Introducing the Sunset Bungalow

Even though I’m continuing to put (never ending!) finishing touches on my house, I thought you might be tired of seeing my guest room for the tenth time so I have an exciting new project for you today! It’s also nice to switch up your design focus every once in awhile. And I love helping out a friend. So when the lovely Chloe Roth asked if I might help her pull together her newly purchased San Francisco bungalow, I gladly jumped in. And we thought we ought to take you along on our design journey!

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Chloe snagged the cutest little two-bedroom house in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset neighborhood. Just blocks from the Pacific Ocean, the Sunset is well known for its rows upon rows of candy-colored houses built in the 1930s (check out a fascinating article about San Francisco architecture here). If you’re lucky, you can snag one of these houses with their charming period features still intact. While I’m thrilled we have some fun details like arched doorways and huge picture windows to play with, there is also plenty of late-90’s lighting, a builder-grade kitchen and really bad beige paint everywhere. It is definitely is feeling a bit drab.

As a creative director, Chloe has a very discerning eye and a clear aesthetic (her previous apartment was even featured in an interior design book), but it can be hard to look at the blank slate of an entire house and figure out where to begin. Thankfully, I’ve now had some major practice with that! We’ve been working to apply Chloe’s modern, minimalist style to this new beach setting and I love where we’re headed. With any project it’s always super helpful to create a mood board. It helps keep you focused and keep everyone on the same page. Below is our mood board for Chloe’s main living spaces (ie her living room, dining room, bedroom and office).
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We’re going for a theme of soothing and serene. We’re playing with a color palette inspired by the beach: a combo of grays and natural wood tones that play homage to the color of sand and a few unexpected pops of deep saturated greens reminiscent of the cypress trees that dot the coastline. This will all sit against a bright white backdrop. There will be a mix of some yummy textures to offset minimal clean lines. Chloe is also a plant whisperer so we’re working on creative ways to incorporate living elements throughout the house. I cannot wait to share some of our best solutions!

Over the coming weeks you’ll get to see more of our inspirations, our best DIY projects, the paint color selection process and of course, the final before and afters. Be sure to follow @thechloeroth’s #thesunsetbungalow on the Instagram for all the updates. We’re going to have some fun!

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Sunset Bungalow Update: Fireplace Debate

If you checked in on our Sunset Bungalow update last week, you saw our first paint color dilemma in the bathroom. The overwhelming majority of you voiced your support for painting the back wall of Chloe’s bath with the color Positively Pink T18-01 from my partner Behr paint’s 2018 Color Trend palette. While we’re going to wait to reveal our final design decisions until the entire house is complete, the vote went so well we wanted to get your opinion yet again! Today we’re talking fireplaces.

Chloe is lucky enough to have a fireplace with a gorgeous deco-inspired mantel in her living room. I’m obsessed. But the fireplace is also a bit of a difficult design element. It sits on an odd angled wall tucked into the corner of the living room’s west side. You can’t center furniture around it. You wouldn’t put a TV over it. Instead, it has to be treated more like an art installation rather than a place to congregate. So we’re going to run with that.

As I worked on the living room design, I realized this was another great opportunity to insert innovative use of paint. When we fell in love with Behr’s 2018 Color Trend hue Equilibrium T18-20, we immediately wanted to add the deep, rich green to this spot. The image below is our current design inspiration.

Since Chloe’s fireplace isn’t functional, we decided it’s the perfect place to showcase her love of plants, as in the image above. Grounding the fireplace in Behr’s deep, sophisticated green will make a perfect backdrop for a mini urban jungle. But we would love your thoughts on one key choice.

OPTION ONE

Our first option is to simply highlight the chimney chase with Equilibrium T18-20. This options feels a bit more traditional and classic.

OPTION TWO

However, we’re seriously considering the idea of turning the corner with the paint color. By adding a second wall (per your questions in the comments, this wall is actually about 3 feet wide and abuts a doorframe), the effect is more graphic. It feels influenced by modern cubism. And like the inspiration image, it will create a little corner that can house both plants and possibly a little chair or stool.

So what say you? Are you feeling the bolder look of Option Two? Or are you more drawn to the traditional look option one. Please weigh in by commenting on this post as we would love to know!

For all the details about the Sunset Bungalow Project RIGHT HERE.

This post is in partnership with Behr. All thoughts are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting posts that have kept apartment 34’s doors open.

