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25 Legitimate Ways to Work from Home Without Investment

25 Legitimate Ways to Work from Home Without Investment

Sometimes you get tired of working a 9-5, you want to spend more time with your family, or you’re just looking for a little extra pocket money. Below are 25 ways to, legitimately, add some extra funds to your bank account.

1. Sell your produce and gourmet foods at your local farmers’ market

Do you have a green thumb or consider yourself handy in the kitchen? If so, you may be able to make extra money by doing what you do all the time. You can grow your own produce, or cook delicious food, and then sell them at your local farmers’ market. There’s something appealing about anything home-grown or home-cooked.

2. Bookkeeper or data entry

Businesses know that time is money. They also know that data entering takes a lot of extra time, so they hire people to do their data entry for them. Depending on what company you work for, you could make this into a full-time job.

3. Sell home-made arts and crafts

Speaking of home-made; if you’ve got a creative mind, and a knack for arts and crafts, you may be able to sell your creations for some extra dough. There are thousands of people on sites like Etsy selling their hand-made products.

4. Become a medical transcriptionist

Can you type fast and have excellent hearing? If so, you may be able to become a medical transcriptionist. You get paid to listen to, and transcribe, medical recordings. Just remember to brush up on your medical terminology.

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5. Freelance writing

If you’ve got a love for writing, and are actually good at it, you may be able to get paid for it. There are many businesses looking for writers to help them bring their ideas to life, in a more appealing way, to capture their consumers’ attention.

6. Work for a call center

If you enjoy talking to people, and have excellent diction, working for a call center may be a possible money maker for you. Businesses pay these employees to answer their customers’ questions via telephone. Call center employees are scattered all over the world, so their services can be accessible 24/7.

7. Transform your home into a bed and breakfast

If you’ve got a beautiful home, with extra space, why not turn it into a business? Many people pay good amounts of money to stay at a homier place than a hotel – especially if you’re at a prime location that’s close to any touristy areas.

8. Teach your skills

Do you have a skill that you can do really well? Such as playing an instrument, dancing, crafting, etc.? If so, you could get paid to teach other people what you already know, AND you’ll have fun doing it.

9. Test websites

To be a website tester, all you need is a headset, a microphone, a quiet room, and good diction. Websites, like UserTesting, will pay people to follow tasks on specific websites and explain what they like about the website, and what can be improved.

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10. Become a blogger

If you’ve got a captivating way of writing, and don’t want to be a freelance writer, you could just start your own blog. You could earn money based on how many people visit and read your blog posts.

11. Tutor on subjects online

If you’re good at particular subject, you could get paid to tutor students online. Online tutoring is typically done via video chat.

12. Freelance graphic designer

If you’re handy with Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign; you may be able to utilize your skills to make some extra money. All you need to do is build a portfolio and give proposals to different companies that are looking to hire graphic designers.

13. Take surveys online

There are many websites that will pay you in cash, credits, or gift cards just to get your opinion. Although it won’t be enough for a full-time income, at least you’ll have some extra spending money.

14. Sell your photography

Do you have a good eye for photos? If you do, you may be able to sell your photography. Many people love buying creative photographs of different places and nature. You could also sell your photographs to stock image sites to earn some extra cash.

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15. Publish an E-book

Using Amazon or Lulu, anyone can self-publish an e-book. Whether it be creative writing, a self-help book, or a recipe book; the possibilities are endless. As long as you know how to write, you may be able to earn some extra money based on how many people buy and read your book.

16. Complete gigs on Fiverr

Many people are always looking for a little help on different projects. If you’re someone that has some time and would like to earn a little extra money, browse Fiverr and see what you could do for people.

17. Become a YouTube affiliate

If you have a great camera presence, this may be for you. YouTube pays people whenever their videos gets clicked on and they have ads before the video. The more views on your video, the more you’ll get paid. This is how YouTube celebrities end up becoming wealthy.

18. Participate in an online mock jury

There are sites where attorneys submit their cases and a group of people join a mock jury online where they review the case and answer questions to come up with a verdict. Each case could pay between $20-60 depending on the length of the case.

19. Ad clicking

You could get paid to click on different ads on various websites. The more ads that you click, the more money you’ll make. Keep in mind that this won’t make you tons of money, but you could make a few extra dollars each month.

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20. Become an online consultant

Are you good at giving advice? If so, you may be able to become an online consultant. All around the world people are asking for advice on different things. If you know a topic really well, you might as well get paid to help people understand that topic even better!

21. Game testing

If you’re one of those people who love gaming, then why not get paid for it. Game companies pay certain people to test out their new games and give feedback on ways to improve it and what they like about it.

22. Become a market affiliate

Market affiliates get paid to sell other company’s products. You can make a decent amount of money doing this if you have an already-popular blog, website, and good salesmanship.

23. Seamstress

If you have talent with a needle and thread, you may be able to offer your services, for cash, from the comfort of your own home. You can do alterations, create upholstery, beddings, and tote bags – if it can be sewn, you can create it.

