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45 Ways to Make Money Online Without Leaving Home
Some overseas Filipino workers have plenty of time to spare online during days off. While a large amount of time off is probably spent on rest, communicating with loved ones or a well-deserved outing with friends, making money online should prove as an attractive option for ones gifted with skill and creativity.
Making money can be more fun and cost-effective when you decide to try a home-based business. With no overheads such as office space, and the main expense is electricity, Internet connection (if not offered for free) and time, your laptop or desktop computer suddenly becomes a money-making machine, to complement its vital role in communication with family, instead of a costly gadget.
There are several ways to earn money without having to leave home depending on your resources, areas of expertise and particular interests. You don’t have to be a graduate of business school to begin with, and you can immediately launch with little or even zero capital.
All you really need is a computer, Internet connection and enough time.
1. Do online tutorials.
You can offer to tutor elementary or high school students using social media sites, online messaging and other internet devices. You can teach mathematics, sciences or guitar lessons online with someone via the Internet.
2. Offer Website design or Facebook apps.
Offer to improve or maintain the website of businesses through web design. You can start with basic HTML but with more advanced skills (shopping cart, Facebook apps, etc), you’d be attracting more clients in no time. The catch is that with growing number of customers, your regular workload may get compromised or quality of work in both full-time and on the side could suffer.
3. Write blogs.
Write blogs for other websites or create your own blog account to earn off ads or referral money. You can also accept writing jobs about specific products clients wish to promote and make money for every article you write. This skill could even get you noticed and more opportunities (journalism, influential blogger, and more) could just be a matter of time.
4. Write articles for websites, press releases or marketing companies
Write content-rich and informative articles for websites and online companies. It can be content for an advertising campaign, an essay assignment for high school or college students or craft a press release for an online product launch.
5. Online consultancy, SEO or social media.
If you’re an expert in a particular field, offer advice and modules for others. This can be on search engine optimization (SEO), paid advertising (PPC) or advise on strategy for social media campaigns — advertising, content to post and so on.
6. Be a graphics designer.
You can create ads and presentations for websites and businesses. This can be a cartoon illustration, Photoshop enhancement of photographs or work with a web developer by offering your talent to create the creative designs.
7. Be a video editor.
Create movies and short video presentations for companies. You can partner with a videographer or wedding photography company.
8. Be an encoder.
Store and transfer information for communication companies. This can be more of a mundane, repetitive work companies are willing to hand over to others so they can concentrate on their main work (web design agencies, research companies, etc) that requires adequate amount of time to do the job.
9. Language education online.
Teach English or other languages that you’re fluent in. This is big with foreign language students, especially Koreans or Japanese, who look for English tutors online.
10. Online research.
Provide information and help in research activities for projects and campaigns. There are plenty of jobs related to this at freelancer.com or elance.com where you can bid the amount of work and your rates.
11. Get involved in baking business.
Bake cookies, cakes, cupcakes and other pastries for parties. You can partner with wedding coordinators, videographers or pre-school teachers for potential business opportunities.
12. Start a catering business.
Cook and serve for birthday parties, meetings and other special events. While this work doesn’t exclusively confine you to the home — you need to visit the venue, arrange food and utensils — work is mostly done in kitchens where you can focus your work.
13. Do buy and sell online.
You can purchase items online and resell these at a profit. This can be done on websites like AyosDito, Sulit.com.ph and promotion can be done via Facebook.
14. Do trading online.
You can search for potentially valuable items such as clothing and accessories and then sell them to the highest bidder. This can be done on Ebay.
15. Do some artwork.
You can make your own art by painting, cross-stitching or drawing then selling your works through the Internet.
16. Do carving and other woodwork jobs.
Got skills in wood carving? Make furniture, toys and other products from wood, .
Create candles of various shapes, designs and colors. Good for candle collectors, homemakers or shops like spas and hotels.
18. T-shirt designing.
Use your prowess in graphics and printing to sell quality t-shirts. You may partner with a printer and distributor to translate your ideas into products and sales.
If you are restless and wish to work outdoors but without the pressures of a 9-to-5 workload, here are some of the things you may want to do to make money.
Offer to beautify gardens, facades and even parks. While many people might associate this work as complementary to street sweeping or beautification, payment could be more generous when you use your imagination to transform gardens or parks into a wonderful work of art.
