What Can I Make at Home for Money

Did you know that 3.9 million U.S. employees work remotely? It’s true. And it may sound like your dream job — making money from home (even in your PJs). You may be ready to start a full-time gig or take on a side hustle to meet your financial goals in 2021. Why not accomplish your money goals by staying home and working when you want to? Here are 44 ways to make money at home and on your own schedule.

But if you really want to earn a substantial income, you need to make sure you treat the idea you choose as your own business: you will need to create a routine and establish your own schedule. Make sure you set aside time in your day and organize your calendar.

Not having a boss breathing down your neck isn’t an excuse to neglect your home-based project!

The amazing thing when you set up your own business is that you will be in charge of your own success. And it’s really possible to start making up to $100,000 within a year or two. In this post, I will share with you real-life examples of people that, without previous experience, or a typical 9 to 5 job, manage to earn a 6-figure income, working from home!

If you’re not acclimated to working from home, this could be a whole new journey. You could fall in love with your work-from-home routine, taking it full-time, or only opt to take one-off online side hustles. Before starting this journey, jump through each section to see which jobs may suit you best:

Proofreading

EQUIPMENT: Computer, internet access, word processing software
INCOME: $35,000-$59,000/year

Catching errors can be a very profitable business!

If you are passionate about grammar, punctuation, spelling and have eagle eyes for mistakes, this might be the perfect job for you!

Copy editors and proofreaders help others check their written material for spelling, grammar, and readability. And with the average salary at around $36,000 per year, it’s a great way to make a living!

You can start a proofreading business from anywhere, so it’s perfect for making money at home or while traveling.

Caitlin, from Proofread Anywhere, is an amazing example of how successful proofreading can be. She made slightly over $43,000 as a freelance proofreader while going on several amazing vacations. And now she teaches others how to become a professional proofreader in no time.

Become a virtual assistant

EQUIPMENT: Computer, internet access, word processing software
INCOME: $40,000-$60,000/year 

You can earn some great money working from home for a few hours a day by becoming a virtual assistant (up to $35-$50 per hour!).

The beauty of this job is that it can be done from home, and it can be done on a freelance basis – some gigs last a day, some can last for weeks or months.

Virtual assistants need to have strong administrative skills, be highly organized, and work across many fascinating industries, like blogging and social media.

There are different types of tasks a virtual assistant can help a business with. Some companies use a VA to keep up with emails, customer service online, calendars updates, arrange meetings, share blogging updates, manage social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

How to get started:

If you want to find out more about becoming a virtual assistant and all the tasks you can do and offer to potential clients, read my interview with Abbey.

Abbey has created an incredible VA business, and within 1 month (yes, that’s not a typo), she was fully booked and able to work her own hours from home while being a mum. 

 Online tutoring

Websites like SkooliTutor Me and Tutor.com provide resources for entering into the online tutoring space. While you don’t need to use a platform like these, they provide a lower friction entry point into the market. You could also search for online tutoring gigs on a variety of other sites like Upwork, Freelancer and many more. 

What types of things can you tutor online? You could easily tutor a subject like math or science, while also teaching a language if you’re bilingual. You could also tutor musical instruments like the guitar or piano, along with a slew of other subject matters. 

Create and Sell Your Own Printables

Do you have an eye for design and organization? You could start up an Etsy account or build your own digital ecommerce website to sell printables. Selling digital products is a great way to earn passive income. All it takes is the initial time to create and post your favorite pieces to earn money while you sleep. Keep in mind, you may have to pay for your website, an Etsy business account, and an illustrator subscription to create the product.

Sell Your Unused Clothes Online

If you have unused clothes taking up space in your closet, sell them! Post them on websites like PoshmarkthredUP or The RealReal to make some cash. Each season, you can clean out your closet and earn enough to buy a few new pieces or add to your savings. Start by taking photos of the items you don’t want and post them online to see how much you could earn.

  • Time: Low to high
  • Earnings: Pay varies by item
  • Extra tools: Camera or phone

Become a Product Tester

New inventions normally go through countless rounds of testing. These testing stages ensure every bug is figured out before it reaches paying customers. In most cases, brands will pay you to try out these new products. TolunaNielsenVindale Research, and Pinecone Research are a few platforms that help you find products to test for some extra green.

  • Time: Low to high
  • Earnings: $10–$20 an hour

Bake (or Meal Prep) for Others

If you know how to make special treats and love to be in the kitchen, you could start a business based on your skills. You could earn $200–$400 a month by taking in special baking requests for up to 20 hours per week. Or, you could meal prep for neighbors that don’t have time or don’t like to cook. Companies like Snap Kitchen have capitalized on these services, yet yours could be fresher and have a small business touch.

  • Time: Medium to high
  • Earnings: Pay varies by item
  • Extra tools: Camera or phone

Sell services on Fiverr

Fiverr has grown significantly since its inception. Today, it’s a vast marketplace where you can sell just about any service under the sun. This is great if you’re looking to make money online as a digital nomad or even while sitting at home on your laptop while in your pajamas. 

What, specifically, can you sell on Fiverr? Anything from graphics and design services, to digital marketing, writing and translation services, video and animation services, music and audio, programming and application development, business services and lifestyle services that includes anything from celebrity impressions to gaming.

Start a dropshipping business

EQUIPMENT: Computer, internet access
INCOME: $20,000-$100,000+/year

A few years ago, I decided I wanted to sell tea online. But after a few months, I realized how painful holding stock (in my bedroom!) was. Guess what? There is a way to make money from home with an online store without worrying about that at all.

Dropshipping allows you to sell products without ever seeing them or having to invest thousands of dollars in inventory. You work with a supplier who will ship items to your customers from their warehouse. You only pay for drop shipping when your product sells, and you have received payment from the customer, which means you can start a business with very little money.

But how do you make money? You make money by selling the products to your customer at a higher price than the drop shipping company charges you.

If you want to earn money from home without having to invest a fortune, dropshipping is a great business model:

  • It’s easy to get started.
  • It has low overheads and set-up costs.
  • You can offer a wide range of products from day one.
  • It’s easy to scale.

But be mindful that you need to select the right product and a niche that isn’t oversaturated. There are very low margins, and you need to differentiate yourself through marketing.

When you chose a supplier, you’ll want to be mindful of factors like how long it will take them to ship items, how well the order is packed, and how their customer service will deal with your customers.

Dropshipping can be a great flexible work-from-home idea, and with the proper planning and research, you could build a profitable business.

How to get started:

You can set up your dropshipping store with several platforms, including ShopifyWooCommerce on WordPress, and Magento. You then need to find a supplier for your products (Spocket on Shopify, AliExpress, and SaleHoo are great places to get started).

Theo McArthur has an incredible course that will teach you how to launch your first profitable dropship website in 14 days and grow your income to $10,000 per month in profits. You can also read this free guide on starting a dropshipping business with WordPress.

Conclusion

Here you have them: the best easy ways to make money from home!

Starting this blog was the best decision I took in a long time, and I couldn’t be happier to have found the freedom and satisfaction to have my own business.

I hope some of these money-making ideas will inspire you to create your own future!

And if you need any help to get started, let me know in the comments!

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