These days there are heaps of people looking for extra ways to make money at home to supplement their income, build their savings, or just make a little extra spending cash.
Most people are likely to benefit from making some extra money on the side whether you’re a student without much free time trying to make ends meet, a stay at home mom with her hands full most of the day, or even if you’re working full time but you just need a little extra to pay down more of your debt.
You might even want some extra cash to make a few frivolous purchases here and there – whatever your goals might be it doesn’t matter, having a few more dollars in the bank can definitely reduce your stress and you won’t have to worry as much about your finances.
It can be really stressful living paycheck to paycheck and being late on monthly payments, missing bills here and there, not being able to buy enough groceries for the week, or having to stay at home all the time to avoid spending money.
Even working full time it’s possible that your expenses have outgrown your income and that you’re continuing to add debt to your finances.
Thankfully some of these different methods for making extra money at home can add an extra few hundred bucks into your pocket and for some of us this can be the difference between missing a rent payment or being able to stay on top of everything for the next few months.
For those of you that are feeling stuck and hopeless when it comes to being able to take control of your spending and finances, I have a small solution for you!
Of course, you’re going to want to learn to create and stick to a budget and get a better handle over your expenses, but thankfully we live in an age where you can hop onto your laptop or smartphone and start earning money from home with just some basic internet skills.
I would guess that there are hundreds, if not thousands of ways to make money at home and millions of people around the world are taking advantage of these different methods every single month.
Are you going to be able to quit your job and live a jet-set lifestyle with these different methods? I doubt it.
However, as long as you make the right choices with the money you earn you can definitely take better control of your finances and even start to grow your savings while working your current job or trying to grow a different income stream on your own.
It can be tricky to know where you head online to start making a few extra dollars – so in this post I want to share with you some of the best ways to make money online today that I’m aware of and that I use myself to supplement my income.
Let’s just jump right into it!
The 9 Most Awesome Ways to Make an Extra $500 a Month or More!
Start a Blog
Yes – you read that right!
Starting a blog was one of the best things I did for my own finances and blogging eventually allowed me to quit my job and live a less stressful life.
It’s actually easier than ever to start your own blog and you can definitely make some money with it even spending just a few hours per week blogging.
Of course you’re going to want to blog about something that you’re actually passionate about such as cooking, travel, fashion, or anything else that really interests you and that you’re able to share some information on.
Having my own blog not only helps me to become a better writer but also gave me the chance to share my thoughts and ideas with other people with similar interests.
Blogging definitely isn’t easy and you might not make money in your first month or two but I think that if you start a blog on something that you’re passionate about and keep at it for a few months that you’ll definitely be able to make some money with it in the long run – maybe even enough to quit your job one day!
Tons of people are making money blogging every month and the only difference between you and them is that they got started and were consistent with their efforts.
It might seem daunting at first but thankfully I have plenty of information here on my blog that can help you get started!
You’ve definitely heard of these before and online surveys are one of the best ways to get started making money online if you’re short on time and just want to get started quickly.
They also don’t take nearly as much effort as some of the other methods that I’m going to recommend and they’re great because you can do them while you’re watching TV or just hanging out and relaxing.
With most survey companies it’s going to take you anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to complete a survey and depending on the company that you’re working with at the moment you can earn quite a bit each month.
Some surveys only pay a few bucks each but there are others where you can earn up to $100 per completed survey.
When you just getting started it’s a good idea to sign up for a bunch of different survey sites so that you always have something you can work on.
You’re definitely not going to be able to quit your job from doing surveys but depending on how much effort you put into it you could easily make $100 or more every month by spending a few minutes per day.
Here are some of the survey sites I recommend checking out:
Rent Out Your Living Space or Just a Spare Room
Another great way that you can start making money from home right away is by renting out your house, a spare room, or even just a bed or couch.
For those of you with a spare room or somewhere in your home that a visitor can spend the night I’d recommend signing up for AirBnb and setting up a hosting account.
Having your spare space on AirBnb makes it really easy for travelers to find the space you’re offering and depending on where you live you can charge anywhere from $30 to $100 or more per night just for hosting somebody.
This is something that doesn’t cost you much at all to get started and it’s a fairly passive way of earning some extra income from home with space that you already have that you might not be using much anyways.
Personally, I’ve stayed in quite a few private rooms on AirBnb while traveling with nothing but positive experiences and if you don’t mind meeting people and sharing your living space then this can be a great way to earn an extra few hundred dollars every month.
Drive for Uber or Lyft
Both Uber and Lyft are popular ride-sharing services that people take advantage of all over the world.
If you want to work for one of these services you’re going to need a license, your own car, insurance, and you’re probably going to have to pass a background check as well.
Signing up and getting ready to drive doesn’t take very long and once you go through the sign-up process you can be out on the road driving people around in less than a week or so.
This is especially a great service to sign up for if you live in a big city where ride-sharing is already popular and you can even earn a few hundred dollars per week depending on how much you’re driving and how busy the weekends are in your area.
There are quite a few people that I’ve met that drive for both Uber and Lyft, which effectively widens your potential customer base, and this is probably one of my favorite ways to make some extra money at home especially if you’re spending a lot of time just sitting around when you’re not at work.
