Have you ever imagined what it would be like to work from home? The idea of making money on your own time is a concept that many daydream about, especially when you’re currently working a job you don’t love.
How would you feel if you could quit your day job and call yourself your own boss?
It IS possible to make $100,000+ from the comfort of your own home.
Yes, you read that right. It is totally realistic to generate enough income from work-from-home jobs that you never have to go into a stuffy office or report to a boss you hate again. You can create your ideal lifestyle by getting creative at home and earning money doing things that you actually enjoy! That’s what we are doing, and we are excited to share some of the ways we made that possible.
I will personally tell you how AMAZING it is to have control over your own schedule. Becoming self-employed was THE best move I have ever made in my life and career.
I started working from home part-time in 2011 when my post-college non-profit job was paying me just $30,000/year. I quit my job and became fully self-employed in 2014, having built up enough freelance work to sustain a full-time income. Being able to design my own schedule, working where I want and when I want, has made life far different than I could have ever imagined. For example, the flexibility has allowed me to work remotely from multiple locations around the world as Sam has pursued entrepreneurial endeavors. My previous job wouldn’t have allowed that.
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We can personally attest to many of these work-from-home jobs ourselves and can say that they have honestly played a large role in the paths we have taken professionally. These are real, actionable side hustles that you can start today to pave your way toward a more flexible work life.
If you are ready to make the leap and start working from home, here are some great places to start!
1. Start a Blog
Starting a blog is not a fast-track way to make money, but it is one that can earn you passive income for years to come… if you dedicate the time to it. This is one of our favorite ways to earn money from home because the opportunities are honestly endless. It’s not really a matter of if you can make money from blogging, it’s a matter of how much. It all comes down to how hard you work for it.
Many successful bloggers boast making thousands of dollars off of their blogs (some even 5 to 6 figures!), though it doesn’t happen overnight. In our first month after re-launching our blog, we earned $179.27! And during that time, there was a full week where we barely lifted a finger because of the holidays.
You can literally start a blog in under 15 minutes. Once you are set up and have a topic that you enjoy writing about, develop your brand and deliver quality content to your readers. To earn money with your blog, you must then get your content noticed! The more traffic you get, the more opportunities you will have to monetize.
Some ways that you can monetize your blog are with display ads, affiliate marketing, sponsored content and selling your own products. Michelle Schroeder’s course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, is the ultimate resource for bloggers who are new to Affiliate Marketing. She is the queen of blogging, consistently earning $100,000/month off her own! You can learn more about the course and other awesome blogging resources here.
If you live near a college or university or even high school, why not try a tutoring job on for size? The great thing about tutoring is that you don’t need to be registered with a school as an affiliated tutor, nor do you need a degree in education. So long as you have the credentials to show that you excel in any given subject, you are a candidate for a tutoring job!
Market your services independently around college campus, using word of mouth, fliers and maybe even an ad in the newspaper. Post your services on your local Craiglist, contact school administrators to see if they wouldn’t mind recommending you, and once you’re really moving… make business cards and a website!
Forget going into an office, you can do this job wherever you (and, of course, your student) want! In some cases, you can even do this job online.
In college Sam was a math tutor at a local high school for 1 year. He would choose what days he wanted to tutor and would drive to the school to tutor for 2 hours at an hourly rate of $20/hour… not bad for a part-time job. There are many tutoring sites out there such as Tutor and Wyzant. We are familiar with Wyzant because Sam’s sister once hired a math tutor for Calculus in college. The tutor was very experienced and was charging $50/hour.
3. Take Free Online Surveys
Taking surveys online is an easy, hassle-free way to make money in your spare time. Easy money without the hassle? What’s not to love? The beauty of taking online surveys that pay is that anyone can do it. They don’t require special skills… just your honest opinion and some spare time.
There are quite a few survey sites out there, many of which aren’t great, but Swagbucks, Survey Junkie, Survey Savvy, Survey Club, Toluna, Inbox Dollars, and Vindale Research are awesome. They are trustworthy, most importantly, and have the greatest income potential.
