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How To Make Money From Home: 22 Amazing Ideas for Beginners!

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Whether you’re looking to become a full-time remote worker or you just want to pick up some extra cash on the side, there are a ton of ideas on how to make money from home!

In this post, we’re going to focus on quick ways to make some extra money – if you’re interested in full-time income opportunities that you can start from home while still working a job, check out our in-depth business ideas guide here

And now, without further ado, let’s check out 22 amazing ideas for beginners on how to make money from home!

How to Make Money From Home

1) Get a remote job.

Need some money while working from home?

After COVID-19, it’s more doable than ever to get a part-time or full-time job that’s fully remote. If you want to ditch the office for good, don’t discount traditional job boards or even networking as a way to find work in your field.

One reliable place for finding remote jobs is FlexJobs.com. You can also check on LinkedIn for all kinds of opportunities. A lot of remote jobs are only part-time or contract and don’t include benefits, but if you’re specifically looking for a full-time income, it’s worth applying to any job you’re interested in and seeing if you can negotiate working from home as one of the perks. 

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Quick Tip: Even if you’re only interested in remote jobs, be open-minded when applying to different postings. You never know what kinds of opportunities may come up when you put yourself out there and talk to people or express interest! 

2) Become a freelancer.

Making money online isn’t as hard as it might seem if you have an in-demand skill. Almost every major skill area has some buyers somewhere. Here are a few ideas that work well:

  • Freelance writing
  • Freelance graphic design
  • Freelance coding
  • Virtual bookkeeping
  • Freelance marketing/SEO
  • Consulting

It’s easier than ever to get started with freelancing. You can find clients right from UpWork and build a thriving business there, or win business by messaging prospects directly via email or LinkedIn.

As long as you have a computer, an internet connection, a phone, and PayPal or a bank account, you’re set! Depending on your skills, you can make anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars per month as a freelancer! 

Quick Tip: Once you’ve gotten results for clients in your area of expertise, it might be worth expanding your freelance business into more of an agency model. If you can maintain regular client relationships, you can start to hire other contractors or employees to do overflow work. As long as you can keep up the quality, this is a great way to continue growing your business instead of turning down client work!

3) Monetize your blog with affiliate marketing.

Do you have a blog? If not, the best time to start one is right now!

More people than ever are searching the web for answers to their questions – and lots of those questions are related to purchasing advice. If you can establish your own blog in a solid niche like photography, travel, business, or beauty, then you can create content and monetize your blog with affiliate marketing.

The fundamental building block of an affiliate marketing blog is the buying guide article. For example, in the baby care niche, if you reviewed different products related to a topic like “best baby strollers under 500 dollars,” you could get people to click affiliate links to strollers and make a nice comission!  

With enough traffic, even a simple blog can become a huge moneymaker! And all it takes is a few simple steps to get started: find a web host like Bluehost, install a WordPress theme like Generatepress, and write some content!

Quick Tip: Starting a blog isn’t complicated in concept, but it’s a huge endeavor if you want to get to profitability. Establish a plan and block out time during your week to work on it – or better yet, pay contractors to do the work while you manage the overall project. What holds most people back in building a blog is lack of consistency, so make “showing up” a priority to see blog success!

4) Start a YouTube channel.

Do you have a special talent or area of expertise to share with the world? Don’t hold back – get it out there on YouTube, a massive video sharing platform that just happens to be the second-largest search engine in the world!

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There are many different niches and categories that do well on YouTube, not just gaming videos and makeup tutorials.

Early on, you should decide if you want to be an entertainment channel or an educational channel – both can make money, but you should approach them a little differently.

For entertainment, ad revenue is your best bet for monetization at first, followed by Patreon and merchandise. For an educational channel, ad revenue is a good start, but you can go a step further with sponsors or affiliate links to generate income relevant to your topic. 

Quick Tip: For maximum success on YouTube, it pays to understand the algorithm and optimize your content to work with the algorithm. Metrics like “watch time” and engagement are hugely important, so engineer your videos to align with these factors. These days, longer form content does much better on YouTube, unless you’re creating TikTok like snippets for YouTube Stories (mobile-only short videos you can create if you have at least 10K subscribers).

Most importantly, do your research and provide top-notch content that’s relevant to what viewers truly care about.

5) Become a streamer or influencer.

The internet has made it possible to monetize your passions! If you’re a gamer, musician, commentator, or expert, consider becoming a streamer on sites like Twitch, Facebook Live, or YouTube. The approach here is similar to building an audience through video content, but in this case, you can make money by interacting with fans in real time.

