Making money at home is not necessarily a dream but can be a reality


Nicola Arnold

Most of us love the idea of working from home but have our dreams shot down by overprotective family members or pessimistic bosses. They claim that if we work from home, there's no way that we can make enough money. However, that isn't necessarily true. The 9 to 5 grind may work for some people, but for the rest of us, it can be exhausting, miserable and frustrating. If you share these sentiments, you have probably searched the web countless times for "how to make money at home".

While some suggestions are helpful, like renting out an extra room in your home, others, like completing surveys, seem exciting until you realise how little you actually get paid. If you're exploring quitting your 9 to 5 job to work from home full-time, but you're not sure how to go about making your dream a reality, we have some suggestions for you and one that doesn't involve a loan from a payday lender. Whether you have one passion or like many different things, there is a way that you can use your interests to make an income all while never leaving the comfort of your living room.

Become a freelancer

When most people hear the term freelancer, they most probably think of a freelance writer or photographer. While it is true that you can make a significant amount of money by working as a freelance writer or photographer, it is not the only area that requires freelancers. You can freelance if you are a graphic designer, music producer, editor, marketing specialist, personal assistant and more. The opportunities are almost endless!

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There are several websites that allow you to market your freelance services to a wider, and sometimes international, audience. If you are good at what you do, you can build up a lengthy clientele list in no time! Be sure to upload your resume / CV to the freelancing site that you use so your potential clients can feel confident about hiring you. If you have a significant amount of experience, you can even start your rates a bit higher and still get customers. Freelancing is a great way to make money from home if you have training in one specific field.

Start a blog

Are you a talented writer? Do you keep a journal about your daily experiences or write creatively? If writing is already a hobby of yours, why not turn it into a source of income? You don't need any professional training to become a blogger- some people are just naturally engaging writers. Blogging allows you to combine your passion for writing with any other interest you may have such as fashion design or cooking. Blogging is an easy and enjoyable way to make money from home. You can blog about nearly any topic, so long as there are people who want to read about it! All you need to do is find your passion, sit down at your computer and let your ideas flow! Some of the topics you can write about include:

  • Fashion
  • Food
  • Motherhood
  • Health and fitness
  • Travel
  • DIY and crafting
  • Interior design

Become a virtual assistant

If you are someone who is organised, skilled at planning and good with people, working as a virtual assistant (VA) may just be perfect for you. A virtual assistant is someone who remotely provides clients with creative, technical or administrative assistance. Your tasks might include sending emails, filling out your client's schedule and following up with customers. Essentially, a virtual assistant's tasks are similar to those of a secretary or personal assistant, with the main difference being that a VA works from home. If you have any secretarial experience, you may already be qualified to work as a virtual assistant. However, even if you lack experience, you can still work as a VA. As mentioned above, the main skills are organisation, planning and customer service. If you're looking for a profession that allows you to pick your own clients, work from home and make enough money to cover your rent, why not try working as a virtual assistant?

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Rent a room

Do you have a spare room in your apartment or house? Furthermore, do you live in a popular city like London, New York, Sydney or Toyko? If you do, you might be able to make quite a bit of money by renting out your spare room. Those who live either in or around major cities are no stranger to tourists, especially in the summer. However, hotels increase their rates during popular tourist seasons, which can be quite disheartening for most travelers, who do so on a budget. In the past few years, there have been many websites popping up that allow travelers to rent out rooms or even entire apartments in popular cities for a fraction of the cost of a hotel room. Renting out a room in your home is an easy way to make money because it really doesn't require you to do much. All you have to do is make sure your guests have everything they need, like a clean room and towels, and you're all set! Don't let a spare room go to waste when it can help you make money!

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Sell your stuff online

Let's face the truth. Most of us have a hard time letting go of things, even if we no longer use them. We're hoarders! Our closets are overflowing with clothes that haven't fit us in years and there are books collecting dust on our bookshelves that we have never even picked up. Condensing your belongings can be an emotional process, but not only can it make you money, but it can free up space in your home. It's time to let go of your unopened copy of Gone With the Wind and your school jumper so you can make some cash! There are several reputable online platforms that allow you to sell virtually anything as long as it's in good condition. List your old books, clothing, furniture and artwork on any one of these sites and you'll be surprised by how quickly you can make money. It doesn't take long to list your items and you can do everything from the comfort of your bed!

Become an online tutor

If you're a student or recent graduate, you should look into online tutoring as a source of income. Maybe you have a degree in mathematics or did well in biology in school. Even if you don't have experience tutoring, if you are knowledgeable in the subject matter, you can successfully pass your knowledge on to someone else. It seems that pretty much everything is done online nowadays and tutoring is no exception.

A benefit of being an online tutor is that you get to decide which age and level to teach at. For example, if this will be your first time tutoring, you can opt to teach maths to children in primary school. However, if you have more experience in your subject, you might feel comfortable tutoring uni students in physics. If you weren't a star student in maths or science in school, you can still tutor! There are many online tutoring companies that provide international students with English lessons. If you are a native English speaker, you can tutor these students online. Rates for online tutors can vary, but if you are good at what you do and have a flexible schedule, you can make a decent amount of money.

Other top tips

The tips to help you make money at home just keep on coming! Check out these ideas:

Got some sort of transport? Be it a push bike, motorbike or car? Got a phone? Well then, that's all you need to become a delivery driver and make some extra cash in your spare time. Now, we hear what you are saying a delivery rider is definitely not a make-money-at-home-thing, however what we've cleverly done is expand the definition of home to pretty much anything in the "gig" economy where you manage your own working time.

You can make some good dosh by sending off old mobiles and other gadgets that are just lying around the house. What's just as good is that you are also helping the environment by recycling. Some companies even patch up your old phones and donate them to people in economically deprived countries. So really this is a triple win.

Now this sounds like something that sounds too good to be true but there are companies out there that pay you for your reviews of unsigned acts. Once you build up a reputation you can start to earn some ok cash. Not bad considering most of us like listening to new music for free or even pay for it! Who knows you might uncover the next new superstar!

One for the students out there. Why let old text books rot in the corner of your room or in the loft of your parent's house. Get them smartened up and flog them to the new intake of students. Hurry as text books are always going out of date as new material comes on stream.

Free cash! Well not quite as entering competitions of course comes with no guarantees. However there is an established and growing community of of so-called 'serial compers' in the UK consistently making some decent cash from entering competitions.

An odd one but sometimes you could strike it lucky by finding a new word before it becomes part of the lexicon. Once a word starts trending a domain name with it in will rocket in value given the price a company or a fellow trader is williing to pay you for it. We bet the person who bought before the Essexism became well known is quids in.

The bank of you

Well peer to peer lending really. If you have some spare cash then it may earn you a better return if you can lend it on to someone that needs to borrow, than letting it sit in a traditional current account. Make sure to do your research though and speak to an independent advisor if you are unsure of this avenue.


No matter what your profession or where your interest lies, there is a way for you to make money from home. Don't let your friends or family talk you out of it! If you do your research and apply your skills properly, working from home can be both profitable and sustainable. There are endless options from blogging to freelancing to renting out a room. Just find out what you're good at, research how you can turn your passion into a profession and you'll be on your way to working from home full-time before you know it!

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