How to Make Money from Home

How to Make Money from Home

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06 Nov 2019

Working from home – that’s the dream, isn’t it? But how easy is it to actually make money at home sitting in your slippers? We’ve researched all the best ways to boost your income from your home business. Whether you want to launch a full-time freelance service or earn a little extra in your spare time, here are the top ways to make money from home.


  1. Submit Letters and Photos to Magazines

    A great little side hustle to help get you from payday to payday has to be contributing to magazines. For example, Reader’s Digest has £50 up for grabs for a star letter, or £30 for other featured letters, anecdotes, and jokes, whereas What’s On TV pay £10 per letter or £25 per star letter if you fancy a rant about TV!
  2. Buy and Sell Old Clothes

    If you have a lot of old clothes that you don’t want anymore but are perfectly useable, why not sell them online? Go down a traditional route like eBay or Depop, or sell for free on Facebook marketplace.

    To make a fully-fledged business out of this, get visiting vintage cloth shops, charity shops, and car boot sales to find some bargains to sell on.
  3. Sell Personalised Gifts

    If you’re a creative, crafty person, why not use your skills to create your own unique gifts? The personalised gift market is huge and only getting bigger, making it a fantastic space to start your own business. The beauty of this is you can work as flexibly as you like – do it part-time at the weekends, or make it your full-time job. 

    And with the number of worldwide social network users set to reach over 3 billion by 2021, now’s the perfect time to start reaching out to customers globally through social media marketing.
  4. Start a Blog

    If you have a talent for writing, monetizing your blog is a great way to earn a little extra income on the side. Whether it’s a film review blog, a recipe blog or a business advice blog, there are plenty of ways you can make money from them. If you build up enough traffic you can sell ad space, include affiliate links in the blog or post sponsored content, or even sell a digital product like an eBook or webinar! 
  5. Rent Out a Room

    Got a spare room in your house? You can rent it out on Airbnb! Or, if you want to develop this into a full-time job, you can rent out apartments or houses through the site as a host. The best bit about this business idea is that it won’t cost you a penny – you can list your room or property on Airbnb for free, then choose your booking requirements and rates.
  6. Become an Online Tutor

    There’s nothing quite as rewarding as teaching. Even if you have little to no teaching experience, as long as you have enough knowledge in a subject online tutoring is a fantastic way to make some extra cash. With Tutorful, you can become an online tutor, set your hourly rate and book online sessions in with students in your chosen subject – and it’s completely free to set up an account!
  7. Website or App Testing

    Another way of making money online is to become a tester for websites and apps. With, all you need is access to the internet, a microphone and the ability to speak your thoughts out loud in English while testing different websites. Open to UK users too, you’ll get $10 per 20-minute video, depending on the quality (i.e. the detail you go into) of your review. Some examples of businesses that use this site to help test their websites include the New York Times, The Huffington Post and Wikipedia.
  8. Writing, Editing, and Proofreading

    You’ve always been told you’ve got a way with words, so why aren’t you making any money through your writing? Freelance writers can earn as much or even more than writers working for a company or creative agency because there’s always a high demand for content. You can find job listings for proofreading, writing and editing on sites like, or
  9. Online Freelance Opportunities

    Writing isn’t the only freelance opportunity if you’ve got the right skills. Websites like Fiverr are perfect for designers, digital marketers, programmers and developers, bloggers, translators, illustrators and more and this example is a fantastic, trustworthy place to find job listings in many creative areas. There are currently over 200 categories of services you can offer, so why not market your skills now?
  10. Make Money with Your Driveway

    Depending on your location and the demand its in, you can rent out your driveway to visitors or motorists who are looking for a cheaper alternative to pricey carparks using sites like JustPark and YourParkingSpace. It’s free to register your space and you set the rate! Average earnings from this money-making method range from £50 to £300 a month.


Ready to start earning money from home with these business ideas? There’s an option for full time work or your next side hustle! Take the next step and find out how to start a small business from home now.


About the Author

Hi, I’m Ally and I’m instantprint’s PR Lead. I enjoy writing content to help small businesses succeed and inspire them to get creative with their print marketing.