Everyone needs additional side income. If you are working a 9 to 5, struggling to pay your bills – you need a side hustle.
If you have ZERO in your savings account you need additional streams of income.
Whenever someone tells me that they would like to make extra money without getting a second job is hard to do, I let them know that it’s not.
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Most people don’t make money on the side simply because they don’t know where to look or how to start.
If making money from home in your pajamas sound like something you can get behind, you’ll be excited to know there are opportunities that allow you do that.
Here are few ideas on how to make money from home.
Start a Blog
Have something to share with the world? If so, consider starting a blog.
Blogging is easy to start from home because all you need is a laptop and an idea. The harder part is monetizing it. Hard, but not impossible, and if you do it right you can literally take your blog from side hustle to full-time income.
Bloggers make money from ads, sponsorships, affiliate marketing, and so much more…
Making a substantial amount of money from your blog may take a while, but if you start with an end goal in mind and pick the right niche, you’ll be successful.
To build a blog where you can make a part-time or full-time income from, follow my step-by-step instructions on how to start one here.
If you enjoy helping others to learn new skills, then tutoring can be for you. Though having a degree and experience helps a lot, it’s often not necessary to make money as a tutor.
Online tutoring doesn’t require you to meet clients outside of your home, which makes this a great way for you to make money.
To tutor online, you will need a computer, webcam, and microphone. Considering that most computers have a built-in one these days, you pretty much have all you need to get started.
You could advertise your services on Craigslist, but you will have better luck if you sign up with a reputable company that already has a list of clients available to you.
A few companies to check out for online tutoring gigs:
Freelance Your Skills
Some professions translate well online and make earning money from home a breeze with skills you may have learned on the job.
If you are a writer, graphic designer, website developer, to name a few, you can complete projects at home and in your pj’s.
As a freelancer, you’re also a contractor and will be paid basically for project completion. However, depending on the job or the amount of work involved, you may benefit from requesting a deposit up front.
If you can translate your skills to an online platform, you should have no problem finding work. If you have a skill that can help others, freelancing may be the way to go.
Places to sign up and find freelance work:
Transcribe Audio and Video Files
There is a high demand out there for professional transcribers.
A transcriber is someone who will type what’s said in an audio (or video) file for the person who requested it.
Transcribers can work for court reporters and medical professionals but will need specific training before receiving this type of work.
Anyone else who has a keen sense of hearing can transcribe less technical jobs for people such as bloggers, videographers, and podcasters to name a few.
Most companies will give you a test before they will send you any work from their clients. I failed a transcription test from Rev, so I found out quickly that transcribing was a little harder than I thought.
One of the easiest ways to make money from home is filling out surveys.
As part of their market research, companies look for people like you to fill out surveys for them. This helps them make decisions that will help their bottom line and increase their sales.
Most people won’t fill out surveys because they think they are a waste of time. Merchants know this and are happy to compensate people for their time and honest opinions.
Though there are some crappy survey companies out there, most of them are legit. You can make an extra hundred or more each month by answering questions on your laptop. Many allow you to use your mobile phone, making this an extra easy side gig to have.
Some reputable survey companies I recommend:
- Swagbucks (my absolute favorite)
- Survey Junkie
- American Consumer Opinion
- Panda Research
- Vindale Research
- Opinion Outpost
- Inbox Dollars
As a website tester, you will be paid to visit sites and test their usability. You will give your opinion to an owner about their website and how easy it is for you to navigate it.
You are usually paid by the hour, but some companies may pay you per job.
Some companies also require you to record your voice and screen while you visit each site, so you may be required to have a webcam and microphone.
Another requirement for these companies is that you must speak and write English well (since some may want you to write a report after completion).
Testing companies to check out:
If you’re looking to supplement your income, there are many ways to do so from home. No need to get an extra job. If you’re a stay-at-home parent, a college student, or someone who just needs extra cash to make ends meet, these ideas can help you to make money from home.