15 Work-From-Home Job Ideas for Unjobbers and Stay-at-Home Parents
Inflation and the Urge to Leave the Rat Race
With the current situation of the economy, many people are looking to working from home to either supplement their income, or to help them get out of the rat race. Working from home isn’t just fun and games, though. It takes serious dedication and a lot of hard work in order to make a work-at-home business profitable.
The majority of people that attempt to start their own business from home will fail. This isn’t because working from home isn’t possible; it can actually be quite profitable, if you know what you’re doing. The majority of the people who will attempt working from home will fail because they have no real plans or goals.
For those of you who are interested in working from home, but have no idea what to do, below is a list of 15 profitable work-from-home options that can be very worthwhile if you are willing to put forth the time and effort to make them work.
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Helpful Links for Work-a-Home Information
- How to Be a Full-Time Freelance Writer
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- How to Escape Your Dead End Job and Become Self-Sufficient.
Different ways you can start your own business with little to no money and free yourself from traditional employment.
15 Job Possibilities
Apartment Maintenance: If you live in an apartment complex, discuss with your landlord about the possibility of doing maintenance work on the grounds. This will likely not bring in enough for you to live off of entirely, but you may be able to get your rent reduced or completely free.
Property Manager: If you own a house and have a spare bedroom, you could always rent it out. Look up the going rate for rent in your area and come up with a base amount that covers all utilities and rent.
Jamberry Nails: Jamberry Nails is a network marketing company that offers an easy-to-use nail wrap that is durable and inexpensive in comparison to going to the nail salon. Like all network marketing companies, Jamberry does charge an initial start-up fee. The fee covers products and training that you will need in order to get started selling their products. As with all network marketing companies, it is best to be a consumer of the product prior to becoming a consultant.
Selling on Etsy: Are you an artisan who enjoys crafting things by hand? Perhaps you enjoy hitting up garage sales and local shops for rare items? Or do you enjoy collecting vintage clothing or books? If you fall under one, or more, of these categories, you should consider setting up a shop online with Etsy. Etsy makes it easy for you to post your products and list them with appropriate information. Etsy takes a very small commission for your postings, but it is well worth it to not have to deal with the hassle of website design and maintenance on your own.
Ebook Writer: If you love writing, you might consider self-publishing ebooks on sites like Amazon. Ebooks are fairly easy, cost effective, and a great way for a writer to get their name out in public. You can write an ebook for really any genre, from self-help to steampunk romance. If you're interested in self-publishing, check out JA Konrath's blog called A Newbie's Guide to Publishing for information.
Avon/Mary Kay/Other Make Up Companies: Like Jamberry, Avon and Mary Kay fall under the umbrella term of network marketing. They are companies that supply makeup and other beauty products and work by means of word-of-mouth sales. If you’re a people person and love looking fabulous, working for one of these companies might be your calling. Mary Kay makeup tends to cost more than Avon, however, nearly everyone that has tried both will tell you that Mary Kay products tend to be of better quality than Avon. Despite this, Avon tends to cater to the younger crowd by producing fun and current styles.
Home Shopping Network: The Home Shopping Network (HSN) offers work-at-home opportunities for people who live in Roanoke, VA., St. Petersburg, FL., and Nashville, TN.. They offer discounts, paid time off, medical insurance, and more. While this might not provide you as much flexibility as working for yourself would, it still is an option if you’re looking for a chance to work from home.
Essential Oil Companies: If you’re a bit on the crunchy side, selling essential oils might be the way to go. Companies like doTerra and Young Living Oils fall under network marketing and function by means of word-of-mouth sales. Both companies are known for their top quality products, so it is really up to you to decide which is the best company to represent.
1-800 Flowers: Like HSN, 1-800 Flowers offers work-from-home sales opportunities. If you’re wanting the flexibility of working from home, while also maintaining some job security, this might be a place to consider.
Medical Transcriptionist: This has been a rather popular career field for many people looking to work-from-home. Becoming a medical transcriptionist does require training, but it doesn't take too terribly long to complete. Do be aware that there are several scam schools and business out there claiming to train medical transcriptionists. Do your own research before jumping into this career.
Body Wraps: Selling body wraps have become kind of a trend lately. Like the makeup and essential oil companies, most of the body wrap companies out on the market fall under network marketing. One of the most popular body wrap companies around right now is ItWorks. Body wraps can help people to slim down and are really popular amongst the post-baby crowd.
Blogging: Blogging is definitely not a get-rich-quick market. It can take months, even years, to see any real return from your blog. Also, your blog alone will not bring you in any income. Most bloggers choose to use affiliate links and banners to earn money on their blogs. Others enjoy advertising their own products (ebooks, Etsy shops, classes, etc.) to sell to readers.
Freelance Writing: Like blogging, freelance writing is a business that takes a little bit of time and a lot of hard work to turn into a career. When I first started out as a freelance writer, I marketed the fact that I was a trained pharmacy technician to help me get clients looking for medical-related articles. Now that I have been writing for 6 years, I still primarily write in the medical field, but more on areas relating to pregnancy and birth. If you have a specialty area that you are educated/knowledgeable in, market that and work your way up from there.
Freelance Editing: In order to become a freelance editor, you really need proper skills to edit. It isn't a career you can just jump into. While it isn't entirely necessary that you have a degree related to that area, it is necessary that you have adequate knowledge and skills in order to handle the kind of work you will be dealing with. Also, like freelance writing and blogging, becoming a freelance editor takes a lot of time and hard work to turn into a lucrative business.
Teach Classes: Are you a couponing diva? Are you amazing at crock pot cooking? Are you an expert in foraging from your local eco-systems? If you are an expert in a particular area, consider offering classes on the topic you specialize in. Libraries and community centers often hire people with special skills sets to teach classes. Also, consider offering classes online via Youtube or another video medium.
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The Right Job for You
There are so many more options for working from home that haven’t been covered in this list. However, this list covers quite a few very popular options for those who want to take working from home seriously.
Regardless of what work-at-home career path you choose, remember to choose a career that is right for you. It should be something you love, something you are good at (or have the potential to become good at), something that helps you to survive and thrive, and something that you’re committed to.
About the Author
Daniella Lopez is the pen name of Danie Newcomb. She is a full-time freelance writer, professional herbalist, and doula. She lives in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas with her two children that she unschools. In her spare time she writes over at her blog, Primordial Willow.