5 Best Online Business Ideas for 2021

Last year was rough for businesses around the world, so I’m sure many people are wondering: Is it a good idea to start an online business in 2021? What are some best online business ideas that can be launched from home?

In 2020, almost every city with high cases of covid19 had varying degrees of shelter-in-place orders and forced people to stay indoors. Businesses that were already thriving online and relied on online orders and deliveries grew steadily throughout the year. Small businesses without online presence had to adapt, bring their business online, and create other means of offering their product or services continuously. Some were successful, but others were not.

This post should be able to help you decide if it’s a good idea to launch a business from home now…or not. I’m also going to discuss some of the most profitable online businesses at the height of last year’s pandemic and the best businesses to start at home in 2021.

3 Considerations Before You Pick One from these Online Business Ideas

Even if ANYBODY can launch an online business these days, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can choose any kind of business and it will succeed no matter what. Before you decide on the type of online business you want to launch, it is important to consider these three things:

Specialization

Everybody can learn to handle the business on-the-go, but you must choose a niche or industry that:

  • you specialize in,
  • are planning to specialize in, or
  • simply just passionate about.

Going into a business, such as cryptocurrency, without any knowledge or interest in it, is risky since there’s a higher chance that you’d get bored even before you launch. If for example, you’re more interested in something like robotics or AI, then decide what kind of online business (e-commerce, consulting, content, etc.) they fit best.

Investment

Some online businesses could also require a significant amount of start-up money. For example, if you’re planning to hire a virtual assistant to help with running the business, this could be at least a $500 monthly commitment.

If you choose to build a custom online store and outsource the job, then know that it could cost between $1,000 to $50,000 depending on the complexity of the project, the platform you select (Shopify, WordPress, Magento, etc.), and other requirements. Maintenance (hosting, domain renewals, chat support agent, etc.) are also other costs you may face with this route.

Time Commitment

There are online businesses with minimal expenses, but they would require your time commitment instead. For example:

  • YouTube channel or Twitch live streaming: You would need regular videos uploaded or live streaming scheduled almost daily to make a dent in that particular online space such as makeup tutorials, Minecraft gaming, entertainment news, and so on.
  • Blogging: You can set-up a blog for as low as $30, but producing its content (the words, images, videos, etc.) would take time.
  • Vegetable gardening: Depending on the type of plant/vegetable you wish to focus on, this would require you to get down and dirty germinating seeds, taking care of seedlings, and assisting fruits/leafy veggies until they reach harvest date. For some people, this can be very calming (and could just require a couple of minutes a day), but for others, this can take a longer time.

How much time can you commit to the online business you plan to launch? How much money can you spend on this venture? And what niches are most attractive to you? Decide these three things when checking out the best online business ideas below:

5 Best Online Business Ideas You Can Follow

The following online business ideas can all be launched from the comfort of your own homes. The time commitment, cost, and niche vary, so pick based on which one would be most appropriate to your setting, finances, and personal interest.

1. Modern Agriculture & Grown-in-a-lab Food

Perfect for people who have a huge backyard or free garage, urban gardening is a good business model especially if you’re going to focus them on food. After all, food is one of human’s basic needs, so food will always be on-trend regardless of what’s happening in the world.

Aside from vertical farming (thanks to technologies like hydroponics or aquaponics), there are even lab-grown meat industries slowly creeping into the market.

  • How to get started: The cool thing about these modern agricultural concepts is that learning them is free. Join a Facebook group about any type of farm you want to venture into.
  • Outlook: The future of homegrown vegetables will always be bright. Lab-grown meat is 50/50 since there is a lot of supporters and critics.

2. Everything Cannabis-related (depending on your location)

As the legal use and growing of marijuana continue to expand across the U.S. (and even in other countries), the potential for a wide range of Cannabis-related products is now a business model for the taking. But aside from the obvious route of opening up a dispensary (which involves a TON of legalities, a brick-and-mortar storefront, and $1 million in startup money), there are other routes to take.

Examples that you could start from home include edibles, beauty products (lotion, creams, and other oil-based items), and marijuana accessories.

Got a legal or marketing background? You can even start a consulting firm or marketing agency for other people who would want to get into the cannabis industry. There is also space for affiliate marketing, app development, and online content (blogging, YouTube, influencer marketing), and so on.

  • How to get started: Look into local laws, check the market for possible sub-niches, learn everything you can about the type of cannabis business you’d want to venture into.
  • Outlook: Not all states have yet to legalize marijuana planting/selling, but it is expected to spread in the coming years.

3. Social Media and Website Flipping

I talked about domain flipping in the past and discussed how you can earn from investing domain names for as little as $10. In website flipping, the difference is that you’ll be working on the domain and turning it into a real website, bringing in some revenues, then selling the entire site to places like Empire Flippers for thousands of dollars.

In social media flipping, the concept is similar. You create an Instagram account, Facebook group, Pinterest profile, Tiktok account, or other social media accounts, make the profile famous (either by getting followers or going viral), then selling the online space to another person or third-party company.

  • How to get started: Decide if you want to flip sites or social media accounts. Learn everything you can about promoting that online space. Prep it for sale.
  • Outlook: Domain flipping had been around for over a decade and it hasn’t stopped. The coronavirus proved this point when any domain that had the word “corona” shot up to $1,000+ resale value. Flipping social media accounts can be lucrative if you get updated with the platform-specific terms, trends, and niches.

4. Private Label Biz, Dropshipping & Amazon FBA

I squeezed these three best online business ideas into one entry because they are very similar: they’re scalable businesses that do not require you to invent products, manufacture products, or even store products yourself.

In a private label business, you decide on a product, find a manufacturer that sells that product, and label them with your own company’s label.

In dropshipping, you decide on a product, find a supplier that sells the product, list the product on stores like Amazon (or your own online store), then when someone buys the product, the supplier would ship the item directly to the customer.

Amazon FBA (where FBA stands for “fulfillment by Amazon”) is a warehousing and shipping service. You bring all your products to any FBA facility, list the products on Amazon, and whenever a customer buys the product, Amazon will take care of the packing and shipment for you.

  • How to get started: Decide what product you want to sell. Choose the business model and learn everything you can about your chosen route.
  • Outlook: In 2020, selling products online has been proven to withstand even pandemics. It’s probably safe to say that online shopping would be here for a long time. You just need to pick the right niche for this to work in your favor.

5. Focus on Fitness

Many people stress-ate the entire 2020 and are now focused on getting healthy. As such, what better way to take advantage of this than to get into the business of fitness. There are many ways you can do this, such as becoming a fitness coach, creating custom workout plans, selling fitness products, creating a fitness app, and writing (or talking) about fitness, among others. You can even develop a new fitness product.

  • How to get started: Match your skills with the type of business you’re most interested in. Decide if you’re going to do it by yourself, or outsourcing (for product manufacturing or app development). Become an expert at marketing.
  • Outlook: Fitness is always on-trend. Have you seen the modern jumping ropes that have been all over Tik-Tok for months? For an item that has been around for several decades, these jumping ropes still sold like hotcakes in 2020. And I think that’s very cool.

Turning Any of These Best Online Business Ideas into Reality

The best thing about these online business ideas is that they’re very scalable. You can start small, find a market, then grow big as you go.

Just make sure you do your brainstorming now, decide based on research, and start working on your business as soon as you’ve made an outline of what you have in mind. It’s never too late to become a business owner, but you do have to start somewhere, so start today.

80 Online Non-Phone Jobs to Check Out

If you’ve been on the hunt for an excellent work-from-home job, but your environment cannot support taking calls (probably because you live near a train station, you’ve got kids under 5 years old, or other similar instances), then you should be looking for online non-phone jobs.

What are online non-phone jobs exactly, you ask? Although this can easily encompass ANY job within a wide range of industries that do not require you to take calls, this post focuses only on jobs that even beginners can do and jobs done from the comforts of their own homes.

80 Types of Non Phone Jobs You Can Do From Home

1. Microtasks: Earn real money by doing simple tasks like playing online games, shopping, answering surveys, copy-pasting data, and so on.

2. Data entry: Yes, even if it’s already 2021, there will always be data required to be entered. Here’s a list of companies that offer data entry gigs.

3. Transcription: Get hired as a remote transcriptionist with these 25 resources.

4. Medical transcriptionThis is a sub-niche of transcription, but requires additional experience (in the medical field).

5. Internet researcher: This job is often available in the education and publishing industries, but can sometimes be offered by companies that require continuous research for their service or product launches.

6. Virtual assistant: Think secretary, but the tasks are mostly virtual (web-based). Being a virtual assistant (VA) could mean anything from writing to managing e-commerce stores, and any other tasks a client may require.

7. Professional organizer: How would you like to organize another person’s files, documents, pictures, calendar, life, and so on? Personal organizing is actually a career that you can focus on.

8. Paralegal: Aside from other legal jobs, becoming a paralegal is also possible in a work-from-home setting.

9.  Ad postingYou may think this is simple data entry, but the job involves precision and knowing the rules of each ad platform.

10. Answering Surveys as a Career: Is it still possible to earn from answering surveys enough to match your paycheck? To answer your question, read this guide.

SOCIAL MEDIA ONLINE NON-PHONE JOBS

11. YouTuber: You’d probably take more time to get noticed on YouTube, but it is never too late to try. Here are some ways you can use YouTube to earn a full-time income online.

12. Instagram business: Are you done with the fun and games and want to use your influence to earn a sizeable income for yourself? You can if you use Instagram as a business.

13. Social media manager: The job is exactly what it sounds like: people who manage social media accounts. If you’ve been up-to-date with the features of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and other social media platforms, then this job might be the right fit for you.

14. Twitter expert: Are you on Twitter almost 24/7? Use this expertise to earn money from the platform. Here are 5 ways how.

15. Online moderator: Have you been an admin or moderator of a forum, Facebook group, or any other online community before? If you have and enjoyed your stint, know that you can become an online moderator full-time as well.

16. Pinterest Manager: Do you love everything about Pinterest? If you’ve organized, collected and pinned your way through hundreds of boards in the past, you can do this for companies or other individuals for a fee as well.

17. Livestream: You’ll be your own boss and you can talk about everything and anything under the sun. Here’s how you can make a full-time living from home via Twitch.

18. Facebook as a business: If you’re spending way too much time on Facebook, did you know there are over 10 ways to earn from Facebook? There’s no degree, formal training, or special skills needed to do this – just a TON of time learning about Facebook.

HOBBIES TURNED CAREERS

19. eSports: Whether you’re a gamer or want to become part of this exciting industry, there are plenty of home-based eSports jobs for you.

20. Gardening: Got the green thumb? Do you know that you can be a plant advisor, hydroponics teacher, or entrepreneur in the comforts of your own garden and earn money from the earth?

21. Travel consultant: There are a lot of people who are first-time travelers that would want to receive top-notch recommendations from those who have real-world tips and experience. If you fit the bill, then becoming a travel consultant could be a lucrative gig.

22.  Fitness coach: How cool is it that traditional jobs like fitness coaches can be performed completely online? If you have a love for fitness and teaching, you can be a coach for someone in need of assistance.

23. Woodworking: You’ll see a pattern with these passions-turned-careers in that you need to start with something you love before you transition into earning from it. As a woodworker, you have several ways of earning a full income from the comforts of your own home.

24. Embroidery business: Can’t get enough of embroidery? If you need funds for more threads or just want to level-up your hobby into a business, then consider this career path.

25. Photographer: There are millions of photographers out in the world creating images, but there is always a market for new photographers who can give their vision to a brand or company.

26. Brewing: Remember the time craft beer became a massive hobby? Well, those who stayed with that hobby have actually turned it into brewing beer businesses and so can you.

