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 the activities that were available to us.
Luckily, I stumbled upon 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 to your wallet, or a legit way to work-from-home, there is something for everyone.
Here are a bunch of fun and unique ways you can make money from home.
Are you a number's person? Have you managed the books for your family's business or your daughter's Girl Scout Troop (those cookies are big business) then you may be the perfect fit for an at-home bookkeeping position. Most freelance positions will require you to have knowledge of Quickbooks and some hands-on experience. If you don't currently have those skills, but would still like to pursue bookkeeping as an at-home career, an online course can teach you skills to get started in this field — here's one to check out.
Obviously, I'm a huge fan of blogging, and here's why. First, you can write on any topic under the sun — so you'll always be working in a niche that you're passionate about and that you have experience in. Second, it only takes a couple of hundred dollars to get started (you'll need to purchase your domain name, web hosting, and a blogging theme). Third, you can monetize in a ton of different ways — which makes it easier to start generating money quickly.
If blogging sounds like your cup of tea, check out this post for step-by-step instructions for getting started.
3. Customer Service Rep
If you enjoy talking on the phone and you have a landline — you can work-at-home providing customer service support for a wide variety of companies. Some of the more popular companies hiring for these virtual call center positions:
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4. Craft Seller
If you're more of an artsy and crafty type — consider opening up an online storefront on Etsy. With Etsy, you don't need to invest any money upfront just create your products, take some high-quality photos, add some text, and hit publish. When a sale is made, Etsy will take a small transaction fee out of your profit. Of course, you'll need to purchase your materials and pay for shipping costs, so be sure to add these to your sales price. For more information on what it takes to be a successful Etsy seller — check out this interview with full-time Etsy seller, Melanie.
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Do you have a great saying or design that you'd like to put on a t-shirt? Then check out Teespring! With Teespring, you create your t-shirts designs (or coffee mugs, sweatshirts, tote bags, phone cases, and more) on the platform, choose your colors, determine your price, and your product description, and publish your listing. Teespring will give you links to your storefront and individual products so you can promote online.
How much can you earn with Teespring? Your profits will vary depending on your price — but in one example, I created a coffee mug for $14.99, and my profit would be $6.99 per mug sold. Oh, and did I mention? Teespring is entirely free to try out and use.
6. ESL Teacher
Do other cultures fascinate you? Do you enjoy working with children? If so, you can teach English to Chinese students online. Most companies will require you to have a Bachelor's Degree (in any subject) and some sort of related teaching experience. Pay ranges from $13 – $25 per hour and hours are part-time and flexible. If this sounds intriguing here are some companies to check out:
7. Flip Your Stuff For Cash
Do you love the thrill of the hunt? Or perhaps you have gently used gear and items that you no longer need? Then consider selling them on one of the many online selling platforms. From my own reselling experience, children's clothing, toys, baby gear, furniture, electronics, and high-end designer items tend to do best. I've also found that I earn more selling outright to an individual than when I go through a third-party platform like ThredUp or Gazelle.
Here are some great platforms for reselling your stuff:
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Do you enjoy sharing your opinions and insight with people? Then look into participating in market research studies, or focus groups. With these studies, you need to complete an initial assessment to see if you're the correct target audience, once it's determined that you are, you'll be invited to participate. Some studies take place online, others over the phone, and some are conducted in-person. Generally, these studies pay very well, around $50 – $150 per hour of your time.
To get started, check out these companies:
If you enjoy writing, there are a TON of opportunities for freelance writers! You can write blog posts, white papers, marketing content, resumes, newsletters, magazine articles, grant letters — the opportunities are endless. If you're an experienced writer who's ready to jump in, check out these sites:
If you feel like you need a little help getting started, check out 30-Days to Freelance Writing Success.
10. Gig Economy Jobs
If you're not opposed to working a flexible schedule outside of the home, you can make good money as an on-demand worker.
For instance, if you're comfortable driving others around in your car — you can make money being an on-demand taxi driver with Uber or Lyft.
Prefer to deliver food? Try DoorDash.
The opportunities for gig economy workers are endless. If you'd like to see what's available check out this list of 100 top gig economy jobs.
11. Online Maps Quality Analyst
Do you love maps and US geography? Then check out Lionbridge's position for a US Online Maps Quality Analyst. In this position, you'll review and analyze online maps. You must have excellent research skills and a solid understanding of US geography and maps. Jobs are part-time and highly flexible.
Do you have a bachelor's degree? Do you enjoy reading? Then apply to be a Reader (sometimes called Evaluators or Online Test Scorers). Readers read and score student essays, short answers, and test questions for a variety of standardized tests. These positions generally pay $10 -$12 per hour and training for tests is provided.
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Do you enjoy doing research? If so, there are plenty of opportunities for you to make money conducting online and telephone research. Here are just a few work-from-home opportunities to check out.
- Cannabiz Media hires virtual researchers to collect, fact-check, and analyze marijuana license information.
- MaritzCX hires market research interviewers to conduct telephone interviews with various individuals, gathering valuable info regarding products, services, and experiences.
- Wonder hires internet researchers to investigate a wide variety of topics to explain market trends, determine competitive landscapes, gather statistics, and various other tasks.
14. Rent a Room
Have an extra room in your house? Staying with the in-laws for a couple of weeks? Then list your home or a bedroom in your home on Airbnb. Listing your property on the site is free, Airbnb collects 3% of each reservation you’re paid for. Property owners also get to decide how much to charge for the listing and the longevity. An excellent way to make extra money and meet new people!
