Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, college student, or just looking to pay down your debt, we could all use some extra cash.
While we could find a part-time gig, like driving for Uber, or start earning a passive income through affiliate marketing, would’nt be it nice if you were able to make some fast cash from the friendly confines of your home?
That may sound too good to be true, it is possible if you do so, like these 50 ways that you can make an easy $100 this month from home.
1. Have a yard sale. We all have junk taking up space in our homes. Take a couple of hours to go through your house and look for the items that you’re no longer using, such as DVDs, strollers, or kitchen tools and appliances. Then have a yard sale, weather depending of course.
2. Sell your valuables online. Yard sales are an easy way to make some quick cash, but some of your items will definitely fetch higher prices online. Items like antiques or your old Star Wars collection are better suited on sites like eBay. The same is true for larger items like playhouses or bicycles. Place them on Craigslist or a Facebook page so that they buyer can pick them up at your home.
3. Sell your used books. Sites like Bookscouter ensure that you get the best price available for your used books, as opposed to the pennies that you would make by selling them to a bookstore.
4. Sell your gadgets. If you have some old cell phones and tablets lying around then sell them on Gazelle. Just remember that you’ll make the most money by selling newer devices that are still in-demand.
5. Sell your crafts. Thanks to sites like Etsy you can easily sell your handmade crafts online by creating an online storefront in just a matter of minutes.
6. Drop ship. Don’t have anything to sell? Try dropshipping. This is where you simply sell products for a manufacture on eBay or Amazon. The best part? The manufacture handles the shipping and handling for you.
7. Resell unused gift cards. We all have received gift cards from stores that we don’t frequent. Instead of letting them go to waste you can sell them online through places like Raise.com. For example, you can sell a $150 Macy’s gift card and receive around $116. The funds are sent via Direct Deposit, PayPal or check.
8. Become a direct marketer. You’re probably familiar with companies like Tupperware or Avon where you sell products or services directly either online or by hosting a party. But, those are just two examples of direct marketing companies where you can make some extra dough each month.
9. Rent out a spare room. Why let that spare room go unattended? Rent it out on Airbnb to make some quick cash on the side.
10. Rent out your parking space/driveway. If you reside in an area where there are a lot of commuters, or in close proximity to a venue that’s hosting a popular event, then consider renting out your parking space or driveway on JustPark or Craigslist.
11. Rent out your vehicle. You don’t have to drive for Uber or Lyft to monetize your vehicle. You can it out to your fellow drivers via Turo.
12. Rent out your clothes. Do you have a closet full of clothes that you aren’t wearing? Rent them on RentNotBuy.
13. Rent out household items. Speaking of RentNotBuy, you can pretty much rent any of your household items out to people. Anything works to rent out, from bicycles, cameras, power tools, and kitchen equipment can all be rented out.
14. Try out Paribus. Paribus is becoming one of my favorite ways to make some fast money. After signing up for free, Paribus scans your emails and looks for receipts from sites like Amazon of Target. It there’s been a price drop, then you get a refund.
15. Join Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a popular rewards site where users get paid to browse the internet, complete surveys, watch videos, shop online, or play games. You’ll be rewarded by gift cards, and it may take some time to earn $100, but its an incredibly easy way to make money.
16. Join Ebates. With Ebates you earn cash back every time that you shop online. You even get a free $10 gift card just by signing-up.
17. Take online surveys. Getting paid to participate in online surveys won’t make you a millionaire, but sites like Springboard Panel, Harris Poll Online, and Ipsos Panel will pay you up to $95 for surveys that only eat-up 15-2o minutes of your time.
18. Test websites. Companies like User Testing pay people to test the navigation and function of a website. You may have to answer a couple of questions as well, but the entire process only takes about 15 minutes and you have the opportunity to make $30 per hour.
19. Fix search engines. Sites like Leapforce pay you to evaluate search engines. All you have to do is conduct researches on predefined queries. Then you analyze the results and provide feedback.
20. Review stuff. If you have solid writing skills, and love sharing your opinion, then start getting paid to write online reviews on sites like Review Stream and Vindale Research. You’ll usually get paid PayPal and payout can range between $25 to $100.
21. Take part in an online focus group. You can also participate in online focus groups, such as ProOpinion. You’ll be paid through through a check, gift card, or PayPal deposit.
22. Become a mock jury member. There are attorneys who turn to online mock jurors in order to receive feedback on their cases before they go to trial. That’s when they use sites OnlineVerdict. Cases take-up between 20 minutes to an hour of your time and pay you between $20 to $60.
23. Data entry. Inputting information for companies into a computer system isn’t the most stimulating work. On the bright side, data entry jobs don’t require any prior experience and its an easy way to make around $10 per hour from the comfort of your home.
24. Customer service representative. As long as you have a landline, internet connection, and decent communication skills, then you can earn between $8-$15 per hour as a customer service rep during your free-time. You can look for customer service rep jobs on Indeed.
25. Tech support. If you’re tech savvy then you can make around $13.50 per hour handling technical questions or concerns that customers have regarding a product or service. Checkout Careerbuilder for possible tech support gigs.
26. Bookkeeper. Despite the misconception, you don’t have to be a CPA to become a bookkeeper. As long as you’re organized, you can make $60 per hour as a virtual bookkeeper.
27. Virtual assistant. Virtual assistants handle a variety of tasks that range from email management, scheduling appointments, making phone calls, or booking hotels. You can make anywhere between $10 to $30 via job boards like Upwork or People Per Hour.
