Are you Researching Working from Home Opportunities?
You have found there an Overwhelming amount of opportunities?
Don’t know where to start?
Learning about a range of working from Home Opportunities that are Real
Narrowing down the options to those that Interest and Suit You
Creating the Ideal Laptop Lifestyle for yourself
I recently wrote an article about Work Home Ideas which I have received great feedback on. However, I realised that this article really focused on only 3 broad categories of working from home opportunities that I have experience in. Therefore, in this article I will provide you with a more diverse list of working from home opportunities that I know work; I know this either first had or I know people where it has worked.
3 Points of Advice:
1. Please note, it is important that you complete your own due diligence; your own research to a level that satisfies you. Balanced with not backing yourself into a corner of information overload. Once you have completed your research. Narrow down this information to what you think would be your top 3 working from home opportunities that appeal to you.
2. Then contact people that have succeeded in each of these choices:
– Acknowledge that you understand that their time is precious and ask for a few moments of their time.
– Let them know you are considering beginning working from home in their type of work.
– Then ask them (if it is appropriate) what they believe are the top 3 characteristics of those that succeed? They may already have information, a blog or frequently asked questions that answers this.
– Make sure you check their publically available information first.
– Finally, thank them in advance for their time. Both when you have contacted them to ask them questions and also thank them if they had provided these answers already and you found it helpful.
Most successful people are more than happy to assist someone demonstrating initiative and respectfully asking relevant questions on how to go about following in their path and succeeding. This person may also be an option as a mentor once you have chosen the working from home opportunity that appeals to you.-
3. Many working from home opportunities exist through online access. For some reason, many people think that because it is online you don’t need to work very hard to succeed. In my experience, those that succeed in their professional careers offline or online do so because they are committed to it. Commit to do whatever it takes to succeed. Including achieving great work home life balance. This takes a conscious decision and discipline to achieve this.
515 Million results in a Google search for Working from Home Opportunities
This is an overwhelming result. You cannot be blamed for thinking ‘where do I begin?’ So where do you begin?
My recommendation is to consider the following list and overview of these 5 broad categories of working from home opportuntiies:
- Home based Consultant: Usually a service based profession
- E-commerce: Online Shop – usually a product based business
- Online Marketing (Blogging and Affiliate Marketing)
- Multi Level Marketing: Distributing a product and
1. Home Based Consultant: Usually a service based profession
There are an endless number of consultant style occupations and opportunities you can be successfully work from home. The starting point for this opportunity is an existing qualification or work experience. For example:
- Music Tutor
- Education Tutor
I am a trained musician and teacher. I have successfully taught my instrument, flute and music theory from my home for many, many years. Working as a home based consultant has the potential for you to get started very quickly. You can begin with your own networks and use free platforms such as LinkedIn to let people already connected with you know that you’re available. Beginning with your known networks is important because you already have a level of trust and often valuable rapport with this community of contacts, therefore converting these contacts to use your services (as long as they have the need) can be highly successful.
Once you have regular clients, achievable for most of the options list above, getting to come back regularly is the key to your long term success. It is cheaper, easier and less time-consuming to have repeat business. Needing regular hair cuts from your hairdresser is brilliant because hair always grows back. However, maintaining a regular system of booking and following up existing clients is essential.
Please note, this is not a good option for you if you are not comfortable with asking to be paid. For example, sending invoices immediately. I recommend payment up front or immediately however I understand sometimes this is not always possible – but I would challenge this. The quicker you are paid the better for you and your busines
2. E-commerce: Online Shop – usually a product based business
The possibilities are enormous here. Just go browse Instagram to see how many products are available to purchase through an online shops. I would recommend you promoting products that you believe in, that you use and love.
These can be in the form of marketplaces (where you have a virtual shopfront) like being one retail outlet in a virtual shopping centre such as:
- Craigslist (US)/Gumtree (Australia)
The advantage here is there is already an audience on these marketplaces. My son calls me the ‘gumtree guru’ we buy and sell most of our no longer needed items here, especially toys he has outgrown or simply doesn’t use anymore.
My number 1 tip to selling anything online is to provide information that will address any question or objection in the sales process. Whenever I sell anything on Gumtree (the Australian version of Craigslist) I generally provide MUCH more detailed information than any ‘competitior’ post. I also tend to sell at higher prices than similar products. You know those really long ‘sales letters’ there is a reason why they work online:
- They have enough information to answer all questions from a buyer. Think like a buyer what do they want to know from their perspective what are the benefits to them
- They provide testimonials of past or existing clients.
- They make it easy (just one click) to make the purchase when the buyer is ready and with options of payment gateways such as Paypal and/or Stripe
This builds trust and rapport – 2 essential ingredients for the success of any sales transaction.
Also note some social networks can act as marketplaces due to having an existing audience already there. For example, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter. In addition, some social networks also act as search engines such as Youtube and Pinterest.
Or one private websites by adding a shopping cart. This gives you complete control and is a good option if you have regular traffic visiting your website. Some examples of shopping carts that can be added easily to most websites:
- Shopify and
I have used WooCommerce for many years on one website and am happy with the way it works and its layout. It suits the way my brain works. Make a list of what you are looking for and complete a comparison between 3 options.
