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10 Legitimate Ways to Earn Money from Home

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Ways to Make Money from Home

The holidays are approaching! 😀 If you’re looking for legitimate ways to earn a little extra money from your own home, here are 10 “HIP” ways you can earn money from home…


Sell Your Junk Mail

Do you receive a lot of junk mail in your inbox or mailbox that just goes into the trash? If so, you may want to check out the Small Business Knowledge Center (also known as SBKC and rated A+ with the BBB!) as they will PAY YOU for your junk mail! Plus, if you are a business owner or are self-employed, you will earn bonus points for the materials you send!

As a SBKC Consumer Panelist, you’ll be asked to regularly send them your emails and junk mail related to Insurance, Investments, Banking, Mortgage, Credit Cards, Leisure, and more. Just forward all of your qualifying emails or place your direct junk mail in the postage-paid envelopes they provide and return to them about once a week.

How quickly will you earn money? According to SBKC, “Frequent participants can earn as much as $20 in points every 6 to 10 weeks! Business owners and those who are self-employed can earn rewards even faster.” Head on over here to sign up and for more details.


Search Engines

Whenever you browse using a search engine (such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.), it uses a “complicated” algorithm” to determine the results you see…and you may not always get the results that you’re hoping for. That’s why real humans are needed to look at the results and judge them for quality, relevancy, and usefulness. And, the best part is you can get paid anywhere between $12-$15 per hour just for becoming a search engine evaluator for companies such as Lionbridge, Appen, or Leapforce (keep in mind that you will work as an independent contractor, not an employee).


Grocery Shopping Apps

Did you know that you can earn cash by purchasing products that you are planning to buy anyways (products that you may also be able to score FREE or cheap with coupons!) with various grocery apps?! Below are my favorite money-saving apps that will allow you to earn cash back just for buying products at the grocery store…

* Ibotta – You can unlock offers by completing various tasks, such as learning a fact or watching a short video. Then, search for offers in-store by scanning the barcode of items that are in your shopping cart. After making a purchase, you can submit a rebate by tapping on “redeem” for eligible items purchased. Then scan the product bar code and submit a picture of your receipt.

* Snap by Groupon – Browse through the different offers available and buy items from the Offer List at ANY store – note that some of the offers can be redeemed as many times as you’d like! Each offer’s redemption limit is clearly noted on its details page. Then, just upload a photo of your entire receipt using the app or website within 2 days of purchase. When your account reaches $20, you can request payment under the ‘My Account’ page and select ‘Cash Out’.

* Checkout 51 – Browse through the different offers available and buy items from the Offer List at ANY store. Upload a photo of your entire receipt using the app or website (it is recommended that you upload your receipt immediately after purchase since there are only limited quantities of offers available). When your account reaches $20, you can cash out and they’ll mail you a check. Note that offers go live on Thursdays at 12AM in each time zone and they expire the following Wednesday at 11:59PM in each time zone. You must submit the receipts while the offers are live.

* Shopmium – Click on the Offers tab and browse through all the current offers. If you find a product you’d like to try, click on the product and then click on the pink “Discover This Product” button to find out specific information about which products are eligible and where you can find the product near you. Once you have purchased the eligible items at the store, go back to the offers tab, find the offer and then click the “Request My Rebate” button. You will then be prompted to scan the barcode of the purchased item AND to take a picture of the store receipt.

* Shrink – Get cash back when you purchase select items at the grocery store AND earn rewards for buying certain items as well. Shrink recommends items based on your preferences (and you earn cash for trying these products!); and if you buy these items multiple times, you can even unlock loyalty rewards! Browse through Shrink’s offers and click the Reserve button to claim the offers you like before they’re gone. After you have purchased the item(s), just snap a picture of your receipt. Once you have reached a total of $20 cash back, you can redeem your cash back via Paypal.

* SavingStar – View offers on your mobile app or online – there are often 100% cash back “surprise” freebies during the month. Then, use your registered card at checkout as you normally do. For receipt-scan stores, take a picture of your receipt and submit through the SavingStar app or website. Note that discounts are not received at checkout but will be posted in your account within 2-22 days depending on the store. In addition to cashing out your earnings using your bank account or PayPal, you can use your earnings to score Starbucks eGift Cards, AMC Theatres eGift Cards and iTunes Gift Codes.


