30 of the Best Ways to Make Money From Home – All Tried and Tested
Ideas to Make Money from Home
How can I make money from home? This is the question I asked myself expecting my second child ready to make that transition from my 9-5. I NEEDED to find a way to make money from home.
I was looking for legitimate ways to make money from home online but couldn’t find anything.
While continuing to look and realizing that there was nothing out there, I reached out to moms working from home and created this website to share their stories in an article I wrote on tried and true stay at home mom jobs.
I quickly realized I wasn’t alone and that there are others (not just moms) looking for ways to make money from home and want to know just three things:
- Is the job legitimate (Can I see a success story from someone who does this today?)
- How much can I make
- How to get started
And that’s what I’m going to share with you today.
This list includes creative ways to make money, making money on the internet, and how to earn money from home without any investment.
Once you get to the bottom of this list I’ll also show you how to make extra money fast.
Here we go:
How to Make Money on the Internet
Blogging is #1 on the list because it is one of the most flexible jobs you can have and the earning potential is limitless.
Blogging does take a lot of work in the beginning but once you get in the groove it is simply the best way to make money on the internet, that I have found.
How much can I make? I know bloggers making between $2,000-$100,000+ a MONTH (and I’m one of them)
How do I get started? Check out my step-by-step guide on how to start a blog along with the most popular niches that make the most money and get the most traffic.
2. Freelance Writer
Do you like to write? You can make a lot of money as a writer, I know because I interviewed Holly Johnson who makes OVER $200,000 a year as a Freelance Writer. I didn’t even know that was possible!
How much can I make? Holly Johnson said that she finds it hard for you NOT to earn AT LEAST $40,000 to $50,000 a year working full-time as a writer.
How do I get started? Holly Johnson found the secret sauce when it comes to writing and charging the right rate for your work. She created a free introductory training on how to build a six-figure writing career. I highly recommend taking her course if you want to work from home writing and follow her path to success. I also have a number of ways to get writing gigs at the end of this article.
Do you find yourself easily catching errors when reading? Proofreaders are NEEDED, I know because I use one myself.
If you’re passionate about words and reading, proofreading could be just the career for you.
How do I get started? Take this FREE introductory workshop to help you learn the skills needed to start your own freelance proofreading hustle.
4. Virtual Bookkeeper
Bookkeepers record financial transactions for businesses. I have an awesome interview with two moms who are now successful Virtual Bookkeepers who started out with no previous experience and they share how they did it here.
Bookkeeping is one of the best small business ideas you can start from home.
How much can I make? The Bookkeepers course (the course the moms took) teaches you how to charge $60 per hour for your service.
How do I get started? Check out this free training to determine if this is the right choice for you and it will show you how to get started.
5. Selling on Amazon (FBA program)
If you like shopping and searching for a good deal, you should definitely consider Amazon’s FBA program. You find good deals on products at brick and mortar stores or online and resell them on Amazon for a higher price.
Ship to Amazon and they take care of the rest.
How much can I make? This varies significantly and depends on how much work you are willing to put in, Jessica from the Selling family made OVER six figures her first year. Check out my awesome interview with her on How to Sell on Amazon.
How do I get started? Take this FREE 7-Day Email Course on how to start selling on Amazon.
6. Teach or Tutor
Online teaching is growing thanks to the advancements in technology, and it’s an excellent way to make money at home if you have teaching experience or knowledge of a specific subject.
I interviewed Brittney Sutton who makes $1,700 a month working only 2 hours a day for VIPKid, see the full interview here.
How much can I make? $10.50 – $60 per hour, check out these companies hiring now.
How do I get started? Check out the recommended companies hiring here.
7. Social Media Manager
Are you active on Social Media and would like to post on behalf of other businesses? It’s important to be knowledgeable about the different Social Media platforms and you will need great organizational and communication skills.
How much can I make? Depending on how many clients you have you could make between $1,000-$10,000 a month.
8. Virtual Assistant
Are you task-oriented and have skills in the areas of social media management, editing, graphic design, tutoring, researching, writing, administrative duties or data entry? Then becoming a Virtual Assistant may be an excellent choice for you.
How much can I make? You can make $25-$100 an hour as a Virtual Assistant.
How do I get started? Gina Horkey, six-figure Virtual Assistant shows us how to get started here.
Transcriptionists listen to audio files and record (type) what they hear. You’ll want to have good typing and grammar skills for this job.
How much can I make? You can make $7-$21 per hour or more if you start your own business.
10. Life Coach
Do you love personal development and enjoy helping people? Do you want to build a business of your own? If that’s you, you should consider becoming a Life Coach. See how Natalie Bacon became a Life Coach making six-figures on her way to seven-figures!
How much can I make? It really depends on your market. If you are targeting lower-income you can charge $47 per hour, if you’re targeting higher income you could charge $297 per hour or much more.
It also depends on your model, are you doing 1-to-1 coaching or group coaching?
11. Create an Online Store with Drop Shipping
Drop shipping is a method where you can sell third-party products from a Drop Shipping Company without ever seeing or shipping the item. When you make a sale, the product is shipped directly to the customer from the drop shipper.
