Are you looking for ways to make money from home but don’t know where to start? I get it! Sometimes, it feels like an impossible dream, to be able to reduce or eliminate your commute and have more time with your family. Working online from home or while travelling is possible, especially if you’re prepared to try new things. If you’d like to earn an income online, here are some surefire ways to get started, whether you’re in Texas or Taipei.
7 Ways to Make Money Online From Anywhere in the World
1. Virtual assistant
One of the easiest ways to make money from home or abroad is to become a virtual assistant. A virtual assistant can offer any number of services, depending on experience. If you’ve worked in admin or as a personal or executive assistant, starting a virtual assistant business could be the easiest way for you to start making money online.
2. Freelance writer
Up until a few months ago, a large portion of the money I earnt online came from freelance writing. Freelance writing is a great way to earn money online from home. Writers can make a legit income writing articles for blogs and businesses. Although I didn’t have any formal experience as a freelance writer, I used my blog as a portfolio, set up a profile on Upwork, and within a few weeks, I had my first gig. I have some more tips on how to get started with Upwork here.
What is drop shipping, you ask? Drop shipping is when you sell a product online, without holding inventory. When your customer places an order, that order is then fulfilled by a drop shipper, who holds the stock and organises shipping. As you can probably imagine, holding stock would be quite limiting if you want to travel the world whilst running your business. Most drop shippers start out by opening a store on eBay, so it can be a very cost-effective business to break into. To be successful as a drop shipper, you’ll need to have a website, a marketing plan and in-depth knowledge of your chosen product. I recommend checking out this super-useful guide to dropshipping from Salehoo, to see if drop shipping will be a good fit for you.
4. Paid surveys
One of the easiest online money making ideas is taking paid surveys. The best thing about doing surveys online is you can earn money and gift cards while sitting on the couch, or waiting for the kids to finish school. It’s money for jam in my opinion, and although you won’t get rich from surveys, the extra few dollars definitely comes in handy. I’ve written more about the best paid online surveys in New Zealand and also a detailed review of Swagbucks if you’re in North America, U.K., Ireland or Australia.
5. Service business
Are you exceptionally skilled in your industry? Have a skill set that commands a high rate? Could you work remotely? This is exactly what I did when I was first looking for ways to work online from home. I used my professional experience and network to set up marketing business. Former colleagues became clients through word of mouth. I set my hourly rate at something I would be happy with but also provided value to the client. I have never once advertised, and work keeps coming my way. Some ideas that work well for a service business are website design, bookkeeping, database administration, marketing strategist. The options are limitless, especially if you have a professional network and are well regarded in your field. LinkedIn is a great way to find clients you already have a relationship with.
If you have a lot of time before you need to start making an income, blogging is an excellent way to make money online. How do I know? Well, I make over $1000USD per month from my blog and my income grows every month. I have been blogging since 2013 but only started to think about making money from a blog in early 2016. I have invested thousands into courses on blogging and still have loads to learn. Blogging is definitely a long game, so for that reason, I recommend starting a blog on the side, while focussing on other ways to make money online from home. If you need income right away, blogging is not the answer. BUT, it’s a fun way to connect with people who have the same interests as you and actively practice writing.
7. Etsy or craft business
Are you crafty or creative? If so, you could start a business selling your wares on Etsy. Etsy is an online marketplace for crafts, handmade and digital goods. You will need to consider shipping costs for overseas customers, but there is definitely good money to be made. Have a read of this article from Mr Money Mustache about his wife’s soap making business, it’s very informative.
So there you have it, 7 online money making ideas you can do from anywhere you have an internet connection. Ain’t technology grand?.
This article was written in collaboration with Salehoo. All opinions are my own.