How you can Make Money at Home
It is possible to make money from home without joining party plans or selling your soul.
Everything I have listed here has been done either by myself or by someone I know.
Some of them will make more than others and some take less time.
As someone who has worked from home or remotely for over a decade, I prioritise the things that make me the most money with the least amount of time or effort.
But for this list, I included those things as well as anything I have done to make money from home.
Disclosure, there are some affiliate links in this post for services I have used for a long time and know they work.
My preferred method for making money has been online.
It’s easy, can be done from anywhere and enables my family and me to travel a lot.
There are so many ways to make money online now.
If you have any questions about these, leave a comment.
1. Blogging and Social Media
Blogging is the main way I make money online and has been for over a decade.
It has changed a lot in that time and in some ways is much easier to set up, learn about and do now.
In other ways, it can be harder to market it if you are new.
I share my method of how to set up a blog and make money blogging.
Specifically, I make money through sponsored posts, affiliate links, ads and selling my own products.
Blogging resulted in public speaking, freelance writing, consulting and numerous other opportunities.
I won international awards, landed book contracts, speak internationally, do coaching/mentoring and travelled extensively because of my blogs.
You can find out more about me and this work at kylietravers.com.au.
My sites are hosted with SiteGround and they are great with customer service to help you.
To get started blogging I got hosting, bought a domain name, did a one-click install of WordPress through SiteGround, selected a theme, and some plugins and got to writing.
To make a blog successful you need to be active on social media, market it well, be engaged and it takes a whole lot more work than most assume in the beginning, but for me it has been worth it!
In terms of making money, either a highly engaged following or high traffic is essential.
You can then advertise through sponsored posts or links in your sidebar/header/footer, place affiliate links throughout the site, use an ad agency and use the blog as a platform for other methods of income.
2. Freelance Writing
Travelling the world, going to events, trialling products and writing about topics I love from anywhere is why I love freelance writing.
A great grasp of grammar and your topics is essential to success but there are courses and tools to help.
Create a profile with a bio and sample work then pitch and get your writing out there to establish credibility.
Read how to become a freelance writer for more details.
Some guest post positions pay $50 straight away, just follow their guidelines.
For regular paying jobs look for staff writer positions, contact sites you like yourself and continually check classifieds.
Freelance writing has taken me to Indonesia, Vietnam, Fiji, the Solomon Islands (multiple times), Vanuatu, Slovenia, Austria and around Australia.
Once in a lifetime experiences plus getting paid to do it all has been amazing.
I’ve done a lot of financial and parenting writing as well.
When publishing my first book with Wiley, the editor they used worked from home.
Books aren’t the only thing needing to be edited – newsletters, flyers, websites, grant proposals, articles, and anything that is written could be edited.
Look at sites such as Problogger etc listed above in freelance writing to get started.
Personally, I’ve edited a few books but more commonly websites and documents.
Creating graphics, video, logos and other online tasks are popular on Fiverr.
Buy or sell any services you want for $5.
$5 is the base rate however you can have upgrades such as 24 hour turn around or charge more than $5 straight up, it’s up to you.
If done well, you can make thousands a month because you upsell and aren’t doing $5 gigs really.
5. Social Media Manager
With some experience and knowledge of various social media platforms, you can manage social media for companies from home.
You do need to know what you are doing and having your own extensive social media presence helps a lot.
The Australian Social Media Jobs group is one place to check out for opportunities.
Any business group on Facebook is also good as I see numerous business owners in there searching for social media managers.
6. Virtual Assistant
With admin experience, you can be a VA (Virtual Assistant).
Virtual assistants are becoming more common than in-person personal assistants.
Your duties can include email, newsletters, scheduling appointments etc. just like a personal assistant but it is all done online.
Check out how to become a virtual assistant for tips on how to get into it.
Chris Ducker has a great resource on 101 things you can outsource to a VA to give you an idea of the kind of work you could get.
To get VA work, try Upwork or get active in business groups on Facebook.
I see requests for VA’s all the time and some are willing to train you.
7. Sell on eBay/Facebook/Gumtree
You can sell things you already own and don’t use, sell on behalf of others or buy things to resell.
For eBay, I like to check the completed listings to see the prices items have sold for.
