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Top 7 Best Ways to Make Money From Home When You Don't Feel Like Writing

Updated on September 29, 2014

The day started off fairly well, and you fully intended to write several articles...

Then things just kind of fell apart. Maybe your kids were driving you nuts. Maybe you worked too much yesterday. Maybe you just weren't in the mood to write any articles...or even one measly little outline.

That's okay. Writing isn't always fun - and if anybody tells you it is, they are probably lying. Or on Prozac.

There's one little problem with not writing, though: No work equals no money.

So how can you make money from home when you dont feel like writing? Its easy, actually. Some of the best ways to make money from home dont involve writing, researching, or anything else along those lines. Theyre relatively simple, and you can do them before you even have your daily cup (or 5) of coffee.

Here are some of the best ways to make money from home when the thought of writing another article makes you want to stab your eyeballs out:

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Do you ever feel like you never get a chance to talk about yourself? I mean seriously, when is it ever YOUR turn to share your opinions about anything?

Paid surveys are definitely one of the best ways to make money from home, but only if you avoid the scams. That's easier said than done, because there are quite a few paid survey scams.

I used to do paid surveys all the time, but most of the companies took too long to pay out. CashCrate is the main company I use at the moment, and they're not a scam.

I don't have a lot of time to do paid surveys these days, but I still sneak away and use CashCrate every once in awhile. They offer daily surveys that pay $0.80 each, which means you can make at least $24 a month. You only have to earn $20 to request a check (it used to be $10, I believe), so that means you'll get paid once a month.

There are thousands of other survey companies out there, but do your homework before you join. Google the survey company's name, followed by "scam". This will give you a list of reviews about the company and prevent you from joining a potential scam survey site.


Some people make thousands of dollars a month on eBay, even with our economy being the mess that it is.

That's the beauty of eBay, actually - you aren't limited to selling your goods to American customers. The economy might be bad here, but it's booming in other countries.

Go through your house and look for any high-end items or random trinkets that you can live without. Designer handbags, jeans from Abercrombie and American Eagle, baby stuff, the list goes on and on. I used to sell "mystery bags" all the time, which were basically just purses filled with random makeup and shampoo samples. They were a huge hit, so feel free to steal my idea.

Before you decide to list an item on eBay, find out whether or not it's selling and how much people are asking for it. You can do this in a variety of different ways. The best way, in my personal opinion, is to just type the name of the item in the search box on eBay and browse the results.

TIP: Never, ever, everrrrrrrrrr sell gift cards on eBay. I had a bunch of high-dollar gift cards that I received as gifts, and I decided to sell them on eBay last year. Every single buyer scammed me. They paid with stolen credit cards, stolen PayPal accounts, etc. One guy made a legit payment and then said I never sent the card. I sent the card via FedEx, with insurance and a signature confirmation, and eBay still sided with the buyer. I never had a problem selling anything else on eBay, and a fellow eBayer told me that it's common knowledge amongst the top eBay sellers that gift card sales should be avoided at all costs.


Craigslist is a lot like eBay, only it’s local. Oh, and the people come to you! This is especially nice if you don’t have a car or hate the thought of dragging your children (who failed to take a nap today) to the post office to mail the stuff you just sold.

Craigslist is a great place to sell furniture, baby stuff, and cars. You can list other stuff, though, so don’t feel like you have to stick to those things.

But be careful – some people on Craigslist are just straight up weird. I’m sure you’ve heard the horror stories – baby snatchers, nanny murderers, and so on.

Make sure a friend, neighbor, or significant other is there when your buyer stops by. Most of them are harmless, but you really don’t want to take any chances.


If you have an iPhone, Field Agent is one of the best ways to make money from home. This popular app offers surveys, audits and other fun tasks. Some of them require you to leave your house, but the majority of the tasks are at Walmart, local grocery stores, and places you probably go anyway.

Most jobs pay around $4, and you receive your money in a few days via PayPal. So far this year, I’ve made about $50, and my bf has made around $150. All of the tasks were incredibly easy – most of them took 5 minutes or less.

Download this awesome app if you haven’t already. It’s free.


You probably already know you can sell your old textbooks, but did you know that you can also sell regular books?

Cash4Books is one of my favorite places to sell books. I have the app on my iPhone, so I just scan my books and ship them. You can also log into the site and enter the ISBN numbers.

