Best Ways To Make Money From Home Online

by WorkFromHome on April 4, 2012

Amid a struggling world economy, many typical office workers have turned to home businesses in order to make supplementary income — or even their full yearly salaries. But this has only led to an expansion of online business opportunities that has confused many consumers, who are wondering which ones are legitimate and which ones are scams, as well as which ones pay the best and which opportunities aren’t really opportunities at all. There are several strong home online business opportunities which are leaps and bounds ahead of lower-paying, less reliable options.

The Virtual Office in the Home Office

Among the best-paying and most in-demand online business opportunities is that of the virtual administrative assistant, virtual receptionist, or virtual customer service representative. These positions are also perhaps the easiest positions to transition to for those professionals who are used to the traditional office environment. Because they require a person to do the daily functions that an office requires, but simply do it at home, they often require standard business hours (between 8am and 6pm, depending on the business) and the home-based virtual professional will be responsible for reporting to a typical manager that will reside in the office which contracts with them for the services. Pay is comparable both online and off, though virtual positions typically do not come with employment benefits pensions, investment plans, or labour union membership.

Skills-Based Freelancing Positions

One of the best ways to earn income on your own schedule, rather than following a typical business day within your home office, is to engage in skills-based freelancing positions and websites online. These freelancing opportunities revolve around in-demand skills which range from writing to graphic designing, and they typically pay on a per-job basis. That means that a skilled graphic designer, for instance, can get paid instantly as soon as a project is completed and they can be entirely in control of their own salary and earnings rate. Among the leading freelance, skills-based positions online:

  1. Freelance writing
  2. Public relations and marketing plan development
  3. Graphic and logo design services
  4. Web design
  5. Website search engine optimization techniques

And because these positions all work for individual clients, it’s quite possible for the online freelancer to develop their own client base and eventually turn these freelance opportunities into their own business that is separate from the initial freelance agency and website. Think of these freelancing positions as a “foot in the door” that pays instantly, and it’s easy to see why they’re a great way to earn a stable income online from the comfort of home.

Online Technical Support Services

It might be natural to assume, just because the western world is saturated with computers and internet connections, that the rest of the world is fully onboard with technology as well. But the fact is that many developing countries are just beginning to develop reliable internet connections for their populations, and there is a vast amount of untapped demand and inexperienced groups of users out there.

They need help, and it’s likely that you have the skills to provide it to them. You’ll need to spend nothing extra to acquire the knowledge it takes to solve basic computer problems for people around the world, and there are plenty of websites which are willing to hire technical support representatives on a per-case payment basis. That means you get immediately for each customer whose problem gets solved by your efforts; and because this involves knowledge of technology and a little education, these positions typically pay quite well for the right kind of person.

Server Administration and Virtual IT Jobs

Like technology-based technical support positions, there is no shortage of technology professionals who are adept at managing servers and performing IT tasks. These positions are typically with web hosts — an industry whose size doubles every three years — and do not require administrator to be local. Instead, they typically pay an hourly or daily rate to those professionals who help maintain server software, provide user technical support, and engage in other IT-related capacities.

It should be noted that, because the web hosting industry is growing so quickly and has so far been quite profitable, these are among the highest tech-related freelancing and independent contracting jobs available to well-educated professionals who prefer to work from a home office environment. And there are web hosting companies in just about every major city — and everywhere in between. That opens the door to working with a local company, meeting with the employer themselves, and pursuing growth and advancement opportunities that are typically not available to the larger community of online business owners.

Plenty of Other Options, Too

These are among the easiest, most lucrative, and overall best ways to make money online from home using a computer and a broadband internet connection, but they’re not the only ways to start earning money immediately using an internet-based freelance or employment agency. A good amount of research and attention to detail — combined with some specific online searches — will yield hundreds and thousands of online employers who are offering perfectly legitimate compensation plans for everyday services and professionals.

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