Your profit is the difference between what you charge your customers and what the drop shipping company charges you.
How much can I make? This really depends on you and how much work you put into it but you could make $10,000+ a month!
How do I get started? Theo McArthur has great success with drop shipping and created a course that teaches you how to launch your first profitable Dropship Website in 14 Days or less and grow your Income to $10,000 per month in profits.
12. Graphic Designer
If you have an eye for design and have experience in Adobe Creative Suite/Adobe Creative Cloud – including InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop, there is a profitable market out there for you.
How much can I make? You can charge $25-$300 per hour, depending on your experience.
How do I get started? Check out this highly recommended course Learn Photoshop, Web Design & Profitable Freelancing. Promote your services to your social network and create a website showcasing your services and work.
13. Become a Travel Agent
Do you love to travel and enjoy helping people? Consider working from home as a Travel Agent.
How much can I make? Glassdoor states the typical salary ranges from $29,000 to $58,000 a year, but it all depends on experience and number of clients.
How do I get started? You can either start your own business or work for an agency, Sarah B. who started her own Travel Agency tells us how to do both here.
14. Search Engine/Social Media Evaluator
Search Engine/Social Media Evaluator rate social media ads and search engine results for relevancy.
This job is great because it does not require getting on the phone, you make your own schedule, and it does not require any training.
How much can I make? $12.50 – $14 per hour.
How do I get started? Apply to the only two companies I recommend here.
15. Online Moderator
The number of forums, blogs, social media pages are continuing to increase, and companies need someone to manage the comments or perhaps cleaning up fights in chat rooms.
How do I get started? The Social Element is one of the only companies I could find that offered decent pay and a flexible schedule, but they prefer experienced moderators. You can either start at LiveWorld which does not require previous experience (pay is $8 per hour), or you can take the Moderation Gateway training the Social Element recommends.
16. Customer Service Rep
Customer service positions typically provide product or service information. It is a growing trend to hire customer service reps remotely.
How much can I make? The pay ranges from $9-$21 per hour according to Glassdoor for the companies below with a rating of 3/5 star rating or higher:
- American Express $15-$21 per hour
- Hilton $10-$21 per hour
- Apple $13-$19 per hour
- AAA $12 – $18 per hour
- Great VirtualWorks $10-$16 per hour
- LiveOps $9-$15 per hour
- Amazon $11
How do I get started? Consider applying to the companies above and check out these job boards for an up-to-date list of available remote customer service positions such as FlexJobs, Indeed, and UpWork.
Creative Ways to Make Money
17. Flip Items from Flea Markets and Thrift Shops
Rob from the Flea Market Flipper put me on to this. He made over $130,000 flipping items from Flea Markets and thrift stores PART-TIME.
He created a course to help others do the same and recommends to his students to start with a budget of $20-$50 to find items. Off of that, they should be able to make $100-$300 (mostly reselling on eBay) and then take some of the profit and do it again.
How do I get started? Rob created a course, Flipper University to help people who want to get started flipping as a side hustle.
How much can I make? Rob made $42,000 as a side income (10-15 hours per week). When he put more time into it (20-35 hours per week) he made $133,000. You can see the more time you put into it, the more money you can make.
18. Rental Property Income
Have you ever thought about making a monthly passive income from a rental property(s)? My friend Dustin does this and was able to make enough monthly passive income from his properties to quit his 9-5.
Dustin created an excellent course that will enable you to develop a rental property business from the ground up. Learn everything from buying your first property to making passive income every month from the rent.
19. Make Money off Your Change
Acorns is a neat way to start micro-investing. It rounds up your purchases to the nearest dollar and invests the difference on your behalf.
Acorns monitors your bank account and automatically invests the change from your daily purchases. For example, if you buy a coffee for $1.75, Acorns will round up to $2.00 and automatically invest $.25 in “smart portfolios”.
I made $60 without even noticing. There are no fees for withdrawing, just keep in mind that it may be more of a tax implication for the following year.
20. Make Money by Losing Weight
HealthyWage is a company supported by the Government to incentivize people to lose weight by putting their own money at risk with the potential to earn up to $10,000! It’s the ultimate losing weight challenge.
Here’s How it Works:
- Start with the HealthyWage Prize Calculator. Enter how much weight you want to lose, how long you’ll take to lose it, and how much you want to bet a month for that period of time.
- You can play around with the calculator until you get your desired prize amount. (up to $10,000)
- Sign up and agree to pay the monthly amount for the duration of the challenge.
- Achieve your weight-loss goal, and win your prize!
If you don’t hit your goal, your money goes to support HealthyWage, including prizes for others who achieve their goals.
21. Interior Designer
Do you watch HGTV and think, I can do that, I want to do that? See how Boss Mom Julie Putzel got started and manages to earn a six-figure salary.
How much can I make? You can make anywhere from $50-$150 per hour as an Interior Decorator. Interior Designers income varies significantly, but you can make six-figures or more.
