Raise your hand if you have ever thought about making money from home. If you have been wondering how to turn your dreams into a reality, these suggestions can help you earn a side income or transition to a full-time salary. People really do make money from home from many from a variety of ways and you can too!
Making Money Online
The Internet has made it easier than ever to make money from the comfort of your own home. Since there are so many ways you can make money online, you might want to start here. This is the first of three sections on how to make money at home. It will focus on how you can earn money using your talents to produce content for others.
1. Answer Online Surveys
One of the most flexible and quickest opportunities is to answer online surveys. This can be an excellent option even if you only have 10 or 15 minutes to spare, as that’s the average length of most surveys. Of course, you can take as many services each week as you desire.
You can join one or all of these sites depending on how many survey opportunities you desire about a variety of topics from product and reviews, political opinions, or sharing your daily habits. It’s possible to earn up to $75 per survey that can be redeemed for cash or gift cards. And, some sites will automatically enter you into a quarterly cash giveaway that can result in an even larger paycheck.
2. Get Paid to Complete Tasks Online
If you want to get paid for doing what you already do online, Swagbucks will pay you to perform web searches, watch videos, complete opinion polls, and even shop online. The entire family can make money through Swagbucks as you only need to be 13 years old to join. Like the previous suggestion of completing paid online surveys, you can earn as much or little as you want depending on your schedule.
You will earn points (SBs) for each task completed on Swagbucks. These points can be redeemed for cash rewards or gift cards starting at $3. So far, Swagbucks has paid more than $206 million to its members and awards more than 7,000 gift cards each day! In addition to Swagbucks, you might also consider joining Inbox Dollars which is a leading Swagbucks alternative.
3. Test New Products
Companies will also pay you to test new products by mailing you new products for you to test in exchange for your opinion. Two of the largest companies are Ipsos i-Say and Toluna that offer thousands of testing opportunities every year! It’s possible to test household items, baking products, health and beauty products, and even online products such as websites.
4. Download New Phone Apps
If you “do everything” on your phones, you can also get paid to download sponsored apps and games. FeaturePoints will pay you to do just that, and watch YouTube videos too. After downloading and using the app, you will earn credits that can be redeemed for gift cards, which can be just as good as cash.
Enter my referral code, C8MNU, during signup and you’ll get 2,000 Fetch Points ($2.00 in points!) when you complete one receipt.
5. Test Websites
User Testing and What Users Do will pay you to test websites. To get started, you will need the ability to download the testing software and record yourself with a webcam so the clients can see your reactions and non-verbal language as you interact with their website. These sites will let you test between three and five websites each month.
6. Start a Blog
This is one of my favorite recommendations because blogging can be highly rewarding and make it possible to open the doors to several other income ideas on this list. A blog is your own piece of internet real estate to create your own online portfolio to connect with future online clients if you desire, or, you can also use it to share your two cents on the topics you hold near and dear with the rest of the world.
An excellent place to start your own website is with Bluehost. It only costs $3.95 a month and you can start creating content with 15 minutes! It doesn’t matter what you write or record videos about, this is a legitimate way to earn money from home.
In addition to doubling as an online portfolio, there are two ways to earn passive income from your blog:
- Affiliate Marketing
One way is with affiliate marketing where you partner with brands and services that you use on a regular basis and would recommend to others. When others signup through your link, you earn a small commission.
One person who makes over $100,000 a month from blogging is Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and she shares her formula for success in her Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course.
7. Create a YouTube Channel
As culture continues to gravitate towards video more and more, you might also consider starting a YouTube channel vlog.
From product reviews, funny cat videos, and how-to videos, people flock to YouTube to find answers to the questions.
By building a following, you can make money through affiliate marketing and advertisements.
8. Become a Freelance Writer
Whether or not you own a blog, you can make money by writing online. You can write for a blog or business about any topic and get paid for it.
The only two qualifications are being knowledgeable about the topic and possess the ability to write effectively. You don’t have to be an English major to pursue this income idea.
There are many different writing opportunities varying between blog posts, business to business copywriting, eBooks, and even corporate white papers.
9. Write Resumes
Very few people work with the same employer for their entire working career. That means they will need to submit a resume with each job application.
A resume gives potential employers a first impression of each applicant. To receive an invitation to interview, that resume and cover letter need to be impeccable and relevant.
Talent Inc. can help you get paid to write resumes on a part-time or full-time basis.
10. Design Graphics
If you’re more of a “picture person,” you can also make money designing computer graphics and logos for individual website owners, eBook authors, and corporations that don’t want to a pay professional design studios prices.