27. Makeup artist: You don’t need a degree here, but if you’re exceptional at doing makeup, you can actually make money with this skill.

28. BakerIt takes a lot of hit and miss to master breadmaking, so if you’re on a level that friends and families cannot wait to taste your next creation, then you’d probably have success opening an online bakeshop as well.

29. Beekeeping: In this day and age when everything can be bought online, a beekeeping business can be done completely from home. You can even handle the packaging and shipment of honey products from home.

30. ASMR expert: Some people hate the ASMR world, but a lot more people cannot get enough of it. If you’re on the latter group and would love to do ASMR videos to earn money, here’s your guide to do so.

LANGUAGE-RELATED ONLINE NON-PHONE JOBS

31.  Therapist: This general therapy job may require advanced training, but if you’re a therapist by profession and you want to work from home, it’s good to know you have this option, right?

32.  ASL: Utilize your sign language knowledge and turn it into a career. There are various ASL jobs online if you know where to look.

33. Translation: Got a language you speak or write fluently? You can use this to work as a translator from home and translate documents, books, and other types of content.

34. Closed-captioning:  Captions are made for viewers who cannot hear the audio of videos, TV shows, news, and other similar content. If you’re good with accepts and have an above-average typing speed, then this is your chance to turn closed-captioning into a home-based career.

35. Audiobook narrator: If you want to lend your voice to narrate audiobooks or videos, you’d find this kind of work very fulfilling and lucrative.

36. Spiritual therapist: Although not for beginners, a spiritual therapist helps in bringing balance to a client’s mental and emotional health.

IT

37. App developer: Bring your programming skills to use by developing apps either for someone else or for your business.

38. Web developer: Years of programming experience are needed to set up custom payment systems for online stores, build a website from scratch, and so on. But if you’ve been a web developer for years, it’s easy to adapt to a home-based setting.

39. Data scientistCollecting and interpreting data for companies and organizations is in-demand in our present world where data is king, so if this is a career path you’re interested in, know that you can work both online and off.

40. Email marketing specialist: People skilled in email marketing have a combination of copywriting, marketing and SEO knowledge. This specialization can be learned without a degree, which is always a PLUS if you’re trying to switch careers.

42. Web testing: User-testing is actually a big deal with product launches. As a tester, you ensure bugs are fixed before actual consumers land the store or website. And this encompasses different industries as well.

GRAPHICS & VIDEO

43. T-shirt designer: Something as specific as designing a shirt can be lucrative if done the right way. If you’re interested and is looking for a job that could bring out your creative juices front and center, try designing shirts full-time.

44. Illustrator: It doesn’t matter what drawing style you know – there will always be a market that would love your work enough to pay for them. If you don’t know where to start, here’s how you can get paid to draw.

45. Logo designer: Any company, YouTuber, service provider, and any other business selling products or services would at one point need a logo. Imagine how many decide to launch a YouTube channel, blog, company every day, and that’s how much target audience you can get as a logo designer.

46. Font makers: Do you have a love for typography? If so, did you know that you can earn some cash creating custom font?

47. Video editorFrom companies to YouTubers and everyone in between creating videos day in, day out, the need for skilled video editors are high. It’s one of the most in-demand online non-phone jobs around, and it’s never too late to start.

48. Cartoonist: Share your creativity with the world! Become a cartoonist and make money full-time with commissions.

49. Photo editor: For those who are experts in Photoshop, you can simplify your career by focusing just on photo editing. Here’s how you can find photo editing jobs that can earn you up to $80k a year.

50. Drone-related jobs: Obviously, some of the jobs here require you to go out and actually operate the drones. But some drone-related jobs let you use your knowledge of drones to your advantage.

INTERNET MARKETING

51. SEO specialist: Search engine optimization jobs have been around since Google launched, but the demand has not waned even two decades later. If you’re up-to-date with the SEO world, there’s always space for specialists to make web search better.

52. PPC expert: Pay-per-click advertising is a massive industry with the need for experts who know a lot about online ads.

53. Product review writing: Some testimonials are commissioned to review writers. If you’re game to test products/services and write about them, consider this career path.

54. Lead generation specialist: Companies are always looking to attract new customers, but some of them don’t know where to start. If you’re a master of lead generation, this is a very lucrative and high-demand position.

55. SEO jobs: This general term involves numerous types of jobs from data scraping to GMB creation, and so on. You’d have to be the Jack-of-all-trades when you want to get into SEO. And if you’re up for a challenge, then this continuously-growing industry should keep you on your toes.

EDUCATION & CONSULTING

56. Lesson Creation: Books, worksheets, and other educational materials do not get made by themselves. If you can craft lesson plans, consider this path as a good way to make a living from home.

57. Tutoring: You can tutor students with specific subjects, or go with SAT tutoring. Whichever route you wish to go, there will always be students you can help.

58. ESL Teaching: ESL (English as second language) teachers help people learn to speak and write in English. You can do this job as a freelancer for ESL companies, or as an independent service provider on sites like Fiverr.

59. Online Consulting: Are you an expert on something? People are eager to learn new things, so if you have a passion for guiding people with business, finance, or other niches,  you can share your knowledge and earn from it too!

60. Test-grader: If you have some experience with grading test papers, did you know that you can do this for a living? It could take a while to start this gig, but once you do, you’ll discover how easy it can be.

WRITING & EDITING

61. Legal writing: There are technical writing sub-niches in freelance writing that only a small percentage of people focus on. One of these niches is legal writing, which involves combining the knowledge of law and crafting contracts, website terms, and other similar content.

62. Video game writing: If you love playing with words and video games, you can combine both passions and turn it into a very lucrative video game writing career. Here’s how.

63. Poem writing: Got a flair for words fit for a poet? How about as words to melt hearts on a greeting card? You can get a career out of this unique skill.

64. Proofreading: If you’re a perfectionist and have always put extra effort in editing your written work, then proofreading can be a full-time or part-time job you can do from home.

65. Editing: This job is almost similar to proofreading, but follows advanced formatting rules. This is definitely reserved for advanced writers with years of experience.

66. Blogging: I’ve discussed blogging as a business before (check that link if you’re interested). It is similar to consulting: if you have a lot to say that you think people would be interested in, then you’d have a higher chance of finding success as a blogger.

67. Content writing: This involves writing anything under the sun – celebrity gossip, company news, Amazon product reviews, and so on.

68. Resume writing: When I introduced 150+ ways writers can earn money online, one method is resume writing. You’d be surprised how many people fail to get hired simply because of poorly organized resumes and badly written cover letters. You can help them by offering your resume writing services.

69: Online dating writing: As a ghostwriter specifically for the online dating world, you’d be helping people write dating site profiles or communicate more effectively when talking to potential dates.

FINANCE-RELATED ONLINE NON-PHONE JOBS

70. Bookkeeper: If you love balancing spreadsheets and taking down income vs. expenses of companies and individuals, you may have a future in bookkeeping. Check our list of virtual bookkeeping jobs.

71. Tax prep: While preparing taxes may seem like just a seasonal gig, you can juggle multiple clients and prepare their taxes for a bigger and more regular paycheck.

72. Home insurance: Bring your expertise of insurance to the test with these high-paying online insurance jobs.

73. Medical billing: If you’ve had experience billing patients of doctors, dentists and other medical professionals in the past, then these medical billing jobs could be your work-from-home career.

74. Accounting: Those with accounting backgrounds who are either retired or just want to switch to a more flexible set-up, these accounting jobs should help you get started.

75. Financial advisor: Help people get out of debt, invest smartly, build up their portfolio, or simply assist in setting up the financial aspect of a business. There might be advanced requirements needed, depending on what kind of financial advisor you choose to be.

76. FOREX-trading: Not everyone can trade forex, but if you’re good at it, you can either become a trader as a profession or teach trading to other people on the side.

ONLINE NON-PHONE JOBS IN CUSTOMER CARE

In the past, we’ve compiled different types of customer service jobs you can do totally from home. The following customer support jobs only utilize live chats or emails to communicate with clients.

77. Chat agents: E-commerce and corporate websites have a continuous need for live chat agents to man their online properties 24/7.

78. Tech support: Handling the technical support of products and services is a special kind of skill. If you have the IT knowledge and good communication skills, then you can switch to a tech support job.

79. Appointment setter: This job usually includes phone tasks, but some appointment-setting jobs can be done phone-free.

80. Travel agent: Buy, sell and book tours, flights and travel packages for other people. If this feels like something you’d want to do full-time, you can do so on a larger-scale even from home.

Online Non-Phone Jobs: Freelance vs. Employed

Once you’ve found the niche best fit your passion or profession from the list of online non-phone jobs above, you have two possible routes:

PATH 1: Go Freelance

As a freelancer, you find gigs on a per-need basis. Maybe you can commit to six-month full-time work now, then followed by just part-time the rest of the year.

Income depends on how much you’re willing to work. You may follow flexible work hours if you want (or not).

The good thing about being a freelancer is that you can step up your game and turn your online non-phone jobs into a full-blown business. If you’re a freelance writer, you can become an editor and hire other writers to be part of your team, then offer your content writing services to a wide audience.

Fiverr.com is one of the best sources for freelancing jobs. If you’re still unsure what online non-phone jobs are right for you, check this list of highest-selling Fiverr gigs as inspiration.

PATH 2: Be Employed

Contrary to popular belief, people who work from home can also be employed (with benefits and all) by a real, brick-and-mortar company.

However, work hours are not as flexible compared to freelancing. You will also be bound by a contract, which usually includes clauses that prohibit you from working for the competition or any other employers.

On the upside, your income will be stable and the company usually offers career growth (promotions/increases).

Start Your Online Non-Phone Jobs Today

It is never too late to start a new career or switch to a work-from-home setting. With this many online non-phone jobs available, you don’t need to have to talk your way into a home-based profession.

I hope this list brings you the job that fits you perfectly this year. Let me know if you’re aware of other similar non-phone opportunities…

Millionaire Kids: How These 10 Kids Got Filthy-Rich Online

Every now and then, I read about these millionaire kids and how they created a simple app, brought their invention into the limelight, became viral from something silly, and how they’ve amassed such wealth at such a young age. These stories ALWAYS make me hopeful for the next generation, and they’re absolutely interesting to follow as well.

Today, I’m going to showcase 10 of these millionaire kids, but only focus on those who got filthy-rich online. Maybe they could inspire you to follow in their footsteps, or guide your kids on a similar path.

Business-minded Millionaire Kids

Many people turn to business in hopes of becoming their own bosses, usually after years of being employees. For some kids, the entrepreneurial mindset began early. The following kids new had business in their blood, which led to their first million early in their lives.

Farrhad Acidwalla

Acidwalla is already 27 years old now, but he has been an entrepreneur for over 13 years.

In 2006, Farrhad was a 13-year-old boy who used $10 to build an aviation and aero-modeling online community. After 4 years online, a fan of the site bought the community for $1,200.

Acidwalla used $400 of his profits to launch Rockstah Media, a web development, marketing, advertisement, and branding business that is now worth 4 million dollars.

By 2011, CNN Money already had eyes on him, featuring Acidwalla as 5th on the list of young entrepreneurs to watch.

Harvey Millington

  • Tax Disc Reminder & real estate deal

Sometimes, a good idea mixed with a bit of support and luck is all it takes to make it BIG. Take for example Harvey Millington of Staplegrove UK.

When Harvey was 14 (in 2014), he made his first venture into the world of business after the Government scrapped vehicle tax discs. His idea was pretty simple – to create reminders in replacement of the old discs so motorists won’t forget to renew their vehicle tax or MOT.

