I put together this list to help others and myself make extra money on the side this year.
It turns out you can make a decent income online if you know where to look.
Here are 100 ways to make extra money working from home.
1. Watch videos and advertisements for gift cards
Swagbucks pay out over 7,000 gift cards per day just for watching videos and ads.
You can download the mobile app and watch a few videos whenever you have a couple of minutes free.
It won’t make you rich overnight but it could earn you an extra $100 or so per month.
Sign up here for Swagbucks and get $5 FREE.
2. Answer questions online for $$
Panda Research is another great one if you have 10 minutes free in your day.
They paid out over 2 million dollars in rewards to users so far.
Every survey takes 10-15 minutes.
It’s easy money (again won’t make you rich) but every little bit adds up.
Sign up here for Panda Research
3. Get cash back when online shopping
THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPING.
I have been paid out over $200 so far this year in Ebates cash back.
Whenever I’m shopping on a website that offers cash back, I click the button to activate Ebates and get cash back on the purchase.
(By the way – almost all of the companies you regularly shop at online offer cash back. I was shocked to see even Amazon was on the list!)
The highest cash back I ever received was 24% of my purchase when I was sending my mom flowers for mother’s day.
The cash back stays in your Ebates account and is paid out to you quarterly.
Sign up here for Ebates and get $10 FREE.
I also like honey for the same reason. You get gold points that you can redeem for gift cards.
I typically redeem mine for Amazon gift cards.
4. Get money back for stuff you’ve already bought
Ibotta is another really sweet online cash back company.
You can show proof of purchase for certain items and get cash back added to your account.
You also can also perform tasks and shop online to unlock rewards.
They have all the major companies on there and it’s another no-brainer way to earn money for stuff you already buy.
5. Watch other people’s dogs
You can watch other people’s dogs and get paid to do it? Sign me up!
Rover is a fun way to test out different breeds and play with dogs without the responsibility.
We actually found a dog walker for our lab mix on Rover and she’s great.
She walks dogs on her lunch break for extra money. Easy!
Sign up here for Rover and see what cute dogs you can watch today.
6. Rent out a room in your home
My husband and I put a room in our home up on Airbnb and were shocked by how much interest we got.
Airbnb is an easy way to make an extra $500 a month.
One of my coworkers’ parents are retired and they rent out her childhood bedroom to guests on Airbnb.
It pays their mortgage every month!
Try out Airbnb first as a guest if you haven’t already and consider becoming a host.
Sign up here for Airbnb and get a $40 CREDIT FREE.
7. Go through your closets and sell to consignment shops
Once a year I got through our closets and I fill up a laundry basket with clothes to drop off at consignment shops.
If you bring 10 items, you can get over $50, depending on the condition of the item.
You can also drop off accessories too. Statement necklaces are really popular right now and I’ve dropped mine off for cash.
This is a job that many of us had in tenth grade but it’s lucrative.
People don’t fool around nowadays. You can get over $20/hr cash babysitting.
9. Sell on Etsy
I’ve always wanted to sell on Etsy but I couldn’t think of a product.
I did some research and saw that I could create digital products (such as resume templates, grocery list templates, etc.) or I could sell a physical product.
I decided to sell a physical product and it was super easy.
I’ve made over $5,5o0 so far.
Learn more about getting started with Etsy Printables here.
10. Manage Pinterest Accounts
Have you ever heard of this one? It’s definitely my favorite.
If you love spending time on Pinterest..you can get paid to pin for other people!
It’s mostly bloggers and brands who need a Pinterest presence but don’t have the time to do it.
You get paid to manage their Pinterest accounts for a few hours per week. You can make up to $1,000 per client per month.
Learn more about becoming a Pinterest virtual assistant here.
11-21. Take online surveys
Seriously, I’m always taking those goofy surveys on Facebook like “What Disney Princess are you?”
There are some survey companies that pay you cash or gift cards to take them. Here are a few I’ve heard of:
- Panda Research
- Harris Poll Online
- Toluna USA
- Global Test Market
- Survey Downline
- Survey Junkie
- Pinecone Research
- Nielsen Computer & Mobile Panel
22. Sell your old stuff on Ebay
Do you have any electronics that are still in the box?
Maybe some new with tags clothes?
Maybe stuff you got last holiday season and never used.
Sell it on Ebay!
23. Sell stuff on Craigslist
I made $4,500 last year selling extra furniture and household items on Craigslist.
Seriously, I went through my kitchen cabinets and pulled out extra frying pans, mugs, and silverware sets we never used.
24. Check your current salary on Glassdoor
If you have a free free minutes, go on glassdoor and make sure you’re getting paid fairly for your position.
You should be able to see other people’s salaries in your area for the same job title and company.
Maybe you can negotiate for more based on what you found.
25. Teach English Online
I recently interviewed someone for my podcast that teaches English online through VIPKID.
She has traveled to Bali, Mexico, and Europe all while teaching English online to kids from China.
Learn more about VIPKID here.
26. Learn tech skills
Tech jobs are where the money is right now.
Learn how to code at all of these free sites and help land a job in a well-paying field.
27. Start a blog
I now make $1,500 a month through blogging. Last year I made $25,000 total!~
I never imagined it was possible but so many people are doing it now.
I said “why not me?” and dove right into it.
If you’re interested in starting a blog, I purchased my domain name and hosting through Bluehost.
I also wrote this step-by-step guide to starting your own site.
28. Become a Virtual Assistant (VA)
I know so many bloggers who hire VAs to help them get their stuff done.
From proofreading to transcribing podcasts, you can help so many bloggers from home.
I recommend getting started on Upwork.
