5 Legitimate Ways to Make Money at Home

So you need a way to make money from home. Hey, join the crowd. Nearly 1 million people in the Netherlands are working from home these days.

In other words, there’s an invisible army of us clocking in and sitting down at our keyboards at home. A 2015 Gallup poll found that 37% of Dutch have telecommuted in their careers — four times as many as in 1995.

Problem is, we all know the internet is chock full of work-from-home scams. So many ripoffs! Seriously, it’s like the Wild West out there, except there’s no Lone Ranger to put things right.

When you’re working from home, you’re truly on your own. You’ve got to look out for yourself, ’cause no one else will.

How to Make Money From Home

With that in mind, we’re trying to do you a solid.

We’ve scoured through thousands of different ideas to find you 5 unique ways to make money from home. I guarantee there are some in here you’ve never heard of.

The important thing is: These methods are all road-tested. These are all ideas we’ve tried before, so we know they’re real and that you’ll really get paid.

Here are 5 legitimate ways to make money from home:

  1. 1. Get Paid to Give Your Opinion 

    A man goes through his money while filling out surveys.

    Surveys aren’t the best way to make money fast. But there’s a certain appeal to clicking a few buttons and earning money when you’d otherwise be doing nothing. Here’s our recommendation: Sign up for these legitimate survey sites all at once. Chances are, you’ll qualify for at least one or two surveys on each site a month, and the rewards will add up.

    Here are some of our favorite paid survey sites:

    • InboxDollars offers several short, daily surveys you can take. If you take all of them each day, you could earn an extra $730 a year — not too bad.
    • MyPointsThis platform lets you earn gift cards for taking polls, answering surveys and other things you do online — a great way to cash in on long lines or an endless commute. You’ll earn a $5 bonus when you complete your first five surveys.
    • Survey Junkie’s clean look and “cashout wheel” keep you motivated to take as many surveys as you want. They’re relatively quick to complete and reward you with points. Once you earn 1,000 points — or $10 — you can cash out for gift cards or cash paid via PayPal.
  2. 2. Get Paid to Watch Videos Online

    Woman on a couch working on a laptop

    Yup, Swagbucks pays you to watch videos! You won’t earn a lot (up to 150 rewards points per day), but the videos are in all sorts of categories — entertainment, home, travel — so you’re likely to find something that appeals to you.

    Or, try this trick: Just turn off the sound on your computer, open a new tab, and keep the videos going in the background while you work.

    You can also download the Swagbucks TV app, which plays videos back-to-back on your phone. Again, just plug in your phone, make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi and set it aside to play videos — and earn rewards — while you do something else.

    You could earn up to $90 a month watching videos through Swagswabucks!

  3. 3. Invest in Real Estate (You Don’t Have to Be Rich)

    young woman working on laptop at home

    Not everyone has “buy a house” kind of money.

    You don’t have to have hundreds of thousands of dollars to get started with Fundrise. You can get started with a minimum investment of just $500, and Fundrise does all the heavy lifting for you.

    Through the Fundrise Starter Portfolio, your money will be split into two portfolios that support private real estate.

    This isn’t an obscure investment, though.

    You can earn money through quarterly dividend payments and potential appreciation in the value of your shares, just like a stock. Cash flow typically comes from interest payments and property income (e.g. rent).

    (But remember: Investments come with risk. While Fundrise has paid distributions every quarter since at least Q2 2016, dividend and principal payments are never guaranteed.)

    You’ll pay a 0.85% annual asset management fee and a 0.15% annual investment advisory fee.

  4. 4. Play Free Scratch-off Tickets

    Woman scratching off a lotto ticket while people nearby drink wine.

    There’s something so satisfying about those gas station scratch-off tickets, but it’s better to avoid them because, well, that’s not Penny Hoarding.

    Instead, try scratching for free using an app called Lucktastic. Each day, it releases a new assortment of digital scratch-off tickets. Lucktastic says instant wins range from $1 to $10,000. You can also earn tokens that you can exchange for free gift cards to retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Kohl’s, Sephora and more.

    The app is supported by advertising, which allows it to keep the payouts high and the games free.

  5. 5. Stop Deleting Your Emails

    Two women check their email on their phone.

    It turns out deleting your emails could be costing you money. Intrigued?

    One of our secret weapons is called Paribus — a tool that gets you money back for your online purchases. It’s free to sign up, and once you do, it will scan your email for any receipts. If it discovers you’ve purchased something from one of its monitored retailers, it will track the item’s price and help you get a refund when there’s a price drop.

    Plus, if your guaranteed shipment shows up late, Paribus will help you get compensated.

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