3 Ways You Can Earn A Living While Working From Home

Can you earn a living while working from home? How much time should you devote to make sure your ‘side hustle’ becomes successful enough for you to make a living from it? 

Nowadays, focusing all your energy on one income stream won’t necessarily be enough to live a comfortable life. 

Luckily, earning a living while working from home doesn’t have to only mean working for a company on a standard work schedule; there are a lot of ways you can generate income while working from home - so much so that narrowing down your options can become a vexing process even. 

Working remotely has created the perfect environment where employees can achieve a better work-life balance… It gives them a chance to have more control over their time, discover new skills, and avoid office politics.  

If you want to earn more than your current wages but don’t know where to start, this article will help you get on the right track. 

Read on to discover the top three ways you can earn a living while working from home or anywhere in the world. 

1. Start a blog

woman working on her laptop

To be frank, starting a blog will not generate any income from the get-go. But, if you’re looking for a long-term alternative to generate passive income, writing blogs could ultimately prove lucrative. 

Starting a blog may sound simple - start up your pc or laptop’s text editor, choose a topic to cover, then publish away to your website. However, all of this is easier said than done. 

It’s not easy trying to organize your thoughts, find an intriguing topic that people will want to read for years to come, and optimize your content to satisfy the needs of your readers and search engines. All of this will require time and effort if you want to monetize your penmanship.

Right now, you may be asking yourself, can blog writing actually make any income, when, on the surface, all you’ll be doing is sharing your opinion or relevant information on a particular topic? 

The answer is a resounding YES

For starters, over 53% of shoppers nowadays are searching the internet every day.

For what? Mostly for articles, reviews, or recommendations before making any buying decisions. What’s more, according to Semrush, content marketing is now an industry worth over $400 billion annually! 

Having this data in mind, you’ll need to write compelling blog posts. 

This will make it easier for you to organically promote your brand to customers. The more blogs you post from your website, the more they’ll perceive you to be an industry leader in your niche. 

Once your blog gains visibility and recognition, it might even entice other businesses to engage with your brand and future content! This can be done through advertisements, affiliate marketing, or consultation services. 

Now that you know how blogs can help you earn a living, it's time start writing your blog. To help you achieve success in this endeavor, here is a step-by-step guide to how you can write money-making blogs:

1. Decide on what type of blogs you want to write about

2. Find the perfect domain name for your blog

3. Sign up for a hosting account provider

4. Learn the ins and outs of WordPress or other content management system software, specifically their plugins

5. Decide how you’ll generate income from your blogs (guest posts, advertising space, bolstering your brand image, etc.)  

6. Set up your own Google Analytics account

7. Tailor your content to match your keyword research plan

8. Optimize your content with the help of different SEO tools

9. Build an email list

10. Create a sales funnel 

2. Start a podcast

two people talking on a podcast

Podcasting has grown in popularity in recent years. This is in large part to more consumers preferring to consume content while on the go. 

In simpler terms, a podcast is a radio broadcast about a certain topic. 

Similar to blogging, podcasting is a side hustle that involves sharing your thoughts and opinions on a particular topic that doesn’t take a lot of manpower or equipment to be successful. The only difference is, this time, it’s done via audio.  

Although it will also take some time before you can expect to see income from your podcasts, this activity is a fun and easy way to not only earn income but also gain popularity. 

There are different ways you can make money with a podcast; It can be through the following:

Business advertisements 

If you establish a podcast that boasts a dedicated and engaged following, chances are businesses will be lining up to shell out money to reach your listeners in no time. 

In most scenarios, business advertisements through podcasts can be done by:

  • Showing your appreciation multiple times during the podcast
  • Sponsoring a giveaway
  • Sharing affiliate links

Social audio apps

Here’s the good news: social audio apps are more than willing to reward their content creators with money for providing valuable content that keeps their users glued to the app. 

What’s even better is that you can easily upload your podcast episodes to different social audio apps at the same time with the help of a podcast hosting site, making it easier for you to increase your income streams. 

While your hosting site can take care of the nitty-gritty aspects of helping you earn income from your podcasts, it does help to know which platforms the best podcasters flock to. Here’s a shortlist of the top social audio apps you can choose to have your podcast episodes uploaded to for maximum exposure:

  • Apple Podcasts
  • Spotify
  • Youtube 
  • Clubhouse
  • Soundcloud
  • TuneIn
  • Google Podcasts

Subscriptions 

The more consistent you are with releasing new content to grow your podcast, the more eager your listeners will be to hear your next episode. Instead of keeping them waiting, you can use podcasting as a marketing tool by offering subscriptions at a low monthly fee to give them a head start on your episodes and provide them with exclusive content.   

3. Put some of your personal belongings up for rent 

signage that says for rent

One of the easiest ways you can earn passive income while working from home is by posting items you rarely use up for rent.   

Thanks to advancements in technology, securing renters for your items is now easier today than ever before. 

Here are a few examples:

  • You can list your property, or just a single room, for rent through travel apps such as Airbnb 
  • Have others use that vehicle sitting in your garage through peer-to-peer car rental applications
  • Share the extra space in your driveway for people going on a vacation or who need a place to store their extra vehicle through car parking apps  

In summary,

Everyone has a unique set of skills and talents. While some of the income streams mentioned in this article may drag you out of your comfort zone, they’re easy and fun to learn. As Warren Buffet once said: “Never depend on a single income. Make investment to create a second source.”  

3 ways you can earn a living while working from home

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