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Extra Income Working from Home


Article by Dr. Alisha Broughton

Answer the call. Virtual customer service — answering in-bound customer calls for big brands from your own home — has proven to be one of the most popular ways to make money.

The field is growing: Four companies: Arise, Alpine Access, Working Solutions and LiveOps .

Two sites, Elance and oDesk,serve as middlemen between job seekers and businesses eager to contract with them. They handle the whole process from hiring to payment. Together the sites have 20,000 open projects — ranging from $20 to $80,000 — at any one time. Post your profile and take optional assessment tests to measure your skill level. Then search the job postings and place bids on the opportunities that work for you. Many people start low — very low — with their rates to get their foot in the door to build a following. Your rate is determined by you.,

Tutor students. Now is a good time to start thinking about tutoring both online and off. The Web site operates an online classroom allowing each student to connect with a tutor for one-to-one help using instant messaging, file sharing — even an interactive whiteboard.

The site pays $10-$15 an hour and is looking to bring on 900 new tutors through the fall as students head back to school. Math and science tutors are in great demand. You don’t need a teaching certificate, but you do need a college degree to get through the thorough application process.

Guide Web users online. If you’ve ever tried to find the answer to a question online, you’ve probably found yourself on, which hires guides to create regular content based on a proven expertise in a specific topic.

Direct Sales:The direct sales industry has come a long way in the past 20 years; now offering products from major designers and well-known corporations – the opportunities are endless. Here’s how it works, for a small start up fee the direct sales company gives you everything that you need to start selling their products. And for every product that you sell you’ll earn a commission.

Here are a few companies that have unique opportunities…



A list of blogging opportunities, for which the pay range is less than $5 per post to more than $20 per post, can be found at

Here are 45 work at home ideas to get you started and get those creative juices flowing.

1. Advertising: Add some extra revenue by adding advertisements or Google Adsense to your blog , social network or website. Depending on your traffic you may be able to contract with an ad company like BlogHer, Real Girls Media, or Federated Media. The easiest way to generate revenue will be to create your own advertising packages; check with other blogs in your same traffic rankings for competitive pricing.

2. Affiliate Marketing: Suggest products and services to your audience by adding some affiliate advertisements to your blog, newsletter, website, and/or social networking accounts. As an affiliate marketer you will place banner ads, blog posts, reviews, and/or send out newsletter promos for products & services free of charge. In return you will earn a commission on every product that is sold through your affiliate link.

3. Baby Planner: “A Baby Planner is a personal consultant to new and expecting families…Each baby planning company has the privilege to determine their own area(s) of specialty. From eco-living, to birth preparation and beyond; baby planning companies offer a wide variety of services to meet the needs of any expecting family.” © 2008 Baby Planner Business Basics.

4. Blogging: Do you enjoying writing? Make money by writing posts for your own blog or company blogs. People on the web are always looking for new content and it is the perfect way for you to work at home.

5. Bookkeeper: Do numbers excite you? Are you organized and pay great attention to detail? Then bookkeeping may be right up your alley.

6. Cake Baker: Do you love to bake? Do you have a special recipe for chocolate cake that everyone raves about? Turn your passion into a cake baking business – the opportunities are endless – birthdays, baby showers, weddings, retirement parties, housewarming parties, bachelorette parties, etc.

7. Career or Life Coach: Do you run a successful home-based business? Are you a direct sales guru? Offer your special expertise to others looking for guidance in a specific area, whether it is time management, PR, stress management or career guidance the topic areas are endless and coaching is a terrific home-based career for all year round.

8. Child Care: An easy way to make some extra holiday cash is to simply provide child care services. With the kids being out for holiday vacation and parents wanting to attend holiday parities and secret shopping, there are more than enough opportunities for you to cash in on this much needed resource this holiday season.

9. Consulting: Are you considered an expert in your field? Do you like to assist others? Act as an advisor to others who are in need of your skill and expertise.