24. Sell your old books

People who do this go to other businesses, buy their no longer used books, and then resell them on sites like Amazon and Ebay.

25. Watch videos

Who wouldn’t want to get paid to watch videos on YouTube all day; especially if it’s something people do all the time for free anyway! Some sites pay people to watch videos and provide feedback.

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Published on January 16, 2019

How to Effectively Manage a Heavy Workload at Work

How to Effectively Manage a Heavy Workload at Work

We’re all busy, but sometimes we go through periods where the work piles up and it seems like it might never end.

You might have such a heavy workload that it feels too intimidating to even start.

You may have said yes to some or too many projects, and now you’re afraid you won’t be able to deliver.

That’s when you need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and start looking at what’s working and what’s not working.

Here’re 13 strategies you can use to get out from under your overwhelming workload:

1. Acknowledge You Can’t Do It All

Many of us have a tendency to think we can do more than we actually can. We take on more and more projects and responsibility and wear numerous hats.

We all have the opportunity to have and take on more work than we can reasonably expect to get done. Unfortunately, our workload is not static. Even now, while you are reading this article, I’m guessing that your inbox is filling up with fresh new tasks.

To make real, effective progress, you have to have both the courage and resourcefulness to say, “This is not working”. Acknowledge that you can’t do it all and look for better solutions.

At any given time in your life, there are likely many things that aren’t going according to plan. You have to be willing to be honest with yourself and those around you about what’s not working for you, both personally and professionally.

The more you exercise your ability to tell the truth about what’s working and what’s not working, the faster you’ll make progress.

2. Focus on Your Unique Strengths

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a leader or working as part of a team, every individual has unique strengths they can bring to the table.

The challenge is that many people end up doing things that they’re simply not very good at.

In the pursuit of reaching your goals or delivering a project, people end up doing everything themselves or taking on things that don’t play to their unique strengths. This can result in frustration, overwhelm and overwork.

It can mean projects taking a lot longer to complete because of knowledge gaps, or simply not utilizing the unique strengths of other people you work with.

It is often not about how to complete this project more effectively but who can help deliver this project.

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So, what are your unique strengths that will ensure your workload is delivered more effectively? Here’re some questions to help you reflect:

  • Are you a great strategist?
  • Are you an effective planner?
  • Is Project Management your strength?
  • Is communication and bringing people together your strength?
  • Are you the ideas person?
  • Is Implementation your strength?

Think about how you can bring the biggest value to your work and the projects you undertake.

3. Use the Strengths of Your Team

One of the simplest ways to manage your workload effectively is to free up your time so you bring your highest level of energy, focus and strengths to each project.

Delegation or better teamwork is the solution.

Everyone has unique strengths. It’s essential to think teamwork rather than working in isolation to ensure projects can be completed effectively. Besides, every time you give away a task or project that doesn’t play to your unique strengths, you open up an opportunity to do something you’re more talented at. This will empower both yourself and those around you.

Rather than taking on all the responsibilities yourself, look at who you can work with to deliver the best results possible.

4. Take Time for Planning

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe”. – Abraham Lincoln

One hour of effective planning could save hours of time. Rather than just rushing in and getting started on projects, take the time to map everything in.

You can take the time to think about:

  • What’s the purpose of the project?
  • How Important is it?
  • When does it need to be delivered by?
  • What is the best result and worst result for this project?
  • What are the KPIs?
  • What does the project plan and key milestones look like?
  • Who is working on this project?
  • What is everyone’s responsibilities?
  • What tolerances can I add in?
  • What are the review stages?
  • What are the challenges we may face and the solutions for these challenges?

Having absolute clarity on the project, the project deliverables and the result you want can save a lot of time. It also gets you clear on the priorities and timelines, so you can block out the required amount of time to focus and concentrate.

5. Focus on Priorities

Not everything is a priority, although it can often feel, in the moment, that it is.

Whatever you’re working on, there is always the Most Urgent, Important or Most Valuable projects or tasks.

One tool you can use to maximize your productivity and focus on your biggest priorities is to use the Eisenhower Matrix. This strategic tool for taking action on the things that matter most is simple. You separate your actions based on four possibilities:

  1. Urgent and important (tasks you will do immediately).
  2. Important, but not urgent (tasks you will schedule to do later).
  3. Urgent, but not important (tasks you will delegate to someone else).
  4. Neither urgent nor important (tasks that you will eliminate).

James Clear has a great description on how to use the Eisenhower Matrix: How to be More Productive By Using the Eisenhower Box

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    The method I use with my coaching clients is to ask them to lay out their Top Five priorities for the day. Then to start with the most important priority first. At the end of the day, you review performance against these priorities.

    If you didn’t get everything accomplished, start the next day with your number one priority.

    If you are given additional task/projects during the day, then you will need to gauge their importance V the other priorities.

    6. Take Time Out

    To stay on top of a heavy workload, it’s important to take time out to rest and recuperate.

