While wealth and work-at-home are often promoted together, income from home-based careers varies greatly, and like it’s traditional world counterparts, doesn’t usually pay in riches. With that said, it is possible to earn a six-figure income from home.
Here is a list of work-at-home options that have the potential to pay six-figure incomes. Some require specific education or training, and experience. Others, don’t require anything but effort on your part.
Note that these jobs don’t automatically pay six-figures, but instead have the potential to earn well. Like any other type of work, what you earn will depend a lot on you and what you have to offer an employer or how well you market yourself.
The jobs below are organized into different categories such as finance and writing.
Business Coaching, Consulting or Training
While personal coaching, such as life coaching, can be lucrative, businesses are more likely to be willing and able to hire coaches, consultants and trainers. While education may be required depending on the type of service you offer, in many cases, your personal experience and success is enough. Some areas businesses hire experts in include:
- Sales and marketing
- Motivation and success
- Technology (I.e. how to use Excel)
- Public speaking
Whether it’s eBay, Etsy, Amazon or some other storefront, if you have a great product and can find your market, you can do well in online marketplaces. What you can sell is vast, as long as it’s legal and doesn’t violate the terms of service of the storefront service.
If you’re serious about a six-figure income selling through Amazon Fulfillment, I recommend you check out Jessica Larrew’s program at The Selling Family.
If you have the skills and education to deal with numbers and money, there are many work-at-home jobs or home businesses you can start that can pay well. In some cases, such as loan manager, you may not necessarily need a degree in accounting, but you’ll likely need experience in selling loans. These types of jobs can be found on job sites or FlexJobs.
- Accounting Director
- Tax Manager
- Loan Manager
There are many health-related jobs you can do from home. You can find many on Careerbuilder or through FlexJobs. The six-figure jobs often are in management or director roles.
- Health Education Director
- Health Information
- Nurse Manager – Phone Triage
- Online Pharmacist
- Quality Assurance Manager/Director
The ability to persuade people to part with their money continues to be one of the more lucrative ways to make money at home. Along with copywriting, the following work-at-home jobs offer the the ability to make a six-figure income. I find these jobs in a variety of places including Indeed Jobs, FlexJobs, HomeJobStop, and Careerbuilder.
- Marketing Director
- Ad Sales
- Insurance Sales
- Mortgage Loans Management/Sales
- Real Estate
- Direct Sales – Networking marketing is a great way to build a six-figure income part-time from home. But you need to do your due-diligence in researching companies, not just to make sure they’re legit, but also that you can enthusiastically promote its products/services, and business plan. Check out WAHS University’s course for tips and step-by-step instruction on Direct Sales Success.
Non-profits, by their very name, aren’t about big bucks, but there are a few job that have the potential to earn six-figures. These jobs can be found on FlexJobs and sometimes Indeed Jobs and Careerbuilder.
There are many jobs, freelance work, and home businesses you can start that earn a good income, but are hard to build to six figures as a solo venture. Service businesses are easy and cheap to start, but your income is limited to what you can charge times the hours you can realistically work. For example, virtual assistant or tutor work pay per hour usually makes it hard to earn a lot without working every hour of every day. With that said, running a service agency, such as virtual support agency or tutoring agency, allows you to create more billable hours by leveraging the work of others. In this scenario, you have a team of employees or contractors who provide the service, and you manage the rest of it. Service agencies can be created in just about any field including:
- Virtual Support – Check out WAHS University’s email course for step-by-step instruction on becoming a virtual assistant.
- Freelance Writing – Check out WAHS University’s email course or step-by-step instruction on becoming a freelance writer online.
- Graphic Design
- Web Design
- Social Media Management
Like marketing and sales, technical knowledge and know-how continues to be highly needed and rewarded. The good news is that often you don’t need an education. Experience is more highly desired. These jobs are listed in a variety of job spots, but the ideal place to start would be Dice.com.
- Multimedia Artists/Editors – Especially video and animation production and editing.
- Database Architect/Management
- Software Development
- Web Security Manager
Getting paid for writing has become more competitve and unfortunately, prices have dropped, but there are some forms of writing that continue to pay well. Over at Digital Writer Success, I email writing jobs (of all types) to subscribers each Wednesday. (It also has great information on blogging and publishing.) Other great places to look for writing work, particularly higher paying work, are MediaBistro, FlexJobs and Indeed Jobs. Other sites like ProBlogger list writing work, but most don’t reach near the six-figure pay mark.
- Technical writing
- Copy writing
- Web Content Director
- Grant writing
- Blogging – I love blogging because it’s completely flexible and I write about whatever I want. However, success in blogging requires planning and work. Most bloggers don’t make hardly anything at all. There are many who make $1,000 to $5,000 per month, and some who earn six-figures.
- Authorship – Writing books has the potential to pay well, but it’s one of the harder ways to make a lot of money from home. Success in books requires not only great books, but the ability to market your books and sustain sales.
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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