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10 Ways to Earn More Money From Home

Is money tight? Do you ever wish that you could earn some more money from home? As I’m getting older, I have more and more friends that are starting a family. They would absolutely love for their wives to stay home with their children, but in order to make ends meet, many of those new moms¬†need to drop the kids off at their parents house and go out to work a few times a week. Wouldn’t it be great if those new moms didn’t have to leave the house? Wouldn’t it just be a dream to make the same amount of money or more from home? Let’s explore some of these options!

1) Sell Your Jewelry – Do you currently make jewelry that people are constantly asking for? Why not start charging for your gift? If it costs $5 to make, charge $15 or $20 to your end customer. If you have enough demand, you could easily earn a grand each month!

2) The Art of Sewing – Fewer and fewer people know how to sew these days. If you have the ability to create clothing or fix rips and tares, I bet you’re in more demand than you think. Put your name out there and see what happens. After all, what’s there to lose?

3) Make Blankets – Depending on the style, blankets can be fairly simple to make. But, everyone needs blankets right? So, just make a few and try to make some sales. If your customers are satisfied, make some more. Who knows, if could turn into a consistent money maker!

4) Build Cabinets/Refinish Furniture – If you have the talent of building, perhaps you could make some cabinets and post them for sale. Or, if you have the ability to refinish old furniture, you could find some incredibly cheap pieces, update their look and sell it for a hefty profit.

5) Graphic Design – Do you have a talent in graphic design? Can you alter photos, create logos, or design T-shirts? Your skills could very well be in demand.

6) Write Articles or an eBook – Has anyone ever complimented you on your ability to write? I currently employ staff writers because I have taken note of their ability on their own sites. If you have a passion for a particular topic and if you have writing skills, contact one of the websites you enjoy to see if they’re hiring. If they are, you could start earning between $15 and $40 per article. If you are even more ambitious, I would encourage you to write an eBook. It costs nothing to write it and who knows? Maybe it will be a huge success!

7) Design Websites – If you have designed websites in the past, I would suggest that start charging for your skills. Get together a few of your references and put your skill on the market. Heck, I could even use a graphic designer pretty soon!

8 ) Start Your Own Blog – I obviously like this option since it is how I made my extra money from home, but it is definitely not easy and it’s not for everyone! But, if you have a passion for a particular topic and there is a market for future advertisements, get started today! You could be earning hundreds of dollars each month after only a few months of effort. And after that, the sky’s the limit.

9) Daycare – If you want to stay at home with your kids, why not offer to watch your friends’ kids as well. Sure, you won’t be able to give 100% of your attention to your children, but at least you don’t have to send them off to someone else for hours at a time. Plus, this way you can earn a few bucks.

10) Start an Online Store – For this option, the key is to think of an item that costs a couple hundred bucks and is fairly small (since you’ll be keeping inventory at your house most likely). If you can think of something that would be good to sell, start a website for $40 and post your items. It might even allow you to earn more than you previously thought!

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24 comments to 10 Ways to Earn More Money From Home

  • As an FYI….People who sew for money and are VERY skilled and do custom projects typically make less than $15/hr. It’s a rough, rough career choice. And at-home daycare workers typically do even worse.
    Jenny @ Frugal Guru Guide recently posted..Learning Economics Through Seinfeld

    • Thanks for the input Jenny. These 10 options are mainly for the stay-at-home moms that are just looking for something that would bring home a little extra money. $15 an hour is way more than they would have made had they done nothing.

    • Jenny, why is an at home day care a bad idea? My wife is expecting and she currently works as a teacher at a day care so she has experience with the business. It seems like it can be profitable since you cut out the costs of leasing space. We thought about doing it at some point, but we live in an apartment and I’m sure the lease won’t allow for it. Babysitting would be allowed though.
      Andrew@LivingRichCheaply recently posted..The Obligations of Gifts and Favors

  • You know I like you and your blog Derek but daycare should not be on the list. I pay a lot for my children to go to a great daycare. Each one of those teachers are trained in various aspects of child care.

