Believe it or not, there are different ways of making money from home out there. In fact, the possibilities are endless. Thanks to the digital age it’s made possible.
If you think we are kidding when we said that there are so many ways of making money from home, well, we are not!
We understand that it sounds really very promising. But that’s the reality. With the birth of the internet and the technology we have right now, can you even think of one thing that’s impossible particularly in making money?
The truth is there are endless possibilities to earn money without the need to go out of your home.
Whether you are a fulltime mom who wants to help her husband pay the bills while taking care of your kid, or fresh graduate from college who haven’t find a job yet, or simply someone who wants extra income for personal or family needs, there are many available opportunities out there for you.
Gone are the days when people are contented with just one job because what they make out of it is already enough. Unfortunately, the world today has become utterly demanding that having one job is no longer enough to make both ends meet. Probably the reason why there are a lot of people in the world who are full of debts.
However, as the demands have changed, so are the opportunities. In older times, people have limited ways to earn. Today, there are endless chances to earn extra money. In fact, there are many ways of making money from home. Yes, right at your home. All you have to do is be creative and resourceful, and of course, just like any other success stories, hard work will pay off bigtime.
DIFFERENT WAYS TO MAKE MONEY FROM HOME
Before we start with our list, you may want to check this video from Practical Wisdom first wherein they discussed how to make money as well as how to earn passive income online. We thought their insights are really helpful especially for stay at home moms.
By now you are probably wondering already how you can make money from home. So, without further talkies, here are a few ways of making money from home:
Selling Pre-loved Items
Online selling has become extremely huge and popular nowadays. The nice thing about this is – there are cases when you don’t necessarily need capital or investment to be able to start your online business.
Sounds promising again? Well, not. All you have to do is look at the items around your home. Do a thorough Mari Kondo-ing and you will be surprised at how much stuff you have that you no longer need!
Sort out all the stuff you have and immediately put a price tag on each item, take a photo and sell it online! One of the most famous online selling sites is eBay. You can sell various used and unwanted items in there and make a profit out of all those things.
Some used and unwanted items that you can sell are:
- Wedding dresses
Apart from eBay, there are many other websites where you can sell your used and unwanted stuff like Amazon, BookFinder for your pre-loved books, Decluttr for DVDs, CDs, and games; ThreadUp for your pre-loved clothes; NearlyNewlyWed for your wedding dresses and accessories; RubyLane for your vintage items; antiques as well as collectibles; and Gazelle for your used gadgets or any electronics.
If you think you are better off with the traditional way, you can always sell stuff by holding a garage sale or through a consignment shop in your locality.
Selling Your Photos
Who said you cannot sell your photos? Yes, you can! In fact, with the emerging number of bloggers, web owners, video makers, e-publishers, and visual internet, the demands for high-quality photos are higher!
The good thing here is that you do not necessarily have to be a professional photographer to make money by selling photos. You can be an enthusiast or someone who just happens to love taking extra photos when you are traveling or at a gathering. Also, you don’t need to have a professional camera to take and sell photos, because photos captured using a smartphone is enough to sell.
How does this go? Well, you just have to sign up and upload your photos on stock photo sites like BigStockPhoto, DepositPhotos, 123RF, Folotia, iStockPhoto, FreeDigitalPhotos.net, and 123RF.
Most of these sites offer a 15 to 60 percent commission for every sale of your photo. Normally, they pay you through PayPal. So, instead of just stocking up those photos on your computer, why not make it available for other people to use, and in return, make some money. It may not be as big as other opportunities out there, but it still earns – that is what is important anyway, right?
Drive your Car
Who said you cannot turn your car into an asset? Well, here’s the thing, you can make money by either renting your car out or by taxiing people through it. You can also do advertising businesses (it’s not for those neat-freaks though).
However, unlike the previous ones, there are several things that you need to take into consideration first before using your car to make money. You have to run the numbers first especially if you are driving more than usual as it might cause you more. You may also factor in wear and tear, depreciation, as well as gas expenses as you decide whether or not to use your car to make a profit.
Some apps or websites you can use to make a profit out of driving your car are the infamous Lyft and Uber, as well as BrandYourCar, MyFreecar.com, RelayRides, and FlightCar.
You might probably wonder, how was this included when the title says “making money from home”? Well, it’s when you let others drive it for you and you give them a commission for every ride or you drive it yourself during your free hours.
