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Want to avoid five o’clock traffic, save money on gasoline or car repairs, be able to work just about anywhere, have the freedom to make your own schedule AND earn a little extra income? Here are 17 legit ways you can earn money working from home, all while lounging in your pajamas on the sofa… 🛋

1.) Share Your Knowledge

VIPKID.com is looking for teachers who are high-energy, great with children, and motivated to work with a promising company that is growing at a fast pace in China. Qualified teachers will be able to work 7.5+ hours per week teaching English to young students online and will make between $14-$22/hour. Note that a bachelor’s degree in any field AND 1 school year of traditional teaching experience or the equivalent in mentoring, tutoring, or alternative education is required.

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 Tutor.com. 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!


2.) Become a Mystery Shopper

It’s important to know that you won’t make a lot of money being a mystery shopper, but you can earn some extra cash or just complete shops in exchange for free meals, merchandise or entertainment.

Mystery shopping is used by companies to measure quality of service or to gather specific information about products and services. Mystery shoppers perform specific tasks such as purchasing a product, asking questions, registering complaints or behaving in a certain way, and then provide detailed reports or feedback about their experiences. In exchange, you’ll get paid a fee and/or reimbursement.

There are a lot of mystery shopping scams out there, so it’s important to make sure any mystery shopping company you’re applying for is part of the Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA). Legitimate mystery shopping firms never ask for money from a shopper; they are the ones paying you.

A few notable mystery shopping companies:

3.) Submit Those Grocery Receipts

Did you know that you can earn cash from various grocery apps just by purchasing products that you are planning to buy anyways, including products that you may be able to score completely FREE or cheap after coupons?! Below are a few of 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.
  • Checkout 51 – Browse through the different offers available and buy items from the limited-time ‘Offer List’ at ANY store. Upload a photo of your entire receipt using the app or website and when your account reaches $20, you can cash out and they’ll mail you a check. Note that offers go live on Thursdays and they expire the following Wednesday.
  • MobiSave – Earn cash back whenever you purchase qualifying goods at ANY store that gives you an itemized receipt. There are no inactivity fees and no minimum payout required. Plus, you’ll get paid within 24 hours straight into your PayPal account.
  • SavingStar – Earn cash back when you shop at your local grocery store – with nothing to clip or print. You can redeem their grocery offers by linking them to your supermarket and drugstore loyalty cards or by submitting a picture of your receipt. In addition to cashing out your earnings to your bank account, PayPal, or Upromise account, you can also score a gift card for Starbucks, iTunes, or AMC Theatres.

4.) Work for the Disney Store

If you live in Texas, Georgia, Nevada, Florida or North Carolina and are looking for work you can do from home, check out the Work From Home Guest Service positions available for the Disney Store. These jobs involve answering inbound calls and emails assisting guests, contacting guests via outbound call, escalating issues to appropriate supervisors/management and more.

In order to apply, you must have excellent communication skills and have a reliable, high-speed internet connection. Shifts are varied and may include evenings, holidays and weekends.


5.) Take Online Surveys

Enjoy sharing your opinions? Although online surveys are not a huge source of revenue, they add up over time and are easy to do while watching TV, sitting at the hair salon, waiting in the carpool line, or even at the airport. 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 –


6.) Be an 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.


7.) Get Paid for Your Books, CD’s, Movies & More

Do you have books, electronics, CDs, DVDs, games or even LEGOs laying around? If so, you can get paid for these items by selling them on Decluttr. Just enter the barcode on your items into their valuation engine (also available via their mobile app) and they’ll give you an instant offer!

If you’re selling books and textbooks, you can use BookScouter to help you sell your textbooks and used books for the most money by comparing offers from over 35 book buyback vendors with a single search. Plus, you can ship your books back for free and find out what vendor will pay you the most.


8.) Sell Your Gently Used Clothing

If you or a family member has a closet filled with clothing they don’t wear, consider packing up a box and selling it online via thredUP.com. 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 item from your closet that’s in good condition, snap a few photos, propose a price, and use the free shipping kit you’ll receive when your items ships. Then just print a label and ship it without ever leaving your house.


9.) Earn Money for Watching TV

Watch TV? Viggle is a mobile app (iOS or Android) that offers rewards simply for checking into your favorite shows/movies on your TV or by streaming. After you’ve checked into your TV program, watch for the 4X, 6X, or 10X Bonus Perk Point Badges in the app to earn extra “Perk Points” that can be redeemed for over 800+ Gift Card options, prizes, or even a prepaid debit card. You can also earn even more Perk Points by playing along with Viggle LIVE or participating in Quests and Streaks.


