Best Work-At-Home Jobs from a Guy Who Works At Home
Table of Contents
- Just Living The Dream
- Lead Generation
- Virtual Assistant
- Online Shopping
- Online Surveys
- Online Course Creator
- English Teacher
- Affiliate Marketing
- Multi-Level Marketing (MLM)
- Bottom Line: Make Money Fast?
Just Living The Dream
Let me guess:
You wanna learn how to make money online…
With no pants…
While ridin’ the porcelain pony, amiright?
(The last one could just be me.)
In any case, you’re not alone.
More than ever (thanks to Covid-19 aka coronavirus pandemic), millions of folks are searching Google for their online gold mine.
Only to discover…
It’s actually a swamp.
On the plus side:
Thanks to the internet, there’s never been more ways to work from home.
Here’s the problem:
How do you know which online job opportunities are legit?
Unfortunately, it’s hard to tell the shady from the shiny.
That’s why you need to do your research and use a ton of common sense here.
We’ve all heard it a thousand times before, but if it sounds too good to be true?
Well, you know the answer.
That was more than five years ago — time flies when you’re building something you love.
Since then I’ve made 6-figures every single year doing online work from home.
But let’s be honest:
Even though we all know that get-rich-quick schemes are complete bullsh*t — it’s still oh-so-tempting to give them a shot.
It’s just human nature since we tend to believe what we want to believe.
So here’s the deal:
Your biggest challenge isn’t learning how to make money online.
To quote the great American poet Robert Frost:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Keep that in mind as we dive into all the different ways you can earn money online in your spare time.
Let’s get into it:
It’s only fitting that we start off with one of the oldest, tried-and-true methods of making money online:
Getting paid to generate leads.
Simply put, your job is to send potential customers to local business owners for a fee (normally around $500-$1000/mo per client).
Why would they pay for that?
Cuz for the most part, Tommy the Tow Truck Driver and Larry the Landscaper are clueless about generating leads online.
Now, don’t get me wrong:
Larry and Tommy might be highly skilled at their craft and do a great job of satisfying their customers.
Especially on the internet. And that’s where you come in.
Basically, there’s two ways you can generate leads for a business online:
Paid advertising (e.g. Facebook ads, LinkedIn ads, etc) or free search engine traffic (e.g. Google, Bing, etc).
Each method has its pros and cons.
Paid ads have the advantage of speed since you can throw up a FB ad and literally start generating leads for a client in the same day.
The downside is you obviously have to pay for that traffic (which can cost a small fortune) and you better have some slick copywriting skills for it to work.
The downside is the time factor required to rank a website on the first page of Google and the skill set you’ll need to make it happen.
Call me crazy but I love generating leads using free traffic.
Yes, it takes a little longer to get a lead gen site ranked, but the overall lead quality tends to be much higher than paid traffic.
Not to mention your lead generation website becomes a passive income machine once it reaches the first page of Google.
It’s like owning a piece of digital real estate in the best part of town.
Oh and another thing:
But money-chasers beware:
Just like any legit business model, lead gen takes a lot of work and patience.
If you want more info, check out my complete lead generation review here.
Looking for full or part-time work from home?
Are you okay with doing repetitive and boring tasks?
Becoming a virtual assistant (aka “VA”) may be the perfect remote job for you.
The key word here is “job”.
That’s because once the novelty wears off and the honeymoon’s over, many work-at-home opportunities actually feel like a traditional office job.
(With a few obvious exceptions.)
As a virtual assistant, your responsibilities can include a number of administrative, creative, or technical support services.
|Virtual Assistant Examples|
|Appointment Setting/Calendar Management|
|Call Center/Customer Service Representative|
|Online Data Entry Jobs|
|Social Media Manager|
Now, I know what you might be thinking:
“That’s a lot of tasks! What if I don’t know how to do any of them?”
Fake it ‘til you make it.
You can also specialize in certain areas and only do specific tasks — it really depends on who you’re working for.
