Making side income at home has become easier than ever with all of the available resources with a computer and internet connection.
So even if you only want to work an extra few hours a month or make this a full-time gig, you'll have many options to choose from.
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1. Start a blog
I became a full-time blogger back in 2017, which is why blogging is #1 on this list.
You can monetize a blog in so many ways, including sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, ad revenue, selling your own products, coaching, and so much more.
What you ultimately do to make money as a blogger is completely up to you.
When I went full-time back in 2017, I was scraping by and wasn't making much on my blog, but now I've made close to six figures with my online business in just 1 year. It's really incredible what you have the power to do with your blog.
2. Freelance Writing
I'm a freelance writer myself and love this area of work. Which is why when I came across Freelance Writing Simplified, I knew I had to read it and share it with my readers.
Freelance Writing Simplified teaches you a simplified approach to building a freelance writing business. Even better – the guide only costs $25.
You learn from a successful freelancer herself who had a dream of working from home – and is now a freelance writer full-time while traveling the world.
3. Sell on Amazon
Selling items on Amazon can be an incredible online business where you can make great money with just a few hours per week.
My friends at The Selling Family have perfected the art of selling on Amazon and has made well over $100,000 profit by working just 20 hours a week.
Jessica even has a FREE 7-day course that tells you everything you need to know in a simplified way to get started selling on Amazon.
4. Teach English online
Teaching English online is a great way to make income at home, while on your own schedule.
You get to enjoy the flexibility of a stable job, while not having to do any lesson planning or grading like most teachers do.
VIPKID is the leader in the online English teaching world, paying up to $25 per hour, and the entire curriculum is provided for you. Forbes even recognized VIPKID as one of the best places to work online.
Filling out surveys to make money is an easy way to make money by simply providing your opinion to questions.
I genuinely enjoy surveys because I love sharing my opinion on things. I've always been into taking quizzes and surveys, so naturally, I love this method of making some extra cash.
Here are a few of my favorite surveys to make money:
Ibotta is a free app that gives you cash back for making purchases on things like groceries, clothes, toiletries, and much more.
It's silly not to use Ibotta if you're a grocery shopper and also have to buy things like clothes, toiletries, household items, etc. Pretty much any kind of item is available for cash back on Ibotta.
Ibotta works at almost every grocery store, Best Buy, Etsy, Forever 21, Hotels.com, Sephora, Instacart, Kohls, Nike, PetCo, Amazon, Target, and hundreds of other stores.
If you sign up now, you can get $10 in your account by using my link here.
7. Virtual Assistant
Aside from this blog, I'm a virtual assistant and it's been a life changing experience – here's why.
I'm a virtual assistant for a 7 figure blog, which allows me to see how a successful, profitable business works. Not only that, I get paid very well for assisting the business owner.
So many people ask me how to get started in this field, which is why I recommend $10KVA.
$10KVA teaches you exactly how to find your first client (and second, third, so on), how to set up your rates, and teaches you how to make $10,000 a month with virtual assisting. $10KVA simplifies the process of becoming a virtual assistant.
With businesses going online, this career space is going to grow exponentially.
You can learn more about $10KVA here – it's amazing.
Ebates is awesome for anyone who regularly shops online. Ebates works by giving you cash back for purchases you would make anyway.
Ex. Shop on Amazon? Ebates gives cash back for purchases made on Amazon and hundreds of other stores.
I use Ebates any time I make an online purchase. All you have to do is find the store you shop at online on Ebates and then start shopping.
Becoming a bookkeeper has several benefits, such as low startup costs, high profit, freedom to work remotely, and plenty more.
As a bookkeeper, you can expect to earn an average of $62 per hour.
Click here to get access to a free, 3-part video series that'll reveal the keys to success in the bookkeeping industry.
10. Teaching English with Magic Ears
Magic Ears is a company based in China that hires English speakers from the U.S. and Canada to teach English.
Magic Ears pays teachers up to $26 per hour and provides all the curriculum for you.
Magic Ears is similar to VIPKID (which I mentioned earlier in this post). I recommend applying to both as you can increase your chances of getting an online English teaching job.
11. Pick up garbage
Did you know you can make money by picking up garbage?
The garbage pickup business is incredible for several reasons: 1) There's a high demand for it, 2) It's recession-proof, and 3) It helps the environment.
