88 Legitimate Ways to Earn Money From Home

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Looking for a legitimate way to earn money from home? Major League Mommy is here to help you out!

We have compiled a list of 88 ways to earn money from home that are 100% legit. Continue reading below to learn more.

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(1) Online Surveys

Taking surveys is a relatively painless way to earn a few extra dollars from home. But it can be very time-consuming if you’re trying to earn a decent amount of money. 

If you have some extra time during the day to take a few surveys while the kids nap or anytime when you get a small break, you can use paid survey sites such as Inbox Dollars,  Swagbucks, and Survey Junkie.

I certainly wouldn’t expect to get rich or earn a full-time income off of surveys alone, but it can be a great supplement to your other income-generating activities. 

(2) Become a Virtual Assistant

You can work from anywhere in the world and even earn a full-time income as a virtual assistant. The services you offer as a virtual assistant can vary greatly, but in general, virtual assistants offer administrative assistance to businesses. 

There is no required education or certification necessary to become a virtual assistant, which is great for those looking for a business or freelance opportunity with very low startup costs.

Determine which of your skills you can sell to businesses to help simplify their daily business processes. You can then list your service offerings on websites such as Fiverr to find clients and get started.  

Here are some ideas for potential virtual assistant service offerings:

  • Social Media Management
  • Website Management
  • Ad Management
  • Accounting/Bookkeeping
  • Administrative support
  • Customer support

(3) Sell stock images

If you know how to get beautiful high-quality shots with your camera, you may want to consider selling stock photography. Once you learn how to sell stock photos, you can build a side hustle that brings in some extra income each month. 

(4) Become a proofreader

You can learn how to become a proofreader for a relatively low cost and you could potentially earn a full-time income.

There are a few trustworthy proofreading courses out there that are worth considering. And speaking from experience, you can earn so much more than your initial investment. You can also set your own hours while working from the comfort of your home. 

(5) Monetize a blog

Learning how to start a blog is relatively simple. Monetizing it, however, can come with a bit of a learning curve. You can make money through sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, offering ads, add an online store, and more on your blog. Make sure you do your research as you build out and monetize your new blog. For example, tools such as RankIQ will be very valuable as you seek out the best keywords to start writing on and ranking for in search engines.

(6) Leave reviews

You can write reviews for money through websites such as Crowd Tap and weSponsored or pitch your review writing services to companies who may be interested. 

(7) Sell items on Facebook Marketplace

De-clutter your home while making some extra money by selling items you no longer use or need on Facebook Marketplace. Of course, make sure these items are in good or fair condition and actually worth trying to sell before listing. Here are a few other tips for selling on Facebook Marketplace:

  • Take high-quality and clear photos
  • Price items fairly
  • Bundle items or have suggested add-ons to upsell
  • Use keywords in your description
  • Respond as quickly as possible to inquiries
  • Watch out for scams!
  • Always meet in a safe well-lit location

(8) Rent out items from your home

Another great way to make some extra money from home is by renting out items such as lawnmowers, power tools, drones, sports equipment, audio/visual equipment, etc. 

You can check out platforms such as Rentah and Fat Llama to get started. 

(9) Online Data Entry

You can find data entry jobs on job boards and through platforms designed specifically for data entry job postings. You may even choose to offer your data entry services on Fiverr.

(10) Create and sell printables

If you are great at designing your own printables and have a few printable ideas that you think would sell, why not go for it? You can design printables easily in a platform like Canva and then sell on websites such as Etsy.

(11) Sell clothes on Poshmark

Is your closet a little too full? Do you have a bunch of outfits you purchased for a special occasion and only wore one time? Have a ton of new or like-new clothes you can no longer fit? Try selling them on Poshmark!

(12) Become a product tester

You can get paid to test products at home through companies such as Swagbucks and score a few extra dollars plus some free products!