I particularly like Survey Savvy because if you install their browser extension, you get an additional $5/month so long as it is activated. This is purely used for market research purposes and you literally have to do nothing but browse as you normally would, and get paid for doing it. If you install it to your browser and your smartphone, that’s $10/month. Nice!
Sign up for as many as you can to increase your odds of getting matched with new surveys. The more you qualify for and take, the more money you can make. Most surveys can be taken while you’re hanging out at home watching TV and enjoying a cold one. Full disclosure: you won’t make hundreds of dollars a day, but you can certainly rack in a few hundred a month. For a more extensive list of survey sites, check out this post.
4. Sell Digital Products
Templates, online courses, eBooks, and other digital resources are an awesome way to earn passive income. The great thing about selling your own digital products is that whatever you choose to sell is yours and yours alone. And if it is good enough, the contents will be associated with your name and brand for years to come.
Remember when I shouted out Michelle Schroeder when I told you about making money blogging? Well, I mentioned her because she created a quality digital product that made a true impact on our lives and business. She recognized a need in the blogging and work-from-home world and developed a course to teach people like you and me about affiliate marketing – so we could acquire the knowledge she has to get to where she is today.
One of my clients sells digital products to her peers and averages $5,000 a month in sales – on the side of her full-time job! At least 60% of those digital products were created 2-3 years ago, and yet she is still making regular income off of them. THAT, my friends, is passive income!
Creating a product that can be sold online is an awesome way to make money from home. The better it is, the more people will talk about how great it is, and the more you will sell. You can even create your own affiliate program and have buyers promote it on your behalf for a small commission!
5. Become a Dog Walker and/or Pet Sitter
Get paid to play with other people’s pets? Sign me up! A job with Rover is perfect for animal lovers! Especially college students that miss being around their furry friends back home.
Sign up and offer some or all of the following services:
- Dog Boarding (overnight pet care)
- House Sitting
- Dog Walking
- Doggy Day Care (daytime pet care)
- Drop-In Visits (for check-ins and play dates)
With Rover, you can set your own schedule and prices, offer any combination of pet care services, and set the size, age and other pet preferences that work for you. Your services are protected up to $1,000,000 and there is even an app to help manage your dog sitting business!
The icing? Payments are ready for withdrawal just two days after you complete a service, which is pretty nice compared to other side hustles! Create a free Rover account here.
Earn: up to $1,000/month
6. Become a Proofreader
If you love correcting people’s grammar… this may be the perfect job for you.
Proofreading as a side hustle is an awesome way to make extra money on your own schedule. Caitlin from Proofread Anywhere teaches a great course on how to do exactly as the course title describes. It’s known for being a “nuts and bolts” type of course that demonstrates how to find work, set up a business and earn rates that you deserve. In the end, you should feel confident in yourself and your ability to launch a work-from-home career.
I actually started my freelance career as a proofreader/editor, having studied Journalism and Communications in college. I can attest to there being SO many proofreading jobs out there. It’s what allowed me to go full-time with my freelancing, working from literally anywhere in the world.
Learn how to transform your passion for words and reading into a thriving proofreading business here.
7. Teach English Online
Teaching English online is an awesome way to not only earn cash on your own time, but to help others!
VIPKid is for Chinese children between the ages of 4 and 12 years old. It offers fully immersive one-on-one English language instruction online by highly qualified teachers, based on the US Common Core State Standards. VIPKid was ranked #1 by FlexJobs in Forbes’ 2018 “Top 100 Remote Work Companies Report.”
It’s an awesome, feel-good money-making job that is fun, flexible and easy! You choose your own hours, the lesson plans are provided, you don’t need to know Chinese, and VIPKid communicates with the parents. All you need is a computer and the passion and skills for teaching.
