Don’t you just wish that you didn’t have to leave the comfort of your home to make money? I know I do! I love my job, but I also love not having to move from the comfort of the sofa. And I love being able to make a little extra income while I would otherwise be sat surfing the internet, browsing social media or shopping online.
Last week I talked about 5 ways that you could make money in your lunch break, and this week I’m talking about way that you can make money from home – and I have over 50 over them!
1. Start a blog
The BIG one that I’m always going to recommend! Currently over 90% off my extra income (ie. that outside my full-time salary) comes from blogging. It took a lot of hard work and perseverance, but it’s a consistent source of income for me now. I’m not going to pretend it’s easy, but if you love writing or are very passionate about a topic, follow my super easy guide to starting a blog in just five steps here.
2. Answer surveys at Prolific Academic
Survey sites are the quick and easy way to make money online with very little effort, and my favourite one is Prolific Academic. Researchers publish studies, you answer their questions. They’re often a lot more interesting than other survey sites and you’re never dropped out of a survey for not being eligible – your eligibility is checked before you begin.
Join Prolific Academic here.
- Prolific Academic review – how I’ve made over £200 from this survey site
3. Join Swagbucks
This is another survey site, but not just another – with Swagbucks, you can earn money from using their search engine for your searches, playing games, answering surveys, watching videos and more. It makes it a lot more interesting than just answering questions!
Join Swagbucks here.
4. Become a social media influencer
Similar to blogging, but without the burden on the blog! You don’t need to have a blog to have an influential presence online; in fact, many influencers are big solely on Instagram or YouTube. It eliminates the need to spend money on domains and hosting or time on creating large pieces of content. It will take time and effort to grow your profile though, so be prepared.
My favourite way to find social media posts is through Buzzoole – sign up here!
5. Become a proof reader
If you’re good with words and love nitpicking out details (I do!), give proof reading a go. You can easily do this freelance from your home…your sofa…your bed even!
6. Offer up your talents on Fiverr
Fiverr is a site where people offer their services for $5. This could be pretty much anything, from logo creation to voice overs, from taking a few photos of your hometown to SEO. If you’ve got a service you can send across the internet, you can sell it on Fiverr.
Sign up for Fiverr here.
7. Design & sell logos
If you’ve got a little bit of design experience, you can design and sell your own logos. Use whatever programme you’ve used before or getting practising on Canva or Picmonkey. You can sell these through Fiverr or privately.
8. Offer web design
If you’ve got more in depth design and coding experience than most, offer web design for bloggers or other site owners. You can sell these services through your own site or via places like People per Hour.
9. Write content for websites
Another skill you might have attained through blogging: writing SEO optimised content. If you can write well, offer to freelance for other sites. This might be by guest posting for other sites, offering product or category descriptions or writing blogs for companies in an industry you’re interested in or know about.
10 websites that will pay you to write for them (coming soon!)
10. Sell your old books on Amazon
Amazon is a treasure trove for books, so why not add yours to the mix? If they’re collecting dust on your shelves, it takes just a couple of minutes to get them onto Amazon. This is particularly good for graduates who have a lot of pretty specific course books hanging around. Students being handed book lists at the beginning of the year will be looking for the cheapest versions possible, so sell your used ones on.
11. Sell your old clothes on eBay
You’re not wearing them, but they might be the perfect piece for someone else. eBay is the best option for selling clothes online, particularly if they’re designer, vintage or bestselling pieces.
12. Sell sewing patterns
If you sew, you’ve probably gathered a collection of sewing patterns, not all of which are being used! I’m a sewist and I managed to make £40 recently from selling patterns on Facebook that had come with magazines, I’d been given or I’d picked up at charity shops. Even if you don’t sew, you can keep an eye out for cheap ones in charity shops too.
13. Download the JobSpotter app
The Jobspotter app pays you to upload snaps of job ads in shop windows – the more independent, the better. You can do this while wandering your town.
14. Get paid to write reviews on Revooly
This site literally pays you money just to write what you think about items you own. They have a wishlist of items they’re looking for reviews for, you submit yours and they pay you – simple!
15. Enter competitions online
Search Twitter, Facebook and competition forums for any giveaways that take your fancy and join them. Some people even earn a living from doing this – here’s a fellow blogger who has done so!
16. Become a Mystery Shopper
Mystery shoppers simply have to purchase a product or use a service then report back on how the interaction went, then you get paid for this.
17. Babysit for your friends, family & neighbours
Pretty self-explanatory – if you’re good with kids, babysitting is another option. It’s recommended you get yourself DBS checked first though to give people peace of mind. This could earn you more since you’re more trustworthy too.
18. Walk dogs in your neighbourhood
If kids aren’t your thing and you’re more of an animal person, offer to walk neighbourhood dogs. It’s fun and gets you some exercise as well as earning money.
19. Offer garden or house work to neighbours
Another for the outdoorsy folk who are fit and strong. If you’re skilled with manual labour or just don’t mind a bit of hard work, offer to mow lawns, fix broken furniture or clean houses for neighbours.
20. Rent out a room with Airbnb
On Airbnb, you can rent out rooms, houses, caravans, even sheds (as long as they’re nice ones!) and more. It’s a very popular way to make use of any extra space you have in your home nowadays and requires little effort aside from cleaning up before guests arrive and after they’ve left.
Sign up to Airbnb here.
21. Rent out a room of your house to a lodger long term
This can also be done via Airbnb and is better if you’d prefer not to put in the hard work of managing the cleaning of the room and renting it out short term.
