5 Unique Ways to Make Extra Money from Home

by Jennifer Jones

When it comes to creating more room in the budget, cutting costs isn’t always the best option. Increasing your income may serve your budget better. Here are a few unique ways to do just that without leaving the house.

When we have problems with our budget, we usually look for ways to cut back on expenses. We look for the little luxuries that we can do without and try to find ways to make the things we need even cheaper.

Cutting back can be a good way to make ends meet when the budget gets tight, but there are also some ways that you can earn extra money.

With a few tips for how to make money from home, you can make it easier to meet your budget, without having to make so many harsh cuts to your spending.

1. Test Websites and Apps

If you enjoy surfing the web or trying new things on your smartphone, you could get paid to test websites and apps. Developers need testers so they can refine their designs, and they are looking for regular users to try new and existing websites and apps.

Most tests take about 15-20 minutes and you could make $10 or more per test.

User Testing is one such company that is looking to pay people for testing websites and apps, but there are plenty of other options for those that are interested.

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2. Start Sharing

The sharing economy offers a range of opportunities to make some extra cash.

You could use a site like Airbnb to rent out your home when you go on vacation or you could list a spare room that isn’t being used.

You also have sites like Getaround.com and DriveMyCar that let users rent out their cars.

3. Sell Your Old Stuff

Have a bunch of old stuff sitting around your house? Make some extra money by selling things that you don’t need. You can find buyers for everything from an old phone or TV to furniture, clothing, and books.

You could sell these items by holding a garage sale, but you also have a ton of digital marketplaces that will allow you to sell or list your goods.

For obvious starters, you could try sites like eBay and craigslist, but you could also look for sites that specialise in buying things like used smartphones, books, and old clothing.

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4. Share Deals on Social Media

If you enjoy sharing on social media, a site like Share Magnet offers some interesting opportunities to make some money. Once you sign up for an account, you can then share different deals and advertisements through platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Once they are up, you get paid for every click that comes from one of your posts. Most are only worth a few cents per click, but it can add up.

5. Sell Your Photos

If you like taking photos, you could make money through a site like Shutterstock. Once you set up a contributor account, you can upload photos and get paid for every download.

The Foap app also offers opportunities for people looking to make money for pictures. Just download the app on to your phone, and you have a variety of different ways that you could make money taking pictures with your smartphone.

Reviewed January 2020

About the Author

Jennifer Jones is inspired to teach people to live frugally to help people to take the stress out of their life and live to the fullest. Read more of her writing on The Frugal Mrs Jones.

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