Offer photography services for special events and holidays. Birthdays, weddings and local events like beauty pageants, sports events can be your targets. All you need to have is an artistic mindset and a decent camera. You may partner with other vendors such as florists, cake and pastry makers for wedding event, for example.
21. Event planning.
Get paid to prepare for parties and meetings. It can also be wedding planning, reunion parties or local events in the city. You will have more opportunity to meet people and partner with other vendors just like photographers do.
Records videos of birthdays, weddings and other special events. The better the quality of your work, the more people will look for you to capture once-in-a-lifetime events and celebrations. And this can only mean raising rates at your own discretion.
Provide accounting, book keeping and auditing services for companies. This is good especially if you live near the city and companies are in need of private accountants or even people wishing to hand over computation of personal and property tax payments to someone who has the necessary skills.
Make or alter clothing and other types of fabric such as those intended for bags, stuffed toys or school uniforms.
25. Appliance repair.
Fix gadgets and other electronic items. You may do it on home service which you can charge higher, or at the convenience of your home. Getting televisions, air-conditioning units or hi-fi players fixed always brings smile to your customers’ faces.
26. Employee training.
Offer your expertise in training personnel for various businesses. It may be on management strategies, handling personnel, enhancing productivity or help in formulating a killer sales presentation.
27. Dance and music tutor.
Teach children special forms of dance such as ballet, jazz or modern dance. Or teach musical instruments like the piano, guitars or drums where rates are often quoted on hourly basis.
Other Business Ideas
Just because you are on your own doesn’t mean you can’t do what regular employers do for a living.
28. Gift wrapping.
Wrap presents for big corporate events and parties. This special task may be in demand only on certain occasions such as corporate gifts to employees, so it can be altered with other types of work such as dressmaking, carpooling or other skills you have.
29. Sales and telemarketing.
Offer communication services and help sell products and services to prospects. This is common for insurance and finance industries. You can do it on the phone or you can commute to meet your clients.
30. Direct selling.
Deal for popular multilevel marketing businesses. Common products sold are shoes, cosmetics and home accessories. If you are good at sales talk, sky is the limit when it comes to your potential income.
31. Sell insurance policies.
You don’t need to be employed at an insurance company. You can partner various non-competing insurance companies and offer clients a variety of products such as life, medical, property or car insurance plans.
32. Sell real estate.
Become a licensed real estate agent or broker and have the right to sell attractive real estate properties. This is big money when you have established your presence and gained multiple connections that allow you to earn referral fees for transactions and become a trusted partner in the real estate business.
33. Create accessories.
You can make different jewelry and accessories. It can be bracelets and jewelry, home or school accessories.
34. Create decorations.
Work with your imagination to make attractive pieces. Wall curtains, artificial plants, place mats and more. You can visit Pinterest.com for design inspirations.
35. Create pots.
Gardens and parks are in need of huge volumes of pots for plants. This is good for parks, office buildings or residential owners who have inclination for artistic yet
36. Music instructor.
Teach students different types of musical instruments.
37. Voice instructor.
Teach students how to sing. Roughly equivalent to a music teacher in school but you have better focus since you only handle specific type of work.
38. Speech instructor.
Teach people how to speak well and talk in front of an audience. This is good for students and even graduates who wish to ace their interviews or sales people on how to make a convincing presentation.
39. Dog training.
Teach pets how to become house-trained plus other tricks.
40. Dry cleaning and laundry services.
Offer to keep people’s clothes clean and neat. Since this is a recurring business, taking care of your first clients and offering value-added services are the keys to a successful business.
41. Self-defense coach.
If you know karate or kickboxing, offer lessons.
42. Life coach.
Help people establish their goals in life and help them make important decisions.
43. Card making.
Make cards for various special occasions. Personalized birthday, Valentines or Mothers Day cards are often better than printed matter we buy on bookstores and stationery shops.
Grow and sell young and adult plants for gardens and parks. Many orchid garden businesses started as a hobby and the sight of growing plants and beautiful flowers only motivated them to devote more time to expand their craft.
45. Garage sale.
Sell your old items and other valuable things at a profit. Not only you free up space at home, you also make money and help people get something new without paying a premium.
Many of these work can be done concurrently depending on your passion, talent and availability of time and resources. These ideas will quickly provide you with an advantage and extra income. Take note that payments will likely be made via online channels, as well, like that of PayPal or Xoom. Some clients do direct bank transfer, cheque payment and bank deposit.