Want to know how to make money from home?
Every day, I get emails from readers who ask the following questions:
“I am a stay-at-home mom and have to take care of my family, but I am not sure what I can do to earn money.”
“Earning money from home is my dream, but I don’t know what I can do. I want to learn, but I am confused about which way to go.” This is the most common dilemma for any work-from-home job seeker or someone who wants to make money online.
There are so many services or skills that businesses want, but there are many people who don’t have any idea how to earn money online.
Why is that?
The reason is that there is a vast gap between demand and supply. In less technical terms, there is a void which needs to be filled by connecting the skills you possess with the money-making gigs that are available.
It’s not so hard to find a reliable and legitimate way to earn money if you know where to look with the kind of skills you have.
You might think “But I do not have any skills; I am just a stay-at-home mom.”
You will be surprised by your abilities once you focus on yourself.
Before we get into all the work-from-home options, I want to focus on these questions. It is easier to find something if you are clear about your goals and what you want to achieve.
What exactly are you looking for?
Is it flexibility you want or do you need to generate a good income from home?
If you want to be flexible, then I suggest you choose the jobs or gigs that might not give you a high income but which let you choose your own times to work.
What are your strong points?
If you are good at something, then surely there is a way to monetize it, and believe me, everyone is good at something. Take some time to focus and figure out your calling.
Are you ready to invest in yourself to get trained?
If your budget is tight and you’re ready to upgrade or learn new skills, then you will have to settle for low-income options or low-stress jobs. Learning new skills can make a big difference to your work-from-home career path.
Here is the answer to how to make money from home:
I have categorized different ways to make money from home into extra income gigs and good income jobs. I hope this helps you to find something soon.
Make Extra Money from Home (no traveling required)
Online Surveys & Apps
Though survey sites get a bad rap, I myself have earned a good side income from them. I never recommend that you do surveys alone and expect a full-time income. They are just side earners, but they come in handy if you find the right ones. There are apps that let you earn some spare cash just to download and run them in the background.
Swagbucks – The most trusted survey site that gives you a chance to do a lot more things than just surveys. Watching videos alone can earn you around $90 a month. The $5 sign-up bonus is an added perk!
Pinecone Research – With an A+ rating on BBB, this survey panel is the top choice for many survey takers for two reasons. The pay per survey is mostly $3, and you can cash out through PayPal or check. There are also many popular gift cards if you don’t want cash. Sign up here and start earning with Pinecone Research.
Survey Junkie – This is a legit survey site with a low disqualification rate. The surveys are short and pay well. You can redeem the points for cash or gift cards. Learn more about Survey Junkie in this review.
Nielsen App – Want to earn some passive income? Just download Nielsen App and this trusted company will pay you $50 a year to keep the app. This research company collects data on web usage to improve users’ experience on the internet. Don’t worry your data is never shared and remains anonymous. Sign up and start making money from home.
Approx Earnings – $130/month (depending on your demographics). Nielsen app pays $50 a year if you keep it running.
User Interviews – Want to participate in paid research studies paying up to $200? Sign up for user interviews. This legit company offers participants high rewards for sharing their unique opinions about different products. You get paid in cash, check, Amazon and Visa gift cards.
Just create your profile with information like name, city and state along with other details. Once your profile is complete you can start applying for the studies that are suitable to you. Their clients include brands like Vistaprint, Pinterest, Spotify, Adobe, etc. User Interviews is an amazing opportunity to share your opinion to shape better brands and also get paid for it.
These are small tasks like typing, data tagging, transcription (short files), etc. You can become an Amazon Mechanical Turker or work for companies like Clickworker and start doing these tasks. Remember some of these tasks are on a first-come, first-served basis, so be quick in doing these.
Approx Earnings – $50-$100/month depending on the tasks you take up.
As a rater, you will be going through search engine results or social media feeds to rate them according to some guidelines. This helps search engines make their algorithm better and give relevant results to users. For most of these roles, there will be an assessment test that you need to pass to get hired. No prior experience or expertise is required, but you need to be resident in the country to apply.
Appen (formerly Leapforce) – This company has a lot of positions available in many countries. But keep in mind that the test is quite hard, so you need a lot of preparation.
Lionbridge – This well-known company hires raters from all over the world. They have openings in various countries from time to time. You need to keep an eye on their recruitment page to apply.
Approx Earnings – For the US, it is around $12 to $15 per hour. The pay varies for different countries.
Rent or Sell Online
Sometimes we overlook some money-making opportunities. There are so many ways to make use of the stuff you don’t use.
For example, if you don’t use your car much, you can rent it out on Getaround to earn passive income from it. Just list your car on the website easily through the app, write a good description, and all the renting is done through the app. You can be stress-free with their $1 million insurance cover and 24/7 roadside assistance.
