For many, working from home is more about a lifestyle than it is about a calling. Some who work from home are bloggers who love writing and would never dream of pursuing any other career, others just prefer the convenience of working at home whatever the work itself may be.
If you fall into this second group, or if you’re in the first and would just like a little extra cash on hand, here are some second (and third) job ideas that you can pursue in your downtime:
1. Start an Etsy Shop
Just about any artsy thing you can think of, you can turn it into a business on Etsy. From drawing and knitting to custom-made toys and dolls, Etsy is a great place to explore your artsy side. The best thing about Etsy is the sheer volume and the variety of things that you can sell.
It really is a place where you can sell just about any kind of artwork you can think of. There are people who sell scanned, high quality prints of old posters, shirts, coffee mugs, paintings, and literally everything in between.
It’s also great because it is open to people around the world, even though it is most popular with American artists. You can set your own prices and all of the money from your sold items goes directly to you. It’s also a great place to network with people who have similar interests and deal with the same type of art.
The search functions and categories are also great, which makes it easy for people to find your art. You can tag the subject matter of your art, the format, and anything else that will help people to find your work.
For example, if you are selling paintings of rabbits, you simply tag your work with those tags and it makes your artwork very easy to find. It’s also great for getting inspired as well. If you don’t have any new art ideas, you can send some time searching Etsy and just wandering around the site to find some great art that might inspire some of your next works.
It’s a great community full of very creative people and anytime you visit the site and spends some time on it, you’ll be sure to be inspired.
2. Get into Retail
Retail doesn’t have to mean buying thousands of dollars in wholesale goods and opening a store. You can buy overstock cigarette lighters to sell at flea markets or scoop up seasonal products to pitch on eBay when they disappear from store shelves.
Thanks to the Internet, there is literally a market for everything, and the only thing that is holding you back is your own creativity. As long as you have some type of idea, you will probably be able to find a retail niche for it if you put in some time and effort. It can be small at first, and if it catches on, any idea can turn into a full-fledged business. You can look around the house to get ideas, and no idea is too small or too big for retail.
A lot of people wrongly assume that you need a huge budget in order to get into retail, but that isn’t the case any longer. Since you can sell just about anything from the Internet, your expenses are reduced drastically.
There is no need to rent a store or start your own company in order to get into retail anymore. You can do all of it from your house, and if you aren’t starting big, there really isn’t a need to invest a lot of money into the job immediately. And since you don’t have to simply rely on your local community and opening a store in your part of the world, you have a larger consumer base than ever.
Whatever you are selling, you have the option of getting consumers from all over the world interested in your products. And that is why it is such a good idea for would-be freelancers.
3. Start a Repair Shop
If you know a little something about fixing iPhone and blenders, why not put an ad in the local Craigslist and see if you get any hits? This is yet another idea that is great because it covers a wide range of things.
Are you really good at fixing up clothes, tailoring and stitching together holes in garments? You could start that type of a business. It doesn’t have to be on a big scale, either
. If you are good at repairing all types of smartphones, you can start a great business. Certainly, you won’t be directly competing with big companies, but that’s what makes it better. You can find a niche, and there are certainly people who would rather trust their repairs to a person that is working on everything personally, than to a big corporation.
This way, you can not only charge significantly less, but you can repair things faster than most large stores and you can have better customer service as well, since you aren’t dealing with repairs in bulk.
Now more than ever, people are looking for small stores and services so that they don’t have to rely on big companies. It is a niche that is always growing, and no matter what type of repair work you are doing, it shouldn’t be too hard to find a customer base if you are doing a good job.
Also, it can be something that not many large companies offer – it’s important to find what you are good at and determine how you will be able to offer it. Are you English major and would have an easy time sprucing up a customer’s research paper for some compensation?
That could be a great business idea as well.
4. Deliver the Goods
It’s midnight, you’re hungry, and you don’t feel like driving to the all night burger place for a snack. This is where local delivery services come in. This is a great business idea for people looking to freelance that has its good side and bad sides. The good side is that it is something that you is always needed.
People today, thanks to the Internet and many other things, are all about instant gratification. And they are also willing to pay for it. If people want to eat McDonalds and don’t feel like leaving their homes, they will find a way to get the food to them, and they are willing to pay for it. And that is why being a delivery person will always be a good career decision with lots of potential.
Another good thing about it is that you can work locally and always be close to home. You are performing a service for your community, and you don’t have to leave it in order to get paid.
On the other hand, it is a pretty trying professional. The biggest part of the job is that you have to be available at all times. People will want things delivery in the most inconvenient hours and you are going to have to be able to meet those needs if you want to be successful.
So you can’t really be planning days for yourself, if you are going to freelance as a delivery person. Sure, you can have a couple of people working with you, which will give you your free time. However, when you are on shift, expect the unexpected and always be ready to go out and earn your money whenever a customer calls.