10. Copywriting: Do you have a way with words? Copywriting is the process of using persuasive words to promote a person, product, business, idea or opinion. Copywriters write the words in TV commercials, radio ads, magazines, newspapers, billboards, flyers, websites and direct mailings – wherever something is being sold, copywriters are hard at work writing alluring and compelling advertisements.

11. Direct Sales: We’ve all heard of Mary Kay and Tupperware, but did you know that there are literally thousands of direct sales companies? Find one that offers products that you feel passionate about and get selling. Direct sale companies offer starter kits that give you everything you need to get started, and they usually have a very low start up cost. Your first prospects and buyers will generally be friends, family and/or co-workers; you will then build your customer base by getting referrals from these people.

12. Doula: “A birth doula is an individual who offers one-on-one support for a woman in labor as well as her partner and family. The word “doula” comes from a Greek word meaning “woman’s servant.” Birth doulas provide continuous, uninterrupted care for the laboring woman and her partner, helping them participate fully in their experience by offering physical and emotional support and information about the birth process and their available options”.

13. E-Book Writer: Are you an expert in your field? Do you enjoy writing? Take your knowledge and put it to paper and sell it on your website or blog.

14. Editor: Do you have an eye for detail and excellent grammar and spelling skills? Writers all over are in desperate need of editors to correct and fine tune their masterpieces.

15. Etsy Seller: Make and sell your hand-made goodies, from homemade candles, handbags, jewelry, soap, tutus, and the possibilities are endless for those who have a creative flair.

16. Event Planner: From weddings and birthday parties to baby showers and retirement parties, Event Planners handle the details of location, budget, lodging, decorations, entertainment, food, beverages, transportation, activities, invitations and the like.

17. Franchise Owner: So you want to have your own business, but you’re not sure where to start. Home-Based Franchises offer excellent opportunities with a low risk potential.

18. Graphic Designer: Graphic Design is a way to visually communicate with people; it could be through a poster, an advertisement in a magazine, a website, a business logo, a greeting card or even an album cover, these are all examples of what graphic designers create.

19. Home Stager:Home Staging is the process of de-cluttering, organizing and improving the physical appearance of a residential dwelling prior to putting it on market for sale.

20. House Cleaning: It’s that time of year where there is a lot of holiday entertaining going on, and with people being so busy this time of year, it will be easy for you to establish yourself as a holiday helper. Offer cleaning services, ranging from laundry and house cleaning to meal prep and running errands.

21. Internet Researcher: Can you find the needle in the haystack? If so, becoming an online internet researcher may be the perfect home-based business for you. Everyday companies, writers and marketers need research done and they are willing to pay you for your hard work.

22. Inventor: Did you just create the next big thing? Take your new product to market and watch the sales soar. Check out these awesome inventions from women just like you – Ficklets, Grill Charms and TextHook.

23. Landscape Design: Do you have a green thumb? Design outdoor landscapes and advise clients on plants, trees, bushes and grasses.

24. Marketing Specialist: Are you persistent? Detail oriented? Marketing Specialists offer such tasks such as writing press releases, creating newsletters, blogs, pod-casts, offering copywriting services, marketing research or integrating social networking into a marketing strategy – the services that you can provide are endless and all depend on your specific niche and background experience.

25. Medical Transcriptionist: Medical Transcription is the process of transcribing recorded messages from medical professionals to written medical documents.

26. Personal Chef: Are you the next Julia Child? Take your passion for cooking and create menus and meals for others. Personal chefs can charge per meal or day and specialize in niche segments like vegetarian diets and gluten-free.

27. Personal Concierge: A Personal Concierge is detail oriented, home-based professional that offers corporate and/or individual assistance by completing such tasks such as arranging meetings, planning corporate events, purchasing gifts or tickets, making reservations and paying bills. The services that you can provide are endless and all depend on your specific niche and experience.

28. Personal Shopper: Do you love to shop? Offer your shopping expertise to others by looking for the best deals and then purchasing the gifts either online or in store. This will save your client a ton of time, you can even offer to gift wrap the presents for an additional charge.

29. Personal Stylist: Is your passion, fashion? Then use your knowledge to help other women discover their own sense of style. Personal Stylists assist clients with new wardrobe shopping, accessorizing, revamping and clearing out the old.

