Are you taking care of elderly family members during the day? Are you a stay-at-home parent with limited flexibility? It may seem almost impossible to earnmoney while you’re caring for your family, but there are some things you can do to make a little side income from home.
Even though these side income ideas may not make a lot of money individually, when they’re paired with other things on the list, they can make a difference in your bottom line. Every little bit helps!
Ways to Earn a Side Income From Home
- Sell your creative work online. I sell downloadable printables for families on Etsy. Other people like to sell their handmade goods at bazaars or craft shows. For me, selling online is ideal because I have trouble finding time to leave the house. If you’d like to try Etsy, you can use my link to get 40 free listings.
- If you’re caring for young children during the day anyway, it can be nice to babysit another child for a few hours during the day. If you’re interested in babysitting, try posting your availability on Sittercity. Even if you’re able to babysit for a few hours a week, it could be a nice side income for your family.
- Sell your stuff. Going through the house and finding items to sell online can be super lucrative. I prefer to sell things on Amazon, but I’ve also had a lot of luck with eBay. You can also sell your books on SellBackBooks.com. Check out the“Sell” page of this site for more information about selling stuff online. I collect the items I can’t sell online and put them in our neighborhood garage sale to make a little extra cash.
- Play the drugstore game. If you spend some time learning how to coupon, you can get a lot of your beauty and hygiene supplies for greatly reduced prices. This technically isn’t a money-earning idea, but it can positively impact your bottom line if you’re intentional about what you’re buying. The Krazy Koupon Lady has fantastic tutorials for how to shop with coupons at almost every store.
- Be a Mystery Shopper. Several years ago I did a lot of mystery shopping, but I stopped because it wasn’t possible for me to do the shops with my kids in tow. I recently signed up to do mystery shopping with BestMark because they specialize in mystery shopping for oil changes! It’s a nice way to have your oil changes paid for, while also making a little extra money. BestMark also offers different types of shops, and they pay within a few weeks of your first shop.
- Use cashback apps when you grocery shop. Snap, Checkout 51, and Ibotta all offer cash back on groceries that you’re probably already buying anyway. I’ve earned cash back for buying bread, bananas, milk, and all sorts of veggies. It’s not a huge amount of money, but since I’m buying these things anyway, it’s nice to make a little bit of cash back.
- Use Swagbucks as your search engine, and use the points you earn to buy Amazon gift cards. I’ve been using Swagbucks for years now, and it’s helped to pay for diapers that we order on Amazon.
- Because it’s challenging to leave the house, I do a lot of shopping online. Before I buy anything, I go through the EBates site to see if I can get cashback for an item I’m buying. Last year I made over $100 just by shopping throughEbates.
- Use GymPact. This is an app that you can put on your phone that tracks how much you exercise. Each week you make a “pact” that you’ll exercise a certain amount. If you stick to your pact, you’ll make a small amount of money. If you don’t, your credit card will be charged for the amount you promised when you signed up for the week. If you’re very disciplined about working out, this is a nice way to be rewarded for it. But, if you have a tough week, or you forget to log your workouts, you could lose money. So, be careful! I like to clean my house while using GymPact, and I use it on my walks and runs if I’m able to get them in.
- Freelance writing. If you like to write, you can make money by writing articles for Textbroker. The pay isn’t extraordinary, but it’s something you can easily do from home, and it’s great experience.
- Sell your services. Are you good with design? A careful editor? You might be able to sell your services on fiverr.com. On Fiverr you can list different tasks you can do for people for $5 a piece. Fiverr does take a cut of the money you make, so take that into consideration when thinking of services you could offer.
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