10 Great Ways to Make Money Online From Home
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Finding ways to make money online from home seems like a hot topic these days. If you ask me, the craze over work from home jobs is understandable because you can make good money doing it. Today, I cover some of the reasons why you’d want to look into how to make money online and what some the benefits are to earning income this way.
Why it’s simple to Make Money Online from home
Aside from the obvious reason of having more money, making money online is something you can do from anywhere with a laptop and an Internet connection. That may be your home but it could also be a coffee shop or library too. Being able to work from home can mean flexibility if you can create your own schedule, work as little or as often as you like, or work online and earn money from anywhere in the world.
The best part about earning extra money is that you can use it for so many goals. When you make money online, you can put it toward paying off debt, saving for retirement, saving for a car or house, saving for your child’s college education or even just to have some play money for entertainment or guilt-free travel.
There are many unique ways to make money online from home so you can try out different options to match your skills so you can see what works for you.
legit ways to make money online from home
If you’re interested in making legit money online from home, here are ten ideas to consider.
1. Become a teacher…online
If you’ve always wanted to teach but didn’t know if you’d be able to support yourself with the job seeing as how many teachers earn a lower salary, consider becoming an online instructor.
You can teach through sites like VIPKid and make up to $20+ per hour. What you need is to be fluent in English, have a desire to teach (and you have at least one year of teaching experience) and a college education, along with basic computer skills.
While it won’t allow you to earn a full-time income, taking surveys is a simple way to make money online from home. Taking surveys is a great, mindless way to monetize your down time that will let you pad your wallet.
Below are some of our favorite survey sites:
Survey Junkie: One of the top survey sites and they pay cash directly to your PayPal account
Pinecone Research: They pay $3 per survey and they pay cash directly to your PayPal account
Opinion Outpost: One of the top survey sites in the space and they have quarterly $10,000 prize drawings
Inbox Dollars: Earn money for taking surveys, watching TV or making purchases online. Get $5 just for signing up
To improve your earning potential, you can sign up for a few different sites and take surveys regularly during your spare time, whether you’re watching a television show or listening to music.
3. INVESTING IN THE STOCK MARKET
Investing may seem like an odd way to make money online, but since you’re likely going to use an online brokerage to do that, investing definitely fits. Investing plays a key role in your overall financial health and growing your net worth.
Whether you’re saving for retirement, saving for college or something else, the stock market can help you accomplish those goals.
Thanks to the growth in the robo-advisor space, anyone can start investing as they manage your investments. If you’re a DIY-type, most brokerages offer free tools that help you start investing.
Brokers like Ally Invest let you start with no minimum balance and charge an industry low $4.95 per trade.
4. invest in real estate
Like the idea of investing, but hate dealing with the stock market? You can invest in commercial real estate from the comfort of your home – and you don’t need tens of thousands to start.
You can invest in commercial real estate through Fundrise, starting with as little as $500. You often need to be an accredited investor to invest in commercial real estate. That’s not the case with Fundrise, making real estate investing possible for more individuals looking to create a stream of passive income.
5. Sell Items Online
Selling items online is a great way to make money from home. The income can be inconsistent though especially if you are just selling certain items you have lying around the house on Craigslist, Amazon or Ebay.
Do you have an eye for a good deal? You can sell those items, for a profit, by using Amazon FBA. You can make hundreds, or more, each month by selling items through Amazon. Here are some free training courses to help get you started to make money on Amazon.
However, if you want to get more organized and consistently list items online to sell you, can ‘flip’ popular items and sell them online each month for a profit. I know a blogger who flips women’s clothing and makes a killing on Ebay each month.
Clothes, shoes, electronics, toys, college textbooks, household items and action figures are all great items to sell online for profit.
If you’re a designer you can also sell items through CafePress. This can include anything from T-shirts, mugs, phone cases and more.
6. Affiliate Marketing
If you have a blog, YouTube channel or another type of audience large or small, affiliate marketing is an option to make extra money online. Affiliate marketing involves promoting a third party product through a review, link or advertisement. When a click or sale is made, you earn a commission. Over time, those commissions can add up to some nice passive income.
The main rule is to disclose that you’re using an affiliate link and how affiliate marketing works so your audience is aware. Once you embed the affiliate link into your content or use an ad, you can just set it and forget it.
In order for affiliate marketing to work, it’s important to only post links that are relevant to your audience for products and services that are legit and helpful. If you are just posting spam or referring shady companies, your audience might get turned off and not trust you. Affiliate marketing needs to be as natural as possible.
I saw a good example of this when watching a YouTube video from one of my favorite vloggers. I am a huge Game of Thrones fan and I follow this YouTube channel that highlights a ton of theories for the show. The host of the episodes recently referred a book to viewers that the show was based on in order to learn more about the series and where he gets his theory ideas from.
He quickly disclosed that his link in the description was an affiliate link and he also explained how affiliate marketing works. I thought it was very tasteful and relevant so I didn’t mind. Plus, I felt no pressure as a viewer to make a purchase and that’s key. Affiliate marketing can be very lucrative if done right.
If the idea of making money through a blog seems impossible or overwhelming, don’t let that hold you back. You can start a blog for as little as $2.95 per month, when you sign up through our link, with Bluehost and they’ll get you do all the work for you to get a site up and running.
7. Test Websites
Have an opinion? You can get paid for it when you test websites out with UserTesting. UserTesting is a popular website that pays people to review other websites and blogs.
They pay $10 per 20-minute website review. My husband tried this website out and he liked it. Even though the pay wasn’t spectacular, it still required little work and little equipment in order to earn money. As long as you have a basic microphone or one built in your computer and a strong internet connection, you’ll be good to go..
8. freelance writing
Freelance writing is probably one of my favorite legit ways to make money online from home because it’s flexible, fun and the income potential can be limitless. I recently left my traditional job to freelance full-time; now, the bulk of my client work is freelance writing and I love it.
If you like to write, you can earn money writing articles or blog posts for other websites or ghostwriting pieces as well that don’t include your byline. What I like about freelance writing is that you can find clients in any niche.
It’s best to write about subjects you are knowledgeable about and have some interest in so all you have to do is find niches that match your interest and start writing. If you need help getting started writing for clients, check out Cat’s course on how to get paid writing for blogs.
9. Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistants are definitely a growing need as more and more business owners are outsourcing tasks. What I love about VA work is how flexible it is. If you have several different online skills or even just one, you can find work as a VA.
VAs often earn an hourly rate so this promotes a steady income. VAs do everything from managing emails and scheduling social media posts to managing blogs, sending out invoices, doing research and booking appointments.
My friend Kayla started out as a part-time VA and now runs her freelance VA business full-time. She earns over $10,000 per month while working from home as a VA. If you’re interested in starting your own freelance VA business, sign up for her course.
10. Data Entry
If you have accurate and quick typing skills, you can make money online doing data entry. Data entry work involves taking data provided by a company and entering it into some type of system or spreadsheet to be organized.
The work and pay could vary but it’s a common way to earn money from home and you can find gigs on sites like Upwork.com.
bonus – 11. proofreading
Want to work from home, but hate writing? You can also make money from home, or anywhere else, proofreading a variety of items.
Proofread Anywhere provides free courses to help you learn how to land general proofreading and transcript proofreading jobs you can do from the comfort of your home, or anywhere else you choose.
With the right training, all you need is a laptop and you can land proofreading jobs.
Have you tried any of these work-from-home options to make money online? What would you add to the list? What are some of the things you do with the extra money you earn in your side hustles?
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