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How To Work At Home And Make Money Online

Updated on August 29, 2012


With the numbers on unemployment climbing daily, the number of jobs dwindling and the applicants for these jobs multiplying by the hundreds, if not thousands, are there ways to make money without leaving home?

Maybe you already have a job and need to make more money....or you're out of work completely and can't find a job....or you're a student looking for a part-time job.

Are there ways to supplement your income that don't cost an arm and a leg to drive to?

Are there jobs out there that might pay at least minimum wage without all the extra time of commuting?

More and more people are turning to the Internet to supplement their incomes.

More and more people who are currently out of work are turning to the Internet to try and find some source of income!

More and more college students today are looking for extra sources of income while pursuing their educational studies.


The problem in most cases when trying to find ways to make extra income is time. The time we have to devote to making more money at traditional jobs that sometimes pay relatively little in terms of wages while taking up that precious entity.....both commuting and working.

How to strike a balance between making money and maximizing time thus giving us more opportunities to live the rest of our every day life?

There is a solution that's becoming more and more popular and you don't even have to leave home to do it. It's all Internet based!

Let's investigate some of the opportunities to work from home and make money. Whether you're already employed, you're a student looking for extra work, or your currently unemployed looking at your options...there are things you can do to work online.


  • Sell your computer skills.  There are millions of people out there who have programs that they can't use because they don't want to spend hundreds of dollars taking a class online or at a local campus.  Consequently, they become frustrated with not knowing how to maximize their use of programs.  Would they be willing to have a concise tutoring session or several to teach them just what they need to know to do their job?  You bet! 

    If you have skills with a program like Power Point or Quick Books, Turbo Tax or Quicken, advertise on Craigslist or other internet sites like Kijiji.  Put ads in a newspaper or post cards on bulletin boards around town or on campuses. 

    You'd be surprised how many people are just waiting to find an affordable solution to learning programs!  Post cards or notices at Worksource or unemployment'd be surprised how many calls you'll get. 
  • Become a tutor.  If you have skills that you feel you can teach to others via the Internet, check out some of the online tutoring websites like or e-tutor or smart thinking.  You can get a job online tutoring people in all kinds of things and again, you don't have to leave home. 

    The only requirement is that you have to be available at specific hours to do the tutoring but you set your own limits as far as hours go.  You can work as little or as much as you want once you get into the programs and start tutoring.  You'll never know how good you are at teaching until you try!
  • Online merchandising.  Whether you just sell your own junk that's cluttering up your home or garage, or if you go crazy and start picking up free stuff on Craigslist or cheap stuff at garage sales or estate sales and reselling it, there's money to be made on sites like eBay and Craigslist. 

    With a little ingenuity and a lot of time, you can even open your own online store on eBay and then direct people from your items on Craigslist to your eBay store.  There are many tutorials and helpful videos to get you started selling or reselling on eBay and Craigslist.  If you have the determination to do it, you can make a lot of money.  Just make sure you follow the rules as if you don't, you'll get banned from the sites and not make any money at all.


  • Write for a living.  There are many websites today that offer Adsense monies and Amazon partnerships for instance.  You can make money online as a writer if you know how to write but more importantly if you know what to write about! 

    You can make good money doing it.  However, an important point to make about being an online writer is to not overkill any subject whether it's a poem or a "how to save money" article.  People on the internet spend roughly 45 seconds on a page and if you haven't caught them in that space of time, they're off to someone else's page.  You can sell articles on sites or become a free lance writer - it never hurts to try.  Check out the many places to do online writing and what they all involve....or sign up to write on hubpages here.
  • Boring yet profitable online work.  You can resign yourself to not doing very exciting work but getting a paycheck.  There’s nothing really wrong with that.  It all depends on your frustration level or your desire to make money any way you can.  Some people do well at it, other people it bores to death within a week. 