Then I take pictures, upload them in the eBay app and write a description.
I have a note on my phone saved stating I combine postage, payment must be made within 3 days etc to make it all quicker.
It takes a few minutes to post each item and I often sell items for over 10 times what I paid for, such as $2 dresses for $30+.
In general, my preference is to sell on Facebook Marketplace or in the niche groups specific to the brands I am selling.
The fees on eBay are high and they take a fee from postage costs too plus you don’t get the money instantly.
Whereas selling on Facebook, it tends to be quicker, easier and it’s free.
8. Facebook Business
Create a Facebook page and group to sell items.
You can import them, focus on vintage fashion or create things to sell.
Quite a few businesses are on only Facebook or Instagram.
However, there is a huge risk of your page/profile being shut down if you are relying totally on one platform.
If you choose to start it on social media only, once you are making some money, look at getting a website.
9. Write Reviews/Product Testing
Write reviews for magazines, newspapers, and websites or do product testing for sites
You can pitch directly to magazines or if you start a blog you can do reviews for different brands on your blog.
Tell Me Baby is a site specifically for baby gear you can get paid to review.
10. Submit Jokes/Puzzles to Magazines
You can earn anywhere from $25 right up to a few thousand for jokes, stories and puzzles submitted to magazines and newspapers.
Look up ones that feature unsolicited material and submit your jokes or stories online.
Readers Digest, That’s Life and Take 5 are three which do this.
Create an eBook on anything you like and sell it on your own site, on Amazon or create an affiliate program so others can sell your book.
Doing this I have created a nice income stream and I have friends who have done amazing selling eBooks.
You will need to market it well though to sell it.
12. Buy and Resell Books
Buy books secondhand for a dollar or two and resell them.
I’ve bought books for $1 and sold them for $20, one book I bought for under $25 and resold for over $70.
Just the other week I bought one for $2 and flipped it quickly for $8 as part of a challenge.
Financial and business mentoring are two services I have personally offered but people seek mentoring in everything.
Think about what you have experience in, market yourself well and you can mentor in just about anything.
To get started with mentoring you really need to have some expertise and develop credibility.
Create a site, social media presence and be really clear on your message and how you can help others.
You can check out my site with other services here.
You can make money with webinars either by selling a program, eBook, product or service you have or by charging for the webinar.
You need to have something people will be interested in and a way to promote it for this to be worthwhile.
Love speaking or filming yourself?
There is a lot of potential on YouTube and other social media once you gain a following.
You can make money through ads, by other products being featured in your posts, by promoting your own products and by reviewing things on video.
16. Affiliate Marketing
If you have a website, eZine, eBook or even on social media you can sign up as an affiliate for products and services then make a percentage of any sales made through your link.
I generally sign up as an affiliate for products and services I have used and loved.
Check the sites, stores and services you frequent to see who has a program.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is the best course I have done.
I put it off for ages and when I finally bought it then implemented the tips, my income went up significantly.
The way I was taught to write a resume in high school is so far removed from how a resume should be.
Anyone who has been out of the workforce for a while needs an updated resume but might not know the best way to present themselves.
If you have an eye for detail and describing talents, resume writing for others is easy to do.
Having the skills to do selection criteria will help even more as you can charge significantly more for them as they are so specific.
18. Create Media Kits
As blogging becomes more diverse and more people are vying for the attention of advertisers a good media kit has become a necessity for all bloggers wanting to work with the media and brands.
Many don’t know where to start and you could either create their media kits for them or sell templates for them to create their own.
Media kits can be easily created on Canva or PicMonkey.
19. Graphic Design
Creating business logos, blog and website designs, business cards and more can be done from home with knowledge in design.
Promote yourself or you could use options like 99 designs to try and get jobs.
Some graphic design work requires more knowledge and isn’t doable on the base-level sites such as Canva.
Be clear on your experience and skills with this as being a graphic designer usually requires qualifications if you are doing more than Canva style work.
Things such as logo creation, car wraps, specific designs etc are much more involved and require skills.
20. Create Websites
Depending on your skill level, you can offer custom websites to clients where you create a website for them.
