Ways to Work from Home
Is it really possible to earn a full-time income working from home and online?
Can you relate to this?
When I fell pregnant with my son, I made a vow that I would never again leave my kids in nursery from 730am-6pm 5 days a week. This is exactly what I had to do with my first. My sweet sweet daughter at just 5 months old, who I’d barely gotten the chance to get to know, was sent to nursery so I could gain my PGCE in teaching and start a successful career.
At that point in my life, I had no idea this whole earn an income from home concept was legit let alone possible. So of course, we thought the only way to give our kids a future, was to hold down a respectable job, working long hours for someone else.
But after going through the trauma of feeling like I was abandoning my daughter every day, I vowed to not do that when I gave birth to my son.
The dream was to be able to spend every day with them whilst I grew a business online and worked around them. Never again would I have to put work before my kids.
Does this sound like your dream too?
So many women find themselves having to choose between their career, they’ve worked so hard for, and their kids, whom they are dying to get to know and spend time with.
No more do you have to make this challenging, if not, impossible choice!
You CAN earn a full-time income working from home and online.
You CAN do this around your kids.
You CAN spend quality time with your family, putting their needs first without compromising your career.
So how? How do we achieve all that working from home?
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Here I have listed the BEST ways you can earn an income working from home and online:
I start with one of the most popular career choices many mums begin with when starting to work from home.
Being a virtual assistant is where you work with other businesses, supporting them with growing their business. You carry out different tasks based around your client’s needs and in line with their audience and branding.
Pros of Becoming a Virtual Assistant:
- You get to choose which clients you want to work with
- You can start off very general in terms of the services you offer, or specialise with specific tasks e.g. creating graphics and social media scheduling
- No minimum or maximum number of clients you can take on. You can set your own hours, prices, and how many people you want to work with.
Cons of becoming a Virtual Assistant:
- It can take a while to work out which clients you want to work with. During that time, you may find yourself working with clients who have extremely high expectations, or, who do not stick to set boundaries for contacting you during your work times
Average pay for a Virtual Assistant:
Newbie – $15-25 / hour
Intermediate – $25-40 / hour
Advanced – $40+ / hour
How to Become a Virtual Assistant
Read the benefits of becoming a virtual assistant and how to launch and grow your business.
Success stories ft. Virtual Assistant, Jo Shea
Read how this mum of two has launched her virtual assistant business and continues to grow whilst working around her family
Teaching English online is an extremely popular and excellent way to work from home.
Unlike teaching face to face, you don’t require a teaching degree in order to teach English online. Therefore, this income option is great for most individuals looking for a way to work from home and online.
Teaching English online, also known as Teaching ESL (English as a second language) online, is where you teach English to students from around the world via your laptop, tablet, or phone.
Most teaching positions require you to use a laptop or computer, along with a headset, and a webcam.
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For this career, you must have a strong and stable internet connection, and quite often, companies do not allow the use of WiFi.
A high percentage of teaching English jobs are for teaching Chinese students. Applicant requirements can range but generally speaking, you need to be a native English speaker (some companies accept fluent non-natives), hold a TEFL/TESOL qualification, and many ask for a BA degree or above.
Pros of Teaching English Online:
- This is a fun way to earn an income working from home and online, whilst supporting the education of others around the world
- The hourly rate, if you are a native English speaker, are usually pretty decent. Most companies offer native English speaker’s a higher rate than national minimum wage
Cons of Teaching English Online:
- Your work hours are quite limited. Some companies offer lessons 247, but most companies as mentioned above are based around Chinese students. Hence, their available work hours are only around 3-4 hours on a weekday and 8-10hours on weekends. This does limit income potential
- Even though you are classed as self-employed, you still work for someone else offering an hour, for an hours pay, the same as if you were working a 9-5job
The average pay for Online English Teachers:
Native English Teacher – $16-26 / hour (often plus bonuses)
Non-Native Fluent English Teacher – $10 / hour
I personally teach ESL online and have done since December 2017. I find it works really well around my family, being based in the UK my core work hours are in the middle of the day. I earn a full-time income every month without having to send my kids to nursery.
For me, I really love it. Even though I am working hard on growing my own business and working for myself. I enjoy what I do and, without blowing my own trumpet, I am good at it.
It is magical when you have worked really hard to teach English to the same student for 6 months and you see just how much they’ve grown and progressed with your help.
You can read more about the companies I teach with here:
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Social Media Managers are in high demand. Every business has some form of social media presence. Whether this is on all platforms, or just focusing on one.
