Looking for ways to make money at home?
Welcome to the club. There are hundreds of millions of people just like you and I (according to Google search results).
Whether you’re a broke college student who needs a little extra spending cash, or you’re busy adulting now and looking to eliminate credit card debt and increase savings, most of us could benefit from a little more take home pay each month.
Fortunately, the dawning 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.
Will most of these put you into the 1%? Probably not.
But if you’re smart, you can use the money you make from these side hustles and leverage it into bigger opportunities that will really generate true wealth for you.
10 Ways To Make An Extra $1,000 Each Month
If I were to make just one recommendation, it would be to get involved in something you’re passionate about doing. (That was our thought process when we decided to start our blog.)
If you’re going to be doing something to make money at home on top of your 9-5 (when you’re already tired from a day’s work), it had better something you really enjoy.
So without further ado, here’s my list of 10 easy (and some not-so-easy) ways to make money at home:
1. Take online surveys
Paid surveys are a real thing, and you can make hundreds of dollars a month doing them.
Users are usually notified by email when a qualifying survey is available. As such, I recommend signing up for multiple survey sites. You won’t be eligible for every survey, so this increases the number you’ll be eligible to participate in.
You won’t earn a living from it, as most surveys pay less than $3, but you can easily earn north of $100/mo by mindlessly doing surveys during your Netflix binges. Some even give you a free $5 (or more) just for signing up.
Where to take paid surveys online:
Swagbucks – Perhaps the most well-known and trusted of all the survey sites, users earn “Swagbucks” (also known as SBs) for each survey they complete. Swagbucks even promotes a $10 bonus as an incentive just for signing up.
Survey Junkie – Survey Junkie works much in the same way that Swagbucks does. All you have to do is sign up to be eligible for surveys. Once you complete a survey, you earn a certain amount of points that you can exchange for cash paid directly to a PayPal account or you can redeem your points for gift cards. Super simple.
InboxDollars – Cash and simplicity. Those are my two favorite things about InboxDollars. After a few minutes of answering questions and watching a couple tutorial videos on how the site works, I had $5 added to my account.
Vindale Research – Vindale Research asks for information about you that they then use to match you with fitting surveys. At up to $50 a pop for some surveys and a free $1 just for signing up, it pays to check in daily to see what’s available. Cashouts are through PayPal.
MyPoints – Rewards members when they shop online, take surveys, play games, watch videos and more. Similar to Swagbucks, they give you a $10 gift card for free after signing up.
Survey Club – Participate in latest & highest paying research, product test, focus groups, clinical trials, and survey opportunities. Get paid each time you take part in a paid research study (deposited directly to your PayPal account).
2. Start a Blog
Like I said earlier — do something you love. After starting our own personal finance blog, DollarSprout, my business partner and I found that we really had a passion for entrepreneurship itself, which prompted us to start Breaking The One Percent.
Starting this blog gave me an outlet to write and give advice to young up and coming entrepreneurs who are just starting out on their own.
As you build your blog’s audience, there are dozens of ways that you convert those engaged blog readers into actual dollars.
A lot of dollars.
Seriously, our blogging business brings in over $150,000 per month.
How? Because we enjoy what we do and we’re motivated. At the risk of sounding cheesy, blogging has been a dream come true for us.
It’s not easy work, but you can definitely start seeing some money come in after just a few months (with the right strategy).
If blogging is something you might be interested in, check our how-to guide for getting started, or head over to HostGator — one of the cheapest platforms in the world for starting a high-quality WordPress blog.
3. Install money making apps
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.
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 passively earn cash throughout the year while doing absolutely nothing.
Paribus (by Capital One) – Paribus is a nifty app that scans your email inboxes for potential savings. If you’ve made a recent purchase online, and Paribus detects a price drop on one of your recently acquired items, they’ll work to get you the difference.
They work with some of the largest retailers in the world (think Amazon, Target, Walmart and more), and the app is entirely free to use.
Long story short: they do all the work, you reap the fruits of their labor.
Nielson Computer and Mobile Panel – Want a shot at $10,000 plus in addition to regular usage rewards? Sign up and you can score a serious pay day just for keep an app installed on your phone.
Nielson works by passively monitoring internet usage to help companies understand consumer behavior. If you could care less about them following you around the web, it’s an easy way to earn some extra cash with a chance at a larger cash windfall.