This can be as simple as setting up a WordPress site for them and a theme, creating the pages they need on their site or if you have great website skills you can do a whole lot more.
Know your limitations with this as some websites require a lot more than you might expect.
Your clients will expect you to know it all and be able to solve any problems.
Some people choose to buy domain names, create a basic website and then sell them instead of making websites for others.
An eZine is online magazine which is emailed, much like a newsletter.
It is more environmentally friendly than traditional magazines and easy for people to subscribe to.
You can do monthly, quarterly or however often works for you.
To make money from it you can either offer it for a payment or secure advertisers.
Generally, unless it is extremely unique and popular, offering it for free and getting some ads in there will be the better option.
22. SEO Consultant
Search Engine Optimisation helps websites rank better by selecting keywords or phrases to promote the site and help search engines recognise the site for those words and phrases.
Being a consultant you will need knowledge of it, but like anything done online, it can be done from home.
23. Consultant In Anything
Anything you have knowledge or experience in can be turned into a consultancy service, many of which can be done online.
You will need to set up a website, social media presence, get networking and active in Facebook groups or wherever your target market hang out.
Plus, for most consulting, you will need qualifications and experience in whatever you are consulting about.
Recently, I heard a great saying about how you can serve who you were 5 years ago.
Meaning, think about what you were facing and overcame in that time, then teach to people in the position you were 5 years ago.
24. Life Coaching
In some locations, you will need proper qualifications to call yourself a life coach, at the very least you need an effective program and way to coach people.
Life coaches help people sort out their lives, set and achieve goals and get past things that are blocking their progress in life.
25. Sell on Behalf of Others
If you like selling on eBay, Gumtree, Facebook or anywhere else, offer your services to others and either charge a flat rate or select a percentage of the sale to keep as your fee.
I did this years ago for someone who was closing their store and I have had my sister sell my stuff for me when I didn’t have time.
I have also seen requests on AirTasker and Facebook from people wanting to pay someone to list and sell their stuff.
There are degrees in marketing and you do need knowledge in this area to be successful but a lot of marketing, especially effective social media campaigns can be arranged from home.
I was self-taught though and had a successful social media company.
While I didn’t have a marketing degree, I had extensive experience and contacts which my clients wanted and had a knack for high conversions.
27. Public Relations
PR is different to marketing but both require skill and connections.
PR is generally getting free exposure and liaising with the public as well as fixing issues such as when someone’s reputation is on the line.
Marketing, while often lumped together with PR is paid promotions and advertising, with very different skills.
It sounds crazy to think public relations, as in relations with the public, can be done from home.
As a PR representative, you would be connecting people and businesses, creating campaigns for exposure and not necessarily out in the public.
28. Data Entry
With a computer and decent typing speed you can do data entry for a variety of businesses in the hours that suit your family.
Doctors, lawyers and similar professions often require this sort of service.
Most of the women I know who do this do it in the evenings after their kids are in bed.
29. Enter Competitions
It’s not guaranteed money all the time, often it’s not cash straight away, but it can be a way to make some money.
Cash prizes are fantastic, but other prizes can be sold for cash or many prizes are gift vouchers now so you can use them however you want.
Competitions on websites, through magazines and the radio can provide cash, tickets or great gifts.
I have had the most success entering giveaways and competitions on blogs or products I already buy.
Occasionally I do giveaways on this site as well.
As an example of prizes and if it’s worth it, in the past 10 months I have won thousands of dollars worth of prizes, mainly gift certificates.
They have mainly been from products I already buy and all of them were prizes we really wanted and used.
A $1,000 travel voucher, $500 day spa voucher, $100 fuel voucher and a few thousand in free photography, food and other items.
I tracked it and won something from 75% of the competitions I entered and most I only had one entry which took 2 minutes to do.
Since I bought the item anyway, all I had to do was scan a QR code, enter my
Check out this post with the best Aussie giveaways plus tips to win.
30. Ghost Writing
Technically, this can come under freelance writing but some people specialise purely in ghostwriting.
If you enjoy writing and don’t need to have your name plastered on all your work then ghostwriting can be lucrative.
You write books, articles or anything the client wants and they put their name on it.
Many of your favourite authors use ghostwriters although it’s not commonly talked about.
