is that you can make money doing something you really enjoy and again the outlay doesn’t have to be huge. Depending on what you’re making of course!
The beauty of these selling platforms is that you can make to order. The majority of people who want handmade are more than happy to wait for a quality item, rather than having something off the shelf.
Online recruitment agencies and jobs boards
There are now a number of websites and Facebook pages out there that offer recruitment services for work from home jobs. They work in the same way as a traditional agency but the actual job is from home.
A great one I found is Pointer Remote Roles follow them on Facebook or check out their website for the current roles they have advertised.
Another is Airtasker, they have a multitude of different tasks available on a daily basis, anything from entering information into excel to picking up someones shopping. You can search specific criteria and bid on any jobs that you think are suitable.
Multi-Level Marketing – MLM
If you haven’t heard of MLM by now then you must have been living under a rock! But seriously, it is all the rage at the moment. There are so many companies out there that offer this sort of business. Of all things I have listed this is probably one that has the most expensive start up costs.
I haven’t personally joined an MLM but I have friends who have and I’ve spent a lot of time researching. Generally you will have to spend a certain amount of money up front for your basic kit. You then pay more for additional items and or a monthly fee for things like product, insurances etc.
You make a commission on what you sell but the set up it also about recruiting. As you recruit others, you move up the ranks, increasing your % on each sales.
You can be very successful in these business if you can sell. Unfortunately I can not sell to save myself therefore I would fail miserably!
The idea behind affiliate marketing is that you use your own blog, website and/or social media to promote another companies products. When buyers click on a link to a product on your page and make a purchase, you will received commission on the sale.
To me, this is also a no-brainer. Apart from the cost of a domain name and hosting you really don’t need to spend money on anything!
What you do need to learn about is SEO, sounds scary and confusing but there are quite a few sites that offer free step by step training which I’ve found invaluable. The best by far in my opinion is Wealthy Affiliate. You can sign up for free, go through the steps to build your site and learn everything there is to know about Affiliate marketing.
So which one should you choose?
Unfortunately none of these are going to make you rich overnight. There will be a certain amount or work and dedication required before you start making money.
You need to think about what will work best for you and your family. What are you interests? To be honest, there is no point starting anything if you don’t have some sort of drive or passion for it. A higher level of motivation is required when working from home as its all up to you! There is no one there to push you and make sure you stay on track. You have to be accountable for you!
I would love to know your thoughts on this. Which of the above do you think will work for you? Have you tried any in the past?