Gone are the days when most families could get by comfortably on one income. These days, it usually takes two incomes to make a family budget work. Even if you’re lucky enough to stay at home with your kids or to be a stay at home spouse, there’s a really good chance that you’ll still have to do what you can, even something small to earn from home so that you can help supplement your budget. If not, congrats and consider yourself financially stable. For the rest of us though, figuring out which home business ideas and how to earn money online can be crucial to our families survival.
The thing about learning how to earn from home is that it can actually be pretty hard to do. There are so many gimmicks out there screaming “make money online” in loud, booming voices and so many offline home business ideas that yell the same words in the same tone that it can be incredibly hard to figure out which is right for you. Honestly, I tried for years to make money online before I literally tripped and stumbled into what I currently do. Chances are good that your search has been a lot like mine.
Earn from Home – 10 Home Business Ideas to Earn $250 Every Month
If you need to add money to your budget though, you don’t have much of a choice but to do exactly that. Make more money. Cutting your expenses and doing what you can to save can only do so much. If you aren’t bringing enough income in for your basic expenses, you aren’t bringing enough income in. The ideas in this post are meant to help you do exactly that. I’ve used most of them to either make money online or as one of my home business ideas personally and I will vouch that each one is well worth giving a shot.
Use the internet and your phone to earn money online – I personally add at least $225 to my budget every single month using nothing but a few of my favorite sites to earn money with and my phone. The great thing about it is that my system can be used by literally anyone so there’s no reason you can’t do it too. You only need to be 18 years old and yes, the sites I use do take members from Canada or other countries.
Consider a home daycare when looking for home business ideas – I have a cousin who ran an in-home daycare at one point. With only a few kids each day, she would earn several hundred each month. If you’re good with kids, starting your own home daycare might be a great option for you. You can choose to charge per hour or by day (my cousin charged a daily rate) and soon, you’ll be earning well over that $250/mo that we’re talking about.
Earn money online by starting your own blog – I’ve made no secret about the fact that this blog you’re reading pays my bills. I work incredibly hard on it to have that happen though, but if you’re looking for a way to make either a little bit of money online or even a full time income, learning how to start a money making blog might just be what you need to do. I love my profession. There is nothing else that I could do and no one else that I could work for (aka anyone other than myself) where I could get paid to do what I love. You can start a blog with Bluehost for only $3.95/mo and get a free domain name when you do. Once you’ve done that, I have a step-by-step tutorial that will walk you through how to start a blog on Bluehost to help you get started. Blogging can be very lucrative and it is one of the only work at home jobs that pays as well as blogging can.
Starting a home based craft business is a fantastic way to earn from home – If you’re the crafty sort, why not get paid for the hobby that you love and are good at? Etsy is a great place to sell crafts online and I can guarantee you that if you really work at it? You’ll earn well over $250 per month. If you need to brush up on your craft skills, but don’t have time to take a class offline, Craftsy can be a great option since all of their classes are online and they have quite a few different options (including free classes last time I looked!) to choose from on topics like crafting, quilting, cooking and baking, photography and even craft classes for kids.
Flip thrift store finds to earn money from home – Your favorite thrift store can be an absolutely fantastic way to earn money from home. There are a few thrift store shopping tips that you should take into account when you look for things to flip or sell, but once you get started, you can earn not only hundreds, but thousands each month. Once you’ve built up a small inventory of items, sell them on Ebay or another buy/sell or consignment site other than Ebay if you aren’t a fan of the auction site.
Self-publish an e-book to make money online – Amazon has made it incredibly easy for anyone self-publish a book and it can be a very profitable way to earn from home. If you’re not sure about how to get started or self-publishing in general, I highly suggest taking a Udemy course on how to self-publish a book. Yes, it will cost you a few dollars to take the course, but if you follow the instructions in the video, you’ll make your money back in no time. I took the exact course I listed up there and my own book, also called Six Dollar Family, earned over $1,000 the first month alone.
Consider making natural home and beauty products when looking for home business ideas – If you are trying to live a natural and frugal (Six Dollar Family) life anyhow, you might as well get paid for it. Making your own homemade products like DIY cleaning supplies, homemade health balms and homemade beauty products is a fantastic way to earn money online and to start a home business that will earn from a natural lifestyle. It isn’t one of the easiest home business ideas to get into, but it can be very profitable if you do.
Earn money online with freelance writing – Do you write well? If so, you may be able to earn extra money by becoming a freelance writer. In 2014 when my family lost the majority of our income, it was freelance writing that kept our heads above water at all. If you’re not sure where to get started at or how to start a freelance writing business, Udemy has another great course on how to become a freelance writer that can help answer any questions you might have. At the time of this posting (April 2016), that course was on sale for just $14.00 ($20 regular) and I speak from experience when I tell you that it is well worth the investment.
Earn extra money by becoming a virtual assistant – Much like freelance writing, starting a virtual assistant business can be an excellent way to earn a full-time income from home. In fact, people like me actively seek virtual assistants everyday. Virtual assistants do things that very much resemble a personal assistant and more and for the busy blogger or business person, they’re invaluable.
Make money online with YouTube – We’ve all heard about those “lucky” people, even kids, who make millions from Youtube each year and you know what? You can do it too. There are fantastic online courses on how to make money with YouTube, expert books that will help you become a YouTube expect too, and more out there that will teach you. The great thing about YouTube earnings is that once they start, they can be very residual meaning that you will earn on it even when you’re not actively working it. Post one video and once it starts earning, it very likely won’t stop. As long as you continue to upload quality content, your income will grow with it.