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.
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.
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.
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!
Are you curious about selling products via the Amazon FBA program? If so, this free 9-part video course will give you the ins and outs of getting started with Amazon's seller program.
- Why Amazon is the best marketplace for resellers
- How using FBA gets you more sales
- The exact steps to set up your Amazon Seller account
- Two easy, affordable ways to find inventory
- How to choose profitable inventory that customers want
- Why you need to treat Amazon as a business
This guide is from my friend Lena Gott of Adventures in Blogging. In Blog Traffic Bonus Guide, you'll learn three simple ways to generate more traffic to your blog. These are just three of the strategies that Lena used to go from 17K to 400K page views in just 10 months.
Want to make up to $60 an hour working from home 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 as a virtual bookkeeper.
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 voice-over work entails
- The background you need to be successful
- Skills you'll need to learn
- How to get work
- How much money you can earn
- Equipment requirements
- How to learn everything you need to know
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 started out working as a virtual assistant and now teaches others how to do the same.
In her jumpstart your VA business pack, you'll get:
- 50+ services you can offer as a virtual assistant
- A self-assessment workbook to help you decide what services to offer
- A worksheet to help you understand your core-motivators and goals
- Inspiring student success stories for motivation
If you love browsing Pinterest, you can make good money starting a Pinterest VA business from home! Taught by Kristin Larsen, in this free training workshop, you'll learn nine services you can offer, what to charge for your services, and how to land your first client.
Do grammar and spelling errors drive you crazy?! Are you constantly correcting people's texts and Facebook posts?! Then Caitlin Pyle's free workshop is for you!
In this free 76-minute general proofreading workshop, you'll learn:
- Five signs proofreading is the perfect career for you
- How proofreading can be your ticket to freedom and financial security
- Easy ways to attract proofreading clients
If you love listening to podcasts and you'd like to help others produce their shows, then pick up this free series of workbooks and checklists! You'll learn the skills needed for this career, how to successfully launch, and you'll get a production checklist that you can use with 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.
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 Educational Resources
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.
Google Digital Garage is a non-profit program offering free digital learning courses in data and tech, digital marketing, and career development. Many of the courses include certification once you've completed them and passed the end exam. Formats include online self-paced course and others are live webinars.
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 the “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.
Originally published January 16, 2017. Content updated in August 2020.
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