Are you sick of these “work from home” posts on people’s blogs yet? I’ve read countless lists of legitimate work-at-home jobs, especially when I first began my research on making money at home. If you’re interested in working from home, there are tons of lists of things you could do, and I recommend checking them out, especially if you don’t know where to start.

What you won’t find are a lot of lists of things people are actually doing to make money without going to a job every day. Where are all the real examples?

I started working from home in 2016 to supplement my income from my massage therapy business. I fell so in love with working from home that I’ve decided to shut down my massage biz this year and go full-time working online and staying at home with my baby.

You can do this too, if you have one quality: a business mindset.

Working from home is not easy work. Just because you can do it in your PJs or at any hour of the day or while you’re traveling Thailand doesn’t mean that it’s not actual work. When you work for yourself online or doing other things from home, you are a business owner and take on all the responsibility that comes with entrepreneurship.

Since there aren’t a lot of examples of how people are making an income online or from home, here are 5 ways I’m making money at home in 2018. (Spoiler: Blogging isn’t one of them! Blogging is not easy money, but you can make a living blogging if you put a lot of time and effort into writing and promoting your blog!)

Virtual Assistant

I started my virtual assistant business as my first online gig two summers ago. I started out doing all kinds of tasks, from data entry to writing blog posts, but now I mainly manage people’s social media accounts and design WordPress websites. I also head a team of virtual assistants who I subcontract more administrative-type work out to.

Like any business, it takes time to find clients and start making decent money, but when you do, being a virtual assistant or designing websites is good money. This is my primary business and where I devote most of my time.

Sell Things from My Closet

I’m new to apps like Poshmark and Mercari, but I’m IN LOVE. I need to clean out my closets anyway, so why not make some money doing it? Poshmark is only for fashion and makeup, but you can sell just about anything on Mercari. Unlike Facebook sell + swap groups, you don’t have to meet strangers or transport items. Everything on Poshmark and Mercari ships, and they make the shipping labels for you. The shipping cost comes out with your selling fees, which makes it easy because you don’t have to calculate shipping or go to the post office to have your items weighed.

This summer, I am going crazy on these two selling apps, listing everything from old clothes and gently used makeup to stuff Little Frog has outgrown and unused art supplies. Definitely check these out if you’re in yard sale mode, but want to make selling easy!

If you want to make a part-time or full-time job out of selling or reselling on these kinds of sites, check out Bexa Boss Lady.

Create an Online Course

This is a new one for me, but something I’ve been wanting to do forever. I’m going to be filming my first video course this summer and selling it on Udemy, which does most of the marketing for you. You can make more money hosting your own courses on your website, rather than a third party, but I want to go the easy route until I see if it’s something I enjoy and will continue to do.

Write an Ebook

This one’s new to me to, but self-publishing a book on Amazon has also been on my to-do list for awhile. While I’d love to publish one of my NaNoWriMo novels, they aren’t quite ready for publication. Instead, I’m going to write a book on business for virtual assistants. I’m taking this course on Amazon publishing to help me get started.

Start My Niche Site Business

Niche sites are simply monetized websites on a particular topic, propelled by great SEO and lots of optimized content. You can monetize niche sites through products, services, ads, affiliate marketing, or paid subscriptions to membership areas that give people access to exclusive content. They can be big (authority sites) or tiny (microniche sites).

Someone asked me to explain the different kinds of niche sites recently and I told them this: If you make a site about rustic interior design, that’s an authority site, encompassing many topics related to a larger, umbrella topic. A niche site would be about something like rustic living rooms – a little more specific. A microniche site would be really specific, like couches for rustic living rooms.

I’ve been planning a number of niche sites since I got pregnant, but pregnancy and new mommyhood delayed getting started, so by August, I want to launch my first monetized site.

There you have it – 5 ways I’m making money at home in 2018. Yes, I really earn a living from home, mostly through my virtual assistant business, but hopefully through other avenues soon. I’ve also done other things, like tutoring English online and freelance writing.

Got questions about working from home? Ask me in the comments!