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Want to make money from home? No matter if you’re a stay-at-home parent, a college student with some free time, or stuck in quarantine, at least one of these methods should work for you!

I’ve organized your options based on effort level and potential reward. Now go get inspired and make some money!

Higher effortLower Effort
Higher RewardVirtual Assistant
Freelance Writer and Medium
YouTube Channel
Blog
Podcast
Etsy Printables
Reselling clothes
Selling used nicer items
Pinterest Affiliate Links
Survey Sites
Sports Prediction Apps
Lower RewardRedbubble
Survey Sites
Selling old clothes
Pinterest Affiliate Links
Sports Prediction Apps
Survey Sites
Cash Back Programs

Lower Effort, Higher Reward

Let’s face it, this is the ideal way to make money. Just be warned, each of these options has some drawbacks.

Pinterest Affiliate Links (High Commission, High Price)

Did you know you can pin affiliate links directly to Pinterest? When someone clicks on your link and makes a purchase, you make a commission!

ShareASale is a very popular affiliate network that allows you to pin your link directly onto Pinterest. ShareASale has over 3,900 affiliate programs for you to choose from!

Another popular choice is ShopStyle Collective, which as you may have guessed, is all about clothes.

If you promote more expensive items or items with a high commission rate, this could make you a nice side income.

Be sure to disclose that it’s an affiliate link by adding #ad or #affiliate. Also, double check that the image you are pinning isn’t a copyright infringement.

Do some research on Pinterest SEO (Seach Engine Optimization) and strategy to help this method work for you.

Here’s a post about how this whole process works.

Survey Sites

Almost every article I’ve read includes survey sites as an “easy” way to make money from home. I haven’t found that to be the case for me, but it may work out better for you.

Just note that while I say “higher” reward I’m not talking about replacing any sort of job. Survey sites can help support a coffee addiction but not an actual job.

Personally, I’ve tried Swagbucks and American Consumer Opinion.

On Swagbucks, you earn Swagbucks (SB) with 1 SB being the equivalent of .01 USD. You can earn SB through surveys, watching videos, searching on the internet (if you install the Swagbutton), and many other options. I’ve only used the survey option which has been frustrating because I have gotten rejected from almost every survey I’ve tried to qualify for.

Sports Predictions Apps

Do you know a lot about sports? Do you consider yourself a lucky person? Then consider downloading popular sports predictions apps like Fox Super 6 and NBC Sports Predictor.

It’s highly unlikely you will make significant money from these apps (I’ve only made $1.65) but if you do get lucky, the rewards are amazing.

It’s very low effort, just enter your predictions for the coming week’s game (they cover many sports) and hope for the best.

I personally only know actual stats about the NFL so everything else has been a random guess. If you are a sports fanatic in general, maybe you will be luckier than me.

Lower Effort, Lower Reward

Unfortunately, most of the above options can end up here.

Pinterest Affiliate Links (Low Commission, Low Price)

Pinterest affiliate links aren’t guaranteed to make you good money, even if you get a lot of sales. If the items you choose have a low commission rate or are lower priced, you won’t make as much.

Cash Back Programs

Even though you aren’t actually making money, I think cash back programs are worth including.

The best part of cash back programs is that you don’t need to change anything about your life! Keep buying what you usually buy, except through websites like Rakuten (formerly Ebates), Swagbucks, or Ibotta.

Personally, Ibotta wasn’t worth it for me because they grocery items they had deals on weren’t brands or items I wanted to buy. Instead for groceries, my family is part of the Shopper’s Club at Wegmans which gives us a discount on certain items. If you live near a Wegmans there’s no reason not to be a part of Shopper’s Club!

Another option I’ve heard about is GetUpside, which lets you earn cashback on gas, and some restaurants. However, places in your area have to partner with GetUpside for you to use it. The only place in the entire Rochester area that has partnered with GetUpside is Boston Market so that was disappointing.

Here’s a helpful article on setting up GetUpside.

A similar app that I’ve used is GasBuddy. This app allows you to earn cashback on gas. They also show you the cheapest gas prices in your area, which can be especially helpful on road trips if you don’t know the area.

Swagbucks and Rakuten are pretty similar where you earn cash back on certain online purchases. You need to purchase the item through either Swagbucks or Rakuten to get the cash back.

