5 Ways to Work From Home
Working from home is the dream, right? It's something you always think about, but never really talk about because it's that unspoken desire that everyone has and doesn't mention. Most people want to work from home (or the road, or a plane, or a mountain) but won't ever take the steps necessary to actually begin the process. And it is a process. Before I start in on the list of 5 ways to work from home, I just want to tell you that I'm running a mentorship program that is open to pilot members right now. I only have ten spaces and there are only eight left (and I just launched it yesterday). The space will fill up fast. If you're interested in reading more, you can click here.
UPDATE: 12/4/2016 there are only 4 spaces left in the Mentorship Program!
Now for the list!
5 Ways to Work From Home
1. Manage Social Media Accounts
If you're a social media guru and spend lots of time on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter ANYWAY, you might as well get paid for it! Usually, a social media manager is expected to know her way around Buffer, Hootsuite, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Sometimes, LinkedIn is required, so I would familiarize yourself with those anyway. Here's what I would do if I was just starting out:
CREATE A SINGLE PAGE WEBSITE
- At the top of the page, I'd put who my target audience is, creatively (Ie., You're a single mom and you work too hard. You need help with your social media but you have no idea where to start. Let me help you!)
- Under that, I'd put a blip about me with a good, high quality photo of myself that IS NOT a selfie
- Under that I would place the networks I'm familiar with and know well enough to run, probably in list format (I'd grab transparent .png's of the logos from Google to use to display the platforms - try Googling "Twitter Logo transparent")
- Then I'd price out at least two packages
- and wrap it up with a big fat contact me button where they can book a call with you directly
- BONUS: I'd add some cute graphics here and there to really spice up my presence
Not sure what's expected of a social media manager? I'm busily working behind the scenes to create a comprehensive guide for you. Come back soon!
2. Ghost Write Blog Posts
This is a little bit harder to break into, but there are plenty of companies looking for people to research and write blog posts. Places like BlogMutt take the guesswork out of whether or not you're doing it legally by essentially hiring you as a contractor.
Ghost writing blog posts usually consists of lots of research and getting a good grip on what your client wants. It's generally a great idea to check out their blog to see what else they've written so you can follow their voice.
3. Manage the Books
Not really into the blogging stuff but know a lot about money? Try managing the books for a blogger! It gets really complicated really fast when you have income coming from six different directions.
Being a blogging accountant is just one way to pay the bills for you...and for them! Plus, if you have small business owners as clients, such as coaches, you will also be billing their clients and keeping an eye on invoicing. It can be a tricky but fun route to take.
I recommend becoming familiar with 17Hats, Wave Accounting, and Quickbooks.
4. Become a Coach
Let me start with a disclaimer: Not everyone is coach material. You have to really be a special type of giving person to coach consistently and well, and you have to be willing to work HARD. I have a few coaching clients and they're amazing, but they work ALL THE TIME and they have to in order to maintain the pace and stay visible. There are tons of coaches out there.
All of that being said, becoming a coach might just be for you and it could be the most rewarding thing you've ever done!
I'm not an authority on coaching, so I'll stop here and link to someone who is! Check out this article by the fab Elizabeth Kelsey Bradley on how to become a coach!
5. Design Graphics
I would say I easily do this more than anything. From Instagram quotes to infographics, I consistently have clients asking me to whip something up for them. A good knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator is required to be a graphic designer, as well as a good eye for how things fit into small spaces, etc. There isn't much I can tell you how to do here, but I do have a few tips.
- For small design items that you'll use over and over, create a template. This will save you SO MUCH TIME.
- Sell your designs on Creative Market! This is a fantastic way to start bringing in passive income. I would check out this honest article on selling on Creative Market.
- If a client picks your design to pieces, take a deep breath and ask them what they would prefer. There's no use getting upset over it; they're paying you to create THEIR dream, not yours.
- Don't use Canva. Please. Just don't do it. The graphics come out grainy and pixely. Plus, most people are starting to recognize Canva templates, so be careful about charging good money to design client work in Canva. Plus, you aren't allowed to charge for Canva designs, per Canva's rules. If you're going to advertise yourself as a designer, use Photoshop or Illustrator. Period. :)
Have questions? Feel free to fill out the form under "Contact" - I'd love to hear from you! And don't forget: the mentorship program is up and running in January and as of finishing this post (24 hours later than when I started), there are only six spaces left. (Make that 4.)
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