Are you one of those people that has to get up early in the morning and begin the “going to work” ritual? During the cold winter months, getting ready for work is never going to be an exciting prospect.
Imagine what life would be like if you could spend those days working from the comfort of your own home? No more daily commutes, no more traffic jams and no more office politics! Over a fifth of self-employed people in the United States work from home these days.
If you’re fed up of the daily grind, you will doubtless be wondering how you could be your own boss and work from home. Around 3 million Americans work for themselves and from home!
There are plenty of work from home opportunities that you can snap up. Today’s blog post aims to give you a small sample of some of the best ways to bring home the bacon. Keep reading to find out what they are!
One of the classic ways to make a living at home is to set up an eBay store. The Web’s favorite marketplace is home to around 152 million active users worldwide! For those of you that want to delve into e-commerce, you can’t get much better than eBay.
Consumers are all lined up ready for you to take their money. All you need to do is sell them something they want! The good news is that people buy all kinds of weird and wonderful stuff from this online auction site.
As with anything in life, research is the key to success. I recommend using tools like Terapeak to help you find out what’s hot (or not). That way you can invest your time and money into selling products that most people want to buy.
Selling on eBay is a straightforward affair. You first need to set up eBay and PayPal accounts for your new enterprise. The latter get used for accepting online payments and is a mandatory payment method on eBay.
Once you’ve set up your accounts, open up an eBay “store.” Doing so lets you enjoy a whole host of benefits such as lower fees. You also get a “storefront” for your products, and you can categorize those products.
Items up for sale on eBay also appear on Google’s “shopping” tab on the search engine. That means people searching Google for your products can click through to your eBay store.
Are you an expert at something? If so, why not cash in on that fact and make a living as a consultant? Many of the world’s freelance consultants work from home. And why not? There’s no reason to increase their overheads by leasing an office and hiring employees!
Although consultants work from home, they will often need to meet clients at their premises on a regular basis. Travelling to meetings with clients is more interested and varied than going on the same daily commute to work each day.
One day you might drive to meet your client. The next day, it might be quicker for you to fly there. As a consultant, you get to work on a range of exciting projects. No two days are ever the same.
Business customers have no issue working with self-employed consultants. In fact, it’s pretty much the norm these days. All they care about is getting excellent customer service and value for money. They aren’t bothered about who provides that.
Build a successful e-commerce site
If you are good at selling and have a creative flair, you might wish to consider developing an e-commerce website. In a nutshell, they are online stores. They are open for business 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The sky’s the limit as far as what you can sell on there. As with an eBay store, I suggest doing some thorough research into the top-selling products in your location. You will need to determine how cheap you can buy them and what profit you can make by selling them.
Another consideration you need to make is whether to stock the physical products or drop-ship them. The latter is the cheaper and easier option from a home worker’s point of view. But it means you have to check changing stock levels.
The good news is that many drop-shippers offer data feeds that you can connect to your website. In other words, your site can mirror their stock levels. That way, you won’t end up selling products that are out of stock.
So, how would you go about marketing your e-commerce site? The answer depends on how much time and money you want to invest in the cause. Some folks prefer a DIY approach and work on inbound marketing themselves. Others may hire third parties like Todays Growth Consultant to help them out.
Those of you that have a natural talent for writing might want to become freelance copywriters. Did you know that many of the articles in the newspapers and magazines you read come from freelancers?
The copywriting industry is vast. You have an excellent choice when it comes to the type of writing that you do. For example, you could write content for press releases, offline marketing campaigns and more.
If you wish to stick to the online world, you could get into content writing. That involves writing compelling text for people’s websites, blogs and e-commerce stores. Others prefer to stick to writing for the mainstream media.
In some sectors, copywriting can be a hard game to get into. But if you have a passion for writing and you let that shine, your talents will soon get seen by interested clients.
The thing I love about copywriting is the low investment. All you need is a computer and Internet connection! You can do your writing wherever you are in the world. I know of some freelancers that enjoy writing at their local park on a hot summer’s day!
As you can see, these are just a few ideas for making money whilst working at home. There are plenty of other ways to make cash at home. The world is your oyster!