The key to being a great virtual assistant is to be a virtual Swiss Army knife — ready, willing, and able to do whatever your client needs.
Sometimes that means stepping outside your comfort zone, biting your lip, and pushing as hard as you can to show ‘em who’s boss:
(Juvenile Humor Disclaimer: It only gets worse from here, Chuckles.)
Back to business:
Although it’s possible to have many different employers, oftentimes a virtual assistant will have a long-term relationship with a specific client.
The average pay for a virtual assistant can range from $10-$30 per hour, depending on your skills and experience.
The best way to get started is to assess your current skill set and figure out how you can increase your value to potential clients.
Here’s an excellent video that explains how to get started as a VA in 30 days:
Check this out:
The term freelancer comes from the Middle Ages when a “free lance” referred to someone who was a trained soldier for hire (aka mercenary).
These days, freelancing is all about contract billing — not contract killing.
But some of us can still dream, right?
Here’s the skinny:
Freelancers are independent contractors who typically work for a variety of companies or clients.
And guess what?
From broke high school or college students with Photoshop skills to trained professionals with bachelor’s degrees, freelancers from all walks of life are in high demand.
Freelancing covers all kinds of work-from-home jobs you can do with a good internet connection and computer.
|Freelance Job Examples|
|Mobile App Developer|
|Search Engine Optimization (SEO)|
|Wordpress Plugin/Website Designer|
So the good news is:
You can take practically any ability you have and become a freelancer with it.
- Are you a world-class business expert or consultant? Sign up with Clarity.fm and get paid for doing quick, Q&A-style coaching calls.
- Got writing skills? Try your hand at becoming a freelance writer on Upwork.com or Problogger.com.
- Passionate about photography? Post your photos on a site like Shutterstock.
- Programmer or software developer? Flex your coding skills at Freelancer.com.
- Speak another language besides English? Join Fiverr or Rev and earn extra money as a freelance translator or transcriptionist.
Or perhaps you’re like the Picasso who created the graphic above:
Super-talented but just lookin’ to polish up your Photoshop or Illustrator skills.
By the way:
Many of these outfits seem to have a ton of glowing reviews that are likely done by employees of the company or by affiliates who get paid if you sign up.
(I’m not saying they’re all fake reviews but many are definitely fake reviews.)
The bad news?
If you don’t have any skills whatsoever…
You’re basically f*cked.
Another option is to sign up with a company like User Testing and make money by visiting websites and providing feedback about your experience.
You can earn $10 for each 10-20 minute task which involves recording a live video of yourself reviewing a website or taking a survey.
(Update: User Testing has many poor reviews from those who’ve tried it.)
To sum up:
Freelancing allows you to use the basic or advanced skills you already have to work at home and generate extra income.
But if you’re lazy, unmotivated, or looking for easy money without hard work?
Even if your talents are limited to binge-watching Netflix and sleeping in, you can still earn a side income if you’re willing to get off your ass…
… and put on some pants.
You can become a “tasker” for a company like TaskRabbit and get paid to help people with daily jobs like shopping, cleaning, or even assembling furniture.
Taskers can earn anywhere from $10-$60+ per hour, depending on the job.
Which isn’t great but it’s better than wasting your free time doing sweet F.A., right?
If you like staying active and live in a large metro area of the United States like NYC, LA, or Chicago, you can even make extra cash as a bike messenger:
Okay, so technically speaking:
Some of these freelance jobs or side gigs require you to work outside of your home.
But it’s better than being a professional Poop Catcher or Pit Sniffer.
On the other hand:
If you don’t mind scoopin’ poop and you’re an animal lover?
Or if you’re not much of a dog walker…
Perhaps you prefer to freelance without leaving your home at all?
You can always enter the renter market:
A couple C-notes may not seem like much but at least it can help pay off your asshole credit card with sky-high interest rates.
Know what else?
If you’re really desperate for cash, there’s always the option to get paid for donating blood plasma.
Or just pull the damn pin and put yourself on the market.
