How to Make Money Woodworking from Home

If you have the passion for creating masterpieces out of wood and you’re looking to start a home-based business, here’s a solid guide on how to make money woodworking from home.

Yes, you read that right. You can do everything from product creation to marketing your work from the comforts of your own garage and home office.

On this post, we’ll discuss how select Etsy sellers make a living just from several pieces of wood furniture and learn how to pick the woodworking projects that sell well.

Things You Need to Make Money Woodworking from Home

There are three important things you need to make money woodworking:

1. The Right Mindset

Unlike other online businesses, woodworking is a very labor-intensive business. Many woodworkers who begin to turn their passions into a business should be ready by the possibility of getting exhausted day in, day out. You should have the physical strength and stamina to operate power tools, lift heavy items, and just move about your entire work day.

The physical demands of this job means you should enter this business with the right mindset. Income comes only after you sell a project, so the fulfillment of completing a day’s work should be enough until payment comes in. Sometimes you get to finish three orders in a day, while other days you don’t get to reach halfway through a job.

As a woodworker, you’re the employer and employee. Sometimes, you’ll even serve as a marketer, customer support, and accountant all at the same time. Being someone with woodworking skills and wearing all kinds of hats involves the right mindset as well.

2. Equipment and Woodworking Skills

Woodworking and mechanical skills are a given, since it would be hard to earn from the projects you make if it takes you a month to make one pair of shelves, which you then sell for $50. On the other hand, a skilled woodworker could quickly make several shelves in a day.

You should also be good in math, can read blueprints, and have a natural ability to follow instructions. And because you’ll be needing numerous tools to create your products, you should have (or be ready to invest in) equipment such as:

Power tools

Table saw, hand planer, power drill, circular saw, and other similar equipment

Hand tools

These include quality-made hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers and other hand tools

Carving tools

If you’re offering carved furniture, you must also invest in  knives, chisels, gouges, v-tools and more to do the job.

A PC and camera

You’ll need a camera to take product shots of your work and a PC to upload the photos, edit lighting and list on your chosen online marketplace. If your phone has a good camera, a phone could be an alternative for a camera+PC setup.

You should also have ample space (somewhere from 75 to 125 square feet) for adequate lumber storage and to move around and create the pieces you’re going to sell.

Woodworking Tools

3. A Good Business Plan and Marketing Skills

You may be working from home, but you should still be following traditional business operations. As such, you’d need a business plan to see things through.

Some of the most important things you should include with your plan are:

  • Business goals – Whether you plan to sell “just one item a month,” or scale up your production to $500 a day, writing your goals early allows you to have a timeline to follow. Some useful advice before you begin?
    • Spy on your competition
    • Buy only the necessary tools. You only need the basic tools in the beginning. You can scale up your woodworking shop once orders begin to rain.
    • Learn the numbers. Understand how pricing for handmade products are computed. Include cost of raw materials, your labor hours, electricity, and other considerations.
  • Audience building – Sooner or later, you’ll realize that you just can’t produce furniture to everyone. Even if you started making amazing dressers, pallet-inspired furniture, fancy coffee tables, and every other furniture requested by customers, it’s only natural that you’ll find the niche to focus on. For example:
    • Reconstructing guitar bodies into dining tables, shelves, or other cool stuff. This niche known as furniture flipping is a hot niche.
    • Cool wooden furniture for gadgets, such as a phone docking station
    • Rustic furniture
    • Custom-made furniture (only for the seasoned woodworker who has mastered almost all kinds of furniture projects)
  • Pick a Home base – Build a website, get a free blog up and running, create a business Facebook page, or join Pinterest, Instagram or any other platform of your choice. Pick one or all, but the important thing is to have an online “home base” where you can showcase your work. It would serve as your portfolio, “calling card,” and catalog in one.
  • Promotion – The most effective way to spread the word about your work is through past clients, but if you wish to be aggressive with marketing, you have options. Social media is powerful, but extremely cheap to use and if you decide to pay for sponsored ads, you can control your spending and gradually increase your ad budget as your finances allow it.
  • Supplemental income – Are you open to selling your designs? Sharing your methods to the world with a YouTube channel? Maintaining a blog with step-by-step tutorials of your work, or teaching woodworking to people (either through a course your wrote, or through one-on-one coaching) are also effective ways to earn more money

Sites To Sell Your Woodworking Projects

Aside from your “online home base,” you’ll need to get familiar with the following websites to be able to make money woodworking from home:


Etsy is the number one online marketplace for everything handmade, so from greeting cards to custom wedding rings, pillowcases to furniture, you can find a vibrant community of buyers and sellers here.

