How Can I Make an Income from My Couch?
Thanks to the Internet, there are plenty of ways to earn extra money without even stepping outside. However, a quick Google search and you will be bombarded with sites that claim to help you make money from home, but what they can often be are scams.
But fear not! There are still plenty of sites that offer legitimate ways to earn a little extra cash to help you pay for groceries or any other added expenses you have. It’s important to not give up on your search, and to make your life easier, we have filtered through the Internet to find you reasonable ways to earn a little extra from the comfort of your home.
Are you a kind of person to fill out surveys whether online or in person? Well, if you are, you may want to use your survey skills to your advantage. Did you know that there are plenty of sites online that will basically give you free money for filling out their online surveys? You’ll actually be helping the business with their market data! Just remember if the site is asking you for your credit card information, it’s not a legitimate site to make money.
Do you have a way with words? And do you like to write on your spare time? Well, there are plenty of sites out there looking for your talent. Freelance writing gives you the option to write for a website that is tailored to you, whether you like technical or marketing pieces, or if you enjoy writing more fluffy articles for sites like BuzzFeed.
Here are a few ways to land a freelance writing gig:
Pitch your ideas: This many sound scary at first, but if you really give it a try, you might land the gig of your dreams. All you need to do is research the blogger, company, or startup, and let them know you’re a freelance writer, and how you can help them! There is no harm in reaching out.
Respond to job ads: Companies are always looking for someone to help them write the perfect piece for their website or social media accounts. If you have any links to your published work, send them as it may help you land the writing gig.
Put yourself out there: Find a freelance writer directory to help companies find you. There are plenty of people out there wanting to write so make sure your profile stands out and include writing examples!
Whether you have a Bachelor of Education or not, there are plenty of opportunities (online) to tutor a student looking for some extra help. In most situations, tutoring allows you to be your own boss as you can usually pick your own schedule. Make sure you research reputable online tutoring agencies and only select the subjects that you have the most knowledge in. The most in-demand subjects include, English, math, and ESL (English as a Second Language).
Sell your stuff (online)
Do you happen to have a lot of stuff around your house that you don’t use anymore, and you don’t want to go through the hassle of lugging your things outside to have a garage sale? Well, why not have an online garage sale from your couch!
There are plenty of websites that offer you a platform to sell your stuff, such as eBay (you can sign up for free). Not only will you be getting paid for the items you sell, but you’ll be decluttering you house as well.
Sell stock images
If you’re a shutterbug you might want to continue reading. Did you know there are photo agencies like Shutterstock, where you can sell the photos you take (if you have a halfway decent camera or a decent phone, you’re golden). You may not be getting a huge buck for your photos, but at least you’re getting something, and you’ll feel good about yourself if you end up seeing your photos on someone’s website (just make sure they credited you!).
Become a virtual assistant
Are you someone who likes to make sure everything about your day is organized? If you become a virtual assistant, you can get paid to do something that you already like doing. There are many reputable sites such as Upwork and Zirtual that can land you a job as an at-home assistant. The jobs usually consist of checking emails, arranging travel plans, bookkeeping, and more.