Whether we plan to start our own full-time business or would like a ‘side-hustle’ from home, many of us at one time or another have dreamt of working from home or pursuing another goal outside of our workplace.
Fortunately, the internet has enabled many of us to pursue many different forms of work from the comfort of our own homes, and can help serve as a secondary form of income to manage our cash flow.
If you’re interested in finding exciting opportunities to make money or pursue a new venture, here are some great ideas – all of which you can do from home!
Affiliate marketing is where you, as the owner of a blog or website, produce business leads (referrals of a potential customer) to a person or company. In return, you’ll be rewarded with a part of the profit should your referral become a paying customer.
Affiliate marketing usually involves buying, setting up, or using an active website or blog with a minimum number of viewers per month. After setting up an affiliate partnership with a business, affiliate marketers then promote their partner’s work with the hope of attracting potential customers.
Affiliate marketing, however, usually requires a great deal of time and website traffic to become profitable, in addition to the establishment of a beneficial business partnership.
Foreign exchange trading
Foreign exchange (Forex) trading is where traders (those on an online exchange) make speculative (risky) trades on the presumption that one currency, such as the Rand, might devalue or appreciate against the value of another currency – such as the US Dollar.
Forex trading can be risky, but can enable traders to make large sums of money without needing to set aside large amounts of time or trade at a particular time of day. However, Forex trading requires both an appetite for risk, a good technical understanding, and the use of a licensed online brokerage before one can consider taking home a profit.
If you have a set of skills that can be exchanged online or can afford to ship goods that you produce to any destination in the world, why not consider taking on freelance work from home?
Whether you have skills in digital media or are talented in a particular craft, freelance work can involve contractual work (where you do a certain amount of work with a client over a set period of time), temporary work (usually for a period of hours or days) or can see you serve as a contractor, where you deliver services or goods online or in-person.
Freelance work can enable you to turn your skillset into profit, or can help you take a hobby and turn it into a full-time business. It’s worthwhile to consider, however, that you will need a good understanding of your chosen field of work, your industry, as well as what kind of profit you may need to sustain freelance work as a form of business.
If you often find yourself with some spare time at home, why not consider filling out online surveys?
Online surveys usually aim to gather research about a particular group of people for certain reasons – whether academic or for marketing activity that a brand may take on in the future. By filling out online surveys, you can lend your voice where it counts, and can sometimes be paid for your time or effort.
When filling out online surveys, remember not to share any sensitive information that could compromise your identity or reputation – and make sure that you can and do receive payment for your efforts.
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