One last cash-back program is Honey. Honey is a free browser extension that automatically finds and applies the best coupons to use when you are online shopping! Certain stores will reward you with Honey Gold. Once you reach 1000 Gold, you can redeem it for a $10 gift card to certain stores.

Referral Programs

Many of the programs mentioned earlier have referral programs where you earn a reward for getting friends or family to sign up.

  • Swagbucks: If you refer someone to Swagbucks, you will earn 10% of that person’s Swagbucks (SB) for as long as their account is active. There’s also a 300 SB Bonus if your referral earns 300 SB within their first 30 days. Also, if your referral installs the Swagbutton, you will earn a 100 SB Bonus.
  • Honey: If you refer someone to Honey and they earn Honey Gold on a purchase, you will receive 500 Honey Gold for yourself.
  • Rakuten: If you refer someone to Rakuten, they must make a purchase of at least $25 within a year and you will receive $25. Your referral will also earn $10 so everybody wins!

Sports Predictions Apps

Unfortunately, most likely the use of sports predictions apps fits best in this category. It’s really easy to submit your predictions on apps like Fox Sports Super 6 and NBC Sports Predictor, and it’s also really easy to be totally wrong.

Higher Effort, Higher Reward

Virtual Assistant

If you’re interested in something that’s a real job, and not a side hustle, becoming a virtual assistant may be a good option to earn money at home!

There are a lot of different types of virtual assistant jobs, the most common one I’ve heard of is working for a blogger.

The blogger Gathering Dreams has a great article on different types of virtual assistant jobs.

Freelance Writing

If you consider yourself good at writing, freelance work may be a great choice for you!

I don’t know much about this but Elna Cain has been a freelance writer for over 5 years and has an extensive article covering pretty much everything you’d need to know before starting.

The website Medium is a good option to get started making money at home from writing because it’s free to join and you can get paid when paying Medium subscribers read your article. To make the most out of Medium, you should submit your articles to a relevant publication, which if accepted, your article will have a much wider readership.

Youtuber Shelby Church has an informative video on how to make money on Medium and she interviews two successful Medium writers. While she herself wasn’t successful in this video, she later posted an update where she did get accepted to a couple publications and one of her articles was “curated” which means Medium displayed it on the home page, so she ended up making close to

Online Tutoring

Online tutoring is a great option to make money from home, especially for college students. Many sites I’ve seen are looking for people to tutor K-12 students and since college students have recently been in the school system, they should hopefully have a good idea of what’s going on.

One good option for college students is GoPeer which exclusively hires college students.

Other options include

There are also services where you can earn money for submitting your class notes such as Study Soup. This honestly doesn’t feel super ethical to me because professors can claim copyright over their lecture materials.

The College Investor has a great synopsis of tutoring options.

Blog

If you are decent at writing, good at learning new things, and have the determination to do it, blogging could make you some serious money!

Blogs most often earn money through ads, affiliate links, sponsored posts, and the selling of their own products or services.

It’s not going to be easy to earn a significant amount of money from your blog, but once you start getting a steady stream of traffic, you could be generating passive income without doing any extra work.

If starting a blog sounds like a daunting task there are so many helpful guides out there.

If you want to make money off your blog, it’s essential that you are self-hosted so you own all your content and don’t have to follow the strict rules and regulations of free platforms.

After some research, I chose SiteGround as my hosting platform and bought my domain name through NameCheap. SiteGround has better site speed than it’s competitor, Bluehost. Also, SiteGround has a student plan for only $1.99/month for your first year!

YouTube Channel

Another option that includes more hard work, but can provide you with passive income down the line is a YouTube channel.

YouTube channels make money primarily through ads on their videos with Google AdSense once you reach their requirements. You can also make money through sponsorships, affiliate links in the video description box, and recommending your own products.

It’s completely free to start a YouTube channel and if you have a phone with a decent camera you can film with that and edit with free software such as iMovie, or even Windows Movie Maker.

Reselling Clothes/Selling your own nice clothes

Reselling clothes to make money can take a couple different forms. Sometimes people buy large amounts of limited edition clothing (Ex: Supreme or sale items at a nice store) and resell it for a profit. This takes a lot of dedication to make sure you are able to grab some stuff before anyone else. This can also work really well with popular sneakers.

This method isn’t always truly making money from home, although if you exclusively shop online, then you are all set.