There are thousands of members on Etsy, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. As a new seller, building your customer base and getting an edge over your competition may not take overnight. However, once your shop gets its footing, you’ll be able to enjoy the thousands of potential buyers already part of the Etsy world.

Another benefit of Etsy as a seller is that you should only $0.20 listing fee per product for four months and a 5% transaction fee.

Remember how I told you that you’ll need good pictures to showcase your work? Check out the presentation of Australia-based shop WoodYouBuy, which shine with jewelry organizers, entryway shelves, decorative furniture and gorgeous docking stations. The shop is run by husband-and-wife team Lesley and John and since joining Etsy in 2018, is about to make the 3000-mark sales.

Amazon Handmade

It isn’t as popular as Etsy yet, but Amazon is the largest marketplace in the world, so expect a bigger and more varied audience here.

The downside is you need to apply to become an Amazon Handmade seller and you pay 15% referral fee, but the good news is there is no fee for listing items. Sellers can create a custom profile to promote your other products.

A warning though: if you get popular on Amazon Handmade real quick, it could be challenging to supply the demands of customers if you’re just starting out and have no employees to help you create wooden products.


ArtFire is similar to Etsy, where items like craft supplies, and other woodworking goods are sold. There are several plans, starting at $4.95/month (with 250 listings) and up to $40/month (2,500 active listings).

Build Your Own Store

If you decided that your home base is an official website, you can accompany it with your own store.

The best thing about this route is that you can post pictures of your past work and do a ‘create-by-demand’ scheme similar to PoDs, wherein would-be buyers order items and only then will you create the piece.

For woodworkers with little money as startup, you don’t have to go with Shopify (that has a monthly fee). You can get a domain for $10, a hosting provider (as less as $3/month), and set up a WordPress store on your own.

The Best Advice to Make Money Woodworking from Home?

I have three:

First: There’s no project too big or too small, especially if you’re just starting out.

This is particularly true if you still haven’t found your niche, or you’re still trying to attract customers. You need to have a good mix of products available – from high-priced pieces to $10-dollar iPhone docks – to be able to yield the most revenue.

Second is to produce quality work.

It doesn’t matter if you’re only working on re-purposed pallets, or the most exquisite wood you can find. The secret to surviving this business is to product quality items all the time, even if you’re only making a simple book shelf for a kid’s bedroom, or a centerpiece table for the living room.

Lastly is to master the art of customer service.

As an online business, you won’t have much employees. And if you’re like many online businesses, you’d probably be wearing the hat of customer service rep as well. Know that you don’t need a course to be good at this – you just need to be professional, attentive to your customer’s needs and helpful enough to answer inquiries or resolve issues.

And if you stick to these 3 tips and keep passionate about the craft, you can be one of the many people who actually make money woodworking from home successfully.

How to Survive the Coronavirus Outbreak as a Freelancer

The COVID-19 outbreak has had a severe impact on freelancers, contractors, and the self-employed, as services like photography, coding, analytics, and marketing are being deemed “non-essential.”

Small businesses and companies are feeling the pinch of forced closure and/or shortened business hours, and are responding by cancelling projects or focusing only on their “internal resources.”

If your freelance work, gig, or side hustle has been affected by the recent coronavirus panic, how can you survive in these uncertain times?

Don’t panic!

The good news is that you are not alone in your concern. Other freelancers and companies have similar worries about their future.