Keep in mind that driving for one of these services is going to put some extra wear and tear on your vehicle but there is the possibility to make quite a bit of extra money every month by doing so.
Pick Up Some Freelance Writing Gigs
For those of you that enjoy reading or that have a decent command over the English language you might want to consider picking up some freelance writing gigs so that you can make a few bucks on the side when you’re not at work or if you’re just looking to supplement your current income.
There are plenty of people that make a living with freelance writing and there are tons of jobs out there even if you’re not a professional writer by trade.
Freelance writing regularly is also going to help you develop your skill as a writer and while you might start out earning just a few bucks per piece you can eventually increase your rates to a point where you’re making really good money from your writing.
Become a Website Tester
My girlfriend first told me about becoming a website tester a few years ago and it turns out that it’s a pretty cool way of making some extra money from home.
These days companies are very interested in how people are using their websites and they want to learn all they can about how to improve their sites for a better overall user experience.
So that’s where you come in – basically you sign up for a few of the different companies that are looking for testers and you are paid to spend time poking around different websites in exchange for your opinion.
This can pay surprisingly well depending on the company that you’re working for and the best part about it is that you can do it from the comfort of your own home whenever you happen to have some spare time.
The testing process can take up to 30 minutes and you’re going to be introduced to a wide range of different companies and their respective websites when you’re running the tests.
As for where to sign up, check out the following platforms if you want to start getting paid for testing on other sites:
- UserTesting (open to individuals with an active PayPal account)
- Enroll (open to individuals with an active PayPal account)
- UserFeel (open to individuals with an active PayPal account)
- What Users Do (open to individuals with an active PayPal account)
Help Out Some Customers
There are quite a few companies that pay people for providing customer service support online and this can be done while you’re at home.
I know that my girlfriend was offering customer service through the AirBnb forum and she was paid every time that she received some helpful votes and this can also be done with a wide range of other companies as well.
The reason why this is becoming more popular is because it allows companies to take advantage of people looking to make some extra money at home and they don’t need to worry about leasing a call center, hiring employees, and dealing with everything else related to having a physical location for phone or online-based customer service.
There are many opportunities for part-time schedules basically 24 hours a day depending on your own availability and you can also choose to just answer questions on forums or even go full time if that’s what you’re looking for.
It’s even possible to find a full-time position for a customer service jobs from home although I don’t have any experience with this so you’re going to want to do some research online to see what comes up.
Finding a customer service job that’s based online whether you’re looking for something part-time or full-time is a great choice if you’re interested in helping people with their problems and you’re fairly tech-savvy.
Offer Your Services on Fiverr
I mentioned Fiverr up above in my section on freelance writing and if you’re looking to start making some money on the side from home then you might want to consider signing up on Fiverr and offering any other service that you can provide.
Not only can you provide some writing services on Fiverr but you can also do things like proofreading, video testimonials, interpretive dances, personalized tutorials, graphic design, and basically anything that you can come up with that someone might want.
The way that Fiverr works is that you offer a job for sale, known on the site as a gig, and if someone is interested in what you’re providing then they’re going to pay you for it.
Prices used to start at just $5 but these days you can set up a profile with much higher prices depending on what you’re offering and it’s possible to make some good money with Fiverr even as a beginner.
To get started, head over to Fiverr.com and check out the different sections to see if there is something that you can provide.
It’s a great place to start making some extra money and you can even use it to launch a freelancing career or provide other services for a more substantial income in the future.
Shop Online using Swagbucks and eBates
If you’re like me then you probably do a lot of online shopping for things including essentials to Christmas gifts and everything in between.
Not too long ago I found out that you can actually make money on the purchases that you make on certain platforms including Amazon and Walmart.
With eBates you just need to install the plugin and do your shopping like you normally would. After making purchases you can earn some money back so you’re saving money right off the top and it feels like you’re making a little extra.
Since you’re going to already be spending this money there’s no reason why you shouldn’t use Ebates and Swagbucks since they’re putting more money in your pocket and it can add up to a few hundred dollars at the end of the year depending on how much online shopping you do.
My girlfriend actually wrote an in-depth post on using Swagbucks effectively so I recommend checking that out if you’re looking for a helpful guide on getting started and making the most of your online shopping habits.
Otherwise, make sure to sign up for both eBates and Swagbucks so you can start getting some money back on your purchases.
Here are the links to get started:
I’ve given you some ideas on how you can make a few extra bucks on the side if you’re looking to supplement your income or just get some more spending money in your pocket.
You really just need to set aside some time each day towards any of the different methods that I’ve recommended and at the end of the month you’re bound to be a little bit richer than you were when you started.
For some of the things like starting your own blog, getting into freelance writing, or even putting up your own apartment on AirBnb, these can eventually turn into a significant source of income that might one day allow you to better contribute towards your family’s finances, stop working so many hours, or even quit your job entirely.
The trick here is to just get started and focus on one or two different methods to see how they work and to see how much you can make before getting discouraged.
Definitely let me know down in the comments below if you try any of these methods out and how well they work for you or if you have any suggestions on other ways for making money at home!