4. Use Ebates and Swagbucks for your online shopping
This one is a no-brainer.
Chances are, you do at least some of your shopping online. Now you can make money while you do it. Technically you’re not making 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. All you need an email address to sign up. That’s it. Even if its $100-$200/year, it’s better than shredding money and lighting it on fire.
Our two favorite cashback apps:
5. Become a freelance writer (or proofreader)
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.
For an article such as this one (about 2,500 words), you could easily pull in a couple hundred bucks.
The better you are at writing, the more your content is worth. Even part-time freelance work can add thousands to your monthly income.
Don’t believe me?
One of our blogging friends, Holly Johnson, started freelance writing on the side of her full-time job — in just a few months she made it her new career. Nowadays, she makes over $200,000/yr while traveling with friends and family.
If this sounds like the gig for you, check out Holly’s free workshop: How to Build a Six-Figure Writing Career.
6. Rent out extra space
A lot of people have an extra room in their house that they aren’t using. Well, now you can make money off of that space by renting it out. And it’s really easy to do.
Services such as Airbnb and Craigslist are excellent for finding potential renters and/or people who simply need to store stuff. This involves very little work on your end, and you can easily add a few hundred dollars to your income each month.
This is passive income at it’s finest.
7. Start investing
Speaking of passive income, do you have thousands in a savings account earning you .000257% interest?
Don’t be silly.
Move your savings over to a bank account that actually pays you a decent interest rate on your savings. Discover Bank’s online savings account pays several times more interest than the national average. Take 10 minutes out of your day and do this — over time, it really does make a difference.
An APR in the 1-2% range is just the beginning, though. Depending on your age, you should be netting around 7% year with a balanced investment portfolio.
Have $50,000 in savings? That is $3,500 dollars per year that you are missing out on by not investing in the stock market. It’s also not as hard to get started as you think.
For investing, I recommend Ally Invest. Right now they have a promo going on right now where you can start investing in stocks for as low as $3.95 per trade (one of the cheapest around).
Depending on your deposit size, other perks may include:
- Up to a $3,500 cash bonus.
- 90 days commission-free trading, up to $500 in value.
- $150 credit to cover a transfer fee (should your current firm charge one).
If you’re looking for ways to generate passive income, and you’re not doing either of the two things above, you’re missing out on thousands of dollars per year that could be in your pockets.
8. Drive with Uber
Don’t scoff at this one — you can actually make serious money driving with Uber. A few hundred bucks in just one weekend, if you are smart about how you approach it. Here are my 2 main tips to maximize your earnings:
- Drive during peak hours. This is usually between 6pm-2am on weekends. You’ll be busy, but that’s what you want.
- Go above and beyond to give your riders a great experience.
- Have a spotless interior that also smells clean.
- Especially late at night, always offer up the AUX cord. Downtown bar hoppers love the AUX cord.
- Get to know your passengers. Make small talk.
- Have water and/or snacks on board.
- Bring a vomit bag (better to be safe than sorry).
- Drive safe and go the speed limit.
- Secret tip: Carry change for a $20. You’d be surprised how many more tips you get this way.
If you don’t have a car, you can deliver food with Uber Eats with a bike, via scooter, or by good old fashioned walking [in addition to traditional vehicles].
9. Get paid to test websites
Each site varies, but there are number of companies that pay you to test websites. Companies want to know how easy their websites are to use and the information you give them about the process is extremely valuable.
Usually around $8-12 per test (generally between 10-30 minutes) depending on the site. Best part of it is, you are working from home and you are making your own schedule. Its tough to beat that.
- WhatUsersDo – Pay is $8 (or more) per test. Tests take around 15-20 minutes (you need a Mac or PC + mic).
- Enroll – Get paid to test websites before they are published. Earn cash rewards.
- Userfeel – This company pays around $10 per test.
- Analysia – Tests take around 15 minutes to complete. Pay is $10 per test.
- TryMyUI – Tests takes around 15-20 minutes to complete. Pay is $10 per test.
10. Help Google
Want $100/year for changing literally nothing about your life?
Join Google’s Opinion Rewards program.
It works essentially the same way as the phone apps do above. If you don’t care about letting Google know what you do on a daily basis, you can get free money.
They use the information they gather to help them market and increase the functionality of their advertising programs when targeting users that are similar to you.
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