“If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.” – Jonathan Winters
So, you’re ready to tell your boss to take this job and shove it. Or you’re just ready for something new. Or you’re a stay-at-home mom who wants to make some extra money.
In any case, you’re not alone – but there’s plenty of hope for you.
As a certified life coach, I get questions all over the spectrum from my clients, friends and readers. One of the most common is “how can I quit my day job and do what I really love?”
This most often comes from women who are tired of the daily grind, tired of not seeing their families and tired of putting their own passions aside while they help grow someone else’s business.
But good news! As our society evolves, so do our jobs – and these days, it’s fairly easy for almost anyone to work from home.
And since you can get started without any money down, you can start earning profits fast – that is, if you understand that working from home means you still have to WORK. (It’s really easy to get lazy and unfocused when you don’t have a boss standing over your shoulder – so be prepared!)
There are many great ways to generate an income from home – but certain work at home jobs are constantly touted as having the top income potential.
So, what are the best-paying, most legitimate work-at-home jobs?
If you’re a creative type, one way you can work from home is to blog for AdSense Cash. AdSense Cash consists of ads that are put on your blog or site. These ads are tied in to your site content (think apples to apples) so you might write a blog about health products and get ads that promote health products.
But if you’re new to this, then how do you know what kind of blog to set up? Would a blog on some obscure topic earn you as much income? No. Consider what’s trending (check Google News and Trends), but overall, don’t be afraid to go into a specific niche.
Personally, I recommend that you focus on a topic that you personally feel strongly about and/or know enough about to write on it consistently, and one that’s a fairly narrow niche. In fact, if you’re interested, I’ve just released a bunch of free tools on how to get started blogging over at OnlineWritingPro.com – you can pick those up here.
If you’re looking for quick money and you’re willing to write several times per day, for example, celebrities is a good one. Sports is another good blog topic that can bring in the cash, and making money is another one. Even your average Mom blog can be profitable if you are serious about it.
There are also plenty of other ways to monetize a blog – AdSense is just the very beginning. Check out some of the posts at OnlineWritingPro.com for more information. Also, many of the ideas I’m sharing below can be complimented by blogging.
Depending on where you live, you can also make money from home by promoting Amazon items. You get started on this by signing up to become an Amazon associate. You then promote those products on your website with links back to the product on Amazon using your affiliate ID.
Another proven way to make money working at home is to sign up as an affiliate at ClickBank and start promoting their digital products.
You’ll want to test out the products that you promote so that you’ll better understand how the product works and you’ll be able to tell your customers what’s good (or not so good) about the product.
You earn a commission (some of them quite high) based on what you promote.
If you don’t like the idea of promoting someone else’s stuff, but you enjoy writing and feel that you have some information that could benefit others, then write an eBook. You wouldn’t believe how many people want to learn what you’ve got to say! And then there’s fiction…do you have a story in you?
An eBook can sell countless times (giving you residual income). You can write an eBook on any topic under the sun, but it’s best to choose a topic that people will pay money for, which usually solves a problem.
I’m actually working on a Kindle publishing experiment over at OPW right now – check it out here, if you’re interested.
Virtual Assistant Money
I suggest starting with a site like Fiverr.com to build up your business – you can do something simple that will take you a few minutes and will save your clients tons of time and headache – and there’s something for everyone.
Between YouTube and Fiverr, if you’re willing to put your face or voice on video, you can make plenty of cash.
On Fiverr, if you’re a singer or an actor, you can do commercials or testimonials or even theme songs for your clients – and on YouTube, you can do nearly anything you want – and if you do something people will watch? You can make big bucks. Just ask our very own Pinterest/YouTube queen – Melina.
How about you? Are you working from home yet? What do you do? Share your thoughts below or hit me up on Facebook.