These savvy people earn millions doing work-from-home jobs

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It’s a well-known fact that more and more companies are starting to offer work-from-home job opportunities to attract highly talented individuals who value lifestyle-related perks in the workplace.

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that in 2018, many of the highest paying jobs around were in excess of $100,000 but not more than $200,000. Not one year later, FlexJobs reports the highest paying home-based jobs come with a salary up to $350,000.

While that’s an impressive rise in earning potential, it’s still nowhere near what the top individuals are raking in each year doing work that can, ostensibly, be accomplished from a home office.

This year Bankrate listed 20 of the most popular work-from-home jobs that includes professions like :

  • Web developer
  • Teacher
  • Writer
  • Designer
  • Accountant
  • Project manager

But employment that may require an expensive qualification, or years of experience, isn’t the only way to go.

Related: 25 home business ideas with low startup costs 

Work from home and become a top earner

There are plenty of jobs available to self-made people who forge their own path regardless of whether it is a recognized profession or not. It’s these people who are blowing out the earnings curve by turning their jobs into something more than a business.

To make millions, you have to turn what you do into a phenomenon.


These talented people make it look easy (you can see the full list of top earners over at Top 10 Highest Earners Doing Work From Home Jobs).

Image ALT: Work From Home Jobs Author James Patterson Headshot

1. $86 million: James Patterson (author)

Forbes reported that Patterson earned $86 million in 2018 after selling 4.8 million books in the U.S. alone. They go on to say that his earnings in 2019 will likely surge again thanks to the release of The President is Missing.

Related: 12 things every author website needs 

2. $58.4 million: Jeff Koons (artist)

Huffpost reported that a single piece of Koons’ artwork, entitled “Balloon Dog,” sold for $58.4 million back in 2013. That’s still a hefty paycheck in today’s money, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Related: How to sell art online

3. $22 million: Ryan ToysReview (YouTuber)

Last year, Forbes reported that the highest earning YouTuber in the world was a 7-year-old named Ryan who makes his money reviewing toys his mom buys him via his YouTube channel Ryan ToysReview. With more than 19 million subscribers, it’s no wonder Ryan’s channel earned him a cool $22 million.

Related: Making money on YouTube

4. $15-20 million (approximately): Paul McCartney (songwriter)

Yes, Paul McCartney is, perhaps, one of the most famous musicians in the world, and he has certainly earned more than $15 million over the years. But these millions came from just one song that is only played for a short time each year: “Wonderful Christmastime.”

Since the song’s release in 1979, he has made between $400,000 and $600,0000 per year, bringing in upwards of $23 million as of 2018. And, this is on top of all other royalties he makes from the Beatles, Wings and other solo projects.

Related: Careers in music — 4 tips on making it 

5. $1 million per post: Kylie Jenner (Instagram influencer)

In 2018, CNBC reported that Kylie Jenner commands up to $1 million per sponsored Instagram post. With over 137 million followers, it’s not surprising why. It’s not a fluke either. Kylie is closely followed by Selena Gomez, who can earn up to $800,000.

In fact, all of the top 10 Instagram influencers make at least $500,000 per sponsored post, according to the CNBC article.

Related: 5 steps to build a personal brand with a personal website

Get inspired to create your own work-from-home path

Of course, it’s difficult to reach the pinnacle of the highest earners in virtually any sphere. But everyone on this list had to start somewhere.

All you need is a great idea, passion and determination and anything becomes possible.

Editor’s note: Got an idea? Put a name to it. Search for the perfect domain name.

Hopefully, this list has shown you that while there are growing opportunities for home-based employment, there is virtually no ceiling when it comes to making money building your own career working from home.

Best of luck, and I hope to be covering your meteoric rise to fame and fortune in next years’ top earners list.