To be eligible:
- Must work in the U.S. or Canada
- One year of teaching experience
- A Bachelor’s degree
Earn: $14-22/hr | Pick your own hours
Freelancing is a great fit for many people, purely because you offer services that you excel in. There are LOADS of freelance opportunities on the web for skills like writing, editing, accounting, data entry, transcription, graphic design, web design, SEO, social media management and more. My favorite place to find outsourcing work and to hire help when needed is Upwork, where there are a bevy of job opportunities posted by the minute, and an enormous database of freelancers.
The only downside about Upwork is that they charge massive fees. When you first land a new client, Upwork takes 20% of your earnings until you’ve logged $500 worth of work with them. Once you are beyond $500 in lifetime billings with that same client, fees drop to 10%. Once you’ve earned $10,000 in lifetime billings, fees drop to 5%. That’s a big chunk, especially if you also have taxes to pay. I would love to see a freelancer website with lower fees, but in the meantime, it’s an awesome place to land work! If you develop a good relationship client, you may consider them to work together one-on-one.
Regardless of fees paid, freelancing is an amazing way to create your own career from home. I began freelancing in 2011 and went full-time with it in 2014. I have never looked back!
9. Drive People Around
If you own a car, consider becoming an Uber or Lyft driver in your spare time. This is yet another job that allows you to create your own schedule because you can take rides as you want to.
Just make sure you take the time to understand price of gas, how far you’re driving to pick someone up, and how well your car does with miles per gallon (MPG) so you aren’t operating at a loss. It’s best to complete your work for the day when you are closest to home, so you don’t waste gas driving back from your last destination.
10. Become a Virtual Assistant
This falls into the same realm as freelancing, however, being a VA is a slightly different in that you aren’t necessarily marketing specific skills that you may have studied in school or performed at your 9 to 5.
In a world where digital work is becoming more and more common (think blogging, eCommerce stores, and other entrepreneurial projects), there is a huge need for Virtual Assistants. Tasks may include answering emails, scheduling appointment, proofreading content, managing social media accounts and more; anything that a business owner doesn’t have time to deal with on their own.
Virtual Assistant jobs can be found on outsourcing websites, by word of mouth or simply by reaching out to small or solo-businesses and offering your services.
11. Deliver Food
These days, it is getting easier and easier to get food delivered right to your door so you don’t have to step one foot into the glaring sun… even things like coffee! This is especially so if you go to a big party school, where late night munchies and weekend morning laziness are a big thing!
Sign up with GrubHub, Postmates, Seamless or UberEATS to pick up and deliver food orders made via App. Just make sure you don’t sneak a bite on the way!
12. Sell products on Etsy
Are you crafty? Do you sew? Can you create a physical product that others will want to purchase online? If so, Etsy is a great place to earn money as a creative! Make your products, upload the details to Etsy, learn how to market your store, sit back and watch the Benjamins roll in.
OK, it’s not actually that simple but you get the idea. If you can create a decent product and invest a little time in learning how to properly market your products on the Etsy platform, it’s very possible to earn money as a college student from it.
13. Create Your Own Side Hustle
What are you good at? What do you want to learn how to do?
When I was in college, I started a barbershop out of my dorm room that at its height, earned me about $500 in cash every week. No joke. Thinking back about it, I was making a killing, earning much, much more than most of my peers.
Here’s the thing, though. When I started, I didn’t really know a whole lot about cutting hair. I was lucky enough to have a few friends who let me experiment on them, and then I picked up the skills quickly enough that I started getting inquiries. Soon enough, I had a steady 200+ people that regularly scheduled appointments with me. I operated this business for almost my entire collegiate career, and I learned a great deal about business and entrepreneurship.
- Uber-like cleaning service
- Mobile car detailing service (best if you live in a year-round warm climate)
- Painting company that only hires college students (designed to help your fellow college buddies while making you rich)
- Landscaping company
- Build an app – we are millennials, after all!
The list is endless!
Working from home is LEGIT! Like I said, I can personally attest to it, having done so for the last 7 years. There are tons of work-from-home opportunities out there; it’s just a matter of identifying which of your skills are most marketable, and dedicating the time to it. Now go make that money! Good luck!