Thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever to make money from home. But if you’d prefer to get out of the house, there are several offline opportunities that also allow you to make money. Ready to roll up your sleeves and launch your side hustle? Or maybe you’re looking for ways to replace your full-time income? Keep reading to learn more about work-from-home money-making opportunities.
Start an Online Business
There are several online jobs and online business opportunities that cost little to no money to start, including:
Blogging for Websites
In just about every niche, there’s a blogger rolling in the dough. Some niches have several success stories, and others have bloggers that boast their worldwide travels or how they’ve retired their spouses. Sweet! But if you have no interest in starting a blog, you can still make a pretty penny blogging for other sites. Check out Upwork for opportunities as they always have thousands to apply for.
As the entrepreneurial bug continues to spread and more and more businesses pop up online, there will be an increased need for freelance writers that can get the job done. Best of all, if you’re focused, strategic and land the right clients, you can make a load of dough fast.
Are you business savvy? Put all that knowledge in your head to good use by offering consulting services. And no need to worry about not knowing enough to impress prospects. There are scores of resources for that, and remember that they’re going to be coming to you for advice, so you have an ample amount of time to prepare a plan that will tackle their toughest challenges head-on. And if possible, stay within your area of expertise to make your job easier.
Social Media Manager
If you spend a ton of time on social media, why not use your energy to make some moola? Of course, social media for business is a little different from what you’d do for your personal profiles, but there are tons of free resources to get you up to speed, like Hootsuite Academy. To find clients, start with local businesses that desperately need your help and go from there.
Because of digital design tools, like Canva and PicMonkey, many entrepreneurs dibble and dabble in graphic design. But it comes a time when it’s time to bring a professional on board to bring their vision to life. And that, my friend, is what will make you valuable and in high demand as a graphic designer.
Thousands of websites pop up every day. Some are awesome sauce and others are, well, not so good. You also have the group of websites owned by folks who just want to get something out there, but would really prefer that a professional handle things for them. And that’s where you come in.
You could make thousands per month designing basic websites, ranging from those for eCommerce to blogs, so it’s definitely an opportunity worth looking into if you have the skills.
If you enjoy writing and can share your knowledge in a way that is concise but engaging and easy for others to understand, consider writing and publishing your own eBooks on a platform, like Amazon or Gumroad.
*Quick note: the more specific the title, the better. Also, try to include keywords in the title that your target audience would search for.
Virtual assistants are in high demand for both brick and mortar and online businesses. They perform administrative tasks, usually on a contractual basis, from the comforts of their own home. This means they’re free to take on as many clients as they can handle. If this sounds like something you have experience with and would enjoy, give it a shot. And don’t worry if you don’t yet have all the necessary skills as there are scores of online training and resources that can bring you up to speed in record time.
Start a Mobile Business
Below are several other business ideas that don’t need a physical location and have minimal start-up costs:
If you’re a fitness junkie or just enjoy or have a passion for helping people meet their goals so they can create a better a healthier version of themselves, personal training may be for you. It’s best if you determine what segment of the market you want to work it and tailor specific programs and solutions just for them.
Did you dream of having that fairytale wedding when you were a child? Perhaps you made it happen (or maybe you haven’t quite gotten there yet). Either way, you probably know the ins and outs of the wedding business and how to create a wedding experience that the bride and groom won’t ever forget.
Thanks to smartphones, there are tons of self-proclaimed photographers than there have ever been. But if you have real photography skills, offering professional photography services is a great way to roll in some extra dough. And if you target the right type of prospects, like engaged couples, you could easily become booked to the brim and match your full-time income at your job.
Can you break down complex topics in a way that is easily digestible for students? Maybe a tutoring company is an idea worth entertaining. You can go and work for one of the big boys, like Kaplan, to start or you can start your own and partner with local organizations that already have the type of clients you’re looking for.
House Sitting Services
Yes, there is such a thing. Folks who travel often or that plan to be away for an extended period of time sometimes hire house sitters to be on the lookout. It’s one of the easiest jobs out there, and the pay isn’t too shabby, either.
Do you have that one friend that everyone calls on when they need help planning an event. Or maybe you’re that friend. Either way, why not make it official and start an event planning business? You already have what it takes, and those you’ve helped in the past can help you get up and running by referring you to others in their professional and business circles.