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On the Hunt for: Black Steel Doors

If you’ve ever remodeled or redesigned a house, you’re going to relate to this post. If you haven’t, consider this a little peek behind the curtain. You go in thinking everything will just run smoothly, that you will be able to find everything you need and get it when you want it. Alas, the world of home design does not work that way my friends. There are a litany of variables, any of which can trip up your entire design process. Perhaps a trade is unavailable (for the next six months!). Perhaps your dream tile is back ordered (for at least six months). Or perhaps you have a vision that is tough to actualize. This is the case for one of my favorite design ideas for our house: steel doors.

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One of the key design features I want in our house is steel doors separating this room from the rest of the communal space. Steel doors are stately. They add such drama. They don’t block light. They’re black. And added bonus, they’ll tuck away our TV so as my kid has movie nights with friends (many years down the road – have you read my thoughts on kids and tech??) us adults can enjoy the living room with the doors closed.

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That said, actualizing these doors is easier said than done. It’s very hard to find sources for custom work. While I’ve found many a resource if I want some steel doors for my bathroom (this Apartment Therapy story is a good one), but crafting a set of 11.5 ft door has proved to be exceedingly challenging. But look at all this pics. The vision is just too good. This design element must become a piece of our house.

So if you happen to have a line on someone who would want to create the prettiest set of doors that you ever did see, I’ll take any and all recommendations!

For all the latest on our remodel, CLICK HERE

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What are the Average Monthly Expenses for One Person?

Everyone has different needs, responsibilities, and spending and saving habits. Still, you may wonder how your spending lines up with everyone else’s.

Or, if you’re in the process of creating a monthly budget, you may be looking to see roughly how much of your take-home income you should be setting aside for various living expenses.

To help you get a better sense of the cost of living for one person, we’ve assembled a list of the most common average monthly expenses.

Housing

We generally all need a roof over our heads, and housing tends to consume the highest portion of monthly income.

Indeed, according to the U.S Department of Labor , single people living alone (or with others but paying their own) may devote, on average, 35.9 percent of their monthly income to housing.

Government stats also show that the average household (from singles to families) spends about $1,723 per month on housing costs, including rent or mortgage, property taxes, maintenance and insurance fees, where applicable.

Of course, monthly housing costs may be less if you’re single, and can also vary significantly depending on where you live.

A single person living in a studio in New York City, for example, can expect to spend around $1,514 on rent, whereas someone renting a one-bedroom in Roanoke, VI, can expect to pay around $713 on monthly rent.

Transportation

Transportation costs can vary depending on your mode of transport (i.e., car vs. bus vs train), as well as what region of the country you live in.

But one thing that holds true for many of us–transportation often accounts for the second-largest budget item, after housing.

The average household shells out around $813 per month on transportation, including car or public transportation, gas, insurance and other related expenses.

Other transportation expenses to note:

•  Americans spend an average of $550 per month on new car payments.
•  Gas and fuel run around $176 per month on average.
•  Car insurance payments average $119 monthly.

Health Care

Health care expenses can vary depending on each individual’s circumstances, and can also rise and fall from one month to the next.

For example, there may be some months where unexpected medical costs crop up (such as emergency care), and other months where you only need to cover insurance premiums and preventive care appointments.

Cost also varies by location.

For instance, a single adult living in New York City can expect to pay about $425 a month on health care (including insurance premiums for the lowest tier plan, as well as out-of-pocket costs).

A single adult living in Boise, Idaho, on the other hand, can anticipate shelling out roughly $342 per month for those costs.

Food

Everyone’s gotta eat–and the average single person spends about $198 per month in groceries and $172 per month outside the home, for a total average of $370 per month.

This figure can range, however, anywhere from under $200 to over $700, depending on your age, income, gender, eating habits, and where you live.

The wide variability in spending in this category shows that food can be an area where consumers can find savings if they need to reduce monthly spending (such as eating out less, meal planning, and choosing lower cost brands at the supermarket).

Cell Phone

Average monthly wireless fees run between $35 and $140 for a family plan.

The good news? If your budget is particularly tight, you could spend as little as $10 a month for basic service with no data.

Utility Bills

After you’ve saved up and carefully budgeted to buy a home, you probably don’t want to be surprised by a higher-than-expected utility bill.

A number of factors go into utility costs, including home size, where you set the thermostat, type of insulation you have, the climate, as well as what part of the country you live in (since rates vary across the country).