Here are a few ways to earn money as a streamer:

  • Fan donations (through features like YouTube’s Superchat)
  • Subscriptions like Patreon
  • Affiliate links 
  • Brand deals and sponsors
  • Sales of your own products or services

In that same vein, you can build an audience as an influencer on social platforms like Instagram or Facebook. A lot of the monetization options available to you on social media are the same as what you’ll find on sites like Twitch.

The potential downside to the real-time streaming lifestyle is that it’s a lot like a traditional job. You’ll probably need to block out huge chunks of time where you’re “on” and dazzling fans in order to maintain your success.

Quick Tip: Making money on Twitch or other social media platforms is hard work, but it’s also a lot of fun! One important thing to remember is that content quality matters a lot in this space. That doesn’t mean you should just go out and buy a $4000 camera – on the other hand, if you’re serious about making actual money through your content, it’s important to have the best equipment you can for quality video and audio. 

6) Take online surveys.

Yes, it’s possible to take some surveys online and make a little bit of money. The most popular sites for this are Survey Junkie and Swagbucks. At the same time, there’s a pretty limited amount of upside for this, and some sites only let you take the money out as gift cards.

If you need a little extra pocket change, online surveys will generate a side income – but if you’re serious about making money online, I would only do this until you’ve got something better going. Even a part-time job or freelance gig is likely to make more money for you than online surveys.

To make the most out of surveys, try to find surveys that are looking for a specific target audience. Whenever they’re more selective, they’re usually willing to pay more for the answers you give them.

Quick Tip: You should also be very selective when you’re choosing survey sites and surveys to take. Be aware that there are some scams out there. On top of that, you should keep your expectations in check – if your demographic happens to be the one that companies are most interested in, you stand the best chance of making decent money. Be sure to do your research!

7) Search Bing online for Microsoft Rewards.

My little secret for making some easy spending money is Microsoft Rewards. When you join this program, you’ll be able to earn points just by completing searches on the Microsoft Bing search engine, as well as completing daily activities like quizzes and polls. Do it every day and you’ll get bonus points for maintaining a streak!

And what do you do with all of these points?

Head over to the Redeem tab and you can turn in the points for gift cards to all sorts of popular brands, including Dunkin’ Donuts, Taco Bell, Starbucks, Hulu, Grubhub, and Xbox gift cards – or you can redeem it for Amazon gift cards, which is basically equivalent to regular money, considering everything you can buy on that site!

Each $5 gift card costs roughly 5,000 points to redeem. Not a bad deal!

Quick Tip: You can extend your results even further if you happen to play video games on the Xbox or Windows PC gaming platform through Xbox Game Pass. By getting in-game achievements, taking surveys, and completing other tasks, you can accumulate more Microsoft Rewards points to redeem for gift cards as well!

Who says playing video games is a waste of time? 

8) Build an app.

Speaking of video games, why not try to make money by building your own game or app? You might be surprised just how much money developers can make selling apps on platforms like the App Store and Google Play.

If you have a knack for coding or a great idea that you think could sell, it’s worth a shot! Whether you’re developing apps for mobile devices, computers, or the web, you have a good chance of making good money if you can build something that helps people – or that entertains them.

In order, here a few steps to help walk you through the process of building your own app:

  • Brainstorm app ideas.
  • Sketch out or mock up your app.
  • Come up with graphic design for the app.
  • Create the app landing page.
  • Code the app using a language like Xcode or Swift.
  • Launch the app in the App store and Google Play.
  • Promote it like crazy!

This is obviously a simplification of how it works, but you can see that app development requires a powerful combination of user experience, coding, design, and marketing know-how. Why not see if you can make the next great app?

Quick Tip: Once you have an app out in the marketplace, the work isn’t over! A lot of developers use an agile project management methodology like scrum to iterate versions of their project based on user feedback. For this reason, it’s often better to get something out in the world sooner rather than later. You can let real-world usage guide your future development to produce an app (or game) that people love! 

9) Start tutoring or coaching people online.

Do people often come to you for advice or guidance on a specific topic? Are you a math whiz, a grandmaster chess player, a fitness freak, or a musical prodigy? Or are you just great at giving advice that seems to help people?

If so, consider starting your own coaching or tutoring business. You’ll want to decide if you want to be an academic tutor – which involves helping students do well in one or more school subjects – or a coach who guides your clients through challenges in their life or business. Tutors usually offer concrete help in walking someone through solving a problem, while coaches tend to ask questions and offer insights to help their clients figure it out for themselves.