Furthermore, many of these individuals and companies have created resources, job boards, and support networks for freelancers in need. There are even funds being set up to help out those freelancers who are in financial trouble.

Yes, companies are still hiring

As you may have suspected, the focus on working from home during the recent global health crisis means that some companies are in need of individuals who can work remotely and on short notice.
These companies may have had to shutter their physical doors for the time being and focus exclusively on production via digital means.

Consider, for example, the recent cancellation of trade shows and conferences. That means bad news for venues and caterers, but good news for freelance copywriters and coders who can quickly generate online seminars and presentations.

Find freelance and remote work

So, which companies are currently looking for freelancers and virtual gig workers?

AKQA is a large international advertising and marketing company that is not being slowed down by the coronavirus scare. It regularly hires freelance programmers, data scientists, copywriters, and graphic designers to work remotely.

Blend Media is on the lookout for immersive technology (AR and VR) freelancers and has different projects available on its platform. The site is currently suspending its platform use fee in order to attract new talent.

Freelancer has over 13 million users and lists a variety of jobs that freelancers can bid and work on, right inside the website platform. Once you set up your profile, you’re good to go.

Toptal is a job platform that offers top-tier clients and pay. Seasoned and experienced freelance developers, designers, financial experts, project managers, and product managers should definitely submit their resumes here.

VidMob is actively seeking out videographers, designers, analysts, and animators to create digital ads. This startup has physical offices, but at least half of its contractors and workers work remotely. The company has good reviews on Glassdoor.

We Are Rosie is an agency that boasts a network of over 5,000 members and matches its freelancers with marketing, media, content, analytics, creative, and other remote projects. The agency also offers benefits such as 401(k), healthcare, and weekly pay.

Job boards like FlexJobs and are essential tools for new and even established freelancers. Both of these websites post numerous remote jobs and virtual work from individual companies and businesses. is free to join and use, while FlexJobs asks for a paid membership subscription.

Need more ideas? This list of 95 work-from-home jobs should help you look for and find loads of legitimate online and remote work. Alternately, if you are tech-savvy, you could peruse this list of 23 companies that are hiring tech support specialists who can work from home.

Invest in yourself

During an economic downturn, it’s hard not to wallow in self-pity while watching Hulu and Netflix movies for the nth time. However, you could also look at this period as an opportunity to learn a new skill and/or invest in yourself.

A shift in your daily routine can also become a source of creativity and renewal. Consider the case of Isaac Newton: The forced closing of his workplace (the University of Cambridge), due to an outbreak of bubonic plague, led Newton to retreat to the countryside.

During this time, Newton was the most intellectually fruitful in his entire life and laid the foundations of his theories on calculus, optics, and the laws of motion and gravity.

To this end, there are many online resources that cater specifically to freelancers and others in the gig economy and can help you further your career- or start a new one.

Codecademy teaches coding courses for use in programming, mobile app building, and data science.

There is a 7-day free trial membership offered through the site. In light of the COVID-19 crisis, the site is also offering 10,000 scholarships to high school and college students until the end of the current school year.

Google Analytics Academy offers a crash course in SEO, metrics, audience segmentation, attribution, and data analysis via its online academy- for free! If you are involved in content creation/editing, or ecommerce, this course is worth its weight in gold and will help you boost your advertising and marketing efforts.

Mt. Freelance is offering a set of video lessons, normally priced at $257, for free. Topics include updating your website, social media marketing, and pitching yourself to prospective clients.

Start a new business

Affiliate marketing is a great way to delve into the world of niche products and earn commissions from your referrals. There are many individuals who make a part- or even full-time income through affiliate marketing. Best of all, there is no need to handle the actual product, package it, or ship it out. You only handle the marketing side of the equation, and the product owner does the rest.

Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is one way that many individuals earn side or even a full-time income from home. You can have your inventory sent to a distribution center, or you can engage in a dropship model where the goods are sourced from manufacturers and sent directly to buyers.

Business grants are another means by which you can assure your own long-term employment. If you are already dabbling in a side business, or just have a ground-breaking business idea, you can use this time to apply for a small business grant.

