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Bharathi Pradeep
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Working from home job ideas

If your current employer doesn’t embrace a work-from-home staff, you may find a bridge to your next job — or even a new career — working in the gig economy.

Flexible work-from-home jobs

Today’s freelance job marketplace, as well as an expanding array of full-time contract work, can provide side-hustle money, part-time income or full-time work flexibility. Here are some ways to turn your skills into at-home work:

  • Rent out a spare room.
  • Perform duties as a virtual assistant.
  • Freelance for companies like Upwork and Fiverr.
  • Offer fitness training or personal improvement coaching.
  • Start a babysitting or pet walking service.
  • Launch a garden and yard maintenance or housecleaning business.

Sell stuff online

Maybe you found a product line or merchandise niche and don’t mind spending nights and weekends packing and shipping. Or perhaps you’ve found a reliable drop shipper to supply and send out products for you.

It all started with eBay, the original mom-and-pop-to-consumers marketplace. But now there are many more choices: Amazon, Etsy, and even Facebook, as well as a multitude of open-your-own online store platforms.

Consider all of your online sales options and decide on one that’s best for you.

It helps to follow a personal passion, buy smart (and low) and sell at an ample profit. Popular items to sell online in 2022, according to the e-commerce platform Shopify, include:

  • Books and e-books
  • Vinyl records and CDs.
  • Belt buckles.
  • False eyelash accessories.
  • Household cleaning supplies.
  • Cloths
  • Accessories
  • Toys

Of course, an online boutique selling your favourite, hand-selected style of clothing and accessories is always a favourite startup option.

Some of the most profitable current web stores include those selling health and beauty products; subscription services; and food and beverage businesses, Shopify says.

To get an idea of just how viable selling stuff online can be, do some quick calculations:

  1. Find out what your inventory costs might be. Locate wholesale suppliers for the products you want to sell and multiply each item’s cost by the number you want to stock.
  2. Calculate your potential revenue by multiplying your sale price by the number of items you’ll stock. A typical markup is twice the wholesale cost.
  3. Consider additional costs such as website hosting (if you’ll use your own website), advertising and marketing, taxes and payment processing, such as through PayPal or a merchant account.

Subtract the expenses totalled in No. 1 and No. 3 from No. 2 (revenue) for a rough idea of your projected profitability.

Become a social media influencer

Social media influencers are powering many work-from-home opportunities. Most of the money is made through product promotion of one kind or another. For example:

  • Sponsored posts on blogs.
  • Affiliate partnerships are shown in images or with swipe-up posts on Instagram.
  • Podcasts featuring advertising or sponsor plugs.
  • How-to videos, product reviews, fashion hauls, interviews, comedy and a variety of other programming that simulates mainstream TV shows on YouTube.
  • Viewer donations and brand partnerships on video game platforms like Twitch.

In the earliest days of online promotion, a blog could feature content targeted to a specific topic and make a decent amount of cash simply by plugging in Google ads. That strategy has become more difficult over time as consumers have developed a tendency to ignore such traditional advertising or are deploying web browsers with ad blockers.

Working from home tips

For those of us who initially set up working quarters on a side table in a bedroom or at the breakfast bar in the kitchen, long-term productivity will require some work-from-home essentials, such as:

  • A comfortable chair and sit-stand desk.
  • A well-lit environment.
  • The ability to control or reduce noise.
  • Surroundings that are free from distractions.
  • Enough structure to your schedule to provide a transition from being at home to being at work.

Work-from-home job scams

When anything comes along as alluring as making a living while working from home, there are going to be scammers.

The Federal Trade Commission offers some big tipoffs that an opportunity you’re considering may be on the shady side:

  • You have to pay money upfront to get the job, perhaps for training or materials.
  • The job offers high pay with extremely low effort.
  • Your employer issues you a check but asks you to use a portion of it for another purpose.
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Bharathi Pradeep
Bharathi Pradeep
Editor at Bharathi covers topics on Competitive exams, How To guides, Current exams, Current Affairs, Study Materials, etc. Follow her on social media using the links below.

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