Looking for some ways to make extra money online from home that work?
Good, you’re in the right place!
Personally, I love the opportunities the web has opened up for people to work from home. Making money online may help you:
- pay off debt
- save for things such as a holiday or new car
- obtain more freedom or flexibility in your life
- gain the confidence to start your own online business.
I used to work in a toxic office environment and it wasn’t doing me or my Little Lady much good, so when I decided to leave, it was the web I turned to for some income ideas. And when I started to tap into some of the opportunities available, this is when things really started to change for me.
Whilst it takes time to build up a sustainable online business from home, it is possible – whatever your background or qualifications.
Plus, of course, there are loads of opportunities to simply make a decent side income online or just a bit of extra cash for holidays or savings.
I supplemented this with more long term strategies, such as affiliate marketing and video tutorials.
These generally take longer to generate income, but can lead to a more sustainable and passive way to earn money long term. The foundations I laid in affiliate marketing a year or so ago are now paying real dividends and this income is growing month on month (often whilst I sleep!).
And you can absolutely do the same.
I don’t know about you, but I sometimes get a bit fed up with many of those long, unwieldy money making lists all over the web, packed with endless survey sites that pay very little for an awful lot of effort!
Put that much effort into something like matched betting, User Testing or affiliate marketing and you’re far more likely to make some decent money for your time.
So whether you want a bit of extra cash each month or wish to lay the foundations for a sustainable, long term income, below you’ll find 11 suggestions that have either worked for me or which come recommended from trusted sources.
1 – Start Your Own Blog
It’s remarkably easy to start your own blog and anyone can do it.
Plus if the content comes from the heart and is about something you’re passionate about, it can be fun and extremely rewarding too. I show you how to start your own blog here in under 30 minutes.
Like many bloggers, I use Bluehost to host my websites and thoroughly recommend them for people starting out. Hosting with Bluehost starts from as little as a $2.95 a month (the price of a coffee!)
Once you’ve started your blog, there are some excellent free resources that show you how to grow a reputable blog and monetise it. Sites with accessible, cracking content include:
2 – Start an Affiliate Marketing Business
What’s affiliate marketing?
Basically, affiliate marketing is where you sell someone else’s products and get a commission in return. Amazon run one of the most famous affiliate programmes.
The most common way to succeed at affiliate marketing is to set up your own affiliate website.
This is what I did and I now earn passive income every month. Everything I learned in the early stages I owe to Wealthy Affiliate, an online training community for affiliate marketeers.
The amazing thing about Wealthy Affiliate is their FREE Starter Account (no CC required), where they give you 2 free websites and top notch beginner training, simply for opening an account.
It’s a brilliant way to see if affiliate marketing is for you and personally, I’m indebted to Wealthy Affiliate for showing me the ropes in the early stages. I thoroughly recommend them for beginners to affiliate marketing.
Keep in mind, success in affiliate marketing doesn’t happen overnight – it takes time, effort and generally a bit of resilience. But many people, who stick with it, make a fortune doing this.
One of my affiliate sites I no longer work on, makes me hundreds of pounds a month for doing absolutely nothing. So this stuff works.
3 – Earn With Matched Betting (UK only)
Want to make thousands of pounds risk free cash? If you live in the UK, matched betting offers the potential to do just that.
If you’re hearing alarm bells, don’t worry – matched betting isn’t gambling. Done right, it’s 100% risk free, since it’s based on a mathematical formula.
Put simply, matched betting simply takes advantage of free bets and incentives offered by the bookmakers and absolutely anyone can do it. So if you need a short or long term cash injection, this can be a great little earner.
I learnt matched betting with Profit Accumulator and made profit from day 1. It’s one of those opportunities that people think must be dodgy, because opportunities like this don’t exist right? Initially, I thought the same, but I researched it to death and this really does work. In fact, I made an average of £500 a month when I did it regularly. Many people make much more.
4 – Get Paid For Website Feedback
There are a ton of websites out there who will pay you for doing surveys, but wowza, many take up a lot of your time for very little return. UserTesting, however, pay around $10/£7 for a 20 minute website review.
Sign up at www.usertesting.com, complete a simple test review and you’ll start receiving sites to review within a few days.
You’ll need a microphone built into your computer (or an external mic that can be plugged in), plus you need to take the reviews seriously. People have paid for genuine feedback to their websites, so think about the user tests from the perspective of a real user or customer.
If you just skim through the tests simply to get paid, you risk getting a poor review yourself, which will impact on the amount of surveys you get.
