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ways to make money at homeIn a pinch and need a little extra cash? Looking for ways to make money at home?

You are not alone.

In fact, Google logs nearly 250,000,000 (that’s 250 million) searches each year by people just like you.

Whether you’re a broke college student who needs a little extra spending cash, or you’re actually an adult now and looking to eliminate credit card debt or increase savings, most of us could benefit from a little more take home pay each month.

And whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, our financial situations have an enormous impact on almost every facet of our lives. The misuse of money can have devastating effects on our collective mental, social and emotional health.

Being short on cash often means being late on a utility bill, foregoing holiday gifts for a loved one, or missing out on activities with friends.

Worse yet, some of us continue to spend and rack up debt.

Even a few hundred dollars is often the difference between making it till the end of the month…and falling flat on your face.

If you feel like you are a part of this group, there is good news – we live in a pretty incredible age.

The rise 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.

Below I’ll share with you 11 easy ways to make money at home for free (including my own personal experience and a pivotal lesson that I learned along the way).

11 Best Ways To Make Money from Home 

1. Take paid surveys on the Internet

Until a few months ago, I had never heard of paid surveys. Sure enough, they are real…and they can net you hundreds of dollars each month.

Users are usually notified by email when a qualifying survey is available. Because of that, I recommend signing up for multiple survey sites so you’re eligible for as many surveys as possible.

You won’t get rich from it, as most surveys pay less than $5, but you can easily earn upwards of $100/month or more just by filling out surveys in your spare time. Some sites even give you a free $5 (or more) just for signing up — it’s hard to beat that!

Make money from home with these paid survey sites:

Survey Junkie

Survey Junkie is among the most straightforward survey sites out there, which puts them at the top of this list. 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.

Free Signup:  Register Here


Perhaps the most well-known and trusted of all the survey sites, users earn “Swagbucks” (also known as SB’s) for each survey they complete. Swagbucks even gives you a free $5 as an incentive just for signing up.

$5 Signup Bonus:  Claim Here


JOANY is a national organization that helps people find the best health insurance and make the most of their coverage once people have it. Right now, they’re conducting a Research Study to collect  feedback from consumers on their health insurance experience. Participants who complete the survey (which has less than 50 questions and should take less than 10 minutes) will receive $25 dollars for their time.

$25 Payout:  View Survey Requirements

Vindale Research

Vindale Research asks for information about you that they can 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 which ones are available to you. Cashouts are through PayPal.

$1 Signup Bonus:  Claim Here


Cash and simplicity. Those are my two favorite parts about Inbox Dollars. 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. Pretty sweet!

$5 Signup Bonus:  Claim Here


MyPoints rewards members when they shop online, take surveys, play games, watch videos and more. Similar to Swagbucks, plus they give you a $10 Amazon gift card for free after signing up.

$10 Signup Bonus:  Claim Here 

Note:  There are dozens of other survey sites out there. These just happen to be the more well-known ones that have a reputation for paying out in a timely manner and not having impossible standards for cashing out. As always, be careful with your personal information. I recommend using an entirely separate email address for survey sites so they don’t clutter your inbox.

Related: 13 Best Sites to Take Paid Online Surveys and Earn Extra Money

2. Use Ebates (and Swagbucks) to get cashback on everyday purchases

If you’re going to shop, why not get money for doing it? Well technically you’re not getting 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. This is probably the single easiest way to make money at home. You need an email address to sign up. That’s it. Even if it’s $100-$200/year, why are you throwing money away for no reason?

That’s stupid. Don’t be stupid.

To sweeten the deal, both companies are offering signup bonuses worth $10 (Ebates) and $5 (Swagbucks) respectively.

The bonuses aren’t immediate, you’ll need to make a qualifying purchase, but that is the point of both apps after all (to save money on your everyday purchases.

Sign up for Ebates  |  Sign up for Swagbucks

3. List an extra room in your house on Airbnb

Have an extra room in your house? Going to be gone for a week and are looking to make some serious dough?

Literally make money from your home.

Believe it or not this is seriously the easiest way ever to pull in hundreds (even thousands) of extra dollars per month. Most of it involves very little or no work on your end and there is almost 0 overhead to get started.

This is something that not nearly enough people are taking advantage of. If you own a home, consider putting a room (or the whole place) on Airbnb.