Fiverr is a good place to start because graphic designers can advertise their services for a variety of gigs starting at $5 per task.
11. Become a Virtual Assistant
Chances are, behind every large blog or website is a virtual assistant. These “unsung heroes” can perform a variety of tasks including some of the following:
- Schedule blog posts
- Search Engine Optimization
- Manage social media accounts
- Answer emails
- Customer service
You may do all of these mentioned above or only one of these tasks. It depends on the needs of the website and your interests. Virtual assistants can either be a part-time or full-time position and two places to start connecting with clients are Belay Solutions and Time Etc.
But, you might be able to earn more as a VA by starting your own freelance business, like my friend Kayla. She earns around $10,000 per month. She even started an online course called $10k VA to teach others to do the same.
12. Design Websites
Do you like building something from scratch? If so, you can also get paid to design websites by companies and bloggers looking for their own unique theme.
You can modify pre-built WordPress themes or use your own coding. Upwork and Fiverr are two places to get your name out, and, of course, your own website that will double as a piece of your portfolio.
13. Website Management
Even established websites need to be managed. You can make money managing the back-end of websites to optimize certain keywords for higher search engine rankings, ensuring all plugins and data is routinely updated and backed up, and making sure the site remains user-friendly.
You can also offer consulting services on an hourly basis to help bloggers that might only want an “SEO audit” and are not ready to commit to full-time website management.
This is one job you can do entirely 100% from home while being able to help people across the entire globe.
14. Become an Online Proofreader
Authors, businesses, and bloggers all need an extra set of eyes. Online proofreaders allow you to connect with writers from every background and add a little sparkle to their work.
You do need an eye for detail and a command for English grammar to become a proofreader, but, you can literally proofread eBooks, news articles, and transcripts.
Companies want to put their best foot forward, and you can help them do that.
There are several different places to become an online proofreader. You might start at Proofread Anywhere to learn the ins and outs of proofreading and how to land your first client.
The best part about being a proofreader is that anybody can do it at their own leisure. It can be a part-time income stream in the evenings, a stay-at-home parent, or are fully retired. You just have to be willing to find and correct grammatical errors. Proofreading is another flexible income stream where you can choose how many hours you will work each day or week.
15. Transcribe Audio
Another on-demand job is audio transcription. You can earn at least $20 per audio hour or more with TranscribeMe. If you are experienced with legal or medical transcription, you can earn even more.
How much audio you transcribe at once can also be at your discretion. You can transcribe clips that are only one or two minutes in duration or much longer for some clients. To get started, you only need a reliable internet connection and a computer. If you really like transcribing audio, buying a pedal can be worth the small investment.
Want to learn more about how to become a transcriptionist? Check out Transcribe Anywhere!
16. Data Entry
If you are proficient at typing with at least 45 (preferably 60) words per minute, companies are looking for efficient data entry specialists. DionData Solutions is always looking for home-based vendors to add to their database. And, you can also look on the other freelancer platforms and individual company websites as well.
Data entry can take several different shapes and sizes. Your workload might consist of the following tasks:
- Consolidating data from multiple documents into a single document
- Gathering names from LinkedIn to build a marketing database of potential leads
- Processing mail-in rebates
- Processing invoices
- Entering medical data
- Maintaining an Excel spreadsheet of income and expenses
What you do will depend on the needs of the business. It can be for a corporation or even for a self-employed project manager that simply doesn’t have the time to keep up with the day-to-day paperwork and doesn’t want the pile in his office to grow to the size of Mt. Everest.
17. Medical Coding and Billing
You don’t have to work in a doctor’s office to use your medical knowledge. Healthcare is a large piece of the American economy and the various medical providers and insurance companies have outsourced the coding and billing process to work-at-home people to minimize administrative costs.
If you enjoy coding, Aviacode can help you connect with work remotely for national medical providers.
In addition to medical-related data entry, you can also become a remote medical transcriptionist if you have an advanced knowledge of medical terminology and want to transcribe the audio transcriptions of doctors.
18. Tutor Online
Tutoring sessions don’t have to exclusively take place at your local library. Now, you can tutor online with video sessions and even live chat.
While you can still tutor locally, it’s also possible to connect with any student and adult learner master a subject.
19. Teach a Foreign Language Online
If you enjoy interacting with people from different cultures, you can also teach English to citizens from all over the globe that are want to practice speaking English to boost their own income potential.
All you need is a webcam and microphone to have conversations with people from different countries.
20. Be an Online Translator
Foreign language tutoring is one way to use your speaking skills and you can also be paid to serve as an online translator. If you are bilingual or fluent in a foreign language, companies will pay you to translate their content from English into another language.
