By Norberto Mercado
Back in the old days, which actually means back before the Internet, working from home usually meant providing a service, such as mowing lawns, cleaning gutters or performing many other handyman services. In many ways, making money working from home, now, can also mean providing a service, yet not actually getting dirty.
You may not want to get dirty and have to fight with that lawn mower or setting up the ladder or even dragging all of those shingles up to the roof, but you know how to do it and can assist others by sharing your knowledge with those looking at Google for how to do it. You can operate a consulting business, on the Internet, with all of the instructions, complete with suggestions for what type of tools and accessories should be used.
This can be a membership site with members signing up for so much a month, or simply a forum platform with ads positioned to make money from affiliate sales of all of the things each person needs to continue to get dirty while actually providing the service. This, of course, means Google ads and Amazon affiliate sales.
Consulting is big business and there is nothing stopping you from gaining a significant following for your site, whether a forum, blog or membership site. The Internet is, after all, a place to go to find information that is needed. That is what you are doing. Providing the information that they need to do what they want to do.
As a consultant, you have a low overhead and the tax advantages, because of the work you are doing at home, is beneficial each year at tax time. Consultants can be found for literally anything that anyone does, now, and there is an endless need for more information that is detailed and available easily.
You will have competition, but marketing will help you gain the attention of people who do, indeed, need your services, so this simply means finding put what people want to do or know about and filling the need with that information.
Since the Internet was originally designed to trade information, you can be making money working from home by organising the information you provide in easy to understand and use ways and making it available to the largest number of people. This creates wealth for you and a reputation that will make people search you out.
Online entrepreneur, content marketing expert and developer of online business.