As a single stay-at-home-mom, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know the myriad of ways in which to earn extra income from home, which I’ve done for the past 18 years! Here are my top 10 favorites.
1) Sell stuff around the house on eBay
Most people have no idea how much clutter, cough cough, I mean, priceless heirlooms, they have laying around the house. If you’re not using it, why not put that money in your saving account? This is how I look at it. Everything in your home has two price tags on it. What it’s worth to you…and what it’s worth to someone else. Many times, we overprice our own stuff. But, there are lots of times where things sitting around the house can fetch us some good money.
Here’s a great example…
This spring as I was de-cluttering my home, I found a children’s board game that I wanted to sell. Of course before I donate or sell anything, I always check eBay. The board game itself, as a complete deal went for $15 on eBay. Not good in my opinion, considering I’d have to spend about $8-$10 to ship it, then add 16% eBay/Paypal fees, and I’m looking at a whopping $2.60 profit. Not really worth the time.
Now being on eBay so long, I also know to search out replacement parts. You see, in many cases, you actually make MORE selling replacements parts than the item as a complete set. Totally weird, I know, but it’s true.
So, I searched and sure enough, I could make $35 by splitting it up. I made 5 small lots and made about $25 in profits.
$25 for one single board game = totally worth my time.
So, the next time you are searching for eBay for some things to sell, keep in the back of your mind that many times, splitting up your item, may just fetch you a much prettier penny!
Really, I’ve seen all kinds of things sell on eBay. I’m sure you have some old textbooks or books laying around that may be worth some money.
Half.com is great for selling books. I’ve seen people sell melted snow for thousands, I’ve seen large 3″ dust bunnies sell for $10. I’ve seen coffee mugs and old plates go for upwards of $50. Why I’ve even seen someone take apart an old mattress and sell the inner springs, a set of 10 for $30! The rarer the item is, the more money you can get. Be creative; let your imagination go wild and research everything first.
2) Affiliate Marketing
This is a super quick way to make cash. Simply share with your friends the things that you love. Two of my favorite companies are ePantry and Ebates. Both companies give you $10 and your friend gets $10 each and every single time. This adds up super quickly! As you can from my account screenshot below, I’ve earned $1,943.33 from Ebates thus far (I’ve been with them for a few years now) and if you get into referrals, you can earn a LOT more (I earned $2,000 this quarter JUST in referral bonuses from Ebates!). It’s DEFINITELY worth your time to sign up. You earn cash back on all your purchases as well. If you tend to forget to go through Ebates before shopping online, I like to stick a post-it note to my computer so I always remember. Once you get past $1k, trust me, you’ll start remembering! LOL.
Having trouble finding affiliate programs to join? I hear ya! You can spend weeks searching for different affiliate products to recommend and make money on OR you can click here to get my free eBook, Huge Affiliate Products Resource List for Lifestyle Bloggers!
Buy for less and sell for more. This is pretty common and one of my least favorite ways to make money because it is so time consuming, but it seems to be pretty popular, so I will include it. However, if your strapped for cash, you can even go to Craigslist and find curb alerts, get the free stuff, fix it up and sell it. The possibilities are endless. You can restore old furniture. You can sell clothing, toys, repair vacuums, anything really. Anything you can get for a cheaper price, sell it for fair market value, you profit. It’s as simple as that.
4) Monetize your skills
Maybe you can type 65 wpm like me. Maybe you’re really good at English grammar and can proofread. Maybe you have a knack for fixing computer issues, setting up WordPress blogs. Maybe you love creating beautiful pictures on photo editing software. Whatever it is that you like to do and your good at, you can monetize. A couple of the sites to use for this are Fiverr and Odesk. Check out this seller on Fiverr who paid off his student loans with money he made on the site!
5) Sell your photos
6) Sell handmade items on Etsy
Do you like to sew? Maybe you create clay sculptures. Whatever you hand make, you can sell on Etsy. A friend of mine makes purses and sells them on Etsy and at craft fairs. Especially around Christmas-time, craft fairs can make good money!
7) Write posts and reviews for cash
If you love to write, you can submit articles on Examiner.com. I know a couple who makes $300/month solely writing articles, posts, and reviews for the site. There are a lot of other places to make money writing posts. You can get involved in Facebook groups for VA’s and find jobs, assignments, and even steady blogs to write for!
8) Survey Companies – List of Top 25 Best
Did you know that when a company is wanting to release a new product, they hire companies, who hire you, to test the products and/or give them feedback for your opinions! There are MANY scammer survey companies out there, please be advised. One of my favorite survey companies is Pinecone Research. I was with them for a good 7 years before stopping last year. It is hard to get into their database, so if you ever see their name in an ad, join right away. (UPDATE: CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for Male (get hubby to join), Hispanic, African American, are between the ages of 18-24, or live in Canada! HURRY!)
Other legitimate companies (not the whole list of course, there are literally thousands of companies, but these are the top 25 best):
- American Consumer Opinion
- Global Test Market
- Harris Poll Online
- Inbox Dollars
- VIP Voice
- Insta GC
- Survey Spot
- Send Earnings
- My Points
- Vindale Research
- Opinion Outpost
- Bzz Agent
- Gift Hulk
- Ipsos I-Say
- Pinecone Research – best survey company on the planet (hiring NOW!)
- FusionCash (similar to SwagBucks)
9) Sell on Craigslist
Craigslist is like an online yard sale. There are so many things you can sell on there. You can purchase things on Craigslist to sell or even get things for free in the free section. I used to refinish old furniture and make quite a lot doing this. You can also check out places like Slickdeals, eBay, or yard sales and resell on Craigslist. Pretty soon I’ll have an entire post dedicated to just selling on Craigslist and will link it when it’s complete!
10) Become a Mystery Shopper
Like taking surveys, you won’t get rich quick, but you can make some quick cash. The average you make is approx. $10-$25 and you get to keep what you purchase through MarketForce.
11) Start a Blog
This is #11, because it cannot be considered an EASY way to make money. There is a lot of time and energy that goes into blogging. However, I CAN tell you that within my first year of blogging, I was making $10k/month income (no joke). It has most definitely changed my family’s life! Not easy, no, but it sure is a fantastic way to go and as time goes on, will become more and more popular, so best to get in now!!!
If you think that blogging might be the path for you, here are a couple fantastic articles that can help:
- My step by step VIDEO tutorial for how to start up a blog, so that you are confident in knowing how to do the techy stuff to begin
- 47 Reasons to Start a Blog, to see if it’s right for you
- How to Start a Money Making Blog, a guide to help walk you through some of the big decisions when starting up a blog and what you’ll need to know
- How I Made $10,015 Last Month Blogging (Income Report), seriously, it’s great income if you are persistent and work hard.
- How to Make $10,000/month Online Blogging – no experience needed
- How I started Making $10,000/month My First Year Blogging, article on everything from start to finish, step by step, everything you’ll need to know to run a fantastic, profit-making blog.
Would you like to know more in detail about how I make money from home? If so, let me know in the comments HOW and what platform you’d like to learn about. Would you like to learn how to sell on eBay, how to resell, how to make money blogging, make money from surveys. How can I help you achieve your goals? If there’s enough interest, I’d love to teach more in detail how I do it and have been making money from home for 18 years!!