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40 Legitimate Ways to Make Money from Home
Whether you are a busy mother, a stay at home father, a college student, or just want to earn some extra money – doing some extra work can help you make money from home.
A quick internet search can reveal many work from home scams. They charge you upfront fees and lure you to work with them. But actually they are just cheating you out of your hard-earned money.
I know you want to find some legitimate work from home jobs that are not rip-offs. So, I have scoured through hundreds of ways to work at home, and came up with the 50 legitimate ways to make money from home.
Some will just make you a few bucks a month, but others can become powerful moneymakers depending on the time you have to invest in them.
Read on to find out about some of the exciting ways to make money from home. You may even find something you’ve never heard of before.
Make money online and from home
Don’t have any hidden talents? Don’t worry! We’ve got something for you as well.
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. – Albert Einstein
My wife Katie is not crafty so instead planned a local 5K run.
We bought our chickens from a woman who raises chicks to sell for $25/each (read on if you don’t want to raise and sell chickens).
1. Take part in surveys to make an extra $250+ a month
Simply answer online surveys or product tests and make money from home. You can easily make an extra $250 a month while watching T.V.
Take a look at some paid survey websites listed below. At all of these websites you not only earn some extra cash, but also get rewarded through gift vouchers, prize drawings, free products, etc. All of these sites are free to sign up and use. Heads up: If any survey site asks you to pay, they are probably scams.
American Consumer Opinion
Update: Here are some additional survey sites we’ve added since this article was first published: PaidSurveys, YouGov, Opinion Outpost, MySurvey, Toluna, and Global Test Market.
2. Get Money Back Instantly For Stuff You’ve Already Bought
Do you love getting refunds? How cool would it be to get money back on stuff you’ve already bought without having to do a thing? Paribus is an app that lets you find out if stores you’ve shopped at online owe you a refund. It’s free to sign up. Paribus connects to your email account and checks your receipts. If they find out a retailer has dropped their price they file a price adjustment claim for you automatically. Try out Paribus.
Paribus works with a huge number of merchants that you probably already shop at, including Walmart, Amazon, Costco, Best Buy, Target, Apple, Kohl’s, and more!
3- Sell old books
I have personally done this many times.
The beauty of this method is that most of us already have lots of books that we no longer need or use. Selling them can be a great sources of extra income.
And if you want to take a step further, you could hit your local thrift shops, buy used books for pennies, then sell them for $5, $10, and even up to $100 or more depending on the book.
What makes this process even easier is the existence of sites and apps like BookScouter.
Simply install their app, then scan any book’s ISBN with it, you will instantly be given the highest prices you can sell that book for online. BookScouter searches over 40 buy-back-book sites to find you the highest price.
Sites to use:
4- Get paid to test websites
User testing is a real thing!
In order to test the functionality and user-friendliness of their website, many businesses pay people to simply visit their site and test the various functionalities of it.
Of course finding clients on your own is almost impossible, which is why sites like Usertestingare there.
You can sign up for free, then whenever they have a new site to be tested, you will be notified.
You visit the said site, then report back with your experience.
The pay differs from site to site, but Usertesting pays $10 flat for every site review you complete.
Sites to use:
5- Participate in mock trials
There are websites that conduct mock trials on behalf of their clients, which are mostly lawyers.
These lawyers want to know how their case might go when they are in the actual courtroom facing the judge and the jury.
So, to get a sense for it, and adjust their strategy accordingly, they use mock trial sites to present their case in front of an online jury.
You can get paid to become a jury in such trials.
Sites to use:
- Trial Juries
6- Start a blog
For those of you who don’t know, blogging is when you write for your own website, usually posting articles, recipes, reviews, or commentary (with the website itself being the “blog.”)
Think of it like writing articles for a newspaper that you’re the sole proprietor of.
Believe it or not, blogging is actually a very strong opportunity for making money, as we mentioned up above regarding the top bloggers.
In the past, the primary obstacle for hosting a blog would have been obtaining a domain to host the blog, but now there are platforms dedicated solely to blogging, like WordPress, which make it easier than ever to get into the game and start a money-making blog in no time.
