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40 Fun Ways to Make Extra Money From Home

Are you looking for fun ways to make extra money from home? Keep reading for a list of 40 money-making jobs you can choose from!

40 Fun Ways to make Extra Money From home

Do you love your day job and don’t want to quit, but you need some extra money?

Maybe you want to buy your dream car. Or update your wardrobe.

Or maybe you just want to start or build up an emergency fund.

No matter what your financial goals are, having extra money always helps.

Now the question is, what can you do to make extra money?

Keep reading to find a list of 40 ways to make extra money from home. Some of these can even turn into full-time careers!

See also: How to Make Money Cleaning Your Home

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30 Ways to Make Extra Money From Home

1. Freelance writer

Freelance writers can make up to $30 an hour depending on the industry their writing in and their skills. As a freelance writer, you can also choose how much you charge, usually per word. Also, you get to decide how much (or how little) work you want to do. And you get the added benefit of being able to make extra money from home.

The most profitable niches for freelance writers include technical, financial, and medical writing. There are lots of sites out there to find freelance writing work, but the 2 most popular are Upwork.com and Problogger.com.

Tip: Gain experience working on entry-level jobs first to build up your portfolio and get positive feedback from clients.

2. Freelance editor or proofreader

Just like with freelance writing, freelance editing or proofreading does not require any previous experience. I would recommend taking a proofreading course just to gain the basic skills.

As a proofreader, you can charge per word or per hour. Most freelance proofreaders made up to $25 an hour.

Tip: Edit or proofread a few pieces of work for free when you’re first starting out. This will help you build up your portfolio and gain feedback from clients. It’s also a great way to gain experience.

3. Virtual assistant

Virtual assistants are needed everywhere! And they can make up to $115,000 a year.

Virtual assistants are needed for:

  • creating pins for bloggers and businesses
  • editing blog posts
  • answering emails
  • balancing calendars
  • scheduling social media posts
  • adding affiliate links to posts
  • making travel arrangements
  • booking appointments
  • and so much more!

All of these things can be done right from home. Imagine booking travel arrangements for a reputable business while you’re still in your PJs!

4. Write an eBook

eBooks have become extremely popular lately. If you have a skill you want to share with others, put it in an eBook! The pay depends on the type of book you write and the price you choose to sell it for.

The top 5 profitable eBook categories on Amazon include:

  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Biographies and Memoirs
  • Business and Money
  • Self Help
  • Cookbooks, food, and wine

(source)

5. Sell used items

When you’re spring cleaning and decluttering your home, consider selling some of your gently used items on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or your preferred selling site or app.

And you don’t even have to leave your home! USPS will pick up scheduled shipments right from your house.

6. Sell handmade items

If you have crafting or DIY skills, you can sell your handmade items on sites such as Etsy, Amazon Handmade, or eBay. If you’d rather avoid the fees these sites have, create your own WooCommerce store and sell your handmade items there.

Need help coming up with a craft idea to sell? Here’s a list of crafts to make to help you get started.

7. Sell homegrown produce

Do you love to garden? Plant extra vegetables in your garden to sell at farmer’s markets. Or create your own roadside produce stand to sell your items from.

Another idea is to post your products for sale on Facebook and have customers place orders. Box the items up for your customers, put them in a cooler, and have them come to pick up their orders. You can put the cooler on the front porch and have a contactless pickup.

If you raise chickens, also consider selling the eggs for a small profit.

8. Create a course

Do you have a skill you want to teach others? Consider creating a course to teach them.

This article by ConvertKit lists 50 profitable online course ideas for you to choose from.

9. Offer sewing and mending services

Sewing and mending services really come in handy. Not everyone can sew or has the time to. Offer to mend items such as pants, tote bags, etc., for others and charge a small fee for it.

Or, allow customers to place custom orders that you can sew for them. Some great items to consider are:

  • face masks
  • stuffed animals
  • reusable bowl covers
  • scrunches
  • clothes
  • and so (sew) much more!

10. Sell your photography

Turn your photos into money with sites like Shutterstock. Shutterstock pays you 25 – 38 cents every time one of your photos is downloaded.

People can purchase and download your photos to use on t-shirts, mugs, mousepads, etc.

11. Online tutor

If you are skilled in math, science, foreign language, or test prep, consider being an online tutor. You can tutor kids in different subjects and make up to $10 an hour. All you need is a computer with a camera and a microphone and you’re ready to tutor.

Advertise your expertise on sites such as Tutor.com and Care.com. Or, post your services on Craigslist, Facebook, or in the local newspaper.

12. Bake

Do you love to bake? Are others constantly complimenting your cupcakes?

Consider selling your baked goods at the local farmers market. Every time I visit our local farmers market I cannot resist purchasing some homemade cinnamon rolls. They are delicious!

