What does it take to make a decent income from home without answering to a boss?
That’s it. Use the skills you have or learn new skills to solve problems for others, get paid, and repeat.
I was able to leave my office job years ago and become a full-time, work-at-home mom because I took a chance on myself and invested in quality education to learn new skills.
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Make Money at Home as a Virtual Assistant (VA)
I provide virtual assistant services to a seven-figure blogger. I started out answering emails and welcomed more tasks. As my task list grew, so did my income.
My monthly income for this role started around $300+, $500+, and now $2,000+.
Currently, I help answer emails, oversee a student support team, and work on special projects. I also help proofread posts and emails using my own skills and favorite tool.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to become a virtual assistant, check out this free class.
Make Money at Home Proofreading
My earnings from proofreading definitely vary. Some months I’m swamped, and others I’m not. On average, I earn $500+ and my best months bring me an average of $900 a month.
We all know how many errors there are in written form such as books, web content, signs, and more that could have benefited from a proofreader. And if you’re wondering whether technology is making human proofreading extinct — it’s not! Nothing can replace quality proofreading by a quality proofreader — making this skill in high demand.
And running a proofreading business requires little, if any, overhead costs. You’ll have the initial start-up costs for marketing and minimal supplies, and from there, there’s not much more you have to pay on a regular basis.
I proofread on my iPad, Word, or Google Docs. I use a crazy-simple, but excellent, online accounting service to bill my clients and that’s it.
How You Can Get Started with Proofreading
Remember what I said about investing in yourself? Sure, you may have some kickass proofreading skills now, but why just stick with that.
My friend Caitlin Pyle over at ProofreadAnywhere.com is one of the most talented proofreaders out there… and she has compiled all of her knowledge into a comprehensive course: General Proofreading: Theory & Practice™.
She’ll teach you the basics of proofreading to make sure you’re a word-skills SUPERSTAR. After you master the skills, she’ll show you how to turn this newfound knowledge into a profitable business. You’ll learn exactly how to find clients, structure your work days, and run a successful proofreading business. Pretty valuable stuff, right?
Caitlin is a former freelance proofreader in Florida. That was her primary income ($40k+ per year!) — until she realized that she was just as good at teaching proofreading as she was at actually doing it.
This is a perfect opportunity for someone with word skills who’s looking to be their own boss.
Caitlin and Proofread Anywhere have been featured in everything from Business Insider to Forbes to other online blogs like The Penny Hoarder.
Now, I totally understand you not wanting to jump headfirst into this. Caitlin has put together a FREE workshop, where she will share more about herself (so you can get to know her), more about proofreading as a profession — including one great place to find work, and a free introductory tutorial on how to use the most popular proofreading tool on the market.
More Work-at-Home Opportunities
I’m willing to bet you’ve never heard of scoping, the in-demand skill that’s been around for over 30 years! It’s in the family of proofreading transcripts but is the process before proofreading takes place.
Scoping is the process of editing transcripts for court reporters. During legal proceedings, court reporters write or “take down” these proceedings using steno writers. Afterwards, they import their steno notes into special software that translates the steno into English.
Graduates in this scoping field can earn as much as someone with a fancy new college degree without the exorbitant tuition costs of traditional colleges. Student loans, right?! I’m still paying off $30k in student debt.
Did you know that you can make up to $5,000 per month as a transcriptionist?! I kid you not. I’m only about legit ways to make money from home.
The amazing Janet Shaughnessy teaches two value-packed transcription courses: General Transcription: Theory & Practice™ and Legal Transcription: Theory & Practice™.
If you’re good with numbers, you can become a virtual bookkeeper.
Imagine the freedom to work with who you want and where you want. You’ll be in total control of how much money you earn. This is the flexibility you’ve been searching for.
Sign up for this free training.
Not everyone is great with numbers but numbers run the world, so bookkeepers are definitely in demand.
You can learn new skills and make good money all from the comfort of home. Be patient with yourself and go at it with a mindset for success.
So don’t waste any more time. It’s time to get started.
I can’t wait to hear your work-at-home success story!
If you’re already making money from home, let me know in the comments!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2018 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.