Are you looking for high quality self employment ideas you can start from home and work from home?

Well that’s exactly what this list will show you!

I’ll stress that this list is all about premium self employment jobs from home that work for 2019 and beyond, and can make you $100,000+ every year.

There are many lists online that give you a million ways to work for yourself, but most of those ideas are not realistic and/or don’t make you enough money.

We all need money, and this list shows you real high paying ways to work for yourself and actually live off it. You’ll notice that this isn’t a huge list (which you don’t need). You just need one idea that resonates with you and to run with that!

With that said, here is the list!

1. Become a money making blogger

blogging is a good business idea for self starters

My number one recommended way to make money is to become a blogger and generate income through your blog.

That’s what I do here on Mint Habits and I’m super passionate about it. It’s my full time self employment job and I do very well financially.

What is a blog and how do you make money blogging?

A blog is a type of website that covers a specific topic or a set of related topics. Blogs generally have a 1st person tone, where you are the content creator and people get to know you through consuming your blog content – though not every blog is set up like this.

For example: A 20 something female traveler could create a blog documenting her travels.

Examples of content she could create on her blog:

  • Travel guides for cities she visits
  • Types of travel insurance for 20 somethings
  • Review hotels, flights, rental companies, and tour companies she uses
  • Talk about her travel gear, technology, and what’s in her bag
  • Create blog posts about her food experiences
  • etc, etc!

As you can see, there are a lot of content topics this blogger can create for her blog – and therefore for her readers!

So, how does a blog make money?

There are several key ways a blogger makes money, and bloggers usually use a variety of ways to monetize their website.

Below are the four main ways blogs make money:

  1. Affiliate marketing – Promoting a companies product/service and receiving a commission when a sale is made
  2. Advertisement – Placing ads on the blog
  3. Sponsorships – Partnering with companies by promoting them to your readers
  4. Product creation – Creating your own helpful products for people to buy

In the travel industry, you can make money by recommending travel gear, promoting a tour company you travelled with, recommending travel insurance, hotels you’ve stayed at, and create trip planning city guides people can buy from you. A great example of a money making travel blog post is this one here about things to do in Portland.

The good thing is that almost all blog topics can make money.

To give you an idea of money making blog topics, here are just a few:

  • the keto diet
  • essential oils
  • budgeting money
  • body building
  • photography
  • dating
  • and on and on

I recommend choosing a blog topic you are passionate about/enjoy talking about – and then just make sure there is money to be made in this industry!

After you’ve chosen your blog and created some content for it, the second part of blogging that is critically important is promoting your blog content so people can see it!

You need eyeballs on your content in order to make money. Generally speaking, the more people see your content, the more money you will make.

The two main ways get traffic to your website are:

  1. SEO (search engine optimization – which is getting traffic from Google)
  2. Social Media (getting traffic from social media sites like Facebook, Pinterest, Reddit, etc)

To make money blogging, you’ll need to get good at the following:

  1. Creating content that solves problems (in other words, people want to consume it)
  2. Attracting traffic to your content

If you get good at the above two, the sky is the limit to the amount of money you can make blogging.

In fact, you can make $100,000+ every single year with your blog.

That’s a lot of money!

And if you’ve ever thought about doing something on the side to make extra money, NOW IS THE TIME. This stuff doesn’t happen overnight – you’ll need to learn a lot of things and apply it, so start now.

There’s no sugar coating being a successful blogger. It’s a lot of time and effort and you get rewarded down the road. That reward will be life changing money when you do it right.

2. Create online courses

If you’re very ambitious and your goal is to make a lot of self employment income, then you should strongly consider creating online courses to sell.

The main benefit of creating and selling online courses is making a ton of money.

Courses can range from around $50 a pop, to $1000 or more.

Many good quality courses sell in the $197 – $397 range as that is the sweet spot for a lot of course makers.

You can see that you only need to sell a few courses per day to make a great living online.

How to create online courses

The technical aspects of creating a course can be learned fairly quickly and likely won’t be your biggest challenge. For example, figuring out how to host a course online, maintain it with updates, and setting up a payment system can be learned in a week or two.

The difficult part about creating courses is building a business around it – where people learn about your course, and then purchase it.

Most people don’t start with course creation. They start off learning about building a business through their social media account or blog, and eventually create courses to help their followers solve a problem.

But if you’re very ambitious or already have marketing skills, course creation may be something you want to jump right into.

The main points about creating courses are:

  • You need to be an expert on a topic and be able to teach it
  • The profits can be sky high, making you $1000+ daily
  • Courses take time to create and require updating and maintenance
  • You’ll need to learn how to market your course in order to introduce it to potential buyers
  • High learning curve for beginners, but doable if you are very ambitious

As I mentioned earlier, a lot of people create courses as a way to make more money and the courses supplements their blog or social media network.

Courses are the some of the highest value products you can create as an online business owner. Whether course creation is something you want to get into now or later, always keep it in the back of your mind as a way to earn business income.

3. Start a Youtube channel

Self businesses on Youtube make good money

If you enjoy creating videos and/or being on camera, consider building a business around your Youtube channel.