Harvey’s dad was impressed with the idea and gifted him £2,000 to pay for a website, cutting device, eight designs, and some advertising. The idea was a hit. He sold the discs for £4 a pop and made a hefty £100,000 profit within 18 months.

Millington then invested £40,000 to buy a lot near his home with plans to turn it into a fancy glamping (glamorous camping) site. But before he could turn his vision into reality, luck struck again and he was approached by a housing development company who wanted to buy the land for a whopping £2million.

Interestingly, once Harvey earned his first millions, he actually went silent. The teenager had been training to become a police officer.

Isabella Berret

  • Beauty pageant winner, model, gymnast Founder of Glitzy Girl and Bound by the Crown Couture

Isabella Barrett’s career began in the pageant industry. She has won 55 crowns and 85 titles to her name at only 10 years old.

After starring in the reality show Toddlers and Tiaras, Isabella Barrett launched two businesses online: a jewelry line called “Glitzy Girl” and a clothing line known as “Bound by the Crown Couture.” She designs some of the clothes, participates in photoshoots, and models the clothes in New York Fashion Week.

Isabella reportedly earned her first million at age 6, but the now-teenager isn’t allowed to know exactly how much she has.

Influencer Millionaire Kids

For some of these millionaire kids, working for their millions always looked like so much fun.

Ryan Kaji

Ryan’s World began as a YouTube channel in 2015. At the time, the star of the channel, Ryan Kaji was only 4 years old. He (along with his mother Loann) and father (Shion) took to YouTube for toy reviews, toy challenges, and other silly videos.

Forbes reported that Kaji earned $11 million between 2016 and 2017. He has been the highest-paid YouTuber since 2018 (earning $22 million that year), followed by $26 million in 2019, and a whopping $29.5 million in 2020. This amount doesn’t count the partnerships outside YouTube yet, so imagine just how much this kid actually earns.

Evan Moana

Do you know who inspired Ryan Kaji to become a YouTuber? You got Evan Moana to thank for that.

The father (Jared) and son (Evan) duo began their EvanTubeHD in 2011 as an unboxing channel of different toys.

Since then, the family has also launched:

  • EvanTubeRAW (includes Evan’s sister Jillian and mom, Alisa).
  • EvanTubeGaming (as its name suggests, is more about Evan playing games).

Cumulatively, these channels earn Evan about $4000 to $10000 a day (around $1.3 million/year), with an estimated net worth of $12 million. Of course, Evan also has outside-YouTube partnerships like Pocket.watch.

Boram

Boram Tube Vlog is a South Korean YouTube channel that revolves around a six-year-old girl named Boram, and her two relatives, Ddochi and Konan. It is estimated that Boram earns $3 million a month.

Boram started her YouTube journey only in 2018 but made headlines in July 2019 when she was able to purchase a 9.5 billion won (US$8 million) building in Seoul’s trendy Gangnam suburb.

Boram’s three channels have over 40 million subscribers altogether. One of Boram’s most popular videos with 431 million views is “Cooking Pororo Black Noodle”, where Boram “pretend-cooks” noodles in her kitchen play-set.

Millionaire Kids Inventors

Then there are kids whose ideas became awesome products/apps/inventions…

Nicholas DAloisio

D’Aloisio taught himself how to code when he was 12 years old. He became the youngest person to receive a round of venture capital in technology, at the age of 16, when his app called “Summly” set the Internet abuzz. Especially when everyone found out that Yahoo bought this app that automatically summarizes content for a whopping $30 million.

That was in 2013. D’Aloisio has since been named named “Innovator of the Year” by the Wall Street Journal, included in TIME Magazine’s “Time 100” as one of the world’s most influential teenagers, and has continued to be busy in the tech world.

Since late 2015, D’Aloisio has been attached to a new startup called Sphere Knowledge that he co-founded. It is said to be a knowledge-sharing service where users can swap information via instant messaging. The company has raised US$30 million as of March 2019, but it has yet to be made public. 

Robert Nay

In 2011, 14-year-old Robert Nay had his life changed when his app Bubble Ball, which he submitted to the Apple app store, turned viral.

Bubble Ball was released on December 22, 2010, and in its first two weeks was downloaded 2 million times from Apple iTunes. At the time, it was so popular that it displaced Angry Birds from its top spot. Those two weeks earned Robert Nay $2 million.

Robert Nay has since launched his company Nay Games and still develops apps and games.

Bringing Kid-Friendly Business to the Next Level

Sometimes, a kid’s cool idea can quickly go to the next level if you really believe in it. Just take these two girls as examples:

  • Mikaila Ulmer – The 11-year-old brought the Lemonade stand gig to the next level when she brought her great-grandmother’s 1940 lemonade recipe to Shark Tank. Since then, she had landed a lucrative deal with Whole Foods, selling her “Me & The Bees” lemonade at 55 Whole Food stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Florida. Plus points for donating a part of every bottle sale to honeybee preservation.
  • Leanna ArcherLeanna is the CEO of Leanna’s Inc., a hair & body care products company. Using secret recipes from her great-grandmother, Leanna began bottling and selling her own hair pomade at the young age of 9. The small company now earns over $100,000 annually with an estimated net worth of over $3 million.

I’m pretty sure everyone wants to become a millionaire, but the path going there seems like a bumpy road. One thing’s for sure: if you have no clue how to get there, you have to start planning now.

These millionaire kids got their riches sometimes by luck, but many of them had good ideas they turned into gold. For a more solid plan, check out my post on how you can actually earn your first million dollars realistically.

How to Become a Work-from-Home Spiritual Therapist

What is spiritual therapy? How can one become a work-from-home spiritual therapist? What educational and licensing requirements are needed to practice as one? How much do these therapists earn?

If you’ve always been in touch with your spirituality and wanted a profession that helps people and communities improve mental health based on religious traditions, then pursuing a career as a spiritual counselor, spiritual healer, or spiritual therapist could be something you’d thrive in.

What Does a Spiritual Therapist Do?

Just as there are many types of religions, spiritual therapy can also fall under different types (such as Islamic, Jewish, Christian, or Buddhist counseling, among others). Some therapists are non-denominational; meaning, the focus could go beyond religion and instead incorporate cognitive and philosophic areas of thought.

Whichever focus the counseling might go, spiritual therapy revolves around the idea that a person’s overall well-being is a combination of a healthy mind, body, and soul. And if a person faces a spiritual crisis, the spiritual therapist helps him/her avoid an unhappy or imbalanced life.

Spiritual therapists work in churches, schools, hospitals, the military, in their own clinics, and more. Regardless of what issue the clients have, the goal of a spiritual therapist is to help them achieve spiritual, emotional, and mental wholeness.

Work-from-Home Spiritual Therapist Requirements

Because therapy involves digging deep into a person’s psychology, mental health, and other serious trauma, the training to become one is quite rigorous.

To become a spiritual therapist, one must:

  • Complete any bachelor’s degree and master’s degree. Preferably in psychology, counseling, or religious studies. Many spiritual therapists eventually obtain doctorates in ministry, psychology, or other relevant specializations, but this isn’t a requirement to practice.
  • Get hands-on training – This could mean joining a seminary and interning with a pastoral counselor, serving as a counselor for local communities, or observing traditional therapy sessions under the supervision of a licensed psychiatrist or therapist.
  • Licensing. Internship and clinical experience is a requirement for licensure. Your location and place you want to practice spiritual therapy will determine if you are required to take an exam. Different types of licenses exist (each with the corresponding number of clinical experience hours):
    • First-tier licenses: licensed mental health counselors, licensed professional counselors, or similar professionals need 2000 to 4000 hours of clinical training.
    • Second-tier licenses: Requires up to 5000 hours of clinical experience to become a licensed professional clinical counselor, licensed mental health counselor, or other similar professions.

Note that not all spiritual therapists are required to hold a license, but if you are dealing with people, it is always better to be licensed. Check your state about licensing requirements.

  • Certification. Unlike licensure which is required and granted by state or federal agencies, certifications can be completed voluntarily. This means you can obtain as many certifications relevant to your spiritual therapy career as you wish. Certifications would help since it broadens your study and knowledge, but you can already practice your profession even without them.

As a work-from-home spiritual therapist, you’d need the technology to connect you to your clients. These include a computer, stable internet connection, video chat tools like Zoom, a good webcam/mic (if you’re not using a laptop), and an office that could give your clients privacy and the appropriate vibe.

How Much does a Work-from-Home Spiritual Therapist Make?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the mean annual wage of a counselor is $47,000 to $50,000 per year. Those with a master’s degree earn up to $64k annually, while those with a doctorate can take home up to $75k per year.

Being licensed, maintaining your own clinic, advancement in education, and freelancing can all contribute to higher salaries.

Where to Find Spiritual Therapist Jobs Online

If you want to become a work-at-home spiritual therapist and you already have your credentials and working experience, you have three options:

1. Join counseling websites and earn as you go.

The freelance world can be very lucrative, as long you know what you’re doing and bring your strengths to the table. You don’t really need to learn almost every skill. Stick to what you know (in this case, spiritual therapy) and the world will reward you for your talent.

The benefit of becoming a spiritual therapist working freelance for these therapy sites is that they do the marketing for you. Patients flock to the sites by themselves and if the site algorithm matches you with a particular client, then you just need to meet the client at his/her respective schedules. Sites like 7 CupsTalkSpace, BetterHelp, and other similar websites take a commission from your hourly fees.

The problem with these sites is that many of them have a flat rate, so you have less control over your hourly fees. There will also be competition among your fellow therapists.

2. Find a remote job and work full-time.

Websites like FlexJobs.com connect you to companies that are open to hiring employees in a remote setting. This is like any traditional job board, except most of the positions listed there allow new hires to completely work-from-home or half remote and half office-based work.

You have to apply to the spiritual therapy jobs, negotiate your salary, and adhere to company guidelines and schedules.

The benefit of this route is that most remote jobs come with traditional benefits (health, dental, 401k plan, etc.). The downside is that you’ll be under contract and couldn’t increase your service fees if you wanted to.

3. Get your “clinic” online and learn how to market your services.

You can help people even if you’re hundreds of miles away. If you’ve been a spiritual therapist for a while now, the best way to bring your practice to the next level is to expand your online presence. Here are some ideas:

  • Build your own website. Create a blog section where you write about your expertise. This will bring people in, especially if you talk about spirituality, healing, trauma, emotional issues, and so much more. Include a service page to show that you’re accepting private clients as well.
  • Join all relevant social media platforms. If you do not have it yet, create a Facebook page, Twitter account, Instagram, Pinterest, Tik-Tok, and LinkedIn with your spiritual consultancy business highlighted. Find a way to bring your knowledge to these modern platforms and in a way new generations can connect to you.
  • Learn how to market yourself. As a work-from-home spiritual therapist, you are in control of everything – from deciding the look of your website, to the hourly counseling fees.

This route is the most work, but it is also the most rewarding because you’ll be turning your profession into your own business on a global scale.

Job Outlook: Spiritual Therapists in 2021 and Beyond

The demand for therapists sky-rocketed in 2020 because of how covid19 and its after-effects brought people all kinds of issues mentally and spiritually. But once everything gets back to normal, how do you think spiritual therapy would fair. Can it still be a lucrative career?

Unlike other specializations in therapy and psychology, spiritual therapy is a fairly new field. It is expected to grow by up to 10% through 2022. That’s good news if you’re trying to break into this profession, right?

But if you’re looking for other jobs you can do completely from home, make sure to check out this BIG list of work-from-home jobs.

15 Top Selling Fiverr Gigs to Guide You in 2021

Fiverr is one of the best sites to get quick online jobs you can do in your spare time, but if you’re planning to expand your virtual career, this platform could also serve as a cool way to know which top-selling Fiverr gigs can be added to your services offered. Use it for research and reevaluating your freelance options.