Whoops… did I go too far, Snowflake?
If you find that joke offensive, please accept my sincere apology below.
First off, a definition:
An influencer can be anyone who has the power to affect the buying decisions of others due to their authority, popularity, or relationship with their audience.
Believe it or not, influencer marketing has been around forever.
Case in point:
Back in 1931, Coca-Cola began using a friendly, white-bearded, older gentlemen dressed in a red suit (to match their brand color) in their ads.
You might recognize him:
(Kylie Jenner: 150+ million followers. Santa Claus: Hold my beer.)
Another iconic influencer was The Marlboro Man back in the 1950s.
This tough and rugged cowboy was the face of Marlboro cigarettes for decades.
Fast-forward to today:
Influencers are generally referred to as popular peeps on social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
If you know, like, and trust someone, it’s a lot easier to “influence” them on their buying decisions.
Which reminds me…
If you’re looking for the best toilet paper on the planet, try ShitBegone!
100% recycled and pillow soft, there’s magic in every wipe!
But enough about bowel towels 😉
There’s basically two types of influencers:
Mega-influencers who have millions of followers (e.g. celebrities, athletes, movie stars, etc).
And micro-influencers who have thousands or tens of thousands of followers (e.g. ordinary people who’ve become well-known.)
This is where you come in.
You can learn how to start a YouTube channel on Udemy and review certain products or teach others how to do something (e.g. tech gadget reviews, makeup tutorials, etc).
Or you can host a podcast about a specific subject that you’re an expert on (e.g. how to save money by improving your personal finances, relationship advice, etc).
Of course, there’s always the option to take selfies on your smartphone and show off your amazingly hot body or incredibly fake lifestyle on Instagram.
But there’s a catch:
To gain a significant number of followers on any social network, you’re gonna have to spend a LOT of time in the beginning just creating epic content.
Not to mention have some talent or charisma that allows you to stand out from the millions of other aspiring influencers.
So once again:
If you’re just looking for a quick and easy way to make a large amount of money online, becoming an influencer is definitely not the side-hustle for you.
But don’t let that stop you from taking epic selfies with your cell phone:
Let’s face it:
Online shopping has its advantages.
So it’s no surprise to learn that online shopping is set to reach $6 trillion in global sales by 2023.
And with that kind of money being spent, competition is fierce between online retailers all trying to earn your business.
Why would they pay you to shop online?
Simple: Popular brands and online stores are willing to give these cashback companies a commission for sending buyers like you to their website.
Sounds pretty sexy, right?
Cold shower time:
Typical cashback site users make less than $1 per hour.
Not exactly the best way to make a full-time income.
While we’re on the subject of legit-but-sh*tty ways to make money online, let me introduce you to the cashback site’s ugly cousin:
Wanna have some fun?
Let’s begin by taking a quick survey:
See kids? Learning CAN be fun!
Unfortunately, paid survey sites don’t ask questions like that.
Real online surveys are generally repetitive and boring as f*ck.
But the good news is:
And there’s a number of websites that are eagerly waiting for you to answer their questions or even watch videos and they’ll reimburse you for it.
In 2020, some of the most popular paid survey sites are:
So how does it work?
Depending on the site, you’ll typically be rewarded points for each survey you complete or shopper bonuses from online retailers you purchase from.
These points can earn cash back in the form of Amazon gift cards, sweepstake entries, or even payouts to your PayPal account.
Here’s the kicker:
The average earnings from taking online surveys range from $0.41 – $2 .03 per hour.
41 cents to 2 bucks PER HOUR.
It gets better though:
Most survey sites require you to give up a lot of personal information such as your birth date, ZIP code, source of income, health problems, ethnicity, etc.
Yeah, no thanks.
Which means you can be halfway through a survey and all of sudden get booted for no apparent reason.
And even if you do join a few survey sites (i.e. sign up to their email list), get ready to be spammed to death with a ton of emails every day.
Doesn’t sound so fun anymore, huh?
