When you’re strapped for cash, every little bit helps. Whether you’re trying to scrape together enough money for a special birthday present, or saving for a family vacation, you can put real money in your pocket every month working from home. If you’re interested in getting started, here are seven ideas for you to consider:
Write for the Web
Do you have a way with words? Are you able to write clearly? If so, you can try your hand at writing for payment.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be an English major or a journalist to write. There are sites representing a variety of industries that pay for articles. Here’s a list of almost 100 sites that pay writers to get you started.
Sell Your Pictures
Are you always taking pictures? There are plenty of sites where you can upload your photos for sale as stock images.
While the requirements vary from site to site, smartphone photos are usually acceptable so don’t let not having a great camera stop you. Shutterstock is a popular microstock photography site. They even have a free guide to help you get started.
Work as an Online Tutor
Are you currently in college or do you already have a degree? You’re the perfect candidate to become an online tutor. As a tutor, you can help students in grades K-12, or even adult learners, master a subject or work through a tricky problem.
Tech requirements vary by company, but at a minimum you’ll need a high-speed internet connection, a computer with a camera, and a headset and microphone to get started. You’ll also need knowledge in the subject you’ll be tutoring. You can find more information and apply to start tutoring here.
Corporations are hungry for your opinion. You can sign up for a free iRazoo account, fill out a basic questionnaire to provide your demographics, and start earning points for taking surveys. You can then trade those points for gift cards to all your favorite stores, or for PayPal cash.
Taking surveys doesn’t take a lot of time. Each survey usually takes 10-15 minutes to complete. Some are longer, but they’re worth more points and iRazoo is always clear about how long you can expect each survey to take.
Complete Gigs on Craigslist
Did you know that Craigslist has a gigs section? These are perfect opportunities for people to complete tasks and earn some extra money. Navigate your browser to your local Craigslist, and then scroll down to the “Gigs” section.
There are a variety of categories to choose from. Writing and computer are often the best place to start for remote gigs. As always when using Craigslist, do your research before applying and if you have to meet someone, be sure to do it in a public spot. Safety first!
Are you an animal lover? If you have space and time, start a pet sitting business. You can find potential clients on Care.com to get you started.
After you’ve had some successful sits, encourage your satisfied clients to share their experiences. Word of mouth testimonials is a great way to pick up more business.
Handmade crafts are a huge hit in today’s marketplace. If you can craft, you can make money from home. Unique and one of a kind items are especially in demand.
You can get started selling on Etsy by opening your own virtual shop. They have everything you need to get started.
How Do You Earn Money from Home?
This list is definitely not complete! We’d love for you to share your favorite ways to earn money from home in the comment section below.