• Lindsay

5 Ways to Make Money from Home

There are countless ways to make money from home, but not all of them are worth the investment. Being a stay-at-home mom for over 10 years has given me an abundance of knowledge in the area of work-from-home jobs. I'd like to share with you some of the top money-making opportunities I've discovered over the past decade.

1. Textbroker

This is the top dog for me because it's how I supplement my income from working at a school.

I've been a Textbroker author for 6 years and I really enjoy it. You're basically a freelance writer who gets paid-per-word for their work. Once you turn in your work, you give up any rights to it in exchange for payment.

Authors are rated on a scale of level 1 to 5 and are paid accordingly. The higher the level, the more you get paid per word.

There are three ways to receive orders- open, direct, and team. Open orders are up for any author within that particular level. Direct orders are sent directly to the author and you set your own price per word. Team orders are given to a smaller pool of authors that have to "try out" for the team in order to be selected for it.

I make most of my money through direct orders. I've been doing it for so long that I've built up a reliable clientele.

Payments are made twice a week and are made through a third-party company called Payoneer. The money is then directly deposited into your bank account.

2. Epoll Surveys

Another company that I've worked with for years is Epoll Surveys. They send out surveys through email that pertain to celebrities, movies, and television.

I've gotten to do some pretty cool surveys, like watching new shows before they premiere and giving my opinion on awards shows.

You accumulate points for every survey you take. Once you reach a certain number of points, you can either make a donation to a charity or cash in the points for PayPal money or gift cards to places like Wal-Mart and Amazon.

You won't make a ton of money doing this, but I like to save the gift cards up and use them for Christmas gifts at the end of the year.

3. 1Q Surveys

You really can't get much easier than 1Q Surveys when it comes to making some quick cash. You simply download their app and they send you quick survey questions to answer. Each answer is worth $.25, and the money is automatically deposited into your PayPal account.

On average, I make a couple hundred bucks a year doing this, and for something that takes literally less than a minute to answer, it's totally worth it to me. Plus, the questions are usually fun and on topics like upcoming television adds or your favorite type of alcohol (where my fellow wine-mamas at?!)

4. Blogging

It's what I'm doing right now...sharing what I know or feel with others and maybe making a little bit of money in the process.

I've been blogging for a little over a year now, and I've used a couple of different platforms. I started out with Blogger, and just recently moved to Wix. I will do a separate post reviewing the different blogging platforms at a later date, but Blogger is great for those just starting out and looking for something free. Wix, Wordpress, Weebly, and others are more for serious bloggers.

To make money, you need companies to pay you to put advertisements on your blog. Most companies won't do this unless your blog generates a lot of traffic.

You can also become an Amazon Affiliate where you include Amazon links in your blog and get paid when someone purchases the product you've linked or makes another qualifying purchase within a specified time-frame from one of your links.

You can also have subscribers to your blog pay for special features like access to members-only deals and offers.

5. Etsy

If you're crafty, you can try selling your products on Etsy. I had a wooden sign-making business for a bit and tried my hand at this. I did find the process a bit confusing, especially when it came to the sales tax portion.

In addition to selling on Etsy, you can create a business page on Facebook and Instagram to generate followers and thus, the possibility of more customers.

I have some friends that also participate in craft shows and manage to make a decent amount of money.

There are so many ways to make money working from home, but none of them will get you rich fast. Like any good thing, hard work and perseverance will pay off in the end. Find something you enjoy and then stick to it. Eventually, you'll see all that hard work paying off and you'll be able to say you did it all on your own. Good luck!

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