Both tutoring and coaching have their merits, though you should make sure you have the background to really help your clients. If you love helping people, this will be a rewarding way to make some extra money online!

Quick Tip: Depending on your goals, you probably won’t need any certification or credentials to go into business as a tutor or coach – but it doesn’t hurt to have that on your resume if you’re serious about it.  

10) Write a book.

Whether fiction or nonfiction, a lot of people have a book in them waiting to come out. Do you?

The good news is, it’s easier than ever to become an author! You don’t need an agent or publisher to put your words out there. These days, through platforms like Amazon, you can self-publish ebooks or paperback books – and with minimal upfront costs, there’s little downside to selling your content online. 

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Best of all, you have all the market research you need right at your fingertips! By searching sites like Google, Amazon KDP, or Goodreads, you can easily see what’s hot and what readers are responding to in different genres or topic areas. If you’re writing fiction, this helps you create a book that will be positioned well based on trends – and for nonfiction, it allows you to make sure your book is relevant, but with a unique angle as well.

Just don’t think you should start marketing your book after it’s written! Have a plan in place early on, and ideally, have a blog and social accounts hyping the book well ahead of its release date.

Quick Tip: Contrary to popular belief, writing the book is only the first step! A lot of people think most of the work is in writing (and that’s not easy, of course!), but there’s so much content out there that you need to be prepared to market your book if you want it to break through. Build an audience through channels like a blog, social media, email list, radio program, TV show, or YouTube channel to help hype up your book before it’s even released!

11) Sell an online course.

A great alternative to selling information in books is to turn the same information into a course! Thanks to the power of long-tail keywords, you can find an audience for even very niche topics and still make some good money by providing quality information.

It’s also worth noting that there are a lot of different platforms where you can sell courses now:

And if you want to do it all yourself, it’s possible to set up your own course on a WordPress site using tools like Thrive Themes or plugins like MemberPress.

Just make sure that you deliver insane value in your courses. With so much information already out there, people only tend to pay for something that delivers the “how” for achieving something, not just the “why” or “what.”

Quick Tip: Just in case you think selling courses is a surefire get-rich-quick scheme, you should know that most people don’t make a living off of one course – even if it’s a really good one! But if you manage to find a niche with hungry buyers who are motivated to learn what you know, you can absolutely build a thriving business around selling information via many books and courses, as well as consulting or coaching.

12) Rent out a room.

One of the best ways to make money is through real estate. If you happen to own a house with some extra room, consider listing it on a site like Airbnb to pick up some extra monthly income. It’s possible to rent out your entire home at certain times of the year when you’ll be away, or you can have an ongoing listing for a spare bedroom or a separate rental unit. 

Now, it’s important to remember that short-term rentals are still a business, which means you’ll need to invest in furnishing, cleaning, and maintenance, as well as expenses related to rental agreements and accounting.

But the cool thing is, platforms like Airbnb have already done the hardest part for you: attracting potential renters looking for a place to stay. All you have to do is create a listing and you could have a reservation booked by the end of the day! 

Quick Tip: It’s wise to check your potential guests’ ratings and reviews from other hosts to make sure they’re a safe bet, but once you accept their booking, treat them with kindness and show them that you trust and respect them. Aside from finding a good deal, the reason people deal with Airbnb over a hotel is because the service is much more personal. If you are kind and attentive, you can expect the same in return!

13) Rent out your car.

Do you have a pretty nice car that’s fun to take for a spin, or maybe a big truck that friends always like to borrow? Well, there are actually apps that allow you to turn that depreciating car into a money-making asset! 

One prominent example is the app Turo. You can list your car on this app for free in just a few minutes. It lets you define your parameters for when the car is available and outline other ground rules. You’re able to set your own daily price or have Turo do it for you to maximize your total earnings.

After a guest books the car, you just have to tell them where to get the keys, and after they’ve returned, you’ll get paid up to 85% of the total trip price. I bet you never thought you could become a rental agency!

Quick Tip: There’s an obvious downside to sharing your car with a stranger, which is the possibility that your car could get damaged, stolen, or vandalized. If you still like the idea of making some money by renting your car, just remember that like other “sharing” apps, a car listing app includes reviews of both hosts and guests – and they provide liability and damage protection for your vehicle in exchange for the commission they earn on each rental. 

14) Sell old books on Amazon.

Got old textbooks, comic books, or other books gathering dust in the basement? Not for long! With Amazon, it’s easy to list books and sell them to eager buyers around the world.