But social media can be time-consuming and often isn’t a priority for businesses who have limited time to grow their business.
Hence the need for social media managers.
A social media manager’s role can vary depending upon the business’s end goal. Sometimes they might specialise on one platform, the most popular being growing Facebook and Instagram. Businesses might be looking to grow so many new followers within a given amount of time, or increase engagement by xyz percentage.
Other social media manager’s offer general support across all platforms. Tasks can involve:
- Scheduling posts
- Creating branded graphics
- Responding to comments and messages
- Curating content
- Supporting to grow a Facebook group
- Helping to grow a business’s brand by engaging in follow loops etc in other groups.
Pros of being a Social Media Manager
- Every business uses social media, but not every business knows how to utilize it to grow. There is a high demand for social media manager’s hence you are quite likely to find work relatively quickly.
- With this work, you can offer retainer packages e.g. $500 a month for curating content, creating graphics, and scheduling 30 posts on one platform. Retainer packages provide you with extra income security.
Cons of being a Social Media Manager
- You need to ensure you set up clear goals and client expectations before signing a contract. Otherwise, you leave yourself open to being sued. Using social media does not guarantee business growth or extra clients. So you need to ensure your client is aware you will work on specific and measurable targets e.g.
- 10% increased engagement over 3 months
- 100 new Instagram followers in 2 months
The average pay for social media managers:
As mentioned, it’s best to offer retainer packages when it comes to social media. You can work out your prices based on the number of hours you want to work per week, how many clients you want to work with, how experienced you are.
Packages can start from $300 to over $1000 a month for one client focusing on one platform.
If you are looking for a way to earn money working from home, then freelancing as a social media manager can be a great way to earn an income whilst supporting other businesses. Read how to become a social media manager and where to find clients here.
Many people mistake Pinterest as a social media platform. Though it has similarities, it is more like a search engine, similar to Google, but visual.
Pinterest is no longer just used for finding recipes or craft activities. Many businesses are making the most of Pinterest and using it as a core part of their marketing strategy.
However, people do not know how to maximise the benefits of using Pinterest. This is where Pinterest Manager’s come in.
Pinterest managers specialise in supporting businesses using Pinterest to grow their business.
Though no formal qualifications are required, Pinterest Managers need to be knowledgeable in how to use Pinterest, creating engaging graphics, and understand SEO.
Tasks for Pinterest Managers can involve:
- Creating branded pins for businesses
- Creating pin templates
- Offering Pinterest profile analysis and feedback
- Setting up Pinterest profiles
- Managing on a monthly basis Pinterest profiles through scheduling pins, often using an approved partner, Tailwind.
Pros of Pinterest Management:
- Specialising in Pinterest Management compared with social media management allows you to focus solely on one platform and knowing that platform inside out
- With Pinterest Management, you can offer services which interest you the most. You don’t have to do everything if you choose not to. For example, if you are creative and enjoy making graphics, you could focus on the service of creating branded graphics for different businesses.
- Similar to other freelance services, you can offer retainer packages to give you financial security.
Cons of Pinterest Management:
- People misunderstand Pinterest and focus on the number of monthly impressions, which don’t actually mean that much in terms of business conversion. You need to be clear with your clients what they are wanting to achieve with your support and how you can do that. Similar to social media, there is no guarantee that someone is going to click on a pin through to a person’s business. You need to ensure your clients know what to expect upfront and what processes you can implement to help them grow their business.
- Pinterest can take from 3+ months of consistent effort before any result is seen. Ensure to have this discussion with your clients so they do not expect to see immediate results.
The average pay for Pinterest Managers:
This often depends on the service you are providing. If you are creating graphics, you may charge per graphic template e.g. $10 for 3 templates. For retainer clients, it may be that you charge them $50 per month for 5 branded graphics including stock photos.
For services such as profile set up or monthly pin scheduling, you could be charging anywhere from $250/300 a month to $600+.
Here are some free Pinterest Courses to help you learn and use Pinterest if you are looking to become a Pinterest VA:
Boost Your Blog Traffic with Pinterest
5-day challenge by Cate Rosales from Sweet and Simple Life helping you to optimize your Pinterest profile, set up your boards, and offer strategies to help you grow your account.
5-day email course by McKenzie Bean from Moms Make Cents including setting up your Pinterest profile, best pinning practices and common mistakes to avoid when using Pinterest.
Pinterest Power Mini Training
5-day course by Summer Tannhauser from summertannhouser.com aimed to help you utilize Pinterest to increase website traffic, email sign-ups, client leads, and sales.