If you're interested in this opportunity, check out my friend's book, CleanLots, where he tells you everything you need to know to get started, which also includes free phone support to get your business up and running. I truly believe this is a huge untapped market which leaves a lot of room for high income and growth.
12. Facebook Ad Manager
Did you know you can become a Facebook Ads Manager for businesses and make an extra $1,000 to $2,000 a month?
Facebook is heavily focused on ads promoted by brands and businesses, which is why Facebook Ad Managers are in high demand.
You can learn how to become a Facebook Ads Manager in less than 28 days with the Facebook Side Hustle Course.
This course works, and it even gives you access to a private group that is full of testimonials. I'm in the group and it's incredible and so inspiring to see so many students create a full-time income, work from home, all because of the Facebook Side Hustle course.
13. Flipping Websites
You know how people flip items for profit on eBay? There are also people out there flipping websites.
My friend Jenn has made over $100k flipping blogs in again, what I think is a massively successful untapped market, meaning very little people are taking advantage of this method of making money.
She works part-time, sets her own hours, and is now sharing her strategies and tips with people who want to do the same.
14. Create products to sell
Do you have a creative personality or enjoy creating products that will help people?
Digital products are a great way to share your knowledge and experience.
And, they are even more amazing because people can download and access them immediately.
Digital products can range from ebooks, courses, printables, and more.
With Six Figure Blogger, you'll learn how to create high converting sales pages, email trust funnels, digital products, and so much more.
You don't even have to be a blogger to sell your own digital products. There are people out there taking full advantage of Etsy (and even Instagram!) to sell their items through their small business.
15. Affiliate marketing
Bloggers and online influencers often use affiliate marketing to increase their blog revenue.
Affiliate marketing is when you recommend a product via a link to someone. When they click on your link and buy, you get a commission for that purchase, at no cost to the individual. This is affiliate marketing in a nutshell.
With the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course, influencers can learn how to naturally generate affiliate income every month.
Whether you're a YouTuber, Instagrammer, or blogger, affiliate marketing can really help boost your blogging income.
16. Rent a room or apartment out on Airbnb
Did you know you can make money by renting out a room or apartment?
If you travel often and have a vacant house, I definitely recommend putting your apartment or house on Airbnb.
I have several friends that live in a big house and decided to rent out a room. This Airbnb room now covers their mortgage.
You can sign up to become an Airbnb host here. [You can even see how much you can make in your city by clicking that link. In my small town in Colorado, it's possible for me to make $1,365 per month].
If you're clueless about Airbnb hosting, you can learn how to do everything in a simplified fashion with Hosting Your Pad.
Hosting Your Pad is an affordable course for Airbnb hosts that make it incredibly easy to make great money by hosting a room.
Trim cancels subscriptions, negotiates your cable or internet bill, finds you better car insurance, and more.
Not only that, Trim analyzes your accounts to find recurring subscriptions and determines where you can save more money.
Check out Trim's savings calculator here to see how much you can save.
18. Customer Service Representative
Customer service representatives are the go-between for customers and companies.
At FlexJobs, there are hundreds of new online, work from home jobs posted for customer service representatives.
These jobs are almost always entry-level, which means you don’t need any experience to get started.
Most customer service representative jobs usually start around $13 per hour.
19. Professional Proofreader
Transform your passion for words and reading by becoming a professional proofreader, and help people like me who are terrible at proofreading. 🙂
Proofreaders can earn up to $30+ per hour and offers competitive pay and flexible hours while working from home.
Click here for a free workshop which will show you if proofreading is right for you, how to attract your ideal proofreading clients, and how proofreading can lead to lifestyle freedom and financial security.
Scoping is the process of editing legal documents for court reporters.
Scopists generally make between $30k-$60k a year when working full-time, can work anywhere, and are currently in high demand.
21. Flea Market Flipper
If I wasn't blogging full-time, I would totally be a full-time flea market flipper.
The possibilities and room for growth are endless when it comes to flipping.
My friends Melissa and Rob are killin' at flipping and are teaching hundreds of students how to do the same.
In fact, in Melissa's and Rob's first year flipping full-time, they made over $133,000.
You can turn your passion for visiting thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets into a profitable reselling business.