Most people start by selling the books they have around the house, but this can evolve into a money-making arbitrage business if you like it. All you have to do is develop an inventory of in-demand books through some of the following methods:

  • Thrift shops
  • Estate sales
  • Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace ads
  • Wholesale/bulk purchases
  • Ebay, Amazon, or other online sellers

You can often find great books for cheap or free through these methods. Then, you can sell on Amazon through Fulfillment by Merchant (FBM) or Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA). As an FBM seller, you list through Amazon but pack and ship the book yourself. If you go for FBA, Amazon will do all of this on your behalf, including storing inventory and handling customer service.

If you just have a handful of books, you’ll make more money with FBM. FBA is a good choice if you have a lot of orders but aren’t yet big enough to hire your own shipping crew and rent warehouse space for inventory.

Quick Tip: How do you know which books people want to buy? Just check the Amazon “Best Sellers Rank” for that product. Like in golf, a lower number is better for the BSR, with #1 selling the most in a category. When you find this information, you can get a sense of what does well and even see what the product sells for!

15) Cut your expenses.

I know it’s not exactly the same thing as “making money,” but if you think about your overall financial picture, cutting expenses is often a quick win that can start working for you right away.

So, how do you cut expenses? Well, if you have debt, it’s worth paying down anything that’s costing you a lot in ongoing interest payments. Aside from actual debt, you can look at your regular expenses to find areas where you can trim costs.

Be particularly ruthless with subscriptions. Nowadays, you have more than simple utilities as a monthly expense – you also have streaming services, apps, meal delivery services, and many other extras that add up fast! Cooking (and making your daily coffee) at home is a common way to save money.

It’s sometimes possible to free up a few hundred dollars per month just by canceling services you don’t really need. Another way to help your budget is to use less in utilities like electricity or internet data, or renegotiate big bills like insurance. To save more money every month, simply cutting your expenses is a big help!

Quick Tip: A lot of us don’t track our spending or our net worth. You might not even know how much you spend monthly on different bills. If that’s true with you, get going with a tool like Mint, Quicken, or Personal Capital. This will help you identify and monitor your expenses, and most importantly, give you a sense of progress as you see the savings go up and the costs go down!

16) Get a credit card with cashback. 

Everyone loves passive income as a concept, but there are very few ways to actually earn passive income in the real world. One of the few exceptions is cashback.

Now, it’s true that getting 1-5% back on money you had to spend isn’t exactly a recipe for fabulous wealth – but if you are only buying things that you actually need, you might as well get some of that money back!

For example, I’m a member of Costco, and with their Citi Anywhere Visa card, I always make back more than triple what an individual membership costs, especially thanks to the 4% cash back on gas purchases. But that’s only one example of a decent cashback card – you should be able to find great rewards cards through Amazon Prime, American Express, and more!

Quick Tip: Start by figuring out how you tend to spend money each year, as these cashback cards offer different percentage rewards by category, or a lower overall percentage for general spending. So, if you travel a lot, get a card that emphasizes travel miles – and if you buy a lot of groceries, focus on a card that offers more cashback for grocery store purchases.

17) Take advantage of financial sign-up bonus offers.

You know those notices you get in the mail enticing you to sign up for a new checking account or credit card? Businesses know that it takes a LOT to get someone to sign up for a new financial account, so they’ll sweeten the deal for you to get started with them!

If you’re like me, that mail goes right in the recycle bin – but what if you actually took advantage of them on a regular basis?

Believe it or not, there’s actually a sizable community of people on the Subreddit r/churning who have made a hobby out of finding and profiting off of these types of bonuses. It’s called “churning,” and it involves establishing new accounts and following the sign-up requirements to get $150 here, $50 there… And then move onto a new account once you’re done.

This tactic works best if you have a fair amount of cash to move around and a good credit score, but anyone can try this as a way to get some extra money for very little effort. Just be careful and do your due diligence to keep from hurting your credit history or getting in over your head!

Quick Tip: This tactic isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you have a pile of money earning next to nothing in savings, churning could actually be a viable way to put your cash to work. If this is something you want to do, read the fine print every time and make sure you follow all of the instructions to the letter.

18) Sell arts and crafts on Etsy.

If you enjoy being creative, imagine how exciting it would be to have people buying items you created with your own hands!

Thanks to the popular arts and crafts ecommerce platform Etsy, you can sell all kinds of physical items, from handmade crafts to beautiful pieces of art. best of all, you have the ability to scale and turn your Etsy business into a full-time opportunity once you see what kind of products your customers like the most.

