You’re one of those special people with a healthy dose of self-motivation and you’re a glutton for organization. You may be an administrative genius but you also have a wicked entrepreneurial spirit - and you need to set your own work schedule. You can’t, at this stage in your life, put in 80 hours a week to launch a product or an idea. What you CAN do is set aside a number of hours each week for circumscribed work that has a beginning and an end. You’d love to help someone else with their own company or business, knowing that their success means your success. (Plus, you can call it quits at the end of your day and leave your work stress behind.)
You have the perfect set of skills to become a virtual assistant, one of the most varied - and exciting - jobs on the planet. As a virtual assistant you can offer your expertise in so many areas like accounting, writing, correspondence, making appointments, posting on social media, along with more complex tasks that have to be done online. What you offer is completely up to you.
Many VAs are generalists but some have found lucrative niches and specialize. You can focus on a specific industry by working with, say, scientists or bloggers or researchers, or you can concentrate on a theme, such as travel, or Pinterest, or design.
If the idea of working online and owning your own business without giving up the rest of your life appeals to you, Horkey Handbookers have an excellent workbook to get you started (along with a more complete course if you decide this is for you.)
You have a lot to say and a real knack both for writing and for business. Plus, a tiny bit of tech doesn’t scare you - nothing major, mind you, but the word ‘Wordpress’ won’t make you break out in hives. You may have the makings of a blogger!
The beauty of blogging is that it pulls on a variety of skills but the real secret here is hard work. Anyone who says you can work two hours a week and make a fortune is selling you a swamp in, you know, Florida. What can happen is that if you put in a serious amount of work, you can make a serious amount of money. Within a year, you can (no guarantees, remember!) be making $1000 a month (and it goes up from there).
You are also creative and disciplined, and have plenty of time to dedicate to your new blogging life. That entrepreneurial spirit is working in your favor! If you happen to have a secret passion, this is your chance to make money with it!
A blogger’s life is exciting because of the huge variety of work: writing and researching, of course, but also business planning, learning about the techie side of things and managing multiple tasks at the same time, from design to social media to customer relations. Don’t be overwhelmed, though:- there are resources out there that take you by the hand and help you build your blog from scratch. If launching a blog to make money is something that speaks to you, you must check out Jon Morrow’s excellent Freedom Machine - it’s designed to build your freedom by helping you launch a blog and make money with it.
There are millions of successful blogs out there, for a reason. Blogging is fun, it’s lucrative and it’s rewarding.
You've always had a way with words, but there’s too much going on in your life and you haven’t found the time to pursue writing for financial gain. You may be an expert in travel, or medicine, or technology - or you may have a passion, like wine or art or cycling. You’re often told you have an engaging voice and when you see a blank screen or page, you simply can’t keep yourself from filling it with your writing.
You think blogging is a bit too technical, and you’re not really interested in all that backend stuff - the hosts and sites and Googles and whatnots. What you care about are… words and stories.
You’re sociable and not afraid of approaching editors with your story ideas because you CARE about what you have to say. You don’t mind criticism and rejection (editors sadly do that often), as long as it’s constructive and makes your writing even better than it is.
If you want to unravel the knots of freelance writing and learn how to make it pay for you, a great place to start is by joining the Freelance Writer’s Den membership community.
If you happen to be an expert in something - a sport or meditation or finances - consider becoming an online coach and selling your expertise online. You could start teaching people how to manage money (financial coach), helping people stay healthy (health coach), directing people in their business goals (business coach), or showing clients how to live a more fulfilling life (life coach). You’ll find a gazillion courses on Udemy or Teachable that will help open these doors for you allow you to test the waters without paying out huge sums for training.
Another interesting way to earn money online is by teaching. Have you ever thought of teaching at elementary level - but without having to go to class? Perhaps you’re a native English speaker and believe teaching your language to others would be incredibly rewarding?
Of course you could simply offer your tutoring services via Skype but if you’d like to teach English online to children in China - unusual, right? - and earn well while you do it from the comfort of your home, VIPKid is one outfit that hires English language teachers to coach Chinese children online.
You’re the one your friends call ‘the grammarian’, right? You have a perfect grasp of the English language and all its intricacies. Your eye for detail is uncanny, and friends sigh frequently as you correct them for using "literally" when they really mean "figuratively."
The precision of language excites you, and as long as you have a blue pencil (or a Delete button), you'll edit anything. Besides, you’re more than a corrector - you can actually improve what others have written, right?
If so, a second career in editing and proofreading could be for you! Check out Caitlyn Pyle's General Proofreading: Theory and Practice course!