If you’re reading this, you may be wondering how so many people got so lucky not to have to be subject to long commutes only to be cooped up on an office or cubicle for hours.
Well, you’re in luck because we’ve brought you 20 legit ways to make money online from the comfort of your home.
1. Sell your talent(s)
Perhaps you’re a painter, musician, graphics designer, voice over artist or web developer. Maybe you even own several talents that you deem marketable.
Fiverr.com is a micro freelancing site that allows you to market your talents to those who may need your services. Simply set up a free profile, and pitch away. You can set your own rates and hours, and you keep 80 percent of what you make.
2. Sell Professional Services On Upwork
Much Fiverr, Upwork is a site that caters to freelancers with a variety of professional services to offer. However, before you think that you will land a gig on the first day, think again. Upwork is built on a rating system, that you will need to build in order to get hired. And it doesn’t matter if you’ve been working in your field for years.
On Upwork, everyone starts at the bottom and moves their way up — yes even those doing the hiring. At the end of each job, you should be given a rating that will help you build your credibility so you can get more and higher paying jobs if you do well. Likewise, you will be able to rate your “employer” for based on how he or she was to work with.
Patience, persistence, and good, hard work are key to finding success on Upwork.
Perhaps you had a blog years ago, but got frustrated with the lack of revenue you were generating. Well, times have changed, and blogs are actually generating income known as passive income.
You will need to find a niche, promote yourself and your blog on social media intensively, and have a lot of patience, persistence, grit and the ability to work a lot of hours, but many professionals like Pat Flyn of smartpassiveincome.com say that it’s well worth it in the longrun.
4. Rent Your Home On AirBnB
Are you someone who likes to travel, but would like to earn funds to do so?. Why let your spacious home go to waste while you’re away?
AirBnB allows you to lease or rent your home to travelers while you are away, letting you earn income from the comfort of your hotel room, villa or as you sail the open sea.
5. Sell your stuff
Accumulating stuff is a natural part of life, or so it seems. Whether it’s clothing, furniture, exercise equipment or electronics, it is likely that a good portion of your stuff sits unused when it can be earning you some cold, hard cash.
And unlike the “olden days,” you don’t have to wait until it’s your neighborhood’s turn to put together a yard sale to get money for it. With sites like Ebay and even neighborhood Facebook yard sale groups, you can post your stuff for thousands to fight over while you reap the monetary rewards.
6. Write Articles For Other Sites
Maybe you have a knack for writing, but don’t want to promote yourself on your own blog or social media site. Many writer find that writing for other sites allows them the chance to have a voice without being self promoting or needing to do all of the business/networking footwork that comes with having your own site.
And while you won’t need to spend time promoting yourself, you will need to take time writing query letters, pitching ideas to different sites, and doing this several times over. But, if you build relationships with editors and businesses, then you have a higher likelihood of getting regular work.
7. Make money online with Swagbucks
Money doesn’t always come in the form of cash that you can hold in your hand or see on your bank statement. Sometimes it comes by way of gift cards that you can use the same as cash.
Swagbucks is a free site where you sign up to earn points for answering surveys, watching entertaining videos, shopping online, and more. Many “Swagers” save their points to get large giftcard amounts (of their choice), then spend them online while earning even more Swagbucks through the Shop and Earn program.
8. Help Nielsen make a better internet
Nielsen is best known for its TV ratings, but lately it has been paying consumers money to help improve the internet. Yes, in addition to TV, the goal of Nielsen is to “learn more about people watch, listen to, and buy, as well as what they do online.”
All you need to do is sign up for free, download and keep the app, and fill out our surveys. Oh, and get paid.
9. Watch videos via Inbox Dollars
If you find yourself spending a good amount of time watching TV during the day, why not earn money doing it?
Inbox Dollars pays you to watch videos. The only catch is that you will also be asked to watch ads, simply because it is the advertising sales that generates money to pay you. If you want to earn additional income, you can also sign up to take surveys, play games, shop, do offers and more.
10. Get paid to find coupons
Using coupons is a great way to save money. But, what if we told you that those coupons could be worth real bucks, and not the type that merely show as discounts off your grocery bill?
CouponChief will actually pay you for sharing your best coupon with other CouponChief. Just upload your working online and printable coupons, and you get credited 2% of the sale of your coupons.
While it may be a little, over time it can add up to a lot.