15 Top Selling Fiverr Gigs for 2021

Check out these top-selling Fiverr gigs you can incorporate into your services in 2021:

1. Logo, Business Card Design

Since the start of Fiverr in 2010, logo design has been one of the top-selling Fiverr gigs. This continues until today because every business needs a logo (whether the business is a brick-and-mortar one or a web-based business). And the demand remains strong even through a pandemic.

Got the eye for style and want to try logo making as a side hustle? Check here for a more in-depth guide on how to make a logo.

2. Content Writing

Content writing is a VERY BIG industry and encompasses everything from company website text to product descriptions, gossip news to even adult writing.

If you’re new to the industry but have a passion for writing, you can always begin fresh today and still get a piece of the pie, alongside seasoned content writers. You just need to learn how to present your services and pick the specialty that you like (and could earn significant money for).

On Fiverr’s writing section, the biggest selling gigs are editing and legal writing. (FYI, there are PLENTY of types of writing you can do online. These two are just the most in-demand.)

3. SEO Keyword Research

Even if you have no idea what search engine optimization (SEO) is, I’m sure you are aware of how to use Google to find a product, read reviews, research how to do something, and so much more. Whatever words you use for searching is called a keyword/keywords or keyphrase, and is recorded by Google, Facebook, and other platforms to identify what people are searching for.

As an expert in SEO keyword research, your goal is to use the proper tools in figuring out the right keywords businesses should use. This helps in creating SEO-friendly content, which can be used for making targeted ads, ranking web pages, and turning videos viral, among others.

This Fiverr gig isn’t a job everyone can do, but if you have these SEO skills, you just might be able to pull it off.

4. Whiteboard Animation 

One Fiverr job people with digital drawing skills could jump into is whiteboard animation. It is in-demand by companies, very easy to do with the right tools like VideoScribe, and is a perfect beginner gig for anyone who can create engaging animations.

Fiverr Animation ads

A simple, 30-second whiteboard animation job range from $5 to $15, plus you can include options such as voiceover, HD quality, watermarking, and so on with extra fees for every add-on.

Check here for more jobs for artists that they could offer in Fiverr.

5. Social Media Content Creator

I know a Jack-of-all-Social-Media guy. He is an expert in creating, maintaining, and marketing social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, and others) for other people or businesses.

The job entails brainstorming content, building a content calendar, and then creating the actual “content,” which could mean a simple Facebook update or tweet, an infographic to post on Pinterest, a quick video, and so on.

You can offer specific social media tasks, such as writing 30 Facebook updates for 30 days, or set-up Instagram ads for a company. You can also contract your expertise for a month or through the duration of a social media campaign.

6. Photoshop Editing

Like I told you before, you can make up to $80k by just editing photos. Fiverr can help you achieve this if you don’t know how to start. Here are some ideas:

  • Edit any photo quickly (within 2 hours, 12 hours, etc.)
  • Photoshop editing for Amazon product photo
  • Add/remove a person, item, or background of a picture
  • Perform beauty fashion retouching
  • and so on…

With Fiverr, the more specific the tasks you’re offering to do, the better.

7. Spokesperson

If you are excellent at public-speaking with a good voice, diction, pronunciation, attitude, and look, you can become a spokesperson for another person or company’s website.

These videos are used to welcome messages on websites, pop-ups, YouTube videos, ads, and so on.

Fiverr Spokesperson Video

You can do this as a per-video gig, or as-needed basis, or get hired part-time and full-time. It’s really up to you.

The best thing about top selling Fiverr gigs like these is that sellers always make use of the add-on section, wherein they place extra services with corresponding prices.

8. Landing Page and Website Design

In the past, web design professionals have trained traditionally with IT- and arts-related courses like graphic design. Today, with WordPress, Wix, Shopify, landing page builders, and other heavily-developed platforms readily available for quicker page-building, this gig has become more doable and lucrative.

This is especially true if you have web design experience, a certain level of creativity, an eye for good design, and up-to-date knowledge of good web practices.

9. Traffic, Backlinks, and On/Off-Page SEO

In #2, we brushed on a bit about SEO, but if you know this industry, you also know that SEO keywords are just the tip of the iceberg. Another in-demand specialization in the SEO space involves traffic (and how to bring traffic to a particular website, Facebook account, YouTube channel, and other online properties).

For example, this Fiverr seller Linda89 offers non-bot, keyword-targeted traffic to her customers. Her most-basic offer for $5 gives 140 real-people traffic to a customer’s website within 29 days. Other variations and add-on services are available for extra fees, of course.

10. Translation & Transcription

Speak a language other than English? There is a HUGE market in translating one language to the next. From simple one-liners to product descriptions, the possible gigs you can list are endless. And once you’ve made a name at Fiverr, you can even try other translation jobs here.

Fiverr Translators

Transcription is different because this is a skill that not all people can do. It also takes a lot of time if you have no experience using transcription tools. However, if you’ve transcribed before and have a good ear, this Fiverr job can be very lucrative for you.

11. Tax and Finance Advice

You probably know the saying, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” And if you agree in the inevitability that people do have to pay taxes every year (and that all of us end up dying), then you know that helping other people deal with their taxes will always be in-demand. It’s a grim reality, but true nonetheless.

In Fiverr, CPAs and other finance professionals offer services such as:

  • Tax consultancy services
  • UK or USA individual and business tax returns
  • Specific bookkeeping, auditing, and accounting tasks
  • CPA assistance with any tax or finance questions
  • Tax research for small businesses
  • Configure Woocommerce taxes and terms
  • …and so on.

Of course, financial advice is more comprehensive. It could include stock investment advice, debt management consulting, business advice, feasibility study of investment products, and so on.

You must have extensive financial knowledge (or accreditation) when you decide to offer tax and finance assistance. If you wish to go beyond Fiverr, I wrote a guide about working from home as a financial advisor or places to find bookkeeping jobs online.

12. Resume and Cover Letter Writer

Some people find writing a resume or cover letter challenging, so they ask other people to help them. This could mean:

  • Writing resumes on a document from scratch
  • Editing an existing resume to be used for a specific job application
  • Writing a cover letter
  • Fixing a LinkedIn profile on another person’s behalf

As with most top selling Fiverr gigs, the quickest someone submits the job, the more in-demand the providers become, especially if the end-product was satisfactory.

13. Illustrator, Animator, Canva Designer

In this day and age where content providers are everywhere, if you’re an illustrator or animator with talent, you can offer any kind of service on Fiverr. Canva, the graphic design platform with a drag-and-drop feature that makes creating graphics 10x easier, is an in-demand Fiverr job as well.

Fiverr’s graphics and design category is one of the most popular categories on the site since the turnaround times by most providers are exceptionally fast.

14. Mobile app and Game developer

Ever since smartphones became the norm, the development of mobile apps has continued to be an ever-evolving industry. Even in 2021, I’m sure the demand for mobile apps continues. This also goes for game development. There will always be a need for a new app/game, and there will always be people eating them up.

15. Podcast-related services

People who want to build a podcast business can seek the help of various talents to create stuff like podcast cover art, podcast intro/outro, DJ drops, podcast logo, podcast marketing, podcast consulting, and so on.

Did You Find these Top Selling Fiverr Gigs Interesting?

You don’t need to take up all these top-selling Fiverr gigs to get ahead of the pack. Decide on the best skill you have, match it with one or two of the gigs above, craft an awesome-looking Fiverr listing (or hire someone to do it for you if writing isn’t your thing), and get working for a lucrative year this 2021.

And if you need more info, here are 7 ways to make more money with Fiverr, and learn from the secrets to success of these 3 top Fiverr earners.

Some of the Best Digital Nomad Jobs Out There

Digital nomad jobs have been around for over a decade and these lifestyles seem to be working as evidenced by YouTubers sharing their day-to-day adventures in another city, state, or even country.

Becoming a digital nomad has been a “dream opportunity” for many people wanting to escape the monotony of 9-to-5 jobs.

However, after Covid-19 caused many travel restrictions, I’m sure you’re wondering: Is the digital nomad lifestyle still feasible today? If so, where can one find digital nomad jobs? And most importantly, “how much do digital nomads earn?”

If you’ve been planning to leave the rat race for digital nomad jobs this year, here’s everything you need to know.

Digital Nomad Lifestyle 101

Digital nomads are professionals in many industries who chose to take advantage of modern-day technologies like the internet, laptops, smartphones, and other connectivity devices to work remotely from any place in the world.

The jobs would vary significantly, from writers to biologists, programmers to financial advisors, and even jobs (like real estate agents) that have traditionally been unable to jump to a remote work setting. The common thing about these jobs is that everyone who does decide to follow the nomad lifestyle aims for a work-life balance that office-based jobs cannot accommodate.

Things You Need for a Digital Nomad Lifestyle

  • Tech – You’ll need a laptop, portable Wi-Fi (or reliable internet), a Skype number to keep connected to your employer, customers, or clients, and  a website/portfolio available 24/7
  • Skills – Aside from your chosen profession, you’d need advanced computer skills since you’ll be your own technical support while traveling. You also need exceptional communication skills mostly for talking to your employer, employee, or clients.
  • Career-specific software – If you’re a graphic designer, you likely need Photoshop or Canva installed on your computer. You’d have to invest in these yourselves since there is no company to shoulder such expenses.

You must also be flexible enough to adapt to various roles to earn money and be mentally prepared for this kind of lifestyle. If you’re planning to travel the world, note that the change in timezones alone can be stressful for some people. Consider everything, from the erratic work times to the income that isn’t guaranteed before deciding to become a digital nomad.

Of course, you have three ways to go about this:

The Best Digital Nomad Jobs

As you might have guessed, many digital nomads have mastered the art of freelancing. They have put on the hat of a  teacher, virtual assistant, graphic designer, and social media managers, among others. You’d be surprised that many of these freelancers didn’t take up these careers in school, but picked up the skills along the way.

The following jobs the most popular digital nomad jobs:

  • Virtual assistant – This job is a Jack-of-all-trades secretary-type position that performs a wide range of tasks like managing schedules, handling email correspondence, or operating an Amazon store.
  • Copywriter or Content writer – For those with a passion for writing, there is a never-ending need for writers to write content for websites, company newsletters, social media, and even books.
  • Online tutor or teacher – English teachers do not really need teaching certificates to land a job. This goes for online tutors as well. But you do need a high level of teaching experience, especially if you’re going to be accepting non-English speakers or children as clients.
  • Translator – Are you fluent in another language? If so, you can work as an online translator for the following companies.
  • Web and app developer – Companies are giving programmers more freedom to work remotely these days, so if you’re good at web development or app development, then this is your chance.
  • Graphic designer – Graphic designers have plenty of options. They could find a company and work as a graphic designer remotely, or join the gig economy and pick-and-choose graphic design projects that they’re interested in doing.
  • Digital marketer – Whether you have a marketing background or not, if you are knowledgeable about promoting, marketing and managing campaigns for a company to drive more sales, then you’ll have a lucrative career as a digital marketer.
  • Consultant – Are you an expert at anything? Hunting? Travel? Electronics? Carpentry? Taxes? SEO? psychology? love life? You can offer your consultancy services from anywhere in the world.

These are just the most common ones. Here are 100 side hustles that you can work on when needed.

