27 Legitimate Ways to Make Money from Home (for Beginners)

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make money from homeAre you looking for ways to make money from home? Here’s a long list of things you can do to increase your monthly take-home pay.

Whether you’re trying to save more money, pay off your debts faster or trying to start a business on the side, modern technology gives you the ability to do all these things without leaving your home.

This makes it easier to start your own business without large overhead expenses. It also lets you do side hustles while keeping your full-time job.

If you have young kids, it lets you spend more time with them, which is priceless.

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Start a Blog

Blogging is a great way to make money on the side to boost your monthly salary. After a while, you can make enough to quit your job if blogging lets you bring in a full-time income.

The best part about blogging is that you’ll be location independent. That is, you can do it anywhere.

If you like staying home with your kids, all you need is a laptop and a decent internet connection. This will let you work at home and spend more time with your little ones.

If you like to travel, blogging also lets you be work while always being on “vacation”. As long as you have a laptop and Wi-Fi to get on the internet, you’re good to go. This lets you be in Europe this month and travel to Asia the next. And, continue to make money while you’re at it.

Blogging has taken off considerably that you not only see lots of bloggers making a full-time income doing it, there also many earning 6 figures a year doing so.

Then there are the unicorns. Those special bloggers who make over 6 figures a month blogging. Among these internet superstars are Pat Flynn over at Smart Passive Income, Michelle Schroeder-Gardner at Making Sense of Cents and Rosemarie Groner at Busy Budgeter.

Try Your Hand at Affiliate Marketing

If you’re active on social media or have a blog, why not try your hand at affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a way where you promote products you know and use to help your readers solve their problems. Because you’ve tested them and are happy with how they perform, these products are likely to be something your followers and readers like to have themselves.

By promoting these products, you’ll be able to earn commissions from each sale you make.

Make Extra Cash With Apps on Your Phone

Did you know that you can make money with your phone?

All it takes is knowing which apps to use. Using the right apps will help you get discounts, avail of coupons and even earn cash or points that you can redeem for gift cards.

The best part is, they’re very easy to join and start using.

You probably won’t make a ton of money with them. But, using a few apps will let you save or make an extra few hundred bucks each per app a month. Together, that can really go a long way.

Here is a list of some apps that will help you earn extra cash fast.

This is just a short list of the many different apps available. The key to making money with these apps is consistency.

That means it’s better to choose something that you’re likely to use in your day to day life. This lets you use it regularly so you can accumulate more cash over time.

Get Paid By Taking Surveys

Another option for money-making apps is to take online surveys. These surveys are commissioned by companies to help them learn about the different target markets they’re trying to sell to.

As such, companies are willing to pay you money to give them your opinion about all sorts of things. They’re so easy that you can keep answering surveys to earn extra cash while watching TV.

Here are some survey sites and apps that let you earn money on the side.

A word of notice. As more and more new survey apps pop up, you want to be a bit more cautious. I’ve seen some scams every now and then. So, it’s important to check the site first before diving in.

Last but not least, you should never pay to use a survey app! They should be free. If they ask you to pay, get out and stay away from them. They’re trying to scam you.

Enjoy Cash Back for Stuff You’ve Bought

How would you like to get a refund for things that you’d buy anyway?

Yup! That’s what cash back is all about.

Companies like Paribus gives you money back for items that you purchased full price when these items suddenly go on sale soon after you purchased them.

We all know that bad timing sucks. But now, it doesn’t have to.

If you sign up with a cashback program, the next time something like this happens, companies like Paribus will refund you the extra amount you paid over the current discounted price.

Isn’t that cool?

You can save anywhere from less than 1% to over 10% depending on the items you purchased, thanks to cashback programs.

Earn Some of Your Money Back with Ebates

Ebates (now Rakuten) works similar to cash back programs. But, it does so by giving you rebates. So, you essentially get some money back for items you would have purchased anyway.

The difference is, when you sign up with Ebates and buy things from stores, Ebates collects a commission.

Instead of keeping the entire commission, they’ll give you a share of it. In doing so, you get a partial rebate for things you would have purchased anyway.

This helps you save money as it works very similarly to discounts or coupons. The only difference is that it kind of goes the longer route because the amount isn’t deducted up front but paid back to you later on.

Bottom line is, how it works is less important than the fact that you get money back for your purchases.

Switch to a Higher Earning Bank Account

When was the last time you checked the interest rate of your savings account?

