Working from home isn’t for everyone. Some people find they need the structure of a workplace and the motivation of having their boss around for them to be productive. However, for others, it’s the dream.
No commute, no annoying colleagues and tons of flexibility. If you’re self-motivated and know that you can get things done without having to be told then working at home could suit you well. Here are some ideas for how you could go about it.
More and more businesses are realising the benefits of letting their staff work remotely, even if it’s only for a few days a week.
If you work from a computer for most of the day, you could consider pitching to your boss and asking if they would let you work from home. Otherwise, look for job vacancies that state that you will be working remotely.
With so much done online these days, a lot of the time you don’t have to physically be in the workplace to be able to get your work done. So this could be an option if you want to work from home but still have a regular payday and the security and stability that comes from being an employee. As you’re still an employee you’re entitled to minimum wage, sick pay, holiday pay and more. When you are self-employed, you don’t get any of these benefits.
Start a Business
If you don’t want to work for someone else, how about working for yourself? You can start a successful home business without much money, while it might take time to get established it’s definitely something that could eventually be your full-time income.
Think about your skills. If for example, you’re a talented designer, baker or crafter you could make items to sell. Otherwise, buying wholesale and setting up your own business where you’re selling things for a profit could work well.
Choose something that genuinely interests you. If you have a love of homeware and decor, buy and sell items to do with this. Find something you love, and it won’t even feel like a job!
Become an Investor
If you’re in a position where you already have a little money behind you- perhaps it’s savings, inheritance or some kind of win- why not turn it into a lot more?
Admittedly investing isn’t for everyone. But if you’re business savvy with a good knowledge and understanding of certain markets, it could be a way to make good money.
For example, professional quants and those with an experience of the stock market could use trading software to make their money.
Those with a passion and understanding of the property market could invest in property. When it comes to investing there is usually some element of risk involved so having as much understanding as possible of the area you’re putting money into is essential. However, it can be an effective way to grow your money
Write a Blog
Blogging is a fantastic way to earn money from home, as if you work hard (and get a little luck your way) it can be very lucrative.
It will take time to get your site established. But later down the line, once you’ve been producing great content for a while, chances are you will start getting contacted by sponsors and advertisers. They will offer you money to either display an ad, publish a post written by them, or write a post for them including a link they provide.
The best thing about blogging is you get to learn lots of new skills, and as you’re talking about topics that you’re genuinely interested in it’s fun too!
Work as a Freelancer
Working as a freelancer gives you real flexibility. Unlike working from home or even running your own business, you’re completely in control of your own workload.
You login to your freelancing site of choice and choose the projects you would like to do. You’re not contracted to a minimum number of hours so can work as much or as little as you like. You could do this around a part-time job, your own business or any of the other options mentioned in this article.
On a slow month you can do more to make up your money, and on a busy month, you can do less- while each piece has its own deadline it’s all up to you. There’s almost always work available. And so if you work from home in any other capacity this can be great as a fallback option if your earnings are looking to be low.