New Mexico residents, for example, pay the least for natural gas (on average, $50 per month) and electricity (an average of $79.16 per month), while Hawaiians pay the most–due to the remote nature of the islands, electricity averages $149.33 per month and natural gas averages $223.07 monthly.

Clothing

The average adult aged 25 to 34 spends about $161 on clothing per month. Adults aged 35 to 44 spend a bit more, averaging $209 per month.

If your budget is tight, this is one category where you can often pare back spending–whether by shopping your closet, hitting the sales racks, or bringing older clothes that need repairs or fit adjustments to the tailor.

Gym Memberships

The average gym membership runs $58 per person, which could be a good deal if you use it regularly.

But weighing in at $696 per year, it’s a hefty price to pay if you rarely see the inside of that gym.

There are some great options for exercising on a budget, such as going outside and hitting the pavement, joining an exercise meetup group, watching YouTube videos, and/or picking up some dumbbells and exercise bands to workout at home.

Getting Your Monthly Expenses in Check

Knowing the average cost of living can be helpful when you’re trying to determine how much of your budget you may need to allocate to different spending categories.

However these average monthly expenses are just that — averages.

To fine-tune your budget, and make sure your spending is in line with both your income and your goals, it’s a good idea to track your own spending (which means every cash/debit card/credit card payment and every bill you pay) for a month or two.

There are a few options for tracking spending. One easy method is to make all purchases for the month on one debit card or credit card, then, at the end of the month, taking note of all the purchases made.

Another option is to log expenses as you pay them–you can carry around a notebook or keep all your receipts and list them later on paper or in a computer spreadsheet.

At the end of the month, you can then tally up everything you spent, as well as allocate each expense into key categories, such as housing, transportation, food, health care, etc.

You can then see how your spending compares to national averages, as well as where you might want to tweak things.

For instance, if you don’t have enough at the end of the month to put any money away into your retirement fund and/or an emergency fund or other savings goal, you may want to re-examine your nonessential spending (such as restaurants, clothing, gym memberships) and finds some ways to pare back.

The Takeaway

Whether you’re creating a new budget or refreshing an old one, you’ve probably noticed how important–and tricky–it is to get your monthly expenses right.

Knowing the average amount people spend to live can help you figure out how your spending stacks up and, if you’re just starting out, help to ensure you’re budgeting enough for each category.

To see how your actual spending compares to national averages, you may want to track your daily spending for a month (or more), and then put all your expenses into categories.

You may then decide to set up certain spending limits to keep your spending in line with your income, as well as your savings goals.

If you need help with tracking your spending, a SoFi Money® cash management account may be a good option for you.

With SoFi Money, you can easily see your weekly spending on your dashboard, which can help you stay on top of what you are spending and make sure you are on track with your budget.

Learn more about how SoFi Money could jumpstart your financial management today.



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Learn to Mix the Perfect Cocktail with Dona Tomas

Today’s edition of Delicious Spaces might look a little familiar to a long-time Apt34 reader. I’ve been a major fangirl of brunch at Dona Tomas since my days of pregnancy cravings.

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I’m also a fan of the simply chic decor in Dona Tomas’ dining room. Tucked next to Oakland’s Temescal Alley, Dona Tomas keeps things clean and classic. Creamy white walls are dotted with authentic Mexican tapestries and candelabra sconces. Gorgeous ironwork separates the dining room from the exterior patio. Vintage Mexican posters, jumbo grass pendants and floral tablecloths on outside tables are colorful touches. But this pared-back setting is the perfect way to let Dona Tomas’ food and cocktails shine.

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And if you’re in the Bay Area, I have an extra special treat for you. Dona Tomas is offering their first cocktail class at the restaurant this weekend! The class will focus on three unique cocktails off their brunch menu: the Celorita, Bloody Maria, and Coco Mocha, described below. You’ll learn how to make each of three cocktails, from the mixes and syrups, where to find the ingredients and tools, how to measure, shake and stir, and get answers to any questions about tequila and mezcal.

Celorita —
habañero infused Vida mezcal, agave & lime, pineapple, cilantro, cucumber & celery

Bloody Maria —
Cimarron Blanco tequila, tomato juice, lime, horseradish, Worcestershire, hot sauce, salt and pepper

Coco Mocha —
Flor de Caña dark rum, chocolate liqueur, coconut milk, iced coffee, piloncillo-canela syrup

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If you’re in the mood to spice up your cocktail skills, or a simply in the mood for a fun afternoon of great food and amazing drinks you should seriously consider taking this class. I’ve included all the details below.

