This is a guest post from Val Breit of the personal finance blog The Common Sense Club.
I asked Val to write on The Ways to Wealth about flexible work from home jobs because she is living proof they exist. I also recommend that you check out my article highlighting the fastest-growing stay-at-home jobs, which offer both flexibility and the potential to ramp-up your future earnings.
You’ve heard of people “working from home.” But is that a legitimate thing?
So many people are sick of the 9-to-5 office grind. They don’t mind working, but they just want their job to not be soul-sucking, and they need something that works for their own schedule.
Is a flexible work from home job too much to ask?
From 9-5 Mom to Work-at-Home Mom
I had the same doubts. I thought making money online was a total scam. And I thought I had to continue in my career that I went to college for. After all, it was a “pretty good” job.
But when I became a mom, I started to hate my job.
It wasn’t the job per se. I was a school counselor and loved many things about my job. The problem was I wanted to be home with my baby more than anything in the world, but we needed my income.
As the breadwinner of our family, I couldn’t just up and leave my family hanging without a plan. So after a lot of research and a giant leap of faith, I’ve been a full-time stay-at-home mom, making legit money from home *on my own schedule* for two years.
The Need For Flexibility
Besides needing to make a decent wage, the key for me was to find work that was flexible. If you’re a parent, you know baby and toddler schedules are constantly changing. That meant remote jobs that required a quiet environment and my availability from 9 – 5 were out!
I needed to find work I could do:
- In the morning before my kids are up for the day
- During the ever-changing nap time
- In the evening after my littles are asleep (there are two munchkins now)
Here is what has worked for me and others who needed similar flexibility.
7 Best Flexible Work From Home Jobs
One of the best ways to make money from home on is freelancing.
Most people who work from home start with freelancing because:
- The work is can be done on your own time. You just need to meet deadlines.
- You are in control of the work you accept and the work you don’t want to take on.
- You can start freelancing with little to no experience. I had none.
Freelancers are self-employed and provide service to clients, often to multiple clients at the same time. Freelancers are not employees, rather, they work under a contract with each person they work for.
Let’s dive into some freelance options now.
#1 – Freelance Writer
What a Freelance Writer Does:
You can get quick, small wins as a freelance writer on a job site like Fiverr, but the per-article rate for general content tends to be on the low side. Higher-earning freelance writers find a profitable niche that they know well (or can learn about).
Who Hires Freelance Writers:
Everyone who wants a presence online needs written content. Website pages, blog posts, pamphlets and flyers — they all have written content. Even e-books and self-published books are often written by a ghostwriter, because business owners just don’t have the time to sit down and write everything themselves. This means opportunity for those who are great writers and who want to work on their own schedule.
How to Get Started:
Before RJ started running The Ways To Wealth full-time, he made great money working as a freelance writer. You can read more about how to get started in this beginner’s guide.
#2 – Bookkeeper
What a Bookkeeper Does:
A bookkeeper keeps records of a company’s business transactions. They often use software like QuickBooks to keep accurate record of the company’s costs and income. Bookkeepers may also process payroll, prepare invoices, and more depending on a client’s needs.
Who Hires Bookkeepers:
Anyone with a business can hire a bookkeeper because every business has to keep track and report their business data. Even those in the personal finance field who love money and numbers hire bookkeepers because keeping financial stats can be tedious and time-consuming.
Learn More From a Successful Bookkeeper:
Bookkeeper’s rates often start around $30 an hour with some basic training, and you can advance quickly in this field. In fact, Ben Robinson’s free training about how to launch a bookkeeping business will show you how to scale to $60+ per hour as a bookkeeper. If spreadsheets and numbers are your bread and butter, you can create a flexible work-from-home job as a bookkeeper.
#3 – Freelance Editor
What a Freelance Editor Does:
All editors strive to improve someone else’s writing. However, there are a few different types of editing. When most of us hear the word editing, we think of what editors consider proofreading or copyediting. Editing was the first freelance service I offered and you can learn more about the steps I took in this post.
Who Hires Freelance Editors and Proofreaders:
Since Amazon opened the doors to self-publishers, there are lots of authors who need editors to polish their books. Other fields that commonly hire proofreaders include court reports, online course creators, podcasters, bloggers, and more.
Learn More From a Successful Freelance Proofreader:
Caitlyn Pyle is well-known for good reason in the proofreading niche. Not only did she start a successful career as a proofreader, she turned that skill into a business by teaching thousands of others how they can do the same. If you have a set of eagle eyes and know the grammar rules of the English language, proofreading might be an excellent fit for you.