Needless to say, I can’t see why anyone would do this long-term, especially since it’s almost impossible to make good money with these stupid things.
Getting paid to answer simple questions seems like the perfect get-paid-to-do-nothing “job” that countless folks dream of…
… and get scammed by every single year.
So what does all this mean?
Don’t waste your time on paid surveys since there are more legitimate ways to make extra cash from home.
Now let’s go from one of the worst, to one of the best ways of making money online in 2020:
Are you a wizard with words?
Adept at the art of content creation?
Possess the poetic power of the pen?
Or just give you permission to be a prick by pissing people off with “p” words.
Speaking of words, here’s an interesting tidbit:
The term blogging is actually short for “web logging” and the same goes for bloggers which is the shortened version of “web loggers“.
Well, now you know.
And if you’ve got the writing skills, there are several options to generate extra income that fall under the blogging umbrella.
The first one being to look at some available domain names, choose a template, and start your own website and personal blog.
Don’t worry, Stormtrooper.
You can choose any blog topic imaginable from writing about traveling the galaxy, your Jedi obsession, or even home business reviews (wink, wink).
Here’s the bad news:
With more than 500 million blogs out there (a quarter of ALL the websites in existence), you’re jumping into a Very. Crowded. Pool.
So you better have some serious writing chops if you’re gonna stand out.
Not to mention the ability to create a crapload of content at will.
Do yourself a favor and listen to this 12-minute podcast from millionaire-blogger Jon Morrow entitled “Should You Even Start A Blog in 2020?”:
(Need some more inspiration? Check out Jon’s epic article: 7 Life Lessons from a Guy Who Can’t Move Anything but His Face. Trust me — it’s worth the read.)
This can be done in a number of ways including display advertising (e.g. Google Adsense), email marketing, affiliate links, or creating an online course.
Another option is to write an eBook, self-publish it as a PDF or with Amazon’s kindle program, then promote it on your blog.
(Calm down neigh-sayers, it’s fake. I’m just horsing around.)
But what if you’re someone who doesn’t want to start their own blog?
Is it still possible to make money blogging without being the star of the show?
You’re in luck, Buttercup.
Easier said than done, though.
No matter what blogging path you choose, becoming a successful online writer is extremely time-consuming and won’t happen overnight.
But last time I checked, the only good thing that happens overnight is sleep.
Or visits from the Tooth Fairy.
Online Course Creator
Okay, so maybe blogging ain’t your thing.
Don’t cry, Sugar Pie.
Here’s another real money-making idea for ya:
It’s never been easier to make money from home with digital courses.
Want some proof?
The e-learning industry is on track to hit $375 billion in just a few years.
(I sure as hell do.)
The best part?
You don’t even have to be an expert at something to build a course that can turn into an online money-making machine.
Case in point:
During the financial crisis of 2008, my business partner Dan found himself jobless and needing a way to provide for his wife and two children below.
Like many of us, he looked to the internet for a way out of the rat race.
Long story short, Dan eventually stumbled upon a business model that made the most sense to him (lead generation) and jumped in with both feet.
(Seriously. It looked like it was put together by a blind chimp with a laptop.)
But despite being the most technically-challenged person I’ve ever met, Dan kept improving the course and focused on what really mattered…
Making progress and getting results.
That’s when I became one of his first students and within a year, finally managed to quit my truck driving job and started working from home.
Since then, our lead gen course has grown to more than six thousand students worldwide and has generated over 7-figures.
(I’m the tattooed d-bag on the right.)
Not bad for two idiots who are by no means the world’s greatest course creators — or lead generators for that matter lol.
Moral of the story?
Anyone can build a successful online course business in 2020 — if you’re willing to put in the work.
Peep my best course platform review to learn how with a step-by-step guide.
Do you enjoy chatting nonstop for hours?
Or better yet:
Have your friends or family commented that you “never shut up”?
If so, podcasting might a good fit… Loudmouth.
