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17 Easy Ways to Make Money at Home

Updated on April 29, 2018

Get some new profitable business ideas for working at home. These home based business opportunities are ideas that anyone can do. Many people would like to find a job that offers the freedom of deciding when and where they will work. Not everyone is cut out to be their own boss though. You need self-motivation and discipline to stick to the job at hand. If you think you have these qualities, here is a list of legit work at home business111 opportunities.

A word of warning, always be aware that there are scammers on the internet. Never fall for get rich quick schemes. If something sounds too good to be true, it is. Don't quit your full-time job until you are sure you can make enough money. Many of these jobs take hours of work before you ever realize a profit, but everyone of them will put some extra cash in your pocket if you work at them.

Work from Home Opportunities

1. Answer Questions - Go to The site has questions in almost any category you can think of and you're sure to find something that you are knowledgeable about. You earn money when your answer is awarded as the best and then someone clicks on an ad. You must have an Adsense account.

2. Write - There are many online writing sites. Be sure to read my Hub "How to Make Money Writing for the Internet". There you will find a list of sites that either offer to pay for your articles or where you get a percentage of Google Adsense profits. There are many sites that offer writing jobs online.

What might surprise you are the listing of jobs at Craigslist. I found one for a genealogy site that wants someone to do research in their county and then write reports for their customers, one that wants a writer to read their book and just give an opinion, one blogging for a newspaper and more. Be sure to check your local list. Many of these jobs pay well.

3. Childcare - To watch children, most states require you to be licensed. The license itself is either free or doesn't cost very much. A must for this job is a love of children and lots of patience.

4. Amazon - Sell books at Amazon. I've been doing this for awhile, but haven't tried it on a large scale. There are big businesses built around this. I have sold quite a few books there. The main thing is to price your books high enough because Amazon does keep a large fee. Always do some accounting in advance to be sure you are making a profit.

How-to books do the best. Used fiction is priced so low that it is hard to sell. You can sell fiction if you have collector books though.

5 .eBay - This site is so well known that I won't write a long description here. eBay is not the place to sell like it was in the earlier years. At one time, I sold craft books and made a good amount of money. They have raised fees, require Paypal only payment by customers and it is harder to sell small items. The reason it is harder to sell smaller items is because between the Paypal fee and the eBay fee there isn't much left for the seller.

Many businesses make a large profit at eBay by selling larger items. I know a couple that sells old post cards on eBay and make a living doing it. They advertise and sell them for others. There is an eBay store in our town where you can have them sell your goods for you. You could start a business like that selling for others.

6. Website Design - If you have the knowledge and the skill, this is a job in high demand. If you go to you will find a listing of jobs there. Craigslist may also have a listing in your area.

7.Surveys - For the right person this is a good opportunity. I often don't qualify for the surveys because I no longer have young children living at home and a person in our household works at a grocery store. So many of the surveys are for food and this disqualifies me right away. Some surveys last 20 minutes and only pay $1.00 and others pay a decent amount.

I have gotten checks from these though and if you qualify you can make extra money. One of the work at home sites says that you can expect to make $200.00 a month if you participate in a large number of these.

8. Typing - Check Craigslist. Everything from writers and lawyers will post requests for typist.

9. Selling Ebooks - This is one that I haven't tried myself, but a friend did and makes good money. You'll have to have software to share PDF files and have the knowledge to set it up.

10. Design Crafts - Many craft magazines still take submissions from freelance designers. Just type in a search engine the name of the magazine you would like to try along with the words "submission guidelines" and many of these have them right online. If not, look on the page towards the front of the magazine with the credits and there should be an address there.

Be sure to follow the guidelines. A good design can be overlooked if you don't. Some magazines want you to send in the actual item you've designed and others just want a sketch. If one magazine doesn't take your design, it doesn't mean another won't. Keep sending it elsewhere. If refused, it doesn't mean you don't have talent. It can just mean that they don't need the design you created right now.