- Information Technology
This option will be the most lucrative if you are a native speaker or have experience as a professional translator. But, you can also “get your foot in the door” at other websites.
21. Build an Online Course
We are all good at something and others are always looking to learn a new skill. Perhaps, you can teach them everything they need to know and get paid for it!
There are several online learning platforms to share your skills, but, you might have the most success at Udemy as courses can sell for up to $200.
All courses are video-based and you can also include worksheet exercises to help your students.
Instructors are creating courses for many different topics including how to play a particular musical instrument, computer programming, starting an online business, and even yoga classes. You can make a class on nearly any topic!
22. Invest and Earn Passive Income
This income idea is a little different from the rest because you earn passive income by investing.
You might already invest for retirement with a 401k, but, you can also boost your non-retirement savings with investing as well. If you like to pick your own stocks, bonds, and ETFs, a well-respected brokerage is Ally Invest. Each trade is only $4.95 which is as low as you can get for a conventional brokerage and still have access to research reports and charting.
If the thought of investing is overwhelming, you can also choose the automated approach offered by Betterment that will let you earn passive income through hands-off investing. Each month, you can schedule recurring investments with Betterment and they will invest in a basket of domestic and international ETFs based on your age, investment goals, and risk tolerance.
23. Invest in Peer-to-Peer Loans
A relatively new investment idea is peer-to-peer (P2P) lending. This is when you create “micro-loans” to everyday people that do not want to get a loan from a bank. Loans can be issued for a variety of purposes including credit card debt refinancing, business loans, or home repairs. Since you are the bank, peer lending offers a higher return than your current fixed income or bond investments.
LendingClub is the largest peer lending platform that will let you invest in loan applications since 2007. Credit ratings vary from A to G, which is least risky to most risky respectively, just like the risk assessment rating for bonds.
Each note has an investment minimum of $25 per note and you can be as risky or conservative investor as you desire. Plus, you can also enroll in LendingClub’s automatic investing service (it’s free!) to automatically diversify your portfolio to give you the highest rate of return without excessive risk.
24. Use a Micro-Investing App
In addition to setting aside $50, $100, or even $500 a month for investments with the two previous suggestions, you can also use a micro-investing app to make a little spare change.
Acorns and Stash are the two largest micro-investing apps that allow you to invest a few dollars into an investment account to earn interest. Acorns, for example, will round up each purchase you make and invest the difference.
For instance, a $3.40 purchase would be rounded up to $4 and Acorns will invest the 60-cent difference.
25. Become a Customer Service Representative
Another potential income idea is being a remote-based customer service representative. Many companies, including Amazon, will hire seasonal representatives during the Christmas shopping season.
26. Evaluate Search Engine Algorithms
Search engines like Google and Bing will hire humans to analyze their search algorithms to ensure only the most relevant content is ranking.
For example, if you’re Googling “funny cat videos,” you don’t expect to see a result solely focused on dogs or birds.
As a search engine evaluator, you can report the irrelevant dog video to the search engine to remove that result. In a nutshell, this is one way your search results have become more relevant compared to a few years ago.
If you want to join the fun, several groups hire search engine algorithm evaluators and will pay you up to $700 a month.
Leapforce is one of the largest players in hiring home-based evaluators. You can either use your computer or mobile device to evaluate results.
Make Money Selling Items Online
The second section will focus on how you can make money by selling digital and physical products from home. Whether you are looking for some ideas on how to make money while decluttering your house or want to monetize a hobby, these ideas will get your entrepreneurial wheels turning.
27. Design Clothing
CafePress is one of the leading sites that allow you to create your own online shop to design t-shirts, sweatshirts, baby clothing, and even accessories like coffee mugs and phone cases.
All you have to do is upload your design and Cafepress will handle the printing and shipping when an item sells. Customers can also request customized designs in addition to your pre-made work as well.
28. Sell Clothing Online
Another way to make money from is by selling clothes online. Whether you want to clean out your closest or enjoy flipping clothes you bought for a bargain at a consignment store or yard sale, clothing can easily be an “evergreen” side hustle as we all get dressed in the morning.
29. Sell Used Books
Whether you have used textbooks or riveting works of fiction to sell, people love to read and watch their personal libraries grow. There are many different options to sell used books online.
A favorite here is Bookscouter as they will quickly compare the prices of 42 vendors allowing you to negotiate the best price in a matter of seconds. Like clothing, you may only decide to sell your unwanted books or making a steady side income. It just depends on how much time you want to invest.
