Would you like to work-from-home, but you’re not sure which path to take? Then keep reading for my favorite work-at-home courses to give your career the boost it needs!

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. You don’t need a college degree to have a good-paying home-based career. Even though I have two college degrees, I’m not using any of what I learned in college to make money today.

Best Work-at-Home Courses to Start Earning Money This Year

Everything I’m doing today to earn money from home, I’ve learned along the way. I read books, attended conferences, and took online courses. Not only am I the happiest I’ve ever been in my professional life, but I’m earning more than I ever did as a nurse.

There is absolutely no excuse for you NOT to be making money from home this year! With advances in technology, more jobs can be done from home, and startup costs for launching your own business are little to nothing. Best of all, there are affordable work-at-home training courses in a variety of niches that can get you up and running in as little as a week!

If you’re ready to make money from home this year — here are some work-at-home courses you MUST check out!

I interviewed Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of Making Sense of Cents back in 2013. Since that time, her blogging business has seen massive success. Did I mention that she earns seven-figures a year?!

How does she do it?

The majority of Michelle’s income comes from affiliate marketing, and in her course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, she shares all of her affiliate marketing secrets. Michelle gave me a copy of this course to look over, and it’s an excellent foundation for new bloggers and content marketers.

It includes six modules with over 30 lessons, plus worksheets, lots of bonuses, and a private Facebook Group, which is very active. The cost is $197 or two payments of $105. Michelle offers a 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee on her course.

  • Level: Beginner
  • Duration: self-paced

In 2008, Jessica Larrew lost her job and started blogging and selling products on Amazon. Today she and her husband, Cliff, earn a full-time income from selling products on Amazon and teaching others how to do the same. This course contains 14 different modules and includes everything from Amazon basics, tools you’ll need, how to select products, pricing, packing, and so much more. Besides access to the course, you’ll also receive bonuses and membership to a private Facebook Group.

The full course cost is $495, or there is a payment plan of $195 for three months. If you need additional assistance, they have an extra support option for $995, and they offer a 60-day money-back guarantee.

Amazon Course Kit

If you’re curious about selling products on Amazon, check out their free 9-lesson email course, Everything You Need to Know to Start Selling on Amazon.

  • Level: Beginner
  • Duration: Self-paced — comes with 10 hours of videos.

After starting his own accounting firm, Ben Robinson needed to hire some bookkeepers to help his business clients. Unfortunately, finding good bookkeepers was tough. So, Ben decided to take his CPA knowledge and train individuals to meet his needs. Over time he discovered that great bookkeepers shared seven main personal characteristics. Now Ben teaches others how to work-from-home as bookkeepers.

There are three different levels with varying degrees of support:

  • Pro – $2,499 or 12 payments of $249
  • Premier – $2,999 or 12 payments of $299
  • Team – $4,999 or 12 payments of $499

Bookkeeper Launch has a 60-day unconditional guarantee and an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau website.

To figure out if you have the right personality for bookkeeping — sign up for Ben’s FREE three-part training series.

  • Level: Beginner
  • Duration: 10-week course

ACTIVATE, formerly Elite Blog Academy, is a comprehensive business coaching program for bloggers created by Ruth Soukup of Living Well Spending Less.

Membership to ACTIVATE includes:

  • Live Coaching
  • The Quarterly Execution Playbook
  • Weekly Office Hours
  • A Private Facebook Community
  • Accountability Groups, Including the Six-Figure Club
  • Quarterly One-Day Intensive Workshops
  • Courses: Elite Blog Academy and The Product Launch Playbook
  • Bonuses: Home Business Starter Kit, Facebook Ads Training, What the Tech – Digital Tutorial Library, and the Super Sales Page Starter Kit

Enrollment for this live training program happens quarterly based on the number of available slots. The next quarterly enrollment period is March 22nd-26th, so be sure to get signed up for the waitlist. You can cancel your membership at any time, but once you cancel, you will not be able to join again for one full year.

Elite Blog Academy Activate

Earlier this year, I had the chance to preview this coaching program and it looked amazing if you’re interested in creating a product. I purchased Elite Blog Academy (EBA) back in 2004, and it helped me take my blog to the next level. I got so much out of EBA that I joined Ruth’s VIP Mastermind Group a few years later! ACTIVATE is basically a combination of the two programs I took, plus even more!

