In a pinch and need a little extra cash? Looking for ways to make money at home?
You are not alone.
In fact, Google logs nearly 250,000,000 (that’s 250 million) searches each year by people just like you.
Whether you’re a broke college student who needs a little extra spending cash, or you’re actually an adult now and looking to eliminate credit card debt or increase savings, most of us could benefit from a little more take home pay each month.
And whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, our financial situations have an enormous impact on almost every facet of our lives. The misuse of money can have devastating effects on our collective mental, social and emotional health.
Being short on cash often means being late on a utility bill, foregoing holiday gifts for a loved one, or missing out on activities with friends.
Worse yet, some of us continue to spend and rack up debt.
Even a few hundred dollars is often the difference between making it till the end of the month…and falling flat on your face.
If you feel like you are a part of this group, there is good news – we live in a pretty incredible age.
The rise of the Internet makes earning money from home a legitimate option for those of us who could use a little extra cash. From getting paid to do online surveys, to opening an online store, to becoming a freelance writer, there are hundreds of ways to make money at home.
Below I’ll share with you 18 easy ways to make money at home for free
1. Take paid surveys on the Internet
Until a few months ago, I had never heard of paid surveys. Sure enough, they are real…and they can net you hundreds of dollars each month.
Users are usually notified by email when a qualifying survey is available. Because of that, I recommend signing up for multiple survey sites so you’re eligible for as many surveys as possible.
You won’t get rich from it, as most surveys pay less than $5, but you can easily earn upwards of $100/month or more just by filling out surveys in your spare time. Some sites even give you a free $5 (or more) just for signing up — it’s hard to beat that!
2. Let Trim free up money in your budget
Trim is one of my newfound obsessions.
It’s a simple tool that combs through your spending habits and finds quick, easy wins that’ll put more money in your pocket. For example, Trim can negotiate your cable bill, find subscriptions that you should probably cancel, and can even find you more affordable car insurance.
Even though you don’t directly make money with Trim, if it optimizes your budget by even 5% a month, that is real money! And of course, the app is free, so it’s definitely worth trying out.
3. Start a blog
If you happen to be even a half-decent writer, you can do what you love and make money at home simply by writing about it.
DollarSprout uses a blog as a way to spread information about earning and saving more money. You too can be a source of information (or amusement) for just about anything that interests you.
4. Make money delivering food with UberEats
Depending on where you live, you can deliver food with your car, bike, or scooter. You can deliver day or night, for however long you’d like. Once you are approved with UberEats, you can sign onto the app and start accepting delivery requests right away (and making money).
5. Become a personal grocery shopper with Instacart
Yes, this is a thing. And it’s getting more and more popular by the day.
Similar to UberEats, Instacart allows you to make money on your own schedule — but by shopping and delivering groceries to paying customers.
With Instacart, you have two ways to make money as a shopper: full service shopper or an in-store shopper.
6. Use Ebates (and Dosh) to get cashback on everyday purchases
If you’re going to shop, why not get money for doing it? Well technically you’re not getting money, but you’re getting money back (cashback) on purchases you would have made anyways. Cool thing is, this is on top of any discounts/coupon codes you already have.
There is no reason not to do this. This is probably the single easiest way to make money at home. You need an email address to sign up. That’s it. Even if it’s $100-$200/year, why are you throwing money away for no reason?
7. List an extra room in your house on Airbnb
Have an extra room in your house? Going to be gone for a week and are looking to make some serious dough?
Literally make money from your home.
Believe it or not this is seriously the easiest way ever to pull in hundreds (even thousands) of extra dollars per month. Most of it involves very little or no work on your end and there is almost 0 overhead to get started.
This is something that not nearly enough people are taking advantage of. If you own a home, consider putting a room (or the whole place) on Airbnb.
8. Install a few cell phone apps (or allow ads on your phone)
Yes, companies will pay you to install apps (or place ads) on your cell phone and leave them there. These apps often run in the background and track your spending/purchasing habits but if you’re not one to really care who knows what groceries you’re buying that week then this is seriously the easiest way to make upwards of $300 per year for no reason.
