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How to Earn Money by Working at Home

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 6:01am | by Guest Contributor

All of us have hit road blocks on the career front.  Sometimes it’s just a small stumble, soon remedied by a new offer of employment.  But with the economy in its current state, a hiccup can easily turn into a hiatus (whether you want it to or not).  For this reason, many professionals who have suffered layoffs or other forms of job loss are looking for ways to weather the storm of unemployment by working from home for a while.  And if you find yourself in this boat, you should know that there are tons of opportunities for the motivated individual who is willing to hustle for work online.  Here are just a few options for earning that you may want to consider.

1. EBay Store.  There’s really no easier way to earn money online than by selling other peoples’ goods for them and pocketing a portion of the proceeds for yourself.  And as long as you have some extra space somewhere in your home (the garage or basement, for example), there’s no reason you can’t advertise your services (on local forums, Craigslist, and so on) and then sell on consignment.

2. Virtual assistant.  Anyone who has worked in an office setting (and even some who haven’t) should have no problem tackling the duties of an online clerical assistant.  You’ll be answering calls and emails, managing a calendar, doing data entry and filing, and possibly making travel arrangements.  But you’ll do it all from the comfort of your own home, so at least you won’t have to pick up coffee or dry cleaning.  It may not be sexy, but it’s easy money.

3. Tech support.  Is it plugged in?  Is it turned on?  If you’ve ever had to make a tech call yourself, you know the basics of the conversation.  And if you have a background in technology and electronics you can easily earn some extra money by selling your services to companies looking to outsource (or even advertising to individuals in need).  Although this job definitely requires some technical knowledge if you want to be good at what you do, it’s a field that always has openings for motivated individuals.  And if you’re free of the burden of work for a while, you can always take a couple of classes online to get you started before your unemployment benefits run out.

4.  Translator/transcriber.  And you thought the years you spent learning another language in high school and college would never pay off.  There are actually many services that offer over-the-phone translations, as well as those that provide written transcriptions.  So depending on your level of mastery (and the number of languages you speak and/or read) you may be able to secure a fairly decent salary.

5. Online surveys.  There has been a lot of hype about scams involving this branch of online employment, but if you want to take surveys for money, you just have to be careful.  Avoid sites that demand money for any reason (even if it seems valid); they’re supposed to be paying you.  Admittedly, you won’t earn much for each survey, but many take only 5-15 minutes, so you stand to earn a decent amount of money if you take several each day.

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