In the last 6 years, I’ve earned over £174,000 working mainly online, from home. Before that, I did whatever I could to try and make it in the corporate world, from sales and marketing to recruitment. But I was desperately unhappy and wishing I could find a way to make money online to pay my bills while working from home.
Fast forward a few years and I figured out that earning money online was not only possible but the best thing I could ever do. I just wish I’d known all this sooner. Most of us wish we could spend more time at home and earn money online. Being your own boss sounds like the perfect solution. The problem is, most of us have no idea where to start, or how to sort the legitimate opportunities from the scams. What you NEED is a way to find out, easily, quickly, and in a way that lets you start making money right away.
How To Work From Home: 100+ Ways To Make Money Online and From Home
I’ve put together a list below of over 100 legitimate ways you can start to make money online and make money from home. Everything is here for you, all you need is a computer or smartphone and internet access! Because some of these methods are part of the same type of work, I’ve organised them together for you in sections.
I recommend getting your notebook and a pen and making some notes as we go along.
Try to pick a niche (special interest topic) that is popular and that you’re genuinely passionate about. Blogging isn’t a get rich quick scheme, and there’s a lot to learn, but with hard work you could surpass even your wildest income dreams and definitely make money blogging. I credit everything I know about blogging to the AMAZING Billionaire Blog Club. The Club is only open for enrolment once per year, but you can take the free 12-day Blogging Bootcamp at any time!
Some ways you can make money blogging are:
- Affiliate links
- Sponsored posts
Charge other bloggers to guest post on your popular blog. You might choose to write these yourself to make sure the content fits in with your usual ‘voice’ and to make sure it adds value to your audience.
Get paid to showcase certain guest posts on your blog for higher fees.
Charge brands to place an advert on your site. You’ll need to do the legwork yourself to find businesses who want to advertise with you, but if you have a high traffic website they may start coming to you direct.
Sign up for Google Adsense and get paid every time someone clicks on an ad on your website. You need very high traffic to really make this worthwhile. Along with other forms of passive income though it requires very little effort on your part so set it up and enjoy the small extra money that comes in every once in a while.
If you have a blog or sell e-courses and other training, you could turn your business into a membership site. Sell monthly and yearly subscriptions so members can access all your training in one place. You can do this easily with the WordPress plugin Memberpress.
Help your following learn something new and develop their skills through paid webinars. It’s not overnight income, but if you give away a lot of valuable free content first, people will be queuing up to pay for your expertise later on.
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Many of your favourite stores have affiliate programs – place their links in your own blog posts, social media posts, or via word of mouth. When someone clicks through and buys, you receive a share of the money. These networks make it easy to make money with affiliate marketing.
Sign up for an affiliate marketing network like ShareaSale and get access to hundreds of affiliate programs all in one place.
An affiliate network with a difference, VigLink automatically adds affiliate links to relevant information in your content. They take a percentage of your affiliate commission for doing this, but it completely cuts out the time you need to spend signing up for individual affiliate programs. Easy peasy!
SELLING PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Open an Online Shop
Start your own Shopify store online and sell anything you want easily. There are simple step by step instructions to get you going and the platform is really easy to use. You can also sell through Ebay and Etsy.
Launch a product
Fancy yourself as a bit of a designer or creator? Easily get your design onto t-shirts, coffee mugs, or phone cases and then let companies like Zazzle handle the production, delivery, and admin for you.
Facebook Selling Groups
Facebook selling groups are a great way to get make money online for your old stuff. Unlike Etsy and Ebay, there are no fees!
Got an eye for gems among the rubble? Pick up bargains and re-sell them for profit on Ebay, Amazon, or Facebook. You can even list items and then buy the product and have the seller deliver it directly to YOUR buyer. Genius!
Sell Your Stuff on Ebay
Ebay gives you 20 free listings per month to sell anything you want. If you have a good eye for bargains you could even pick up other people’s items and re-sell them for profit!
Sell Your Creations
Etsy is a great place to sell your handmade items and services.
Some network marketing opportunities are tried and true, others are less than savoury. You’ve probably heard of Forever Living, Juice Plus, Younique, Herbalife, Avon etc? I won’t link to them as personally, I don’t think they’re the best or easiest ways to make money. But you CAN make some extra cash from them, particularly if you have a large network.
Sign up with Dreamstime stock photography website and make money selling your pictures. Don’t get me wrong, it’s unlikely you’ll make a ton unless you’re a decent photographer, but this is an extra money-making avenue. unlikely you’ll make a ton unless you’re a decent photographer, but this is an extra money-making avenue.
Drop shipping is very popular because unlike with regular selling, you don’t handle any of the inventory. You can list items for sale on ebay or through your own online store, and when someone buys you send the order to your drop-shipping company who handle everything for you for a % of the sale. Once you are set up with a drop shipping company, use Shopify to build your online shop. It’s easy to use and you can sell anything through them.
Get Cash For Your Old Tech
Upsell Your Services
Got a service to offer? List your basic job on Fiverr.com at a rate of $5 and then add on additional cost services like faster delivery, revisions, and other ‘extras’. You can offer anything you wish so long as it’s within the t&cs.
If you’re a quick typer transcription could be a good way to make a little extra cash on the side. You can list your services on Fiverr or PeoplePerHour.
Promote yourself as a Life Coach with your own website and help support people with whatever they need to learn.
Be a Mentor
Websites like Clarity let you set your rates and provide your services as a mentor to new business startups.
A VA acts as a personal assistant or secretary and performs services like data entry, social media management, research, answering emails, and other admin. You can list your VA services on Freelance sites like Fiverr, PeoplePerHour, and Upwork.
Do you have marketing experience? If so, why not offer your services as a marketing consultant. Help businesses devise marketing strategies, get a project off the ground, and make changes and improvements.