Here’s how it works:

Create a listing by filling out a description, taking and uploading photos, and setting a price. Your listing helps guests get a sense of what your place is like.

Then, you set the availability and house rules for your listing. Once your listing is live, guests can book their stay at your home, and you start earning money.

To up the “trust” factor for both the host and the guests, Airbnb does require some verification information, including phone numbers. After a visit, everyone gets the chance to write a review. Reviews keep guest accountable for treating hosts and their homes with respect, and helps ensure hosts make their space as welcoming as possible.

Learn more about how you can make money as an Airbnb host here.

4. Install a few cell phone apps (or allow ads on your phone)

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 but 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 make upwards of $300 per year for no reason.

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. Nielsen is currently paying users $50 per year to keep their app installed on a device.ibotta earnings dashboard

Ibotta – Taking grocery shoppers by surprise everywhere, Ibotta is the hottest new app that lets savvy consumers save big on all the biggest brands (especially on groceries). I’ve racked up $1,321.00 in earnings over the last year or so if that gives you any idea how much you’re leaving on the table.

They pay users $10 just for signing up and they offer an additional $10 for each user you refer.

Bonus:  Refer 3 users and Ibotta will credit you with $100.00.

5. Become a freelance writer (or proofreader)

Along the same lines as starting your own blog, 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.

If you’re still reading this article, odds are someone would have paid you over $100 for something of similar (or hopefully better) quality.

The better you are at writing, the more your content is worth. Even part time freelance work can add thousands to your monthly income. Holly Johnson from Club Thrifty makes over $200,000 a year from freelance writing! And she has a course that teaches others how to do the same.

If writing isn’t your thing, do what Caitlin Pyle did:

In 2014, Caitlin made over $43,000 by working as a freelance proofreadproofer…part time. If you’ve got a knack for spotting typos or naughty grammar, this side hustle might be right up your alley.

When she wasn’t working, she even had time to go on several fun vacations.  After she had a ton of success doing that, she decided she wanted to teach others how to do the same thing, so she started up Proofread Anywhere.

Sign up for one of her free workshops to learn more about how to make money from home as a proofreader.

6. Get a bank account that pays better

Have thousands in a savings account earning you .000257% interest?

You are lazy…and I am calling you on it.

Part of being fiscally responsible is showing that you care about your money. Even if you do not know enough to start investing, there is absolutely no reason that you can’t take 10 minutes out of your day and move your savings to an account that at least gets you a 1-2% return each year.

On $10,000 in savings, that is $100-200 each year, for free. Make your money work for you.

Right now there are several competing banks offering premium rates on high-yield savings accounts. This is great for the consumer (you) because they’re in constant competition to see who can offer the best interest rate (to lure in new customers).

One of the highest paying savings accounts you can open right now is through CIT Bank.

CIT Bank high yield savings accountIt’s an online savings account, so you won’t have a local branch right around the corner, but that’s easily made up for by their relatively robust interest rates.

Although constantly in flux, their current rates are hovering at just over 25x the current national average of .06% APY.

You can withdraw cash, just like you would any other savings account, with a bank card at a local ATM. The account minimum is a mere $100, making it the perfect opportunity to teach kids about compound interest, or for you to get the best rate on your current savings.

7. Start investing

1-2% APY from an online savings account is just the beginning, though. Depending on your age, you should be netting around 7% year with a balanced portfolio.

Have $50,000 in savings? That is $3,500 dollars per year that you are missing out on if you’re not investing. Of course, there will be ebbs and flows (and you won’t make money every day), but investing over the long term is one of the best ways to build wealth.

With an app like Acorns you can get started in just a few minutes on your phone.

Acorns works by essentially rounding up the spare change from your everyday purchases (to the nearest dollar) and then invests the difference into the stock market. If you’re clueless about how the stock market works, but still want the highest return you can possibly make on your money, this is the perfect way to start investing.

All you have to do is open an account and set your goals. It’s that easy.

8. Rent out things you’re not currently using

You know that super nice Nikon DSLR that’s sitting in your closet collecting dust (that you can’t bring yourself to sell because you still use it from time to time)?

Or that Trek mountain bike that goes unused 300 days out of the year that’s just sitting in your garage?

We all have something like that just laying around that could actually be passively making us money from home through a super neat service known as Fat Lama.