Also, post pictures to Facebook of your delicious creations and have friends and locals custom order from you.

13. Bookkeeping

You don’t have to be a CPA to become a bookkeeper and you can even make up to $19 an hour. Free bookkeeping courses can be found online so you don’t even have to spend money to become a bookkeeper.

14. Petsitter

If you love pets, consider petsitting for others while they’re away. You can make $25 – $30 a day just cuddling with cute kitties!

Plus, walking dogs is a great way to get some exercise and make extra money from home.

Tip: Be sure you know how to care for certain pets before sitting for them. Especially if you’re considering sitting exotic pets.

15. Clinical research coordinator

Clinical research coordinators have lots of tasks, including preparing, directing, and coordinating clinical trial projects. They may also monitor the patient’s progress and evaluate how the trial is going.

In order to become a clinical research coordinator, you must have experience as well as a certificate or degree. However, you can get paid up to $73,000 a year working from home.

16. Customer service representative

Customer service representatives can work from home making up to $40,000 a year. You must have a reliable internet connection and a landline, plus excellent communication skills.

17. Copywriter

Copy writers have many different tasks including:

  • writing
  • research
  • interviewing
  • proofreading/editing
  • and tons more!

Basically, a copywriter creates the persuasive marketing content and promotional materials you see everywhere. And they make up to $65,000 a year persuading you to click on links.

18. Event planner

Do you enjoy planning events for your family? Why not make up to $70,000 a year planning events for weddings and birthday parties? Or consider planning corporate events.

How fun would it be to get paid to plan a fun and exciting party for others?

19. Grant writer

Grant writers research, draft, and submit proposals. Their purpose is to help people or organizations receive grant funding. Grant writers can make up to $51,000 a year and they can work from their own homes.

20. Online juror

Honestly, this is one I’m considering looking more into for myself.

When preparing for a trial, attorneys often seek feedback on their case. They post their case online and you review it and give them feedback. Depending on the length of the trial, attorneys will pay you $10 – $60 per case.

One site I came across while researching this job was Online Verdict. I’m sure a Google search will bring up others.

21. Repair items

If you have a talent for fixing things, offer to repair items for a small fee. Some items to consider:

  • bicycles
  • cars
  • computers
  • kitchen appliances

22. Social media manager

There are plenty of organizations out there that need someone to manage their social media accounts. A social media manager monitors analytics, responds to questions and comments, creates brand promotions, and produces new content.

As a social media manager, you can make up to $50 an hour.

23. Hairstylist

My mom’s hairstylist worked from her home’s sunroom, which she has set up as a miniature salon. Since she worked from home, she didn’t have to worry about paying rent to a salon.

If you are a hairstylist and love to cut and style hair, avoid the monthly rental fee by cutting your clients’ hair at home.

24. Survey taker

You won’t get rich taking surveys, but it is a great way to make extra money from home in your spare time. Instead of spending hours scrolling through social media, take surveys instead.

I started taking surveys with Inbox Dollars in January, and I already have $58.80 in my account. Which I’ll save to turn into gift cards for Christmas. You earn points by taking surveys, playing games, watching videos, printing coupons, shopping, and more!

Sign up for Inbox Dollars here.

Another site that’s easy and fun to use is Swagbucks. You can earn points (or SBs) for taking surveys, shopping, playing games, and watching videos. I’ve been using Swagbucks for a few years and have used it to pay for birthdays and Christmas.

Sign up for Swagbucks here.

25. Tax preparer

Not many people actually enjoy doing their taxes. But if you are one of the few that do, why not get paid for it? While this is just a seasonal position, you can make up to $26 an hour doing taxes for others.

Make sure you register with the IRS before you start preparing taxes to make extra money from home.

26. Telephone nurse

Companies like Humana, Aetna, and UnitedHealth Group hire registered nurses to handle patient education, treatment authorization, and case management. If you are a registered nurse and would like to start working from home, consider a job as a telephone nurse. You could make up to $80,000 a year.

27. Transcriber or transcriptionist

For this job, you must have excellent typing skills because you’ll be typing a lot. A transcriber/transcriptionist listens to audio files (often a doctor’s medical dictation) and types what they hear. Also, you have to have a good understanding of foot pedals that control the recording’s playback speed.

I’ve often considered working as a transcriber myself, especially since you can make up to $15 an hour listening and typing.

28. Travel agent

I always thought being a travel agent would be a lot of fun. I enjoy planning my own vacations and researching places to see and activities to do while I’m there.

A travel agent can get paid up to $60,000 a year depending on their experience. Basically, they search the internet for the best travel deals for their clients. They also plan itineraries and share advice with their clients.

29. Virtual recruiter

A virtual recruiter posts job advertisements, answers emails, and researches candidates through job boards and social networks. Usually, you’ll work in a certain field, such as a banking or education recruiter. Sometimes virtual recruiters are responsible for performing the first interview with the perfect candidate.