(13) Sell photography or ad creatives to brands

Similar to working as an influencer, if you know how to get great shots of products, you can sell this content to brands. This particular service was a really great idea during the pandemic when many brands couldn’t schedule photoshoots.

You could potentially build an entire career based on this concept (it is currently being called “UGC“). Companies can send you free products to photograph and/or promote in exchange for rights to your photography.

You can set your own rates, but it will likely amount to less than what a brand would pay for a full-blown photoshoot. So it’s a win-win for both parties. 

(14) Sell baked goods

Do people rave about your chewy chocolate chunk cookies? Do people come to you for birthday cakes? Consider selling baked goods as a side hustle. 

(15) Transcription jobs

Online Transcription Jobs are a great way to earn a few extra dollars from the comfort of your home. In a transcribing position, you will convert audio or videos into text. 

There is no particular training or training required to start transcribing. You do, however, want to have fast and accurate typing and have great listening skills. You will also need a working computer and a high-speed internet connection. Testing your internet connection is very easy, and there are plenty of resources available to help you learn how to read an internet speed test. Once you determine that your internet is in working order, you are good to go. 

(16) Sell your own produce

Do you like to grow your own produce? Why not start a mini farmer’s market from home? You can sell your fresh produce as a way to bring in a few extra dollars each month. 

(17) Create and sell an online course

Make some money off of your expertise. Build an online course right there from your home office. All you need is an all-in-one course creation platform to bring your online course to life and start promoting. 

(18) Affiliate marketing

If you have a blog or other platforms you can use to promote other people’s products, you may want to consider affiliate marketing. You can seek out products and services that resonate best with your audience and then look into whether or not they offer an affiliate or referral program. If they do, you can sign up and begin selling their products for a commission once approved. 

You can check out platforms like Shop My to get started with affiliate marketing or to grow your current affiliate marketing income. 

(19) Invest your money in stocks

If you are new to investing, make sure you do your research. But there are some really way great ways for beginner investors to get their feet wet in the stock market. You can use an app like Acorns to get started and to begin learning more about stocks and investments. 

(20) Start a YouTube channel

Generally speaking, you need to be part of YouTube’s Partner Program to monetize your YouTube channel. In order to join their Partner Program, here are a few requirements you need to meet:

  • Have more than 4,000 valid public watch hours in the last 12 months
  • Have over 1,000 subscribers
  • Have a linked AdSense account
  • Follow all YouTube monetization policies

Now, if you’re looking at these requirements and thinking that you can’t make money from YouTube just yet, don’t stress! There are some ways that you can monetize your YouTube channel without meeting their Partner Program requirements. 

  • Reach out to brands to offer sponsored videos promoting their product or service 
  • Use your channel as part of your affiliate marketing strategy

Make sure you focus on creating high-quality and well-edited content. We personally use Wondershare Filmora to professionally edit our YouTube videos. 

(21) Sell candy bouquets

If crafting is your thing, you may want to consider selling candy bouquets for special events. This concept is so simple that my daughter actually used to make these bouquets herself when she was just 5 years old! It also has very minimal startup costs.

(22) Start a consulting business

Share your expertise with others by starting a consulting business from home. You can set up a website, utilize a calendar/scheduling app so that clients can book an appointment with you, then meet up over video for your session.


(23) Manage social media accounts

If you’re pretty skilled at managing social accounts on specific platforms, you can offer those services to business owners. To get started, you may even choose to offer your social media management services on Fiverr

(24) Become a copywriter

Copywriting is a highly sought-after service offering in the digital age. If you are a strong and persuasive writer, you may want to consider starting a freelance copywriting business

You can find plenty

You can find plenty of legitimate remote job opportunities in this field on popular job boards like Flexjobs. As a former freelance copywriter, I can say with confidence that it is possible to earn a full-time income from home as a copywriter. 

(25) Become a copyeditor

Copyeditors assess the flow of the text and make the necessary corrections before the copy is passed onto a proofreader

Here are some things that copyeditors will focus on:

  • Grammar 
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Formatting
  • Fact-checking

This particular job does require great attention to detail and a strong command of the language, but no other training or education is typically required.

