5 Ways to Earn Money at Home

By Eric Hammer

Whether you're a busy housewife trying to bring in some extra money during these tough economic times, or you're a student who needs the flexibility of working from home (or you have one of a million other reasons for needing to earn money at home), these are five great ways to earn extra cash from the comfort of your own home. Some of them won't make a whole lot of money while others could easily become full time businesses:

Turn Your Hobby Into a Business

Yes, it's been talked about before, but that's because this is one of the surest ways to earn money at home and it's an infinitely inventive way to do it. Whatever your hobby is, there is a good chance that you can make money by indulging others who share your hobby.

Love collecting stamps? Consider buying and selling rare stamps online. Love to bake? Make cookies at home and sell them through the Internet or even in a roadside stand (you can also sell them to local groceries with your own label on them). Maybe you love to dance. Well then why not start offering dancing lessons at home? The possibilities are endless and that's why this will always be the number one recommendation for ways to earn money at home.

Become a Phone Operator

There are a number of different companies which work in this business - allowing you to work as a phone operator for other businesses from home. In essence, you'll have to have a separate phone line and you'll need to have a quite environment in which to work. However, the work is definitely available for those who happen to be home bound and have the hours to put in to work in this business. Some examples of companies that work in this business are Alpine Access and LiveOps. Note that these are not sex operations either, but simply ordinary incoming and outgoing phone operators for regular businesses.

Do Data Entry

Yes, it's dull. However, there are still reams of paper which need to be entered into computers and the work is generally quite steady. Plus, with the advent of the Internet, it's very easy to earn money at home doing this kind of work. Expect to earn minimum wage or a bit above that though as the demand for these kinds of jobs usually outstrips supply. Some examples of companies which hire for data entry work are Axion and Quicktate. Note that many advertisements for data entry jobs are just scams so you need to be careful about responding to ads (the two companies mentioned previously have been vetted and are legitimate though). Typically, if you are asked to pay a fee to apply or to find listings of jobs, then it's probably a scam.

Be an Affiliate Marketer

If you know a little something about building websites, then you can make money by selling other people's products and do it all from home. In fact, affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways to earn money at home. Keep in mind that it's hard work though as the competition is fierce and you need to really know your stuff to make money in this business. Some popular affiliate marketing companies are ClickBank, Commission Junction, Linkshare and Google Affiliates.

Write Something

Finally, there are almost always writing jobs available for those who know how to write well. The work is easiest to find at places like TextBroker and WriterAccess, though the pay at those sites is not particularly good. Those who are really good at writing can earn money at home by working for independent companies which hire professional writers to write for specific websites on sites such as Elance and Guru.

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