Learn how flipping can be your ticket to lifestyle freedom and financial security in this free workshop here. 🙂
22. Save 25% on every vet bill
Pet Assure is a dog owner's dream come true.
Pet Assure is a veterinary discount plan, meaning every time you go to an approved vet, your bill will be reduced by 25%.
There's no waiting period, no deductible, every medical procedure is covered, pre-existing conditions welcomed (what?!) and no claim is ever denied.
Example: Dental Cleaning and X-Rays = $475.
Your savings on that would be $118.75.
Even better, Pet Assure is incredibly cheap with plans averaging around $10 a month.
23. Task Rabbit
Task Rabbit lets you find jobs you love at rates you choose on a schedule that fits your life. Taskers can make up to $2,000 a month.
When you sign up for Task Rabbit, you'll get notified of potential jobs nearby, you select the jobs you want to complete, confirm details with the client, and complete the work and submit your invoice.
Popular tasks include handyman work, cleaning, delivery, moving, furniture assembly, personal assistant, just to name a few.
24. Switch phone companies
Are you spending too much money on your cell phone every month?
Mint Mobile has 3-month plans at $20 per month with 5GB of 4G LTE data per month, along with unlimited talk, text, and data, along with free calls to Canada and Mexico.
You can even use your current unlocked phone and simply switch SIM cards.
25. Manage your money all in 1 app
Are you overwhelmed by finances? Are you sick of managing tons of different finance apps?
Cinch takes care of everything all in one place.
Live a life of finance minimalism by starting Cinch today.
Cinch monitors your credit score, if you have missed payments or if there's been unauthorized use, to how much insurance you need, and a lot more.
Do you have skills such as graphic design, social media, voice over, illustration, or translation?
Fiverr lets you create a profile and share your services with people looking to hire freelancers.
I've hired people from Fiverr numerous times and love that I can support someone's dream online.
27. Refund unnecessary fees
Did you know you can get bank and credit card fees refunded?
You can expect refunds on things like foreign transaction fees, wire transfers, minimum balance fees, ATM fees, and credit card interest charges. Pretty awesome.
Cushion makes money by keeping 25% of the refunded amount.
A transcriptionist practices the art of turning audio and video recordings into text documents.
These are voice-recorded reports in several different fields, such as legal, medical, and general.
These might be writers, podcasters, bloggers, trainers, academics, and basically anyone with audio or video content that needs to be turned into text.
You can learn more about becoming a transcriptionist and how to make money doing so in this FREE 7-day mini-course.
29. Pinterest Virtual Assistant
Pinterest is a must for small and large business owners, which is why Pinterest Virtual Assistant's are in high demand.
However, you may be thinking about how to get started in this field, where to find clients, how much to charge, and more.
Become A Pinterest VA Today teaches you all of these things along with how to design beautiful pins, how to pitch your services to potential clients, and a lot more.
The course is only open a couple of times a year to give maximum support to their students, so sign up when it's open to new students.
30. Use your credit cards wisely
There are so many ways to get credit card points which can reward you with cash back, flights, vacations, and more.
If you're someone who does not do well with credit cards, I recommend steering clear of them and using cash or debit cards only.
The points are not worth it if you tend to spend a lot more with credit cards.
31. Teach a foreign language
Do you know a foreign language? Do you enjoy teaching?
If so, you may enjoy teaching that language online.
There are many ways to find online foreign language jobs, such as italki, Craigslist, and many others.
32. Sponsored Posts
Sponsored posts are how I make a large portion of money on this blog, roughly $3,000-$15,000 per month.
If you're a blogger and not running sponsored posts on your blog, you're missing out big time.
Brands and businesses are moving to influencer marketing instead of television commercials, meaning there is a lot of room for growth in this field for bloggers.
My sister and I created a course called Making Sense of Sponsored Posts, which breaks down everything you need to know about sponsored posts.
Not only that, we have a private Facebook group for students who can ask us questions at any time.
By 2020, the translation field will have a 42% expected growth rate.
If you're bilingual, you need to take advantage of this career space.
If you aren't sure how to get started, Turnkey Translator will teach you everything you need to know.
You learn a step by step guide to quickly launch your career and start earning great money in the shortest time possible from someone who is a full-time German and Chinese translator. ‘
You can turn your language skills into a full-time income.
