Run virtual errands. If you have a computer with Internet connection and are good at searching the Web and communicating with others, you can become a virtual personal assistant with Fancy Hands. The service hires assistants, who set their own hours, to help its users tackle tasks such as making calls to service providers, scheduling appointments, and finding the best prices for services and products. You get paid per task, starting at between $3 and $7.
Our review: Pinecone is the Holy Grail of survey sites and invites are rare so it’s well worth signing up while we have some invites on offer. The payout is huge and surveys don’t take too long to complete. You sometimes get sent products to test and keep too!
Since you work from home, it can be easy to only schedule appointments that fit your daily routine. Meaning that you don’t have to cut hair all day as a regular salon might expect from an employee, and, there’s no commute.
The easiest way to begin drop shipping is to create a website with Shopify as they have built-in tools to collect payments and also import your product listings to the various e-commerce websites including eBay, Amazon, Facebook Messenger, and Pinterest.
Be a mommy (or daddy) blogger. If you haven’t used your free time between changing diapers, washing clothes and shuttling kids around to hop on the blog bandwagon, it’s worth considering this potential source of income. And just because you’re a parent doesn’t mean you have to write about parenting issues. In fact, given that there already are so many blogs about life as a mom (or dad), consider writing about another topic about which you are passionate. The more original, entertaining and informative you are, the more likely you’ll gain followers – and you need an online following to make money.
There’s a rather extensive questionnaire you fill out after visiting the brewery, so it helps to review it beforehand. The Penny Hoarder’s own Tyler Omoth tried it out for himself. Read more about his experience here.
A few good ones to try are: Toluna, Vivatic, MySurvey, IPSOS, Global Test Market, The Opinion Panel, YouGov, Panel Opinion, Pinecone, Valued Opinions, SurveyBods, PopulusLive, Hiving, PanelBase, Branded Surveys, Opinion Outpost, Harris Poll, Mind Mover, New Vista, iPoll.
Monetizing your expertise — whether in social networking or transcribing — is one way to make money while sitting at your computer at home. But others also are popping up, such as taking online surveys or even predicting election results.
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.
You might want to put the game in your shopping cart anyway. One Penny Hoarder made $250 in six months selling spare board game pieces online. You can even sell “mystery bags” of pieces for $12 a pop!
You don’t have to do this but we would recommend setting up a separate email for all of your survey site accounts. That way you can log in each day and easily see the surveys on offer (without it clogging up your personal inbox).
It’s easier than ever to make money from home. Whether you freelance for a larger company, answer surveys in your free time, or launch a home-based business, the options are nearly endless if you put your mind to it.
Foreign language tutoring is one way to use your speaking skills and you can also be paid to serve as an online translator. If you are bilingual or fluent in a foreign language, companies will pay you to translate their content from English into another language.
If you have a piano in your living room, or, you play another instrument, you can open up your house and teach your skills to the next generation as well. For nearly a decade, my wife has taught piano lessons from home.
Secret Hopper is a relatively new company that invites beer lovers to secret shop at breweries and rate their experience. Were you greeted when you came in? Did they offer a sampler? Did the bartender engage you in conversation?
If you’re more of a “picture person,” you can also make money designing computer graphics and logos for individual website owners, eBook authors, and corporations that don’t want to a pay professional design studios prices.
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.
Such websites purchase photos from anyone. Even if you feel that the images are not worth selling, just give it a try. Very often, the most neglected pictures of everyday objects do the trick, like a simple pen and paper.
You can modify pre-built WordPress themes or use your own coding. Upwork and Fiverr are two places to get your name out, and, of course, your own website that will double as a piece of your portfolio.
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.
But there is another way to profit even more from Fiverr for potentially far less work. How? By simply reselling gigs elsewhere. For example, find a decent logo designer then reply to jobs on Upwork or even local classifieds. A $5 spend can easily become $50+, and it’s repeatable!
However they do select their survey respondents very carefully so you may be sent slightly less opportunities than other sites. Just make sure you fully complete your profile to give yourself the best chance.
Get a Slogan is a crowdsourcing platform that brings in custom, creative and catchy slogans from a variety of sloganeers. Companies come to them for help, and writers submit their ideas. It’s free to sign up, but you initially have only “qualifying” status. Once you’re upgraded to “qualified,” you’ll receive $50 for each of your winning slogans.
Sites like Rover.com can be a good place to list your doggy daycare and dog walking services. You can also offer additional services like pet grooming to earn some additional cash so the owners don’t have to visit another location to take care of their dog.
To keep demand high across generations, Disney Studios carefully restrict the supply of some home release classics. They are locked away in the ‘vault’ for 8-10 years before being released for a short unspecified time.
The key to success with eBooks is to create value, and write non-fiction. Simply bundling information you have researched and complied on a common problem (eg. ‘secrets’ to finding a job) and then presenting it in an easy to digest format (an eBook) justifies someone spending a few quid on it.