Raise your hand if you want to make money from home. If you want to turn your dreams into reality, these suggestions can help. You’ll learn how to earn a side income and even how to transition to a full-time salary.
Here are some legitimate ways that you can start bringing in cash by working at home.
Table of Contents
- Earn Money From Home (And Online)
- 1. Test Websites
- 2. Start Blogging
- 3. Create a YouTube Channel
- 4. Become a Freelance Writer
- 5. Share Your Opinion
- 6. Get Paid to Complete Tasks
- 7. Test New Products
- 8. Download New Phone Apps
- 9. Get Paid to Exercise
- 10. Design Graphics
- 11. Become a Virtual Assistant
- 12. Design Websites
- 13. Become an Online Proofreader
- 14. Transcribe Audio
- 15. Data Entry
- 16. Tutor Online
- 17. Create an Online Course
- 18. Become a Customer Service Agent
- 19. Lower Your Monthly Bills
- 20. Sell Items From Home
- 21. Dropship with Shopify
- 22. Start a Small Business as a Daycare
- 23. Rent A Spare Bedroom on Airbnb
- 24. Take Up Woodworking
- 25. Repair Automobiles
- 26. Become a Fulfilled By Amazon Seller
- 27. Manage Social Media Accounts for a Small Business
Earn Money From Home (And Online)
The Internet has made it easier than ever to make money online from the comfort of your own home. Since there are so many ways you can earn cash online, you might want to start here.
We’re first looking at how to make money without selling anything. Using your talents to help others comes in many forms.
1. Test Websites
Then, you’ll record yourself with a webcam during the test. Clients want to see and hear you interact with their website. Being able to see you shows non-verbal language as well.
These sites will let you test between three and five websites each month. Expect to earn between $10 and $20 per test.
If you get invited to a live test, you can make at least $200 per test. These tests are longer, but you get to interact with the client in real-time.
2. Start Blogging
Blogging is one of my favorite ideas because of passive income potential. It also opens doors to several other income ideas on this list.
A blog is your very own website. You can create a portfolio to connect with future clients. Or, you can use it to share your thoughts with the world.
An excellent place to start your own website is with Bluehost. It only costs $2.95 a month, and you can start creating content with 15 minutes!
In addition to doubling as a portfolio, you can earn passive income from your blog.
You can make money through ads from a network like Google Adsense or my favorite, affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing is where you partner with brands and services to recommend products. When people make a purchase through your link, you earn a small commission. You don’t sell anything; you only connect your readers with brands.
Often times, when these brands payout, they will just deposit money right into your bank account. No need to even deposit a check.
My friend Michelle Schroeder-Gardner makes over $100,000 a month from blogging. She shares her formula for success in her Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course.
A blog can be a great way to work at your own schedule and be able to make as much, if not more, than you can in a traditional job.
3. Create a YouTube Channel
Our culture continues to gravitate towards video. You might consider starting a YouTube channel vlog.
From product reviews, funny cat videos, and how-to videos, people flock to YouTube.
By building a following, you can earn money on Youtube through affiliate marketing and ads.
4. 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 criteria are:
- possess the ability to write effectively
- be able to research the topic you’re writing about
You don’t have to be an English major to pursue being a freelancer.
Clients are always looking for freelancers on the platform Upwork.
Some are blog posts, copywriting, eBooks, and even corporate white papers.
Consider setting up a Contently profile so new clients can find you.
Another way to use your freelance writing skills to make money is by writing resumes.
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, a resume and cover letter need to be impeccable.
Talent Inc. can help you get paid to write resumes on a part-time or full-time basis.
Taking paid online surveys is one of the most flexible side hustles. Companies are willing to spend money to do market research and value your opinion.
The cool thing about this is that you get to name the time you want to spend answering surveys. This can be an excellent option to do in your spare time, even if you only have 10 or 15 minutes. That’s the average amount of time you’ll need for most surveys.
Earn money at home with these popular survey options:
Survey Junkie is one of the most well-known and reputable survey site has made is easy to sign-up and simple to complete surveys. Once you submit a survey you will be awarded points that can be redeemed through Paypal or gift cards.
