Looking for a way to work from home, but don’t want to make an entire career of it? Need a few ideas to make a little extra money on the side? We have you covered.
Below we’ve found 49 different ways to make money from home — and some non work-from-home ideas. This list goes way beyond filling out a couple of surveys for a few bucks (although that’s here too!). These ideas are legit opportunities you likely never knew existed — and they can earn you some serious cash.
1. Get Paid to Review Websites
With the website UserTesting.com (1), you can earn up to $10 for a 15-minute session to give your opinion on websites and apps. The site claims Google, Apple and eBay as customers.
No, you don’t need to be an expert with the computer to be a member. In fact, people of all ages and abilities are welcome since e-commerce sites want to get feedback from all sorts of users — not just web-savvy shoppers.
Getting started is pretty simple. Sign-up with your email address, download the screen-recording software, and submit a sample. The company is looking for reviewers who will talk through their thinking while browsing a website, so be sure to give details aloud as you review.
2-3. Sell Your Photos for Cash
With the boom in the Internet has come a massive need for content and images. Today there are dozens of sites that allow you to upload images to sell online to websites, news organizations and blogs. You upload the images and the site takes care of the selling. In return you get paid every time someone buys your image.
With enough images you can actually take this from a part-time opportunity to a full-time gig. But it’s not as simple as taking a few snapshots and calling it a day. The stock-photo websites can be picky. We tried to put our photos for sale and weren’t approved. If you have an eye for photography, however, you can make some decent cash. Some sites pay up to 50% of their earnings for each download to the photographer.
The biggest companies in the field are iStockPhoto.com (2) and ShutterStock (3), but there are dozens of lesser-known sites that generally pay photographers higher rates per download. If you want to learn more, check out this cool site that compares all the stock photo sites.
4. Do The Most Random Tasks and Get Paid
Fiverr.com (4) is an online bazaar of random tasks. The premise is simple. You sign up, offer a service starting at $5, and then users hire you. For example, if you are good at graphic design, you might create a logo for someone.
The things you can do on Fiverr are limitless. There are “normal” tasks like resume writing, photo editing, translation services, and voiceovers. But there are also more unusual tasks you can do. There are women who will sing Happy Birthday while wearing a bikini, psychic readings, and even people offering to be your fake boyfriend/girlfriend.
Fiverr definitely has its unusual side, but if you have a skill to offer, then it’s a place where you can pick up a few extra bucks. One key to earning more: Offer “upsells” for more money than just $5.
5. Perform Microtasks on Amazon
The Mechanical Turk was a chess-playing robot from the 1700s that amazed crowds by being able to beat humans at the game. The Turk even beat Napoleon and Ben Franklin in exhibitions. It turned out that the machine was actually operated by a person sitting inside.
Amazon took the name to refer to small tasks that require human intervention. With it’s Mechanical Turk (5) program, you perform things like transcribing small amounts of data or comparing images to find matches. In return, you are paid a few pennies for each task. Our unfiltered opinion is that the pay is too low. For a task that might take 1-2 minutes, you are paid a penny. Still, there’s no arguing that you can earn a little scratch in your spare time.
6. Make Money Translating Online
Are you bilingual? Then you have a skill that’s in demand. As the world gets more connected, the need for translation is greater than ever. And thanks to the internet, it allows people like you to make income from home.
To get started, check out sites like Gengo.com (6), which pays its translators between $0.03-$0.08 per word. You’ll have to take an initial test to get started, so don’t think you can just sneak in by running the text through Google Translate!
7-9. Transcribe text from home
If you don’t speak a foreign language, don’t fret. Plain ol’ English is plenty helpful with transcription services that are available online. As a transcriptionist, you’ll receive audio/video files and have to type out what’s being said. It’s straightforward work that’s been around for decades, but it still needs to be done — and people are willing to pay!
We’ve used Rev.com (7) before to have files transcribed. The work is top-notch. Transcriptionists are paid between $0.40-$0.65 per audio minute. So transcribing an hour of audio would net you between $24 and $39. If you want more work, there are also sites like Tigerfish (8) and Quicktate (9).
10. Get Paid to be an Online Expert
Do you have specific expertise and knowledge in a certain field? Then you can make money from home sharing what you know.
