[19 simple ideas] How to work from home and make a living doing what you love!
The complete guide for those who want to work from home.
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The complete guide for those who want to work from home.
Before we start, let’s make it very clear that when we say “work from home and make a living”, we’re not talking about magical potions for making easy money, without any effort, ok?
Instead, we’ll hand you the most complete guide available on the Internet about everything you need to know about working from home. If this is your goal, you’ve come to the right place! We hope this content is extremely useful to you, to the point where you finish reading it with many ideas coming out of your head.
Have you noticed that it’s more and more common to come across young adults who are unhappy with their profession? Or yet, those who don’t fit into any traditional field of work?
It happens that this isn’t happening just to young adults. Adults with a lot of baggage, sometimes end up feeling demotivated at their work and feel like innovating and doing something completely different from what they have been doing up to that moment.
We know that choosing a career isn’t easy. That’s why we’ve decided to give you ALL the information you need to make an assertive decision.
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On this post you’ll learn:
This is an essential topic that will guide your next steps and you need to pay attention to it, so you can understand which profile better fits yours.
There are two possibilities for working from home: owning your own business or remote working for a company or another person.
Having a remote job means that you don’t need to be at a physical office, which makes it possible to work anywhere in the world, as long as this place has Internet access. It’s possible for a conventional collaborator to have an employment contract or, yet, to be a freelance worker.
The conventional collaborator is hired by the company and is entitled to all benefits a regular employee has.
A person who has a temporary employment contract will still have her work card signed by the employer (or may get her wages through a legal person’s account), however, the period of the employment contract is defined in the agreement between employee and employer.
Freelancer is a professional hired for a specific project or task and may have the duration of the job defined or not.
These are great options if you don’t want to worry about the administration or development of a business. But remember that working for other companies or people you’ll have a limit for what you get as a salary, even if you’re a great professional, once that you’re not the person who sets your salary – the person or company that hires you does.
On the other hand, having your own business may be very interesting if you want to be your own boss and have financial independence. But obviously, if it was that easy everybody would be an entrepreneur. Because it’s not an easy task, 96% of businesses fail within ten years.
Having your own business means, especially:
It’s important that you learn that entrepreneurship is much more associated with identifying problems and opportunities to improve an idea that causes positive impressions than being innovative and creating something that no one has ever seen before. To make it simpler: from now on you can think of entrepreneurship as actions and projects that aim to solve other people’s problems, as simple as they may seem.
Further along in the text, we’ll mention many opportunities to work from home, whether a remote job or a business of your own.
Before we do that, you need to understand the advantages and disadvantages of working from home, then you’ll be able to make informed decisions about the challenges ahead.
By reading the following topics, associate each condition to what you plan for your professional future and consider what you believe it’s the most important to have a good quality of life. A good tip is making a pro and con list.
There’s no need to be stuck in traffic: especially if you work in a big city, with a lot of traffic. This is one of the main advantages of working from home. Some people don’t mind spending time in the car or public transportation but if you can’t stand wasting time stuck in traffic you can write down this topic on your pro list. Besides, it’s worth considering that at home you’re safer, whereas on the street we’re always subjected to accidents or violence.
Spend more time with the family: if you already have a family, you know how every minute with your loved ones matters. And this counts a lot when you decide to work from home, especially if you have children!
Make your own hours: by working from home you have the flexibility to make your own schedule. Some people are more productive in the morning whereas others work better in the evening or even late at night! This can be adjusted according to your profile, especially if you have your own business.
Save money: when you work from home, you avoid having lunch at restaurants and spending on public transportation or gas. And if you save during the week, you can use the money to invest in your business, pay for other important expenses or enjoy the weekend.
Eat healthier: if you avoid eating at restaurants, you also avoid giving in to temptation at lunchtime and snacks. This way, you have the opportunity to control what you eat and have a healthier lifestyle.
More comfort: at home, you can organize a workspace that better suits you and personalize it according to your needs. You can also plan a space to rest after lunch and make your coffee the way you like it. The whole environment will look just like you, since it is designed by you.
Have more time to do what you like: the rhythm to commute to work sometimes is so hurried and intense that there’s no time for anything else! Working from home also allows us to have extra time for going places, exercising, taking care of yourself, and studying, for example, to learn a new language.
No privacy while you’re working: when you work in a private environment or one that people are all focused on the same goal, it’s easier to focus and be productive. But when you work from home, you run the risk of being interrupted several times be it by people who live with you, the interphone or telephone ringing, a neighbor calling and other common housing situations.
