For many wives and moms working from home is a dream. Having the flexibility to stay home with your kids and work whenever it works for you is ideal for many families. I have a job working in the school system but get to stay home for the summer and while I don’t earn as much as I would like, I am able to earn enough to make it through the summer without a second job. I actually had a summer camp job for about a month and hated it. Now that I am working from home I am so much happier! So today, I’m going to share 7 ways that I earn money from home.
Freelance writing was my first work from home gig. I’ve always been a writer so it was natural for me to pick it up. I got my start at Ministry-to-Children and have written tons of lesson plans for them. In 2015 when I started taking freelancing serious, I began to write for many other companies. I’ve written about food, technology, school, travel, non-profit grants, and a little bit of everything in between. Some of these articles I’ve shared with my friends and family, but I was ghost writer on many of the projects, which means I was paid to write it and someone posted it on their website as their own writing.
Pay: Whenever I first started I earned very little. Now I charge approximately 10 dollars for every 100 words which averages out to about 25 dollars an hour. I negotiate cost on each project so it could be more or less.
Pros: Writing is super easy for me and I can take on as many jobs as I want. It’s interesting and I get to write about many different topics.
Cons: I am constantly looking for work. I do not earn any money for the time I spend applying for jobs, networking, and emailing clients back and forth.
Where I Find Jobs:
Upwork – I do not like Upwork at all as the pay is low and clients are always reliable. I have taken a few high paying jobs from here, but Upwork gets 20% of my pay so this is always a last resort.
Blogging – Sponsored Posts
I earn through this blog in a few ways. My favorite way is through sponsored posts. That’s when a brand pays me to write about their product. I like this because if I wasn’t earning a little money from my blog I probably wouldn’t be able to keep it going. Sponsored posts let me be creative and they are usually very fun to put together and photograph. For some posts, I receive monetary compensation like this one and for others, I receive a product or service like in this one.
Pay: $50 to $500 dollars. It really depends on what the client wants and how much work I put into it.
Pros: It’s the most fun I’ve ever had working and it doesn’t feel like work at all. A lot of money can be made this way.
Cons: Keeping a blog going is a ton of work. Blogging is not a ‘get rich quick’ opportunity. I’ve put in countless hours writing, editing, designing, networking, and promoting. I don’t get paid for any of that. But I love blogging and am happy to have the opportunity! It also can take a long time to get paid – up to 2 months after the work is complete!
Where I Find Brands to Work With
Through Directly Emailing the Company
Facebook Groups – Try this one. However most opportunities in Facebook groups come from friends.
Blogging – Affiliate Links
Affiliate links are links that take you to someone else’s website where they are selling a product. If you buy that product, I earn a little money for promoting it. For example, here is a really awesome snow cone maker (affiliate link) that Brian and I just bought. If you follow that link and buy a snow cone maker then I earn a dollar or so. I don’t earn much from affiliate links but use them because it’s easy money. I paste them into a blog post and forget about them and earn a small commission each month.
Pay: About $20 dollars a month.
Pros: It’s easy. I just put a few links in a post and earn a little money.
Cons: I can’t really think of any. I don’t earn much money from it, but I don’t have to work much either so it’s all good.
Who I Work With
There are tons of other companies, just search for them on Pinterest.
Selling My Book
I wrote a book because becoming an author is a lifelong dream of mine. Selling it and earning money from it is natural. It took me a year to write this book so it has a big place in my heart. I published it through CreateSpace. Please don’t ask me to teach you how to write and publish a book because I really didn’t know what I was doing and just followed tutorials I found online! Writing is my thing.
Pay: It depends on how many books I sell. The book sells for $7.99 and I earn about $4.50 for each book I sell on my website and about $2.50 for each book I sell through Amazon. However, I’ve learned that I can sell way more books through Amazon since people already shop there so regularly.
Pros: I’m an author and that makes me happy! You can write books as quickly and as often as you would like. The self-publishing process makes it easy to become an author.
Cons: I have to constantly promote this book and it’s not easy. Honestly, I need a marketing plan. If you can help me with that let me know! Also, writing takes time and dedication.
By the way, you can buy my book right here. 🙂
This is new to me. My mom was a transcriptionist for many years but I just picked it back up this week. Transcription is when you listen to an audio file and type what it says. You have to type fast and be very accurate. The work is flexible and there is lots of it, but there is a learning curve. Most of the files I type are interviews or focus groups and they are interesting to type.
Pay: Very, very low to start. I mean, you could type all day and only earn 5 bucks. But those who are dedicated and good at it can earn a decent living.
Pros: I can work when I want and as much as I want. It’s extremely flexible. I have the potential to grow this into a business and take on direct clients who would pay more and be more reliable. The work is always there. I don’t have to go looking for it.
Cons: The pay is so bad to start that it’s almost not worth it. But like all things, you have to start at the bottom and work your way up.
Where I Work:
See this list if you want to learn more about transcription.
I don’t actually do this right now, but I am considering selling products through my blog soon. I have a list of helpful products that I can design and create and then sell through my blog or an Etsy shop. These would be digital products and would be similar to affiliate links. Once a shop is set up people could buy the products and since they are digital, I wouldn’t have anything to ship out.
Pay: I have no clue yet! If this is something that you do, let us know in the comments below.
Pros: I get to be creative and once the shop is set up, it will sort of run itself.
Cons: It takes time to build a shop and gain credibility.
I did online surveys through Swagbucks (Affiliate Link) for a while and earned about $25 dollars a month. Now Brian does it and earns a little each month. I don’t know if this really deserves a place on this list, but thought I’d mention it anyway. Basically, you take surveys, watch videos, or google things from your computer or phone and earn a little money for doing so.
Pay: Pay is in gift cards and I only earn a little each month. The most ever was $25.
Pros: You really don’t have to work for the money. Just answer questions. Sometimes they have offers where you can sign up and earn Swagbucks for trying out a new service, such as Hulu.
Cons: You might spend a few minutes answering questions and then receive a message that you don’t qualify for the survey and you basically wasted you your time.
Who I Work With:
Swagbucks (Affiliate Link)
Grocery Store Money Back Apps
I’m sure by now you’ve heard of Ibotta (Affiliate Link) and Checkout 51. I grocery shop every week anyway and I always have my phone near by so earning cash back on groceries just makes sense. This isn’t really a job, but it is a nice way to save a few bucks. I earn a few dollars each week which adds up over time. They also have an affiliate program which is nice for bloggers like me.
Pay: A few dollars back on grocery items that you purchase.
Pros: You have to shop anyway so might as well get a rebate for doing it. You can do it all from your smart phone.
Cons: Most of the rebates are for name brand items and sometimes it’s cheaper to buy the generic despite the app. So you have to keep track of that while grocery shopping.
Other At Home Job Options
I sell things I don’t need in Facebook buy and sell groups or in yard sales. Again, you won’t get rich this way but it’s a good way to make money and clean out your house.
Many people earn money working as a VA, photographer, bookkeeper, graphic designer, or personal coach. Thanks to the internet there are tons of options for people to earn money at home doing the things that they love. The possibilities are endless!
The downfall of working at home is that you will be in charge of running your own business. That means that you have to set money aside to pay taxes, keep track of how much money you make, and make sure that you do everything legally. That’s why I keep my job at the school. Through the school, I know exactly how much money I will make and when I will work. I get benefits like insurance, paid vacation, and a retirement plan. Those are pretty good reasons to keep my job!
Do you work from home? How do you earn money? Tell us all about your experiences in the comments below!