The most well-known way to do this is with JustAnswer.com (10). Don’t think just that because you read a few books on a subject that you’re an expert. For example, to be an expert on the topic of “dogs,” the site requires an active veterinary license and at least four years of experience. Still, if you meet the requirements of one of the site’s 175+ categories, then it claims you can earn thousands of dollars each month.
11. Become a Phone-based Consultant
If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a consultant, now is your chance. Ether.com (11) is the easiest way to get started, and you can do it all from home.
The site is straightforward. You sign up and create a profile that shows off your expertise. Then you set your hours that you’d like to work and your rate. If someone wants to talk to you, you’ll receive a notification to accept.
Ether lets you set your own rate and takes a 15% commission. You can consult on any topic, but it helps if you have a following already (such as a website or blog) that allows you to get your name in front of more potential callers.
12. Lend as Little as $50 and Earn Interest
We all know that in the past several years banks have tightened up lending. That’s helped lead to the rise of peer-to-peer lending networks. It’s a win-win; borrowers receive loans that a bank wouldn’t give them (or at a lower interest rate) while lenders receive higher interest rates than they could earn otherwise.
Sites like Prosper.com (12) allow you to sign up and loan small amounts of money to other people, while earning a healthy interest rate. Prosper takes care of all the back-end paperwork and documentation. You loan the money and earn interest. The rates can vary from around 5% to 25%, depending on credit worthiness of the borrower. The amount you loan is up to you. Loans are crowdsourced, so if someone is borrowing $5,000, it may be there are 100 lenders putting up $50 each. Being able to diversify helps lessen your risk of loss. Prosper takes care of collecting monthly payments and distributing them to lenders.
13. Sell Your Old Clothes and Bags for Cash
Are you a fashionista? Do you buy clothes, shoes or designer handbags, use them for a season and then let them sit in the closet? If so, then you could earn some serious cash with Tradesy (13).
Tradesy is an online outlet for selling designer goods. Users with old things to sell sign up and list their items. Buyers come to the site to buy high-quality items at discounts to retail. Tradesy acts as the middleman. They’ll send you a box to ship in and take care of payment. In return, the site takes a 9% commission on what you sell.
14. Earn Up to $500 in Bonuses on Your Savings Account
If you’re a saver, then you know interest rates pay next to nothing. However, the bonuses on opening up accounts are still healthy.
The rules are usually pretty simple. Open up a checking or savings account with a bank while keeping an average balance above a certain level for 90 days and the bank will deposit a bonus into your account. Some offers also require you direct deposit at least one item per month.
One of the best offers we’ve seen is with CapitalOne’s 360 Savings (14). They will pay you up to $500 (for a $50,000 account balance) after 90 days. If you don’t have that much cash, then you can get a $50 bonus on a $5,000 account. There is no direct deposit stipulation.
(Note: Check out this offer from Chase for an even better bonus.)
15-16. Assess Social Media Part Time
Both companies have positions that rotate. Currently they are hiring Social Media Evaluators. The positions are part-time and more regular work, including a commitment of at least several hours a day over a 5-day workweek.
17. Evaluate Search Engine Results
Ever wonder how search engines seem to know exactly what you’re looking for? Sure, there are a lot of bright people who work to engineer the best results, but they also enlist the help of everyday users to evaluate results to tell them where they can improve. That’s an opportunity to evaluate search engines and get paid.
Leapforce (17) is one such company that hires people to give feedback:
Search Engine Evaluators conduct research, evaluation and feedback on search engine results by, but not limited to, measuring the relevance and usefulness of web pages in correlation to predefined queries, by providing comparative analysis of sets of search engine results and various other techniques.
Keep in mind you’ll need a university degree to be eligible for Leapforce.
18. Make up to $25 per hour grocery shopping
This opportunity technically isn’t working from home, but it offers flexibility and the ability to earn a good bit of cash in your spare time.
Instacart (18) allows you to earn money shopping or delivering groceries (up to $25 an hour). To get started you will have to apply, then go through a background check and interview session. Once approved you will receive orders on your smartphone. You then go and shop at local retailers for the goods on your list. Not every store is available, so you will only be focused on a few (usually higher-end) places.
One thing to keep in mind is that Instacart is only available in some cities. If you live in a major U.S. city then it’s likely available. You can see a full list of cities available here.
19. Become an Online Tutor from Home
The rise of educational sites like KahnAcademy.com has created a massive shift in how people learn. Now practically any topic can be learned online. But that doesn’t mean everyone can learn from watching a YouTube video. There is still a need for one-on-one instruction.
