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How to Work For Yourself and Make Money

Updated on March 21, 2017
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Works as a daytime stock trader and writes about crafts, hobbies and travels when she gets time off.

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Our lifestyles and work situations are changing by the minute. Technology has changed the way people used to work and play. Employees are communicating through emails, whatsapp text messages and online video conferencing with their colleagues working in another office thousands of miles away. Instead of having to travel to their work place every day, more and more people are working from home.

If you are not working for a company or organisation, does that mean you are unemployed and jobless? Nowadays, being "unemployed" and "jobless" does not actually mean a person is jobless or not working, if you know what I mean. People are having their own home business and managing their own professional services by simply doing it from home. They have the freedom to manage their business their own way and be self employed. Nobody is going to argue with them about what needs to be done or when to do it. They just say "I am the boss here", "My coffee break is every ten minutes" or "If I tell my friends how flexible my working hours are, they will be green with envy!".


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How To Work For Yourself At Home And Make Good Money

Start a Small Home Based Business on EBay

Learn how to become an eBay partner and sign up with the eBay partner progam. EBay is a great place to sell stuff. There is an increase in the number of people who do shopping online every day. These people look for great online shopping deals so there are plenty of buyers out there.

You can sell anything online but your business has to be on-going and not just selling a few items occasionally. Start with something small if you have never done it before. If you are good at making handicrafts items like jewellery, then make them and sell them on eBay. If you have excess plants in the garden, collector's items like stamps and footy cards, you can make money selling them. If you know of any reliable suppliers for children's items like toys, books, fashion clothings, and stationery items, make use of this opportunity.

Sign up with eBay and open an eBay store, it is much cheaper than renting a store in the mall. Put up listings of all the items you are selling on eBay and you are in business. With an online store, you do not have to sit there the whole day waiting for customers. You only need to spend a few minutes a day on your store. When the customers have made their purchases and paid for the items, all you need to do is acknowledge their payment, pack the items and post them the next day. If you have a steady flow of online customers, you can make a lot of money in one day.

With proper planning, your online business will be smooth sailing once you have a fixed schedule to stick to, like what time of the day you want to attend to your business. That leaves you with plenty of free time for the rest of the day to work on your other money-making jobs.


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Write Articles for Websites and Blogs

There are websites that pay you for your articles. Many writers write and get paid through various websites. They are making money with online writing jobs. All they need is their own domain name and they can make money blogging. You can write blogs and earn money, too. If you love writing, publish your articles on Hub Pages, blogs and other publishing websites. Create a food blog, sports blog, automotive blog, internet blogs, whatever you are passionate in, share it with others through blogging and you can make money. I know there are people who love all sorts of sports news and gossips, and will follow sports blogs every day. Some people like to cook every day so new ideas and recipes in food blogs are very popular. If cooking is your hobby, why not list down all the procedures, take pictures of every step you do to prepare a dish and publish them on your food blog.

Alternatively, you can make your own videos and publish them on You Tube. Lots of people like watching videos clips online. Make a video on how to play a song on a musical instrument, how to cook a dish, how to do woodworking, make a funny video of animals or a gardening video on how to grow vegetables. The list is endless; it is all up to you to do whatever you want show in your videos.


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Google Adsense and Amazon

Make use of Google Adsense, Amazon and eBay to show their advertisements on your blogs and websites. These are money making companies that know how to improve website traffic through advertising. They sort of piggyback on your blogs and earn money, so you should make use of them to earn something back from them as well.

Once you signed up with all these advertisement sites, just link up all your websites and blogs with their advertisements. Everything is self-running after that and you will receive your share of advertising rewards through these sites when viewers click on the advertisements. Your revenue will come in the form of pay by click that is calculated by the advertisers. How easy is that?


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Work on Mechanical Turk's Tasks

Amazon's Mechanical Turk (or MTurk) offers plenty of small tasks online. There are over 100,000 tasks available everyday. Check out this Hub on MTurk, it will give you an idea of what MTurk is all about. You choose your own hours to work on the tasks and they are available 24 hours a day every day.

Remember, every cent counts and it all adds up. Do not think of how little you are earning from each task. If you enjoy it, just do it and you will be rewarded with your efforts. You do not have to spend a lot of time on MTurk, a few minutes a day or whenever you feel like doing a task, it is all up to you. That is the beauty of it, you are your own boss and you choose your own hours or minutes.



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Trade on the Stock Market

The stock market is a great place to make money. If you are new in this area, I would suggest you do some reading on how to start buying shares before attempting to trade. Trading on the stock market requires a lot of research before you actually do your first trade. However, if you already have some experience with trading, with some dedication and effort, it is well worth it.

There is a lot to learn about the stock market and acquiring trading skills, but the returns of a successful trade is great. There are many good books on trading available in the bookstores and the local libraries. Why not do some quiet reading when you have free time to gain expert knowledge on trading.

You can also begin with a few minutes a day in monitoring the stock market and observing the stock market trends and directions. This can be done at the end of the day after the market is closed; most trading sites will give a summary of the day's trading.

When you are ready to make your first trade, you will need to open a trading account. Many banks and trading companies offer online trading services. More and more people are trading online because the transaction fees are much lower than hiring a stockbroker and calling him when you want to do a transaction.

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Make Money Earning Bank Interests

Start saving the money you are earning. With the money you have earned, invest it in a term deposit or some long-term investment account for at least 6 months. The bank usually offers higher interest rates with long-term deposit. Choose an account that offers interests that are compounded daily, it makes a significant difference in the amount of interest you will be receiving at maturity.

Occasionally, check the bank's website for any changes in their interest rates. Sometimes, they give a better rate for a 4-month term deposit than a longer term. You only need to visit the bank and re-invest again after the maturity date of your term deposit. Some of these investments can also be done online. In the meantime, you are still making money from the bank every day.


