Money Making Ideas

20 Ways to Make Money At Home And Online

Staying at home allows you to spend more time with family, but it shouldn’t prevent you from earning a little extra on the side. Always remember that you are your best resource, so take stock in what you have (stuff, skills, experiences) and capitalize on them.

  1. Put money in an index fund. Obviously, I’m biased, but I think investing your money is the best way for you to make money at home. If you are overwhelmed, consider putting your money into an index fund. An index fund invests in many of the largest 500 companies in America.  Over the last 100 years, and the last 20 years, and the last 10 years, you’re very likely to see a return of about 9 or 10% after fees.  These are much safer investments than buying stock in an individual company.
  2. Have a yard sale, either in person or online. Chances are, you have too much stuff. If you haven’t used something for over a year, it’s probably something that you won’t mind parting with. Keep the high-value items, but clear the clutter. If you have anything antique or collectibles, think about getting them appraised. Having a cleaner, more simple living space will leave you more money to spend on what you really want.
  3. Free and flea market flipping. Browse the “free” section on Craigslist or your local flea market for items, that you can restore and resell for a profit. Need some tips to get you started? Check out Flea Market Flips for some great ideas for trash-to-treasure projects.
  4. Sell your old mobile phones, tablets and other electronics.  You can trade old cell phones and tablets in at various sites, for either gift cards (Amazon) or cash (Gazelle and Swappa).
  5. Rent out an underused parking spot. If you happen to live in a high traffic locale, next to any entertainment venues (i.e. ball parks, concert halls, etc.), you can easily make some money letting others park in your spot during games and shows.
  6. Rent out a spare bedroom. If you have a bed, a room or even an entire apartment to spare (like if you travel a lot), consider renting it on Airbnb or other vacation rental sites.
  7. Rent out your car. Don’t need your car on the weekend or during the day? Going on a trip? Services like Getaround and RelayRides let you rent out your car by the hour, while FlightCar arranges for an incoming traveler to rent your car rather than you having to pay for airport parking and letting it sit idle.
  8. Sell your goods on etsy.com. If you are an artisan who makes home goods, paintings andknickknacks, you can sell them on etsy. Personalization of items is the best way to bring in more income. But the most important thing is to get the word out! One of the easiest ways to do that is to simply make a few free samples of your items and mail them to bloggers who write about the type of thing you make.  They can keep the item for free if they’ll write about it in a blog post.  If you get a few blogs to mention you who have traffic, you could make tons of sales!
  9. Become a freelance writer. There are many places who’d pay you to write. Most bloggers pay between $25 and $45 per article of 2,000 words.  The good thing is you don’t have to be an expert to do this.  Often the blog author will assign you a headline so you can research it online and put together an article.  As long as you can write decently well and can find the answers online, you’re perfect for this opportunity.
  10. Skilled freelance gig. Working on a project based job is a great way to increase your side income and also a smart way to keep plugging in your resume. TaskRabbit, Odesk and Craigslist have some specific skilled job listings, looking for designers, marketers and programmers.
  11. Small-scale catering. If you are good at cooking and want others to enjoy your food, then consider catering to birthday parties and friends’ events. Yelp is a great way to advertise your service and let local customers know of your existence.
  12. Start a blog. It’s hard to imagine just how lucrative a blog can be. It takes a lot of efforts over time to build up a following, but if you persist, you can start reaping your fruit as early as 10 months in.
  13. Become an online travel agent. Are you good at finding the best travel deals? Sure, low cost travel websites exist, like Expedia and Kayak, but not everyone is into googling or cost comparison. When full service travel agencies might be too expensive, that’s where your value add comes in.
  14. Tutor. There’s a huge market for competitive parents and children looking to get ahead in schoolwork and standardized tests, like the SAT. You can easily join a large company like, Kaplan or Princeton Review, or on your own. If it’s been awhile since you’ve touched math, then how about teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)? Check out these sites: TESL.com, Dave’s ESL Cafe, ESL Jobs, Teachingo.com.
  15. Affiliate marketing. Do you have a blog or website that gets good traffic? You can join an affiliate network, like Amazon. Whenever someone buys the product by going through your website, it’s cha-ching!
  16. Become a virtual assistant. Most of the time it’s something you can do online and in your own free time. It might involve tasks like reading through my email inbox and responding to people, doing customer service via email, scheduling travel plans, posting articles, etc. Depending on the task, you can early $8-20 an hour.
  17. Sell your photos. Stock photo websites like iStockPhoto purchase images from everyday people. You’d be surprised that some of the most commonly requested images include everyday images, like coffee cups, mailboxes and traffic lights.
  18. Become a distributor or direct seller. The key to making this work is to find a product that either you use or are passionate about. There are many sites out there detailing people’s experiences; some companies are easier to work with; others not so much. Do your research.
  19. Become a data entry specialist. As a data entry specialist, you will enter data into a system using electronic files or paper documents. Additionally, many offer a range of schedules that maximize flexibility. As long as you have decent computer skills, it’s something you can easily do in your own free time or whenever the baby is sleeping.
  20. Virtual tutor. When I was in grad school, I took weekly Spanish lessons with a virtual tutor from Guatemala. With today’s day and age, as long as you have fast Internet connection, some quiet time during the day, you can utilize whatever skill sets you have and pass on that knowledge to others.

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