5. Build Custom PCs
If you want a powerful home computer, you can spend good eight hundred, twelve hundred bucks, or you can spend about half that and build it yourself. Many are intimidated by the prospect of picking out the parts and building a custom PC, but if you know it’s done, you can do this for them for a fee.
If you are handy with computers, then this really could be a goldmine. Computers are important to everyone today, and just about everyone needs one or has one. But not everyone is very well-versed in computers and what they actually need. So basically, it’s not just a job about putting together parts, it’s a job that involves expert consultations of sorts.
For example, you meet with your client and the client tells you what they need out of their computer. What type of programs do they use most? Do they play video games? Are they music producers? What is their budget?
You get all of those facts together, and then you come up with the components that you need and a price for your services. When you tally it up, it will definitely still be less expensive for them to have you build it than to buy it at a regular retailer, and that is why the job is so great.
Not only are the customers paying less, but they are also receiving very personalized service and getting a computer that is tailored to their needs exactly. If you have built many computers for yourself and you still do it for friends and family, there’s no reason not to turn it into a business and build for a customer base.
6. Walking the Dog
If you love animals, walking dogs and petsitting can earn you some serious income. This has been a good freelance job since forever. It’s probably an even older profession than the paper route.
And it has survived, because there are always going to be pets that need walking. To a lot of people who own dogs, it’s the walking that doesn’t really appeal to them. This is the worst part of owning a dog, and there are many people who are willing to pay someone else to do it. Also, there are a lot of elderly people who have pets, but are not well enough to take long walks with their dogs.
Not to mention that many people need these types of services when they are on a business trip or out of town on a vacation. As long as people have pets, this will be a great way for people to earn money.
Of course, you are going to have to really like dogs in order to work this job. You are probably going to get your taste of problematic dogs that won’t listen and it’s not always going to be the easiest job. But it is definitely still a job that has a lot of earning potential.
If you just need a summer job to get some money for the fall while freelancing, this is perfect. Summer is the time when people need someone to take care of their pets most, and that’s where you can make your living.
If you get really good at it, you can even open your own pet hotel where people can leave their pets when they need to and pick them up when they get back.
7. Home Gardening
Some areas have laws that restrict selling homegrown food, but most don’t. See about raising veggies or even livestock in your backyard and selling it at the local farmer’s market. This is something that you should definitely look into if you really like to garden.
The reason is that the organic foods market is really big now, and there are many people that are making a lot of money by selling their organically grown food either online or locally.
The market for this has never been better. And not only can you sell the stuff that you grow by yourself, you can also garden for others. This is another great opportunity if this is what you like doing.
A lot of people out there would like to grow their own food, but either don’t have the time or the know how to do it correctly. And you can do it for them for a good chunk of change. As everyone knows, people are worried about what they are eating now more than ever.
There is the big GMO scare and many other things that are making people seek out organically grown foods. And best of all for you, most of these people are willing to pay premium prices for these foods. It’s a perfect way to make a great living if you have the yard space to grow a lot of food and supply your community. You don’t even have to sell the food yourself.
You can sell it off to a local market or food store and let them sell it for you. There are tons of opportunities in this industry currently and there are no signs that the popularity of organic foods is waning at all.
8. Auto Flipping
If you know your way around auto repair, you can pick up junkers on Craigslist and eBay and resell them at a markup. This is such a popular job these days that there are even television shows that are based around this profession. If you have ever seen the show Counting Cars on the History Channel, then you know what this is all about.
People who have a way with cars can always make money. There is a huge market of people who have money and want to own old cars that run like they are new. If you are good at it, you can buy old used cars and then turn them into the dream cars that people are willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars for, and even more.
There are many people that buy projects and never have the time to finish them because of other obligations. A lot of these people decided that they will never have time to fix up a car on their own, and then realize that they should just pay someone else to do it, because they want to drive their dream cars today. And you could be that person.
Of course, it is a full-time job, and you will probably even need a team to really get going. But you can always start small and do it all yourself in your own driveway or garage.
You can take small jobs at first, maybe make decent cars spectacular, and show them to people. It has been shown that people who have a lot of money love buying cars. And that is why it’s a good profession, because you are supplying people who have the money to spend. Make that money land in your pocket.
9. App Design
You don’t need to be a genius to build an app. It’s easy to find programmers on the web willing to help you put your ideas into action. If you have a great idea, you will be sure to find someone who wants to come along on the ride.
And in the end, even if you have just a little bit of programming experience, it won’t be hard for you to get a handle of app design and development. However, there really is nothing to worry about when it comes to finding people to work on it with you – the real big issue is finding a great idea that people are going to work on.
There are many companies that are willing to put a lot of money behind a good app idea, because mobile apps have become so profitable lately. So if you feel that you have a really good idea, take the time to present the project to big tech companies and ask for some funding for the job.
