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If you juggle kids at home (especially now!), run a side hustle, or simply don’t want or need to work full-time, you may be wondering what you can do working from home part time and earn some decent money.
With the gig economy and cloud software at our fingertips, working from home is getting easier all the time. Throw in an unfortunate pandemic and working from home is now becoming more of the norm.
So what can you do from part time from home? Let’s explore some options!
The first thing to determine is if you want to be an employee, or if you want to work for yourself or as a contractor.
If you like the idea of being an employee and having a predictable paycheck with taxes taken out, then check out these articles:
If you prefer to be a contractor/freelancer or start your own business, then you can control your schedule a bit more. There are lots of options for working from home part time as a freelancer depending on what you want to do.
To start making money quickly, then offering a service is your best bet in the beginning. Blogging, creating online courses and affiliate marketing are all great, but it takes time to get income coming in if you are starting from scratch.
If you need income, like now, then let’s explore some services you can start offering right away.
1. General Virtual Assistant
I know the job of virtual assistant (VA) gets written about a lot on work-from-home sites, but the truth is, it’s an amazing way to earn good money on your own terms.
Being a general virtual assistant means you aren’t necessarily specializing in an area, you are offering general administrative support.
You might handle customer service, email organization, calendar management, writing, etc. You are a jack-of-all-trades.
I started as a general virtual assistant many years ago and landed several clients rather quickly through networking with a few business coaches I knew.
If you’re not sure what type of services you want to offer, then starting as a generalist is a great way to get yourself out there. You can always specialize down the road if you want to.
So how do you actually become a virtual assistant? First, you can check out my full article on how to become a virtual assistant here.
The fastest way to get started is to figure out what services you’d like to offer, figure out your rates (don’t low-ball yourself) and then reach out to friends and family to get the word out. You might check out some Facebook groups also to network a bit. Ashley Abbey from The Virtual Savvy has a big Facebook group and VA jobs are often posted.
You can also explore Upwork to see if there are opportunities on there that fit your skills. I do think leveraging your contacts to get clients is a better way to get started than trying to compete on Upwork.
Virtual assistant rates can vary widely, but when I worked as a VA, I charged $45 per hour. The more specialized you are, the more you can charge. Becoming a virtual assistant is a great way to ease into working from home part time!
2. Freelance Writer
If you love to write and are pretty good at it, then there are many opportunities to work from home part time or as a freelancer.
First, you’ll want to determine what type of writing you want to do. Here are some ideas to help you get the creative juices flowing:
- Proposal writer
- Grant writer
- White papers
- PLR writer (this is for bloggers who sell Private Label Rights articles – often these bloggers hire out the writing of the articles)
- Blog/article writer
- Web copywriter
Once you determine the type of writing you’d like to do, then I would recommend putting some samples together of your writing. If you don’t have any samples of existing work, then create some! Anyone who hires you for writing work will want to see your work in action.
There are lots of “content mills” out there that you can get hired for as a writer, but don’t expect to make much money. If you are just for some experience, that could be a great place to start.
I was hired as a writer at a company that cranked out content for it’s customers. I figured if I wrote fast enough, I’d be able to bring in $2K-$3K a month eventually. Not the case. The people nice, but ever topic I wrote on was different, so there was a bit of research involved in order to write a 400 or 800 word article. I could not whip out the articles at lightening speed, so my pay equated to about $6/hour. Not ideal.
If you really want to take freelance writing serious, then explore learning from people who are out there making a living as a writer. Here are a few people I follow and think are worth learning from….(affiliate links in some cases below, but I only recommend people/products I believe in!).
- Carol Tice runs the site Make A Living Writing. She is no nonsense and tells it like it is which I think is very refreshing when it comes to getting advice on the big web. Her Bootcamps and Freelance Writer’s Den members has tons of members!
- Holly Johnson runs the popular freelance writing course, Earn More Writing. She is all about charging what you are worth and earning a great living without working like a dog.
- Elna Cain is on of my favorite bloggers. She is a freelance writer and coach and helps new freelance writers get started . She has several courses on the topic. I took one of her blogging courses and loved it!
The key is just to get started. Every business needs content these days. If you are a decent writer, don’t work for peanuts. The ladies mentioned above have all mentioned they have made anywhere from $250 to over $1,000 for one article. You can build a successful freelance writing career if you go about it the right way.
3. Affiliate Manager
If you are a blogger or have any experience with affiliate marketing, then you could most certainly market yourself as an affiliate manager.
Many online entrepreneurs who launch big products and courses use affiliate managers to help manage those relationships.
What does an affiliate manager do?
