The opportunities to make money at home are really endless, and I thought I’d create a short list to demonstrate the variety of sites that are out there that allow people to work from home. You can use these websites to make some extra money after your day job, work just enough to pay for your groceries each week (and, if you’re like me, this only takes $20!) or you can dive right in and make a hodge-podge, unique, slipper-footed freelance career out of it like I did. Anyway, here are some sites to get you started:
Note: Before you go crazy cutting back your hours at Olive Garden, or giving your boss the finger and running out of your cubicle laughing manically, make sure you have a stable computer, a decent internet connection, and a PayPal account (this is how you’ll get paid for online work).
- Taskmitigator: Are you a whiz at editing? Great at graphic design? A social networking pro? Can you draw awesome caricatures of dogs from photograph? Whatever your talent is, there’s a place to sell your work or ideas on this “microjob” site. You can price your work at anywhere from $7 to $100. Plus earn extra money when you refer your friends and family to the site…just have them mention your name after you’ve set up an account.
- Zilok: If your anything like me, you probably have power tools in the shed that get used only once a year, an extra DVD player gathering dust in the closet, and a guitar lounging around that would get more use as a wall decoration. At this site, you can set a price to rent those little-used or extra items out to people in your area. Legal contracts are provided on the site.
- Istockphoto: If you love taking photographs, you can submit them to this site for people to purchase as stock photos for their websites, blogs or magazines. You don’t need a camera that costs more than the mortgage, either, a decent digital camera from the local electronics store can take some great shots that will add up to some serious moolah.
- Ebay: When it comes time to pare down the contents of your wardrobe, book collection or entertainment center, Ebay is still a great place to quickly sell unwanted items. Simply take a decent photo, and list the item at a set price or as an auction lasting anywhere from 24 hours to 7 days, depending on how quickly you need the cash.
- Etsy: If you’re a crafty, or are an artisan of any sort, Etsy is a great place to sell your wares and get you a lot more word-of-mouth than the local craft show. Sell anything from beaded jewelery creations to knit Pittsburgh Steelers scarves to hand-carved wooden mirrors, as long as it was made by you.
And remember, be patient! It takes time to build an online audience/presence and make some real cash…whatever site or method you choose. I’ll be back later to add to the list…