Ways to Make Money at Home

Ways to Make Money at Home

Work From HomeThe following is a guest post from Jeff Rose at Good Financial Cents. You can check out his bio at the bottom of the post. Thanks for the help while I’m buried in taxes, Jeff! To learn more about guest posting on iHeartBudgets, please contact me.

With technology reaching into most of our homes, the ability to connect with others is increasing. In fact, this ability allows for you to make money in new and interesting ways. You can make money from home if you have a little time, and if you are willing to put in the effort.

If you are going to make money from home, no matter what you are doing, you will probably need an Internet connection. Whether you are providing freelance graphic design services or selling crocheted doll clothes, access to the Internet provides you with a way to reach more potential clients and customers.

You might also need a specific workspace, depending on what you plan to do to make money from home.  Since my wife quit her job and started working from home, it was important to have an organized home office.    Primarily because she’s Type A and the thought of having cluttered office gives her anxiety.  🙂

What Do You Know?

One of the best ways to start a side business is to base it on something you know. Consider your knowledge and expertise. Some of the ways you can make money from home, if you have the necessary skill set:

Freelancing: You can offer your writing skills, graphic design skills, or web development skills on a freelance basis. There are other freelance opportunities, including programming and editing, that you can consider.

Consulting: My husband has done consulting work related to statistical analysis, and there are numerous other consulting opportunities, from survey design to public relations to gardening, there are things that people want help with — and that they are willing to pay for.

Tutoring and teaching: You can make money from home as a tutor or an online teacher. There are many opportunities to share your expertise. You can help others online and make money, or you can set up tutoring sessions in your home as well, and work one-on-one.

Virtual assistant: If you are organized and work well people, you can be a virtual assistant, helping others keep track of appointments. You can also provide other services, such as answering emails and drafting memos. If you have the right equipment, you can even answer phones on behalf of your clients.

Customer service: There are companies that allow you to do customer service from home. You can make money from home part-time as a customer service rep. Companies like Convergys, JetBlue, and others allow some of their customer service reps and tech specialists to work from home.

Event planner: You can help others plan events, from parties to weddings. As long as you are organized, and you understand how to manage people, are capable of forging meaning, and can find good deals on supplies, you can help put on events.

Really think about your skills. Figure out what it would take to make money from home, and then make a plan to accomplish your goals. As long as you are willing to put in the time, it’s possible to begin making money from home.

This is a guest post from Jeff Rose, a Certified Financial Planner who writes about financial planning topics at Good Financial Cents. His first book, Soldier of Finance, is slated to be released the fall of 2013. His latest project, named The Debt Movement, is to help people pay off $10,000,000 of debt in 90 days. You can join the movement and a chance to earn some of the $10,000 debt scholarship money by visiting DebtMovement.com.

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  1. There are so many ways to make money at home! Love this post.
    Michelle recently posted..How To Pay for Graduate SchoolMy Profile

  2. Good post Jeff! There really are quite a number of ways you can make money from home, especially if you have a marketable skill. My wife and I run our own business from home and love it!
    John S @ Frugal Rules recently posted..Finding Qualified Help for Eliminating Debt: 5 StepsMy Profile

  3. Thanks for letting me guest post. 🙂
    Jeff Rose recently posted..What is a Contingent Beneficiary?My Profile

  4. Mandy @ MoneyMasterMom says:

    There home office is pretty and organized. You can check it out at http://houseofrose.com

    However I doubt Jeff or Mandy (his wife) would give the nod of approval if you try to rationalize an expensive office makeover so you can start to work from home. Maybe when the home income can pay for the remodel.
    Mandy @ MoneyMasterMom recently posted..A Parental Temper TantrumMy Profile

  5. I’ve never made money from home as that was never my goal although after blogging for a year I think it’s time to show me the beer money!! Great post and I think there is money to be made especially if you are a good writer or have needed skills.
    Canadian Budget Binder recently posted..Becoming a Single Homeowner – Part 1 “The Plan”My Profile

  6. Great article. It’s a good reminder to people that they don’t need to go out of their way to make extra money, they can do it right from home.
    Alex recently posted..Happiness Experiment 39: Eat the Rainbow Day 4My Profile

  7. Great post, I’m currently working on becoming a freelance writer and consultant. I have already made a little bit of online income and it’s very inspiring!
    Brick By Brick Investing | Marvin recently posted..Selling Options – How To Sell Covered CallsMy Profile

  8. Please remember to tell people that though there are many ways to make money from home, many of them take a lot of work. There is nothing easy and you should never chase the mighty dollar. If you are serious about making money from home, then setup a proper business and run it like one.
    Grayson @ Debt Roundup recently posted..Budget Fail: A Best Man and A Bachelor PartyMy Profile

  9. I like the ideas in this article which are all great extra ways to earn a buck online and can also be a great way to help you out in the tough times as well.
    Chris @ Stumble Forward recently posted..Weekly Mentions – FINCON13 Announced For OctoberMy Profile

  10. I’ve recently posted a profile on care.com for babysitting and pet sitting. It’s not “work at home”, but more side hustle. Either way it’s a little extra money in my pocket, which I like.
    KK @ Student Debt Survivor recently posted..Big Beer Companies Paid Me $350 Last YearMy Profile

  11. Good list, Jeff. I think all of us could sit down for 5 minutes and make a list of at least 20 things we could do for money if we had to.
    Rich@Money Wise Pastor recently posted..Would You Ever Move to a Tropical Island?My Profile

  12. A few years ago I had no idea how important is was to utilize your skills and take advantage of this awesome thing we call the internet. It’s amazing how you can get started making extra money towards debt, financial goals, traveling and anything else you want — just by taking the skills you have and turning them into revenue.
    Carrie Smith recently posted..How to Make This Year Extraordinary By Simplifying Your GoalsMy Profile

  13. Jeff- good post– how about the good old fashioned traditional garage sale–set up square and you’ll likely make more than just asking for cash!
    Ted Jenkin recently posted..Tax Credits By Scoring a GOAL!My Profile


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