And here’s the really cool part:
An audience that size attracts major brands which explains why in 2021, podcast ad spend is expected to exceed $1 billion.
Which means you’re in the right place at the right time.
Just ask Joe Rogan who reportedly makes a staggering $30 million per year from his show The Joe Rogan Experience.
And he’s not the only podcaster making serious paper:
Now for the best news:
All you really need is a computer, mic, and reliable podcast hosting.
There’s also more than half a dozen realistic ways to get paid for your podcast, including:
- Premium content
- Online courses
And if you’re worried about running outta things to say?
You can always interview yourself and babble about nonsense:
All joking aside, podcasting is poised to become one of the main ways we consume information in the not too distant future.
But like any skill set, the catch is there’s a LOT that goes into becoming a successful podcaster.
If you’re interested in learning more, the first thing you should do is check out my podcast hosting guide.
Let me ask you this:
Can you speak English goodly? I mean, real goodly?
Well, guess what?
How’s that possible?
For starters, English is a compulsory subject for most Chinese students.
The problem is, there’s a big difference between knowing the meaning of a word vs. having a conversation in the language.
And in China’s education-obsessed culture, millions of parents want their kids to learn and understand the most widely spoken language in the world:
This has created a massive demand for online ESL (English as a Second Language) tutoring and sparked a new multi-billion dollar industry.
Enter VIPKid — one of the most popular and well-respected online ESL teaching companies in the world.
Here’s a fantastic explanation of what it’s like teaching ESL online:
Looks like fun, right?
Before you get too excited:
So unless you’re serious about teaching, it might not be for you.
But if you love the idea of working from anywhere, setting your own schedule, and getting paid to teach kids the English language…
No doubt about it:
Affiliate marketing is one of the fastest-growing and most popular ways to make money online in 2020.
It’s also one of the simplest.
As an affiliate marketer, your full-time job is to promote products or services for an online retailer in exchange for a commission of the sales you generate.
I’m sure you’ve visited a blog with a link to an Amazon product or an Instagram account where the person writes “link in bio” on their posts.
(Yes, it’s fake. And yes, I’ll prob’ly get sued for that.)
But here’s the deal:
For online retailers, this actually makes a lot of cents.
(Get it? Anybody? Helloooooo? Bah.)
With the rise of social media and decline of traditional advertising, companies understand the power influencers have over their followers’ buying decisions.
Now you know why there are so many affiliate programs out there, from credit card companies to small business loans and virtually any niche with a pulse.
- Online retailers (e.g. Amazon, eBay, Alibaba.com)
- Offline retailers (e.g. Walmart, Home Depot)
- Web hosting companies (e.g. SiteGround, BlueHost)
- Informational or digital products (e.g. Clickbank)
- Beauty and cosmetic programs (e.g. Murad, Yves Rocher)
- Travel sites (e.g. TripAdvisor, Cheapflights)
Here’s the catch:
You better know how to attract visitors in the first place.
Whether you build a popular website or grow a large social media following, if you’re able to get your links seen — affiliate marketing could be your ticket.
But if you lack the skills to get eyes on your affiliate links?
It all boils down to this:
On the bright side… if you’re willing to stick with it beyond your first year?
You can legitimately make your savings account or piggy bank very happy (to the tune of millions).
According to Webster’s, ecommerce is defined as:
A fancy word for selling sh*t online, dummy.
(From the 2020 Vulgar Version.)
And in case you’ve been living under a rock, it’s now a trillion-dollar industry.
In fact, worldwide ecommerce sales are expected to surpass $6 trillion by 2023 which means very soon we’ll be buying anything and everything online.
Some of the most popular ecommerce websites on the planet include:
It’s a safe bet that you’ve already bought or sold something on at least one of those sites in the last 12 months.
That can range from ordering stuff on Amazon, selling t-shirts on Etsy or used items on Craigslist, to even listing inflatable unicorn horns for cats on eBay.
(Mr. Whiskerson is PISSED.)
So what’s the point?