Want to know if this is the right work-at-home course for you? Check out these freebies to get a taste of Ruth’s teaching style: EBA Starter Guide or 7 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Blog Income Overnight.

  • Level: All (beginner, intermediate, and advanced)
  • Duration: Ongoing

If you’re trying to grow your business or blog through Facebook ads, this is THE course for doing so. Taught by Beth Anne Schwamberger of Brillant Business Moms, this 12-week intensive is one of the best courses I’ve ever taken!

In this live, guided intensive, you’ll learn:

  • Setting up tripwires
  • Copywriting techniques
  • How to use Facebook Business Manager
  • Ad set up
  • How to create custom audiences
  • Retargeting techniques
  • How to scale your ads
  • How to evaluate and tweak your ads

Along with the live bi-weekly calls, there is a very active Facebook Group where Beth Anne and her mentors give a lot of feedback to help you perfect your sales pages, copy, and so much more.

With this course, you’ll be expected to complete weekly homework assignments and give feedback to other students. The course is $891 and is broken into three monthly payments of $297 — which I was easily able to recoup my money with the tripwires I set up.

Enrollment is only open twice a year, with the next session starting in June 2021; you can apply here for consideration.

  • Level: Intermediate to advanced
  • Duration: 12 weeks of guided instruction

If you’ve thought about starting a personal concierge business, but you’re not sure how to get started, my friend Kelly Schaefer from Task Complete can help you out. Not only does Kelly run a successful six-figure concierge business herself, but she’s also a mom of four and passionate about helping others who want to break into the industry.

concierge starter kit course - best work at home courses

In her Concierge Starter Kit, you’ll get access to forms, templates, flyers, workbooks, video tutorials, checklists, and lots of bonuses on how to successfully run a concierge business from home. The cost of this course is $47, but there is a notice that there will be a price increase soon.

  • Level: Beginner to intermediate
  • Duration: Self-paced program

Do you love to spoil your dog? If so, running a dog treat business from home may be your calling. My friend, Kristin Larsen, ran a dog treat business in college, selling her dog treats on Etsy and at local farmer’s markets. Today, she teaches others how to launch and grow a successful dog treat business.

The course consists of eight modules and four bonuses for $199 or two payments of $127. Enrollment is open year-round. If you want to see if this is the right business for you, sign-up for Kristin’s free training workshop by clicking on the pink button.

  • Level: Beginner to intermediate
  • Duration: It takes most students a month to complete

If you want to do transcription work from home, this is the course for you. General Transcription: Theory & Practice covers everything from equipment requirements, transcription style guides to where to find legit jobs, as well as practice dictation sessions so you can hone your skills.

The full cost of the course is $797 and includes lifetime updates and access. Janet Shaughnessy, the creator of the course, also has a pay-as-you-go option and discounts for individuals who purchase both the general and legal transcription courses. Want to know more? Sign up for Janet’s free 7-day mini-course here.

  • Level: Beginner
  • Duration: Self-paced program – can be completed in 2-4 months

Debra Gould is an internationally recognized home staging expert and has staged millions of dollars worth of real estate through her company. In 2005, she started teaching others how to do the same via her Home Staging Business Training Program. 

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The instant download training program is $995, and the mailed-to-your-door option is $1,295, and there are payment plans available. Debra offers a money-back guarantee, 48 hours for digital download courses, and 30-days for mailed-to-your-door items.

  • Level: Beginner
  • Duration: Complete in as little as a week

If you’d like to work-from-home doing medical coding and billing — you’ll need formal training. CareerStep offers this training through an online program that can be completed at home and finished in four months. CareerStep has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and they’re endorsed by the well-known financial advisor, Dave Ramsey.

The cost of this course is $3,699; payment plans and military tuition assistance is available. CareerStep also provides graduate support to help you land a job. If you’d like to know more, you can request additional information here by clicking on the dark pink request info button.

