The job market has never been more fractured and difficult to navigate than it is today. For many people, it’s next to impossible to figure out exactly how to get your foot in the door at any business worth working at. Others are tired of the rat race, and wonder if it would be possible to make money from home.
You can make money from home, but it takes a little ingenuity. There are a lot of get-rich-quick schemes out there, but it’s best to avoid them and stick with methods that, while quirky, could help you realize your dream without getting you into trouble. Here’s a list of four unusual ways to make money from home:
- Sell Arts and Crafts – If you’re handy and artistic at all, you can make beautiful and useful things and sell them on websites like Etsy or Ebay. You can do some research to see exactly what other people are selling on craft websites to determine what niches are likely to return the most money for your effort, and it doesn’t cost much to get started. There are communities of participants in the online craft industries that are generous with information for newbies, so you’ll have a fighting chance right away.
- Call Centers – If you’re organized and reliable, have a quiet place to work in your home, and have a good telephone manner, you could make money from home by manning a satellite call center. More and more businesses are offering 24/7 phone support, and you can find call center jobs that let you work from home. If your schedule allows it, you can work odd hours that others turn their nose up at and make extra money.
- Buying and Selling – If you want to make money from home in a more entrepreneurial way, you can get into buying and selling things on the Internet. There’s two ways to approach it. You can try to buy things online and then resell them at a higher price, but shipping can eat up your margins pretty quickly. It’s easier to find opportunities in your area like flea markets, estate sales, garage sales, and even library sales to find valuable items that you know you can sell for more than you paid for them. You’ll have to learn how to package and ship, or simply figure out what it costs to have the shipper handle it and pass the costs on. Amazon, Ebay, and many other sites let you market to the world.
- Stock Photos – If you’re good with a camera, there are many websites that allow users to upload photos and sell them to companies that are looking for stock photos. If you’re intimidated by competing with pro photographers on these sites, remember that stock photos usually don’t need to be particularly artful. If you take clear, well-labeled photos of everything in your surrounding area, you’ll be surprised how many people will pay to use them on websites and in newspapers because they are pictures of the exact thing or location they’re looking for.