Are you looking for easy ways to make money from home?
Here are some great suggestions.
I've been a stay at home mom for over twenty years now.
Even though I was an accountant in my previous life – it would be really hard for me to go back to the 9 to 5 grind.
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The thing is that I got used to having a flexible schedule and being in charge of my own time.
So as my kids got older, I started looking for a ways to work from home.
I found my answer in blogging.
But that is not the only way that you can make money from home.
Here are my Top 10.
Top 10 Ways to Make Money From Home
1. Start A Blog
Because it has worked for me – I will put blogging in the number 1 spot.
It is really easy to start a blog.
You can do it in your spare time and learn as you go.
People have this misconception that blogging is just a way of expressing yourself – a kind of glorified hobby.
But that is just not true.
There are lots of bloggers that are making a full time income through their blogs.
Blogging can be a very lucrative business.
If you are curious – take this quiz to find out if blogging is right for you.
You can also find answers to some of your questions about blogging here.
2. Take Online Surveys
Another way that you can make money from home is by taking online surveys.
Typically you can earn Amazon gift cards or gift cards to your favorite online stores. But some survey companies will also pay out via PayPal.
The nice thing about taking paid online surveys is that there is really no long term commitment.
You just take them in your spare time or whenever you feel like it.
The downside is that they do take awhile to complete. Sometimes you also have to take a prequalification survey to see if you actually qualify for the paid survey.
Some good companies that offer online surveys for money are:
3. Build A Multi-Level Marketing Business
Many stay at home moms make money with multi level marketing.
If you have a brand or product that you love and talk about all the time anyway – why not make money from home with your efforts?
Some popular MLM companies include:
- Stella and Dot
4. Make Money From Home By Saving Money
One of the easiest and most overlooked ways to make money from home is to work on saving money.
The fact is that we are consumers – which means that we shop.
Even the most frugal among us spend money on necessities like groceries, home maintenance, insurance and more.
It's pretty easy to just go out and buy what you need – but it is much harder to bargain shop.
Activities like using coupons, finding deals, making lists, and creating budgets all take a lot of time.
If you set aside a few hours a day to keep your finances in order and to shop smartly, the money that you save on things that you buy anyway is sort of like money that you earn.
Here are some services that can help you save money on your necessities:
- Ibotta – save money on groceries and household goods
- EBates – save money wherever you shop
- Scholarship Owl – since I am a parent of college aged kids, this one is particularly interesting to me
5. Become an Online Tutor
If you have a teaching or education background you may want to try your hand at online tutoring.
6. Become a Mystery Shopper
Companies often want to get feedback on their products and services without letting their employees know that they are checking in.
So they work with companies like SecretShopper.com to hire regular, ordinary people to go and visit one of their locations and describe their experience.
I personally have not tried this – but it is important that you evaluate the company that you choose to work with to make sure it is on the up and up.
7. Check Out Online Job Databases
You can also find side jobs from home by scouring job databases.
Popular sites include:
8. Check Out Your Favorite Online Services
As a blogger I use a lot of online tools for everything from email marketing to managing my to do list.
Each one of these tools is managed by a small company – often a startup.
The people that work for these small companies usually work remotely from home.
Make a list of all of your favorite online services, go directly to their websites, scroll down to the footer of their homepage, and see if they have a job board or a “we're hiring” option.
Even big companies like Apple hire work from home employees.
9. Become a Professional Organizer
I am kind of partial to this option – since it was one that I did.
If you have a knack for organizing you might want to become a professional organizer.
You can set your own hours and build your client base at your own pace.
Check out the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals website for more information.
If you are not quite ready to go out on your own, you can always contact a local professional organizer to see if they need seasonal or part time help.
10. Become a Bookkeeper
Everyone needs an accountant – it's a fact.
If you have a background in accounting and enjoy working with numbers you could become a QuickBooks Pro Advisor.
Getting certified is a process – this is how you do it.
But once you have the skills, you can work with local small businesses to help keep their finances in order.
There Are Even More Ways To Make Money
While I listed my top 10 ways to make money from home here – there are so many more ways to make extra cash.
You can sell your stuff on sites like Craigslist and EBay. If you DIY then you can make money on Etsy. The sky is the limit.
You just need to be creative, confident in your abilities and be willing to work hard. After all, you can't make money doing nothing.
Evaluate your own strengths, BELIEVE in yourself, and then go out there and let potential employers or clients know that you exist.
What Are Your Favorite Work From Home Jobs?
What side jobs have you done to make money from home? What was your favorite gig and why? Let us know in the comments below.