10.) Sell Your Smartphone Photos

Have a knack for photography? If you have a smartphone and often take photos, there’s an 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. Often companies prefer to purchase images on Foap as they can be much cheaper than buying from professionals.

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!


11.) Flaunt Your Skills on Fiverr

If you have a certain skill (such as artist, video editor, designer or musician), you can sell your skills on Fiverr and get paid. You just sign up for free, set up your Gig, and offer your work to their global audience. There is absolutely no subscription required and no fees to pay to list your services!

You’ll get notified when you get an order and will use their system to discuss details with customers. Payment is transferred to you upon order completion and you keep 80% of each transaction.


12.) Sign Up to Be a Slogan Writer

If you thrive off of being creative and enjoy writing, consider coming up with catchy slogans and getting paid! Sometimes companies need new corporate taglines, advertising slogans and jingles, so they may collect submissions from freelance writers or run contests that anyone can enter. A few sites where you can apply to be a slogan writer are Slogan Slinger, Get A Slogan, or even Freelancer.


13.) Become a Customer Service Agent

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.

You can find even more at-home customer service jobs (along with remote work options in 50 other job categories) on FlexJobs. Go here to check it out.


14.) 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 which means you’ll get rewarded sooner!

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 and/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 & those who are self-employed can earn rewards even faster.

Head on over here to sign up and for more details.


15.) Start Your Own Business

Interested in starting your own business? Become a company rep for brands such as Amway, Avon, Barefoot Books, Cutco, LipSense, 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.


16.) Evaluate Search Engine Content

Whenever you browse the internet using a search engine (such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.) OR whenever you interact on social media, you may not always get effective and relevant results. That’s why real humans are needed to look at the results and judge them for quality, relevance, usefulness and also for ways to make internet search more exciting for all end users in the U.S.

And, the best part is you can get paid anywhere between $12-$15 per hour just for becoming a ‘Search Engine Evaluator’ or ‘Social Media Content Evaluator’ for companies such as Lionbridge, Appen, or Leapforce (keep in mind that you will work as an independent contractor, not an employee).


17.) Browse the Web & Play Games

If you spend a lot of time behind your computer anyway, you may consider using Swagbucks to earn a little extra income. Swagbucks is a site where you can earn points called “SB” for performing basic tasks like browsing the web AND even for playing games, taking surveys, or watching videos.

Your SB’s can be redeemed for rewards like Amazon, Starbucks, PayPal or Target gift cards (in $5 increments). In addition to earning money by doing tasks, you can earn by registering Swagbucks as your primary search engine. Every time you search using the Swagbucks search bar, you’ll earn more! Some users report that they can earn between $50-100 a month, so it can definitely add up!

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  1. Ruth Bateman

    Roman, Thanks for the kind words. I’ll send you a copy in pdf format so you can print easily to your gmail address. Thanks for your purchase and support

  2. Elizabeth Cox

    Hi,
    I would love to have a PDF copy of this as well….and if you have any other ideas for working from home with bennies, I’d love to hear from you!!! I am looking to stay at home and work, as my husband is retired and 14 yrs. older than me, but I need something that will give me insurance. If you have any other companies or ideas, please pass on. Thanks so much!!

  3. Elizabeth

    I am a married woman who wants to change her life and be at home more. My husband is retired at 68 and I have about 12 yrs. before I’m old enough to retire…or will be able to financially. If anyone has any ideas for legitimate stay at home jobs with companies that provide insurance, I’d LOVE to hear from you. I have been working for my local school district as a para-professional for many years after being at home with my kids when they were small. Now they are grown and I have an Assoc. of Arts degree, but need a better paying job; thus, I’m looking for a new kind of job to be able to spend more time at home. I am a hard worker. Please keep my email for future and let me know if anyone has any ideas. I could really use the help and networking! Blessings,

  4. Kim J

    Are you possibly still sending out a PDF of this I would love one

  5. Lin

    I am new here. I love this!!! Very interesting articles regarding work-from-home. I’m a retired RN with too much time on my hands. The past two years I’ve worked as a Sales Event Specialist and love it but left last week as the hours became too demanding. This has really given me some great ideas.

  6. Sarah

    Do any of these companies offer health insurance? Extremely high stress long hour job right now with heavy commute time and young children in pricey before and after school daycare. We need a change and me being able to work from home would be a life changer and a huge blessing for our family. Benefits would be the only way it could work.

  7. Sally

    Hi
    Is it possible to get PDF copy of this.
    Very informative article.
    Thanks

  8. Sally

    Sorry. I misspelled my email address.
    This is regarding pdf file.

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