3 Legitimate Ways to Make Money from Home

let’s look at a few real ways
you can work from your home and make the
extra cash that you and your family need.

1. Freelance Writing: Sell Your Words
Today, you can decide to become
a freelance writer and, if you’re fortunate,
get an assignment that very same
day. Obviously, the better your skills and
training are, the better your projects and
freelance writing rates will be.
Today’s freelance writers can choose from a
variety of markets. You can write for
magazines, either online or in print. You can
blog by setting up your own site, or by
writing for someone else’s. The market for
new articles on the Internet is vast, and
there’s plenty of work to go around.
Additionally, book publishers are always
looking for the next big book. People need
sales letters, white papers, website copy, and
e-books. In other words, there’s an ocean of
work to do, and if you’re an ambitious writer,
you can dive in and profit.
If you want to work from home as a
freelance writer, consider this checklist
before you get started:
Samples. You’ll need some samples
before you can really begin marketing
yourself. Figure out which market you
want to approach first, and then find or
create some related samples. For
instance, if you want to try your hand at
blogging, study some successful blogs,
and then write a few posts of your own
to use as samples. Do this for any and
every market you’d want to write for.
Tools. You don’t need much to work as a
home-based freelance writer, but there
are some tools that you must have. The
most important will be your computer.
Get the fastest Internet access that you
can afford. It doesn’t matter what kind of
computer you get. Just make sure you’re
comfortable enough to spend a lot of
time with it. Most clients will request that
you submit your work as a Microsoft
Word document, so make sure that
whatever programs you use are
compatible. In addition, because you’ll
be spending so much time at the
computer, make sure that you have a
good work area with proper
lighting. Some clients will want to be able
to reach you by phone or Skype, so have
both set up and accessible. You’ll need
an invoicing program, such as
Freshbooks, and a good bookkeeping
system to keep track of sales, orders,
and accounts receivables.
Job Boards. When you’re first starting
out, you’ll have to go looking for work,
and the best place to do that is on one of
the online job boards. Places like Guru,
Elance, Freelancer, and oDesk are
today’s writers’ best friends. They allow
individuals and businesses to post
projects, and freelancers to bid on
them. Take a look around the sites, sign
up for the free access in the beginning,
and then begin to place bids on the
projects that interest you. It will take
some trial and error to find your groove,
but once you do, the jobs will start to roll
in.
Persistence and Commitment. You’ll
need to have a good amount of
persistence while pursuing freelance
writing gigs. This business is subjective,
and while one person may love your
writing, another may not. Do your best to
always produce good, solid copy and
hold on to your commitment to do the
best you can for your clients. Just by
committing to do those two things, you’ll
be miles ahead of your competition.