6 Places to Find Digital Nomad Jobs

Now that you know what kind of jobs are in-demand and can be completed no matter what part of the world you are in, where do you apply to these digital nomad jobs? Here are 5 top sources:

  • LinkedIn: This platform was built specifically to network and look for employment. It also serves as an awesome resume for clients and potential employers to check out.
  • Upwork: You have to send your pitch to companies and hope the stars you’re the one they’re looking for.
  • Fiverr: One of the most popular gig sites around, Fiverr lets you have more control over the services you want offerred. TIP: Hunt for opportunities in Facebook groups.
  • FlexJobs: This job database accepts listing for remote/flexible jobs. Make sure to filter the results when finding a job that would fit your skillset.
  • Freelancer.com: This is one of the oldest platforms for freelancers. The fact that it still stands today means the site still provides legit job opportunities.

If you’re new and have little experience to show for, expect it to be harder to land the jobs you want. However, once you get the hang of things and begin to compile a portfolio, it would be easier to impress a client or employer to hire you.

Jobs Made-for-Nomads: There are job boards like SupportAdventure.com that were made specifically to support nomads working from all parts of the world. Although these sites are rare, you will always be sure that the jobs are not dependent on location, or follow a 9-to-5 work day.

Navigating Digital Nomad Jobs Today

Unlike traditional jobs that have seriously been hit with all the lockdowns around the world, online jobs continued and even flourished in 2020. If you have doubts that there are lesser jobs available for remote work, know that you shouldn’t have to worry. Browse through any of the 5 platforms above and you’ll instantly see the abundance jobs readily available for those who need it.

The only problem digital nomads would have during this covid19 era is the travel restrictions. The good news is: if you have been staying in a beach resort in Bali, being stranded in paradise for a couple of months doesn’t seem like such a bad deal. You can stay put wherever you are until the dust settles.

10 Places Where You Can Find Online Therapist Jobs

Online therapist jobs have been put in the spotlight this year, thanks to Covid19 and lockdowns all over the world. People who have traditionally been visiting their therapists now have to do it completely online via Zoom or other video-chat tools. But did you know that online therapists have been helping people with their personal issues for years? (Yes, I even discussed online counseling a few years back.)

Aside from studies (like this and this) showing the benefits of online therapy to patients, it is also beneficial to therapists because:

  • The location wouldn’t be a problem anymore, and you would be able to accept patients from all over the country or even from other parts of the world.
  • Studies have shown that therapists spend about 10% less time with online sessions, which means they can accommodate more patients
  • The cost of online therapy is a lot lesser than face-to-face sessions
  • Online therapies encourage more patients to seek help because of the lower fees, the anonymity of therapy sites, and even the ease of scheduling sessions
  • Receive fewer session cancelations because there will be no more commuting to and from the clinic

If you’ve already been practicing as a therapist, here’s how you can bring your profession online…

How to Become an Online Therapist

As you might have guessed, the qualifications you need to become an online therapist are mostly the same as those required for a career as an in-person therapist. These include:

  • A four-year bachelor’s degree in any relevant field, such as psychology
  • Master’s degree in social work or counseling
  • 300 to 600 hours of internship and practicum
  • License from the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination
  • Ph.D. in a specification
  • Further counseling continuing education

As an online therapist, you must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Because you’ll be relying on technology to “meet” patients, you’ll need a stable internet connection, and a comprehensive phone plan you could use for calling or texting patients. While not required, a practice management software with built-in (EHR) electronic health records (such as TheraNest or Simple Practice) could help organize your virtual practice.

7 Places to Find Online Therapist Jobs

Joining online therapy platforms is good for therapists who are just starting to make a name for themselves.

The downside to using such platforms is that online therapists make less money per hour and they have very little or no control over which client to work with.

However, by joining one or all of the platforms (below), therapists can take advantage of secure and HIPAA-compliant technology without huge investments, get marketing-done-for-them (which means they no longer have to search for clients), and benefit from the platform’s customer service helpdesk.

1. BetterHelp

If you’re checking out online therapy jobs, there’s a big chance you’ve already discovered BetterHelp.

BetterHelp is one of the biggest therapy platforms around. It is known for having live sessions and call sessions available for patients.

  • BetterHelp Therapist Salary: $26 to $30 per hour. BetterHelp claims that depending on a therapist’s caseload and time commitment, one can earn as much as $8500/month.
  • Pros of BetterHelp: You know BetterHelp spends a lot of time with marketing since it is one of the first results on Google when you look for online therapy. This means a lot for a therapist who has no idea how to find patients online.
  • Cons of BetterHelp: Therapists are matched to patients via a questionnaire would-be patients take when joining BetterHelp, which may feel impersonal for both the patient and therapist but works for BetterHelp. Pay is the best out of all online therapy jobs, but it is still significantly less compared to traditional therapy fees.

2. TalkSpace

TalkSpace is another popular therapy site that I featured in the past and still stands today. That much shows how stable the company is – and with over 1 million patients, there’s plenty of people to help.

  • TalkSpace Therapist Salary: $20 to $25 per hour. Pay depends on which plan the patient chose (quarterly payments means lesser pay for therapists).
  • Pros of TalkSpace: TalkSpace employs real people to match patients with therapists, which means the process instantly becomes more personal and customized. Like BetterHelp, there are live sessions available and therapists could communicate to patients via video-message, text or voice calls. Customer service of TalkSpace is impressively rated high by clients.
  • Cons of TalkSpace: Therapists are required to respond to patient messages within a certain time, which means there might be pressure to reply just for the sake of replying (instead of actually digging in deep into the patient’s issue). And because the patient-therapist matching is done manually, it could also take time for TalkSpace to bring patients to you.

3. 7 Cups (formerly called 7 Cups of Tea)

7 Cups has been helping teenagers and adults with their personal problems since July 2013. The notable difference between 7 Cups and similar providers is that this company welcomes “listeners” or volunteers who help out and literally “listen” to people without charge, which means clients are not required to get a paid plan to “be heard.”

However, 7 Cups also offer online therapist jobs for certified therapists willing to help paid clients.

  • 7 Cups Therapist Salary: 7 Cups pay therapists per client per month. If a client is paying for $150/month plan, therapists get to take home about $90 of this fee.
  • Pros of 7 Cups: Therapists assist one-on-one, pairs or groups of patients ages 13 years old and up. There is a 7 Cups app and chat room assigned to each patient, which makes it easy to handle multiple clients at a time.
  • Cons of 7 Cups: The monthly “retention fee” you earn means you’d have to respond to that particular client at least twice a day, Mondays through Fridays. While this is perfectly okay, what many therapists here complain about is being forced to “see” patients who are under the trial period and continue to assist them throughout the month pro-bono when they cancel.

4. Regain

If you’re looking for online therapist jobs that focus on relationships, Regain is the right platform for you.

Therapists and patients are allowed to choose which method of communication they prefer – video calls, chat, text, and so on.

  • Regain Therapist Salary: C0uples pay between $160 and $280 per month for unlimited sessions, which means therapists get about 50% to 75% of the fee.
  • Pros of Regain: Therapists with relationship counseling experience can focus on their specialization. The platform makes it easy to use and cater to two people even if they are not physically in the same place.
  • Cons of Regain: This platform may be too limiting for new therapists trying to find their specializations. For some, the income may not feel worth it because of the multiple clients for one price.

5. Amwell

Unlike the platforms above, Amwell also offers physical health consultations. This means therapists work alongside other types of doctors as one big group of telehealth providers.

  • Amwell Therapist Salary:  Therapists earn based on their experience. Those with a Master’s degree earn a bit less to therapists with a Ph.D.
  • Pros of Amwell: Amwell is accredited by the American Telemedicine Association and is home to over 500 therapists nationwide. The company has a renowned video system, which makes online sessions feel like traditional in-person sessions.
  • Cons of Amwell: Because Amwell is a trusted brand that accepts doctors from all over the country, the main problem therapists would have with Amwell is the number of patients referred to them.

6. Doctor on Demand

Doctor on Demand is similar to Amwell – it is a platform that supports patients in need of medical (physical) advice and counseling on anxiety, depression, coping, and other mental health issues.

  • Doctor on Demand Therapist Salary: This isn’t disclosed (except for an estimate of $112,785/year or about $60/hour posted on Indeed.com). However, it does state that therapy prices are $129 (for 25 minutes session) or $179 (50-minutes), while psychiatry prices start at $299/session, which are fees A LOT higher than other platforms.
  • Pros of Doctor on Demand: Doctor on Demand has fewer therapists on board, which means you’d have better chances of pairing with clients. They also accept all major credit cards and health insurance plans. And since appointments can be paid on a per-session basis, clients wouldn’t feel trapped in a long-term payment plan.
  • Cons of Doctor on Demand: The higher fee may turn off clients, which means fewer clients paired with you.

7. MDLive

MDLive works like Amwell and Doctor on Demand. It is an all-in-one medical solution for patients in need of instant, telehealth advice from certified physicians, therapists, psychologists, and other medical providers.

  • MDLive Therapist Salary: Depending on a patient’s insurance plan, therapy costs up to $110 and psychiatry up to $300 per session.  It is estimated that therapists here earn somewhere between $55 and $70 per hour.
  • Pros of MDLive: Providers online prescription to treat anxiety, insomnia, Trauma, PTSD, bipolar disorder, depression, and other mental health problems.
  • Cons of MDLive: Therapy and psychiatry services on MDLive are very popular, which makes it hard for patients to get an appointment. The problem for providers is that once patients get a prescription from a psychiatrist, they tend to skip therapy completely.

** Note that salary information came from Glassdoor.com.

Other Ways to Find Online Therapist Jobs

Some online therapy sites are focused on a specific area or demographic. Here are two good examples:

  • TeenCounseling.com was designed as a platform for teens and young adults (ages 13 to 19) suffering from stress, anxiety, bullying, self-esteem issues, eating disorders, bullying, and other mental health issues.
  • PrideCounseling.com also helps with all issues that TeenCounseling.com therapists tackle, except Pride Counseling supports the LGBTQ community.

Both of these sites welcome new therapists to join their communities, so head over to their sites if you’re interested in working with teens or LGBTQ.

DIY Online Therapy Services

The last and most beneficial way of bringing a therapist’s career online is by doing it himself/herself. It would be a lot of work because you’d need to set-up your own website, find practice management software to keep patient records safe, market your therapy services to attract new patients, and handle day-to-day operations (such as getting appointments). Of course, you can always hire someone to do these tasks for you, but it would cost you the money you wouldn’t be spending if you joined online therapy sites instead.

The biggest advantage of managing your own practice is freedom and flexibility. First of all, you can control your own fees. Then, you can decide which patients you want to work with, instead of letting the algorithm of a platform decide if your credentials would fit a patient’s needs.

Seek Online Therapist Jobs or Offer Sessions Independently?

As a work-from-home therapist, your most-important decision lies in choosing to offer your services independently, or join therapy sites. Both methods are legitimate and have given success to therapists from around the world, but they’re not for everyone.

I recommend newly licensed therapists to start with therapy sites. It would let them focus on the work and not deal with marketing, patient leads, and so on. The pay may be lower, but this method could help them build their client base, reputation, and skills all at the same time.

For experienced therapists with existing patients and a fully-functional traditional practice, it would be best to bring their entire practice online themselves. The massive dip in hourly fee would be devastating to any therapist’s career if they chose to join therapy sites and earn between $20 to $40 an hour when they could invoice for $100 or beyond per session.

Whichever route you decide to take, it is still good news to know that people are welcoming virtual therapy with open arms and that online therapist jobs have a bright future ahead.

9 YouTube Monetization Alternatives for Your Online Biz

If you came here to find out the best YouTube monetization alternatives, I assume you have already tried the giant platform for years and decided there’s life after YouTube.

Don’t get me wrong. YouTube is still a powerful platform with its 2 billion active users. It remains the best introduction for beginner video content creators to dip their toes into this online business.

