What does it take to make a decent income in the work-at-home arena? Skills. That’s it. Use the skills you have or learn new skills to solve problems for others, get paid, and repeat.

I was able to leave my office job and become a full-time work-at-home mom all because I took a chance on myself and invested in quality education to learn new skills.

Let’s start with the first way I make money at home.

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Make Money At Home As A Virtual Assistant (VA)

I provide virtual assistance to a seven-figure blogger as a student support manager. This highly successful blogger runs multiple courses and needed extra help with student support. I started out answering emails and welcomed more and more duties and eventually was promoted to student support manager in less than a year. My monthly income for this role started around $300+, $500+, and now $2,000+.

Currently, I help answer emails and oversee a student support team of seven members. I help proof posts and emails using my own skills and favorite tool. I also help a bit with content creation.

Becoming a virtual assistant is the best thing that ever happened to me. But it took a bit for me to really understand the ropes and how online influencers/bloggers run their businesses.

Make Money At Home With Proofreading
My next favorite way of making money at home is proofreading. I put on my favorite noise-canceling headphones, fire up my iPad, and get my proofreading on. My earnings from proofreading definitely vary. Some months I’m swamped, and others I’m not. On average, I earn $500+ and my best months have me billing nearly $900 a month.

We all know how many errors there are in written form, such as a book, web page, posts, etc. that could have benefited from a proofreader. And if you’re wondering whether technology is making human proofreading extinct — it’s not! Nothing can replace quality proofreading by a quality proofreader — making this skill in high demand.

And running a proofreading business requires little, if any, overhead costs. You’ll have the initial start-up costs for marketing and minimal supplies, and from there, there’s not much more you have to pay on a regular basis. I proofread on my iPad, Word, or Google Docs. I use a crazy-simple, but excellent, online accounting service to bill my clients and that’s it.

Remember that the more online influencers are dominating the Internet space with their content, the more they’ll need proofreading services. You can provide this valuable service.

How You Can Get Started With Proofreading
Remember what I said about investing in yourself? Sure, you may have some kickass proofreading skills now, but why just stick with that.

My friend Caitlin Pyle over at is one of the most talented proofreaders out there… and she has compiled all of her knowledge into a comprehensive course: General Proofreading: Theory & Practice™.

She’ll teach you the basics of proofreading to make sure you’re a word-skills SUPERSTAR. After you master the skills, she’ll show you how to turn this newfound knowledge into a profitable business. You’ll learn exactly how to find clients, structure your work days, and run a successful proofreading business. Pretty valuable stuff, right?

Caitlin is a former freelance proofreader in Florida. That was her primary income ($40k+ per year!) until she realized that she was just as good at teaching proofreading as she was at actually doing it.

This is a perfect opportunity for someone with word skills who’s looking to be their own boss.

Caitlin and Proofread Anywhere have been featured in everything from Business Insider to Forbes to other online blogs like The Penny Hoarder.

Now, I totally understand you not wanting to jump headfirst into this. Caitlin has put together a FREE workshop, where she will share more about herself (so you can get to know her), more about proofreading as a profession — including one great place to find work, and a free introductory tutorial on how to use the most popular proofreading tool on the market.


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