It is up to you to decide your rates, since you will not be making money off the end product most ghost writers charge more than average freelance writing, especially for entire books.
Swagbucks is just one of the many sites you can earn money with through daily polls, surveys, watching videos and using their toolbar to look things up instead of Google.
My favourite feature is definitely the search one.
Use their search engine instead of Google and earn points.
How easy is that?
You can also earn points through their cashback program when shopping online.
32. Cash Back Sites
You shop online as normal and they pop up when you can get cash back.
I have saved thousands every year by being smart with cash back offers, utilising upsized offers and always checking them before I buy anything.
Honey also offers discount codes where possible.
CashRewards: By far my favourite as it usually has the highest cash back offer, the payments are processed easily and customer services has been good.
Simply join CashRewards for free, activate it when you see the cash back offer and get a bonus $20 cash back with your first purchase over $20.
Shopback: Works the same as CashRewards. You can only activate and use one so I compare to see which one is offering me a better deal. Join Shopback for free and get a bonus after your first purchase through them too.
Kickback: Similar to the others, Kickback is free to join and offers a variety of discounts and cash back on your purchases. Join Kickback and start saving money.
Honey: Slightly different, Honey offers cash back but also scans for discounts and coupon codes. Join Honey for free here.
Swagbucks: Best known as an online survey site, they also have a cash back program with the cash being awarded in points you accrue and cash out. Join free here.
ReceiptJar: This is for after your purchase is final. Upload your receipt and get points. Once you reach 1,000 points you can get a gift card. Join free with the code KYLIT3QH2 and get a bonus 200 points when you upload your first receipt.
33. Market Research
Participate in market research online through websites who specialise in this.
Most pay $100 per hour and don’t require much.
What you are doing is giving your opinion on a product or service usually, answering questions or participating in a group session for them to understand their target market.
34. Online Surveys
A plethora of sites exist for you to make money doing surveys.
The pay is very low and often gift certificates instead of cash.
Octopus Group are the highest paying in Australia, plus they pay you to read their newsletter.
We have a post on the best Australian online survey sites here.
35. Sponsored Tweets/Instagram
Instagram is significantly more popular for sponsored content than Twitter (now called X).
Build an engaged following then sign up to Instagram and Twitter influencer companies to pitch for sponsored posts.
You don’t need a million followers either.
You can start making money with a few thousand followers provided they are engaged and you can show your value.
Or you can do affiliate marketing on Instagram as well, not just sponsored posts.
36. Stock Photography
Use your plain photos and sell them on stock photography websites.
The competition is pretty tense and you might not make a lot, but a few dollars here and there is a nice surprise.
With photography, we’ve made more using our images for marketing, magazines and similar in conjunction with freelance writing.
Our photography can be found at Black Beard Photography.
While there is software and outsourcing overseas, accuracy with transcribing is important.
Many lawyers and doctors outsource this within their own country as the language barrier is difficult and software can be touchy.
More bloggers (including myself), podcasters and social media entrepreneurs require work to be transcribed now too.
38. This Is Your Life
Have people send or drop off photos and select songs they want the photos set to.
You put the photos like a slideshow to music as a beautiful montage.
It can be sent as a file or if they want on a USB.
You can set up a gig like this on Fiverr.
39. Run Reference Checks
Outsourcing reference checks saves some companies a lot of time and money.
Spending time calling applicants’ references, asking the questions the company wants and finding the right match saves them significant time.
You can do it from home for a fee for a variety of companies.
40. Create An Online Forum or Facebook Group
A website with a forum or a Facebook group can make a lot of money either through charging a fee to join, through ads throughout the forum or brands wanting mentions/exposure to your audience.
Most of the highly successful ones are linked to a business so there are multiple ways you can make money from it.
Pick a topic that works for you, get people interested, market it, get active and go from there.
41. Create And Sell A Course
Turn your expertise into a course with videos, emails and tutorials on how to do what you do.
Use a great marketing plan when doing it, offer it as an affiliate program and you can do really well.
Create a regular newsletter and use affiliate links, advertising and sponsorship to make money.
Similar to an eZine a newsletter is shorter and more to the point, usually used in conjunction with a website.
