Do you still think you need a degree to make a living? I’m a mom to 4, I don’t have a degree, and I work from home and make more money than most of people I know who have degrees. And I DON’T do it by selling MLM products to my family and friends. Oh, and I don't have tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of student loan debt to pay off. At no time in history has there ever been this much opportunity to generate an income and scale it through self education at home.
The online world of income is a modern gold mine and anyone with the determination to take advantage of it can do so.
Here are 10 ways you can make an actual living from home without a degree:
1. Start a Youtube Channel.
You can make a Youtube channel for free, with virtually no expenses to start out. You can monetize your channel through affiliate links and eventually ads that can be run on your channel. Youtube has a free Creator’s Academy that will teach you everything you need to know to get started and how to start earning those dollars! Lots of people make enough money to live very comfortable just by creating Youtube Videos!
2. Start a blog.
Maybe videos aren’t your thing, but writing is. Blogging can be done on virtually any topic and as long as you use relevant keywords and blog consistently, your blog will gain traffic and then you can use affiliate links to monetize it! Starting a blog is easier than it’s ever been and people are eager to read them. A great resource for starting a getting started with blogging is Pat Flyn’s blogging tips here.
3. Become a Freelancer.
Freelancing isn’t just for graphic designers. If you have any marketable skills whatsoever, you can put them up for hire at different freelancing websites. Can you plan vacations? Meal plan? Decorate? Proofread? Organize? Are you tech-savvy? A fitness expert? Whatever you are good at–people will hire you if the price is right. You can market your skills at sites like Fiverr or Upwork.
4. Become an Instagram Influencer.
You can get paid to post photos of yourself or your family using different products and services! It may take some time to build a following but it doesn’t take having a TON of followers to get brand deals. You just need to be authentic, have loyal followers, and post consistently to attract paying promotions. You can learn more about becoming an instagram influencer through Lauren Tickner’s course Impact Through Influence.
5. Create an online course.
Do you have a skill or area of expertise that other people would like to learn? It could be anything! Ask your friends and family what they think you’re good at. Use their answers to start brainstorming ideas for a course! Teachable is an easy-to-use course creation website that has earned it’s instructors over $100M so far. Check it out and see if course creation is something you could do!
6. Open a dropshipping store.
Dropshipping is the easiest and cheapest form of ecommerce to start with. If you’ve ever wanted to sell products online, dropshipping can be a great gateway into that world. If you didn’t already know, dropshipping is selling someone else’s products in your online store. They ship the products to your customers for you and you keep the profit. There are a lot of different ways to get started dropshipping from suppliers all over the world. You could have your store up and running within a couple of days if you use a software like Dropified which teaches you how to do everything from beginning to end!
7. Become a social media manager.
If you’re already spending a lot of time on social media, why not make it work for you? Social Media Managers vary in the type of content they provide, tasks they perform, and platforms they work on. Some typical duties of a SMM are: post creation and scheduling, facebook group moderation, responding to people’s comments and messages, and running facebook ads. If this is something you’d be interested in doing, Social Media Pro hosts lots of different courses for different niches.
8. Become a ghostwriter.
If you’re good at writing but don’t want to have to come up with ideas for content, you could be a ghostwriter for a blogger or company. Typically the blogger or company gives you the content they need written about, you do a bit of research and put together a well-written piece that can be published on their blog. Check out Upwork for ghost writing opportunities.
9. Remote Customer Service.
Every company that has customers or clients (so pretty much ALL companies) needs customer service. If you have reliable internet and can keep up with customers inquiries, you can provide full-time customer service for companies of all sorts. You can use a site like Upwork to find job postings for remote customer service reps.
10. Start a podcast.
Podcasting is a rising form of media that people are taking advantage of to build brands and create passive income. A podcast is like a radio show on the internet. People download episodes as they become available and usually listen to them through their smartphones. I myself listen to podcasts regularly in my car and at the gym. You can promote products and services that are beneficial to your audience and use affiliate links to make a commission off of them. To learn more about creating your own podcast, check out Pat Flyn’s course on podcasting, Power-Up Podcasting.
Degrees are no longer necessary (and some would argue beneficial) to make a decent living. If you’re looking for ways to generate or increase your income from home, give one or a few of these ideas a try! Your only limit is yourself!