As a single SAHM, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know the myriad of ways in which to earn extra income from home. Here are my top 10 favorites.
10 Easiest Ways to Earn Extra Income From Home
1) Sell stuff around the house on eBay
Most people have no idea how much clutter, cough cough, I mean, priceless heirlooms, they have laying around the house. If you’re not using it, why not put that money in your saving account? This is how I look at it. Everything in your home has two price tags on it. What it’s worth to you…and what it’s worth to someone else. Many times, we overprice our own stuff. But, there are lots of times where things sitting around the house can fetch us some good money.
I used my children’s board game in a previous post as an example. I split it up and sold it as replacement parts and got some great money from it. I’ve seen all kinds of things sell on eBay. I’m sure you have some old textbooks or books laying around that may be worth some money. Half.com is great for selling books. I’ve seen people sell melted snow for thousands, I’ve seen large 3″ dust bunnies sell for $10. I’ve seen coffee mugs and old plates go for upwards of $50. Why I’ve even seen someone take apart an old mattress and sell the inner springs, a set of 10 for $30! The rarer the item is, the more money you can get. Be creative; let your imagination go wild and research everything first.
Buy for less and sell for more. This is pretty common and one of my least favorite ways to make money because it is so time consuming, but it seems to be pretty popular, so I will include it. However, if your strapped for cash, you can even go to Craigslist and find curb alerts, get the free stuff, fix it up and sell it. The possibilities are endless. You can restore old furniture. You can sell clothing, toys, repair vacuums, anything really. Anything you can get for a cheaper price, sell it for fair market value, you profit. It’s as simple as that.
3) Monetize your skills
Maybe you can type 65 wpm like me. Maybe you’re really good at English grammar and can proofread. Maybe you have a knack for fixing computer issues, setting up WordPress blogs. Maybe you love creating beautiful pictures on photo editing software. Whatever it is that you like to do and your good at, you can monetize. A couple of the sites to use for this are Fiverr and Odesk. Check out this seller on Fiverr who paid off his student loans with money he made on the site!
4) Sell your photos
If you love photography and would like to make some money, you can become a contributor on Shuttershock. It is free to join and you can get anywhere from 25¢-$75 per download!
5) Sell handmade items on Etsy
Do you like to sew? Maybe you create clay sculptures. Whatever you hand make, you can sell on Etsy.
6) Write posts and reviews for cash
If you love to write, you can submit articles on Examiner.com. I know a couple who makes $300/month solely writing articles, posts, and reviews for the site.
7) Affiliate Marketing
This is a super quick way to make cash. Simply share with your friends the things that you love.
8) Survey Companies – List of Top 25 Best
Did you know that when a company is wanting to release a new product, they hire companies, who hire you, to test the products and/or give them feedback for your opinions! There are MANY scammer survey companies out there, please be advised. One of my favorite survey companies is Pinecone Research. I was with them for a good 7 years before stopping last year. It is hard to get into their database, so if you ever see their name in an ad, join right away. (UPDATE: CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for Male (get hubby to join), Hispanic, African American, or ages 18-24! HURRY!)
Other legitimate companies (not the whole list of course, there are literally thousands of companies, but these are the top 25 best):
- Harris Poll Online
- Springboard US Panel
- Global Survey Group
- Inbox Dollars
- Valued Opinions
- Unique Rewards (Canada click here)
- Survey Downline
- Vindale Research
- Opinion Outpost (Canada click here)
- Quick Rewards
- Ipsos I-Say
- Pinecone Research – best one to join
- SwagBucks (basically works like a survey company; you get paid to surf the web and opt in to offers)
- FusionCash (similar to SwagBucks)
9) Sell on Craigslist
Craigslist is like an online yard sale. There are so many things you can sell on there.
10) Become a Mystery Shopper
Like taking surveys, you won’t get rich quick, but you can make some quick cash. The average you make is approx. $10-$25 and you get to keep what you purchase through MarketForce.