11. Get paid to lose weight
Every year, millions of people make a resolve to lose weight and begin a healthy lifestyle. Sadly, a large portion of them give up on those goals. Maybe if they had a little extra incentive — like money — then more would keep on the path to a healthier life.
This is why companies like HealthyWage an DietBet were set up. Both companies pay you for being healthy. The only catch is that you do pay to join simply by placing a bet You place a bet using your own money. If you hit your target weight loss, then you win the bet and you get paid. If you don’t meet your goal, you lose the money.
A pretty good motivator if you ask us!
12. Become a (mock) juror
Are you the one in a million who opens the a mailbox each day in hopes that you will be called to jury duty? Do you watch “12 Angry Men” on the daily, and identify with Pauly Shore on the movie, “Jury Duty?”
If you do, you may just want to try eJury.com. eJury has online Mock Juries and Focus Groups composed of people like you that help attorneys determine prepare for situations they may face at trial.
The best par? You get paid.
13. Work from home as a nurse
Being a nurse is a rewarding career simply because you get to help people. However, it is a job with long hours away from home that can often take its toll. This is why many nurses have found opportunities like Fonemed that allows professionally registered nurses to work from home providing triage and medical information over the phone.
14. Become a professional mystery shopper
If you’ve ever worked in retail or for any corporation for that matter, you know very well what mystery shoppers are, and you fear them daily. You memorize your welcome script, make sure to provide the highest of service because you never know who that mystery shopper is who might get you canned.
Well, here’s your chance to instill the same fear in young workers because companies like MysteryShop.org, Best Mark, Market Force and IntelliShop allow people like you the opportunity to do your (picky) shopping and make money, too. And in case you were wondering where the online part comes in, these companies allow you to shop and give feedback from your very own home.
15. Translate your bilingual ability into money
Knowing multiple languages can come in handy in many situations, one of them being a translator for companies who need them.
Proz.com is one of these companies that pays you to translate documents, files, conversations and anything else that requires a translator. If you are comfortable in more than one language. use this skill to make some decent money.
16. Take pictures on your phone
If you have a smartphone, there is a high likelihood that you are taking pictures everyday, simply because you can. Just look at Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat; they are full of pictures people have taken with their phones.
Sure, it’s fun to get “likes” from family, friends and even strangers, but what if those likes came in the form of cash?
Yep, on Foap.com, you can sell/license your pics to be sold as stock photos. Every time someone buys one of your pictures, you make $5. This can add up quickly, especially if you have a pic or pictures that get purchases several times over.
17. Scan your groceries at home
You go to the store, bring your stuff home, and place that bar-code away, out of site, only to be thrown away once you use your item. But did you know that your barcode could be worth actual money very, or at the very least, get you some free stuff?
Yup. Nielsen is at it again with its efforts to improve consumer knowledge, and needs your help simply by scanning your groceries each week.
Just sign up to become a Nielsen Consumer Panel family, where you’ll be asked to scan the barcodes on your groceries and send your data off to Nielsen each week. And every time you participate on the panel, you get points that can be redeemed for a variety of merchandise. The more you participate, the more points, sweepstakes entries and other rewards you can earn.
18. Take a Picture of Your Receipts
While you’re taking pictures and scanning your groceries to earn cash, why not take a pictures of your receipts with the same result in mind?
Ibotta is a site that gives rebates on products. Simply sign up for the site, get the rebates by completing tasks, shop for the item(s), redeem your rebates by taking a photo of your receipt, and upload it to the site, then get your cash back in your account within 48 hours via Paypal or Venmo
19. Fix Search Results
Are you a self-proclaimed grammar nazi? You to fall for nothing because you fact check everything including numbers?
If so, you may want to become a search engine evaluator. Companies like Leapforce, Lionbridge, Appen, ZeroChaos, and iSoftStone let humans like you fix errors by looking at the results and judging them for quality, relevancy, and usefulness.
20. Become an Online Tutor
Education is one of the world’s leading industries. In fact, according to the Global Industry Analysts, the private tutoring market alone is expected to top $102 billion by 2018.
If you are an expert in your field, and can prove it, try marketing your services on a site like Tutor.com where you can earn $9-$13 an hour, as well as $5.50 per hour just for being logged in waiting for students.
Other companies like Vipkid allow individuals to give children in China lessons in the English Language, as it is a requirement in their country to do so.