2. Classes: Sell Your Knowledge
Another great way to earn money from your
home office is to sell your skills or
knowledge by teaching classes. For instance,
if you’re an exercise guru, you might start an
exercise class in a large spacious area in
your home. People are willing to pay to learn
about many fields of knowledge, from
cooking and gardening to soap or candle
making. Playing a musical instrument, child
birthing, dancing, dog training, yoga, and
even foreign languages are all great topics
for expert classes.
The key is to make the class sound unique
and irresistible. Don’t just teach a cooking
class; come up with specialty cooking
classes. You might teach a class on how to
make artesian breads, or cinnamon rolls that
rival Cinnabon. The possibilities are endless,
and if you consistently offer educational and
fun classes, you’ll have people signing up
over and over again.
But being successful at hosting your own
classes requires some serious planning and
attention to detail. Here is an outline of the
things you’ll have to consider:
Your Idea. It’s not enough to say that
you’re going to offer an exercise
classes. The people considering your
classes will want to know exactly what
they are going to get for their money,
and it will be up to you to explain it
concisely and effectively. Understand
that you’re basically giving a sales pitch
to potential attendees. You’ll have to
really narrow down your topic.
Your Schedule. Decide in advance how
often you want to teach your class, and
what times will work for you. If you’re
teaching a foreign language, you will
want to offer structured classes that
meet at the same time every week. But if
you intend to offer cooking classes,
where one lesson won’t run into another,
you can be a little more flexible.
Remember that you’re making a
commitment that will last weeks or
months, and you won’t want to end
up canceling classes. Pick a schedule
that you can keep.
Furthermore, carefully consider your
likely attendees, and what schedule
would be attractive to them. For
example, if you’re planning on
teaching a tutoring class, you
obviously couldn’t schedule it during
school hours. Likewise, a class aimed
at mothers of young children will
either have to include babysitting
services or be scheduled at night,
when they’re more likely to have
help with the kids. Find the delicate
balance of times that fit your
prospective students’ schedules as
well as your own.
Your Price. When establishing a price for
your classes, start by calling around and
finding out what other choices your
clients have. If you plan to offer cooking
classes, call some commercial
establishments and other in-home
teachers. Compare your own talent and
experience to what they’re offering, and
set a price accordingly. You should
always come in a little lower than classes
offered by commercial establishments as
that will be one of your selling points:
expert information for less money.
Your Deals. In addition to establishing a
per-class price, also offer packages to
entice people to sign up for more than
one class. For example, if you intend to
host classes on making soap, offer the
classes individually, as well as in a
group. Someone could take a class
learning how to use fresh flowers in
homemade soap, or they could buy a
bundle that teaches them how to use
those, fresh herbs, and plastic toys for
kid’s soap. However you decide to price
your classes, remember that the buyer
will want to feel like they’re getting a lot
for their money. If you can provide that
in a fun atmosphere, they’ll likely be
back time and time again – and they’ll
bring friends.
Your Ads. The key to success will be in
your ability to get the word out about
your classes. Word of mouth will play an
important role in your marketing efforts
because taking classes is something that
friends like to do together. Don’t just rely
on friends and family, though. Post fliers
in supermarkets, churches, and school
bulletin boards. You’ll definitely want to
have an online presence so people who
are searching your area for such classes
will be able to find you. You can
establish one by creating a website, and
then using digital media to spread your
message. And don’t forget your
neighborhood as a source of
business. Take some time to visit your
neighbors, even if you just visit one
block a day, and tell them about your
new business.

3. Consulting: Sell Your Knowledge
Consultants offer their services or advice for
a fee. For instance, you may help a new non-
profit organization develop a plan for
fundraising, and then oversee the
process. Or you may help a new company
garner media attention by writing press
releases and then distributing them to the
proper channels.
Individuals use consultants, too. Some
people use consultants for tax or financial
advice, while others may pay a consultant to
teach them how to set up and maintain a
garden.
Basically, if you have proven skills in an
area, you can market yourself as a
consultant and provide your services from
home. Breaking in isn’t always easy, though,
so consider these topics:
Experience. Whatever area you want to
work in as a consultant, you must be
able to show clients that you’re qualified
to advise them. If there are organizations
related to your field, make sure that
you’re a member of them. Similarly, if
you can take a course and become
certified or registered in your field, do it
and then add that to your credentials.
Work Space. When acting as a
consultant, the probability is high that
clients will be visiting your home office.
Therefore, you need to have a neat,
professional home office that is
welcoming to guests. Try to locate your
work space in a quiet, even secluded,
area of the house. A converted garage
space with its own entrance works well,
giving you a private space for work and
adding to your credibility.
Marketing. When operating as a
consultant, you won’t necessarily be
marketing your company; you’ll be
marketing yourself. You’ll have to
“package” yourself in a way that makes
people trust you. For instance, if you’re
marketing yourself as a financial
consultant, ask yourself why someone
would trust you with their life savings,
and then figure out a way to convey that
to potential clients. It might be in the
form of a brochure, a portfolio, a sales
letter, or all three.
To get the word out about your services,
you’ll have to talk to a lot of people. Attend
functions where your typical client would
hang out. That may mean the local
agricultural department’s classes if you’re a
gardening consultant, or Chamber of
Commerce meetings if you’re a business
consultant.

I just hope this little article helps someone out there!!!

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