So many millennials are delaying the decision to have kids forever and ever because most of us want to be responsible parents and we have that fear of being not able to provide for our kids. Will you be able to live on one income while the child is too small and requires 100% of your time? Plus, all those sad but true scenarios when moms have to provide for their children alone… But is it really so unrealistic to be a successful stay at home mom and make money from home?If you’ve never been on my site, it’s worth mentioning that I’m a full-time blogger and I work from home. I started part-time though and within 10 months I was able to quit my day job. I make with this blog about $4000 per month and you can learn how exactly I make this money in my May 2018 Income and Traffic Report.
Don’t leave the page just yet, I’m not going to advocate here that blogging is for everyone and that you should follow this path. There are so many other ways to make money from home and I tried some of them before starting a blog. So I know what I’m talking about!
You will not find in this post any false recommendations promising that you’ll make millions of dollars in a few months working from home. I made a list of realistic and proven ways to make money at home – enough to pay your monthly bills, not to be worried about your credits and some of these suggestions have a potential of becoming a full-time income.
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For some of these ways to make money you will need only a laptop and can be location-independent. For others, you’ll have to be physically in a particular locale.
You can choose whatever fits you better or even try several money-making strategies at once. The most important is your mindset. Are you the person who prefers to blame everyone and everything for your financial problems? Or are you ready to just start doing everything possible to make some extra money?
I ranked these money making opportunities according to my personal preferences. Some people would enjoy data entry, others would prefer losing weight for money or babysitting. I don’t insist on this order, it’s my subjecting ranking, let me know in the comments if you find my TOP-5 jobs interesting too 🙂
23. Teach English over Skype with VIPKid
If you have any “formal” or “informal” teaching experience such as mentoring, tutoring, coaching, or alternative education plus a bachelor’s degree in the US or Canada under your belt, you may qualify to tutor Chinese children in the English language with VIPKid. You can make up to $22 hourly.
I know that most American stay at home moms who work for VipKid, offer classes in the morning before their kids even wake up (they can do it because of the timezone difference).
Apply to become VIPKid tutor here.
22. Other Ways to Make Money Teaching or Tutoring
Online education is not an unusual thing nowadays, even dissertations are written online, so if you are interested in pursuing a career in online educations, there are many options – from private Skype tutoring to full-time professor jobs in universities with big names.
To start with, you can check sites like Chegg Tutors (on average you can get about $20 per hour).
21. Search Engine Evaluator (assessor) or Social Media Moderator
Online giants like Google, Yahoo, Bing have thousands of algorithms to define the search results, but they still need a human evaluation of the quality of their search results.
But don’t try to contact search giants directly for these jobs. They partner with external agencies, which provide training to evaluators and officially you don’t work for Google, Yahoo or Facebook, you work for one of these three recruiting companies:
Be prepared to wait at least 1 month after you apply for a job like this, the hiring process is not fast at all.
20. Best Ways to Make Money in Data Entry positions
Most probably you will be offered to sign a contract with the company (which is good for protection of both sides).
Here is my list of legitimate data entry sites that can be trusted:
- Axion Data Services
- Amazon’s Mechanical Turk
- Capital Typing
- DataPlus +
- Quicktate or iDictate
- Working Solutions.com.
19. Ways to Make Money as a Freelancer
If you have never done any freelance jobs, it doesn’t mean that you don’t already have the necessary skills for some jobs! Just check the freelance sites below, and you’ll definitely find something that you can do as a part-time or even full-time income source.
As a native speaker of English language, you are always in demand for the following jobs – copywriting, translations, proofreading, voiceovers, etc.
Apart from the language skills, you have great freelance opportunities with web-design, web development skills, and many others! Check these platforms:
18. Make Money as a Virtual Assistant
VAs are paid on average $50-$100 an hour. To connect with potential clients, you can check sites like
17. Virtual Call Center jobs to work from home
Remote call center jobs are available mostly for the US or Canada residents and not for people who live overseas. More than 50 companies with open positions in call centers can be easily googled, but I might make a separate post with the full list of these call centers. Here I’ll just name a few companies for you to check.
- Apple – Customer Advisors
- Amazon – full-time and part-time customer service positions for work from home. By the way, Amazon just announced that they are planning to hire 5000 part-time employees to work from home in 2017, so if you are interested, check their site from time to time for new openings.
16. Legitimate Ways to Make Money as a Captioner
Captioning is creating a transcription for TV or YouTube videos. The most important skill for a captioner is typing – you need to be fast enough and make minimum mistakes.
One of the most known companies offering work to captioners is Rev. You will work for them as a freelancer and receive payments via PayPal weekly. You can make around $50 per day, there is no minimum or maximum because it depends on your efficiency and on the workflow on each particular day.
15. Become a market research participant
This is one of those easy ways to make money fast and without any initial investment except your time. Yes, I mean can start working almost immediately and get regular payments!
- VIP Voice (for the US and for Canada – for Canada only if you are 18+). Sign up today and earn triple reward points for taking your first survey!
- Swagbucks (Sign up here) – join one of the largest online rewards sites and receive free gift cards for your online activities, such as Taking Surveys, Shopping, Searching the Web, Watching Videos, and Playing Games.
- SurveyMomma (Sing up here for US only) – this is an aggregator of online surveys offered by companies who will pay you for your feedback. The lists of survey companies are ranked based on reviews from other users so you can feel confident that the surveys you choose WILL pay off.
- PaidSurveys.com (Sing up here for US) – over 30 Survey Companies want to reward you for sharing your opinion!
- PineCone Research (Sing up here) – evaluate products before they hit the shelf and earn $3 per survey!
- InboxDollars (Sign up here for the US) – pays members to read emails, take surveys online, play games, and go shopping! New users also receive $5 just for joining.
