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Ways to Make Money from Home: Start Today

Updated on March 14, 2018
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Sydney began freelance writing in 2008, works with hundreds of Realtors across the country, and is a born and raised Texan.

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We all dream of firing our bosses and working for ourselves but some people just don't know how to begin that process. In this series of Ideas to Work from Home posts you'll find some ideas on how to work for yourself. Keep in mind you will need to do complete research on your state's requirements to starting a business so these ideas are only meant as 'idea starters' to get you motivated.

Write Collection Letters

Even small business owners need collection letters written every now and then. The services you provide could be competitive, if not cheaper, than retaining the services of a larger collection agency that will only half way do the job correctly.

Debri and Trash Removal

One thing contractors have to always make sure they do on a jobsite is cleaning up after the job is done. Most know it’s a requirement of the job but they still hate to do it. So getting your name out there as an independent contractor that will handle the clean-up should be relatively easy. They simply call you when their job is done to come clean up. You’ll need a truck and a few tools but that’s about it. Make sure to get the business cards too.

Pet Walking Service

People will pay as much for a dog walker as they will a babysitter. Believe it or not, pet owners regard their pets as an extension of their family so there is nothing they won’t do to ensure their pets comfort. Some pet owners work crazy hours so it’s in their benefit to have someone stop by to let their pet out for potty or playtime.

Publish a Newsletter for a Business

Whether it be an internal memo or an external newsletter on the business or organization, a great way to keep their name in the public eye is to provide information often about the happenings going on.

Video Services

This is a new and upcoming market as everything is going video so why not capitalize on that? There are so many things that people will pay to video all in the name of making memories.

Write Personal Announcements

You could write wedding announcements, graduation announcements or just about anything that can be “announced.” Some people don’t have the time and some don’t have the “skill” so you step in, charge a minimal fee, and write the announcement for them.

Residential Painting

If something has just been built, they will need a paint job. If someone is looking to update their dwelling, they will want a paint job. If you simply want to go out and paint a hop-scotch on an apartment complex sidewalk, they’ll want a professional painter to do it. Even if you want to start small and paint a room, you can still be a painter.

Mothers Day Out

Nothing tells mom you love her more than a day out sans the kiddos. Start a day sitting service for moms day out. Check your state's regulations on childcare.

Doll Maker

Homemade dolls are a growing market. If you can sew or have an original doll idea, you won’t believe the market available to you. Even if you just start out selling your dolls at flea markets, online, or even Ebay; you’re sure to find a market for your dolls.

Reservation Service

This is a pretty nifty field to get into as you can do it from anywhere. An example would be someone who rents their cabins out to tourists or vacationers. If they have their info online they will want someone to take calls or schedule reservations. This isn’t like a hotel; it’s more personable because the cabins are typically rented out for a week or two at a time. The owner may also want you to schedule maid services once the guests have checked out.


Would you like to resell merchandise for a profit? Specialty Merchandise Corporation is a great and inexpensive way to start. No applying for rights to promote them and they even have a great no credit check finance option. You can actually get started for under $25! How much do I believe in this company? I make NO money referring them to you. Not one cent. They give you ideas on how to sell their merchandise, such as flea markets, online, swap meets, wholesaling and more. You can visit their site for more information

Personal Chef

Along the same lines as BBQ catering, people will pay for personal chefs to come to their home and prepare a healthy menu or simply to do some light cooking for them so they don’t have to.


Writers of all industries need a good proofreader. This is valuable to them as it allows personal feedback and not just what the spell check can do. Authors of books are always looking for people to proofread for them.

Web Designer

Web designing is an easy task to do at home on a part time or full time basis. Small business owners will pay someone to create an online presence for their business and large companies will pay someone to revise content of their already established website.

Manage a Church

I suggest checking with your local churches about this one. Sometimes they only hire from within their congregation but some churches wants someone outside the organization to assist in managing the day-to-day responsibilities of the church.


Look in the want ads of your local paper or even on, you will find an abundance of jobs within this field. It seems to be an undying profession. Education is required of course but usually you can go to school for less than a year to get certified in bookkeeping but to advance in accounting you will want to look into a 2-4 year degree program. This profession allows you the flexibility of working from your own office or working from your own home office. At times you can even meet your clients at the local coffee house or their location. Typically, small business owners will utilize your service because you'll save them more money than that big accounting firm will.

Gamble at Your Own Risk

Unless you’re really good, gambling as a profession just doesn’t work for everyone. There are local games you can enter and ones on a larger scale if you’re willing to pay to enter the competition.

Style Consultant

Fashion is an ever-growing profession. People will pay someone for throwing outfits together or dressing them for particular events. If you have good fashion sense, you don’t have to design clothes to get into this field, you just have to know what’s in and what’s out. Believe it or not, not everyone is capable of matching.

Mailing Lists

This tedious profession allows you to set up mailing lists for companies and sometimes these businesses are willing to pay for lists of potential customers in their area. The good thing about this profession is you’re able to sell the same list over and over again to different companies. Keep an organized record of your contacts so you become known as the person who provides updated information.

Internet Research

Everything has been moving online for awhile now. Companies will pay high dollar for research on any given topic they desire. Some companies want to know about their competitors while others seek trends in the market. Either way, if you are organized and can find just about anything online, this may be the gig for you!

** No worries if this or the previous list didn't get your idea juices flowing ~ there are still a lot more ideas I have to post ~ something is sure to get you going! If not, feel free to send me a message, tell me what your favorite hobby is and I'll customize you a business solution! All I can do is suggest, you have to be the one to grab the opportunity and run with it!

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