To fill that need, a number of tutoring sites are available that offer online instruction to students. These sites are always in need of instructors. Tutor.com (19) is one well-known site, and has a need for people to tutor in everything from Geometry to German. You’ll need to be a college sophomore or higher to apply, and many subjects require a degree.
20. Teach English to Adult Learners
English is known as the international language for business. That means there is huge demand in learning the language among adult learners.
iSpeakuSpeak (20) caters to these individuals, providing a platform to help people learn English as a second language. According to their site:
Students are adult learners who use English for their jobs. Their age ranges between 25-55. Students are employed in multinational firms, and usually receive training as a benefit from their employer. Their linguistic levels range from pre-intermediate to advanced. The application of their learning is in line with their professional tasks: negotiations, meetings, presentations, e-mail communication, etc.
Of course, that means iSpeakuSpeak needs instructors, who only need a PC and internet connection. Classes last about 30 minutes per session and trainers can work up to 30 hours a week, although there is flexibility.
21-24. Make Extra Cash by Playing Games, Taking Surveys and Searching the Web
Of all the opportunities in this list, it doesn’t get easier than with sites like SendEarnings.com (21). The premise is pretty simple. You sign up, enter your information, and then complete surveys, play games or read emails for cash. The site will automatically give you $5 just for signing up. You won’t earn a fortune, but the opportunities are easy and plentiful. Similar sites include InboxDollars.com (22), Swagbucks.com (23), and CashCrate.com (24).
25. Earn Rebates for Things You Buy Already
Do you shop at Walmart, Target, Kroger, or nearly any well-known retailer or grocery store? Then you should be earning cash back on what you’re already buying. With Ibotta.com (25), you earn rebates at stores by completing small tasks like taking a survey or watching a video and then uploading a photo of your receipt. Many of the rebates are pretty substantial too. For example, you can earn $10 back on $100 spent through Ibotta at Macy’s or Nike.com.
What we like most is that the rebate is paid in cash to your PayPal account. It’s not in the form of a gift card.
26-28. Earn Money Writing Company Slogans
On these sites, companies submit a call for slogans, the sort of tone they want the slogan to convey and a reward for the winner. Different sites and companies have different amounts they will pay, which can range from $10 to $1000.
GetASlogan.com sums up why we think these jobs are so cool:
Are you looking for an exciting writing job? What about writing slogans? You can work at your pace, without commitments, just contributing slogans when you feel creative. Suggesting slogans is also an ideal telecommuting job as it only requires writing catchy short sentences. The majority of our clients need a catchy slogan for their business. They need creative sloganners that, like you, enjoy writing slogans as writing job.
29. Wrap Your Car in Advertising
Ok, it’s technically not working from home, but it does offer a way to earn money on the side without having to punch a time clock.
FreeCarMedia.com (29) pays drivers up to $400 a month to wrap their car in a vinyl wrap and drive their normal daily routes. Not everyone will qualify for inclusion, but if you drive regularly in a major city, you could be selected. Check out the site for more details, or the synopsis below:
When chosen by an advertiser, your vehicle will be either fully wrapped in a vinyl decal, known as a car wrap, or sometimes just the rear window will display an attractive advertisement. You will get paid monthly to display these advertisements on your vehicle. Most programs average anywhere from 6 to 24 months or longer. You won’t be able to quit your job by doing this, but if you don’t mind having your vehicle being used as an advertising medium, then this could be a perfect fit for you.
30-31. Become a Psychic Advisor
Do you remember the Miss Cleo TV ads from years ago — the woman with the Jamaican accent who offered to tell your future for a fee? Business for Miss Cleo has gone downhill, but there is still a market for psychic advisors.
Sites like Keen.com (30) and BitWine.com (31) allow you to sign up as a psychic and sell your services. Frankly, we don’t believe in psychics, but if you think you can help tell the future for others, it’s a cool way to work from home in your spare time.
32. Take Surveys to Earn Extra Money
There are tons of sites out there that offer surveys in exchange for a few bucks. Don’t expect to get rich, but if you have some spare time, they can be worth a few minutes.
Pollbuzzer.com (32) is one of the easiest ways to get started. You create an account, fill out some demographic information and then the site will email you anytime there is a survey that fits you.