Alternatively, create and manage newsletters for other websites for a fee.
43. Adult Options
I grew up Mormon and had no idea of the options there are from selling your shoes or underwear through to being paid to get with someone and everything in between.
It is completely your choice what you do.
I haven’t done any of it, despite numerous offers, but have had clients who were phone workers (I was a hairdresser and they told me all about it).
Others who sell their used items and now I know quite a few who work at the more involved end of the adult industry if you get my drift. (I’m trying to be relatively tame here).
If you choose to do any of this, please be careful, think about how you would feel if your kids found it or other family etc.
When I compared the income, I made more money with other things than women made in anything along these lines.
44. Book Reviews
Review books on your own site or for other publications.
Check before you submit anything if they accept unsolicited reviews.
Many bloggers get pitched books to review.
You can also sell the books after you have reviewed them.
45. Meaning Of Names Poems
Create poems based on the meaning of names or create a poem to a name.
With so many unique spellings and names it is hard for some people to find something based on their name.
By creating beautiful designs as well, you can sell these as gorgeous pieces of art and memorable gifts.
Create a podcast to promote and sell your products or affiliate programs you are part of or get advertisers interested in being part of the podcast.
I have ones I listen to every week and have purchased things recommended by them so it does work.
47. How to Series
Create a “how to” series and market it on multiple platforms.
Much like consulting, posting videos on YouTube or creating a course with this, you teach people how to do things and sell it.
You can also sell these or set them up on Udemy and similar course platforms.
48. Interview Skills
Have you interviewed people for different positions?
Set up a service where you interview people and give them feedback on their answers, body language, clothing and tips to land the job.
You can offer it via Zoom or Skype.
49. Sell Your Artwork
Facebook, Etsy, Madeit and similar sites are all good for selling your artwork.
My nephew makes over $1,000 a year selling keyrings and he’s a kid.
There are numerous ways to sell artwork such as markets, through your own business, Etsy or having them on commission in cafes and similar.
Another option is illustrations. My eldest child has been paid to illustrate books, create logos and do other art on request.
Whether you rent or own, there are ways to make money with your property.
Having lived in a variety of cities, I have tested these out in each one.
Check out how to make your mortgage pay for itself for ideas and an example using a home I lived in.
50. Get A Boarder
Lack of privacy can be an issue, but if you have a spare room a boarder or exchange student can be a relatively easy way to make money.
Select your boarder carefully, interview them, do background or reference checks and have an agreement in writing.
51. Rent Out The Garage
Storage units aren’t cheap to rent.
If you don’t use your garage you could rent it out to someone looking to store excess belongings, a car, boat or even rent it out to a business.
Ensure you have a solid contract and agreement in place for this.
When I was a single mother in Sydney, I rented my garage out to another single mum for $50 per week for her to run her dress business from.
Another time I rented my garage to someone to store some furniture in Canberra and another time when I lived in Melbourne, a guy stored his spare Mercedes in my garage. $50 per week each time.
52. Rent The Driveway
Rent it to someone to store their boat or caravan on.
If you live near the CBD rent it to office workers for parking or if you live near a stadium or show ground you can rent it as parking space for events as they arise.
Where we lived in Melbourne, car spaces went for $250 per month for office hours/office workers and more like $100 a week for 24/7, that is car spaces belonging to tenants, not the private corporate carparks.
53. Garden Allotments
Lease garden allotments for people to grow their own flowers or herbs.
It won’t make much money, but it is money for empty space.
Alternatively, you can rent space in your yard like the driveway in tip 52 or rent it out for people to camp on.
54. Any Spare Space On The Property
Inside space such as an attic or under the house can be rented as storage space.
Outside can be rented for cars, boats, trailers, caravans, RV’s or depending on the size of your space even for people to park on or let people run classes in your backyard.
56. With A Pool
Rent out your pool with a site such as Swimply where people can book your pool for an hour or more.
It’s easy to set up and safer than trying to do it yourself.
Alternatively, with the correct qualifications, insurance and council approval, teaching people how to swim if you are certified or renting the pool to someone else to do learn to swim classes or aqua aerobics.
55. Short Term or Holiday Rentals
Rent a room when you feel like it.
