The following is a guest post from Jeff Rose at Good Financial Cents. You can check out his bio at the bottom of the post. Thanks for the help while I’m buried in taxes, Jeff! To learn more about guest posting on iHeartBudgets, please contact me.
With technology reaching into most of our homes, the ability to connect with others is increasing. In fact, this ability allows for you to make money in new and interesting ways. You can make money from home if you have a little time, and if you are willing to put in the effort.
If you are going to make money from home, no matter what you are doing, you will probably need an Internet connection. Whether you are providing freelance graphic design services or selling crocheted doll clothes, access to the Internet provides you with a way to reach more potential clients and customers.
You might also need a specific workspace, depending on what you plan to do to make money from home. Since my wife quit her job and started working from home, it was important to have an organized home office. Primarily because she’s Type A and the thought of having cluttered office gives her anxiety. 🙂
What Do You Know?
One of the best ways to start a side business is to base it on something you know. Consider your knowledge and expertise. Some of the ways you can make money from home, if you have the necessary skill set:
Freelancing: You can offer your writing skills, graphic design skills, or web development skills on a freelance basis. There are other freelance opportunities, including programming and editing, that you can consider.
Consulting: My husband has done consulting work related to statistical analysis, and there are numerous other consulting opportunities, from survey design to public relations to gardening, there are things that people want help with — and that they are willing to pay for.
Tutoring and teaching: You can make money from home as a tutor or an online teacher. There are many opportunities to share your expertise. You can help others online and make money, or you can set up tutoring sessions in your home as well, and work one-on-one.
Virtual assistant: If you are organized and work well people, you can be a virtual assistant, helping others keep track of appointments. You can also provide other services, such as answering emails and drafting memos. If you have the right equipment, you can even answer phones on behalf of your clients.
Customer service: There are companies that allow you to do customer service from home. You can make money from home part-time as a customer service rep. Companies like Convergys, JetBlue, and others allow some of their customer service reps and tech specialists to work from home.
Event planner: You can help others plan events, from parties to weddings. As long as you are organized, and you understand how to manage people, are capable of forging meaning, and can find good deals on supplies, you can help put on events.
Really think about your skills. Figure out what it would take to make money from home, and then make a plan to accomplish your goals. As long as you are willing to put in the time, it’s possible to begin making money from home.
This is a guest post from Jeff Rose, a Certified Financial Planner who writes about financial planning topics at Good Financial Cents. His first book, Soldier of Finance, is slated to be released the fall of 2013. His latest project, named The Debt Movement, is to help people pay off $10,000,000 of debt in 90 days. You can join the movement and a chance to earn some of the $10,000 debt scholarship money by visiting DebtMovement.com.