Speaking of dropshipping, check out this helpful video for an excellent primer:
Dropshipping is an ecommerce business model which allows you to sell physical products online without stocking inventory or dealing with shipping.
Which basically means you have zero upfront cost to start a dropshipping biz.
Another ecommerce option is to start an Amazon FBA business.
It’s kinda like Amazon’s own unique version of dropshipping:
Sounds amazing, right?
Except that it’s not as simple and easy as that happy Amazon video would like you to believe.
But wait, there’s more!
So if you’re more of a do-it-yourselfer and want to sell your custom jewelry or Field of F*cks pillow cover, you’re in luck:
Or maybe you’re an eccentric artist looking to sell your awesomely weird Jeff Goldblum Dinosaur painting:
Not a fan?
Perhaps you’d prefer Nicolas Cage’s head on a cute lil’ duckling:
Or a mug:
(Soooo tempted to buy that lol.)
Whatever the case may be, the big question is:
How do you choose what type of ecommerce business to start?
Well, it really depends on how serious you are.
Cuz like everything else, you need to skill up before you make the big bucks from your startup.
Ecommerce skills include:
- Finding or creating your own products to sell
- Choosing where to build your online store
- Doing market research on your competitors
- Promoting and driving traffic to your website
- Shipping, customer service, returns, etc.
As you can see, there’s a lot to learn if you wanna make a lot of money.
And I hate to sound like a broken record here, but if you’re serious about building your own business online?
Ecommerce is for serious entrepreneurs only.
Multi-Level Marketing (MLM)
Before we go any further — quick confession:
I hate bugs.
But you know what else bugs me?
From personal experience, I think the business model blows.
But there are millions of folks out there who absolutely love multi-level marketing (aka network marketing) so it’s only fair to include it in my list.
You might even know someone who’s already involved in an MLM company like Amway, Avon, Herbalife, or Mary Kay to name just a few.
As long as they keep buying the products every month, over time you can build a healthy passive income.
Sounds great, right?
Besides selling products, MLM companies encourage their distributors to build a team below them (called a “downline”) so that you can get paid an override commission for helping your team sell products to their friends and family.
Then if your team builds a downline below them, you can receive an override commission for those sales. And so on.
Unfortunately, it’s also why this business model is often accused of being a pyramid scheme since that’s what it looks like.
I’m not saying all MLMs are illegal scams or unethical companies.
In fact, the business sounds amazing… at first.
And even if they do join your business, get ready for a ton of Zoom meetings, late-night pep talks, and adult babysitting.
Like the old saying goes:
(Calm down social justice warriors, it’s a joke. I’m a big fan of prostitution.)
Back to my point:
And many people believe MLM is the best way to build a home-based business.
Just a heads up, though:
If your friends get involved with an MLM company, they can start to get a lil’ aggressive on social media.
You’ve been warned.
But if you’re still interested, check out my in-depth MLM review here.
Bottom Line: Make Money Fast?
Let’s be real:
In 2020, every age group from 10-year-old Gen Z’ers…
To 35-year-old Millennials…
To 70-year-old Baby Boomers want to learn how to make money online.
As long as it’s easy and promises fast cash.
But if wishes were chickens, beggars would ride.
(Or something like that.)
What’s the point?
Wishful thinking never made anyone successful.
The iconic writer Ayn Rand said it best:
We can ignore reality, but we cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.
C’mon, you know it’s true.
But that’s not what we wanna hear or believe, is it?
Here’s the thing:
Be wary of those who say otherwise.
The good news?
Anyone can build an online income stream if they’re willing to bust their ass and think long-term.
Even if you have no experience, no skills, and are starting from rock bottom.
For what it’s worth (and in my completely biased opinion):
Each model takes a LOT of hard work but can also give you the time and financial freedom you’re ultimately looking for.
That’s coming from a guy who never graduated from high school and now makes a comfortable 6-figures per year online.
Just don’t wish it were easier.
Wish you were better.
I wish you all the best.