Virtual recruiters can make up to $50,000 a year.

30. Web developer

If you are skilled at building websites from scratch, consider becoming a web developer. Depending on your expertise and the specific job, you could make up to $175,000.

You’ll need to have a good understanding of HTML, general design skills, and analytical skills. There are a lot of other skills you can learn over time as a web developer.

31. Start a blog

Being a blogger is a great way to make extra money from home. However, in order to make a lot of money with a blog, you have to treat it like a business and work at it. But if you love writing and sharing your knowledge with others, then a blog would be perfect for you.

If you’d like to know exactly how to start a blog, click here.

And if you’re already an established blogger, this article has some great tips on how to drive more traffic to your blog.

32. Translator

If you are fluent in 2 or more languages, put your skills to use and become a translator. Translators are often required to translate documents or audio recordings from one language into another.

Salaries for translators vary, but you could possibly make up to $25 an hour.

33. Babysitter

If you love babies and children, why not get paid to be a babysitter? You could offer to babysit while parents run errands or go to work or on vacation.

Tip: It’s extra comforting to parents if you are certified in CPR!

34. Corporate English Trainer

Students in countries such as Japan, Germany, France, and Korea are looking for English speakers to practice with. You will be trained for sessions that focus on things like making professional small talk or how to run a meeting.

These jobs often take place at night since they are in different time zones. However, you can make up to $20 an hour helping someone with their English skills.

35. Baby planner

As a baby planner you can help new and expecting parents with birth preparations and more. Baby planners offer education, resources, and support. They may also recommend services and products.

You could make up to $75 an hour as a baby planner.

36. Baby proofing consultant

Baby proofing consultants evaluate home environments for potential and dangerous conditions. They will make suggestions to the parents and/or homeowner on how to create a safer environment for children.

If you install the baby proof products, you can make up to $250 per job.

37. Music instructor

Do you have a musical background? Consider sharing your musical knowledge with others. Offer lessons for a fee and get paid while enjoying your work.

Learn more about becoming a music instructor with Live Music Tutor.

38. Professional organizer

Do you love to organize? Put your skills to use by helping others create a more functional environment. You can teach others how to organize their homes and/or offices.

Professional organizers can make up to $50,000 a year helping others organizer their homes.

39. Flip items on eBay

Earlier, I mentioned selling gently used items on eBay after decluttering your home. But did you know that you can flip items on eBay, too?

Search garage sales and thrift stores to find some unique treasures, then resell them for a higher price on eBay. After a few listings, you can open your own eBay store.

40. Jewelry maker

If you already create your own jewelry, consider selling your pieces on Etsy or your own website.

A fun way to sell your handmade jewelry is to host your own in-home party. You can sell to friends and family. Offer them a free gift when they bring their friends to the party.

Or consider hosting a class where you teach others how to make their own jewelry. Charge a fee for the supplies and your time teaching.

Work from home jobs scam alert

Watch for these red flags when you’re searching the internet for jobs to make extra from home:

  • A website with no contact info
    • Legitimate businesses have ways you can contact them
    • Look for an “about page” that has information on the company as well as a phone number, address, or contact email
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it is
  • There’s a fee
    • You should never have to pay to get a job.
    • May have to pay a membership to a job board, but never for the job itself
    • If you’re not sure why you’re paying a fee, look somewhere else
  • There are complaints against the company
    • Type the name of the company into Google and then type the word “scam” after it. If people have been scammed by the company they will post about it somewhere.

Have you ever had one of these jobs before? Do you have a way in which you enjoy making extra money from home?

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53 Comments

  1. These are all great ideas! Definitely will be researching more about them—especially the virtual assistant.
    Really fun ways to make extra cash. Thanks for sharing Michelle!

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you found them helpful. I hope you enjoy learning more about becoming a virtual assistant! It seems like a really interesting and fun way to make extra money.

      1. Absolutely! This post sparked some ideas thanks to you.

  2. Great recommendations, can all do with a little top me up nowadays, thank you Michelle, hope you’re keeping well xxx

    1. Thank you! And yes, I agree. 🙂
      I’m doing well, thank you! Just super busy and in need of a long vacation. LOL! I hope you are, too!

      1. I’m there with you! Trying to make the most of evenings to relax and take it easy! Keeping well though thank you x

  3. Good ones! I have my Etsy business with jewelry but I stink at the marketing part😢

    1. Share your link here!

    2. Thank you! Your jewelry is so pretty!

      1. Thank you❤️

  4. Great post!

    1. Thank you so much!

  5. I’ve tried Swagbugs but found it quite irritating. It used up lots of time to find earning opportunities. But that might be because I rarely do and lime things that everybody else likes. So I closed my account. However, a friend suggested Prolific to me. It connects people with researchers and scientists to take part in research surveys and they often pay very good. This is the link https://www.prolific.co/participants.
    There are also apps for some browsers to ping you when a new survey is up.🙋‍♀️🐝

    1. I see your point about Swagbucks. It seems like it’s getting harder to get a lot of points without making a purchase. Thank you for sharing the link to Prolific. I’ll have to check that out. I haven’t heard of that one before.

