In a pinch and need a little extra cash? Looking for ways to make money at home?
You are not alone.
In fact, Google logs nearly 250,000,000 (that’s 250 million) searches each year by people just like you.
Whether you’re a broke college student who needs a little extra spending cash, or you’re actually an adult now and looking to eliminate credit card debt or increase savings, most of us could benefit from a little more take home pay each month.
And whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, our financial situations have an enormous impact on almost every facet of our lives. The misuse of money can have devastating effects on our collective mental, social and emotional health.
Being short on cash often means being late on a utility bill, foregoing holiday gifts for a loved one, or missing out on activities with friends.
Worse yet, some of us continue to spend and rack up debt.
Even a few hundred dollars is often the difference between making it till the end of the month…and falling flat on your face.
If you feel like you are a part of this group, there is good news – we live in a pretty incredible age.
The rise of the Internet makes earning money from home a legitimate option for those of us who could use a little extra cash. From getting paid to do online surveys, to opening an online store, to becoming a freelance writer, there are hundreds of ways to make money at home.
Below I’ll share with you 10 easy ways to make money at home (including my own personal experience and a pivotal lesson that I learned along the way).
5 Ways To Make An Extra $1,000 Each Month
1) Earn cash from paid online surveys
Until a few months ago, I had never heard of paid surveys. Sure enough, they are real…and they can net you hundreds of dollars each month.
Users are usually notified by email when a qualifying survey is available. Because of that, I recommend signing up for multiple survey sites so you’re eligible for as many surveys as possible.
You won’t get rich from it, as most surveys pay less than $5, but you can easily earn upwards of $100/month or more just from filling out some surveys in your spare time (like when you’re watching Netflix). Some sites even give you a free $5 (or more) just for signing up — it’s hard to beat that!
Make money from home online with paid surveys:
Survey Junkie – Survey Junkie is among the most straightforward survey sites out there, which puts them at the top of this list. All you have to do is sign up to be eligible for surveys. Once you complete a survey you earn a certain amount of points that you can exchange for cash paid directly to a PayPal account or you can redeem your points for gift cards. Super simple.
Swagbucks– Perhaps the most well-known and trusted of all the survey sites, users earn “Swagbucks” (also known as SB’s) for each survey they complete. Swagbucks even gives you a free $5 as an incentive just for signing up.
JOANY – JOANY is a national organgnup Bonus: Claim Hereization that helps people find the best health insurance and make the most of their coverage once people have it. Right now, they’re conducting a Research Study to collect feedback from consumers on their health insurance experience. Participants who complete the survey (which has less than 50 questions and should take less than 10 minutes) will receive $25 dollars for their time.
Vindale Research-Vindale Research asks for information about you that they can match you with fitting surveys. At up to $50 a pop for some surveys, and a free $2 just for signing up, it pays to check in daily to see which ones are available to you. Cashouts are through PayPal.
2) Use eBates (and Swagbucks) to get cashback on everyday purchases
If you’re going to shop, why not get money for doing it? Well technically you’re not getting money, but you’re getting money back (cashback) on purchases you would have made anyways. Cool thing is, this is on top of any discounts/coupon codes you already have.
There is no reason not to do this. This is probably the single easiest way to make money at home. You need an email address to sign up. That’s it. Even if its $100-$200/year, why are you throwing money away for no reason?
3. List an extra room in your house on Airbnb
Have an extra room in your house? Going to be gone for a week and are looking to make some serious dough?
Literally make money from your home.
Believe it or not this is seriously the easiest way ever to pull in hundreds (even thousands) of extra dollars per month. Most of it involves very little or no work on your end and there is almost 0 overhead to get started.
This is something that not nearly enough people are taking advantage of. If you own a home, consider putting a room (or the whole place) on Airbnb.
Here’s how it works:
Create a listing by filling out a description, taking and uploading photos, and setting a price. Your listing helps guests get a sense of what your place is like.
Then, you set the availability and house rules for your listing. Once your listing is live, guests can book their stay at your home, and you start earning money.
To up the “trust” factor for both the host and the guests, Airbnb does require some verification information, including phone numbers. After a visit, everyone gets the chance to write a review. Reviews keep guest accountable for treating hosts and their homes with respect, and helps ensure hosts make their space as welcoming as possible.
4) Install a few cell phone apps…or allow ads on your phone
Yes, companies will pay you to install apps (or place ads) on your cell phone and leave them there. These apps often run in the background and track your spending/purchasing habits but if you’re not one to really care who knows what groceries you’re buying that week then this is seriously the easiest way to make upwards of $300+/year for no reason.
Nielson Comput er and Mobile Panel– Want a shot at $10,000 plus in addition to regular usage rewards? Sign up and you can score a serious pay day just for keep an app installed on your phone.
Ibotta – Taking grocery shoppers by surprise everywhere, Ibotta is the hottest new app that lets savvy consumers save big on all the biggest brands (especially on groceries). I’ve wracked up exactly $541.00 in savings over the last year if that gives you any idea how much you’re leaving on the table.
Paribus – Is an awesome service that links to your email inbox and scans it for receipts generated by your online purchases.
If you’ve made an online purchase recently and Paribus finds that the price on that item has dropped and you are eligible for a price adjustment, it will alert you (the consumer) and the retailer, and will work to get you reimbursed for the difference.
5) Become a freelance writer (or proofreader)
Along the same lines as starting your own blog, if you haven’t gathered by now, writing quality content for viewers is worth a lot of money. To the tune of several hundred dollars for a 3-4 page article.
If you’re still reading this article, odds are someone would have paid you over $100 for something of similar (or hopefully better) quality.
The better you are at writing, the more your content is worth. Even part time freelance work can add thousands to your monthly income. Holly Johnson from Club Thrifty makes over $200,000 a year from freelance writing! And she has a course that teaches others how to do the same.
Businesses such as Hubstaff Talent make it super easy to score lucrative freelancing gigs. If your skills include general writing, blogging, copyrighting, editing or proofreading, you can join 30,000+ other freelancers working from home. Create a profile, set your rates and upload your resume/portfolio and get instant access to thousands of companies looking to hire qualified freelancers.
If writing isn’t your thing, do what Caitlin Pyle did:
In 2014, Caitlin made over $43,000 by working as a freelance proofreadproofer…part time. When she wasn’t working, she even had time to go on several fun vacations. After she had a ton of success doing that, she decided she wanted to teach others how to do the same thing, so she started up Proofread Anywhere. Sign up for one of her free workshops to learn more about how to make money from home as a proofreader.