9. Become a freelance writer (or proofreader)
Along the same lines as starting your own blog, if you haven’t gathered by now, writing quality content for viewers is worth a lot of money. To the tune of several hundred dollars for a 3-4 page article.
If you’re still reading this article, odds are someone would have paid you over $100 for something of similar (or hopefully better) quality.
The better you are at writing, the more your content is worth. Even part time freelance work can add thousands to your monthly income. Holly Johnson from Club Thrifty makes over $200,000 a year from freelance writing! And she has a course that teaches others how to do the same.
10. Get a bank account that pays better
Have thousands in a savings account earning you .000257% interest?
You are lazy…and I am calling you on it.
Part of being fiscally responsible is showing that you care about your money. Even if you do not know enough to start investing young, there is absolutely no reason that you can’t take 10 minutes out of your day and move your savings to an account that at least gets you a 1-2% return each year.
11. Start investing
1-2% APY from an online savings account is just the beginning, though. Depending on your age, you should be netting around 7% year with a balanced portfolio.
Have $50,000 in savings? That is $3,500 dollars per year that you are missing out on if you’re not investing. Of course, there will be ebbs and flows (and you won’t make money every day), but investing over the long term is one of the best ways to build wealth.
12. Become a real estate investor
Most people think that you need to have a lot money stocked away before getting started with investing in real estate, but that isn’t true. In fact, you can start with with as little as $500 by using a platform like Fundrise. Fundrise allows investors of all types (beginners and experts alike) to invest directly in a real estate portfolio that’s managed by a team of professionals.
13. Rent out things you’re not currently using
You know that super nice Nikon DSLR that’s sitting in your closet collecting dust (that you can’t bring yourself to sell because you still use it from time to time)?
Or that Trek mountain bike that goes unused 300 days out of the year that’s just sitting in your garage?
We all have something like that just laying around that could actually be passively making us money from home through a super neat service known as Fat Lama.
Link of Fat Lama like Airbnb, except you list everyday items for rent, instead of your house. Some users are earning upwards of $10,000/month renting out a wide variety of things — from TV’s and high-end sound systems, to simple things like bikes and scooters, you can list just about anything and turn a profit.
14. Invest with Lending Club
Lending Club is an online platform that offers a different type of investing: peer-to-peer lending. With this system, investors (ie, you) lend money to borrowers and earn a profit by collecting interest.
For instance, let’s say that someone wants to do a kitchen remodel that will cost $5,000. Instead of putting that on a credit card (bad idea!), they can go to Lending Club and take out a personal loan at a much lower interest rate. As an investor, you can invest in this specific loan — in increments as small as $25.
Lending Club does all of the credit screening for you, so you have an accurate idea of how “safe” it is to lend to specific borrowers. The more risk you take on, the higher interest rates you can potentially earn. This comes at a cost though; if someone defaults on their loan (meaning they can’t make payments), you are out of luck.
15. Profit off of your own weight loss
Most people have a hard time losing weight. And sure enough, there is a business that has capitalized on that.
HealthyWage.com is a website that allows you to make a bet on your own weight loss.
16. Design and sell t-shirts
Everybody wears t-shirts, and I don’t see that trend ending any time soon. That means there will always be a money making opportunity here.
Teespring.com is a site that allows you to design and sell t-shirts, without paying any money up front for inventory. You basically create your own “store” with different t-shirt designs, and once you hit a certain number of orders, TeeSpring will create your shirts in one batch and ship them all for you.
17. Help Google and make money at home
Want to earn $110 per year for changing literally nothing about your life?
Insert the Google’s Opinion Rewards app here. Well, technically not here, but on your computer at home.
It works essentially the same way as the phone apps do above. If you don’t care to let Google know what you do on a daily basis, you can make money from home by letting them monitor your Internet usage. They use the information they gather to help them market/increase the functionality of their advertising programs when targeting users that are similar to you.
18. Put your digits to use
Not your phone number. Your fingers.
You can earn up to $24/hr simply by transcribing audio to text. Speechpad pays speedy typists to make written versions of audio and/or video clips.
At up to $.40/minute, you can seriously rack up some dough for those insanely fast typing skills you never thought would come in handy.