Every year, Google logs almost 250 million searches for “how to make money at home.” No matter what your situation is, whether you’re a stay at home mom, a college student, or a professional looking to make some extra money, there are many legitimate ways to earn money by working from home. As someone who is passionate about earning a living online as well as saving money, I am excited to share with you 20 ways you can earn money, all while wearing your pajamas!
A quick note before we get started: any company or website that charges you a fee to work with them is a scam. As always, be wary of things that seem too good to be true on the internet.
1.) Start an Online Business
Do you have any kind of special skill that can be monetized? Do you make unique items that your friends are always telling you to sell? There are tons of online websites where small business creators can sell their products at a low cost. These companies typically take a percentage of your profit or charge a small listing fee.
Wondering which is the best ecommerce platform for you? Check out this link to compare all your options and decide which is best for you.
2.)Participate in Surveys and Earn Up to $250 Per Month
One of the easiest ways to earn money at home is to participate in online surveys. Companies will pay consumers through sites like Survey Junkie and Swagbucks to gather feedback on their products or information on their shopping habits. In order to earn large sums, you will have to participate in a lot of surveys but it is certainly an easy way to score some extra cash. Legitimate survey sites will always be free to sign up and use. Check out these sites to get started:
3.) Get Money Back on Things You’ve Already Purchased
Paribus is a service similar to Walmart’s Savings Catcher that finds out if stores you’ve shopped at online owe you a refund. It connects to your email account and searches your e-receipts. If Paribus discovers that a retailer has dropped the price on an item you’ve previously purchased, they will file a price adjustment claim on your behalf. The site works with many major retailers including Target, Apple, Kohl’s, Walmart, Costco, and more!
4.) Get Paid for Simply Installing Apps
A few companies, including Google, will pay you for installing their apps on your phone. For every month these apps are installed onto your phone, you get paid, typically in the form of gift cards. Check out these links to get started:
5.) Test Websites for $30 Per Hour
Have you ever visited a website and thought about how good or bad the design was? Now you can get paid to share your thoughts on it! All you have to do is open a website, click around, and get paid. While visiting each page, your screen will be recorded along with your voice to gather your thoughts. Top companies like Microsoft and Adobe all participate in this kind of paid research.
For more information on how to get started with this, click here:
6.) Get Paid for Being Healthy
The AchieveMint app awards points for being healthy and doing things like walking, tracking your food, and taking health surveys. For every 10,000 points you accrue, you earn $10 with no limit on how much you can earn. AchieveMint connects to the fitness apps you are already using such as FitBit and MyFitnessPal. Just by signing up, you receive 10 points
7.) Become a Freelancer
Do you have experience in marketing, social media, or writing? You can use your skills online to become a freelancer. Sites like UpWork connect employers with freelancers. Jobs can be anything from a quick blog writing job to a full-time marketing strategist position. The more jobs you complete through UpWork, the better your profile score and the more likely you are to be hired in the future. More jobs completed = more future work!
8.) Find a Remote Job via FlexJobs
FlexJobs is a great website for those looking to work from home. With over 50+ career categories on the site, anyone can find a remote job geared towards their skill sets.
9.) Become a Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistants, similar to admin assistants, handle all kinds of tasks at home from checking emails, making travel arrangements, and handling internet research. Depending on the company and tasks, you can earn up to $50 per hour! Virtual assistant jobs can be found on UpWork, FlexJobs, and Zirtual.
10.) Become a Private Tutor
Online tutors are needed 24/7 for students in a variety of subjects. No matter what your educational background is, you can participate as a tutor through the Chegg Tutor Program and earn up to $20 an hour.
11.) Change your Search Engine
Switching your search engine from Google or Yahoo to Bing can earn you money. Just make Bing your default search engine and conduct your searches as normal. By using Bing as your search engine you can earn credits that can be redeemed for gift cards; as much as $10 per month.
12.) Work for Amazon
Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a crowdsourcing marketplace that pays individuals to help perform virtual tasks for businesses selling on Amazon. These tasks can be anything from data validation, content moderation, and survey participation. Simply put, it’s a human fact check on what Amazon’s automated software systems have put up on their site. See, robots haven’t completely taken over the world yet!
13.) Become an Online Juror
Just like in court, you can participate in court cases from the comfort of your own home and make money. Jury Test and eJury will send you a case with presentations from both sides. Your task is to answer questions regarding the case. Payment for cases ranges from $10-100 and requires about 1-2 hours of online participation.
14.) Fix Google’s Mistakes
Everyone makes mistakes, even Google! Large search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing will pay you to fix their search results. You are in charge of fixing their results by making them relevant and useful. Doing so can earn you up to $12 per hour. The following sites will help you get started:
15.) Become a Pet Sitter
Can your house accommodate pets during the day? Pet sitting is a great way to satisfy both your love of animals and your bank account. Care.com and Rover.com are great sites to search for these types of jobs. They are free to sign up and use.
16.) Rent Your Parking Space
This is great for anyone who lives in an urban or heavily populated suburban area. If you do not use your parking spot during the day or have an extra one to spare, consider renting it! Parking spots can be highly coveted and renting your space is an easy way to earn extra cash. Depending on your location, parking spots can rent out for as much as $100 per month.
17.) Sell Your Stuff
Anyone else obsessed with the new show Tidying Up by Marie Kondo on Netflix? It’s based on the best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. In both the book and show, Marie teaches you how to change your home and life by cleaning out things that do not bring you joy and how to organize what does.
Check out the book on Amazon or the show on Netflix.
18.) Shop Online and Earn Cashback
Sites like eBates will pay you when you shop at your favorite retailers through their site or app.
19.) Rent Your Car While You’re Not Using It
A few months ago, I helped you find an affordable family car. Now, I’m helping you make money on it! Getaround lets you post your vehicle online and connect with people in your area who need a ride. Renters can access and book your vehicle straight from the app. With $1 million insurance coverage provided, you can rest easy knowing Getaround will take care of your vehicle.
20.) Earn Money by Being a Keyboard Warrior
You can earn up to $24 an hour simply to transcribing audio to text. Speechpad pays fast typists to make written versions of audio and video clips.
21.) Run Virtual Errands
If you have a fast internet connection and know your way around the internet, you can perform virtual tasks such as scheduling appointments, comparing product prices, and data entry. Each task can earn you $3-7. This is great for those who need a flexible schedule, even if that means you can only complete tasks at 4am.
22.) Teach English Online
You can earn up to $650 per month by teaching English to children in China a few hours a day. Classes are one-on-one with a predesigned curriculum. VIPKID handles all the logistics, operations, and parental communications so you can focus on your student. All you need is a full grasp of the English language, a quiet space, and a strong internet connection.
I make a decent amount of money with Swagbucks. In fact, I just purchased a new bed with money from Swagbucks. Otherwise, I would have had to wait a little more for a bigger bed (we went from Full to Queen).
Just like any job, earning money at home takes commitment and sometimes it can take a while to find your groove. Although some sites may promise it, there is no get rich quick approach to earning money online. But with determination and drive, you can earn a decent amount of money by using the above sites and apps. Have you tried any of these at-home money earning methods? I’d love to hear about your experience!