Part of my “change my life for the better” project has been looking at ways to make an income that does not require me to sit in an office for 40+ hours a week. This includes looking at all the way people have told me I can be making money from home. I am classifying all of these ideas as “side hustles” because these opportunities are not going to enable me to quit my job. They do however provide opportunities to make a little extra money on the side to give me a bit of flexibility in the family budget. They are also noted as being “from home” – because I’m looking for things I can do when the kids are asleep in the next room, and that does not include being an Uber driver.
Let’s be clear about this Making money from home list
Before we go through the list, I want to be very clear that this is not a get-rich-quick, quit your job tomorrow post. These are legitimate, scam free ways to make a little extra money online. The list even includes things that you are already doing; you just are not getting paid to do them. If you want to look at building an online business, check out my posts on affiliate marketing for beginners, drop shipping, and setting up an automated Etsy store to give you some ideas of how you can create a career online.
Another thing I want to point out is that many of the services below provide ad-hoc work so if you do decide to take up some of the offers, you may not want to put all of your eggs in one basket. You would be best placed to work with a few different providers to cover you when work is not available with one.
I am slowly working my way through all of the making money from home companies listed below, and I will add my detailed reviews as I do. For the moment, it’s my laundry list of options that I have found through my hours of online research. Instead of waiting until the end of the list to share, I wanted to post it and see if anyone in our community had any feedback. If you have had any experiences with these services and are successfully making money from home, please comment below and let everyone know what worked and what didn’t. If there are any services I am missing and should add to the list, please let me know.
Finally, if I do somehow get-rich-quick off one of these ideas, I’ll be sure to let you know.
How to get paid to surf the web
It sounds too good to be true, but it’s not. These are companies that hire people from around the world to evaluate and test websites, products, and services for their clients. All of this data is combined so businesses can improve their products. Examples of some of the roles available include:
- Ads Quality Rater
- Internet Accessor
- Search Engine Evaluator
- Social Media Evaluator
- Examination Associate (testing games, apps, etc.)
Depending on the company, the tasks that you are offered are based on the placement evaluation that you complete when setting up your account. Be sure to take your time doing these evaluations as some services only allow you to to do the assessment once.
This is good work to do from home, but, it’s important to remember that you are working as a freelancer. This means that there is no guarantee that the work will be ongoing. The roles are always changing, so you may have a break between assignments.
- The Lion Bridge Smart Crowd
- Beta Testing
- MyCrowd (USA only)
- User Testing
- What Users Do
Make money with surveys
The following services allow members to make money by completing surveys and offers. No doubt some people do well and make money this way, but I have not had the patience to make it work. Usually, I make it through my first couple of surveys and get bored or overrun by survey offer emails and quit. That being said, the services below also let you watch videos, play games and read emails to earn cash, so it might not be as bad as I think.
If you have made money this way, please comment below. I’d love to hear how you went with it. I am especially interested in Swagbucks as I think it looks the most promising way to be making money from home. I do promise to put in a consolidated effort shortly to be able to provide you with a proper review of each of these services.
- Inbox Dollars
Make money on your phone
In the world of big data, data is very valuable. My understanding of the following program is that you download the app, use the app to buy things online or scan items you buy in the store and they reward you with cash and gift cards. The data about your shopping habits is collected and used by businesses to design and market new products. You have to consider how you feel about someone creating a profile about you and your habits. The way I look at is Facebook is already doing it so you may as well get paid for it.
Online Mystery Shopping jobs
Mystery shoppers are ordinary people who visit stores and various businesses and report back on customer service. While traditional mystery shopping is done in person, these services mystery shop online and via the phone. So it can all be done from the comfort of your home. Note – the service below are USA based services. I am still searching for reliable Australian based services that allow remote mystery shopping; I will update this post when I confirm a vendor.
- ARC Call Performance Solutions
- Mystery Shopper Services.
- Perception Strategies
- Reality Based Group
- Secret Shopper Shoppers Critique
- Yardi Matrix
Make money with Social Media
These services will pay you to post on social media and blogs. From what I can tell, you get a few cents from each post, but if you can turn out a lot of them might add it. I’d be keen to hear if anyone has had any experience with this one?
So there you have it, my list of ways you can be making money from home. As I was creating the list, I was getting pretty excited about some of the options. Hopefully, the reality lives up to the marketing!
I look forward to hearing all about your experiences and sharing mine.