After my last post, I've received a lot of questions about working remotely! It's easy to see the benefits, and although I am not an expert, I have experimented with many different remote income styles over the past year before I landed on one I LOVE. Now I’m going to try to save you some time (a lot of time) from my trial and error experience with “working remotely” “working from home” and “working online”.
Ways you should skip:
- Online Surveys. This is a common recommendation for working online/from home, and I have NO IDEA WHY. You will waste a lot of time, and have pennies and frustration to show for you. You may come across an occasional survey that will give you a dollar or two, but the majority are time consuming and useless. Much of the time, you will spend you time completing the survey, only to find you don’t “qualify” under some bracket, and won’t get anything to show for it! Steer clear, y’all.
- Online Transcriptionist . This sounds like it could be a good opportunity, but overall, you should look else where. There are a few companies that offer decent***(not great) rates for online transcription services. They require extensive testing that only approves about 15% of applicants. You will need to study every aspect of their preferred protocol, and will most likely need to have previous experience to pass. Regardless, I’ve broken down the work time/rate ratio, and it’s generally not worth your time. But here's a link to a company I've tried: TranscribeMe
- Fiverr. This website links you to people who need online work done. This could be anything from logo design, to social marketing. You could piece together jobs from this task generating website, but the sometimes high effort to low payoff ratio doesn't make it a very viable option.
Ways you should consider:
- Need money this week? Selling your unwanted things online is an option. Need money consistently? Not really going to work! I’ve sold several things on Ebay and Craig’s List over the years, and have had overall good experiences. I've typically used this after a phone or laptop upgrade. You can sell your older model online! I've sold a shattered iPhone 4 with a broken camera for $200 (after disclosing every detail of its malfunction, it still sold!). You never know what people might want/need, so put it up there and see what happens!
- Freelance writing. I have known people who do very well for themselves from freelance writing. You need to be a patient, thoughtful, and experienced content writer to use this as a real option. Companies like Upwork and Freelancer connect you with clients who have writing needs. They may need writers for a blog, an Ebook, an advertisement, etc. The problem is, unless you are working for a legitimate and respected freelance company, you will commonly be offered very little for your time/work. The freelance writing job I do weekly was found on Craig's List! There are options everywhere, so starting looking!
What actually works!
If you’re looking to start making real money (hundreds of dollars a week, with an unlimited possible income), you should (like seriously go now) sign up to teach for VIPKID. They are an online company that links teachers to students in Beijing who want to learn English through an online portal. Basic requirements: BA degree, WiFi, a laptop. If you have these three things, you could be working for VIPKID in just a few days. Their training/interviews take about a week or less, and YOU CAN DO IT. Although there are pros and cons to every job, for my lifestyle, this job fits like a glove. I’ve been working for them for several months, and could not be happier with the company, and my remote work situation. I’ve laid out everything you need to know HERE. Ready to start? Here's my REFERRAL LINK .
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