What would you do with an extra hundred dollars coming in each month? How about an extra thousand? Whether you have a full-time job and want some disposable cash, or you’re a stay-at-home parent who needs to supplement your income without going back to work, there are ways to make money in your spare time from the comfort of your home.
If you work in a creative field, or you like to craft in your spare time, there are plenty of opportunities to make and sell your wares from home. Established websites like Etsy enable you to sell one-off pieces or set up storefronts for multiple items using your computer and the camera on your phone.
There are also newer, smaller startup sites that let you do the same thing — Supermarket, eCrater, Craftly and Handmade Artists’ Shop, are just a few. You can sell all kinds of items on these sites — paintings, sketches, handmade clothing and leather goods. These sites aren’t limited to just selling artistic creations. There are a number of vendors who sell baked goods, soap, perfumes and personalized items. Just think about what you like to do – what inspires you – and find a way to translate your hobby into a marketable item. More than likely, there’s someone out there waiting to buy it. Most of these sites do charge a fee to list and sell items, so make sure you know what you’ll be paying before getting started. If you’re still having trouble, almost all of these sites have creative communities and in-depth forums where you can find a wealth of information from long-time users and the site’s staff of experts.
Even if you don’t have a creative bone in your body, you can still make money by selling on the Internet. There are plenty of stories about people making large amounts of money from selling items they no longer want. Even if you don’t know any of them, think about how many times you’ve heard someone say they just bought something on Ebay or Amazon.
A lot of people purchase items from these wildly popular online retailers every day. Listing items on retail or auction sites might seem intimidating, but it’s easier than you think. Most of the mainstream sites allow you to take a picture of your item and list it for sale using just your phone.
Before you get started, do some research. Each site offers a different experience for it’s sellers, so make sure to read site reviews and visit seller forums to see which one fits you best. You can then take the site’s seller tutorial that will walk you step-by-step through your first listing. Once you get the hang of it, it takes just a few minutes.
Start cleaning out your attic, basement, garage and closets to see what items you no longer need. Even if you don’t come up with anything you think you can sell, start browsing items being purchased on different sites. Anything from vintage clothing to tools can end up selling for a lot of money.
Get Paid to Shop
This one might sound too good to be true, but it turns out you can earn money by shopping online. Sites like Ibotta and Ebates let you earn cash back and virtual currency on online purchases. There are some restrictions, but each site caters to different shopping categories and companies, so search around to find one that fits your interests.
Earn Cash Online
There are legitimate ways to earn money online without making or selling anything online. I suggest you check out sites like Upwork and Fiverr. They have job listings in many different fields that should help you get started.
Websites like CashCrate, Swagbucks and FusionCash let you earn cash or gift cards by taking surveys, watching videos and other simple-to-do tasks that don’t take a lot of time to complete. As with anything, do your research on the site before signing up for any services.
You can find trusted websites that are safe to generate personal income but make sure any site you’re about to sign up for is safe before giving out any personal information. And be sure to read the fine print before committing.
Whether you have artistic talents on which you can capitalize, or, at best, are skilled at operating nothing more than a phone and a computer, there are plenty of ways to make some extra income.
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