Make Money At Home: 10 Ways To Make An Extra $1,000 Each Month

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In a pinch and need a little extra cash? Looking for ways to make money at home?

Looking for ways to make extra money from home? Here are ten ways to make at least $1,000 extra cash this month. There is something for everyone on this list!You are not alone.

In fact, Google logs nearly 250,000,000 (that’s 250 million) searches each year by people just like you.

Below I’ll share with you 10 easy ways to make money at home (including my own personal experience and a pivotal lesson that I learned along the way).

Whether you're a broke college student who needs a little extra spending cash, or you’re actually an adult now and looking to eliminate credit card debt or increase savings, most of us could benefit from a little more take home pay each month.

And whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, our financial situations have an enormous impact on almost every facet of our lives. The misuse of money can have devastating effects on our collective mental, social and emotional health.

Being short on cash often means being late on a utility bill, foregoing holiday gifts for a loved one, or missing out on activities with friends.

Worse yet, some of us continue to spend and rack up debt.

Even a few hundred dollars is often the difference between making it till the end of the month…and falling flat on your face.

If you feel like you are a part of this group, there is good news- we live in a pretty incredible age.

The advent of the internet makes earning money from home a legitimate option for those of us who could use a little extra cash. From getting paid to do online surveys, to opening an online store, to becoming a freelance writer, there are hundreds of ways to make money at home.

Choosing Where to Start

I wasn’t kidding when I said there are hundreds of ways to make money at home.

Some more bizarre than others (such as selling your hair to the tune of +$200).

But if I were to make just one recommendation for you to take to heart, it would be to get involved in something you love.

Something you’re passionate about doing.

If you’re going to be doing something to make money at home on top of your 9-5 (when you’re already tired from a day’s work), it had better something you really enjoy.

I speak from experience because I was straight broke during my early years in college. Being poor was all the motivation I needed to start looking into ways to make money at home (or a dorm room).

Enjoying What You Do Matters

It was fairly sobering to watch the nearly $20,000 I had saved from working all the way through high school (I was a savings beast), disappear nearly overnight when it came to paying for my degree from Virginia Tech.

As an irrational twenty-something (at the time), I turned to online poker as a way to make money at home (specifically, Texas Hold'em). As foolish as that may have been then, it worked out for me.

(I would NOT recommend this avenue to anyone now 😯 ).

I was gifted with an analytical mind and spent over 7+ years learning how to approach the game from a logic/math based skill-set.

I was fortunate enough to amass earnings just shy of 6-figures and all that ultimately helped me pay off much of my student loans and start building my savings (modest when compared to many professional players but still a big deal to me at the time!).

The reason it worked for me is because I loved studying it.

I credit it as the foundation of my interest in investing (a much more logical and risk-averse method to building wealth 😉 ).

For those of you who are probably wondering, I still play occasionally for fun but the landscape has changed dramatically over the years making it much more difficult to earn money.

That being said, and without further ado, I’ll share some ways that you too can make money at home.

10 Ways To Make An Extra $1,000 Each Month

1) Get paid to do online surveys

Until a few months ago, I had never heard of paid surveys. Sure enough, they are real…and they can net you hundreds of dollars each month.

Users are usually notified by email when a qualifying survey is available. As such, I recommend signing up for multiple survey sites so you’re eligible for as many surveys as possible.

You won’t earn a living from it, as most surveys pay less than $5, but you can easily earn upwards of $100/month by mindlessly mashing buttons while you watch Netflix. Some even give you a free $5 (or more) just for signing and it's hard to beat that!

Make money from home online with paid surveys:


Take paid surveys with Swagbucks and make money at home the easy way.Swagbucks – Perhaps the most well-known and trusted of all the survey sites, users earn “Swagbucks” (also known as SB’s) for each survey they complete. Swagbucks even gives you a FREE $5 as an incentive just for signing up.

Sign up for Swagbucks and claim your FREE $5 here.


Make money from home online with Survey Junkie; give your opinion on things and get paid for it!Survey Junkie – Survey Junkie works much in the same way that Swagbucks does. All you have to do is sign up to be eligible for surveys. Once you complete a survey you earn a certain amount of points that you can exchange for cash paid directly to a PayPal account or you can redeem your points for gift cards. Super simple.

Sign up for Survey Junkie and get started making money today!


Vindale Research – Vindale Research asks for information about you that they can match you with fitting surveys. At up to $50 a pop for some surveys, and a free $2 just for signing up, it pays to check in daily to see which ones are available to you. Cashouts are through PayPal.

Sign up for Vindale Research and claim your FREE $2 here.