But there are valid reasons why people are looking to get out of YouTube. These include:

  • Policy changes in Partner Program – YouTube has always kept their policies updated, but sometimes, the video content creators get the bad news the most.
  • Competitive environment – In the past, it was easy to find success on YouTube. These days, aside from the millions of people you compete against for views, the environment can also be a bit competitive because the YouTube algorithm is designed to promote the popular channels than the up-and-coming ones.
  • Revenue-sharing can mean a big chunk of revenue loss – When you enable ads on your YouTube videos, you agree to Google’s ad revenue share for YouTube. The 45/55 split where Google keeps 45% and you get the bigger 55% cut of all YouTube advertising on your videos is acceptable as a beginner because you can’t find any other better deal. However, for advanced content creators with enough clout, this big chunk may not be the best program for you.
  • Big brand-names pull out their ads – Some advertisers began to pull out of YouTube starting in 2017 and 2018 due to lack of moderation. For example, Verizon’s ads were placed on videos from the Egyptian cleric Wagdi Ghoneim, who was banned from the U.S. over extremism. To protect their respective brands, AT&T, Hasbro, Johnson & Johnson, Pepsi, Walmart, or pharma company GSK all pulled their ads to avoid getting involved with offensive content.
  • Unfair treatment of content creators – Because content creators earn differently, YouTube sometimes tends to favor bigger-earners than small-time or beginner ones who were no longer allowed to earn until they reach a minimum amount of views and subscriptions. This change happened in 2018.

Of course, the most common reason for people checking out YouTube’s competition is that they were forced out of the platform. Video content creators who were suspended were unable to get back to their accounts. Sometimes, it is due to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) take-down system, other times for no reason at all.

Beyond YouTube Ads: Other Ways to Make Money with Videos

Before we discuss all the possible YouTube monetization alternatives you can switch to, let’s first take a closer look at the other ways to make money aside from YouTube’s ad revenue-sharing program.

  • Affiliate marketing – Many video content creators have already been doing this even with YouTube. YouTubers list a link on the video description to a product or service and if other people purchase from this link, the YouTuber will earn a commission from the sale.
  • Selling products – Through videos, you can sell physical products (either your own product or other people’s products), or information products (like ebooks, courses, etc). This may not always work, especially if you don’t have followers yet, but there is always affiliate marketing for beginners.
  • Sponsorships – When brands see that a particular video content creator influences a niche that aligns with the company’s market, sponsorships happen so the video creators could reach the target customer on the brand’s behalf.
  • Video on demand (VOD) – You sell access to your own videos. If you have a very specific skill and people want to learn from you, video-in-demand can be very lucrative. Some are even super-successful with this method that they offer subscription plans.
  • Livestreaming – If you’re comfortable airing your videos unfiltered, then live streaming could be a potentially rewarding experience. You can earn from pay-per-view, donations, or sponsorships, depending on the platform you choose.

These are just the more popular money-making methods for video creators. I bet there are more I haven’t mentioned here, so feel free to sound off below if you know more.

9 Sites to Check Out as YouTube Monetization Alternatives

Now let’s dig into the other YouTube monetization alternatives that you can check out:

1. Twitch

Acquired by Amazon in 2014 for $970 million, this public streaming website already a whopping 550,000 online viewers, and 2 million content creators. Today, Twitch has 55 million active users.

Twitch is home to many live-stream gamers, but it isn’t exclusive to them. There are also musicians, singers, teachers, and so on. There are no prerecorded videos here, so if you’re not OK with live streaming, check out other options.

2. Patreon

Patreon accompanies YouTube, Twitch, and other content-creating sites because it provides any user a way to monetize his/her content. Consider Patreon as a subscription-based donation, where people commit to becoming patrons of their favorite creators like game streamers, comic book artists, singers, and so on.

The subscription model of Patreon is pro-creator with a commission of 5% for the Lite plan, 8% for Pro, and 12% for Premium. It also supports credit card and PayPal payments. The only downside to using this as monetization is you won’t find anything like it if Patreon decides to close shop.

3. Vimeo

It is one of YouTube’s direct competitions. Vimeo is a video streaming site, but with higher quality content than YouTube. The upside is that there is basically no learning curve when switching to Vimeo since the user interface is similar to YouTube. The quality of the videos is also unmatched.

The downside is that free users can only upload 500 MB worth of videos a week. After this, you’d have to go premium for more space. Also, Vimeo has a higher pricing model than YouTube.

4. Dailymotion

Dailymotion is also similar to Vimeo and YouTube. It has been around for years as well and could serve as a stable platform for creating and sharing your video content. Plus, the quality of videos uploaded is also pro-level and much better than what YouTube puts out.

Like YouTube, you can enable monetization and get a cut from those in-stream advertisements (ads that appear before, during, or after) your videos. Payment is automatically sent to your Paypal once it reaches $100.

5. IGTV

IGTV is Instagram’s streaming service. Unlike the short video snippets Instagram is known for, IGTV allows users to submit longer and vertical videos up to 15 minutes long via phone (and up to 60 minutes via desktop). Money-wise, you can make 55% off the ads placed on your videos.

6. Wistia

Ideal for business video hosting, Wistia allows brands to control CTA, social sharing, and monetization of their high-quality videos. It has one of the most comprehensive video analytics in the market and the videos they host are protected by high-end encryption. However, this does come at a price, which is why it may not be ideal for smaller video creators.

7. Uscreen

This all-in-one video-on-demand monetization platform allows several ways to earn, from live streaming to selling subscriptions. One major upside to Uscreen is that content creators get to keep the contact info of their audience. Uscreen also has built-in marketing and community tools with about 1000+ integration of online tools to make your online space as inclusive as possible.

8. Facebook

Facebook has expanded its foothold in the online-gaming-streaming market gradually in recent years and it continues to grow to this day.

Like other YouTube monetization alternatives on this list, Facebook gives video creators a platform to broadcast their gaming (or other content) live. The biggest thing about Facebook is that it will let you target the market you want to target as accurately as possible. 

9. TikTok

TikTok is a force to be reckoned with, especially with its 800 million active users. It allows video creators to make short and catchy videos from their phones. People Are Getting Rich From TikTok. Here’s How.

More noteworthy YouTube Monetization Alternatives include:

  • Thinkific – online video course creation and management platform.
  • Brid.TV – cross-device online video player platform with cool video analytics for optimization and monetization. Bird partners need at least 5,000 daily video views to start earning with publishers earning 70% and Brid.TV getting the lower 30% cut of ad-revenue sharing.
  • Veoh – Very niche-specific video-sharing platform. As video creators, you can add followers, DM strangers, create groups, and share content all at the same time.
  • AlughaIf you want to offer your video content to users in different languages, this unique platform allows you to do so by embedding subtitles in 2 or more languages.
  • Metacafe – short-form videos. This site is older than YouTube and offers unlimited upload.
  • BrightcoveFeatures a full-featured content management system, marketing automation, and several monetization options.
  • Maker StudiosAcquired by Disney, this digital platform for short-form videos gives about 60% revenue to low-traffic channels and up to 90% cut for popular channels.

Which is the Best YouTube Monetization Alternatives?

There is no single best YouTube monetization alternative for everyone because different video creators cater to different followers.

My take is to use as much of these platforms as you possibly can (without breaking any of their policies of course) because it is always better to diversify your income. Putting your eggs in just one basket is never a good idea – I’ve seen people get destroyed when their YouTube accounts they worked on for years suddenly get banned.

Also, work on quality video content. No matter your niche or industry, make sure you put out quality content. This is how you attract and keep your audience, who you’ll need regardless of what monetization route you take.

How to Become a Work from Home Financial Advisor

The financial industry had been delayed in embracing the virtual work setting, but gradually, more and more jobs are now being offered with flexible arrangements. Today, I’ll focus on becoming a work-from-home financial advisor – it’s a pretty in-demand job traditionally, but will it work if the clients you normally communicate with face-to-face are no longer in front of you?

This post talks about how much you can earn from a work-from-home financial advisor position, and if being employed with a bank, private firm or other financial institution is better than the freelance route.

But first, let’s talk basics.

What does a Work-from-home Financial Advisor do?

A financial advisor is a general term that encompasses the role of brokers, stockbrokers, account executives, wealth management advisors, or other fancy names financial institutions call their skilled employees who handle customer accounts.

“Handle” here means a lot of things, depending on what the customer’s financial goals are.

This could refer to buying or selling stocks, bonds, and other securities on behalf of clients… or providing general financial advice regarding investments or something more client-specific like retirement plans.

The duties of work-from-home financial advisors are the same as those who work in traditional office settings.

These include:

  • Providing sound financial advice based on client goals. When employed in banks or insurance companies, a financial advisor is a person who would be facilitating the client’s transaction requests such as buying a new insurance policy or transferring funds into another investment.
  • Explaining laws relevant to the client’s financial goals. Financial advisors are up-to-date with laws related to insurance, taxes, investments, and other similar avenues.
  • Guiding clients to available services. It doesn’t matter if the financial advisor works at a bank, investment firm, and an insurance company or he/she works freelance getting new clients to sign up for certain services. This job will involve in-depth explaining (or sometimes up-selling) about products and services you think a client needs.
  • Helping clients build a financial plan. Some financial advisors do not sell any product or services. Instead, they provide consulting services to help clients plan out future expenses such as retirement, education, life insurance, investment, and so on.
  • Researching appropriate investments for clients. When a client has funds for a small home business or a corporation but has no idea what kind of business to put up, this is where a financial advisor steps in. He/she conducts research based on industry markets, client requirements, potential risks, and personal finance knowledge.

The financial advisor may seem like a job anyone can do, but this is actually not true.

The responsibilities of these advisors can be stress-inducing since there is not much room for error.

Poor advice could be costly to clients and lead to the advisor’s job loss, or worse, a major embarrassment to the advisor’s company.

Education, Skills, and Equipment Needed to Become a Virtual Financial Advisor

A work-from-home financial advisor has the same credentials as his/her office-based counterparts.

  • Formal education: A bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, business administration, economics, pre-law, or mathematics will help begin a career as a financial advisor. Some colleges also offer financial planning short courses.
  • Training: A work-from-home financial advisor usually begins his/her career under the wing of a senior advisor. This is where entry-level advisors learn the ropes hands-on and build their own investment portfolios and client network.
  • Short courses: Any coursework with in-depth classes in taxes, investments, estate planning, mutual funds, and risk management are helpful as an introduction to this career.
  • Certification: If you completed any finance-related bachelor’s degree and already have at least 3 years of work experience, you can take an exam and (if you pass) become a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).
  • Licenses: Not all financial advisors would need certification. However, if you are providing financial advice and buying/selling stocks and bonds on behalf of other people, you or your company must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Meanwhile, those who buying/selling insurance policies must obtain a license from state boards. Check with the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) how you can get your license.
  • Required Skills: As someone who will be talking to clients day-in, day out, you need advanced communication and interpersonal skills. You should have natural teaching ability, so you could explain technical and complex financial information to clients. Math and analytical skills are just as important since you’ll be faced with numbers, graphs, charts, and other financial data, which you need to explain to clients. And if you’re selling a product or service, sales skills will come a long way as well.

Financial jobs like this require continuous learning because of the ever-changing state of local and global economies.

How Much do Finance Advisors Make?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, entry-level financial advisers can earn around $41.5k/year (around $20/hour), while senior advisors could take home up to $208k/year ($100/hour).

Of course, these numbers only consider those who are employed with financial institutions like banks, investment firms, insurance companies, stock market firms, and other similar companies.

A freelance financial advisor can earn on a commission basis if he/she brings in new clients or product orders to investment firms, banks, and other institutions.

Some freelance advisors own their respective companies and could bring in larger revenues.