3. Online Marketing (Blogging/ Affiliate Marketing e.g. Amazon)
Content is King. Quality, comprehensive and regular content is the key to success. If you’re not a writer then you will either need to engage someone to create the content for you or learn how to do it. Online or Internet marketing is here to stay. It is interesting the potential ‘scam’ reputation it has when many people are on social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Twitter and/or Pinterest on a daily basis, we are now using some form of online channel every day. Very different to 10 years ago.
Like anything, do your own personal research and investigations to make sure you feel comfortable about making a purchase. In addition, if you are anyway in doubt make sure you pay through a global payment gateway such as Paypal. They will support you to chase a refund if you don’t receive what you paid for. Plus if it sounds too good to be true (make $10,000 per day in 30 days) it probably is.
Online Marketing is the communication of what a business does and provides (sells) via online channels. Online channels:
- Online advertising (Google, Facebook, LinkedIN)
- Search engine marketing (paid known as pay per click and organic which is free but time consuming a great deal of content needs to be created over a long period of time)
- Email marketing (communicate regularly with your audience)
- Social media engagement (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest)
- Video marketing (You Tube channels, Vimeo)
It is important to have multiple sources of lead generation that convert to sales. What I mean by that is traffic from Search Engine Optimisation (known as SEO), Social media and Email marketing is a good balance. It is a good balance because you are creating good quality and helpful content for SEO, Social Media is social proof, your raving fans are there singing your praises and Email marketing builds your audience through building trust because you are communicating regularly and consistently to your audience.
Be mindful not to get too distracted particularly with social media engagement campaigns. Make sure you test and measure everything. If something isn’t working then change it, improve it or try something else.
Make sure you are monetizing your content (generating revenue) this can be achieved through:
- Display Advertising on your blog or website (Google Adsense ads)
- Affiliate marketing (receive commissions on successful sales of products and services you endorse) Amazon Affiliates is probably the most well known
- Guest posts (you write content for your website in exchange for a financial fee or backlink to your website)
4. Multi Level Marketing (MLM): e.g. doTERRA
Multi Level Marketing is a business structure designed to distribute product. It works on the premise that those that join the MLM network will have access to products at wholesale rather then retail pricing. If you decide to participate in the network as a distributor then you are often rewarded for the number of people you bring into the network and how much product you and your network sells. Successful MLM businesses have comprehensive training on their products and how to succeed in their MLM compensation structure.
Again a belief and love of the product is important and being a people-person also helps as well to support you distributing the product.
I have experience as a client in Arbonne, I buy their make-up regularly. I love the product and I think I’m on some distributor level for the price discounts, I don’t actively distribute or sell the product.
My son and I spent a year actively working as distributors for doTERRA; selling essential oils. I did this because my son wanted the experience of being in business. It was a great experience, the product is of a high quality, we love the product. In fact we use it daily. Plus there is a great deal of training available to support you to succeed. We succeeded in achieving a milestone rank within 7 weeks of joining. We were successful because this was our focus. It was a very positive experience for us.
We are currently taking a break from building this as a business due to my son having also developed as a young, competitive sailor and so has decided on this as his current focus, which I support. He is a child after all and I said he can come back to the doTERRA whenever he chooses. I support our existing network with their purchasing needs.
I am very familiar with their structure and highly recommend it. Where we are currently at with it is not a reflection of the system and business but personal choices for my son.
Investors commit financially to ventures with the expectation of generating revenue therefore profit. Therefore you will require capital (money) to pursue this oppportunity. Profit is what is left when the costs of running a business or venture is taken from the revenue that was generated. Revenue (income in) – Costs (money out) = Profit
Investors invest in:
I am an experienced Property Investor and have worked as a property mentor for many years. I owe my start in business to the success of my past property investments. When investing always treat it like any other business opportunity. You need money to be coming in regularly and to be generating more than what it is costing to run the opportunity. This may sound obvious but it is very common for new start up investors to forget this point and get pulled along in the excitement of purchasing the investment or the process of research and analysis. Unless action is taken you are not an investor. If you don’t generate a profit you will not be an investor for very long.
This strategy absolutely does work but requires capital upfront, discpline and making balanced decisions.
Next Steps: The Common Theme to Success in Working from Home Opportunities
What you now need to do is to make some decisions and begin to take action.
- Narrow down the working from home opportunities that appeal to you and you believe you could succeed in
- Follow and build a relationship with those that have succeeded in what you want to do
- Decide on what you will do
- Seek out a mentor to follow to support your success. This can begin simply by following a blog or joining a mailing list
- Take action daily, surrounding yourself with positive people that uplift you and your goals.
Finally, no matter what opportunity you decide to pursue working from home 3 things are essential:
- A commitment to do whatever you need to to succeed. Do you need more knowledge? Do you need to take Action?
- Having a Disciplined, planned, considered approach to your work and
- Taking regular and consistent Action. That is consistent work.
Your success is determined by how much work you put in. Now if you have the capital to pay for someone else to do the work then that is slightly different. However it will still require ou to set the goals and strategies and to ensure your team are committed to the cause and trained appropriately to support them.
Feel free to share the working from home opportunities you are considering to assist you with making a decision on what you will commit too: