The due date of my first baby was fast approaching. Since graduating college, I knew I wanted to be my own boss. I set out on a search for legitimate work-from-home jobs and started many businesses in hopes that something would stick and I could work from home. My goals of working for myself lit a fire within me to do everything I could to become successful before my baby arrived. There’s nothing like a good deadline to get you to work faster and harder toward a goal!
Part of my desire to work for myself was so I could work from home. I wanted to be able to stay home with my kids. It was important to me that either myself or my husband was the primary caretaker of our children. We wanted to be the ones to see them smile the first time, roll the first time and take their first steps. I also wanted to be able to work from anywhere. Traveling is a passion of mine and I want to see the world with my family.
On my search for legitimate work-from-home jobs, I had a hard time finding anything real. Thankfully, times have changed in the past 7 years, and there are now real opportunities. If you can be creative with your time and are able to juggle being a parent and working, you can make these opportunities really work for you.
Legitimate Work From Home Jobs
VIPKid is a legitimate work-from-home job where you can earn $14-$22 per hour teaching English to Chinese students. Work from home or anywhere you want. Set your own hours and your own schedule. VIPKid provides the curriculum – all you need is a computer and a passion for teaching. One of their requirements, however, is that you must have a Bachelor’s Degree.
Do you love Disney and love to plan vacations? Are you a passionate and hard-working planner who is self-motivated? Working for Travel With the Magic just might be the perfect fit for you. Travel With the Magic is a travel agency that hires individuals to help plan clients’ vacations. Their site says:
Candidates must have:
- Personally experienced the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida in the last two years
- Excellent computer skills
- Excel in a team environment
- Be a self starter and take ownership of growing and maintaining a profitable business
- Be professional, honest, and hard working
- Attention to detail
- Sailed on at least one cruise in the last four years
- Thought about HOW you will grow a profitable business
- Have a passion for helping people with their vacations
- Open to selling all types of Travel
- Must reside in the United States
3. Virtual Assistant
Are you excellent at scheduling, managing calendars, data entry, or answering emails? How about marketing or are you a pro at social media? All of these skills can be used to become a Virtual Assistant. You can work for someone else, or start your own company. Being a VA will allow you to work from anywhere, and you can set your own schedule and hours. Post your profile on Fiverr.com or Upwork.com and start gaining clients today!
4. Start Your Own Business
Do you have experience in the fields of Graphic Design or Web Design? The world is your oyster if you have the passion and motivation to be a business owner. You can promote your services on:
These are all websites I have experience using and would recommend.
Coach or Consultant
You can become a coach or consultant in any field that you are an expert in. Are you an expert in fitness? Art? Blogging? If there is a niche for it, you can be a successful coach or consultant.
Start your own Craft Business
Are you an artist or crafter? Etsy has made many business owners’ dreams come true by providing a lot of traffic to individual independent handmade shops. Read my story here on how I started a six-figure craft business, and how you can too!