Work From Home: 15 Options to Earn Extra Money

Here are legitimate full-time work from home that can be done remotely, without sacrificing benefits like paid time off.
Work From Home: 15 Options to Earn Extra Money
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This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

We may not be a multi-platinum-selling hip-hop singer, but some of us can relate to Drake when he said "I only have my bed and my mother, sorry." As fun as it can be to build friendships with colleagues in an office, it's hard to turn down a job where you can earn money from home , without even getting out of your pajamas.

There are a large number of articles that explain how to make money from home . The problem is that most only tell you how to sell your stuff on eBay or offer you short-term solutions like working as a freelancer .

The dream of having a job that provides you with benefits and a regular income, without leaving your home , can be real. As the world increases its confidence in the internet, it is easier to make money from home or from anywhere in the world.

Find out how to make money from home without sacrificing essential benefits, including benefits and job security. Here we show you 15 full-time jobs from home that you can earn money from home.

1. Writer


If you study literature you have surely heard comments about how difficult it is to find a job or how useless the degree is. However, as the online world grows, new opportunities open up for writers to work from a coffee shop or home.

Writers can be in any industry. Businesses need them to create sales and marketing copies as they develop and update online stores, they need writers who can provide them with a clean and clear digital instruction manual (without falling into technical writing) or just good and valued content. Jobs as full time writers in advertising, marketing and branding ( B2B and B2C) are definitely available as businesses are constantly changing and updating their websites and other media where content and messages take place.

If you prefer to do something more editorial and less commercial, you can also find it. Media companies (including Entrepreneur) offer writers and editors positions in digital publications that can be done from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection. In fact, some Entrepreneur writers work from Spain or at home rather than from the Mexico City office.

Best-selling novelist and writer Neil Gaiman once said that there are three attributes a good writer should have: their work is always on time, their work is always great, and they are always pleasant. Gaiman emphasizes that a successful writer must necessarily possess at least two of these three qualities.

However, the large amount of emails that publishers and companies receive on a daily basis means that it is easier to tell someone "No" than not to reply at all. Being a writer is being willing to be rejected, but also to go the extra mile. Don't settle for having two of these three qualities, as Gaiman suggests. If you want to make yourself irresistible for business, do your best to be personable, competent and punctual.

You will need some technical knowledge if you want to be available as an online writer. Obviously, you don't need to be Bill Gates, but you should at least know how to add a link and crop a photo. You can practice these skills by logging onto sites like WordPress, experimenting with their tools, and posting a couple of stories. In this way, you can gain experience and create a small portfolio of articles that you can share with companies when you want to apply to write for them. According to the annual salary range for a writer in the United States is approximately $ 48,000.

2. Video editor


You have probably heard the much-used term " pivot to video " at some point, which refers to the joke and acceptance of the fact that many publishers are introducing their resources to video. Buying video advertising is more expensive than buying traditional because they lead to high click-through rates, which means that a business can potentially make a lot of money from videos more than using other forms of content. So if you know how to create great videos that make people want to watch and generate income or subscriptions on a website, you can become a very valuable agent.

Producing videos is much more expensive than producing texts or written content, so it is always good to be versatile, especially it is important as an editor and producer. Try to become an expert in every aspect of video production , you must know from lighting to sound and photo editor. Learn the difference between what works on Facebook Live and what works on YouTube.

If you learn to do everything, then you can reduce the film crew to one person and allow companies to save costs and enjoy the revenue from video advertising. That makes you an important asset as it allows companies to reduce risks and this can help you be a full-time employee. Therefore, if you are already a professional framing a shot, make sure you have mastered the software you need. If you're a computer whiz, try doing some Facebook Lives, interviews, and other types of video to make sure you're ready for anything.

3. Programmer


If you're going to work from home on a computer all day, it makes sense that you can do it remotely. According to a study by Quartz, that is why those who work with computer science tend to do it from home more often than any employee in another field.

If you're working for a global company, like Google, the business has probably already established an infrastructure for inter-office communication, which makes it easier for remote workers. Plus, staying home means the office - which can go to extremes to attract talented tech workers - can save on free lunches and snacks. It's a win-win for both employers and workers.

Generally, large companies are (or at least should be) flexible if you want to work from home a couple of days a week. But if you want to do it full time it is better to bet on small companies because working from home you can save them some space in the office. You can probably find a ton of startups or small businesses looking for tech help with resources to pay a salary, but not relocating or paying for additional office space.

