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How To Work From Home Without Ruining Your Social Life

 

Working from home can be something that you do as well as your normal 9 to 5 job, or something you just do as your primary source of income. For many people, working from home is quite the struggle because you will tend to have to do more hours than you usually would to get enough money to make ends meet. If you are someone that is looking to work from home, while still fitting in a social life and time with your family, there are quite a few things you can do to get the best of both worlds.

Online trading

Trading stocks and shares used to be something that was reserved for financial advisers or people that have loads of disposable income. Now companies like CMC markets let average people trade online, and not only that, you do not need huge amounts to invest with initially. You can also trade things like Forex and CFD’s, which again used to be limited to financial advisers. the great thing about online trading websites, is that most of them have a practice mode. This means that you can ‘play for free’ before you invest money, which is a great way to practice and get used to the markets. You can invest as little as Β£50 with most online trading websites, and you can do it by direct debit so that you spread your risk out. Most online trading websites also now have very thorough blogs and tutorials, so you can start to learn about trading and make sure you always maximise your investments. You will be able to learn how to use things like stop losses, which will automatically buy or sell an investment at a certain price.

Write for money

There are many websites, like Textbroker, that will let you write articles and earn cash. You do not need to be the next Charles Dickens to put together a reasonably good article on certain subject with a bit of research. when you sign up to a website like Greatcontent or Textbroker, you will first be given a sample assignment. When you complete this, the article will be reviewed and you will get a rating. You can then go online and select articles of that rating to write, and you will get paid variable amounts. If you are able to monitor the available assignments for a bit during the day, you can end up earning quite good money. You can also end up getting private work, which happens when a client likes you and books you privately through the website, which will give you a lot more money than picking out a public order. Because you select the orders, and are given a timescale of when they need to be done, this can easily be fit around your social obligations. If you are feeling confident, you can also make yourself a writing portfolio and use your social media to sell your skills online. Just pick out a few of your best pieces and put them in a zip file to send to potential clients.

Blog/Vlog

Blogging or Vlogging is something that can take a while to get off of the ground enough to earn you money, but when you do, there are big bucks to be made. Many bloggers started off small with free sites, and you can either do this or dive right in with a premium site. You cannot advertise on the free sites, but when you have a premium one you can. One thing to think about if you want to build up an audiences and gain enough traffic to get paid for advertising is arbitrage. Basically, you will use a network like Outbrain or Taboola to drive traffic to your website, and then you will charge customers more to advertise on your site so that you keep in profit. If you are going to build an audience this way, the turnaround time for making money is very quick because the traffic is not organic. You can still aim to get some organic traffic in the future, but it is not the be all and end all if you want to build engagement fast.

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