7 Legitimate Ways To Make Extra Cash From Home

Are you looking for ways to make extra money from home, on the side, that doesn’t involve completing hundreds of surveys online?

Are you scared to get sucked into some online scam and lose money? If so, then read through this post to discover real work-from-home opportunities that don’t involve paying any ‘start-up’ fees.

There are legitimate ways to make money online from home without getting scammed or wasting the whole afternoon trying to fill out surveys that won’t pay you anything.

The list below will include actual work from home opportunities that can be a great source of income.

Please keep in mind as you read through this post that anything worthwhile requires some work. Any website online promising you fast results, or even worse, turning you into a millionaire with no work whatsoever is probably just a scam. Stay away.

They know people want quick results without putting in the work and these scammers pray on that.

7 Ways To Make Money From Home

Sell Your Skills And Services

Do you have a skill? Anything that you do very well. Sometimes we underestimate our gifts and talents. But a good way to figure out what you’re good at is to see what people come to you for help. You can teach your skills online in a course format or start a coaching or consulting business and help others.

It can truly be anything… Cooking, home organization, graphic design, video editing, accounting, problem-solving, creating spreadsheets (I have friends who sell budgeting and tracking expenses spreadsheets online).

Just brainstorm everything you’re good at. Believe me, many people would pay for your help.

I know many friends who have a gift for organization. I would gladly pay for someone to come and help me figure out how I can organize my office and home.

An even better solution is to purchase a course that can teach me how to do it!

You can film videos sharing your tips and strategies about any topic and upload it into a course creation software for free.

Teachable, Kajabi, Thinkifit, Udemy are all platforms where you can create a course for free and start selling it today! They do take a small commission because they’re hosting all your videos, but these are normal business expenses.

And if you’re selling that means you’ll be making a good profit since creating videos doesn’t require a lot of expenses. You can use your phone or any camera to film your videos and use free video editing software when you’re just getting started.

Another website where you can sell your skills is fiverr.com. I’ve personally seen some pretty interesting ads there like providing voice over services, astrology readings, and cooking lessons. Anything you can imagine is on fiverr.com and guess what…people pay for these services and leave reviews.

Virtual Assistant

Being a virtual assistant is an amazing opportunity to make from $9 to $20 per hour or more from home. You can work from anywhere in the world too.

A virtual assistant is an online assistant that helps online businesses with several tasks. There are so many websites where you can sign up and find businesses looking for virtual assistants. Here are a few:

  • Hiremymom.com
  • themomproject.com
  • Upwork
  • Freelancer
  • Thehealthyva.com


The blogging industry is growing really fast. Many bloggers hire ghostwriters or editors to help them publish their blog posts. You can be making between $50-$120 per blog post!

If this interests you, check out the Problogger job postings for freelance writers. You can reply to job postings. You can also promote your service on Facebook bloggers groups. I always see bloggers looking for freelance writers or also looking for Virtual assistants.

Social Media Manager

If you love social media and you’re familiar with the major social media platforms you can become a social media manager. Many online businesses have big Facebook groups and need someone to manage it.

The tasks are usually very straightforward such as accepting new members, making sure the members don’t post spammy links, keeping the group clean, etc.

You can also help online businesses schedule their social media posts, engage with followers, create Pinterest pins, etc. You can do a quick search for this type of work either on the regular job posting websites (as this can be done from anywhere in the world).

Also, check out the list of websites mentioned earlier.

Affiliate Marketing

Do you have any products you love using? Well, guess what? most companies can pay you an affiliate commission when you share the product and someone uses your link to purchase the product. Please don’t confuse this with network marketing or multi-level marketing.

Affiliate marketing doesn’t ask you to pay anything to get started. You’re just sharing a link of a product you already use and love and if someone clicks and buys you get a commission from the purchase.

Depending on the price of the product and the commission size, you can be making a little bit of extra cash by promoting your favorite products every month.

Amazon associate program is a great way to get started. What I love about the Amazon affiliate program is that if someone clicks and buys any product, you get a commission on everything they buy. So imagine someone clicks on your link and they buy a TV… You’ll make a commission on that as well.

You can also go to the website of any company you love and look in their menu (footer or header) for a link to their affiliate program, ambassador program, or referral program. Click to read more and sign up. It’s 100% free! 

When you’re approved, you’ll be able to login to the affiliate area and get your affiliate link. They also usually give you graphics that you can use and share.

If you have a blog, this can be an amazing source of income as you increase your traffic. You can also share your links on social media or directly with your friends and family.

 Another great way to do this is by filming a review video and upload it on Youtube. If someone searches for a review of the product they can click on yours. And if you place the affiliate link below your video and they click, then you make a commission.

Usually, companies pay higher commissions than Amazon (between 15% – 40%). So if the product costs $100 and a friend purchases through your affiliate link, you can be making between $15 to $40 per sale! Not bad. 

Just make sure that you only promote products or services that you personally use and love. Please don’t sign up for a bunch of products that you’ve never used. If people find out or they don’t like the product they’ll quickly lose trust in you.

Publish A Kindle E-book

When I first started online, I actually wrote an e-book and published it on Amazon Kindle Self-Publishing.

If you love writing, write and self publish your e-books online. The great thing about kindle ebooks is that they don’t have to be extremely long. I read many kindle ebooks that are between 40-60 pages. You can get it done really fast (in a day if you’re a fast writer).

You can use Grammarly to proofread it for free and use the Calibre software to convert your document to the Kindle format.

Kindle self-publishing tools are also amazing. You’ll be able to preview your e-book, see how it’ll look like on a Kindle device, and you’ll even get notified if you left any typos. 

Fiverr.com is also another website you can use to hire someone to do this for you if you want to invest a little bit in this project. I know that spending money to make money may not make sense to you but this is for an e-book that’ll make you recurring income each month.

With Fiverr, you won’t be spending more than $10 max on simple tasks. When you self-publish your e-book, you can promote it to your friends and family. And if you write about a topic that has demand, you’ll start to show up in the search engines and in Amazon searches.

You can be making from $100 to $200 per month with one kindle ebook per month! And imagine if you write 3 kindle ebooks…this can quickly turn into a great source of income.

Sell Printables On Etsy

I was so surprised to see how well printable sellers are doing on Etsy (or online in general). If you like to create and design tables or spreadsheets, you can download them into PDFs and sell them! I’ve seen the simplest printables sell for $15 and they had thousands of reviews.

It’s amazing to see how much people love anything that can help them track or organize their lives. Just search for printables on sites like Etsy and see for yourself.

If you can create printables about things you feel are not on the site already (tracking money, food, groceries, meal plans, weight, daily temperature, water, etc.) you can sell it on there.

This is the easiest way to start making some extra money online and it doesn’t involve shipping or sending anything to the customer.

I hope this inspired you to start thinking of different ways to make extra money from home. You can certainly combine a few different income streams. The sky is the limit.

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