Link of Fat Lama like Airbnb, except you list everyday items for rent, instead of your house. Some users are earning upwards of $10,000/month renting out a wide variety of things — from TV’s and high-end sound systems, to simple things like bikes and scooters, you can list just about anything and turn a profit.

Better yet, they even offer comprehensive lenders insurance. If an item is lost, damaged and/or for some reason never returned, they’ll cover the full value of the item. It’s an insanely easy way to passively make money at home and have someone basically pay off your item for you.

Renting out items isn’t the only way you can earn, too. New users automatically get a $25 bonus applied to their account and you can an earn additional $25 for each member that you refer than ends up placing a rental order.

9. Start a blog

Like I said earlier, do something you love. If you happen to be even a half-decent writer (you can’t be as bad as me), you can do what you love and make money at home simply by writing about it.

DollarSprout uses a blog as a way to spread information about earning and saving more money. You too can be a source of information (or amusement) for just about anything that interests you.

And you can make money by doing it. A lot of money, in fact.

This little blog of our routinely pulls in over $20,000 in revenue each month — and we started it less than 3 years ago.

Whether you’d like to start a lifestyle oriented blog, where you share your favorite home decor ideas, or a beauty and fashion blog where you film makeup tutorials and write product reviews, you can turn your favorite hobby into a budding online business.

Some elite bloggers are even pulling in over $100,000 each month! For example,

  • Michelle @ Making Sense of Cents made over $241,000 last month alone!
  • or Pat @ Smart Passive Income who made over $167,000 in his last report.
  • and lastly there’s Rosemarie @ The Busy Budgeter who also made over $100,000 in her most recent report!

Craziness. And those are but a few of thousands of bloggers making five, and even six-figures a month, working from home.

If you’re new to blogging, want to make money at home but aren’t quite where to start, I’d consider starting a WordPress blog (like this one) with HostGator. It’s a low cost way to start your own online business (less than $5/month) and HostGator offers a 45-day money back guarantee if you deciding blogging just isn’t a good fit for you.

Here’s a great step by step tutorial for those of you who are interested.

Bonus: Use coupon code rsosaveaw2new for 53% off!

10. Help Google and make money at home

Want to earn $110 per year for changing literally nothing about your life?

Insert the Google’s Opinion Rewards app here. Well, technically not here, but on your computer at home.

It works essentially the same way as the phone apps do above. If you don’t care to let Google know what you do on a daily basis, you can make money from home by letting them monitor your Internet usage. They use the information they gather to help them market/increase the functionality of their advertising programs when targeting users that are similar to you.

11. Put your digits to use

Not your phone number. Your fingers.

You can earn up to $24/hr simply by transcribing audio to text. Speechpad pays speedy typists to make written versions of audio and/or video clips.

At up to $.40/minute, you can seriously rack up some dough for those insanely fast typing skills you never thought would come in handy.

Choosing Where to Start

I wasn’t kidding when I said there are hundreds of ways to make money at home.

Some more bizarre than others — think selling your hair for hundreds of dollars.

But if I were to make just one recommendation for you to take to heart, it would be to get involved in something you love.

Something you’re passionate about doing. 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.s

I speak from experience because I was straight broke during my early years in college. Being poor was all the motivation I needed to start looking into ways to make money at home (or a dorm room).

Enjoying What You Do Matters

It was fairly sobering to watch the nearly $20,000 I had saved from working all the way through high school (I was a savings beast), disappear nearly overnight when it came to paying for my degree from Virginia Tech.

As an irrational twenty-something at the time, I turned to online poker as a way to make money at home – specifically, Texas Hold’em. As foolish as that may have been then, it worked out for me.

I would not recommend this avenue to anyone now.

Having been gifted an analytical mind, I spent over 7 years learning how to approach the game from a logic/math based skill-set.

I was fortunate enough to amass earnings just shy of 6-figures and all that ultimately helped me pay off much of my student loans and start building my savings (modest when compared to many professional players but still a big deal to me at the time).

The reason it worked for me is because I loved studying it.

And that’s it. Point is, with some hustle and dedication, you can easily start to make money at home. Some of you can easily add an additional $1,000 in income to your take home pay each month.

