Want to work from home?
Have you ever just wanted to not have to go into the office? Not that you didn’t want to work, you just didn’t feel like working for someone else? Do you want to work from home? Some of us like having a very structured 9 to 5, some like the stability but would love to work for themselves, and others may just be looking to make a little extra cash doing something they actually enjoy. If you fall into any of these categories, then keep reading. I am going to show you how to make money by doing what you actually like doing. How much money, and how far you’re willing to take it is entirely up to you, but this will give you a starting point to getting to where you want to be!
At this point it’s fair to say we have all heard about eBay. The place where you can get rid of old things you no longer want. However, it has truly become so much more. No matter what you create, from art to soaps you can sell it on eBay. It gives you the option to make a store front for your goods. I wouldn’t recommend this straight away as there is a monthly fee. Most people think you can just auction your stuff on eBay but there is an option to set your price as well. It is tempting to just set your price but the auction feature is great because if you have a popular item the bidding could go higher than you anticipated. Many people work from home selling on eBay.
There are several courses on Udemy if you need help getting started on E-bay. I found one as low as $9 here. There is also a course for beginners.
This option you may or may not heard of, but this is a great way to share your skill sets with others who are in need of them. This option is geared for more intellectual property type work such as writing, editing and design. Let’s say you love writing for example (and are talented at it), create a profile, walk through the set up process and people needing articles written will seek you out. This goes for all the services. You work your way up in ranking the more work you do while maintaining a positive rating. Don’t think you have a skill set? Check out some YouTube videos and learn how to do something marketable. It isn’t as hard as you think. You can also take a course on Udemy that has over 100 ideas for gigs you can do with online tools.
This site is specifically for creative goods that are homemade. From jewelry to hand bags, if you create any specialty items, you can sell it on Esty. They have tons of categories you can be a part of, and because Esty has a lot of traffic every day, it gives you a great chance of being seen. The more unique and creative your item the better you will do. People search this site specifically to find exclusive items. If you need help getting started of course there is a course for this too for just $25.
You can list items for sale on Amazon just like you would on E-bay expect that people don’t bid on your items. There are many ways to sell on Amazon. You can try to find sales and then sell the item for more on Amazon. You can sell your used items. There is also a way to sell on Amazon that costs but I recommend starting out small first. If you start selling over $100 a month on Amazon then I would suggest looking at Amazon’s FBA program. Udemy has a $9 course to help you get started. Or course there are courses around $300 to teach you everything but try not to pay more than you have to to learn something new. Six months from now I would rather hear how well you are doing rather than that you never took the first step to get started.
If you want to do the research you can find an item that is selling well on Amazon and track down the supplier to see if you could buy wholesale and sell for them. Sometimes you just have to go that extra mile. Of course there are course you can take to learn about drop shipping too. Just remember that slow and steady wins the race.
Even if one of the above options works for you, it is crucial to have your own website for whatever you are selling. You don’t have to get a self hosted website at first, just a simple place where perspective customers can see you and what you have to offer. Not only does this make you look more professional, it helps people connect with you.
Now be sure to think ahead. If you think you are going to grow quickly and need to move to a self-host website then maybe it would be best to start with one so you don’t have the headache of moving your site. I use a web hosting site called Servously and they have plans as low as $10 a month. Let me tell you the difference is in the customer service with them. I was with a bigger company first and was pretty much left out in the cold when there was a problem. This company I am with now has the best customer support and my site is running beautifully.
None of these options will require an initial investment at their most basic level. All they will need is you, and the talents that you have to offer. The sky is the limit with all of these, and it is up to you to put in as much time and effort as you want. If you are like me you will jump in with both feet but it really is best to start slow and build up. Who knows maybe after six months you will be able to leave that office job that you no longer love and work from home.