Jobs you can do from your laptop?

by Rick Frank 27 replies
Hey everyone, I'm Ricky. This is my first post here. And I'm looking forward to meeting you awesome people.

Simply put, I'm 26, currently on a form of Chemo therapy for a muscle disease. I'm fighting every single day and refuse to give up.

So instead of isolating my thinking, I wanted to reach out to you great people on here. I know you'll understand.

I have the spirit of an entrepreneur, I have fire in me. I used to be bed ridden, and in a wheel chair and I'm walking today. However, they'll be pain that I'll have for the rest of my life.

It's sobering but as a young man, I want to take whatever years I'm given and...

create my ideal life. Which is just to live independently.

I'd like to work from my laptop so I can also step up and put a roof over my family's head. Personally, I want to move to Ny and travel - like a digital nomad.

So guys, I'm humbling myself and talking about things I'd never usually discuss - not easy for ya guys. Yet 0 excuses.

I have a good amount of money saved to invest, I can write content, and possibly work over the phone as support. These are ideas from my personal research.

My plan is to just focus on one that can allow me a promising source of income. With patience of course. But, imo, even an entry level job is a good place to start.

I humbly ask for your direction* and help.

I extend my respect to you amazing people, thank you.
#beginners area #jobs #laptop
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    Hi Ricky, Welcome!

    The first piece of advice I would give is to ignore any messages offering help. Someone will see that you have a little bit of money to invest and they'll quickly start to convince you to give it to them. Of course, the promise is they'll teach you all they know, they have bunches of clients, they live in a big house on the hill, etc.

    Ignore them.

    If something really sounds good, post about it here to get feedback before dishing out your savings to unknown "friends."

    All I have time for now. Good luck on your journey.


    PS Read the forum. There is tons of advice here and all anyone would need to get started making $ online. Ask if you are unclear on how to do something but the best bet is to read, do, and then adjust if it doesn't work as planned.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kent Hopkins
    Welcome Rick, glad to have another member on WF. Great question by the way. Been at this online marketing since the 90's but direct mail before that and I have to say, a ton of the same principles apply to the online world as they do to direct response/direct marketing.

    Firstly let me say you're a true warrior, on chemo and still strong enough to learn this sh*t! Wow!

    Yeah man, what I would say is just focus on one thing. So many "shiny objects" out there to get distracted with. Don't fall for any of the scams and there are a LOT of them.

    1) Find a niche (something you like and are knowledgeable with). Become an affiliate for whatever product or service you decide on promoting.

    2) Determine which marketing method floats your boats. Many are effective. From social media, to email marketing, blogging, combination of both and a bunch more. Don't spend too much time on this, just pick one and study the sh*t out of it. But again, don't study forever like some people. Most of your learning will be trial and error. Doing is better than reading or watching videos. Let the studying portion of your time be enough to just get a primer.

    3) Put what you learned in step 2 into practice. Optimize and tweak until conversion is primed and then scale 'er up.

    Sure there are lots of little nitty gritty details but nothing you won't learn and too much to explain here and really pointless to do so because everything varies by niche and marketing. You will learn all the specifics for your choices of those along the way anyway and will find your own ways of owning and making them your own style and what works best for you.

    That's my take on your question. I hope this helps.
    Doubts Kill More Dreams Than Failure Ever Will.
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  • Profile picture of the author Miriam Brait
    I believe your best bet is to learn how to code.
    Is a well-paid gig and while there is competition out there is not nearly as competitive as being a writer or a VA.
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  • Profile picture of the author erin31
    make youtube videos to get traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author cearionmarie
    Hi Rick! It's good that you do have a positive mindset, let's keep pushing forward. Are you familiar with upwork or freelancer? You might find something in there that might suit your current skill sets. If you are into blogging then you can earn money from there. What is it that you like doing most when you are on your laptop? Maybe we could start from there so we could find something that might fit you best.

    Cearion Uy - Marketing Advisor

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  • Profile picture of the author Andrey Norin
    Coding is the perfect thing to learn and do from your laptop.

    Unlike Internet Marketing, with coding there is a clear income path for you to follow.

    You can go from zero to $100k+ in the span of about 3-5 years, incrementally making more and more money along the way.

    Do some kind of a basic course on Object Oriented Programming, which will lay down the conceptual foundation for learning literally every popular language such as JavaScript, PHP, Python, C#, C++, etc.

