Yes, spending time on YouTube can be a legitimate business idea if you take it seriously. If you can create value-driven, entertaining video content and grow your subscriber base to a few thousand subscribers, your videos can start generating pretty substantial income from all the ads being displayed on your videos. Many YouTube users make well into the millions each year, so there's clear potential to take this from side business idea to eventual millionaire with the right combination of content, audience, skills, relationships and timing. If you’re considering starting a YouTube channel it’s important use best practices when making videos. Read the YouTube playbook for tips which will result in faster growth of your channel. Additionally think about investing in a quality camera and microphone since the production quality of videos can often affect your viewership.

Good post. You have really motivated me to open a blog and start writing. I will put a lot of these money earning tips into practice. Although I have been writing and posting articles about paid surveys on my blog, unfortunately I am not making much to even maintain the blog. It is just a waste of time. I will try to go through these sites you listed here to know which topic to stick with. Thanks


This is so helpful and such great advice!! I especially love #3 and have personally found that to be the biggest blessing here at Buffer — when my son might be crying in the background, I never feel any frustration — only pure understanding and generosity — from my team members and they are always so willing to let me tend to him. It’s such a joy in my days to see other kiddos across the team (and other pets, for that matter!) I hope this can spread to all the companies! :) What a powerful impact this will have on your children, on mine, growing up seeing these environments and taking those “norms” with them into the workplace! <3
I love that I don’t have that inner battle of whether or not my working is a disadvantage to my family. I love that I have not missed out on any of his “firsts”. If my son needs some Mommy time, I can usually stop working for a few minutes and cuddle him. I get to ensure the food he eats is balanced (as much as a toddler will allow). I can throw a load of laundry in the washer between tasks. – Ashleigh

I love that I don’t have that inner battle of whether or not my working is a disadvantage to my family. I love that I have not missed out on any of his “firsts”. If my son needs some Mommy time, I can usually stop working for a few minutes and cuddle him. I get to ensure the food he eats is balanced (as much as a toddler will allow). I can throw a load of laundry in the washer between tasks. – Ashleigh

This business idea will take a little more effort and website design knowledge than my Etsy Store example, as you will have to purchase your own suitable domain name or use a Blog domain already, then install the Shopify App onto your WordPress site, decide on how you will fulfill your products (Drop shipper or Warehouse/purchasing online then shipping to customer); and managing any customer experience issues.
Dogs are amazing. But, owners aren’t always at home to take them for a walk. If you’re a canine fan like I hope you are, this great side business idea can net you a regular profit by just taking some adorable pups for a stroll around the park. With pet-crazed, yet busy Americans having more pooches around, dog walking services have become a thriving industry in some U.S. cities. In fact, there’s already an app called Wag that links up dog walkers who want to exercise this business idea with the pet owners who need a helping hand.
Just wanted to comment on your Exchange Student post. I taught in Japan at a Japanese High School and had six classes with forty students per class. I know the two young ladies you hosted were thrilled and blessed beyond measure to have had the opportunity to live with your family. All the students long for American friends and all things American! They are the most wonderful people! I know you were blessed in return!
On top of just the skill and experience components to being a successful online coach, this side business idea is all about building a community around the help you're offering and fostering trust with members. Plus, your community members will learn from each other along the way. Creating the space for that community can be as simple as setting up a private Facebook group or choosing a community-building platform like Ning.com that has even more capabilities like using your own custom URL, having internal forums, customized designs, and more.
Have you cracked the code for landing higher paying jobs at the drop of a hat? If you have a knack for helping your friends or co-workers navigate the process of finding their dream job, nailing an interview, negotiating a better salary or getting a raise at their current day job, other people would be willing to pay for your help too—making this a great side business idea that doesn't take too much time. Get started by sharing your advice on a personal blog and becoming a career coach on platforms like The Muse and Coach Me where there's already an existing audience of people looking to make a move in their careers. From there, keep your focus on helping people get real results, building case studies to support this side business idea, and eventually charging for the results you're delivering clients.
Finding a work-at-home job can seem daunting at first, particularly for moms who may already have a full life. But when trying to make the shift from the office to a work-at-home job, the first thing to consider is whether you can telecommute your current job. If the answer is no, you may want to start thinking about moving your career in a different direction.
Online courses are a great way for people to learn a new skill, language, or even get degrees and licenses. If you have knowledge that’s in demand, you can use that to your advantage to create online courses. Sharing that knowledge is a very enriching and rewarding way to make money. At most, you’ll meet with students via video chat, so you’ll never have to leave your home.
If keeping your home organized comes naturally and you enjoy helping other people, consider becoming a professional organizer as a side business idea. As the need for baby boomers to start downsizing grows, you can use your organizing and decluttering skills to start making an industry standard $50-125 an hour with very little startup costs and some free expert advice from Jen Kilbourne. Believe it or not, pro organizers don't just work with hoarders. More and more people are hiring professional organizers in order stop wasting time and money due to the stress of everyday disorganization. What's even better, is that you can take this on as a side business idea during the nights and weekends when your clients will be at home.
I’m mom to three 5-and-under kiddos and I wear a number of hats. I try hard to blog (my site mariposablvd.com needs a revival) and I’ve tried to keep up an Etsy shop. Right now I’m enjoying working as an educational consultant with Usborne Books doing book parties, school book fairs and fundraisers. It’s an awesome company and I’m learning a lot about business and goal-setting and it’s very fulfilling. It’s right for me at this point to have some structure because trying to create that for myself was a huge challenge that I just couldn’t focus on. I’m also a big green living advocate and I just signed up with Poofy Organics because I want to be able to offer the choice of products I am comfortable recommending.  I love hearing about how all of you wonderful mamas are making things work! It’s not easy! Sarah Cody at For the Love of Usborne Books 

