I believe the next step after you’ve honed in on the “Saving Money” side of things here at True Couponing, is to look into the “Making Money” side of things! And I’ve got an expert to talk to us today with a guest post. Emma Bates has started 5 online businesses over the past 10 years, and she has some fantastic tips for Mommies who want to make a little extra side money!
I am so excited that Kati has asked me here to share some ways to make money online. My name is Emma and I blog over at KidsCashandChaos about how to start a business from home.
I stay home with my three kids and have tried all sorts of ways to make money. My first business was selling granola and baked goods at my local Farmer’s Market. That business took off in a big way and I ended up working out of a commercial kitchen and selling wholesale.
The business grew to a point where I had to make a decision to either sell or put my kids in daycare and I decided to sell. After that I opened an online store selling canning equipment. That business failed spectacularly but on the bright side I learned a lot.
Since then I have been working as a Virtual Assistant and blogging. Both of these businesses have been a great fit for me, but I know they don’t work for everyone. If you need to figure out a way to make money online while you stay home with your kids check out the six suggestions below and the six suggestions on my blog.
1. Sell Your Photos
Did you know that there are apps that will buy your photos? You can download the Foap app and upload your photos directly from your phone.
You can tag and list your photo for sale, and make $5 each time it sells.
Make sure to have engaging photos that are a little different from the standard but this can be an easy way to make a some passive money each month.
If you are a good photographer (and over 13 years old) check out selling stock photos too. Here are three options to get you started:
Are you one of those people who cringe whenever anyone makes a grammar mistake online? Check out a career in proofreading!
You do need to be a bit of a grammar nerd, good at spotting problems and knowing how to fix them. There are a few training classes online but I have heard great things about the course from Caitlin Pyle. She offers a free course that goes over what proofreading is all about.
3. Write An Ebook
It’s never been easier to be a published author. With Amazon making distribution of ebooks so simple anyone who can write can get published.
Think about what you know best and really, it can be just about anything! Start writing about it for beginners, keep it simple and easy to read but very informative.
There are virtual assistants who will format your book for you but you can find out all about the process from Amazon and do it yourself.
4. Rebate Apps
It seems like everyone and their mother are using some sort of rebate app these days. This is more of a saving money strategy but since you can get real money back I’m going to list it anyway 🙂
I have both Ebates and Honey installed on my Chrome browser and Ibotta and Checkout51 on my phone. Once you get used to checking these apps as you shop you will easily make the minimum required for payout.
5. Teach A Class
I created an online class at the beginning of the year and it was way less scary than I thought it would be. I use Teachable to host my class and they have a very easy to navigate backend. If you have a skill or knowledge that other people are looking to gain then a class can be a easy way to make money.
The great thing is that even though it takes some serious work to create an online class, once you are up and running it is very easy to keep running. Teachable makes it very easy to keep track of students, issue refunds, and offer specials.
6. Review Websites
There are a variety of companies that will pay you to test or review websites. You can make an average of $10 per test and they take about 15-20 minutes. UserTesting is one of the most popular, just apply and take a sample test and get paid!
You can also do Search Engine Evaluation with a company like Leapforce. You would be an independent contractor and be paid an hourly rate for your work (right now the starting pay is $13/hour). Just know that there is a little more comprehensive application and review for this type of job.
Check out six more suggestions on my blog!
I hope that you have found some inspiration from these suggestions of ways to make money online. This is only a fraction of what is out there so if none of these fit don’t lose hope, just keep looking!