It is a process that has worked for many. Creating apps is a job of the future and it is definitely here to stay. This is the technology that the future is going to rely on most. People are always looking to find solutions that will enable others to do more and more from their mobile devices and that is why apps are so popular.
So if you have the idea, try to find some freelancers online who are willing to work for cheap and start designing and creating your create app today. This type of job is not going to go out of style any time soon, if ever.
10. Odd Jobs
At sites like Fiverr, you can do just about anything for a flat five dollar fee. It’s hard to get rich at those rates, but it’s easy to have some fun and make a few bucks while you’re at it. There are plenty of sites like this, depending on what you are good at.
Fiverr is a good example because there are a huge variety of jobs that you can perform. If you have a good speaking voice, you can get five bucks to simply record some dialogue for a how-to video on YouTube, and that is just one example of thousands.
There are also sites like Textbroker out there as well. If you are good at writing, you can head over there and make some fast money by writing content for people. These sites are good because there is no pressure. You do not have an assignment that you need to finish.
If you feel like you have some extra time, you can go to these sites, see if there is a job out there that sounds interesting to you, and then take the job if you have the time to do it. There are no obligations. However, if you do take on a project, just make sure to finish it before the deadline and work well with the people who are hiring you.
That’s the only way to make more money in this process. The Internet is full of work for people who are looking for odd jobs. There are tons of freelancing sites that offer jobs for just about any profession. A quick Google search should put you on the road to making some money online with little to no effort.
11. Tournament Gaming
The people who make a living as gamers are few, whether we’re talking about online video games or gambling, but there are low-risk ways of getting your foot in the door and seeing if you’re any good.
Sure, there are not many people out there who are good enough to play professionally, but these tournaments are a pretty good way to make some money if you are among the best in your region. Lots of people play videos games for insane amounts of hours every day, and if you are doing that already, then you might as well try and get paid for your efforts.
It’s definitely not easy to be among the best and actually make some money, because there are tons of people who play and play very well, but it can’t hurt to try. It’s best to check out forums that are related to gaming in your area to see when there are tournaments going on.
And then you have to see what it takes to get into one of them. There will probably be preliminary rounds before the actual tournament, where you will be battling for your spot.
But as mentioned earlier, if you are already a huge gaming enthusiast and you are playing all day anyway, you might as well try to make a profit out of it. Are you someone who your friends hate playing against?
Are you the best on your street when it comes to a particular game? Then you might have just what it takes to get into these types of tournaments and win some prize money while you are at it. There is nothing better than turning hobbies into money making activities.
12. Blogging and eBooks
Most blogs and eBooks never make their writers a dime, but if you’re doing it as a secondary job, then so what? At least you can have some fun and use it to build publicity for yourself.
However, if you get serious enough in blogging, there is definitely some money to be made. In fact, there are a variety of ways to make money when blogging.
If you are a really good writer, you can start with your own blog and then pitch yourself to other bloggers as a guest blogger. If you are good at writing and you are an expert in a particular niche, you should have no problem finding some paying jobs. Also, running your own blog can definitely lead to some money.
It’s going to take some time and effort, but if you are start getting a reputation, it can lead to great things. Of course, it all depends on having good content and then getting that content out to people to read. The more visitors and true followers you have, the easier it will be for you to make some money eventually.
The money in blogging is really in the ads. You can install Google AdWords on your blog and that should give you a nice healthy chunk of change every month if you have a lot of visitors.
Also, the more visitors you have, the more attractive you will look to people who are looking to advertise their services and products on your blog. It is not easy to get your blog noticed, but if you put in the time and effort to make your blog a strong one, it can eventually become a full time job.
13. Video/Photo Editing, Programming, Etc.
Do you have any tech skills going to waste? Hop on a freelancing website and apply them. This really is the best way to make money on the side these days, because any and all types of tech-related abilities sell.
Countries like India have flourished because of the Internet and the fact that they have many people who are skilled in tech-related activities and can work for cheap for people in the West that are willing to pay them well for their services.
No matter what you do, you will probably be able to find some freelancing work if you do it well. Of course, programming is probably the best paid job when it comes to technology, because it is also the hardest.
But web developers, graphic designers, vide editors, even bloggers are always in high demand. The global economy that the Internet has created is truly a good thing that gives just about anyone the ability to work from home if they have skills that other people around the world seek and are willing to pay for.
And best of all, there are tons of sites that offer these types of jobs. There are even specific sites that cater to one type of tech-related profession. You can find an entire site dedicated to jobs for web designers, and this goes for just about any profession.
Also, there are general sites like Freelancer and Elance also give you a huge selection of jobs to choose from if you want to work from home and you are well versed in something computer related. This is the future of employment and you’ll see more and more people making their livings remotely and from the privacy of their own homes.