8 “At Home” Online Business Ideas For Beginners

Isn’t it a good time to be alive right now?

As my digital mentor @Garyvee says; we are living in the best time for entrepreneurship mainly thanks to the current state of the internet!

We are connected and everything is being made accessible, which means that if you have the will to do it; you can start earning an income from home now.

I know this has been said many times before but every day I realize just how easier it really is getting.

I’ve started getting interested in making money online about 5 years ago and although it was fairly easy back then, it sure is much, much easier now.

Please note that when I say “easy”, I don’t mean that you only have to buy into one of these “magical systems” you see advertised and you’re good to go, but more importantly’ I’m talking about the tools, websites, and resources we have that makes it “easier”.

With that said, today I want to share with you; my “at home” online business ideas that you can start easily from the comfort of your home, you can even get started today if you wish.

Now to keep this article legit, I will be talking about the methods that I have used to make my online income, but I will also include a list of different business ideas you can check for yourself along with a guide on how to get started with each one!

Are you ready to have your own “at home” business that you can work on?

  • Is this something challenging for you?
  • Is this something you’ve always wanted to try and do?
  • Are you sick and tired of the usual, miserable grind that we have to go through?

Those were are the motivating factors I had 5 years ago and I still have them today, to be honest.

If you too want to do something different, then this dedicated to YOU!

If you have any questions about what I will be sharing with you today, feel free to drop them down below in the comment section or contact me privately here.

Let’s get into it.

The 8 Best “At Home” Online Business Ideas

My first love and my first dollar earned online came from:

Freelance Work

There isn’t a better way to start a home business than in the world of freelance work online.

Sites like Fiverr and People Per Hour have made this an incredibly accessible to anyone to get started.

  • It’s free to start
  • You can work your own hours and
  • You can charge as much as you want (read the fine print below).

How’s that for a home business opportunity?

My first income did come from freelance marketing, I made my first $5 on Fiverr and in a few months, I was earning $3,000 per month on there with my then girlfriend and we made a nice income + it afforded me to get the education I needed for my next venture (which we’ll talk about next).

You can offer anything online as a freelance marketer by the way so do not feel pity for yourself thinking you have “nothing to offer”.

There are a lot of “crazy” people earning crazy money using this method and I am sure there is something out there that you can do very well for others.

Just browse the Fiverr marketplace alone and you will see that people can come up with some weird ways to make money from home haha.

Some of the most popular jobs you can offer are:

  • Graphic design work.
  • Guest writing / blogging
  • Social media management.
  • Virtual assistant
  • Video testimonials
  • Video production
  • and a whole lot more.

I’ve built my freelance business on Fiverr and PPH by doing these 6 things so I know they definitely work:

  • French to English translation (and vice versa)
  • Video testimonials and advertisements
  • Photo shoots
  • Article Writing
  • Keyword Research for SEO clients
  • Social media management and consulting

All these work and they can make you a nice chunk of change every month “with ease“; I can guarantee it! You just have to find what you enjoy doing and do that.

Some tips for doing freelance jobs online:

Do not expect fast results.

Although it’s easy to get started and easy to get your first gig, it will take the time to build up a portfolio of clients.

But if you provide great work, trust me in a few weeks /months time you’re going to have a nearly full-time job doing this!

Charge low (at first)

How would you like to spend an hour writing an article for $5? It doesn’t sound like fun right and no, it’s not very profitable but you do need to start small at first just to get some clients in and some great reviews.

After a while, you can start charging more and more, especially if you have loyal customers that over-book you.

Do not be afraid to increase your prices, but remember to start small.

Nobody wants to hire an inexperienced ghost writer for $100 a piece but a writer that has written 100s of articles and clearly has quality work; may be worth his weight!

My keyword research gig on People Per Hour started selling at $10 a piece but now I’ve put the price up to $30.

Does this mean I am selfish and overcharging my customers?

No; that just means that I have upped my work value (yes I provide a better service) and I have a loyal customer base that loves to work with me.

Also, I have now moved on to affiliate marketing so I do not have much time to work as a freelancer anymore, which means that I do not depend on my freelance income anymore.

Here is what affiliate marketing is and how you can get started as well:

Blogging + Affiliate Marketing

This site you are on right now is my bread and butter, and this article you are reading right now is what makes me money every single day.

Yep, you read that right.

That is the power that comes with having a blog and using it to make money with the ‘affiliate marketing” model.

Now there are many ways you can monetize your blog, you can see my 6 favorites here, but my “holy grail” is affiliate marketing and if there is 1 “at-home” online business that I would urge you to figure out, is this one.

But why is affiliate marketing so great?

Affiliate marketing for me is the best way you make an income online. If you do not know what that means, let me give you a quick explanation, but you can get my free ebook “How To Win At Affiliate Marketing” for the whole story.

