There are many opportunities out there to generate additional income on top of your 9-5 job. These working from home jobs and side hustles are easy to start and have the potential to provide you with a significant stream of passive income. Not only that, they can even help you retire much earlier from your day job so that you can work on your own time and at your own pace.
While I’m not planning on quitting my day job right now, earning passive income from some of these legitimate online hustles and side businesses have improved my finances significantly.
ADVANTAGES OF WORKING FROM HOME
A few years ago, I would never have thought that just working from home could pay your bills, help you save/invest for retirement, provide multiple streams of passive income, help you stop living from paycheck to paycheck, and help you reach financial freedom!
Today, I see working from home as a realistic way to achieve all these goals and more!
Some of the work from home jobs in this article can easily make you up to $100,000 per year (or, even every month!). If you put in the effort to learn from those who are already making it big, these gigs can set you up for great financial success.
So, what are some of the benefits of working from home?
1. You are in Control
How much you make on a monthly basis is directly up to you. You can choose to put in just enough effort to make an extra $2,000/month, or up to $100,000+/month. There is no ceiling on how much you can earn.
2. Greater Comfort
You can choose your work schedule and when you want to sleep and wake up. Some of these gigs can be done from the comfort of your couch, in a home office, at the beach, on your bed while in your pyjamas, etc.
3. More Time With Family
When you work from the comfort of your home office, you have time to interact with family and friends.
4. Save Money
Working from home means you do not need to commute to a work location, thereby saving money on transportation costs. And, there’s no need to spend on expensive suits and work clothes.
5. Pay Off Debt
When you can earn extra income from working from home, you can pay off debt, do that home renovation, save more for retirement, splurge on yourself (all those guilty pleasures), take the vacations you have always wanted, and more.
6. Increased Productivity:
You can be more productive in running your own business and seeing results. The drive for success is high since this is your business and you take credit for all outcomes.
What are the best ways to earn while working from home?
Here are some of the easy-to-start legitimate work from home jobs and side hustles you can start today to start making real money!
a. START A BLOG
As simple as this sounds, starting a blog can make you lots of money and does not cost a lot to set up. In fact, you can set one up right now for as low as $3.95/month.
How much can you earn from your blog? A lot! Anywhere from a $10,000+/month (like this blog) to as high as $100,000 every month (like this blog by Michelle from Making Sense of Cents).
Want to get started and start earning right now, I have made it easy for you to do so with this full guide on how to start your blog today. click here
2. COMPLETE SURVEYS FROM YOUR COUCH
Online paid surveys can pay you up to $300 per month if you register for the right ones and are active on them. While you will likely not hit the jackpot with paid surveys and earn thousands of dollars, the extra money can go towards paying down debt or your monthly bills.
These ones I recommend are FREE to join, provide multiple ways to earn, and most importantly, they will pay. Some of my favorite ones include:
i. Swagbucks: You earn when you answer surveys, shop online, search the web, watch videos, and more. When it is time to redeem your earnings, you can choose either cash or free gift cards e.g. from Amazon, Starbucks, and Walmart.
ii. Survey Junkie(Canada) and Survey Junkie(U.S.): Survey Junkie offers users lots of paid surveys on a daily basis.
iii. Pinecone Research (Canada) and Pinecone Research (U.S.): Earn $3 to $5 per survey with this site
IV. Daily Rewards(Canada): You receive a $5 bonus on sign-up. Get paid to take surveys, watch videos and read emails.
V. Ipsos i-Say: This rewards site is managed by the global market research company, Ipsos. Start earning rewards you can redeem for free gift cards and cash.
vi. Opinion Outpost(Canada and the U.S.): This site offers opportunities to earn money by taking surveys, testing products, cash giveaways, and referring friends. When it is time to redeem your rewards, you can choose either cash (via PayPal) or free gift cards.
vii. Inbox Dollars (U.S.): Join to get a $5 welcome bonus.
3. BECOME A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT
Virtual assistants or VA’s help individuals and businesses to complete tasks remotely or ‘virtually.’ The opportunities for VA’s have exploded in recent times because most small businesses are now online and they need people to manage administrative tasks for them, including, managing their emails, writing content or editing their website, monitoring and managing their social media profiles, bookkeeping, and more.
