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If money is tight, or you want to make extra cash, there are a number of ways you can do so. All without setting foot out of your front door. There are easy ways to make money at home. While they may not give you a fortune, it can help pay for some of life’s essentials.
If you are a stay at home parent, a struggling student, or somebody with extra time on your hands, here are some helpful money making tips for you.
Take an online survey
You have a voice so why not let it be heard. There are many websites, including Valued Opinions and PanelBase. They pay a little bit of cash to people willing to take market research surveys. There are a wide variety of subjects being covered in these studies, from health matters to food shopping. You won’t make a living taking surveys, but at least you will be able to make a difference in the world by sharing your opinion.
If you are at home a lot during the day, you are probably already spending a lot of time surfing the internet. Wouldn’t it be great if you could make a little bit of money by doing just that? Great news, you can! Simply install an add-on into your browser and click on the sponsored results from whichever search engine you use. Sign up for free with Qmee.com, get a Paypal account, and watch the money start flooding (trickling) in. You won’t become a millionaire but hey, earning money for doing something you already do is not to be sniffed at! Furthermore, you can even donate what you earn to charity, giving you extra incentive to stay rooted in your armchair!
Sell your stuff
Unless you are a compulsive hoarder, chances are you have items in your home that you no longer need. Perhaps your family has grown up, and you have toys and games no longer in use. You may have upgraded your technology so may want to get rid of that old DVD player gathering dust in the cupboard. You could give your unwanted belongings to a charity shop, but you could also sell them to make a little extra money.
Try this online buyback option, selling your books, DVD’s, electronic items and video games. Shipping is prepaid, so you will save money on postage. Alternatively, Amazon and eBay are the traditional selling routes, though you will need to pay for shipping unless you factor the costs in your sale price.
While your old VHS player is virtually worthless, you may have items that are worth more money than you expect. Before you sell, go online and check out similar items, or use an item valuing website. Not everything you own is collectible, but you don’t want to be short-changed by selling something for next to nothing and later realizing it’s a much sought after item from buyers. Classic video games, comic books, and older book editions can be rare to find on the market so you may have something of value. Similarly, that old teapot handed down to you from generations of family might be worth absolutely nothing, but then again it could be an antique! You could be sat on a gold mine and not even realize it.
Begin an online business
Many people make a living working from home by setting up a website and selling their skills. You may be particularly good at craft, including dressmaking, painting, and woodwork. Why not sell the items you make, making a profit from what used to be a mere hobby? It doesn’t matter if you aren’t skilled in craft as you may have something else to offer, such as giving advice (if you are qualified to do so) or buying and selling a specific product.
If you intend to go down this route, there are several things you need to take into account. For example, you will need to pay your own taxes, and you should take out business insurance to cover you in the event of legal entanglements with your customers. You can find helpful advice online to help you start your own business, and it’s possible to easily create your own website for free.
Make money writing
There are many avenues to follow should you have a flair with the written word. Perhaps you have a novel or short story inside of you? Rather than dream about having your working published, make it a reality by self-publishing. You can post your eBook in a number of places, including the Amazon Kindle store which is accessible across a range of devices. You set the price for your book, and earn around 70% of the sale while Amazon takes the rest.
The advantage of self-publishing is the ease to which you can get your written creation onto the internet. You will need to market yourself, so be sure to use your social media channels to advertise your book. However, you could still go down the traditional publishing route by finding an agent and sending your manuscript to a recognized publishing company. You will probably make more money this way, but you will face the hardship of having your work rejected before (hopefully) finding a publishing deal.
Alternatively, you can make money by becoming a freelance writer. However setting yourself up as a writer for hire doesn’t always guarantee a consistent income. Web sites such as Upwork list job’s posted by people looking for freelance writers on a one-off or semi-regular basis. There are a wide variety of jobs on offer, from ghostwriting fiction to blog writing. You may need a portfolio of work behind you. Acquire recommendations from other clients, as the competition for work is high among other freelancers.
There are many other avenues writers can take, from reviewing products, to writing for local media. Check online, source clients, and begin a possible new career.