Blogging is a great investment in terms of time and money because an article you wrote for 4 hours will be up and available for viewing for as long as your site lives.
Furthermore, it requires essentially no money to keep going but has the potential to make you plenty of money.
There is too much to say about blogging to fit into this article, but if you like the sound of it, definitely do some searches and read up on it.
Even if you’re not comfortable with the idea of running a blog, you can still get paid to write for someone else’s.
Sites to use:
Note: These are free blagging platforms that allow you to build a site quickly and for free. Start with these, get a feel for how this whole blogging thing works, then you can move on and buy your own domain name and hosting. At that point, I would suggest you build your blog using WordPress (this is the .org version of it which is for self-hosted sites).
7- Be an affiliate marketer
If you’re not familiar with affiliate marketing, it means that you’ll advertise something in return for a commission on the sales. This is essentially a sales job that can be done by the introverted and the extroverted alike, since it doesn’t require that you actually interface with people on a personal basis.
Affiliate marketing is usually a way that people prefer to advertise their product because it feels more organic, and people are more likely to purchase something that they don’t feel has been explicitly advertised to them.
Affiliate marketing is usually tied to blogging, as a blog is an ideal place to do something like write a review of a product and provide a link to the product at the end.
Some affiliate marketers are paid simply to drive traffic and don’t need to make sales, but as a rule of thumb, you should be trying to drive sales in the least “advertisey” way possible.
Sites to use:
8- Work as a VA (Virtual Assistant)
Working as a virtual assistant, explained simply, is like being a secretary from your house.
A variety of people will be wanting assistance for whatever they do, whether they write research articles or run an online business, and that’s where you come in as a virtual assistant.
You should expect to be doing administrative work as a virtual assistant, so be prepared to employ skills like email response, data entry, examination of facts and organization of information.
It’s as simple as being, well, of assistance to your employer, but you’ll almost definitely need some customer service skills. Keep that in mind if you’d prefer a more “back of the house” position.
Sites to use:
9. Used Book Sales: Sell Your Old Paperbacks
I was working at an estate sale the other weekend, and a woman came in and asked if there were any books for sale. After I pointed out the collection of books to her, she began to scan them all with a portable bar code scanner. My curiosity got the best of me and so I asked her what she was doing.
She explained that she buys used books from garage and estate sales, and then turns around and sells the books for cashon sites like Amazon, Ebay, Half.com and AbeBooks. She uses the scanner to determine how long it usually takes for a specific book to sell and how much it sells for. She told me that she makes a full-time living doing this.
So, I got the scoop on how to run a business of this type. Here’s what you need to know:
- Finances. You need to be good at quick math and be able to make quick decisions. You have to be careful how much you pay for a book, and then keep careful track of the expenses involved in selling it. For instance, when you sell on a website, they’ll take a commission from the sale. In addition, some sites, like eBay, will charge you a listing fee for each book. If you request that your money be deposited via PayPal, then you’ll be charged a transaction fee per book. If you’re not careful, the fees will quickly negate your profits.
- Storage. Depending on how big your business gets, you’ll need ample room to store the books. You can’t get lazy or disorganized about it, either. You have to keep the books in good condition, and you need to be able to find them when someone wants them. For instance, if you list a book in “like new” condition, and then the pages get smashed during storage, you’ll be in a bind if someone places an order before you realize what happened.
- Shipping. You will only have a few days to ship a book after it sells, and even less time if you agree to include two-day or overnight shipping as part of your options. And since you’ll want to save as much as you can on the shipping, you’ll have to devise a plan. Many people set aside specific days for shipping – say 3 days a week – and then make one big trip to the post office. As long as there isn’t anything else in the package, you can send books via media mail, which is the least expensive option. Finally, your books will need to be packaged in a way that they won’t get damaged in transit.
- Ratings. Whenever someone buys a book from you, they will have the opportunity to give the transaction a rating. This is when they’ll tell other potential buyers whether the book was in the condition that you described, whether it was mailed on time, and if your communications were pleasant and helpful. One bad rating can hamper sales, and a couple of them can downright stop them. Excel at customer service and your ratings will help your company grow.
- Current. It’s important that you stay current in this ever-changing business. You can do so by following some well-known blogs about the topic such as Sell Your Books Online.