Are you more interested in owning an online business? Here are at least 50 different online business ideas to try.

Get financial aid and support from other freelancers

It’s OK to feel overwhelmed at times- and this is certainly one of them!

There are various support groups for freelancers and the self-employed that offer career, tax, and financial advice, as well as a compassionate ear. Some are even offering money for freelancers who are hurting financially due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Here are several resources that stand out:

Anti-viral work for freelancers and small businesses is a Facebook group started on March 11, 2020 that already boasts over 15,000 members and 1,000+ posts/day. They are based in the U.K. but list topics universally relevant to most freelancers. Some freelancers on the site even offer free job referrals and educational courses.

Carnegie Fund for Authors offers financial assistance to published American authors of at least one fiction or non-fiction work via a traditional publisher. Other authors, including journalists, dramatists, poets, and successful self-published writers, can apply to the Authors League Fund or PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund.

CERF+ Emergency Assistance offers monetary relief for legal U.S. resident artists in various media including wood, metal, fiber, and paint. Potential recipients must first fill out an inquiry form to determine eligibility, after which they complete an application.

Freelancers Union is setting up a relief fund for freelancers who are enduring financial hardship or a health crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic. Applications can be filed starting April 2, 2020.

Millo Mastermind is another Facebook group of 7,200+ members that offers support for freelancers and budding entrepreneurs. When you join this group, you get the following publication, “25 Top freelance job sites for finding real clients with big budgets,” for free.

Hang in there!

As the saying goes, “This too shall pass.”

While the current coronavirus situation borders on apocalypse, humanity as a whole has weathered far worse and survived.

We are a ‘can do’ species, and a month or two of downtime will not defeat us. In fact, by clicking on the resources posted above, and delving into new fields of expertise, you might come out of this current crisis even better than you did going in.

How to Make Money Dancing from Home

Dancers are passionate, hardworking and disciplined, but often find it challenging to make money dancing.

If you’re a dancer and you rely solely on traditional dancing jobs, not only is competition for these jobs exceptionally fierce, the gigs themselves are few and far between and the money earned isn’t even worth all the trouble.

Like many jobs for artists, it can be tough to keep the passion alive if you’re unable to pay your bills.

The good news is that you have unlimited possibilities now with the internet, social media and other platforms that not only let you showcase your talent, let you earn real cash as well.

So if you’re willing to get creative and turn your dancing into a money-making machine, then read on…

8 Ways to Make Money Dancing

Let’s begin with the traditional methods of earning money through dance and discuss online opportunities that you can explore:

1. Perform for Events

Almost every event requires special talent like yours for entertainment. This event could be birthday parties, anniversaries, corporate events, and so on.

You can check dancing gigs on websites like, which updates a listing of jobs you can apply to.

Another similar resource is GigSalad, a booking site that allows you to promote your dancing services and also find relevant jobs you could apply to.

Answers4Dancers lists dance gigs as well, but this requires a monthly fee.

It’s been around since 1999, and has a massive amount of information for budding dancers, so it could be worth it if you’re feeling a bit lost.

2. Offer Your Choreography Skills as a Service

If you’ve been dancing for years, there’s a good chance you know how to choreograph as well.

If you haven’t thought about offering choreography to other people, this is the perfect time to do so. TheDanceResource is a good resource to know industry standards, new dance techniques, and even meet like-minded people who could help with your career.

When searching through job boards, you’ll find jobs exclusive only to “choreographers.” Offering choreography as a service expands your portfolio and opens up more opportunities.

3. Teach Dance Lessons

You can teach dance traditionally face-to-face in a local studio, at your home, or at your client’s home. Doing dance lessons, whether you specialize in ballet or hip-hop, will never run out of fashion, so keep on teaching as long as you can.

If you’ve been doing this for a while and feel that you’re ready to expand, think about hosting group dance lessons.

Many studios are glad to support choreographers and will give you a slot on their calendars if you’ve got something to offer that they don’t currently have. Some companies that offer extracurricular activities to their employees may also let you teach their employees how to dance.

