Starting a Home Business vs. Work at Home Freelancer

When it comes to making money online there is an important decision you must make. Do you want to get paid once for a job, or do you want to do a job once and get paid many times over? I know, it seems like a simple decision. Put in the effort once and get paid many times. But it’s not that simple.

Business vs. Job

You see, getting paid multiple times means starting an online business which requires a lot of effort before you start seeing results. If you choose become a work at home freelancer, you can start making money today. To explain I’ll use the example of writing this blog post. I am not getting paid to write it. This is my own blog and my own business, which means I may never get paid for this blog post. But with a lot of blog posts you eventually get a lot of traffic and you can turn that into money. You don’t always know what blog post will be a winner, and which ones won’t.

writing businessIf I was a work at home freelancer, I could write a blog post and get paid right away. Depending on the length, the quality, the amount of research… it might be worth $10 or it could $50. That might sound like a better deal and for some people it is. But once you sell that blog post it’s gone forever. Even if it makes the person you sold it to hundreds or evenĀ  thousands of dollars over time, you have given up your rights to it.

So which would you prefer. Guaranteed pay today or the possibility of pay at some point way off in the future. See. It’s not such an easy decision now is it.

What Should You Decide?

A lot will depend on your situation. If you already have a job and you are making money, you have some time. You can use your writing to build your own online business which could pay you thousands, even millions of dollars in the long run. But it will take time and you will need money to pay your bills. If you don’t have any money to pay your bills, then the best decision is to become a work at home freelancer. You can write an article today and get paid immediately, buy groceries, pay your rent, and then write again tomorrow and get paid for it. Well, you’re not going to be able to pay your rent with one blog post but you understand.

Many Businesses and Jobs

Another thing to consider is the kind of business you want to make, or freelancer work you want to do. You can do a sidehustle with your regular job and make some extra money. If you have money in the bank you might want to build a business full time.

There are many business ideas as well as freelancer jobs. Gig Hustlers is a great resource with hundreds of work at home jobs and businesses you can do. There are writing and editing jobs, mystery shoppers, and affiliate marketing businesses among so many other. There really has never been a better time to work from home.

Examples of work at home jobs are

  • Freelancing (phote editing, graphic design, outreach, etc.)
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Transcribing
  • Mystery Shopping
  • Customer Service
  • Order Taking
  • Tutoring
  • Virtual Assistant

Examples of Home Businesses are

  • Affiliate Marketing
  • eCommerce
  • Arbitrage
  • Lawn Mowing, Cleaning, Babysitting, Painting, Dog Walking (you can probably think of more)
  • Wedding Photography
  • Teaching Piano, Guitar or another musical intrument
  • Teaching Sports like Golf, Tennis, and Skiing
  • Buying and Selling
lawn mowing business
Lawn Mowing Business

Those are just some ideas to get you thinking. There are so many options out there and you just need to keep your eyes open. For even more inspiration you can read business and self improvement books, watch motivational videos and listen to business podcasts. It’s also important to get started as soon as you can, even if it’s just to learn. That way you will have your ducks lined up for when you need them.


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