If you have dreams of selling your own book, Amazon makes it easy to self-publish your own Kindle eBook for free. Amazon even offers a print-on-demand service too. It’s never been easier to begin selling your own works without a publishing house!
30. Sell Your Old Video Games
Whether you have last year’s version of Madden or some old Gameboy Color games you played as a child, you can connect with a buyer online. Selling video games online can be a lucrative hobby as parents share their childhood memories with their own children and other players look to buy the best games for less than retail.
31. Sell Movies and Music Online
Even though it seems like we would rather stream our favorite movies and songs, there’s something to be said about having a hard copy of your favorite DVD or CD. It’s also easy to sell your DVDs and CDs online whether you do it yourself on eBay and Amazon or a specialty site like Decluttr. Selling your used movies and music online can also be more lucrative than having a yard sale.
32. Sell Your Unwanted Items on Craigslist
Almost anything can be sold on Craigslist from unwanted clothing and books to used cars and anything in between. Craigslist can be a good option to sell those “bulky” items that are too expensive to ship such as used furniture, appliances, and kitchen gadgets for items that still have cash value but no longer have a place in your home (or garage).
To expand your reach, you should also consider listing your items on these 20 Craigslist alternatives as well.
33. Sell Unwanted Gift Cards
Do you have a drawer full of gift cards to restaurants, coffee shops, and stores that you will never visit? While you could regift them, you can also sell them for cash.
Gift Card Granny makes it easy to list your gift card and get paid in cash or exchange it for a card you will use. Often times, exchanging your gift card can make your card more valuable than simply selling it.
If you have access to a steady supply of gift cards or more than $2,500 in gift cards to sell, you can also apply to become a bulk seller to boost your profit margin and have them sold much sooner.
34. Dropship with Shopify
This income idea doesn’t require you to mail any products and is a popular version of retail arbitrage. A drop-ship business is where you are the “middle man” between a manufacturer and the customer.
The customer buys the product through your website or product listing on an e-commerce site like eBay and once the payment has been made, the warehouse ships the product directly to their front door and your profit is the difference between the selling price and the manufacturer’s wholesale price.
For example, you will earn $15 each time if a product is purchased for $30 and the manufacturer charges you $15 to produce and ship it.
The easiest way to begin drop shipping is to create a website with Shopify as they have built-in tools to collect payments and also import your product listings to the various e-commerce websites including eBay, Amazon, Facebook Messenger, and Pinterest.
Even if you also want to sell your own handmade products, a Shopify website will also let customers buy items that you will physically mail to them. And, you can even get discounted shipping rates on Shopify with their special partnership with the U.S. Postal Service.
35. Sell Handmade Goods on Etsy
Etsy is the largest online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods. From homemade candles, crafts, clothing, and decor, Etsy can be your new favorite marketplace to connect with other Etsy shoppers that might offer similar items or have shops that pique your interest in other topics.
36. Sell Your Digital Photos and Videos
If you like taking photographs, you can make money selling your photos online. News agencies, bloggers, and authors use stock images on a daily basis to help make their articles “pop” and engage the readers. Your pictures can include scenes from your everyday life, places you visit, or images of nature.
As internet bandwidth speeds continue to increase, websites and their viewers can process more data-intensive graphics. You can also sell your videos for cash as more sites include moving images on their homepages and articles.
There are dozens of places to sell your digital media and even the three largest databases, Shutterstock, Deposit Photos, and iStock by Getty Images, will accept your images, videos, and infographics where you can earn up to $28 per photo sold!
37. Shop with Ebates
Did you know that you can get cash back on every purchase? When you shop through Ebates, you will receive 1% to 40% cashback from all online purchases at over 2,000 stores.
If you do any amount of shopping online, you will most likely be able to start earning a “Big Fat Check” or PayPal cash for each purchase made. The only additional step you need to take is visiting the Ebates store first or clicking the red button with the Ebates browser extension.
If you plan on using items you purchased with an Ebates shopping session to help supplement your side hustle, this idea can help you increase your profit potential by driving down material costs.
38. Participate in a Mock Trial
Before a lawsuit goes to court, lawyers will simulate a mock jury trial to try different arguments and predict the reaction of the jury. While your jury decision won’t be the official verdict, this can be a fun way to reenact your favorite Law and Order episodes and get paid for it. eJury cases consist of 50 jurors and pay $10 per case. You can participate in one case each week.
Make Money In-Person Without Leaving Home
Online isn’t the only way to make hard-cold cash from home in the 21st century. Although the Internet has made it much easier to work from home, you can still make money like it’s 1999 without the Internet. But, you can still use it to augment your in-person sales.
