Earning a little extra money could serve a lot of purposes for you and your loved ones. It could mean more money to pay off debt, building a nest egg for emergencies, it could go towards your savings fund for a new car or house, it could even pay for a vacation you've been meaning to go on.
The question is however; how do I start?
There are a lot of ways to make money from the comfort of your own home. You don't have to risk your hard-earned money by investing in the stock market or putting it away in the bank only to earn a few cents a month, you just need to think outside the box.
You can look around your own home, see what isn't being used, and try to sell it either to the people around you or online. It doesn’t have to be limited to tangible things, you can create digital content and charge people every time they want to use it. You can even try selling your services in the form of part-time online jobs.
Our team has come up with a list of the most common ways people have earned money from staying at home.
Now more than ever, businesses have gone online and it is a new avenue for some. Surveys are a way they can reach out to their customers to see what they can improve on. In a way, you are selling your opinion on various matters.
There are applications you can download on your phone that compile surveys from different companies and will pay you around $0.50 - $1.50 per survey that you answer. It might seem like a small amount but if you do this in your spare time, those small numbers will add up.
Old Clothes & Furniture
Sustainable shopping has become a trend again and there are a group of people able and willing to purchase used items as long as they are in a presentable condition. Platforms like Facebook Marketplace, Poshmark, De Pop, etc. are great for first-timers.
You can take a look around your home and see if there are clothes you don’t wear anymore and if there are old pieces of furniture that you don’t have much use for and find a new home for them where they will be appreciated more.
It may not pay as much money as you'd like to earn, but there are many people who need it and are willing to pay.
The push for online classes to keep students safe has caused an avalanche of problems for the parents and the students who understand better when being in face-to-face classes.
Students have always turned to the internet for answers. Since online classes have begun, there has been an influx of those queries. Platforms such as Course Hero and Chegg have become so popular that they are mass hiring tutors to meet the demand.
If you are a recent college graduate, a student, or even a full-grown adult who has a lot of knowledge about a specific field of study, you could put your brain to good use by answering the questions of students while earning money at the same time.
Design and sell various items
If there is a creative side to you, you should exploit that and start designing shirts, mugs, canvas bags, etc and sell them online. There are numerous niches you can venture into, the key to it is doing your research on what sells.
The pandemic has given an opportunity for smaller businesses to be seen by more people because of the movement to support local businesses instead of multinational conglomerates. Try your hand at it and you might find yourself having a successful business.
Remote Part-Time Jobs
If you are willing to work any job, you can find hundreds of listings online. Virtual assistants are in demand because of the migration to online-based businesses. This will involve various tasks such as setting appointments, organizing schedules, and making phone calls.
There has also been a boom for online marketing personnel who will send emails, write articles and manage various social media accounts to ensure online media presence.
If your physically inclined and like the outdoors, then picking up work as an assistant for a well paid trade that does not require certification, like building concrete retaining walls can be a good way to make extra cash to help you hit your goals faster.
There will always be a demand for food. No matter what the global situation is, food is a necessity. If you have a passion for cooking and you have developed dishes that are good or even old family recipes, you can sell them online.
You can create meal plans for people to order on a regular basis or even sell food in bulk for the whole family to consume. You could do healthier versions of comfort food, or specialize in a special cuisine.
Start small by selling them to your neighbors and friends who will in turn recommend them to their own people. You could also create social media accounts to advertise your product there.
There is a whole avenue of money-making opportunities you can take all from the comfort and safety of your home, all you need to do is be open-minded and take the plunge to make the best out of those opportunities.