Years before becoming a mom, I knew that when I did have kids, I wanted to have a job that was flexible and allowed for me to be home with my kids if I wanted to, and still make a good income and help provide for my family. Hence the reason I started a blog!
At my core, I’ve always been an entrepreneur and making my own money is something that makes me feel really good. Growing up, I had two aunts who got divorced unexpectedly and both were left in really tough financial spots. I vowed to never find myself in that position if something ever happened to my marriage.
After having my first son, I realized just how important it was to have flexibility in my career. I had built my blog to a place where it was doing well, and I had so many other mom friends who wanted the same thing, or had quit their jobs to stay home with their children, but now wanted a way to earn money on their own schedule. Girl, I feel ya! It can sound so intimidating to start your own business,
Some of these jobs will require more work than others, and no one knows your situation or needs better than you, so you’ll have to be the one that decides what’s best for you and your family.
Are are some of the best work from home jobs that actually pay well.
14 Work from Home Jobs That Pay Well
1. Start a Blog
This is the first on my list, because it’s easily been the most flexible and the most profitable. This blog actually isn’t my first. I learned so many things from starting that other blog and how to make money, that this blog was born. What’s great about a blog is that it’s so cheap to start one. The upfront investment is so low.
Seriously, you can start a blog for less than $5/month.
What other business has that low of a start up cost?! Once you start and pick a niche, you can make money from your blog the following ways:
- Ads (passive income generated simply from people visiting your site)
- Affiliate Marketing (you make commissions when your readers click a link and purchase a product you’ve recommended, at no additional cost to them!)
- Sponsored Content (when a brand pays you a flat rate to post about a product or service)
- Sell your Own Products or Services (if you have your own product or service, you can promote it through your blog and drive more sales)
For more ways to grow your blogging income, read this post where I break it down! I’m now a 6-figure earner and work flexible hours and get to be home with my family and son as much as I want. I also love that we can travel whenever it works with my husband’s work schedule and that I can literally live anywhere.
How much can you earn: $500-10,000+, on average $3,000-5,000. On average, I make $9,000/month.
As a freelancer, you can literally take any skill you have an offer it up for sale. Maybe you have experience as a designer, writer, copywriter, developer, translator, etc. You can start by marketing your services to friends with businesses or local businesses, or join a website like UpWork that puts you in front of hundreds of thousands of potential clients and handles all the payments and scheduling for you.
How much can you earn: it depends! You set your own prices and different freelancing jobs will have different average rates. When I was a graphic designer, I charged $85/hr.
3. Direct Sales with an MLM
This isn’t for everyone, and I thought that I would never join a company like this, but I actually did. If you’re a natural sales person, recruiter or incredibly passionate about a product or brand, this could be a great fit for you.
The key to a successful direct sales or MLM business is to join a company that you are actually passionate about and whose products you’d actually use, whether or not you made money from them. Before joining any MLM, make sure to fully read the compensation plan and understand how the company works (they’re all a little different), so you’re not getting swindled.
Personally, I joined Beautycounter, a company that has a high commission rate (25-35% per sale) so that if I never grew a team it didn’t matter. They also don’t require me to keep any inventory or to spend a certain amount each month. For me, it was an easy ‘yes’ because I already used the products. If you plan on, or already blog about beauty, style or clean living, I highly recommend adding this to your blog’s income pie. On average, I earn $2,000-4,000/month! If this is something you’re interested in, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can share more information with you.
You absolutely do not have to have a blog to join a company like Beautycounter, but if you start a blog, this can be great addition to your income stream. I simply use it like I would any other affiliate marketing link on my blog.
How much can you earn: $500-5,000 on average, I know women who are making upwards of $30,000 a month, but know that is not typical.
4. Copyeditor or Proofreader
When I first got started in blogging, my own grammar and spelling was often bad. It’s not because I don’t know how to do those things, it was simply that I was busy and lazy and didn’t have time to go back and check them. Blogs, websites and other companies hire copyeditors to proof their work before it goes live so that it looks professional.
If grammar and language are your strong suit, this is a great option for you.
How much can you earn: $28/hr, on average, around $58,000 year.
If you’re a great writer, this is an awesome service to offer. So many people really struggle with writing and need help with their website or blog. I have a friend who built an entire company ghost and guest writing content for big fashion bloggers all over the country. I think the key to her success was finding a niche she wanted to write about and connecting with the right bloggers to write for.
If you love writing helpful content, but don’t want the added pressure of running a blog and social media channels, this could be a perfect fit for you. It’s flexible and can be done on your own time.
How much can you earn: ~$30-80/hr
6. Graphic Designer
Before I become a full-time blogger, I was actually a freelancer designer. This was a great job and I made great money. If you’re creative, have an eye for design and know how to use design programs, this is a fabulous work from home option.
You can run your business from your laptop, and I found that many clients ended up turning into repeat clients which made my income more sustainable. After working with a client, pitch them the idea to work on a monthly retainer for specific tasks like designing emails, direct mail pieces, graphics for social media and whatever else they may need.
How much can you earn: On average, designers make $35/hr, but you can set your own hourly rates. When I was a designer, my hourly rate was $85 and no one batted an eye.