This site has over 10,000,000 members and touts a high Trustpilot score of 4.5 out of 5.
Vindale Research is a large survey site with the ability to match surveys to your interests.
If your goal is to make $100+ a month, join all of these top survey sites. This will broaden your access to online surveys.
Surveys can ask about anything. Topics include product reviews, political opinions and even your daily habits.
It’s possible to earn up to $75 per survey. Payment options include cash or gift cards. Some sites enter you into free cash giveaways too.
Surveys are easy, but they don’t pay the most. You should pursue additional hustles if you need to pay the rent.
This can be a great way to make some extra cash for college students.
6. Get Paid to Complete Tasks
If you want to get paid for your online activity, check out Swagbucks.
You earn points for these activities:
- Web Searches
- Watching Videos
- Opinion polls
- Online Shopping
As long as you are at least 13 years old you can make money with Swagbucks. In fact, Swagbucks is one of the top online jobs for teens. Plus, you can earn as much or little as you want depending on your schedule.
“I love Swagbucks! I get points for doing things I normally do which turn into free gift cards. The cards are really great to buy extra things or help our monthly budget stretch.”M. Brownfield, Trustpilot.com Review
You will earn points (SBs) for each task completed on Swagbucks. You can redeem points for cash rewards or gift cards starting at $3. Some of the redemption options include amazon gift cards and even PayPal cash deposits.
Swagbucks has paid more than $433 million to its members. More than 7,000 gift cards are awarded each day!
A similar site worth checking out is InboxDollars.
7. Test New Products
Companies will pay you to test new products. They may mail you products for you to test in exchange for your opinion. You can preview the upcoming product launches. Product testing is a fun way to discover new products. Sometimes, you will receive coupons for future purchases.
Two large product testing companies:
- Ipsos i-Say: Membership is free and they offer a variety of ways to earn rewards points.
- Pinecone Research: This exclusive testing community pays $3 per survey but enrollment is limited and by application only.
It’s possible to test a variety of things from household items to beauty products. You may even be able to test online products such as websites.
8. Download New Phone Apps
If you enjoy being on your phone, pay attention. You can get paid to download sponsored apps and games to your smartphone.
FeaturePoints will pay you to do that and to watch YouTube videos as well.
After downloading and using the app, you will earn credits. You can exchange credits for gift cards. This prize can be as useful 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.
9. Get Paid to Exercise
Did you know that you could get paid to exercise?
The Achievement app integrates with more than 30 Android and iOS apps.
Some of the healthy activities you get paid for include:
- Tracking Steps
- Healthy Eating
- Social Media Shares
- Answering Surveys
- Joining Challenges
Achievement pays you via PayPal or direct deposit. Now, you don’t have an excuse not to exercise.
10. Design Graphics
If you’re a “picture person,” you can make money designing graphics and logos. Your clients may be website owners, eBook authors, or corporations.
Fiverr is a good place to start. 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” perform a variety of tasks including:
- Schedule blog posts
- Search Engine Optimization
- 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 assisting can either be a part-time or full-time position.One place to start connecting with potential clients is Outsourcely.
Another side gig you can start as a virtual assistant is that of website manager. Established websites always need managers. You can make money managing the back-end of websites.
As a website manager, you will optimize certain keywords for higher search engine rankings. Plus, you’ll update plugins and back up data. You can also make sure the site remains user-friendly.
You can also offer consulting services on an hourly basis to help bloggers. This might be for those who want an “SEO audit” and are not ready for website management.
This is one job you can do 100% from home to help people across the entire globe.
12. Design Websites
Do you like building something from scratch? If so, you can get paid to design websites. Some of your clients might be companies or bloggers looking for their unique theme.
You can modify pre-built WordPress themes or use your own coding. Fiverr is a good place to get your name out there. Of course, your website will double as a piece of your portfolio.
13. Become an Online Proofreader
Authors, businesses, and bloggers all need an extra set of eyes. Being an online proofreader allows you to connect with writers and add a little sparkle to their work.
You do need an eye for detail and grammar to become a proofreader. You can proofread lots of different things, like eBooks, news articles, and transcripts.
