Whether you’re a stay at home mom or are just looking for moonlighting opportunities that you can work on when the kids have gone to bed, all you need is a computer, smartphone or tablet, and a good internet service to make a few dollars.
Of course, there are a lot of scams, and some money making opportunities are better than others. We sort the good from the bad to help you find the opportunities that suit you best. Can you really make extra money online just working from home? You bet! Here’s how moms are doing it.
1. Become an Amazon Associate
Talking about great products you’ve seen on Amazon can be lucrative – if you’ve got an Amazon Associate’s account. All you have to do is to lead people to the page on Amazon – and if they like the product enough to buy it, you get a commission.
Just log in to Amazon and look for the Associates link at the bottom of your page. Sign up, and you get an individual identifier. Now add this to links leading to products you like, and you’ll get around 8% commission on sales coming from your link.
Start your own website or blog, get a following, and rake in the money. It can take to build momentum, but once you’ve got it going, it can be very worthwhile!
2. Become a Freelance Blogger
Approach bloggers whose work falls within your area of interest or join one of the freelance writing platforms like Upwork and bid on available projects.
A lot of individuals and businesses need fresh content on their blogs, but simply don’t have the time to produce it. As you get regular gigs, you’ll spend less time marketing yourself and more time actually making money. All you need is good writing skills and the ability to research topics online.
3. Sell Handmade Items on Etsy
Are you a good crafter? Perhaps you sew, knit or make jewelry. You can get top dollar for your creations by advertising them for sale on Etsy. There’s a big market for unique, handcrafted items, and provided your work is attractive enough, you’re sure to find buyers.
Turning your hobby into a little business has never been easier! You can sell to an international market and boost your results through social media for even better sales.
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4. Put Your Office Skills to Work at Home
Data capturing or becoming a virtual assistant are great opportunities for computer savvy moms with a knack for organizing. Offer your services to local business that may have extra work that needs doing from time to time, and search the online marketplaces for projects all over the world.
5. Put Your Blog to Work – or Start One
There are several ways to make money with your blog. It will take patience to get the ball rolling and the traffic through your website, but once things get going, it can be quite lucrative.
You can use your blog to sell those unique skills that you have or the products that you make, get paid for advertising with AdSense and earn money linking to other websites and blogs, endorsing products and more. Your primary challenge is getting a good following – but who doesn’t like a challenge?
6. Write an E-book
Do you know a lot about an individual subject? Don’t just give your knowledge away. Write an E-book and start selling! E-books don’t have to be as long as print publications, and self-publishing is easy.
Smashwords can help you get your e-book formatted professionally.
You can also sell your book using Smashwords – and they also handle fiction. Are you ready to become a famous author? It’s not impossible!
7. Buy and Sell on Craigslist
If you’ve got a talent for refurbishing old items such as wooden furniture, buying, fixing and selling used items can make you a packet. Get beat-up items, make them like new, and sell them again for much more than you originally paid.
8. Become a Social Media Guru
These days, businesses know they’re missing out big time if they don’t use social media effectively. The problem is that thinking up campaigns, posting updates and reacting to comments and queries takes up a lot of time. It also takes creativity to get the engagement they’re looking for.
Managing social media for businesses can become quite a lucrative job, especially if you have a marketing background or have run successful campaigns before. So get tweeting, post on Facebook, share on Google plus and help them to build an audience.
9. Get Paid for Completing Surveys
This is one of the easiest ways to make money online. All you need is a computer and opinions. Try Harris Poll, Swagbucks, PineCone Research or My Survey and look out for other legitimate opportunities to get paid for your opinions. Businesses need to keep their fingers on the pulse of public opinion and helping them to do so can be lucrative!
10. Become a Tutor
Although being a teacher will expand your tutoring options, there are also many websites that offer students practice in English as a second language (ESL), sometimes simply through chat opportunities with a paid tutor (that’s you).
11. Design and Sell T-shirts
Check out T-spring, a site that allows you to have fun designing and selling your own T-shirts. There’s no risk. The T-shirts are only made once enough have been ordered, and the website helps you to analyze what profits you might make.
You will have to have a way to let your target audience know that your design is available, so a popular blog or social media profile really helps.
12. Watch TV
Yes. Really. You can make money by watching TV. Become a Viggle member and check in when you are watching. You’ll be asked about the content of the show and you’ll give your opinion on ads. In exchange, you get paid in gift cards or can redeem them for credit you can spend anywhere!
13. Read Emails
You can make a few dollars by checking out emails from companies like InboxDollars. They send you advertisements, you view them, confirm you’ve seen them, and that’s that.
Looking for more ideas?
Read our article on how you can make money by playing video games. There are lots of ways to make money online. Feel free to add your suggestions!
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