Whether you want to start a business, pay off your debt, save for a vacation or buy something new, the main hurdle is where to come up with the money. You need extra money for managing your expenses. Not long ago, if you wanted to make extra money meant finding a second job. Fortunately, we live in a time where money can be earned from the comforts of our home and not require the same commitments as having a part-time job.
Making money from home can be an absolute dream come true for most of us. We’ll get to spend more time with our families and finally take back control of our time and lives. But, the web is full of such online ventures and we can never be sure of which are genuine. Thus, it becomes difficult to find trusted and sure-shot ways of earning money online.
Let’s take a look around these easy and effective ways of making money from home.
1. Sell your stuff online
Selling your old and unwanted things is an easy and quick way to make some money.
The most popular resource for selling stuff online is eBay. However, there are a variety of sites which caters to niche categories such as jewelry, wedding dresses, toys, books, and electronics. Also, if you want to maximize your earnings, make sure to post a great photo of the item with an interesting and honest description. You can also check out the following platforms:
2. Paid Surveys
Another easy option for making extra cash from home is to take surveys. Although it won’t suffice for making a living, you can earn cash, prizes or points for gift cards. You can check out the following sites for paid surveys:
3. Use your car for money-making
You may not realize this, but your car is a dead asset if it is not used up to its worth. To get more returns from your car, you can rent out your car or lend it for advertising. Before doing any of these, figure out how much it costs you to drive your car. Take into account factors like depreciation, wear and tear and gas expense when you are deciding a cost-effective way to make extra money.
These sources will pay you to drive your car around:
4. Sponsored Posts
If you have a huge social media following or a website, you can earn money by putting sponsored posts or ads. Usually, companies are ready to pay bloggers and social media influencers to promote their products and services. Be it a blog or a strong Instagram handle, you can leverage it to make money.
Keep in mind, you don’t necessarily need a website to put sponsored content. You can also get paid if you have a large number of Instagram followers and promote a company’s product. A lot of social media influencers, especially in fashion and makeup, promote a company through their Instagram account. In return, not only do they get paid in cash, but also receive freebies.
Freelancing, or sometimes called “gig” is another popular way of making money from home.
Instead of hiring employees, companies and many small-scale businesses are taking services of project-based freelancers for tasks such as research, updating websites, graphic designing and data entry.
Microwork or crowdsourcing sites help freelancers connect with the businesses who need services for a limited time. While microwork is temporary and doesn’t pay much, there are people who make $1000 or more per month working as a microwork.
If you have a lot of time on your hands and wish to earn some extra money, you can take a look at the following sites:
6. Focus Groups
When it comes to the development of products and services, companies spend a huge amount of money on them. Naturally, they don’t want to bear the loss for putting a bad product or service in the market. Therefore, they use focus groups to get honest feedback on their products and services before making them available to the public.
While some focus groups need you to be present at the venue, there are a couple of them which are held online. Although the online focus groups have the convenience of working from home, generally they pay less than in-person focus groups. Usually, the pay scale ranges from $50 to $500 per session.
If you are interested in joining a focus group, you can check out the following resources:
7. Sell Photos Online
Website developers, bloggers, publishers, social media influencers, graphic designers and a lot of other professionals need high-quality photos for their content. However, you don’t need a DSLR or any other professional camera to make money from your photos. A normal smartphone with a decent camera is sufficient for clicking good photos. Most of the stock photo websites pay 15 to 16 percent from the sale of your photo, usually via PayPal.
Here are some portals for selling photos online:
8. Online Courses
If you have any unique skill that you can teach others, it’s a good idea to set up an online course and make money out of it. If you know cooking, writing, coding, designing or any other skill, you can teach it online.
Usually, people set up their online course through a platform like Teachable.com. It lets you upload your course materials and can be used for managing customers and accepting payments.
See, there are tons of ways to make money from home! But it takes time and patience to build an online income stream. If you have time and a passion for anything, you can make a successful online business out of it. You just need to be persistent and have a positive money-making mindset.
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