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8 Creative Ways You Can Make Money from Home: Be Your Own Boss!

Ways you can make money from home and be your own boss

With our world becoming more connected in terms of social media and technology, it is becoming much easier to make money from home and become your own boss. Here are some of the many advantages of being your own boss:

  • Freedom to make decisions
    Since you don’t report to upper management, you are the boss. You don’t have to ask anyone to make a decision and there’s great satisfaction in being able to just act based on your intuition.
  • No set working hours
    Are you more productive in the mornings or afternoons? Do you have to take the kids to and from school? You are responsible for choosing when you want to work as long as you are meeting all your tasks required to run your business.
  • Your own working space
    You have the power to choose how you want to decorate your working space. Fancy a fresh bouquet of flowers, rose gold decor and cute stationery that screams ‘GIRL POWER’? Feel free to add it to your space. No one’s going to tell you “no!” 😉
  • No set location
    Say goodbye to the dreaded daily commute to and from work. Want to work in the comfort of your home? You can do it! Want to work at a cafe with a cup of coffee and your laptop? You can do it! Want to work and travel to another country? You can do it! You can work from anywhere you want.

Like anything, there are also some disadvantages of being your own boss including having to spend your own money, the fact that you earn what you earn, and doing taxes (I hate taxes with a passion!). In my opinion, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages by far!

8 Creative Ways You Can Make Money From Home

1. Launch a blog

Blogging is a very lucrative stream of income once you have established yourself on the internet. It is important to note that blogging isn’t a get-rich scheme. It is very hard to become a successful full-time blogger but with dedication and resilience, it can be a very rewarding career once you have your foot through the door.

There are a range of methods that bloggers make money including sponsored posts, brand collaborations, affiliate marketing, and selling their own products and/or services. We’ll talk about this in a future post 😉

If you love writing, connecting with others, and sharing your passion, launch a blog! You may never know where it will take you.

2. Start an Etsy shop

If you ooze creativity and frequently get comments saying “You should sell this!”, take the plunge and start an Etsy shop. Etsy is an online platform that sells handmade products from a bunch of individual creatives worldwide. It makes a great stepping stone to launching your online handmade business since you don’t require any web design skills, and there is already a huuuuuge audience ready to purchase unique products.

Read more: 9 Essential Tips you Need to Know Before Starting your Etsy Shop

3. Become a tutor

If you are knowledgeable in a particular subject, offer tutoring services! Aside from the usual face-to-face tutoring sessions, you can tutor over Skype which means that you’re able to sell your services to the worldwide community. Thank you, Internet!

Here are some great online tutoring sites that you can use:

4. Offer an online course

Do you have an expertise or skill you want to share with others? Offer an online course!

It may sound difficult to start but Teachable will make it a whole lot easier. It is a nifty platform that allows you to create and sell your online courses where there are over 7 million students available. You are able to customise the layout of your class in any way you want which is great because you can align it with your branding.  Teachable online course ways to make money from home

5. Start a photography business

Are you snazzy with the camera? Are your family and friends always wanting you to take their photos? Try starting a photography business! With so many areas you could specialise in, here are some suggestions:

  • Weddings
  • Newborns
  • Family/pets
  • Fashion
  • Flatlays
  • Stock photos

You don’t have to specialise in one particular area, you can be an all-round photographer – get snappin’ 🙂

6. Become a social media manager

Social media marketing is becoming a huge element for many businesses where a large proportion of their target market are active on social media. This means that there is either an in-house social media manager or a freelance social media manager(s) to manage their social media platforms. The latter is where you come in.

With your savvy social media expertise and ability to converse with their target market in a manner that reflects the brand, you can become a social media manager! This position includes creating and posting content, staying engaged with their community, analysing social media analytics, and finding strategies to improve sales/engagement.

As a freelance social media manager myself, it is important to understand the business’ values and branding to ensure that their social media pages will reflect it. If you would like to know more about this, feel free to send me an email and we can chat!

7. Become a virtual assistant

Virtual assistants (VAs) are online assistants that help their clients manage their workload where they perform administration work, data-base entry and other ad-hoc duties.

In my opinion, the best place to find VA (and other freelance) jobs is Upwork where you can work for businesses and brands anywhere in the world!

8. Become a freelance graphic designer

Illustrations, photo editing, and website design are in huge demand. To all the illustrators and creative designers, start your journey into becoming a freelance graphic designer!

The toughest hurdle is to score your first client. Take the time to create your own designs for your portfolio and show potential clients what you can offer.

Don’t be afraid to be your own boss!

I hope these ideas have sparked your entrepreneurial senses and made you realise that it is possible to make money from home. It is rewarding to be able to work for yourself and build your brand. However, with every business venture, it requires hard-work, dedication, and passion.