You’ve probably come across network marketing or the term multi-level marketing (MLM). Perhaps your friend has joined a company, or you’ve seen MLM related posts on social media.
Network marketing often gets a bad rep, but it isn’t the business itself that is bad. It’s the way many people are taught to recruit other team members which leads to people having a severe dislike to MLM.
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But, I have included this within our list of ways to work from home and online, because it is a legitimate opportunity. People do earn an income with their MLM business, not everyone, but like any business, there are always those who start and give up and those who continue to learn and grow.
Many network marketing companies have excellent products or services available and there are so many choices so you can pick one which offers products that you would genuinely recommend to others.
The key to running a successful MLM business is to ensure you don’t approach people in a spammy, self-centred way. Be genuine, gain trust, and offer value to your target market, just as you would with any start-up business.
Pros of Network Marketing / MLM
- You don’t have to worry about creating a product or service, this is already provided for you. Plus, a good MLM company offers you plenty of training and marketing resources to help you grow your business.
- It is your business, even though you work alongside a company, you can choose the hours you work, how to grow your business, and which products you’d like to focus on selling.
Cons of Network Marketing / MLM
- Many people believe that MLM’s are a pyramid scheme, which is not true. So you may have a hard time educating people before recommending your products or business opportunity.
- They aren’t your products or services that you have created. Therefore you only earn a percentage commission, not the full price of each product you sell.
The average pay for network marketers:
It is challenging to give an average with each MLM company offering a different commission structure for product sales and team growth. However, most individuals who actively work on growing their business, earn a part-time income of $100-1000 a month. A number of network marketers have grown their business into a 5 or a 6 figure income per month.
When I first started working from home, I actually joined this network marketing company. I am still, 3 years later, with the same company even after experiencing some negativity and a misunderstanding of the network marketing industry.
With this company, I have
- Grown in confidence
- Been introduced to the concept of working from home, which in turn, opened up further opportunities for me
- Improved my health with the products I use
- Become a part of a really friendly and positive community.
You can read more about my experience with network marketing and company here.
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To become a bookkeeper, you don’t actually need any formal qualifications, though it is recommended to gain some so you have a certain level of accounting knowledge.
Bookkeeper’s support other businesses with keeping a record of a business’s income and expenses, and support with information for tax purposes.
Pros of becoming a Bookkeeper:
- If you don’t have much money to invest in a start-up business and are good with numbers, this can be a great service to offer other businesses in order to work from home.
- When you gain some level of experience and qualifications, you can charge higher rates such as $60 hour.
Cons of becoming a Bookkeeper:
- You are offering a service which is important to get right for client’s tax purposes. Ensure to cover yourself with insurance as mistakes can happen. Insurances to cover your business and yourself from dissatisfied customers or those who are dishonest. This can cost upfront but is essential if you choose to start a bookkeeping business. Ensure to invest in:
- Public Liability Insurance
- Professional Indemnity Insurance
The average pay for Bookkeepers:
Bookkeepers can charge anywhere from $20 per hour, with more experienced and qualified bookkeeper’s charging $60+ per hour.
Affiliate marketing is where you recommend products or services to others and earn a commission through sales made. For each product and service you recommend, you are provided with a unique link. This tracks any clicks and sales made via your link, so that commission can be paid.
Affiliate marketing is most successful when you recommend products or services which serve your audience. For example, if your audience wants to lose weight and eat healthily, it’s no good recommending gardening equipment.
There are a number of ways you can share your affiliate links:
- Via a blog, youtube channel, or podcast,
- Using social media
- Creating and sharing pins on Pinterest.
- With your email list.
Just be sure to check the T and C’s for the products and services you are recommending. Some companies do not allow you to share your links via email or on social media.
Pros of Affiliate Marketing
- If you don’t have products or services to offer yourself, affiliate marketing is a great way to still generate an income by recommending other people’s products and services.
- Affiliate marketing can be a great way to create a recurring income each month.
Cons of Affiliate Marketing
- It can take time to build trust with your audience. You need to recommend products and services that are in line with your audience’s needs and find a solution to their problems.
- Affiliate income isn’t guaranteed and so it works best if you use it inline with other ways to create an income.
Average Pay for Affiliate Marketing
The average pay demands on the product or service you are recommending, how much commission you earn, and how many sales are made.
For example, if you recommend a course that costs $30 and it has a 30% commission, you would earn $9 for each sale. If you sold 10 of those courses in a month, you could earn $90.
This income becomes scalable as your audience grows and as their trust grows in the products and services you recommend.
