If you’re looking for ways to make extra money from home, you’ve come to the right place.
There are more than 4 million Americans working from home and many more just making money on side gigs. You have to be careful, however, because the internet is full of scam jobs and disappointing schemes. That’s why we’ve searched through thousands of ideas for you and put together this list of 15 real ways to make money that don’t involve sitting in an office cubicle:
1. Invest in real estate (with as little as $500)
You don’t have to have millions of dollars — or even thousands — to invest in real estate. With Fundrise you can invest in the real estate market with as little as $500. In the past, this type of real estate investing was available only to the richest, but nowadays any U.S. resident over the age of 18 can invest, regardless of net worth.
With as little as $500 you can open a Fundrise Starter Portfolio. Your investment is backed by a 90-day satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not completely satisfied, Fundrise will buy back your investment. You can inspect the properties in your portfolio, and each project is acquired and managed by a team of professionals on your behalf. Fundrise boasts 8.7% to 12.4% in historical annual returns.
2. Invest in fine art
You don’t have to be a high-roller to buy fine art anymore. A new company called MasterWorks allows you to buy in to the global art market with fractional investing — similar to the way you buy fractional shares in companies through stocks. No, you don’t get to hang the “Mona Lisa” in your living room. But you can get partial ownership in blue-chip artwork that has a history of appreciating steadily over time and provides an alternative to the volatility of the stock market.
Remember, past performance of investments doesn’t predict future performance. And you should understand fees that apply (PT Money has a good review of MasterWorks here) to make sure you’re comfortable with this new and unusual wealth-generating opportunity.
3. Watch after doggies and get paid
Maybe you don’t want to go to an office, but you also don’t want to sit on your couch all day. What’s better than playing with a puppy? Getting paid for it!
Rover is a site that connects you with local pet owners who need someone to walk or watch their pooch. So if you love playing with dogs, Rover is a great way to earn more and enjoy doing it.
Here’s how to get started:
- Create a profile on Rover.com.
- Once approved, you can start hearing from owners right away.
- After a job is complete, you’ll get paid through PayPal within 48 hours.
4. Rent out your place by the day
Have a spare room? Then why not rent space in your place and earn money as an Airbnb host?
We know, it takes a great deal of trust when people are staying in your home. The good news is that with Airbnb you can decide who gets to book and get to know your guests before their stay. Airbnb also covers all bookings with $1 million in protective insurance — just in case of an accident.
Here’s a few tips on how to earn more as an Airbnb host:
- Rent your space during high-demand times, such as during major conferences and concerts.
- Respond to inquiries quickly. You wouldn’t want your guests booking somewhere else!
- Cancellations can get messy, so keep your calendar of available dates accurate and up to date.
- Leave reviews for great guests, and they’ll reward you with reviews too.
Find out how much you could earn with Airbnb’s property value calculator.
5. Rent out your RV when you’re not using it
If you’re an RV owner, then there’s a good chance that your home away from home is sitting unused for a good part of the year. If so, you’re missing out on a great way to make cash on the side through another peer-to-peer platform called RVshare.
Just as Airbnb connects people who have space to rent out with people who need a place to stay, RVshare provides a way to rent out your RV to people who want to hit the road but don’t necessarily want to own an RV themselves.
6. Lose weight and gain cash
The only thing better than losing weight is getting paid to do it.
With the HealthyWage website and app, you bet on your own weight-loss goal. If you hit your goal, you win money. If you miss your goal, you lose money.
This might sound crazy, but recent academic research shows that financial incentives and games are powerful weight-loss tools. This is because they add fun, accountability and structure to help you reach your goals.
7. Get cash back when you shop — plus a free $10 gift card
Earn extra money on Rakuten (formerly known as Ebates) — a site that gets you up to 40% cash back at more than 2,500 stores. Here’s how they make that possible: Retailers pay Ebates a commission for sending shoppers to their websites. Then Rakuten shares that commission with you. So why not get cash back the next time you shop online at Amazon or Walmart by going through Rakuten first?