There are several different places to become an online proofreader. Start at Proofread Anywhere to learn the ins and outs of proofreading and land your first client.
14. Transcribe Audio
Do you want to transcribe audio? This is an in-demand job! You can earn at least $20 per audio hour or more with TranscribeMe. If you have experience with legal or medical transcripts, you can earn even more.
How much audio you transcribe at once can also be at your discretion. You can transcribe short clips that are only a couple of minutes in duration. Transcribing longer audio is also an option for some clients.
To get started, you need an internet connection and a computer. If you like transcribing audio, buying a pedal can be worth the cost.
Want to learn more about how to transcribe audio? Check out Transcribe Anywhere!
15. Data Entry
If you are proficient at typing at least 45 WPM, you could work in data entry. Companies are looking for efficient data entry specialists.
DionData Solutions looks for home-based vendors for their database. You can also look at other freelancer platforms and company websites as well.
Data entry can take several different shapes and sizes. Your workload might consist of the following tasks:
- Grouping data from multiple documents into a single document
- Gathering names from LinkedIn to build a marketing database of 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. For example, you may work for a corporation. Another option is to work for a self-employed project manager. You can help them keep up with day-to-day paperwork.
Medical Coding and Billing
Another type of data entry you could do from home is via 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. Many various medical providers and insurance companies have outsourced the coding and billing process. Using work-at-home people can help to minimize costs.
Aviacode can help you connect with remote work for medical providers.
In addition to medical-related data entry, you could become a remote medical transcriptionist. This job is a good idea if you have advanced knowledge of medical terms and want to transcribe the doctors’ audio.
16. Tutor Online
Tutoring sessions don’t have to take place at your local library. Now, you can tutor online with video sessions and even live chat.
You can tutor locally, but it’s also possible to teach students and adults online.
One tutoring site to check out is VIPKID.
With this platform, you will be responsible for teaching English to children overseas. You can earn around $18 per hour plus bonuses and incentives.
In addition to that, you don’t have to create your lesson plans. Just show up and teach.
Teach a Foreign Language
If you enjoy interacting with people from different cultures, you can teach a foreign language online.
All you need is a webcam and microphone to teach over the internet.
A site like Cambly will pay at least $13 per hour. You can be a tutor for English, Spanish, French, and several other languages.
Be an Online Translator
Foreign language tutoring is one way to use your skills. But, 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. You will translate their content from English into another language.
- Information Technology
Using these websites will be the most lucrative if you are a native speaker or have experience as a translator. But, you can “get your foot in the door” at other websites.
17. Create an Online Course
We are all good at something, and others are always looking to pay someone to learn new skills. Perhaps, you can teach them something 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 since courses can sell for up to $200.
All courses are video-based. You can also include worksheet exercises to help your students.
Instructors create courses for many different topics. Some popular ones include:
- how to play a particular musical instrument
- computer programming
- starting an online business
- yoga classes
In addition to creating courses, you can take courses too. I take Udemy classes to improve my side hustle skills.
18. Become a Customer Service Agent
Another potential income idea is being an at-home customer service rep. Many companies will hire seasonal reps during the Christmas shopping season.
FlexJobs posts the newest openings for year-round positions. This will give you a reliable income stream for all 12 months of the year.
19. Lower Your Monthly Bills
Reducing your monthly spending has the same effect as making more money. I think of cutting expenses as an instant pay raise. One way we monitor our spending is with Ask Trim. This free app performs the following to save you money:
- Negotiate lower monthly bills for cable tv, phone, and home internet
- Cancel an unwanted subscription
- Send low account balance alerts to stop overdraft fees
Trim is also rolling out tools to help you save money on insurance and electric bills.
Personally, Trim lowered my internet bill by $10 a month by applying a loyalty discount I didn’t know about.
20. Sell Items From Home
This section will focus on how to make money selling products from home.
These ideas will get your wheels turning. They can help whether you want to make money and declutter your house, or if you want to monetize a hobby.
