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, talk 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, but you're not sure which direction to take, there is a solution. There are a bunch of free courses, guides, and resources that can help you take the guesswork out of this question.
Best of all, these courses are 100 percent online, so you don't have to worry about taking time away from your family.
Are you ready to find your work-at-home career path?
Here are a bunch of FREE online courses and resources that can help you determine which path is right for you.
Free Online Courses to Jumpstart Your Work-at-Home Career
Natalie Ellis has 2 million followers on Instagram, which makes her more than qualified to teach you how to earn money using the platform. In this free 90-minute training session, you'll learn how to create a content strategy, how to monetize an audience, and how to own your niche.
If you're a social media influencer or blogger and you'd like to work with brands, then check out this free master class from Jules Solomon. In this free class, you'll learn things your feed must have to attract paid brand deals, how to elevate your pitch, what to include in a pitch, pricing, and lots more.
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 ideal 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 with your blog.
Want to make up to $60 an hour working as a bookkeeper? The Bookkeepers 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 a fantastic 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 Online Courses and Resources to Check Out
Are you more of an artsy and crafty type? Then check out Bluprint, they have a bunch of free online classes that revolve around arts and crafts. If you're interested in selling your wares on Etsy, this would be an excellent resource to check out.
iTunes U has a host of free courses that are accessible via iOS devices. If you have an Apple device, there's a good chance that this app is already installed on your phone. When you open it up, click on “view catalog” and search the courses available. iTunes U has classes for school-aged children, college-level courses, educators, and more. One course I found was How to Start a Startup by Standford — completely free with 42 lessons.
Formerly called Lynda, LinkedIn Learning hosts over 15,000 online courses and tutorials taught by industry experts. The main concentrations are tech, business, design, web, photography, and marketing. With LinkedIn Learning, you're able to access as many classes as you'd like for a monthly fee of $29.99. BUT, they let you test the waters free for 30-days. When you sign-up for a free trial, you'll have to enter your credit card number, so be sure to mark your calendar so you can cancel your trial (unless you'd like to keep it). Otherwise, your credit card will automatically be billed.
OpenCourseWare is free classes created by universities and other educational institutions that can be accessed online, from anywhere in the world. The goal is to make learning available to everyone regardless of income or location. While you won't receive a college degree or certification for taking these courses, you can boost your skills and knowledge right from the comfort of your home. Some sites that offer free OpenCourseWare are Khan Academy, Caltech, and the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
So there you have it, a massive 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 free course that should be on the list? Drop me a note below. I'd love to hear about it.
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Originally published January 16, 2017. Content updated November 13, 2019.
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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