Easy Ways to Make Money From Home in 2020 (Most cost $0!)
Are you looking for some easy ways to make money from home in 2020? Earning an income from home is easier than ever with all of the technology we have available! With all the access we have to phones, computers and apps it’s not hard to find ways to make extra money from home. But let’s not forget the old school ways of making money because people still need pet sitters and babysitters!
Most of the methods I cover below on how to make money from home cost little to nothing to start up! You can literally start making money without spending any money in most of the cases. I started my ebay business with $0 upfront and turned it into a full time income so if I can do that you can definitely make some extra money from home doing one of the following side hustles.
Feel free to use the links below to skip to the ones that interest you the most, but I suggest taking a look at all of them!
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List of Ways to Make Money from Home
- Reselling Online
- Start a blog
- Pet sit
- House sit
- Virtual assistant
- Graphic design
- Social media management
- Teach a skill
- Start a handmade business
- Start a garden and sell produce
- Have yard sales
- Deliver food via apps
- Teach English online
- Rent out your car
- Amazon Merch
- Write ebooks
- Sell printables
Cost: $0 if you start with stuff you own
This is the only I talk about the most because it’s what I started doing as a way to make extra money as a stay at home mom which eventually led to a full time income! There are so many places to resell items online these days, it’s much easier than back in the day when Ebay was basically it.
Here are some places you can resell online:
- Poshmark (use code AILEENBARKER for a $10 credit for your first purchase)
As for what to resell, that’s up to you! I have a ton of posts about reselling that can steer you in the right direction if you want to start a side hustle reselling online.
- How I started my ebay business for $0
- Income report: how I made over $7,000 reselling online
- Which is better: Ebay vs Poshmark vs Mercari
Start a blog
Cost: Low, you could start a blog for less than $50 for the year
Blogging is one of my favorite things! I’ve been blogging since 2009. If you have any topics that you have a passion for or have a good knowledge of, consider starting a blog!
Some ways that bloggers earn money:
- Affiliate income
- Selling their own products
Blogging does take some time to gain traction, but it can become a real income if you stick to it.
If you do want to start a blog I always recommend getting your own domain and using WordPress. I use SiteGround as my host. They’re pretty affordable and after using half a dozen hosts in the past, I’ve been with SiteGround for years and highly recommend them.
Rent out part of your house on Airbnb
Cost: nothing if you already own the property
Do you have an empty room in your house? Or even a guest house? Seriously, you might even have a killer view and a tent. You can rent out that space on Airbnb for good money! This is a great way to make extra money without having to do much work other than providing a clean space for people to stay.
Babysit or start a daycare
This is like the original side hustle, am I right? Whether you just babysit a few days here and there for people you know or you actually start a daycare (check your local laws for licensing info) this can be a great way to make money from home, especially if you already have kids of your own and want to stay home with them. Built in playmates, am I right?
Back before I had kids I used to pet sit all the time. I’d get anywhere from $15 per visit to $100 per night if I stayed in their home overnight. You can do this for friends and family by word of mouth for cash or you can use an app like Rover to find clients. We personally found our pet sitter through Rover and highly recommend it!
Similar to pet sitting you can house sit! Now this isn’t technically “from home”, but it’s still a way to earn money on your own without having to get another job working for someone else. House sitting was one of my favorite gigs when I was younger. I would just hang out at other peoples homes and get paid. It was like a mini vacation most of the time.
Cost: $0 and up depending on if you plan on offering services that need special software, etc.
There are so many types of virtual assistants out there! If you have any skills that another business owner might need then consider being a virtual assistant. You get to work from home from your computer and decide when and how much you want to work. There are a lot of great resources out there for virtual assistants like The Virtual Savvy. I haven’t personally used any of her courses, but I did used to be in her facebook group back when I did some VA (virtual assistant) work and everyone in there is very helpful!
Cost: Low, whatever the software you use costs
If you have an eye for design and the skills to create graphics then you can be a graphic designer. I was a self taught graphic designer for a few years doing graphic design and also web design. But if you aren’t confident in your skills you can take classes at a community college or even online at places like Lynda.com
Cost: $0 depending on what you’re providing. Writing articles/blog posts costs you nothing, for example.