Sell Your Old Video Games
Connect with tons of video game buyers online. Sell both last year’s version of Madden or some old Gameboy Color games you played as a child. If own current video games you no longer need, you can sell them with Decluttr. The selling process is simple. You scan the product barcode and mail your items with the prepaid shipping label.
Selling video games online can be a lucrative side hustle. It allows parents to buy games to share their childhood memories with their children. Plus, players are always looking to buy the best games for less than retail.
CafePress is one of the leading sites that allow you to create an online shop. You can 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 request customized designs in addition to your pre-made work.
Sell Clothing Online
Another way to make money is by selling clothes online. Selling clothing can easily be an “evergreen” side hustle. Not only can you clean out your closet, but you could also flip clothes you bought for a bargain. After all, we all get dressed in the morning.
From personal experience, my top choice for selling clothes in bulk is eBay and for designer or single items, I like to use Poshmark. Check out our review of Poshmark.
If you’re paying shipping costs when you sell an item, make sure you weigh it before you list it. We lost money on the first couple of sales because we didn’t calculate shipping. Hopefully, you can avoid this beginner mistake.
Sell Digital Items for Video Games
Video games are quickly changing from a hobby to a passion for many. And players don’t only spend money purchasing a brand new game. Many games and apps also require in-game purchases.
SecondLife is the perfect place to sell digital items. Anything you buy in real life is available in the game. So, you can design anything from clothing to race cars. When other players buy your items, you get paid real cash.
Sell Used Books
Whether you have used textbooks or riveting works of fiction to sell, people love to read. There are many different options to sell used books online.
My favorite is Bookscouter. They will quickly compare the prices of 42 vendors. This allows you to negotiate the best price in a matter of seconds.
Like clothing, you may decide to sell your unwanted books, or you may want to make it 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 Kindle eBook for free. They even offer a print-on-demand service too. It’s never been easier to begin selling your works without a publishing house!
Sell Movies and Music Online
Although many people stream their media these days, there’s something about having a hard copy of your favorites.
It’s also easy to sell your DVDs and CDs online.
You can do it yourself on eBay, or a specialty site like Decluttr. Selling your used movies and music online can be more lucrative than having a yard sale.
Tip: Bundle music and movies from similar artists or actors to save on shipping costs when you sell on eBay.
Sell Unwanted Gift Cards
Do you have a drawer full of gift cards to restaurants, coffee shops, and stores that you’ll never visit? You could re-gift them, or you can sell them for cash.
Gift Card Granny makes it easy to list your gift card for sale. You can get paid in cash, or exchange it for a card you will use. 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, you can apply to be a bulk seller. This will boost your profit margin and help you sell them faster.
Sell Handmade Goods
Etsy is the largest online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods. They’ll let you sell craft supplies too. From homemade candles, crafts, clothing, and decor, Etsy can be your new favorite marketplace to connect with shoppers.
You should also try selling locally on Craigslist or the Facebook marketplace. Selling in several markets gives you maximum customer exposure.
Sell Your Digital Photos
If you like taking photographs, you can make money by selling your photos online. News agencies, bloggers, and authors use stock images on a daily basis. They help make their articles “pop” and engage readers. 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. Also, you can sell your videos for cash. More sites are including videos on their articles.
There are dozens of places to sell your digital media.
The three large databases:
They will accept your images, videos, and infographics. On these sites, you can earn up to $28 per photo sold!
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.
It’s also a good idea if you don’t want to go through the hassle of listing each item online. Instead, you can sell them as a lot to a local neighbor. Plus, you can always sell online what doesn’t sell in person.
Teach Music Lessons
If you have a piano in your living room, you can open up your house and teach your skills to the next generation. 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 travel to the student’s house, or meet at your local community center. All in all, teaching music from home is easy. And, it can be taught from any common room in your house.
21. Dropship with Shopify
Dropshipping doesn’t require you to mail any products. This is why it’s 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 searches Google for a product they are interested in. They land on your site and then buy the product through your website. Or, perhaps they find your product listing on an e-commerce site like eBay. Once the payment has been made, the warehouse ships the product directly to their front door. Your profit is the difference between the selling price and the manufacturer’s wholesale price.
