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How to Make Extra Money From Home - 70+ Ideas and Sources to Get You Started

Updated on July 22, 2015
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Freelance writer and author for 20+ years. Mom, grandma and wife. Jesus follower. Love to write about anything under the sun.

This Afternoon at the Home Office (day 353)
This Afternoon at the Home Office (day 353) | Source

Working at Home Isn't Hard Anymore

Back in the early days of the Internet, it was difficult, if not impossible, to find a legitimate work at home job. Especially one that could put food on the table. Thankfully, those days are gone. Of course, there are still scams out there, but with the heightened awareness of online scams and the ever-growing popularity of the internet, legitimate companies are now seeing the benefits of offering work from home positions.

This article lists 70 ideas and sources for making extra money at home - online and offline. Some offers are better than others. Some pay good wages. Others pay pennies, but can bring in some extra pocket-money each month if you're diligent on earning extra cash.


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Miscellaneous Offline Jobs

There are plenty of offline jobs that can earn a good amount of extra income. Providing a service that you enjoy (verses a job that you hate) can be rewarding and fun while pocketing some extra cash.

  1. Babysitting/Childcare - If you love children you can make a great income babysitting. It’s easy to start (flyers, word of mouth, newspaper ad) but make sure you follow your local childcare laws.
  2. Housecleaning- If you have a knack for cleaning this might be a great way to earn income. Housecleaning can also be a very lucrative business.
  3. Take in ironing/laundry- Not everyone likes to iron or wash clothes, but if you do, there are lots of potential customers that would jump at the opportunity to have someone else do their laundry and/or iron clothes.
  4. Run errands - Many senior citizens and folks with disabilities would welcome someone to run errands for them. Whether it be shopping for groceries, making a trip to the post office, or any other errand, this can also be a great way to earn extra income.
  5. Lawn Care - Landscaping can be a lucrative seasonal or year-round business, depending on your geographical location.
  6. Resale - Go to garage sales (or, do I dare say, garbage picking?) - fix it up - sell for more
  7. Deliver Newspapers - Yep, that’s right. Delivering your local newspaper isn't for kids anymore. More adults with vehicles are earning some spare income as newspaper carriers. In fact, some earn a handsome part-time income, depending on the newspaper and circulation.
  8. Wash Windows - I think we've’ all heard the familiar phrase, “I don’t wash windows”. Well, if you do, you can earn a great income from those who don’t.
  9. Have a Garage Sale - If you have unwanted items, gather them up and put them out for sale. Offer to have garage sales for others and take an agreed on percentage of the total amount sold.
  10. Pet Sitting - Pets aren’t just pets anymore. Pet “parents” like to coddle their little fur balls and many will pay to sit with “Fido” or “Fluffy” while they’re away.
  11. Mani-Pedi’s - If you love nice nails and are good at manicures and pedicures you can start a mani-pedi service with friends and family being your first customers. The nice thing about fingernails and toenails is that they need continuous care, giving you continuous customers.
  12. Vehicle Wraps/Vehicle Advertisements - There are companies that will pay you to advertise their business on your vehicle.
  13. Donate Plasma - You can donate plasma. Check your area for a licensed plasma collection center. The amount of pay is different at each center, but I've seen as high as $50.
  14. Participate in a Paid Study - You can search for paid studies in your area on sites such as http://findfocusgroups.com
  15. Be a Mystery Shopper - Despite the amount of scams, there are legitimate mystery shopping sites. Check out mysteryshoppersmanual.com for legit jobs in mystery shopping.
  16. Stage Homes for Sale - If you’re good at interior design and have a knack for making a home look inviting, you can earn a nice income by offering to stage homes for sale. Keep an eye on homes that have been on the market for a long time. Contact the owner and offer your service.
  17. Bake - Selling baked goods is a good way to make extra money. Check your local laws for license requirements.
  18. Make and sell arts & Crafts - If you’re creative and enjoy arts and crafts, turn that hobby into cash. Sell your crafts at fairs, craft shows.
  19. Auto Detailing - Everybody loves a clean car. Not everyone loves cleaning it. If you love to wash cars and detail the interior, auto detailing can bring in some decent extra income.
  20. Start a Business - Become an Independent Representative for Avon, Mary Kay, Tupperware, or any other company that interests you. If you’re good at sales, you can earn a very good income selling products you love.

30 Freelance Writing Jobs

If you're a freelance writer, there are plenty of writing opportunities out there. Here are 30 of the best.

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Magazines

Writing for magazines can be very lucrative. Most pay at least 0.25 per word and some pay $1.00 per word or more. The list below are magazines that, at last review, are accepting freelance submissions.

