Out of all the questions our community asks, the one we hear the most is, “How can I work at home?”
With families and households to care for, many of you crave the flexibility a work-at-home job can offer.
As someone who worked remotely for several years, I understand the allure: The freedom to create your own schedule and work whenever and wherever you want is hard to beat.
But getting started is a lot of work, and knowing how and where to begin can quickly get overwhelming.
And that’s just the beginning.
Once you know what kind of home-based business you want, you have to figure out how to launch it. That’s where a course or guide might be able to help.
11 Courses and Guides to Help You Work at Home
So we scoured the web for resources on a range of work-at-home jobs — and also got the scoop on their Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
Here you go!
1. The Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing
“You will be paid. You will be published,” promises Chris Guillebeau’s 55-page freelance writing guide, which covers everything from determining your rates to pitching editors to handling rejection.
Black Friday to Cyber Monday: $29.25 using code “GRAVY” (was $39; save 25%)
2. Create a Profitable Online Store
Want to open up a digital storefront — but not sure what to sell or how to do it?
Steve Chou says his Create a Profitable Online Store course will walk you through the process step-by-step.
Though this course is a hefty investment, he does offer payment plans and a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Black Friday to Cyber Monday: $897 using code “pennyhoarder” (was $997; save 10%)
3. Coaching Biz Badassery Bootcamp
Do you dream of becoming a coach?
Whether you want to help people create healthier habits, start their own business or get control of their finances, Coach Jennie says her Coaching Biz Badassery Bootcamp will help you get your nascent coaching business off the ground.
Black Friday to Cyber Monday: $150 using code “blackfriday” (was $250; save 40%)
4. Get Started for Freelance Blogging Success
Sophie Lizard’s Get Started for Freelance Blogging Success is a 28-day email course with one task per day to help you slowly build your business.
By the end, she says you’ll be “a freelance blogger on the right track for long-term success.”
Black Friday to Cyber Monday: $48.50 (was $97; save 50%)
5. Empire Building Kit
Have you heard of a lifestyle business? Chris Guillebeau’s Empire Building Kit is a 365-day video and email course for creating a business that goes around your life — and not the other way around.
Black Friday to Cyber Monday: $111.75 using code “GRAVY” (was $149; save 25%)
6. Get Paid to Write for Blogs
Catherine Alford, a Penny Hoarder contributor, created her very own course: Get Paid to Write for Blogs. In eight modules and 29 videos, she takes you from creating a portfolio to making the leap into full-time writing.
Black Friday to Cyber Monday: $167.45 using code “pennyhoarder” (was $197; save 15%), plus receive a FREE 20-minute Skype session with Alford (normally valued at $100)
7. The Suitcase Entrepreneur Freedom Bundle
Maybe you don’t dream of just working from home; maybe you dream of creating a business you can run while traveling the world.
That’s Natalie Sisson’s specialty, and her freedom bundle includes four online business guides and a digital and audio version of her Suitcase Entrepreneur book.
Black Friday to Cyber Monday: $94.50 (was $189; save 50%)
8. Proofread Anywhere
Are you a grammar nerd? Do all your friends ask you to edit their resumes?
Then you might have what it takes to be a freelance proofreader. In her Proofread Anywhere course, Caitlin Pyle teaches you the ins and outs of this work-at-home career.
Black Friday only: $177.30 using code “save10” (was $197; save 10%)
9. 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success
Being a virtual assistant (VA) is just like it sounds: You assist business owners around the nation — and world — from behind your computer. Duties can include everything from scheduling social media updates to answering emails.
30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success from VA Gina Horkey is an email course that promises to teach you the ropes.
Black Friday to Cyber Monday: $39 (was $69; save 56%)
10. Make Money With Your Travel Blog
Travel blogging — it’s the dream, right?
Matt Kepnes is one of the biggest names in the industry, and his course includes books about building and making money with your travel blog, as well as case studies and interviews with other successful bloggers.
Cyber Monday (and the Tuesday following): $99.50 (was $199; save 50%)
11. Self-Publishing Success Summit
Have you always wanted to write a book? With the self-publishing boom, it’s easier than ever — but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to do right.
Chandler Bolt’s Self-Publishing Success Summit All Access Pass features videos of 46 authors offering advice on writing, marketing and monetizing your first book.
Black Friday to Cyber Monday: $97 (was $297; save 66%)
Remember: Black Friday and Cyber Monday don’t have to be exclusively about buying things.
If you want, you can also take advantage of deals to further your education or career.
Your Turn: Do you want to work at home? Are you interested in any of these deals?
Disclosure: We appreciate you letting us include affiliate links in this post. It helps keep the beer fridge stocked in the Penny Hoarder break room.
Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.
This post originally appeared on our special Black Friday site.