You set the rate and can choose dates you are available and you always have the option of saying no.
People will expect a higher standard, similar to a hotel, compared to just letting someone rent the room.
Basic amenities are expected as well and you need to be close by to resolve any issues.
I have a full guide on how to make money with Airbnb here based on my experiences.
58. Rent Your Home for Movies/TV Series
Some programs require you to leave the house for the duration of filming, but put you up in other accommodation, so it depends on how you feel about strangers being in your home without you there.
If your home is unique or on trend, this will work better than your average home.
I have been part of productions where the company rented someone’s home to do a series of finance videos and similar so it happens more than you might think.
Not all of them are Hollywood movies or TV shows, many companies need somewhere to film YouTube videos for short series and similar now.
56. Signage On Your Fence
Live on a main road? Offer your fence to local businesses for signage.
They can pay by the month or lease it for 6 month periods.
This is also a good way to get a discount on services you might use such as plumbing, roofing, solar panel installation and similar.
57. Sign In Your Yard
Just like signs on the fence, you can place signs in the yard for a fee.
If you have the space there is also the option of erecting a billboard, though this is expensive.
I know of a property where the council paid the owner to have a billboard in their yard and the owner didn’t have to pay land rates either.
58. Turn Your House Into a Haunted House for Halloween
Decorate the whole house and have each room produce a scare!
Charge a fee and give people a tour.
Get your friends involved and go all out.
You could even sell pumpkins and Halloween treats in the lead-up to Halloween or Halloween food on the night.
59. Family Day Care
With relevant qualifications and checks, caring for kids in your home can provide decent, regular income while you are at home with your children.
It is a fair bit to set up if you are doing it all legally, but for many mums it is the difference between having to go to work or being able to stay at home and with the lack of childcare in many cities, it’s a needed service.
Childcare is a low paid industry and there is extremely high demand.
So if you genuinely care, are willing to get qualifications and have the capacity, you will likely find yourself booked out quickly.
Online and using your property aren’t the only options.
We live at a time when making money from home is so easy!
Ironing is something more people are outsourcing.
Offer to pick up and drop off or have clients drop their items off to you and pick up the next day for an extra fee.
Charge per basket or per item but check what the going rates are for your area.
Be aware, if you do per basket specify it is a FLAT basket.
Too many people will overload the basket giving you three times the work for the same fee.
Promote if you are a smoke and pet-free home as well.
Taking up or letting down hems, fixing seams, replacing broken zips and bringing in or letting out clothes are cheaper options than buying new clothes.
You can combine this service with the ironing as well.
Set up a studio at home to offer photography – portraits, family photos, boudoir, babies, anything you like.
You will need experience, good equipment, editing skills and people skills of course.
63. Hand and Feet or Pregnant Belly Casts
Treasured memories are created around births.
Hand and feet casts or prints and pregnant belly casts are a way for people to preserve those memories.
They are fairly easy to learn how to do and can be modified in numerous ways to suit the family ordering them.
64. Spray Tanning
It only costs a few hundred to set up with a kit.
Practice on friends and family first to get the hang of it, then set up space in your home to do it.
Make sure you have insurance and are following regulations in your area.
65. Garage Sale
Do a big de-clutter of your home and instead of listing it all individually, have a garage sale.
See if neighbours are interested in getting involved and having a street sale to bring in even more people with less work.
Look at selling cold drinks and packaged snacks to generate some more cash as well.
The food and beverages are an easy way for kids to be involved and make some money.
66. Sell Plants or Produce From Your Garden
Place a sign out the front, pot up plants, seedlings or sell produce you have grown.
Put another ad up in Facebook Marketplace and you will likely have a steady stream of customers.
This can go well with a garage sale for extra money too.
67. Bees And Honey
Fresh honey is delicious and has many health benefits.
It costs a bit to set up but you can make money from the honey and honeycomb.
However, I don’t recommend using animals or bees to make money typically.
Sell it if you are already doing it or want to as part of a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
68. Create Things To Sell
Are you crafty, handy or arty?
Create things such as clothes, aprons, hair clips, wooden puzzles, doll houses, craft kits, anything you can create you might be able to sell.