As for the work itself, there is a good chance that you will need a virtual private network (VPN) to connect securely to your company's system, as well as some organizational skills measures (Tip: you can use organization tools, such as Trello ) to make sure you are up to date on projects. The pay for being a full-time programmer is quite lucrative and the average annual salary is over $ 60,000 according to

4. Virtual Assistant


With so many businesses using remote workers, it makes sense that remote assistants already exist in companies. Virtual assistants can organize personal lives, either with appointments or booking trips, they can also manage communications between employees or between an employee and their clients. In conclusion, a good virtual assistant can manage everyone's tasks, make the work day better and shorter, and you must have strong communication and technology skills to perform this role remotely.

According to an Entrepreneur contributor, Bryan Miles, there are three main reasons why a business wants to hire a virtual assistant.

1) Improve communication, leading to business growth. We all know what it's like to have an avalanche of messages waiting in our inbox or on voicemail, plus how difficult it is to keep up with everything you need. As a virtual assistant, your job might be to make sure every important email gets a good response on time, helping the business build trust around its consumers and employees.

2) Inspiring your bosses. By taking charge of items on a to-do list, I was able to free up business leaders enough time to try new things. By organizing their time, you can help them delegate the projects that don't need their immediate attention and focus on the ones that matter most.

3) Make the lives of others easier. When you help optimize the work of others, you allow them to spend less time at work and more time on other important activities.

While paying a virtual assistant is not competitive with a programmer's pay scale,
If you live in an area of the country with a low cost of living, you can take advantage of the remote aspect of work by doing it for a company that is based in New York City, San Francisco, or another high-paying city.

How to earn money as a virtual assistant? Some businesses are wary of the concept of virtual assistants. Giving strangers access to private communication or confidential information makes having a virtual assistant more dangerous than hiring other types of telecommuters.

If you want to be a virtual assistant, make yourself the number one priority. Focus on organization, responsibility and clear communications above all (practicing discretion is also good), this way your employer will know who they can count on.
It is also a good idea to know and use Microsoft Office. You probably already know how to use Word pretty well, but many assistant positions require you to work with spreadsheets, so you better be comfortable with Excel as well.

5. Social media manager


Social networks are not only fun that you can share with your friends. They are also a place where thousands of brands and businesses compete for marketing space, and many times, for the same audience. If you can help businesses move forward in that environment, you can build a valuable position within a company. However, one of the most important aspects of the social media manager is someone who can understand the tone and voice of the business they represent. For example, Wendy's social media manager must use a different tone than McDonald's, even though they are both hamburger restaurants in fast food.

When you work from home, it's easy to find yourself disconnected from the company you work for. But being a social media manager is above all being up to date with the business, knowing what is happening, what needs to be promoted and why the audience should be excited about it, this will allow you to know what tags to use to hit the mark.

Similar to the virtual assistant, you will have to have your organization and communication skills well developed if you want to become a social media manager. It helps to be a frequent user of Facebook or Twitter, but it could be more important to know how to use tools with which to manage social networks, such as HootSuite or SocialFlow, Facebook Analytics and much more. Like a virtual assistant, you must be available to communicate your efforts and what your campaigns have achieved so that the employer can recognize your value.

1. Know how much content to publish, this advice goes in two ways. On the one hand, you don't want to show unwanted content to keep people away from your platform, but if you don't post enough, you could be missing out on great potential opportunities. So figure out a good schedule when posts work, for business - every platform you use - and stick with it.

2. Be genuine, we spend a lot of time connected to notice when people are talking about something they believe in, or trying to force us to do something unwanted. That's why it's so important to get a feel for your business and your audience - to know what matters to them, so you can use this to guide the way you post.

3. Interact, the best part of social media is that it allows us all to interact - use that to your advantage! Consumers and audience members love to feel seen and heard, so be sure to respond to some of their comments and commit to it as much as possible.

By following these three steps, you can build strong brand awareness through social media that turns into page views, ad revenue, or sales without sacrificing anything. You don't need any additional programs to become a social media manager, which pays $ 48,620 on average, according to

6. Virtual tutor

Virtual tutor

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Being a virtual tutor is a great way for moms to create convenient hours, work from home, and use their expertise on different topics from the comfort of their home. Virtual tutors use FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom, and other technologies.