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Life is never boring when you have so many opportunities lining up in front of you. This is where you can apply your multi-tasking skills in making money. It is like having a different job every day but working in the environment you love, that is, at home. Now, it is all up to you to get online and start making money.


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      lady rain 3 years ago from Australia

      AnnaCia, I'm glad you found some great ideas. Thank you for leaving a comment here.

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      AnnaCia 3 years ago

      Excellent hub. So many good ideas and tips. Thank you for sharing.

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      carozy, I am glad you find the information helpful. Thank you for commenting :)

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      lovelovemeloveme, you're welcome. I am a medium term trader as I get more time to analyse the market and do other things. Day trading requires undivided attention and doesn't give me that flexibility. I don't want to sit on my butt the whole day just to trade :D

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      carozy 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Lots of helpful strategies, thanks for sharing.

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      Lovelovemeloveme 5 years ago from Cindee's Land

      Thanks lady rain. Are you a day trader by any chance?

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      lovelovemeloveme, I am glad you like this article. I hope the information gives you some useful ideas in earning income in the future. Thank you for stopping by and following me, too :)

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      Lovelovemeloveme 5 years ago from Cindee's Land

      This was a really well written, nicely placed hub! Thanks a lot. I'm following so I can read the other money making articles and future money making or saving potentials.

      Day trading is very profitable if one is good at it.

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      Monica, I am pleased to hear that because I am loving it too! Thank you for leaving a comment here :)

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      monicamelendez 5 years ago from Salt Lake City

      Very nice and accurate list lady rain! I love using the internet to make money. Been doing it pretty much exclusively for 7 years now and completely love it!

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      fcmosher- thank you for taking your time to read my hub and leaving a nice compliment :)

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      Skye Harbor 5 years ago from near the Equator

      Right up my alley, thanks. I appreciate your clear and direct style of writing.

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      carol7777, I am glad you like some of these ideas. There are many opportunities out there to generate income. It is all up to you to work on which ones will suit your needs. Thank you for stopping by here to leave a comment.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I am going to look into some of these ideas. Thanks for a great article and so many ways to go.

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      BDmusicCafe 5 years ago from Dhaka

      Nice write up thanks...

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      rajan jolly, thank you for sharing my hub with your friends. I hope you and your friends will be able to make some money online soon :)

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      colombostock, wishing you all the best in your income earning. Thank you for leaving a comment. Cheers!

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      chamilj, I am glad you find the information useful. Thank you for taking your time to read my hub.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very useful hub, lady rain. You have listed options that would suit a variety of people.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

      Shared on fb and G+1.

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      colombostock 5 years ago from Colombo Sri Lanka

      WOW! Thanks for the information on great ways to make money from home.

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      chamilj 5 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Really useful and interesting hub! Shared with my followers.

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      Lipnancy, it is great to know the options available and I hope you find them useful. Thank you for leaving comment.

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Really explained the different options that are available. Very good hub.

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      Sharon, just go with what you enjoy doing (like writing on hubpages) and you will get great results.

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Some interesting ideas in your hub lady rain. I think I like the hubpages one best ;) Voted up. Sharon

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      Injured lamb, it is all about living life to the fullest by enjoying what we like to do while earning an income. Thank you for stopping by and leaving comment. Cheers.

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      Injured lamb 5 years ago

      You are so right lady rain, it's not so bad being "unemployed" and "jobless"sometimes...and instead, we need to be proud of it as we could enjoy many sources of earning on line...

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      Jlbowden, it is also more exciting to have different "jobs", at least I can still earn an income from another source when I can't think of anything to write on hubpages. Thank you for voting. Cheers.

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      James Bowden 5 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Hello Lady Rain:

      Really enjoyed your hub, it certainly highlighted some great, useful tips on earning additional income, besides writing online. I also voted your hub up and look forward to reading more. Thanks for sharing!

      Jl

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      Investor_Teacher, thank you for the idea on ebooks, will look into it. Cheers.

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      Investor_Teacher 5 years ago from sf

      Lots of interesting ideas LR - writing ebooks is another possiblity now that Amazon lets people publish their novels on their site

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      lady rain 6 years ago from Australia

      Happypuppy, thanks for your vote. Once you have all your ideas planned properly and setup online, it will work for many years to come and maintaining it is just a breeze.

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      happypuppy 6 years ago

      Thanks lady rain for this wonderful hub! You have some many good ideas.

      Voted up :)

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      lady rain 6 years ago from Australia

      Cheeky Girl, thank you for your comments. You are absolutely right, the internet is a place to earn an income and discover your hidden talents too. I get most of my income from my online store and yet I spend the least amount of time there.

      I am happy for your success and thanks for sharing. Cheers.

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      Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Great hub. Anybody with a laptop and access to the internet can earn money or an income. Blogging is easy and will cost next to zero. I used my first paycheck from Google Adsense to buy my own domain for my first website. I haven't looked back since. :)

      But for anyone with writing talents, there are so many other ways to make money online. I enjoyed your Hub. Cheers!

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      lady rain 6 years ago from Australia

      Robin, thank you for reading my hub. Cheers.

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      Robin Pena 6 years ago from Moreno Valley, CA

      I like this!! Very helpful!

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      ronjersan 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Yeah we have a good and same choice of brand.

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      lady rain 6 years ago from Australia

      Ronjersan, I like my laptop and keyboard very much.

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      lady rain 6 years ago from Australia

      Venki, thank you for reading my hub. Cheers from lady rain.

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      ronjersan 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      your laptop and keyboard are same as mine hehe

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      Venkat 6 years ago from Chennai

      Hi.. Thank you so much for wonderful hub. Really a good start to job seekers. Also it builds confident and removes inferiority complex. You done your job well.