My Top Ten Ways to Make Money

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Since I wrote my last “five ways to make money” things have changed a little bit. You know, that’s what I like about this freelance world. All of this changing allows me to express the true entrepreneur waiting to get out of me. I’ve been writing for almost a year and a half now, professionally anyways. I love the groove of writing and the sound of my fingers hitting the keyboard.

I almost forgot what I was writing here. I wanted to share some of my ways for making money while working from home. In the “ideal” work at home world, we would all have 50 grand stashed and we would never be in a pinch for cash. By the way, I envy those of you who really do have that much cash in your stash.

Way # 1

My top favorite way to make money at home is through working. I’m serious! I treat my job like it’s a job and I don’t back down. *Sigh* This job is just like any other, it’s full of excitement and disappointment. The only true difference is that any given day I can be sprayed with poop from a cloth diaper (yes, I cloth diaper) or I could have two kids sitting under my desk at various instances. So, with that said, my top favorite way to make money is “to do my thang.”

Way # 2

Branch out and try a little “something something” different. At the start of the year I started dabbling in social media. Now social media follows me to bed at night. I ask him to leave me alone, but he still bothers me. No, truly I love being a social media manager because it’s a breath of fresh air. Just one word of advice, don’t charge too little to do social media because it can be a true headache sometimes.

Way # 3

Forums. Yes, I just said forums. You are missing out on a lot if you are not a part of any work at home forum. Get your toushy over to one, so you can start learning the ropes. I’m serious when I say that you can learn so much from these forums. Besides my work at home mentors(coughMirandacoughAnnacough), these forums have taught me a lot. Just avoid the drama if you can because where there are ladies there will be drama. You can pick up a lot different money making jobs on these forums.

Way #4

Let me spell it out for you O D E S K. People have their opinions about this planet, but I would never give you bad advice. You’re not always going to find the hidden jewels, but they are in there somewhere. This past week I landed a gig writing 1500 words for $50. Look frequently and ignore the weirdos that want you to write 400 words for $1. Unless you plan on moving to the moon, in which you would not need cash to survive because you could just bounce around all day.

Way #5

My fifth favorite way to make money is still the good old content mills. I still check Grandpa Textbroker every once in a while to see what he has to offer. I’m a level three (yeah, you probably think I stink), but it’s honestly not my fault ;). Textbroker is the content mill king and he shall forever be on the thrown.

As you can see this post is a little silly, but that’s because I’m in my personality writing mode. If you are serious about making money from home, then get to it. Your biggest critic will always be yourself (and your kids). But if you have the passion and desire, you can also have five ways to make money from home.

Way #6: Freelance Writing

Freelance writing is my go-to hustle for some extra cash. I love putting my wordsmith skills to work and getting paid for it. Whether it’s crafting blog posts, website content, or even ghostwriting, there’s always a demand for talented writers. Don’t undersell yourself though – charge what you’re worth and seek out clients who appreciate quality writing.

Way #7: Virtual Assisting

Virtual assisting is like being a superhero in the online world. From managing emails and calendars to conducting research and providing administrative support, there’s no shortage of tasks to tackle. Plus, the flexibility to work with multiple clients means there’s never a dull moment. Just remember to stay organized and keep those multitasking skills sharp!

Way #8: Online Surveys and Market Research

Turn those opinions into dollars by participating in online surveys and market research studies. Companies are always hungry for consumer insights, and you can get paid to share your thoughts on products, services, and trends. While not every survey pays big bucks, with a bit of patience and persistence, you can stack up those survey rewards and enjoy some extra spending money.

Way #9: Selling Handcrafted Goods

If you’re a creative soul with a knack for making unique handcrafted goods, why not turn your passion into profit? Whether it’s handmade jewelry, custom artwork, or homemade candles, there’s a market out there for your creations. Set up shop on platforms like Etsy or create your own website to showcase and sell your one-of-a-kind items. Remember, your creativity is your secret weapon!

Way #10: Online Tutoring or Teaching

Put your knowledge and expertise to good use by becoming an online tutor or teacher. Whether it’s academic subjects, language learning, or specialized skills, there’s a demand for online education. Platforms like VIPKid, Teachable, or Chegg Tutors connect you with students worldwide. Share your wisdom, help others learn, and earn money from the comfort of your home. It’s a win-win!

Till next time…

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June 11, 2012 at 9:07 am

Just like you I like to check TexBroker once in a while (I’m also a level 3). However, I’ve never had good luck with oDesk.

I also love mturk; sometimes I find HITs that pay quite well (usually they are HITs in Spanish).

Thanks for sharing! 🙂


June 11, 2012 at 9:26 am

Thank you! I will be doing some research on oDesk this week.. to try and find some more clients 😛

Leisa Good

June 11, 2012 at 9:23 am

Excellent post, Jess. And no, it is not “silly”. I love your style of writing. Nice use of humor and voice.

I also agree with you on oDesk. You do have to spend time looking, but there are jewels there. Just have to look, and you can use their search features to weed out some of the lesser paying jobs.

I keep saying I will try Textbroker one day. Heard a lot of good about it.

Thanks again for sharing.


June 11, 2012 at 9:27 am

Thanks Leisa–you always make me feel good about my writing ;). It was fun to let lose and write a little bit with my personality. I use their research features a lot!


Leisa Good

June 11, 2012 at 11:48 am

Sure, Jess. I also use the search features and have experimented with trying to set up a feed or alert on oDesk. Haven’t quite gotten it to work yet. has a wonderful feed that sends directly to my email account, so…

Ejay Buds

June 12, 2012 at 4:16 am

It’s hard to get cash in the field though. I created an account on ODESK and i have not got the chance to work for someone. I don’t always visit my account and i only applied twice. That might be the reason i think. Having a good online job as your additional income is such a good idea because of the benefits it can give you but it takes time as we always say, takes time and requires patience and effort. I might try to have a online job whenever i get a free time. Hopefully during weekends and i will let you know my top 5 ways to make money.


June 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Would love to get into social media management, Jess. Any tips? How did you get into it? ODesk is another one I wanna visit.