(26) Teach a language

There are several ways to make money teaching a language from home. For example, you can create digital resources to help others learn a new language. Or perhaps you offer one-on-one tutoring or practice sessions or an online course or YouTube series. 

(27) Tutor

Speaking of teaching, tutoring is another really great way to earn an income from home. This can be done as a side hustle, part-time job, or full-time job. If you are really knowledgeable in a particular subject, this may be the path for you.


(28) Design websites

If you have intermediate or advanced web design skills, you can definitely make a decent amount of money as a professional web designer. The best part is, there is a low startup cost and you can do it from the comfort of your home or anywhere in the world. 

(29) Create logos

Even if you aren’t an experienced graphic designer, you may be able to make clean and professional logos for small business owners.

There is no particular training required to begin. Focus on building a portfolio or a few samples of your work and then reach out to bloggers and small business owners who may be in need of a new logo. 

(30) Become a translator

If you are proficient in more than one language, you can seek out online translation jobs to start pulling in some extra money throughout the week. You can always search for translation jobs on popular job boards or take advantage of platforms such as Upwork

(31) Start a dropshipping business

You can quickly start a dropshipping business using the help of Fiverr sellers. This is the easiest way to get started as starting and running a dropshipping business can get overwhelming if you are not familiar with the process.

However, once you do your proper research and get everything up and running, you can really make a decent amount of money with your dropshipping store.  

(32) Create and sell an ebook

Another great way to share your expertise is by compiling it into an eBook and selling it. This is a great way to earn passive income once you have everything in place. But do make sure your eBook is presented professionally and is packed with tons of value to make it worth the buy.

(33) Start a life coaching business

Do you find that people are always coming to you for advice and guidance? Have you overcome a tough situation in life using a specific set of steps? If so, maybe you should consider starting a life coaching business. You can meet with clients via video chat or over the phone and earn some extra money while making a positive impact on the world around you. It’s a win-win. 

(34) Become an online fitness coach

If you enjoy working out and helping others reach their health and fitness goals, you may want to consider starting an online fitness coaching business. There is great earning potential in this field, but it can be a lot of work and require that you wear many hats. 

(35) Create and sell custom meal plans

Another great idea for those interested in helping others reach their health and fitness goals would be to sell custom meal plans. Before you get started, make sure you learn the proper steps to start a meal planning business and narrow down your niche. 

(36) Narrate audiobooks

Use your voice to make some extra money. Maybe it’s time to audition for audiobook narrator jobs

(37) Sell items you no longer use

When it comes to making some extra money, I will always recommend looking at ways to make money off of items you no longer need or use. Whether you host a garage sale or use an online marketplace to make sales, this can be a really great way to bring in a few extra dollars. 

(38) Use a cashback credit card

This may not be something that comes to mind when you talk about earning money from home, but using a credit card that comes with cashback rewards is a fantastic way to earn extra money each month.

In my household, we use our cash rewards Visa card in place of our debit card and just pay off the balance each week. In doing so, we continue to earn money back on our everyday purchases which is a huge win! This is a benefit that we don’t receive from our debit cards. 

If you don’t yet have a credit card or working on building your credit, you can apply for a Capital One Credit Card RISK-FREE to see if you qualify. 

(39) Take advantage of cashback apps

I am a huge fan of using cashback apps and I always recommend taking advantage of cashback opportunities. I mean, you’re going to shop anyway so you might as well earn some extra cash in the process. Apps and browser extensions such as GoCashBack make it possible for you to do just that.

(40) Babysit

Babysitting has been a popular way to earn money for many years. I highly recommend making sure you have the proper training, knowledge, and safety protocols in place before getting started. However, this is a relatively simple way to make some money from home. 

