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8 Fun Ways to Make Extra Money From Home: Internet Income Ideas for 2017

Updated on February 25, 2017
Make money at home in your spare time
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Lots of people want to earn a little extra money from home but are leery of the vast amount of scams out there. I have been working from home, part-time now, for about 10 years, so I speak from experience when I say that it is possible to supplement your income through the internet. In this article I have compiled an up-to-date list of the most interesting and successful ways that people earn money from home. These places aren't going to transform you into a millionaire, but if you have a little bit of free time, you could turn these activities into some extra spending money.

1) Write Articles for Hubpages

Just in case you didn't realize it, you're on Hubpages right now! Hubpages is a user-based community of writers who create articles called “hubs”. At the moment it's probably the best blogging platform out there. Basically it's like having your own website, but where it differs is that the formatting, layout, web-management and search engine optimization aspects are all taken care of for you. Users earn money through ad-revenue sharing: using AdSense, Amazon, eBay and Hubpages' very own ad sharing program. The site boasts an easy-to-use format and friendly community, with forums and helpful tools to get beginners started. It's also an amazing ressource that's teeming with a large pool of well-written, useful information. If you are able to write in English and have knowledge that you want to share, you can contribute and start earning. Best of all it's free to join. I have been writing for Hubpages for almost 5 years now, and I earn a small but steady income because of it. It's also the most fun I have ever had writing on the internet.

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2) Home-Based Data Entry

To qualify for a data entry position you don't just need a computer: you need to be quick and precise. If you have the ability to type quickly and without making many mistakes, you can turn that into a part-time job. The down side to home-based data entry is that the supply is low and the demand is high; sites that offer data-entry jobs don't have many positions to offer and the ones that get posted online get snatched up quickly.

Check out: Lionsbridge (VirtualBee) and DionData Solutions for data entry positions.

3) Offer Tasks and Services on Fiverr

Do you have a talent or ability that you can market on the internet? If you do, then Fiverr could be the place for you: It's an online marketplace where people can buy and sell digital services (referred to as gigs) for a fee. The majority of the jobs start at $5 (which is where the company gets it's name) but prices can go as high as $500, depending on the job. Gigs on Fiverr can range anywhere from the more common jobs, including video and photo editing, to the more bizarre, such as hiring someone to say whatever you want while wearing a banana costume! There are so many different services offered on Fiverr that you could find someone to do almost anything for you, such as: promoting your website, making personalized gifts cards and even pretending that they are your girlfriend on social media. If you can think of something creative to offer the world, you could become a Fiverr success story.

The Fiverr Master Class Book:

Before I read this book, I had no idea that some people were actually making a lot of money on Fiverr. I saw it as a silly place where people sold gimmicks and maybe made a few bucks. Since reading this book, I have come to realize that the site is so much more than that. This book was an eye opener for me: not only did it teach me about the ins and outs of the site, it showed me the tools to use Fiverr to market myself and my home business. Out of all the books available on the subject, this one was by far the most useful in teaching me how to supplement my income.

4) Fill Out Surveys in Your Spare Time

I'll be honest, survey sites don't pay a lot, but if you have some spare time they are an easy way to make some extra dough. Some survey sites reward you with money, others pay out with gift cards. If you are blessed with the ability to multitask, you can turn that gift into some cash. Take a survey while you are watching TV and you've just increased your spending money. I have heard of people taking surveys while working at another job or even during school classes.... and while I wouldn't be able to personally take a survey while performing another task, for those who can do it, it's a pretty neat idea!

Some of the more popular survey sites include: "psos I-say, Global Test Market and Swagbucks.

Scanning barcodes for the consumer research panel, helps them study purchasing habits: consumers get prizes as payment.
Scanning barcodes for the consumer research panel, helps them study purchasing habits: consumers get prizes as payment. | Source

5) Scan the Barcodes on Your Purchases

National Consumer Panel, also known as the Nielsen Consumer Panel in Canada, will send you a personal scanner, so you can scan your weekly purchases. The company keeps track of the info in order to find out more about consumer purchasing habits. In exchange for this information, the company rewards you with points that you can redeem for prizes. Not the most lucrative of all the home based money-making ventures out there, but some people actually find the process of scanning their purchases enjoyable enough to keep on doing it.

6) Internet Classifieds Advertisements

By now, almost everyone has heard of classified ad sites like Craigslist, VarageSale and Kijiji (in Canada). They are a convenient way to find local listings for gently used second-hand goods. For the seller, it also facilitates clearing unwanted junk while making a few bucks, but some people actually use these sites to supplement their income by buying things at garage sales and then selling them at a profit. If you have an eye for what's in demand on the second-hand market, a local internet classified site could be the perfect place to turn clutter into cash! These sites are generally free to use and because they are local, you get to sell your things to other members of the community without the hassle of shipping them.

Selling on internet classified sites can also be a rewarding experience: It's fun to sell a vintage smurf to someone looking for that particular one for their collection, or finding that your owl clock is going to an enthusiastic owl merch collector. I am someone who personally enjoys collectibles and it's been my experience that selling in local classifieds is an interesting avenue for meeting people who share similar interests. I make about $1000 a year doing this, but I know others who make more than that each month!

7) Teach English Online

While many people travel overseas to teach English as a second language, there is no denying the convenience of doing it from the comfort of your home. There are several sites that hire English speakers to tutor the language to beginners. Generally most of these sites require the teacher to pass a series of tests to ensure they are capable. If you pass the vetting process, becoming an English language tutor can be a fun and rewarding position. I've been a tutor for many years, and it makes me very happy seeing how I helped someone learn something new and opened up new doors to people.

Some of the most reputable online English sites include: Verbalplanet, italki and Open English

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8) Become a Transcriptionist

Some companies need qualified individuals to type-up voice recorded messages and interviews. While this job is more technical in nature than data entry, it is possible to earn money by transcribing articles at home. I personally have transcribed audio files while working as a teaching assistant, so I know first-hand that the task can become repetitive and tedious, however with the right subject matter, it can also be an interesting part-time job. If you have the knowledge of more specialized fields such as law and medicine, there's even the potential for increased earning potential.

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    • TheKatsMeow profile imageAUTHOR

      Katee Shew 

      9 months ago from Canada

      I joined Hubpages first and then joined Squidoo! I always got more out of Hubpages, but sometimes I miss the quirky formats that people did on Squidoo... it was very different from Hubpages, that's for sure. You are right that online writing has changed, it's different from what it used to be.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      10 months ago from Central Florida

      I'm late arriving at Hubpages because I used to write on Squidoo. Before that, I wrote for eHow. Online writing like this isn't what it used to be, as I make only about 10% of what I used to make. Still, it is steady and gives me an outlet for writing and publishing in a small way.

    • JanisaChatte profile image


      22 months ago from Earth

      I've just recently started on hubpages and only earned a few cents so far. I think translation and freelance writing are worthy of being added to the list. There's always a demand for such services and with luck you'll eventually find work.

      Also, to add to the list of survey site, there's Surveyjunkie, offering numerous surveys per day and it's easy to qualify


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