How To Make Money At Home? Top 10 Ways
Everyone has a busy life these days whether it’s work, taking care of the family, doing chores around the house, or running errands. We want freedom and would rather work at home if possible. So the big question I’ll be talking about is: How To Make Money At Home?
Here’s My Top 10 Ways To Make Money At Home
1. Customer Service Representative
When you make an order online at popular retail outlets like J. Crew or 1-800-flowers, did you know that you’re actually talking to someone who’s working from home? It’s true! Several big companies are known to outsource their call centers to home-based workers to take care of calls and orders. Instead of dealing with the commute and getting dressed for work, why not just work from the comfort of your home instead? You can still be in your pajamas and have crazy wild hair and no one would care!
Convergys is one of those companies who manage getting home based workers as representatives for big name companies. They are a great option because they offer paid training and employee benefits if you work over a certain amount of hours.
2. Virtual Assistant
Like I said, everyone is busy nowadays and that’s especially true for small business owners and executives who can’t afford to get someone full time locally. So instead, they’ll hire people remotely who can fulfill the tasks that need to be done.
What do virtual assistants do? Well, it can be a variety of things like handle event planning, booking travel arrangements, or all kinds of administrative duties that can be done remotely by email or phone.
3. Freelance Writing
Are you creative and have a way with writing words? If so, this might be very profitable for you. Companies are always looking for talented people who can catch the attention of their existing or potential clients. You might freelance for a magazine company or write articles for online blogs. There are tons of companies and individuals looking so you can give it a try by looking at places like Freelancer, UpWork, or Guru.
4. Sell Yourself
Now I don’t mean sell yourself physically, I mean sell your skills and talents. If you are good at designing banners or graphics, you can offer those services to people and they will be willing to pay for it. Are you a social media expert who is able to get a company more likes? They’re willing to pay you for that. Do you know how to make crafts? People will buy that. Are you willing to write a positive testimonial? They’ll pay for that too!
There are tons of things people are willing to pay you for. Go check out Fiverr to see what opportunities there are. While you’re at it, you might even find some gigs you want to purchase. If you sign up through this link, you’ll get to try out your first gig for free!
If you’re more into arts and crafts you can check out Etsy. Etsy’s a marketplace where you can sell your hand-crafted creations. However, there is a small fee that they take from every sale.
5. Rent Your Room
If you have a spare bedroom or even a suite available, you can rent it out to others and make good money. Depending on the location it’s usually around $100 per night or more. Just think about it, if you rent out a spare room for a week, that’s already $700!
Keep in mind that if you’re currently living at the location and it’s not a vacation home then you’ll have to share the same living space as your guest. This may not be for everyone but when I go on vacation I always check to see if there are entire suites available for rent for the sake of privacy plus they are usually much cheaper than staying at a hotel.
There are always travelers looking for a place to stay and like I mentioned, hotels are pretty expensive so this is a good alternative for them. If they are truly there for vacationing purposes most likely they will be out sightseeing than staying at home all day anyway. Some people actually prefer this way because it allows them to interact with locals.
Airbnb has taken the world by storm the last few years and now serve guests in almost 200 different countries around the world so they have a huge network and customer potential. If you are looking to rent out your room, this is definitely the way to go.
6. Taking Surveys
I’m sure you’ve all heard of this one. You sign up and do a bunch of surveys and get paid for them. The amount varies on the type of survey and length. The downside with this though is that you have to qualify for each survey in order to get paid for it. For example, if it’s a survey about smoking and the affects of smoking and you don’t smoke, obviously you won’t qualify.
There are a lot of survey companies online but some of them are scams so make sure you do research before you join. If they ever ask you for money up-front, it’s definitely a scam and you should stay away.
Some real ones that pay include: Pinecone Research, PaidViewpoint, and Swagbucks. I personally like Swagbucks the best because they offer a lot of other ways to earn points that you can redeem for gift cards like buying from your favorite stores, using online coupons, watching videos, and of course doing surveys. To read more about Swagbucks and what they offer, read my review.
7. Sell Stock Photos
If you’re a talented photographer you might be able to sell your photos as stock photos. Stock photos are a collection of photos that are often licensed and are used for various creative assignments like adding photos to a website, using photos for marketing purposes, or any other situation where one would get a stock photo instead of hiring an expensive photographer.
Basically, you become a contributor and upload your photos. You will only get paid if someone decides to buy your photos and the stock photo company who lists your photo takes a commission. Usually you’ll have to submit samples of your work to be approved so not anybody can do this.
8. Test Websites or Apps
UserTesting pays you $10 via PayPal for every 20-minute video you complete. They pay you to visit websites or apps and complete a set of tasks while speaking your thoughts aloud. Sounds simple enough right? There’s a few requirements that I think most of you have already and those are:
- have a PC or Mac, an internet connection, and a microphone
- ability to download their test software
- must be at least 18 years old
- ability to speak your thoughts aloud in English
To learn more, check out their website on how to be a tester.