For more sites like Airbnb, check out:
15. Paid Surveys
Do you have a few extra minutes? Do you enjoy answering survey questions? Then sign-up with some online survey companies. While you're not going to rich completing surveys, it is an excellent way to fill in the gaps. I've heard of some people who have been able to pay for all of their Christmas gifts just by doing surveys all year round. You'll need to sign-up with multiple sites, as there aren't always going to be opportunities available. And you'll have to complete some initial questions to see which surveys you qualify for upfront.
Here are some reputable ones to check out:
Also, look for companies, products, and services that you're already using. Sometimes they'll send out surveys via email to solicit customer feedback so they can make improvements to their existing offerings.
Do you have an eagle eye? Do typos and grammatical errors drive you bananas? Then consider working from home as a proofreader. To get started, you'll need to apply and take a proficiency test. To see what's on a proficiency test, check out ProofreadingServices.com. Their online test is visible to the public, and you're allowed 20 minutes to complete it. If your skills are rusty or not up to par, consider taking an online proofreading course to boost your chances of getting hired — here is the course I recommend. Of course, once you get your foot in the door and prove your value, you'll easily be able to score more freelance gigs.
Here are a few companies that hire freelance proofreaders:
Nowadays you can rent just about anything! I already talked about renting your home or a room in your house, but did you know that you can rent stuff like your car, RV, boat, driveway, backyard and tons more?! If you have property or things lying around your home that you only use occasionally, consider renting it out on some of these platforms for some cash!
18. Search Engine Evaluator
Do you enjoy searching the web? Would you like to help Google determine if search queries are relevant and high-quality? Then consider becoming a search engine evaluator, a social media evaluator (the same type of position but instead, performing searches via social media platforms) or a mobile search reviewer. Positions are flexible and part-time, must have excellent communication skills, be tech-savvy, and have familiarity with social media.
19. Sell Printables
Printables are ALL the rage right now! If you can come up with helpful printables and you're skilled at design — you can make good money from home by selling these digital downloads. Blogger, Sarah Titus started selling printables via Shopify, and her income has skyrocketed. Sarah publishes her Shopify income reports here. In July of 2018, she earned $474K in just one month from selling printables; crazy, right?!
Besides selling printables on Shopify, you can also sell your printables via Etsy, e-Junkie, Sendowl, Fetchapp, or Gumroad. Each has different terms and pricing, so be sure to read all the fine print before choosing a platform.
20. Smartphone Apps
I LOVE smartphone apps! They are so easy to use, and it's like getting free money! While there are a TON of different smartphone apps you can try out, here are some of my favorites.
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21. Social Media Manager
If you're social media savvy — your skills and knowledge are in high-demand. Companies, both large and small are clamoring for individuals with experience and wisdom with the following platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and more! Scout out remote positions, or start your own social media agency, the opportunities are endless.
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Are you a fast and accurate typist? Do you have excellent listening skills? Then consider working from home as a freelance transcriber. Transcribers listen to audio files and convert them into text documents. Of course, you'll need to have excellent spelling and grammar for this position. If you've never done transcription work before, a training course can be helpful —here is the one I recommend.
If you're new to the field, here are some companies that hire new transcribers.
23. Virtual Assistant
Are you an administrative guru? Then take your knowledge and skills to work-from-home as a virtual assistant (VA). VAs complete a wide variety of tasks for large and small businesses alike. Have extensive knowledge of Pinterest? Then become a Pinterest VA! Have killer design skills? Then help bloggers and small business owners create marketing materials for their social media campaigns. Whatever your wheelhouse lies, there is someone in need of your unique talent and expertise. Start your own business, or check out one of these companies to get started.
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24. Website Tester
Do you enjoy giving feedback? Are you web-savvy? Then become a website and app tester and earn some easy side cash. Companies need to know if their websites and apps are easy to navigate, simple to use, and that they convey the right message. To get an objective opinion, businesses pay website testing companies to conduct research — and that's where you come in. Sign up to become a tester, and you can easily earn $10 for 10-20 minutes of your time. Most companies will require you to record your findings via webcam — so you will need to be comfortable speaking your thoughts out loud.
While you're not going to get rich doing website testing, it is an easy and legit way to earn a little side cash. Check out these companies to get started.
As you can see, there are lots of fun and flexible ways to make money from home! Whether you're looking for a part-time position to supplement your family's income or a full-time career, there is something for everyone! And with advances in technology and a widespread shift from negative attitudes towards telecommuting towards acceptance, more and more positions are available remotely.
What fun ideas do you have for making money from home? What type of work-from-home job are you searching for? Drop us a note; we'd love to hear from you!
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Originally published July 27, 2012. Content updated December 4, 2018.
Holly Reisem Hanna is the publisher and founder of The Work at Home Woman, which has been helping individuals find remote careers and businesses that feed their souls since 2009. Through her unconventional career path of holding over 30 jobs and obtaining two college degrees, she’s been able to figure out how to find a career path that you’re truly passionate about. Holly’s had the pleasure of sharing her expertise on sites like CNN, MSN Money, Huffington Post, Woman’s Day Magazine, as well as being recognized by Forbes as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career.” Holly resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and daughter and enjoys reading, traveling, and yoga.
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