Ways to Earn Money While Working At Home

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Ways to Earn Money While Working At HomeWhether you are looking to get out of the traditional workforce and start making money at home or just earn some money on the side, work-at-home gigs are a versatile way to make the most of your time at home. Not sure how to navigate your work-at-home options? We’ve lined up a few of the most popular work-at-home jobs.


Taking surveys online is a great way to earn some extra money. While you won’t make a career of it, you can bring in some extra spending money if you sign up for multiple survey sites. Most sites pay $1.00 to $3.00 for surveys, and how many you get depends on your demographics. Many survey sites also have focus groups that you may be able to join. Participating in these groups can get you coupons, gift cards, and more.  Some of the sites we recommend are Pinecone, Isay by I-psos , and Opinion Outpost.

Mystery Shopping

While mystery shopping is not technically working at home, you do much of the required work from your house. Like with survey sites, you’ll have the best results if you sign up for multiple mystery shopping sites. Local restaurants and retailers contract with these sites to get mystery shops done. In many cases, you can take your kids with you to a shop. Prior to beginning your shop, you may have to look at the outside of the building and assess its appearance and cleanliness. You may have to interact with employees, time how long it takes you to get helped, and evaluate the employees’ friendliness. When you submit a completed report, you get paid. You may even get reimbursed for a purchase you make!  For advice on companies to Mystery Shop through check out our article.

Also see, 5 Ideas to Help Make Your Paycheck Last Longer.


Tutoring is one of the most versatile work-at-home options. Everyone has some sort of expertise, although you may find it easier to get clients if you have a background in education. You can advertise for clients locally, in which case you may go to their homes or meet them elsewhere. With the advent of Skype and other video chat programs, you can tutor people online.  You can also sign up and have companies send you jobs Care.com offers this service.


Create is such an open word, which represents the various opportunities in the creative world. If you take a look at Etsy or similar sites, you can see how successful many people are at creating different items and selling them. If you can sew, you can make clothing, baby accessories, tablet cases, and anything else you can imagine.

If your talents lie in a more digital format, there are always writers and website owners looking for skilled graphic designers. If you know your way around Photoshop, you’re already ahead of 90% of people on the Internet. Be prepared to price aggressively to start—once you have a reputation, you can raise your prices accordingly. Fiverr is a great place to easily earn some extra cash for talents and services you can offer.

Those are a few ideas to get you going?  Can you share any work at home successes you have had?

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