Enjoy sharing your opinion? Although online surveys are not a huge source of revenue, they are easy to do while watching TV, waiting at the airport, and can add up over time. Most companies will pay via check, PayPal, or you can submit for a reward by mail after you’ve accumulated enough points to cash out. My top 5 survey companies are –

* e-Poll (rated A+ with BBB)
* Harris Poll Online (rated A- with BBB)
* Inbox Dollars (rated A+ with BBB)
* Toluna (rated A+ with BBB)
* PineCone Research (rated #2 on Survey Police)


Bing Rewards

If you spend a lot of time browsing the web, you may consider switching from Google or Yahoo to Bing. Like a frequent flyer program that rewards you for flying, Bing Rewards gives you credits for searching the web (while using Bing) as well as taking advantage of special offers. You can then redeem your credits for gift cards at popular retailers and restaurants (such as Starbucks, Amazon, ToysRUs) and/or donate them to a local school through Bing in the Classroom.


Amazon Mechanical Turk

Did you know that you can become a Mechanical Turk for Amazon and earn money from home just for reading articles, completing tasks, and more? After signing up, just search or browse through the Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) and click on the one that interests you. Accept the HIT and follow the instructions. When you’re done, submit your work and after the requester approves your work, money is deposited into your Amazon Payments account.


Interested in starting your own business? Become a company rep for brands such as Amway, Avon, Barefoot Books, Cutco, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Thirty-One Gifts, or Young Living Essential Oils just to name a few. Each company offers different pay schedules, referral systems, and has different training requirements, so be sure to check out the ones you’re interested in.


Sell Used Clothing Online

If you or a family member has a closet filled with outdated clothing, consider packing up a box and selling it online via Start by ordering a free Clean Out Kit, pack it full of styles you’ve loved, and return it to them for free. They will inspect the clothing and determine an amount to pay you. The amount you’re paid depends on the original price, brand and category of each item. You can use their Earnings Estimator to see how much others have earned for similar items.

Another site that allows you to sell your gently-used clothing is Tradesy. Just list any fashion item in good condition, snap a few photos, propose a price, and use the free box and label to ship without leaving your house.


Customer Service from Home

A growing work-from-home opportunity is to answer inbound customer calls for large companies like 1-800 Flowers, J Crew, or Walgreens. How is this possible? These companies (and many others) outsource their customer-service calls to companies that hire U.S.-based virtual agents, such as Alpine Access, ACD Direct, LiveOps, Sutherland Global Services, Arise, Asurion, TeleTech, and many others.

Before considering this type of opportunity, keep in mind that you must have high-speed Internet access, a computer, a landline, and a quiet place to work. You can expect to make an average of $8 and $15 an hour depending on your experience and will work a minimum of 15 to 20 hours per week.


Foap App

Have a knack for photography? If you have a smartphone and often take photos, there’s a new app called Foap that allows you to sell your smartphone photos for CASH. To get started, download the free Foap app (available on Google Play or iTunes App Store), upload your photos, and make them available for purchase on the Foap Market. For each photo you sell you make $5 and you can sell the same photo an unlimited number of times. Now, this isn’t a huge source of income BUT think about it…if your photo sells 10 times, you make $5 each time and will end up with $50 in your pocket. Sweet!

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Or, if you love your field and want to share your knowledge all while working from home and earning extra money, you’ll love being an online tutor with You can help students of all ages—from K-12 to college to adult learners—gain a better understanding of your favorite subjects, while keeping your skills sharp. Plus, there are no fees or costs associated with applying to become a tutor!

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Comments 119

  1. Carrie

    If you have strong writing and research skills, I suggest checking into becoming a researcher for Wonder.
    I needed to make some extra money and started working for them a few months ago. Pay varies based on the question you are answering. And payday is every two weeks and paid via PayPal.

  2. Mariah

    I never post comments but I wanted to add to this post. I love this site and how it has saved us money. I recently became a consultant for Rodan and Fields. (I am also a surgeon) The products work very well. The ability to earn income is no joke. My little side gig paid for daycare for 2 kids and a pottery barn table last month. I would love to share this “gift” of a business with you guys! If anyone has questions, please email me at

  3. becca

    Starting a home business is definitely the way to go! Not only do you get to earn extra income but most offer cash bonuses, free trips, the opportunity to be a stay at home mom or quit 2nd jobs! For me Plexus was the way to go! I’m offered 11 different ways to get paid, amazing new friendships and an easy opportunity to be given a free lexus! My passion is helping people get their life back by becoming healthy so it’s also a very rewarding thing personally!

  4. Luckymeyay

    I recently signed up Close5. It’s a free app. It’s an easy way to earn some extra cash selling your unwanted stuff.

  5. nicubabe

    I did not have good luck with thredUP at all! Was extremely disappointed. They sent the bag that I was to fill with gently used or new clothes never worn. I followed their directions to a “T”. There is a number on the bag that you send in that is supposed to be used for tracking. It took ages for them to acknowledge they had received the bag and then a few more weeks before they told me what they would pay me…….a measly $11 !! I sent in some very nice clothes, most seldom worn in excellent condition. Then the capper was that I never received the $11
    I would have much rather donated the clothing to charity where I know someone could use the clothing and I would get a receipt for a charitable donation. I had read prior to attempting to do business with them that the possibility existed that they resold the clothes that they “rejected” on ebay. I could have sold them on ebay myself ~ have sold children’s clothes on ebay with good success. Sorry about the long rant but as I said in the first part of the post ~ very disappointed!

