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Balancing Finances and Family: 4 Ways to Make Money from Home

May 10, 2019

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Around 5.2 percent of Americans now work from home.

Many of them have negotiated to work remotely rather than commuting every day. But even for those without that option, there are many other ways to make money from home.

For all you busy working parents, this would make balancing your family and career a whole lot easier. And you'd also be able to cut down on childcare costs, which can add up to as much as 22 percent of a family's total annual income.

From side hustles to home-based careers, check out these great ways to earn money from home.

1. Start Blogging or Vlogging

While you can blog about anything, centering your blog around these booming industries will make you the most money.

This income will come from affiliate links, sponsored posts, and advertising. But, while blogging is a great way to make money online from home, while you're building up a following, you could combine blogging with freelance writing.

Alternatively, if you're not much of a writer, you could start uploading videos to YouTube and make money from advertising. Your videos can cover any topic, from beauty advice and tutorials to parenting tips - the only limit is your imagination!

2. Become a Virtual Assistant

If you have experience working as a personal assistant or secretary, forget traveling to the office every day and become a virtual assistant (VA) instead.

From making travel plans to checking emails, VAs can do everything from the comfort of their own home while commanding as much as $100 an hour.

Check out Zirtual and Upwork to look for job postings.

3. Sell Online

If you're one of the 25 percent of Americans with a clutter problem, you could make some serious cash selling unwanted items.

While eBay used to be your only option, there's now a range of apps and sites devoted to helping you sell specific items.

Or, if you have an eye for fashion, you could even consider buying items for resale. Blogger and influencer Rumi Neely started out by selling vintage thrift store finds on eBay.

4. Participate in Surveys, Studies, and Polls

If you're looking for how to make money at home but don't have a lot of time, taking part in surveys and polls is an ideal way to make cash fast.

Surveys and polls vary in length and will pay accordingly. Expect to earn around $1 to $5 per survey on average. Or, you could help out the students of the world struggling to find participants for their studies by registering on Prolific Academic or Respondent.

Get Inspired to Make Money from Home

These are just a few of the many ways that you can make money from home.

And, while some are more labor-intensive than others, it's easy to get started making cash on the side by selling unwanted items or participating in surveys.

Of course, there's always the option of starting your own small business from home. But as well as a sound business plan, you'll need to boost your social media following for optimal success.