Is anyone else obsessed with looking at Fiverr? You can make money doing so many different things on there from voice overs, designing logos, writing blog posts, selling greeting cards. It’s basically a marketplace of anything! They used to make you only charge $5 for your service or product, but that’s no longer a rule. Seriously, go check it out.
Here’s a post I did on how I started on Fiverr and made $1,000 in the first 30 days.
Social media management
If you know your way around social media then you could consider being a social media manager. There are a lot of people and small businesses out there who either don’t have the skills or simply don’t have the time for social media and you can help them with that!
Are you good at math? English? History? If you have that school knowledge you can totally start a side hustle tutoring kids or even adults in the topics that you’re confident in. Try telling friends and family you’re looking to start tutoring or even hit up some mom groups on Facebook.
Teach a skill
There are so many skills that you can teach others. Do you have musical experience? Maybe you plan an instrument and can teach others? Some other ideas are teaching people to sew, teaching people to handle their finances, training dogs, etc. Try to think of something you have experience with that others might find useful.
Start a handmade business
Cost: Varies depending on cost of supplies (unless you already have it)
Are you crafty? Try opening up an Etsy shop! You can sell online via Etsy or even locally at craft fairs and holiday markets. Things like natural bath and body items, candles and handmade clothing seem to do pretty well. And don’t even get me started on wood toys! Those things can go for a lot of money so if you know (or can lean) how to make something, see if people are willing to pay for those items.
Start a garden and sell produce
Do you have a green thumb? Try doubling the size of your garden and selling off the extra! We have chickens and when we had too many eggs I would sell them by advertising on local Facebook groups and they’d be gone that same day. Who doesn’t want some fresh, humane eggs?
Have yard sales
If you have a lot of stuff to declutter try having a yard sale or two. The best time of year for yard sales is when it’s warm enough for people to be out so it’ll depend on your area. Put up large, clear signs with BIG arrows and post them on Facebook and Craigslist.
Related: How we made over $1,000 at our yard sale
Deliver food via apps
Cost: As long as you have a car you just need to pay for gas
There are a lot of food apps out there that you can use to make money delivering. Postmates (use code edbee when you sign up for $100 off your first 5 orders) and Ubereats are two of them! This isn’t a way to make money while physically at home, but it’s still a great way to make money especially if you don’t mind driving around.
Teach English online
If you have a degree and are interested in teaching kids English online try checking out VIPkid. I’ve heard it’s a great way to make a consistent extra income from home.
Rent your car out
Cost: $0 if you already have a car
Do you have a car you don’t use regularly? Try renting your car out with with Turo! They even have a fun calculator you can use to estimate how much you can make. According to the Calculator I could earn about $28/day for my Prius. They estimate it being booked 15 days a month and that I could make $432 each month.
Want to design fun shirts? Try out Amazon Merch. You just upload designs and those items get sold on Amazon. When they sell you get a cut of the profit. No need to carry any inventory or ship anything out yourself, Amazon does it all.
Cost: $0 if you’re selling on Amazon you can use their tools. If you’re selling for yourself you can use tools like Canva for free.
Are you a good writer? You can write books and either sell them on your own website or even sell them on places like Amazon. If you have skills or knowledge in a certain area that can teach people something that could be a great way to make some money and become a passive income. Or if you’re a good storyteller, you could write fiction books to sell on Amazon.
Cost: $0 or cost of software depending on what you use. Free option: Canva
One thing I’ve been doing for a while is selling printables! Right now I sell printables in my Hustle & Slow shop using Shopify, but in the past I have also sold printables on Etsy. These are just digital files that you design and sell for people to download them and print on their own.
As you can see there are so many different ways to make money from home, hundreds that I didn’t even cover in this post because I just wanted to talk about the ways I was familiar with. Definitely don’t try to do all of these at once! Figure out which one looks like the best way for you to start a side hustle and try that method for making money from home.
My biggest tip is to be as consistent as you can and stick with it for a while to see how you like it and if you’re making good money from it. All of these options are easy ways you can earn an income from home, but I’d love to hear in the comments other ways you’ve made money at home!
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