    If your energy levels are high and your mind and body is refreshed and alert, you are in more of a peak state to handle a heavy workload.

    Take time out of your day to go for a walk or get some exercise in. Leave early when possible and spend time with people who give you a lot of energy.

    In the background, it’s essential to get a good night’s sleep and eat healthily to sharpen the mind.

    Take a look at this article learn about The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

    7. Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance

    Maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be tough. The balance we all crave is very different from one another.

    I’ve written before about 13 Work Life Balance Tips for a Happy and Productive Life. Working longer and harder doesn’t mean achieving more, especially if you have no time to spend with the people that matter most. The quality of who you are as a person, the relationships you have, the time you spend in work, deciding on what matters most is completely within your control.

    Work-life balance is about finding peace within yourself to be fully present, wherever you are, whether that be in the office or at home, right now. It’s about choosing what matters most and creating your own balanced life.

    If you feel there is not enough balance, then it may be time to make a change.

    8. Stop Multitasking

    Multi-tasking is a myth. Your brain simply can’t work effectively by doing more than one thing at a time—at least more than one thing that requires focused attention.

    So get your list of priorities (see earlier point), do the most important thing first, then move to the next item and work down your list.

    When you split your focus over a multitude of different areas, you can’t consistently deliver a high performance. You won’t be fully present on the one task or project at hand.

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    If you allocate blocked time and create firm boundaries for specific activities and commitments, you won’t feel so overwhelmed or overworked with everything you have to do.

    9. Work in Blocks of Time

    To keep your energy up to produce your best results it’s essential to take regular breaks.

    I use the 60-60-30 method myself and teach it to my coaching clients.

    Work on a project for a sustained period of 50 minutes.

    Then take a 10-minute break. This could be taking a walk, having a healthy snack or just having a conversation with someone.

    Then continue to work on the project for a further 50 minutes.

    Then take another 10-minute break.

    Then take a complete 30-minute break to unplug from the work. This could be time for a proper lunch, a quick bit of exercise, reading or having a walk.

    By simply taking some time out, your energy levels stay up, the quality of your work improves and you reduce the risk of becoming burned out.

    10. Get Rid of Distractions

    Make an estimation on how many times you are distracted during an average working day. Now take that number and multiply it by 25. According to Gloria Mark in her study on The Cost of Interrupted Work, it takes us an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to return to the original task after interruption.[1]

    “Our research has shown that attention distraction can lead to higher stress, a bad mood and lower productivity.”

    Distractions don’t just take up your time during the distraction, they can derail your mental progress and focus for almost 25 minutes. So, if you are distracted 5 times per day, you could be losing almost 2 hours every day of productive work and almost 10 hours every week.

    If you have an important project to work on, find a space where you won’t be distracted, or try doing this.

    11. Commit Focused Time to Smaller Tasks

    You know sometimes, you need to simply tackle these tasks and take action on them. But there’s always something more pressing.

    Small tasks can often get in the way of your most important projects. They sit there on your daily To Do list but are often forgotten about because of more important priorities or because they hold no interest for you. But they take up mental energy. They clutter your mind.

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    Commit to spending a specific period of time completing all the small tasks you have on your To Do list. It will give you peace of mind and the space to focus more on your bigger priorities.

    12. Take a Time Audit

    Do you know exactly where your time is going each day? Are you spending too long on certain projects and tasks to the detriment of bigger opportunities?

    Spend a bit of time to analyze where you are spending your time. This insight will amaze you and give you the clarity to start adjusting where you focus your time and on what projects.

    You can start by taking a piece of paper and creating three columns:

    Column A is Priority Work. Column B is Good Work. Column C is low value work or stuff.

    Each day, write down the project or task and the time spent on each. Allocate that time to one of the columns.

    At the end of the week, record the total time spent in each column.

    If you are spending far too much time on certain types of work, look to change things so your focused time is in Column B and C.

    13. Protect Your Confidence

    It is essential to protect our confidence to ensure we don’t get overwhelmed, stressed and lose belief.

    When you have confidence as a daily resource, you are in a better position to problem solve, learn quicker, respond to anything, adjust to anything, and achieve your biggest opportunities.

    Confidence gives you the ability to transform fear into focused and relaxed thinking, communication, and action. This is key to put your mind into a productive state.

    When confidence is high, you can clearly see the possibilities at hand and create strategies to take advantage of them, or to solve the challenges you face each day.

    Final Words

    A heavy workload can be tough to deal with and can cause stress, burnout and ongoing frustration.

    The key is to tackle it head on, rather than let it go on and compound the long-term effects. Hopefully, you can take action on at least one of these tips.

    If it gets too much, and negatively affects your physical and mental health, it may be time to talk to someone. Instead of dealing with it alone and staying unhappier, resentful and getting to a point where you simply can’t cope, you have to make a change for your own sanity.

    Featured photo credit: Hannah Wei via unsplash.com

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