50 Ways to make money working from home


I have been self employed for over 7 years.  After working for a large corporate company for 12 years I felt it was time to pursue my dreams.  I wanted to work for myself, be my own boss and most importantly choose the hours I wanted to work so I could spend more quality time with my family.

Over the past 7 years I have had multiple income streams which have worked for me.  From time to time I am approached by other business owners promoting their opportunities. When I was actively attending business networking events I would also meet various business owners with a variety of business ideas that I would never have thought of.

I have created a list of ways to make money based from home, it maybe you are wanting to earn some extra income doing something else on the side or want to create a full time income independently as I have. You may have a skill which people will pay for your services, or maybe online marketing may be of interest. {some of the links are affiliate links}

  1. Music Lesson – If you can play an instrument you could consider offering music lessons. With a skill such as this people think they have to be masters to offer such a service but if you consider the person you are teaching knows nothing or very little you are in fact well equipped to teach them and will most likely improve your ability in the process.
  2. Buy and Sell – Selling at car boot sales, this would be a seasonal business as car boots run at certain times throughout the year. You can buy cheap items from charity shops and house clearances to resell. You could also buy liquidation stock from Auctions to sell. Search google for clearance sales for stock at very low prices, you will need some budget to invest though.
  3. Ironing services – Set up an ironing service. Get leaflets and business cards and put them on notice boards of large companies and post through local letter boxes, many professionals don’t have much spare time and will receive your offer with open arms
  4. Gardening services – charge an hourly rate for a fortnightly lawn cut and weed. To build your client base post leaflets through doors in your neighborhood. Keeping this local cuts down travelling costs and makes it easier to service your clients.
  5. Hairdresser – Set up a home hair salon, you could also provide a mobile service if you are happy to travel to the client. There are numerous courses available online to learn the skills you require.
  6. Social Media – If you know your way around the social media world, you can offer your social media services to local businesses and others.
  7. Ebook – Self publish an Ebook and sell it on Amazon.
  8. Sell your clothes – Sell unwanted items of clothes using Depop, a mobile social shopping app.
  9. Sell books online – Books can also bring in plenty of revenue if you learn to spot trends and what types of books sell well. Charity shops are a good source for new and second hand books.
  10. Rent a Room – If you have a spare room in your house, you could rent it out, in my experience it’s advisable to use a local agent to source a tenant as they have processes to vet tenants properly.
  11. Language lessons – Give language lessons.
  12. Matched betting – a betting technique used by individuals to profit from the free bets and incentives offered by bookmakers. It is 100% risk-free and also tax free income, I subscribe to this platform which has been a huge success bringing in excess of £1000 a month for just a few hours work there is even an opportunity to try it out for free that will make you around £45 http://bit.ly/1L9K5E9
  13. Etsy Shop – Set up and Etsy shop and sell your handmade items.
  14. com – If you have a particular Administration skill, you can advertise your microtask service on Fiverr.com.
  15. Bookkeeping services – Manage the books as a freelancer for small businesses. You could also contact Accountants to see if they need any Bookkeepers.
  16. Start a blog – You can earn income advertising, by selling products, and many other ways.
  17. Direct sales – Join a Direct sales business and become a consultant for an established company. The Direct Selling Association can provide you will a list of all the companies.
  18. Drop shipping – Sell items on eBay by drop shipping. You, the retailer, do not keep products in stock. Instead you partner with a wholesaler who is holding stock, you transfer customer orders and delivery details to them and they ship the goods directly to the customer. http://bit.ly/1EOaC7u
  19. Sell your photos – Sell your Instagram photo to others who need pictures for websites, newsletters and magazine. Check out Istock Photo, Shutterstock, Fotolia and Dreamstime.
  20. Surveys – Get paid to fill out surveys.
  21. Private Tutor – To become a Tutor you will need to register with an organization in your area and comply with checks to enable you to work with children.
  22. Virtual Assistant – Offering professional administrative services.
