10 Surprising Ways to Make Money Without Leaving Your Home
Though restrictions are gradually being eased in many places around the world, many of us still can’t leave our homes or are severely limited in the ways in which we may do so. As such, we might feel anxious about how we’re going to make money, especially if we’ve lost our jobs as a result of coronavirus. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can make money without actually leaving the home, so you don’t need to panic. Here are 10 surprising ways to make money without leaving your home.
- Try some online gambling
Many people will tell you that online gambling isn’t a good way to make money because you’re more likely to lose than win. That’s only true if you don’t develop and utilise a consistent strategy. It’s also only true if you don’t use sites like the Polish gambling site KasynoHEX.com to help you understand where the best places are to make money. With a robust approach to profits in mind, online gambling can be an excellent way to make money, but you need to be careful not to fall into the trap of betting too high and too often.
- Sell old stuff
There’s probably plenty of old junk lying around in your home that you’re not using anymore (unless you’re fastidious in tidying, which many of us certainly aren’t). You can turn a lot of that old stuff into money if you’re smart enough. Sites like Mazuma will take old tech off your hands, while MusicMagpie is an excellent place for old CDs and DVDs. No matter what you’ve got lying around, if you’re savvy enough with your search, then you can find someone who’s willing to take it off your hands and pay you for the trouble.
- Fill out online surveys
You heard right; some websites will actually pay you real money (or its gift card equivalent) simply for filling out a few surveys and making your opinions known. SurveyMonkey and Swagbucks are two of the most reputable versions of this business model. Most surveys won’t take you longer than around five or ten minutes, and while the payouts won’t exactly be incredible, they’ll certainly add up over time until you’ve got a significant amount of money without even realising you’ve amassed it.
- Play video games
Perhaps even more unbelievably than online survey payments, you can actually get paid to sit around and play video games. Sites like GetPaidTo will show you certain ads and other things in exchange for cash or gift cards, and all you’ve got to do is play the games they want you to play. Of course, it’s never going to be triple-A monsters like Call of Duty or its ilk, but the idea of getting paid simply for a few rounds of something like Bejeweled or 2048 should be irresistible to all but the least money-minded gamer.
- Join AirBnB
At the moment, when social distancing reigns supreme, AirBnB is finding it much harder to get a foothold. However, when things start to get back to normal, your spare room might suddenly be in higher demand than you’d think; your home is, after all, less likely to be busy than a hotel. As such, it might be a good idea to consider joining AirBnB and renting out your room for travellers. Again, this isn’t really a consideration at the moment, but in the future, you’ll be glad you kept that option open!
- Test some websites
Some sites out there, like UserTesting, will pay you for the chance to test out some websites and offer your thoughts on them. It’s not just testing the site, of course; you will have to be pretty thorough, and you’ll usually need to supply your opinion via a questionnaire or a comment box of some description. Still, the chance to earn a little money simply for surfing the internet isn’t a bad one. If you’re not a fan of UserTesting, there are plenty of alternatives available, so don’t be afraid to play the field.
- Try Amazon MTurk
Amazon’s MTurk service – which is short for Mechanical Turk and named for the famous fraudulent chess player – allocates menial tasks to you in return for a little payment. You might be asked, for example, to sort data or transcribe short passages of audio, things that a computer wouldn’t be able to do but which you can do with little effort. MTurk doesn’t pay brilliantly, in the same way that many services of its ilk don’t, but for the effort you put in, the payments are more than respectable and will add up over time.
- Work as an English teacher
Naturally, you’ll often need qualifications in order to work as a certified English teacher, but there’s nothing stopping you from teaching conversational English to non-native speakers even if you don’t have an academic qualification. There are plenty of students out there who need real speakers to teach them English because apps like Duolingo and Rosetta Stone have their blind spots, so if you have a command of English and a willingness to help others, this can be an excellent way to get some money in your pocket.
- Work a regular job from home
Many people have been furloughed as a result of the coronavirus crisis. There are still lots of jobs out there to be had; the market isn’t as strong as it would be without the virus, of course, but companies still need employees. The chances are that if you’re hired during this time, you’ll be working from home until offices re-open, but you’ll be earning money without needing to leave the house, so we’re counting this as a legitimate option for doing so.
- Become a blogger
The road to earning money as a blogger can feel very long and very arduous indeed. However, using a combination of well-placed ads and opportunities to spread your expertise, you can make money as a blogger. Your actual blog may not make you too much cash, but you can also sell your status as an expert in your particular niche, guest blog on others’ websites, and implement affiliate marketing into your blog to shore up your cash and get your blog solvent.