What: Dona Tomas Mexican Brunch Cocktail Class
Where: Dona Tomas, 5004 Telegraph Ave, Oakland CA PHONE: 510-540-0522
When: Sunday, Feb 25th, 2pm
Cost: $30 per person
Details: Call to purchase your tickets! 510-450-0522

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Want To Make Money From Home? Here Are 17 Of The Best Online Jobs To Make $1,000+ A Month

Are you looking to find one of the best online jobs out there? Wondering what the best online job is?

Luckily for you, in today’s world, there are actually quite a lot of online jobs that pay well.

Some of the best online jobs are work from home jobs that involve you working for someone else, or you may be able to even start your own business.

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And, yes, many people earn a full-time income while working online jobs from home.

So, if you are looking to start making extra money or if you want a new career path that lets you earn money from home, this list of best online jobs is especially for you.

My hope is that what you read in this article will spark your interest and possibly inspire you to learn how to earn money from home.

Online jobs are great for many reasons such as:

  • You can work from home
  • You may be able to have a more flexible schedule
  • You may be able to travel more or even full-time

Being a blogger is pretty non-traditional, but it’s an online job that allows me to travel full-time, create my own schedule, and be my own boss.

I know many people who work online for the same reasons I do, and they love it.

Here are a few different types of people and situations that can really benefit by finding one of the legit online jobs on this list –

Parents can work online and have the flexibility to stay at home with their young children. Online jobs are also great for parents of school-aged kids who want to be around during the day if something happens while their child is at school. 

People who want to increase their income can benefit by finding online part time jobs that allow them to work outside of their “normal” 9-5 work schedule. 

Anyone who wants to start a new career can find part time jobs from home that they can start on the side and one day grow into a full-time business. This allows you to try something new while not immediately giving up your current job and income. 

Anyone with wanderlust can work online and travel while they earn money. This is what I do, and I love being able to see so many new places while earning a great living online.

And, I’m always looking to add to this list of best work from home jobs and online options, so if you know of anything else, please leave a comment or send me an email.

All of the best online jobs on this list are legitimate jobs, career paths, or business ideas, so you don’t have to worry about work from home job scams. As always, they will require your time and effort – as all careers do.

If you’re wondering “what are the best online careers” then today’s post is for you!

Related content on the best online jobs:

Here are 17 of the best online jobs.

 

1. Create a blog – One of the best legit work from home jobs.

My favorite online job is, of course, blogging!

It allows me to travel full-time, work from home, have a flexible schedule, earn somewhat passive income, and more.

Blogging changed my life for the better, and it allows me to earn thousands of dollars a month, all by doing something that I love.

I created Making Sense of Cents in 2011 and since then, I have earned over $4,000,000 with my blog and over $1,500,000 just in one year.

My blog was created on a whim as a way to track my own personal finance progress. And when I first started my blog, I honestly didn’t even know that people could make money blogging or how to start a successful blog!

I did not create Making Sense of Cents to earn money from home, but after only six months, I began to make money.

Blogging is quite affordable to start too!

Related content:

You can easily learn how to start a blog with my free How To Start a Blog Course.

Here’s a quick outline of what you will learn:

  • Day 1: Reasons you should start a blog
  • Day 2: How to determine what to blog about
  • Day 3: How to create your blog (in this lesson, you will learn how to start a blog on WordPress – my tutorial makes it very easy to start a blog)
  • Day 4: How to make money blogging
  • Day 5: My tips for making passive income from blogging
  • Day 6: How to grow your traffic and followers
  • Day 7: Miscellaneous blogging tips that will help you be successful

 

2. Help local businesses on Facebook for jobs online.

Did you know that you can make a living from Facebook? With Facebook advertising, you can help businesses expand their reach.

And, yes, this is a skill that you can learn!

I recently had the chance to interview Bobby Hoyt about this subject. Bobby is a former high school teacher who paid off $40,000 of student loan debt in a year and a half. He now runs the personal finance blog Millennial Money Man full-time, as well as a digital marketing agency for local businesses that he started in 2015.

Last year, business owners spent over $88,000,000 per day on Facebook ads. The market is wide open for digital marketers on Facebook, and this is definitely a skill you can learn!