How do I get started? To become an Interior Decorator (this is different from Interior Designer) I recommend starting a website, take quality photos of your work, ask friends and family if you can work for them at no charge to help add to your portfolio, once you’ve created a polished visualization of your work you can then start to charge for your service.
To get started as an Interior Designer, find out how here.
22. Sell on Etsy
Do you consider yourself as artsy or crafty? Etsy is a great platform to turn your hobby into a thriving business.
Don’t know what to sell? Check out the top 10 best selling products on Etsy.
How much can I make? This varies significantly but see exactly how this mom of three made $350,000 in one year.
How do I get started? Check out these tips from Pro Etsy Seller
23. In-Home Childcare
If you love children and have a passion for the opportunity to impact a young life, this is a great opportunity to work from home.
How much can I make? It really depends on where you live, but you could charge $30 a day which turns out to $600 a month (assuming its for 8 hours a day), while some daycares will charge $900 or more a month.
How do I get started? I recommend taking this neat course on How to Start a Home Daycare Business. Ladonna operated her own profitable home daycare and shows you how you can do the same, along with all the information you’ll need to get started.
If you’re the family photographer and love taking pictures, you should look into Photography as it is a great side income that could turn into something more.
My sister recently purchased the Canon EOS Rebel T6i Body, and she takes AMAZING pictures along with the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens which is a KEY component of taking quality photos. It is an investment that can pay off significantly.
How much can I make?
- Wedding Photography -$700 – $3,500+
- Senior Portrait Photography – $100-$300 a session
- Small local businesses – $25 – $200 per image
How do I get started? Start taking pictures of any and everything, take classes and learn photoshop to polish off your photos and add quality finishes. Post your pictures to your social network and check out these two apps to make money from your phone taking pictures.
Bonus Tip – Make Money By Paying Your Bills On Time
Do you spend money on groceries, bills, clothes, gas, and entertainment? Of course, you do, so why not get a percentage of that money back?
My husband and I use one credit card on everything because the more you spend the more points you accumulate. We use the Chase Freedom credit card and had over $500 last year that we used on Christmas (cash and gift cards) and we’re back up to $654.15.
This is FREE Money. What’s the catch? Pay your bills on time. That’s the only way this works. As long as you don’t spend what you can’t afford, you win. This is a great form of passive income.
If you sign up for the Chase Freedom Credit card as we did you get a $150 bonus if you spend $500 within the first 3 months. That should be easy to do if you use it on everything like us.
How to earn money from home without any investment
25. Rent your Car for Ad space
This is for the true hustler who has no shame. You can have your car wrapped by Wrapify and make between $264-$452 a month with no upfront costs.
First you’ll need to download the app, drive with the app, get matched with campaigns, and then you’ll take your car in to get wrapped and make money driving places you normally go. Easy passive income if you don’t mind your vehicle being wrapped.
26. Rent Out Your Space
Do you live in a prime location or have a room to spare? Consider making money with Airbnb.
Dosh is a money earning app that is COMPLETELY passive. I downloaded the app and linked my credit card, so every time I shop, eat, travel, and more at participating local and national merchants I get a percentage back.
I forgot I had this app, and I was out to dinner with my husband for our anniversary and received this email after we paid below
and this keeps happening when I use my credit card at participating merchants!
I’m a big fan of the cashback site Ebates. It’s just like using a coupon, except all money is earned after the purchase has been successfully tracked.
I received $43 just for buying things I was going to purchase anyway.
Gotta love stuff this easy.
Ibotta allows you to get cash back for items you buy anyway. I LOVE this app.
Here’s How it Works:
- Download the Ibotta App and before you shop, add offers on products you normally purchase anyway.
- Buy the products you selected at any participating store. Don’t forget your receipt!
- Redeem your offers by taking a photo of your receipt. Ibotta will match the items you bought to the offers you selected and give you the cash!
Your cash back will be deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours.
How to Make Extra Money Fast
You can sign up here.
31. Sign up for Research Studies – Up to $400 per study
You can make quick easy money by participating in research studies. Below are the best-paid companies to sign up for
- Respondent – $50-$400 per study
- User Interviews – $20-$400 per study
- Vindale Research – $10-$50 per day if you apply to multiple (you’ll have more opportunities for this one) participants are on a first-come, first served basis so be quick to apply if you see a good one.
32. Get Paid Taking Surveys Online ($100 a month or more)
This may not be the most exciting way to make money, but it is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make money online. To make a lot of money with surveys, you’ll need to join many survey sites.
Before you start applying I highly recommend opening a new email account to direct all surveys to that account because you’ll be inundated with daily survey emails.
I recommend applying to the following survey sites, and you’ll receive a $5 sign-up bonus with most of these using my links here:
33. Get Paid to Test Apps and Websites
Companies need feedback on the user experience of their websites, and they’ll pay you to get it. This is a fast and easy way to make money online.
Here is a reputable list of companies to work with that will give you $10 per test and they take around 15-20 minutes
I hope you were able to find something in this list that will work for you and help increase your income while working from home. As you can see there are a number of ways to make money from home, you just have to find out what works for you.
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