Remote work is becoming more common. This means that you have many options to make money at home. There are many ways to make an income from home, including selling products online and starting a podcast.
You’re in luck if you are looking for a traditional job but want to work remotely. The number of remote job openings, which doubled on some websites during the pandemic, continues to increase. Remote job postings continue to rise, with some sites reporting that they doubled during the pandemic.
How do you start your search for remote work? Jamie Birt, Indeed Senior Career Coach, told The Balance via email that she encourages job seekers to reflect on their career goals and interests.
Birt also recommended that you consider remote jobs such as software development, copywriting, and graphic design. You can get a sense of the available jobs by adding “remote” to job search engines.
Birt suggested that you bridge your career goals and the remote jobs available. To find remote jobs that you like, you should take note of your skills to determine if they are transferable and any gaps that you would need training or upskilling.
We will discuss eight remote income opportunities that could make working from home possible.
You can sell your unwanted and used items
You will find piles of stuff when you clean out your home. You can make extra money selling good-condition items online.
Virtual marketplaces offer a wide range of products and services. eBay can be used to sell almost any item online. Some sites are more specific, like ThredUP which is clothing-specific, or Decluttr which focuses exclusively on books, tech, and CDs.
You can also use Craigslist to keep your sales local. Or, keep it offline and have a garage sale, or consign your items to a consignment shop.
Start a podcast
Joseph Hogue, the founder of My Work From Home Money told The Balance via email that podcasting has replaced blogging as a moneymaker for many people who work from home. He said that podcast sponsorships are replacing text-based advertising dollars.
Although it may take time to build an audience for your podcast, there are many ways to make money podcasting. These include selling advertising time, adding affiliate links, offering subscriptions, and throwing live events.
Make money on YouTube
According to Hogue, My Work From Home Money, video monetization is gaining momentum. Hogue believes that vlogging will replace podcasting when high-speed internet becomes universal.
Many ways to make some money on YouTube include monetizing ad views and running paid promotions.
Affiliate links can help you generate additional income if you have a following on social media or a website. Affiliate marketing means that you get a commission for the sale of another person’s products. Commonly, you can link to another company’s product or website in your content. If a reader clicks your link and purchases the product, you receive a cut.
The Amazon Associates Program has a long history. You can also find affiliate marketing opportunities via platforms such as CJ affiliate and Rakuten LinkShare. ShareASale is another popular platform.
Be a virtual assistant
The demand for virtual assistants will continue to rise as the workforce moves to remote work. Virtual assistants (or VAs) work remotely to assist with administrative tasks. They can be employed by individuals, groups, or companies. Administrative assistants are responsible for answering phones and taking messages, managing social media accounts, scheduling appointments, and conducting research.
It can be difficult to find your first customer when starting a VA company. VAs can connect with clients via social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook groups, through word-of-mouth, or freelancing platforms such as Upwork.
Sell Your Photos Online
You can make money selling your photos, videos, vectors, illustrations, and other media online. You can upload your content to sell on companies’ websites, platforms, and for other purposes. You can list your work on websites like iStock and Dreamstime.
Share your expertise
Consider creating resources for others if you are an expert in a particular subject. After you have put in the effort to create the content, it can be a passive income stream.
There are many ways to share information, including webinars, ebooks, and online courses. You can either create and promote these resources yourself or you can use existing educational platforms like Udemy, and Skillshare.
Get Freelance Jobs
Popular online marketplaces like Fiverr and Freelancer connect freelancers with clients. These sites allow you to list your services and view the available opportunities. Freelancers can work in many different areas, including writing, editing, graphics, design, programming, translation, and marketing.
The bottom line
It takes time to grow your venture. You’ll need multiple income streams. You can combine different income streams into one business model. You might be focused on vlogging but also make money with affiliate marketing or an online course that helps others build their YouTube channels.
There are many ways to make money at home. Don’t be afraid of trying different options until you find the right fit.