Ways to Make Money from Home

Check out these five interesting ways to make money from the comfort of your home.

Gone are the days of being forced to commute to make money. Thanks to the internet, you can now earn income without having to leave the house. There are a lot of ways to make money from home, whether you’re looking to supplement your income or earn a home-based living. But with so many options, you may not know where to start. We’ve done the heavy lifting for you and rounded up a curated collection of five things you can do to start earning from your home today. Keep reading to find out what they are. 

Take Surveys

If you already have a primary source of income and are looking for a quick way to make some extra money on the side, you can start taking online surveys. There are online companies that pay people to complete surveys. The best way to increase your earning potential is to sign up for several companies and take surveys whenever you have the time. You can take surveys during the commercial breaks of your favorite shows, or if you’re on a long hold during a phone call. Here are some of the best survey companies to get started with:

Swagbucks is one of the most popular survey sites online today. You can earn points for answering surveys, watching videos, shopping online and more. You can then redeem those points for free gift cards to more than 100 of your favorite retailers. Becoming a ‘Swagger’ is easy. You can sign up online for free and start getting paid for your online activity right away. 

Survey Junkie is another popular option, and it’s really easy to use. All you have to do is sign up, build your profile, and Survey Junkie will match you to available opportunities via email. Once you complete a survey, you can earn points for cash through PayPal, or like Swagbucks, you can redeem the points for gift cards. 

Opinion Outpost is another site that’s simple to use. Like the others, it’s free to sign up, and you can get paid for completed surveys via PayPal. You can also earn gift cards. 

You’re not going to be able to live off of your earnings from taking surveys, but if you sign up for multiple companies and complete surveys often, you’ll be able to pull in a few extra hundred dollars every month. It’s worth a shot, right? 

Sell Clothing on Depop

Most people only wear 20 percent of their wardrobe regularly, which means — if you’re like most people — you probably have a closet full of items you’ve only worn once or twice. You may even have a bunch of items you’ve never worn with the tags still on them. If you want to declutter your closet, you may want to consider getting rid of things on the regular. Rather than taking these items to your local Goodwill or selling them for a sad fraction of what they’re worth at a consignment shop, you can make money easily by posting and selling them on Depop

Depop is a social shopping app that’s been described as a mix between Instagram and Ebay. While it’s aimed at Gen Zers, anyone with a stylish collection can sell on Depop. The London-based company launched in Milan back in 2011 and has become one of the leading shopping apps, gaining a cult following around the world. 

Getting started is simple. First, you need to download the app from the iOS app store or Google Play. It’s free. Then you’ll need to create a username, link your account to your email address, and add a photo to represent your brand. From there, Depop will ask you to describe the style of your brand and share some info about what you’re going to sell. The description will appear underneath your username on your personal page. You can also add a link to your Instagram page there for further promotion.

Once you’ve got your profile set up, you’ll submit your billing address details and link the account to your PayPal. If you don’t have a PayPal, you’ll need to make one. Depop handles all payments through PayPal. You can choose to sell as an individual or as a business. If you’re selling as a business, you’ll need to provide all the relevant tax details. 

After you’ve gotten the payment process taken care of, you’re officially open for business and ready to list your first item. You’ll need to upload high quality photos of each item. You don’t need a DSLR, most newer cell phones have great cameras these days. Just be sure to have good lighting to show each item in detail. Depop also allows you to post videos. Depop will ask you to categorize each item, whether it’s womenswear, menswear, or kids clothing for example.  You can also write in a more detailed description in another box. 

Once you’ve listed the item, Depop asks you to set the shipping cost. You can set a price for domestic and worldwide. You as the seller are responsible for handling the shipping and covering the cost. Lastly, you’ll set the price for the item. It’s entirely up to you, but Depop asks that you look at the prices of similar products on the app to be competitive. 

So, that’s the lowdown on selling on Depop. The app has gained more than 13 million customers worldwide, so there’s a really large pool of people to sell to. Some users have made tens of thousands of dollars selling on Depop, so it’s a really great way to generate cash-flow from the comfort of your home. 

Start a YouTube Channel

If you’re camera shy, this probably isn’t the option for you. But, if you’ve gotten an effervescent personality and a hobby, passion or expertise that people are interested in, you could launch a YouTube channel and see where it goes. Now starting and growing a channel will take work. This isn’t something that’s going to make you money overnight. It may take a few months or even a year to grow your channel to the point of monetization, but with the right content it’s possible. 

Take the ‘Van Life’ YouTuber, Jenelle Eliana, for example. She launched her channel eight months ago and already has 2.3 million subscribers. Her first video amassed nearly 10 million views, making her a YouTube sensation overnight. She gained her first 1.5 million subscribers in just 30 days with only two videos posted. Now, she is quite the anomaly. Don’t expect to blow up instantly like she did, but it goes to show that with the right content, and the right personality, finding success on YouTube is an accomplishable feat.

So, how do you get started? First, you’ll need to figure out what you want your channel to be about. Try choosing something with lower competition. The gaming, beauty and celebrity gossip arenas are filled to the brim. It’s kind of like finding your VBO niche, try to pick something that’s interesting that not a lot of other people are doing. Unique content performs better on the YouTube algorithm, which is in part how Jenelle got so popular. She was doing something that few others were doing. So explore your interests and passions. Think about what you can do to stand out and start there. 

