A lot of us need to look a lot more closely at the prospect of making money from home, nowadays. However, when looking at the prospects out there, it might seem like working as a call center operator from home, or doing something equally monotonous, is your only option. That’s not the case. Here, we’re going to look at a few of the more curious, interesting, creative, and even fun ways to make some extra cash from home.
1. Writing for Money
Freelance writing is one of the most widely sought after skills on the internet. It’s not all about helping ghostwrite the next epic novel and a lot of it is about writing marketing materials and SEO-driven content. However, it can involve researching, learning more about, and writing about a wide range of subjects so you can tend to pick up some pretty interesting tidbits of information along the way.
2. Reading for Money
There’s cash to be made from the other side of the equation, as well. On the internet, there’s no shortage of written content. The majority of it will go without a proofreader, meaning that it’s no surprise if a blog post or news article has typoes that need to be corrected. However, many professional outlets are willing to pay people just like you to proofread. Freelance proofreading can be more demanding than you might imagine, as cleaning up copy and being meticulous in spotting errors is not a skill everyone has innately. However, if you can do it, it can surprisingly lucrative.
3. Check Out Others’ Websites
Just as there are those who will gladly pay you to read their content and find problems with it, there are also those who will pay for a keen eye to go through their website. Testing the site is a common part of any website development or design plan. Some teams will test internally, but others will pay other people (like you) to go through the site, take notes, and provide an objective third party review that allows them to change their website for the better. Paid website testing isn’t a hard gig to find, but it’s one that takes time to start making real money. As your reputation improves, so too will your pay.
4. Listen to Some Music
As with many of the jobs that see you take a more passive role, getting paid to listen to music doesn’t pay a lot. However, it is a very cool way to make some cash while indulging in a hobby. Of course, you have to do more than just listen. IN most cases, you’re getting paid to leave your opinion and write a review of the music you listened to.
5. Show Offer Your Snappy Side
Do you like to snap photos as a hobby? Do you have the kind of equipment that allows for detailed and high-quality photos? You don’t need to be the kind of professional photographer who gets their pics featured in magazines to start making money from them. There are plenty of stock photo websites that are willing to pay you for those photos. In most cases, these websites are looking for photos that fit certain subjects and search terms, so being able to snap on demand can see you making some fairly regular income.
6. Get Social, Get Paid
Consider yourself amongst the fastest tweeters in the west? Know what makes for great Facebook content? If you’ve grown a sizeable social media following, then there are companies who are willing to pay for the reach and influence you’ve grown. These social media promotional companies can pay you simply for sharing posts by the companies they represent. You can, of course, opt for freelance social media jobs, too. This involves taking your expertise to post from the account of clients on behalf of them for cash.
7. Get Gaming for Cash
One of the internet’s favorite pastimes has been becoming more lucrative over the past decade. One of the most widely known ways to make money gaming is by starting a Twitch channel and streaming games live for others. However, it is worth noting that it’s mostly worth doing this if you already enjoy it as a hobby, as only a relatively small number of streamers make any money from it. Otherwise, free bet casinos can see you with a better chance of winning real cash, often with no need to put any money in. Others might need a little investment but can still help you save cash you might’ve otherwise spent.
8. Show Off Your Trivia Knowledge
There are a few apps popping up that make an offer that might seem too good to be true. You get to play for free, but stand the chance to win a grand or more if you get it all right? Furthermore, many of these quiz apps offer points you can offer that you can save up to exchange for cash or gift cards. Of course, winning the grand prize is going to be incredibly difficult indeed. However, if you have the time to play a game, why not play one you can make some money from?
9. Answer a Different Kind of Question
There are those on the internet who want your answers to their questions, enough to be willing to pay you for those answers, whatever they might be. We’re talking about the extensive range of survey sites across the net. Most of these are asking questions for marketing and sales purposes on behalf of companies doing market research. You may not make a lot of money per quiz, and some get more value from opting for sites that offer vouchers and coupons, but if you can fit more specific demographics, you stand to earn more money.
10. Get Paid to Search the Web
It might sound a little too good to be true but contain your excitement. The thing about getting paid to search or use the internet is that it doesn’t pay very high. However, if you’re looking for a productive way to use a little spare time here and there and you don’t watch your gains build up over time, then getting paid to search could be just what you want. Many of the better-paying ones offer higher value gift cards rather than straight cash, too.
11. Do Errands for Other People
Willing to find any opportunity to make money, even if you don’t have anything specific to do? Alongside the various freelancing websites, there are also odd-jobs sites popping up that are all about finding people willing to pay you for their help with just about anything. Many of these odd-jobs are physical in nature, such as helping them handle home DIY, moving, or other types of manual labor. However, there are plenty of tasks that can be done from behind a computer, as well.
12. Start a YouTube Channel
There is a lot of content from a lot of creators already on YouTube. As such, there are some who think that the well might be well and dry but the truth of the matter is that people who spend a lot of content online are always looking for new content to consume. Being able to make money on YouTube is all about being able to find a new niche to tackle or a different perspective on a popular topic of discussion, such as video games, media, makeup, politics, and otherwise. A lot of bigger YouTubers do not make their money straight from YouTube, either, but set up Patreons to support their creative efforts.
13. Teaching English Online
Want to connect with people around the world and do something that feels truly worthwhile? In most cases, you don’t need to know any language other than English to teach ESL students online. It’s a great way for college students and teachers to make some money on the side. You can teach classes of 25 minutes with a flat rate for every session. Some sites will demand that you live in a certain part of the world (such as UK or US) and if you have English language subject qualifications, you may be able to apply to the better-paying teaching sites out there.
14. Find Remote Freelancing Opportunities
If you want to get into the world of remote working, but you’re not entirely sure what you want to do, there are plenty of companies looking for part-time staff to come to fill in from home. There are now remote job boards that can make it easier to find opportunities from across the world, with the only shared factor being that they require those who are able to work flexibly from home. The future of the workplace may well be a remote one, so there’s nothing wrong with getting some practice in now.
If you’re looking to make money from home then you might have to accept that sometimes you have to do work that isn’t as engaging as you might hope. However, there’s nothing to stop you from spicing things up with a little side-hustling in one of the ideas mentioned above, either.