There are multiple ways for freelancers to earn money by working from home. Online companies and website entrepreneurs are looking for people with special skills to work for them. If you can write, design, program or are good with numbers, you can find an opportunity to make some extra money.
What skills are sought after?
- Article writing
- Internet Marketing
- Graphic Design
- Web Design
If you have any talent in these areas, you can start to earn money in a variety of ways.
Let’s say you are a decent writer. There are online companies that have writers create article content for websites. These websites pay a fee to the company and the company pays a percentage of that fee to the writer once the content is completed and is accepted by the buyer. You could also post your services as a writer through digital forms or on your own website that advertises your services.
Graphic artists can sell their work through micro-stock companies or advertise their services similarly to freelance writers. Art work and photography are always in demand by companies who need good visual materials for their websites or even for paper products such as brochures or manuals.
There are also job boards found online that post freelance writing jobs you can apply for if you think you meet the requirements. You may have to set up an account or register as a freelancer to join the job platform. By creating this online profile and a resume, you’ll attract more work.
Even if you’re not a creative type, you can find work with regular office skills. There are companies who need people to type up information for them or to do accounting for their company. If you have previous work with these office skills, you’ll be able to find work.
Computer experience, especially in web design, will be a great help in finding you clients. A good way to advertise this skill is by creating your own website that markets your skills. You can also promote your website and draw in interested employers through social networking sites and by linking through professional forums and chat rooms.
Figured prominently on your website should be a way for employers to contact you as well as a listing of all of the services you can offer along with a price structure so you’re not wasting their time. Your prices should be competitive, so do some shopping around yourself to make sure you are not pricing yourself out of the market. For instance, writers who provide article content for websites may charge $4 or $5 dollars for a 500 word article. This may not sound like much, but if you get a steady stream of clients looking for your work, this can add up quickly. A month’s work could add up to a car payment or rent. And the more specialized your skills, the more money you can charge for your services.
The online market has many services to also help make your business flourish. Online banks are now available that enable you to take payment from clients without having to wait for a check to clear or without needing to give them a mailing address.
If you have any marketable skills, you can easily set yourself up to work from home and earn money by selling your services to clients looking for people with your skills. As there are many brokers and platforms already set up to connect you to these companies, all you’ll really need to start work and start getting paid, is a computer, an online connection, and the time to demonstrate your skills.