11. Data Entry Jobs - Check the WAHM site listed below. The site usually has a listing of these. Jobs can often be found on Craigslist.

12. Customer Service - You can get paid for answering the phone for companies. A friend tried this and she made $7000 dollars a year. One of the jobs she was given was when American Idol had their campaign "America Gives Back". Some of the companies do require you to buy their equipment to get started.

13. Make Logos - There is a high demand on Etsy for Logo makers. They feature a wanted list and there is a long list of people requesting this service. You need to learn html, but it isn't as hard as it sounds. Most people already know what they want their logo to look like.

14. Graphic Design - If you are artistic and have the skills, this is another service that is in high demand. Check Craigslist for jobs and go to to check listings. Advertise in your local newspaper.

15. Prepare Job Resumes - Advertise in your local paper and on the internet. Be sure to include an ad at Craig's List for free. Professionally designed resumes are more in demand than ever before.

16. Take photos of your favorite things. Watch for humming birds, butterflies, flowers and even people. frame them in nice frames. Then open an Etsy account and sell them. These could be sold at craft fairs and on eBay too.

17. Sell perennial plants. Read this article about selling daylilies. It contains all the info you need to sell any perennial plant. How to Make Money Selling Daylilies

You will need to pay income taxes when working at home. Be sure to save that money in a bank account every payday. Good luck on your endeavors!


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    • ReviewsfromSandy profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Good list of ways to make money at home. I enjoy the writing and designing part.

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      Glenn Stok 

      7 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I have a friend who was recently laid off. Now both he and his wife are out of work and can't find jobs. I think the ideas you wrote about here will be very useful for both of them. And if they don't relate to anything you mentioned, your list will still give them something to think about -- and maybe dream up their own ideas based on hints from your hub.

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      8 years ago from Cindee's Land

      Some really useful ideas. I enjoyed this posts. thanks a lot. now all i have to do is pick one and try to make money off it! :D

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      Angela, Bizwin, and cherylone, Thanks for reading the hub. I hope you are able to use at least one of the ideas and you earn lots of money.

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      8 years ago from Connecticut

      Lots of great information here, thank you for sharing this one. Voted very useful.

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      Christabel Evans 

      8 years ago from England, UK

      Great ideas for home based business. Voted across.

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      Angela Brummer 

      8 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Thank you Barbara Kay this is an amazing article and I will use this and share this also!

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      B. Leekley, Thanks for reading my hub. I've been thinking about starting a new business myself. Your tips will come in helpful. I've been self-employed for years, but doing small time things. I know all of the accounting rules, taxes etc, but I've never written up a plan ahead of time. I'll have to do that this time. Thanks.

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      Brian Leekley 

      8 years ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

      Thanks Barbara for the good tips. Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared. Before I retired years ago, I sold used books online for years (and before that by snail mail). The Internet completely changed the nature of that business, so I'd have to learn it anew by trial and error if I got back into it. Now I'm pushing toward making at least pocket money as a hubber, but I'm nowhere close yet. My big obstacle is low productivity. I'm just not a fast thinker, researcher, or writer, plus I procrastinate, such as by doing hubtivity instead of writing. One of these days or years or lifetimes I'll get organized and focused.

      Some additional tips:

      1. Make a business plan, don't leave out any steps in it, and take it seriously. I know someone who made a start, without a plan, at having a gift basket business. S/He had the talent and soon had customers but did not take into account that buying supplies retail costs a lot and buying supplies wholesale also costs a lot, because you have to buy in bulk, and she had not considered what start-up capital she would need.

      2. Self-employed people have to budget not only income tax but also self-employment tax. That's what goes toward your Social Security. When employed, you pay a little and the the employer pays a little. When self-employed, you pay it all.

      3. Be aware of local ordinances and stay on good terms with your neighbors. Back years ago in an Illinois village I heard about a home based flower arrangements business and a flower shop that hurt each other with spiteful complaints about signs and whatever.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      Brinafr3sh, Thanks for reading and your comments. I'm going to check oDesk out right now.