If you are looking for a new business idea or even just a side hustle, learning how to make money running Facebook ads for local businesses may be something that you want to look into.

I recently did an interview with Bobby about running Facebook ads, and in this interview, you will learn:

  • How Bobby started making money through running Facebook ads
  • Why small businesses want Facebook ads
  • How a person can find their first Facebook ads client
  • How much you can make doing this type of work – the average is around $1,000 extra a month per client

One last thing before we head to the interview on how to make money running Facebook ads for local businesses. Bobby has a course called Facebook Side Hustle Course that teaches you how to successfully make money running Facebook ads for local businesses.

Related: 80+ Ways To Earn Extra Money

3. Sell items on Amazon.

Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer has many, many people who sell items and earn money from home. Jessica Larrew, of The Selling Family, explains how selling on Amazon may be a possibility for you. She is a friend of mine, and I am blown away by her success!

In the first year that Jessica’s family ran their Amazon FBA business together, working less than 20 hours a week total, they made over $100,000 profit!

Jessica also has a FREE 7 day course that will teach you everything you need to know in order to start selling on Amazon. I recommend signing up for it now!

This is one of the best online jobs to work as a side hustle, and if you want more information, click on the interview link below.

In my interview with Jessica, How To Work From Home Selling On Amazon FBA, we talk about:

  • How Jessica started selling on Amazon FBA
  • What exactly Amazon FBA is
  • How to choose what to buy and sell
  • How much a person can expect to earn
  • The positives of selling on Amazon, and more

 

4. Proofread for a living.

Do you find yourself correcting grammar and/or cringing at common writing errors?

Maybe you even enjoy finding errors?!

In 2014, Caitlin made slightly over $43,000 by being a freelance proofreader, while also going on several fun vacations.

If you are looking for a new job, or even just a side hustle, this may be one of the best online jobs to look into. In my interview with Caitlin, Make Money Proofreading By Becoming A Freelance Proofreader, you can find more information on how to earn money from home as a proofreader, court transcript proofreader, or a freelance proofreader.

In this interview, we talk about:

  • How to get started as a proofreader
  • Who the typical clients are
  • What kind of income can be made
  • Whether anyone can be a proofreader or not
  • What kind of training you need, and more
  • Good online jobs info

Caitlin also has a great FREE 7 day course just for people who want to stop wasting time and start making more money with their proofreading skills. I definitely recommend that you check it out.

 

5. Find online tutoring jobs.

Are you looking for a flexible side hustle as an online tutor?

Course Hero is a website that helps high school and college students with course-specific questions.

Using the website, students connect with Course Hero tutors on a wide range of subjects and classes, which makes this a great side hustle for people with different educational backgrounds and experience.

Tutors earn an average of $3 for each question they answer on Course Hero. Earning between $12-$20 per hour, Course Hero tutors earn an average of $300/week.

Learn more at How To Make $300+ Weekly As An Online Tutor With Course Hero.

 

6. Become a virtual assistant to earn money online.

This is one of the online job ideas that is growing very quickly!

Not only does the internet allow us to complete more daily tasks online, more and more people are working from home in fields such as blogging, social media, etc. This means there are more and more virtual assistant jobs, making it one of the best online jobs today.

Virtual assistant tasks may include social media management, formatting and editing content, scheduling appointments or travel, email management, and more. Basically, you can get paid to do any task that needs to be done in someone’s business, but doesn’t need to be done by them.

My friend Kayla is a full-time blogger, virtual assistant (VA), and project manager who earns over $10,000 per month while working from home. She is also the founder of $10K VA, her course where she teaches exactly how you can make a consistent $10,000 per month as a virtual assistant too!

Kayla used to work a full-time job as a credit analyst, earning about $2,000 per month. She was struggling to make ends meet while paying off debt, so she started a side hustle as a virtual assistant.

I interviewed her at How Kayla Earns $10K/Month From Home as a Virtual Assistant, and we talk about:

  • How much can a beginner VA expect to make
  • How a person can find their first virtual assistant job
  • The steps to become a VA
  • Her best tips for being a VA

And more!

 

7. Make money on Pinterest as an online job.

To continue with the above, I do want to talk about how you can become a Pinterest virtual assistant as well. This can some of the best online work, especially if you enjoy being on Pinterest.