10. Consulting: Sell Your Knowledge
Consultants offer their services or advice for a fee. For instance, you may help a new non-profit organization develop a plan for fundraising, and then oversee the process. Or you may help a new company garner media attention by writing press releases and then distributing them to the proper channels.
Individuals use consultants, too. Some people use consultants for tax or financial advice, while others may pay a consultant to teach them how to set up and maintain a garden.
Basically, if you have proven skills in an area, you can market yourself as a consultant and provide your services from home. Breaking in isn’t always easy, though, so consider these topics:
- Experience. Whatever area you want to work in as a consultant, you must be able to show clients that you’re qualified to advise them. If there are organizations related to your field, make sure that you’re a member of them. Similarly, if you can take a course and become certified or registered in your field, do it and then add that to your credentials.
- Work Space. When acting as a consultant, the probability is high that clients will be visiting your home office. Therefore, you need to have a neat, professional home office that is welcoming to guests. Try to locate your work space in a quiet, even secluded, area of the house. A converted garage space with its own entrance works well, giving you a private space for work and adding to your credibility.
- Marketing. When operating as a consultant, you won’t necessarily be marketing your company; you’ll be marketing yourself. You’ll have to “package” yourself in a way that makes people trust you. For instance, if you’re marketing yourself as a financial consultant, ask yourself why someone would trust you with their life savings, and then figure out a way to convey that to potential clients. It might be in the form of a brochure, a portfolio, a sales letter, or all three.
To get the word out about your services, you’ll have to talk to a lot of people. Attend functions where your typical client would hang out. That may mean the local agricultural department’s classes if you’re a gardening consultant, or Chamber of Commerce meetings if you’re a business consultant.
11. Medical Transcription: Sell Your Computer Skills
If you have great computer skills and can type quickly, you might be able to work from home doing medical transcription.
Doctors who make audio notes on patients need someone to transcribe their notes to put them in patient files, but most doctors don’t want to pay a full-time transcriptionist. Instead, they farm out the work, and it’s a great job for good typists with a good working knowledge of health topics and medical jargon.
That means you need to come with a lot of knowledge and follow this checklist:
- Training. To get a gig as a medical transcriptionist, you will have to take specific training. You will have to become proficient in medical terminology, and the best way to do that is to take additional courses in that area. The average course lasts from 9 to 18 months and costs about $3,000. Financial aid programs can help pay for your tuition.
- Breaking In. Many people find that once they’ve completed their training, getting their first job can be difficult because many companies require a minimum of two years experience. Many newbies start out by volunteering to get some history under their belt. It’s not impossible to land a job fresh out of school, but you’ll need diligence and persistence, and probably a little luck.
- Equipment. When you accept a job with a reputable company, they will provide you with all the equipment you need, except for high-speed Internet. Beware of companies that require you to supply your own equipment; that’s a sign of a possible scam.
- Socialize. Especially when you’re getting started, you need to establish contacts who are already immersed in the business. They can act as mentors, keep you up to date on industry changes, and even help you land your first or subsequent job. Look for the local chapter of the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) in your area and join.
12. Become a virtual assistant
Work for someone from home. Virtual assistances (VAs) can do everything from checking emails and making travel plans to handling internet research or working for their small business. High-end earners can command $50-$100 an hour.
Some reputable sites are Zirtual and Upwork
Read how to become a virtual assistant and work from home.
Give private tuition classes at your home and use your SAT knowledge. Choose your schedule, if you have some imperative routine tasks.
Or rather, go for online tutoring and earn $20 per hour on Chegg Tutors.
14. Share your views
Share your honest opinions for everyday services and products you use with focus group companies. These organizations can improve their products on your feedback, and you get to make $50, $100, or more. Check out 2020 Panel.
A friend does this at his local mall. He only makes a little side money doing the focus groups, but it pays for a babysitter and a night out occasionally.
15. Rate pizzas
Many companies pay you for rating local pizza shops. You just have to rate the place on the quality of their pizza and note their delivery time. For this, you can get a free pizza, plus $5. Just register on Trendsource and get started.