    The best resource for learning coding is

    It is self-paced learning via video lessons that's crazy cheap ($30 a month).
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  • Profile picture of the author guyfromnb
    Personally, the one way I'm focusing on is... affiliate marketing
    Signature - site dedicated to aspiring affiliates and those who struggle
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  • Welcome Rick!! Amazed by your self confidence and attitude!! Since you have mentioned you are good at content writing, you can start with that only. There are so many sites asking peolpe to write for them and you will get payment for what you write. You can be paid from $35 to $75 per article based on the quality of content. Start writing and you will find what will be best for you. May God bless you and help you to recover soon.!!
    Internet Marketing Virtual Assistant - Daily Internet Marketing in a budget!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kent Hopkins
    On top of that, coding is just down right FUN! One of my favorite passions.
    Doubts Kill More Dreams Than Failure Ever Will.
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  • Profile picture of the author dana67
    Hi Ricky. I am very sorry to hear about the Chemo therapy and the disease you are fighting. It sounds like you have a great attitude though. You may want to look into things such as freelancing. That will not require an investment and you'll be able to earn that way too, hopefully.

    Best of luck and I hope you make a full recovery.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jessica Ambos
    Hi Ricky! I do hope you'll overcome that obstacle in your life sooner. Nothing can stand in your greatness with an attitude like that. No one can put down a man with a strong outlook in life. Keep it up!

    You said you can write content. There are tons of site out there who are looking for writers. You also said that you can do phone support. Every company has a customer support team so it should be easy for you to find jobs that like that. Just look for job posting sites on the internet.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rick Frank
    Hello everyone, I'm following this post very closely. Thank you all for your encouragement and advice.

    I have heard of the sites you all mentioned above - I applied and I wasn't able to get any gigs. I'm also not sure if I'd have a passion for coding - I will look it up tho.

    I'm definitely looking at things from a positive perspective. Mike Tyson once said, "it's life on life's terms." To think I'm exempt from the suffering in the world is naive of me. I'm ok with that reality.

    To go more into detail, I have a rare muscle disease called "Dermatomyocitus". Unfortunately, there's no cure. I've been bed ridden, similar to Stephen Hawking.

    Now I can press 800Lbs with my feet. I can squat 2 to 3 plates. I also used to be 280 Lbs and I'm now 155. I don't give up.

    This hit me at 15, and I've been in opposition for it for 9 years. My Dr's told me, I'll been in pain and on a form of Chemo therapy for the rest of my life.

    When you have to be brave, sometimes you put your mind aside and just move.

    So posters, my mission is simple. Just make above $2000 per month and I can move to Astoria queens. It's been my dream to move to Ny for over 5 years.

    So I'm open to any source of income at this point. You may say, it depends on what you like. And I'm not certain if I can do a conventional job.

    I like to connect the dots. I saved up over 20K so, I can always invest. I aspire to make a lot of money. I just don't know what to do.

    I do love to solve problems for people, offer life advice, stuff like that. I also have an entrepreneurial side of me. I want to send semi's of precious medals to recycling yards.

    Middle man jobs are interesting. Connecting the dots. Foreclosure cleanouts. I feel I have the spirit of a powerful businessman in me, I'm just not where I need to be placed.

    I excel at WHATEVER I put my mind to.

    P.S. I *understand all things take time a patience. I just want something I can look forward to when I wake up.

    If you think you can help me, feel free to PM as well - if you don't want to publically post your advice.
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  • Profile picture of the author IgorOMC
    Hi! You seem to be a good in writing, so it's possible to try yourself in copywrighting, and it doesn't need investments.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rick Frank
    One thing I thought I'd mention as a good example of how I think...

    Roofers need waste bins to throw shingles in. I offer them a barrel then have the dump truck take it to a yard that pays for shingles.

    The problem is that based on the price of the container, (distance) and how much the yard pays. The math just didn't work out.
    But it's elements that are already there and I'm making the connection.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ketan Pande
    Hi Ricky,

    You have the potential to do everything on your own
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    I applied and I wasn't able to get any gigs
    Yet you say you excel at anything you put your mind to. From your history, I don't doubt that at all.

    Put your mind to freelance writing - create a unique profile on freelance sites - don't talk about your illness - tell prospective buyers about your maturity, willingness to work hard to 'get it right' for the customer, etc. Do some writing to provide samples of what you are capable of. You can't just sign up and wait for someone to hire you.

    Neither can you bid here or there and hope to be noticed. If you create a professional profile, write individualized bids - and place 50+ bids a will get gigs.

    I chose this one thing of all the ideas listed above - because it's possible. No, you will not earn $35-75 per article starting out. BUT - $2k a month working part time is very doable for a freelance writer who can write well in English as you do.

    Question: How much effort did you put into 'getting gigs'? Why do you think it didn't work? Did you spend time online learning about 'how to start and succeed a a freelance writer'?

