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Earn Extra Money At Home

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Coming up with some solid ideas to earn extra money at home either part-time or potentially full time may well offer the perfect solution towards your work/life balance. I have been on the corporate ladder for most of my working life, pulling anything between 50-80 hours a week in the office, plus a 2 hour commute each way. I needed a change.

Initially I was searching through the various job sites looking for work from home jobs, and there was nothing I could see that was a good fit. Being a single parent I have to juggle my working time around the kids school drop off, pick up, homework, dinner, baths, stories, and bedtime.

For the past year I have achieved a far better balance where I now work only 4 days a week in my corporate job and also have a second income working from home that could become my full time ‘work’. I would like to share with you today the three different things I do to earn extra money at home.

It’s all about the SIDE HUSTLE!

So what is a Side Hustle?

what is a side hustle

A side hustle is something you do on the side to generate extra income. You can use a variety of working from home jobs to accomplish this, you can have a number of different side hustles all going at the same time. I began to side hustle about a year ago, and now I am really benefiting from it due to more free time and less stress. I am a firm believer of the old saying you reap what you sow.

Let’s go through the precise three methods I use personally on a daily basis to earn extra money at home that I know will help you as well. I could write a post of 99 different things you can try that I have no experience with, but that would be a waste of my fingers typing and your eyeballs reading. This stuff below works.

Side Hustles That Work… Here are 3.

side hustles that work

1. Sell items on eBay – Using the 5 Item Rule

This is a great introduction into the side hustle as it’s almost instant, and you may have overlooked how powerful it is if done consistently. We all have items around the home or in the garage that we do not need anymore. Although selling items on eBay can be a bit of a bore, having a constant stream of money coming in each month is certainly not!

I still make a steady income from eBay after a year of doing it, simply selling stuff I no longer need, selling unwanted gifts, or reselling items I see in the charity shop that I know I can sell for more. I have also very done well finding old damaged books with lovely pictures in and framing the pictures to sell online.

My first recommendation is you go through all your drawers and cupboards at home, and dive into that garage of yours and find just 5 items to list on eBay or other similar selling site if you prefer. Each time an item sells, you list one more item, so you always have 5 items ‘on-the-go’ for sale at any one time. I have done this for over a year now and it works brilliantly!!

Just keep doing it, consistency is key, and at the end of every month you will be pleased with the extra money that keeps coming in. In case you have lived in a cave alone for the last 20 years and never heard of eBay, below is the link.


2. Offer your Skills for Hire

Have a skill or a number of skills that others would find valuable? You can offer your services on a number of ‘skills for hire websites’ and make a steady ongoing income using this method. I found this method very valuable to get additional work that I would do in my spare time, and I still do the odd bit of work for existing clients (although I have chosen to concentrate on Affiliate Marketing instead as I get more enjoyment from it).

Here are just a few example skills that work well:

  • Writing articles and reviews for client products.
  • Sales and marketing calls for clients.
  • Remote telephone support for businesses.
  • Remote email and chat support for businesses.
  • Graphic designers for images and logos.
  • Remote tutoring.

Below are two of the ‘skills for hire’ websites that I found generated a consistent amount of work for me.


3. Earn Online with Affiliate Marketing

This has been the real game changer for me and now provides over 80% of my side hustle income. Don’t worry if you don’t know anything about Blogging or Affiliate Marketing, hear me out.

What is a Blog?

You are on a Blog right now. It’s simply a website owned by someone (me) who can write about ‘stuff’. For now just understand that even a complete beginner can have their own Blog website up and running in about 30 seconds, it is honestly that easy.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate Marketing in my opinion is one of the best ways that Blog owners can make money from their readers. You can write a Blog post (an article like this one) where you recommend a product and service to your audience using something called Affiliate Marketing, and make money from it.

Affiliate Marketing is a very simple concept. For example, you start a Blog website called MyFabReviews.com, you then write a detailed review using your Blog website about a particular product for sale on Amazon (let’s say, a Wide Screen TV). If a reader of your Blog reads your review, then clicks on the link you put in your review and purchases the item from Amazon, you would make a commission of between 4%-8%.

Even better, Amazon does not care if your reader buys the actual item you reviewed! You will get a commission from an item you did not even promote if the reader used your link for a TV but decided to buy a camera instead. Or even better, they buy the TV you reviewed, and a camera also, and you receive the commission for both.

Amazon is one of the largest Affiliate’s out there, and have over 550 million different products you can review about on your Blog and earn a commission from, pretty neat eh?

