5 Easy Ways to Make Money at Home Legitimately

by Ron P on December 22, 2011

in Work From Home Tips


A lot of people are hurting for work in today's economy. Either they have lost their jobs, or their pay has been cut in other ways. Whatever the reason, people are looking for different ways to make money at home. But, because money is tight, they need ideas that won't cost a lot of money, or are free to start. If there isn't a lot of knowledge required, then that's a plus, too. Before starting any business, be sure you know your local ordinances about home-based businesses. Here are five simple ways to make money at home legitimately.

1. Tutoring – Were you good at certain subjects in school? If you still have an interest in them, have good organizational skills and patient when explaining things, then being a tutor is a good way to pick up some extra money. And you can tutor all year long. During the school year, students will want to keep their grades up. During the summer, parents will want to keep their kids from getting rusty. Get the word out that you are offering tutoring; mention what subjects and what grade levels you can help. You can charge by the hour or by the session, whichever you prefer.

2. Laundry service – This is one of those services that people really enjoy having. The usual alternative is sending everything to the dry cleaners, and that can get expensive. Of course, if your customers have dry clean only clothes you can take them to the cleaners and add a service fee for doing so. Other than that, you should read and follow any fabric care instructions printed on the labels. Yes, this can be a bit labor intensive for some people, but it's up to you how many people you want to service at any given time. You can charge a flat fee for washing and drying, and extra for ironing and folding (which most customers will take).

3. Detailing automobiles. If you have an eye for "detail" and like cars, then this is a good choice. You simply clean every nook and cranny of the vehicle's interior, and wash the outside. You can add on different services, such as waxing, buffing out small scratches and paint touch up for extra income. Remember, you are dealing with people's cars, so be sure you know what you're doing first. Oh, and you will have to make sure your vehicles are always spotless, as people will look at them to see how good you are at what you do.


4. Child care – If you like kids and can put up with their shenanigans, then child care can add a nice chunk of change to your bank account. Again, make sure you know the laws in your area. Many jurisdictions have a limit as to how many kids you can watch before you need a license. You can get a license if you want, but be aware that you will have to follow a lot of rules. Of course, having that license means you will be able to charge more, too.

5. Computer help – You don't have to know everything about computers to be able to help people with basic computer problems. If you can do relatively simple things like back-up files, transfer photos, install software or defragment a hard drive, then you will have plenty of customers looking to use your services. When you run up against a problem that is beyond your ability you can refer your customers to a local computer shop. Be sure to set up an arrangement with the computer shop for any referrals you send their way.

The above ways to make money at home are only a few of the options available to you. Whatever your reasons are for wanting to earn extra money, you can do it. The best part is that you don't need a lot of money or skill to get started.




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