Breaking away from having a job outside the house, or even adding some extra money to your savings can be a big motivator for starting up your own gig of freelancing.  The problem is what is involved with it and how do you even get started without spending a fortune? This is a basic break down of ways you can start making extra money from home and start moving forward with your own freelancing business.

There are plenty of ways to make money without paying someone else for information or a membership fee.  Sometimes you are required to pay for a class, but that is a basic cost of working for yourself and can be written off as an educational business expense.

Find what you like to do, if you are awful with numbers, you won’t want to do a job that is in bookkeeping.  If you enjoy doing something, build off that thought. Write it all down and then start streamlining it to make it yours.  You may see a lot of people doing what you want to focus on, but don’t let that discourage you. There are more than enough clients to go around and you need to find the client that is best for you.

A lot of people get discouraged by seeing people post online that they are already making $5000 or more in 30 days.  This may happen and it may not, most likely not. Your paycheck might not be as high, but if you keep working at it, the money will show up.  It doesn’t mean they are better than you and it doesn’t mean that you are poor at your job. It just means you haven’t found the clients you want to work with yet.

Some of the places you can look for work are UpWork and PeoplePerHour.  These are excellent sites for working on getting your foot in the door and finding out what you do best.  Some are smaller jobs and don’t think they aren’t worth it. Sometimes, building a reputation on a site by taking some lower-paying quick jobs is worth the time and the effort to start building up clients and a reputation.

Another frequent use of business is Facebook.  Though this one is hit or miss and you really can’t jump into groups and start advertising what you do, it’s a great place to get started and find other people who have similar interests.  If you start by posting helpful hints instead of coming out and saying that you can do something for someone, it will develop trust and then you might end up with a client worthy of your time.

If you are one who needs a guaranteed amount per week or 2 weeks while you are building your business, then there are some options out there.

Call center customer service work is surprisingly popular.  You need a decent computer and a strong reliable internet. Some companies require an actual phone line, while others will route the calls through your computer, so you need a good headset.  Arise is one such company and they offer many different clients that you can work with.  Working intervals are usually 30 minutes in length and you can select your schedule each week, so it’s extremely flexible.  Working Solutions is another call center opportunity with multiple clients.  Both have different pay rates for each client so do your research to find out which will work for you.  The best part about doing a position like this is that you will know you have a certain amount coming in on your payday.  You can schedule other appointments for your budding freelance business around these times.

Another option is looking into transcription work with a company such as REV.  The pay isn’t great but at the same time, you are earning money you are also learning a new talent and possibly a new service.

Starting a freelancing business is not easy.  You will end up spending more time when you get started learning the systems and finding out what fits you.  It’s an incredibly flexible job market and there are many opportunities out there, you just need to find the one that will work for you the best.