39. Have a Yard Sale
Each Spring and Fall, you can host a yard sale to downsize your unwanted treasures. This is a good option if you want to sell items that are too expensive to ship or you simply don’t want to go through the hassle of listing each individual item online when you can sell them as a lot to a local neighbor. Plus, you can always sell online what doesn’t sell in person.
40. Sell Farm Fresh Eggs
As a nation, there seems to be more emphasis on locally-sourced food. You might be able to make money by selling farm fresh eggs. This is a potential income stream whether you live in a rural area or even in an urban area. Just make sure your HOA will let you keep chickens in your yard before buying a coop. If you have the acreage, you might also consider selling fresh beef, chickens, and pork as well.
To attract customers, you can place a sign in your front yard. And, you can also advertise with local apps like Craigslist and Facebook.
41. Operate a Produce Stand
This can also be a great teen micro-business idea because local produce can also be popular. You might be able to sell directly from your house, and, at your local farmer’s markets to gain additional exposure. Baked goods and specialty foods can also be hot items at your produce stand too. Be sure to check your local and state laws regarding food sales first.
42. Open Up a Daycare
If you enjoy children and have the extra space in your house, you can operate a home daycare. This option can be convenient if you live in a neighborhood with working families as they can quickly drop off and pick up their children. It can also be cheaper than a traditional full-time daycare campus as well.
Home-based childcare can be an effective way to pay your monthly mortgage payment, and, if you stay-at-home with children of your own, it can be a good way of getting paid to stay at home. Plus, your own children will have the opportunity to meet new playmates. Before starting a home-based daycare, make sure you check with your local and state laws to see if you need to obtain any licenses or permits to operate.
43. Start a Doggy Day Car
You can also open up your home to pet sitting. Pet owners might prefer to keep their dogs and other animals at a house instead of a kennel where they can be locked up in a cage for the entire time.
If you also offer dog-walking services, you can also charge extra to walk the dogs around your neighborhood every day they stay at your house.
Some professional dog-walkers earn more than $100,000 a year by walking the dogs of working professionals while the owners are away at work.
Sites like Rover.com can be a good place to list your doggy daycare and dog walking services. You can also offer additional services like pet grooming to earn some additional cash so the owners don’t have to visit another location to take care of their dog.
44. Rent A Spare Bedroom on Airbnb
One of the most popular sites to book travel lodging is Airbnb. Until very recently, most travelers only option was to stay in a motel. Thanks to Airbnb, they can avoid the stale and monotonous hotel rooms to stay at a house.
As an Airbnb host, you can make a few extra dollars by letting travelers stay in a spare bedroom. You can even rent out a finished basement or a guesthouse that is no longer being used.
Maybe you are an empty-nesters, a 20-something wanting some extra cash, or like the idea of hosting distant travelers under your roof, Airbnb can be a fun opportunity.
45. Take Up Woodworking
If you enjoy working with wood, you can convert your garage into a money-making machine. Whether you make furniture, toys, picture frames, turned bowls, or birdhouses will let you monetize a hobby.
46. Repair Automobiles
People will always need their cars repaired and are looking for quality labor at the right price.
Being a home-based mechanic can take many different routes from basic oil changes and car detailing to more complex repairs like tune-ups, replacing brake shoes, or adding customized exhaust systems.
It largely depends on what services you want to offer and the type of equipment you own.
47. Cut Hair
A hair salon is another income idea that doesn’t require a lot of real estate (compared to an auto repair shop or garden plot). It also doesn’t require a large financial investment as you only need one large room to double as the waiting area and your workspace.
Since you work from home, it can be easy to only schedule appointments that fit your daily routine. Meaning that you don’t have to cut hair all day as a regular salon might expect from an employee, and, there’s no commute.
48. Teach Music Lessons
If you have a piano in your living room, or, you play another instrument, you can open up your house and teach your skills to the next generation as well. For nearly a decade, my wife has taught piano lessons from home.
One or two afternoons a week, students drive to our house and she teaches them music. To boost your income, you can also travel to the student’s house or meet at your local community center. However, teaching music from home is also really easy as it can be taught from any common room in your house.
It’s easier than ever to make money from home. Whether you freelance for a larger company, answer surveys in your free time, or launch a home-based business, the options are nearly endless if you put your mind to it.
And the best part about all of these options is that you can do more than one.
Some of these ideas might already be part of your everyday routine. Now you know people that there are people out there willing to pay you money for those things you already do.
Have you ever tried making money from home before? If so, what did you do? Which idea excites you the most?