The next thing you’ll need to do is get your equipment. You don’t need production-company quality gear to get started. You don’t even need a fancy camera, your smartphone is probably good enough in the meantime. You may want to invest in a tripod. You can get one on Amazon for around $20 bucks. The main thing for your videos is good lighting. Opt for natural light when you can, or you can get a ring light, which is pretty much a YouTuber staple. Audio is important too. You want to make sure your audience can hear you. You can get a clip-on lavalier mic for around $20 as well. You’ll also need to invest in an editing program for your videos. You don’t have to spend $300 on Final Cut Pro, there are apps that allow you to edit videos on your phone for much cheaper. 

Once you’ve got your equipment, it’s time to start filming. Be natural and upload often. Consistency is key. Make a schedule and stick to it. The best way to grow your channel is to upload regularly and promote yourself. Remind viewers to comment, like and, most importantly, subscribe in each video. Tag your videos with relevant keywords so people can find your content. And promote your channel across all your social media platforms. 

Again, starting a YouTube channel isn’t likely to make you money overnight, but once you amass 10,000 lifetime channel views, you’re eligible for monetization. Once you reach that threshold, you can connect your channel to a Google AdSense account so that YouTube can start running ads on your content. That’s how you make the money. Keep in mind that you can’t get paid if there’s copyrighted material in your video, so be judicious about your music choices if you choose to include music in your videos. 

With some time and hardwork, you may very well be able to start making a decent living from YouTube alone. 

Become a Pet-Sitter

If you’re an animal lover who doesn’t mind opening your home to other people’s furry friends, you can become a pet sitter. There are a few options with this one. You can be a dog walker. You can host a doggy day care, or you can board cats and dogs in your home overnight. 

Pet-sitting grants you the opportunity to set your own schedule and fees. You can decide on the age, size and types of animals you want to keep in your home. You can promote your business online on your own, or you can sign up for Rover.com. The site gives you the opportunity to earn up to $1,000 on average each month. 

To start taking in animals, you will likely need to invest in a few supplies: water and food bowls, pet food, toys, leashes, and the like. You can get all of these items for cheap at your local store. 

Unlike home-based childcare, you don’t need any licensing to start pet-sitting. With such a low overhead cost, this is an affordable and incredibly fun way to make money from home. 

Open Up a B&B

Traveling is at an all-time high, and people are always looking for great deals on unique accommodations. More and more travelers are turning away from traditional hotels in lieu of quaint, charming B&Bs. If you have a spare bedroom and bathroom — or a few — you can get in on the game by making that space available to travelers. That is, of course, if you don’t mind having guests in your home. 

Location is very important when it comes to opening up a B&B in your home. If you live out in the middle of nowhere, this might not be the option for you. On the contrary, if you live near an airport, popular tourist attractions or in a large metropolitan area, you could do very well operating as a B&B. 

To have a successful B&B, you need to make sure your space is as comfortable and accommodating as possible. People are paying a premium price for the experience you offer them, so you want to make sure that their stay is enjoyable. It’s a good idea to do a trial run on the room you plan to rent out before you take in any guests. Consider the temperature, the comfort of the bed, the interior design, the noise level and more. Think about things you can do to make your space more inviting. You may decide to provide robes and slippers. You could put a mini fridge in the room and stock it with drinks and snacks. Just get creative and think about the things you would want in a B&B experience.

The second ‘B’ in B&B stands for breakfast. You have a lot of options with this one. You can go the conventional, continental route by serving pastries, fruit, juice and coffee. Or you can do something a little more exciting. Regional breakfasts tend to be pretty popular. If you’re in the South, you can opt for shrimp and grits or biscuits and gravy. If you’re in the Southwest, anything with green chiles and avocados should go over well. The more special you make your breakfasts, the more likely you are to get good reviews, so don’t make the second ‘B’ an afterthought. It’s just as important as the first. 

Keep in mind that your guests aren’t just paying for a stay. They can do that at any hotel. They’re paying for an experience. And providing an experience requires that you provide excellent service. Be knowledgeable about attractions and restaurants in your area and offer to help guests plan their itinerary if they need help finding things to do. Say you’ve got a business person staying with you, and they’re gearing up for a big presentation. Offer to make them copies. Do everything you can to provide stellar service. It’ll boost your positive reviews and make your B&B a desirable place to stay. 

The final thing you need to consider is your advertising. Sites like Airbnb, HomeExchange and BedandBreakfast.com make promoting your space easy. Or you can build your own website and advertise your space there. Place a sign in your front yard, and tell family and friends about your new venture. Promote your space on social media too. Do everything you can to spread the word, and you’ll be taking in guests in no time. 

Opening up a B&B is a great way to make money from home, especially if you’re a people person. You’ll be able to meet interesting people from all over the country. It’s an excellent way to curb the loneliness of working from home. 

Conclusion

Whether you’re just looking to make some extra cash, or trying to make a living, all of these ways are really good ways to make money from home. The overhead costs are low, and YouTube aside, you can start making money fairly quickly. It just takes a little hard work and diligence. For more ways to make money from home, check out our blog, “10 Creative Ways to Make Money Online.” And visit our Skill Opportunity Center to learn about other VBO careers that you can launch from the comfort of your home. There are plenty of ways to make money from home. Just find something that aligns with your interests, skills and passions and you’re well on your way.

Chantel Baul

I’m a skilled communicator with more than four years’ experience in digital and print content creation, who has a keen ability to adapt messages for diverse audiences. I have demonstrated proficiency in editorial writing conventions, social media strategy, brand reputation management, and interdisciplinary collaboration. I’m a driven and progressive researcher with an aptitude for storytelling. I'm also a proud Public Affairs Officer in the United States Army Reserve.

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