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9 Fun and Unusual Ways to Make Money from Home

9 Fun and Unusual Ways to Make Money from HomeBy 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.

Rent a Friend

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.

Agent Anything

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.

Find Focus Groups

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 gift certificate. If you choose to be paid with a 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?

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36 Responses to “9 Fun and Unusual Ways to Make Money from Home”

  1. 1
    AnaBear Boutique says:

    What a great list, thank you so much! As a stay at home mom trying to make a side income by making/selling crafts I love to see all the different opportunities for women like me. I will for sure be looking into a few of these to further increase (hopefully) my family’s lifestyle!! Thank you again!!! – Melissa of AnaBear Boutique

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    WAHMJessica says:

    Great Ideas! The only I wouldn’t do would be to rent a room to a stranger. I’d be too scared to sleep at night!

  3. 3
    Angie Nelson says:

    So many of these I had never heard of before. Thanks for sharing, Holly. And thanks for participating in Work at Home Weekend!

  4. 4
    BigB says:

    Wow thanks for the money making ideas. I enjoyed the article

  5. 5
    Priscilla D says:

    Thanks for sharing… I’m so excited about starting my own business.

  6. 6
    Stephanie Louis says:

    Hi Holly,

    Thank you for sharing these with us.

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    Irene says:

    So happy to have come across your website. This list is awesome! Some of these I have tried, but a couple I have never heard of before. I love finding new ways to make money from home – thanks so much for sharing these ideas!!

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    Lisa says:

    I had not heard of Rent-a-Friend. Interesting idea.

  9. 9
    Ron says:

    This is a nice list and it has some work from home options that I definitely never have thought of.

    I have included an article from Mashable about this weeks debate that has been started over the new Yahoo WAH policy from the CEO. Check it out if your interested, just thought I would give my two cents!

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    Carl says:

    Mystery shopping is another method to make money from home. You won’t grow rich doing it but if you sign up with enough companies you can get steady work. Just beware of the scams that charge you for a list.

  11. 11
    Lois says:

    I just found a good site to earn $5 a day. It a tutorial you can finde here:

    It is 100% legit and real.

  12. 12
    Sandi says:

    Your “Rent a friend” sounds alot like the “escort services” that destroyed my marriage of 25 years. After all its much more fun to “rent” 25 year old women to spend time with than stay at home and take care of the 5 children you helped to create. So glad to see you recommending prostitution as a legitimate source of income. Oh, I know……this is not prostitution, its an opportunity for adults to meet new people and have new experiences.

    • 12.1

      Hi Sandi, I’m sorry that you’re offended by the opportunity. Rent a Friend is not a prostitution site, if it was I would not have included it. I take my reputation very SERIOUSLY and would NEVER promote something that I thought was illegal. It sounds like you’ve had a really challenging time and I’m sorry to hear that. If you would like some help with your work at home search let me know.

      All the best to you, Holly

  13. 13
    Michael says:

    Great list! I have been around the internet and work at home opportunities for many years now and I haven’t even heard of some of these. There is so much misguiding info about how to generate an income online. I enjoy the fact these methods are realistic and not just a bunch of garbage and hype. There isn’t enough reputable, strait forward information about how to make money online these days. Thanks again for the resources.

  14. 14

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    I by no means discovered any fascinating article like yours.
    It’s beautiful value enough for me. In my view, if all website owners and bloggers made good content material as you
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    Shawn says:

    Hello, I am a college student a senior and I do all of my courses online. I am searching for a entry level customer service position to work from home, or a data entry or virtual assistant anything I can do to earn money from home. I don’t have a car and it seems all my opportunities for work are to far away never in my reach on the city bus. Any suggestions for someone in pursue of a degree but has a bit of experience?


  16. 16

    Thank you for this list of suggestions. Some of these I would have never dreamed existed.

  17. 17
    Rob says:

    It constantly amazes me the many and varied ways people find to make money. Your only real limiting factor is your imagination.

  18. 18
    Bryan says:

    Hi Holly,
    I was just cruising through after a few hours of working on my own business. I always enjoy reading other peoples post and getting new ideas. I like the rent-a-friend idea. Kinda sound fun. LOL

    Thanks for the great ideas

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    Amy says:

    What a great website! I never knew about that rent-a-friend site lol… I wonder if that site really makes a lot of money. Anyhow it’s a unique angle to say the least!

    P.S. I also like doing paid focus groups. Made a good chunk of spare-time cash this way. I found some good paying ones through this site:

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    Rico says:

    Try making money with surveys!

  21. 21
    Ryderr says:

    Great list – AirBnB is awesome. Writing articles and affiliate marketing are also great ways to make extra cash!

  22. 22
    Bill says:

    AirBNB is an awesome concept but I don’t know if I could open my house to strangers.

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    Patricia says:

    I know everyone has their own way of making money and you have to find what works for you. Someone can give you a perfect way to make money but if it doesn’t fit you, you won’t do it long and probably not do it right. Affiliate Marketing has always worked for me and even though I do it as a full time job not just whenever or wherever, it has given me a very, very comfortable life. Check out my website and try it

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