Better yet, did you even bother to ask the bank how much interest they’re giving you for parking your money with them?

If not, you may want to do so.

Most banks give you very close to 0% interest for money in your savings account. This means they’re just sitting there for safekeeping.

If you can spare 10 to 20 minutes of your time, why not move that money to another bank that’s willing to give you 1 to 2% per annum interest?

Sure, it’s not a big amount. But, just imagine if you keep $10,000 in your account. By the end of the year, you get a free $100 to $200 without doing anything. If you have more money, that extra cash increases as well.

Sell Things You Don’t Need or Use Anymore

One of the nice things about the internet is that you can reach all sorts of buyers easily. It’s not like it was in the old days when only a few people can see the items you’re selling at your yard sale.

Today, you can sell your old belongings or things you don’t use anymore to make extra cash.

Depending on what you have, here are a few places where you can sell stuff you don’t need anymore.

  • eBay
  • Craigslist
  • Etsy
  • Amazon
  • ThreadUp
  • Poshmark
  • Decluttr
  • Swappa
  • Collectors.com

Get Paid for Your Opinions

If you like trying out products and services and sharing your opinion about them, this is something worth looking into.

Companies are always looking for an edge. This means it’s important that they know what potential customers think of their product before, during or after their launch.

One way of doing this is via focus groups. Here, you’ll give your feedback about certain products and services. In return, you get paid for your opinions. Depending on the product and what you’re asked to do, the rates could vary from $50 all the way up to $500 for each session.

Here are some sites where you can get started.

Get Paid to do Small Tasks

Because everyone is so busy, we sometimes don’t have the time to get everything done. This is why there are a lot of online marketplaces for task services.

Sites like TaskRabbit match people who don’t have time to do microtasks with people who are willing to do them for a fee.

This lets you free your time for things that you feel are more important.

If you’re looking to make extra cash on the side, you can sign up and do these tasks for them. This can be anything ranging from doing day to day chores, all the way to researching or updating their website.

Each task has a certain fee attached to it. So, you get paid every time you complete the work that’s required.

Sell Your Own Photos Online

Photos are big money online. That’s because blogs, news outlets, and online magazines need them to spruce up their article.

However, you don’t always have the time to take pictures of yourself. Also, you may not be a pro at taking them. So, why not pay the experts for their photos.

That’s where you come in.

If you like taking photos in your free time, you can sell your photos by posting them online. High-quality photos garner a lot of attention. And, you have your pick on what topic you want to take pictures of.

The best way to sell your photos is through stock photo services. These sites buy tons of photos from photographers for bloggers and media outlet to purchase with their copyrights.

You can make anywhere from 10% to over 50% of the amount you sell your photos for. In doing so, you can make a tidy profit from your hobby.

Here are some sites where you can sell high-quality images you’ve taken.

Drive Your Car to Make Money

You’ve probably heard of Uber and Lyft. Both are ride-sharing services that allow you to earn money by driving people to where they need to get.

Their popularity has soared because they offer better services than most taxi companies. And, their fares are likewise competitive.

So, if you have a car and have extra time on your hands, why not drive people for money?

Here are some places to start looking.

  • Uber
  • Lyft
  • My Free Car
  • Brand Your Car
  • Get Around
  • Flight Car

Be a Freelance Writer or Proofreader

Thanks to the increasing number of bloggers and online magazines, there’s no shortage of articles and documents to read.

This makes being a freelance writer, editor or proofreader very profitable. Depending on which of the three you decide to do and how experienced you are, you can easily make a full-time income doing each of these jobs.

In fact, I know a few freelance writers and proofreaders who make over 6 figures a year doing each of these jobs.

Like other online jobs, you can do them anywhere as long as you have a computer and a fast internet connection for uploading and downloading documents.

Baby Sitting

Babysitting is one of those time-tested ways to make extra money. We’ve all done it at some point in our lives, so it shouldn’t be hard to do again.

If you have neighbors or people you know who have young kids, you can ask them if you could babysit.

Otherwise, there are also sites online that will help you find babysitting jobs near where you live.

Walk Your Neighbor’s Dogs

In addition to babysitting, why not walk your neighbors’ dogs. Dog walking and sitting let you take care of more than one mutt at a time. This lets you quickly double or triple your earnings.

Sites like Rover let you sign up to become a dog walker. This lets you find clients who have dogs that need walking or taking care of while they’re not around.