Working in an unprepared environment: to work from home you need to create a distraction-free environment. Especially if you own your business, you’re the one who needs to put pressure on yourself and ensure that your performance is at the expected level. However, if you work in an inadequate environment, for example, with your laptop on the bed, your performance will be affected and, in this case, so will your health.
Work in excess: at home, you can lose track of the hours you’ve worked and end up working more than at a traditional job. We understand that if you’re going to work on your own, you’ll need to put a lot more effort into what you’re doing than at a regular job. But this can’t affect your quality of life. Keep reading this post that we’ll give you interesting tips on this topic.
Lack of social contact: if you’re a socially active person, who really likes to talk, get ready to spend long periods without much social contact. When you work at an office, you have the opportunity to talk while working, have a coffee with other people and make new friends. At home, your day-to-day is naturally more lonely. Some people who work from home can solve this problem by working at coworking spaces at least once a week, places designed to receive remote workers. This way, you get to work from home and still interact with other people.
Lack of benefits: this topic is especially focused on people who are starting their own business. When you’re self-employed, you don’t get any employment benefits. But don’t forget that if your business is profitable, you’ll have several benefits that compensate the lack of employment benefits.
To help you out, we illustrate the advantages and disadvantages of working from home:
As you can see, working from home and, especially, on your own business has positive and negative aspects. Just like everything in life, of course. It’s up to you to consider what is more important.
Next, we’ll talk about different ways of working from home and making money from the comfort of your home!
This is a very vast niche that gives you many options for remote work. If you have abilities or if you are interested in learning how to work with crafts, this is a good idea! It’s possible to produce soap, moisturizer, costume jewelry, decorative items, mugs, rugs, storage boxes, and whatever your creativity allows.
A good tip is to think about any product that needs to be bought more than once over time, such as a body moisturizer.
It’s also interesting to bet on personalized products that make great gifts.
Cooking homemade food also allows exploring lots of options. Healthy lunches are in, just like juices and fit snacks. Of course sweets, cakes, and pies will never lose their appeal. If you have a good space at your house, you can invest in cooking food in large scales, such as party treats.
Think of different food that may attract the attention of your audience and make you stand out, such as homemade peanut butter. And this is only one example to inspire you to make your choice!
At your launch, you can have a tasting for people you know and, as part of your next steps, you can start partnerships with snack bars and bakeries to sell your product.
E-commerce is still a very lucrative option for people who want to work from home. But keep in mind that it will require more energy and even some investment. Of course that if you have a good strategy, financial gains will be proportional to your effort, especially if you have high-quality products.
It’s worth mentioning that as your e-commerce grows, you need to have more space to store products and, depending on your logistics, the space you have at home may not be enough. In this case, it’s likely that you already have some revenue to rent a bigger space of your preference.
Bloggers are professionals who can work strictly from home since the main focus is writing on a blog. There are many different ways to stand out as a professional blogger and get a revenue by writing. The main ones are: working with advertisement on your blog; promoting products by other people, selling complementary products, etc. Take advantage to read our complete post on how to make money from a blog.
A Digital Producer is a professional who creates an online course and market it on the Internet. The Distance Learning market is getting stronger by the year because of digital products and has earned 107 billion dollars in 2015. With this in mind, online courses have a good perspective in the next years.
The main advantages of digital materials are low production costs and the possibility to scale profits, once your course may be marketed for thousands of people. Besides not needing physical delivery logistics, you’ll have more flexibility to work with whatever subject you like most.
There are several niches to explore and 5 best-selling online courses are all about business and career, health and sports, education, relationship and personal development. But this doesn’t mean that there aren’t other possible successful topics.
An Affiliate is a professional who focuses on promoting other people’s products in exchange for a commission for every sale they make. In practice, she is the bridge between the Producer and the end consumer. The affiliate can promote both digital and physical products. There are many different types of strategy for promoting products online, from paid ads to social media, blogs, email marketing, and others.
This professional can, exclusively, work from home, since she’ll need only a computer to manage her strategies. To become an Affiliate, you need to take part in an affiliate program, such as Hotmart’s one, which will connect you to Producers.
Good writing is a great quality to have when working online. If you like or is good at it, you can always become a freelancer writer or, of course, write your own blog.
Good content can be quite valuable, financially-wise as well. That’s why many people look for good writers. This way, as you build a good portfolio and get loyal clients, you can increase the price of the offer.