7. Recommend places and answer surveys

From the comfort of your home it is possible to earn extra money online. Sign up for free at Jobs Online . The process is quick and easy. You just have to talk about the best places in your city on the Internet, you can also help carry out market research for brands, answering surveys.
In this platform you do not have to pay any type of commission, all you have to do is register as a collaborator and that's it! You can generate extra income wherever you are. Monthly you will receive your payment via paypal. You can register and earn money from wherever you are with Jobs Online .

8. Distribute well-being

As a Nikken distributor or wellness advisor, you will have an independent business with great growth potential, where you can share internationally guaranteed and endorsed health products, promote a culture of wellness, contribute to caring for the environment and, last but not least, purchase products at wholesale price.
To join, you only need official identification and a bank account in your name. With this, the company offers you free delivery for your clients throughout Latin America, as well as your own personalized virtual store, trainings, special bonuses, reward and travel incentives and total independence to choose the scale of your own business, and the best , All this from your home! Generating extra income without investing a single peso is very simple you can register at: Affiliate Niken  

Earning money online or from home is the future

If you dream of making a save from the comfort of your bed, you are in luck. It's easier than ever to work from home online in a way that really benefits you and your employer, so you don't have to settle for renting your home on Airbnb or selling your stuff on Amazon. You can use these different ways of working and create a place for yourself within the industry of your choice with nothing more than a laptop, a Wi-Fi connection, and the skills you already have.

However, regardless of which route you choose, you will have to work to stay connected to current events at your company and with the rest of your team. As the poet John Donne once said, "No man is an island."

But you can work from home and still enjoy some paid time off.

9. Telemarketing


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The advantages of this type of work is that you can do it from home and the hours can be very flexible, allowing you to balance your life as a mother. You also don't need to have a college degree or excessive training, so the barrier to entry is relatively low.

What you probably need for this work from home that requires making a lot of calls to sell products, take surveys or request donations, is to have good diction, be friendly and very social. And if you have some experience in sales it is an advantage for you.

10. Transcripts


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Transcription work can be great for a mom's lifestyle, because it can be done remotely and doesn't require a lot of training to get started. However, you must be aware that although it seems that you only have to write, the work requires all your concentration. This option is ideal for parents who have children at school or who have family members who can take care of them while you work.

Transcription work is a daily thing and the load can vary from day to day, unless you work for a specific company rather than freelance.

11. Customer service

Customer service representative

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This part-time position has a fairly low barrier to entry, and is very useful for moms and dads who want to work from home and don't have time for additional training or education. The job of a customer service representative is generally to take calls and help customers. The work is shift work, and since you will be interacting with a lot of people on the phone, an advantage is being able to remain calm, friendly and solution-oriented because customers are often angry or frustrated.

12. Online expert

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The economy and the supply of work at home have opened up a whole online market for moms who can sell their expertise online. Moms with professional degrees in different industries such as accounting, law, medicine, social science, writing, marketing, or veterinary medicine can create their profiles for clients to select from.

Another way moms can sell their expertise online is by creating a class in their field (personal finance, public speaking, or collecting donations). This requires a lot of previous work, such as recording videos, creating an agenda and of course, tasks for the students. However, once you have it ready, all you have to do is upload your class online and keep a percentage of the sales.

13. Market researcher

Market tester and researcher

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Companies want your opinion and are willing to pay for it. For most of these jobs, you won't need to leave the house, but you will need a computer or smartphone with Internet access. However, the salary for this type of work varies. For example, an online researcher can earn $ 10 for a test that takes 15 minutes. So it will depend on how many evaluations you can do in a day, because the reality is that most likely you are not doing test after test all day.

14. Sale of crafts online

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Are you good with crafts? Maybe you can sell unique designs at online stores like Etsy , or at other lesser-known sites like Amazon Handmade , Bonanza , Craft Is Art , ArtFire , Artcra, and Zibbet (or at Kichink in Mexico). Most of these sites charge a small amount for offering your items and a percentage of each sale you make (on Etsy it is 3.5 percent).

15. “Home” in the shared economy

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If you have an extra room or a remodeled basement or garage to rent, you can join the sharing economy and rent a space in your house on Airbnb. You can also list your vacation home on HomeAway.


With information from Matthew McCreary

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