Starting your own Blog and using Affiliate Marketing is super easy even for a total beginner.

 


Time You Started?

time you started

I love the saying, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different outcome”. Being stuck in the 9-5 or struggling to make ends meet now will feel the same in 10 years time as it does at the moment.

So here is your ‘Call to Action’ where I recommend that you do something right now that will allow you to affect your future in a positive way.

  1. SELL YOUR STUFF – Get those 5 items listed on eBay (right now)
  2. SELL YOURSELF – Check out Upwork.com and/or PeoplePerHour.com
  3. SELL TO OTHERS – Read my next post ‘How to Earn Money by Blogging’ (link below)

 

NEXT UP:

How to Earn Money by Blogging | The Guide Geek

 

Conclusion

Having one or more working from home side hustles is a great way to earn extra money at home, whilst not risking everything by quitting your job and diving into the unknown. Once you have gained experience and begun to earn money from your on-the-side ventures, you can then decide if you are able to alter your current main method of income.

I now have left my full time job and negotiated a 4-day week with a new employer which allows me more free time to follow my side hustles. Just to be very clear, if I was to advise that you quit your job and start a Blog, I would be giving you horrendous advice. My advice to you is pretty simple, and that try out my 3 side hustle suggestions and see how you personally feel. I am so glad I did.

I hope this post has been informative for you, and will help you strike a better work/life balance as it did for me.

If you have any questions or comments please leave them below.

 

Regards

Andrew

Andrew

10 Comments

  1. Thank you for this great post of online money making tips, I found it so resourceful and full of contents, I also hate the hassle that comes with the 9-5 jobs and I am just starting to venture into the online world, I will try selling my skills on upwork because I can’t think of any of my stuff I can sell on ebay. Is registration free on upwork? 

    • Hello Clement, thank you for your comment. Yes Upwork is a great site for generating an additional income and it’s free to register. The trick I have found is to ensure you complete your profile fully and upload a profile picture, and details some examples of your work. Like most things in life, you only get out what you put in 🙂

      Wishing you lots of luck!

  2. Hi Andrew,

    I have read the full content of this article and I believe this is true experience of real freelance worker. I think this will be very helpful for many beginners who want to earn on line. I am going to read your other article also. I want to earn multiple stream and establish a business online. I will follow your strategy and try to do that from now. Thanks for sharing this informative article.

    • Hello Mzakapon, it seems to me these days Freelance workers have to be more adaptable than every before. There are so many platforms to generate revenue streams, it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. The sites I have listed here are the ones I have personally generated a regular income from and I hope you find them helpful.

      Good Luck!

  3. Interesting ideas you shared. I have used the freelancing platforms to make an income. I heard about affiliate marketing and I would like to start in this direction, but I don’t know where to find a good training platform. Can you recommend a platform or trustworthy training?

    Thank you for an educational article.

    • Hello Dany, if you are interested in Affiliate Marketing then I strongly recommend the Wealthy Affiliate Platform. They provide both Blog hosting and thorough Affiliate Training. Initially, have a ready through my post How to Earn Money by Blogging to get an idea of the whole process. I have included a link at the end of the post to a Video walk-through of Wealthy Affiliate I put together that may help you decide if it’s right for you.

      I have been a member since Jan 2018 and am still surprised how far I have come in such a short time.

  4. Some interesting ideas are given. I have also tried numerous ideas- all which seemed to fail online. But since I started with Wealthy affiliate that is a legit all in one platform to start a blog and widen one’s horizons of online opportunities, I am a lot more confident in pursuing this side hustle of mine being blogging 🙂 

    • Hello Cheriri

      Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate, glad you signed up!

      My advise is to follow the WA training, watch the weekly Webinars, get involved in the WA community, and write useful content for your Blog and your readership will increase month on month, and with that your earnings also,.

  5. Hi Andrew! Thank you very much for these great ideas! I appreciate your tips concerning 5 Item Rule. It’s cool to always have 5 items ‘on-the-go’!

    But of these 3 “work from home ideas”, I think the best is to earn online with Affiliate Marketing. Cool you get paid by Amazon even if readers don’t buy the actual item you reviewed. I have a question: By joining Amazon’s program, can you recommend any product on Amazon? Or for each product you must separately get in touch with the merchant to recommend their product? Thank you in advance.

    • Hello Henry

      Yes, you can promote ANY item for sale on Amazon! And that is a heck of a lot of different products, and lets face it, pretty much everyone trusts Amazon which makes their affiliate scheme well worth signing up for.

      My advice is to promote items that relate to your Niche in some way for better targeting.

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