Be a Mystery Shopper

Mystery shopping is one of the older online jobs. But, it’s still going strong. Nowadays, there are more places where you can find work to do mystery shopping for other people.

Among the bigger sites that offer this service is Instacart. All you need to do is shop for other people and then deliver these items to them.

Make Money Watching Videos

Like watching YouTube videos in your spare time? Then you’ll probably love getting paid to do this job.

Companies will pay you to watch different kinds of videos including news or celebrity items. All you need to do is make sure you watch the required number of minutes for the videos.

One example is Swagbucks, which pays you via PayPal or gift cards for the number of videos you watch

Make YouTube Videos

Love to vlog? If so, you may want to try your hand at creating your own YouTube videos. All you need is a camera and a nice personality and you’re ready to go.

When you upload your videos to YouTube, you’re able to get paid via their YouTube Partner Program. How much you get paid depends on how many views your videos get, the number of subscribers you have and whether the viewers click on the ads that YouTube shows them in the bottom of your videos.

The program typically pays YouTubers a certain amount per 1,000 views of their videos. The rate will depend on the topics you cover and the types of ads that come out.

Get Paid to Test Websites

This is one job that doesn’t require any extra skill besides what you already know. All you need to do is visit specific sites and go through them like you would browsing a new website.

Your goal is to evaluate whether the experience was good or bad. Was it easy to find certain pages or very hard to understand what the site was all about.

Become a Virtual Assistant

If you’re a jack of all trades who knows a little about everything, why not help others with your skills?

A virtual assistant (VA) does just that. They do all the tasks that other people don’t have time to do. This can include checking emails, going through data in Microsoft Excel, updating their monthly calendars and uploading photos to their social media accounts.

The best part about being a VA is that you get to work from home. This lets you do the job part time or full time without having to worry about who’ll be watching the kids or having to wade through traffic.

Since you’re paid by the hour, you don’t have to work 9 to 5 schedules.

Virtual assistants can get paid various rates. You’ll probably need to start out low. But over time you can work your way up to $50 or $100 per hour.

Similarly, you can strike a deal if the person hiring you likes your work. I know many VAs who get paid monthly rates. Plus, they get to set their own times while working at home.

Be a Tutor and Share What You Know

Tutoring is another way you can earn some extra cash. You can do this the old-fashioned way at home or going to your students’ homes.

But, a better way is tutor online. Online tutoring lets you meet face to face with your students using chat software like FaceTime and Skype.

This lets you earn money without even leaving your home.

And, you can make money teaching just about anything. This includes grade school or high school subjects like math and science.

Teaching English to foreigners is another high paying online tutoring job especially if you can teach entire classes at a time.

Make Money with Your Lesson Plans

If you’re a teacher or do homeschooling, you can sell your lesson plans to earn extra cash.

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online community where educators share and sell resources they’ve created to help other teachers educate their students.

This is a great way to share what you have and learn from other teachers as well.

Type to Make Money

Something as easy as typing or entering data into a spreadsheet is also quick ways to make money. All you need is your computer.

You can sign up on Upwork for various jobs that that hire data entry expects or transcriptionists who will put all sorts of information into a document or spreadsheet.

If you’re knowledgeable in certain fields like medicine or law, you’ll be able to transcribe medical information or legal notes. These bring in higher rates allowing you to make anywhere from $20 an hour to $40 an hour.

Publish Your Own eBook Online

Enjoy writing? If you do, you may want to take a shot at writing your own book.

Today more than ever, it’s easier to get your own book published. All you need is a word processor like Microsoft Word to write your drafts and finalize your copy.

Once you’re done, you can sign up to the Amazon Kindle Store and list your book.

You can price your eBook anywhere from under a dollar to over $10 depending on what it’s about and how much information is in it.

Doing so lets you bypass finding publishers who may reject you. And, because you’re on Amazon, people can easily search your topic to find your book.

Rent Out Extra Space at Home

If you have extra space at home, try renting it out. Online marketplaces like Airbnb allow you to rent out your space for hundreds to thousands of dollars a month.

Depending on the size of your home or room, and where it’s situated, people can rent your place for short periods of time with no extra work on your part.

For their stay, they’ll pay you an agreed nightly rate. You can likewise set a minimum number of days renters need to stay.

Get a Part-Time Job

Part-time jobs are one of the most popular ways to make extra cash on the side. They let you make a steady income stream to supplement what you’re already making.

Depending on what skill and experience you have, you can find all sorts of part-time jobs using classifieds as well as online job search networks.

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