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Make money at home with this list of 10 easy ways you can earn an extra $1,000 each month. Learning to make money from home has never been easier than it is right now!
Ben Huber

Yo! I'm Ben. The other personal finance nerd who works in tandem with Jeff to bring you all the most epic money making and saving content around. For inquiries, HMU on FB or Twitter.

[email protected] Smarter Decisions 1 year, 11 months ago

This is a great list Ben! It’s awesome to promote so many different ideas – and ones people can do from home. I never heard of the Google Screenwise app before. Kind of creepy – but I guess we are tracked all the time – maybe it’s time to get paid for it!

Liberty de los Santos 1 year, 7 months ago

Hi good day. I am interested in doing research about business and food. Thank you.

Natalie 1 year, 11 months ago

Sounds like a few great options to consider! Thank you for sharing

Brianna 1 year, 11 months ago

Thanks for this! I really needed it 😀

Brianna Leigh 1 year, 11 months ago

Great tips! I’ve been starting to do a few of these–just need to stick with them and pull through 🙂

Cat 1 year, 11 months ago

Smart ideas! Thanks for sharing!

courtney 1 year, 11 months ago

So many smart ideas that I never would have considered! Thanks for sharing!

Paige @ Live, Laugh, Budget 1 year, 11 months ago

Great list! I just monetized my blog a couple of weeks ago.It’s definitely not a “get rich quick” option, but the more you put in, the more you will get out.

Do you have any poker tips that you would want to share? I’ll be going to Vegas for the first time in a couple months and I can’t stop thinking that money I have set aside for gambling would be put to better use investing. (I’m sure it would, but its Vegas and I don’t want to visit and not gamble.)

Ben Huber
Ben Huber 1 year, 11 months ago

Hey Paige,

That’s such a hard question! My biggest piece of advice to anyone is don’t gamble with money you can’t afford to lose 🙂 It’s okay to have fun – set a budget for what you think is a responsible entertainment budget and don’t exceed it!

As far as Poker goes (at least for Texas Hold’em), I’d recommend sitting at a low stakes table (1/2 no-limit is the lowest most places have) and merely being observant/make casual conversation at the table for a while until you feel comfortable. If you’ve never played, just tell the dealer and they’ll be happy to help you out (most players will notice if you haven’t played before anyways so you’re not really at a loss there). Just play “tight” (a small range of strong starting hands) and that’s a pretty good place to start!

Sorry if this is all to rudimentary of an explanation for you – tough to know where your game is at from here 🙂

Good luck, have fun and be smart!


Super Healthy Cooking 1 year, 10 months ago

Just what I needed!! Thanks a lot for sharing it with us! 🙂

khabrelyoum 1 year, 10 months ago

That’s what exactly i need that thanks you 🙂

Francesca - From Pennies to Pounds 1 year, 10 months ago

Good tips 🙂 I know 2 professional poker players, they earn so much and are always flying to Vegas!

David @ Thinking Thrifty 1 year, 10 months ago

I wish I had your natural talent for numbers, my poker skills are not quite so good! You’re right about being lazy investing, I keep putting it off, but after the news I’ve had about my ISA it’s all the motivation I need to start learning! Some great new ideas to make money online here too, thanks for sharing.

SevenFigureGoals 1 year, 10 months ago

This is a great post! Thanks for sharing! I’ve been looking for ways to increase my earnings potential on my own website. Thanks for the useful information!

Bart 1 year, 10 months ago

Thanks Ben for the good read. It looks like you guys at vtx have a special thing going. Keep it up. Like the new upgrades on the site as well!

Carol at Diagonal Oenophile 1 year, 10 months ago

What an insanely useful article! Thanks. I’ve heard about Swagbucks for awhile, but I think this is finally the impetus for me to try it. I would also add that a great thing to do is find underpriced things at thrift stores or on the street (ex. furniture) and turn it around on Ebay or Craigslist. I’ve sold a few things this way.

Froogal Stoodent 1 year, 9 months ago

Excellent advice–lots of great options here, including getting paid for that creepy digital tracking that everyone does…

Karen Ackerman 1 year, 7 months ago

Thank you so much Ben! I appreciate this so much as I’m a business owner but my business is seasonal and seriously need something that will work with my life plans. This is awesome and can’t wait to get started.