16. Review stuff
Write a review and earn anything between $1 and $50 per review according to the requirement. Yelp can give you some special invites.
17. Change your search engine
Do you use Google or Yahoo to search for something on the net? Now, leave them behind and opt for the Bing search engine.
Conduct your regular searches on Bing, make it your default search engine, and earn credits that can be redeemed for gift cards. You can earn as much as $5 to $10 per month. Tip: Just stay signed-in, when you perform a search.
Another option is Nielsen Digital Voice. Digital Voice is a part of Nielsen – the big company that publishes T.V. ratings. Just surf the web and you may be able to start earning money
18. Data entry
Use your accurate and quick typing skills to enter information. Go through Craigslist or Upwork and find data entry and administrative jobs for yourself. These jobs can be easily done through telecommuting.
19. Work for Amazon
Pick micro tasks from Amazon Mechanical Turk. These are services that require human interaction. You can work from home, flexible hours and get paid by one of the world’s largest retailers.
Here are some examples of tasks workers have completed:
- Select the correct spelling for these search terms
- Is this website suitable for a general audience?
- Find the item number for the product in this image
- Rate the search results for these keywords
- Are these two products the same?
- Choose the appropriate category for products
- Categorize the tone of this article
- Translate a paragraph from English to French
20. Capture video for special events
Birthday parties, anniversary parties, and wedding receptions are all great venues for you to show off your video producing/editing skills. If you have a decent video camera or a knack for putting pictures together into videos, advertise your services to party planners and families everywhere.
A well-produced video can make the difference between a good party and a great party. It can also be a great way to capture people memories so they can revisit them at a future date.
There are even some free video editing software’s out there, so if you already have a good camera, start up cost can be low.
21. Teach Music lessons
Do you play a musical instrument? Teach your skill to others wanting to learn how to play the instrument you specialize in. You can market your services by putting up a flyer at a community college or even a nearby coffee shop.
Typically you can charge around $25 per 30 minute session, but this can depend on the area you live in.
22. Sell Crafts
If you like to make things with your hands, then this might be up your alley. There is a website called Etsy that is a good place to sell those handmade crafts you’re so good at making.
My wife likes to buy all sorts of things on Etsy, from customized stickers, shirts, etc.
This really is a great way to make physical products that are unique and get them in front of an audience that is looking for these types of products.
23. Teach nutrition classes
If you’re educated in eating well, consider teaching nutrition classes, either at your local community education center or at a retirement home or school.
24. Fix computers and/or repair electronics
Are you gifted in the area of tech repair? Offer your services to friends, family and community members, helping them get their computers or electronic devices repaired.
25. Offer graphic design services
Those skilled in graphic design should consider offering their services to local small businesses. Smaller businesses often can’t afford to pay a big graphic design company to create attractive ads or websites and are happy to use a smaller, local designer who can do the job well.
Check out 99 Designs for opportunities to get paid for graphic designs this week.
Ideas for Making Money Online
Want to earn some extra money online? Well, there are plenty of ways to make this a reality. Many of them require little to no money to get started and will give you the flexibility to work from anywhere you want.
26. Become a virtual assistant
Many smaller companies hire online virtual assistants to help them with day-to-day needs. Search online want ads for opportunities to work as a virtual assistant.
27. Sell your photos
If you have a high-quality camera and a knack for taking good photos, consider selling your photos to companies like Deposit Photos. They will pay you a percentage of their earnings every time someone pays to download one of your photos or illustrations.
28. Work from home as a call center rep
Many large companies in today’s world are hiring call center reps that work as independent contractors right from their own homes.
If you have a computer and a quiet office space, consider applying to be a call center rep. Companies such as Alpine Access hire for virtual call center reps.
29. Look for work on freelance sites
Companies such as Upwork post listings from individuals who need help with both short and long-term freelancing tasks. Just to clarify, this isn’t just freelance writing. You can do many different tasks from admin, programming, graphic design, you name it.
30. At-home daycare
If you are home with your children, why not start an at home daycare.
They are highly sought out in our area of Dallas because people like that they are close and that there are much fewer children involved that a more corporate daycare.
You will need to get a certification from your state, but you can make big bucks caring for children while getting to spend the day with your children as well.