Making money on the internet is easy with VIP Voice! It is one of the easiest real ways to make money from home out there. VIP Voice – You use the points you get from completing surveys to enter into sweepstakes and auctions for great rewards. Prizes include vacations, electronics, appliances, and much more.

Get entered into a $1,000 sweepstakes just for signing up.


survey club paid surveysSurvey Club – Participate in latest & highest paying research, product test, focus groups, clinical trials, and survey opportunities. Get paid each time you take part in a paid research study (deposited directly to your PayPal account).

Sign up at Survey Club and get started for FREE today.


earning station paid survey EarningStation – Earn points by taking surveys, shopping online, watching videos and signing up for great products. Redeem your points for gift cards to your favorite stores like Amazon and Walmart.

Sign up at EarningStation and get started for FREE today.


make money from homeMyPoints rewards members when they shop online, take surveys, play games, watch videos and more. Similar to Swagbucks, plus they give you a $5 gift card for free after signing up.

Sign up for MyPoints and claim your FREE $5 here.


Other survey sites to help you make money at home:


harris poll online paid surveysHarris Poll Online – Start to earn “HIpoints” by taking surveys online. Redeem your points for rewards whenever you meet their cash-out thresholds.

Note: HPO periodically shuts down registration to new members (thus the link may not work at times).

Sign up for Harris Poll Online for FREE today and get eligible to win $10,000.


PanelPlace – Much like the others, PanelPlace offers a platform where you can get paid to give your opinion. They act as a liaison between you and marketing companies and send you paid surveys that you complete and redeem for cash or gift cards.

Sign up for PanelPlace FREE here.


 
There are dozens of other survey sites out there. These just happen to be the more well-known ones that have a reputation for paying out in a timely manner/not having impossible standards for cashing out. As always, be careful with your personal information. I recommend using an entirely separate email address for survey sites so you don’t clutter your inbox.

2) Start a Blog

Like I said earlier- do something you love. If you happen to be even a half-decent writer (you can’t be as bad as me), you can do what you love and make money simply by writing about it. VTX Capital uses a blog as a way to disseminate information about investing. You can be a source of information as well (or simply amusement) for just about anything that interests you.

And you can make money by doing it.

A lot of money. We make over $10,000 each month from our blog and we started less than 2 years ago.

Pick a niche that interests you. Whether it be a lifestyle oriented blog where you talk about home decor, the newest trends in dress, celebrity gossip, a sports forum, or even a place to share your love for cooking.

You can start a blog and write about it. Turn your passion into a business and run with it.

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Seriously, check out these bloggers that are all pulling in over $20,000 each MONTH (some more than $100,000 a month!).

  • Michelle @ Making Sense of Cents – over $168,000 in February alone!
  • Holly @ Club Thrifty – over $22,000 on her last report!
  • Rosemarie @ The Busy Budgeter – over $86,000 in her most recent report!

How? Because they’re motivated entrepreneurs who let nothing get in their way of learning how to make money at home.

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We also have a blogging course where we teach you the tips and tricks we use to get nearly 200,000 page-views a month to our blogs.

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3. List an extra room in your house on Airbnb

Have an extra room in your house? Going to be gone for a week and are looking to make some serious dough?

Literally make money FROM your home!

Believe it or not this is seriously the easiest way ever to pull in hundreds (even thousands) of extra dollars per month. Most of it involves very little or no work on your end and there is almost 0 overhead to get started.

This is something that not nearly enough people are taking advantage of. If you own a home, consider putting a room (or the whole place) on Airbnb.

Here’s how it works:

Create a listing my filling out a description, taking  and uploading photos, and setting a price. Your listing helps guests get a sense of what your place is like.

Then, you set the availability and house rules for your listing. Once your listing is live, guests can book their stay at your home, and you start earning money.

To up the “trust” factor for both the host and the guests, Airbnb does require some verification information, including phone numbers. After a visit, everyone gets the chance to write a review. Reviews keep guest accountable for treating hosts and their homes with respect, and helps ensure hosts make their space as welcoming as possible.

Learn more about how you can make money as an Airbnb host here.

4) Become a freelance writer

Along the same lines as starting your own blog, if you haven’t gathered by now, writing quality content for viewers is worth a lot of money. To the tune of several hundred dollars for a 3-4 page article.

If you’re still reading THIS article at this point (just over 1500 words to here), odds are someone would have paid you over $100 for something of similar (or hopefully better) quality.

The better you are at writing, the more your content is worth. Even part time freelance work can add thousands to your monthly income.

Update:  Already a writer? Write for us! We accept guest submissions and even pay writers who are interested in a continuous commitment.

