Escape The Rat Race: Three Legitimate Ways to Earn Cash From Home

Are you sick of the daily commute, fed up of difficult colleagues and your boss breathing down your neck? Do long hours feel like you’re working yourself to the bone? Why not escape the rat race- more people than ever have found it possible to make the leap from employee to boss, are able to work for themselves and enjoy all of the flexibility that brings. When you search ‘earn money from home’ online all kinds of dodgy looking results, come up, but rest assured it IS possible, and there are a number of legitimate ways to go about it. Here are just a few of them.

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Online Business

You don’t have to be a business tycoon running an enormous company to earn good money from business. It’s perfectly possible to run it right from your own home and still do well. Of course there are limitations, for example, you won’t be able to employ a ton of people or store lots of stock with a home business. So think about an idea that will work. Selling digital items or services work well since you don’t need to worry about storing or shipping physical things. If you’re a designer, you could design and sell logos, blog and website designs, banners, illustration, clip art and much more.

Online marketplaces like Etsy are great for selling these kinds of creations, and as a bonus, you don’t need to pay for, maintain and advertise your own website. Selling services is another idea, so have a think about your skills and experience. You can tutor or teach many things with just a laptop, Hafiz Muhammad Ali was able to set up a digital marketing career with just a $90 loan. You could be an online tutor for children helping them with exam preparation, you could be a life coach or a personal trainer/ nutritionist. Video calling programs like Skype make it easy for you to give people this one on one time without having to physically be there in person.

Blogging

Building up a blog from scratch can take time. You need to build a loyal readership, get your name out there and also build up some domain authority before companies will want to work with you. All of this is time-consuming, and do if you’re a newbie and want to set up a blog that will earn you money, be prepared to be in it for the long haul and don’t expect to start earning anything until you’ve been regularly posting for around a year. However, if you already blog for a hobby and your site is established, chances are all of the foundations are in place.

If you’ve not been contacted for paid work yet, a few simple changes could make all the difference. First, ensure your design and aesthetic is up to scratch. Companies choosing blogs to work with will expect professional looking designs that are nicely laid out and easy to navigate. If you’re not a whizz with these things no need to worry, there are plenty of inexpensive and even free premade layouts that you can install with just a few clicks. You should register a domain name for your blog, dropping the blogspot.com/ wordpress.com at the end of your link. This makes everything look more professional, and some sponsors will only work with bloggers with their own domain.

Ensuring your content is well written, relevant and contains good quality images is also important too. Sites like Pexels and Pixabay have lots of great free stock images to choose from. These things will all make your blog attractive to companies looking for paid links, increasing your chances of making regular money. Affiliate advertising and Google Adsense can also earn you money so look into other ways you can monetize too.

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Freelancing

There are so many freelancing websites you can sign up to these days, offering plenty of regular work. Freelance writing is one way you can earn cash in this way, once you’re signed up to the site (some will require you to do a short test to check your skills are up to scratch) you can ‘bid’ for jobs. The great thing about freelancing is you can control your workflow, while each piece will have a strict deadline you can choose how many projects you want to take on.

This makes freelancing the ideal way to earn extra money if you’re waiting for your blog or business to ‘take off.’ If you’re having a quiet week, go onto the freelancing site and do some work on there. If things are going well, you can do less. There’s no contract or commitment to do a certain number of pieces per week so how much you do is entirely down to you.

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