Making money online is something that many people currently stuck in nine to five jobs wish they could do, but what is the appeal? And does the reality live up to the hope? More importantly, what are the free work from home jobs that you can use in order to escape the rat race?
Let’s find out.
Why Work From Home Jobs Are Great
The first question is why work from home jobs are so great. What is the appeal of doing this kind of work?
The first aspect is that unless you’re launching a large-scale business plan and intend to hire staff and an office from the offset, working entirely online will mean that you’re working from your own home – and that means a lot of positive benefits. It means you can work to your own schedule – take days off when you need to, get up at whatever time suits you and work through the night if needs be. It also means you can listen to your favourite song while you work, or eat at the desk. If you work from a small laptop, then you can also work on the go – in a café or at the beach.
Working online, or working for yourself in any way, will save you money in a number of ways. If you’re in the UK for example you will save money on national insurance to the tune of around £80 a month – not to be sniffed at! Furthermore when filling in tax returns you’ll be able to claim back expenses including money spend on laptops to work with, journeys to meet clients and anything else you can rationalise.
More than anything though working for yourself to make money online will give you a sense of satisfaction. You’ll know that every ounce of effort and ingenuity you put into your business or other plan will be reflected in your profit – rather than earning a fixed salary no matter how many good ideas you come up with. Even if you are using a very simple online business model – like taking paid surveys – you’re still going to be doing something that the vast majority of the population simply hasn’t thought to.
You’ll have a product or service that’s entirely yours, and when people ask what you do you can tell them that you’re self-employed – and just wait for the envious stares and confused questions that follow.
The Best Free Work From Home Jobs
So with all that in mind, how do you go about earning money from home? Here are some of the best ‘free’ (meaning no set-up costs) work from home jobs that you can take on.
Paid online surveys are marketing questionnaires that have been created by businesses and OEMs. The idea is that companies pay you in order to answer their questions, and this way you will be able to make money by providing them with that information. Those companies are willing to do this because they know that by getting information from their market, they can avoid costly mistakes and increase their profits: by creating products that people want to own.
Paid reviews are exactly what they sound like: reviews that you get paid to write. These reviews aren’t paid for by the companies (these aren’t ‘fake reviews’) but by review sites that want to provide their visitors with useful analysis and information.
When you sign up for one of these sites, you can start submitting reviews right away in order to begin earning cash. At first, this will be a relatively small sum (you might earn a few cents) but with time, you’ll find that you can earn more as you gain prominence on the site.
Selling on eBay/Etsy
Another great way to start making money online is to set up an online business selling things. You can start out easy enough by selling any items you happen to have lying around. Got an old games console? Old collectible toys? Kids things that your own children have grown out of? Sell them!
Likewise though, you can also sell crafts and arts that you have made yourself. If you can make jewelry, if you can paint, if you can sculpt… all these are things that you can sell online. And when you do that, you’ll be turning your hobby into a way to make money online!
Finally, you can buy and sell. That might mean buying items in wholesale for instance and then selling them on for a profit as individual items.
Believe it or not, you can actually earn money online by commenting on sports! If you find a site that streams soccer, baseball, basketball, or anything else, then you may find that they are looking for someone to report on those games in order to provide commentary for their viewers. You’ll get paid to watch the game and type it up as you see it play out. For sports fans, this is a fantastic way to earn some cash!
There is no end to the different types of service you can sell online. You can sell something very simple and small on Fiverr – whether that’s a logo design or even a voiceover! Or likewise, you can sell services such as writing or web design.
There are lots of websites that you can do this through. Freelancing sites include the likes of UpWork, of Freelancer, of People Per Hour, etc. for instance.