The only caveat to be aware of is that Etsy does charge a listing fee and typically takes a percentage commission of all of your sales. Eventually, it may make sense to sell products on your own website or a Shopify store instead.

Quick Tip: It’s not always easy to make money through a platform like this if you’re just starting out. You can put the odds on your side by embracing digital marketing techniques like SEO and even paid ads, as well as more traditional techniques like networking and exhibiting at art shows or festivals.

19) Get paid for being healthy.

If you’re an active person, you can easily make some extra money by signing up for an app like Achievement that pays you to maintain healthy habits and behaviors! Best of all, it syncs directly with more than 20 fitness apps and with wearables like FitBit.

If you regularly walk or exercise, track your food intake, and are willing to take a few health surveys, you can accumulate a lot of points over time. After you hit 10,000 points, you can redeem them for $10 in cash via PayPal or get gift cards from Amazon.

This app supports iOS and Android – and although it works better with a wearable device, you can still accumulate points and make money with it using just your phone. If you need a little more motivation to get healthy, why not let Achievement pay you for it?

Quick Tip: What’s the catch here? Why would a company give you free money to exercise? Well, as you’ve probably guessed, your data is the product! You’re providing Achievement with a ton of valuable data about your habits. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s good to know what you’re signing up for if you decide to go for it!

20) Do voiceover work. 

Almost everyone has that hidden creative talent that they carry inside them while they’re toiling away at a 9-to-5 job. For some, that secret talent is the ability to do voices.

Whether you can do a killer Sean Connery accent or you’ve got a golden voice for audiobook narration, voiceover work is a thriving field. And like with video production or publishing, audio work has lower barriers to entry now, so you can get started with a simple microphone, computer, and internet setup. (Although if you’re serious about it, you’ll want to consider investing in a quality home studio.)

Here are a few common applications for voiceover:

  • Narrating audiobooks
  • Voiceover for corporate videos or commercials
  • Voice acting for animated characters
  • Podcasting
  • Recording messages

If you’re just starting out, you’ll have to put together a portfolio or demo reel, build an online presence, and start prospecting. Networking is probably your best bet here, as well as always continuing to improve at your craft. It can be a difficult industry to break into, but there’s nothing cooler than hearing your voice in a professional project!

Quick Tip: If you’re interested in trying out VO work, I recommend checking out Voices.com. It’s a site dedicated to connecting voiceover talent with the people looking to hire you. Another decent option is Fiverr. Once you’ve got experience under your belt, you can look for a professional agency to represent you.

21) Do small tasks for people.

Are you pretty handy and flexible with your time? One way to make money is by signing up to handle simple tasks for people who need stuff done.

The most popular app in this arena is TaskRabbit, a service that connects freelance labor (called Taskers) with consumers who are looking to hire some help. TaskRabbit is best for small jobs like running errands, making deliveries, personal shopping, yard work, moving, handyman work, and cleaning.

If you just need some extra money, this might be a good way to go. You’ll get an hourly rate for the work you do (minus the app’s service fee), plus 100% of any tips you earn.

Quick Tip: It’s good to keep in mind that, like with any other business, you’ll tend to earn more if you become a specialist who’s really good at a particular service. Whether you use a middleman like TaskRabbit or find another way to market yourself as a general laborer, it’s worth finding an area you’re good at and where there’s plenty of demand!

22) Come up with your own business.

Last but not least, you can go from some side money to a real full-time income by launching your own business. This one is a catch-all for any idea you can come up with that may lead to future success.

Being able to start a business is one thing that levels the playing field in today’s society. No matter your background or where you’re starting from, you can succeed if you work hard and smart. With that said, try to start a business based on what you know and look for ways you can solve a problem differently than anybody else. The fact is, you’re likely to be a lot more successful if you have a compelling elevator pitch with a unique selling proposition.

There are a ton of books to consider if you’re interested in building your own business, but for a few solid side hustle  ideas, I recommend checking out some books by Chris Gillebeau: “The $100 Startup” and “Side Hustle.” 

Quick Tip: It’s important to think about the audience and the industry you want to build a business in, but don’t forget to think about your “why.” As Simon Sinek suggested in his important book, “Start With Why,” businesses resonate differently when they exist for a purpose (besides the obvious goal of making a profit).

How to Make Money From Home Wrap-up

I hope this list of ideas has helped get you thinking about the possibilities when it comes to how to make money from home. Whether you want to replace your full-time job income or just pick up some extra cash, there’s never been more opportunities to do it – often from the comfort of your own home!

If you have some creativity and a computer, you’ve got everything you need to make it happen. Best of luck on your money-making journey!

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