Working from the comfort of your home has tons of benefits. You get to avoid the busy commute, wear comfortable clothes and even avoid the office politics that can sap your time, attention and motivation.
If you’re a stay-at-home parent looking to earn some extra money, the online world offers plenty of income opportunities. Some of these jobs, in fact, don’t require advanced technical knowledge or a bachelor’s degree. If you have the right skills and attitude, you can get a side job that’s right for you.
Here are six work-from-home side projects you could consider:
- Flip Stuff for Profit
If tinkering and fixing up things are your forte, then this income-earning opportunity is for you. Think about the stuff that you could improve and tweak. Then, begin searching for bargains. Before you go purchase broken appliances to fix, however, make sure that a market exists for these products.
Determine where you’re going to sell your used items. Some products will work better on eBay or Amazon, while others will fare well on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.
If you’re going to pursue this route, make sure that you have the tools and knowledge necessary to repair broken items. You’ll also need to take decent photos of your second-hand items, so that people know what you’re selling.
- Sell Your Art
Are you great at crafts and painting? You may want to turn your passion into profit by creating handmade, personalized trinkets and gifts for a range of special occasions, such as birthdays, Mother’s Day and Christmas.
You’ll need an e-commerce platform, such as Shopify, to sell your products. You’ll also need a reliable Shopify web designer to make your virtual storefront user-friendly and visually pleasing for your consumers.
- Take on a Customer Service or Technical Support Gig
Consider the role of customer care or technical support representative if you enjoy making people happy or helping them with troubleshooting. Your job is to interact with customers and help solve their problems through phone, chat, social media or email.
Many companies see the benefit of hiring remote workers for these posts, so customer service jobs are likely to rise. You can search for vacant customer care position by checking online job boards. Just be sure that the posting clearly states that the company is looking for remote (and not office) workers.
- Work as a Virtual Assistant
Your job as a virtual assistant is to help keep your clients and business owners on track. Some responsibilities you’ll be undertaking are the following:
- Stay on top of your client’s emails
- Maintain books and records
- Host online conferences
- Book your client’s airline and accommodations for business travel
The virtual assistant position may just be what you need if you love doing work behind the scenes and enjoy helping others. If you want a higher chance of landing this role, you’ll need excellent communication, time management and clerical skills.
- Take on Writing Gigs
If you have a way with words and love stringing them together, you could earn extra money or even a decent living as a freelance writer. Companies are looking for various types of writers. You could, for instance, become a copywriter and put your persuasive and marketing writing skills to good use. Another alternative is to create blog posts for companies.
Before you apply for any freelance writer position, make sure you have writing samples that you could show to potential clients. Having a decent command of the language you’ll be writing in is also important.
Apart from good writing skills, you need excellent time management skills. This means submitting your work on schedule. Clients need their articles, blogs and marketing copies on time. If you want to win them over, you’ll need to submit your output on time, every time.
- Become an Affiliate Marketer
Promote the products or services you love – and get paid for it – by signing up as an affiliate for a company. When you’re an affiliate marketer, you earn a commission for every sale that you help make happen.
You’ll need excellent communication skills if you want to thrive as an affiliate marketer. After all, you’re going to be spending a considerable amount of time convincing people to buy your company’s products and services. What’s more, you’ll need an online presence to get the word out, such as a landing page.
Picking up a side job or two online is a bit easier, thanks to the flourishing gig economy. Before you apply for a secondary occupation, think about your strengths to determine the income-earning opportunity that’s best for you.