I sold aprons and little Christmas gifts at a market one year in the lead-up to Christmas.
It paid for my kids presents and a few extras that year.
69. Illustrate Books
Illustrators get paid per book and provided you have good communication skills and talent, you can get the author’s ideas into an image.
This is something one of my kids started doing at age 12 and has enjoyed doing on and off for the past few years.
They were self-taught as are quite a few of the illustrators I know.
70. Sketch Homes
People can send you a photo of your home and you sketch it then post it back or they could pay extra for framing and you arrange it all.
This is a unique service that requires time and has a niche market, often wealthier areas or areas where the original homes are being knocked down, especially if they are family homes.
71. Furniture Restoration or Makeovers
With some tools, knowledge and space furniture restorations are an option.
You can pick up pieces for free that are dumped, give them a makeover and sell or restore pieces for other people.
Pinterest has great ideas and tutorials linked for DIY furniture makeovers.
I’ve flipped items for well over $200 in profit doing this with very little effort.
Know the laws in your area though and try to keep the noise down otherwise, neighbours may complain.
Since it is technically commercial, you can get in trouble for doing it if your neighbours are unhappy about it.
Math, English, music, languages, cooking, anything.
Everything we do we need to learn to do.
Offer tutoring from your home either in person or do it online.
Alternatively, places such as VIPKid have online tutors.
73. Become A Landlord
Buying a property is not cheap and laws have changed a lot so fewer people are interested in this option.
While you might think all the bargains are gone, think outside the box.
The rental property doesn’t need to be where you live and doesn’t need to be a 4 bedroom home.
There are numerous properties around the country in cheaper areas or that are smaller than what you want as your primary home.
Look for bargains and if you want to go down this path, get professional advice.
You need to know what you are doing, do your research and be selective.
Building a property portfolio takes time and patience.
Be aware things happen where you will need to make repairs, the property can be vacant or damaged and this should only ever be considered a long-term plan.
With a good agent, this is something you can do mostly from home.
74. Turn Your Home into a Bed and Breakfast
Spare rooms? Rent them out and offer breakfast with them.
Do it on a regular basis or turn your place into a genuine Bed and Breakfast, once you have approval, insurance and everything else you need to do it legally.
Farmstays, older homes and places close to attractions all work well.
75. Real Estate Leads
Real estate agents sometimes offer compensation if you give them leads that result in sales.
How much you get paid will vary from agency to agency and not all of them offer it.
However, real estates aren’t the only ones who offer referral bonuses.
Many other higher-end services or services that will make a significant amount from any referrals from you will offer an incentive.
76. Family Photo Compilations
Good with Photoshop? Photoshop families together.
It is a popular gift from extended family who cannot all get together for elderly parents and relatives.
77. Accept Deliveries
Registered deliveries that need someone home during the day can be accepted by you and the client pick them up after work.
Be very careful and specific about this as there is risk with unsavoury deliveries.
Also, if you happen to get a driver who isn’t delivering properly, you’ll end up with a lot of trips to the post office.
78. Audio Books
Audiobooks are popular among commuters and it is easier than ever to get into this.
Reading a book out loud to be recorded and turned into an audiobook is a necessary service many authors and publishers seek out now.
You can do this as a service for others or choose to write and read your own books as well.
79. Family History Research
More people are looking up their family history and not everyone wants to do a DNA test to find out more details.
If you have passion and knowledge you can do this for those who are time-poor but curious about their heritage.
80. Personalised Anything
Towels, plates, signs, backpacks, drink bottles, plates.
You name it, anything can be personalised and for kids with unusual names, this is ideal and people will pay for it.
81. Parcel Forwarding Between Countries
Many products are cheaper overseas and I know of quite a few Australians who buy overseas, get their items shipped to a US address to take advantage of sales, coupons and lower taxes, then the person at that address forwards it to Australia for a fee and international postage.
82. Personal Training
You can get qualified pretty quickly and train people anywhere, including your own home.
Boot camps are popular, especially if you offer a niche option such as Bootcamp for new mums.
If you add social media, creating your own courses and doing video series, you can make a lot more.
Some trainers also go down the path of their own products or branded items such as drink bottles, towels, clothing, supplements etc.
