Just about everyone today could use a little extra cash especially in the year 2017. Money is what makes the world go round after all. The question is where and how do you get it? Believe it or not, there are legitimate ways to earn money from your couch, your kitchen table, and even your backyard. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 24 percent of employed people did some or all of their work at home. Don’t be left out on this growing trend and get your share of the pie. Here’s the 2017 guide to making money from home.
Make Money by Taking On Smaller Jobs
There are a lot of things that many people need assistance with that you may think they’re ordinary, mundane tasks. The Internet is filled with tons of smaller jobs you can find from home. A website such as Craigslist.com is a great place to start. All you have to do is put in a little bit of an effort by taking smaller jobs to make money. They might not seem like much at first but they quickly start adding up. Flexibility and a willingness to take on just about any challenge is the key to success in this role. You’ll be surprised by the number of people who need your services as well as by the kinds of help needed.
Become a Virtual Assistant from Home
Just as there are many of people who need help with day-to-day errands and chores, there are just as many that need administrative and secretarial tasks, but lack a formal office space. If you’ve got a home computer with Internet access and you are organized and detail-oriented, helping out a small business with their office work could be the perfect way for you to pick up some extra cash. Beyond word processing and spreadsheet skills, you’ll also need to be very web-savvy. Being able to take direction well, be self-motivated and disciplined are traits required for this position.
Making Money from Home with Customer Service
These days, more and more companies are relying on off-premise employees to handle their customer service needs. This saves the company on office space and equipment. Also, since most off-site customer service agents don’t work 40-hour work weeks, it saves the company on the cost of benefits as well. William-Sonoma, which owns Pottery Barn is one company that uses customer service reps who work from home. After an initial training period, all that’s required is a home computer with Internet access and a land line. These positions usually pay hourly and are very flexible in terms of scheduling. It’s great for people trying to pick up a little extra income beyond their main job or stay-at-home parents who need to keep at least one eye on the kids.
One Person’s Trash is Another’s Treasure
With the advent of eBay and Amazon, treasure hunting for profit has become a real source of income for many people. And you don’t have to limit yourself to antiques and collectibles. Let’s say you come across a fabulous candle maker. You can offer to sell their candles online for a cut of the profits. Of course, scouring garage and estate sales is still a tried and true method of finding products to advertise for sale, but you need to know what you’re buying and what they’re worth. This position requires the ability to research a product, be it candles to candy dishes, and know their wholesale as well as their retail values. Another option is to sell your gently-used brand name and designer clothes to chain stores such as Buffalo Exchange and Plato’s Closet. While these chains have stores located across the country, an online search will probably yield some used clothing re-sellers in your neighborhood. Expect to receive approximately 1/3 of the price the store plans to resell your items for.
Babysitting is a Great Way to Make Extra Money
We’re not proposing that you open a fully-functioning daycare center, but you might have a few neighbors who need some help taking care of their kids. Whether it’s while they’re at work or out enjoying an evening out in town, babysitting or childcare as it’s now called can be quite lucrative. There are even Internet services you can sign up with that will not only help you get jobs, but facilitate payment. Care.com is reputed to be the world’s largest childcare website. Do a search in your area for others and get ready to say, “Open wide for the airplane!”
Use Alternative Transportation to Help Save Money
While this suggestion doesn’t exactly fall into the category of earning money, if you reduce your transportation costs you will be amazed at how much more of your money you’re keeping in your pocket and consequently increase the amount of funds at your disposal. Don’t forget to keep track of all your expenses on a free budgeting tool. Many cities have excellent and affordable public transportation systems. If you happen to live in one of those areas, by all means take advantage of it. If driving is a necessity, consider forming a carpool with your co-workers and neighbors. If you’re truly motivated and live close by your work, bike or walk there and see how much more cash you can hold on to. It’s a great way to stay fit and get a cheap workout.
These ideas of how to make money from home are just a few of the ways people all over the country are earning extra income in 2017. The secret to having more money is keeping your expenses low and your income high. Check out our 11 tips on saving money that actually work. If none of these recommendations to work from home are quite right for you, perhaps they’ll spark ideas of your own and set you on a path to extra income.
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