    • Dee

      Thank you, I was hoping someone would write about their experience with ThredUp. I was thinking of doing it but they seemed a little shady. I’m sorry you had a bad experience with them and I appreciate you warning others! I”m just going to donate everything and write it off instead.

    • Jody M

      I had a similar bad experience with Thred Up. I sent in some really nice brand name clothes, some were even new with tags and only got $2 for everything. Their estimator didn’t work at all.

    • 4Ella

      Sorry you had a bad experience. I send them my clothes couple of times and they got my bags very quick every time, send money to paypal very quick also. I do have admit that they are much more strict about what they accept. When they just started the company, it was much better and easier.

    • Milaxx

      Ditto. I sent in a suit with tags still on it, and a few other items. I actually got paid, but only $11. I could have ebays the suit alone for more than that. I’ll use wallapop or one of the FB groups instead. Done wtih ThredUp

  6. Ashley57

    Has anyone gotten through with SBKC yet? I applied when this was posted and just e-mailed them and they said I was still pending and they were working through the applications.

    • amber

      Same prob here. They said by Friday, so I guess I will wait and see

    • Ruthie Kimmons

      Thank you for posting this! I applied!

    • fouzia

      what kind of experience you need for social media Evaluator Tracey? thanks

  7. Ginger

    Thanks Collin for all you do! I actually work from home for a green manufacturer, setting up wholesale accounts. They are currently hiring for part-time or full-time if people are looking. Click the following link and leave contact info if interested:

  8. Kaitlin Holley

    Hi! My name is Kaitlin and I am a registered nurse and independent health and fitness coach with Beachbody. My job as a coach (along with Collin’s money saving tips 😉 ) has allowed us to pay for mine and my husband’s bachelor’s degrees without student loans and we are now saving for his graduate school tuition. I built my business while working full time as an nurse and am currently coaching full time, setting my own hours, working from home, helping others! There is a $40 coach sign up fee which is waived by getting a fitness program and Shakeology! I loved that Shakeology comes with 100% money back guarantee you will love it, so what do you have to lose? To read more about my personal results with Shakeology check out my blog, I don’t have to keep inventory or worry about shipping, handling, and customer service. I am passionate about helping others live debt free and would love to chat with you and see if this opportunity would be a good fit for you! If you would like to be considered for a spot to be personally mentored by me, fill out the application here or email me at for details and I can see if online coaching would be a good fit for you! I am currently helping my coaches save for Spring Break and to learn how I paid cash for Christmas, check out my latest blog post here:

    “Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach’s income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill.”

  9. cath

    I have thought of this idea: get clients such as elderly or very busy people who cannot or don’t want to shop for groceries and such things; give them flyers for local stores and have them select the items they want; buy the items and charge them the advertised prices The income would be from the coupons that the shopper would use. I think it’s win-win for a teen or a mom who can go shopping and who likes couponing. Of course, there are other factors to think through, …if the person uses only generics or if they are couponers… but I think overall it would work.

  10. Kate

    Has anyone here ever worked for Amazon in this capacity?
    If so, could you share your experience with payment reliability and whether you found this type of work to be worth it?
    TIA 🙂

    • Michelle

      I did it a couple years ago. My advice is to be picky…VERY PICKY! Some take a minute or two and will pay a few cents. If you are watching TV, may be a quick way to pick up a couple bucks. In general, most didn’t pay enough for the time required. But check frequently, because some would surprise you! I know there were some for On Demand movies, asking if they were offered in my market and what the rental rate/time frame was. It would take 5 minutes and pay out a dollar or two. Those were worth it. A lot of them…not so much. Just my opinion. 🙂

  11. Ashley

    Le-Vel / THRIVE is an awesome way to work from home! Free to sell, no inventory, no autoship, and no website fee-EVER! #1 Health and wellness program and recession proof job. You get healthier from premium nutrition distributed by derma fusion technology, and earn commission just by sharing the product with your friends and family-who will absolutely love it! If you haven’t heard of it yet, you will 🙂 Email me at if you’d like more info or a sample. Good luck everyone on your endeavors! Sincerely, ThrivinMama

  12. Melissa

    Anyone have experience with Foap? I want to give it a try …

  13. Audry Frija

    Dear SK, may I know your full name please ? I can’t recall who you are. Please don’t feel offended. Regards, CCK.

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