The reasons why people want to work from home are unique to each case. Some just want to make extra money to increase their income. Others seek work-life balance to eliminate wasted time in the workspace.
Given the wide variety of skills that people possess, the ways to earn money from home are very varied. In the following list I show you 17 ways to make money from the comfort of your home …
You can find a little something for all tastes. You will surely find one for you!
1- Direct Sales
This is the classic work at home for moms. Today, many more people use it! Sell things that you love. It’s a great way to earn extra money from home, even if you work in an office most of the day. Direct selling is about creating your own lifestyle. You can keep it casual and sell things to your friends and acquaintances. Or, you can enter the world of networking and thus build a customer base outside of your existing circle.
Direct selling is structured just like multi-level marketing. This means that you can create an income stream by hiring other salespeople. Just be careful not to fall into a pyramid scheme.
2- Web Search Evaluator
Search evaluators are the human part of the algorithms in web search engines, they follow very specific guidelines so that the results are accurate, complete and current.
To become an evaluator in most cases you need to be bilingual. Often times, this position requires a college degree. Also, you should know about the country you are applying for.
3- Rent a Room in Your House
If you live in an area where there is a demand for short-term rentals (such as near a university or in the center of a large city), you may be able to find tenants through a network of contacts in your community. However, with the rise of Airbnb, it has once again made it much easier to earn money from home. Using these sites you can rent a private room, a shared room or even your whole house for a night, a month or the period of time you want.
4- Drive Your Car
Like Airbnb, becoming a travel driver for companies like Uber or Cabify is one way to join the new economy. And while it’s not technically about making money from home, it allows the same kind of flexibility and is a way to use an asset you already own (i.e. your car) to earn money. There are things to keep in mind, however, about driving other people, such as whether your car insurance will cover you and how to pay taxes on your earnings.
5- Ask your boss if you can work from home
To start earning money from home, one of the places to start is at your current job. When companies allow teleworking, it is a huge advantage for employees.
To convert your current job to telecommuting, the first thing to do is create a telecommuting proposal for your supervisor. However, before you do that, take a look at how your work might (or might not) work from home.
6- Website and Apps Tester
There are companies that sometimes need people to test their websites, apps, and social media offerings. Research companies that provide this option, and do quick work browsing the web and playing with new apps. It’s not a car, but it’s an easy way to earn extra money from home. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that it will probably not be a steady job, but rather an occasional one.
7- Be a Call Center Agent
Working in a virtual call center is a good way to start a new career from home. Unlike many other industries, call center companies hire new employees (often without much experience) to telecommute. Agents can work in customer service, sales, or technical support.
8- Chat Agent
If talking on the phone isn’t practical for you, you can still work a customer service job from home. Many of the same companies that hire call center agents also hire chat agents. And besides these customer service chat jobs, there are other online chat jobs from home. These include answering questions, doing Internet searches, and more.
9- Take Care of Your Neighbors’ Pets
There are many services that people buy for their pets. Although most of these will not come directly from home, they offer the same types of flexibility as working from home. Some pet business ideas:
-Open a daycare for dogs
–Grooming of pets at home
10- Type From Your Home
If you are nimble with the computer keyboard, there are many ways to earn money from home by typing. Data entry, for example, requires very little experience; however, if you are not fast enough you will not earn money. On the other hand, specialty transcription work (like medicine) may require a degree and experience to get started.
11- Become a Writer
Do you want to do more than write words? Consider a career in writing. There are many ways to be a writer (think blogging, fiction writing, and children’s books), and most of them can be done from home, either as a telecommuter or as a freelancer. The good thing about writing is that you can start with very little experience. You won’t earn much at first, but as you build your portfolio, you can expand into more lucrative writings.
12- Small Tasks
If you have skills you can always get odd jobs, networking in the real world to find real world jobs. But now there are many ways to use the Internet to find small jobs. There are websites that offer a variety of ways to find skilled and unskilled jobs both online and in the real world: shopping and price checks, cleaning, repairs, writing, editing, translation, transcription, data entry, website testing , social media tasks, online surveys and research, etc.
13- Sell Your Artisan Work
Take the hobby you love and make money for it… from your home. The number of crafts you can do is endless: knitting, jewelry, pottery, ornaments, and so on. For this to work, however, you not only have to create a quality product, you have to know how to market it. You can choose to go the old-fashioned route and take your wares to craft fairs and flea markets, or use the Internet to expand your options. With online options like eBay, Olx, Amazon your potential market is global.
14- Become a Tutor From Your Home
Mentoring can be done from home or online. At home it will require experience, instead, online tutoring can be done through companies that connect tutors with students, while also providing the necessary infrastructure (i.e. web conferencing services). Most require a college degree and teaching experience, but for some of these requirements they may be negotiable.