7 Fast and Easy Ways to Make Extra Money From Home

While many start a home business to build or replace a full-time income, some people simply want to generate a little extra to pay the debt, save for a rainy day, or use them as mad money. In the past, people went out and got a second job. Fortunately, today, it’s easier than ever to save and make money from home, often doing activities you’re already doing, such as shopping or driving. Here are 7 ideas for making extra money from home

 Sell Your Used and Unwanted Items

Especially with a resource such as eBay, selling your used and unwanted items is easier than ever.  However, there are also many specialty resources for used items to sell your books, jewelry, wedding dresses, electronics, games and DVDs and more.

The trick to maximizing your earnings is to:

1) Take a great photo of the item.

2) Write a compelling description.

3) Be honest.

Places to Sell Used Items Online:

Amazon.com – Sell just about anything

eBay – Sell just about anything

BookFinder – Books and textbooks

ThreadUp  – Clothes

Decluttr – DVDs, CDs, and games

Gazelle – Electronics

RubyLane  – Vintage, antiques, collectibles

NearlyNewlyWed – Wedding dresses and accessories

Sell Used Items Offline

Have a garage sale

Sell through a local consignment shop

Use online or apps to sell locally:

  • 5miles
  • Carousell
  • Close5
  • Craigslist
  • LetGo
  • Linger
  • Listia
  • Offer Up
  • SocialSell

 3 Get Paid to Do Tasks (Microwork)

More and more we’re turning into a freelance, sometimes called “gig,” society. Instead of hiring an employee, many home and small business owners are hiring project-based freelancers to deal with research, website updates, transcription, data entry, graphics creation and more.

Microwork sites help connect freelancers who can do these time-limited tasks with the businesses that need them done. While microwork is short-term and often doesn’t pay great, there are people who say they make $1,000 or more a month moonlighting as a microwork.

Microwork Sites with Freelance Jobs

Amazon Mechanical Turk






Make Money With Your Smartphone

It’s amazing the perks you can get from your smartphone, including discounts, coupons and even earn cash or points that can be redeemed for gift cards. While you won’t make a living using these cool phone apps, you can save and earn money using your phone.

Here are a few money-making apps to try out:


Field Agent




Receipt Hogs



Viggle (watching TV)

 5 Sell Your Photos Online

Companies spend a great deal of money on the development of their products and services. As a result, they don’t want to waste money putting a bad product or service into the market. They use focus groups to get feedback on their products and service before making them available in the general marketplace.

Some focus groups are done in person (you have to go to the focus group office) and others are done online. Online ones have the convenience of working from home, but usually, pay less than those you drive to. The pay range is anywhere from $20 to several hundred dollars.

6 Places that Hire Focus Group Participants

Find Focus Groups –  Offers a list of current focus groups.

2020 Panel


Accurate Data Marketing

C2 Research

Consumer Opinion Services



Google Usability

Probe Market Research

Savitz Research


Another option is to do surveys. Like many other options on this list, you won’t make a living doing surveys, but you can earn cash, prizes or points towards gift cards. Here are a few survey sites to try out. Note, survey sites, like mystery shopping, should be free to join.

American Consumer Opinion

Consumer Views


Harris Poll Online


Phone App Surveys

Note that some of these payments in gift cards.

Google Opinion Rewards




Nielsen Computer & Mobile Panel

Quick Thoughts

Survey Mini

Surveys On the Go

The Panel Station


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