A work-from-home financial advisor can either work for a firm, start his own financial consultation service, or a mix of both.

Entry-level advisors would likely earn less than their office-based counterparts, but experienced advisors who have impressive portfolios already and recognized names could earn as much as when they worked in an office setting.

Freelance vs. Employed by a Firm

Working from home can be done both as a freelance financial advisor and as someone employed by a firm.

There are pros and cons to both these routes:

Freelance (either solo or with a few home-based office employees)

  • Pros: You can become a financial advisor and earn entirely commission-based from two or more companies. You have can control which product and service to recommend to your own clients. And because you don’t work by-the-clock, you have the freedom to work as much or as little as you want.
  • Cons: Unfortunately, there are no “company benefits” to speak of as a freelancer. Plus eventually, if you’re a good work-from-home financial advisor, your operation has the potential to expand. When this happens, you would need more space (to rent an office, build a home office), and hire assistants to support your business. While expansion is always good, it also comes with additional expenses and/or more government fees, taxes, and licensing requirements.

If you’re looking for inspiration, check out how Bill Harris launched his website Personal Capital in 2011 and provided effective money management for clients with $100,000 to $2,000,000 to invest.

Now, this is a full-fledged firm.

Employed by a financial institution 

  • Pros: You don’t need to invest in office equipment and renting out a suitable office space. You receive company benefits and get paid a salary and sometimes added commissions for extraordinary work. You get to work only 40 hours a week with travel and some fieldwork for meetings sprinkled into your schedule.
  • Cons: You are restricted to the clients your employer assign to you. It is very rare for financial institutions to allow you to work “on the side” for other companies, which means your compensation is quite limited.

Is Work-from-Home Financial Advisor a Good Career Path?

Whichever route you take in your work-from-home journey, the good news is financial advisors as a career is projected to grow 15% until 2026.

According to the BLS, this is because a growing number of baby boomers is off to retirement and would need help with money management moving forward.

A work-from-home financial advisor is a good profession for those who have experience working in the finance industry.

Unfortunately, because of the risks it could potentially cause other people’s life savings, becoming a financial advisor isn’t a profession anyone can just jump right into.

If you’re interested in working in the financial industry, but don’t want a consultant or advisor position, check out how to land virtual bookkeeping or work-from-home insurance jobs. You can even find part-time work helping other people prepare their taxes.

7 Ways to Make Money Gardening for All Seasons

If you’ve always had a green thumb and you’re looking for ways to bring extra income from home, did you know that you can make money gardening?

I’m talking about real cash that you can supplement your income with, or better yet, turn into a full-blown business that you can operate totally from the comforts of your own home. 

Sound interesting?

Here are 7 ways you can make money gardening

The cool thing about the methods below is you can pick and choose which income-generating gardening activity you want to focus on depending on your interests and available garden space. You can start small, or plan big for all the methods below – it’s totally up to you.

1. Sell Fruits and Vegetables

Nothing is more fulfilling than being able to plant and harvest fruits and vegetables. Although some plants take months (or even years) before you are able to harvest, there are many others that are easier to grow and sell. You just need to figure out what kinds of fruits and vegetables your place and climate can cultivate. Here are some examples:

  • Vegetables – Some vegetables grow year-round and are perfect for beginners. These include beetroot, potatoes, garlic, onions, beans, peas, radishes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and leafy greens like lettuce and spinach. You can start in small pots and expand once you’ve gotten the hang of it. If you have limited space, you can even stick to sprouts and microgreens – they’re quick to grow and easy to multiply.
  • Fruits – Fruits are trickier because they take years to grow. (Except if you consider tomatoes and cucumbers a fruit, then that’s a debate we should talk at another day). Planting fruit trees should probably be a long-term plan because your returns wouldn’t be until 5 to 10 years. Examples include lemons, pears, apples, tangerines, avocados, peaches, plums, and various berries (cherries, strawberries, blackberries, and so on).
  • Mushrooms – Mushrooms are technically not plants, but part of the fungi family. Some types of mushrooms, like oyster and shiitake, can be grown indoors. They grow and multiply exceptionally fast even in small spaces (25-pound/square foot) and can be sold at around $5 to $10 a pound.

Once you’ve harvested and have sold to everyone you know, but don’t have the certifications to sell at the farmer’s market, check out sites like Ripe Near Me where you can find people who would love to take the produce off your hands for a fair price.

2. Make Money Gardening Flowers and Decorative Plants

If you haven’t found success in gardening fruits and vegetables, maybe you can try decorative and flowering plants. For example:

  • Succulents – As a favorite housewarming gift or as a new-job gift because they aren’t the hardest to take care of. Jade, aloe vera, cactus, and a whole range of succulent plants are also super easy to propagate. Some even multiply by themselves if you leave them outdoors. Invest in tiny, adorable pots, re-pot these babies, and sell them by-the-pot.
  • Flowers – You can sell flowering plants by the pot, or sell the actual flowers. It totally depends on how much you want to commit to a gardening business. You can even join local wedding sites and offer your flowers to would-be brides. Or better yet, partner up with a local florist and see if they could give you a good deal.
  • Indoor plants – Indoor plants are awesome investments but can be hard for beginners to grow. If you made a jungle for your living room and want to sell some of your beloved plants, you’d surprise how much you can sell snake plants, Photos, spider plant, Dracaena, ZZ plant, Philodendron, Rubber Tree, and Alocasia if you presented them in a cool pot. You can even look for interior designers or real estate agents near you who would be interested in buying your plants.
  • Indoor trees – If you check out housekeeping magazines, I bet you can find a picture or two with gigantic trees near a stylishly staged living room. If you’re able to propagate plants like the Fiddle Leaf Fig tree, Calamondin Orange Tree, Parlor Palm tree, and Umbrella trees (among others), you’re lucky because these sell quite high.

Depending on how much plants you’re able to produce and sell in any given month, you can even start an online shop for your plants.  Start small by opening up a Facebook page, instead of building a website from scratch.

3. Sell Seeds, Seedlings and Cuttings

You don’t even need to let your plants grow full size. You can make money gardening by selling seeds of from your last harvest, planting seedlings for sale, or taking cutting from your grown trees.

You’d be surprised that there are passionate hobbyists for every type of produce. Hot-peppers have a huge community and people from all walks of life buy and sell seeds of Habanero, African Devil, Trinidad Scorpion, Ghost Pepper, and Carolina Reaper (among many more). Some of them have no luck growing from seeds, so they begin with seedlings instead.

When it comes to cuttings (or small pieces cut from larger plants), some plants work and some do not. Mulberry is a good example of plant cuttings that can be shipped and survive even up to a week before repotting. If you have a lot of cuttings to sell, go to a nearby nursery and see if they’d be willing to buy.

4. Sell Homemade Products from Your Garden

The potential for products you can sell from your garden is unlimited. Below are just some examples of how you can make money gardening:

  • Herbs, spices and herbed butter – If you are fond of growing herbs, you can try to multiply them and sell them as a set. You can even create your own recipe of dried-herb spice mix and advertise it for steak lovers, pizza lovers, and so on. Herbed butter is a good example of how you can turn herbs into a well-loved product. Experiment and level-up ordinary butter into fancy herbed butter – you’ll be shocked at how many people look for this.
  • Fruit smoothies – For those with an oversupply of strawberries, cherries, other fruits and vegetables, you can turn them into smoothies and offer them at a nearby grocery store. Some people just post these products on Instagram or Facebook and turn neighbors into loyal customers.
  • Dried produce – Invest in a dryer and go crazy drying out apples, peaches, and even vegetables to make dried snacks. People trying to eat healthy would love new things to try.
  • Home décor – Potpourri, acorns, and other things from nature used as home décor can become a business. Even what other people may think of as trash, you can still turn into gold. Check out what Etsy has when it comes to rustic home décor so you could have an idea of what plants can be sold.
  • Candles and soap – Flowers and other plants with fragrance are often mixed with handmade soaps and candles. If you have a lot of flowers to dispose of, why not get into candle making or soap making business as well?
  • Homemade compost and potting soil – Veteran gardeners know how to make their own “black gold” or compost. And how to create potting soil for succulents, vegetables, or any other specific plant.

These are just a few ideas on the top of my head. I bet you can check out your garden now and think of more things you can turn into gold.

5. Sell Canned & Bottled Produce from Your Garden

Once you’ve got your vegetable and fruit garden down to a science, you already know which produce you’ll be able to harvest in the next week or month. Aside from selling the produce outright, another way to bring your goods into the market is to learn bottling and canning fruits and vegetables. This way, you’d be able to make products like:

  • Sauces – From hot sauce to salsas, relishes and other similar concoctions, if you’re able to mix your own blend, you can sell them as well.
  • Pickled Everything – There are tons of fruits and vegetables you can pickle beyond the traditional cucumbers. Carrots, onions, peppers, rhubarb, squash, asparagus, cauliflower, ginger, green beans, peaches, strawberries and many many more. Depending on what fruit or vegetable you pickled, you can sell them by-the-jar for $20 to $50 per quart jar.
  • Oils and vinegar – Did you get a surplus of garlic harvested this year? Turn it into chili garlic oil and bottle it up for sale. Regular vinegar can also be sold when mixed with your spice mix, hot peppers, ginger, or onions for one-of-a-kind, bottled spiced vinegar.
  • Fruit syrups, jams, jellies and marmalade – These products are always a hit at the farmer’s market because homemade tastes much better than their mass-produced, store-bought counterparts.

6. Get into Beekeeping for Honey Products

Not all communities will allow you to keep bees, so better check first. Once you do and you’re interested in making money beekeeping, check out my more in-depth guide about beekeeping as a business.

7. Make Money Gardening by Renting it Out

If your garden has turned out into a garden like the Mad Hatter’s, or a place you can chill and host people, you can hire out your garden for private parties (weddings, birthdays, romantic dinners, and so on), meetings, craft workshops, and other similar events.

If you have a mini farm and would love to host people for apple picking, or other kinds of “picking,” then send invites to your local community. You’ll earn money from the entrance fee you’d be asking per person.

Are you up for sharing your knowledge? You can make money gardening by teaching others how they could grow certain plants, trees and vegetables themselves.

The Bottom Line

Like any kind of business, there are guidelines for every type of produce, plant, or business idea you wish to pursue.

It is guaranteed that you can make money gardening, but not all areas will allow you to do so. Before you prep your soil for planting or buy supplies, make sure you check with your homeowners’ association, zoning regulations, or even city restrictions if you are violating any rules and if you need a license.

For example, in California, if you deliver your own produce to customers or have them pick it up from you, you don’t need any license to sell fruits and vegetables. But if you’re planning to sell on a farmer’s market, you’ll have to apply for state certification. Of course, this will depend on which state or city you live in, where or how much you’re selling, and so on. It’s better to be sure than waste startup money.

Don’t miss this post if you’re interested in more ways to make money from nature.

How to Land the Perfect Remote eSports Job

You heard about the professional gamers who make millions a year, but did you know that there are other office-based and remote eSports jobs available, beyond the superstar, professional video gamer? They’re the people behind-the-scenes working day-in, day-out to bring the pros into the spotlight.

And like other traditional sports organizations like the NBA, NFL, and so on, these eSports events can be a lot of work. There are planning, marketing, negotiating, setting up, and ensuring everything is perfect days, weeks, or even months before the eSports teams arrive to play the game.

So if you’re interested in what’s in store in the eSports industry, read on. This is a special guide for the right person:

Types of Remote eSports Jobs

The following jobs can be independent from the pro player. Meaning, if you decide on a career in any of the following professions, you won’t be a part of any eSports team, but YOU CAN work from home (or remotely).

eSports Reporter & eSports Caster

As the name implies, this gig is perfect for those who are great at commentating. You’ll need a comprehensive knowledge of the industry, the games, and even the histories of the players involved, so this job isn’t for someone new to eSports.

