3 Home Business Ideas to Help You Start Making Money from Home

By Zac Johnson

January 22, 2019   •   Fact checked by Dumb Little Man

Have you ever thought about the possibilities of making money from the comfort of your own home? While it might seem too good to be true, there are plenty of legitimate ways to make money online.

Before getting started, you should first think about how you might want to start making money online. You also need to consider how much money you need in order to stick with it. In most cases, you will want to aim low in reference to the expected money you can make online, at least when first starting out.

Whether it’s to make a couple hundred dollars per month in your spare time, launch a small business you’ve always been thinking about or even quitting your job and working from home — it all starts with taking action. You need to familiarize yourself with the opportunities around you.

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First, check out any of the most sought after home business ideas that often help people get started. After looking through the list, you will see a common theme among all of them. It’s that they all require ZERO further education and little-to-no money to get started.

That is why running a side-hustle or small business on the internet is simply one of the best opportunities the world has ever seen.

With all of that being said, let’s take a look at three best ways to make extra money from home.

Starting a Blog

You’ve certainly heard of blogging before. For the past decade or so, it’s been one of the hottest and easiest ways to get started with a website (or blog) on the internet.

And thanks to programs like WordPress, you won’t have to know how to program code or to design a site. If you know how to type, then you are more than qualified to start a blog of your own. Also, if starting a blog is something you are truly interested in, you might find yourself becoming quite the professional writer in a short period of time.

How to make money with a blog?

The concept of blogging is simple. Start a blog, write content, and then people will come to your site.

However, when it comes to making money with a blog, you have a lot of options, especially once you start getting traffic to your site.

The easiest way to make money with a blog is to simply place Google Adsense ads on your site. Google will then send you a payment every month, in relation to how many clicks you’ve sent to their advertisements displayed on your site.

Other blog monetization methods include affiliate marketing, selling ads space on your site, or even selling your blog itself!

Affiliate Marketing

Speaking of affiliate marketing, this is the business model of earning a commission for referring a lead or sale to another company.

Blogging is one method for generating traffic and leads for affiliate marketing, but there are many other methods for accomplishing this as well.

Amazon.com was one of the first companies to take advantage of what affiliate marketing had to offer And today, they now have millions of affiliates and partner sites referring new sales and customers to them daily.

There are many ad networks and platforms that act as affiliate networks, housing individual affiliate programs for a wide range of brands. Platforms like Shareasale, Commission Junction, and ClickBank are all free to join with as an affiliate marketer.

How to make money with affiliate marketing?

As you can imagine, with so many businesses using affiliate marketing to generate new customers and leads daily, there must be a lot of opportunities here.

There definitely is and you don’t need to have a site to get started. The most active affiliate marketers are actually using social media, media buying, pay per click advertising, and paid traffic sources to generate leads.

The end goal here is to set up an ad campaign and spend less money than you are making. Seems simple enough, but it will definitely take some time to master and find long term profitability.

Freelance Writing

One good way to make money online, without needing to spend any money or invest time in learning something new, is to become a freelancer writer.

With more than a billion active websites and blogs on the internet today, they all need content to engage with new audiences, increase engagement on social media, and to also rank within the search results.

In most cases, this type of content creation is usually outsourced and eventually supplied to freelancers to get the job done.

How to make money with freelance writing?

To get started in the world of freelancing, you will need to create a profile. Choose from any of the most active writing forums and open marketplaces.

A few of the most popular online marketplaces for freelance writing are TextBroker, iWriter, and Fiverr.

Once you are set up on these platforms, you can then browse through their active writing job postings. After finding one that you like, you can apply to write articles.

Depending on the writing platform you use, there will be different terms and formats in place. Some will allow clients to pay on a ‘per word’ basis, while others will have a set amount ‘per word count’.

If you are finding some success as a freelance writer through these platforms, you may want to consider starting a website or blog of your own. Then, you can start approaching clients to see if you can secure some long-term and consistent work.

See Also: 10 Ways For Freelance Writers To Earn Some Extra Money


As you can see, these are just three great tips to earning money from home.

There has never been a better time to start putting your expertise to use and getting paid a good amount for it.

In any of these scenarios, it’s important to realize that you are potentially competing against the rest of the world. This is especially true when trying to compete in the world of blogging or affiliate marketing.

Freelance writing is tough, but depending on your writing skills, this is one area you can have more control and demand over.

Zac Johnson

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