Regina 1 year, 5 months ago

Hi… Im not from the US so i want to know if the survey sites are also applicable for non-US participants. Thanks

Jeff Proctor 1 year, 5 months ago

It varies, but a lot of times you won’t know until you try to register. So I would recommend signing up for a bunch of sites!

Abigail 1 year, 2 months ago

Thank you so much for this blog! I’m a manager at chick-fil-a and just do not get paid enough to make it through life. I am getting ready get married next year and have begun to worrie about finances. My dream is publish my own book but in the mean time I have decided to start a blog and this has really helped.

Marie Madsen 1 year, 1 month ago

Thank you! Great ideas on different ways to make money from home. I was thinking of selilng stuff in amazon or eBay and probably working as a virtual assistant could be one.

AG 1 year, 1 month ago

How many options there is … good list !

Chiino 1 year, 17 days ago

Great tips! I was lucky to live with a blogger making decent money before I started my own. If you know the right products/services to promote and how to find sponsored post opportunities, you can make hundreds in your first few months, and it just snowballs from there

Melissa 1 year, 9 days ago

There are also shopping apps like ibotta, MobiSave, and checkout 21 that give you money back for shopping. And the Walmart app has a savings catcher feature where you take a picture of the barcode or upc at the bottom of your receipt and they search all surrounding store and if a lower price is found they give you the difference back. I have made about 50 bucks total from this app and 20-30 from things like ibotta.

Amanda Phillips 11 months, 12 days ago

This is a great list!

Martha 10 months, 28 days ago

I have been really disappointed with the survey gig. They underestimate the time they take to complete by like a third and often I find myself spending 10 minutes in what seems like a survey only to find out it’s a pre-survey qualifier, where it feels like I’m giving them so much personal information that I ought to be paid, but at the end of it I’m told I don’t qualify but the award like the equivalent of a penny or two to thank you for your time.

Natasha Evans 10 months, 18 days ago

I am a Survey Taker and Freelance Singer. I want to learn how to Freelance write but need direction as to where to start. I have a free Website I created on Contently but have no samples. Thanks for your help.

Jeff Proctor 10 months, 15 days ago

Have you started a profile on Upwork and applied to any projects? That is a really good place to start.

Onamika choity 10 months, 5 days ago

your post is really great and more effective. thanks a lot from this best idea

Kumud patel 9 months, 24 days ago

Hey very useful post all listed ways are very interesting.
I m working as freelancer from home and i m also earning some good money from taking survey.
Great work.
Have a nice day.

Kristin @ The Wayward Home 9 months, 14 days ago

Great tips, Ben! Super important to have multiple sources of income. I just started doing more freelance writing and its helping a lot 🙂

Ben Huber
Ben Huber 9 months, 14 days ago

For sure! I think that’s something Jeff and I have learned rather quickly is to definitely not put all your eggs in one basket. We had 1-2 affiliates that we promoted for the longest time that were by and large our main sources of income. We realized that if we lost even 1 of those affiliates we would be in for a huge world of hurt when it came to our monthly intake.

Lesson learned!

Dave @ Run The Money 8 months, 30 days ago

Hey Ben,

This is an excellent list and a great resource. I liked it so much that I included it in my round-up post on 200+ ways to make extra money:



Ben Huber
Ben Huber 8 months, 30 days ago

Thanks Dave! Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for including ours on your list.

Sarataylor1 8 months, 16 days ago

Such a good article. Amazing Tips which really work. Thanks for sharing this beautiful article for us. Keep it Up.

ryan 5 months, 29 days ago

Hey if u guys can just send me 10 grand, that’d be awesome. Thanks

Betty 3 months, 28 days ago

Participating in online surveys is a great and easy way to make online. Especially when you are home staying mum :))

KnowTheFirst 3 months, 16 days ago

Thanks for posting this article. Becoming a freelance writer is pretty simple however it takes some time to get good reputation on freelance websites. However, it’s definitely worth it.

Md rokibul islam 2 months, 4 days ago

Wow this is great post Thank you! for Great ideas on different ways to make money from home

Md. Abdus Samad 8 days ago

I want to earn income online from home. But how and how to work.

daniella flores 4 days ago

These are some great ways to make money at home! We actually just started thinking about Airbnb hosting out our extra rooms and looking into places we can rent and buy to possibly expand our Airbnb hosting opportunities. This is still a work in progress for us on the side of our other ‘hustles’.

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