How to Work from Home as an Independent Consultant

Are you ready to start working from home full time? Or maybe even get paid to work at home? I’ll show you exactly how to make money blogging, writing articles, or anything else you want online.

Working from home has become a major trend in recent years. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly half (48%) of American workers now telecommute. That means there are millions of companies across the U.S., Canada, and around the globe who are hiring remote employees. And they are willing to pay top dollar for skilled professionals like writers, editors, web developers, and graphic designers.

A Potential Business Model

One way this model works is through what’s called ‘consulting.’ This industry covers lots of different businesses: coaching, freelance consulting, mentoring, speaking engagements, marketing services, etc. If you can help someone solve their problems remotely, then you need to take advantage of this business opportunity. You may also be interested in starting your own virtual assistant service.

Establish Yourself as an Independent Consultant

The first step toward becoming a consultant who works from home is establishing yourself in that field to prove you have the credentials. A lot of people think that because they majored in English in college, it gives them the credentials needed to work as consultants. But the truth is, most clients don’t hire just anyone with experience, so if you want to be hired…you must establish yourself as qualified by getting certifications, taking classes, or doing any other steps necessary to prove you’re credible. 

Create a Blog About Whatever You Want

Once you feel confident about your credentials and skills, create a blog about whatever you see fit. For example, we covered how to write SEO-optimized content in our previous article so we didn’t go into too much detail on that topic here. The important thing is to use your skills to build up authority around a particular subject matter. From there, once you have a following, you can market yourself as a website expert, writer, or consultant.

Make Your Own Schedule

Once you decide to work from home full time, you can easily set your schedule on your own terms without having to worry whether you’ll lose out on income opportunities due to your client’s schedule. Even though you may not always get what you want when you want it, having control over your schedule helps you save more money than many of us realize. After all, if you’re making $50,000 per year but only spending 10 hours a week at the office, then you could potentially be saving $5,000 a year! Not bad, right?

Businesses Looking for ICs

If you decided to work from home, you might find yourself surrounded by opportunities to network and connect with potential customers. Many businesses aren’t able to afford the high costs of traditional advertising and rely on consultants for advice or assistance. These types of businesses often value the expertise of those who know the ins and outs of a certain industry well enough to offer tips.

You can charge anywhere from $15-$100+ depending on the kind of training you offer. Plus, if you’ve got a blog already established, you can monetize it through ad revenue sharing programs like AdSense.

The Bottom Line – Start Now!

So, do you want to work from home? Great! Start building an entrepreneurial career that makes you happy while helping others. We hope this guide helped you learn more about being self-employed and how to make real money as an IC. Good luck!

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