21 .Funny Times - If you can write funny stuff, Funny Times pays $60 for a 500-700 word article.
22. Scary Mommy - An online magazine for the "not so perfect parent", Scary Mommy pays $100 per article under 900 words.
23. The Everyday Life - They accept guest bloggers and pay $10 per published post.
24. Metro Parent - A Michigan parenting publication, Metro Parent pays $35 - $350, depending on the section written for.
25. The Sun Magazine - Pays Freelance writers up to $2,500 for non-fiction articles.
26. Dollar Stretcher -If you have some good ideas on "living better....for less", The Dollar Stretcher pays $0.10 per published word for guest blogs.
27 Writers Weekly - A magazine dedicated to freelance writers, Writers Weekly pays $60 for a 600 word article that helps readers make more money from their writing.
28. A Fine Parent - Another great parenting magazine, A Fine Parent pays $100 per accepted essay.
29.Writers Digest - Pays up to $300 for a 600 word essay for their column "5 Minute Memoir".
30. AARP: The Magazine - Accepts submissions from freelance writers about matters of importance to people over age 50. They pay $1 per word.
31. Modern Love - Interested in deeply personal essays about contemporary relationships, marriage, dating, parenthood, etc. They pay $300 per essay.
32. Little Fiction/Big Truths -Essays that pertain to "our digital lives" pay $100.


Revenue Sharing Sites

If you love writing articles and want to make some continuous extra income, the revenue sharing sites listed below are all good sites. Depending on the amount of views and revenue from ads, writers on these sites can make a decent income. The key to success on these sites is great content. Trial and error will allow you to decide what articles are more sought after and which ones aren’t.

33. Hubpages - My favorite revenue sharing site, thus far. Write about what you love and what you know.
34. Liked Reviews - If you love reviewing products or services, Liked Reviews will share revenue after you share ten reviews.
35. Bubblews - Anything goes with this site. Check out the site to get an idea of what articles generate the most views.

Content Mills

There are ups and downs to any writing job. The up side is that new writers are always welcome and it’s a great way to hone your skills. The down side - the pay is ALWAYS very low on these sites. Most pay a penny per word. Some pay even less. If you’re a newbie writer, content mills can be a good start. Seasoned freelance writers should avoid these sites at all costs, if possible (we all have to eat). However, if you’re okay with writing 1500 words of content for $15.00, than go for it.

36. Textbroker - Here you will have to submit a writing sample for review. Based on the results of the review, your writing skills are rated from 1-4. The better your rating, the more available jobs to choose from. They pay $0.01 per word.
37. Domainite - Writing website content (About Page, Contact Us, Services, etc.) is what you will do here. You will need 1500 words of content and be paid $15 for your work. Expect to have your work sent back to you for revisions. If too many revisions, they deduct "editor fees" from your $15.00 pay.
38. Blogmutt - One of the better content mills. Blogmutt writers produce "ghost" blogs for other companies. The pay is a standard $8 for about 350 words. That averages to a little over $0.02 per word.If you can generate blogs quickly, the ability to earn a good chunk of "spare change" is there.
39. Ecopywriters - They pay a little over $0.01 per word to $0.05, depending on your level of writing (determined by them).
40. Crowdsource.com - You will need to pass a long, somewhat difficult, writing and grammar test before you are accepted to work on tasks.
41. Writers Access - Another site that rates your writing. The amount of pay is based on your rating ($.01 - $0.05 per word).
42. Skyword - They have some of the biggest named clients and higher paying jobs. The jobs are not always steady, but they're definitely a site to check out, for those interested in earning a little higher wage with content mills,.

Other Writing Opportunities

The following is a list of miscellaneous writing opportunities that might be of interest to some writers. Some are very low pay, while others pay a decent wage.

43. Blogging - Creating and maintaining your own blog can add some additional income to your household by offering good, informative content and affiliate links.
44. Cracked.com - They publish a variety of humorous articles and pay $100 - $200 per article.
45.Listverse - They specialize in strange, humorous, unusual list-type articles and pay $100.
46.Slice the pie - If you like listening to songs and can write a good song review, you can make extra change each month from this site.
47. Working Mother - A digital hub for career moms and female entrepreneurs. They accept articles from freelance writers. You will need to query your idea first and payment details are discussed with the writer if they accept the pitch.
48. WOW! Women on Writing - A truly awesome site for women writers. They offer classes, resources, and article submissions. They pay from $50 - $150, depending on the section you write for. They also maintain a freelance job board that's always worth checking out.
49. Write Naked - A site all about the writing life. They accept ghost blogs in the 450-650 word range and pay at least $50.
50. Wise Bread - A personal finance and frugal living site, Wise Bread has 1.8 million page views per month. Although the site does not state there is payment for writers, it does state that it is a great opportunity for exposure.

