Are you interested in making money at home, but are a tad skeptical about the numerous ads you see that report you can “earn thousands of dollars from the comforts of home”? Sure, there are plenty of jobs like these that are nothing more than scams, but there are also plenty of legitimate ways to make money from home. Here are seven genuine ways to make money without even leaving your house.
1. If you have a knack for crafts, put it to good use.
Sites, such as Etsy, allow crafters to market their products to customers all over the world. From party decorations to edibles, such as handmade suckers and cake pops, you can sell almost anything on Etsy. Are you an expert at making gorgeous handcrafted jewelry, knitting blankets and mittens, enjoy putting together unique gift boxes, or refinishing furniture? These are all items that sell particularly well on Etsy.
Yes, it takes effort because there is plenty of competition, so you will want to research the products you are planning to sell and examine how you can make yours stand out from the crowd, as well as make certain you have great photographs of your items, and commit to doing whatever is necessary to ensure your Etsy shop succeeds.
2. If you have some serious sewing and alteration skills, you could be in high demand.
If you can do everything from alter a wedding dress to sew curtains, pillows, and custom bedding, your services are likely to be needed by a number of people. Keep in mind that to succeed in this line of work, you will need to be a true expert that people can trust with their favorite clothing, as well as have access to top quality equipment, including a sewing machine, serge machine, and perhaps a drapery steamer.
To advertise your services, invest in business cards, put up fliers around town, get to know employees in local fabric stores that will recommend you to anyone who comes in looking for your services, and set up a basic website that outlines what you can do, as well as gives reader a look at what type of prices to expect.
3. If you have an amazing skill that others want to learn, teach a class from home.
Are you fluent in Spanish, French, or Mandarin? Perhaps, you are an accomplished musician, yoga instructor, or even candle maker? There are plenty of people who are interested in learning these things as well. However, this will take careful planning. For example, you will need to assess your schedule and determine when you can fit in a class at the same time every week. You also need to consider who your clients are most likely to be. For example, if you are teaching Spanish, you may find that several of your clients are students in need of tutoring. Obviously, you wouldn’t want to offer your services during school hours.
To get started, it’s important to tell everyone you know about your plan. Word of mouth is an excellent way to establish a client base. In addition, consider posting fliers around town, in supermarkets, and on school bulletin boards. It is also a good idea to set up a website. This ensures that if someone in your area is doing an online search they will be able to find you.
4. If you are constantly complimented for your baking, sell your muffins, cakes, cookies, etc.
If you are one of those people who have spectacular baking skills, there is definitely a market for your services. From moms and dads in need of original birthday cakes to weekly office meetings that prefer a fresh assortment of muffins, you would be amazed how often people end up looking for these types of services. This is especially true if you also have outstanding decorating skills. Let’s face it. Decorating a cake is a talent that most people simply will never have, no matter how hard they try. If you can do it, put it to good use.
To get started, meet with local wedding planners or dress shops and ask if you can put your card in their store. It is a good idea to have pictures of previous cakes, as well as samples for them to taste. You can also ask local daycares, pre-K programs, and Mother’s Day Out programs if you can place fliers in their centers. These are the ideal places to reach parents who are looking for an absolutely spectacular cake for their child’s upcoming party.
5. Consider freelance writing.
Today, there are numerous websites and job boards where individuals and companies post ads looking for freelance writers. If this is something you are interested in, be aware that you will likely need a few samples to get started. It can also take time to truly get going, but by only providing the highest quality, original work in the agreed upon time frame, you are likely to build up a client base that will eventually ensure jobs are rolling in at a steady pace.
6. Online surveys can generate some much needed income.
While survey companies will not pay nearly as well as the ideas discussed above, they can still help you make money. Best of all, you can do them pretty much any time of day or night, such as when you are watching TV, sitting at the doctor’s office, or even waiting in line for your child to get out of school.
7. Get involved in website testing.
User Testing is a company that pays up to $10 for every 20 minute session you complete. After joining, you will be asked to visit certain websites or apps and follow the directions. It’s really quite easy and there is no limit as to how much or how little you do it. You can do it in your free time and make a good bit of money.
There are a surprising number of options available today for anyone who wants to legitimately earn money from home. Using the ideas discussed above, you can begin to successfully work from the comforts of home.