  • Level: Beginner
  • Duration: Self-paced – this program is designed to be completed in 4 months

Caitlin Pyle, the brains behind Proofread Anywhere, has been earning a full-time income proofreading since 2012. Today she teaches other aspiring proofreaders how to do the same. The full cost of her course is $497 and includes access to eight different modules that will show you everything you need to know about proofreading as well as starting your own proofreading business.

To figure out if proofreading is the right career path for you — sign up here for Caitlin’s free 76-minute workshop.

  • Level: Beginner to intermediate
  • Duration: Self-paced — takes approximately 1-3 months to complete

Like many people, Gina Horkey disliked her day job, so she decided to launch a freelance writing business on the side. As this side business grew, she decided to add virtual assistant services into the mix. Within a year, Gina was able to quit her day job and run her business full time.

Today Gina teaches others how to launch their own successful freelance virtual assistant businesses from home. If you’re curious about becoming a virtual assistant, you can sign-up for her mini-course, Jumpstart Your Virtual Assistant Business (in 4 Quick Steps) which is just $19.

If you already know that this is the occupation for you, check out her monthly membership program, Fully Booked VA System. The cost is $199 a month, or $1,194 if you pay for the full year. This system consists of the main course, VA Foundations, a helpful community, VA leads, certification, and specialization courses like email management, project management, social media, real estate, and creating an agency.

  • Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Duration: Ongoing

Julie Eickhoff has been working from her home doing voice-over work since 2011, and now she’s teaching others how to do the same. In this seven-part work-at-home course, you’ll learn what equipment and skills you’ll need, where to find voice-over work, how to run your business, and access to a free Facebook Group. After you complete the course, Julie will give you a free voice review. The cost of the course is $297, or there is a monthly payment plan of $37.50 for eight months.

If voice-over work sounds appealing, check out Julie’s free mini-course that gives you an inside peek into the profession.

  • Level: Beginner
  • Duration: Self-paced — contains 3.5 hours of videos

Printables are all the rage, and people are making excellent money selling them online! Two people who have found success in creating and selling printables on Etsy are Julie Berninger and Cody Berman of Gold City Ventures. The great thing about this course, is you don’t need prior design experience or expensive tools to get started!

In this work-at-home course, you’ll learn:

  • How to make beautiful printables
  • You’ll get 12 templates so you can design printables faster
  • Lessons on how to drive traffic and sales to your Etsy shop
  • 4 weeks in their VIP Facebook Membership
  • 24/7 support for questions if you need help

The cost of the course is $247 and they even have a 7-day refund guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the course. You can also sign-up here for their free e-book which lists best-selling printables by month!

  • Level: Beginner
  • Duration: Self-paced — 4 weeks

If you enjoy doing administrative tasks and you love hanging out on Pinterest, then this course is for you! As a blogger, Kristin Larsen learned everything she could about using Pinterest to get traffic to her blog. Within a short period of time, she had figured it out and was getting a ton of traffic from it, and others wanted to know her secrets to success. So, she created a course that not only shares her secrets but helps people launch their own Pinterest Virtual Assistant business.

In this work-at-home course, you’ll learn:

  • Understanding the PVA Role
  • 9 Services to Offer and How Much to Charge
  • How to Find and Land Clients
  • How to Work With Clients and Onboarding
  • Pinterest, Canva and Tailwind Tech Training
  • Advanced Skill – Promoted Pins and Tech Training
  • Tools Included to Launch Your Business
  • Bonus – Pinterest VA Invoice Templates
  • Bonus – PVA + Client Journey Guided Workbook

Pinterest VA Course

The course cost is $899 or $1,599 for the course and Pinterest Presence Community; payment plans are available. Enrollment only happens 2-3 times a year, so be sure to get on the waitlist or sign up for her free training workshop here by clicking on the baby blue button.

  • Level: Beginner
  • Duration: Self-paced

One Last Word About These Work-at-Home Courses

To be successful with any of these work-at-home courses and careers — you need to put in the hard work! Success is not going to happen overnight, and to be blunt, and it’s not always going to be easy.

But if you’re willing to put in the effort, complete the lessons, and work all the way through the course — you can be successful. If you’re looking for an “easy way out,” this list of work-at-home courses is not for you.

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Originally published on August 15, 2016. Content updated on March 10, 2021.

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