If both ideas above are not feasible, don’t give up just yet. You can rent a space and offer group dance lessons there.

And if your time cannot accommodate traveling to different locations, you can still teach online and make money dancing by either:

  • Building a membership website, where you send choreography lessons daily
  • Creating a master-class, a dance course that students can follow at their own pace

You can even “meet” with clients via video and still be able to teach dance as though you’re face-to-face.

4. Write Articles about Dancing

While writing may not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially since you won’t be on your toes for this one, sharing your technical dancing knowledge can be lucrative as well.

Many dance publications like Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Pointe Magazine, and Dance Informa (among others) are always looking for writers to bring a fresh take on dance.

They may not post about writing opportunities, but you can always send an e-mail and pitch an idea for an article. Your idea must just be good enough to land a paid writing gig.

If you’re feeling quite shy with working with the big guys at these major publications, you can always write informally on your own blog and share your knowledge there.

5. Post Dance and Choreography Videos

If you want to dance non-stop and share your talent with the world, you can make money dancing just by posting videos of them online.

Plus, the online videos could also serve as your portfolio.

Go with YouTube and open an AdSense account. Every time you post a dance video, an ad will be shown.

When someone watches your video and does not skip the video, you get to earn a couple of cents per view.

Multiply this by hundreds of views, or thousands (if you blow up), and you can reap the benefits of going viral like the Jojo Gomez-choreographed and Tim Milgram-produced The Pussycat Dolls’ “Buttons”, which has been viewed a whopping 45 million times since it was posted on July 2017.

The cool thing about YouTube is that AdSense is just one part of the income possibilities available there. (Here are other ways you can make money on YouTube).

6. Become an Affiliate Seller

As an affiliate seller, you promote other people/company’s products and earn commissions if the people who came from your website or YouTube channel clicked the link you shared and bought something from that store.

The commission rates would vary between stores. Amazon is the most popular, but bookstores, sporting goods stores, and other stores usually have affiliate programs.

(Click here to learn more about affiliate marketing).

7. Sell Your Own Products Online

If you’re getting some success with affiliate marketing and you want to bring your own products into the mix, you can always sell them online. You have tons of platforms readily available – Etsy (for handmade stuff, eBay (for second-hand items), Facebook Marketplace (for a varied mix of items), and so on.

Incorporating dance into the product would prove challenging, but you can always stick to easy merchandise like workout pants, tank tops, dancing books you’ve written, and so on.

8. Monetize Your Social Media Platforms

Aside from YouTube, you can also explore what other social media platforms has to offer. For example:

  • Pinterest – Take photos of yourself doing some ballet dance moves, turn it into a poster, and post it on Pinterest. The site is known for shareable photo content, so adding interesting photos to the mix could get people’s attention quick.
  • Instagram – This website is also all about photos, but it caters to short videos too! Promote your dance lessons, share a link to your website, and try other monetizing techniques known to work on Instagram.
  • Twitter – You may think that the character limit can be restricting, but a little bit of creativity can go a long way. See how you can make money off Twitter and your dancing skills.
  • Facebook – You can create a Facebook channel (which works mostly like YouTube) and see if you’ll find success there. If not, you can use a Facebook page to promote your business, share your dance videos, network for new clients, and interact with existing clients. There are numerous ways you can incorporate Facebook into your money-making plan – make sure it counts!

Do You Know other Ways to Make Money Dancing?

You don’t have to give up dancing if you can’t make ends meet.

By learning new skills and being open to what the internet, social media, and other technological advancements could do to your dancing career, you’ll embrace the many money-making opportunities available to you as a dancer.

Have you been making money dancing online and IRL as well? Did I miss any other way to earn from dancing? Feel free to share below…

8 Online ASL Jobs You Can Do From Home

5 Online ASL Jobs You Can Apply For

If you’re an expert in American Sign Language (ASL), or even just know the basics, there are plenty of online ASL jobs available for you to help others while making money.

One in five Americans have hearing loss in at least one ear and three out of every 1,000 children are born deaf or hard of hearing.