    There is a skill to being a daycare provider that most people don’t have. It’s one thing to baby sit (even that is a skill)… it’s another to provide daycare. In addition, there are background checks, child rearing education, emergency care, fire drills, etc to think about before leaving your child with someone for the day.

    My daycare provides all of that and much much more. I am not bragging but any mother or father who wants to save money or make money should think about proper training before becoming a daycare provider.
    Jai Catalano recently posted..Google Keyword Estimator Plus Market Samurai

  • Blogging is definitely an option but you have to be patient and be in the right niche to make things happen.
    Lance@MoneyLife&More recently posted..Credit Fraud Alerts Work A Bit Too Well

  • You’ve got some great ideas here Derek! If you have some of the skills required then #5, #6 & #7 can be some great options. I know that the competition and the influx of people doing it from all over the world has impacted rates somewhat, though you can still generally make some good money if you make the right connections. The other benefit is that if you have a laptop you can do them from almost anywhere you want.
    John S @ Frugal Rules recently posted..Did Your Degree Come With a Course on Student Loans?

    • Great point Jon. I am starting to get into the market of writing for others. Initially, I just undercut the market, but now I’m starting to get offers at an increased rate because of the quality of my articles. I really enjoy it since I can basically write my articles from anywhere.

  • I am with Jai on this one. I wouldn’t include daycare. Not only are you increasing your odds for getting sued, but you need to carry some good insurance and some homeowners insurance companies will not insure your home if you are using it as a daycare. You have to be very careful when taking care of other people’s children. It is not something that I would take lightly. As Jai, I spend good money for my child to be in a quality daycare that teaches him many things all day long.

    I agree with the other topics, but just not this one.
    Grayson @ Debt Roundup recently posted..How to Keep Good Records: A Few Basics for the Self Employed

    • Good points Grayson. Daycare can be a tough business, especially if something goes terribly wrong. So, if you want to take daycare off the list, what would your replace it with? ;)

  • Great ideas, but they require lots of work too! I have met several people who earned extra money by taking care of other kids. It didn’t make them rich, but it did provide more income.
    Savvy Financial Latina recently posted..I Got My First Raise

    • Yep. I see that quite a bit. It’s a win-win really. The parents pay half of what it would cost to take their kids to a regular daycare and the caretakers earn an income while getting to stay home with their kids!

  • Interesting how we have gone back to basics except for the online technology. My Mom made things for sale when she was in her 90s. She sold those things at a weekend outdoor market. All of us canbe resourceful if we try.
    krantcents recently posted..Is There Right Time to Buy Real Estate?

    • Very true krantcents. Things that made money back in the day can still be done in the present. The only difference is, people don’t seem to work as hard today. But, it just makes life all that much easier for those that are willing to put in some effort. :)

  • Any craft that a person does can be turned into money. Just make sure you don’t turn something you enjoy doing into something you dislike because you now have to meet a quota. It wouldn’t take much to get a few buyers either, word of mouth is very powerful.
    Jennifer @ Money Aches recently posted..Weekly Blog Goals

    • Very true Jennifer. I am starting to write articles from money, which I used to love to do. Unfortunately, it’s starting to become a chore. So, it might be about time to pull back the reigns a bit so I don’t lose the enjoyment factor.

  • There seems to be an interesting step between making a small side profit and turning this vocation into something bigger. Interesting points about just starting, Derek.

    • Very true Mike. It all depends on what you want out of this side job. If you’re just looking for some extra cash, then a focus on the hourly wage is just fine. If, however, you’re thinking that you’d like to turn it into an all out business, then some short term sacrifices need to be made for the long term gain.

  • I would add that you can make money online in many, many different ways. If you have the drive and determination, develop a good product or service and do a good job with marketing, you can make millions from your couch.

    Obviously it’s not easy and few will get to that point, but it’s something to think about.
    Anton Ivanov | Dreams Cash True recently posted..Is Early Retirement Possible?

    • Very true Anton! I started a blog a couple years ago and was quickly amazed how many different avenues there were to earn money. Right now I’m writing articles for others that creates over $1,000 a month. It’s a pretty great side gig! :)

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