5 Real Ways To Make Money From Home

It can be challenging to find side gigs that provide a decent amount of money. The digital age gave rise to affiliate marketers and online survey takers. While it is possible to make some money doing these things, an overly flooded market and a general disdain for digital ads make it difficult for the average jane or joe to make either job a lucrative side hustle.

Still, while you might not make a killing trying to hock ebooks and take surveys, there are other ways to make money from home. Some side hustles pay more than others, and some can become somewhat lucrative.

1. Become a Tutor

Do you have an advanced degree or education? If so, you can try your luck at becoming a tutor. There are many websites, platforms, and in-person channels for becoming a tutor.

Whether you want to tutor in-person out of your home or online over video or chat, qualified candidates have many options. Depending on the service you work through, you can make about $20 per hour. However, there is a chance to earn more if you specialize in certain areas, such as GMAT. 

2. Dog Sitter or Walker

Do you love animals? If you live in a metropolitan area or a busy suburb or city, you can become a dog walker or sitter. The demand for these professionals varies based on location, but many downtown areas with robust apartment life typically have a greater need.

Many dog owners have a hard time finding the time to walk their pets because of work and family obligations. Additionally, not all dog owners can afford dog kennels when they want to vacation.

If you live in a community with many dogs, becoming a dog walker or sitter could be a lucrative side hustle. Still, as with any business venture, do your market research.

3. Rent Out a Spare Room

Many retirees live in big homes with three or four bedrooms. If you live alone, these bedrooms are essentially wasted opportunities. Depending on amenities and responsibilities, a bedroom can be rented for anywhere between $120 per week to $650 per month.

You can also make other arrangements that allow the renter to save money on rent if you are older. For instance, maybe the renter gets a break on rent for cutting grass and taking care of the snow. Or, perhaps you can rent your vehicle to the renter to earn some extra cash over and above the original rent.

4. Become a Rideshare Driver

Driving for companies like Uber or Lyft can also be a lucrative opportunity. However, you should keep safety in mind if you want to try this line of work. You want to know the area you drive and set your hours. Never pick up a ride going to places you are unfamiliar with.

If you do not like the idea of picking up strangers, consider shopping. Companies like Shipt, Doordash, and many others are always looking for people to make deliveries.

5. Sell Products Online

Are you crafty? Do you have items or clothing you no longer need or use? Consider selling items online. Using platforms like eBay and Etsy, you can sell used items or crafts. While it can take time to find an audience, selling online can become quite the side hustle.

Making money from home is possible, especially if you only want to make a little extra cash. The above five options are only representative of a fraction of potential opportunities.