30. Personal Trainer: Are you a health nut? Is exercise your forte? Help others achieve their fitness goals with your experience and motivation.

31. Pet Sitter: Do you love animals? Take care of people’s pets while they are on vacation and business trips – everything from feeding, walking, cleaning, pampering and loving.

32. Photographer: Do you have a distinguished eye? Then use your talent to take photos for others – family photos, kids, pets, weddings, special events and professional head-shots.

33. Professional Organizer: Are you organized? Help others organize their homes and offices by decluttering and utilizing

34. Public Relations Professional: Do you have good communication skills? Are you persistent? PR Professionals help individuals and companies secure media exposure on TV, radio, newspapers, online and in magazines.

35. Real Estate Agent: Are you accommodating? Good at sales? And know your geographic area well? Real Estate Agents help clients buy and sell homes. Training takes around 150 hours of course work but often times it can be done at home, at night or on the weekends.

36. Resume Writer: A resume is a short history of a person’s work experience and skills – professional Resume Writers use words and formatting to create a powerful image to sells a job seeker to a potential employer.

37. Sell Used Items on Craigslist, eBay, and at Consignment Shops: Take your mildly used and unwanted good and make some additional money by selling them

38. Social Media Marketer: Are you addicted to social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube? Then you may be ready to launch your own home-based career in one of the hottest professions available right now as a Social Media Marketer!

39. Speaker: Do you have the gift to motivate and inspire people? Are you an expert in your field? Do you have the gift to gab? Take your knowledge and expertise and speak to groups on how they can make improvements in their life and career.

40. Translator: You do know a foreign language inside and out? Translate documents, correspondence, meetings and phone calls for companies who deal with multi-lingual populations.

41. Travel Planner: Take the stress out of someone’s day by offering travel planning services. Search for the cheapest holiday flights, car rentals and hotel accommodations, you can even add extras in like things to do and see while their visiting another part of the country.

42. Tutoring: Holiday vacation is the perfect time to get caught up on studies. Tutoring can be a wonderful home based business opportunity, especially for those people who have an extensive knowledge of a subject; such as a college student who is majoring in English, a school teacher, or a person who is fluent a foreign language.

43. Virtual Assistant: A Virtual Assistant (VA) is a highly skilled, home based professional that offers companies and businesses administrative, technical and social assistance. Virtual Assistants complete tasks such as, sending out correspondence via email or mail, appointment setting, typing, online filing, phone calls, internet research, data entry, maintaining websites, etc. The services that you can provide are endless and all depend on your background training and experience

44. Virtual Call Agent: Do you have great customer services skills? Companies like Arise and VIPdesk are looking for extra home-based customer service representatives. Cash in on this home-based opportunity – who knows it could lead into a long-term position.

45. Writing: From blog posts and newsletters and articles and copywriters people are always looking for writers. Check with some of the major freelance sites, like Elance and Freelancer and see how you can offer up your writing services this holiday season.



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About Dr. Alisha Broughton: As a renowned public speaker, author, and television BET (2006) commercial personality, Alisha Broughton has risen to national prominence by delivering a high energy message which tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. It is a message Alisha Broughton has learned from her own life and one she is helping others. Alisha had her formal education at Delaware State University but with persistence and determination she has initiated and continued a process of unending self-education which has distinguished her as an authority on human potential. Broughton’s passion allowed her to learn and to achieve greatness. She rose from a college radio station and newspaper to a local intern to a free lance journalist; from community activist, political commentator to committees within her town council, and to premier keynote speaker.
Alisha was born on August 1, 1969 at Beebe Hospital in Lewes, DE to the parents of Vaun Dyke Ford and Beverly Singletary. She was raised in Millsboro, De and attended Indian River High School where she graduated in 1987. As a renowned public speaker, author and television BET (2006) commercial personality, Alisha Broughton has risen to national prominence by delivering a high energy message which tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. It is a message Alisha Broughton has learned from her own life and now she is helping others.

  1. Very interesting post. Thank you

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