(41) Sell your services on Fiverr

I cannot recommend Fiverr enough. This platform is a great way for freelancers to sell their services and earn an income. There are so many services available on Fiverr, and I am sure you have something special that you could bring to the freelancing table as well. 

(42) Test websites and apps

You can get paid to test websites and apps from the comfort of your home. These user-testing websites offer a great remote work opportunity for individuals of all backgrounds, and this work can easily be completed during your spare time. 

(43) Rent out a spare bedroom

There are a variety of ways to make money from a spare bedroom in your home. You can rent it out to tourists in the form of an Airbnb, rent it out as storage, welcome in foreign exchange students, etc. This really comes down to your level of comfort, but it can be a great way to rake in some extra cash.

(44) Open an Etsy shop

Etsy is great for crafty individuals wanting to sell their unique products. Startup costs vary, and it is important to take into account Etsy’s seller fees. Running an Etsy shop can be a lot of work, but it can also be quite worth it. You can use services like Everbee to help you select a niche and products that will actually generate sales.  

(45) Become a social media influencer or UGC Creator

It doesn’t take much to learn how to become a social media influencer. It’s really as simple as setting up your social media profiles, growing those accounts (which can come with a learning curve), and finding brands to work with.

Even if you don’t have a large following, you can earn money as a UGC Creator as noted above. As you may have noticed, this has become a very popular method for earning money. Many even turn it into a full-time career.

(46) Participate in focus groups

You can find focus groups in your city or online that will pay you for your participation using websites such as User Interviews and Respondent.

I have taken part in focus groups that pay anywhere from $50-$250 and I have done a mix of both online and in-person formats. This is a seriously easy way to earn some extra money, but do keep in mind that you will likely not be accepted into every focus group you apply for. 

(47) Rent out unused space for storage

Whether you choose to rent out your garage space, a shed, or another bit of space you have available for storage, this can be a great way to pull in a few extra bucks each month. 

(48) Offer a photo editing service

If you are skilled in photo editing, perhaps you can try selling your photo editing services. This is a job that can be completed from anywhere in the world, requires minimal resources to get started, and can actually be quite lucrative!

(49) Start a pet-sitting business

Do you love pets? Do people tend to turn to you when they need a pet sitter? If so, it may be time to turn this into a side hustle or full-time business. You can welcome pets in your home and care for them while their owners are away. I don’t know about you, but I’d love to hang out with a bunch of furry friends and make money at the same time.

It is important, however, to be clear about the types of animals you are willing to pet sit as well as any allergies you may have.

(50) Remote bookkeeping

Remote bookkeeping is a really great way to earn money and you could potentially earn a full-time income. You set your rates (you can charge by the hour or per project) and take it from there. 

(51) Do voiceover work

You can take advantage of freelance voiceover opportunities if you have a great voice that people would love to use as part of their business. There is a wide variety of voiceover work out there on sites such as Upwork and many others. 

(52) Work in a virtual call center

Finding virtual call center jobs can be as simple as a quick search on Indeed. However, it is important to note that remote call center jobs can be pretty exhausting as you’re on the phone all day. And you may even find that this particular job is not flexible and may require that you still have child care in place. 

If you know that having a quite background at home is impossible for you during the day, then this is probably not the best option for you.

(53) Host webinars

You can use webinars in a variety of ways to earn money.

  1. Use it as part of your affiliate marketing strategy to boost sales
  2. Use it to promote your own products
  3. Charge admission in order for people to attend your value-packed webinar

(54) Test video games

This could be a dream for many, but this is certainly not for everyone. If you’re into gaming, you can look for opportunities to earn money testing video games

(55) Remote tech support

You may choose to apply directly to companies offering remote tech support job opportunities, perform a search via Indeed, or offer your own remote tech support services to companies. Either way, this is another opportunity to earn some money from home. 

(56) Offer a tailoring service

You can start a business altering clothes from home. Set your own rates. Set your availability. And put your alteration skills to good use. 