I don’t want to overwhelm you here with too many survey options because you might want to look for other job options. But if you are interested, I picked here a list of 29 Survey sites actually working great in 2018.
14. Become a website tester and get up to $30 per hour!
Website testers usually work with a microphone and web camera (or the default camera in your laptop). You will be asked to test new sites or applications, make live comments while testing and record them for the employer to make their conclusions regarding the functionality of their site later.
The average payment for these jobs is about $10 per test and knowing that each test takes 10-20 minutes, you will find this evaluation fair enough.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular sites where you can find tester jobs:
- TestingTime – if you leave outside the USA, this one is especially interesting for you because the office of this company is located in Zurich, Switzerland, they pay in Euros via PayPal, and they are looking for international testers.
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13. Crazy Ways to make money online watching videos
Is there anyone who doesn’t enjoy wanting videos or movies? If you are one of these rare people, the service I’m going to talk about can still help you make extra cash.
It’s Swagbucks – a platform that pays you for various activities online, including watching YouTube Videos, giving your feedback on ads, conducting surveys. Earnings depend on how many tasks you complete per month, but I know that you can easily make extra $150- $200 a month with Swagbucks! They send you the payouts via PayPal.
11. Walking dogs
On platforms like Rover you can find dog owners who need your help as a dog walkers. With time you’ll get reviews and this can help you build a solid group of customers and walk their dogs all together for a better income.
10. Babysitting with Care.com
If you are not much of a dog person, but you love children, consider making some extra money by babysitting services. On sites like Care.com you will find a lot of parents looking for a babysitter.
9. Lead walking tours on Viator
If you live in a popular touristic destination, think about creating walking tours on Viator – it’s one of the largest platforms for tour operators in the world. To get your first reviews, consider making 2-3 free tours.
8. Ways to make money from home if you have a medical degree
Their work at home medical coders may earn around $25 hourly, according to Glassdoor. For this position though, at least one-year prior experience and certification are required.
Check their openings here.
This company is looking for work at home registered nurses for a 24×7 telephone support services, including nurse triage, medical decision support, Healthcare support programs and others. Pay is around $25 an hour.
Check the details about this WAH job here.
7. Monetize your Photography Passion
6. Ways to make money using your writing skills
Scribie – This company offers only freelance transcriber jobs with flexible hours. The rate of pay is $5 to $20 per audio hour, i.e., $0.5 to $2 for a 6-minute audio file. If you have excellent typing skills and have no problem with comprehension of American/British/Australian/Indian accents, you should definitely give it a try!
Check details and apply for jobs on Scribie here.
American Journal Experts – You can regularly check new openings for editors and also translators on this company’s career page. Depending on the position, you can get up to $20 an hour, according to what their employees are sharing on company’s Glassdoor page.
Book in a Box – The types of work offered by this company are similar to the previous – they are looking for proofreaders, editors, book jacket designers. The remote positions that are listed on their site usually are paid over $20 an hour (up to $50 an hour for some jobs). Look for their open work at home positions here.
Language Services Associates – This company hires virtual interpreters, translators, and per Glassdoor, pays around $20 an hour for these positions. Check out their site and positions here.
5. Rent Your Spare Bedroom on Airbnb
If you have a spare room, tree house, boat, etc., you might be interested in making extra money on Airbnb renting it out. This can be particularly profitable if you live in a popular destination for tourists, or if some high-demand events happen in your locale (concerts, sporting events, festivals, conferences, etc.).
4. Make money on Pinterest with Affiliate links
You don’t necessarily need to have a blog to make money with affiliate marketing. Did you know that since 2017 Pinterest allows you to create pins with links going directly to your affiliate offers? I wrote a detailed post about the entire process of making money on Pinterest with affiliate links.
I can give you a hint about the affiliate networks in which I am registered and which bring me the most online income:
- Flexoffers: so far, this is my best paying affiliate network.
- iGain: – I get mostly survey offers from this network, and the income is the third best in my list, so if I were you, I would get registered as their affiliate too!
- Shareasale – this affiliate network is among TOP-3 networks and you can find there almost any kind of offers, including big brands. Get paid for your great content!
3. Researching jobs for stay at home moms
If you are good in research, try to apply for jobs on Wonder Researcher. This company recruits online researchers for doing general research, paying $15-25/hour depending on the topic of research and on how fast you complete the task. You’ll be asked to pass an assessment to join the team of researchers (don’t worry, it’s just 4 questions and will take you max 10 min), within the next 7 days indicating whether you’ve been advanced to the next stage of the process.
Check details and apply for jobs on Wonder here.
2. Losing Weight and Getting Paid up to $10000
Have you ever heard that losing weight is much easier if you have financial motivation for it? I found an app which realized the perfect motivation idea that can force anyone to work hard and lose weight – HealthyWage . The app lets you take weight loss challenges where you bet how much weight you can lose each month. If you win the bet each month, you can get paid up to $10,000 from HealthyWage.
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1. Best Ways to Make Money Blogging
Yes, I promised I will not talk about blogging only because there are so many other ways to make money from home. But I had to rank blogging first because honestly, it’s my favorite way. I like writing posts, I like talking to people, I love seeing my subscribers, followers and income numbers grow. That’s a challenging adventure and the potential of reaching 200+K income a month, which other bloggers achieved, gives me a drive and confidence in blogging as a profitable online business.
You can read my post to know the most common and fast to make money with a blog. Blogging doesn’t have to be a full-time job for everyone. Lots of bloggers start this as a part-time thing, actually I did the same and in my first 10 months working on my blog for just about 5-7 hours a week, I made $5,739.80 income from $386 total investment. You will find in that post the exact numbers for each income source and my conclusions based on my first 9-10 months blogging.
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