1. check out this interview with Debbie Gardner who earns over $20k per month with over half of this income generated through affiliate marketing.
2. check out this article by Mike Pearson, who generated $95k in a year solely through affiliate marketing.
Are you great with a camera, or even a high spec camera phone?
There are multiple ways people are making money with their photography skills. And no, it doesn’t require you to attend weddings or set up a studio in your own home.
For this post, we’re specifically talking about stock photos.
You may or may not have heard of stock photos, but they are a product in high demand for all kinds of industries.
All businesses require images. Some businesses are able to take their own photos of their products or items in line with their brand.
But generally speaking, if you are running a business, creating your own products, managing social media, growing your client base, you probably don’t have time to also create images to match your brand.
Take this site for example. I spend my time researching and writing content, creating branded graphics and managing social media. Not to mention also splitting my time between my other sites as well.
As a business owner, I know how important images are. They need to be of high quality, bright and inline with my audience, mums looking for ways to work from home.
But, I don’t have the spare time to dedicate to creating these images.
So for me, it makes sense to outsource this so I can dedicate my time to other important areas of my business.
I personally use Pixistock due to her high quality, femenine images. Plus, she is extremely responsive and has an incredible range of additional graphics for annual members e.g. Pinterest graphics, Instagram quotes and ebook templates.
There are 1000s of other business owners like myself, who need stock photos.
Stock photos are professional images taken and sold by other people. Images can include
- Mock ups
- Using models
They come in a huge array of topics from feminine flatlays to health and fitness, crafts to city skylines.
There are two core ways in which you could sell your own images:
- Earn percentage commission for each sale on sites such as stock photos
- Create packages or membership options for people to purchase your images
Both options are great for creating a recurring income, but with the second option you keep 100% of the product sales.
People are usually much more successful with option two if they pick a niche e.g. creating images for wedding focused businesses or feminine branded images for female business owners.
Here are a few examples of some current sites who offer incredible images and understand what their target audience needs:
Pros of Selling Images
- You are able to choose what niche to focus on and how you want to sell your images.
- You don’t have to limit your income opportunities through using just one site, you are able to sell single images on multiple sites.
- Stock photo packages and subscriptions are an excellent way to create recurring income.
Cons of Selling Images
- It takes knowledge and understanding of using light, colours, camera, and editing software to create excellent products.
- If you sell on photo sites, it can be hit and miss if someone is going to purchase your image. Selling to the masses rather than niching down your focus can actually have a negative impact on your sales.
- If setting up your own brand and niching for particular business needs, you must dedicate time to promote and market yourself. Plus it’s important your site is visually appealing to your target audience as, after all, you are selling visual content so your site needs to set the tone as a good first impression
Average Pay for Selling Photos
Individual images sold on sites 25-80% commission per image (the price of an image varies from under $1 to over $100 depending on where you choose to sell them)
Depending upon your pricing. Stock packages could be priced at $2/photo. So a pack of ten images would be $20. Say 100 people purchase that pack a month, that’s $2000. You can also set up memberships where people receive new images each month for their subscription to you. Memberships may range from $30 per month and are often offered monthly, quarterly or annually.
If you enjoy building and growing blogs, blog flipping could be a lucrative opportunity for you to make money from home.
Blog flipping is where you build a blog from scratch, ideally spend time to grow and monetise the blog, then sell it for a profit.
Basic starter blogs with just the framework in place e.g. key pages such as home page, about, contact, and blog, tend to sell for only a few $100 max.
Compared with blogs which have content, an audience, email list, social media, and are monetised. These blogs can sell for $1000s.
The key reason for the later of the blogs for sale is that they are already making money so they have more appeal to a potential buyer.
A good rule to follow when considering how much a blog might sell for is to times its monthly income by 36 (three years worth of income). So, if a blog is making around $100 a month, times that by $36 and you could potentially sell that blog for $36,000.
Blogs which are monetised more passively tend to be the most appealing. So if you have a blog which makes money through ads, affiliate marketing, or produces already created and sold with the blog. These offer passive income streams and are easier to sell than a blog which is monetised through services or sponsored posts.
When people want to purchase a pre-made blog, they want the whole package up front which can be easily maintained to earn money from.
Pros of Blog Flipping
- After creating and monetising a blog, you can make a substantial profit when it comes to selling said blog.
- Starting a blog doesn’t require a high investment. Though you do need to invest a small amount to cover things such as hosting, domain name, professional theme, and stock photos for a clean, consistent, and professional appearance.