(57) Custom Sewing

In addition to offering alterations, you can also offer custom sewing services. This is a great opportunity to earn some extra money from home if you are skilled at sewing.

(58) Sell on Amazon

You can be successful in selling on Amazon with the right tools for your Amazon business.  And once you get everything working smoothly, you can definitely earn a decent income. 

But it is important to know that this particular side hustle can take a bit of money, research, etc. upfront. 

(59) Invest in real estate

There are a variety of ways that you can make money from home with real estate investingMake sure you do research to find an option that works best for you if this is the route you want to take.

Here are a few ways to invest and earn money from real estate:

  • Renting out a property
  • Purchase REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts)
  • Real Estate Syndication
  • Flip investment properties
  • Airbnb

(60) Become a graphic designer

I mentioned designing logos earlier in the post as a way to earn money from home. However, there are many other ways that you can earn money through graphic design work.

If you have the tools and skillset necessary to be a professional graphic designer, you may choose to sell custom branding packages, templates, printables, logos, and more. 

(61) Manage social media ads

There are so many business owners out there looking for someone to manage their social media ads, and if you are skilled in this area, this may be the perfect work-from-home position for you. You can even offer your ad management services on Fiverr

(62) Become a travel agent

Home-based travel agents are growing in number, likely due to the flexibility this type of work can offer. You can choose to be a freelance travel agent helping clients book and arrange travel, work with an agency, or even partner with a company as an affiliate.

(63) Take a virtual receptionist job

There is a growing demand for companies to offer 24/7 customer service, and many businesses are making that shift. Virtual receptionists are a particularly attractive choice for businesses of all sizes wanting to serve customers even when they’re off the clock.

With that being said, this presents a wonderful opportunity for those wanting to earn an income from home. 

You can start a freelance virtual receptionist job or search on job boards for available jobs. 

(64) Rent out baby equipment to travelers

You can partner with a baby gear rental service near you to start renting out your well-cared-for baby equipment to traveling families.

(65) Start a couponing product shop

Are you an extreme couponer who acquires a ton of free or greatly discounted products due to your efforts? If so, consider setting up a small shop in your home or yard where neighbors, friends, and family can buy some of their fave products at a lower cost. It’s a win for everyone. Just make sure you are following all the proper regulations in your city.

You can also click here to learn more about couponing if this is something you’d be interested in.

(66) Manage websites

This is another job that I have done from home – managing websites. I focused primarily on WordPress websites, but you can of course choose any platform that you work best with. And all I would do is make sure these websites were updated with any client-requested changes. 

This job can get a bit stressful at times, but you can definitely earn money from the comfort of your home. You could even earn a full-time income managing websites

(67) Sell artwork

If you’re good at painting, drawing, or some other artistic medium, you may consider selling your artwork. You can sell online and/or directly from your home.

(68) Optimize websites and social accounts for search engines

If you’re an SEO pro, you can actually extend your help to businesses trying to rank in search engines online. You may choose to offer paid training so they can DIY it, oy maybe you actually go in and do the work for them. The choice is yours, but you can definitely make some good money.

(69) Teach yoga

You don’t need any particular certifications to teach yoga online (or even in your home or yard), However, I have personally taken and achieved my 200hr yoga teacher certification, and I will say the information you can obtain is extremely valuable. 

BUT, there are lots of yoga teachers out there who aren’t certified. Just make sure you actually know what you’re doing before you go out there trying to teach others. Yoga can get dangerous real quick if you’re not familiar with proper forms and breathing techniques. 

(70) Meal prep for others

Are you a meal prep expert? Is batch cooking your thing? If so, you may want to consider offering a local meal prepping service. Just make sure you follow all state guidelines to ensure you are safely and legally operating your business. 

(71) Start a paid mastermind group

Similar to starting an online course or training, you can offer paid mastermind groups if you are an expert on a particular subject.

This type of business typically has minimal startup costs, but you want to take time actually structuring your program and commit to delivering high value to justify the membership costs. 