There are many websites that connect businesses and people who are looking for writing work, we’ll let you know all of them further along in this text!
Copywriting is the art of persuading and selling through writing. Just like a writer, a copywriter can work from home creating content that focuses on sales and generating results for one or many remote clients.
A copywriter needs to study a lot about persuasion techniques and sales psychology, once her pieces will be used to generate profit for people who have hired this service.
If you’re starting out in this market now, you can use the same websites we’ll indicate to writers!
Consulting services aim to provide guidance to other people about a determined area in their lives. It’s recommended for people who are experts in their field, so they can mentor others who are more inexperienced. You can provide consultancy from the comfort of your own home in some cases, such as financial consultancy for investments, professional and business consultancy. If you fit in any of these, you can perform this kind of work from home through Skype, for example.
Parents and adults always look for private tutors for their children or if they wish to learn new content in an exclusive and dynamic way. This is because the teacher can focus on just one person and potentialize the learning curve.
If you teach Spanish, for example, you can set up a classroom at your home and receive students. The advantage is that you can organize your lessons according to your schedule. The same goes for other kinds of lessons, such as guitar, singing or computer, for example.
The online teacher can take advantage of the Internet resources to work from home, teaching. She can work in the same way a private teacher does, teaching live lessons on Skype or Hangout. Or she can follow the steps of online courses, recording a whole course and sell it online.
Both cases work for our Spanish teacher mentioned above. She can control her schedule with the next private lessons or can record several lessons to create a course for beginners. It’s worth mentioning that, once your classes are recorded, you can create a course and sell it to thousands of people. (If you’ve skipped the topic “Digital Producers”, we strongly advise you to scroll back and read it.)
YouTube is the second most used search engine, only behind Google. When faced with so many possibilities of topics, it’s possible for you to explore any topic that interests your audience and create your own channel. Learn how you can make money with videos.
A warning for using YouTube is that it make take a while for you to have many hits on your videos and be able to monetize your channel. You need a lot of discipline to record videos, consistency in your posts and associate other strategies to propel your channel, such as social media, blog, partnerships with other influencers and paid ads.
A Youtube channel can also be a way of promoting another service or product you have, such as consultancy or an ebook.
The sale of online advertisement space is very interesting for people who own a website, blog or YouTube channel with lots of hits because whenever you make space available for advertisers, you get a sum of money every time a visitor clicks an ad. If your channel/site has lots of hits every day, the chance of people clicking the ads increase and so does your profit.
In order to do so, you need to enable Google Adsense on your website/channel. To learn how to do it, just click here.
Web developers have open doors to multiple opportunities when it comes to working from home. A lot of people, companies and new startups look for people who understand about coding and website development.
In this topic, there are several coding languages such as SQL, Java, and others, and there are also other areas. As they’re international coding languages, it’s possible to get demands from other countries too!
Designers are also very high on the list to turn ideas into visual communication pieces. To work from home, the simplest path is by web design, which will be used on websites, blogs, social media and digital material, such as ebooks and infographics.
The video editor is responsible for getting raw footage and turning it into something that makes sense in a particular context by using editing software such as Adobe Premiere, one of the most popular software among editors.
The editor can work as a freelancer with side projects or can be hired by a company as a remote worker.
Professional translators are people who have excellent knowledge of at least two languages, which they master. Depending on the project, not only you have to translate from one language to the other but also contextualize what’s being said. Imagine a movie in English with local American jokes. When this movie is translated to Italian, for example, the context must be adjusted to Italian culture. That’s why the translator also needs to have good knowledge of the culture and be an excellent researcher.
And speaking of languages, the most common is to find translators from English to any other language and vice-versa. If you know other languages, such as Portuguese and French, or Chinese and German, translation jobs may be fewer, but your fee will be much higher, since these professionals are rarer.
The coach works more actively with people who want to have professional development. She poses actions, challenges and provides her clients with knowledge. A coach also helps people with their objectives, aiming at positive results and promotes the behavioral changes the client wishes to promote. To be a good coach, you need to study a lot and know how to analyze and anticipate problematic situations that may come up on a professional day-to-day.
The coach can work with physical or online appointments or yet, create a specific online course for a determined audience.
In recent years, social media have become great communication channels between brands and their audience, companies started to invest more in these channels and also in professionals who are specialized in the topic. If you are one of them, but you wish to work from home, you can offer your service both as a freelancer or as a remote worker.
To help you take your first steps, we’ve chosen 7 websites that help professionals to start new projects on their careers. Registration is free, you just have to get started!
