How Do You Earn Money From Home?

Today I thought it would be fun to invite everyone to share a little bit. How do you earn money from home (if you do)? What is your work at home job, or do you just do things for extra money here and there?

There are so many people that are still at a loss and have no idea what they can do to earn money at home. There are also lots of people who actually still don’t believe it’s possible to really work from home! They immediately think “scam” when you even mention it. How about lets prove those people wrong and give the ones who need help some input regarding what we do online to make money.

I will start:

I began earning money online way back in 2007 or so, but at the time all I really did was paid surveys and sweepstakes. For a while this earned me a steady “side income,” usually not more than $50 a month.

In 2008, I got signed up with ChaCha back when ChaCha was awesome and made a whopping $600 in one month! I was amazed that could be done online!

ChaCha went way downhill after that and I began doing freelance writing online. I started off at Textbroker as many new, inexperienced writers do. After I felt comfortable, I applied at Demand Media (it was Demand Studios at the time) and got accepted to write for them. I applied at wiseGEEK as well and was accepted, and I will say honestly that wiseGEEK was, hands down, my favorite content site to write for. I basically stopped writing for Demand when I got in with wiseGEEK.

I started doing titling for Demand Media as well and was amazed that I was actually making more money doing that mindless, easy work than I could ever make writing for wiseGEEK. But all good things must come to an end. Bye bye titling job :(

In the midst of some of the things mentioned above, I was quietly working away on this blog when I had time. It currently brings in a large portion of my monthly income from home, but I still dabble around in other things. I do forum posting, Mturk on occasion, and I have recently started doing a lot of ad writing for BoostCTR.

Your turn! Tell me what you do to earn money online currently and feel free to fill us in and how you got started as I did above. I am confident that your input will help others who need it (and help prove those people who think work at home isn’t “real” wrong!)

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Comments

  1. says

    I also started out doing surveys but eventually I got burnt out on them. I still do them from time to time though. I’ve literally done just about everything (except writing for upfront payment sites). I’ve done Mturk, forum posting, tweeting ads, clicking on ads, watching videos, humanatic (that seems to be where most of my extra money comes from these days). I’ve made a little bit of money from residual payments from Yahoo Contributor Network. I also do sponsored blog posts from time to time. I have an account at textbroker and a few other similar sites but I’ve just never gotten around to writing anything.

    I’ve never made much money doing this stuff (but I also work outside the home so I don’t have a lot of time to work on making money online…I do it because it’s fun). I usually make anywhere from $20-$60 a month. Not much but enough to cover a netflix account or a nice dinner at a restaurant lol :)

    • says

      Thanks for sharing, Kristy! I forgot to mention Humanatic, I also do that sometimes for extra. I still do paid surveys too when I’m in the mood (primarily just for Pinecone now though).

  2. says

    I started freelance content writing for websites like Textbroker about two years ago. From there I moved into paid blogging gigs and private clients for copywriting. I had a knack for SEO writing and that was a huge boost to my income. I also did content writing on Fiverr.com. That was sustainable and I was able to make a full-time income. I’m also a digital nomad so I was supporting myself and my travel this way. Last year I started writing books about the different ways to stay at home and work and they started to overtake my freelance writing income. I like passive income! I still do paid blogging gigs to keep my finger in that pie but my work at home (abroad) income now comes from my books and coaching other newbie writers. Thanks for the opportunity to tell my story! : )

  3. Trista says

    I’m just starting to realize that it may not be too impossible to make money online from home. I have been searching for what seems like years for legitimate work at home ways to earn money and just recently when i came across your site(which i love!) did i really see the real opportunities that are available out there. Iv been doing a number of “extras” like swagbucks, pampers rewards, huggies rewards (im a stay at home mom of a 23 month old), recycle bank, ect. Basically all the point reward programs i have. I purchased my Kindle Fire from my swagbucks earnings but really haven’t done much with it since. So i most likely earned a little over $200 in amazon gift cards in about 6-8 months from swagbucks.

    Currently still doing, Hits4play, Paidviewpoint, Superpoints, Crowdtap and 3 different point reward programs that i have on my phone. (shopkick, checkpoints, WeRewards) Iv just started User Testing and TrymyUI which i think will be my favorites. I favor Pinecone for surveys since they pay better then others. Oh, Mturk i just joined as well. I recently got accepted to host a party on HouseParty and iv done numerous product testing on ExpoTV. Im trying out everything in hopes to become successful at working at home. I have just my daughter right now who’s just about 2 but i definitely want to have another and be able to enjoy staying at home while still earning extra money for my family. :) one last thing.. im slowly working on a website too but its on a free site and i think im kinda unorganized with my direction. Ok, that’s it. Thanks for letting me share.

