Having spent years looking for ways to be able to work for myself and avoid a traditional office environment, I wanted to write a post sharing my experience and the ways in which I have been able to successfully make an income from home. If I wanted this to be my reality so badly, I can only imagine that others do too. Here is how I make money working from my sofa. I hope you find it useful!
I’d like to note that it is not my intention to brag in any way here. I hope the post doesn’t come across that way. I simply want to share in the hopes that it might help someone else.
The majority of my income is currently made doing freelance work. My background is in architecture and in 2015 I graduated with a masters degree. Following around ten months of working in an office I made the decision that being self-employed would be a much better fit for me. I made the transition to working on a freelance basis and haven’t looked back since.
After three and a half years I now have a small client base that I work with consistently. Each one came from some very simple networking; an email. I reached out to small practices and architects working by themselves, asking if I could be of assistance. A handful replied with a big yes and we began working together. Simple.
Most of the projects I work on are residential; namely extensions and internal alterations to homes. When a client needs my help they send an email with all the information I need to complete a set of drawings for them. When the drawings are complete I return them along with an invoice. It’s always a relatively quick process and an enjoyable job for me. Best of all, I can work whenever it suits me and from essentially anywhere. It beats the office environment hands down for me!
My second income stream is my Etsy shop, Pippin Prints. This was the first business which I started when my dreams of working for myself began. At first I took inspiration from abstract flower and tree paintings much like the ones I’ve linked here. I then developed my own style and built a library of watercolours which I then turned into a handful of designs. With these few simple printables made on Photoshop, I opened my store and it has just grown steadily from there.
I now sell a variety of digital products, from party packs and halloween decorations to wedding planners. It really allows me to be creatively expressive and feel a part of something much bigger, as the Etsy community is a global one.
I will hold my hands up and admit that at the time of writing, this isn’t a strong income for me. Not by a long shot. Etsy is hard work and takes a lot of commitment and patience to build. I have invested a lot more time in it recently though and hope to be writing about my shop again soon. All going well, I’ll be able to share some tips that are bringing me more success.
Sunshine and Rain isn’t just a hobby for me. I absolutely love writing about my life each week and having a journal to read in years to come will be so special. It does take a lot of time and effort to maintain though. As such, being able to also earn an income from this online space is something I’m incredibly grateful for!
The majority of the income I make from my blog is in the form of sponsored posts. Occasionally I will receive an email from an interested business or PR firm who propose a sponsorship opportunity. I also often spot work in Facebook groups such as Blogger Opportunities.
The majority of my work however, comes from Get Blogged. They are a platform specifically designed to help bloggers monetise their websites by connecting them with companies looking to promote their products and services. All of the information is displayed on their opportunities board and you simply have to complete an application for the ones that interest you.
With any sponsorship, the important thing is to only accept or apply for work which is a good fit for your blog. Also ensure that you charge appropriately for your efforts. When you begin blogging, you will be inundated with requests for free promotion and post placement. A polite negotiation or even a simple no is always acceptable.
At the end of last year I came across a greeting card website called Thortful. Not only did they have a great catalogue of cards available for sale, they were also accepting new creators to submit designs to be sold. I immediately put some design proposals together and was accepted within a week or so of applying.
I now have a profile of twenty designs available on their website, with more coming soon. Being able to be creative in exchange for money in yet another way is amazing. What’s better? The income is passive. Once I have submitted a new card design and it is accepted, Thortful do all of the work. Each card sale earns me a small royalty and at the end of the month I receive a payment. It really is the dream set up.
My final income stream is a small one, especially when you compare it to the others. None the less, it’s important. As I work away during the day I keep my favourite survey site Prolific Academic open in a tab in my browser. Any time a new survey pops up I stop working for a few minutes and complete it.
Each survey is only worth around 40p to a couple of pounds, but these soon add up. In an average month I normally earn around £50-60. In the past I have always deposited my earnings into my bank at the end of the month, ready to cover my phone bill and other small spends. This year I’m allowing the total to build until Christmas.
Being self employed and working from home is a wonderful thing and I would certainly recommend that you research your options if it captures your interest. It is important to bear in mind that income is often inconsistent. Some months are fruitful, others very tight. It also takes consistent effort to ensure that you have work coming to you; something you don’t have to worry about as an employee. No matter the disadvantages, I would never trade what I have. Sitting in the corner of my living room, wrapped in my cosy cardigan and drinking a cup of tea as I type this, I can honestly say I’ve never been happier.