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Miscellaneous Online Jobs

The jobs below are a mix of online/offline job opportunities. Some pay well while others are simply pocket change.

51. Mechanical Turk - An Amazon web service, Mechanical Turk is a crowdsourcing internet marketplace that allows individuals and businesses to coordinate the use of human intelligence through tasks that computers can not yet do. The pay is small per task but the tasks are very simple and cash can be generated easily.
52. Sell on Etsy - If you're artistic or crafty you can sell your items online through sites like Etsy. Advertising on Etsy isn't free, but it is affordable.
53. Online Yard Sale - Go though your unwanted items (and don;t we all have things we no longer want or need?) and sell them at an online yard sale.
54. Clickworker - Another crowdsourcing site that offers pay for simple tasks.
55. Court Jury - Sites such as ejury.com pays online jurors a small fee of $5-$10 per case. They state that " You certainly won't get rich serving as an eJuror, but just one case a week would probably pay for your Internet access."
56. Court Researcher - Sites such as work4jbs.com will pay you to gather county court records. You must be available on weekdays between regular business hours.
57. Transcriptionist - If you're good at transcribing audio, sites such as scribie.com pays transcribers $10 per audio hour. This can be quite lucrative if you're a very fast typist.
58. Customer Service Rep - There are many companies today who will pay customer service reps to work from home. If you don't mind talking on the phone and solving customer-related issues, this could be a great job and most are full-time positions.
59. Sell Digital Photos - Sites such as istock photo and smugmug will pay for your digital photos.
60. Teach an Online Course - If you're an expert on a particular subject, sites such as Udemy and Skillshare allow you to teach an online course. You get paid by the number of courses purchased.
61. Give Tours of Your City - Supplememt your income through Vayable.com by providing what you know and love to others around the world. Whether it's kayaking, painting, cooking, shopping and more, Vayable will pay to show your skills to the world (or at least your city).
62. Product Flipping - Buy Free or cheap items from Craigslist, Flea Markets, etc. Refurbish and resell.

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3 Apps That Pay

You won’t get rich from any of these Apps that pay, but you could earn some side cash for easy work.

63. National Consumer Panel - Get paid to share your opinion.
64. Lyft.com - Get paid to drive people around.
65. Gigwalk - A mobile crowdsourcing app.

Working From Home is not as hard as it used to be.

In the beginning of the Internet Age scams were plentiful and finding a real, legitimate work from home job seemed nearly impossible. Today, with the heightened popularity of the Internet and savvy online users, there are plenty of work at home jobs. Many big corporations are now offering work from home opportunities. Here are a few companies that offer work at home positions. Most are customer service positions and require a computer, access to high speed internet, and a landline phone.

66. American Airlines
67. United Healthcare
68. Dell
69. Language Line Solutions
70. Aetna

Bonus Idea

Make a Youtube video!

Money can be made by creating a Youtube video. You will need an account and a good video to make money, but it's fun and, hey, why not?

Here is a video I made (I'm sure yours will be much better!). Check it out, but make a better video.

My Horrible Example of a Video

Last, But Not Least

There are several websites that list work at home jobs. I’ve come across many, however, that has nothing but scams. When I say scams I generally mean “jobs” that you have to pay to get started. NEVER pay someone to work for them. Legitimate companies will not expect you to pay them to work for them. Does that even make sense? The job board below is the one website that I trust the most. They also have the largest variety of legitimate work from home jobs and their list is updated daily.Worth checking out.

Rat Race Rebellion - Miscellaneous job listings, resources, and more.

Wrapping it up

Finding a work from home job isn't difficult. I hope the above list helps you find what you're looking for. Remember that if you are looking for a job from home and you are asked to pay - DON'T DO IT! Legitimate work from home jobs pay you - not the other way around. Good luck in your search. Please leave a comment, suggestion, or, if you have a work at home idea, please share with us!

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      Michelle Bentley 2 years ago from Niagara Falls, New York

      Thank you so much, PurvisBobbi44. I really appreciate the feedback and the sharing! You have a wonderful week as well.

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      What a great hub that will benefit so many people who are looking for work.

      I wish I had the time to do some of these as they look like fun. You have a wonderful new week.

      Bobbi Purvis

      I am sharing with Twitter and Pinterest.