Youtube is one of the most mature social media networks and therefore has a ton of competition. But the upside of that is that Youtube is also very structured and not as volatile of a place to build a business on.

With Youtube, you need to focus one or both of the following:

  1. Entertain people
  2. Teach people

If you can do one or two of the above very well, and your video production skills is at a reasonable level, you can make a great income online.

How do Youtubers make money?

The main way Youtubers make money is through ad revenue (they place ads on their  videos).

Within Youtube videos, you can place affiliate links in the info section to make money. You can also direct your video viewers to a blog, capture their email address to market to later, and promote other businesses/products for sponsored revenue.

The challenge of being a Youtuber

Youtube is a saturated place where every niche is covered by existing Youtubers. Your main challenge will be to create a channel that is unique or has a unique angle to fit yourself in and stand out.

Or you can also go into a niche and do the same thing other people are already doing – but just do it better!

4. Make money with photography

Photography is one of the best hobbies to make money from. Whether you’re into taking photos right now or that’s something you want to get into, it’s a great way to earn business income.

A few very popular ways photographers make money are:

  • Wedding photography
  • Portrait and family sessions
  • Commercial photography (example: new clothing brand needs photos for website)

A lot of photographers start off making money by doing the above and later they start their own websites and blog about photography, or create a photography social media account to earn extra income from.

Your photography skills can be used in more places than just photographing weddings for example. There are other channels where your picture taking skills can help you earn even more income.

I highly recommend starting a blog related to photography. If not a blog, a Youtube channel or an Instagram account are two other popular ways photographers are making extra income through their hobby.

A few ways a photography blogger can make money:

  • Recommend photography lenses, camera bodies, Adobe subscription, travel gear, etc
  • Create photography courses (for example, a travel photography class or photo editing class)
  • Sell prints on your site
  • Offer 1on1 coaching on editing
  • Create photography workshops (online or in person) or create photography ebooks/videos
  • Generate ad revenue from your photography blog

You’ll be able to use your photography skills in daily life, doing photoshoots, weddings, etc, and supplement that income online with your photography based website and/or social media account.

If your passion is taking photos, I highly recommend you turn it into more than a hobby!

5. Become an Instagram influencer

Self start a business with Instagram

Being an Instagram influencer is an incredibly popular way every day regular people are self employing themselves.

What is an Instagram influencer and how do they make money?

An influencer is anyone who has a following on Instagram.

You can begin making money with Instagram with as little as a few thousand engaged followers. That’s how powerful the platform is.

As an influencer, your business is about building a relationship with your following through your content (Instagram posts and stories).

The main way you make money through Instagram is by:

  • Promoting a businesses product or service
  • Recommending products or services to your following for a commission
  • Promote your own products and services that you’ve created

Here are a couple examples of Instagram Influencers making money:

A travel Instagram influencer can be invited on free trips around the world in exchange for showing off the tour/city on Instagram. Everything is typically paid for (airfare, hotels, food, tour guide, etc). If you’re a high quality travel influencer, you will also get paid to travel (on top of everything else that’s free).

A natural health Instagram influencer can make money by recommending natural health supplements to followers, as well as partnering with a health company by recommending their product in a story or regular Instagram post.

In both examples above, you’ll be showing off your daily life using products and services you already love and enjoy using. Companies pay you money for this because you are advertising for them (they pay you directly or a commission for each sale you make).

There are “influencers” in every niche on Instagram.

How do you make a lot of money on Instagram?

To make a lot of money on Instagram, you will need a large following. The more engaged followers you have, the larger your influence will be, and the more money you can command.

The Instagram game really becomes one of growing an engaged following. By posting consistently, showing your audience the content they want to see, and using the right Instagram marketing techniques, you can grow a following and make money using this platform!

6. Create a freelance writing business

If you enjoy writing, consider building a business around your writing skills.

There are a two main ways to make money writing:

  1. Finding jobs on writing websites
  2. Writing long term for websites and companies

Writing jobs from writing websites

It’s easy to get writing jobs on websites like This is a website where you search for writing gigs and apply for them. If you are accepted, you get the job and get paid when you complete the task. These types of jobs can lead to long term relationships – however it’s quite competitive and you won’t be paid as well.

Writing jobs for websites & businesses

I highly recommend building a business around freelancing your writing skills for major websites and other publications that require consistent work.

You will easily make more money freelance writing here, and work is consistent and reliable. Generally, you are hired on a contract basis where you will be required to write a certain amount of articles every month and paid a certain fee.

You can be paid $50 – $200 per article you write – depending on several factors.

You will need to be a great writer who is very knowledgeable about your subject matter in order to get these types of self employment jobs.

7. Start a drop shipping business

Drop shipping has boomed as a viable self employment career option in recent years.

What is drop shipping? 

This business model is where you have an online store that sells physical products. People visit your site, buy things, and you make money.

Drop shipping is a type of ecommerce site. The big difference here is that as a drop shipper, you do not need to carry any inventory, handle any of the packaging or shipping, or returns.

