Looking for some ways to earn money from home? Here are a few ideas–most of which I’ve personally done at some point, or am still doing myself:
1. Take Surveys
You won’t get rich taking surveys, but you can certainly earn a little side income — usually something like $5-$10 per week. You can read a little about my own experience with survey companies here. Here’s a list of some legitimate survey companies you can sign up with.
2. Earn Money for Searching/Using the Web
Do you read email, search the web or purchase things online? Well then, you definitely should be earning points and cashback for doing so. Here are some of my favorite ways to earn money and prizes for doing things I already do online. I’ve been paid consistently by each of these websites and would highly recommend them:
- SwagBucks — Earn points for searching the web. These points can be redeemed towards prizes or gift cards. For suggestions on how to earn the most with Swagbucks, see my series on 15 Ways to Earn More Swagbucks.
- MyPoints — Earn points for reading emails. These points can be redeemed towards gift cards and more.
- Inbox Dollars — Earn cash for reading emails, search the web, take surveys, and more
- Cashback Programs — Earn cashback for making purchases online.
3. Sell Stuff
- 10 Tips for Having a Successful Garage Sale
- Successfully Selling on Craigslist
- eBay: How I Dress My Children for Free
- Cash4Books — Sell Your Unused Books
- Sell Handmade Items on Etsy
- Turn Your Trash into Cash
For some, blogging can be a great way to earn extra income and it has certainly been a huge blessing in our family. In August of 2008, I wrote a series called Blogging for Profit. Some things have changed since then, so I have updated the series below. You may also like to download the entire How to Make Money Blogging series as a single ebook.
- 5 Necessary Traits of Successful Bloggers
- 5 Ways to Prepare Your Blog for Success
- 5 Tips for Writing Top-Notch Content
- 10 Ways to Build & Increase Your Readership (Part 1)
- 10 Ways to Build & Increase Your Readership (Part 2)
- 10 Ways to Build & Increase Your Readership (Part 3)
- 5 Tips for Maximizing Your Earnings with Affiliate Advertising
- 5 Tips for Selling More Sidebar Ads
- The Pros and Cons of Joining an Ad Network
- 5 Ways to Use Your Blog as a Springboard to Earn Additional Income (Part 1)
- 5 Ways to Use Your Blog as a Springboard to Earn Additional Income (Part 2)
Find many more helpful ideas and resources for successful blogging at BloggingWithAmy.com
5. More Ideas
- Become a Mystery Shopper (and more here)
- Become a Medical Transcriptionist
- How to Work From Home as a Transcriptionist
- UPromise: Earn Money for College by Buying Groceries
- Earn Rewards Scanning Your Groceries
- Balloon Art
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