The Top 10 Ways to Turn Your Work-From-Home Dream Into a Reality

Imagine this: you wake up, get out of bed, and make your morning coffee. After flipping open your laptop, you decide how much work you feel like doing today, and where you’re going to do it. Maybe you’ll stay on your comfy sofa, or perhaps you’ll take your work to your favorite coffee shop. Seems like just a happy dream, right?
For remote workers, freelancers and digital nomads, this scenario isn’t a dream – it’s everyday reality. Imagine the freedom to work as little or as much as you like, charge your own rates, and simply pack your work up and take it all over the world!
Here are ten of the most popular ways you can do just that.

1. Freelance Writing:

Do you have a knack with words and super-fast typing skills? If the answer’s yes, then you could make your fortunes as a freelance writer. Every business needs written content, and since this job takes up a huge chunk of time, you don’t usually find it on the CEO’s to-do list. As a freelance writer, you’ll be tasked with creating content items such as blog posts, articles, how-to guides, product descriptions, website content, marketing emails, and more. Find your first gigs at sites such as Upwork, Fiverr, or the Digital Point forums.

2. Blogging

If there’s a subject that you’re both passionate and highly knowledgeable about, starting a blog could be your ticket to a new career working from home. Travel bloggers, for example, can make an income whilst exploring the world – some of the best travel bloggers are even sent on regular trips for free in return for a blog post all about it. Blogging alone won’t bring the money in, though – you’ll need to monetize your blog. Try Google AdSense to start off with.

3. Graphic Design:

Are you a Photoshop wizard who loves coming up with new designs? Your services are needed online as a graphics designer. If you can create stunning business logos, social media advertisements, banner ads, and infographics, you can earn money selling them to businesses in all industries, who’re always in need of up-to-date graphics.

4. Web Design:

If HTML is your second language and you know exactly how to put together an awesome website, you have a skill that is highly marketable online. Anybody who owns a website needs a good web designer to put together all the essential elements of their site and ensure that it’s appealing to visitors. You can find long-term work with clients who require regular website updates and maintenance.

5. Stock Photography:

Do you know your way around a camera? If so, you can earn money from your snaps by selling them as stock photos. Thanks to premium smartphone cameras, there’s no need for any upfront investments in equipment, either! Get started with a well-known site such as ShutterStock.

6. Virtual Assistance:

If you’re an organizational wizard and can easily find your way around a computer, you might want to look for work online as a virtual assistant. You’ll be expected to shoot off e-mails, schedule appointments, make calls and complete other similar tasks efficiently. As a VA, you’ll be doing a lot of regular office jobs, but with the freedom to work for multiple clients from the comfort of your home.

7. Affiliate Marketing:

Learning a little bit about promoting products online can lead to a successful career in affiliate marketing. As an affiliate, you won’t need to buy your own products and sell them on. Instead, you’ll be promoting products on behalf of others; a ‘middle-man’ matching customers with the right products. Each time a sale is made via your channel, you will be paid a commission. Amazon.com Associates is a great place to start.

8. Consulting:

Do you have years of experience as a manager? Or do you consider yourself to be an expert marketer? If you can share your skills and knowledge with others to help them reach their full potential, there’s a lot of money to be made online as a consultant. You can offer tailored advice via e-mail or Skype, and get paid for it.

9. E-Commerce:

With the right idea and good marketing strategies, anybody can make money from e-commerce. Before you begin, research popular products so that you have an idea of what’s going to sell well. You can start an e-commerce store with Shopify, or start off with buying and selling products on eBay.

10. YouTube:

The most successful YouTubers are on serious money. If you can gather together a large following on YouTube with high-ranking videos, you will be laughing all the way to the bank. Don’t forget to include a detailed description with each video that you post; this gives you the chance to optimize it for SEO with relevant keywords and grab the attention of viewers.

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