A third party company handles all of that for you. Your job will be to run the website, generate traffic, and the 3rd party company will take care of packaging, handing, shipping, etc.

8. Create niche websites and make money affiliate marketing

Affiliate Marketing business job by creating your own niche website

A niche website is a website that focuses closely on a specific topic.

It’s different than a blog in the sense that a blog generally covers a wider range of topics – where as a niche site gets very specific about a topic.

Examples of a niche site:

  • A keto diet blog for seniors
  • A website specifically about Instagram influencing
  • A mommy blog for young single moms
  • A makeup website specifically about all natural makeup products

As you can see, all the above are specific topics aimed at a specific audience. People who find your site (and find it relevant) will likely be much more engaged with you and your content because the fit will be very strong.

Why a niche site over a blog?

There are pro’s and con’s for both. However, niche websites have the following main benefits:

  • You can be viewed as more of an expert (which leads to higher converting sales)
  • Easier to create, run, and monetize
  • You don’t need to create as much content as a typical blog
  • Competition is generally lower (which means easier to make money from)

Niche sites are a great way to begin your self employment journey of making money online. It’s (generally) easier to start with a niche site and begin generating income online.

A lot of people start off as a niche website and over time they will expand their site to include other topics.

How do niche sites make money?

A niche site can make money with the same methods as any other online website. However, starting a niche website and monetizing it using affiliate marketing is a great way to get started making money on the side as a beginner.

9. Start a virtual assistant business

A virtual assistant is a person who “assists” a business online. Instead of heading to the office early in the morning, you work from home doing a lot of the same “office” work.

The virtual assistant business has boomed exponentially over the past few years and it’s only growing.

How does virtually assisting work?

A lot of businesses (online and offline) need people to complete a variety of tasks. If they can outsource this work to someone who can perform it online, they generally will because it saves them money.

Different companies require different tasks to be completed.

Here are a few examples of a business requiring virtual assistant work:

  • A fashion boutique hires a creative to manage their Pinterest account (creating pins, attracting traffic, etc)
  • An Instagram influencer hires a person to manage all their direct messages and business inquiries (Influencers can receive hundreds of messages per day)
  • A Youtuber needs an animator to create animation for his Youtube videos
  • A plumber hires a marketer to manage their online website and Facebook ads to attract business

You can see that a virtual assistant’s job is incredibly varied and diverse.

How to find virtual assistant jobs?

You will first need to identify where your skills are and how you can help businesses. It helps to have a portfolio or a website that shows who you are and what you are about (but not completely necessary).

You then want to contact businesses (generally by email) to let them know who you are and how you can help them – and if they are hiring.

Virtual assistants can make a lot of money

Virtually assisting business is a real job that can pay you extremely well. On top of that, your work can be incredibly reliable and last for years (unlike looking for ways to get free money).

You only need one well paying client to work for to make a self employment career out of this.

Depending on the work you do, you may have several clients.

For example, if your skill is in Pinterest marketing, you can become a Pinterest virtual assistant for brands and people who want to outsource growing their Pinterest account to an expert (you). Just a few clients here can make you a full time income.

self employment ideas for business starters

10. Become a day trader

If you’re a technical person who has attention to detail and analytical, day trading can be a great way to make yourself a lot of money.

Day trading is different than traditional investing.

When we talk about “investing”, it’s typically a buy and hold strategy (for a few months to a year or longer).

Day trading is when you buy and sell a stock very quickly (in the same day). The job of a day trader is to analyze the market looking for small changes and making trades bases on micro changes. You are buying/selling quickly.

Day trading is a skill you would learn and develop over time. Like all stocks, you can make a lot of money if you do it smartly. Day trading is a type of investing that can make you very good money consistently.

11. Make money coaching others online

Coaching is one of the best ways to self employ yourself.

As a coach, your job is to help people solve problems. There is a coach for virtually every problem people have.

Examples of coaches:

  • Keto diet coach (helps you start the keto diet to lose weight)
  • Natural health coach (helps you get healthy using natural methods like eating real food)
  • Business coach (helps you and your business grow in a variety of ways)
  • Instagram coach (helps you grow your Instagram account)

Your business model is help others succeed and get what they want.

To be a successful coach, you need to be knowledgeable about your subject matter and be able to communicate and teach it.

Coaching is one of the best ways to make money online.

How to become a successful coach?

You will need a presence online. A website and one social media account are essential to show you off and your brand. These are two main avenues potential clients can discover you and become paying customers.

If you’re knowledgeable about a certain subject and want to help others, coaching online is an incredibly popular and lucrative business model. It’s easily one of the best business ideas to start.

Self Employment Jobs From Home Summary

What did you think of this list of ways to work for yourself from home?

Is there anything I’m missing? Let me know in the comment section below! I’ll be glad to add it to this list if it’s a good fit!

Just remember: You only need one proven business model/business idea that you love doing and then you gotta work at it until you’re successful!

Try not jump around from idea to idea. Stick to one. They all require a lot of work and everything is competitive in todays online business world. Keep grinding and good luck!