29. Start Your Own Podcast
I listen to podcasts on my morning commute and always hear advertisements from sponsors.
Start your own podcast about your favorite subject and secure sponsors to get paid.
30. Freelance for others
You can make money writing blog articles, doing audio editing, basic graphic design and more on sites such as Upwork.
There is a course at goldcityventures.com that will teach you how to freelance for other people that we recommend.
31. Sell services on Fiverr
The concept of Fiverr is that every task is $5 but you can get paid more my upselling the customer.
I know I purchased a logo through Fiverr but I wanted multiple designs and the editable file, I needed to pay $15 more.
32. Become an Uber or Lyft driver
I guess this involves you physically leaving your house but you could technically become a driver on your free time.
33. Create crafts for craft fairs
I LOVE going to craft fairs.
Create ornaments, jewelry, or something special to sell at fairs.
34. Sell baked goods
Similarly, are you a really good baker?
Why not sell your baked goods?
35-50. Create ebooks
Ebooks are sooo easy to make.
Seriously, I made my first one in Microsoft word and then saved to PDF.
You can get the Woocommerce plugin for your blog and then have people download them for money.
Here are 15 ebook ideas.
- Your favorite homestyle recipes
- Quick and easy dessert recipes for families
- Paleo crockpot ideas
- How to start your own business book
- How to guide to budgeting
- How to guide to getting in shape
- How to meditate
- Beginner’s yoga book
- Beginnner’s guide to Pinterest
- First time Mom’s guide to the terrible twos
- Travel guides to your favorite places
- Seasonal clothing guide
- Secrets to a happy marriage
- How to use Pinterest to improve your life
- The best vacations for families
51. Sell stuff on Amazon
You can buy a physical product (or find one cheap in stores) and sell it for more money on Amazon.
52. Sell stuff via Amazon FBA
Have you heard of Amazon FBA?
Basically you send products to an Amazon warehouse and then create a store on Amazon.
Then your job is pretty much done.
When someone buys your products, Amazon handles the packaging and shipping.
53. Create a YouTube channel
Are you an expert at makeup or hair?
Do you like being on camera?
Think about starting your own YouTube channel. You get paid for views.
54. Start affiliate marketing
I took this course on how to make money recommending products online.
It was Making sense of affiliate Marketing by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner.
She makes over $1M per year recommending products to people on her website.
55. Start your own review site
Whenever I buy a product online, I always google it first.
I typically find review sites where people review the product.
If I click their link, they get paid a commission.
Consider starting your own review site and start making money!
56. Make money on Instagram
You can make money by promoting products on Instagram!
57. Make Money on Pinterest
You can set up direct affiliate links to your favorite products from Pinterest.
I currently link to Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters and when someone clicks on my pin and purchase, I get a commission.
58. Have a yard sale
Put up a poster on the nearest telephone pole and have a good old-fashioned yard sale.
59. Get paid to pick up food for people
Have you heard of Doordash? You can get paid to pick up food for lazy people (including me! I totally use Doordash when I don’t have time to eat).
60. Sell your car
No need for a car payment when you can walk or bike or take the bus.
I sold my car last year and haven’t looked back.
61-71. Save money by getting better rates
When you spend the extra minute to research better rates, you keep more money in your wallet.
I recommend researching ways to lower the following rates:
- home insurance
- car insurance
- renters insurance
- insurance for your kids
- pet insurance
- dog boarding
- vet prices
- upcoming hotel and airline rates (maybe choose different weeks to go on vacation)
- vendor quotes for events such as a graduation or wedding
- cable bill
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72-82. Don’t outsource what you can insource
Here are 10 things you should be doing yourself versus paying to outsource.
- mowing the lawn
- fixing your sink
- fixing a clogged toilet
- redoing your floors
- painting your house
- small renovations
- walking your dog
- learning a new skill
83. Eat better
Eating better is healthier for you which lowers your health costs.
Less money spent on healthcare is more money in your pocket.
84. Work out more
Similarly, staying more active will help you by lowering your health bills.
85. Freelance write
You can get paid hundreds of dollars to write for other sites.
Email bloggers and companies to ask if they’d be willing to pay you.
86. Sell your pictures
There are so many sites where you can sell your pictures online.
An example is Shutterstock.
87. Flip thrift store items
Check out this podcast episode with a flea market flipping couple that do this for their full-time jobs.
They make over 6 figures per year!
88. Offer your services on Craigslist
Similarly, set up a Craigslist listing and see if people would be willing to pay for your talents.
89. Cut Cable
OK this is making money by not spending money.
Here are alternatives to cable that still let you watch good tv.
90. Live with a Roommate
My husband and I lived with roommates for two years and we survived.
Consider renting out a room in your home for some extra cash each month.
91-98. Downsize and sell where you can
Less money leaving your wallet is always a good thing.
Spend half an hour researching how you can do the following:
- Choose a cheaper apartment
- Sell your car and buy something cheap in cash
- Sell your hobby gear including bikes, skis, and other stuff you don’t use
- Downgrade some of your nicer electronics for something cheaper
- Downsize your cable package
- Downsize your phone package
- Get rid of your landline
- Downsize your internet speed
99. Keep tabs on your spending
When you know what you spend, you spend less.
Spend the 5 seconds to create an account with a website such as Mint.
100. Know your net worth
Most people have no idea what their net worth is.
I recommend using Personal Capital which will tell you exactly what it is for free.
Knowing this number will make you money in the long run because you’ll be motivated to increase your net worth.
It works for me! The Personal Capital mobile app is something I check daily.
Sign up here for Personal Capital – it’s free and super motivating.
Get $20 free for signing up!
What did I miss? How do you make money from home?
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