7. Virtual Assistant
If you’re the organized, I can do it all type, a virtual assistant job is ideal. Virtual assistants can specialize in specific tasks, or do a variety of things. Think about what you’re good at and how you can help people.
This could be managing someone’s schedule, planning and scheduling content for a blogger, managing inboxes and email marketing, or managing Pinterest accounts. The list goes on. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, check out this course that will get your VA business launched in just 30 days.
How much can you earn: on average $1000-4000/month
As a bookkeeper, you keep records of financial transactions for small businesses and this can be done remotely. If you have great attention to detail and are good with numbers, this is a great option for you. To get started, check out this course for becoming a virtual bookkeeper with no previous experience. https://bookkeepers.com/free-classes
How much can you earn: $15-16/hour
9. Interior Decorator
Are people always complimenting your home? Why not become a freelance interior decorator. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a degree in this to become a decorator. One of my best friends has a six-figure interior design company with a long waitlist and she has no degree, just good taste.
This is a great, creative job is that’s more up your alley.
How much can you earn: according to ziprecruiter.com, freelance interior decorators make on average $48,000
10. Social Media Manager
If you love spending time on social media already, this is a great job. So many companies are looking for someone else more capable to manage their social media platforms. The great thing about this job is that you can batch a lot of your tasks upfront. Write and schedule content using platforms like Tailwind, Hootsuite, Planoly and Facebook’s built-in scheduler. Those really make you job so much easier.
How much can you earn: For beginners, $15-50, more advanced, $50-100/hr
11. SEO Consultant
With more and more people wanting to be successful online and with their blogs, SEO is only becoming more and more important, not that it ever wasn’t. But, I think more and more people are realizing the power it has. And, it’s a lot of information to learn on your own if you’re also trying to run your business.
This is actually something I outsourced for my other blog and have been so happy with the results. My organic search traffic has grown a ton, which means my income has grown. If you have a background in SEO this is a great work from home option that so many entrepreneurs need help with.
How much can you earn: most freelancers charge $41-50/hr
I have so many friends who were teachers before they had kids. They now want something more flexible that they can do on their own time and use the skills they already have. Tutoring is such a great option. It allows you to set your own schedule and decide how many students you want to take on at a time. You can even specialize in specific topics.
How much can you earn: $30-40, or if you’re a certified teacher with specialized experience, you can charge more, around $85/hr. If you’re specifically trained to work with children with special needs, you can charge more.
13. Photo Editor
I didn’t even know this existed until a couple of years ago when a photographer friend started talking about her editor. It never occurred to me that photographers would outsource this task, but it makes sense—they’re busy shooting photos and don’t always have time to edit everything. If you’re proficient in Photoshop and Lightroom and have a good eye for photography, this is the job for you.
If you need a course on photo-editing, check this one out.
How much can you earn: according to Glassdoor, freelance photo editors can make $28K-60K per year
If you’re a great typer, this is an easy way to make money from home. As a transcriber, you listen to recorded speech and simply type what you hear. To be good at this job you should be a proficient typer (50-80 words per minute).
How much can you earn: most transcriber’s make $15/hr, but can make up to $25-30/hr
Okay, these next few are not technical “jobs”, but easy ways to make cash when you really have little time. This would have been especially helpful during those early newborn days where I barely had enough brain power to cook my family a meal!
Who doesn’t shop online these days? Personally, I hate going shopping in stores. Shopping online is far easier, quicker and more convenient.
Rakuten allows you to make cash back on items you’re already purchasing. They earn commission when you use their links and they give you a portion of that commission back. It’s a quick and effortless way to make money purchasing things you normally would.
How much can you earn: Simply depends on what you purchase. Get an extra $10 back when you use my link, join and spend $25!
16. Get Paid to Test Websites
Whenever companies are launching new websites, they’ll pay users to test the websites for them. If actually done this years ago for updates made to Chrysler’s website—pretty cool to see the process from that side.
- UserTesting.com (you just need a PayPal account to get paid)
- UserFeel.com (you just have to take a sample test and pass before you can get paid)
How much can you earn: $10-15 per test, tests take about 10-20 minutes
17. Invest: Betterment
If you haven’t started investing, do it today. This is one of the best ways to grow your long term wealth because of compounding interest. Yes, the markets go up and down, but if you leave your money there for a long time, it will grow, and it has the possibility of growing hugely in 10, 20 or 30 years. When planning for your retirement, this should be on your list.
You don’t have to have a ton of money to get started either. One of the best platforms, read, easiest, I use is Betterment. It allowed me to easily connect with my bank accounts, transfer money into a General Investing account and add to it automatically or manually. You can set how risky you want it to be too. The more risk, the higher the reward, but also a chance you can lose money too.
Use my link to join and get up to $5,000 managed FREE, which means more money in your pocket!
How much can you earn: this is totally dependent on how much you initially invest, how much you add each month and how risky you decide to be. With an initial investment of $10,000 and adding $500 a month, I made over $700 in 4 months. Not a full-time salary by any means, but it’s $700 I didn’t have. Each month that my account grows, I only make more—gotta love that compounding interest.
What other work from home jobs can you think of?
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