Have you got the next big smartphone app idea? Work with a developer to make your project a reality. Apps are massive right now.
Admin & Customer Support
Lots of companies hire remote workers for admin tasks and customer support like answering phones. You’ll need a computer, phone, and internet access.
Do Someone’s Taxes
Small business owners often outsource their tax admin. You can advertise your services through freelance sites and word of mouth.
Social Media Management
A social media manager looks after social media accounts for others. From setting up accounts, to scheduling posts and planning advertising campaigns. I manage the Pinterest and Instagram of a few businesses with the help of scheduling services like BoardBooster and Tailwind It’s great fun and can be very lucrative.
Visit your favourite shops, pubs, and restaurants and get paid! I’ve used mystery shopping for years to earn cash on the side and often get groceries and goodies completely free.
Survey sites are an easy way to make money online from home. They are free to join and a fun way to pass the time. Sign up for as many as possible to maximise the number of surveys you are able to take.
Swagbucks – As well as surveys, Swagbucks pays you to watch videos, sign up to websites, trial products too. Payment threshold £5 via Paypal or Giftcards.
Prolific Academic – Well paid surveys on interesting topics like Psychology. They pay via Paypal with a £5 payment threshold.
GlobalTestMarket – Global company that offers surveys on a regular basis. Low payment threshold with payment via paypal.
MySurvey – Get paid for taking surveys, testing products, and keeping notes about your experience. Low threshold for payment of just £3 via PayPal or gift cards.
i-Say – Previously known as Ipsos, this is one of the best paying survey sites although they only pay out in vouchers.Crowdology – Another great paying survey site with a low payout threshold of just £4.
Panelbase – Lots of short surveys to make extra cash online with. £3 bonus just for signing up!
Pinecone Research – Reliable and well paying (approx £3 per survey), but they are hard to get into. Look for their banners on the sidebar of popular forums like Mumsnet etc. They are especially great as you can cash out at just £3!
Clix Sense – Rather than joining up for a whole bunch of individual survey sites, You can join Clix Sense. They have joined up with many other online survey sites like Toluna, Opinion World, and YourSurveys.
Panel Place – Like Clix Sense Panel Place are a network of survey sites, with over 400 registered including Toluna, Valued Opinions, and Global Test Market.
Known as ‘comping’, many people turn this into a regular money-making hobby. There’s a whole section dedicated to it on MoneySavingExpert which I highly recommend reading.
OTHER WAYS TO MAKE MONEY
Write an E-Book
E-books are ridiculously popular right now. You don’t need to be a brilliant fiction author either – people love how to’s and personal stories. You can use Amazon’s Kindle Publishing to get started and make money writing.
Crafting and Sewing
Are you good with a needle? Sell your sewing, knitting, crafting, and crochet on Etsy. You can also sell patterns and ‘how to’ guides.
Voice Over Artist
Fancy having your voice in a film, tv show, video game, or answerphone message? Get paid to be a voice-over actor on Fiverr, and industry-specific sites like VoiceBunny.
House sitting is a fun and easy way to earn extra money. Although not online you can advertise through social media and local facebook groups.
Review music tracks, singers, bands, and related products on Slice The Pie and get paid online for your opinion.
Renting Out a Room
Many people are looking for a room to rent, particularly if your property is near good amenities or a popular tourist spot. If you have a lot of space you could even rent out a van or bell tent in your garden/land! Airbnb are a great place to advertise your room to rent for extra money.
Renting Out The Driveway
As above, people are always looking for somewhere to park regularly that is safe and affordable. If you live near the city or an airport you could be quids in!
You can tie this in with house sitting- owners like to leave their precious pets in good hands while they go away.
Love dogs? Offer your services as a dog walker. Charge per dog, per walk and this can quickly add up to a nice side income.
No risk matched betting (UK only) is a fast and fun way to make money online. Profit Accumulator shows you exactly what to do and when to earn up to £3,000 per month completely tax-free
TV & Film Extra
Register with agencies that cast TV and Film extras. You could be in the next big blockbuster. Such fun! Extra People, Ray Knight Casting, Casting Collective are agencies I have worked with.
Answer Questions and Get Paid
Get paid to answer questions sent in via text message to companies like AQA63336. They take a % of your set rates and pay the remainder to you monthly.
Teach an Online Course
Share your expertise through running an e-course on a platform like Teachable.
Cakes & Bakes
Sell your homemade cakes and other goodies. Market yourself well on social media with gorgeous pictures and you’ll have mouths watering! From experience, I can tell you that vegan cakes and delicacies are particularly in demand (just tell me first when you start selling them as I’ll be your first custie)
Fancy yourself as a YouTube star? Even accounts with relatively small followings can make money on youtube through the Adsense program. Think about what sort of videos you could make that will be popular. How to’s, product reviews, and travel videos are always popular.
English as a second language tutors are always in demand and often you offer your tutoring online either freelance or through an agency. VIPKids is an agency where you can make money teaching online.
Start an Agency
Selling your time for money becomes harder with the more clients and jobs you amass. You can quickly scale a cleaning, dog walking, Virtual Assistant, Tutoring, or other freelance venture into an agency by hiring other freelancers to take on the work you can’t handle. Pay them yourself, or take a % of their earnings for referring them to clients.
Got something to add to this list? I love finding out new ways of making extra money online and off. Tell me in the comments below how you make money online and from home.
Hey, I’m Sammy! 30-something blogger from the UK, passionate about Wellness, Spirituality, and eating amazing vegan food! WellZenLife is all about my journey into living well & staying healthy through Mindfulness, Yoga, Personal Development, Nutrition, and helping others find their happy along the way 🙂