9 Fun and Unusual Ways to Make Money from Home
By Holly Reisem Hanna
When I started looking for work at home opportunities back in 2007, I just wanted to make an extra $500 – $700 a month, so that my daughter and I could freely attend and participate in all of activities that were available to us. Luckily, I stumbled into blogging and social media marketing and I haven’t looked back since.
But even if you’re not interested in blogging, freelance work, or being your own boss – there are lots of opportunities available to you. So whether you’re looking for ways to add extra cash flow to your wallet, or a legit way to work from home, there is something for everyone.
Here are 9 fun and unusual ways you can make money from home.
Do you rent a co-office space, but only use it occasionally? Do you have extra office space in your home or apartment? Then list it on Desktime and make money when you’re not using it. To get started create a free profile, add photos, a description, and your monthly or daily fee. Interested parties can then rent your space directly from Desktime and your payment will be transferred to your bank account via Stripe, minus a 2.5% service fee.
Earn money by being a friend! Rent a Friend allows individuals to create a free friendship profile, where they can charge up to $50 an hour to be rented for social events and activities, such as, weddings, sporting events, concerts, movies, operas, hiking, biking and going out to dinner. Strictly a platonic site, Rent a Friend allows you to be your own boss, set your own hours and name your price – plus you keep 100% of the profits.
Have an extra room in your house? Staying with the in-laws for a couple of weeks? Then rent out for your home, or a room in your home on Air BNB. Listing your property on the site is free, Air BNB just collects 3% of each reservation that you’re paid for. Property owners also get to decide on how much to charge for the rental, and the longevity of the rental. A great way to earn extra money and meet new people!
Much like Air BNB, Roomorama allows individuals to rent an elegant space from the home owners. Home owners decide on how much to charge and can list their place for free. Roomorama then takes 8% – 12% of the total fee.
Sorry this ones for college students only. Agent Anything allows individuals to post random tasks that they would like to have completed on Agent Anything’s virtual bulletin board. Each task is listed with details, and the price per task can be negotiated. Some sample tasks that I’ve seen, have been invite all of your Facebook Friends to an event, with a payout of $10. Another request was to track down a dog breeder, again with a payout of $10.
Share your passion for your city, state or community on Vayable. Guides could be foodies, art buffs, historians, nature lovers – just show out of town guests a good time and a unique and one of a kind experience. Guides determine their own price and Vayable takes 15% of the booking fee.
Is just what it sounds like; get paid for sharing your opinions. Search by your city, state or category. Then respond directly to the query that you’re interested in. When I did a search for Texas, I found opportunities ranging from a payout of $10 to $500 for a 4 week online focus group.
Also check out Lori Cheek’s story. She makes enough money participating in focus groups each month to support her entrepreneurial dream.
Is an arm of the eBay brand, where you can instantly sell and get cash for your books, music, games and movies. Simply tell them what items you have to sell, receive an offer price, then print off your free mailing label, and mail your items in. You can be paid via PayPal or a Half.com gift certificate. If you choose to be paid with a Half.com gift certificate, you’ll get a bonus of 15% added to your payment amount.
Have some unwanted gift cards laying around? Cash them in at CardCash. Simply choose the type of gift card you have, input the gift card number and PIN and learn how much you can earn. You can be paid with cash, via PayPal or check. CashCard pays up to 92% of what the gift card value is and they are a member of the Better Business Bureau.
What are your favorite ways to make money from home?