In America, one of the key things that every person needs is a source of income. We are a culture of bills as much as we are anything else. The rent or mortgage needs to be paid, utilities need to be paid, and food needs to be put on the table. That income doesn’t need to come from a traditional job, though. I worked a regular job for years, and several months ago left my job and went out looking for something better. I’m pleased to say I’ve found it.
It’s important to note, by working at home like I do, you’re not likely to get rich. Any insurance benefits you get will likely have to be paid for entirely out of your own pocket. And getting to a point where working from home is bringing in enough money to live on takes time. Ideally it is something you want to start before you leave your traditional job so that the transition is seamless.
It should also be noted, it’s not advisable to try and get your work-at-home income all from one location. Go through multiple different sources, as the nature of the internet is that anything can fold into non-existence overnight.
My main source of income is through freelance writing. While you can certainly earn more based on your skill, anyone with a basic understanding of the English language can earn money doing this. This very site you’re reading this on is one of the places I write for, but there are others.
Other freelance writing sites include TextBroker, Examiner, Bubblews, Scripted, and BlogMutt. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages, depending on your writing style. I’ll briefly go over what each one is about, and how pay is handled.
TextBroker is one of the most straight-forward freelance writing sites available that pays per piece of content. Clients sign-up for the website, and place an ad asking for a specific piece of content to be written. Based on your skill level as determined by TextBroker, you get paid per word ranking from just under a penny per word, up to a nickel per word. The client is able to accept or decline your work based on its.
Paying based on page views is a pretty popular format for freelance writing sites, and how most of these pay. Examiner is no different. You get paid a set amount for each view your article gets. Unlike the other sites, though, you can write about any subject you like, if it’s in the category that Examiner assigns you. Also unlike most freelance writing sites, you are able to write about news here, which is a big draw for aspiring freelance journalists.
Bubblews is another site that is largely view based, you get roughly one penny for each interaction a user has with your content. A key difference with this one, however, is that there is no editorial oversight, so your articles will never be declined by an editor. This also means that quality and engaging writing rises to the top, garnering more views and, similarly, more money for you.
Scripted is a site that has nothing to do with page views. Instead, it is an open marketplace where clients pick writers based on proposals the writers make. Admittedly, this is a hard venue to get a foothold in, as most clients are looking for writers with verifiable experience and content they can look at, while a new user will not have anything like that available. If you can get a few good jobs going, however, it can pay better than any of the other sites listed here.
BlogMutt is a beast like no other. Its entire basis is about ghost-written blog posts. Essentially, a client signs up to buy a certain number of blog posts from the site each week. Writers are then able to submit blog posts, with the client buying the posts in the order they are submitted. For an extra fee, the client can move around where each post is in ‘line’.
One wonderful feature about this venue, though, is that it is very transparent. Users are allowed to quickly and easily view how many blogs are in the client’s line, thus being able to see how long it would likely be before their piece is up and they get paid. BlogMutt also offers a flat payment for each post, rather than most other sites that use a dynamic system for payments or base it on views of the piece.
Other Work-From-Home Gigs
Another successful way to earn money from home is through market research and secret shopping. While most of the work offered by these outlets requires you to physically visit a store or restaurant, there are fairly consistent ones that only require phone calls and pay rather decently.
As most of these venues are rather similar in how they work, I won’t go into each one individually, but generally you are given a set of specific things to look for, tasks to perform, and questions to ask for each job. When you have done them, you fill out a form online with the information you gathered and submit it.
It should be noted, some states require mystery/secret shoppers to hold certification as a private investigator or other similar license. This information is easily found on the web, and most mystery shopping sites automatically notify you while signing up if any special regulations apply to your area.
Sources and Further Reading:
National Shopping Service
Freelance Industry Report 2012