Try These 29 Ways to Earn Money From Home


Finding more ways to make extra money is getting more and more accessible. We are no longer in the days where finding a source of income is limited to one. With all the unique ways and opportunities to make money from home, many people are discovering money-making opportunities that can let them earn extra hundred dollars a month by looking at the right places to start.

Depending on your skills and experiences, we have listed a number of money-making opportunities that you can try at home.

1. Clean Your Closet

Let’s admit it. We all have extra unworn piece of clothing in our closet. Why not sell or have it up for rent to earn extra money? I know sometimes it can be hard to let go of something especially if you are too sentimental. But come to think of it, it can add up to pay some bills or to your savings.

Ready to clean you closet? Try these sites to help you find people to buy or rent your clothes.

2. Creative? Sell Your Crafts on Etsy

If you like knitting, doing hand-made accessories and sewing clothes, why not sell these items on Etsy and make money from home? Etsy is an online marketplace where you can sell hand-made goods. If you find your items unique, sign up on Etsy and start creating your online shop now.

3. Find New Owners To Your Old Books

I understand that books can really be addicting and buying books can be habitual. Unless you have a library as big as the Library of Congress, which in case most of us do not, you need to continuously clear some of it and make space for your new one in the future.

Some of us may find garage sale as the top option to make extra money from home. However, you may also want to consider selling it online like on Craigslist, but for more specific, book-related online site to sell your books, you can sign up to Bookscouter and find the best buyback companies to market your books at the highest price possible. Signing up is for free.

4. Make Money Out of Your Trash

Yes, you heard that right. You can make extra money from things you thought belongs to the dumpster. Imagine the amount of trash you threw that can be turned into cash. Everything from empty wine bottles to ink cartridges to old magazines can be sold online. So before you throw anything away, find ways to make money out of it. Who knows your old stuff can be worth a few hundred bucks!

5. Earn Credits While Searching Online

In a world where every question can be answered with search engines online, who would have thought that you can get paid while doing so? Bing, a web search engine by Microsoft, gives credit through Bing Rewards to users who use Bing for their searches. You can use these credits to buy gift cards to different stores like Amazon, Starbucks, Toys R Us, and many more. I know, this may not be in cash, but hey, this can help you save cash too!

6. Turn Your Junk Mail Into Cash

Are you receiving junk mail and emails all the time? While you can recycle these junk mails or sending it to your trash folder can be an option, now you can make extra money by sending these to a marketing company that can turn these into cash.

Yes, SBK Center offers to pay you in gift cards or in Visa prepaid cards just by sending these junk mails to them. Signing up is easy. Frequent participants can earn as much as $20 in points every 6 to 10 weeks. You can even earn bonus points if you are self-employed or own your own business.

7. Earn Money While Watching Youtube-Like Videos

Watching videos online can be a little addicting, especially those viral videos that storms the online space. Why not turn this spare time habit into a money-making opportunity? InboxDollars, one of the online survey sites we mentioned on our previous post, offers participants a little bit of cash just by watching ads from different brands.

8. Watch Your Favorite TV Program

There is a rewards program online called RewardTV that pays participants by answering trivia questions about TV series. Yes! You can earn extra money by watching your favorite TV series. How cool is that? Though the pay is ranging only from $15 to $20 a month, it is still an awesome way to earn extra cash.

9. Joining an Online Focus Group Discussion

If you have a flexible schedule, joining an online focus group discussion is a great option for you to earn extra money from home. Depending on the size and type, a participant can earn as much as $100 to $200. This can be in a form of Paypal deposit, a check in the mail or a gift card.

There are a number of legitimate online focus group community that you can try such as ProOpinion, 20/20 Panel, Focuscope, Inc., MindSwarms, Mediabarn and Shugoll Research. If you have the time, why not try this money-making opportunity at the comfort of your home?

10. Participate on Online Survey

Just like participating in an online focus group discussion, the only difference is you just filled out a survey and the pay is minimal. But still, if you have spare time every day to answer online surveys, you can earn an extra $50 to $100. Not bad, isn’t it?

You can check several online survey sites from our previous post here.

11. Open Another Bank Account

Nationwide has an on-going promo that will give you $200 just by opening a checking account with them. We are not telling you to close your current checking account, in fact, we want you to save more money and at the same time earn extra more. Approach this as an addition and a useful place for an emergency fund, a new car, a vacation etc.

