It doesn’t matter if you’re a university student, a full-time parent, or a successful business person, all of us could do with some extra money every now and then. Of course, you could get a part-time job, but not everyone has the time, or the ability to do that. Anyway, why would you want to when you can earn money from your own home? Yes, you did read correctly — there are plenty of ways that you can legally earn some extra cash without even stepping outside. It may sound too good to be true, but it is possible, and here are ten ways for you to do it.
1. Sell Unwanted Belongings
The easiest way for you to earn some cash is to sell some of the things that you no longer need or use. You could do this with a yard sale, but you’re unlikely to get much trade unless you put a lot of effort into advertising the event. If you sell online, you’re a lot more likely to make a few sales. It’s also a lot simpler to sell online, especially if you have buyers come and collect things from you, so that you don’t have to take them to the post office.
2. Rent Out Your Belongings
Of course, you may not have anything unwanted worth selling, in which case, renting out some things might be a better option. These days, you can rent out anything from gardening equipment to games consoles and even clothes. This is great if you need some cash, but don’t want to part with anything just yet. There are lots of websites online that allow you to do this, so just find one where renters come and collect from you so that you don’t have to ship anything.
3. Get A Lodger
If you’ve got a spare room, why not consider getting a housemate? This way, you’ll get some company, and some cash. You could advertise online and have interviews at your home, so you don’t have to step outside once. If you’re not looking for anyone permanent, you could consider advertising a room on Airbnb.
4. Convert A Space
If you don’t have anywhere that a lodger could stay, you could consider converting a space, such as a garage, basement, or attic into a rental room. If you want to do this yourself, you should be able to buy all of your furniture and materials, including wood, concrete, silicate concrete densifier, and insulation online, but you might want to consider professional help. You can often keep living in your home while a conversion takes place, but it isn’t certain, so make sure you know before deciding on this.
5. Rent out Storage
If your conversion will cause you to move out, or you just can’t be bothered with the hassle, you can still make money from this space by renting it out as storage. You can store anything for however long you like and can set the rates yourself. Just try to be cheaper than local storage companies. If you live somewhere with little parking or near a large event, you could even hire out your parking space.
6. Take Online Surveys
Online surveys aren’t going to make you a millionaire any time soon, but they are a great way to earn some easy cash without having to leave the comfort of your home. These surveys can be on almost anything, usually only take between ten and twenty minutes to complete, and you can normally choose to earn either cash or gift cards. You could also sign up to be a product tester, where, more often than not, you’ll get to keep what you’re testing.
7. Start Writing
If you like the idea of writing for a living, but want to do something a bit more creative than review cleaning products, then you could write your own novel. These days, you can easily sell novels on Amazon, and, if you’re good, you could get popular quickly and earn a fair amount of money. Alternatively, you could write a blog and update it a few times a week. Both of these options require a lot of work, but they’re also really rewarding.
8. Create YouTube Videos
Writing a blog is usually just a stepping stone away from filming your own YouTube videos; Just look at Louise Pentland (SprinkleofGlitter) and her blog. Creating YouTube videos is also a great option for those who aren’t too great at writing. Your YouTube videos could be on anything, from beauty, to business, to comedy. Just make sure that it’s something you enjoy, as you’ll have to put a lot of work into this to make it a success.
9. Become A Sitter
Do you know anyone that needs child care while they’re out at work? Well, if you do, why not offer your services, for a fee of course. This is a great idea if you already have children of your own to take care of during the day. You could even turn this into a fully-fledged daycare business. Alternatively, you could look after pets while their owners are at work or away on holiday.
10. Run A B&B
Don’t waste spare rooms. If you live in a property that has a few empty rooms, rather than leaving them empty or using them as storage, you could run your own bed and breakfast. This is a perfect option if you live in a seaside town or somewhere tourists frequently visit. Of course, this is going to require a lot more from you than if you just had a lodger, like making breakfast and cleaning all the rooms, but it can rake in a lot more money. Just do your research and make sure you know what you’re doing before jumping into anything.
Making money without leaving the house seems like an impossible dream, but these days it’s easier than ever. If none of the options above are for you, there’s plenty more out there, so just keep brainstorming.