Based on these statistics, Deaf people—the proper term for deaf persons who share a language and a culture—are a huge part of the workforce.

That said, they still sometimes need communication support.

Hearing people who know ASL and are skilled in working with Deaf people are thus increasingly in demand in various industries.

Today, I run down some ASL jobs you’ll be able to do online.

8 Online ASL Jobs You Can Do Remotely

Some, if not all of these jobs have been traditionally done face-to-face. Nowadays, with technology where it is, you’re able to do them over the internet.

While the list below details the different types of jobs available, I wanted to first provide you with 3 different ASL job boards to bookmark.

If you want a job in this industry, check these 3 sites often:

  1. Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.
  2. CSD Works
  3. Deaf Job Wizard

Here are some online ASL jobs to consider applying for, or even doing by yourself as an independent contractor or as a self-employed individual.

1. Employment Counselor

An employment counselor for Deaf people and the hard of hearing is someone who provides assistance in finding career opportunities and job placements for them.

Employment counselors can also be involved in developing advocacy programs in agencies serving Deaf people.

State and private agencies, rehabilitation centers, and nonprofit organizations are just some potential employers of employment counselors.

Education/Degrees/Certificate Required

Educational programs and training in this field prepare students in client assessment, principles of counseling, educational research, basic career development, and career program design.

To become a full-fledged employment counselor, you’d usually need a master’s degree in counseling or career counseling, with a focus on career development.

If you can get a certification by taking the National Certified Counselor examination (offered through the National Board of Certified Counselors), it will help you get a leg up on other applicants.

2. Psychologist

Deaf people may need psychologists with whom they can communicate through their language and not just through text.

Clinical psychologists may offer therapy, counseling, and diagnostic tests. Research psychologists conduct research on psychology and mental health as they relate to Deaf people, as well as people who have hearing loss or are hard of hearing.

Schools, mental health clinics, research centers, and hospitals hire psychologists in different capacities.

Education/Degrees/Certificate Required

Psychologists who work with Deaf people need specialized education and a doctorate, which may take at least five to seven years to get it.

You can get either a Doctorate in Psychology (PsyD) or Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a special focus on the deaf and hard of hearing populations.

Subjects that you take throughout your college education include sign language competency, psychology and deafness, clinical psychology, ethics, dissertation research, psychopharmacology, cognitive psychology, and child and adult development.

Also, getting either doctorate requires internship placements, a practicum, clinical training, a dissertation, and licensing; practicing psychologists and those who are employed by schools require licensure from all states.

Each state has different requirements, and Association of State And Provincial Psychology Boards and National Association of School Psychologists would have more complete information.

3. Real-Time ASL Interpreter

A real-time ASL interpreter is someone who is responsible for helping Deaf people understand something spoken in real time.

Video ASL Jobs
Photo Credit: SignVideo

There are a wide variety of situations when this is required. For instance, company and business meetings, depositions for court, medical offices and hospitals, government agencies, classrooms, and many other institutional settings.

Due to the increase in the use of video relay services, Internet video can be streamed along with an ASL interpreter simultaneously to a Deaf person.

Education/Degrees/Certificate Required

Sign language interpreters would need a bachelor’s degree in ASL/English interpretation from an accredited interpreter program, as this is a minimum requirement to get a certification through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

There are also special training courses in sign language regional nuances, techniques, ethical standards, and legal standards to be able to work in any setting and region, as well as with anyone.

The bachelor’s program usually includes ASL courses, Deaf studies, communication, psychology, linguistics, and business, after which an internship then a practicum are required.

A master’s degree in ASL/English interpretation is preferred but not required for most employers, but check in with your prospective employers if they do need it.

4. Sign Language Teacher

Sign language teachers educate students of all ages on how to use ASL to communicate with others. They can also teach ASL as a second language to those who are studying to be sign language interpreters.

Education/Degrees/Certificate Required

The degrees and licenses required for sign language teachers are almost the same as those required for teachers wanting to teach in private or public schools. Additional credentials include a certification from the American Sign Language Teachers Association.