22. Drive for Uber
If you’ve got a car, a driving licence and live in an area that has Uber, you can earn some extra cash from acting as a taxi.
23. Get paid to click and answer surveys at Clixsense
Clixsense is another survey site that also offers more. You can literally just get paid to CLICK at Clixsense.
Sign up for Clixsense here.
24. Sell stock photos
If you’ve got a camera and a good eye, people will pay good money for your shots. Lots of people are on the lookout for good stock photos, so sell yours directly or via iStockphoto or Shutterstock.
25. Flip items on eBay
Even if you haven’t got any old items to sell on eBay, you can still use it to make money. Either buy cheap items online (maybe they’re listed under the wrong name, have bad photos or are listed to finish auctions at bad times) or explore charity shops, then take better photos, describe it better and sell it on for more money on eBay.
26. Rent out your sofa on Coachsurfing
People travelling the world often want somewhere quick and easy to stay for cheap, so renting out a sofa or spare bed to them is very popular right now.
Sign up to Coachsurfing here to rent out your sofa.
27. Sell sponsored posts on your blog
Sponsored posts are one of the most lucrative ways to make money online. If you’re a high ranking influencer, you can make top dollar for this! Again, it takes a lot of work to get to the point where you can sell sponsored posts, but once you’re there, it’s worth it.
28. Promote affiliate campaigns on a blog
Once you’ve got traffic coming to your blog and people who trust your recommendations, you can sell items through it and receive a commission from these. Sites like Affiliate Window are excellent for this as they have thousands of sites you can apply to promote.
29. Flip domains & sites
If you know what you’re doing with buying domains and getting their stats up, consider flipping domains on Flippa.
30. Start a pop up restaurant in your own kitchen
If you like cooking and socialising, this one’s for you. Ask people to pay what they think the meal is worth or set a minimum cost then get in the kitchen!
31. Make crafts and sell them on Etsy
For the crafty ones out there, this is a hugely lucrative business. If you can create something unique that people want, Etsy is the place to sell it.
31. Create media kits for bloggers
Again, you need a few design skills but this is easy enough to pick up. Bloggers need media kits and you can sell them for as little as £5-10 each.
32. Sell old CDs on Music Magpie
I’ll bet you don’t ever listen to CDs anymore unless you’re in the car. Even then, it’s probably a podcast rather than a CD. But there are people out there who still do, so sell them to Music Magpie.
33. Get rid of your old phones
Old phones just sit around gathering dust in drawers, but they could be worth money. Again, these can be sold on Music Magpie, as can games, DVDs, books and tech.
34. Shop vintage and sell it on Etsy
Etsy isn’t just home to crafts – it’s a treasure trove for vintage! Explore your local charity shops, thrift stores and flea markets for vintage bargains, give them a spruce up then sell them for what they’re worth on Etsy.
35. Sew clothes
Or alternatively, sew your own pieces and sell them on Etsy. Or on Facebook, Instagram, eBay, your own site…the options are endless!
35. Sell or donate your hair
Wig makers and charities will pay good money for good hair. If your hair is long, good quality and unbleached, you can sell or donate it.
36. Test websites
People don’t like to launch sites without having them tested by users first, so they pay normal people to do it at places like User Testing.
37. Become a drop shipper
38. Become a Virtual Assistant (VA)
Virtual Assistants do everything from social media scheduling to research for people who need assisting online. This is perfect if you’re already working online!
What is a virtual assistant? (coming soon!)
39. Scan your receipts
Places like Asda will offer moneyback on your next shop when you input your receipt, and apps like Receipt Bank will pay you for them. Some people even wait around supermarkets to pick up ones people have dropped…not something I’d recommend but if you have the time, then go for it!
40. Tutor local kids
If you’re especially knowledgeable in a certain subject or have ever taught, tutoring is a really fun way to make more money after hours.
41. Create an online course
Again, you’ve got to have some knowledge and passion for your topic, but if you have something you can teach others, do it! Create an online course and sell it via places like Teachable, Udemy or Send Owl.
42. Write an eBook
And to get even more in depth, write an eBook with advice on a topic you’re an expert in and sell it via your site or Amazon.
43. Become a support worker at your local university or college
I did this while at uni – I was a note taker and transcription facilitator for disabled students at my uni. This meant I went to their lectures (sometimes I knew who they were and sat beside them, other times I was simply told where to go) then I either handed over notes directly or typed them up and sent them through the system. I did this for people with chronic fatigue, visual impairments, dyslexia and more. It was also fun because I got to learn new things – I went to lectures and seminars on English Literature, Law, Farming and Linguistics.
The company I worked through was Clear Links, but I believe there are others too so do some research.
44. Start vlogging
Vloggers are super popular right now, but it’s hard work! Sign up to YouTube and it can be a lucrative business.
45. Take part in clinical trials
Clinical trials will pay you to test products or services on your body, but these may take place over a long time and require you to visit researchers often.
46. Rent out your parking space
You don’t even need to leave your house for this one – you can rent out any additional parking space you have at your home long or short term, particularly if you live in a busy area that’s short on parking. Your Parking Space is a good option for this.
47. Advertise on your car
You can be paid to run advertising stickers on your car or to drive a branded car around, although you may just get free use of the car. Either or, that’s pretty good.
48. Design & sell T shirts
If you can design a logo, you can sell a T shirt. This can even be done via drop shipping on Zazzle so you don’t even need to do the hard work of packaging and posting.
49. Set up a store on Shopify
This is another option for selling online as well as drop shipping.
50. Try Matched Betting
Matched Betting is the risk free way of earning money online. Sign up to Profit Accumulator to find out more.
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