If dressing others in apparel that turns heads is your thing, then a personal styling service may be a good fit. You can either arrange to meet clients or offer your services directly from your laptop. The choice is yours, but the latter requires no office and the startup costs are little to none.
Believe it or not, there are some who despise doing their own laundry (and others are just too busy). So they hire a laundry service to do it for them.
You don’t have to work with the wealthy to be a personal chef. Quite a few middle-class families use personal chefs to prepare their meals because they’re crunched for time throughout the week. Others use them for meal prep, and some just like to have a wholesome home-cooked meal on occasion or stay on track with dietary plans to meet nutrition and fitness goals.
Start an E-Commerce Business
Nowadays, it seems like folks will sell you anything online. Have you seen some of the ads on Facebook lately? As crazy as it sounds, there’s an online market for some of the strangest items and the creators and sellers are actually making loads of money. So if you have goods you’ve created and would like to sell, go for it.
Sell Crafts on Etsy
Etsy is an e-commerce platform designed to help you showcase your crafts to the world. And you can set up your store and start selling with just a few clicks.
Open a Shopify Store
Whether it’s a t-shirt printing business or you want to sell hair products, Shopify is the perfect platform to do so. They have multiple free templates for drag-and-drop websites which makes it easy to get up and running. Even better, monthly plans start at $29 so you won’t eat into your profit too much.
You can also sell unused or old belongings on the Facebook Marketplace. Items to consider include clothing, shoes, household goods, and electronics.
Reputable online survey-taking platforms that will pay you include:
- Global Test Market: earn up to $5 per survey. Earnings are paid in points and can be redeemed for cash or donations to charity.
- InboxDollars: you can earn fast cash taking surveys, playing games, shopping online, reading emails, and redeeming coupons. Pay rates vary by service performed.
- Opinion Outpost: earn money for taking surveys related to advertisements, appliances, electronics, medicine, politics, and sports.
- Survey Junkie: earn virtual points for completing surveys that can be redeemed for PayPal payments or e-Giftcards.
- Vindale Research: earn a $1 bonus for signing up, and access up to 100 surveys per day through their online portal. You’ll be paid via PayPal so you won’t have to worry about redeeming points.
Use Your Car
Rent It Out
Use Getaround to list your ride and make $5 or more per hour. Or you can rent out your car for the entire day. The car rental is handled online from start to finish, so you won’t have to meet up with the renter. And they also offer up to $1 million in insurance coverage so you can rest assured that you’ll be protected in the event of an accident.
Sign up for Uber, Lyft, or both and get paid to give rides to those on the go. Pay rates vary by region, but some drivers have reported earning a full-time income from driving for ridesharing services. Even better, both Uber and Lyft are offering sign-up bonuses of up to $1,000 for new drivers.
Want to supplement your ridesharing service income? Deliver food with Postmates and Uber Eats. It’s easy to sign up and you can get started right away.
Grocery Delivery Services
Don’t forget to add Instacart and Shipt, which are grocery delivery services, to your arsenal.
Cash Back Apps
The following cash back apps can be downloaded on your smartphone so you can start earning money right for everyday activities right away:
- Dosh: earn 10 percent cash back on everyday purchases made through the app. You can also earn $5 when you a refer-a-friend.
- Ibotta: earn varying levels of cashback when you use the app for both in-store and online shopping
- Swagbucks: earn points for shopping online that are redeemable for PayPal cash or gift cards. Swagbucks also offers a $10 sign-up bonus when you spend at least 25 with the app.
Rent Out a Room In Your Home
If you don’t mind strangers camping out in your home, Airbnb is a great way to make some extra money. List your place online and watch the reservations roll in.
Bonus Tip: Revisit Your Budget
When was the last time you took a good look at your spending plan? If it’s been a while, whip it out and conduct a line-by-line review to determine which items you can trim or purge altogether. While it’s technically not a way to make money from home, you can keep more of your hard-earned money in your pocket.
The Bottom Line
With so many ways to make money from home, you have the power to control how much or how little you earn. So, select one these opportunities, dive right in, and get started. The end result could surprise you.