50 Ways to Make Money from Home in 2017

Back before a cat convinced me to quit my job, I was all about the “side hustle” – eager to supplement my income and pay down debt any way I could.
I’ve written about my favorite ways to make money online before, but here are 50 more options I’ve considered when it comes to making money from home. Some require more “leg work” than others, but all are potential income sources!

1. Blogging

Domain names can be purchased for less than the price of a cup of coffee, so this is an investment that can be made quickly and painlessly for future gains. Blogging is what gave me MY freedom from my former career to then work from home full-time. Check out this article on how to make money blogging.

2. Proofreading

Do you mentally correct the newspaper as you read it? Consider becoming an online proofreader.

3. Virtual Assisting

Virtual assistants (VAs) do the same clerical work as their real-life counterparts, but their efforts are entirely online. Experienced VAs can pull in big bucks, so don’t be shy about tossing your resume in the ring, especially if you’re well-versed in social media marketing! VAs can make anywhere from $10-$50/hr. Join my Facebook Group to start making connections today!

4. Downloading Apps

Some companies will pay you to test their apps. It’s not a bad way to make a little extra cash and I average about $5/month with SlideJoy – and I literally do nothing for it!

5. Data Entry

Telecommuting is the new normal in the world of data entry. Take advantage of this cultural shift and start working from home via Freelancer!

6. Survey Sites

There’s a lot of survey sites that aren’t worth your time (like Swagbucks!) but I’ve also written a guide on how to make your first $50 with InboxDollars and how I’ve made over $200 with SurveySavvy!

7. Social Media Managing

Create, edit, update, design and stimulate activity for the social media accounts of companies, corporations, or even online bloggers like me!

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8. Consulting

People are willing to pay for expert knowledge in a variety of fields. Best of all, these exchanges can be done entirely online, so you can work in your pajamas if you’d like.

 

9. Testing Websites

Do the links work? Do the images load? Become a guinea pig for web developers and test websites via UserTesting.

10. Copywriting

Freelance copying can pull in big bucks for the dedicated. All you need are writing skills and a willingness to seek your own opportunities (or you can work through a “middle-man” using a site like Textbroker!)

11. Tutoring

If you really excelled in school, help a child improve their grades by virtually tutoring them in your favorite subject. Find a great opportunity on sites like Tutor Hub!

12. Ebates

Not only does Ebates save you tons of money (now on in-store purchases as well!!) but you can refer your friends to join and make money, too. I’ve earned back over $700, there’s literally NO reason not to use Ebates when you shop!!

13. Ecommerce

Your homemade scarves could turn a nice profit on a crafting site. If you can create it, there’s a market for it, so get online and start selling your wares via a site like Etsy!

14. Create Greeting Cards

Design and create greeting cards for a site like Smart Alex!

15. Photographing

You don’t need to be a professional photographer. There’s money to be made by staging and selling “stock” photos for websites that collect and re-sell them. Check out Shutterstock to get started!

16. Reselling

You can always sell things you no longer need and if you’re a parent, you can be constantly reselling the clothes your children outgrow. Check out my article on how to get kids clothes for free!

17. Customer Service

There are ample opportunities for call center representatives who want to work from home. These jobs are typically by phone or through virtual “live chats.” Thousands of opportunities are typically available on UpWork!

 

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18. Save AND Earn

As I said above, Ebates is always a great option to save AND make money, but there are so many more, like:

  • Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial ($3/referral – refer enough people and you can get Amazon Prime for FREE!)
  • Discover Card (The only credit card I recommend – $50 bonus for anyone who signs up through the link plus double your cash back at the end of your first year!)
  • iBotta ($5/referral + a $10 bonus to those who sign-up; I average $50 earned back each month!)
  • The Grove Collaborative ($10/referral + $10 for those who sign-up!)

19. Reviewing

Some companies will pay you to review their goods and services online. Many provide free products, but often times they’ll pay, too! One company I absolutely love is Blogging For Books, though they don’t pay, they do provide free books and hey, if you were going to spend money on ’em anyway…

20. Translating

You can find a lot of translation work on the web. Since it doesn’t require face-to-face interaction to get it done, it’s becoming a brisk online business.

21. Troubleshooting

Lend your tech support skills to companies who are looking for people to fix their websites, databases and cloud networks. It’s a job that can be done just as easily online as in the real world.

22. Affiliate Marketing

If you already run a blog or online business, one of the easiest ways to make money from your creation is affiliate marketing. Personally, I *love* ShareASale, but above all it’s important to find a company that allows you to be an affiliate for companies you actually support.

23. Graphic Designing

If you have an eye for design, consider becoming a web-based graphic designer. All you need to get started is Photoshop and you can start work through sites like Fiverr!

24. Focus Groups

Online focus groups will ask your opinion on everything from products to politics. If you’re willing to share them, you can make this a steady side gig.

25. Investing

You don’t need to physically travel to Wall Street to try your luck on the stock market. Email a financial advisor and get started with stocks, bonds, franchises and natural commodities whenever you’d like.

29. Writing

The world of self-publishing is growing by the day. If you have a story idea, put it online and see if you can become the next E.L. James.

30. Web Browsing

If you don’t mind new and experimental search engines, you can pull in some money by testing them for their developers instead of automatically directing your queries to Google.

31. Search Engine Testing

Speaking of Google, they’re willing to pay people to test their algorithms and judge their search engine results pages (SERPs) for accuracy and relevancy. Turn it into a full-job time for maximum cash.