35. Create YouTube videos
YouTube is not a way to make fast money by any means, but it's a great way to build a community and do something you love.
There are kids on YouTube making millions just for reviewing toys, while others are cashing in by making vlogs.
Building up a following on YouTube can be tremendously difficult, but once you do, you can monetize in a myriad of ways, including affiliate marketing, sponsored partnerships with brands, or even by selling your own products.
Aside from blogging, I've been a dog walker on Rover and have also used Rover to find people to take care of my furry family members.
You can earn up to $1,000 a month from playing with dogs. Seriously, that's amazing.
Rover is one of my favorite side hustles because you get paid to take care of dogs or cats. I got paid well, had great customer support, and loved my clients.
37. Arcadia Power Saver
With Arcadia Power, you can switch to clean energy, improve your home's efficiency, and save money in various ways.
Here are 4 ways you can save money with Arcadia Power:
- Price alerts. When a lower rate is available in your area, Arcadia Power will put you on a lower electricity rate than what you're currently paying.
- Community solar. You can subscribe to a remote or local community solar project, and receive savings from the production of the project share.
- Home efficiency. You can upgrade your home's efficiency with energy-saving products, like a Nest thermostat, and pay $0 down and pay over time with your savings. Wow!
- Bill pay. Most utility companies charge a transaction fee for credit cards. Arcadia Power charges $0, saving you money and earning you points on your credit card along the way. (You can also pay with a checking account).
I personally use Arcadia Power and love it.
38. Root Insurance
You could save up to 52% on your car insurance by using Root Insurance.
Root drivers get a fair rate based primarily on how well they drive.
To get started with Root Insurance, all you have to do is 1) Download the Root app 2) Take a test drive 3) Get your root quote.
It's that simple. Every policy has roadside assistance included.
In my opinion, Root Insurance is great for people who have older cars and don't need full comprehensive coverage.
39. $5 Meal Plan
$5 Meal Plan is a meal planning service that sends you a delicious meal plan and shopping list every single week for just $5 a month. You learn how to cook healthy, delicious meals for you and your family on a budget.
I highly recommend trying this service and if you aren't satisfied, you can cancel at any time.
40. Scholarship Owl
Are you a college student or parent of a student?
Did you know you can apply for hundreds of scholarships at once for your college?
Scholarship Owl makes applying for scholarships easier because let's face it – scholarships can be tedious to apply to and college is expensive.
The service works by you filling out an application, then Scholarship Owl searches for compatible scholarships, and they apply for you.
Honey finds you the best discount codes on the internet, saving you so much time and money!
This is how much I love it – I went shopping on Fashion Nova the other day and pressed my Honey extension button. Honey found me a 40% off coupon.
When I went searching online for the best coupon (which wastes so much time), the best coupon I could find was 25% off.
Honey's free for you to use and is a must if you shop online.
Sign up with Honey here (takes a minute).
42. Sell items at a garage sale
Selling items at a garage sale are one of the easiest ways to make money, especially if you have a lot of stuff.
I've had friends join up and host a garage sale altogether, and they would advertise it all around town so even more people showed up.
43. Become a social media manager
Social media managers are in demand due to work moving to the internet.
Businesses are moving and becoming popular on the internet, due to wanting more reach.
There are so many benefits to being active on social media, which is why it's crucial to have a social media manager.
44. Sell your hair
You can make hundreds of dollars depending on your hair type and color.
45. Sell your scrap metal
We've done this a few times, and made a few extra bucks here and there. What you make really depends on the weight of the metal.
46. Host an exchange student
Though families can no longer get paid for hosting an exchange student, you do get charitable tax deductions on your tax return.
You also get to invite in someone who speaks another language, is used to living in a different culture, and you get to show them your country or city.
47. Become a mystery shopper
Make sure to sign up for legitimate mystery shopping websites.
48. Clean pools
Cleaning pools is a great way to make some extra cash during the summers. You can charge for partial or full and make a decent income in the business.
49. Become a gym instructor
Gym instructors are constantly needed as people are starting to care more and more about their health. There are gyms that are always hiring. If you want, you can start your own business and start providing workouts in the park.
50. Repair computers
If you know your way around computers, becoming a computer repairman is a must. People are constantly trying to find computer repairman due to computers breaking or people spilling water on their computer (I just did a few weeks ago, yay me!).
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