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7 Odd Ways to Make Money from Home

7 Odd Ways to Make Money from HomeBy Holly Reisem Hanna

I guess you could say that I was born with the entrepreneurial bug. Since the age of six — I’ve been exploring different ways to make money. I’ve gone door-to-door selling homemade arts and crafts to neighbors, hosted lemonade stands, collected salamanders and sold them to the local pet shop, as well as participated in many garage and yard sales.

As I got older this trend continued, I provided baby sitting services to friends and family, I sold stuff to consignment stores, I even participated in pharmaceutical research studies. If there was a way to make money — I found it.

Well, not much has changed. To this day, I still get excited when I find a new way to make money. So if you’re looking to make some extra cash here are 7 ways you can get started.

Do you like to test things out?

Become a product tester and reviewer and you can earn free products, services, gift cards, sometimes even cash for sharing your opinions. Check out these companies to get started.

Do you have the latest and greatest in tech gadgets?

Then sell your old smart phones, tablets, laptops and computers on Gazelle. Simply find your gadget on their website, answer some questions, ship it off for free and get paid via check, Amazon gift card, or PayPal. Gazelle has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Do you love taking photos with your smartphone?

Make money by selling your photos on Foap. Simply download the Foap application to your smartphone and upload your photos. Once your image receives 5 positive ratings from other Foap users – your photo will be published for sale. You will earn $5 each time someone purchases your photo. Payments are made via PayPal when the user requests a cashout.

Check out this article for more ways to make money with your smartphone.

Are you a know it all?

Share your knowledge in a particular area on This unique service connects individuals who have questions to people who are qualified to answer them. Here’s how it works, LivePerson has all the backend tools in place, so once you’ve completed your application and set your fees, you’ll be connected to people who need your expertise. Answers can be delivered via live chat, email, or phone. Once the action is completed LivePerson takes a percentage of the fee you charged then pays you the rest via check on a monthly basis.

Here are some other platforms where you can sell your expertise for moola.

Is your car just sitting around?

Rent out your car when you’re not using it at Here’s how the program works, simply list your car for free and manage rentals via the website. You set your own rates, hours, and who you want to rent to. Rental earnings are paid on the 15th of the following month and takes a 40% commission on rentals to cover insurance and customer support.

Did you know you can rent a ton of stuff for money? Check out this post for items and places to rent your stuff for cash!

Do you to share stories, tips, recipes or jokes?

Magazines are constantly looking for new content that’s why many publications are willing to pay for short stories, recipes, reader tips, poems and even jokes. Here are just a few publications that pay for submissions. As a side note, I haven’t submitted tips to any of these sources, so I’m unable to comment on the validity of them.

The Thrifty Couple has more tips for submitting tips and photos to magazines.

Do you love surfing the web?

Then make money testing out websites, apps, videos, ads, ideas and more on Userlytics. Sign up for a free account and then wait for an invitation to give feedback. User tests take about 10 – 20 minutes to complete and payment is $10 or more per test made via PayPal. Userlytics is open both to US and International residents, but does require that testers have the following equipment: a webcam, computer microphone, Windows 7/XP/Vista or MacOS Leopard 10.6 or higher.

Another company that hires website testers is User Testing. Here you can earn $10/$15 per test. To become a tester – submit your email address and apply. Testers must take a sample test before receiving any assignments. This gig is open to US and International residents alike who are able to receive payments via PayPal. Each test takes about 15 – 20 minutes.

Looking for more companies that hire website testers, check out this article.

What odd ways are you making money from home?

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13 Responses to “7 Odd Ways to Make Money from Home”

  1. 1
    Adam Rector says:

    Great stuff here. There are also sites where you can fill out surveys or test websites. And I guess if you have something interesting to say you could always blog.

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    Bri says:

    Hi Holly,

    Have you ever written about earning cash through I love to spread the word, especially around the holidays before people make their holiday purchases online. For joining ebates you get a gift card (after you make your first online purchase through one of their links – super easy). Then you can use their coupons and get to your shopping sites through their links to earn cash back. If you refer people to their site you also get referral fees. Right now, if you refer 3 people you get $75.00. Bloggers tend to be able to get lots of referrals, so you can really rack up your referral bonuses! :) Check it out through my website link!

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    Kenneth says:

    Great list! Another suggestion would be transcribing. Transcribing really requires very little skill or capital to get started. You can sign up with companies like Elance and Odesk to find jobs OR reach straight out to producers of audio content to see if they need help. With the huge trend in podcasting a great place to start would be by perusing iTunes for podcast shows that may need help turning their audio podcast episodes into text for their website or “show notes.”

    I post a new idea for ways to generate legitimate income streams (like the list above) on Instagram at

  4. 4
    Gladwin says:

    How do I get started

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    Dee Thomas says:

    I do not have a website yet? Would like to know if there is one you prefer that does not cost an arm and leg?

  6. 6

    Everything is very open with a precise explanation of the challenges.

    It was really informative. Your website is very helpful.
    Thank you for sharing!

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    liz says:

    I want to share my recipes. How will i get paid? And how can I know if they published them or not ? Thank u

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