There never seems to be enough, does there? Maybe making ends meet is a challenge right now. Or maybe you’ve got the bills covered, but that little something extra to get your kids new bikes or to take your family on a weekend getaway just isn’t there. Or maybe you’re just tired of carrying around that student debt and you want to pay it off as soon as possible. The long and short of it is this: unless you’re making six figures a year, you could always use extra money in the bank account.
Maybe you’re a stay at home mom or dad and you want to chip in when the kids are napping or in the evenings once you put them to bed. Or maybe you already work full time, but still need that something extra and are willing to devote your nights to bringing it in. Whatever your story, there are many opportunities these days to make money from home. Read on for our top picks, find out what suits your fancy, and start bringing home the extra cash!
Share your thoughts online
There are several websites that will pay you to write product reviews, watch videos, fill out surveys, etc. In some instances, these sites pay actual money, whereas in many other instances they pay in gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Target, and so on. Since these are the places we actually shop, we consider the gift cards just as good as cash. Sites we suggest you look into: CashCrate, FusionCash, and Swagbucks.
Sharing your thoughts online can also come in the form of a website or blog. This is more of a long-game solution to making money. But if you create a compelling website and offer a marketable point of view in your blogs, your site will eventually attract advertisers and generate revenue via their ads. You can easily sell things like jewelry and other handmade goods online. If you go this route, bear in mind that when it comes to profiting through your own website, you do have to make sure your site runs properly and that your clients’ data stays safe. Do this with a website scanning tool and other security measures.
Sell your used stuff
You can do this the old fashion way—yard sales, consignment stores—or you can put the web to use and rely upon the many avenues available there. There’s a site for just about everything you might want to sell. Books you want to get rid of? Try Cash 4 Books.net. Maybe you have a box full of children’s clothes and you know another child isn’t in the cards for you. Once Upon a Child pays cash for clothes, so why not cash in? Of course, these sites just scratch the surface. Hunt around and you’ll find something that suits whatever you have to sell.
Sell your skills
We’re willing to bet you have many skills, some of which (like being able to walk) don’t seem all that marketable, but they just might be. Amateur photographer? Undercut the professionals by a decent margin, and you’ll find people willing to pay for your services. Good with kids? Babysit or be a part-time nanny. Reliable childcare can be hard to find, which means people will pay for peace of mind. In decent shape? Take up dog-walking. People seem to love their dogs more than life itself these days, and that means they’re willing to pay decent money for someone to care for them. Love building websites? Help businesses and people start a blog. The possibilities are almost endless. Use Craigslist and other free sites to advertise and wait for that phone to ring.
Start an Online Business
There are so many ways to start a business online these days. You can sell items on Amazon or Ebay to other consumers, you can create your own eCommerce store and sell items you enjoy. You can even craft your own items and sell them on Etsy. The possibilities are endless. The big trend these days seems to be t-shirts. You can start your own t-shirt printing business without even buying inventory. This is a very popular way to make money online.
Starting an e-commerce store can be very daunting, but as long as you understand some of the basics of business, you can start and get moving with it. It will take some time and energy, but if you succeed, it’ll all be worth it in the end.
Several websites right now will pay you money to complete what they call short tasks. For instance, Field Agent generally pays between $3 and $12 per task. These small jobs include checking shelf availability of products, writing product reviews, and visiting stores to inspect demos and displays. Fiverr, on the other hand, offers a platform to sell a variety of short tasks. Payments start at $5, and the tasks truly run the gamut: writing services, designs services, placing phone calls, voiceover, and so on.
Believe it or not, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. The opportunities to make a little extra money are all around us. You just have to do a little research and be willing to step outside of the ordinary. Do that, and you’ll bring in the money soon enough.