    • Brinafr3sh profile image


      8 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi, this is awesome information for making money at home. I know 'oDesk' is another way to make money at home, this site is for Data Entry workers, and other many job positions. Voted up.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      Diana, Best of luck and I wish you success. Thanks for commenting.

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      Diana Mendes 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this information. Will check out your suggestions.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      sgbrown, I hope you find one that works out just right for you. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Sheila Brown 

      8 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      There are many good ideas here! I have semi-retired and just can't stand doing nothing. I want to make my own money, but don't want to go back to work 9-5. I will be checking out some of your ideas. Voted up and useful! :)

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      Enlydia, Thanks for the suggestion. I should add this to the list. Thanks for visiting the hub.

    • Enlydia Listener profile image

      Enlydia Listener 

      8 years ago from trailer in the country

      Very interesting and useful advice...I could also add e-publish your own to do, easy to write and publish, but hard to advertise. Blessings

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      sakesare and Tuesday75, Thanks for commenting and I hope you can use some of these make money at home ideas.

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      8 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Thank you for sharing. Great hub!

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      9 years ago

      Great tips on making money online. Thanks for sharing..

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      9 years ago from USA

      happymel, Thanks for commenting and welcome to Hubpages.

    • happymel profile image


      9 years ago from Salt Lake City, UT

      Thank you so much! Thus was a great hub that was so useful!

    • happypuppy profile image


      9 years ago

      Good for him. I guess there's something for everyone. We just have to seek harder to find it. Thanks for sharing your son's experience. Now, I'm more motivated.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      9 years ago from USA

      happy puppy, My son is making about $50.00 a month doing surveys. For me it keeps saying I don't qualify. I think because he is younger, he does better.

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      9 years ago

      Thank you for putting together a list of these great ideas! I have heard about the survey but never tried it out. Any extra income will help in today's tough economy. I will check out your links for more info. Voted up!

    • butterflystar profile image


      9 years ago

      Great Article! a lot of information :)

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      9 years ago from USA

      JS Matthew, I am happy to here that you found some new ideas in the hub and thanks. I will check ODesk. Thanks for the tip.

    • J.S.Matthew profile image

      JS Matthew 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What a great Hub! Very well composed and easy to read. I have already tried some of your suggestions and learned a few new ones while reading your Hub!

      Another site you might want to check out is oDesk. You bid for jobs (writing) based on your skills. I just started on there and haven't got any jobs yet but that is because I am always on HubPages!

      I will bookmark this Hub for future reference, and I will post on Twitter and FB. Voted Up and Useful!


    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      9 years ago from USA

      Yuan, Be sure to check bookmarking out. I make extra money every month from this and it gives some extra traffic to your hubs too. Another place to try bookmarking out is RedGage. I guess I should get that listed.

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      Yuan Tian 

      9 years ago from Australia

      Wow, there are so many good ideas here that I've never heard of. I'll definitely need to check bookmarking out. :) Thanks for the great info

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      9 years ago from USA

      Springboard, Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      10 years ago from Wisconsin

      There are definitely a couple of great ideas here that I haven't seen much of elsewhere...looking on Craigslist for example for writing work, or typing work. For those of us here on HubPages, a good part of our day is already spent writing and typing...might as well put it to work in a way that earns more.

      I'll definitely be checking some of this stuff out.

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      Lori J Latimer 

      10 years ago from Central Oregon

      Wow! Thank you for these "at home" ideas. I will check your links, I voted up, useful and awesome. Bookmarked. This is a real service for those who are finding writing on-line a full-time and satisfying "job", it is just a matter of pay...LOL. I also make a couple of dollars per month on Sponsored Tweets. If you don't mind just a couple of bucks occasionally, it is just another dime on the pile, but eventually they all add up! Thank you!


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