How To Make Money From Home
Let’s face it, in our current economic climate, a steady pay packet seems to be a thing of the past. In fact 4.8 million of the UK’s population have listed themselves as ‘self-employed’ or freelancers in ONS ( Office For National Statistics) 2017 ’employment survey’ meaning that there are more of us trying to stand out from the crowd. We all dare to dream but for many of us the road to success is a long and fractured road. While some ‘give up’ the freelance lifestyle because of its lack of ‘steady income’ for many being self-employed is a way of retaining creative and administrative control over our own business ventures. As my readers know I quit my full time job to go blogging full time two weeks ago and the relief of leaving an office environment has been palpable. Yet already I can see a noticeable dent in my bank balance and have feared that the situation will only get worse as time goes by. But do not fear yet, I have been through enough periods of financial difficulty to know that at the end of the storm comes a rainbow and I am confident that over time we can all live out our dreams and become the person that we have always wanted to be.
One of the most common questions that I have been asked by readers is how to make money from home, alongside their blog as a ‘supportive side hustle’. Below I have listed 10 ways to make money from home that can help you elevate your blog or business and passion to the next level, using the extra pennies you have earned along the way.
- Sell Unwanted Clothes/ Products On Ebay and Depop
One look at my room and it looks like it has exploded with clothes. The truth is I have far too many clothes so I am reverting back to what I did in the beginning of my ‘blogging career’ and am listing items online to sell. Not only will this result in you having a tidier and more minimalist house but selling your unwanted clothes, even if it is for a fraction of the price will allow you to supplement your blogging income with some extra cash. Plus the way I see it, if you like me spend your blogging income on rent, travel, bills and food, earning money through selling unwanted clothing, DVDS and more online will allow you have a little extra money to spend on luxuries like nights out, meals at restaurants and more optional activities.
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2. Earn Money By Taking Part In Reward Programs Like Swagbucks
Swagbucks is the worlds most popular rewards programme and gives you free gift cards and cash for things you already do online. While you can earn points by shopping at your favourite retailers or even through that cheeky takeaway pizza place you have been craving all week, you can also earn points through watching videos, playing games and answering surveys. Please note, you can kicked out in the middle of a survey if you are not deemed suitable for their target demographic so just be wary of that. You can also redeem points for gift cards to your favorite retailers like Amazon and Walmart or get cash back from Paypal.
3. Start Your Own Blog/ Website
Of course as a blogger I would wholly recommend starting your own blog but only treat it like a business if you are thinking of going blogging full time. Blogging is hard work and it can be difficult to make a living from blogging straight away so just remember to have patience and faith, when turning your blog into a money making business. At first it might be difficult to get a steady income as you are still treading the waters but as I established in 35 Blogging Groups & Platforms That Pay You To Blog , there are plenty of groups and blogging platforms that can help you keep your business afloat.
It’s not just starting your own blog that can be a great source of income but setting up your own business website too. Whether that be a self-funded fashion line or an Etsy shop, the possibilities of making money online are as endless as the opportunities that you create.
4. Make Money Through Filling Out Surveys
While I mentioned Swagbucks, I listed it as a ‘rewards program rather than a survey portal’ because you can earn money through shopping as well as surveys, which in traditional survey portals you cannot. While surveys are not paid very much (between £3- 5 in most cases) over time you will notice that you will create a stable emergency fund providing you complete surveys on a regular basis. Some of the most popular surveys include Toluna, YouGov, Vivatic, MySurvey, Crowdology, Valued Opinions, IPSOS, Global Test Market, The Opinion Panel, Pinecone, OnePoll, SurveyBods, PopulusLive, Hiving, PanelBase, MintVine, Opinion Outpost, Harris Poll, Mind Mover, New Vista, iPoll.
While there are plenty more, according to market research these survey portals garner the best chance at creating ‘extra’ much needed income, alongside your blog or alternative business venture.
5. Get Paid For Searching The Web
Qmee was something I had only just recently come across and unlike Swagbucks where you are often paid in gift cards, Qmee rewards you by paying you for your ‘Google, Bing and Yahoo searches’. All you have to do is install an add on chrome extension to your browser tab and the next time you conduct a search there will be some sponsored results alongside your normal search. Each Qmee result has a cash reward attached – if you are interested in it simply click on it and collect your reward. Even better unlike affiliate programmes like Like To Know It, there is no threshold and you can get paid even if you have only earned a pound. What makes Qmee unique is how you are also given the choice to give to charity if you would like to!
You can also earn money through surveys but it is not very well paid so I would stick to the Google search premise.
6. Get Paid For Reviewing Google Locations
Companies like Youdirectories pay you for writing short, positive reviews on Google locations, whether they be cafes or shops and in return you will get a small payout. While it might be between 10-15 a go, over time you will build up an extra piggy bank that might help on rainy days or when you are just craving a ‘me-time treat’. Essentially it is classed as ‘mystery shopping assignments’ and is paid directly into your bank, which might be handy if you are constantly in your overdraft like I always am.
While there are other ‘mystery shopping assignments’ you have the best chance of getting accepted and paid with youdirectories. Plus if you are accepted as a brand ambassador they will send you assignments whenever they are available and payout is quick too.
7. Sell Your Photos
As bloggers, for many of us we might use stock photos or create our own photos which others might be willing to buy for a reasonable price. Whether it is a photo tutorial for a ‘cake recipe’ that a magazine SEO expert is after or a blog photo that is visually appealing, sites like Fotolia or istockphoto allow you to upload photos for free to stock websites. For example if I was to type ‘street art’ in Fotolia I would see that while there is a demand for ‘street art stock photos’ it is far more niche than a result for ‘pink’ which obtains more search results. This means that its a mix of being in demand but niche which will make it more likely to generate profit from your photos.
8. Earn Money Through Social Networking Apps
While you can make money through Instagram and Facebook, there are other social networking apps that you make a little extra cash from to fund your morning coffee. Apps like Bagaloo are social sharing networks that earn you cash (via Paypal) for other users liking and viewing your posts and is available on Google Play and Apple App Store. What’s more you ‘can nominate’ hero charities that you would like to donate your proceeds too as well as getting paid to use the app too. While you can create an account online, the app will make it easier to share posts and interact with other users in order to get paid.
9. Create Your Own Online Course
Whether you can teach people to grow their social media following or run cooking class tutorials, creating your own online course ‘teaching skills’ you specialize in is a great way of earning money alongside your blog or business. For example say you decide to run an Instagram marketing course and people pay a nominal fee to enter, it will over time create more clients for you and help you build up a more steady source of income. What you need to bear in mind is that there are so many courses out there so the best way to create ‘money’ is to identify a gap in the market and look at what you can do ‘to fill that market gap’
10. Write A Book/ E-Book
Maybe you have a story to tell or want to write a book to help others i.e. how to make money from home and have decided to write a book on the ‘subject’. As scary as it sounds, writing a book is a great way of building up income over time and even if it is just pennies at first, over time you might generate a steady source of income. At the end of the day, even if you don’t generate much profit at least you tried and trying when it comes to making money from home is the best way to succeed in our industry.
While there are many other ways to make money from home such as risk- free matched betting and online trading, above are opportunities I have either carried out myself or have been thinking of doing.
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Collaborative Post With Parcel2go. All thoughts and opinions are my own.