Making money from home isn’t just for stay-at-home-mums, although that’s when many of us first give it a go.
And now there are endless ways to do just that. The key is to find something you are interested in and then trying to figure out how to translate that into making money for yourself.
You can try anything from taking online surveys to harnessing existing skills to even rating pizza.
Here are 7 legitimate ways to make money from home:
- START WRITING REVIEWS
You can make money by writing reviews for watching videos.
They can be any kind of video.
Movie previews, news, celebrity videos and many more.
All you have to do is sign up to a website like Swagbucks which will direct you to watch particular videos. You have to watch them for a certain number of minutes and could earn up to $200 each month. You get $5 for just signing up and accumulate points for watching which can be redeemed for gift cards and at PayPal.
- ONLINE SURVEYS
There are several online survey websites that pay you as well as allow you to test products, earning you up to $250 per month.
Websites like Swagbucks, Survey Junkie, Inbox Dollars and Aussie Paid Surveys will send you surveys targeted to your demographic.
A few minutes on the computer each day and you could be earning cash.
Legitimate sites will allow you to sign up for free. If they try and charge you, give them a miss.
- USE YOUR EXISTING SKILLS
Accessing administrative help remotely is big business in Australia at the moment, with companies outsourcing work to skilled professionals based at home.
Administrative work can include anything from date entry, computing, transcribing, design, book work and research.
A good place to start to shop around your existing skills is the website Upwork which connects employers and freelancers looking to work from home.
Technology has allowed this industry to boom, with all communication happening on the phone and online.
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- CASH FOR BEING CREATIVE
If you have creative flair, there are lots of options for making money online.
From hand lettering for invitation cards to writing out wedding cards and other stationary.
In the lead up to Christmas there has been demand for people to write out corporate Christmas cards.
Etsy Calligraphy will put you in touch and you can also find job offers on GumTree and AirTasker.
- RATING PIZZA
Pizza has become a serious business in Australia, with fast food chains and restaurants getting in on the action.
But it can be a bit hit and miss.
How helpful would it be to rate the pizza outlets in your area, ensuring you get a delicious lunch or dinner.
Trendsource can help you get started as can contacting your local pizza outlets.
Giving private tutoring classes at your home is a great way to earn extra cash, and easy to do if you play a musical instrument or are particularly good at Maths, Science, English or any other subject offered at high school.
You can even run group sessions, charge more for private sessions or take advantage of technology and tutor students online.
To get started contact established tutoring businesses or simply launch your own.
- PET SITTING
The most difficult part of taking a family holiday during the festive season can be to leave beloved pets behind.
There are plenty of boarding kennels available, but if your fur baby is used to plenty of cuddles and kisses, that can be hard.
Local pet sitting in people’s homes is a brilliant option and an easy service for you to provide.
You can advertise easily on social media, through websites like GumTree or simply put up a notice at your local vet.
More ideas can be found at 50 Legitimate Ways to Make Money From Home.