For example, if a product is $30, you might pay $15 to buy the item and ship it. With these margins, you earn $15 on each sale.
The easiest way to begin is to create a website with Shopify. They have built-in tools to collect payments. Plus, you can import your product listings to various e-commerce websites. They work with sites, including eBay, Facebook Messenger, and even Pinterest.
If you want to sell your own products, a Shopify website will let customers buy items that you will mail to them. You can get discounted shipping rates on Shopify with their special partnership with the U.S. Postal Service.
22. Start a Small Business as a Daycare
If you enjoy children and have space in your house, you can operate a home daycare. You can find families online at Care. This option can be convenient if you live in a neighborhood with working families. They can quickly drop off and pick up their children. Also, it may be cheaper for them than a traditional daycare campus.
Home-based childcare can be an effective way to make money to pay your mortgage payment. If you stay-at-home with children of your own, it can be a good way to get paid to stay at home. Plus, your children will meet new playmates.
Before starting a home-based daycare, make sure you check with your local and state laws. You may need to obtain licenses or permits to operate.
Start a Doggy Day Care
You could open your home to pet sitting. Many pet owners prefer keeping their dogs and other animals at a house instead of a kennel. At many kennels, they may be locked up in a cage for the entire time.
Also, you can charge extra to walk dogs around your neighborhood every day they stay at your house.
Some dog-walkers earn more than $100,000 a year walking dogs while their owners are away at work.
Sites like Rover.com can be a good place to list your services. You can offer additional services like pet grooming to earn even more. As a result, the owners won’t have to visit another location to groom their dog.
23. Rent A Spare Bedroom on Airbnb
One of the most popular sites to book travel lodging is Airbnb.
As an Airbnb host, you can make money by letting travelers stay in a spare bedroom. You can even rent out a finished basement or a guesthouse that is not in use.
Airbnb can be a fun hustle. It’s great for empty-nesters, or 20-somethings wanting extra cash.
24. Take Up Woodworking
If you enjoy working with wood, convert your garage into a money-making machine. Whether you make furniture, toys, picture frames, turned bowls, or birdhouses, you can monetize your hobby.
25. Repair Automobiles
People need their cars repaired and are always looking for quality labor at the right price.
A home-based mechanic can take many different routes with their business. You can do basic oil changes and car detailing. Or they may also offer more complex repairs, like tune-ups, replacing brake shoes, and more. Although you need basic tools, you don’t need an expensive shop to perform most basic repairs.
It largely depends on what services you want to offer and the type of equipment you own.
Consider learning how to repair electric vehicles. You can stay one step ahead of your competition!
26. Become a Fulfilled By Amazon Seller
If you want to make some extra money and not have to ship products from your home, this can be a worthwhile option. Amazon is one of the biggest online marketplaces in the world today.
So many people will buy on Amazon over other sites because of how easy it is to use and the fact that most of their items qualify for prime shipping. This means while people could wait over a week waiting to receive items on other sites, if they buy an item on Amazon.com instead, they will get the item in only two days.
As a seller, you need to ship all of your product to Amazon directly. Then they ship out the product from their warehouse which would save you time and money since you are not running to the post office all of the time.
You will want to check out all of policies for FBA sellers as you want to make sure you are playing by their rules.
27. Manage Social Media Accounts for a Small Business
There are so many business owners out there that need to grow their online presence. They have social media accounts that often go untouched, but could really be beneficial if they updated them regularly.
This is where you come in. If you are savvy when it comes to social media, then this might be for you.
Here are platforms that you should be familiar with:
Reach out to a small business that you think could use some work and ask to schedule a meeting. Give them some free pointers on how they can improve their reach. If you can show them how you can help them get more paying customers, then you are likely to get them to sign up as a client.
In order to help you avoid the scams out there, we created this list so that you can avoid getting taken advantage of.
The best part about all of these options is that you can do more than one! Incorporate as many ideas as you like in order to maximize your income.
Having multiple streams of income is a great way to protect yourself financially. Doing so will ensure you’ve still got money coming in if one of your sources of income drops off.
Some of these ideas might already be part of your everyday routine. That means you know that there are people out there willing to pay you money for 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?