Figured I’d update you all on what I’m doing now to earn money at home. Up until a few days ago, I was doing title quality assurance for Demand Media. But as you might have heard, they did away with this position entirely which really didn’t come as a shock to anyone because of all the firing sprees over the last few months where people were being let go right and left for no apparent reason. So I’ve known for a few months that I was on borrowed time there! Anyway, because I saw it coming, I’ve been lining up some other things and I’m currently debating on whether or not to jump back into freelance writing.
Here’s what I’m doing now to earn money:
This and my other blogs earn me some money every month, although it certainly doesn’t pay all the bills. Thanks to ad revenue, affiliates, and the paid advertisers I’ve had, I’ve been able to keep some money coming in. I wish this blog was all I had to do to earn my money since it’s by far my favorite way to do it! I love researching work at home and have for years now. I’m forever on the lookout for new things for myself anyway.
If you’re interested in starting a blog, keep in mind it takes a good while before you start earning money. Also, be sure to start one on something you love researching and talking about — otherwise keeping up with it will feel like a chore instead of like a hobby and you may give up on it during those first several months when you’re not seeing much return on your efforts. I read a few good e-books (one by Angie Nelson and one by Kelby Carr) that really helped me learn what the heck I was doing with a blog. Check the bottom of this page for my recommendations if you’re interested in learning all you can about earning an income with your blog.
I’m part of a project on oDesk right now where you’re given 300 keywords in a specific category and you have to write roughly two sentences consisting of at least 150 characters containing those keywords (in any order as long as they’re in there). Out of the 300 keywords given, you only have to write the sentences for 250 which is great because there are some that are too hard or too nonsensical to make anything out of.
This is paying $70 for every batch of 250 keywords. I have enjoyed this because it’s very, very easy writing. It really doesn’t take that long to come up with a couple of sentences on some keywords. I’ve been doing it since probably December and they’ve paid reliably. Unfortunately, they are not hiring for this project right now, but I’ll update you with some more information when they are. The work kind of came and went during January (a lot of us didn’t have batches to work on at all times) but I’m hoping that it will begin to be more consistent soon.
I’m also working daily on the Humanatic call reviewing job I posted about several weeks ago. This is really just something I’m doing in between working on my batch for oDesk. The calls are not consistent and the pay is, in all honesty, not spectacular so there is no way I could ever depend on this by itself unless it either began to pay more and the work came in more steadily. Still, I really like it for something to do when I need a break from my oDesk work and unless it’s my imagination, it has seemed like the calls have been a little more frequent the past few weeks.
Humanatic also occasionally gives you bonuses, which is nice considering that reviewing the calls doesn’t pay all that much by itself. But — this job is fun! I actually really like doing this, so it will be exciting if it ever turns into something more. They were supposed to be hiring again in late February and it’s now late February, but I haven’t heard any info as to whether or not they’ve started hiring. I will update you again when they are.
And that about sums up what I’m doing to earn money for now. I fear that my monthly income is going to take a bit of a hit with TQA gone or I’m going to be working more hours per day than before because these other things just take longer to make the same money. For this reason, I am seriously thinking about going back to freelance writing. I haven’t done it for a long time and I’ve gotten really used to just blogging, but maybe I can sort of transition back into it
I also do some things for extra money to bring in a couple of dollars here and there. Some of my favorites lately are Share Magnet, Sponsored Tweets, various survey panels, Instant Cash Sweepstakes, and Superpoints. None of these amount to a whole lot by themselves, but together they can add up.
Anyway, I’ve rambled long enough. How are you earning your money from home? I would love to hear! Maybe it will give some ideas on what else I can do