When I started my work-at-home search, I had no clue what I wanted to DO. What's funny is, I knew all the things I didn't want to do, like, work in the nursing field, talking on the phone, or any occupation with a set schedule. And from the emails that I receive daily, this is a common theme among individuals who want to work from home.
If you’re ready to make money from home this year, but you're not sure what direction you should take, there is a solution. There are a bunch of free resources, guides, and mini-courses that can help you take the guesswork out of the what should I do?
Best of all, these courses are 1oo percent online, so you don't have to worry about taking time away from your family.
Are you ready to find your dream work-at-home career?
Here are a bunch of FREE online courses and resources that can help you determine which is the right path for you.
Are you curious about selling products via the Amazon FBA program? If so, this free 7-day email course will give you the ins and outs of getting started with Amazon's seller program. You'll learn how to choose the perfect products to sell, tools of the trade, and why Amazon is the perfect platform for building an online business.
Have you ever thought about becoming a virtual assistant, but you're not sure where to get started, how much to charge, or what steps to take first? Founded by Tawnya Sutherland, VA Networking has a bunch of free training tools for aspiring and new virtual assistants, such as their free Kickstart Your VA Business eBook. VA Networking is the place to go if you want to become a virtual assistant. It's been in operation since 2003 and has over 28,000+ professional members.
Have you toyed around with the idea of becoming a virtual assistant, but you're not sure what services you can offer potential clients? No problem. Gina Horkey has been working as a virtual assistant for over three years and has put together a free whitepaper on 150+ services you can offer as a virtual assistant. This list is sure to generate some new ideas for your VA business!
Have you ever dreamed of being a freelance writer, but you're not sure what topics to cover? In 200+ Freelance Writing Niches and Sub-Niches to Choose From, the spunky and successful, Gina Horkey shares an extensive list of freelance writing niches from her years of personal experience both as a freelance writer and coach. This list is sure to help you generate some new writing ideas!
Have you thought about blogging, but you have no idea how to get started? Then grab a copy of my free e-book, Blogging Success. This 28-page course will guide you through setup and writing to tips and tactics for getting traffic and monetizing your blog. It also includes four case studies from four superstar bloggers who will let you in on their secrets and best tips for making money.
Want to make up to $60 an hour working as a bookkeeper? The Bookkeeper Launch offers a free 3-Part Online Training Series that tells you characteristics of good bookkeepers, income potential, costs to get started, how to market your business, and the next steps for getting started.
Not sure what a scopist is, or what they do? Want to know how much a scopist can earn? In Linda Evenson's free 7-Day Mini-Course, you'll learn what scoping is, how to get started, what skills you need, the earning potential, and much more.
Have you been told that you have a pleasant voice? Does making radio commercials and audiobooks sound appealing? If so, check out voice artist and trainer, Julie Eickhoff's free mini-course. This mini-course will give you an inside peek into the world of voice acting covering topics like, what skills you need, how much you can earn, where to find work, and so much more.
Do grammatical and spelling errors drive you crazy?! Are you constantly correcting people's texts and Facebook posts?! Then this free workshop is for you! In Caitlin Pyle‘s free 76-minute general proofreading workshop, you'll find out what a successful proofreader does, how to elevate your skills to become a GREAT proofreader, how to use one of the most popular proofreading tools, and a few places to find clients!
Do you love watching HGTV? Then home staging may be your calling. Debra Gould, also known as The Staging Diva, has developed a free Home Staging Business Email Course, which will help you decide if home staging is the right career for you. In this course, you'll also learn how much you can earn, what you need for your portfolio, how to market your business, how to recommend color, and tons more.
The foundation of your blog is its structure, and all too often, this critical step gets overlooked in the blogging process. If your blog needs some organizational help, check out The Blog Structure Blueprint (from one of my favorite bloggers, Ruth Soukup). This free online course will teach you how to organize your blog in a logical manner that can set you up for success. This simple template will help you map out a clear organizational structure that you can use to plan content and improve navigation, so your readers have an easier time finding what they're searching for — which keeps them on your blog longer!
Would you like to transcribe audio files into text? In this free 7-Lesson Mini-Course, veteran transcriber, Janet Shaughnessy explains the industry, how much you can earn as a transcriber, where to find clients, and what you need to get started. She also includes nine signs that transcription is not a good fit for you.
Want to work from home, but you're not interested in filling out surveys or joining a direct sales company? No problem! Caitlin Pyle has put together an amazing summit that will help you connect the dots between your skills and different skill-based businesses you can start from home. Learn from 48+ experts who successfully run businesses from home.
Here are a handful of lessons you'll learn in the summit:
- Landing your first work-at-home job (with Angie Nelson)
- Identifying your work-at-home strengths (with Rosemarie Groner)
- Making money as an affiliate marketer (with Michelle Schroeder-Gardner)
- Exploding your income by offering digital marketing services (with Julie Stoian)
Still not finding what you're looking for?
More Free Courses and Resources to Check Out
Skillshare is an online learning community that hosts over 25,000 online classes on a variety of topics. Do you want to start a graphic design business from home? They got you covered. Or is social media and blogging more your thing? With Skillshare, you can create a custom curriculum explicitly based on your needs and passions, and best of all, it's budget-friendly – only $15 a month for as many courses as you want to consume! But for a limited time, they are offering readers of TWAHW two FREE months of classes! Set yourself for more success and grab this deal here!
Another place to search for free online courses is Udemy. Many of their online instructors offer complimentary classes in development, business, IT, personal growth, design, marketing, and lots more. I've never tried Udemy, but their website boasts more 100,000 different courses, and all you need to do is search for the keyword free.
Looking for online courses that can be completed in as little as ten weeks? The Muse has a great list of 43 free career-advancing courses, and all of them are free. The majority of the list contains tech courses, but there are also some courses for public speaking, email marketing, speech writing, and more. Definitely worth checking out.
Are you more of an artsy and crafty type? Then check out Craftsy, they have a bunch of free online classes that revolve around arts and crafts. So if you're interested in selling your wares on Etsy, this would be an excellent resource to check out.
This big list of free courses contains a bunch of courses for bloggers. Topics range from social media, blogging tech tutorials, design and branding, email listing building, photography courses for bloggers, and ways to make more money blogging. If you're looking for courses related to blogging this list is very diverse.
So there you have it, a huge list of free online courses and resources to help launch your work-at-home career. Which ones sound interesting to you? Do you know of another good free course that should be on the list? Drop me a note below. I'd love to hear about it.
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Holly Reisem Hanna is the publisher and founder of The Work at Home Woman, which has been helping individuals find remote careers and businesses that feed their souls since 2009. Through her unconventional career path of holding over 30 jobs and obtaining two college degrees, she’s been able to figure out how to find a career path that you’re truly passionate about. Holly’s had the pleasure of sharing her expertise on sites like CNN, MSN Money, Huffington Post, Woman’s Day Magazine, as well as being recognized by Forbes as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career.” Holly resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and daughter and enjoys reading, traveling, and yoga.
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