The affiliate manager manages the affiliate program for a business (I know, so obvious). To give you an example, let’s say you go to work as an affiliate manager for an entreprenuer who runs a successful online course.
Some of your responsibilities might include:
- manage the affiliate platform
- manage current affiliate relationships
- do outreach for new affiliates
- create “assets” for affiliates such as images and swipe files for marketing
- coordinate and schedule promotions
- approve new affiliates
If becoming an affiliate manager interests you, but you don’t have experience, then start as a general virtual assistant, preferably for a client that does affiliate marketing, and work your way into an affiliate manager role.
4. Website designer
If you are a current web designer in a 9-to-5, transitioning to a freelance career would be fairly easy given you already have the skills.
You can always start out by working with clients on the side of your fulltime job, or you can take the full leap into the freelance world. Just remember to charge more as a freelancer because you now have to pay for your own equipment, insurance and taxes.
What does a web designer do?
Web designers create and code websites and web pages. A web designer typically creates the design and layout. Writing skills can help here too as you may be writing some copy as well.
Here are a few work-from-home ideas for web designers:
- Offering full website design for Wordpress themes
- Offering website design using Squarespace
- Being a technical VA for multiple clients managing the upkeep and updates on their websites
- Designing and selling Wordpress themes (a married couple started BluChic WP themes)
If you want to become a website designer or create your own Wordpress themes that you can sell, then check out skillcrush.com. This site is amazing! They offer a variety courses geared toward women who want to learn technical skills. They also offer career counseling.
5. Community Manager
Facebook Groups have exploded with popularity in recent years. Many entrepreneurs create Facebook Groups as a way to build a community, engage with their customers and promote products.
As Facebook Groups grow in size, so do the need for managing the people and content that are happening within the groups.
Many entrepreneurs and even larger businesses have turned to Community Managers to help them manage comments, policy adherence, approvals of new people into the group, and so much more!
If you love the social interaction that happens in Facebook Groups, then this could be a great way to earn a living! The best way I know to break into this is to get involved in Facebook Groups, interact and follow entrepreneurs you would love to work with.
I’m on a lot of email lists and in a bunch of Facebook Groups and I noticed that when a business owner wants to hire someone, they often turn to their own community to find people because they want to hire someone who already knows their brand and customers.
So becoming a social media manager interests you, then by all means, join Facebook Groups you would love to manage!
6. Social Media Manager
Offering social media management can fall under the virtual assistant umbrella (like so many services), but if you know social media and want to help others grow their following on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest, then go ahead and call yourself a Social Media Manager.
You can niche your services even more with a title such as Pinterest Manager or Instagram Manager.
Ashley Abbey at The Virtual Savvy has a post all about becoming a Pinterest Manager – you check it out here.
Kate Ahl from Simple Pin Media started as a Pinterest Manager for just a couple clients and has grown her business into a large business with around 40 Pinterest Managers working within her company.
You just never know where you can go. But you have to start somewhere!
Do you love to sew? Believe it or not, you can find work as a seamstress working from home.
Because of Zoe is a ecommerce business selling girl’s hair bows. In the interview, Shunta explained her hiring process for new seamstresses. It sounds like it’s not easy to find great seamstresses, so if you know and love sewing, this could be a fun way to earn some money from home.
You can find out how to apply to become a seamstress with Because of Zoe here.
That is just one of thousands of businesses that make sewn products. There are probably many others that hire women to sew their products from home. Listening to podcast interviews is a great way to discover hidden opportunities.
8. Virtual Bookkeeper
Currently, I work as a virtual bookkeeper in addition to my blogging and Etsy shop. It supplements my income nicely and I can work from home part time. For many years, bookkeeping was my only income.
If you have any bookkeeping or accounting experience, or even office manager or administrative assistant experience, then you can leverage those skills and package them into a bookkeeping service.
Obviously, you want to make sure you know what you’re doing as a bookkeeper. If you are interested in learning more about offering bookkeeping as a freelancer, but want to brush up on your skills, then check out the courses over at bookkeepers.com. I have talked to a couple bookkeepers who went through the main bookkeeping course there and they said it was well worth the investment.
Check out my article on How To Become A Bookkeeper where I go into much more detail.
Enjoy Working From Home Part Time
Regarding of which service you choose to offer, make sure it’s something will enjoy. It doesn’t have to be your life passion by any means, but if you hate what you are doing and are only trying to make a buck, you won’t do a good job and you’ll be miserable.
Find a service you can really excel at and be the go-to person for it. You get tons of referrals and be able to charge higher rates.
The list above is only a small sampling of services you could offer. Get creative with your skills and package them into something to provides value to others. Then, put yourself out there and start making money!