29 Idiot-Proof Ways to Make Money Online from Home

How a jobless 34-year-old “struggling” writer accidently stumbled into these simple yet easy-to-follow methods to take in at least $1,000 per month, almost overnight!

So you want to find some genuine work-from-home-opportunities and not just some rip-off, don’t you? Luckily for you, I did all the dirty work and compiled 29 simple yet easy to follow ways of raking in at least $1,000 per month.

Some of these make money from home opportunities will make you few bucks per month, while others have the potential of making you a full-time income depending on the time and effort you invest in them.

So, grab a cup of coffee and come back to learn about some of the interesting ways to make money from home. You may also find something that you may not have heard before.

Note: We will keep adding new ways to this post, so bookmark this page. And, please do share your own making money from home ideas in the comment section below.

Here are simple and proven ways to make money from home:

1. Instantly earn up to 70% of the sale by crafting and publishing a “killer” kindle (ebook) on Amazon

If you’re good at researching and writing, then you can easily publish an e-book on Amazon Kindle store, and make passive income, almost overnight.

The good news is that the Kindle app is available on any devices (Smartphone, iPad, laptops, and of course, on Kindles), which means you have an unexpected advantage to reaching a wider audience.

You can easily create an e-book and list it for $2 to $7… and earn up to 70% of the sale. Why not? After all, Amazon is the biggest online shopping mall where all kinds of “hungry” people go to buy items with their hard earned money – an excellent deal for you, don’t you think?.

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You can quickly and easily create and publish a Kindle on Amazon and rake in as much as $2 to $7 per ebook almost overnight. (Image credit: Lit Reactor)

Here’s how to do it:

Before you do anything else, make sure your kindle ebook is
“non-fiction” and offers plenty of value for your targeted audience. You can easily research, study and read to compile ways to do SOMETHING – for e.g. “Simple ways to drive 1,000+ targeted visitors per day… within 30 days” – and then present it in a simple and easy to read format (in an eBook)… to compel as many “interested people” to spend few quid on it.

And if you can, create a nice-looking eBook cover for your Kindle that helps grab more attention to it.

Also, once your eBook is published online on Kindle’s store, get some reviews for it so that it will display higher in search engine results when people search for it. To do this, encourage your readers to leave honest reviews at the end of your eBook.

The best thing about this how to make money from home idea is that once you have invested a decent time (let’s say 3-5 hours), then you can easily and quickly make a decent passive income… within 30 days.

If you want to learn how to quickly and easily create and publish a kindle ebook on Amazon, then check out this resourceful post.

1. Answer Online Surveys

Participating in online surveys is probably one of the popular ways of making money online today. Big companies are always conducting research asking their website visitors and customers to answer surveys so that they can improve their product, test new products, and improve the user experience.

For just a few minutes of form filling, you can easily make a $4 to $5. Besides cash, you could also receive gift cards, free products, prize draws, etc.

Warning: Do not take part in “paid surveys.” If they are asking you for money, they are most likely scams.

Here are few good ones to try:

  1. MySurvey
  2. Swagbucks
  3. Ipsos Panel
  4. OnePoll
  5. SurveyBods
  6. YouGov
  7. Harris Poll
  8. Mind Mover
  9. New Vista
  10. Opinion Outpost
  11. The Opinion Panel

Swagbucks is a good one to participate because it rewards you with not just the cash, but also for surfing the Internet, playing video games, and watching videos.

Ipsos Panel and Swagbucks are both legitimate paid survey companies (listed as A+ company in the Better Business Bureau). You must have heard about Ipsos in the news a lot because they are the same company that runs a lot of presidential polls.

4. Make Money from Amazon

You can also pick jobs that pay you a little from Amazon Mechanical Turk. These jobs require human interaction. So, if you want to add up to your overall monthly earnings, join one of the largest retailers and start working from home, at your own time, and get paid.

Here are some job types you can apply for at Amazon Mechanical Turk

  • Translation jobs (translate articles from French to English)
  • Find the tone of the article
  • Are these two products similar?
  • Find the item number from the image of this product
  • Is this website suitable for a general audience?
  • Select correct spelling for these search engines, etc

5. Daycare Job from Home

If you have kids at your home, why not start a day care services.

At-home day care services are in high demand because there are only a few children involved as opposed to big day care centers, and are often close.

You will have to get certified to start your own at-home day care center, but you will be rewarded with good income while also getting to spend quality time with your kids.

6. Freelancing

The other day, one of my friends was asking me “how do I manage to find online jobs and does he need to be good at typing?” Then I said, “I am doing freelance writing… but you basically can find any jobs besides writing.” For example, if you have passion or skills for design, programming, marketing, you can visit these sites to find legitimate jobs:

You can find project per hour basis in these sites.

7. Tutoring

So you have a good knowledge on SAT? Why not use it to make money from home by giving a private SAT lessons. If you are busy running the hour chores, choose your schedule and give lessons. Or better, you can visit Chegg Tutors, an online tutoring site, and earn up to $20 per hour.