As a virtual assistant, you work from home and all you need is a computer and internet connection.
How much do Virtual Assistants get paid? Anywhere from $25 to $75 per hour. Your pay is dependent on your skills and services you are able to provide.
4. BECOME A PET SITTER OR WALK DOGS
If you love animals, this is an awesome way to make some dollars on the side.
Rover offers pet sitters and dog walkers an opportunity to work on their own schedule and easily earn $1,000+ per month. Some of the opportunities available include:
- Dog boarding
- Dog walking
- Dog daycare
- Drop-ins, and more!
Their app makes your dog-sitting business easy peasy. They also protect your services up to $1 million and provide 24/7 support.
5. START SELLING ON AMAZON
Selling items on Amazon has never been easier. One popular strategy is to find a product that is selling for cheap elsewhere and then sell it on Amazon at a higher price. Even better, you leave most of the logistics to Amazon to deal with, in what is popularly known as FBA (Fulfilled by Amazon). They do the packing and shipping for you!
If you are a deal finder, this gig is perfect for you! Jessica from The Selling Family is just one of many others who routinely make six-figure incomes selling on Amazon
6. GET PAID TO SHOP
You can earn money without doing anything new – simply using apps that pay you back every time you do your normal shopping!
Some of these cash-back sites will pay you as much as 40% of your purchase amount back and no work is required from you – NO clipping of coupons!!
My favorite cash back sites include:
i. Checkout 51: This is one of the best apps to earn cash back when you purchase groceries. I have received cash-back offers as high as 35%. Withdrawing your cash reward is easy once your balance reaches $20. Checkout 51 is available in the U.S. and Canada.
ii. Paymi: This is a cash back app similar to Drop, however, it’s only available in Canada. The app automatically credits your account with cash back when you shop at participating stores. You can easily redeem your cash back using Interace-Transfer.
iii. Drop: The Drop app pays you whenever you shop at five of your chosen retailers and restaurants. Simply link up your card and anytime you shop, the app automatically tracks it and rewards you with points you can redeem for hundreds of gift cards including Starbucks, Amazon, Gap, Old Navy, Harvey’s, The Keg, Lululemon, Sephora, Chapters Indigo, iTunes, Swiss Chalet, Cineplex, Groupon, and more.
iv. Rakuten (Ebates): I use this cash-back app a lot when shopping at my favorite online store (Amazon). Rakuten pays cash-back for purchases you make from over 2,000 popular stores. All you need to do is sign-up below (+bonus gift), visit the store of your choice using Rakuten, and get your cash-back.
v. Caddle (Canada): Earn when you shop for groceries and also for taking surveys and watching videos.
vi. TopCashback: This cash-back website pays you when you shop at over 4,380 stores and is known as the “most generous cashback rebates site.”
Other cash-back apps that are worth joining include:
vii. Swagbucks: Earn when you shop, complete surveys, play games, watch videos, and more.
viii. MyPoints (U.S.): Get paid to shop at more than 1,900 stores. Get a free $10 bonus after you make your first purchase of $20 or more online.
7. BECOME A FREELANCE WRITER
Freelance writing jobs are plentiful and can supply you with a regular stream of income. Websites, blogs, and businesses need people to write for them and they are willing to pay.
How much can a freelance writer earn? Beginner freelance writers earn anywhere from $25 to $100 per article (500 to 1,000 words). As you become more experienced and land bigger writing jobs, your earnings soar through the roof.
Note that you do not need a university degree in journalism or a college degree at all to make money writing. As long as you enjoy writing and are willing to learn, this gig can make you money. As per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, freelance writers earned a mean of $97,300 per year (or $46.78 per hour) in 2011.
8. WORK AS A TRANSCRIPTIONIST
A transcriptionist is someone who converts audio into written words. You can become a transcriptionist if you are:
- An attentive listener
- Fast and accurate at typing
- Good at grammar
- Good at multi-tasking and managing your time
As a transcriptionist, you can work part/full time from the comfort of your home. Depending on your skill level and educational background, you can simply work as a general transcriptionist, or specialize in niches like legal or medical transcription.
How much do Transcriptionists get paid? Transcriptionists get paid $15 to $25 per hour. Those who transcribe medical and legal stuff earn more on average.
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