Are you having trouble finding the right work-from-home business to start? If so, you're not alone! And, to make matters worse, some of the suggestions out there are, well, a bit far-fetched. For example, while a few of the ideas in this list of 30 possibilities by Shopify are workable, others aren't very viable if you're a mom with young kids. Maybe you can turn your pet into an influencer (not an adventure I'd enter into lightly with an unwilling cat!), sell NFTs, or play video games for a living, but the odds of making real money with any of these aren't good.
Even if you like some of the ideas on this list, you can get scammed instead of finding the right work-from-home career. Indeed brings us to this list of five common scams – and there are a lot more that didn't make this list.
Do you think that the options for being a work-at-home mom (or dad) are limited to child care or the latest direct sales ‘MLM’ (multi-level marketing) trend of the moment? These are well-known options, but they aren’t the only ones out there by a long shot!
The truth is, there are many viable options, especially online.
Wading through the possibilities can be tricky. It’s easy to jump on board the first idea that seems legitimate or marketable. You’ll likely make some money, but will it be sustainable?
With these factors and everything else you need to consider, the idea of having your own work-from-home business may sound like an impossible dream. But we can help you sort through the clutter while you're finding the right work-from-home business – the one that will get you happily to your goals.
You can use the next four steps to help you find an opportunity suited to your interests, skills, and lifestyle. This will ultimately increase your ability to succeed long term.
Having Trouble Finding the Right Work-From-Home Business? Start Dreaming and Believing!
First, and possibly most important, take a moment and allow yourself to dream.
Start thinking ‘‘What if?’’
- What if I could make an extra thousand dollars a month working from home
- What if there's a business that perfectly fits my lifestyle
- What if I can do it while my kids nap or after they're in bed for the night?
There are people all over the world making it happen. As Gina Horkey of Fully Booked VA says, ‘‘Why not you, why not now?’’ Ask yourself, ‘‘Why not me? Why not now?’’
Dreaming and believing may not seem like a business strategy, but they are valuable tools for finding the right work-from-home business for you. Once you've given yourself time to think about what a successful business would look like for you, you might ask questions like:
- Could I make money from home as a transcriptionist?
- Are there ways for me to make good money researching, typing, writing, or editing?
- Do I want to be a social media or Pinterest manager, or sell Facebook ads?
- Could I earn a good income doing bookkeeping work or tax preparation?
- Would it be fun and profitable to make and sell gourmet dog treats?
Starting to dream and believe in the possibilities will lead you easily to the next step in finding the right work-from-home business for you.
Next, take a moment to evaluate you.
Taking this step can save you wasted time and aggravation.
If you're like me, you've had various jobs in your life, and at least some of them weren't a good fit. When you take a job to earn a paycheck or start a business because it seems like a good way to earn a little extra, you're likely to land in a career that doesn't consider you and your unique abilities.
If you don't like math, a tax business isn't likely to be a career that honors your abilities. Love social media? Social media management or digital marketing might be perfect for you. If grammatical errors leap off the screen at you, proofreading or scoping might suit you perfectly.
If you don’t evaluate yourself, you may end up, taking the long route to finding the right work-from-home business – or never find it at all.
Take the time to evaluate:
- Your skills, education, and abilities
- What you love to do
- The type of work you would do for FREE
- Your hobbies
- What your friends ask you to help them with
- What you loved when you were a kid
- Your short-term and long-term goals
This process doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. If you take the time to think about these things, it will go a long way toward preparing you for the next step.
Do Your Research to Prepare for Your Dream Business
Once you've taken the time to evaluate yourself, you're ready to start researching your options. You won’t be as likely to get sucked down the internet rabbit hole, clicking here and there, signing up for this or that. That can be costly, in terms of time and money, and might not get you anywhere.
You’ve come to the right place for information. Anywhere & Anytime can help streamline your search, offering in-depth reviews on several work-from-home training courses and programs, interviews with work-from-home moms (and dads!), and tips for success once you've started your work-from-home biz.
We've also got links to fantastic and legit work-from-home courses – no scams here! Plus, we've put together a page of free mini-courses that give you access to a sampler of options. With these, you'll learn more about the course, the career, or maybe both. All you need to do is click through to the course page via our handy buttons and sign up to get the free goodies!
These are all valuable resources for finding the right work-from-home business.
Once you've got a solid idea of what direction you want to go:
- Carefully consider the available options
- Read various reviews and interviews
- Start following blogs related to your top choices
- Once you’ve narrowed it down, join and participate in a few groups. (Facebook has great options!)
If you do your homework, the next step will be much easier.
Take Bold Action Toward Finding the Right Work-From-Home Career
After following the first three steps, you’ve probably got a good idea of what you're looking for in a work-from-home business. If there's an idea that won't leave you alone, that's the one to move toward. Remember, you can pivot or change direction entirely later if your first choice doesn't turn out to be all you hoped it would be.
Once you know; act boldly. Don’t put it off. Go for it!
If you don’t have all the knowledge, skills, or materials you need in the beginning, it’s okay. There are many courses and training options available, and groups that can help you succeed.
Once you know what you want to do, figure out what obstacles you are facing, then take the steps to overcome them, one at a time.
- If you don’t have the money for courses or training at first, seek out options for free training. The goal is to get started. You can check out some free courses here.
- Do you need equipment or materials for your new business? Start purchasing it, one item at a time if necessary.
- If you need a quiet space for your business but don’t have one, figure out how you can create it. Can you barter for time at a friend's quieter place, or make a space to use when your kids are in school or asleep?
Conclusion: Finding the Right Work-From Home Business is a Process
Once you’ve taken the time to dream, evaluate, and research, you will be well on your way to finding the right work-from-home business that fits your lifestyle and goals – and is worth working through any obstacles.
What are your thoughts or experiences? Are you still waiting to take the plunge or have you already succeeded in finding the right work-from-home career? Do you have questions about this topic? Type away! 🙂
Stefanie Williams is a freelance writer with an educational background in communication sciences and disorders. She specializes in topics related to audiology and speech pathology. Wife. Mom to six. Musician. Aspiring Minimalist. Someday, hopefully, world traveler.