Working from home is a lot easier than most people believe it is. For a lot of work-at-home ideas, there is often no cost to get started, or if there is a cost, it can be as little as $10-$20. There are multitudes of different ways that you can begin earning money from home using the Internet, but we are going to focus on the Top 6 Ways to Make Money From Home that combine ease of starting up with the potential for easiest earning.
Blogging & AdSense
The absolute simplest method for making money from home is blogging. Just in case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last decade, blogging is setting up a website, just like I’ve done here, and creating a new entry every 3-5 days. You decide on the theme for the blog, the design of the blog, the content… every single aspect of it. While there are free ways to get started blogging, it is recommended that you do it correctly from the start. You’re going to want to setup a simple hosting account with HostGator to begin with. A hosting account is simply a company that holds all the files that make up your website. HostGator is recommended for this due to it’s award-winning customer service and ease of use.
Your next step will be to buy a nifty URL or domain name from a company like NameCheap. Instead of just going with your name, try going with a name that will reflect the identity of your blog going forward.
For example, if you are going to blog about raising guinea pigs, then perhaps you would want to go with a name like GreatGallopingGuineaPigs.com. If you make the name memorable, people will have an easier time finding their way back to your site after their first visit.
The rest is easy. You follow the directions from HostGator and NameCheap, install WordPress (which is free), and you can be up and running in around 10 minutes with a fully-active domain all of your own.
WordPress takes care of the heavy lifting of writing the HTML code so that all you have to do is type out your entries. It’s just like using Microsoft Word, but on your website instead of your desktop computer.
Now how do you make money on this idea? That’s simple too! Go to AdSense.Google.com and sign up for an account. It might take a few hours to a couple of days in order to get approved, but once you are, Google will give you instructions on how to place ads on your website. Every time someone clicks on one of those ads, Google will give you a portion of the advertising fees. Over time this can build up into a nice, semi-passive income.
Promoting Amazon Products
This idea can be done as a stand-alone idea or combine with idea #1 in your own blog.
Amazon has a highly-successful program called Amazon Affiliates that allows you to promote anything you see on their site. That means that you can setup sites about gourmet coffee, dog food, or even CB radios and Android Apps.
You’d follow the same steps outline above, just skipping the last portion about AdSense and instead signup for an Amazon Affiliates account. Once you do this, you’ll gain a nifty little bar on top of your screen every time you go to Amazon with various tools, including one that will give you quick links that you can add to your page.
When someone clicks on your link from your site, Amazon drops a cookie into their browser and you get credit for anything they buy for 24-48 hours, not just what was linked. At the end of the month, Amazon does the math and you get paid!
ClickBank & Affiliate Advertising
In the world of Internet Marketing, ClickBank is the biggest affiliate marketplace on the Internet for purely digital products.
You can find everything from instructions on building chicken coops to guitar-playing instructions and even other ideas of different ways to make money online.
The best part is that you can get paid up to 75% of the creator’s price for promoting their products, making this a win-win for both you and the creator of the product.
Most people doing this idea will setup a review-style blog. They’ll start by buying the product and then using it for the recommended time.
They’ll either do a case study on the product, documenting the ideas and what happened and if it worked or not, or they’ll do an overall review once they have used it.
Some bloggers will even go as far as to pick an entire category and go through each item, one-by-one, in a manner similar to Consumer Reports’ reviews.
Creating Your Own Digital Products
Are you not really interested in promoting someone else’s products? Maybe you can’t (yet) afford to purchase those products in order to review them yourself. Are you an expert in any subject matter at all? If so, maybe you should think about creating your own product.
Creating your own digital product is similar to creating your own website, except you don’t setup the website. You simply open up Microsoft Word or Google Drive and start typing. If you have a webcam and a mic, you might consider recording your product instead of writing it, and then having someone else transcribe it for you. Looking through a site like ClickBank’s site will give you many ideas that you can use to come up with your own idea, and then it’s just a matter of implementing them.
The great thing about writing ebooks is that they will sell forever as long as you leave them in a marketplace. A lot of writers nowadays are going so far as to self-publish within the Kindle Marketplace and becoming very successful at it. Each time they write a new book and publish it, Amazon will add it to their author page, giving them increased exposure for all of their work and generating more sales.
Becoming A Virtual Assistant
I’d be completely remiss if I didn’t discuss the opportunities that abound from today’s V.A. workforce. Under the title of Virtual Assistant, you can do almost anything. You can ghostwrite, blog, do accounting, SEO, backlinking, bookkeeping, set appointments, make sales calls… the list could go on for pages and pages. If your idea can fit into some sort of service, then you can do it as a virtual assistant.
There are several marketplaces online where you can advertise your services, often for under $20 for an ad. You can check out sites like vWorker, Elance, oDesk, and the Warrior Forum’s Warriors For Hire subforum in order to get ideas or even place your own ad. Thousands and thousands of people go through those four sites every single day. If you can create an attractive ad with the right pricing, you will pick up business, referrals, and then even more business.
Freelancing With Creatives
If you have a way with words or are delightful with designs, you can make a very nice income when you freelance from home. The opportunities abound in this idea, making it one of the most popular ways to make money, both online and offline. Using the same sites listed above, you can often find work writing ebooks and reports for other people, creating landing pages and squeeze pages, logos, business cards, and world of business-related products. The better your work, the more often you name will get passed around, and the more popular you will become. If you handle your new business correctly, you will eventually be turning down new clients and raising your rates in order to deter business instead of attracting it.
As you can see from this brief introduction, there are many ideas that you can take and use to freelance from home. What are you waiting for?
Thousands upon thousands of people freelance from home every single day. Some do it to earn extra cash while others have made it into a full-time career.