Well, now that I’ve had the privilege of working full time from home for over a year, the one thing I can say I have enjoyed the most is autonomy over my schedule. I did have that before, even when going into the office or teaching at my school to some extent, but more time was available to me without the commuting back and forth to different places.
Now, I’m in a bit of a 3 month limbo here between my current part-time job and my next full-time venture. I’ve utilized some of these freelancing sites before off and on to try to make a bit extra, but I’m especially interested in earning a stable income over the next couple of months from these opportunities.
I will share the two main sources of part-time WFH income I’ve used and then some of my aspirations to grow over the next couple of months.
- Rev.com – This is a transcription company that has clients from all over the world submit interviews and meetings to be transcribed. You have to apply by completing a transcription test. There is a learning curve by getting used to their system and platform, but once you figure it out, it gets much easier. You start out at the lowest level and then if your stats are high enough after 800 minutes, you move up to the highest tier. This is better because you have access to higher paying jobs and clearer audio files. Some of the initial files can be tough in the lower category, but if you stick with it, you’ll find it’s actually pretty fun. The pay is per minute and varies by each file, and is paid out weekly.
- Upwork or Fiverr – So far, I’ve only completed jobs on Upwork for editing and formatting. Because of my background in education and research, this category works well for me. Upwork is what I started with about 3 years ago, but now I’m interested in setting up a profile on Fiverr as well. It’s pretty simple to set up a profile, but be prepared to answer questions when you’re bidding on jobs to show your level of experience or expertise.
New WFH goals:
- Etsy – I started a shop a few months ago, but haven’t had a lot of time to continue adding products. I’ve watched a lot of YouTube video tutorials on making and selling digital products. My shop is called Tracy Dee Designs and currently I have 11 digital productivity products and 1 physical product. I am learning how to create more designs on my iPad using the Procreate app so I definitely hope to keep adding to my inventory and create some more income from that.
- E-books – I have a lot of training in education and since writing is still in my routine, I was thinking about creating some e-books to sell. I made a 30 day time management journal that I posted in my Etsy shop. Another avenue is to use Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing and make sure to format designs in Canva to match their requirements.
If you google making money working from home, you’ll get tons of articles and websites directing you to opportunities. I know I only listed 4 different avenues here, but I prefer to start with some small, proven websites and then build from there if I still need more. For example, if you stay consistent with transcribing on Rev.com a little each day, you could make a pretty decent monthly side hustle.
The thing that is appealing to me about the Etsy store and the e-books is that it really turns into passive income over time. It takes effort to create everything up front, but with digital products, you only need to do it one time. I’m also taking time to market on Pinterest and of course, here on the blog and on my YouTube channel. All of that is part of committing to a goal that may take a little bit of time to get off the ground.
Whatever you choose to do, make sure to verify it is legitimate and decide if it is worth the time investment to get started.