In a pinch and need a little extra cash? Looking for ways to make money at home?
You are not alone.
In fact, Google logs nearly 250,000,000 (that’s 250 million) searches each year by people just like you.
Whether you're a broke college student who needs a little extra spending cash, or you’re actually an adult now and looking to eliminate credit card debt or increase savings, most of us could benefit from a little more take home pay each month.
And whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, our financial situations have an enormous impact on almost every facet of our lives. The misuse of money can have devastating effects on our collective mental, social and emotional health.
Being short on cash often means being late on a utility bill, foregoing holiday gifts for a loved one, or missing out on activities with friends.
Worse yet, some of us continue to spend and rack up debt.
Even a few hundred dollars is often the difference between making it till the end of the month…and falling flat on your face.
If you feel like you are a part of this group, there is good news – we live in a pretty incredible age.
The rise of the Internet makes earning money from home a legitimate option for those of us who could use a little extra cash. From getting paid to do online surveys, to opening an online store, to becoming a freelance writer, there are hundreds of ways to make money at home.
Below I’ll share with you 10 easy ways to make money at home (including my own personal experience and a pivotal lesson that I learned along the way).
Choosing Where to Start
I wasn’t kidding when I said there are hundreds of ways to make money at home.
Some more bizarre than others (such as selling your hair to the tune of +$200).
But if I were to make just one recommendation for you to take to heart, it would be to get involved in something you love.
Something you’re passionate about doing.
If you’re going to be doing something to make money at home on top of your 9-5, when you’re already tired from a day’s work, it had better something you really enjoy.
I speak from experience because I was straight broke during my early years in college. Being poor was all the motivation I needed to start looking into ways to make money at home (or a dorm room).
Enjoying What You Do Matters
It was fairly sobering to watch the nearly $20,000 I had saved from working all the way through high school (I was a savings beast), disappear nearly overnight when it came to paying for my degree from Virginia Tech.
As an irrational twenty-something at the time, I turned to online poker as a way to make money at home – specifically, Texas Hold'em. As foolish as that may have been then, it worked out for me.
I would not recommend this avenue to anyone now.
I was gifted with an analytical mind and spent over 7+ years learning how to approach the game from a logic/math based skill-set.
I was fortunate enough to amass earnings just shy of 6-figures and all that ultimately helped me pay off much of my student loans and start building my savings (modest when compared to many professional players but still a big deal to me at the time).
The reason it worked for me is because I loved studying it.
I credit it as the foundation of my interest in investing – a much more logical and risk-averse method to building wealth.
For those of you who are probably wondering, I still play occasionally for fun but the landscape has changed dramatically over the years making it much more difficult to earn money.
That being said, and without further ado, I’ll share some ways that you too can make money at home.
10 Ways To Make An Extra $1,000 Each Month
1) Get paid to do online surveys
Until a few months ago, I had never heard of paid surveys. Sure enough, they are real…and they can net you hundreds of dollars each month.
Users are usually notified by email when a qualifying survey is available. As such, I recommend signing up for multiple survey sites so you’re eligible for as many surveys as possible.
You won’t earn a living from it, as most surveys pay less than $5, but you can easily earn upwards of $100/month by mindlessly mashing buttons while you watch Netflix. Some even give you a free $5 (or more) just for signing and it's hard to beat that!
Make money from home online with paid surveys:
Swagbucks – Perhaps the most well-known and trusted of all the survey sites, users earn “Swagbucks” (also known as SB’s) for each survey they complete. Swagbucks even gives you a FREE $5 as an incentive just for signing up.
Survey Junkie – Survey Junkie works much in the same way that Swagbucks does. All you have to do is sign up to be eligible for surveys. Once you complete a survey you earn a certain amount of points that you can exchange for cash paid directly to a PayPal account or you can redeem your points for gift cards. Super simple.
Vindale Research – Vindale Research asks for information about you that they can match you with fitting surveys. At up to $50 a pop for some surveys, and a free $2 just for signing up, it pays to check in daily to see which ones are available to you. Cashouts are through PayPal.
Inbox Dollars– Cash and simplicity. Those are my two favorite parts about Inbox Dollars. After a few minutes of answering questions and watching a couple tutorial videos on how the site works, I had $5 added to my account. Pretty sweet!
VIP Voice – You use the points you get from completing surveys to enter into sweepstakes and auctions for great rewards. Prizes include vacations, electronics, appliances, and much more.
Survey Club – Participate in latest & highest paying research, product test, focus groups, clinical trials, and survey opportunities. Get paid each time you take part in a paid research study (deposited directly to your PayPal account).
EarningStation – Earn points by taking surveys, shopping online, watching videos and signing up for great products. Redeem your points for gift cards to your favorite stores like Amazon and Walmart.
MyPoints rewards members when they shop online, take surveys, play games, watch videos and more. Similar to Swagbucks, plus they give you a $5 gift card for free after signing up.
Other survey sites to help you make money at home:
Harris Poll Online – Start to earn “HIpoints” by taking surveys online. Redeem your points for rewards whenever you meet their cash-out thresholds.
Note: HPO periodically shuts down registration to new members (thus the link may not work at times).