#4 – Social Media Manager
What a Social Media Manager Does:
A social media manager can do everything social media related, including some or all of the following:
- create and set up social media accounts for businesses
- schedule posts
- research and create strategy plans
- create reports and analyze the data to show growth in reach or followers
- create the graphics and headline for posts
- curate and find content to share
- engage on social media for businesses.
Here’s a post that runs down some of the most common types of social media jobs (both traditional and freelance).
Who hires Social Media Managers:
Social media is powerful for businesses because increased awareness leads to increased customers or clients. So every physical business or online business / blogger is a potential client for a social media manager. While authors might need an editor one or two times per year, businesses need promotion on social media year-round. That means social media management is a flexible job you could do to earn extra money each month.
Learn More from a Successful Social Media Manager:
Social media managers usually charge a lower rate for creating new profiles and scheduling content, a higher rate for creating, designing, and curating content, and an even higher rate if you become a expert is something like creating and managing Pinterest, Instagram, or Facebook Ads for a business.
Monica from Flourish with Facebook Ads is one of the most respected people to learn from.
#5 – Virtual Assistant
What a Virtual Assistant Does:
Virtual assistants help business owners build more successful businesses by doing tasks the owners:
- don’t want to do
- don’t know how to do
- or just don’t have the time to do.
Things like answering emails, researching, project management, scheduling, and outreach for speaking opportunities are common tasks virtual assistants do. The list goes on and on. Seriously, check this list out to see 150+ services you virtual assistants offer to make money.
Who Hires Virtual Assistants:
Any business owner, from tiny to massive, online or bricks-and-mortar, could hire virtual assistants. Some virtual assistants specialize in one type of job (ex. Pinterest manager for realtors), while others are open to doing any administrative task a client needs.
Learn More From a Successful Virtual Assistant:
In addition to writing and editing, I also work as a freelance virtual assistant. I’ve always enjoyed variety in my work, but the biggest reason for me was landing a client who wanted ongoing work instead of one-off projects. This allowed me to earn consistent and predictable money without spending time pitching new clients.
I spent weeks watching free and paid courses, which I summarized so you’d know the best options out there for learning how to become a virtual assistant.
#6 – Coach
What a Coach Does:
An online coach is someone who teaches and helps someone along with a skill—virtually. There are blogging coaches, financial coaches, business coaches, writing coaches, health coaches, life coaches, and even food allergy coaches. If there’s something you know well and you have a heart for coaching, you can create your own flexible business online as a coach.
Who Hires Coaches:
Wherever there are people wanting change or improvement, there are potential students to be coached. People who want to get out of debt and stop living paycheck-to-paycheck may hire a money coach.
Those who want to get in the best shape of their life hire a fitness coach. Those who want to grow their business will hire a business coach. You just need to find where your potential students hang out to find plenty of opportunity to start a coaching business.
Learn From a Successful Coach:
Watch, learn from, and replicate what the successful coaches in your area are doing. Here is a list of:
That should to get you started if you’re interested in becoming a coach.
#7 – Blogger
What a Blogger Does:
A blogger is someone who writes articles that teach, entertain, or inspire. Some bloggers also have podcasts or YouTube channels, in addition to their blogs. You can blog about something broad like building wealth, or you blog about something super specific like how to make sock puppets out of recycled material.
Who Hires Bloggers:
Bloggers are not typically hired to blog, however, they can be hired as freelance writers, virtual assistants, consultants, or coaches. A blogger also may earn money by affiliate marketing, being a brand ambassador, posting sponsored content, or selling their own physical or digital products. Income reports are an easy way to see how bloggers earn money from home.
Learn From a Successful Blogger:
Blogging is one of the most flexible work at home jobs because you are the boss! Many bloggers start out as freelancers, learn the ropes of running a site online, then begin their own blog on the side. That’s exactly what R.J. and I both did. If you decide to start a blog to make money, make sure you’ve chosen a wise blogging niche.
Summary: Flexible Work From Home Jobs
If you are eager to find a legitimate and flexible work from home job, all the ideas listed above fit the bill. Remember, they are:
- Freelance writer
- Freelance editor
- Social media manager
- Virtual assistant
Review your skills and money goals to determine which one makes the most sense for you. Then dive in! It took me three months to meet my first income goal. So there is a very real possibility if you take the advice above, you can be enjoying the extra cash from your work-at-home job a few months from now.
All I ask is that you send me an email at Val [at] TheCommonCentsClub [dot] com when you earn your first $1 from home.
I absolutely love celebrating new side hustle startups, and that first dollar earned online is one you won’t forget.
Editor’s note: Check our guide to the best jobs for stay-at-home moms for more great work-from-home options.