This is where you help businesses improve their reach on Pinterest. This could be:

  • Designing Pinterest images for their website
  • Helping business owners set up their Pinterest account
  • Scheduling pins so that they are consistent
  • Creating a marketing plan, and more

Learn more at How I Started Earning $3,600 a Month As A Pinterest Assistant After Just 6 Months.

 

8. Write your own eBook.

Writing your own eBook is a great way to make money online, and there is probably something super helpful that you could write about (even if you think otherwise!).

In fact, my friend Alyssa self-published her first book and has sold more than 13,000 copies.

She is now earning a great passive income of over $200 a day from her book ($6,500 in one month alone!).

She is also the creator of From Blog To Book, a course that will help you write, launch, and market your first book. I’ve already signed up for the course, and the expertise she shares is absolutely amazing. Some of the modules in her course include:

  • Mapping Out Your Book Content
  • Strategies for Writing Your Next 30,000 Words
  • Where to Publish Your Book
  • Tutorial: Getting Your Book on Amazon
  • Design Your Book Cover
  • Set Pricing for Your Book
  • Create Your Marketing Plan

You can check out her super informative course by clicking here.

Learn more at How Alyssa is making $200 a DAY in book sales passively.

 

9. Write romance novels.

My friend Yuwanda Black has found one of the best online jobs that is also super interesting. She writes romance novels and in one month, she was able to make over $3,000!

I was able to have her write on Making Sense of Cents about her creative way to make extra money. In the article linked below, you can learn:

  • How she got started writing romance novels
  • How much money she has made
  • Her top tips to start writing successful romance novels
  • Why your novels do not need to be long (her most successful books are under 10,000 words)
  • How to promote your romance novels
  • How to sell on Amazon

And much more!

Learn more at How to Make Money Self-Publishing Short Romance Novels on Amazon.

 

10. Build an online store for the top online jobs.

Yes, you can start your own online store, and you don’t need to have tons of experience or a lot of money to do so. Many people start with no background – which means that if this is one of the high paying online jobs that you are interested in, then you should definitely read on.

I’ve also heard of a number of students who have successfully started ecommerce stores because there aren’t any degree requirements for this option. It’s also one of the best online jobs for students because you can work it in just 5-10 hours a week like Jen did, and you don’t have to store the items you’re selling.

I had the chance to interview Jenn Leach of E-commerce and Prosper, who explains exactly how to start an online store.

Jenn is a corporate mom turned e-commerce store owner and blogger.

She started her online business a little over three years ago, and since then, she has developed and grown three successful online e-commerce stores earning an average of $19,000 per month.

She is super successful despite only spending around 5-10 hours per week on her e-commerce business.

E-commerce and Prosper, Jenn Leach’s course, teaches you how to start an online store. She reveals her successful rinse and repeat formula to students in her course. It’s the same formula she uses to earn an average of $19,000 per month. This course will teach you:

  • How to start an online store
  • Winning e-commerce success tools
  • How to turbocharge your e-commerce success
  • How to start making money in THREE days

Learn more about this at How Jenn Makes Over $10,000 A Month With Her Online Store In Less Than 10 Hours Per Week.

 

11. Start a bookkeeping business as one of the jobs you can do from home.

Ben, founder of Bookkeeper Launch, explains how becoming a bookkeeper may be a possibility for you.

Ben helps people start and grow their own bookkeeping business with his online bookkeeping course.

And, guess what?

This is one of the best online jobs because you don’t have to be an accountant or have any previous experience!

In this interview, we talk about:

  • What a bookkeeper is
  • The typical clients a bookkeeper has
  • How much new bookkeepers earn
  • How to become a bookkeeper
  • The positives and negatives of bookkeeping, and more

Learn more at Make Money At Home By Becoming A Bookkeeper.

 

12. Find items to resell online for online part time jobs.

Have you ever found something that you thought you may be able to resell and actually make some money?

Melissa’s family earned $42,875 in 2015 through buy and sell flipping, and they were working only 10-20 hours per week.

Yes, just 10-20 hours a week!

And in 2016, she hit $133,000!

Some of the best flipped items that they’ve done include:

  • An item that they bought for $10 and flipped for $200 just 6 minutes later
  • A security tower they bought for $6,200 and flipped for $25,000 just one month later
  • A prosthetic leg that they bought for $30 at a flea market and sold for $1,000 on eBay the next day

She also has a great book called 5 Ways to Get FREE Items To Resell for Profit, which teaches you how you can earn money from home by flipping items. 

