Working from home is arguably the new workplace. More and more professionals desire to earn an income and be their own boss. In today’s digital age, it has become easier than ever to set up a work from home business.
Many traditional work models don’t allow businesses to reach their full potential. The ‘online gig economy’ is a new labour market where online platforms are on the rise for employers as well as the newly self-employed. When it comes to starting a business and finding the best work from home jobs it’s always best to consider your interests, skills, and qualifications. Don’t overlook the initial costs to set up and market your business either.
Work from home options
Depending on your skills and qualifications, there are numerous work from home options. Here’s a look at three work from home options (both part-time and full-time) that easily cater to today’s digital era:
Sell your wares on marketplaces
Global marketplaces like Etsy or Artfire are great for makers who want to sell unique and creative goods. Over the past several years, the handmade or homemade crafts community has grown from a tiny niche to a full-fledged industry.
Craft websites allow makers of all types to market and sell their products to a global audience online with little setup process and easily accessible selling tools. However, keep in mind that while sites like Etsy, Ebay and Artfire are great for getting your feet wet, consider your long-term growth strategy. Ownership of your online presence and platform should be an ultimate goal for a variety of reasons and benefits.
Become a freelance writer
Is writing a passion? If so, freelance research and writing is always in high demand. Earn money freelancing by building your portfolio and contributing to high quality websites. Diversify your earning potential by working with freelance platforms like Upwork where buyers are looking for high quality writers.
Content is king so website copy, blog posts and articles (and the creators who develop them) are in high demand. You can easily become a part-time freelance writer and work your way up to being a specialized industry blogger and an expert in your field.
Start a drop shipping business
Entrepreneurs make a lot of passive income from drop shipping, a model that allows you to ship physical products to customers without holding inventory. You earn money moving goods from the manufacturer directly to the end user without going though the usual distribution channels.
In a traditional e-commerce, online store owners can only sell what is available, or in stock, at the moment. However, drop shipping has created a hassle-free shortcut in e-commerce where Internet retailers don’t worry about fulfillment and focus solely on marketing instead.
Where and how people are working is rapidly changing. These are just a few of the work from home options you can consider.