Thanks so much for this informative post! I have been trying to find a way to work from home ever since my son was born in 2003 and I just haven’t found the right fit yet. I’ve dabbled in the VA thing and sold a few things on ebay. I am actually now starting a business (in its very early stages), but I would love to write articles for magazines as well.
If you are a fast reader and have a good grasp of grammar and language then editing may be a good freelance role for you. Editing is a great way to quickly make money online, and there are always editing jobs available on the freelance job sites. Editor’s usually get paid per word, so the faster you can check through work the more money you will make per hour.

Join a startup accelerator: Another great option is to apply to a startup accelerator like Y Combinator, 500 startups, or TechStars, where a group of investors will help coach you, connect you with potential partners, and provide startup cash in return for a small stake in your company. The competition is tough to get into these, so don’t rely on them as your only path forward.


Slice The Pie is a fun way to listen to new music and make a little money too. Just don’t go too quickly. They have a unique “energy bar” that depletes as you submit reviews. Submit reviews too quickly and your energy bar will deplete entirely and you’ll have to wait a bit before doing more reviews. This is their attempt to get users to take their time and submit quality reviews.

Companies like Click Bank, Amazon and Commission Junction, can help you get paid to create videos promoting, recommending, as well as reviewing the products that you use in your life. This is done through an affiliate link which these companies provide you with. You don’t have to use or come up with your own products and will still earn money this way. This is an example of affiliate marketing in more concrete business terms.

This is a slightly different opportunity from the others listed, but a very real opportunity none the less! My 13 year old step-daughter has been doing this since year & loves it! Not only has she made quite a bit considering the little time she has to dedicate to it, but is already learning so many important job/career related skills. A couple important things to consider….

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Rose and others looking for employment this summer: Retry the babysitting idea. Summer is a good time to babysit. Maybe volunteer a few times first and then use those families as references. Tell everyone you know that you are available to babysit. Use email, Facebook, fliers, word of mouth. Also try offering a set time every week, like Tuesday evenings form 5-9 pm in your home. Parents know they can drop off their children without calling ahead. They really appreciate that. It takes time and persistence to get the word out, butit can be done!
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