My Top 10 Ideas for Earning Money from Home


I know that almost all of my readers are interested in learning new ways to earn some money from home.
Some of you are looking for full-time income. Others are just trying to earn a little spending money. There are a ton of ways to earn extra cash, but I'm going to cover the 10 that work best for me.

How I Got Started:

Many of you know my story. If not, the quick version is that while on Maternity leave last year, I realized that there was no way that I could go back to work in retail management, with the mandatory 12-hour days, 6 days a week, for the holiday season, PLUS continue working towards my degree as a full-time online student, PLUS take care of a new baby. I talked it over with my boss, and let him know my thoughts, and that I'd come back for a month or two to help them recruit and train a new Merchandising Manager, while I looked for something that would be a better fit for me. To my surprise, instead of appreciating my honesty, they let me go! This cut my paid Maternity leave off early, and left me with an infant and NO income. Woah.

Time for a new Start!

After the shock wore off, I jumped into action. I realized that it would take a lot of time to find a new employer, in this economy, that would be a good fit for me as a new mom. So, I started figuring out EVERY way that I could earn some extra money while being home with the baby.

My Top 10 Ways to Earn Money from Home:

These are legit ways to earn money, and all sites are ones that I use personally and trust. I hope that some of these can help you too!
1. Craigslist: I'm sure you've heard of Craigslist.org before. I LOVE it. You would be amazed at how easy it is to sell some of your old and un-needed stuff on here! At first, I went through the garage, and pulled out a bunch of stuff I knew we wouldn't ever use, listed 'em up in a quick couple of ad's, and made $100!
Here are a few tips:
  • Be safe and smart. If you live alone, don't list your phone number or address, just let them email you. Then you can ask for THEIR number, block yours, and give them a call. Tell them you'll meet them somewhere to drop the item off.
  • Bundle things into packages. You might not get a lot of response listing baby clothes piece by piece, but if you sell them by the bag, or as 10 baby pajama's, Dress with shoes and matching accessories, one bag of play clothes, etc, they sell faster and at higher prices.
  • Post pic's! People love to see what you have before coming all the way to meet you.
2. Survey Sites: Of course you know I'd mention these right? This is one of my favorite ways to earn extra money. Here's a great system that I use to keep up, and do as many as possible with my really limited time: I set up a folder in my email {or you could set up one separate email address for surveys only}, and every day when I go through my email, I move all of the survey invites into that folder. When I have time, in the evenings or during naps, I go to my folder and start filling out as many surveys as I have time for. You'd be really surprised at how fast the money adds up!
Sites that Pay Cash:
  • Global Test Market: Pays in checks.
  • Inbox Dollars: Pays in checks, get $5 instantly at sign up!
  • MySurvey: Points can be redeemed for cash or merchandise.
  • Nielsen Home Scan Panel: I haven't been able to get accepted back into this one again {I quit for awhile after I had the baby, and didn't realize how hard it would be to get back in!}, but you redeem points for some seriously amazing stuff, including PayPal.
  • Toluna: I've had a lot of really big money surveys lately- $10-$30 bucks each. Pays you in check.
  • Vindale Research: Earn $5-$75 bucks per survey, paid to you in check!

 

3. Childcare: Do you stay home with a child or two already? Adding another one or two in the same age bracket isn't too much more work. I've been thinking about doing this when Abby gets a little bit bigger. I want to get a program like Sing, Spell, Read and Write : PreK Readiness Program, that I can use to teach Abby the skills she'll need to get a good start in Kindergarten, while teaching a couple of other kiddo's too. Or, you could do just after-school childcare, for a friend of two of your own children. It's a great way to spend quality time with your kids, and still earn an income.

 

4. Start a Blog: You don't need a ton of technical knowledge... A few years ago, I started a job where I totally lied about my computer knowledge to get the position. And the first day at work, I didn't even know how to turn the computer ON! Seriously. When I started this site, I still had limited computer skills, but you can get started pretty easily, and you'll learn as you go. For some advice on starting blogging see How to Make Money Blogging, or if you're already blogging, read my recent post, Blogging Tips: Earning an Income with Your Blog.

 

5. Cash Crate: This is new site that I've been using, but I'm pretty darn excited about it so far! It's been around for years, and has a ton of members, and I know friends who have been paid, so I fell totally confident suggesting it to you. You get paid every month, as long as you've earned at least $20 {which is SUPER easy to do!}. Sign up here- Cash Crate Sign Up.

 

6. Make Cool Stuff: Do your friends always ask you to make them jewelry? Are your handmade knit scarves always in demand? Then open up an Etsy shop and start earning money from that hobby! A few great sites to read for advice are Handmadeology and Everything Etsy. Sign up for their newsletters-- They both have amazing tips and ideas! {And watch for my Etsy shop sometime soon...}

 

7. Swagbucks: Swagbucks: Have you read the reader comments about this lately? It's not just me- Everyone loves it! And you can redeem your bucks for PayPal cash! If all you do with it is use the toolbar to do your searches instead of using Google, you'll still be earning free money---> with NO work at all! Love it.

 

8. Virtual Assistants: Read this great article from ABC News on how to find legit companies to work with on this. I've done call center type work in the past, and this is something that I've considered doing. A great way for a full-time income from home, just be really wary of scams. There are tons of legit sites, and I know a few bloggers that hire this type of help, just be really careful, since there are some bad guys out there.

 

9. Direct Sales: Companies like Avon, Scentsy, Mary Kay, and more, area always looking for enthusiastic new sales reps! You can put as much, or as little, time into this as you want. When we were kids, my mom went door to door for MILES around our house, and made enough to support us 4 kids while my dad was out of work, so there is a ton of potential there! If you're interested, I'd just search on Facebook, and ask a rep to sign up up. That way, you help out another gal too, by giving them a referral bonus!

 

10. Giveaways and Sweepstakes: This is a little harder, but I can guarantee you that if you put the effort in, you WILL win. I could make you a list as long as this page of what I've won in the past year! If you take as little as a half hour per day to enter this stuff, you will be amazed at how much you start winning! {For a list of sites to find giveaways, check out How to Get Free Stuff Series: Win it!. If you have some other great ideas to add, share 'em in the comments!!  And if you know someone who would love learning more about this, please feel free to share it to Facebook or Twitter using the social buttons!!

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