83. Alternative Therapies
With qualifications in any sort of therapy such as Bowen therapy, naturopathy, massage, kinesiology and so on you just need a room at home to set up which can be done from your own spare room.
Tarot reading, palmistry, astrology, numerology, crystal healing, reiki, all of it can be done from a room in your house or for psychic readings you can do them online via Skype or Zoom.
85. Teach A Class
Not everyone knows the basics such as cooking, sewing, cleaning, gardening, self-defence etc.
Anything you know or have knowledge of can be taught to others.
We ran classes on photography and marketing from a studio in our home.
We set up a meetup group for each topic then had monthly topics.
86. Mums and Bubs Get Together
A weekly group could meet at your house, everyone pays a small fee and you provide tea, coffee etc.
Set it up through Facebook or Meetup to make it easy.
Be safe about how you do it and do checks on anyone who comes since it is going to be at your home.
Check council regulations and legalities too plus get good insurance.
87. Sell Your Hair
You need long, healthy hair to sell it so it is not something you can do regularly, it does pay though.
88. Pet Minding
For those going away they can drop off their pets to you for you to care for them.
Most people prefer you to come to their home to care for their pets though, as it is less disruptive for the animal.
89. Hire Out Items
Smaller items like chocolate fountains or chair covers right through to larger equipment can be stored in your garage for people to collect and return when they rent them.
Baby furniture or items are popular for those who live near airports or tourist destinations.
Not everyone wants to take every item with them so the ability to hire for their holiday is appealing.
90. Themed Dinner Parties
Once a week or month host a themed dinner party people book and pay to attend.
How to host a murder, casino night or flashbacks are all popular themes.
You could offer costume hire and other services to make even more.
91. Sunrise Photo for Baby Births
Got a nice view from your home?
Take a photo every morning and promote it as a birth sunrise photo new parents can purchase.
92. Recipe Testing
Recipes need to be tested, some sites and magazines have specific kitchens for this, others outsource it.
New authors get their recipes tested before they are included in the book too.
93. Beauty Treatments
Massage, waxing, eye last treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures can be done from home once you are qualified and the qualifications are usually able to be done through flexible options.
94. Party Plan/Direct Selling
Not all ‘party plans’ require you to host parties at other people’s homes.
Some allow you to do it from home or just online but statistically most people do not make money through these.
Alternatively, offer your home for people to host their parties if they don’t feel they have enough room etc.
Only if you are capable and responsible with the right permits, love and care should you attempt to make money from breeding animals.
Other options for making money with pets is enter them in competitions, creating items for pets to use such as chew toys, fish tank extra’s, clothing for pets, pet beds or blankets.
96. Scrapbook For Others
Scrapbooks look cute but not everyone is talented, creative or have the time to do it.
You can offer this service for a fee, buy items in bulk and create beautiful albums.
Alternatively, offer to create online albums people can have delivered.
As in, you upload and design it all and it’s ordered online, then delivered to them.
If you can draw, try your hand at caricatures.
People can send photos to you online and you send back the picture.
There apps that can do this but a genuine, hand drawn one is much nicer.
98. At Home Employment
Genuine work-from-home opportunities are around more now since the world had to adapt quickly the past few years.
Look up remote work or work from home or flexible work on Seek and similar sites.
You might also be able to negotiate with an employer to have some work from home days or to make a current job work from home if it is something that can be done from home.
Airtasker is a site where people list jobs they need doing such as editing, cleaning, resumes, writing, moving house etc.
Select your area and look for things that are suitable for you.
Check out this post for more information and advice.
Some telemarketing jobs can be done from home.
Usually, you need your own equipment, have some training then you are given a list of calls to make/clients to deal with.
You work certain shifts and everything is recorded.
101. Look At Your Skills
What skills or talents do you have that you could use to make stuff from home?
Offer online tutoring, videos, a blog, or anything like that.
What comes easy to us often doesn’t come easy to others so think outside the box!
With any work from home idea you want to do, check regulations in your area, what qualifications you will need, what tax implications there are etc.
Also, see if you need to register as a business and get insurance if necessary, especially if people will be coming onto your property for any reason.
You do not want something to go wrong and get sued.
Do you work or make money from home?