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.
Quick Sidenote: Are you a mom and on Instagram? I’m starting to become more active again and I’d love to connect with moms who “get it”. It’s so much better going through this wonderful yet challenging journey of motherhood together. You can follow me here.
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 only 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 is one of my favorite forms of passive income. I make money just for people reading my articles from ads, so if you’re reading this article, thank you :-).
When you get a nice amount of people reading your articles, it brings in a nice income.
Here’s a screenshot of my earnings from the other day:
I can assure you, I did not write this article today and yet it’s making me money. I also make money by partnering with companies and becoming an “Affiliate”. You can see how I make money blogging here.
How much can I make? I know bloggers making between $2,000-$100,000+ per 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 from scratch 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 in my How to Become a Freelance Writer article who makes OVER $200,000 a year. 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.
Do you find yourself easily catching errors when reading? Do you cringe when you see grammar mistakes? If so, you should consider becoming a Proofreader.
Proofreaders are NEEDED, I know because I use one myself.
How much can I make? Caitlin Pyle made $43,000 in a year working part-time! You can see her full story in my How to Become a Proofreader article. Many others are making between $1,000-$4,000 a month.
How do I get started? Take this FREE introductory workshop to help you learn the skills needed to start your own freelance proofreading hustle and see if this is the right career for you.
4. Virtual Bookkeeper
Bookkeepers record financial transactions for small business owners. I have an awesome interview with two moms who are now successful Virtual Bookkeepers who started with no previous experience.
One of the moms has nine kids, homeschools 6 and still has time to make a living as a Bookkeeper Part-time!! She makes over $2,000/mo.
You’ll have to check out the full interview in my How to Become a Bookkeeper article.
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.
What makes Amazon’s FBA program so great is that THEY ship the products to your customers and handle the customer service!
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. My sister recently took this course, and she’s selling products already!
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.
How much can I make? $10.50 – $60 per hour, check out these companies hiring now.
How do I get started? Apply to the best online tutoring jobs.
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 earn 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 earn $25-$100 an hour as a Virtual Assistant.
How do I get started? Gina Horkey, Six-figure Virtual Assistant, created a course 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success to help you get started, and she shares some tips in my How to Become a Virtual Assistant article.
Transcriptionists listen to audio files and record (type) what they hear. If you have patience and the ability to sit for long periods of time and an eye for detail, you should consider transcribing.
How much can I make? You can earn $7-$21 per hour or more if you start your own business transcribing.
10. Virtual Receptionist
Answer calls and web chats for a variety of businesses and professionals for Smith.ai, working alongside a close-knit team from around the country.
Smith.ai operates Monday through Friday from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET.
You must be available 4 hours a day, 5 days a week (minimum of 20 hours per week, 40 hours max). Shifts are broken into 2- to 5-hour blocks. Applicants will need to be from the US, Canada, or Mexico.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
Pay is hourly and starts at $10 per hour, with raises based on performance and longevity with the company.
- Medical, dental, and vision insurance
- Retirement plans
- Cash bonuses
- Weekly pay
How do I get started? Apply Here
11. 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.
How much can I make? It 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?
12. Create an Online Store with Drop Shipping
Dropshipping 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 dropshipping 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.
13. 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.
14. 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 in my How to Become a Travel Agent article.
15. 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 in my How to Become a Web Search Evaluator article.
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 $10-$21 per hour according to Glassdoor for the companies below with a rating of 4/5 star rating or higher:
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. Earn $30-$50 per hour Picking Up Trash
Yes, it’s true. You can make money picking up trash in parking lots for Commercial Real Estate Management companies.
The beauty of this job is the service hours don’t interfere with a typical day job, so you can do this on the side and grow it however big or small as you want.
18. Flip Items from Flea Markets and Thrift Shops
Rob from the Flea Market Flipper is the MASTER flipper. He made over $130,000 flipping items from Flea Markets and thrift stores PART-TIME.
And, you don’t need to have a lot of money to start either. Rob recommends his students to start with a budget of $20-$50 to find items. Based on that, they should be able to make $100-$300 (mostly reselling on eBay) and then take some of the profit and do it again.
19. 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 a FREE Real Estate Investing course to show you how to quit your J.O.B. and live the dream life.
20. Start a Baby Equipment Rental Business
Do you live in a popular tourist area? Did you know you could make a lucrative side hustle renting baby equipment to traveling families? I didn’t either, but I interviewed boss mom Ashley Anderson who made me a believer.
How do I get started? I recommend reading my interview with Ashley on How to Start a Baby Equipment Rental Business
How much can I make? Ashley earns over $3,000 per month
21. Earn $75 or more as an UpVoice Panelist
Get paid for the time you spend on Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, YouTube and more.
I did a full review of this site, and it’s literally one of the easiest ways to make money online. Currently only applicable to candidates in the United States.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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 the tips from Pro Etsy Seller in my How to Sell Successfully on Etsy article.
26. 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
28. 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.
29. 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
34. 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
- 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.
35. Get Paid Taking Surveys Online ($50 -100 per month)
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 only recommend applying to the following survey sites:
36. 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 are two reputable companies to sign up for:
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The normal fee each month would be $14.95 a month but it’s less using my code. I’m not a fan of paying to find work but I get they have to get compensated somehow for hand-screening each job they post.
Once you find a job you can cancel and if you don’t think it’s worth it, you can request a refund…so there’s no real risk.
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