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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Five work from home jobs to supplement your income

By Audrey Clark

What would you do with an extra $100, $500 or $1000 a month? Maybe you'd pay off a debt, or treat your family to a nice vacation, or buy a new vehicle. No matter what your financial goals are, they can become a reality if you start a side gig working at home in your spare time. Here are the top five work from home jobs that you can use to supplement your current income:

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Become a freelancer- Though this term is often associated primarily with writers, other creative types can find freelance gigs in various fields including photography, graphic design, web design, and even consulting. Freelancing allows you to pick and choose the clients you work with, as well as set your own hours so that you can work as much or as little as you want. 

In order to get started, you might want to create a website that outlines what you do, shows off a portfolio of your work, and even testimonials from clients. And be sure to tell everyone you know about your new business in order to get referrals.

Sell gigs on Fiverr- At first glance, making five dollars for each completed gig may not seem like much, especially when Fiverr takes out its share. However, many people report to earning five-figures a month by offering "gig extras." 

Say you create logos, and you charge five dollars for a logo. You can then also extras such as: five options to choose from (ten dollars extra), ten options (twenty dollars), an editable file (ten dollars), or a guarantee to complete the job in just 24 hours (ten dollars). So what started as a five-dollar gig could end up clocking in at closer to $45. If you are able to complete five orders an hour, as US News reports that some sellers do, you could earn up to $450 for two hours of work each night.

Do medical coding and billing- While this job may require a specific education, medical coding and billing is a lucrative field. Because you can complete a certification from a vocational school in as little as 36 weeks, you can get started sooner rather than later on earning more money in a lucrative and growing field where you play a vital role and getting people the medical care that they need, all without leaving the comfort of your own home.

Tutor online- Thanks to the Internet, everyone can be a teacher. Some well-known tutoring services even hire non-licensed teachers, as long as they meet their other requirements. Sites like Web Wise Tutors offer licensed teachers the opportunity to work up to 20 hours a week, perfect for current or former teachers to do on nights, weekends and holidays. 

There's also a huge market for native English speakers to help non-native speakers improve their speaking and this can easily be done online via Skype. There's no shortage of websites offering to connect you with clients, but do your homework beforehand to make sure that they're legitimate.

Teach a course online- For a more passive approach to online teaching, create a course in an area where you're an expert on online learning portals like Udemy and Creative Live. You get to create content about a topic that you love such as Sweater Knitting Basics, Learn to Cook Italian Cuisine, Car Mechanics 101, and can get paid each time someone registers for your class. You decide the content, its structure and the price. Depending on the platform, and how the participants are acquired (through your referral link or from the site's advertising efforts) you'll receive a portion of the class free.

These are just five work from home jobs that thousands of men and women do to earn supplementary income. Whether your strengths lie in a creative, educational, or analytical field, there’s a job out there for you.

About the author: Audrey Clark is a skilled freelance blogger covering a range of topics from careers and finance to travel and leisure, along with everything in-between. When not writing, she’s always on the lookout for her next adventure. Connect with Audrey on Twitter and Google+.

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  1. The above mentioned information adequately explains the prospective in which keeps regarding people looking for career opportunity. But this is certainly insufficient for any content residing. For the quenched lifestyle, you have to be in a place in which maintains you with your foot continuously.

    1. Perhaps you meant to say: For a fulfilling lifestyle, you have to work in a position that allows you to continuously push your foot against the pedal. In other words, a work from home opportunity should be real and maintain realistic income earning opportunity without misleading marketing gimmicks and up front fees.