There are dozens of other survey sites out there. These just happen to be the more well-known ones that have a reputation for paying out in a timely manner/not having impossible standards for cashing out. As always, be careful with your personal information. I recommend using an entirely separate email address for survey sites so you don’t clutter your inbox.
2) Start a Blog
Like I said earlier- do something you love. If you happen to be even a half-decent writer (you can’t be as bad as me), you can do what you love and make money simply by writing about it. VTX Capital uses a blog as a way to disseminate information about investing. You can be a source of information as well (or simply amusement) for just about anything that interests you.
And you can make money by doing it.
A lot of money. We make over $10,000 each month from our blog and we started less than 2 years ago.
You can start a blog and write about it. Turn your passion into a business and run with it.
Pick a niche that interests you. Whether it be a lifestyle oriented blog where you talk about home decor, the newest trends in dress, celebrity gossip, a sports forum, or even a place to share your love for cooking.
Seriously, check out these bloggers that are all pulling in over $20,000 each MONTH (some more than $100,000 a month!).
- Michelle @ Making Sense of Cents – over $168,000 in February alone!
- Holly @ Club Thrifty – over $22,000 on her last report!
- Rosemarie @ The Busy Budgeter – over $86,000 in her most recent report!
How? Because they’re motivated entrepreneurs who let nothing get in their way of learning how to make money at home.
Already a blogger?
We also have a blogging course where we teach you the tips and tricks we use to get nearly 200,000 page-views a month to our blogs.
Check it out here:
3. List an extra room in your house on Airbnb
Have an extra room in your house? Going to be gone for a week and are looking to make some serious dough?
Literally make money FROM your home!
Believe it or not this is seriously the easiest way ever to pull in hundreds (even thousands) of extra dollars per month. Most of it involves very little or no work on your end and there is almost 0 overhead to get started.
This is something that not nearly enough people are taking advantage of. If you own a home, consider putting a room (or the whole place) on Airbnb.
Here’s how it works:
Create a listing by filling out a description, taking and uploading photos, and setting a price. Your listing helps guests get a sense of what your place is like.
Then, you set the availability and house rules for your listing. Once your listing is live, guests can book their stay at your home, and you start earning money.
To up the “trust” factor for both the host and the guests, Airbnb does require some verification information, including phone numbers. After a visit, everyone gets the chance to write a review. Reviews keep guest accountable for treating hosts and their homes with respect, and helps ensure hosts make their space as welcoming as possible.
Learn more about how you can make money as an Airbnb host here.
4) Become a freelance writer (or proofreader)
Along the same lines as starting your own blog, if you haven’t gathered by now, writing quality content for viewers is worth a lot of money. To the tune of several hundred dollars for a 3-4 page article.
If you’re still reading this article (just over 1500 words to here), odds are someone would have paid you over $100 for something of similar (or hopefully better) quality.
The better you are at writing, the more your content is worth. Even part time freelance work can add thousands to your monthly income.
Businesses such as Hubstaff Talent make it super easy to score lucrative freelancing gigs. If your skills include general writing, blogging, copyrighting, editing or proofreading, you can join 30,000+ other freelancers working from home. Create a profile, set your rates and upload your resume/portfolio and get instant access to thousands of companies looking to hire qualified freelancers.
If writing isn't your thing, do what Caitlin Pyle did:
In 2014, Caitlin made over $43,000 by working as a freelance proofreader… PART TIME. When she wasn’t working, she even had time to go on several fun vacations. After she had a ton of success doing that, she decided she wanted to teach others how to do the same thing, so she started up Proofread Anywhere. Sign up for one of her free workshops to learn more about how to make money from home as a proofreader.
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5) Install a few cell phone apps…or allow ads on your phone
Yes, companies will pay you to install apps (or place ads) on your cell phone and leave them there. These apps often run in the background and track your spending/purchasing habits but if you’re not one to really care who knows what groceries you’re buying that week then this is seriously the easiest way to make upwards of $300+/year for no reason.
Nielson Computer and Mobile Panel – Want a shot at $10,000 plus in addition to regular usage rewards? Sign up and you can score a serious pay day just for keep an app installed on your phone.
Decluttr – Do you have CDs, DVDs, games, Blu-Rays or unused electronics piling up in your home? I figured you did. There is no point in letting them collect dust if you're never going to use or watch them again. Get rid of them with Decluttr.
If you have a smartphone then all you have to do is scan the barcode on the item and Decluttr will give you an instant cash price for the item. No auctions or silly listing fees like the likes of eBay. Just instant cash for items you don't plan on using again.
BookScouter – Have a local book buy-back store that you frequently use? Stop. You're basically at the mercy of that singular store and their willingness to offer you a decent price on your book. Why settle for a monopoly when you can let the free-market system work for you. Let BookScouter compare book prices across 44 vendors and then choose the one that offers you the best price (much like Expedia does for flights and hotels). With no listing fees, free shipping, and the best price for your book, there is no reason to sell anywhere else.
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Smart Panel – Some survey sites pay you $5 just for signing up. Smart Panel pays you $15 just for installing their app and keeping it 2 months. Better yet, you get an additional $5 every single month you keep it installed + a loyalty bonus every 3 months. It’s hard to turn down free money and merely installing an app is about as easy as it gets.
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He currently holds a BS from Virginia Tech and a BSN from Western Governor's University.
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