Women Working from Home: What are Your Options?
These days, it’s easier than ever for women to leave the corporate world behind and still make some money while they focus on starting a family. Even if you’ve lost your job in the recession or you’re simply looking to make a little extra money on the side, the internet has created a virtually equal playing field in which women can compete for jobs from the comfort of their own homes. All you really have to do is consider your education, experience, and interests before you start searching and you’re sure to find a niche that will offer you the opportunity to make some money from home. Here are just a few options that you may want to look into.
1. Virtual assistance. If you’ve ever done clerical work, becoming a virtual assistant shouldn’t be much of a leap. Your job will likely consist of tasks such as data entry, correspondence, travel planning, screening calls and email, and possibly some administrative work. But if you’ve got a phone, internet access, and a decent typing speed there’s no reason you shouldn’t apply for this type of position. Check out sites like ODesk and Elance for job opportunities.
2. Creative freelance. Writing, graphic design, and audio/video editing are just a few of the creative jobs that await freelance agents seeking work on the worldwide web. If you are a talented writer or artist, you can turn a buck with these skills online (even if you’re not necessarily accustomed to blog writing or graphics programs). Of course, it helps if you have some experience, but if you’d like to translate your real-world skills into virtual moneymakers, consider taking some starter courses or tutorials online to get the ball rolling.
3. Monetize a blog. Many women these days are turning to the blogosphere as a way to voice opinions, give advice, or expound upon topics that they feel passionate about. And while most people already have something like AdSense installed, you need to take steps to bring in more traffic and increase your web presence if you want to see some real advertising dollars roll in. This means using search engine optimization (SEO). If you don’t want to pay for this service, learn it on your own by reading (SEO for Dummies is a good place to start) and joining SEO forums where you can get advice from the pros. From there, it’s just a matter of finding affiliates that will post their wares on your site and bring you a passive income with a percentage for click-through purchases.
4. Give an opinion. Online survey sites can be hit or miss, but if you’re looking for something relatively easy that can be done piecemeal (and on a changing schedule), this could be just the ticket. Simply avoid sites that demand money or sensitive personal information up front. Stick to those that use PayPal and never give out financial account numbers!
5. Deal in domains. Did you know that there are people whose entire job is to buy and sell domains and websites? Perhaps you heard about the guy in Florida who purchased the domain “occupywallstreet.net” for a few bucks when the movement first made national news and recently sold it to the organization for $8,000. Not bad for a few minutes of work and waiting a couple of months. If you’re smart about the names you purchase you can make a killing in this speculative commodities market. Of course, any woman with skills at web design could expand her horizons (and level of fulfillment) by building up websites and selling them for profit.