There is a demand for finding reliable home improvement contractors, and this is a business opportunity you can address. You can start a home-based contractor referral service that connects homeowners with prescreened, reliable home improvement professionals like painters, plumbers, carpenters and electricians. Contractors will then pay you a prenegotiated commission on work secured and you can keep your service free for the homeowners.
2) Get a landline phone and get a cordless handset with multiple handsets and wireless headsets that can mute. It’s inevitable that you will travel around the house when working from home and my biggest pet peeve was being in one part of the house only to have my phone in another. Get multiple handsets so that you can conduct business everywhere and don’t have to worry about batteries running dead on the phones. You could use a cellphone, but I like the reliability of a landline phone, just in case.
She loves it. She is social and loves the teachers and she has special friends that she talks about all the time and she learns new things and is excited to show me the stuff they make. What I'm gunning for now, is to establish myself at this new company so that when she starts kindergarten in a couple years, I'll have enough clout at my office to ask for a 3/4 time job. I want someone to be here at 3 (some kindys are even less hours!) to care for her. Ideally, I want to split that time between me and my husband. Maybe: I get home at 3 on Monday & Tuesday, he'll do it Wednesday & Thursday, and either we'll both be off on Friday afternoons or we'll split it. He is so mentally resistant to this (another big reason we can't get work/life balance is that men are resistant to it) that I'm not sure it'll work unless I do it but that's my 100% goal.
Those who are fluent in more than one language can translate recordings or documents. If you are fluent in in-demand languages such as Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, French, Italian etc you can find plenty of translation jobs online. There are many legitimate translation agencies or companies that hire home-based translators across the world. When translating documents or audio files, translators do not just translate word for word but often take cultural differences in mind to convey the messages properly to their clients’ targeted audience. If you are familiar with terminology in a technical or scientific area, you can earn significantly higher income providing translation services as an employee or freelance translator.
 My eBook The Bootstrap VA and my Facebook group is full of women pursuing VA (virtual assistant) work so they can be home with their kids. – Lisa Morosky at The Bootstrap VA (Lisa did some VA work for me last summer as I was getting ready to launch my Natural Birth Stories book. I love that she is empowering other moms to find jobs as VAs so they can stay at home too!)

I also know what it’s like to spend every waking minute with your kids when you’re a stay-at-home mom. Trying to figure out what the hell you’re going to do with them for four hours until the stores open at 10 a.m. because they woke up at six. Playing with them in the playroom for hours and then looking at your watch and realizing it’s really only been five minutes. Walking around a parachute singing “Pop Goes the Weasel” and thinking, “Ahhh, yes, this is why I got a master’s degree.” Sitting down for lunch with them and asking, “What’s your favorite color?” because that’s the kind of crap you ask when you’re trying to have a conversation with a 3-year-old. You know that saying, absence makes the heart grow fonder? Well, here’s another saying. Constant presence makes you want to grab the nearest cup of bleach and drink it.
Publishing is dead; long live the e-reader! Now that anyone can have their work e-published, it is possible for anyone to make a fortune off their writing. The biggest recent example is the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, but there are many authors taking advantage of the ease of e-publishing. If you love to write and are willing to do your own promotion (and having a blog can really help in that case), writing an e-book is an excellent way to make money at home.
What you said Natasha!!! I am scared as well but kind of encouraged after reading all of the success stories. I have been at my current job for 6 years as well and am due in October. At 16 weeks I have already had complications with this pregnancy and am battling my employer on following my doctor’s orders. Despite doctor’s notes from emergency room visits my supervisor does not comprehend my high risk pregnancy. I never would have thought about being a SAHM until now. I loved this article and have found hope that I can do this!