You can learn more at How Melissa Made $40,000 In One Year Flipping Items.

 

13. Begin a freelance writing career for online work from home jobs.

Working as a freelance writer is one of the best online jobs these days because there is a growing number of jobs out there for freelance writers.

A freelance writer is someone who writes for a number of different clients, such as websites, blogs, magazines, and more. They don’t work for one specific company, rather they work for themselves and contract out their writing.

My friend Holly from EarnMoreWriting.com (as well as the popular personal finance blog Club Thrifty) is a very successful freelance writer and has earned over $200,000 writing online!

Her freelance writing course includes nine video modules, several printable worksheets, and awesome add-ons, too. Here are some of the things you can expect to learn if you take her freelance writing course:

  • Discover the #1 most important thing you can do to get paid writing jobs
  • Learn how to find beginner level jobs and move up over time
  • Learn how price affects the amount of work you get
  • Learn which types of jobs help Holly earn the most pay, and where you can find them
  • Find out which online platforms work best for finding paid work, and how to use them
  • Learn how to structure your work day to earn six figures or more

Learn more at How I Earn $200,000+ Writing Online Content.

 

14. Become a transcriptionist for home based jobs online.

Transcription work is a growing field.

In 2007, Janet started working from home as a medical transcriptionist. Shortly after that, she started a successful general and legal transcription business.

While running her business, she noticed a need for more skilled transcriptionists, so the idea of creating a course and introducing one of the best online jobs to more people popped up. Janet now teaches others in her online course how to transcribe online.

In this my interview, Make Money At Home By Becoming A Transcriptionist, we talk about:

  • What a transcriptionist is
  • How you can get started as a transcriptionist
  • What kind of money you can expect to make
  • The type of training you need, and more

 

15. Teach English online to earn money from home.

Online teaching jobs are growing every single day. For many, this is the best job to work from home.

Learning how to teach English online has become extremely popular, making it one of the best online jobs from home for many good reasons – it’s flexible, there’s a high need, and it pays pretty well.

Surprisingly, you don’t need to be a teacher to learn how to teach English online. You also don’t need to speak more than one language – you only need to speak English.

Those things make teaching English online a really great side hustle or online job for almost anyone.

The amount of money you can earn teaching English online will vary, but it’s typically around $14 to $22 per hour.

Because this side hustle is becoming popular, there are several great companies that allow you to teach English online. My top three picks are ones my readers have recommended and ones I have personally looked into:

  1. VIPKID
  2. Qkids
  3. Education First

Learn more at Make Extra Money By Learning How To Teach English Online.

16. Work as a freelancer for internet jobs.

Freelancers are people who work for others by doing part-time jobs. A business may hire you on for one-time gigs or you may get a long-term job with a company as a freelancer.

These can be some of the highest paying jobs from home, as you can set your own prices and take on as many clients as you desire.

In addition to some of the freelance jobs I’ve already mentioned (writing, proofreading, transcribing, and bookkeeping) there are even more freelance jobs out there for people who have experience in a variety of fields, including:

  • Graphic design
  • Web design and development
  • Video editing
  • Sound design
  • Search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Programming
  • Photography

This is one of the best online jobs because you can use a skill you already have and start finding work on job platforms like UpWork and Fiverr.

17. Work in customer service.

Many large companies are starting to outsource their customer service departments to people who are working at home. This means that you may be able to find many work from home online jobs.

Customer service representatives may be responsible for a number of things, like:

  • Working at an online call center
  • Working as a chat agent
  • Offering technical support
  • Virtual assistant tasks
  • Working as a travel agent

This is becoming one of the best online jobs because the number of large companies who need online customer service reps is growing. Companies like Apple, American Express, UHAUL, and more are now offering these types of jobs. 

More resources if you’re looking for one of the best online jobs to earn more money from home. 