    • says

      You are welcome! Sounds like you are doing a lot of the same extra cash things as me. I loved Checkpoints for my iPhone, I was able to do pretty well with it (when I remembered to use it). Thanks for sharing!

  4. Stephanie says

    I ran across your site a few months ago and I love it! This is the first time I’ve written back, though.

    I started working from home about a year and a half ago. I’d had a part time bank teller job for five years and I was just spinning my wheels. The first work at home I had was with Arise. I incorporated and followed all their procedures and worked for two of their clients. I could review Arise if you want, but mostly, the work was ok. It was just that the support department was useless and unresponsive and the management for one of clients micromanaged to the point that I felt like I couldn’t serve the actual callers properly. I won’t mention the name in case I’m not supposed to.

    I started with ACD Direct last December, and the management and other agents are SOOO much friendlier and more helpful than Arise. They really go out of their way to assist with problems and answer questions. The only problem I have with ACD is that there just isn’t enough call volume (they pay by the talk minute) to make any real money, even during their busy months. It doesn’t justify the expense of running the computer. That said, I really like the company, but I need something else to supplement.

    Since finding your site, I’ve tried some of the survey sites. It’s only extra money, I know, but it seems like I was putting in more time than it’s worth. I’ve also applied for a few positions, mostly online tutoring and such. No bites yet. I look at all the proof reading and transcription places, but I don’t have the right experience for most of them. I’ve been in customer service most of my working life.

    I like the idea of Boost CTR that you recently posted. It seems like that could be a way into writing for me. I’m very well read, but I have no professional background in writing and the idea scares me, plus the fact that many places want experience in that too.

    A lot of your job posts seem to be writing one thing or another, so if you have any suggestions for getting experience, I’d really appreciate it.

    Thank you so much for doing this site.

    • says

      I got most of my experience starting out writing for Textbroker. I also dabbled around some with the sites that pay in revenue share (Hubpages, Squidoo, InfoBarrel, etc.) I think all of that kind of gave me the confidence I needed to move on to better paying work.

      I do think that BoostCTR would also give you some good experience even though the ads you write are extremely short. Basically the more you write, the more you learn about it and the better you get. But I think the best money is probably in finding private clients. I never did much there, but I know a lot of people who are making excellent money writing online for other individuals rather than these content sites. But the content sites, I believe, are great for getting experience and building up your confidence.

  5. says

    I started writing earlier but it didn’t go through! Anyways, my first work at home job was with OnPoint and that lasted for about six weeks. I jumped into working for Textbroker and made about $600 my first month. Then I went onto work for Merchant Circle. It was nice while it lasted but then it shut down.

    I have been working for private clients for the majority of my work at home career. I work also as a social media specialist and virtual assistant.

  6. says

    I started writing for content mills back in 2007 and made a fairly good chunk of spare change from that experience ($200-300/month). With all the content I was producing, clients started noticing me and giving me private assignments. That bumped up my earnings and I was making $1,000/month during my best months- but I was also working like crazy (8 hours/day at my “real job, then 5-8 hours/day writing). Late last year, after gaining yet another freelance client, I decided to try freelance writing full-time. I quit my job and am now self-employed. It’s been a bit scary, but I’m now able to network more and build up my portfolio.

    • says

      Thanks for sharing, Halina! It seems that a lot of people are now going the private client route rather than using content mills (and those are few and far between anymore), and also most are making more money with private clients :)

  7. Jean says

    I started working from home I think 2005 when I quit my b&M call center job. I knew companies out there hired people to work from home that were legit so I pounded the pavement and kept pounding the pavement looking in the search engines. Then West came up. I thought about it and thought about it then I said what could it hurt to apply if they asked for money i was out of there (back then they didn’t charge a bg fee). I applied and got hired back in 2005 with West inbound calls for DR(infomercials) until they got a hair and went on a firing spree in Dec 2011 through Jan 2013 and I was one of the people who got fired. I now do inbound work for Live Ops for pretty much the same clients as with West.
    From time to time I write for Textbroker but I don’t make nearly the amount someone mentioned. I’m lucky to reach the $10 payout every week or month. I had written for Merchant Circle which were way too Knit picky. I have been doing mturk a lot lately. I loved Tone-a-day until they started changing the rules and pay. They have pretty much stopped paying altogether now.