You can check the promo here. Their promo includes 3x higher interest rate that most banks will offer you. In addition, you can use any ATM in the world for free six times a month.

12. Have your house/apartment up for rent

You don’t need to vacate your house/apartment to earn extra money. There is a service called Airbnb that helps people find lodging for rent. If you are travelling a lot or have other places to stay, this is a great way to put your house/apartment in a money-making opportunity.

If you live in a popular city where tourists flock all year round, hosting your home on Airbnb is an awesome way to earn extra cash. But keep in mind you still have to be careful about having strangers inside your home. You can read reviews and tips from other co-Airbnb to learn more about this.

13. Put Your Knitting Skills Into Money

If you like knitting, why not become a test knitter? Aside from selling your hand-made knitted headbands on Etsy, you can take this hobby to another money-making opportunity. You can check out Ravelry, a site that connect knitters and crocheters, where some knitting companies and businesses find their test knitters. While not all will be paid, you can go and head to the Testing Pool forum to check for projects posted by designers.

There are other ways you can earn by knitting. You can check your local yarn shop for projects that need additional hand. Or better yet, create your own online portfolio where designers, companies and businesses can see your work.

14. Website Testing

Do you have 15 minutes of spare time every day? Sure you do! Why not spend 15 minutes of you time earning as much as $30?

A company called User Testing needs people who can eliminate bad user experience on websites and apps. At User Testing, you can get to provide on-demand feedback for their clients. All you need to do is to download their software, where your movements, clicks, keystrokes and other activities are recorded in a video. Sign up and grab this cool way to make money from home.

15. Get a Free Gift Card

Yes, they exist. There are a number of sites that offer free gift cards just by signing up. A good example of this is Ebates. You can get a $10 gift card for being a new member and you can use it to different stores like Target, Walmart, Macy’s or Kohl’s.

16. Fix Search Engine’s Results

Let’s face it. No matter how useful search engines can be to our research needs, there will always be an error that needs to be fixed. That’s why search engines need your help to resolve this issue. They need human help to check the quality, usefulness and relevancy to each keywords used in searches.

Imagine, you can earn as much as $700 a month just by cleaning up, let’s say, Google’s search engine.

17. Lose Weight and Get Paid

Do you want a great motivation to lose weight and get fit? This option will be best for you. These sites will not only help you lose those unwanted weight but also pays you for doing so. Visit HealthyWage and DietBet that help participants lose weight by letting them bet on themselves to lose weight. I know you need to shell out a minimal amount of money, but if you win by losing weight, you win your money back plus an extra more.

18. Be An Online Tutor

Do you enjoy working in a virtual environment? This money-making opportunity may be right for you. There are many sites that offer online tutoring jobs. You just need to look at the right site to ensure that you will you get paid legitimately. Ace Your College Classes is a great and legitimate site where you can offer help to students who need help acing their tests and improve their grades.

With the number of students turning their curious mind online, becoming an online tutor can be a fantastic way to earn extra money from home.

19. Be An Online Transcriptionist

Do you want to earn as much as $25 or more even if you don’t have much working experience? If you have flexible time and want to earn extra money from home, become an online transcriptionist. All you need is just your computer, stable internet connection and maybe a software for transcribing, you are ready to go.

Sites like Rev, TranscribeMe, Tigerfish, Quicktate, and CrowdSurf can help you start your career as an online transcriptionist. Some may require you to take their skill test. Once you’ve passed it, you can start taking assignments.

However, keep in mind that this online job can be repetitive. If listening to audio over and over again sounds exhausting, then this job may not be for you.

20. Be a Content Writer

If you like writing, this can be an excellent way to make money from home. There are many sites online where you can submit your written article and get paid for it.

If creating a list interests you, you can write for Listverse. All you need to do is to write at least 10 items per list, with description to define or characterize each item. Listverse pays $100 per 1,500-words article.

Do you like sharing tips about earning and saving money? The Penny Hoarder pays $75 per article submitted to them. If your writing style is fun, on the bloggy style and can write 700 to 900 words, this site can be right for you.

If fashion, style, couponing, parenting, family and personal finance interest you, The Krazy Coupon Lady wants you to earn $50 for every published article. They will get in touch with you within 7 days if they choose to publish your written article.

