About a year and a half ago I made the choice to stop looking for “the perfect job”. You know, the one that means you can drop your child at school, pick them up, attend events and also allow you that precious family time; the almost impossible one to find. This is when I decided to work from home.
I was approached by a guy who could offer me the chance at this, he was able to hook me up with the opportunity to join a text question and answer service which was very sought after. Luckily we met at the right time because the company were having a huge recruitment drive and I was luckily offered a position with them.
This guy was Jon, the owner of a forum (and now blog) called The Money Shed. This forum is FULL to bursting with money making opportunities and I’ve spent the past year reading, testing and contributing to the community and the forum. I now have an array of jobs which I will go into in a little more detail further down and also those I don’t personally do but I can vouch for them. After you have finished reading this post, make sure you check out The Money Shed; it’s well worth it if you are serious about wanting to make some money.
Since I started working from home I keep coming across people looking for similar opportunities. I see forum post after forum post of people (mostly mothers) looking for any way of either topping up their income or wanting to make enough to support themselves but without having to worry about the extortionate cost of childcare. Well keep reading as I run through some of my top sites and ways for working from home, and online.
This is one of the traditional ways of working from home and it is the most thought about one when you are thinking about it. Direct sales comes in all shapes and sizes, selling many different products including make-up, health products, books, chocolates and adult products. This normally involves paying a company for a kit and then selling their products to earn commission. Some of them require upfront fees, ongoing fees or targets to be met, make sure you know what you are getting into before parting with any money.
In the past I have joined a couple of them and failed miserably because I didn’t do my research and I didn’t really care about the products. You can do VERY well from this avenue but no matter what a rep might tell you, it doesn’t just fall on your lap and if it sounds too good to be true then ultimately it is.
Part of my online/home earnings comes from two direct sales companies; Jamberry and Younique. For both of these companies I did my research, I knew exactly what was expected of me and what I’d receive in return. I do make money from this, not an income but for me this is hobby money that keeps me in make-up and nail wraps 😉 If you want to know more about either or these companies then drop me an email to email@example.com
Surveys and Paid To Click
Another working from home avenue that comes to mind is survey and Paid To Click (PTC) sites. In my opinion most of these are slow earners and heavily rely on you getting referrals who earn you money/points as they earn. That said here are a couple that are worth your time.
Prolific Academic – this isn’t an ordinary survey site, these are studies run my university academics who pay for your thoughts/opinions etc and pay VERY well. You can read more about them on my post HERE.
Swagbucks – if you can keep up daily with the goals set on here then you can cashout very quickly with this site. There are many ways to collect points including mobile apps. These points can then be exchanged for giftcards for many shops.
Pinecone Research – these guys are really selective about who they take on, you really need the right demographics so don’t be put off if you don’t get in. It’s well worth it as they pay a few ££’s per survey which can be cashed out in vouchers including Paypal.
There are many, many sites you can sign up to and it is possible to earn well from them like KatyKicker (from Money Saving Expert and The Money Shed). Check out her blog HERE to see how she manages it.
If you are a baker, crafter, cleaner, ironer, dog walker etc then you can sell your services to others willing to pay for it. If you have a skill then you can earn from that, I used to do baking but I had to drop it as the market was over saturated so do your research before investing your time and money into this.
Many people know about this site but for those that don’t, Top Cashback gives you money back for purchases and sign up’s made online. I’m at well over £500 in cash back since I joined and £100 of that has been in the last month; I joined Weight Watchers yesterday and got £30 back which is the first three months paid for.
My favourite site for this is WhatUsersDo. These guys pay between £8-15 for a 20 minute job, you basically check out websites and give your opinions. For this you do need a microphone as you need to speak your thoughts as you explore the site. There is also User Testing which is used by a few on The Money Shed.
Web Search Evaluation
I don’t personally do this but I know many others who bring in £500-£700 a month with the companies who offer this work. Take a look at Lionbridge, Appen and Leapforce to see if they are currently recruiting.
This has been around since the dawn of retail shopping. You are given a task to do, you do it, you’re reimbursed any costs and paid a fee on top. eDigitalResearch is a brilliant company to sign up for as it is mainly all done online and when they have work you can make £100’s in a month. Different companies use different mystery shopping companies so it’s worth having a google to find one that is right for you.
I’m relatively new to this but I’ve already made myself a nice little risk-free, tax-free amount that is growing daily. If you have £60+ to spare (the more the better) then it is well worth taking a look into this. Profit Accumulator is a brilliant site that will walk you though the steps and takes all the leg work out of it for you; you can give their FREE TRIAL a go and earn up to £45 before parting with their subscription fee (which is worth its weight in gold). You can check out my blog post about it HERE and there is a fantastic discussion going on over on The Money Shed, check it out HERE.
These are a few of the genuine ways to earn from home and online, most of which I do. Remember though, with everything I’ve listed (except the Matched Betting) that you need to register with HMRC as self-employed and declare everything you earn; even if it’s only a few ££’s.
If you have any questions then please feel free to add a comment, drop me an email or ask over on The Money Shed.