More often than not, the words work and fun rarely go together. But work doesn’t have to be unpleasant, tedious, boring or stressful. Especially if you’re creating a career from home, why not find one that you’re excited about doing? Working at home in a job or business you hate is hard. In fact, it’s more difficult than commuting to a job you hate because it’s harder to make yourself do the work. Here are 7 ways you can turn activities you enjoy into income from home.
1. Make Money Shopping
Who doesn’t like shopping? There are several ways you can turn your enjoyment of shopping into extra cash.
- Mystery Shopping
- Shopping Apps: Check out apps that save money and pay rewards (cash or gift cards) such as BerryCart, Ebates, Ibotta, Paribus, SavingStar, and Shopkick
- Fulfillment by Amazon – Like on eBay, you can find discount items while doing your regular shopping, at thrift stores, or yard sales that you can sell on Amazon.
- Etsy – Like on Amazon, if you find good deals while shopping, grab ’em and sell them for a profit on eBay.
- Etsy (vintage goods) – If you enjoy antique shops, you can sell your finds (20 years or older) on Etsy as a vintage good.
2. Be a Star
You don’t have to be discovered in a soda shop in Hollywood to become famous. While it might seem like Internet celebrities are a dime a doze, many of them are making good money through ad feeds (i.e. Google AdSense), paid posts (i.e. on Twitter or Instagram), and affiliate marketing. The most common methods for becoming an Internet celebrity are YouTube, Instagram, and to some extent podcasting. The trick is to provide information or entertainment that grab people’s attention and keep them coming back. You can do a reality-type show, highlighting your fun or wacky views on life. Or you can do tutorials and how-tos. Again, the secret is in the delivery. Below are articles from other resources on how to get started and build fame on the Internet.
3. Smartphone Use
There are apps that pay you to shop, test apps, to small tasks and more. To get a list of all sorts of fun apps that pay, check out 58 Smartphone Apps that Pay You.
4. Social Media
Blogging and YouTube are often considered social media because they’ve got a social component. But there are other ways to making money on social media. Check out this article on 5 Ways to Make Money on Social Media for ideas.
5. Get Paid to Do Your Hobby or Interest
Would it be nice to spend your days enjoying your hobby and getting paid for it? While there is debate about whether or not it’s a good idea to turn something you enjoy into a job, it’s hard to argue that getting paid for something you like is bad. There are numerous ways you can get paid for your hobby or interests.
- Blogging – Blogging can be time consuming, but if you have a love or passion about a topic or interest, it’s one of the most fun ways to make money online. Love chocolate, you can start a chocolate blog. Enjoy working on your car, start a blog about car detailing and maintenance. The options for topics is endless.
- Etsy – Through Esty you can sell your arts and crafts, and even digital products (i.e. stickers)
- Writing – You can get paid to freelance write on topics that interest you. Or you can publish books related to what you love. To learn more about making money publishing books, check out Digital Writer Success: How to Make a Living Blogging, Freelance Writing, and Publishing Online.
- eCourses – Teach your hobby or interest through an online course.
- Sell Your Photos – If you have photos, check out this article on How and Where to Sell Your Photos Online.
- Gaming – Sutherland Global hires gaming customer service agents. There are also apps, such as ShowBox, that pay you to test out games. Finally, some gaming sites, hire freelance writers.
- Watching TV – There are several ways to make money watching TV such as Viggle, but if you can type, you can also make money through captioning.
6. Get Paid to Drive
Do you have other fun ways to make money from home? Let me know in the comments below.
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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