Working from home has been a very sought after type of employment over the last few years for so many reasons. Especially is this true for stay-at-home moms and dads who don’t have options for childcare, but need some type of income. There are plenty of ‘get rich quick’ ads/scams circulating out there on social media that prey on those of us desperate for a legitimate way to work from home. There are options for online courses if you’re looking to start a career from home; like medical coding or bookkeeping. But, if you’re looking for something you can do right now, that doesn’t require any special skills, start up costs, buying inventory, etc….then here are several ideas I’ve personally used for years, to help get you started.
1. Digital Printables
If you were to Google or search on Pinterest the phrase “passive income”, you’ll find countless ideas for digital printable’s that you create one time, and then can sell endless amounts of. All you need is an app/website like Canva (which is free to use, but you can pay for the upgraded version), and a phone or laptop. With Canva or even just a Word document, you can create printable items that you then list for sale. Most people sell and buy these through Etsy. A customer pays for the item, and Etsy sends them your link to download and that’s it! The ideas for printables are endless: to-do lists, calendars, charts, seasonal cut outs, games, activities for kids, art, anything you can possibly think of!
If you’ve ever thought of writing a book, you can also use Canva to create an e-book. It takes some research, but you can publish and sell your own e-books on Amazon KDP.
Printful is a really cool website that allows you to put your own designs on lots of different products and have them create and drop ship to people who purchase them. For example, you create a flower design on Canva, upload it to Printful, and see hundreds of mockups of what your design looks like on different products: T-shirts, hats, mugs and many more. Once you have a product designed that you want to sell, you will link it to a store you create; like eBay (which is free to set up) and Printful will create and ship your item when someone purchases it. The great thing about this is you don’t have to pay for any inventory to get started…just create products and list them. Once you have items available for sale, you can promote them on social media or any other way you like!
Evidation (formerly known as Achievement) is an app you download on your phone that pays you for walking. It tracks your step count, and when you reach 10,000 steps, they send you $10. I have been using this app for years and it does exactly what it says. You can link it to your smart watch like a Fitbit or Apple Watch for a more accurate step count, but even if you don’t have those, you just keep the app open and your phone counts your steps. This works even when your phone is locked (ie, screen is off, app just runs in the background). The Evidation app also links to other health related apps on your phone so you can earn more points faster (like MyFitnessPal, MapMyRun and many others; even Twitter). The app also has very short articles and quizzes you can take to earn steps/points faster. Click here to join.
There are lots of freelance writing opportunities becoming available. It definitely is not going to give you a full time income any time soon, but writing on Hubpages is a great place to start. There are endless topics you can write about and a large audience to reach. If you take the time to write good quality articles, you can be featured and have ads automatically put on your articles so you can start to monetize. This is a great option for those of us who don’t have the time or money to put into our own website or blog.
You can also try a website called Fiver, where you sell services that you create for clients. Many people who have created their own blogs will hire “ghost writers” through Fiver so they can quickly add more content to their site. Figure out what topics you would like to write about, create a profile and start selling your services! There are some great creators on Pinterest that give you lots of tips to get started. You can also sell your services for graphic design, copywriting, social media marketing and many other things.
5. Online Resale
Online thrift shopping has become a huge market that is pretty easy to get into. Websites like Poshmark, Mercari and Vinted make it so simple to list clothes, accessories or other items to sell. Dig through your closet and find some things you don’t wear anymore and get to listing!
If you don’t want to do all the leg work of listings clothes, you can order a Clean Out Kit from ThredUP. They’ll send you a free bag to fill with clothes you want to sell to them. They may not buy all of them, but some they may at least consign so it’s definitely worth a shot!
6. Cash Back Apps
These are not exactly making money from home, but they are a way to make money with little effort, doing something you already do every week: grocery shopping. With apps like Ibotta and Fetch, you scan your shopping receipts, or even link your loyalty/discount card for certain stores, and earn cash back until you can cash out for a gift card.
Last, but not least…the one thing we’ve all tried at some point: surveys. It can be hard to find legit surveys that aren’t a huge waste of time. The two that I trust the most are Swagbucks and Digsite. If you’re just sitting around watching TV, Swagbucks doesn’t take much time and they have a lot of new ways to earn points. Digsite is a reputable survey company and is more exclusive. Somehow I found it and made over $100 in Amazon gift cards in a month. Definitely worth a shot to try to get in!