Sign up if you want to make money from home in the most passive way.
If you have a spare room, then go ahead and start listing it on Airbnb and earn a decent income from it. Take good pictures, write a great description, include all the amenities, and reply to questions promptly. That’s it.
Approx Earnings – Depends on the marketplace and the items you are selling/renting.
Ways of Making Money from Home that Require Traveling
These gigs require you to get out of the house or travel around a bit, but they pay well when compared to at-home ones.
Postmates – You will be working as a food courier for this company. You need to have a bike, scooter or car, and there will be a background check after you apply. On average you can earn around $25 per hour with Postmates.
UberEats – This is another trusted company that helps you earn money from home with food delivery. Unlike Postmates, UberEats is available in many cities in the US. You need a scooter, car or bike to deliver food.
Rover – A simple and an easy way to earn extra money from home is by signing up with Rover as a pet sitter. This is one side gig that can be done by anyone. You can create a flexible work schedule and set your own rates (you can earn up to $1,000 a month). With an easy sign-up process and great pay, Rover can be your next go-to side hustle if you love pets.
Approx Earnings – Postmates pays an average of $25 per hour.
HealthyWage – I would have never believed it if someone said you could earn money by staying active. No way!
But you can. With HealthyWage, you are rewarded for reaching your weight loss targets. It’s a great way to push yourself to stay active and reach your fitness goals.
Sweatcoin – This sweet app lets you earn “sweatcoins”when you walk or run (there is a limit of five sweatcoins a day). You can redeem these sweatcoins for Amazon gift cards or discounted merchandise. If you have a big pool of coins, you can redeem them for cash. You just need to download the app and keep it running.
Approx Earnings – With Healthywage, I have seen people win $10,000 to meet their weight loss goals.
Ways to Make Money Online from Home
You can do these jobs or hustles from home, and the biggest perk is that they can give you a full-time income or develop into a successful business.
Proofreading – If you like finding errors in documents and have a keen eye for detail, then you can work from home as a proofreader. To learn more about this flexible career, take this free workshop with Caitlin.
Caitlin Pyle is a proofreading pro and earned over $43,000 working part-time as a proofreader. She shares a lot of her knowledge about proofreading in this workshop.
Virtual Assistant – Over the last decade, virtual assisting has become increasingly popular. There is an infinite number of services you can provide as a virtual assistant (VA).
The average income you can earn as a VA is around $35-$50 per hour.
But it does not have to be only specific subjects; you can teach plain English to kids. With VIPKid and Qkids, you can teach conversational English to Chinese kids. Both these companies require minimum qualifications, and after applying online, there will be a video interview.
The pay is around $14 to $24 per hour with these companies.
Blogging– If your passion is to share your ideas, views, and research about your niche, then there is nothing better than blogging. I am a blogger and can say for sure that it’s the most rewarding hustle I’ve ever had.
Knowing your niche and signing up for good hosting are the first steps in starting a blogging journey.
Sign up here to get started.
Making Money from Home Offline
Though there is a bit of traveling involved, these options to make money are great.
Flower Parties – How about arranging beautiful flower parties and getting paid for it? Sounds dreamy! You can channel your inner creative juices with this unique hustle from Alice’s Table. As an “Event Exec” you will be arranging artistic flower parties and making money from them. Here is how you can get started.
Amazon FBA – Love finding cheap items? Then start selling things on Amazon FBA. The best part about this is you need to find items and send them to Amazon, then the rest is taken care of by Amazon FBA. If this interests you, then you need to take this free email course to find out more about this way to make money from home.
Flipping – I think flipping thrift store items is the most underrated way to make money from home. If you’ve got the eye to find unique items in junkyards and flip them for profit, then you can become a pro flipper. Take this FREE workshop to learn how to make money from flipping.
Things to keep in mind before you jump into earning money from home:
Do your research. No matter what your choice is, you need to do thorough research and dig deep into every aspect of the gig you are going to choose. Knowing everything about your future gig can help you ease into the job and make the journey enjoyable.
Keep an eye on what local opportunities you have around you. It is far easier to find reliable ways to make money online in the place you live. You can join local groups or check out the forums in your area and see what others are experimenting with.
Never forget that an online money-making option can come with scams. At every step you will be facing some scam, so be very vigilant about scams and do your research before you jump in.
Like the old saying goes, if it’s too good to be true, it is a scam. But more than that, the biggest red flag to watch out for is promises that you’ll “earn an insane amount of money in a very short time.” No one has earned anything like that ever.
It takes a lot of time and an insane amount of research to find the most legit way to make money from home.
But you will find one if you stay focused and know what you want. I made my “make money from home” dream come true; so can you.