(72) Buy and sell website domains

Buying and selling domain names is a unique way to pull in some extra money. This article explains in great detail how you can get started buying and selling domain names

(73) Take an online juror job

You can actually make money reviewing and sharing your thoughts on legal cases. A quick google search will pull up a ton of online juror job opportunities

(74) Sell unused gift cards

Exchange your gift cards for cash, if you find that you have gift cards that continue to go unused. This can put a couple of extra dollars in your pocket at least temporarily. It’s a great method to pair with other options included in this list.

(75) Get paid to exercise

I know, this sounds too good to be true. But you can literally get paid to exercise. Legitimately.

There are apps available that will reward you just for completing certain activities and achieving your fitness goals. Sounds like a win-win to me! Get your body and your bank account in shape at the same time. 

(76) Get paid to search the web

I’m sure you already spend a sizeable portion of your day online. Why not get paid in the process? 

You can sign up with multiple websites that’ll pay you to search online using different search engines. Easy peasy. 

(77) Recycle old phones

Get rid of your old phones in exchange for cash. Yep, it is totally possible. You can look into platforms such as Decluttr to get started.

(78) Review music

This is another unique way to make some extra money from home. And if you love listening to music, that’s even better! You can sign up to review music on websites that’ll actually pay you just to do so. You won’t necessarily make a full-time income off of this, but it’s great for a few extra dollars each month. 

(79) Sell study notes

Are you a current or former student who has taken really good notes on a particular subject? Did you know that websites like Stuvia can be used to sell these notes as well as study guides? It’s worth looking into if you’re looking for a way to rake in some extra cash.

(80) Enter giveaways

I don’t recommend sweepstakes or giveaways as an actual job as you could very well spend full-time hours placing entries only to receive nothing in return. This is all based on pure luck, but if you do happen to be a lucky winner, it could definitely help out your finances. Just make sure you keep in mind that you will have to pay taxes on prize earnings. 

(81) Mystery shop

I have signed up for mystery shop platforms in the past, but have never actually taken advantage of any of the opportunities. But I will say that this is an interesting way to earn some extra money and score some much-needed freebies. 

(82) Collect donations for charities

You can search the internet for charities that are actively paying people to reach out to potential donors on their behalf. This is very similar to a sales job.

(83) Buy and trade cryptocurrency

Buying and trading cryptocurrency is just another way to invest your money and get your dollars to work for YOU. But just like any investment, this comes with a risk. So make sure you do your research before getting started. I also would not recommend buying and trading cryptocurrency as a short-term strategy. 

(84) Start a matchmaking business

Have some fun with your money-making efforts. If you have the special talent of helping people find that special someone, maybe it’s time to start a matchmaking business. The best part is, you don’t need to leave the house to bring this new career path to fruition.  

(85) Become a virtual interior designer

You can earn money from multiple streams as a virtual interior designer. Of course, your clients will pay you for the job and you can also earn a commission from suppliers you recommend. 

(86) Sell recipes

You don’t have to sell off Grandma’s secret recipe necessarily. But if you have a collection of unique recipes you’ve created that people rave over, you can actually sell them to create an extra source of income. 

(87) Fix broken items

You can start a local drop-off service for electronics or other gadgets in need of repair if you’re particularly handy in this area. You may actually find that this service is quite lucrative.

(88)Talk to your employer about the possibility of moving into a remote work format

Lastly, if you have a job position that can totally be done from home, try working something out with your employer. You never know, they may actually agree to make your position a remote opportunity. 

As you can see, there are some really great opportunities out there for you to earn money from home! Which money-making activities from this list can you see yourself doing? Or which one(s) are you already involved in? Comment down below. 


  • Briana Marie

    Briana Marie is a mental health and financial literacy advocate, and founder of Major League Mommy. In her spare time, Briana enjoys yoga, travel, and spending time with her Husband and two daughters.

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