Another route you can take is to get a bachelor’s degree in ASL and get course credits in teaching so you can get a teaching credential in your state. Eventually, you can also get a national teaching certification from the National Board Certification or the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence.

5. Educator of Deaf Children

An educator of Deaf children teaches a variety of subjects to children of school age, from elementary to high school students, either in schools for Deaf children or in schools where Deaf students are mainstreamed.

Education/Degrees/Certificate Required

You’d need a bachelor’s degree in deaf education, and most programs offer a dual licensure in deaf education and in general and special education.

Core subjects include ASL, audiology, child development and psychology, student teaching experience, and special teacher examinations. The aim is to prepare students to meet the academic, as well as the behavioral, social, and emotional needs of Deaf and hard of hearing children.

Depending on the grade level you want to teach, you’ll need to learn communication techniques and linguistics specific to that grade level, as well as specific academic areas such as math, science, art, or technical skills.

6. ASL Curriculum Writer

Educators for Deaf students need curriculums that take the students’ needs into consideration but still meet state and national education standards, as well as meet technological advances.

ASL curriculum writers create such curriculums and work with instructors and teachers to improve existing ones.

Education/Degrees/Certificate Required

You’d need a bachelor’s degree in Deaf education and at least a state or national certification in teaching ASL.

Employers generally preferred curriculum writers that have at least two years of experience and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.

7. Speech-Language Pathologist

This online ASL job requires more education and experience than the others on this list.

Speech disorders are when a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently, while language disorders are when a person has trouble expressing themselves or comprehending others.

Speech-language pathologists examine, diagnose, and treat persons with the above disorders.

They also educate patients’ family members, caretakers, and loved ones on strategies to assist patients in coping with their disorders, including communication and social strategies.

Education/Degrees/Certificate Required

To be a speech-language pathologist, you’d need to have a master’s degree in speech-language pathology.

A Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is another credential that potential employers and clients consider.

8. Occupational Therapist for Deaf students

An occupational therapist, in general, helps injured, ill, or disabled patients through their daily activities by reviewing patients’ medical histories, identifying their current needs, and developing a treatment plan in cooperation with a physician.

Occupational therapists who know ASL and work with Deaf children are hired by schools and school districts to help them participate in school activities.

This involves assessing and evaluating students, identifying their academic needs (as well as personal, emotional, and social needs) that impact their educational goals, developing individual education programs for students, and monitoring them for improvement.

Education/Degrees/Certificate Required

Occupational therapists would need a master’s degree in occupational therapy and would need to be licensed in the state where you’ll be practicing.

As with any other online ASL jobs that involve interactions with Deaf persons, you would need to have at least an intermediate knowledge of ASL. Patience and empathy are also needed to get to the bottom of your patients’ needs.

Effective verbal and written communication skills are also essential to communicate your Deaf students’ needs and educational goals to their hearing teachers and parents.

Essentials When Working An ASL Job

If you do decide to apply for an ASL job, you would need a lot more aside from your ASL skills.

Soft skills that you’d need include genuine compassion and empathy, plenty of patience, excellent communication skills, active listening, interpersonal skills, organization, and proactive problem-solving.

For your home office setup, you’d need to have a quality desktop or laptop computer (if you want the option to work elsewhere outside the house). A high-speed internet connection is also a necessity.

A separate, high-definition webcam is also important, so your gestures can be tracked and transmitted properly. Also, a reliable headset is recommended, as this is more convenient than a separate headphone and microphone setup.

If you don’t have a dedicated room or at least a space for your work yet, this is the time to set it up. Make sure there aren’t visual or auditory interruptions or backgrounds wherever you’re working.

The Bottom Line

Deaf people have special communication needs, and if you’re an ASL expert, there are opportunities for you to assist them to function in their chosen fields and industries.

Aside from the hard skills, degrees, and certifications, remember that the most important skills you need to do this type of job are your soft skills; compassion, empathy, and patience.

Other Language-Based Jobs

Know other languages aside from English or ASL? Check out our other articles: