14 ways to make extra money from home

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Tough times can pressure anyone, especially if it concerns your daily job. Below are some interesting jobs you can consider if you are currently unemployed, and looking for a way to earn something on the side.

Freelance writing. Even if you don’t have experience writing for publications, you can make money writing short, informative articles for companies such as Textbroker. You can find work writing for blogs at the Problogger job board, too.

There are often writing jobs offered on Craigslist but proceed with caution as you could be scammed into working for free or ridiculously small amounts.

Babysitting. You don’t have to be a teenager to babysit. In fact, most parents will pay more for sitters that can provide their own transportation and have many years of experience. To find clients, put an ad on Craigslist or look for a site like Sittercity.com that allows sitters to register, post a profile and be alerted of new jobs. Other ways to let others know you are available for such a job may be local newspaper ads, or internet forums online.

Petsitter/dog walker. If you’ve more of a pet person than a kid person, pet sitting and dog walking can be a good way to make some extra money and have fun with a furry friend. Again, you can post ads on Craiglist and your local paper.

Flower care. If you have a green thumb, you can offer your services to help businesses and private individuals care for their houseplants and flower beds. You can help them decide which plants will do with their light and soil, plant or pot them, and return regularly for maintenance. Of course, if you’re no expert, think twice before going further with this kind of job.

Help people who are unable to drive run their errands and get to their appointments. This could be a great option for those who don’t work their regular jobs during normal business hours. If you are uncomfortable transporting people or your insurance won’t allow it, you can always stick with running errands on your own.

Minor computer repair and other related tasks. Many people would love to hire somebody who can help them upgrade their operating systems, do a backup and restore or help them archive their photos/music/documents. You can also offer classes on basic computer use for individuals or small groups.

Housecleaning/organizing. You can either offer a weekly housecleaning service or offer to help people withe one-time big jobs such as spring cleaning or organizing a garage or attic or getting a house ready to sell.

Tutoring. Depending on your skills and knowledge base, you can do anything from helping kindergartner’s practice their handwriting to helping college students with calculus. In general you can charge more for more advanced subjects.

Personal chef. It’s not just the wealthy who need a personal chef! Depending on your area’s health department regulations, you can either prepare food at home to deliver to your clients home’s or cook a week worth’s of dinners in their own kitchens. If you have experience cooking for special diets like The Zone or to accommodate diabetics or other health needs, be sure to advertise that.

Sewing, embroidery and other skills. People are looking for help with everything from making dresses to curtains to taking in pants to embroidering initials on cloth items. You can also sell your handmade creations on a site like Etsy or local crafts fairs and farmers markets.

Detail cars at people’s homes or workplaces. People will love being able to get their car looking like brand new without having to take time out of their day. Be sure to get business cards printed so that you can hand them out to curious coworkers and neighbors who are interested in your services.

Perform small tasks. Amazon Mechanical Turk offers computer users the opportunity to make money doing small jobs like drawing boxes around objects in a picture or clicking on links to see if they are live or not. Most tasks pay pennies but you can do dozens or hundreds in an hour. It’s not great money but a lot of the jobs are things that can be done during commercial breaks while watching tv or other down time. Don’t do any tasks that ask you to sign up for mailing lists or complete offers, such as applying for credit cards.

Translating services. If you know some second language well, consider doing translation services at home. If you are good and have good knowledge of all-around topics, this kind of work can bring some serious money. However, this kind of job cannot be considered stable.

Offer cheap SEO services. This can get a little technical, however if you are familiar with Search Engine Optimisation, you can offer some cheap services in this area, for a quick buck. If you’re a novice, it is recommended chosing one area in SEO that you know you can handle and work on. In most cases, complete SEO services are offered by professionals only.

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