My friend at my old job worked full-time from home with two kids. She had a full-time nanny, but she still got to interact with her kids a lot more than most working parents, including eating all their meals with them, and breastfeeding when they were babies. She also hired a cheaper nanny than she would've otherwise, because she figured she could supervise the nanny and wasn't as worried about negligence or misconduct or anything as you'd be if you were leaving a person alone in your house with your kids all day.
2) Get a landline phone and get a cordless handset with multiple handsets and wireless headsets that can mute. It’s inevitable that you will travel around the house when working from home and my biggest pet peeve was being in one part of the house only to have my phone in another. Get multiple handsets so that you can conduct business everywhere and don’t have to worry about batteries running dead on the phones. You could use a cellphone, but I like the reliability of a landline phone, just in case.
As a growing number of parents seek work-from-home jobs, the market becomes more competitive. You have more chance of securing a great work-from-home job if you have the skills and experience to impress prospective employers. Make sure your résumé is up-to-date (check out these simple ways to refresh your résumé) and highlights the skills, experience and qualities necessary or desirable for the job you're applying for.  
Hi Patrick, thanks for the comment. You can start by looking in to some opportunities listed on this post. Then, you may want to set up a professional website for yourself to market your services. If you have experience in a particular field, you can start yourself to potential clients. If you don’t have any experience, you may want to do a few jobs for free to build up enough experience to improve your chances of getting hired. Good luck!
Most people, even those many won’t admit it, love moving their bodies. It's also a great workout. If at some point in your life, you had to hang your dancing shoes for a more sensible office job, there's nothing stopping you from earning money with this side business idea as a passion project around your day job. Part-time dance instructors get a fraction of the pie that their full-time peers enjoy, but it can add up to hundreds each week if you're consistent—making for a great side business idea to those with the skills and drive.
I work at home as an Operator Services contractor. Many people are scared of some of these jobs because they appear to be “too good to be true” and because you do have to pay for your background check up front. Some of them might be, however I have worked for http://www.LiveOps.com for 3 years now, and it has been great. My neighbor worked for them for 9 years. I choose my own hours, with shifts as short as 30 minutes. I have worked my way up to a specialty line, which I enjoy more that the “starter” line all agents start on. There are pros and cons, as with any job, but the pay is good (I average $15/hour) and I love the incredible flexibility. Agents are needed 24 hours per day, so you have lots of options. It is not available in every state though, So check the web site for more info.
When you’ve become fluent in a language, you might find yourself wanting to share that knowledge with other people who speak your native tongue. Very few people in the U.S. are fluent in a foreign language, so there’s a large market to be tapped. Best yet, all you really need to effectively teach a foreign language is some reading material and a quiet space to practice.
Taking paid surveys is perhaps the easiest ways to pick some extra cash online. However, it is imperative that you join some of the best paying legitimate survey sites if you want to earn some money by giving your opinions through paid online surveys. You can find useful information on how to make money from surveys and which survey sites are best at Real Online Surveys.
So true. When I finally got my daughter to nap in her cot and for decent periods of time I was getting so much done. Then at 12 months she started to transition to 1 nap and suddenly my 2.5 hours of work time a day dropped to as low as 45 minutes a day. I got desperate for daycare at that point because I just couldn’t manage to work and be a full time carer, especially because she can play independently very well, until she sees me at the computer!
Their training is done online and is self-paced. You could finish the program in 4 months but 6 months is probably more realistic. They do however give you up to a year to get it all done. Their program is approved by the American Health Information Management Association and the American Academy of Professional Coders. They work with companies such as CIOX Health, Lexicode, OS2-HCS, TrustHCS, Inovalon, Mckesson that hire their grads to work from home right out of the program.