    Keep your money - you may need to invest in software or tools later. Don't start buying "how to" products - start researching/reading/learning. Anything you choose to do online will have a learning curve.

    Ezinearticles used to be a power player for marketers - but no longer of much use. However, if you sign up for that site (free) they will send you a series of emails on 'writing' that is one of the best training series on content writing I've seen anywhere.

    I suggest you decide what you want to start with and then create a 'goals thread' in the "Warrior Path" section. If you have a 30-60-90 day plan of action - that's a good way to keep yourself on track.

    Saving one dog may not change the world - but forever changes the world of one dog.

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  • Profile picture of the author ctrlaltdelete
    Hey Ricky. Keep up the good fight. I gotta admit, your determination is very inspiring. We should all make the most of what life still has in store for us.

    Content writing and VA work as freelancing gigs can be very competitive, so you might want to learn how to code like some of the others here have suggested. Not everyone has the patience for it, so you'll find a lot of people who'll have need of your services.

    Since you can write content you can also start a blog on the side, become an affiliate marketer. You can also write about your experiences if you want. Who knows, you might give other people out there the strength to make it through their own illnesses too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Maxxx333
    hello dude, first of all, congratulations to take action to start something, i'll like to suggest you as you were talking about writing contents, or working as support, then i think you can join any platform out there, and work online on any of that field, I will advice you to go for Upwork, they can offer you possibility to work ad freelancer either as a writer, or a support agent, and make some money out of it, and start something else. I wish you to heal yourself fast,
    best regards!
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  • Profile picture of the author ctrlaltdelete
    Hi Ricky!

    There's a lot of work that you can do from your laptop. Content writing is a good source of income. Many companies hire virtual assistants from different parts of a world to write for them about a variety of topics, and you can do the same. If you're a versatile writer, you can definitely make a lot of money out of this.

    Graphic design and video editing is also on demand right now, and relatively easier to learn than coding if you don't have any background on them. You can set up accounts on platforms like Behance and Fiverr. Some companies look for location-specific platforms like so try to find a VA company in your area and apply for an online job there.
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  • Profile picture of the author cearionmarie
    Hi Rick! How are you doing? I hope you are doing well. Have you found something that you can do on your laptop yet?

    Cearion Uy - Marketing Advisor

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  • Profile picture of the author tforg
    Do what you like first and foremost. If you don't know where to start, start trying.
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  • Profile picture of the author alaicarich
    there is a lot of field in online. you have to choose one field and work on it. you can work on graphics design, S.E.O, YouTube, affiliate marketing, video editing etc. these are so popular work nowadays. choose any of that and keep working on best of luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author toysoldier80
    Welcome Rick

    Just follow the advice within this forum and you will find something. You will learn some great fact on how to earn real cash online. Keep up your spirits and continue to work hard on your online success and the money will come.
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  • Profile picture of the author MineralMinds
    Hey Ricky,

    I would get fully stuck in to freelance digital marketing. There are loads of great free resources out there to get a solid foundation in everything from SEO (Check out Moz), PPC to UX. Some people mentioned learning to code - i think this is a great idea and would really benefit you. Get to grips with the fundamentals (HTML and CSS) and if you like move on to others. If you read up a little bit about what different coding languages are generally used for, you might be able to specify better for yourself which ones to learn. From there you should be able to pick up a laptop, hop on a train and go where you like (within reason) and find someone looking for the skills you would then possess.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    I second everything that Kay said.

    I've made a lot of money as ghostwriter, but it does take time and a lot of work.

    Keep bidding for jobs to build your portfolio and gain some testimonials.

    You can run an ad here on the forum in the Warriors for Hire section. Then post a link to it in your signature. You can offer a discount for the first ten clients but don't do anything for free.

    Don't focus on being the cheapest. Focus on being the best.

    The clients who want to pay you the least amount of money will be your worst clients. They are not worth the agony they'll cause you.

    When you have time between projects for others, work on your own books. Publish on Kindle or from your own website.

    Start your own blog and write about a topic you enjoy that also has a buyer's market.

    As someone already mentioned - check into copywriting. It can be a lucrative type of writing work.

    Good luck!

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  • Profile picture of the author DripRevenue
    Definitely try out affiliate marketing. You can roughly start with a $100 to $200 budget to test and you will be able to see results. With that low of a budget, I would start buy doing list building here on the forum (or on a forum in your niche). Forum marketing is a great way to build up a following and audience to market affiliate offers to. Another great way is building a YouTube channel. This can be done easily for $100-200 (cost of equipment).
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  • Profile picture of the author cybersea
    Hi! You can make youtube, facebook videos on your laptop.
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