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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.

Feeling Creative?

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.

Clearing House

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 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.

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. This article was completely useless. You lead in with how to make $100 or $1000 per month from home using the internet. Who on earth thinks they can earn real money taking a survey or shopping online?? Everyone has already heard of EBay. Why bother typing up this drivel?

  2. I understand how you are trying to be encouraging however, there is absolutely no information that was truly useful. The sites that you mentioned are well known already. What I was hoping to find are websites to connect to that you call safe and reputable, something I had not heard of before or perhaps some new ideas. Let’s face it nothing in that article is anything new.

    1. Hi Chris:

      We appreciate the feedback. I’m not sure if you saw the post after it was updated in the afternoon yesterday, but we did add links to Upwork and Fiverr. These are sites that offer a variety of freelance jobs in various industries that you can do from home. To your point about the freshness of the material, I think it depends on your frame of reference. If you’re someone who has been doing this for a while, odds are you keep up with what’s new and different in terms of where to find work. If you’re just getting into it, maybe you need a few places to start. That said, we always endeavor to find the best resources and we’ll continue to work hard to do that in the future.

      Kevin Graham

  3. I totally agree…useless article. Not one bonafide idea that will work. The survey site listed is a joke; I would offer mypoints.com or harrispoll.com; they actually pay.

    1. Thanks for the sites, Dawn! We all make sure to have more examples in the future so people have real-world items to go off of. We’re going to work on getting this article updated ASAP. In the meantime, I suggest you check out sites like Upwork and Fiverr.

  4. I agree with the other comments. It was an interesting article but did not say how you make sure the sites were safe or a list of safe sites. Just not enough information or at least a place to go to, to get the information.

  5. This was a lame article! I work from home as a writer, I also take surveys,some of which actually pay. This article referenced “safe sites” to explore, but didn’t list any. This was a useless article..

    1. Hi Dee:

      I’m sorry you didn’t find this article useful. I’m sure our readers would love to know how you make your money and we could also potentially use the tips in future articles. Your point about the safe sites is well taken. Hopefully we have plenty of other content you like. Thanks for the feedback!


    2. I agree the site I tried I worked on a survey for 90 minutes and got paid 3 dollars can you tell me the sites you use to make money?

    3. Even though I’m 85 years old. I feel I have something to contribute to the populace as well as .hopefully. earning a decent dollar for my expertise in editing and proofreading doctoral dissertations. That was my primary job for 8 years following my retirement from the Univerty.

      Can you suggest some websites that I might try? Thank you, Evelyn

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