Yes, you read it right. You probably thought surveys are boring or a waste of time. But now that you already know that you can actually make money out of it, well, most likely you will see it in a different way.
Well, not all surveys are paid though. To be sure you are making a profit by answering surveys, you better be on these sites: American Consumer Opinion, Harris Poll Online, Consumer Views, FocusLine.com, as well as Qmee. There are also apps that you can download for free and answer surveys in there and make money! These apps include Google Opinion Rewards, i-Poll, i-Say, QuickThoughts, Toluna, IdeaShifters, as well as Nielsen Computer and Mobile Panel.
If you are after making a huge amount of money, well this one’s not for you though. This is highly suggested for those individuals who have the luxury of time and want something worthwhile to use it into.
By answering surveys, you can earn not just cash but prizes too! You can also get points towards getting gift cards.
If you are a techie, you’ll probably love this. In some instances, you get to have a first glance at a certain website, and at the same time, you get to test and get paid for it. This is applicable to both new and old websites.
How to do that? Well, all you have to do is open a website, click around (click all clickable tabs), and get paid! So easy to earn money, right? Guess what? You can earn as much as $30 per hour! That’s already huge given the task.
One of the most common websites that pay you for testing websites is User Testing. You get paid $10 through PayPal by completing a 20-minute video, as well as by visiting websites and apps, completing a set of tasks, and recording your assessments.
Normally, as you visit a website, your screen will be recorded too, as well as your voice, which means you have to give comments as you browse the site.
Imagine, you can actually do that while sitting down at any time of the day.
Freelance writing is probably one of the most popular ways of making money from home. In fact, there are a lot of online job sites offering freelance writing jobs!
Freelance writing opportunities include copywriting, ghostwriting, legal writing, and medical writing to name a few. The last two actually pays more than any other writing jobs.
What’s nice about it is there are companies that do not necessarily require someone to have a writing degree to get in for the job. Sometimes your interest in writing is enough. Either way, whether you are writing professionally or as an amateur, companies will most likely ask for your writing portfolio. So, better prepare that one.
Furthermore, if you are worried about landing a freelance job, a blogger shared in an article by Forbes that “key to making it as a freelance writer is figuring out a niche, networking with people who might hire you, and delivering high-quality content 100 percent of the time”.
Depending on your expertise and years of experience, you can earn as much as $500 to $2,000 (or higher) a month!
There are several websites out there where you can find an online freelance writing job. Some examples are FreelanceWriting.com, UpWork (formerly known as Odesk), and Freelancer.com to name a few.
Let’s admit it, freelance is becoming a big thing these days. There are a lot of homes and small business owners who would rather hire project-based freelancers rather than hiring full-time employees. It isn’t surprising though because cost-wise, it’s definitely cheaper to hire a freelancer.
The tasks of a freelancer include performing research, transcription, website updates, graphic design/creation, and data entry.
Microwork is also known as crowdsourcing. While it does not pay as much as other online jobs, some people are able to make as much as $1,000 or more in a month as a microworker.
Some of the sites where you can find microwork jobs are Amazon, Clickworker, MechanicalTurk, QuickTate, Microworkers, TaskRabbit, and RapidWorkers.
As a transcriptionist, your task is to basically listen to audio files or video files, and record them – depending on the company’s requirements, sometimes you have to record as it is, while in other cases, you have to edit it.
If you have patience and the ability to sit and listen to an audio file for long periods of time, at the same time, you have an eye for detail, then maybe you can make money through transcribing.
A transcriptionist can earn $7 to $21 per hour, which is totally not bad at all. Of course, the pay depends on your expertise and years of experience too.
Some websites that offer transcribing jobs are TranscribeMe, CastingWords, Daily Transcription, Rev, Scribie, GoTranscript, Focus Forward, SpeakWrite.
Online Selling via Amazon FBA
Unlike the previous one wherein we focused on selling used and unwanted stuff, this one focuses on selling new items specifically via Amazon. Basically, what you do is on free times, you go to your favorite retail shop like Target, buy items that you think are saleable and mark the price up to and sell the items on Amazon.
It’s actually becoming popular these days. Well, thanks to technology advancement, people are loving the idea of online shopping. We cannot blame them though as online shopping really gives a certain degree of comfort and satisfaction. Needless to say, it saves someone time and energy.