What’s cool about this job though is that you can provide on-the-fly commentary during the tournament live (or for a recorded game anytime after). You can be employed by any media network, or work on your own blog, stream your “report” on Twitch or YouTube channel. The job can be virtually done anywhere, as long as you have the right equipment for the job.

eSports Analyst

An eSports analyst should have the same knowledge of the industry as any eSportscaster or reporter. However, aside from just reporting the blow-by-blow of the tournament, analysts take the information and use it to help a particular player, team, game developer, broadcaster, or other professionals.

Analysts create game strategies by pointing out the strengths/weaknesses of players and analyzing opponents’ performances.

eSports Marketer

Because the world of eSports depends on the fans of gamers, social media is a BIG part of the industry’s success. You can work as an independent marketer or social media manager, who will be responsible for growing an existing fan case for a particular video game, gaming company, or team.

This job is very broad and could include content writing, video creation, community management, and so on.

These remote eSports jobs are also available in traditional office-based settings.

eSports Teams in the Field, Remote and Office

The following jobs make or break a video game star’s career. Because professional eSports players focus only on the game, every other task (promotion, negotiation, scheduling, marketing, brand sponsorship, and other specific tasks) are assigned to other people in the team.

The following eSports jobs can either be done remotely, on the field and office-based. My best bet is that most of these require a mix of all three, so before checking out these jobs, understand what you’re signing up for.

  • eSports Recruiter – A gaming house employs the eSports recruiter to find gaming stars to join their teams.
  • eSports Coach – The eSports coach is like any other coach – he/she works closely with players, ensure that the players perform their 100% at all times, and uphold the rules of their respective gaming houses.
  • eSports Manager – The job of an eSports manager is similar to the coach, except his tasks are more about the business side of eSports and NOT about the games themselves. So expect an eSports manager to be taking care of schedules, sponsorships, branding, communication, and so on.
  • Tournament crew – This entry-level job gets you into the gaming houses’ day-to-day tasks, but the job will vary from secretarial duties that are bound to the office, or roadies, drivers and other crew involved with tour duties.

Jobs Responsible for day-to-day eSports business operations

There are many employment opportunities within the eSports industry that most people had no idea were available for them.

Many people with non-gaming-related professions are also involved in the day-to-day business operations of gaming companies. For example, if you’re an accounting professional or web developer with extensive experience in payment solutions, you have a chance at becoming a part of any gaming company with revenues. Other possible jobs are available in the following fields:

  • IT – For game development companies, the role of coder, game developer and other similar professionals are on the top of the chain. They are very in-demand, so if you’re good at digital drawing, animations, and programming, you’re in the perfect industry.
  • Human Resources and Communications – From recruitment to social media marketing and everything about expanding the presence of a gaming company, this field has plenty of opportunities for the taking.
  • Marketing and Sales – If you have a background in sales and marketing, you’ll be right at home in promoting the game houses, game developers, or any other brands. You may also be assigned to negotiate sponsorships.
  • Content creation – Aside from the video game itself, there is plenty of content required in this industry. Examples of jobs include videographer, photographer, content writer, or meme creator.

eSports Companies Hiring People of all Skills

The office-based and remote eSports jobs I listed here are just a few of the many other employment opportunities in this industry.

Explore others available on specific career pages of gaming companies, eSports teams, and other big guys in the world of competitive video gaming.

  • Blizzard Entertainment – This company launched popular games like Starcraft, Overwatch and World of Warcraft. They are located in California, but sometimes open remote eSports jobs depending on the projects they currently have.
  • Riot Games – If you know the Leagues of Legends, you know this company. Also based in California, Riot Games has positions for its other studios around the world (China, Singapore, Ireland, Korea, Turkey, Brazil, and so on).
  • Electronic Sports League (ESL Gaming) – This is one of the biggest esports company that hosts tournaments each year. Based in Germany, but has multiple locations around the world.
  • Amazon – Yes, the retail giant is also heavily invested in eSports. They have their own game development studio (Amazon Game Studios) and have job openings regularly.

Teams or Game Houses should be your goal company if you want to be closer to the action. Companies like Cloud9, Team SoloMid, Team Liquid, Fnatic, G2 eSports, Immortals, 100 Thieves, and Envy Gaming (among others) hire a wide range of people to support their respective rockstar players.

Twitch, where many video game stars launch their careers, also have job openings that are related to the eSports world. You can also find jobs on eSports-specific job boards such as Hitmarker and Jobs in eSports.

Which eSports Jobs Do you See Yourself in?

eSports has slowly crept into a global industry. Before the start of 2020, the eSports industry generated over $500 million in revenues with more and more eSports teams being scouted, formed, and made to compete in local and international tournaments.

The misconception that you have to be a genius at playing video games to land a job in this industry is a common misconception.

But if you’ve always been interested in eSports and would want a career change, I hope this guide has given you job ideas, from getting front and center with the action on the field, or just supporting the team backstage with remote eSports jobs, and many other career paths this industry can open up for you.

Interested in more info? Check out these posts about making money playing video games, video game writing jobs, and how to get paid playing Fortnite.

How to Launch a Party Planning Business from Home

You can launch and succeed in operating a party planning business from home, if you’ve ever found yourself really enjoying the planning of your kid’s birthday parties, your best friend’s bridal shower, or your parent’s golden anniversary.

The outlook for this market is pretty good as well. In fact, the children’s party industry alone is a multi-million dollar industry with parents spending an average of $500 per party no matter the age of the kid. Imagine how well your business will make if you corner the market in your neighborhood or at your kid’s school.

This post should jump-start your dream of opening a party-planning business and give you a checklist of everything you’ll need moving forward…

Before You Start for Your Party Planning Business…

Like any kind of business, you have to be with the right mindset once you decide to set up an event planning business. This won’t be a piece of cake, and the success won’t be overnight either.

While the returns of a party planning business can be high, you’d need a ton of experience to withstand the ever-changing economy. Here are three major considerations:

  • Zooming in on a niche – Do you want to be an all-in-one party planning business? Would you prefer intimate events? children’s parties? garden weddings? Decide on this early on, so you can prepare the equipment, costs and effort involved in that particular niche.
  • Competition and Market Research – Even if you’re operating the business mostly from home, your market is important because it is the area where you’ll be targeting clients. Identify how many direct competition you’ll have in town once you decide to stick with children’s party planning, or just weddings. Once you’ve list down your competition, answer this question: do you offer something they’re not offering?
  • Employed to business owner – If you’re giving up your job to launch this business, you have to prepare for the inevitable days when you don’t earn a cent for yourself. How much money will you need to survive month to month? This is the reason many small business owners will advice that you start your party planning business from home “on the side” and work your way to full-time once the business pulls in as much as you were making from your day job.

You should understand what it takes to set-up this kind of business because they could make or break your chances of becoming a successful business owner.

Event Planning Equipment

Once you’ve decided on the type of events your business will focus on, gathering the equipment is going to be an easy step.

Because this business is service-based, you’d likely be investing more on hiring good people than things.

You do have to have the essentials, such as a working computer, printer, WiFi, phone, a place you can call your office (even if it’s only just a desk and chair), answering machine (or service provider), a van, marketing supplies (such as business cards and posters).

A FUNCTIONAL WEBSITE: This isn’t technically an “equipment,” but you’ll be using the website as your storefront because your business is home-based. And there’s no better way to give an impressive first impression than to launch a professional website with a user-friendly navigation, pleasing-to-the-eye design, and content that includes the business’ complete info, contact details and useful tips.

6 Steps to Launch a Party Planning Business from Home

Businesses, whether they have a storefront or not, must be planned properly from the start. This way, you’ll just be focusing on the day-to-day operations once you launch your party planning business from home.

1. Create a solid Business Plan

There are plenty of tutorial on how to create a business plan. You can make it as comprehensive, or as simple as you prefer. Just don’t forget these 3 things:

  • Business name – This will be your product, your brand, your income-generating name. Make it count. Don’t rush the process. Brainstorm for days and whenever you pick a name, put it aside and brainstorm some more. Once you’ve had several names placed on the side, compare and choose from that list.
  • Pricing – One major clue that a company isn’t organized is when you ask about fees and they answer with confusing or missing information. When building your business plan, make sure to identify what kind of pricing structure your company will follow. Do you want to separate a commission for your services on top of all the supplier costs? Do you charge by-the-hour and settle payments across all suppliers? Are you going to offer packages? Spy on your competition’s pricing to get an idea of what you’d like for your own business.
  • Marketing Plan – Marketing may seem like an overwhelming task if you’re all alone operating a party planning business from home, but don’t fret. You can take baby marketing steps and still reap rewards. Of course, the first step of your marketing should always be your website. From there, expand your online presence, pinpoint ways to market your business locally, and explore other techniques that would be perfect for your niche. For example, showcase a children’s party that you planned by inviting classmates of your kids with their parents, and then networking after the party.

 2. Become Legal and Insured.

Even if you’re operating your event planning business from home, you still have to fulfill legalities, such as registering your business.

  • Business permits: The process will vary between cities and countries, so better check your local government about required paperwork. If you have partners, they would have to be present when filing documents since everyone must sign and complete the forms.
  • Insurance: It is important to be insured so that your personal assets won’t be included if ever someone sues your business. Take to an insurance broker for other relevant insurance you might need.
  • Company bank account: Open a separate bank account for the business. Not only will this help you organize accounting, it will also ensure your personal finances will not mix with the business finances and vice versa. 

3. Hunt for an Army of Reliable Contractors.

As the event planner, you will lead a host of suppliers (flowers, cake, venue, musicians, clowns, balloons, and so on) and ensure that everything the client paid for falls into place.

Unfortunately, if there’s a weak link within your group, this will affect your company and not the vendor. This is the reason you should find reliable vendors that provide quality services and products consistently.

And once  you’ve found them, nurture these relationships. The more trustworthy people you have as part of your contact list, the better your chances of expanding your business.

4. Create a Portfolio.

With every event you complete, make sure to take pictures, save event details, and try to ask for testimonials from your current clients.

Do this every time, then post event details on your company website. If you compiled enough testimonials, upload them as videos (or audios) with their permissions, the publish as you please.

5. Build Your Online Presence

Your website isn’t the only marketing tool you should work on. You should also open accounts for the major platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and other relevant social media accounts..

Invest in logo design, so the graphics will be uniform across all platforms.

And create a content calendar, so you’d remember to check messages and post every now and then. If possible, make it interactive by hosting giveaways, contests, and surveys.

6. Market Your Business Like Crazy

Like building your online presence, you should also be continuously marketing your business online and offline.

Referrals are important, so announce to everyone you know about the event planning business you’ve just opened up. Your family or friends may not need your service right now, but they could recommend you to other people they know.

You are the number 1 endorser of your company, so learn how to advertise your business everywhere.

*** These same steps apply if you’re planning to launch a baked goods business, candle-making, brewery, or any kind of business operating from home.

The Bottom Line

Once you’ve taken care of the initial preparations and footwork, most of the communication between clients would be done remotely (via text, chat, video chat, and even by e-mail). Even marketing efforts can be done at the comforts of your own home.

You do have to get to the party on the day. It helps with closing the deal with your current client, and networking to party guests who might be interested in your event-planning services in the future.

If you feel that an event planning business is a little too much for your taste, you can still take advantage of your organizational skills by setting up a travel planning service from home.

For at-home moms who are interested in earning extra cash, but can’t work yet, this list of work-at-home jobs for moms could be a lifesaver.