User Testing pay up regularly via Paypal and it’s a great way to earn some extra money from home each month. Sites to review become available on quite an ad hoc basis and you need to get onto them quick or someone else will nab them, but I think earning up to around £100 or $100 a month is realistic and achievable.
5 – Earn Cash Back When You Shop Online
If you shop online a lot, cash back sites will pay you when you click through to a retailer, (via the cashback site) and then go on to spend or sign up for a product.
It’s possible to earn a few hundred pounds or dollars (or more) a year from making purchases via a cash back site, so this can be a good little supplemental earner.
Just be mindful of getting sucked into buying things you wouldn’t otherwise have bought just to get the cash back.
6 – Earn Money as a Virtual Assistant (VA)
Becoming a virtual assistant (often called a VA) is all the rage these days and offers a great option for working from home. Many people make a full time income from it.
The great thing about becoming a VA is that it essentially means hiring out skills you already have. These skills can be anything from copywriting, graphic design or social media management, to book-keeping, translation or data entry.
If being a VA appeals, you might also want to try The Bootstrap VA – a guide to becoming a virtual assistant that gets consistently rave reviews on Amazon.
7 – Become a Transcriptionist
Do you have a good ear? Then becoming a transcriptionist could be for you.
Transcribing is essentially where audio or video is converted into a textual document. It’s not hard to do and a site such as transcribeme.com can be a great place to start, as you don’t need any prior transcription experience – just a computer and an Internet connection (headphones are also recommended).
Transcribe Me is also free to join and once you’ve passed their English exam and been accepted you as a transcriber, you’ll be good to go.
You can register for a Transcribe Me account here.
8 – See Your Old Clothes on Ebay
Ebay is an excellent way to clean out your closet and make some cash at the same time.
If people can make money selling empty toilet roll holders on Ebay (they do!), it’s pretty likely your old Levi jeans or baby clothes will sell there too.
Ebay offer a good guide to selling clothes here.
Amazon, of course is another great option for selling your used stuff, especially if your stuff is still in really good condition. I made £500 on Amazon pretty quickly, selling books, CDs, DVDS and some popular box sets.
9 – Build an Amazon FBA Business
Think you might have a bit of a head for business?
FBA means ‘Fulfilled by Amazon’ and it basically means you send Amazon new products you want to sell and they’ll dispatch them for you.
Many people do this by buying up low cost items in bulk and re-selling them on the FBA program.
You can get scanning apps that tell you how much a product is likely to sell for an Amazon and once you know the ropes, selling on the FBA program is not difficult to do.
The main challenge is finding the products to sell, but many people make a FT income selling everyday products on Amazon.
To find out more, check out the FBA’s Quick Start Guide for beginners or have a look at The Selling Family – I haven’t personally used any of their recommendations, but they’ve made a million dollars in 5 years, via their FBA business, so they must be doing something right.
There’s no short cut to making money with the FBA program, but with time and effort, this can (and does) really work for many people as a way to earn extra money from home online.
10 – Make a Video & Upload it to YouTube
YouTube now reaches more US adults aged 18-34 than any cable network. That’s a HUGE captive audience.
And creating a video and uploading it to YouTube is easier than you might think. One option is to use free screen capture software to create an online tutorial.
For example, if you’re great at drawing, you could design a simple ‘how to draw a person’s face’ video and link it to Google Adsense. If your video gets a lot of views, (this one has over 3 million) you have the potential to earn some serious cash from people clicking on the ads that are displayed each time your video is played.
Alternatively, join an affiliate network such as ClickBank, Commission Junction or ShareASale, pick an affiliate product you would recommend to others, then create a video review around it – either with a smartphone or the free screen capture software mentioned above.
Pop the affiliate link in your video description and each time someone signs up for the product or service via your video review, you’ll earn a commission.
Keep in mind, people can smell ‘clickbait’ – (a blatant attempt to get people to sign up for an affiliate product via a review, without offering any real value) a mile off. So the trick is to create a video from the heart – i.e. on something you honestly care about or would seriously recommend to others.
11 – Become a Freelance Writer
Can you spin words like a pro?
If so, you might want to consider becoming a freelance writer.
The beauty of the web is that you no longer have to spend hours marketing yourself directly to magazines, newspapers and publishers.
You can simply sign up to a site like Content Mart, which connects quality copywriters with relevant clients.
Whilst you’re building up a profile for yourself as a trusted writer it can be worth signing up to a few freelance writing sites, so you’re not reliant on work all coming from one place.
Freelancer is another popular option that offers content and writing jobs.
Want more money making tips?
Check out my post on 57 Ways To Make Extra Money Online (That Don’t Involve Survey Sites).