Anyway, if you are not familiar with Fulfillment by Amazon yet, it’s basically a program by Amazon wherein they provide shipping and customer services to its members, making it less of a hassle for online sellers!
We highly recommend getting into this if you are planning to do online selling. What’s also the nice thing about using Amazon as your online selling platform is that it gives you a certain level of security and a ready captured market. You can be assured that someone going to buy your stuff.
If you love writing, then we highly suggest you get yourself into blogging. Blogging does not only serve as your online journal, but it can also serve as a way to make money.
Blogging is probably one of the best ways of making money from home. All you have to do is write content and then monetize it. There are several ways to monetize your blog. You can do affiliate marketing, there are sponsored posts, and of course Google Ads.
Although it will need a lot of hard work in the beginning, once you have already established your blogs, and the site traffic has been huge, expect to earn more money from it.
There are various blogging platforms available out there to choose from, but the probably the most preferred one among bloggers is WordPress especially if you are new to blogging, we assure you it’s the best option there is out there. It’s very user-friendly, and it comes with a lot of beautiful themes (both free and paid) to choose from.
Apart from WordPress, other blogging platforms include Wix, Weebly, Medium, Ghost, Blogger, Tumblr, and Joomla to name a few.
Social Media Manager
If you are someone who is knowledgeable about how social media networking sites work, then this job is for you.
Basically, your job is to post photos and/or articles on company social media pages. Your job does not only include the posting of the material itself but also in content creation. You also handle creating or writing what needs to be posted. In some cases, you also handle responding to private messages, as well as comments from the business’s customers.
Depending on how many clients you have, the amount of work that needs to be done, as well as the number of hours and days you need to be online, plus your expertise and years of experience, you can earn as much as $10,000 a month or more! Too good to be true? Well, definitely not.
It’s actually one of those freelance jobs that will make you earn a huge amount of money. Well, it isn’t surprising because graphic designers are really paid well.
If you got the passion, all the more, if you got the skills for this job, guess what? There are a lot of companies out there that are looking for part-time and even full-time graphic designer who is willing to work remotely.
So, if you think you have what it takes to be one, prepare your portfolio and earn an extra amount of money amounting to $25 up to $300 per hour! If you go full-time freelance graphic artist, you can earn an average of $63,000 a year!
A virtual assistant is also one of the many ways of making money from home. In fact, it’s probably one of the top online jobs out there.
Depending on your client’s needs, your tasks may include content writing, email and schedule management, data entry, website management, sometimes you may be asked to do transcription jobs, and in some cases, you may be asked to do personal work for them too like paying off the bills, etc.
Depending on your expertise and years of experience, you can earn as much as $25-$100 per hour.
Rent Out A Space In Your Home
If you have no problem with sharing your home with a stranger, then consider listing space in your room on sites like Airbnb.
If you have a bedroom to spare, and you are located in a high-traffic area or somewhere near local sites, then, your space is perfect for renting out. You will surely be surprised at how much you can get from sharing your space to strangers from all around the world.
Just a tip though, to be able to earn more, you better be a great host by making sure you got all your guests’ needs. Ensure comfort, food, and great customer service among your guests and you will surely gain regular customers and referrals. Needless to say, work on your advertising to ensure you reach the right people to rent your space out.
Invest in Real Estate
If you have spare money, we highly recommend investing in real estate today.
If you are worried about your cash, well, here’s the thing, investing in real estate does not have to cost you a lot of money.
There are companies like Fundrise that let investors’ purchase real estate for as low as $500 — with an average of a return investment of 8% to 11% per year.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON WAYS OF MAKING MONEY FROM HOME
Indeed, there are a lot of opportunities out there to make money even while you are just in the comforts of your home. It’s just really up to the person to look for one.
With the advent of technology and the countless work-from-home opportunities, it won’t be surprising if one day, people will no longer need to leave their houses to earn. In fact, some families are starting to do just that. With no one to take care of their children, some parents take the less road traveled – both mom and dad working from home.
With the many ways of making money from home out there, it’s like no one has the right to complain of not having enough work because seriously, there are so many words and ways to earn money. All you have to do is be resourceful, be creative, and be hardworking. As they say, you will reap what you sow in the end.