32. Design and Sell Your Own T-Shirts

If you’ve got an eye for design or a flair for fashion, perhaps you could create and sell t-shirts via a site like Hanes Ink!

33. Transcribing

Do you have an ear for dialogue? Become a transcriber and lend your services to blogs, businesses and closed-captioning companies. Personally, I’ve paid for one myself a time or two when I wanted to convert video to text and I loved it – such a time saver! Check out Rev for transcription and closed-captioning work!

34. Become an Uber Driver

This will require you to leave the couch, but you’ll still be your own boss and set your own hours. We live in an average size city in the middle of Illinois and still most of my friends average $200/week, only working a few hours on the weekends. Apply today!

35. Teach an online course

Are you an expert in something? Do you enjoy sharing that knowledge with others? With sites like Udemy, you can easily set up your own course and make money (it’s how I made enough money to quit my 9-5!)

36. Do laundry

Did you know you can get paid to do someone else’s laundry? Check out Laundry Care for more info!

37. Coupon Collecting

Are you tired of the piles of flyers, circulars and coupons that wind up in your mailbox? Start gathering and selling them on Ebay for extra cash.

38. Tweet

Yep, you read that right – tweet! You need to have a decent following, but yes, it’s totally possible to get paid to tweet.

39. Lose Weight

Check out this man’s story on how he lost 50lbs and was paid nearly $700 to do so!

40. Watching Television

While it won’t buy you a house in the Bahamas, there are certain sites, like Viggle, that will give you cash, prizes, and gift cards for watching and reviewing their TV programs.

41. Direct Sales

In the 21st century, Avon ladies are digital. Direct sales might be a good fit for you if you enjoy challenges and self-made opportunities. There are so many options, from Norwex to BeachBody to the aforementioned Avon!

42. Inventing

Companies are always looking for the next big thing. Sell your ideas to others for a portion of the proceeds.

43. Renting

Your spare bedroom can be used as a landing pad for travelers all around the world. Advertise the space online; book people’s appointments online; open your doors in the real world.

44. Catering

Take a step up from selling your cookies on a personal blog. Become a caterer and arrange full-scale meals for parties, weddings, conferences and sports events.

45. Mystery Shopping

This is another job that will require you to leave your house, but since you’ll book these engagements entirely online, it’s still considered a virtual career. Check out Best Mark for some amazing opportunities (and use ID Number IL42201 should you sign up!)

46. Odd Jobs

If you like creativity and spontaneity, consider becoming an “odd jobs” specialist who builds a reputation for completing any digital task no matter how small or unusual it is (err on second thought, maybe set SOME limits…maybe…) Did you know Craigslist even has an “odd jobs” category? Easy peasy to get yourself on there!

47. Babysitting

It’s not just for teens! If you’re planning to spend your Friday/Saturday night at home with the kids anyway, why not offer up your services to watch someone else’s kid, too, and get paid for it? BONUS: Maybe all of the kids will place nicely together and you can actually enjoy an evening watching something other than Octonauts. A gal can dream, right…?

48. Apps

Create, design, sell, manage and flip apps for interested parties. It only takes one great idea to become a sensation.

49. Web Designing

Do you have knowledge of programming languages like C++ and SQL? Use them to become an online web designer.

50. Doing Your Regular Job

Last but certainly not least, ask your current boss if the company has any work-from-home opportunities. You might be surprised to learn that you can do your morning tasks from your home office.

What’s your favorite way to make money from home?

14 Comments

  • Beth Giusti Reply

    Some great ideas! A few I plan on trying in 2017 πŸ™‚

    • thriftyguardian Reply

      Yeah, some are obviously a bit out there, but others are ones I’m still continuing now (or just starting on – like Shutterstock!) Every little bit helps πŸ™‚

  • Molly Stevens Reply

    I’m going to need to bookmark this list and review in a couple of years when I retire, Amber. All great ideas and I think I could even do some of them!

  • Skipah Reply

    Great tips, unfortunately I’ve been in a position finacially were I didn’t have a choice to explore some of these options when I was going through my divorce.

    • thriftyguardian Reply

      Yeah, it’s never good to feel FORCED to explore “side hustles” πŸ™

  • Philip Reply

    Would you teach me how to make money at my home? I never try to work with money before. I need to get more money. I will send money to my fiance. She will come back to America from Africa.

    • thriftyguardian Reply

      Hi, Philip! I have multiple articles on this site regarding making additional income, but I do also help those looking to dive deeper into doing so. You can find more information on my programs here: bit.ly/WORKWITHAMBER

      Feel free to email me if you have any questions πŸ™‚

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  • Silly Mummy Reply

    Good tips. I am eternally considering trying to get into paid proofreading or copywriting!

  • Kristina Reply

    Ebates has been one of my favorite way to earn back money!!! There are so many great ideas here- so many I’ve never thought of. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah Prince Reply

    I’ve had VA work on my radar for awhile. Is it easy to get started?

  • Courtney Reply

    Some great ideas! I’ve been a freelance writer for over 7 years now, and I’ve just recently started to get into transcription. I’ll have to check out a few more of these ideas!

  • Vaishnavi Reply

    An amazing roundup of the various options available today to make money from the comfort of home. Haven’t heard of many of them. I’d love to try out some of them – Thank you for putting up the awesome list!

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