Cons of Blog Flipping
- It isn’t a quick ‘win’. Starting and growing a successful blog takes time and effort. If you want to sell your blog for more than a couple of $100, you will probably need to work on growing that blog for at least 6 months.
Average Pay for Blog Flipping
Depending upon your income aim with blog flipping will demand upon your earning potential.
If you are looking for a quick payout, then you might choose to focus on creating starter blogs. As mentioned above, starter blogs tend to sell for $100-500 on average. But, they are quick to set up and the more experienced you become, the more you could create and sell in one month.
Let’s take these four blogs recently sold on Flippa. These four sites are all starter blogs. Taking the average purchase price from these starter blogs, being $246. If you could create 10 starter blogs in a month, that’s $2460 income from blog flipping.
If you are happy investing more time and effort to gain a higher sale price, then you would be best focusing your time on thinking long-term. Starting and growing a blog over at least a 6 month period, creating consistent content, growing an audience, and monetizing it.
Through this method, you can look to sell your blog for a higher profit. Take a look at these established blogs below sold by Chelsea Clarke, a blog flipping pro:
These established blogs are being sold for between $4600 to $47,000. The more content, subscribers, and income from your blog will increase the potential sale price.
The average sale price of these 6 blogs is $20,183. If you could create and sell a blog in 6 months and sell it for $20,000, that averages out to $3333 a month for your efforts.
Learn more about how to successfully make money through Blog Flipping here
Blog Flipping Masterclass
Chelsea Clarke from HerPaperRoute teaches you the exact steps in order to sell your blog for 4,5 or 6 figures. From launching your blog and growing your email list, generating traffic and monetization, to listing and successfully selling your blog for a profit.
The Art of the Micro Flip
Jennifer Leach from Bestjenn.com teaches you how to flip microblogs in 30 days. Jenn takes you from the very beginning of which niches are most profitable to start with to successfully set up your blog. She then breaks down your tasks from day 1 to week 4 helping you sell your micro-blog.
Printables can be a great way to work from home earning a full-time income.
The brilliant potential with creating and selling printables is that you only need to create a product once, for it to sell over and over again.
It isn’t just people with design training creating and selling printables. Mums just like you and me are creating lucrative businesses from home offering printables to their audience.
Printables can come in all shapes and sizes. From nursery decor to meal planning, colouring pages to positive quote art work.
Pros of Creating Printables
- Once you have created a printable and published it for sale, you can earn a recurring income.
- You can create printables for almost any niche. The important concept to remember is to choose a niche audience to target. For example, if you want to create nursery decorations, ensure to focus on your target audience and what they are looking for. Rather than creating nursery art work and then making ….
- You don’t require experience or qualifications in design to create a successful printables business. You are able to create printables using sites such as Canva, which is perfect for beginners.
Cons of Creating Printables
- There is a lot of competition. You cannot simply create a printable, publish it within your chosen platform, and then expect to make sales. You need to know a bit of SEO and ensuring to use keywords, plus, marketing your products e.g. using Ads or Pinterest.
- If purchasing and using graphics created by others to incorporate in your printables, ensure to check what licence you have purchased and can legally use them to make money. For example, if using Creative market, make sure to purchase an extended or commercial licence depending upon how many sales you think you will make. You cannot simply purchase using a standard licence. This could lead to you being taken to court and sued. The extended or commercial licences usually are more expensive, but it is worth the extra expense in advance to ensure you are covered legally.
Average Pay for Creating and Selling Printables
This really depends upon the price you set for each product and how many sales per product.
Plus, you need to take into account any expenses and fees per sale depending upon the platform you choose. For example, Shopify is an extremely popular choice for those not wanting to use other shops e.g. Etsy or Creative Market and want their own online shop. But, Shopify has a monthly fee from £27 per month which needs to be taken into account when pricing your products.
However, as you can earn a recurring income from each printable, it’s possible to earn 4,5,6 or even 7 figures a year from your printable business.
Here is an example of a highly successful entrepreneur, Sarah Titus, who has created and grown a successful million-dollar business selling printables.
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Sarah Titus is phenomenal at what she does. Having created her own multi-million dollar business creating and selling printables, she shares what she has learnt through a number of online courses. I have personally taken this course which offers so much value to anyone looking for inspiration, ideas, and actionable tips for products in demand which you can sell through Shopify.
Hopefully, there will be at least one, if not a few, careers that stood out to you from this list of 10 ways to work from home and online.
This list is not an exclusive list, but, I have selected some of the best ways to work from home, where mums have successfully earnt a full-time income with the above opportunities.