- Sell a Product
These days, you can sell anything to anyone anywhere in the world. Whether you’re marketing the organic honey from your backyard apiary or selling personalized linens that you embroider yourself, you can find a market for your products online. However, starting an e-commerce site isn’t cheap, either. Consider the upfront costs of website design and development, inventory management, and advertising! Selling online might flop, but e-commerce owners have unlimited earning potential.
- Start an eBay Store
Great for aspiring entrepreneurs to use as a jumping-off point, eBay offers an extremely intuitive website with a low cost of entry is cheap. Start in an area you feel knowledgeable and then start looking for deals. For instance, if you know about boats, you should start buying and selling small accessories that you would buy for yourself. Income potential is scalable. However, plan on listing 10x the value of whatever you hope to earn any given month.
- Property Management
Make sure property rentals are running smoothly or get seasonal accommodations ready for vacation visitors, while ensuring the properties are well maintained while no one is around. Property managers are also responsible for being available should anything go wrong and must be regularly available. No education requirements, however, those interested must pass background checks and supply references to gain a client’s trust. Median salary depends on location, but is 53k nationwide.
- Wedding Planner
You will need to be up-to-date on wedding trends and fads, dress styles, color trends—almost everything under the sun! Wedding planners offer customers an ala carte menu of services, from helping pick flowers, the wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses to picking the venue and hiring the caterer. Before you open your business, it’s important to shop around as a bride-to-be so that you understand every detail of the business and how to give an accurate impression that you can be depended on for their big day. How much can you earn? Between $1500-3000 per wedding.
- Front-End Web Developer
- Patient Advocacy
With the byzantine complexity of modern medical billing practices, there is a definite need for patient advocates. These individuals take the time to track down hospital billing paperwork and potentially argue with insurance companies. Considering the fact that many of those who need to hire advocates are either ailing or grieving, this is a very necessary service. Training and certification are needed. However, the appropriate courses are available online. This field is new and not yet regulated, so pay can range from an average of $15 per hour to hundreds, depending on the services offered.
- Performing Micro-Jobs
With the advent of Fiverr, we saw a brand new way to assign and accept work: little jobs for small payouts. But it’s no party trick. Apps like Gigwalk and sites like Mechanical Turk make it possible to cobble together a living with lots of little assignment each day. However, to earn hundreds per day, as some sources proclaim, you must offer unique and high-quality services as well as efficiently manage your time.
- Software Trainer
If you’re proficient in a highly specialized software, you can get paid to pass your knowledge on to amateurs and professionals looking to expand their skill sets. Technical manuals are available for programs like QuickBooks and Final Cut Pro, but these are often expensive and difficult for the average user to get through. Schedule small group workshops or private sessions, and charge by the hour for a full tutorial of the program to reach a software trainer’s median salary of 55k per year.
- Security Consultant
Just about every company has a website that has the potential to collect data from its customers. Furthermore, many businesses store their customers’ data, personal information – even credit card numbers – in their company computers. But, how many smaller firms can’t afford to hire a full-time data security specialist to keep their customer’s information safe. That’s where the opportunity for home-based security consulting comes in. If you’ve got a background in IT, you could make an average of $80,000 per year helping small businesses shore up their data security.
- Public Relations Specialist
If you know how to put a positive spin on things, then you’ll likely find your niche with entry-level jobs in public relations. Public relations specialists are typically employed by one or more clients who wish to maintain a positive public image. Often referred to as “spin doctors,” public relations professionals know how to do damage control when a client makes a mistake or is being seen in an unfavorable light and, even when things are good, work to present a positive image for a client. For flexing your positive spin-skills, you can earn an average of $52,000 per year in this growing field. However, entry level positions often require an undergraduate degree related to communications.
- Medical Transcription
Because they perform a necessary function, medical transcriptionists are always in demand. And with its low overhead — you’ll need a computer, Internet access, a printer, headphones, medical dictionaries, and a foot pedal and software for audio playback — this business is easy to start. You must be able to listen and type at the same time, and quickly to earn this field’s average of $47,000 per year.
- Legal Transcription
To become a legal transcriptionist, you’ll need the same equipment as a medical transcriptionist (but swap those medical dictionaries for legal ones). You can work from home transcribing client interviews, court hearings, depositions, interrogations, and more. As with medical transcription, top-notch typing skills are a must. While legal transcription training isn’t required, it will give you the legal terminology and legal formatting knowledge you need to earn an average of $35,000 per year.