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5 Ways to Work at Home that Are Actually Worth Your Time


Updated: April 18, 2016

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  1. Thank you for the helpful article. I worked in a very busy office for the last 15 years.
    Due to my health issues I took my disability pension. Now wanting to get some kind of work that I can do kinda at my pace but yet bring in enough to help get the bills paid and still have a little spending money left at end of the month :/. No extra money for all these pay to get work sites… Going yo try these links and see how this goes.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the article, Becky. Wishing you all the best as you explore which of these opportunities might best fit you!

  2. This was very interesting to read. I am a stay @ home mom who has not worked for 14 years, worked as a Library Aide for 5, and now no longer employed. With a daughter going to college I will try one of these and hopefully one will work. Thanks for all the information. Opened my eyes as to what is required.

  3. This looks promising. I’m an ELA teacher for 6th and 7th graders and would like to supplement my teaching income, especially during summer. Definitely going to look into it. Thanks for putting this together.

    1. We’re happy to have you, Sunny! Shoot us any questions you may have. We’re here to help. 🙂

  4. Will enrolling in this course help me find openings in the field and connect to job opportunities?

  5. Great article!!! Really enjoy reading the different routes you can take to earn money from home. Thank you for sharing these links.

  6. Enjoyed your blog. Would be interested in your recommendations for part time work to supplement retirement. I’ve worked for almost 50 years but affording full retirement is getting more and more challenging. I don’t want to work full time, or even ” regular” part time, but something that can make retirement less stressful. Thanks in advance for your response.

    1. These five ways ARE my recommendations for exactly that. You can work however much you want to work. If you’re looking for something “easy,” then I would look for seasonal work in retail, but the money isn’t nearly as good. If you’re okay with the possibility that you may need additional skills than what you already have to make income at home, then I’d strongly consider one of these five options as a way to help finance your retirement.

  7. My question is how could I actually find these type of gigs? I believe I could be successful in all of these areas, but I live in a small town and not sure those type of jobs are in demand here. Or does it matter where the job is since its work from home?

  8. Good morning,
    your information was very informative but you made a mistake. In the bookkeeping section, you have a link for Ben Robinson that says a 3 week free course. It is not a 3 week course, it is a 3 part course. I thought it was something different than what I had already signed up for.

  9. Is there a way to learn how much each course costs before you spend the time doing the intro courses? I took one mini course already once and was disappointed when I found out how much the tuition cost.

    1. Of course, Barbara! On the menu bar, if you hover over Courses & Books, you can click Full Course Overview & Enrollment for details. 🙂

        1. If you see Courses & Books in the menu near the top of the page, you can just click on the name of the course you’re interested in looking at. 🙂

          1. I can’t find the tuition information for the general proofreading course.

          2. You can go here to find that information. Let us know if you have any other questions! 🙂

  10. Hi Caitlin,
    Thank You ? for providing awesome information .
    You’re always on ☝️ point with your information.
    Whenever I see your name in my “inbox”, I know there’s powerful content to get me that much closer to my goals & dreams.
    I haven’t taken any of your courses yet, because I have not decided which one is for me yet, however, after reading about the “copy editing” I do believe it may be a good ? fit for me.
    I currently work a full time job ; I want to leave in 2 years. I know not working in a non structured environment will be a challenge of which I’ve been preparing myself for.
    I have to finish reading your “survival guide”
    Keep up your awesome work!!! I love ❤️ your energy.

  11. Do you know if Gina Horkey is still offering a Free VA Course try out?

    1. Hi Leslie! I did some looking, and it doesn’t appear it’s a current offer. Sorry about that — and thank you for letting me know so I can get this post updated.

  12. Caitlin, you mention niche proofreading options. I have a good background in medical transcription, medical terminology, etc. Who would I get work from, or rather, how would I market this niche?

    1. Hi, Leslie.
      Thanks for your comment! While we applaud your efforts to get clients, we don’t divulge marketing info until we’re sure the individual has the skills. 🙂

  13. Thank you for sharing your experience! It is so useful- and comforting. I need more money – and I know I'd be good at proofreading – but I've been SCARED – of how and where to start, and of what to say and do. Thank you for providing a road map, and for being a caring, knowledgeable guide.

  14. I,am seventy three , make one thousand ninety dollars a month . I pay five hundred for rent , utilities, gas, etc. I spend most my days reading . I thought maybe i could do something at home because i have also lost my hearing . I can see mistakes in what i read or the games on facebook ,where you find the different letter etc. I like writing , thoughts, letters . Don,t know how good i would be on my computer ?

  15. I left the USAF, where I did Accounting till the end of '74. I dabbled in Linguistics in '75, and took some Bible courses in '76. After helping my parents move from NYC to PHX that year, I moved to Manhattan. In '77, I started working for a typing firm as a Bookkeeper (I love numbers!). I learned their word processing system (known as a Vydec), and turned my expertise into a freelancing job doing word processing for banks and law firms. In '80 I moved to TX and did word processing for a mission (the Summer Institute of Linguistics). In '82, I got married and joined Arthur Ansersen's typing pool, using my training on the Vydec.

    Elsewhere you heard of my history in proofreading. But I love your 5 ways of earning money, and I might enjoy working for people like you!

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