Wouldn’t you love a job where you can be your own boss, choose your own hours, work in a field in which you can apply your own talents and interests, do as much or as little as you need to and have nobody to answer to but yourself?
Actually many already do have such a job. According to a Gallup survey reported in the New York Times 43 percent of employed Americans spend at least some of their time outside of the office working remotely, but an increasing number are taking that one step further and have completely cut out the middle man, deploying strategies to eke out a living left entirely to their own devices, with no outside employer involved whatsoever.
Let the World Come to You
The emergence of the Internet as an instrument of mass communication is what has largely made this possible. Many take the view that going out into the big wide world to earn a living is no longer a necessity when the world has been brought into our living room. Just so long as we have a product or a service to sell and somebody else out there wants to buy it, the potential is there.
At the basic end of the scale the simplest way to make money from home is by selling items via such outlets as Etsy and eBay. Most use these as a means simply of making a few dollars by disposing of their unwanted, surplus items but inevitably such platforms for buying and selling soon brought forth a potential for ongoing business. Others make a usually modest but nonetheless regular income by completing online surveys.
For those of a more creative bent one area of opportunity which has expanded exponentially in recent years is self-publishing. Even those who might fancy themselves as potential authors could be forgiven for eschewing traditional publishers, bearing in mind that having a manuscript accepted appears to be very much the exception to the rule (Gone With The Wind, Watership Down and Carrie were all rejected multiple times by publishers). With programs such as Amazon’s CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing anybody who can follow a few relatively simple formatting instructions can now publish a book and have it displayed on their own dedicated author page sometimes within a matter of hours.
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