We appreciate you letting us include an affiliate link in this post.
Who couldn’t use some extra money? Exactly. We all could. But instead of getting a second job, have you considered making extra money from home?
Not only is it much more convenient (and comfortable), it’s also perfect for retirees, stay-at-home parents or people with disabilities.
Whatever your situation, we’ve rounded up four of the most legitimate ways we’ve found to make money from home.
The best part? You can earn up to $60 an hour.
1. Earn up to $60/Hour to Help Small Business Owners
The job: Working as a virtual bookkeeper is one of the best ways to make serious money from home. Ben Robinson is a certified public accountant and business owner who teaches others to become virtual bookkeepers through his online course, Bookkeeper Business Launch. He says it’s a great way to work remotely and help others succeed at the same time.
Requirements: You don’t need to be a professional accountant to be good at this. In fact, all you really need are decent computer skills and a knack for helping business owners tackle real-world problems.
Average earnings: The average full-time bookkeeper earns nearly $40,000 per year (almost $19/hour), according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But Robinson points out that as a freelancer or contractor, you can actually earn a higher hourly rate while working fewer hours. He says to aim for $60 an hour.
How to get started: Check out Bookkeeper Business Launch to see if the career is right for you.
2. This Research Company Will Pay You up to $225/Month to Watch Videos
The job: Getting paid to watch videos on your computer sounds too good to be true, right? But it’s legit. A website called InboxDollars will pay you to watch short video clips online. It could be anything from pop-culture videos to cooking tutorials.
Requirements: There are no special requirements to get started; just be willing to watch video clips.
Average earnings: You can earn up to $225 a month watching videos (and answering questions about them) from home. Plus, InboxDollars pays you in cash — no points or gift cards. It’s already paid its users more than $56 million.
How to get started: All you have to do is sign up (it takes about one minute), choose which videos you want to watch and answer a few quick questions about them afterward. And you’ll immediately get a $5 bonus to get you started.
3. Play Free Scratch-off Tickets
The job: No, we’re not talking about the ones from the gas station. We all know that’s not the best use of your money. Instead, try playing for free using an app called Lucktastic. Each day, it releases a new collection of digital scratch-off tickets.
Requirements: There are no specific requirements to play, but remember the app is supported by advertising, which allows it to keep the payouts high and the games free.
Average earnings: There’s no guaranteed money, but at least it’s free to play. Lucktastic says instant wins range from $1 to $10,000 in cash or gift cards to popular retailers. And hey, somebody’s gotta win.
We talked to single dad Oneil Campbell, from Boston, who won a $5,000 Lucktastic prize.
“I didn’t see that one coming,” he said. “I really didn’t. This is something good that happened to me at the right time — when I can really use it.”
How to get started: Just download its free app and start playing.
4. Earn Money to Invite People Over
The job: We get it. Your home is your sanctuary. Some days, you don’t even want to have your own family over — let alone people you don’t know.
So, the idea of listing your place on Airbnb is daunting for a lot of folks. But if you’re willing to share your space with guests — even for just a few days — we’ve found it’s one of the best ways to earn extra income.
Requirements: Hosting laws vary from city to city. Please understand the rules and regulations applicable to your city and listing. You’ll want to do some research and make your space available during high-demand times in your area. Think concerts, conventions and sporting events.
Be a good host and make sure your place is stocked with the toiletries you’d expect at a hotel — toilet paper, soap and towels.
It also helps to be personable. A lot of travelers turn to Airbnb for the personal touch they won’t find at commercial properties.
Average earnings: Use Airbnb’s price calculator to see how much money you could make in your area.
We talked to one woman, Tonya Peters, of Denver, Colorado. She wanted to list her basement apartment on Airbnb, but she says her husband, Miles Rugh, was skeptical at first. He wasn’t keen on welcoming strangers into their place.
Finally, though, he agreed to give it a try. Now, three years later, the couple has hosted too many guests to count. And the extra income has been a great for them. They plan to use it for some home renovations they’ve been wanting.
“He’s definitely changed his tune,” says Peters, now an Airbnb Superhost. “And he loves having the extra income.”
How to get started: Sign up to be a host on Airbnb’s website. It will walk you through the steps to get started and point out anything you need to know in your area.
This story was originally published at The Penny Hoarder.