Are you tired of the rat race? Is working at a job you hate for not-enough-money for people you don’t like slowly eating away at your soul? If the answer is a resounding yes, then it might be time to reconsider your options.
Yes, you have options.
Maybe it is time to start creating your own work at home job.
How to Create Your Own Work at Home Job
Many people simply go through the motions of life without truly living. The excuse that most people use is, “I don’t have time to do that. I have this 40+ hour a week job, so I don’t have time for anything else.”
This mentality sucks and only further traps you in the unfulfilling rut you may be in. To start the transition from the job you may have now to the job you want, I suggest that you consider what you love to do AND start making a plan to make your calling your job.
Do you have a dream that you have put on the back burner? Is there a calling that your soul has been pulling you to? Most people have dreams that they let die because other people have convince them that the dream wasn’t financially feasible.
During my journey creating my own work at home jobs, I have seen so many people making full time pay doing what they love. The sheer amount of people out there enjoying their self-made jobs while making bill paying money blew my mind.
An example of a regular guy who made his dreams come true is King Bach . King Bach started making seven second videos using a crappy camera and his own ideas. He got so popular on Youtube that he was discovered and has had some success in Hollywood.
What’s the difference between him and you or you and I? The only difference is that King Bach and I took action and found the time.
How to Turn Your Passion into a Work at Home Job.
When it comes to turning your passion into a work at home profession is probably easier than you are thinking. When most people in the “9-5 for 30 years” mindset think of doing what they want for a living, they often think about the money it will cost to do what they want.
Though, the the start-up money seems important, a lot of money isn’t always necessary. As a matter of fact, depending on what you want your work at home job to be, your start-up cost could be free. There are so many options out there.
A personal example of this is my work at home directory which I sell on Fiverr. Fiverr is an interesting platform where people sell everything from foot videos to prank calls starting at $5. Note that you may sell your gig for more than that price. If you want a more in-depth article about Fiverr leave me a comment below. In the mean time, I made a video about Fiverr which may give you more information.
Fiverr is completely free to post your gigs on but there is a fee of $.50-$1 which is charged after you have sold a gig.
Another personal example involves Youtube. For the low low cost or $0.00 and a 5-30 minutes I make and post videos on the platform for free. My first year on Youtube my earnings completely paid for my website plus a bit. If I had been more consistent I know I could have made more.
Resources, Ideas, and Other Help
Turning your passion into a work at home job could be the most loving thing you could do for yourself because it will help you live a happier life. However, it will take work and a bit of time. You will also need consistency, persistence, creativity, and a probably some research to make your particular job start paying the bills.
As long as you set a goal and go in the direction of said goals you will get there, especially if you love what you do.
If you need some direction as to how your skills can be made into a work at home job you could consider some of the following titles.
You would be the best judge of which, if any, of these would fit you best. If none of these sound right to you, you might consider doing some research or creating your own job title. If you want more direction or personalized ideas, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have an idea of what your title might be, you start creating a plan to help reach your goal. Below are some resources that can help you.
Free or Low Cost Resources to Help Create Your Work at Home Job
If you have a skill which you have figured out how to sell online or if you create things that you wish to sell here are a few places you can set up shop online. Most of these marketplaces are free or super cheap to post your items on.
Fiverr– Fiverr is a great place for consultants, graphic designers, writers, teachers, tutors, trainers, freelancers, and other people wishing to start making money from their expertise. I have used Fiverr for years and I use the money I make to advertise my website and I use the website to advertise for Fiverr.
Fiverr is free to use with service fees only needing to be paid after you have sold your gig.
Etsy– If you love making things like baked goods, clothes, crocheted blankets, knit items, wooden pieces, works of art, drawings, etc. Etsy might be the marketplace for you. I use Etsy to sell crystals, gems, and minerals. My start-up cost to get my first products to sell in my shop was $80. That was 7 geodes which sold for $14-20 a piece. I used the profits to restock my shop. There is also a $.20 listing fee per item per month which I rolled into the cost of the geodes.
If you want to hear more about my experience with troubleshooting the Etsy platform and with product research leave me a comment and I will write an article.
eBay– eBay is a platform where anyone can sell anything. It is similar to Etsy but Etsy requires that what you sell be handmade, an antique, among other things. I have also used eBay to sell crystals. There is also a small fee to list your item.
Free Websites or Cheap
If you are selling information and expertise below are a few platforms with which you can create a free or low cost website or blog.
Wix– Wix is a platform on which anyone can easily create a website for free. Though, I suggest you buy your hosting, domain, and other website related stuff from the beginning of your journey, I understand that many people believe they cannot afford it. So, their are websites like Wix out there. Most of these sites make it easy for you to set up by allowing you to drag and drop pre-made boxes which you can customize.
You can use this platform to offer your services without busting your budget.
Blogger– Blogger is a platform which is geared toward people who want to write. This is where I started the first incarnation of this blog. I loved to write and I loved to share ways for people to do more of what they want. Eventually I moved from Blogger to WordPress.com through Bluehost. Unfortunately, you do not have complete and total control of what you write on free platforms like Blogger which is why I suggest buying your website from the get-go.
Bluehost and WordPress.org– If you were going to start off your website with total control of your website and your content, I suggest WordPress through Bluehost because it is so easy to set-up and you get the full package for one low price. When I first started my first year was $2.99 a month for everything. Bluehost often has good deals on the hosting, the website set-up, and the domain is free.
WordPress.com– WordPress.com is similar to Blogger and Wix. I believe WordPress.com and WordPress.org are related but I am not 100% sure how. Basically it is a free way to blog and get your idea’s out there and also sell your services. There is the option to upgrade later if you start with the free plan.
Note that you will need to write interesting, relevant, keyword, and SEO competent posts.
Youtube– Youtube is a platform on which anyone can post a video for free. To make money from Youtube you will have to become a partner and monetize your videos which is also free of charge. I made a video about monetizing videos on this platform.
There are other ways to make money from Youtube but the basic way that beginners can start making money quickly is by allowing Google to place ads on their content. I also suggest you create useful, funny, or interesting videos.
There are whole channels about melting things that have gotten millions of views. Statistically, the owner of the channel has done well in terms of money when it comes to the ads.
If that person can melt things and make more than a living wage, you should be able to make your ideas work for you too.
Facebook– If you feel you don’t even have the time to drag and drop some boxes, post a blog post once a month, or take 5-30 minutes to create a Youtube video, you probably still have time to post on Facebook. All you would need to do is create a business, community, or public figure page, post interesting and relevant content about your services, and then get eyeballs on your content.
The more eyeballs the more money you make. Facebook has made it easy to get people looking for what you offer to look at what you’re offering. It’s called Facebook ad’s and you can place an ad for as little as $5. You may also use Fiverr to advertise for the same low price. For more help with optimizing ad’s e-mail me or leave a comment and I can help you.
There’s also Facebook Live. I did a video about monetizing your Facebook Live videos.
Patreon– I mentioned Patreon in both videos above. Patreon is a platform where people who create stuff like Youtube videos, art, blogs, and such can get support from their followers. Even if you are starting out you can create a Patreon and start promoting it in your videos or other content. This is a way to have your supporters pay you to do the work you want to do.
Udemy– Udemy is a platform on which anyone can create a course and sell it for up to $1000. If you can find the time to put a course together you can get paid for your efforts repeatedly by putting your knowledge on this platform.
I know this is a very superficial list compared to how in depth it needs to be. I hope it gives you some direction on how and where to start when creating your own work at home job. In the beginning it will be like taking care of a seed. It will need consistent attention to grow.