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In need of some extra money? There are so many money making ideas to bring in extra cash, but if you’re wanting to increase your income right now, you might be looking more specifically for an at home side-hustle, something you can work on without leaving your house.
Whether you have extra time on your hands due to be being furloughed or are simply in need of extra money there are plenty of income generating ideas that don’t require leaving your own front door.
Here are some ideas and inspiration for easy side hustles from home, ranging from the administrative to the creative.
If you have great listening skills and some time and space to work quietly, then a side gig as a transcriptionist could be for you.
You’ll need a reliable internet connection, computer/laptop and headphones and the ability to listen and type up what you hear.
Transcriptionists are usually paid per project or per hour of audio. An average transcriptionist takes around one hour to transcribe fifteen minutes of audio.
You can apply for transcribing work on sites such as Babbletype and Take Note . You don’t need any prior experience, however before being accepted you will need to complete a test assignment to check your ability
2. Virtual Assistance
Particularly in the time we’re in right now, virtual assistance is a growing field, as more and more businesses are online and require administrative help.
This is a great opportunity for remote workers to make money from home, so if you’re skilled in areas such as copywriting, social media, graphic design, scheduling or similar, it might be worth offering your services as a virtual assistant.
3. T-Shirt Designing
You create your digital designs at home, and upload them directly to the websites.
Those designs could then be printed onto things such as T-shirts, sweatshirts, popsockets and more.
Once you’ve created your account and uploaded your designs that’s all you need to do.
If somebody chooses to purchase merchandise with your designs, you’ll be paid a commission.
What are your skills and talents? Could you monetise those skills by working as a freelancer? Some skills often required are:
- Graphic Design
- Social Media Management
- Web developing/design
4. Taking Surveys
If you don’t have great chunks of time available to be concentrating on growing a home side hustle (hello fellow mums turned homeschoolers turned exhausted pigeons) you can still earn some extra money by completing a few surveys or studies while watching TV or laying in bed.
There are ton of paid survey sites out there, but these are a few of the best:
One of the higher paying and more interesting survey sites. A crowdsourcing site for academic research, Prolific will pay you to take part in studies and surveys. Payment is made via PayPal.
Populus Live pays a set rate of £1 per 5 minutes of survey taking, which is pretty high in the survey world. Once you’re registered to the panel you’ll start to receive survey invitations via email.
With Populus, you need to earn £50 before being paid, and they’ll transfer you’re earnings into your bank account. It can take a while to build your earnings to £50, but as the rate of earning is set, it’s a good return on your time investment.
Swagbucks is a survey site that also features lots of other ways to earn extra money. Although not highly paid, it is an easy option to use in front of the TV, as you can answer easy surveys, complete offers and even play games or watch video ads.
For every task you complete with Swagbucks you’ll be rewarded with points known as sb. When you’ve built up enough points, you can redeem them for gift vouchers such as Amazon, PayPal or Mastercard payments.
5. Using Paid Apps On Your Phone
Similarly to taking online surveys there are also a whole bunch of apps that will pay you for completing surveys and tasks.
Survey apps you can use to get paid for your opinions include:
Qmee – pays into PayPal and you can withdraw your earnings instantly at any amount
1Q App – pays 25c for every question answered directly into your PayPal account
If you’d like to make a little money playing mobile games you could try out these paid to play apps:
You can even get paid to snap photos of your shopping receipts using these apps:
Shoppix – earn tokens for every receipt snapped and exchange for cash or gift cards.
(Use code ARDIW4SK for 200 free tokens)
Receipt Hog – earn points, exchange for vouchers.
6. Website Testing
If you have a stable internet connection and a laptop or computer with a microphone, you could start making extra cash testing websites, making sure they function properly and highlighting any bugs or glitches.
Companies that pay for this service include:
If you love to write, have something you’re passionate about or have information to share or a particular story or skill to share, then blogging is potentially a good way to both enjoy something and eventually create an income from.
It doesn’t matter what it is there are people out there making money from blogs in all kinds of niches. Whether you want to share recipes, support peers with a particular issue, or want to help people with looking after their pets there is bound to be a blogging niche for you.
The bonus to setting up a blog is that although it can turn into a profitable side business it actually costs very little to start up. All you’ll need is webhosting and a domain name, which costs just a few pounds per month.
I use Freethought for my web hosting, as they are both an ethical carbon neutral company, and offer affordable pricing starting from just £1.25 a month.
It isn’t a get rich quick scheme and will definitely take some time and determination, but if you put in the effort to write plenty of content, and learn how to build up traffic, you can definitely start to build an income from blogging. The ways bloggers make money include display advertising, affiliate marketing and creating sponsored content.
8. Teaching English
English tutoring via video call is a great way to use your native language skills to help others learn. Some companies will require you to work to a lesson plan, and others just require native English speakers to carry out conversations with students to help them practise their language skills.
Whilst some companies will require teaching qualifications, there are a few that don’t. One you can work for without an ESOL certificate is Cambly, which is a totally flexible language tutoring service. They pay just over $10 per hour. Another is VIP Kid.
9. Selling your stuff
If you need to make money quickly, selling your stuff is one of the best ways to get your hands on some fast cash. Maybe you’ve been meaning to have a good declutter anyway? Try Facebook, eBay or selling apps like Schpock or Depop for quick results.
10. Selling home-made crafts
If you love crafting and making things, or already do so as a hobby, you could considering starting your own business via Etsy.
It’s easy to set up your own online store and add pictures of your products for people to purchase.
11. Write an ebook
Are you a budding author? Do you have a story you want to share with the world or can write a great guide to a particular topic?
It’s easier than ever to self publish your own book, especially an eBook, and sell on sites such as Amazon.
12. Consumer research
An easy at home side hustle is to join and take part in consumer research panels. Companies carry out market research when developing new product ideas and need public opinions to help shape their products and services.
You can get paid to take part in interviews, product tests, focus groups and survey panels. Some good places to sign up are:
- Respondent.io – online market research. You’ll need a computer and occasionally a webcam
- Pinecone Research – online market research surveys around 15 minutes each.
- UserTribe – Consumer research interviews, online, via telephone and sometimes in person.
13. Search engine evaluating
Want to find an answer? Google it right? But how does Google decide which result to display and in what order? If you’re thinking it’s by a clever set of algorithms, you’d be right, but Google also employs real people to ensure that relevant, good quality results are shown. Working online as a search engine evaluator is a great way to earn some extra income from home.
Read more: How to become a Search Engine Evaluator >>