Have you ever tried looking for a work-from-home job only to come across scam after scam? It can lead one to think that working from home is only granted to a lucky few. Well, I am here to tell you today that this isn’t the case!
After officially starting my work-from-home journey as a mompreneur, I was blessed to find a number of remote opportunities. I learned working from home is a LEGITIMATE and ACHIEVABLE goal. It’s not just for social media influencers or computer whizzes either. Anyone with basic administrative skills and an internet connection can do it.
So whether you are a working mom looking to have time with her kids, or you just need some extra income, keep reading because this blog post is for you!
1. Become a remote customer service agent
Did you know there are companies hiring people to answer customer service calls and emails from home? That was my first work-from-home job as an expecting mama, and doing it part-time helped bring in some decent cash for my household.
You don’t need to be computer savvy, but having some prior customer related experience will help you land a job. If you feel intimidated about having the right skills, take comfort in knowing that paid training is typically provided. As a customer service agent, I worked with people of all age groups and some with very limited computer knowledge.
Two companies that are typically scouting for new hires are Sykes Enterprises and Visa (at the time of this post they don’t seem to be hiring but you can sign up for notifications). You can also check out FlexJobs and this website here. Doing a Google search for “Remote customer service jobs” can easily help you find more jobs.
2. Offer services as a virtual assistant
Many bloggers, executives, and other professionals are looking for digital assistants to help them run their businesses. If you have basic administrative skills such as typing, organizing, scheduling or etc. then you can likely find someone who would want to hire you.
If you have skills such as social media or graphic design then you can find virtual assistant jobs within a greater range of niches. To get you started, I suggest UpWork to search for virtual assistant jobs (just make sure you accept payments through the website only in order to avoid any scams).
3. Write blog articles
While writing is one of my passions, I will let you in on a little secret I’ve learned: You don’t need to be a “writer” to write blogs. Nope, you just need to be knowledgeable in what you’re writing about. If you are passionate about writing then bonus points for you!
One way you can find blog writing opportunities is by going to blogs related to topics you know about (for example motherhood, cooking, finance or etc.) and if they accept paid guest writers. You can find this information usually in the About section or by e-mailing the blog directly.
4. Become a teacher
You don’t need a teaching degree or prior experience to be a virtual teacher! All you need is to be fluent in English and have a bachelor’s degree and you can earn up to $22 an hour teaching English. For more information on getting started, check out sites like VipKid.
5. Become an affiliate
Affiliates earn a small commission when others make a purchase of the product or service they are recommending.
Affiliate marketing is not for the faint of heart, but if you are a people-person who always makes recommendations to friends about the latest products or apps to try–it might be for you.
Being an affiliate works best if you have a loyal community of Facebook friends or Instagram followers. To get started, you will want to look up information about “affiliate marketing.”
There you have it. While this is not an all-inclusive list, it will help you get your feet wet. And how do I know that these income streams are legit? That’s because I have personally earned income from the majority of these jobs in the last two years.
Did I miss anything? If you have additional suggestions which can help others or have a work-from-home success story, please share in the comments below!