33. Have a Truck? Make $40 an Hour Helping People Move
BuddyTruk (33) isn’t available everywhere just yet, but if you live in Austin or Los Angeles and have a truck, then you can make up to $40 a hour. Think of the site like Uber for people with trucks. You download the app and can see people in the area that need a truck to help move something like a couch or make a pick-up from IKEA. It’s still in the early stages, but looks like a promising way to pick up some extra cash on the weekend. Note that you will have to go through a background check to get started and be approved. Read our review of Buddytruk here.
34. Help Others Clean, Move, Run Errands and More
If you have extra time, then you can earn money helping other people cross items off their “to-do” list. TaskRabbit (34) is a cool site that offers on-demand household help. People who have a task they want to outsource sign up and hire “taskers” from the site.
To be a tasker you need to undergo an identity and background check. You’ll also need to live in or near a major U.S. city for most tasks. If you don’t, there are still some remote jobs you can do like research, graphic design and data entry.
35-37. Make Money as a Voiceover Talent
Not many of us stop to think about it, but voiceovers are everywhere. Books on tape, TV commercials, radio spots, and even YouTube videos all need voice talent. No, you don’t have to have the deep booming voice of a movie announcer. All types of voices are needed.
Barriers to entry are low, but don’t think you can get started by recording your voice on your PC microphone. You’ll need to invest in a decent microphone and other equipment to get started. As well, you’ll need to record demos so that clients can know what to expect.
38-40. Create Company Names and Logos While Winning Prize Money
Similar to the contests mentioned earlier where you can create slogans to win prize money, there are also several sites with contests to create company names and logos. Competition is usually pretty fierce with hundreds of entries for each contest. That said, if you win you can earn anywhere from $50 to several hundred dollars.
To get started, check out any number of sites, including LogoForce.com (38), NamingForce.com (39), or SquadHelp.com (40). Each of them are free to join, so there is no risk and the potential to earn some serious cash.
41-44. Participate in Research Panels and Focus Groups, Earning up to $250 a Session
Research panels have moved online, allowing you to participate from anywhere in the world. Best of all, if you are selected for a panel, you can earn some pretty hefty amounts. Payments of $50 to $150 are usual, but even up to $250 is possible.
To get started, sign-up and create a profile on any number of research panel websites. Signing up for more than one will increase your chance of being picked for a panel. Try FocusScope.com (41) , 2020Panel (42), MediaBarn Research Services (43),or MindSwarms.com (44) to learn more about opportunities and start earning money.
45. Earn Rewards to Amazon, Starbucks, and More With Online Surveys
There are dozens of sites for answering surveys, but few are as renowned as Harris Poll (45), which has been in business for more than 50 years. After becoming a member, you’ll be eligible for surveys on a wide variety of topics.
While many survey alternatives pay cash, Harris Poll pays in reward points that can be transferred to rewards from places like Amazon, iTunes, Starbucks and more.
46-47. Let Research Companies Track Your Phone Use for Rewards
Advertisers and consumer researchers love to know how you use your cell phone. There are a couple of companies out there that will pay you to download their app (which anonymously tracks your phone use) and let it run in the background while you go about your daily business.
In return, you will earn points that can be redeemed for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target and Starbucks. To get get started, sign up at MediaInsiders.com (46) or Nielsen (47) (of the Nielsen ratings fame).
48. Write Reviews for New Music, Commercials, or Fashion
SliceThePie.com (48) is a cool site that lets you listen to new media or fashion and write a review for cash. Don’t expect to listen to the latest Katy Perry or Taylor Swift. The site says that most of the reviews go back to unknown artists for feedback. You’ll get paid a little for each review and can withdraw money via PayPal when you reach $10. For more on how it works, here is an FAQ from their website:
All you have to do is hit the play button and start listening to the track. You can begin reviewing right away in the text box and after you’ve listened to at least 90 seconds of the track, you can rate it out of ten using the slider. Then hit submit and on to the next one!
49. Make $25 an Hour Delivering for Amazon
Amazon’s new Flex program (49) is only in the Seattle area, but is rapidly spreading to major cities across the country. Think of this program like Uber/Lyft for Amazon’s packages. You deliver packages for the company’s Prime Now services (which delivers certain items in two hours or less) and get to work when you want.
The work pays up to $25 an hour. You’ll need to be 21 years old to sign-up and have a car.
Have more ways to make money working from home or non work-from-home jobs that offer flexibility to work when you want? Let us know in the comments below.
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