21. Sharing What’s On Your Fridge

Seems like a joke? But it is not! Nielsen Homescan family invites you to download their new app that will pay you to scan what’s inside your fridge. All you need to do is scan the barcode of each product and send this information to Nielsen.

You can earn points that you can redeem for a variety of merchandise you can choose from. This can be jewelry, household items, electronics, and many more. What’s more, if you stay longer as an active member, you’ll receive entries for the panel’s sweepstakes where you can win money, vacations and a brand new vehicle.

22. Earn Money Through Grocery Receipts

Many of us have tried many ways to save money from grocery shopping. However, with our ever growing needs, it seems saving a few dollars is hard work. Thank God for cool apps there are plenty of digital ways to earn cash back on your grocery purchases.

Get that smartphone ready and download Ibotta and Checkout51 app. These two apps gives you cash rebates every time you take a picture of your receipt with your smartphone. What’s cool is that you can download and use them both to get two rebates at the same time.

23. Make Money By Taking Photos Using Your Smartphone

If you like taking photos using your smartphone and you think you have a photographic eye, this money-making opportunity is best for you. There is an app called Foap where you can submit photos and turn it into cash.

Downloading the app and signing up is free. Upload your photos taken using a smartphone to Foap’s marketplace and Foap’s clients can start buying license to your photos. You get $5 for each photo bought.

24. Got Skills? Sell it on Fiverr

Maybe you haven’t heard about Fiverr. Fiverr is a global online marketplace, founded in 2009, that offers tasks and services at $5 per job performed. If you are a stay-at-home type of person and have the skills, you can try Fiverr to earn extra cash.

From graphic & design, writing & translation to creating unique ads, Fiverr has a wide variety of gigs you can find yourself in.

25. Good at Naming? Earn From it

While most companies hire professionals to do this job, there are still a lot of small businesses who opt to outsource people to do this task. Naming contests websites like Naming Force and Squadhelp help small business entrepreneurs to reach out to people who are creative and wants to earn extra money by entering a contest.

$50 to as much as $500 can be awarded to the person who can come up with the best name for the company.

26. Earn Money by Making Slogans

If you can think of unique, catchy and winning slogans, businesses need your help. And they pay really well!

A lot of companies search for more fun ideas outside the four walls of their offices and search creative people online. They use different platforms online to reach out to people who can help them with their marketing campaign.

Platforms like Slogan Slingers, Get a Slogan, and are some of the sites you can try to get you started. It pays from $50 to as much as $999, claimed by Slogan Slingers, when your slogan won the contest.

27. Be An Amazon Mechanical Turk

Amazon Mechanical Turk, also known as MTurk, is another crowdsourcing marketplace available to those who want to make money from home. They offer easy to accomplish tasks that you can do in a computer at the comfort of your home.

Basic tasks that are easy and quick to complete and pays as little as $0.10 while others may pay a little more. Tasks include processing photo or video, data cleaning or verification, information collection, and data processing.

28. Be An Apple Employee At Home

Yes, you heard that right. One of the most coveted companies can hire you to become an official Apple employee that offers virtual support.

If you have what it takes to become At Home Advisor for AppleCare, the flexibility of time, and technical and keen knowledge with different Apple products such as iPhones, iPads and Macbooks, you can check their job listing here.

29. Be a Pet sitter

Can’t get enough of our furry friends? Why not earn extra cash by being a pet sitter? If you can walk a dog or play with a cat, or simply spend your time with them in the comfort of your home, then this job is perfect for you.

There are a lot of money-making opportunities while being a pet sitter. While offering your home to these furry animals, why not offer additional services like pet baths, dog walking beyond your yard or an overnight stay service? You can earn as much as $100 a day that you can add up to your savings.

These are just some of the ways you can earn extra money from home. What are your skills you think you can use to make money at home? Do you have extra things you think you can sell online or use to start your own home business? Remember, you don’t need to exert a lot of effort, or cash, to earn more.

  • Daisy May

    Wonderful and inspiring post! And I definitely agree with your point about freelancing! It was of help when I was unemployed and I want to share with everyone this great job board: XPlace . It doesn’t charge a commission from freelancers, has higher hourly rates than most other platforms and a large number of various jobs to apply for!