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How To Make Money Legally From Home

Surveys/Online Focus Groups

You can take online surveys at home whenever you want to. During work, over lunch or dinner, and when you have a free moment in the evening. Heads up: If any of the survey site asks you to pay, they are probably scams.

These are some sites to get you started:

Online focus groups are related to online surveys, sometimes, the same companies conduct them. Online focus groups require a lot more time and attention than online reviews. You generally have to join a panel and engage on a certain number of issues per week or month. Online focus groups are often more selective than online surveys. If you don’t meet specific demographic or income criteria, you may not qualify. Check this out for more info: Online Focus Groups

Starting A Blog/YouTube Videos​

Blogs/YouTube videos are one of the best ways to earn passive income, and you can also do this anymore in the world while traveling. It begins with an idea if it's not unique, then at least be sharper and more compelling than your competitors. Just make sure you know you are confident enough to talk about the subject, and you are good at writing.

The startup costs for blogs are minimal: Secure your domain name and hosting — only less than $5 per month from Bluehost. As your blog/YouTube videos grow in popularity, endorsement opportunities come. Join an associate network like Amazon Affiliate or Google AdSense, choose products to promote, and advertise them on your content site. Whenever someone reads your blog, article, or YouTube videos, you get paid.

Selling Your Photos

Are you a reliable amateur photographer? Start with a stock photography app/site like Foap. When you sell your photo, you automatically profit because Foap does most of the work, you’ll split the profit 50-50.

Turn your photos into cash on sites like Fine Art America, which you can upload your images to t-shirts, prints, and more. Other marketplaces for photographers include SmugMug, 500px, and PhotoShelter. Some sites may require a subscription but may provide more features ranging from cloud storage to password-protected galleries and a customized website.

Want to go even bigger? Upload high-quality images to Shutterstock, one of the more popular stock photography sites. Each time you sell your photo or video, you pocket up to 30% of the sale price and while retaining the copyright.


You can make up to $64/hour. You don’t have to be an accountant or great at MATH to be a thriving bookkeeper. As long as you’re willing to put in the work, a company called Bookkeeper Launch will teach you everything you need to know in bookkeeping. It’s one of the leading training courses in the field, and they even give you the first three classes for free. It’s helped thousands of people launch their mini-businesses.

Online Tutoring

Online Tutoring can be anything, any skill you have that you are comfortable to teach. Examples are instruments, languages, and academics like MATH, Science, English/Writing, etc. As long as you know how to explain it and someone wants to learn it, then you got yourself a gig. Online Tutoring varies tho, like one on one or a group class.

These websites can provide resources for entering into the online tutoring space:

Selling Lesson Plans

You don’t need experience or a degree to make lesson plans. Like any other passive income-generating activity, you do the work once and receive checks. Creating lesson plans does take an upfront investment of time. Take whatever skill you have/you know, and find a way to build a course around it. If people want to learn what you have to teach, you can create a potential money-making lesson plan at home.

You can go to sites like:


You can operate as a freelancer in just about any industry. Are you a stay at home mom with an English degree or a guy who naturally can find mistakes in written text? You can do everything from writing, design, graphics, marketing, and web programming jobs from huge and trustworthy sites like:

Pick your payment on a per-project basis. Get an excellent reputation, and you can turn this into a full-time job. No matter what kind of freelancing you do, keep track of the going rate for the type of work you provide so you know if you’re charging too much or too little.


If you have sick handwriting skills and a set of calligraphy tools, do hand lettering for invitation cards, wedding cards, and other stationery. Use your favorite font combinations and start with your calligraphy adventure. You could make $2 - $5 per pop if you are a talented calligraphy writer. It sounds little, but book a wedding with 100 guests, and you could rake in $200 or more for handwritten invites. Launch your website to sell your services by Wix, or offer calligraphy through Etsy Calligraphy.

Virtual Assistant

You can work for someone from home. Virtual assistants can do everything from checking emails and making travel plans to handling internet research or working for their small business. If you're organized and can efficiently manage your time, then becoming a virtual assistant is going to be easy for you to get into the digital services industry. You can efficiently perform these duties as a remote worker no matter where you live.

Some reputable sites:

You'll need practical communication skills and fluency in English and popular web and business software applications.

Stock Investing

It's no secret that investing can be a smart way to make money as long as you study the stock market first. If you feel like you don't have enough money to start investing, trust me, you're not alone. But don't be dismayed! You don't need that much. If you've got $5, $100, or $800 to spare, you can start investing with Robinhood. Investing beginners and pros love it because it doesn't charge commission fees, and you can buy and sell stocks for free, no limits. Also, it is straightforward to use. When you download the app and put capital in your account, Robinhood gives you a share of free stock into your account. It's random so that you can get any stock anywhere from $5 to $500—an added stock to help you build your investments.

Stash is another different app for stock investing. This app will let you start investing with as little as $5 and for just a $1 monthly fee for balances under $5,000. You just choose from a set of simple portfolios reflecting your beliefs, interests, and goals. Just remember when you invest in a company, do your research first.

Online Business

Starting an online business could be anything. Thinking of an idea for a product or service, then executing that idea and selling it, for example, making masks, making jewelry, sports equipment and buying used things and reselling them. You can use sites like: Amazon, Ebay, Shopify or creating your own eCommerce site from Wix.

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