If you’re someone without a regular 9-5 job, you may be looking to make some money from home. Of course, working from home isn’t for everyone! But those who are pretty organized and self-motivated will likely do well.
But how does one go about finding legitimate work that isn’t a scam (and isn’t a door-to-door vacuum sales position)? I’ve done the digging for you to find 10 legit ways to make money at home, so all you have to do is pick your favorite, get to work, and let the dough come rolling in!
If you’re looking for an at-home job because money’s a little tight, why not try one of these easy and totally do-able ideas for saving more than $700 each month, too?
1. Get crafty & sell your wares
You probably already have a host of skills that are currently underutilized. If you’re particularly crafty, get to work! Unique, handmade gifts are a hot commodity on Etsy. Create as many or as few of each item as you please, just be sure to take some great photos (or hire someone to do that part).
Hot on Etsy right now is state/city specific items like hand-stitched tea towels, photos and sketches of famous buildings and memorials, or hand-screened T-shirts of your state flag or motto.
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2. Put your language skills to work
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For those with a flair for languages, consider independent contract work for interpretation services. Bilingual call centers, blogs, news stations, and more have great use for translating their message into languages other than English.
You may want to assemble a resume for this one, as your services could even glean attention from those in the medical field, as well.
If your Spanish is a little rusty or you’d like to begin learning German, try using one of these low-cost learning resources to get a jump-start on your language course. It’s never too late to start learning!
3. Jump into the direct sales game
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For those with a large social network, direct sales can be a lucrative business venture. Hosting online sales and parties for a variety of products is fun for many folks, and if it’s something you’d purchase anyway, you could get a steep discount.
Be careful what you share with your close friends, however. Many folks just don’t tolerate being frequently solicited. Check out the Direct Selling Association for information about any potential company you’re considering investing in.
4. Work online as a freelancer
Sites like Fiverr and Freelance.com are great ways to put your creative skills to work. Fiverr is a resource for people to get professional logo and graphic design work starting at $5 per job. Freelance.com offers an outlet for creative and technical writers where better scores help you get better jobs.
5. Be a website tester
Websites love to have user feedback, and sites like UserTesting will pay you $10 to visit a website or app, complete a series of tasks, and submit a little feedback. Pretty easy! Payment is received via PayPal, so no checks to deal with!
6. Sell your extra stuff
Purging is the name of the game in 2016, so while you’re simplifying, why not make a few bucks in the process? Selling items on local Facebook garage sale sites is pretty easy, but if you have high-end clothing and shoes that you’re ready to retire, consider an app like Poshmark, where users list their name brand items and get cash in exchange. Amazon and eBay are other options to consider, too.
If your goal in 2016 is to declutter your home, check out our guide to organizing your home — starting with those messy Christmas decorations!
7. Rent out your home
Make some money on Airbnb by renting out a room or even your entire house. Not a great option for everyone, but it’s a way to make some extra cash for those who are interested in doing it well.
Clean, uncluttered homes that are within walking distance to entertainment, food, and public transportation are in high demand. Be sure to take safety measures and do your research before listing a room for rent!
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8. Offer babysitting services
For those who love the joyful sounds of children, consider opening your home to kids while parents are at work. Finding good childcare can be tough for employed parents, so be sure to offer well-rounded care and healthy snacks and everyone will be happy!
Protect yourself and the kids you care for by childproofing your home and being ready for parents requesting background checks. Be sure to check state laws regarding in-home child care to find out whether or not you need a license and what health and safety standards you need to meet. Once you’re licensed, advertise your services with sites like Sittercity and Care.com!
Get started with our childproofing guide, complete with a few spots you might have missed!
9. Become an online tutor
Does your child need a little help in a certain subject, or maybe you’re apprehensive about going back to school as an adult? Find a helpful tutor for both of you and save with Tutor.com coupon codes!
10. Fix other people’s stuff
Have a garage full of tools? Put them to work and fix your neighbors’ broken stuff. Cars, mowers, bikes, appliances, whatever your skillset is, hone it in and word of mouth will do the rest. Everyone needs a reliable handyman (or handywoman).
11. Get creative
If you really brainstorm how to help others and make a little cash, you may come up with something brilliant. Offering laundry drop-off service, dinner service (hey, if you’re cooking already, why not?) snow shoveling or lawn mowing, letter writing, etc., there are lots of ways to earn money while you’re home!