8. Start Blogging

Did you know that you can start blogging with less than $4 a month? That is very affordable considering how much you will make. I have seen some bloggers making up to $150,000 per year, while top bloggers earning up to $50,000 a month (Pat Flynn for e.g.).

Click here to learn how to set up a blog, and make full use of it by promoting affiliate products, if you do not have your own product or services.

You can blog on topics such as:

  • Love & Sex
  • Self-Development
  • Health & Fitness
  • Internet & Technology
  • Travel
  • And, just about anything else you are interested in (make sure that it is a profitable market)…

9. Start Renting/Selling Clothes Online

If you have a wardrobe full of clothes that you normally do not wear, why not rent them out to others? You can rent them out on sites such as Loanables and RentNotBuy

If your clothes are out of style, or they do not fit in anymore, sell them online on sites like eBay.com or include them in a garage sale mentioned above.

10. Find a Part-Time Job

You could be a student looking for ways to supplement your income, or a busy stay at home mom or dad who wants to make extra quid for personal reasons (savings, travel expenses, buying something special for your loved ones, etc), then part-time jobs fit your bill here exactly.

Not only it offers you a stable job and regular income, but also gives you a valuable work experience that you can use in the future.

However, jobs are a bit difficult to find, but should not be a problem if you go and sign up for a free account on these sites:

  1. Student job websites
  2. Student job search &
  3. Graduate recruitment bureau

11. Give Feedbacks about Search Engines and Get Paid

You can become a search engine expert by testing various search engines by performing researches on queries, looking at the result pages, and evaluate search engines base on their relevance and usage. Go visit Leapforce, Lionbridge, and Appen to evaluate search engines and make money from home.

12. Calligraphy

Make money at home doing hand lettering for postcards, invitation cards, and wedding cards, and other stationary. Use your favorite pen and fonts and enter into the world of calligraphy. Visit sites such as Etsy Calligraphy section.

13. Test Others Websites

You will browse a website, click on the links, check to see it works properly, and then get paid for your testing services. Website owners will pay you to test their websites. Go visit sites such as Fiverr and User Testing and get paid almost $30 per hour for testing websites.

14. Make Money from Pet Sitting

Do you LOVE pets? You can make money from pet sitting at your place. Just ensure that there is enough space to pet numerous pets.

Websites such as Care.com brings together people who offer petting sitting services and those who are looking for pet care. Just remember to quote your rate wisely.

15. Find Gigs on Fiverr

Visit and sign up for a free account at Fiverr, one of the world’s largest marketplaces where people visit to make money online selling services, (also known as ‘gigs’).

There is absolutely no limit to what you can offer at Fiverr.  For example, you can offer anything – from writing, translation, SEO, programming, and marketing to making voiceovers, creating music, and short video clips for people from all around the world.

Price per gig is $5, (hence Fiverr) … but you can make money from home by offering extra services. Well, it might not seem a lot of money at first, there are plenty of people making a decent income from the site. All you have to do is set up a system, which minimizes the time you will spend on each gig.

But, there are other ways to make even more from Fiverr. For example, you could find an article writer or a video maker, or SEO service provider for $5, and then, offer the same service via Upwork or through local classifieds. A $5 gig can easily turn into $50+, and it is repeatable!

If you are not interested in selling your services there, there are so much of interesting things you can get done for yourself. Browse through the site and get inspired.

16. Sell Phones Online

If you have an old phone or a new model that works fine, you can go to Amazon and sign up to start selling it. You will be rewarded gift cards for working iPhone. Alternatively, you can visit Gazelle and Swappa that gives you cash for that old phone.

17. Sell Your Books Online

If you have old books in your home, go to sites like Half Priced Books and start making money from home on a regular basis. You could be earning from cents to few dollars for each of your books at home. Not only this frees up your shelves and makes room for something new, you will also make a smart passive income through it as well as diversify your income sources.

18. Data Entry Jobs

How fast and accurate is your typing skills? If it’s good, why not visit Craigslist and Upwork to find data entry or administrative jobs to make money from home? You can easily do these data entry jobs by applying from these sites mentioned above and communicating with the client through Skype.

19. Make Money as a Virtual Assistance, or VA

If you can afford few extra time and make money from it, why not work as a Virtual Assistance? You can get paid for any kind of job, from browsing through the website, posting social media posts on FB, Twitter, and Google+ by creating short video clips, checking emails, making travel plans, and answering calls for others. Sites such as Upwork and Zirtual offer many jobs if you are interested in making extra income for yourself.

18. Manage Social Media Sites

In addition to writing and data entry tasks, you can also maintain social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter fan page for small businesses so that they can connect with more people. Visit Fiverr and sign up for free to apply jobs for maintaining social pages.

19. Rent your automobile

Not using your car while on a holiday or the weekend? Why not rent it out on GetAround and RelayRides. The staffs at these places will help you set up a profile, and then pay you on a per hour basis.

20. Share Your Opinions and Get Paid

Share your opinions, views, and feedbacks for everyday services and products that you use on 2020Panel and make money from home. Your feedbacks help companies improve their products and services, and in return, will pay you anything between $50 to $100 and more.