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5) Install a few cell phone apps…or allow ads on your phone

Yes, companies will pay you to install apps (or place ads) on your cell phone and leave them there. These apps often run in the background and track your spending/purchasing habits but if you’re not one to really care who knows what groceries you’re buying that week then this is seriously the easiest way to make upwards of $300+/year for no reason.

Smart Panel – Some survey sites pay you $5 just for signing up. Smart Panel pays you $15 just for installing their app and keeping it 2 months. Better yet, you get an additional $5 every single month you keep it installed + a loyalty bonus every 3 months. It’s hard to turn down free money and merely installing an app is about as easy as it gets.

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Ben Huber

Co-Founder at VTX Capital, LLC.
Ben is an avid market enthusiast who serves VTX Capital, LLC. in an advisory and support role. He works behind the scenes managing the technical components that allow us to bring you the latest in investment education via an online platform.

His areas of expertise include CMS Support, Social Media Branding, Marketing and Advertising. In addition, Ben takes an active role in investment research and portfolio management.

He currently holds a BS from Virginia Tech and a BSN from Western Governor's University.
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31 comments

  1. This is a great list Ben! It’s awesome to promote so many different ideas – and ones people can do from home. I never heard of the Google Screenwise app before. Kind of creepy – but I guess we are tracked all the time – maybe it’s time to get paid for it!

  2. Great list! I just monetized my blog a couple of weeks ago.It’s definitely not a “get rich quick” option, but the more you put in, the more you will get out.

    Do you have any poker tips that you would want to share? I’ll be going to Vegas for the first time in a couple months and I can’t stop thinking that money I have set aside for gambling would be put to better use investing. (I’m sure it would, but its Vegas and I don’t want to visit and not gamble.)

    1. Hey Paige,

      That’s such a hard question! My biggest piece of advice to anyone is don’t gamble with money you can’t afford to lose 🙂 It’s okay to have fun – set a budget for what you think is a responsible entertainment budget and don’t exceed it!

      As far as Poker goes (at least for Texas Hold’em), I’d recommend sitting at a low stakes table (1/2 no-limit is the lowest most places have) and merely being observant/make casual conversation at the table for a while until you feel comfortable. If you’ve never played, just tell the dealer and they’ll be happy to help you out (most players will notice if you haven’t played before anyways so you’re not really at a loss there). Just play “tight” (a small range of strong starting hands) and that’s a pretty good place to start!

      Sorry if this is all to rudimentary of an explanation for you – tough to know where your game is at from here 🙂

      Good luck, have fun and be smart!

      Ben

  3. I wish I had your natural talent for numbers, my poker skills are not quite so good! You’re right about being lazy investing, I keep putting it off, but after the news I’ve had about my ISA it’s all the motivation I need to start learning! Some great new ideas to make money online here too, thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks Ben for the good read. It looks like you guys at vtx have a special thing going. Keep it up. Like the new upgrades on the site as well!

  5. What an insanely useful article! Thanks. I’ve heard about Swagbucks for awhile, but I think this is finally the impetus for me to try it. I would also add that a great thing to do is find underpriced things at thrift stores or on the street (ex. furniture) and turn it around on Ebay or Craigslist. I’ve sold a few things this way.

  6. Thank you so much Ben! I appreciate this so much as I’m a business owner but my business is seasonal and seriously need something that will work with my life plans. This is awesome and can’t wait to get started.

  7. Thank you so much for this blog! I’m a manager at chick-fil-a and just do not get paid enough to make it through life. I am getting ready get married next year and have begun to worrie about finances. My dream is publish my own book but in the mean time I have decided to start a blog and this has really helped.

  8. Thank you! Great ideas on different ways to make money from home. I was thinking of selilng stuff in amazon or eBay and probably working as a virtual assistant could be one.

  9. Great read, always looking for extra ways to be more efficient around the office. 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 Toner Connect and was impressed. They had quick service and that payout was nice.

  10. Great tips! I was lucky to live with a blogger making decent money before I started my own. If you know the right products/services to promote and how to find sponsored post opportunities, you can make hundreds in your first few months, and it just snowballs from there

  11. There are also shopping apps like ibotta, MobiSave, and checkout 21 that give you money back for shopping. And the Walmart app has a savings catcher feature where you take a picture of the barcode or upc at the bottom of your receipt and they search all surrounding store and if a lower price is found they give you the difference back. I have made about 50 bucks total from this app and 20-30 from things like ibotta.

  12. I have been really disappointed with the survey gig. They underestimate the time they take to complete by like a third and often I find myself spending 10 minutes in what seems like a survey only to find out it’s a pre-survey qualifier, where it feels like I’m giving them so much personal information that I ought to be paid, but at the end of it I’m told I don’t qualify but the award like the equivalent of a penny or two to thank you for your time.

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