Ever feel like there’s just not enough money to last the whole month? You get your paycheck, and then it just sort of…disappears?
Sure, there’s lots of ways you can cut back on your spending. But sometimes it feels like there’s nothing else you can cut!
What about another option? What about earning more?
If you’ve ever wondered how you can earn extra income on the side, here are 5 ways you can make money from home!
These work from home jobs require no experience and no degree. If you’ve ever dreamt of starting your own business from home (without those annoying sales ‘parties’), these side hustle ideas are for you!
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What kind of work can I do from home?
There are actually endless ways to earn extra income from the comfort of your home.
(And I’m not talking about those vague ‘stuffing envelopes’ scams.)
Maybe you’re a mom who doesn’t want to pay for child care. Or you’re a full-time employee elsewhere, looking for a second gig to help make ends meet.
Perhaps you’re even feeling like there’s not a home-based online job for you, since you have no work experience and no college degree.
Well let me just reassure you!
Here are 5 legit side hustle ideas that you can start from home…today!
These ‘jobs’ require NO special skills or expert knowledge. Best of all, you get to decide how much or how little you want to work! And get paid for doing something you love.
Let’s check ‘em out!
1. Virtual Assistant
I honestly feel just about anyone can be a virtual assistant. Since you’re reading this, I’m guessing you know how to use the internet.
Chances are you also have some other skills (from very basic to advanced) that lots of people would be willing to pay for.
Not sure what a virtual assistant is? Basically it is anyone who offers paid services to a business owner from a distance.
The ‘from a distance’ part means that you don’t have to go to an office – you offer those services from home.
Virtual assistant services vary widely. Everything from simple data entry, to social media or email management, to specific things like graphic design or video editing.
Gina Horkey, the super successful VA behind Horkey Handbook offers a list of 150+ Services you can offer as a virtual assistant.
She actually has an entire course teaching you how to launch your own virtual assistant business in just 30 days!
2. Pinterest Virtual Assistant
Do you spend lots of time on Pinterest? Yeah, me too.
You might love being a very specific type of virtual assistant – a Pinterest VA! Yep, it’s a thing.
See, bloggers (and other businesses) use Pinterest to get lots of exposure for their brand. That makes this type of virtual assistant highly coveted.
In fact, you could easily earn an extra $500-1000 a month, just by working a few hours a week!
A Pinterest virtual assistant can offer everything from pin design, to offering marketing strategies, to scheduling pins.
There’s actually a really awesome course you can take that will teach you EVERYTHING you need to know about becoming a Pinterest VA.
It’s really in depth (I’ve taken it!) and will set you up really well for your new business. It’s not open all the time, but will be launching soon.
3. Freelance Writing
If you have a way with words, you can make a very nice living freelance writing.
Many companies, websites, and bloggers hire out the writing of blog posts, email newsletters, sales copy, ebooks, and much more.
No journalism or English degree required!
Wonder what the heck you’d write about? Here are 200 ideas for in-demand freelance writing niches.
If you’re interested in freelance writing, here’s how to do it in 30 days or less!
4. Real Estate VA
If you’ve ever been interested in working in real estate, but aren’t ready to become an agent, try this!
Real estate agents are basically small business owners, and most of them need help dealing with all the daily details.
Becoming a virtual assistant for those agents in another unique twist on a fun side hustle.
You can dip your feet into the world of real estate, but get paid by the hour instead of waiting for commissions.
Even if you don’t yet know how the real estate business works, this course teaches you everything.
It was created by a licensed real estate agent and his virtual assistant, and it’ll help you jumpstart a new, fun way to earn extra money.
Okay, I’m going to be completely honest here. Blogging is NOT a get rich quick scheme.
It requires a ton of work, and many hours of working completely for free.
But (and this is a big BUT), once you’ve put in the effort to build it up, it has the possibility to earn far more than these other services.
While offering services means more money in your pocket sooner, you only have so many hours in the day.
Blogging income can become more passive, in the sense that once you have a lot of blog posts written, and systems in place, you aren’t ever trading hours for dollars.
As an example, let’s say you become a virtual assistant in the next 30 days, and charge $35 an hour. (That’s a totally reasonable fee, by the way.)
Every hour you work, you earn that $35. But with a blog, you might work 1000+ hours for free in the beginning, but after a year or so, start earning money when you aren’t even working at all.
Quick tip: A lot of new bloggers offer one of the services above while their launching their blog. That way they can start earning money from home right away, while building their blog up to earn good money in the future.
While blogging isn’t easy (and it’s very time consuming), I find it super enjoyable, rewarding, and profitable.
If you like to write, and don’t mind front-loading a lot of the work, consider giving blogging a try.
I highly recommend this very thorough Launch Your Blog course. It really is the ultimate guide for beginners to launching your blog (the right way) in 1 month or less.
Lauren and Alex make about $150k a month from their 2 blogs! And they have such a down-to-earth and easy to follow approach to teaching.
If you’re really serious about setting up a successful blog, their their Pro-Blogger Bundle offers their 4 most popular courses together – at a big discount!
You’ll learn step-by-step how to:
- Launch your blog
- Drive traffic to it and start monetizing
- Use Pinterest to drive LOTS of traffic to your site
- Make 6-figures from your blog by creating and selling digital products
The Pro-Blogger Bundle is my #1 recommendation for setting up and making money from a blog.
I really hope these 5 ways to make money from home (with no experience) gave you some inspiration. And answers your question about how you can earn extra money on the side.
These really are legit ways to work from home, and earn a good income. The beauty is that they are very flexible, and it’s completely up to you what you make of them.
It is entirely possible to work for yourself full-time, if that’s what you want. There are also many stay at home moms who work on their side hustles during naptime, or after the kids go to bed.
They get to do something for themselves, and help support their families.
Starting my own business has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Can you tell I highly recommend it?
Now go forth, and prosper!
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