Earning extra money from the comfort of your home gives you a way to make your spare time pay off and put some cash in your pocket. When you look for ways to make extra income, avoid offers that require you to pay a fee or buy something to get started. These are often scammers looking to make some extra income off of your desire to do so, too.
Get creative and offer your services on sites such as Fiverr (https://www.fiverr.com/), where you make $5 each time someone buys from you. You can get paid for everything from drawing a picture or singing a jingle to making a small personalized item. Setting up your ad is free. Just create a description of what you do and upload photos and videos if you have any available. Fiverr pays you via PayPal after the customer pays for your services.
If you enjoy making craft items, head to craft-oriented sites such as Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/) and ArtFire (http://www.artfire.com/) to sell what you make. Both sites offer tools to set up a webpage that showcases your work. ArtFire charges a monthly fee but no commissions when you sell an item. Etsy charges a small fee for each craft you list and also takes a small percentage of each craft you sell.
Give Your Opinion
Turn your interest in sharing your opinion into cash by completing surveys on the Internet for money. Sign up for free on survey websites, such as Mysurvey.com (https://www.mysurvey.com/) and iPoll (http://www.surveyhead.com/), and get paid for each survey you complete.
Look around your home for junk and collectibles other people might be willing to pay for. If you find enough items, hold a garage sale at your home. You can also sell items on eBay (http://www.ebay.com/) or create a free classified ad on Craigslist (http://www.craigslist.org) to attract buyers.
Once you sign up for a free seller's account on eBay, you fill out its template for each item you want to sell. You then add a thorough, honest description of the item and upload photos that show its condition and features. If you auction the item, you must decide how many days the auction runs. Alternatively, you can sell your item without any bidding. Besides a small insertion fee, eBay also takes a percentage of the total amount paid for your item with fees based on the category in which the item was listed. Payments are sent by buyers to your PayPal account.
If you have old cell phones, tablets or iPods lying around, head to the Internet to sell your electronics on sites such as uSell.com (http://www.usell.com/) or Gazelle.com (https://www.gazelle.com).
Use Your Typing Skills
If you have a computer and can quickly enter data, check with Clickworker (http://www.clickworker.com) or Axion (http://axiondata.com/employment.htm) for data entry tasks you can complete at your home. You also need a high speed Internet connection since most of the tasks are done online through the company’s website. Amazon Mechanical Turk (https://www.mturk.com/mturk/welcome) is another site that pays you to complete small tasks for a pre-set price. Another option is to apply at Quicktate (https://typists.quicktate.com/transcribers/signup) to transcribe voice mail messages, letters and audio files using its online dictation software.
Teach a Language
Become a virtual English tutor without having to set up your own website or leave home. Go to Italki.com (http://www.italki.com) to sign up and set your hourly rate after first checking out the competition’s fees. The company helps connect you with students who want to improve their speaking or writing skills. The site also collects the payment, subtracts a small fee and pays you in credits that can be exchanged for cash. You need an Internet connection and a Skype account to conduct the tutoring sessions.
Nancy Wagner is a marketing strategist and speaker who started writing in 1998. She writes business plans for startups and established companies and teaches marketing and promotional tactics at local workshops. Wagner's business and marketing articles have appeared in "Home Business Journal," "Nation’s Business," "Emerging Business" and "The Mortgage Press," among others. She holds a B.S. from Eastern Illinois University.