After hearing endless sales pitches, are you skeptical about work-from-home opportunities? Believe it or not, there are legitimate ways to make money from home. Whether you are a stay-at-home parent or you simply wish to avoid an hour(s) long commute, there are authentic opportunities you can take advantage of. Consider the following four examples:

Write and Sell an Ebook

If there is a subject you know a lot about that has many people coming to you for questions, you might consider putting paper to pen (or keyboard) and writing an ebook. The key is to identify a niche or industry you are experienced in that others are seeking to know more about. Some popular ebook ideas and examples include:

  • How to test your business idea
  • Ways to transform your life
  • The ultimate guide to blogging for business
  • Recipes for a healthier life and a busy lifestyle
  • A guide to essential oils for parents
  • 42 photography techniques

Freelance

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2009 and 2012, the number of temporary employees rose by 29 percent. The results of another study by software company Intuit, revealed that “contingent workers” will make up 40 percent of the U.S. workforce by 2020. Freelance writing is one of the most popular jobs that allows you to make money online. However, there are an endless number of professional services you could provide, depending on your area of expertise. Sites like Upwork allow you to quickly find companies that need your services so you can start working online from home (or whatever part of the world you choose to travel to and open your laptop).

Open an Online Shop

Another legitimate way to make money online is to sell items. Sites like eBay and Etsy provide a safe platform for you to set up an online store. The key to being successful is to establish a secure means of receiving payments (and paying others), take professional looking pictures and run the business efficiently. Above all, focus on customer service and maintain positive reviews.

Become an ISO Agent

Becoming a cash advance agent for a provider like e MerchantBroker.com provides the opportunity to offer great business solutions to clients and work with one of America’s top lending providers. You receive a commission for each referral you make; the commission amount is agreed upon before you sign the broker agreement. You not only have the attention of an experienced staff to support you, but the flexibility to work from home as well.

Payments expert, Blair Thomas, foundedeMerchantBrokerwith his eyes set on helping small business owners. His passions include writing/producing music, and travel. EMB offers America’s Best ISO Agent program, serving both traditional and high-risk Businesses.