5 Ways to Make Extra Money from Home

With increased use of technology, you can make money from the comfort of your home. Here are some of the businesses you can start.

1. Start a Blog And Make Money

This is number one on our list, and running a blog is easy to do from home. The key to a successful blog, of course, is monetizing it, so your blogging ultimately makes you some profit. It’s one thing to do a ‘hobbyist’ blog where you write about something you love just for the fun of it. It will attract a lot of people so you can start to make money off advertising.

Once you have your blog, your goal is to then drive traffic to your site. You do this through proper SEO (or “Search Engine Optimization”). In fact, SEO is how you found this blog. If you don’t have any experience with SEO, there are plenty of online resources that you can learn from.

Once your blog gain popularity you can try the following program and make money.

Affiliate Programs. A link on your blog links through to an online retailer. A click-through those results in a sale earns you a commission.

Google AdSense or Other Website Advertising Programs. You allow text or displays ads (or both) from advertisers to be placed on your website. You decide exactly where these ads can appear. You get paid when the ads are seen (this is called “impressions”) or clicked on (called “pay-per-click”).

Running your own blog is something that can be profitable, and there’s no real high startup costs (depending on what you do, perhaps there’s no startup costs at all) but don’t count on dollars right out of the gate. Work on finding that niche and building your audience first.

2. Make Money from Home Exercise Studio

Do you have extra space at home, maybe a large rec room, or another area that doesn’t get much use? Maybe you can use it to get yourself in shape, both physically and financially?

You’ll want to specialize, which will help if you don’t have a tremendous amount of space. Maybe two or three times a week you are hosting a hot yoga class. Maybe it’s Pilates. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something you’re both good at doing, and can instruct others at.

You’ll want to market yourself but if your class size is small, word of mouth through friends may be enough, if not you can try posting on Facebook or Twitter. Lastly, if you’re going to run a business like this where clients are in your home, make sure you check out the legal requirements for your area and get some insurance too.

3. Be a Tutor and Make Extra Money

Everybody has special skills. Do you have one you can share? Can you teach? Maybe you can start a tutoring service. This one can be done from home easily enough, and can apply to a whole range of topics, including languages, math and music. It’s an easy way to make some money, and typically lessons are in short bursts of no more than an hour. Often word of mouth is enough to get some tutoring work in your area, but you can try your contacts on social media too, to spread the word.

4. Money from Online Gaming

If you have the skill, as a gamer you can make some serious coin. We are not talking poker playing or other online casino gambling, we’re talking about playing video games against other gamers who are also playing from their homes. You do this through an online gaming platform (all you need is your own gaming system, like an Xbox One or PlayStation, and a couch). World Gaming, an online video gaming platform, has almost 3 million players and they’ve been the portal for 25 million matches since 2010. They offer free-to-enter tournaments as well as pay-to-enter.

Online gaming is so popular now it has an official name – “eSports”. Games are also live-streamed for audiences.

If you get really good, then you get invited to a tournament where when you win you get prizes. There are some gamers out there who have made this their full-time job.

We don’t recommend this unless you are at the top of your game.

5. Make Money From Direct Selling

Direct selling can be a profitable startup for you, and you can do a lot of the selling from your home, if not all of it. You choose a company product that you can sell online from the comfort of your home. You can sell the product in different groups by posting them. Once a person buys a product through you, you get some commission.

If you find something you think you’ll be good at selling, you’ll want to talk to the company representative first to see what kind of support you have, and if there are any fees involved in becoming a direct seller.