7 Fast and Easy Ways to Make Extra Money From Home

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Make Extra Cash on the Side

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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 debt, save for a rainy day, or use 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

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Sell Your Used and Unwanted Items

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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:

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Get Paid to Do Tasks (Microwork)

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Make Extra Money Doing Small Tasks. Credit: KidStock | Getty Images

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, graphic 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 microworker.

Microwork Sites with Freelance Jobs

Amazon Mechanical Turk 

Clickworker

Microworkers

QuickTate

RapidWorkers

TaskRabbit.

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Make Money With Your Smartphone

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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 giftcards. While you won’t make a living using these cool phone apps, you can save and earn money using your phone.

Here’s a few money-making apps to try out:

EasyShift

Field Agent

Gigwalk

Ibotta

Paribus 

Receipt Hogs

Shopkick

Swagbucks

Viggle (watching TV)

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Sell Your Photos Online

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Sell Your Pictures Through Stock Photo Sites. Credit: Thais Lima De Sousa / EyeEm | Getty Images

In an increasing visual Internet, website owners, bloggers, epublishers, video makers and more need quality photos for their content. The great thing is that you don’t need to be a professional photographer to make money from your pictures. Quality photos from your smartphone are often good enough to sell online. Most stockphoto sites pay 15 to 60 percent of the sale of your photo, and usually pay through PayPal.

Places you can sell photos and graphics.

123RF

BigStockPhoto

DepositPhotos

Dreamstime

Fotolia

FreeDigitalPhotos.net

iStockPhoto

Shutterfly

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Make Money With Your Car

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Do you drive? There are several ways to make money from your car from taxiing people to renting your car to advertising businesses. You'll want to run the numbers before using your car to make money, especially if you're driving more than usual. You'll want to factor in depreciation, wear and tear, and gas expenses when you decide if driving is a cost effective way to make  extra money. 

Here are a few resources that will pay you to drive your car.  

MyFreeCar.com

BrandYourCar

Uber

Lyft

FlightCar

RelayRides

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Get Paid to Shop (Mystery Shopping)

Shopping
Make Extra Money as a Mystery Shopper. Credit: Dan Dalton | Getty Images

Mystery shopping isn't going to generate a regular income, but it can be a fun way to earn extra money and get free stuff.  Signing up for mystery shopping should be free. Any place that charges you money is probably not a legitimate mystery shopping company. Also, companies that use mystery shoppers require professionalism and often a lot of detail. It’s not just a matter of buying something. Often there are specific departments you have to visit, questions you have to ask, or things you need to buy. Then you have to submit a detailed report. Here are a few places to learn about and sign up as a mystery shopper.

Places that hire mystery shoppers:

A Closer Look

Call Center QA

Grassroots Measures

Service Intelligence Experience Exchange

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Get Paid to Give Your Opinion (Focus Groups)

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Get Paid to Share Your Opinion. Credit: Compassionate Eye Foundation | Getty Images

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.

Places that Hire Focus Group Participants

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

2020 Panel

AccuData

Accurate Data Marketing

C2 Research

Consumer Opinion Services

Fieldwork

FocusGroup.com

Google Usability 

Probe Market Research

Savitz Research

Surveys

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's a few survey sites to try out. Note, survey sites, like mystery shopping, should be free to join.

American Consumer Opinion

Consumer Views

FocusLine.com

Harris Poll Online

Qmee

Phone App Surveys

Note that some of these pay in giftcards.

Google Opinion Rewards

IdeaShifters

i-Poll

i-Say

Nielsen Computer & Mobile Panel

Quick Thoughts

Survey Mini

Surveys On the Go

The Panel Station

Toluna