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Making Money From Your Living Room

Since the 2007 recession, most people have been feeling the strain financially in one way or another. Whether it’s not being able to go on that yearly holiday, or simply having to cut back on shopping, the terrible ‘R’ word has affected us all. If you feel like you are struggling to make ends meet, why not try to make some extra money on the side? Here are some tips for making money from the comfort of your living room


Freelance Writing

Freelance writing is an excellent way to make some money on the side. Of course this is not for everyone and you do need to have a talent for writing, but if you do in-fact possess the qualities of a writer, then why not put your talent to good use? The internet has made snagging writing opportunities very easy. Sites like Freelance, Elance and Guru are my personal favourites as they advertise hundreds of legitimate writing gigs daily. Make sure to build a strong portfolio with a few excellent writing samples before you get started to separate yourself from the rest of the crowd and in-turn make it easier to ‘win’ the writing jobs. You’ll need to develop a ‘thick skin’ as not everyone will be a fan of your writing – but work hard and be professional and you will reap the rewards.



We all have a talent – whether it’s cooking, dancing, playing a musical instrument, or speaking a foreign language. Why not share your expertise with others and make some money at the same time? Advertise in local community centres, supermarkets and via social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.) You’ll be surprised to find how many groups have been made on Facebook with people searching for teachers for all different kinds of things! The possibilities are endless and if you offer interesting and fun classes, your students will keep coming back for more.


Rent a room in your house

If you’re lucky enough to have a spare bedroom in your apartment/house, why not consider renting it out? These days, travellers are becoming more budget savvy and looking for cheaper accommodation options rather than expensive hotels. Unless your home is magnificent, you wont be able to charge 5 star prices, but the extra money on the side could be very beneficial. Who knows, you may even love having the extra company and meeting interesting people from all over the world!


Have a garage sale

We’re all guilty of having too much clutter in our homes at one time or another, so why not do a Spring Clean? Not only will the de-cluttering make for a calm and organized home, but you’ll be surprised to find how many dollars you can rack up along the way! Whilst you may not find use in these items anymore, they could actually be the items that others have searched for for months! Once again, locally supermarkets, social media and even local newspapers are the best places to advertise your garage sale. Just remember – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

Have you made some money from home? Let us know how! XOXO




About Jess

Jess hails from Sunny Australia and is the youngest of the frugal ladies. She loves shopping for a bargain, reading, watching movies and spends most of her life on the beach

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  • Christine Luken

    I teach budgeting, meal planning, and coupon classes, plus some freelance writing. It’s great to be able to work from home!

  • Working from home is great! I do some Social Media management and it not only allows me to make some extra money, but I meet lots of great people, too. Thanks for all the great tips you gave!!

  • Laura @ Authentic Parenting

    I so love the American way of doing garage sales. We don’t do them in Belgium. We do have the occasional junk market, but you have to know in advance where they’ll be and pay a fee to stand there, AND load all of your stuff to get there

  • Hello from a freelance writer who has had many garage sales! 😀 Nice tips. I also advertise garage sales on Craigslist and a site called Garage Sale Cow. I think the cow site is US only – not sure if it really drove many people to mine since I’m in a small town, but hey, I’ll throw whatever at the wall and see what sticks. Haha!

  • andrewghayes

    Good tips – as I live in an urban area, I have had better luck with Craigslist than yard sales. Love working from home!

  • nancyscorner

    I use to be a Virtual Office Assistant. I’d reply emails and post ads online for a fashion model school.

  • Saving money is my specialty! I made money by starting my own website with advice on saving money 🙂 I also build websites for other people and offer tech and social media advice.

    I have also sold Avon and taught Mary Kay skin care classes. When I lived in Orlando, I sold Disney collectibles on eBay and was a “Top Seller”, a status they no longer have.

  • Great tips! I’m a freelance writer and it definitely helps bring in some additional income.

  • Thanks for this article. Being able to make extra money always helps with the bills and other expenses.

  • cyndie

    Great advice! i do freelance writing and have had a garage sale

  • Great tips! I am guilty of decluttering and selling stuffs to cash converters, it’s a small amount of money though, but i can still use some change.

  • Monica

    Fantastic tips – in this economy it’s always helpful to learn of new ways to bring in income from home.

  • tabitha vos

    these tips are useful in todays world! Thanks for sharing this post

  • Janeane Davis

    These are good tips that a variety of people can use in today’s marketplace. Thank you for sharing them.