    Some samples of online work for pay are doing online surveys.  Many companies also outsource emails that need to be read and/or answered.  Investigate online survey sites and see what they require and most importantly what they offer in terms of payout.  Project Payday is another online source of work though you have to go through the setup and watch the instructional videos to get started.  However, it's possible to make money doing it.....and you don't have to be brilliant to do it!
  • Online jury trials.  You can find online jury trials and be a guinea pig for up and coming lawyers.  Money paid is generally based on the complexity of the cases or the time involved.  Check it out at places like ejury and  You can make money from your office chair and probably learn something about the justice system along the way!


In short, there are several things you can do to make money without ever leaving your home. 

Of course, if you're in a field that has telecommuting available, this is the best possible scenario. 

For instance, working as a medical transcriptionist or a medical coder are perfect telecommuting jobs.

You save money on wardrobe, commute time, car wear and tear, public transportation costs and fuel costs. 

You usually can work hours that are more convenient for you although sometimes schedules are set by the employer.

Whatever you can do to work from home is a great money saver so figure in that factor if you feel that you're making less money than you would at a "real job". 

Factoring in convenience and ease of work should count for something and even if you're not making top dollar, making something of something is better than making nothing of nothing I always say. 

Give it a thought and check out other online work sites. 

Just type in "online jobs" and see where it takes you.  But beware of scams and especially beware of any job on line or otherwise that asks you to pay money to make money. 

Happy online job hunting!

If you have experience with the online job market, please leave your comments below and enhance the quality of this hub.


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    • jrs3936296 profile image


      17 months ago from India

      Very useful info to work at home business.

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      3 years ago from Karnal, Haryana

      Nice article

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Hey Crystal--glad you're living the life I would like to live~ I have worked at home for decades and have always sworn by it--my next is to get the RV (big enough for 3 malamutes and hubby and my computers) and hit the road~ Great story!

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      7 years ago

      I used to be skeptical too about making money from home...seemed like a pipe dream, too good to be true. That was 2 years ago. Now, I am making about $50k a year, and I am able to do that while traveling anywhere I want in my RV. I have a few clients that I do programming work for, and when I need to find new clients I pick them up from I woulnd'nt trade my life for anything!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Henti and Wallpaperdownloads--it does work as I can attest having worked from home for probably 35 years now and even some before that.

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      8 years ago from Mumbai

      Nice tips for home business.

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      8 years ago from Brahmanbaria

      it's really nice one. master piece

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      9 years ago from Ireland

      Great post, I recently discover very interesting blog you might wanna check at:

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, KerlynB for stopping by and glad you enjoyed~

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      9 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      A well put-together hub, lots of information! I should say thank you for sharing these bits of info.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for the read, upal19~

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      Ashraf Mir 

      9 years ago from Dhaka

      Overloaded ideas on money making at home. Thanks for sharing.

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      Home Business 

      10 years ago

      As many people are sitting at home and they want to do the jobs which can be easily done by sitting at home. So this can be one of the great methods.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Welcome Cirerare - thanks for stopping by and best of luck to you!

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      10 years ago from Indonesia

      great information.... thanks so much for your share... coz i want to be an internet marketer, and this information help me to know what must i do :)

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Glad you found it helpful, Hanna! Thanks so much for the read.

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      Hello, hello, 

      10 years ago from London, UK

      As alway, greatinformation. I found one or two thigns I will try out. Thank you for a good advice.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Parthasarathy - Thanks so much for your comment!

      gr82bme - Thanks so much for stopping by and for voting it up!

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      10 years ago from USA

      Bookmarked, voted up and thank you

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      10 years ago

      A good presentation on what works and what doesn't and how to know the difference.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Jaye - Excellent contribution to the article and thanks so much for mentioning a great site like! Will have to check that out.

      Der reiche Sack Betrug - THanks so much for stopping by and thanks for the kudos!

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      Der reiche Sack Betrug 

      10 years ago

      Its important to ask: What can i give that people pay me for it and not: How i can earn money.