Until next time xo

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  • Great post! I LOVE working as my own boss, from home. CEO has a nice ring to it too. 😉😍 These are awesome ways to make some extra cash. Thanks for sharing!

  • Dani🦁

    I love being able to make a little money around my university hours and you’ve given me some more great ideas! Brilliant post!

    Suffering Wanderlust

    • Definitely! This also helped me when I was in university! Thank you Dani!

  • Ja’d Kurumi🐨🌸

    These are some great tips/ideas!! I would love to be able to work from home one day, it really would be so relaxing as I would be able to decide when I want to work.

    These days it is easy to be your own boss because there are so many creative ways to make a living. Great post as always Stephanie xx

    • I agree! Once you have found “your thing”, you can try and turn that passion into your job! Thank you, Ja’d xo

  • journey continues..

    Wow! You have written really an interesting way to make money with hobby. Great post ! I will check the links for tutors as i would like to teach online.

  • Jenni Kainulainen

    I wish I could work from home one day. You have great advices for us who still dream about being our own bosses! Maaaaaybe one day it will happen :).

    • If it’s your dream, I say go for it! 🙂 I’m glad this helps you, Jenni!

  • Juhita

    Good post. A lot of people are joining the gig economy instead of working full time and you have mentioned a bunch of really good opportunities

  • Kelly 켈리

    Wow great post! It would be great to be able to work from home.
    Sadly, I don’t have the motivation to do so, maybe in the future if I ever become a house wife and the husband goes out to work! Hahaha! One can hope ;]!

    Kelly
    http://www.thiswayandthatway.com

    • Haha! I’m sure if you become a house wife, you will have that creative spark to create something of your own from home! 😉

  • RIkki Parker

    Being a virtual assistant and a social media marketer sound extremely intriguing to me! THESe are some excellent ideas!

  • Such a great post! I honestly think being your own boss is an amazing idea. I think it can also be a great way to reduce stress (in certain aspects) and feel more in control of your own money. I’ve been looking into different ways of doing it myself and haven’t thought of some of these! How did you get into being a social media manager?

    EscapesAndEpiphanies | Travel Fashion Lifestyle

    • Definitely agree with you! I find that you are more motivated when you’re your own boss because you are doing something that you love! I will make a dedicated post on how to become a social media manager since it seems like a common question 🙂

  • GG

    It’s always great to work for yourself as opposed to helping someone else fill their pockets. It makes working harder and doing overtime much more rewarding since it brings you personally ahead and not someone else.

    http://www.millennial-words.com

  • These are some great ideas Stephanie, who those who want to be able to stay at home but still be able to earn some income and be their own boss

  • Soffy

    Very interesting! Would love to work from home although that’s not feasible at the moment but will always be an option in the future!

    Soffy // themumaffairs.blogspot.com

  • Love this post! Being self-employed is really challenging but it gives SO many opportunities!

  • LifeWithFernie

    Would love to one day blog full time! It’s my dream however all in all I love my job now too so would be super sad to give it all up, lovely post to read really gave me some motivation to continue blogging after a little bit of one off! 💗

    • Ahhh that would be THE DREAM! It can happen one day in the future so keep doing what you love! I am so glad to hear that! 🙂 <3

  • I’m doing 2 and 8 (freelancing for five years now… wow, time flies!) and have recently started to try and monetize my blog. Emphasis on TRY!
    There are so many ways the internet has opened up for work, especially internationally. I just need to focus on one area at the time, it can get so overwhelming! Thanks for the additional motivation!
    (A note on working globally: Online banking and exchange rates can be horrible, haha…

    • Wow! That’s amazing! :’) You rock! I am still getting my head about monetizing my blog because I don’t want it to become too sale-sy.
      Yes! Definitely agree with you on online banking and exchange rates! Although I haven’t had toooo much of an issue with online banking but exchange rates… haha

      • My blog monetization is in its baby shoes. Like you, I didn’t want to have ads everywhere or being too sales-y. But in the long run it might just be nice to have a side income as a bonus on top of freelancing!
        Exchange rates are so sad atm! I’m trying to just not think about how much I loose each month to all that stuff haha…

        • That’s very true! I only have one ad in my sidebar, I’m still trying to figure out if I should put an ad in my posts, and also HOW to do that 😛
          Omg Australian exchange rates were so sad until recently, but they are so unpredictable… haha, the Korean law for Paypal is actually such a bummer…

          • I only put an ad in posts if the posts are very long and image heavy – that way I feel like the ad doesn’t throw the balance off. 🙂

  • Madi Dearson

    I love working from home, been doing it for 7 years now, I work as a translator, as a VA and now I also blog though not for money yet:) I am slowly trying to move into content writing as my mane thing. The VA thing is my least favorite but also my constant income. great post with good ideas.

    • Wow that’s amazing! 7 years is a long time 🙂 Thank you! I’m glad you like it! I wish you the best for your freelancing career xo