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Earn Extra Income at Home

We tend to frame the idea of earning money online as a way to earn extra income at home and to escape the 9-5 work schedule that many Americans follow.

However, as we’ve noted in the past, it’s not easy to just make a clean break and magically start up a home business and, in fact, plenty of people fail. (I did the first time around.) 

Before I was able to start working from home full-time with my own list of clients, I spent ten years happily taking any extra work I could find writing articles and developing the skill set I knew would be my way of escaping what was, for me, an unhappy 9-5 life. 

That said, when you do something for ten years, clearly it’s not all bad and indeed, the connections I made in my 9-5 work life were the ones that first helped me to earn extra income online.

Below we lay out some different ways that you can earn extra income at home and also start planting the seeds for establishing your own business.

Earn Extra Income at Home

1. What Are Your Talents?

When looking for ways to earn extra income at home, start with your current job (or the last few you had if you’re currently out of work.)

What kind of work do you inevitably find yourself doing from job to job?

While I wasn’t personally confident in my abilities as a writer–I came up amongst a lot of incredible writers–after ten years of always being put in the position of writing all of my employer’s copy and having co-workers solicit my writing services outside of work hours.

This was my first real taste of how my natural talents (and those that I’ve honed over time) could be my way to financial freedom in the sense of taking control of my income.

Another area where I was able to obtain work outside of office areas was a digital marketing consultant for extremely small fashion companies, as I was overseeing the digital marketing department for a fairly venerable jewelry brand at the time.

And while that is an area I frankly should have exploited further, it also didn’t make me happy then and thus my consulting endeavor failed.

This helped me to understand the other side of the coin in the equation of how to earn extra income at home.

2. What Are Your Passions?

It’s a sad fact, but very few people get to spend a lifetime of work doing what they’re passionate about.

Whether life gets in the way and you suddenly have mouths to feed, causing you to put your blogging dreams on hold, or you simply just never work up the courage to take that scary leap toward working from home and doing what you love, there are countless reasons why home businesses don’t always work.Earn Extra Income at Home

But over the years, one common theme I’ve found is when people approach working from home, they do so from a point of how much many can I make?

Let’s just be real here.

Unless you’ve figured out a truly revolutionary niche for yourself that utilizes both your skill sets and passions, you won’t be necessarily be rolling in the Benjamins at first. And this is something

Unless you’ve figured out a truly revolutionary niche for yourself that utilizes both your skill sets and passions, you won’t be necessarily be rolling in the Benjamins at first. And this is something

And this is something Jason and I talk about quite a bit because while we’ve both made it to that first step of being able to live off of our home businesses, it takes some time before you reach either what you were making at your old job or what you ideally want to be making.

And that’s 100% OK. Seriously. Speaking from personal experience, while I wish I was making

Speaking from personal experience, while I wish I was making more when I think back to how unhappy I was a year ago compared with now when I’m actually doing work I’m passionate about.

There’s literally no comparison.

3. Find Work Online and IRL

Once you’ve settled upon the unique service you can provide, now it’s time to start setting up your income streams. As we’ve

As we’ve spoken about in the past, content marketing has become a huge field and is full of opportunities for self-motivated writers, videographers, and digital content creators.

Ask around and look online using such sites as Upwork.

Additionally, affiliate marketing is another way to earn income online if you run a blog or site that targets a particular niche.

By running ads for other companies, you can soon monetize your blog turning your hobby into a blossoming career.

And if the above doesn’t sound up your alley, there are countless other ways to earn extra income at home, from transcription work to doing at-home customer service.

The key is that you approach everything you do with a sincere degree of passion because otherwise, you’re just running on auto-pilot and what’s the fun in that?

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    Caito Junqueira
    Caito Junqueira - 5 years ago


    I have followed as a similar path to yours. The difference would be that I tried myself with my artistic skills in painting and drawing. I have found out, after a long time, that those could ba associated with affiliate marketing and my journey became much easier. Great article. Cheers!

      Jason - 5 years ago

      Hi Caito,

      Glad to hear that you have discovered affiliate marketing and it has worked out for you. It’s a common yet effective business model when it comes to earning extra income at home.

      It’s just important that people learn affiliate marketing the right way.

    Stephen - 5 years ago


    Thanks a lot for this information. I work for someone a usual, the 9-5 working hours. I personally wish I do something for myself to earn some extra income at home.

    If possible, I even planned to quit my (9-5 ) if i am able to establish an ONLINE work that will generate some regular income.

    Of the methods you mentioned I think the Affiliate marketing would be quite good for for me personally since I plan building my own website.

    Thanks for given this idea.

      Jason - 5 years ago

      No problem, Stephen!

      Be sure to sign up to our email list just above. By doing so you will learn where you can start building your website for free and get hands on help in building a business that provides results.

    Cade James Davis
    Cade James Davis - 5 years ago

    Great read, always looking for ways to make some extra cash. I just wanted to share something I’ve been doing recently. I run an office and have noticed that unused toner was piling up in storage. Looked into returning but that was no good. Tried out the site [EDIT] and was impressed. They had quick service and that payout was nice.

      Jason - 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing Cade.

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