Signing up has become even more lucrative: As a bonus for being a new Ebates member, you’ll earn $10 when you spend at least $25 within the first 90 days of signing up.
Here’s how to claim your free $10 gift card:
- Sign up on Rakuten. It only takes a minute.
- Use the Rakuten portal to reach an online retailer, and spend at least $25 on your first purchase within 90 days.
- Your account will be awarded points that you can then use to redeem your $10 gift card.
8. Drive people around in your car
If you’ve got a four-door car, why not put it to good use and earn money as a driver for Uber? Professional driving experience is not required.
- Go where the people are during peak hours when folks need rides.
- Offer free bottles of water, snacks and a phone charger to your passengers. They’ll appreciate the gesture and tip you for it.
- When dropping off your passengers at the end of their ride, ask them nicely for an “honest” rating. Most passengers don’t give ratings, but when they do, a tip screen will then pop up giving them the option to leave a tip. When you get more ratings, more people will see the tip screen.
Here’s why it’s easy to make money with Uber.
9. Get paid to answer surveys
Did you know there are websites that will pay for your opinion? Taking surveys isn’t going to make you rich, but if you have some free time you can quickly earn extra cash with very little effort. We recommend signing up with a few sites that provide access to surveys. By taking more surveys you’ll increase your earnings potential.
Here are our top picks:
- Swagbucks: Get $5 for signing up and completing your first survey.
- MyPoints: Earn gift cards for answering surveys and taking polls. You’ll get a $5 bonus after completing your first five surveys
10. Make more interest on your savings
It is common knowledge that interest rates on savings accounts are still very low. In fact, the rate on the average savings account is hovering around 0.09%. Why not ditch your low-earning savings account and open a high-interest one instead?
Enter CIT Bank, an online bank that offers a 1.80% annual percentage yield (APY) with its Savings Builder Account. That’s one of the highest interest rates available, and it’s a 100% risk-free return and FDIC-insured.
Read our full CIT Bank review to learn more.
11. Make money watching videos
InboxDollars will pay you real cash (not points) to watch clips, the latest news and many other videos. You can choose from topics such as news, celebrities, entertainment, tech, food or health.
Not only is joining free, but you’ll also get your first $5 just for signing up.
12. Find out if retailers owe you a refund
With Paribus you can find out whether stores owe you a refund without much effort. To get started, sign up for a free account, and then let Paribus scan your email inbox for purchase receipts. If a price drop is discovered on something you have bought, Paribus will let you know and help get back the difference in price.
Paribus also monitors deliveries from Amazon and Walmart, and gets you money back on items that are shipped late.
(Paribus compensates us when you sign up for Paribus using the links provided.)
13. Invest effortlessly
Sit back and let Acorns, a micro-investing app, help you save and invest your spare change automatically.
As you go about your day, Acorns rounds up your purchases to the nearest dollar and invests the difference automatically. So, let’s say you spend $10.25 at the supermarket — the app will take the 75 cents from rounding that purchase price up to $11 and transfer it to your Acorns account. Then, Acorns will get to work and invest your 75 cents in savings into a diversified portfolio.
The Acorns app costs $1 per month, but you’ll earn $5 just for signing up.
14. Keep your receipts and earn cash
Ibotta is a free app that gets you real cash back — not points — on items you already buy, such as groceries, cosmetics and more.
Here’s how it works:
- Before you go shopping, add the items you’ll buy to your shopping list within the Ibotta app.
- Shop for the items on your list at participating stores, and don’t forget to save the receipt!
- Take a photo of your receipt within Ibotta and earn cash.
Download Ibotta and get a $10 bonus after uploading your first receipt.
15. Sell your stuff
Decluttr will buy your CDs, DVDs and books, as well as technology like cellphones and game consoles. To sell your stuff, just download the app and scan the item’s barcode, and the site will generate an instant offer. If the price sounds good, ship your items to Decluttr. You’ll get paid the day after they receive your stuff.
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