  23. Affiliate Marketing – Join an Affiliate Marketing company and get paid to refer people. Check out Clix Galore, Commission Junction or Affiliate Window.
  24. Freelance Writer – If you love to write, I suggest looking into being a freelance writer and get paid for writing for Bloggers, newletters and articles.
  25. Mystery Shopping – Mystery shopping is such an easy, and fun way to make money. If you love shopping, you will love being a mystery shopper and essentially getting paid to shop! Check out http://www.mystery-shoppers.co.uk.
  26. Sell on Amazon – Buy items from wholesalers in bulk and send them into Amazon to sell.
  27. Youtube videos – According to recent stats we now watch more videos on YouTube than searches on Google. With the YouTube Partner Program you can now profit from making and uploading videos. You will receive a percentage of the advertising revenue collected per 1,000 views.
  28. Start a Photography Business – If you are a talented photographer, you can earn great money by taking on clients for family occasions, or maybe product photography.
  29. Dog walking – Set up a professional Dog walking service requires no qualification and minimal outlay.
  30. Craft Workshops – Hold craft workshops in your home, supply a kit to make a craft piece and charge each attendee. This could be a monthly event or more frequently if you get a lot of interest in your workshops.
  31. Make Cakes – If you enjoy making cakes and decorating them creatively, why not promote your creations on Facebook and local publications.
  32. Sell on Ebay – Sell your unwanted items on Ebay.
  33. Enter competitions – Entering competitions of course comes with no guarantees, but there is a growing community of so-called ‘compers’ in the UK consistently making up to £50,000 a year through all sorts of competitions.
  34. Babysitting – If you can spare a few evenings and know any parents desperate to get out, this is a simple way to make a few extra pounds.
  35. Man and a Van – Hire out your Van for removal services.
  36. Make Greeting cards – If you have a creative side and like making cards, try selling them to family, friends and local businesses.
  37. Host Foreign Students – If you have a spare room in your home you could rent it to foreign students. There are companies that you register with and you can host students all year round. Check out http://www.ef.co.uk/
  38. Web Designer – if you have a good eye for design generally and some formal training, it can be a profitable side business.
  39. Nail Technician – There are various nail techniques, if you have mastered the art of applying Gel, Acrylic or Shellac nails, offer nails services from your home or in the comfort of the client’s home. This can provide a good source of regular income as you will always have repeat customers
  40. Hire out your driveway – Do you have a driveway that you’re not using, why not rent it out. https://www.justpark.com helps you rent out the spot to another driver. You set the fee, but the website highlights that location is everything, suggesting £100-£250 a month for one near a train station and £2 an hour if you’re close to a high street.
  41. Become a Handyman – if you are a dab hand at basic DIY, why not offer your service to local businesses and post adverts in the local newspapers
  42. Artist – If you are a wonder with a paint brush, try selling your art doing portrait painting of families and pets
  43. Translation – If you can speak one or more languages, offer your services as a translator.
  44. Sell your produce at Farmers’ markets – Farmers’ markets are rapidly becoming the go-to places for people who want to eat fresh, wholesome foods. Local and organic both sounds great to buyers. Try your hand at making chutneys, jams and pickles.
  45. Wedding Planner – There are numerous inexpensive short course you can take to specialize in the field of wedding planning, then you can offer a professional service to your clients
  46. Have a clear out – sell old electrical items, books, CDs, DVD on sites like Zapper and Music Magpie.
  47. Get paid to shop online – By using cashback websites like Topcashback or Quidco you can get paid for shopping online. Sites like these work with a whole load of retailers & when you shop with them rather than going to the retailers own website they get paid a commission and pay you a percentage.
  48. Weight loss through nutrition. Knowing how the body works and feeding it what it understands is the trick to shedding unwanted pounds, if you have a background in Nutrition you can give advice on healthy eating and portion control.
  49. Budgeting coach – Offer advice to help people create a spending plan and assist with setting financial goals.
  50. Parcel Delivery – There are companies who take on people on a self employed basis to deliver parcels. You can choose the amount of hours you want to work. Have a look at Yodel.

If you are looking for something else you can do to earn some extra money, I hope something from my list inspires you.

Shelley x

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