By Kimi Clark
There's so much talk about working from home these days, but for some reason people think it's a pie-in-the-sky dream made up of fairy tales and rainbows.
I'm here to set things straight and give you the truth about real life work-at-home jobs and how much they pay!
From large companies to small businesses and bloggers, anyone with a website wants to make sure that their site is user-friendly and accomplishing their goals. That's why they hire people to test out their sites and give third-party reviews as to what's working and what needs improvement.
You'll need basic equipment like a computer, an internet connection, and a microphone to get started. The pay rate for these jobs vary, but it's typically about $10 per test. Tests usually run between 5 and 30 minutes.
Many companies hire customer service reps to work from home. Usually, all that is needed is a high-speed internet connection, a dedicated phone line, excellent communication skills, and a willingness to help people.
The average salary for a customer service rep is $33,890 according to U.S. News, although top earners can pull in more than $50,000. As with any work-at-home position, you also have to take into account not only the money you're earning but the money you're saving by working at home.
The top area in which most people will save is no doubt gas to get to and from work, but you'll also save in other areas.
No more buying special work clothing, lunches out, or coffee on the go. Working at home means you can wear your sweatpants (or my favorite attire, pajamas!), have leftovers for lunch, and make a pot of coffee at home.
Working for your current job, only at home, might not make you any more money than your current wage, but it will allow you to save money (as mentioned above). And you can't beat the convenience of working from home.
Most people assume that their job won't allow telecommuting, but the truth is that you never know until you ask. Many jobs can be done from home, and it would even save the company money on things like office space, supplies, and break room goodies (They'd probably save a ton on coffee alone!) to employ that policy.
See this post for tips on creating a telecommuting proposal.
You might think that you can't make money with blogging, but nothing could be further from the truth. The more I dive into the online world, the more I see just how many people are earning a living blogging. And I'm not only talking about the ‘big' bloggers who have hit it out of the park (although it's nice to see those as well, very inspiring!). I'm talking about small to medium-sized bloggers who aren't making six figures but still earning a decent wage to help care for their families.
Here are some real life bloggers and how much they're earning:
- Becky of Your Modern Family earned $45,000 in the month of August alone! Crazy, right?
- Rosemary Groner of The Busy Budgeter earned $22,930.97 in May.
- Lena Gott of What Mommy Does earned $9,026 in February.
- Alida of the Realistic Mama earned $7,497 in June.
- Jen Snyder of Women Winning Online earned $3,049 in September.
Friends, that's just the tip of the iceberg! I know people who are making anywhere from a few hundred dollars a month to thousands (one who makes more than $100,000 a month! I can't even imagine!)
If you haven't set up your blog yet — here is an easy and affordable step-by-step tutorial.
Being a virtual assistant is a great work-at-home option. The thing I like about it is you get to work with all kinds of people ranging from business owners to bloggers. You could even become an assistant to an owner of a big company; who knows!
You get to choose if you want to work as an employee or start your own virtual assistant business.
The type of work you do is totally dependent on your skill set, but virtual assistants (VA's, for short) do everything from making phone calls and managing email correspondence to research, writing, and social media management.
That being said, VA pay rates vary as well. You can charge by the hour or by the project, if you own your own business, the choice is entirely up to you (whereas if you're an employee, it will most likely be an hourly pay rate). Hourly wages range from $10-$60 an hour, and project pay varies widely depending on the size, scope, and length of the project. In fact, here are three women who earn six-figures from their VA businesses.
Find more resources for becoming a virtual assistant here.
Need more help finding real life work at home jobs? Check out this HUGE list of more than 100 Work at Home Job Leads!
Kimi Clark is a career stay at home mom turned writer and blogger for hire with a passion for business. She specializes in posts about writing, blogging and entrepreneurship, as well as all things parenting and motherhood. Owner & Founder of The Mom Shopping Network, you’ll find her there writing, hosting giveaways, and supporting moms in both their business and motherhood journey. She’s also a devoted wife and mother of four who loves the beach and her early morning coffee.
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