7 Fast and Easy Ways to Make Extra Money From Home

Make Extra Cash on the Side

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While many start a home business to build or replace a full-time income, for many others, the goal is simply to generate a little extra to pay debt, save for a rainy day, or use as mad money. 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

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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:

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

Get Paid to Do Tasks (Microwork)

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More and more we’re turning into a freelance 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

Amazon Mechanical Turk 






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 stuff. 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 apps to try out:


Field Agent




Receipt Hogs



Viggle (watching TV)

Sell Your Photos Online

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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. 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.









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.  







Get Paid to Shop (Mystery Shopping)

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While I don’t believe mystery shopping can generate a regular income, it can be a fun way to earn some 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

Get Paid to Give Your Opinion (Focus Groups)

Group discussion
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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.

If you’d like to get paid to give feedback, here’s a few places to check out.

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