    I used to do a lot of surveys but mainly just do Pinecone. I also used to do ptc sites which i find a waste of time since payout takes forever. I do Paid Viewpoint which are fun little surveys and Sidetick as small fun gigs. I recently started doing Postloop. I haven’t been doing Instant Cash sweepstakes as much as I was before but still do it time to time.

    I have gotten a lot of good leads from this site. I have a very small outside job that I had gotten off of this site actually when I was drawing unemployment and needed to put 2 apps in a week. I work for The Petfirm doing demos at Petstores like Petsmart and Petco handing out coupons and trying to promote whatever project were on. They are starting to expand to people food demos also. They also have a merchandising side of the company. They pay pretty good for the work we do.

    I am looking forward to reading what wah jobs/gig people do here. I have been so desperately trying to find a non-phone wah job since my daughter had been born 4 yrs ago but most of the non-phone jobs require a college degree and/or tests that are way hard to pass. I tried getting into chacha about 4 yrs ago but could never pass their tests when I thought I did fine but not according to them.

    • says

      Thanks, Jean! Sounds like you have done a variety of things. I’m so glad I posted this, it’s been interesting for me to see what everyone is doing as well.

  8. says

    Thank you for providing this forum. I really enjoy seeing the different ways to earn money on it!
    I started out with IFW sites, or what are more well known as freebie sites where you complete offers, and refer another to do the same and get paid $40 for each referral.
    I then bought a script and created my own site, which I still earn money from.
    I was also making money with PTC sites, like Clixsense and I’m currently making money typing voice mails for Quicktate.

  9. Erica says

    I started working from home in 2003 – since then I’ve done mostly work from home
    phone jobs, with some freelance writing and transcription on the side.

    • says

      I’ve come close to getting into transcription many times, and each time I start to focus on it I realize I don’t enjoy it that much :( But others love it! In theory, it seems I would like it but it’s one of those things where you don’t know if it suits you until you try it.

  10. says

    First started out with ChaCha and doing that primarily as a source of extra money, then somehow I stumbled upon your site and found out about SEE(Search Engine Evaluation) so I applied to both Leapforce and Lionbridge. They both offered tests at the same time so I decided to further research and decided to go with Leapforce and since then I have been working their for about 10 months now. Making more than enough money to put into Savings.

  11. http://www.infobarrel.com">Shivon says

    Presently looking for other opportunities that are not phone related. I have previously worked for Liveops and Westahome and have made a few dollars with Pinecone and Inbox.

  12. clauemi says

    Great idea! I started earning a little (and I mean very little lol) extra cash with sites like Inboxdollars back in 2006 when I bought my first desktop. I got tired of that really quick and have tried all kinds of gpt sites like everyone else. I also used ChaCha back in 2010 and loved it until Paypal was added. I still use Postloop, Clicworker, Microworkers, Irazoo, Zoompanel and Swagbucks to make a little side money. This past year I’ve been earning by investing at JSS Tripler but that’s another story. There’s too many things to try online and not enough time for them all, hopefully one day soon I will find something I enjoy doing. I started working full time outside of home a few weeks ago so I don’t have much time to be online anymore :(

  13. Amanda says

    I have doing MTurk, Humanatic, and clickworker for the past few months while looking for a better opportunity. I just recently started with Appen Butler Hill and I’m loving it. So right now while I’m getting adjusted(my kids start school next week) I’m sticking with ABH and clickworker. Between just these two I’m making about what I use to make outside the home without the added stress of commuting and constant supervision.

  14. says

    I love your site you put so much time into it.

    I have tried everything but still no luck. I did sign up for Textbroker and boostCTR,, got excepted at textbroker at a level 2. I didn’t think I had a chance I am not a writer and I felt like what I wrote was kind of silly. I have not heard back from BoostCTR yet but they say it might take awhile for them to get back to you. I work full time out of the home so kind of hard for me to do a lot of research. I am also trying to sale stuff on ebay so far I have sold 3 things.

  15. says

    Let’s see…I’ve done Avon, Mia Bella, Pinecone, MTurk, eHow, Adsense, Infolinks, Demand Studios…um probably others too…My favorite is Leapforce though…have been doing it for almost 3 years.

  16. ann says

    The reality of things are, If you are not living in the U.S it is almost impossible to make extra income online. I live in the caribbean, i’m currently unemployed and my husband is a teacher. I have been hunting the internet for years now trying to find something that could help out our situation (trying to get our own home). Every good paying site only hires within the U.S. I guess that’s just how life is.

    • says

      I agree it does seem that way, Ann, although I occasionally comes across things that are open worldwide. Don’t give up, though … it seems to me as though work at home is becoming more of a common thing.

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