8 Quick Ways to Make Money from Home


Anyone who has ever googled “work from home” or “make money from home” knows that the web is overflowing with sites proclaiming you can make thousands from the comfort of your living room, most of the time requiring you to first buy a book, CD, or DVD to learn how.  Since there is so much of this garbage out there, it can be frustrating looking for legitimate ways to work from home.  Below are some reasonable ideas to consider.  None of these will make you rich, but they’re good options for putting some extra cash in your wallet.

  • Direct Sales Home Businesses – Host “parties” at your home to get discounts and a little cash, or become an independent sales rep yourself to make even more money.  Many of them offer online shops that you can set up under your name.  Some of the most popular ones are:   Avon, Mary Kay, Tupperware, Thirty-One Gifts, or Pampered Chef; there are also numerous companies selling candles, jewelry, children’s books, children’s clothes, etc.)
  • Have an eBay “Garage Sale” – Scour your house from top to bottom for unused items.  Open up a shop on eBay (it’s free), take pictures of your items and let the bidding begin.  You will also get the added benefit of de-cluttering your house!
  • Tutor (In-home or Online) – There is always a need for tutors at any grade level.  You can do this out of your home, or find one of the many opportunities to do it online.
  • Online Surveys – There are tons of sites online that pay you to fill out surveys so they can obtain market data, just make sure the site is free!
  • Dog Walking/Pet Sitting – Dog owners always need someone to walk their dog on a busy work day or pet sit overnight when away on vacation or business.  Research the local pet care companies in your area to review the services they offer.  You may even start off by working for one of them as you get your feet wet.
  • Babysit Kids in Your Home – Many parents are looking for lower cost alternatives to daycare; consider sitting a couple of kids in your home!  If you have your own kids at home, there is the added benefit of playtime and socialization with your kids.
  • Freelance Writing – If you have a flair for writing, there many freelance writer opportunities available such as writing technical or marketing pieces; or articles for journals, newspapers, or magazines.  You can also get paid to write blog articles for various websites like the Yahoo Contributor network, for example.
  • Start a Home Business– Stick with your talents or what you love to do.  For example if you are into:
    • Photography; start a small photography business
    • Crafts; start a shop on Etsy selling your handmade products
    • Sewing; be a seamstress or sell your  handmade clothing items on Etsy
    • Scrapbooking; start a business creating scrapbooks for us less-creative folks!
    • Baking; start a small cake baking business
    • Party planning; start small with birthday parties, etc. and maybe eventually expand into larger events like weddings!
    • Music; based on your talent (piano, voice, guitar, etc.), offer music lessons out of your home

There are some legitimate home-based jobs that you can find online, such as being a Virtual assistant or a Customer Service Rep.  Just be sure not to sign up for anything that requires any kind of upfront fee.  RatRaceRebellion.com and FlexJobs.com are also fantastic places to start the search for work from home gigs.


This was an oldie but favorite originally published on April 5, 2012.  Back by pooular demand on August 4, 2014.

  • Jennifer Bangoura

    Airbnb is a great way to make money from your home, too! We’re able to pay our mortgage and live in our house (with some cool guests coming through!). Not for everyone but definitely a neat way to make money without doing too much.

  • JimL

    Great post, informative.

    I recently have started to make money with surveys and wanted to let you know several things about them.There are many scamers who only want you to pay them for registration.Here is a great article that discusses the paid surveys legitimacy:


    Here are the most important things you have to know about legit surveys:

    – Go to Google and type something like: “How to find legitimate surveys for money” or “paid surveys with free registration”.That is better then keywords like surveys.

    – Most of them are free to register.Never pay for registration.

    – Never share your credit card on your SSN.They have the rights to want you to enter only the information that is required to pay you.

    – Never join before reading their privacy and terms.There you have to make sure they are not allowed to sell your personal information to thirty parties and they are OK with can-spam act.

    My advice is to join with several surveys and check them often, because that way you will be able to get the highest paying surveys and make more money.

    Just start doing this.

    Hope that helps.

  • steve

    extremely informative

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    The list can go on but these are the most common. I am making more now working from home than I did when I was working in a corporate setting and I am a lot more happier too. I would also like to add catering since baking was already mentioned. With regard to baking, we have this cake store slash cafe back home which has been quite successful. When they started they didn’t have a store, they just baked at home and put it on a display window in their house.

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  • http://www.mastertheartofsaving.com/ Jen @ Master the Art of Saving

    I used to do online surveys all the time and made pretty decent money. Lately though, I’ve been too busy to do many. This is actually a great realistic list of ways to make money from home, I love how you point out staying away from the upfront fees. :-)

    • Gladys Signorine Niyoyitu Ngiy

      Since you already did surveys online, I was thinking you might be able to give me some tips. I still struggle to find reliable/legit websites for filling surveys online. Can you give me any that actually pays for filling surveys? Most of the ones I found are either paying 0.001$ per 30sec survey long or they require a fee to sign up to their websites.

      Thanks in advance :)

    • Dani

      If you wouldn’t mind sharing some of these site it would be greatly appreciated.

  • http://theworkathomewife.com/ Angie Nelson

    Great list to get those brainstorming gears turning, Amanda!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks you so much for your post!  I appreciate your taking the time to remind your readers that is is “frustrating looking for legitimate ways to work from home.”  

    As community manager, I’ve been researching the many ideas for about a year and posting the findings on my blog, http://homegigz.com with hopes my family and friends may easily identify those genuine ways to work from your home.  I have not heard about “ratracerebellion.com”, so I’ll give that a review to see if it’s something I can use on my site. 

    Again, thank you so much for your post and for letting your readers know a few ideas they may consider as legit ways to work from your home. 

    All the best!