A different approach is to thrift clothes, fix them up, and resell them online. With the current obsession over “vintage” style clothes, people, especially teenage girls, are willing to buy thrifted clothes for a higher price.

If you are especially talented with sewing, you could do a “thrift flip” to really transform what you find at the thrift store.

Finally, if you already own higher-end clothing but don’t want it anymore, you can get some of your money back by selling it online. The Real Real is a luxury consignment store that’s both online and in-person (in NYC).

ThredUp also has a service, called LUXE where you can consign luxury items by mailing them in.

If you’re reading this, you probably don’t own a surplus of luxury items, but I thought I’d include this just in case.

Podcast

Similar to a YouTube channel and a blog, podcasts require a decent amount of effort and can take time to show results.

If you want to be successful in the podcast world and don’t already have a following somewhere else, don’t expect to make any money talking about your daily life.

If you know a lot about something or are willing to do the research, an informational podcast could be a successful venture. People want their problems to be solved or to become informed.

You can start a podcast for free with Anchor. They distribute your podcast for free to on so many different platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. They also help provide you with sponsored ad reads which can make you money if you have enough listeners (generally need around 1,000 downloads to make any money).

Shelby Church has a really detailed video on how people make money off of podcasts and interviews people with drastically different amounts of downloads.

You could combine podcasting with a YouTube channel by posting videos of your recording session or extra related content. This way you can also earn Google AdSense money.

Your podcast could also be in conjunction with a blog you run, which would be a second source of income.

You could use a YouTube channel, blog, or podcast to drive traffic to one or the other, which in turn should generate more money for you.

Etsy Printables

If you are good at graphic design, or are willing to learn, creating an Etsy shop may be a great choice to make relatively passive income.

Etsy has an instant digital download feature where when a customer purchases a digital file, they can immediately download it to their computer and print it out.

Adobe Illustrator is great for designing literally anything, and if you are a college (or even a high school) student you probably have access to it through your school.

Another option is Canva, which offers a free and a pro version. I’ve been using the free version and it’s been really useful if I don’t want to get all complicated with Adobe Illustrator. They have so many different templates, from posters and greeting cards, to logos and newsletters.

However, if you want to sell Canva templates, you have to be on the paid pro version.

Home page of Canva

Here are some great articles for ideas of what to sell and how to do it.

Etsy is a very saturated marketplace so you’ll most likely have to put in a lot of effort to get enough sales to make money.

Higher Effort, Lower Reward

Survey Sites

Unfortunately, the use of survey sites will most likely land in this category. There are so many surveys out there and each one is looking for a specific target demographic. Depending on your demographic, you may not qualify for that many surveys.

Some surveys also take a long time and the worst ones take a long time just to decide if they want you to continue and then just kick you out after 10 minutes of answering questions. It may not be practical or useful to spend your time on surveys when you could be doing other work that will be guaranteed money.

Redbubble

Are you an artistic person? Consider selling your artwork online at Redbubble. You create the art, which usually takes a decent amount of effort, which is why I listed it in this category. Redbubble does everything else: printing, shipping, billing, etc. so you don’t have to leave your home whatsoever to make money.

However, the competition on Redbubble is very high and the profit margins are pretty low. You can set your own profit margins but if your items are significantly more expensive than others, you can bet people will reconsider.

Selling Old Clothes

There are many options for selling your old clothes and they really vary in effort. While this isn’t truly making money from home if you go out to a thrift store, there are still online options if you can’t/don’t want to leave your house.

  • Local consignment stores: This is probably the easiest option but it does require you to leave your house. You bring your (clean!) old clothes in and they decide which ones they would like to buy from you. Usually it’s not a lot of money and they can be very picky so you might have to try multiple stores. Plato’s Closet is a popular option.
  • ThredUp: Order a “clean out kit” from ThredUp and fill it up with all your new or gently used clothes that you’d like to donate. Then you send it back to them and if they take the items and they sell, you will get paid a portion of that. I have heard both good and bad reviews about ThredUp including stories of them never sending back unsold clothes or not paying people.
  • Reselling Apps: Apps like Poshmark and Depop allow you to sell your clothes online. You have to photograph, package, and ship them which can be a hassle.

I hope this helped you find a new way to make some extra money! Comment down below any other ideas you may have!

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