9. Be an Online Tutor
If you’re good in a particular school subject, you can become an online tutor! Tutor.com provides tutoring to students who want to get better grades. They have a wide range of subjects you can tutor in such as Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Economics, French, Microbiology, Sociology, Computer Science, Business Law, and Principles of Management.
You’ll have to apply of course so they can see if you’re qualified to become a tutor. Once accepted, you’ll be able to set your own schedules and work from home via Skype so you’ll need to have a webcam and a microphone.
For more information, check out Tutor.com.
10. Affiliate Marketing
I saved the best for last! The majority of people like you and I are making money online through affiliate marketing. So what is affiliate marketing? Basically you are promoting other peoples goods and if someone uses your link to make a purchase, you get a commission! That means there’s no physical goods that you need to buy or store in your house. No need to package and ship the product yourself. No need to deal with support or customer service for the product. It’s all handled by the company! All you have to do is bring them customers and hopefully make them make a purchase!
Sounds simple enough right? Well that’s because it is! Affiliate marketing has been around for ages and that’s because it works. It both helps the company you are promoting because they make profits from sales without having to pay for expensive ads and you make a commission as a reward for bringing in the sale. Commissions can range from a few cents to hundreds of dollars depending on what you’re promoting. Imagine you’re promoting a simple vacation package that costs $1,000. If the commission you get is 10%, that’s an easy $100 from ONE sale! Of course you’ll have to find an affiliate that will offer that but that’s just an example.
So how do you do this? First of all, you need a website. The reason you need this is because you’ll be provided with an affiliate link that’s used to identify that the user came from your referral. You need somewhere to put that affiliate link and the best place is on a website where you are able to talk about the product and convince them that they should buy it.
Chances are if you just give them a link and tell them to buy it without any other information, they won’t buy it. Just think about it, when you are looking for something online to buy you don’t just click on whatever link you see and just decide to buy it without knowing anything about it. You’ll want to do a bit of research and see if the product is actually good or not. Maybe read some reviews, search for the best price, see if there are any better/cheaper alternatives.
That’s why if you have a website and you are able to provide all this information and convince the viewer that it is indeed the best thing out there then they are much more likely to buy. And you guessed it, you’ll have an affiliate link in your page where they’ll click to make their purchase and when they do…. BAM! You just made MONEY!
The best thing of all about this is that you can pretty much promote anything. Do you like animals? Maybe you can promote pet food and pet accessories. Do you like watching movies? Maybe you can promote DVD’s or Blueray movies from Amazon. Do you like reading? You can do reviews on books and have an affiliate link for the book. Do you like makeup? You can write about how to put on makeup or even do reviews on different products and have affiliate links to the products. As you can see the possibilities are endless and you can pretty much promote anything that is of interest.
And you know what else is awesome? Once your page is built and your affiliate link is there, it’s there forever. So even if someone on the other side of the world see’s your site and decides to buy a product from your link, you get PAID! Yup! You get paid even when you’re sleeping! Even when you’re on vacation! Even when you’re relaxing on the beach! You can get paid 24/7! This is why affiliate marketing is so powerful and profitable.
BONUS: Display Ads On Your Website
Do you know that every time you look something up online and visit a page you are making someone money? Yup! It’s true! You might notice that they have ads on the side bar and every time you click on them and sometimes just view them, they get paid!
Google Adsense is one of the most popular programs for this and you can learn more here on their site.
This is yet another reason why having your own website is the best way to make money. You can do both affiliate marketing and have ads on your site! In fact, most websites you visit do this. Next time you look at a webpage, take note of the ads on the sides or up top and be on the lookout for any affiliate links they might be promoting. I bet you never even realized what they actually were and how they were making them money!
There’s a bunch of ways to make money from home but I definitely think the best way is to have your own website and do affiliate marketing. When visiting a page online, you’re making money for someone else. Why not that someone be you? It’s definitely possible and I’m telling you that you SHOULD be doing this! This is the BEST way to make money online especially if you don’t have any skills or motivation to try any of the other methods. And remember, having a website lets you make money 24/7 and eventually work your own hours. If you start making enough you can even quit your day job! How great would that be? No more getting up early in the morning. No more nasty morning commute. No more working for the boss. No more 9-5!
YOU will be in control and YOU will define your own hours. Keep in mind that this is certainly not a get-rich-quick scheme because there’s no such thing. I’m telling you that you’ll need to put some work in to build out your site and promote it. If you’re looking for a get-rich-quick scheme, this is not it and this won’t be for you.
I’ll be honest, it takes time to get things rolling but when it does you’ll be kicking yourself and wondering why you didn’t do it sooner! You’ll be investing time in yourself and building your website so you can reap the benefits (money and freedom) later. And once you learn to make one website profitable, you can replicate the same techniques for other sites as well! Wouldn’t it be great having multiple sources of income?
If you’re ready to take the first step and ready to put some work in now to get results later and for the rest of your life, click the link below to get started.
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