I do not work a 40-hour week and I don’t expect to. Working full-time while caring for a kid full-time is probably not going to happen and expecting to do so will lead to gnashing of teeth and dismay. I also find that some weeks I get more done than other weeks. Sometimes Babywoods skips naps. Or is sick and wants to nap on me. Or we have tons of places to go and people to see.
If you want to run a business from home that costs next-to-nothing and uses skills you already possess, an acting classes business is ideal. Actors usually come from a long background of disciplined training and continue to learn on the job every day. Having that kind of experience can make teaching a whole lot easier. With enough space, you can start an acting classes business in your living room, den, basement, garage--really, anywhere you have the space! As you grow your business, you may consider expanding into a studio, but your home is a great starting point.
But before you can graduate from side business idea and start earning a full-time living as a graphic designer, you'll need to build your skills—I recommend starting with reading the foundational book Graphic Design School and Steal Like an Artist, the incredible book by Austin Kleon about how to become more creative. To accelerate your education in becoming a graphic designer even quicker, check out the online courses Graphic Design Fundamentals and The Graphic Design Bootcamp. Then once you're an expert at your craft, you can further your education and move up to offering  more hands-on experiences like design sprints for higher-value clients around the world.
A large proportion of homeowners and small businesses have lawns to tend to. Many turn to independent providers of yard work services to take care of their lawn care woes. To start and sustain a yard work services side business idea, you need training, equipment, and a growing network of customers. In the U.S., a full-time landscaping and groundskeeping worker reportedly earns a median wage of around $25,000, while those working on this as a side business idea largely during evenings and weekends can expect to make substantially less.
For that reason, many moms seek a freelance or home-based business opportunity they can start ASAP. The challenges in starting a home-based business with children are many including, to be present for the children, you need a home-based career that offers a flexible schedule. Also, once you find that opportunity, a great deal of time and effort needs to be put into find clients and customers. 
An online job or working-from-home is the dream for many moms – I know it was for me. In fact, it was one of my biggest goals after giving birth – finding a way to make money from home. I did a ton of research on work-from-home job opportunities and found that there are actually lots of great ways to make extra money online. And if you have an entrepreneurial spirit, why not consider starting your own business? That’s the path that I took and I haven’t looked back – I absolutely love being my own boss.
8:00-11:00am: I sit in my gated in office located in the corner of my living room trying desperately to concentrate despite the fact that I have a loud rambunctious toddler wreaking havoc all around me. During this time, my son plays, chases the cats, throws all his toys all over the place, and I get up occasionally to read him a story, change his diaper, or just give him some love.
I AM A QUALIFIED PRIMARY TEACHER AND NEEDED SOMETHING TO TAKE MY HOURS OF WORK DOWN AS I FIND TERM TIME HOURS AND DEMANDS QUITE CHALLENGING. I LOOKED AT SEVERAL DIRECT SELLING OPPORTUNITIES AND FOUND ONE THAT IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. I EARN AS MUCH AS I CHOOSE TO PUT IN THE WORK FOR, AND THERE IS A FANTASTIC SUPPORT NETWORK. IT WAS SOMETHING I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER DO AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.
For the company name CASH FLOW, LEGIT FLEX JOBS and probably more that is showing the same introductions but different speaker and company’s name. Is a scam site I can speak because I have join in March 9 ,2018 and still no paycheck that was for being an independent contractor for these company as a data entry for unclaimed funds for every worksheet comes with a $5.00 fee. In the video presentation said that 3 to 6 days we will receive a payment on our worksheet . Never did even when they notified me that they got it and are working on it. Now it is March 30.2018 nothing in the mail from LEGIT FLEX JOBS , CASH FLOW. The 50 so called LEGIT JOBS by working from home is WRONG,FALSE,LIED and a SCAM.
I found the Younique company and it has been a huge blessing in my life! We sell high quality mineral based makeup and other beauty products that are made from more natural products. Have you heard of the amazing 3D Lashes!?!?! The first savings I get is I get wonderful makeup for free or almost free. It lasts along time also! The 2nd Is I make awesome commissions from my friends hosting online parties! It has been a huge blessing in my families life!!
The benefits of a work-at-home job are appealing. In a telecommuting job, even if you work part-time or on an as-needed basis, during that time you are free to define your hours, you don’t have to commute, you can work  in your pajamas (if that’s how you roll)...and you can even a write off a small portion of your home office at tax time. But what are some of the most lucrative and satisfying work-from-home job opportunities?

An eBay entrepreneur is free to specialize in the kinds of products that they love in order to establish themselves as part of a niche market. It is attractive because the job involves very little start-up costs or ongoing costs and the minimal training required for this job is provided directly by eBay. It is also possible to begin such a job in one’s spare time and then transition to full-time entrepreneur if the part-time gig is successful. 

According to Mom Corps, 75% of working adults agree that flexibility for work-life balance is one of the most important factors they consider when deciding where to work. The trend toward remote working is continuing to amplify as technology allows for better accessibility, and top companies are evolving to meet these demands in order to stay competitive.
It's important to line up your day carefully, with set "office" hours. How many hours do you hope to work that day? When will you return calls? What can you accomplish while your son or daughter is coloring in the next room? You'll get more done if you work smarter, not harder, says Christine Durst, a mom of two in Woodstock, Connecticut, and cofounder of ratracerebellion.com, a site that helps people find work-at-home jobs. That said, one of the best benefits of working at home is flexibility, especially if you are your own boss. If your son or daughter is fussing during your office hours and it's a beautiful day, it's okay to push assignments aside and go to the park. You can catch up on work later when your cutie has settled down.
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