If you are new to Making Sense of Cents, I am all about finding ways to make money from home and save more money as well. Here are some of my favorite sites and products that may help you out:

  • Back when I had student loans, one of the things I did was learn how to become a mystery shopper so that I could make extra money. No, it did not make me rich, but it gave me a little bit of extra income, and it also allowed me to go out to eat and get free things that I probably would have bought anyway. Read more at Want To Make An Extra $100 A Month? Learn How To Become A Mystery Shopper.
  • Are you thinking about starting your own business? The Small Business Roadmap will show you what steps to take to start your own business.
  • If you are starting one of the best online jobs on this list and want to pad your income, answering surveys can bring in a few extra dollars. Survey companies I recommend include Swagbucks, Survey Junkie, American Consumer Opinion, Pinecone Research, Opinion Outpost, and Prize Rebel. They’re free to join and free to use! You get paid to answer surveys and to test products. It’s best to sign up for as many as you can as that way you can receive the most surveys and make the most money.
  • Reducing your debt can help make the transition to working for yourself even easier because you can reduce some of your financial stress. If you have student debt, then I highly recommend Credible for student loan refinancing. You can lower the interest rate on your student loans significantly by using Credible which may help you shave thousands off your student loan bill over time.
  • Knowing your credit score is a valuable thing for anyone, especially new online business owners. Check your credit score with Credit Sesame for free!
  • InboxDollars is an online rewards website I recommend where you can earn cash by taking surveys, playing games, shopping online, searching the web, redeeming grocery coupons, and more. Also, by signing up through my link, you will receive $5.00 for free just for signing up! This is just extra money in your pocket while you start your new career. InboxDollars and taking surveys are probably the most easy work from home jobs, but a warning: they don’t pay as well as some of the others on this list.

Which online jobs are legit? Are there any real legit online jobs?

The list above includes the best legit online jobs.

There are so many online gigs, especially in today’s day and age. I recommend seeing which ones you are most interested in and learning more about them.

What online jobs make the most money? What are the highest paying stay at home jobs?

Many of the online jobs above will allow you to make a full-time income. You may be able to earn $1,000 monthly, $10,000 monthly, or even more.

The one that makes me the most income is blogging. I have earned over $5,000,000 over the years from my blog. I also absolutely LOVE what I do.

You can learn how to start a blog with my free How To Start a Blog Course.

What are the best online work at home jobs? What are the best online careers?

As you can see, there are many online jobs that may fit you!

Whether you are a parent, a single person, a college student, or anyone else, there are so many different types of online jobs at home that you can look for.

Determining the best way to work online from home and get paid is a personal question – as there is something different for everyone out there – and everyone is different.

I hope you were able to find something on this list that will work for you.

Here are two other articles about finding online jobs that you may find helpful as well:

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Idea to Steal: Slow Playing the Shelfie

A few days ago I Instagrammed the bookshelves in my house and IG (in spite of the algorithm) went wild. And while I love that moment, looking at those shelves got me thinking about the art of the shelfie. We’ve definitely talked about it here ad nauseam. But as I work on my home’s finishing touches, I feel an immense pressure to have everything picture perfect immediately. I suspect I’m not the only one.

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Walls filled with art. Shelves stacked with layer upon layer of treasures (or crap depending on your personal taste), side tables and consoles perfectly accessorized. But what if we stopped chasing “the collection.” What if the goal of decorating your home wasn’t about filling it with objects, but instead filling it with meaning? Even as I push myself to finally “finish” my house, I’ve begun to reconsider my perspective. Rather than look at blank spaces as unfinished, I wonder if I can instead find wholeness in the holes.

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Sure, things will creep in over time. But that’s the operative phrase – over time. I’ve only lived in my house for just over a year. We only completed some major construction just before this past holiday season. And while I love my blogger and stylist friends who shop and pull until the cows come home, whipping up a “completed” home in time for the afternoon’s photo shoot, I’m wondering if I can just step out of the race entirely.

slow playing the shelfie on apartment 34

Instead, I want to create beauty from the one thing, maybe the two things that truly give me joy. I want to reveal in that negative space. I want to be filled up by the openness because our lives are already crammed full of so much stuff (and in my case legos). I want to have room to breathe. I think each shelfie in this post exemplifies this idea.

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Yet you often hear disparaging terms applied to this idea. Sterile. Impersonal. Cold. But I just call it real life. There’s no need to swing by Target or CB2 every two days for some new thing. Instead, find an art fair. Take time to walk through your local gallery. Hit the flea market when the mood strikes, but take home only the “I can’t live without it” piece.

I’m pleased to report that I can name the source of everything currently on my bookshelf and there’s not a big box store to be found, but I actually want to edit out even more. I want to try to open up as much blank space as possible and  see how the years will fill it. And I want that to feel more than good enough. I want it to feel like home.

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