      Nice content

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      Jaye Denman 

      10 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I didn't know about online "juries" and found that very interesting. eJury lists the states in which they use e-jurors, and my state isn't listed. However, TrialJuries does not set any limitations. Good info!

      As for selling on eBay, you need to sell electronics or make high volume sales of items people use every day in order to make the time involved in eBay selling worthwhile. Small volume sellers don't make much money. I've been selling on eBay, but--after paying the eBay and PayPal fees--my hourly rate of earnings averages less than 50 cents! I think my poor success is a combination of two factors: I don't sell the "hot" items or everyday use items, and in this bad economy people who buy what I do sell bid much less than they would have a few years ago.

      A much better venue for either handcrafted or vintage items (I do sell the latter) is Since there are a lot of new auction sites coming along trying to take eBay's market, perhaps eBay will eventually reduce or omit listing fees. They had a pre-holiday promotion during which they did that, and I sold enough to pay for all the 2010 Christmas gifts and other holiday expenses I had. Not a great deal of money, perhaps, but helpful to a retiree with limited income. JAYE

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Thanks so much for the tips, Peter and great luck to you in your continued success working online!

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      10 years ago

      There is a great deal involved to making money online - regardless of the method you decide on using.

      There ia alot of work that is required and I have found that a one-page website seems to work the best for me.

      It allows me to build a list of people that I can build a relationship with and over time sell information and products to.

      Again it takes time but seems to work.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Thank you, Pamela for the read and for the rated up! I think working online is the best thing since sliced bread but it works for me and always has.

      Cheryl J - Great that I could provide you with some ideas!

      Shawn....Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comment and vote as well!

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      Shawn Scarborough 

      10 years ago from The Lone Star State

      This is a great hub with some excellent tips for making money online. Voted up!

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      Cheryl J. 

      10 years ago from Houston, TX

      Great information. Working at home would be ideal. Your hub page has given me a tip on researching the online job market.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      10 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Audry, This is a great article about working at home on the computer. I agree that knowing what to write is very important and google trends are subject to change. Rated up.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      MT - Definitely save a lot on wardrobe, eh? I generally work at my medical transcription job in my sweats for comfort - it really is a marvelous way to save a LOT of money not to mention being able to throw something in the crockpot or spin a load of laundry!

      Will - Good deal!

      Atoz - Thanks for stopping by - glad you liked it.

      SuzieCat - Me, too - it's all a learning experience I guess and hopefully over time, both of us will succeed! Wishing you all the best!!!

      BJ - You are hired! We are always looking for folks with writing skills (riting skils) such as yours. Please yes, send money order and I will be happy to teach you all I know...painfully little!

      LLW - Isn't that just the weirdest thing? I told my son about this and he's checking it out for himself!

      Pete - That is the goal for me as well - passive income but I'll take any income at this point!! Wishing you the best of luck in your endeavors as well!!

      Thinjobz - Thanks for stopping by and for the information.

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      10 years ago

      Homebased business is the big trend in making money these days. I even know one who makes a passive income online and I envy him for getting in at the right time. I'm on my way too I believe. Good luck!

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      L.L. Woodard 

      10 years ago from Oklahoma City

      The jury trial experience with up and coming attorneys piques my interest. I had no idea such a thing was available.

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      drbj and sherry 

      10 years ago from south Florida

      Dere Mz Kirchener. I wud like to be an online or even an offline riter but my manduscripts keep gedding rejected by book agents and puplishers.

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      10 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Great Hub, as usual. I'm still trying to figure out how to make a living online on my time off from my real job. You offer some good tips. Thanks.

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      10 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona


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      Linda Rogers 

      10 years ago from Minnesota

      Nice job on this informative article. I love working from home. I use to drive 1/2 hour each way to work and I hated it. Couldn't stand the traffic, the traffic jams and the gas money. Now I make money while I'm in my pj's if I want. UP and USEFUL and AWESOME


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