21. Sell Your Old Snapshots

Do you have some random pictures on your hard drive that seems to take up a lot of space? Why not sell them on stock photos such as iStockPhoto? People from all over the world visit this website to purchase photos. Even if you think the images are not worth selling, just give it a try. Most unusually, the most neglected pictures of every day can do magic for you, just like a simple pen and paper.

22. Open a Bank Account and Make Money

Just go to Google and perform a search for “banks offering bonuses for opening accounts” will return you a list of over dozen websites. Just make sure to read the requirements before you sign up for anything. But if you have time, you will be able to make a few hundred dollars every month.

23. Don’t Delete Your Junk Mail

Nobody likes junk emails. That is why it is called “junk,” anyway. Other than recycling, trash, and burn it in the winter, there is nothing much you can do about it. But the Small Business Knowledge Center is one kind of market research company who will take your junk mail and email and give you a prepaid VISA card in exchange.

24. Rent Your Parking Space

Not using your parking spot when you are away working at your office? Simply advertise it on the Craigslist for rental service.

25. Make Money When Shopping

This option will not only help you make money but help you save money. Particularly great option for the student. But if you look at in a buyer’s perspective, then you will notice that you will be making money with every purchase you make, whether be it from a 10% discount or 0.5% cashback.

Sites such as Top Cashback, Swagbucks, and Quidco are free to sign up and offer the best exclusive and retailers. They will pay you commission they would have earned themselves.

26. Review Music and Make Money from Home

If you are like me, you love music. If you do, here is a good news too: you can start your own business by reviewing unsigned bands and artists online for good income with Slicethepie.

At first, it could take up some time building a site and then a handful of followers, but there are many examples of people making $100 per month by writing music reviews. This may not sound like that much, but if you do something you love then it should not be a difficult task for you. You will earn in US dollars and no matter where you are located – Asia, America, Europe, Australia, etc- anyone is free to sign up and review.

27. Make Money from Domain Flipping

Domain name is your website address on the Internet. They have to be unique although you will find them in many different extensions.

Registering for a new/regular domain name will cost you as little as $0.99 with 1and1.com (regular pricing after 1 year, while ‘premium’ domain can cost you $1,000s if not millions when you later sell them. In 2007, a domain name VacationRentals.com went on for a sale of $35m!

28. Work as a Charity Collector

This type of job requires a certain kind of person, and you will have to be willing to take many rejections and be persistent. However, if are lively and friendly and think you can sell a comb to a bald person then this is something you should consider to make money online. You will get paid commissions by bringing in new sign ups, like something around $25 per referral.

29. Be an Extra

Do you find yourself entertaining people with your acting skills? If you think you can make people laugh and give you that special attention, you could apply for the extra.

On a particular day, you could be earning $70-80, and you really do not have to do anything.

You can apply at 2020 casting or Be On Screen for a number of opportunities – just remember that they will take a cut from your earnings. Also, go and sign up at websites Wesser and charity site like Oxfam.

There are many different creative ways to make money from home, such as these 29 ideas. If you are lucky, you could be on your way to making a full-time income!

Over to you: Would you try any of these methods to make money from home? If not, please share your own ideas in the comment box below.

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  1. Hi, and thank you for a useful post!
    I can share a useful website with you in responce: XPlace . It’s a freelance job board with a variety of projects, higher hourly rates than on the majority of other similar platforms, and absence of a commission. Hope you’ll find it of some help!

    • Hey, thanks. I checked it out and filled up my info, but I’m not sure if I can place bid for free! But, definitely I see that there’s a lot of high paying projects out there, even higher than what I find on Upwork.

  2. This is actually a fine list and definitely great ways to making money online. I got on this page, I mean your blog because of the headline…it was very catchy and you did awesomely well at creating a nice and compelling piece that is sure to guide a newbie blogger whose singular aim is to make money online.

    I would however hard that to make BIG money online as a blogger there is need to embrace Thought Leadership and teaching people the things you have come to know about your industry. What I am saying in essence is that you will have to make yourself a kind of a go-to expert that people come to when they need help on something in the niche in which you fill.

    Ultimately, I think your list is a great way to start for newbie bloggers. Kudos!


    • Thanks Anil for your precise feedback about “how you found my website” – i.e. through catchy headline. I think headlines is the first piece of content our visitors see, and if they’re not impressed by it, they’ll leave – without checking out all the juicy stuff in the copy. It has happened to me many times – people come and bounce off quickly because the headline was poorly written.

      But, I recently went through some copywriting resources written by the legendary copywriter John Carlton and Gary Halbert (Google them because everyone can learn something about world-class copywriting for them) and found that headlines are the first important thing to master.

      I used this headline from a list of “2001 proven headlines…”

      I bet I will put them into my resource page for other visitors.

      And, yes, these money making tips are for your “noobie” bloggers, and there are plenty – almost 90% of them are newbie bloggers I think.

      Thanks for taking your precious time and commenting here. I truly respect your effort. And, I really admire how “specifically” you mention the things that you’re impressed about, which helps improve my writing as well.

      BTW, I also checked out your website, and everything posted there are “insider” secrets that can benefit all average bloggers out there. I’ll come visit your blog and leave some comment, too.

      Please visit back for more…