The best thing about Cash4Books is that they pay fast - I always receive my money via PayPal within a week or so. It's nice for last-minute bills, especially if you write for clients or content mills that only pay once or twice a month.

Other places you can sell books: Chegg and Chegg only buys textbooks, but you can sell pretty much any book on You can even set your own price.


Books aren't the only thing you can sell online.

Places like SecondSpin buy DVDs, video games, and CDs. I've found that SecondSpin is willing to buy the stuff I can't get anybody else to take, even though they occasionally only offer me a .25 for it.

The best part? They issue a check within a week.

I've heard that Mighty Buy Back and DVDPawn are other great places to sell your old DVDs, but I haven't personally used either of them. Proceed with caution.


People want some weird stuff. I mean seriously, you can sell just about anything online.

Sell your services and perform tasks on sites like Fiverr. I’ve used similar sites with great results, and gotten paid to do things like comment on blogs and brainstorm a list of ideas for business names.

Things I’ve seen other people sell (with lots of feedback, so somebody is buying it): psychic predictions, love spells, fortunes, forum posts, drawings, photographs, poems, and all kinds of other stuff.

There's more to come! These are only a few of the best ways to make money from home. I'm working on a second article to help you get rich from your sofa.

Did I Forget Anything? - Please share your favorite money-making ideas below. No idea is too big or too small, so don't be shy.

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      LouisSteinhauer 3 years ago

      Wow that's such an amazing lens!! It's one of the most simple and informative articles I've ever read. I'm not the kind of person who'd take risks and honestly even if I want to make money from home, I would go for the most simplest way to guarantee me income. I looked up sites like snagthecash and they were really easy and simple. But after reading your lens I think selling some of my younger brother's old books would be one of the simplest and easiest ways for me to make money from home. Thanx a lot for these simple ideas.

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      RPWag 3 years ago

      Hi, excellent lense. I immediately signed up for "Field Agent" and have a mystery shopper job reserved that pays $9.20. Never heard of several of your ideas before, so thank you for the info.

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      Beverly Lemley 3 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Great info to help many of us! A lot of these ideas are really interesting! And It's neat to see a bit of hope for stuff lying around. I've heard of people buying cheap closeout stuff and selling it for good money. I will definitely check out these great ideas. Thanks for pointing out the pros and cons!

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      veproye55 3 years ago

      Some of the websites I have tried already but from your post I can concour on the real ones, the fake ones and the recomended one need to try

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      SimonJay 3 years ago

      Interesting tips for newbies starting online i will also say be extremely careful with pain surveys there are only a few legit ones out there it doesn't pay as much as advertised on most of their sign up sites but its still possible to make a little money from them.

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      Helpful ideas you've shared. I've checked out a couple of them.

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      Woodsusa 4 years ago

      Tweeted this...brilliant info!

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      Digory LM 4 years ago

      Very nice ideas. Fiverr sounds interesting.

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      Mommy 4 years ago from The Fabulous Midwest

      @Gypzeerose: Thank you, BloomingRose. I share your friend's attitude, and it has helped me support three kids alone. Those pennies add up! I haven't been dumpster diving in years, but your story just inspired me to check out the trash. That's awesome about your friend, and I like the baby plant idea. I never even knew that nurseries bought plants.

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      Mommy 4 years ago from The Fabulous Midwest

      @anonymous: Thank you, CMoney. You are such a sweetheart!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Man, you couldn't be more timely with a lens like this. A friend of mine says "something is better than nothing" and it is so important when it comes to making money. Well, there always is the garage sale, or selling your services like housekeeping or pet sits. I have heard some people sell baby plants to nurseries. When it comes to eBay and Amazon - just keep looking. I found a unused textbook still in the plastic in the dumpster near my apartment complex - got forty dollars for it. If you advertise in craigslist, people will let you pick up their stuff for resale. Oh! There is consigning your clothes as well. I knew someone who consigned clothes he bought at Goodwill through consignment shops and lived of the difference. Pinned to my board "cool ways to make money," out by g+, digg, facebook - and blessed. The thing I liked about this article is that you actually have done these things.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You said Top 7 and I counted 7 so I don't think you forgot anything. :) Great lens. I found it on Facebook and shared it via Pinterest. Also gave it a Google+.