99designs is a website that makes the bridge between designers and people who need to come up with an art for their business, such as, for example, a logo! But unlike a common website for freelancers, designers register to the website and compete for a determined project. The chosen art gets the job (and the money!). It’s up to the designer choosing the project she wants according to the description and the price the client pays for the job.
If you wish to sell ebooks, video lessons, or any other kind of digital product, Hotmart is the platform you’re looking for. Besides being the “middleman” between sellers and customers who want to buy an online product, it also charges, delivers the product and pays the commissions, and it all is done automatically. Hotmart also has an Affiliate Program for people who want to promote products from others, just like in our examples of professions mentioned before.
If you want to be a freelance writer, just look for the Freelance Writing platform. It offers jobs on the most different topics to registered freelancers, with the amount paid and all the information you need to do the job. The writer’s work is to follow the instructions and give your writing its best shot!
The websites below are platforms where you’ll find different jobs as a freelancer, such as coding, design, writing, video editing and other categories. You can also find out other kinds of projects in each one and get inspired by them to start your own business.
Ok, so we’ve already talked about the essential topics for you to decide what you’re working with. Now it’s time to come up with a plan so that you can actually make a move! Follow this to the letter and create a favorable work environment to perform your tasks!
This tip is directed to people who wish to quit an office job to work from home. Is this your case? So, do the math of how much you’ll need to organize your workspace and, if you’ve decided to start your own business, understand that financial gains don’t happen out of the blue. In this case, analyze for how long your finances will be able to support you.
If you live with other people, it’s important that you let everybody there know about your new project. It’s advisable to demand, very gently though, that you’re not to be interrupted while working, especially if you’re with a client at your home/your new business place.
The same way you shouldn’t be interrupted, you also need to identify priorities and not mix personal and professional tasks when you’re working. There are people who say that working from home means starting and ending your day whenever you want. It’s true that you’re the one who sets your schedule, but this means you should set a schedule and stick to it because only then you’ll be able to reach high productivity levels. Set aside some time for every kind of commitment. Keep a planner so that you can track all your to-dos. Google Calendar and Asana are great apps to optimize your routine.
Besides keeping a schedule, use methods that allow you to complete every task effectively. GTD (Getting Things Done), Scrum and Pomodoro are well-known techniques that can be applied to your business day. Another very interesting habit is organizing your week on the previous Friday and also review your tasks every day at the end of the day. This way you prepare your mind and body for what’s next.
This tip goes to all the professionals who depend on the Internet to work: if you still don’t have good Internet service, if your Internet isn’t consistent and disconnects a lot, consider hiring a new provider so you don’t get frustrated.
Always keep a neat work environment. Keep everything clean and have your office supplies and every other thing you may need for work at hand. Create a functional environment and avoid distractions in your office, this way you can focus on what really matters. Plus, there’s another very important aspect: make sure your chair, desk and all your work-related equipment are ergonomic. This way, you avoid postural problems. Lighting must also be adjusted, especially if you are used to working at night.
Of course, you still need to plan according to everything we’ve already mentioned and, if you’ve got this far, you already have lots os ideas boiling in your head. But, if you’ve decided to work from home and on your own account, the most amazing revelation is that you need to invest in promoting your product or service. Therefore, add this topic to your business plan! At first, use word-of-mouth marketing, especially if you still don’t have any client. Tell your friends and acquaintances about your work, show what you do and ask them to refer you to other people whenever possible.
On the side, invest your time and, if possible, your money into online promotion. Social media is a valuable asset to promote your service. Between creating a fan page and posting on your favorite profile, favor the former. It will make your business look more professional. By having a fan page, you can also create sponsored ads to promote your work so that more people get to know you.
Regardless of the strategy you choose, creating a blog and writing quality content is always a valuable strategy, especially if you use SEO techniques to guide your efforts.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the set of practices that optimize your website/blog so that you feature on search engines, such as Google, when a person searches for a determined term.
For example: if you teach Spanish on the Internet, you can write tips about how to learn the language faster, how to practice it, differences in accents and countless other topics!
Invest in capturing leads to work with email marketing. Through a capture page, whether on a blog or on your website, you can ask for your visitor’s email so she can get your newsletter or free material (such as an ebook.) This way, you increase your contact base and get another tool to communicate with potential clients.
There are many different strategies to promote products online and you can learn more about the subject here.
As you can already tell, working from home isn’t a decision you can make out of the blue. It takes lots of planning to get off on the right foot.
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