Let me help you get your mind around these real life ways to make extra cash from home. Think ‘extra’ because while these are really good researched ideas, they are not get rich quick schemes nor are they likely to make you so wealthy that you’ll tell your boss off and quit your day job.

What these clever money making ideas will do, is add to your wallet for a little of your effort and know-how from home.

I’m talking to the stay at home moms and dads, students looking to supplement their income and anyone who wants to either create more spending dough or stash it away into your savings. All you are going to need is a little ambition and access to the internet.

Podcast: Listen as I share the secrets to making money online

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00:40 What you need to make money from home online.

01:05 The two focus group sites that show you how to find focus groups online that pay you between $50 and a maximum of $500.

02:23 Become a writer, here’s how.

03:00 How to get paid to edit copy, translate languages and hitting the jackpot with Digital Strategy gigs that pay the most.

03:44 How much writers get paid and what earns you more than other writers.

04:18 Why users say it’s worth it.

04:45 How to get more than one writing assignment at a time to earn more.

05:15 How to get a higher star rating to make more.

05:28 How to get paid simply for creating a list of ten things.

06:10 What lists get picked to earn you $100.

06:35 How to sell photos online.

07:10 How much you earn every time your photo is downloaded… again and again.

07:31 How to get your per photo rate boosted to make more.

08:17 Teach those children well. How you don’t have to be a teacher to get paid to teach.

08:48 Hello to my cousin Addison who could clean up teaching English online to Chinese students.

09:25 Part-time teacher made an extra $10,000

09:30 Requirements to become an online teacher.

10:00 How to become an online tutor for 50+ subjects or SAT prep.

10:35 Bonus plan for Military Spouse program members.

11:12 What you need to know after you apply.

11:28 On-demand tutoring versus Scheduled tutor sessions.

12:05 Why you need to pay attention to the mentor.

12:28 Not smart? No problem. Get paid to walk outdoors and I’m not kidding.

13:09 How to cash in and get paid.

14:07 How much walking you need to do to earn an iPhone X.

15:15 Overall Tips to Succeeding at making money online.


1/ Join Paying Focus Groups

If you are willing to share your insights and ideas about a range of topics, there are two good focus group sites that will guide you in the direction of getting paid for your effort. SideHustleNation.com and Findfocusgroups.com are at the top of my list. You may need to use a webcam to participate in some focus groups.

How much do they pay? In a few recent focus groups here’s what was handed out
1) 30 min webcam interview about baby products paid $50,
2) a session about about parents and tutors paid $100 and
3) another focus group on taxes paid out $100.
SideHustleNation.com and Findfocusgroups.com.


2/ Find the Writer in You

One of the best short-term opportunities is taking on the challenge of writing. Writeraccess.com is one of the best in connecting writers with paying customers like blogs, magazines etc.  You can work from anywhere and pay rates are based on a few things including reviews, experience, skill and certifications.

Star ratings are from 2 to 6. The higher the rating, the more you make. In a 250 word assignment, a 2 star entry level writer would make just $3.50 and on the other end of the spectrum, a 6 star writer gets $17.50 or about 7 cents per word written.

It doesn’t stop at writing. You can sign-up to be an editor proofing others’ work, doing translation, and a content strategist takes home the most money with a range of $24.50 to $70 per hour.

Winning Tip: You get a higher star rating the earlier you complete an assignment.

As freedomwithwriting blog review says, give it two days to get familiar with the platform and it will be worth it. Once you are approved and they have your writing level evaluated, you can start claiming articles to write. There are even more powerful tips in my podcast above to show you how to make this work best.


3/ Create a List and Get $100

At Listverse.com the concept is simple. How it works: You write your list of at least 10 items, send it in and if they publish it, you get paid $100.

For inspiration, here’s what is on the current top list of lists:

  • 10 Celebrity Death Hoaxes That Almost Had Us Fooled,
  • 10 Everyday People Who Made Their Fortunes From Trash, and
  • Top 10 Plants That Led To Useful And Lifesaving Drugs.

Winning Tip: Good use of English, a sense of humor and love for things unusual or interesting will take you further Listverse.com

4/ Sell Your Photos Online

Shutterstock is one of the biggest clearing houses for commercial photography.
They are always on the hunt for outstanding shots of just about anything you could capture in life. Rather than just share photos on your instagram, why not upload them instead to earn money. Shutterstock pays 25 cents every time your image is downloaded.

A gifted photographer can make a mint. As an incentive, once you sell $500 worth of photos, then you get bumped up to 33 cents a photo. The next tier of earning comes after $3,000 worth of your photos are downloaded. Then you get bumped up to 38 cents paid per download. For a creative eye with a clever lens, this could add up over time all while having fun. Shutterstock contributor program

5/ Teach English

A shout out to my cousin Addison living in China. In big demand is English as a second language. He could clean up in his spare time teaching at VIPKID, on online education company offering English-speaking lessons to Chinese students ages 4 to 12. According to the site, you can earn $14 to $22 per hour.
The only requirements are that teachers have a bacherlor’s degree and have proficient English-speaking skills. VIPKID teacher portal


6/ One on One Tutoring

Then there is the bigger, more broadly attractive site Tutor.com where you can do private online tutoring. All you need is to promise you’ll be available 5 hours per week, have a college degree or are at least a college sophomore.

Subjects run the gambit from ordinary Elementary Math homework help to graduate level courses in law, accounting, physics and test prep for SAT and ACT. Tutor.com is now part of the Princeton Review with 16 million tutor sessions and on demand 24/7. Good for extra money, but not primary employment.  Hear more about scheduled tutors versus on-demand tutors in my podcast above.

How it works: After you apply, they do a subject exam with you, mock session then if all is going your way, the final step is a background check and then you start tutoring.

Winning Tip: Stay within time limits of your tutor.com ‘mentor’. College level tutoring pays “a decent amount of money per session” according to an avid user.  Tutor.com


7/ Get Paid to Walk

Sweatcoin offers you to earn while walking. Yes, its crazy but true.  10 Million people are using the Sweatcoin app invented by two UK guys who were looking for a way to reward people with instant gratification if they move and exercise. Instead of money, you are paid in their bitcoin-like cryptocurrency which can be exchanged for swag like gadgets, sport stuff and paypal gift cards.

Currently, it already has 10.4K reviews averaging 4.5 out of 5 at the app store and is free to use. People are more likely to do something for a quick reward over a longterm gain. The inventors think it is successful because of that basic human motivation.  So do investors that secured $5.7M in funding in January for the London-based company.

Sweatcoin gives instant gratification for physical activity. In case you are wondering about the earning level, let me put it in one perspective. You would earn 20,000 Sweatcoins after walking 21 million steps that could be cashed in for a new iPhone X. The distance for the average stride of 1,000,000 walking steps is 500 miles. That means your free iPhone X is handed to you after walking between NYC and Los Angeles 4.28 times. Hey, it can add up! Sweatcoin appiOS Android


How to Succeed Earning Money Online

1/ The more you put into it, the better you will do
2/ Be flexible with time
3/ Pick what will both earn you money and that you like doing
4/ Most sites pay via PayPal so make sure its set up before you start
5/ Avoid schemes and scams which are in most search results on this topic.

If you have experience with any or these or other money earning sites, let us know about it.  And when you share this with your friends and family, tell them to send you a nice gift with the extra money life brings them!