Affiliate marketing is the process of selling somebody’s product for a commission, a perfect example of that would be the Amazon Associates program.

Now what that means is that affiliate marketing is yes; passive income. Which is the “dream” lifestyle of any aspiring dot-com entrepreneur!

Unlike freelance work, which would require you to actually sit and down and do some work, with affiliate marketing you can make money in your sleep (i.e if you spend enough time building it up to that point)

I know that sounds like a buzzword to sell you something but it’s true. That’s how affiliate marketing works.

This blog and my 4 other ones I have online right now are constantly receiving readers to them where I have affiliate links pointing to products that I promote.

Now whether I am at my desk, asleep or on a flight going somewhere, my websites are “online”, people are reading my content and people are buying these products that I am promoting.

Is it that easy? No, it’s not. It’s a very not-at-all-easy job but I assure you it’s worth it.

  • You get to make passive income,
  • You are not tied down to any set hours,
  • You can work from anywhere you want,
  • There are millions and millions of product you can promote and
  • and much more.

Here is a whole blog post dedicated to the benefits of affiliate marketing.

Is affiliate marketing a scam?

Some people think that anything that has to do with “passive income online” is a scam. Which, unfortunately, is true in some cases yes.

There are a lot of products, systems, and websites that promise you easy riches but deliver nothing and somebody who is not experienced in this can be led to believe that if they send somebody their $7 in exchange for an ebook, they will wake up rich tomorrow.

That is not the case though and to be honest, I am frustrated with how many readers come to me telling they have tried system XYZ and got nothing after spending a fortune with them.

I’ve even started my other website only to review this kind of online products and systems, hopefully, to save people some $ and pain!

Let me tell you right now; affiliate marketing is NOT a scam.

Money hungry affiliates made it a scam (ironically) but it’s not this complete “illegal” and “scammy” way they make it out to be either.

How To Get Started With Affiliate Marketing

Now obviously affiliate marketing has to be “thought”, it’s just a vast, vast topic that I can’t even begin to scratch the surface in one blog post.

That is why I want to introduce you to a little-known, yet widely used training course; Wealthy Affiliate.

This is the same training course I have used some 4 years ago to learn this business.

If you remember correctly, I told you that I used my freelance income to help me get started with this course (luckily for you; you can get started for free now).

This is the same course that has thought me everything I needed to know about affiliate marketing and how to run a “web business”.

And it’s not just me either, one of the latest inspiring “success stories” is this 20-year-old kid that is now making $10,000 a month online after just a few months learning with Wealthy Affiliate.

It’s an unbelievable story but very real, you can check out the whole story for more details.

Now if you want to go ahead and try Wealthy affiliate now, you can do so here although I would urge you to first read my full review of Wealthy Affiliate so you can see what you’re actually getting yourself into.

I believe in 100% transparency (to help fight against the bad rap affiliate marketing has) so go check that review and if you like it, feel free to join WA on a free membership just to see what it’s all about.


Blogs is another “at home” business idea that is not fully understood by people.

Now I do blogging and I monetize my blogs (websites) with the help of affiliate marketing, but that is not the only way you can monetize a blog.

Once you have built a solid readership with many hungry readers looking for information on your site, there are many, many ways that you can “monetize a blog”.

Here are the most popular 6:

  • Google Adsense (displays banner ads on your site and you make money when readers click on it).
  • Affiliate marketing (already talked about this).
  • Sponsored posts (get paid by companies to feature and review their products).
  • Sell your own product (this is also a great way to monetise but it will require some training to set it up).
  • Building a list (this will be your own customer base that you can interact with via email)
  • Selling Amazon products (which is basically affiliate marketing but being able to sell ANYTHING on Amazon)

I won’t go int much detail about all these 6 now, as each deserve a complete guide, but you can see a quick introduction to all 6 here.

5 More At Home Online Business Ideas You Can Try

I’ve just shared with you my 3 favorite methods that I use to make money from my home using the power of the internet.

But the internet being the thing it is today, obviously; there are many, many more ways you can make an income from home.

Here are some of the ways I know other top bloggers and online entrepreneurs are using to make their business dreams come true:

  • Any time of consulting, coaching or one-on-one mentorship done online.
  • Building a digital store and selling products on it.
  • Social media management (perfect for people who are highly skilled on a particular SM channel)
  • Webdesign
  • Resume / Cover letter writing

See more here along with a detailed description on how to get started.

Closing Words

I really hope you liked this roundup list of “at home” online business ideas. These are all something that I believe in and I think YOU will do great at as well!

If you have any questions about what we’ve just talked about, please leave them below.

My passion and my business are based on me helping you learn how to use the internet to make a decent income without all the stress of a regular job.

If this is something that is interesting to you, then I hope this post was an eye-opener as yes, there are many ways you can make money as a stay at home mom / dad / parent / student / insert your situation here.

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