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How to Make Extra Vacation Money: Generating Income from Your Computer

Updated on February 27, 2020
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Caitlin Goodwin is a mom with 4 children (one with autism) and a full-time job, trying to navigate her way in a busy world.


Hustle for the Travel

We spend plenty of time traveling as a family, so I am always on the hunt for new ways to fund our travels. Every family values quality time together. Our son has autism, so we really want to make sure any moneymaking endeavors are supportive.

I spend enough time at work, so my side hustles all have to be from my computer (so I can work while my family sleeps). Over the years, I've found genuine ways to make vacation money working at home.

  • There are customer service, nursing, case management, educational jobs, and more careers from home. Want to join the work-at-home movement? Under location, enter the phrase "Remote". This will give you work-from-home opportunities. You can narrow the process by inserting keywords. As technology expands, the number of job options will multiply too.
  • If you are interested in becoming an online educator or teaching assistant, an opportunity to work as an academic coach for university and college programs. The pay is typically done per student. Your course load varies by term, but usually you coach one to three sections. Each section has approximately 30 students and you can limit the amount of sections that you coach. Check the website to see the subject areas that are currently hiring.
  • This website features a number of freelance job postings broken down by professional categories.
  • This is a service that provides legitimate work from home jobs, home businesses, freelance projects, and telecommuting companies.
  • A site that hires freelancers for a huge variety of jobs, searchable by interest. As a medical writer, I find incredible passion projects. Upwork has funded all of my Walt Disney World trips. I have found amazing jobs and absolute scams here. Be smart.
  • The lowdown- mturk is a program by Amazon where one completes HITs (Human Intelligence Task). These vary from data entry to survey or voice recording tasks. If submitted and performed correctly, one will receive a small amount of money. Beware of this one. Very rarely is the return worth the risk. Sometimes you will have an unscrupulous client who rejects Your HIT so they don’t have to pay. If you jump into this world, head over to the mturk subreddit and dive in.
  • Publish an e-book: Feeling creative and want to be an entrepreneur? Publish your own e-book, and rack in 70% of the earnings, depending on pricing and company.
  • Freelancers can come here to become part of an outsourcing marketplace. connects companies and individuals who want to hire programmers, web developers, designers, writers, data entry specialists.
  • Hubpages: Writers (Hubbers) post informational articles (Hubs). Any writer who writes Hubs has the opportunity to earn income, so long as they hold a valid Adsense account. If you don't have an existing Adsense account, don't worry. Once you write 10 to 15 quality hubs, you can apply for one. Earnings accumulate and are paid out when the account reaches $50. Hubbers retain intellectual property rights to their content and can delete Hubs whenever. Check out my work on the website.

Make Vacation Money Working at Home

  • Be realistic about your workload.
  • Set up a desk with all office supplies, and work as if you were in an office. Working from home just means you need extra focus!
  • If you have children, you need a distraction-free zone.

Tell me in the comments below if you have other tips and tricks. I'd love to expand our list to help you make vacation money working at home.

© 2020 Caitlin Goodwin


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