Tips to Make Extra Money at Home

Want to do what you love and make some extra money on the side? Money Girl has the trick to creating your own home business—and even launching a new career.

Laura Adams, MBA
5-minute read
Episode #265

How to Make Money Working From Home

There are hundreds of potential businesses you can start. If you’re a technology whiz, computer-based home businesses are hot and allow you to work anywhere you have an internet connection. Here are a few to consider:

  • Web Trader: buys and sells goods through sites like eBay, Craigslist, Amazon or through a virtual store like Etsy. This is great for niche products that you know a lot about like antique books, handmade jewelry, or vintage clothes.

  • Webmaster: works with clients to create, set up, and manage their websites and blogs.

  • Virtual Assistant (VA): provides remote technical or administrative services to assist clients with marketing, publishing, blogging, editing, customer service, and much more.

Visit sites like Elance.com and oDesk.com to see the kind of work that you might have the skills to deliver.   

If you’re not so tech-savvy, here are a few offline businesses that you could run out of your home for local clients:

  • Tutor: teaches students of all ages how to improve their academic performance or skills.
  • Elder Assistant: provides services like errands, housekeeping, cooking, and bookkeeping for the elderly.
  • Pet Sitter: takes care of pets while their owners are at work or on vacation.
  • Massage Therapist: provides therapeutic bodywork.
  • Personal Care Worker: assists individuals with daily living and heath care needs.
  • Product Representative: sells products directly to consumers for branded companies like Silpada, Lia Sophia, and Avon.

You have to be certified to provide hands-on services like massage therapy and health care assistance. But once you get certified in a field that interests you, you’ll have a valuable money-making skill that you can use to build a business.

Two great sites to list your services are Zaarly.com and Skillpages.com, where local buyers can find you by your location and business skills.


About the Author

Laura Adams, MBA

Laura Adams received an MBA from the University of Florida. She's an award-winning personal finance author, speaker, and consumer advocate who is a frequent, trusted source for the national media. Money-Smart Solopreneur: A Personal Finance System for Freelancers, Entrepreneurs, and Side-Hustlersbook is her newest title. Laura's previous book, Debt-Free Blueprint: How to Get Out of Debt and Build a Financial Life You Love, was an Amazon #1 New Release. Do you have a money question? Call the Money Girl listener line at 302-364-0308. Your question could be featured on the show.