      1. I don’t think prolific is well known but I really like it because it feels you help science. The pay is everything from a couple of pence to 3.50£ or more. You have to create a profile where they ask you questions and then they connect you with surveys 🙋‍♀️🐝

        1. Thank you! It sounds interesting. 🙂

  6. Great ideas, Michelle! I’ve been a part-time ‘virtual’ PA for more than 4 years. I also do social media management and online surveys. The money isn’t massive, but every little helps.

    1. Thank you! That’s awesome! Any little bit extra always helps. 🙂

  7. Thank you! You are always a wealth of information!

    1. You’re welcome! I hope you can use some of these. Having extra money is nice, especially for holidays. 🙂

  8. cdloken says:

    This is such awesome information to get out there, Michelle! There are so many WFH jobs opening up right now! You’ve come up with a great list for sure!

    1. Thank you! It’s always nice to have some extra money, even if it’s just little it here and there. 🙂

  9. I just want to blog and make YouTube videos for a living lol!

    1. That sounds like a great plan! 🙂

      1. If only it would work lol… but I can dream!

  10. lynnmumbingmejia says:

    Aw, these are all excellent suggestions! Who doesn’t like making extra cash?! Thank you for the ideas as I’m hoping to start a side hustle soon xx I’ll pin for later

    http://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you found these helpful. I know I can always use some extra cash! 😀

  11. This is so exciting and right on time to aid the down trends of Covid. Thank you for sharing! 👌☕️☕️

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed!

  12. This is a great list – thank you for the suggestions! Pinning this for later use x

    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad you found it helpful! 🙂

  13. Great list Michelle! I definitely looked into being a part-time pet sitter/dog walker and this was even before COVID. But then I got too busy and dropped the idea. Maybe it’s worth another look!

    1. Thank you! You should look into it again. It’s a great way to get some exercise AND make money. Win win! 😀

      1. True. I’ve become a big walker since COVID started anyway 😄.

  14. LOVE the variety of jobs you’ve suggested here, Michelle. Extra cash, for whatever reason it’s needed, is a big blessing in our lives. Almost everything these days costs money and financial stress is a huge weight on our shoulders, right?

    My favorites are being a virtual assistant, freelance writer, and blogger (of course!) I also love your recommendation of selling items we no longer need, becoming a petsitter and several others.

    I’ve pinned & shared! BIG hugs headed your way. ♥

    1. Thank you! And thank you for pinning and sharing, too!

      It seems like prices on everything just keep going up, but how much we bring home each week is staying the same. Doesn’t really sound too fair to me.

      Hugs!!!!

      1. Amen, my friend! I couldn’t agree with you more! Not fair at all. And you’re always welcome for the shares! ♥ Hugs right back to you!

  15. There are some great suggestions here, and some that I definitely wouldn’t have thought of alone. It’s great that there are so many ways to make money at home now, especially online during covid times. I’m sure a little extra money from some of these things has really helped keep people afloat this year x

    1. Thank you! It’s great that there are so many ways for people to earn, especially if they can’t leave home.

  16. What an exhaustive list, Michelle. So useful in these times too. Aren’t we lucky to be living in an age where we can actually make money staying at home?

    1. Thank you! Technology can be a pain sometimes, but in some ways it’s a blessing. 🙂

  17. oh wow! thank you for sharing these! I’ve always wanted to work from home and be more of a freelancer – either with writing or editing etc…
    this post gave a lot of helpful information.

    p.s. i’m so glad i discovered your blog on twitter. can’t wait to read more from you.

    1. Thank you so much for reading! I’m so glad you found these helpful.
      I’m so glad you found my blog! Welcome! I’m also enjoying yours as well. 🙂

  18. Great list, Michelle! I’m #1, 2, 4, 17 & 31, and I’ve been a few of the others in the past too 🙂 Combining the options on the list is a great way to bring in regular income. The online possibilities today are awesome.

    1. Thank you so much! It’s great that we have the option to work from home nowadays. 🙂

  19. This is a great list! Thank you!

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you found it helpful!

  20. Thank you for this great information. Have a great day/night and remain safe.

    1. You’re welcome! I’m glad you found it helpful. Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful and safe day!

  21. Such a great way to make some extra cash and possibly start a new side hustle too, Michelle! This post was super helpful. Thank you! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you!! I’m glad you found it helpful!

  22. Great ideas! Blessings Michelle!

    1. Thank you so much!

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