28. Turn your trash into cash. Before you throw out those ink cartridges, wine corks, food packages, moving boxes, or unwanted coupons sell them online. You wont make a fortune, but its one of the easiest ways to pick-up some extra cash. The Penny Hoarder has a great article on how to make money from you trash.
29. Work for Amazon. You cant make a living through Amazon Mechanical Turk, but its a nice way to bring-in some extra cash each month by completing easy tasks like writing product descriptions or identifying performers on music CDs. These tasks usually take under an hour to complete, but you’re only paid $6 to $10.
30. Freelance write. If you have a flare for words then you can get paid to write about your hobbies or experience in topics ranging from parenting to marketing. Besides blog posts and articles, there are people who are looking to pen White Papers, website copy, or eBooks. Freelance websites like Upwork, Guru, and Freelancer are great places to find writing gigs. Here is a guide to freelancing that I put together to help.
31. Technical freelancing. Do you have technical skills like programming or graphic design? Then you can use the same freelance websites I just mentioned to land a sweet side gig. Here is a guide to programming that will help you.
32. Tutor/Teach. Whether you’re helping a high school student with math or teaching people to play an instrument or dance, you can make cash. You can tutor or teach people skills either by creating your own online course, or having them come to your home.
33. Play online games. With sites like InboxDollars you can compete for rewards by winning card or puzzle games.
34. At-home daycare. Do you know a lot of people who need a babysitter while they’re at work? Then start your own at-home daycare business. Just remember to secure the proper requirement and insurance, which vary from state-to-state.
35. Pet-sit. If you enjoy the company of dogs and cats then you can find pet-sitting opportunities on sites like Rover.com. The pets stay at your home and you can rake-in around $30 per night.
36. Sewing and alterations. If you have sewing skills that you charge people for alterations, repairs, or even for making handmade bags, bedding, or drapes.
37. Start a referral service. There are a couple of ways that can cash-in on referrals. The first is referring new employees at your current place of employment. The other is referring new businesses and clients to attorneys, doctors, lawyers, local vendors, realtors, or baby-sitters.
38. Travel agent. While there are plenty of websites that can help find the best deals on airline tickets or lodging, not everyone has the time to keep tabs on these deals. After all, prices change daily. That’s why there’s still a market for online travel agents.
39. Share your expert advice. Are you knowledgeable in a specific area? Then start cashing in on your expert advice by answering questions on sites like JustAnswer. Even if you’re not an expert, you can get a $50 Amazon gift card by just referring an expert.
40. Do paid forum posting. In order to build their authority and trustworthiness, new online website owners will pay writers to create quality posts on on their blog, as well as respond to tweets and moderate online forums. PaidForumPosting.com is a great place to start.
41. Translate documents. If you’re bilingual, then you can make between $8 to $18 per hour. Unbabel, for example, pays translators every week through PayPal or Skrill.
42. Consulting. Since you may already be an expert in your field, then start a side-consulting business. Whether if its instructing a business owner to become more eco-friendly or assisting a non-profit with their fundraising efforts, your clients can visit you at your home office or even online through tools like Skype or GoToMeeting.
43. Get healthy. This is probably one of those its too good to be true tactics, but with sites like HealthyWage you can actually make money by sitting a weight loss goal. If you achieve the goal you could get rewarded anywhere from $20 to $500 per month.
44. Watch videos. Both Swagbucks and InboxDollars will pay you to watch movie previews or the latest YouTube videos. Its a pretty simple way to make at least a hundred bucks per month. If you search around you may even be able to make a couple of bucks watching your favorite TV shows on Netflix.
45. Peer-to-peer lend. With the emergence of peer-to-peer lending sites like Prosper and Lending Club you can become an investor and make money from the loan that you issued.
46. Open a new checking or savings account. Believe it or not some banks will give you $250 just for opening up a new checking or savings account. These promotions change frequently, so just do a quick online search for the best bank account bonuses and promotions.
47. Signup up for a rewards credit card. Banks that issue credit cards are also enticing people to sign-up by offering rewards like cash back on every purchase that you make. Im in no advocating that you put yourself in credit card debt, but if you have the means to pay off your balance each month its one of the easiest ways to pick-up some extra cash.
48. Enter contests/competitions. The odds of winning a contest or sweepstake are low, but the more you enter the more likely you are to win a prize. Entering a competition may take a little more effort than most of the other options included in this list, but if you win, the prizes could add-up to thousands of dollars. And, if the prize is a product, you can always flip it.
49. Check for unclaimed funds. The government may actually owe you money from tax refunds or unclaimed back wages. Other unclaimed funds could be from unclaimed deposits from banks or credit unions and savings bonds. USA.gov is an excellent resource to locate these unclaimed funds.
50. Change your spending habits. This may sound more difficult than it is, but if you create a budget you can quickly see some of your unnecessary expenses each month. It could be anything from changing your cable plan to cancelling unused subscriptions or memberships. Any changing of little habits or doing one or two of the suggestions on this list can add-up to an extra couple of hundred dollars in your bank account next month.
John Rampton is a serial entrepreneur who now focuses on helping people to build amazing products and services that scale. He is founder of the online payments company Due. He was recently named #2 on Top 50 Online Influencers in the World by Entrepreneur Magazine. Time Magazine recognized John as a motivations speaker that helps people find a “Sense of Meaning” in their lives. He currently advises several companies in the bay area.